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21  One pattern two bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Ratfinkz on: April 27, 2014 06:11:02 AM
I made this bag for my partner in the box of colour swap. I used a pattern and followed instructions very closely (although I still ended up ripping most of it out and starting again as I attached the lining to the outer instead of doing the lining and the outer and then stitching them together. I am still very much a learner and every mistake helps me learn (or so I console myself when things go wrong!)

Then, in the Craft the Rainbow swap I used the pattern piece of the same bag for the outer and the lining, created my own handles and Velcro tab closure and put the whole thing together with no instructions! I am really pleased and proud of it and personally prefer it to the original

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22  Re: craft the Rainbow gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: April 26, 2014 07:59:46 AM
I am so glad you like everything! The butterfly patch does actually contain dried lavender sorry I meant to say! Also the beautifully purple beads (is my very favourite shade too) on the side of the hair clip do push up so all the beads are level. The peace symbol bugs me brace of the different number of beads on the prongs! I just couldn't fit one more on, or have one less without it looking daft!

I can not believe I forgot the agate slice (which , was my favourite bit you sent!) and the beautiful beads, I am so sorry!

Beautifully beaded agate slice...which you need to tell me how to do! I am strongly considering turning this into a big bold brooch!

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23  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19 (SU: 4/18/14-4/25/14, SO: 5/2/14, and 9/29/14) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Ratfinkz on: April 25, 2014 07:28:08 AM
I have just sent in my questionnaire hopefully I was in time!
This is Gramayre:

he is a needle felted purple banana (basically I sleep talk and a recurring theme in my ramblings is purple bananas so I just had to make one!) He is looking forward to his next adventure!
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24  Re: craft the Rainbow gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: April 24, 2014 04:09:15 PM
Awesome package Smiley Thanks for starting off the gallery with such style!

Cherie - I am SO sorry I have not got photos up yet - I have been so busy the last few days getting my parcels ready to go (which they will tomorrow!) However - I took photo's this evening - so I am now ready to upload!!! Thanks for all you sent - I love it all! I have a HORRIBLE feeling you sent something that I am forgetting -if so please nudge me!!!

SO - I received:

A lovely bag - did you make this Cherie? it looks so professional!
the  badge is a gryffindor one Smiley

a very pretty orange brooch:

a sew my own chick kit:
so cute Smiley

a hammock for my Ratatats Smiley

some very pretty jewellery - and a rainbow phone charm Smiley

a pop can tab bracelet - I LOVE this!

a very pretty knitted pouch

some cupcake stencils - will have fun with these:

thank you again - I love everything! (and I really am sorry if I am missing something as I feel I am!)

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25  craft the Rainbow gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: April 18, 2014 05:02:31 PM

original thread


blue= sent
Orange=sending late with communication
Red=contact me immediately
Purple=sent AND received
Name = feedback left
Glamis<~> MissCrafty29 (rcvd)
LadybugsAndBumblebe es <~> Phnxreign99
pinkmichk <~> felicitybaby
honeyd <~> crazyda79
Ratfinkz <~>ybunnygurl
Ratfinkz <~> Cherie

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26  embeds. in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Ratfinkz on: April 07, 2014 05:15:44 PM
So, last week I tried to make some mp soap. I wanted it to be clear, with yellow and purple embeds in.

To begin with I made yellow and purple slabs of opaque soap. I allowed it to set and then cut out lots of small shapes using cutters. The shapes are roughly 1" in length, and a couple of cms tall.

I then melted some translucent soap and added a couple of drops of blue. I then poured over the embeds.

This happened:

My questions are why did this happen? How can I prevent it happening in the future. Is it because my shapes were so tiny?

I'm also interested in knowing if there is a way to get embeds throughout the soap and not just in the bottom of the bar?

Many thanks
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27  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 18 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: April 07, 2014 03:10:18 PM
Here are photos of most of the things Gramayre brought home with him - really enjoyed this swap - thank you so much Smiley

Most of the things I was sent Smiley

I also received a Hawaii heart pendant - which I have put somewhere safe in order to make into a keyring - and my 'somewhere safe' has gone out of my mind! Will post a pic when I find it! And some leaflets / brochures about Hawaii - which were a good read - but I forgot to photograph - sorry!

Crochet pineapple - love this lil guy and may just send him as my next (or a future) little visitor!

Keyring which my husband really liked so I said he could have

Dolphin picture! These are magic to me - because of eye sight problems I can not see most things in 3D which always saddens me - but I CAN see these kinds so I love them!

Awesome pen

Pretty bottle of sand and shells from Hawaii

and the wonderful scrapbook which I love

and my favourite pages - these awesome sand sculptures:

thank you for a wonderful package (hope I haven't forgotten anything!) and for organising a great swap - can't wait til the next round Smiley
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28  Orange and turquoise peyote beaded bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Ratfinkz on: April 07, 2014 01:26:22 PM
I made this bracelet for my partner in the Box of Colour swap. It is a basic pattern - but having only started beading in December I was quite pleased that I was able to make the pattern myself.

Showing the closure:

Showing the whole thing:

Hope you like it Smiley
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29  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Ratfinkz on: April 06, 2014 03:58:47 AM
Thanks for all the compliments on my necklace I did not get to put it in the raffle as they were having a special easter themed one, but I shall put it in next month!

Amaranth_in_oz I love that picture!  As a pet rat keeper I can identify with the quote so much! Might have to pin that

Bunny1kenobi awesome projects, I particularly love the mermaid t shirt-am amazed it is from a freezer paper stencil! Might have to pin that too!

My recent crafting has mainly been for crafts that I have not sent yet but I do have one small project I made for myself that I can turn in.

Battle / Challenge: April flash mob
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: include which bonus points you think you've earned (e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: turtle clip
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
These beads crack me up!  I tied them onto a hair clip base
It is the first time I have made a hair clip and taught me loads. I believe I should have turned them the other way round!
Project Picture:
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30  simply strung jewellery in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Ratfinkz on: April 01, 2014 05:44:26 PM
So this evening I have been working on some simple strung jewellery!  I made 6 pairs of earrings, 1 necklace and 1 bracelet in an hour and a half!  I will post some more complicated things soon. These are all going to be donated to the WI raffle tomorrow night. This is a big step for me.  A year ago I did not have the confidence to even join, tomorrow will be my first meeting and I am offering up jewellery for the raffle, which will be my first time ever of putting my jewellery in public!

Anyway sorry for the ramble here are the pics.

Super simple but effective earrings.  I love these beads but they shout 'earrings' at me and I can not think what else to do with them...any ideas?  I made 2 pairs of each.  One set for me and one for the raffle.

Daffodil inspired necklace. I love making these necklaces but this is the first time I have had a row of spikes ontop as well as the dagger beads. I love the effect!

Lastly a bracelet: I have real trouble with bracelets.  I either make simple strung ones which take 10 minutes or peyote ones which take days. I need to find inspiration to a middle ground.

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