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71  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Ratfinkz on: April 01, 2014 05:14:13 PM
Hello, sorry I have not been back to this thread. I missed a while through being ill and then felt totally overwhelmed by the amount of posts I'd missed.  I fwlt guilty comming back to post a project without catching up on all the previous posts. Every time I thought about posting the guilt stopped me.  However I have finally plucked up the courage to post and instead of worrying about all the past posts I've missed I will concentrate on doing better in the future.

Battle/Challenge:  March UFO sighting.
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: include which bonus points you think you've earned (e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO) Giver? (Tomorrow I am joining my local WI. Although not technically a charity they hold raffles to raise funds for the wi. This is one of my contributions for the raffle. If that doesn't count as charity I understand =) )
Project Name: Daffodil inspired necklace
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) Daffodils are my very favourite flowers I have a bunch on my shelf all through daffodil season (well not one bumch all the time they get replaced weekly ). I particularly like the ones which have yellow petals and an orange inner. They inspired me to create this necklace from yellow dagger beads and orange glass drops
Project Picture:

I here by promise to be a better nerd in the future Wink
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72  Re: FOCR 11 Winter Wonderland Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: March 13, 2014 03:11:27 PM
Yay am so glad you have arrived safe and sound =) it was one of the pieces I was coveting!

But I am even more glad because I can now post a pic of my beautiful tree painting!
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73  Re: Box of Color Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: March 08, 2014 10:35:39 AM
I received a purpleicious box of wonderment from Isikkahjai today! She really 'got' me - everything is so wonderful - thank you SO much! This is going to be a pic heavy post - so some of them I will add as thumbnails!

Firstly I'll show you the bought items she sent me

Beads!!!! (I LOVE beads!) These are actually a lot more purple than the pic shows - I could not get light / colour right today Sad

A great big heart pendant - I love this - I have so many heart shaped beads etc - and this is so BIG! I can't wait to use it for something

on the 'big' theme - this massive lobster clasp and another pretty pendanty type thing. A necklace IsikkahJai crafted for me has one of these pendants on - so I am going to use this one to make a matching bracelet Smiley

Pretty fabric trims

lots of purple letter stickers:

Pretty purple wool to make a scarf (though I may use it to make a fabulously loopy bag!)

Then I got some pretty pebbles / shells / sea glass to start off my collection Smiley

Right - onto the exciting stuff - the millions of crafted items she sent me! I thought I had gone OTT with her - but she has made me SO many things - my parcel now seems substandard!!!

Pretty embroidered tiny skull hoopla - it is so small and her stitches are so perfect - I am envious!

there was a stand in the box - which I think was to hold the hoopla - if not, it is now - it is the perfect size!

Some awesome notecards with embroidered sign language on them - these are AWESOME!!!!

I need help though! I know the alphabet in BSL - which I don't think this is! I think the bottom two say love and peace - but I would love to know what the top two say?

They even had pretty decorated envelopes

My very first Teesha Moore Patch (I think?) Which really made me chuckle I will be sewing this onto a bag I think

S is for....Sarah Smiley

so pretty!

A very pretty necklace with one of the pendants I showed you earlier - looking forward to making my matching bracelet

I have wanted a purple Tree Of Life pendants so much for sooooooooo long - and Isikkahjai sent me one! I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am with this - I put it on as soon as I had taken a photo and haven't taken it off since - I LOVE it!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

this pendant was attached to the closure of the Tree Of Life pendant - but it is far too pretty to be hidden behind me - so I am thinking I may repurpose it into a more visible pendant!

and lastly - the piece de resistance - a stencilled hoody - with a wonderful purple dragon - this has also been on since I got it - and will be lived in from now on I think!



and because I love it so much - a couple of action shots - I NEVER do action shots - so you are privileged!!!

(note the TOL!)

I was admitted to hospital last Sunday - and didn't get out until Thursday - yesterday I slept all day - so have had a craptastic week and was feeling really down in the dumps - this package has REALLY cheered me up.

Thanks again - so much! XXX
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74  Jewellery box (IsikkahJai dont look til you've received!) in Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: March 08, 2014 08:59:50 AM
For my wonderful partner IsikkahJai in the recent box of colour swap I decorated and sent a little wooden box as a jewellery box. I bought the box in a local craft store - and 2000 flat backed gems from ebay (1000 of each colour).

I painted the box with a couple of coats of orange (the colour theme for the box was orange and turquoise) and then got glueing! After 4 days of glueing I can honestly say if I ever see a flat backed gem again it will be WAY too soon! These things were TINY - and it took me forever!

Then I got 4 big wooden beads from my stash and painted them orange. The colour did not take as the beads had a gloss varnish on - so I got out my file and filed them right down to the wood - getting rid of varnish and pattern - and then painted them orange again - they still took three coats - but it did adhere a lot better. I cut out felt circles which I glued onto the wooden beads - before attaching the beads to the bottom of the box. I then glued a butterfly charm onto the front of the box.

I then covered it with a gloss varnish to give it even more sparkle

I did not take photos of the inside for some reason - but the top and bottom of the inside were lined with more orange felt - the sides on the inside I left bare.

Anyhow - photos! Firstly the lid....

the front - which shows the butterfly and the feet - I glued the feet on in a diamond formation rather than a square - just to be different!

and the bottom/feet

Anyhow - I hope you like it, but more importantly I hope my partner likes it!!

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75  hospital entertainment! in Beads: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: March 05, 2014 04:24:37 PM
I am currently in hospital feeling rather sorry for myself. in order to pass some time I asked my husband to bring me in some of my beading supplies. I only have basic supplies so I have been doing strung things but I like how they have turned out so thought I would share.

First I made myself a simple bracelet:

When one of the other patients saw me playing she said how much she loved beaded bracelets and then jokingly asked me to make her one, so I did:

She was really pleased with it and asked what I wanted for it but I told her it was a present. She commented on how much she liked it and the fact it had red in as red is one of the colours she does not have a bracelet in, so as a surprise I made her another one which was all red:

Then I was fed up of simple stringing and wanted to try something new so I made this one it is strung on three wires, the big purple beads string all three and between them are three seed beads, one on each wire, I quite like the effect! The light is all out as photo was taken on my phone using flash:

Then today I spent most of my time making this necklace. I am slightly undecided about the purple seed beads, do people think it would look better in a green colour?

An awful photo of me wearing it so you can see how it hangs:

Thanks for looking all comments welcome, constructive criticism encouraged =)

Btw the wire findings on my earlier bracelets were the first I have ever created myself. They're far from perfect but I am quite proud of them!!
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76  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Ratfinkz on: March 02, 2014 01:54:20 AM
Yay I've been waiting for a new season so I can join, by the time I realised I wanted to there was so much to do I got confused!!!

Battle/Challenge:  March luck of the Irish.
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: include which bonus points you think you've earned (e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: What a Gem, bracelet
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) I created three of these for the next round of Sweat Shoppe Swap (I can't believe how organised that was!) They are made from hematite and Aventurine (Aventurine = the green part of this challenge I believe =) )

Battle/Challenge:  March Friendship is magic
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: include which bonus points you think you've earned (e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: What a Gem, Amethyst
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) As these were created for a swap I am hoping they meet the giving away prompt. Made from Hematite and Amethyst chips
Project Picture:

Battle/Challenge: March Exterminate
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: include which bonus points you think you've earned (e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: What a Gem Citrine
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc): I recently took part in the Box of Sunshine swap. I wanted to make some jewellery so I searched for some yellow beads. I came across these Citrine chips, and as they were reduced, bought rather a lot! I love gemstones so knew I would use them at some point! I used some of the leftovers for making my third set of bracelets for the upcoming Sweat Shoppe Swap round.
Project Picture:

I really hope I have done this right, please tell me if I have done something wrong!
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77  Craft the Rainbow (SU 03/01/14 - 03/15/14 SO: 04/26/14 GMT) CLOSED in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Ratfinkz on: February 28, 2014 03:15:29 PM

Swap name: Craft the Rainbow.
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Ratfinkz
Sign-up date range: Friday 28th - Saturday 15th March, GMT.
Date to send item by: Saturday 26th April.
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? 16

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO yes
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO yes
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO yes
Details of swap:

So, who doesn't love rainbows?? They are bright and pretty and brighten up a dreary day, just like a Craftster swap package should! If you agree with that, keep reading. If not, why are you here in the first place??? Wink

This swap will be to create a parcel containing 8 products. Seven of these will be a single colour (one item for each colour of the Rainbow) and one will be every colour of the rainbow.

Requirements for the actual items are at least four hand made, the other four can be handmade or shop bought. This should be discussed with your partner, but I will ask in the questionnaire if you would like to hand make more than four. You will not have the option of making less than four. At least one of the hand made and one of the shop bought must be mediums, the rest can be small. Again please discuss with your partner if you would like to exceed this.

As this is a fairly big swap I have allowed 6 weeks of crafting time. To ensure that everybody is still on board I request that you post in the swap thread once every two weeks minimum. At the end of the third week/beginning of the fourth I will send a PM to everyone to ensure you a) are still around and b) not having any trouble/worries.

A few asides firstly this is the first swap I have organised so if I do something wrong/ miss something etc please tell me politely and I will rectify it.
Secondly I am not in the best health, and while I am 100% sure I can manage this and see it through to the end, there might be the odd day I am not around/unable to respond. If this is the case I apologise now! It would really help me if if I have not replied in 48 hours you give me a gentle nudge!
Lastly, with the above points in mind a co-organiser would be appreciated, send me a pm if you feel you can help! I would request for this swap though that a co-orgAniser has experience of organising a swap!

Now onto the questionnaire! I want to match everybody up as well as possible...so apologies for the amount of questions!!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your house?  (Smoke, pets etc)

What kind of crafts do you do?

What kind of crafts would you like to receive?

Please list at least three items you would like to receive for each of the colours (an item can be under multiple colours, at if you would like to get a bag but are happy for it to be red, blue or green feel free to put it under all three.


What colour would you like your medium items to be?

Would you like to hand make more than the four items?

What would you NOT like to receive:

Do you have a wist/pinterest if so can you share a link

Are you able to take/upload pictures or do you need your partner to take before they send?

Do you have anything extra to tell your partner??

Are you happy to send/receive extras?  (If so please answer the following, if not you're done =)

Is there anything small (beads, postcards, stamps, marbles etc you collect and would like to receive as extras)

Are food extras ok? And if so should anything be avoided?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


*Cherie (who is owed an apology she sent her questionnaire in a long time ago and I just did not see it!  Luckily for me I did a last minute read through the questionnaires before assigning partners!)

LadybugsAndBumblebees <~> Phnxreign99
Glamis<~> MissCrafty29
pinkmichk <~> felicitybaby
honeyd <~> crazyda79
Ratfinkz <~>ybunnygurl
Ratfinkz <~> Cherie

Sarah =)


Thanks so much to ybunnygurl for the following, am posting here so it is easy for us all to find Smiley
Oh, I need to know...what is the color difference between blue-indigo-violet?  I don't know what color indigo is.  Like a light colored denim?
OK this is a weee bit complex, but not really. Here look at this color wheel.

See Blue?
See Violet?
See the color in between, Blue-Violet?
Blue-Violet is Indigo
Here is a example with the Hex numbers used for HTML but it gives you a good idea of Indigo

And then there are some people who just have got it Bass-ackward and think Magenta is Indigo.

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78  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 33 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: February 13, 2014 03:26:57 PM
I received my hairbows yesterday from amazing_784 I love them - am a big denim fan so they are perfect for me Smiley

thank you very much Smiley
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79  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 18 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: February 13, 2014 03:11:55 PM
Finally uploaded some photos from the weekend - they are not all great quality - cos the best quality ones are for the photobook!

investigating a model of Bury St Edmunds catherdral / abbey gardens Smiley

Looking at the cathedral - I don't know why the sky is so blue - I must have taken it in the 5 seconds of sun we have had this year!!! (but it was still bloody cold!)

Posing with some of the ruins of the Abbey in Bury St Edmunds

I went around with my husband pushing me in my chair. At one stage I was looking up something we wanted to know on my phone - I looked up and this cheeky lady was right at my feet looking up to me - she made me jump!

just after I'd taken this pic an old couple walked past and said "most people take their dogs for a walk"!

The chicken followed us really closely for about 5 minutes - it was slightly bizarre!

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80  Re: Box of Sunshine Gallery (SO Feb 17) in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: February 13, 2014 03:04:28 PM
So I received from happylittleclam today Smiley I got a wonderful package Smiley

Wonderful motivational daffodil picture

I love this SO much - but it is posing a quandry. While I was growing up I always bought mum her first bunch of daffodils of the year - it became a tradition. Since I've grown up and live about 4 hours drive from her - I haven't done. Then - this year I found a site online where I could send them through the post so sent her the first bunch again. It is very much a 'love you mum' thing. Therefore - this picture would be perfect for her (and we happen to be going up tomorrow!) BUT - I LOVE it! To keep or not to keep - that is the question!!!

I also got this painting - I fell in love with this quote when I saw it on somebodies pinterest - it just sums up how  I am trying to live my life now after years of being badly depressed. I cried when I saw this -I cant explain how much it means!

what is it painted onto - it's a fascinating texture!!!

Then I got some jewellery - a lovely necklace:

and these WONDERFUL earrings - These are so me! I nearly didnt photograph them as I put them in as soon as I got them - and only realised when I was uploading pics that they were missing - they are fox tails!

Some knitted washclothes - I only recently got my first home made washcloths - and I love them - I will only use / buy handmade from now on - so really glad to add these two to my collection Smiley

Last of the crafted things are these awesome little envelopes - they are SO cute!!!

They are only a couple of inches long by about 1 high - LOVE!!! Will be using them for swap notes I think!

Then onto the fillers - a beautiful sunflower button:

a dog coat sewing pattern - which I am going to use to make coats for my two dogs:

some very tasty and also healthy (wow such a thing DOES exist!) Fruit stick thingies!

I'm feeling what you mean about great food not being sold in your own country Sad

Lastly two lovely fat quarters!

thanks again happylittleclam - I really love everything you sent Smiley

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