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21  Re: Shop the Swap 46 **Shops Only!** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by HippieKender on: January 06, 2011 05:41:24 PM

I am a mostly stay-at-home mom of 2 living in a smoke-free house with 1 kitten and 1 puppy in the far West suburbs of Chicago.
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SHOP IS OPEN

        CheesyCUSTOMCustom Orders
Custom Orders are Welcome! PM me for details!  
 
FREEYarn
I'm not sure what kind of yarn this is, but I think it's acrylic. I DID NOT SPIN THIS YARN. It's a light pink/blue/yellow colorway
Please let me know you are claiming this in your PM
 
(1 pt)Altered Altoid Emergency Candles
These are great for power outages, stocking stuffers, or anytime you want a little candlelight.
1 pt each, claim as Map, Argyle, or Wood Grain. Each tin has 2 wicks. These are UNSCENTED candles.

(1 pt)

Tatted Earrings
Tatted earrings. Made with size 20 thread in a blue and white variegated thread. They measure 3" from top to bottom, not including the ear wire.
 
(1 pt)Tatted "Pearl" Necklace
Tatted necklace made with beads that resemble pearls. Very long (45.5 inches), shown here doubled up. No metal closure - you just slip a bead through the loop. Looks like a continuous necklace.
 
(2 for 1pt)Disk Earrings
Great Stocking Stuffers! Green and Silver measure 2.25" long and orange is 3" long.
Claim by color. Can do multiple sets of each color.
 
(5 for 1pt)Calendar Envelopes
You may choose which envelopes you would like, or I can pick them at random for you.

Claim as Group A (1-7 (Clockwise starting at top left))

Claim as Group B (top right, top middle, bottom left, etc)
Claim as Group C (city or statue)
 
(3 for 1pt)Washer Necklaces
Made from washers, origami paper and dimensional glaze.
You can mix-n-match ones with cords and ones without
 
(.5 pts)
Reduced!
Portal Earrings
Portal inspired earrings featuring everyone's favorite Weighted Companion Cube. Made from polymer clay.
(.5 pts)Tatted "Carnival" Earrings
These tatted earrings measure about 2.5 inches including the earwire. They were the earrings I made when first trying this pattern and they are not perfect. I think they are close enough that no one will notice when they are on opposite sides of your head, but I am still putting them at half a point.
(.25pt)
Reduced!
Wine Glass Charms
6 large and 10 small wine glass charms. Claim all for .25 pt

(.5 pts)
Origami Star Charm Bracelet
Made from magazine pages, coated with Mod Podge to protect shape while wearing
(.5 pt)Key Fobs
Great stocking stuffers! .5 points each!
 

(.25 pt)
Reduced!

Cracked Marbles
All 10 for .25 points.  These are still smooth on the outside, yet cracked on the inside. they catch the light beautifully!
 
(.25 pt)
Reduced!
Polymer Clay Fortune Cookies
Hand painted faces & tags. All measure 1" or less. Claim all for .25 point
Can be turned into crochet stitch markers (lobster claw clasp) or knitting stitch markers (solid ring) for an extra .25 pt. Just let me know in your PM.
 
(.25 pt)
Reduced!
Polymer Clay Octopus and Apple Charms
Hand Painted faces. All measure 1" or less.Claim all for .25 point
Can be turned into crochet stitch markers (lobster claw clasp) or knitting stitch markers (solid ring) for an extra .25 pt. Just let me know in your PM.
 

(.25 pts)
Reduced!

Tree of Life Pendant
Large, probably 3". Made with Turquoise beads
 
(.25 pt)
Reduced!
Polymer Clay and Resin Coaster
Polymer clay filled with resin. Bottom covered with cork
 
(2pts)Supplies: Stencil Lot
Lots of stencils! Approx 130 stencils! Butterflies, letters, numbers, dragonflies, flowers, hearts, snails, insects, smiley faces, etc. Some used, most unused.
(.25 pt)
Reduced!
Supplies: Rubber Stamps
Dinosaurs and an Egg. Claim all for .25 point
 

(.25 pt)
Reduced!

Supplies: White Faux Flowers
Approx 25 flowers. Stems are wired. Claim all for .25 point
(1 pt)Pattern: Preemie-M
1 point each. Claim as Butterick 5896 PR NB S, or Butterick 5439 NB S M. Both are uncut.
(1 pt)Pattern: M-XL
1 point each. Claim as Butterick 5896 M L XL, or Butterick 5439 L XL. 5439 has been cut as XL so if you want the LG you can trace or re-cut. 5896 is uncut.
(1 pt)Patterns: One Size (NB-XL)
1 point each. Claim as McCalls M5567 NB-LG or McCalls M2242 S-XL or McCalls M5648 NB-LG. Patterns are uncut.
(1 pt)Patterns: Size 1-3
1 point each. Choose from McCalls M5085 or McCalls M4814. Patterns are uncut.
(1 pt)Patterns: Accessories
1 point each. Choose from McCalls M5339 Diaper Bag or Butterick B4533 Bibs or Simplicity 3945 Raggedy Ann & Andy. Patterns are uncut.



Claims:
Claims made from me:
     OneRedBoot -  corn-filled heat bags (2) - shipped
     ptarmic wumpus - Emergency Altoid Candle, map (1) - shipped
     Zelda.Suicide - 2 sewing patterns 4424 & 5648(2)
                           - 2 sewing patterns 5567 & 5896(free)


Claims I have made:
     mimiw to HippieKender - D-Rings - 1 pt (O-rings, too, please Smiley )
                               - Cotton Quilting Fabric - 1pt each (Periwinkle)


Points:
Starting: 0
Pending: 2
Current: 1
Total: 3
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22  Re: Tie Dyed Onesies and T-shirts in Dyeing: Completed Projects by HippieKender on: January 06, 2011 08:42:49 AM
Update: Microwaving when tie-dying with RIT dye makes a HUGE difference!


I did not use soda ash.  I squirted the dye on the shirts, let them sit for a couple mins (long enough to wash my hands and rinse out the squirt bottles).  Then I put them in gallon size ziplock baggies.  I closed the baggies and microwaved for 1 minute. My microwave is pretty powerful, so if yours takes longer to heat food you might want to go for longer.  Keep an eye on it though. One of the bags melted a little at the top corner. Didn't make a hole, thank goodness! I then let the shirts cool back down to room temperature before rinsing out and tossing into the washing machine.
The picture I posted shows the difference the microwave makes! I was surprised. The colors are rich and dark (the overall color scheme was supposed to be dark, by request) and didn't fade much when washing.  I did wash on cold and will tell the guys who get these shirts to wash on cold also.
What do you think??
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23  Re: Shop the Swap 45 - Discussion Thread! in New Swap Theme Ideas by HippieKender on: January 03, 2011 03:04:49 PM
Okay, after a little more cleaning of my craft room I found these.
Wine charms and Stencils
Both are listed in my shop for when the next round opens.
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24  Tatted Ornaments in Winter Holidays by HippieKender on: December 26, 2010 03:03:52 PM
I started tatting a few months ago.  I quickly learned that needle tatting is easier for me than shuttle tatting. Wanting to explore my new-found obsession, I decided to make tatted ornaments as gifts this year.  I found this tutorial.  I did have to alter it to fit the ornaments I had, and also accommodate the thread size.
The ornament on the left is closer to the original pattern, and the one on the right is more altered to accommodate using a needle instead of a shuttle.




Each ornament took over 2 hours to complete and totaled about 1070 double stitches (is that 2140 stitches?).  It was well worth the effort though.  Grin
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25  Tie Dyed Onesies and T-shirts - UPDATED! in Dyeing: Completed Projects by HippieKender on: December 23, 2010 10:04:33 AM
I haven't tie-dyed since my sophomore year of high school, but the other day I got it stuck in my head that I NEED to tie-dye.... right NOW!  I had won a contest awhile back so I have tons of Rit dye and 3 onesies that I wasn't sure what to do with.  The onesies will go to a friend who just had a baby.
The first 2 onesies were just scrunched up then dyed.  


They were fun and all, but I wanted some swirl patterns, so I dyed the last onesie and a white t-shirt I found.


The colors washed out.  I'm not sure if I didn't leave the dye on long enough (I was impatient), or if I should have washed in cold instead of warm, or if it's because I didn't soak in soda ash, or if it's just the nature of rit dye.

Son and Daughter were intrigued after seeing the first few attempts, and ran to grab me white t-shirts.  They got to pick the colors for the last batch.


Daughter's came out okay, but son's washed out.  
Any tips for getting those vibrant colors?  Is Rit dye not a good choice?  I used it because I have a ton.  I washed out the sizing from the clothes before dyeing so the only things I can think of are: water temp when rinsing/washing, my lack of soda ash, or the type of dye.
I'm still pleased with the results, and I had tons of fun in the process, but I was hoping for more vibrant colors.

Update: Microwaving when tie-dying with RIT dye makes a HUGE difference!


After reading some comments I decided to try a new technique - the microwave! I did not use soda ash.  I squirted the dye on the shirts, let them sit for a couple mins (long enough to wash my hands and rinse out the squirt bottles).  Then I put them in gallon size ziplock baggies.  I closed the baggies and microwaved for 1 minute. My microwave is pretty powerful, so if yours takes longer to heat food you might want to go for longer.  Keep an eye on it though. One of the bags melted a little at the top corner. Didn't make a hole, thank goodness! I then let the shirts cool back down to room temperature before rinsing out and tossing into the washing machine.
The picture I posted shows the difference the microwave makes! I was surprised. The colors are rich and dark (the overall color scheme was supposed to be dark, by request) and didn't fade much when washing.  I did wash on cold and will tell the guys who get these shirts to wash on cold also.
What do you think??
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26  Re: Craft along for ME- ongoing in Craftalongs by HippieKender on: December 23, 2010 09:11:40 AM
Why do I have such trouble crafting for myself?  I only have 2 pairs of earrings to make as Christmas gifts (yes, I know I only have 2 days), so I took some time to tie-dye.  The end result wasn't for me (3 onesies for a friend's baby, 3 tshirts for my kids), but the process was for me.  I really enjoyed it.  Does that count?  LOL
Did you just want to tie die? In that case I'd say it counts! Cheesy
I totally did! Cheesy I was struck by the sudden desire to tie-dye things (never mind that I hadn't done it since 1995).  I found some onesies that I didn't know what to do with (my kids are 10 and 5) and told the kids to find some white shirts and I went to town! The last 2 shirts I let them pick the colors, ha ha.
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27  Re: Shop the Swap 45 - Discussion Thread! in New Swap Theme Ideas by HippieKender on: December 07, 2010 06:56:29 PM
I was searching for something and came across these two

Origami Star Charm Bracelet and Portal Earrings. I had forgotten I made them Cheesy  They're going into my shop right now.
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28  Re: Shop the Swap 45 - Discussion Thread! in New Swap Theme Ideas by HippieKender on: December 07, 2010 08:58:27 AM
"International Federation for Mustache Advancement"

Definitely this one. Smiley
I like this one as well.

Also, listing polymer clay in my shop. Cleaning out unused craft supplies Smiley

ETA: Adding the pasta/clay machine as well.
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29  Re: Shop the Swap 45 - Discussion Thread! in New Swap Theme Ideas by HippieKender on: December 07, 2010 08:33:07 AM
Finally got around to taking a pic of my polymer clay tools. They are going up in my shop right after I click send on this post.


I will also be listing what clay I have left... as soon as I get a pic of it.  Smiley
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30  Re: Shop the Swap 45 - Discussion Thread! in New Swap Theme Ideas by HippieKender on: December 06, 2010 07:49:03 AM
Mmmm, soap! I  might need to claim some Smiley

I am adding these tatted earrings to my shop right now. They are probably going to be the last crafted item I add this round.  I really need to get cracking on Christmas gifts!


Anyone have some good ideas for a scarf for a boy?  He's 10, likes Star Wars, Bionicles and the color Blue.
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