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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: The END of Harry Potter Swap! on: February 19, 2007 12:06:10 PM
Please to be waiting until March!  *bigeyes*

Nah, seriously, start whenever.  I'm in another swap right now, but I hope that I'll send out soonish anyhow, so I don't think I'll have a problem.   Grin
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Hogwarts Houses Swap (Sign-ups closed; Send-out: 2/28/07) on: February 13, 2007 07:12:57 AM
I had to do housework all weekend, so I'm a little behind again.  Still plenty of time, though, and I desperately needed some clothes for work this week!  We've been installing organization systems in our closets, so things got backed up!  But now I've got a nice way to organize my craft/hobby room!  Smiley

I can't wait to start seeing the gallery!
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Hogwarts Houses Swap (Sign-ups closed; Send-out: 2/28/07) on: February 08, 2007 07:13:10 AM
Ok, more yarn.  I love looking for yarn color matches.

If you're looking for bronze wool color, cascade 220 has a boatload of color choices.

Here's a good picture reference for what I think of when I think bronze:  http://www.fresnostatenews.com/images/Bronze%20Bulldog%20001.jpg
(On the other hand, many statues are colored with some kind of patina, like this one:  http://www.ois.pitt.edu/intlprogramming/Pictures/panther.jpg )

Here's a cascade color chart:  http://www.cascadeyarns.com/cascade-220.asp

There are a ton of browns, but I think the heathered orangey brown (#2453) is my favorite.
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Hogwarts Houses Swap (Sign-ups closed; Send-out: 2/28/07) on: February 08, 2007 06:53:10 AM
I prefer the blue and bronze myself, though bronze is a hard color to pin down.  I saw someone mix black and gold sculpey together to get a good bronze clay once.

As for yarn, I usually just go with a dark tan or straight out brown, and try to get heathers if I can.  I noticed the Red Heart TLC heather nutmeg is a pretty good match, if you can find it (TLC is on sale this week at Joann, so it might be out of stock there.)

Sometimes I'll even go with an "antique gold" color, rather than the darker browns.  In that case, even the "oatmeal" TLC heather might be acceptable.  This one's available at Hershnerr's, or however you spell that.

Edit:  Also, The "fawn beige" color in Red Heart sport is good.

(I'd be giving you knit picks colors, too, but their site is down.)
Caron's Nature taupe is decent, and Caron Wintuk oatmeal or nutmeg would be good, too.  (Actually, that nutmeg is really nice...) I wouldn't suggest simply soft, the colors aren't all that great, and the yarn splits a lot, though it really is ... well, soft.

What thickness of yarn are you looking for, so I can be more specific?  Smiley  And are you ok with acrylic, or d'you prefer wool?


As for my projects?  I just had an experiment go awry, so... err, I'm back down to zero.  But, if I can get some stitching done tonight, I'll be ahead of the game!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for rattles/capsules? (Or... why can't my cat like the nip?) on: February 06, 2007 10:04:44 AM
I thought about the eggs, but it's just too big.  They get stepped on and crack.  The little rattles inside of these mice are small enough that they don't break when we step on them, somehow.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for rattles/capsules? (Or... why can't my cat like the nip?) on: February 06, 2007 09:50:07 AM
Hey... that might be good.  Maybe... like a hard shell of a bean or nut, with a grain or two of rice inside.

I'll have to research what kinds of food are toxic again, and then experiment!  Thanks for the brainstorm!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: earth-day/environmental swap? on: February 05, 2007 11:58:00 AM
I'm in my first swap now, but hopefully it'll be finished before you start this up.  I'd love to join.

I'd especially like to see things that are reusable - such as grocery bags, lunch bags, napkins, tea towels.  Maybe even heat packs, water bottle cozies (thermal insulation, man!)

I also love the recycled paper notecards and such from the gallery of the last one!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: The END of Harry Potter Swap! on: February 05, 2007 11:24:40 AM
I like the "bookstore party" or "camping-out" supply swap!  Could apply to the movie, too.  I also like the idea of the graduation theme - or... wizard wear/objects in the adult world?  Don't quite know.  But it could be so much fun.

I'm in the HP houses swap right now, so please wait until March!  Please!

9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Hogwarts Houses Swap (Sign-ups closed; Send-out: 2/28/07) on: February 05, 2007 11:21:45 AM
Yeah, I embroider on my lunch break in the summer, where I can go outside.  In the winter, when I can't sit outside on the benches, I'm stuck at my cube, and then it just looks like I'm slacking off, so I can't do it unless I go elsewhere.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Hogwarts Houses Swap (Sign-ups closed; Send-out: 2/28/07) on: February 05, 2007 07:59:47 AM
I worry about making something someone else would like, too, especially if it's out of my "comfort zone."  Like... making something that I wouldn't necessarily use.  Sometimes I have to remind myself that while I might drift naturally to one craft or another, something else might be better received.

On the bright side, I am making progress on my smaller projects, and am going out at lunch today to pick up supplies for the larger one!  I have my idea all sketched out and time set aside on wednesday to get it started!
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