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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Dresses and clothes for Black apple dolls? on: January 04, 2013 11:05:01 AM
I love making Black Apple dolls as gifts. They are so adorable! The only problem I'm having is making cute doll clothes for them! I see lots of people making the dolls but nobody is posting any cute clothes! I have a basic dress pattern drafted but I hate it! Its so boxy looking! Has anyone had any success at making some easy clothes for black apple dolls? (I can make skirts for them easily! just not dresses or jackets or anything else!!)

Don't know what a black apple doll is? Its these awesome things!!

http://www.marthastewart.com/264299/black-apple-doll
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Rant- making a dual purpose halloween costume to fit over a snow suit! on: October 22, 2012 11:19:20 AM
I just wanted to take a moment and rant to all my fellow crafters. I live in the Rocky Mountains of Canada. And of course this year we got early snow! And sadly the forecast is just calling for more and more of it between now and Halloween! I already finished my son's costume of a dino. Now I'm onto my daughter's bird costume. Of course this snow has really thrown a wrench into my plans! I am now having to make sure the costumes can be worn over their snow suits for actual Halloween and without the snow suit for school and parties! UGHS!

makes me really hate the snow right now! Why couldn't it wait till Nov 1st to come down? Why oh why!

Thankfully I'm doing a semi easy A line dress for my daughter's costume. I just had to chop it apart to add 6 more inches to fit over her darn poofy jacket! And I still have to figure out how to make it look cute and not to giant for school, dance, and the party that is happening before that! (thinking of cinching it in on the sides maybe?)

ok. that's my rant to snow and halloween costume making!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Spots on fabric after washing it on: October 18, 2012 01:27:21 PM
I'm a pre-washer of fabrics. Its what my Grandma taught me to do. The other day I came home with some cheap green broadcloth to use on my son's dinosaur costume for Halloween. I threw it in the wash like normal. Today I went to cut into it and noticed that there are spots all over it now! It looks like oil stains but I doubt its oil. (I haven't washed anything oiley in my washer lately and have recently cleaned the sucker too!)

It seems like this has been happening to me lately and I don't know why!! Anyone have any suggestions or thoughts?
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Tea Cozy swap? on: October 16, 2012 09:07:06 AM

Source: http://retro-mama.blogspot.ca/2010/02/tea-riffic.html

I've been playing with this idea for a while and was hoping others might like it too. Would anyone be up for a fun tea cozy swap? I figure we could all swap tea or french press cozies. (maybe even some mug cozies!) They could be sewn or knit/crocheted.

I personally feel like my tea pot needs some crazy cozy action since its now officially fall!

Anyone up to join?
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / How to color a plastic embroidery hoop?? on: August 21, 2012 07:14:35 PM
This is not me telling you how to do it! Sorry!

I needed a 7inch embroidery hoop for a swap but in my small town I had very very little choice! The only one I could get was a plastic one and its blue! Its not a bad blue, but it doesn't go with the embroidery and fabric I did. So now I'm sitting here staring at it trying to figure out how to color it. Paint it? Wrap it? I don't know! What will work! (its kinda like those fake wood looking ones, it rolls onto the white inner hoop.)

I'm afraid to try painting it. I don't want it to come off on the fabric. I don't know if wrapping it in ribbon will work because of the way it rolls onto the inner hoop. I even thought about modge podging. But I just don't know what will work, stick to it and look good! Ugh.

Any suggestions? Anything you've tried that worked??
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer Vs Brother on: August 11, 2012 09:48:35 AM
I know that alot of people are asking the same question as me. Fix the old machine or buy a new one. I had an awesome Kenmore a few years back but gave it to my sis in law when my hubby got me a new machine for Mothers day. Now 3 years later that nice machine he got me is dying! Its a Singer that was a walmart special. And its CRAP! I'm really torn right now with having it fixed or buying a new one. I keep looking at brothers and drooling over them! (though this time I'm making sure not to get it from walmart!!)

Anyone have any thoughts on Brother vs singers?

I've really thought about taking mine in for service but our small town only has 1 place to do it and will cost me $100! (thats just for the cleaning and basic service, not for fixing anything!) funny thing is the machine cost only $80 on clearance! so its hard to justify spending more then that on cleaning and basics and hoping that will fix the irritations it is causing me! (And I'm pretty sure it needs a part or something since it does not sound happy when I use it)

I really have my eye on this brother right now: http://www.joann.com/brother-xr9500-project-runway-computerized-sewing-machine/zprd_11188869a/
(sadly joann doesn't ship their sewing machines to canada! boo, but at least amazon does!)
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Proof of sending within an international country on: July 02, 2012 10:56:23 AM
I feel like this has been asked before, but I can't find the answer right now!

How do you keep proof of sending when your sending within your own country (that is not the states??)
Its easy when you send overseas because you have the customs slip. But if your sending within Canada (like me) then how do you show proof? Our tracking numbers are super expensive and they don't exactly give you a receipt for your other packages. Thoughts anyone? I always have anxiety that my package will get lost and I will have no proof to show I sent. (other then the picture of the items I sent).
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mug Rug Swap R3 Gallery on: January 24, 2012 12:21:07 PM
Discussion thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401514.0



Mug Rugs Galore! by thejoycottage, on Flickr


Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback

SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizer and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) I will be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures (This is why it is important for you to take pictures of your items, just in case your partner does not) *Please PM if there is difficulty with pictures.*


Sent
Partner has Received
Feedback
Late with communication
Late WITHOUT communication - Please PM us!

Canamharris' Group
Thimbles71 <>  Costumesaremylife
Oodelally  <>  CraftyMamaBee
the_trademarks  <>  xxmyjelloxx
the_trademarks  <>  Waggonswest
k8kre8s  <>  Sinellia
Bakeneko  <>  thefourthwall
MosFATAL  <>  Pearljam94
waterbaby  <>  Pearljam94

9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Mug Rug Swap R3 (SU Closed; Sendout 2/8/12) on: January 06, 2012 08:17:28 PM
Is a coaster just to small for your drink but a placemat is just to big? Then you NEED a mug rug!  Please join us for Round 3 of Mug Rug awesomeness!!


Mug Rugs Galore! by thejoycottage, on Flickr


Round 1 discussion: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369416.0
Round 1 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371365
Round 2 Discussion:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390138.0
Round 2 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391152.0

In this swap well be crafting one mug rug for our partners.

- Mug rugs can vary in size and shape but should be roughly around 5 x 8.
- Any techniques can be usedpatchwork, embroidered, knit, etc. but keep in mind that the rug should be able to absorb a bit of moisture and protect surfaces from warm drinks.
- Please only send one completed mug rug to your partner. No extras.
- There is a 2 partner option for those who want to make and receive 2 partners! (please see description below!)
- We have only a 3 week crafting time this round.
- Posting to the discussion thread or PMing organizers is required at least every 2 weeks.
- Have fun!!

Swap name: Mug Rug Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Canamharris
Sign-up date range: 1/6/2012 - 1/18/2012
Date to send item by: Feb 8 2012

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no (Thank you co-organizerBakeneko)

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES


Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


If you want to participate, Please send the below Questionnaire to me (your organizer), Canamharris in a private message


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Mug Rug Swap R3
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (as would need to appear for mailing)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

Type of rug you are planning on making (sewn, knitted, crocheted):
Type of rug you would like to receive (sewn, knitted, crocheted, any):

What general themes do you like (vintage, modern, cutesy, country, etc)?
Are there any themes that you really dont like?

Colors youd like to receive?
Colors youd prefer not to receive?

Would you prefer to have one partner or two partners?* (See notes below for more info.)

Do you have specific ideas or inspirations that would help your partner personalize your piece (Wists, Etsy Favorites, Flickr, etc)?
Anything else youd like your partner to know?


*Selecting Two Partners
If you opt for having two partners then you will be paired up twice. This will require that you communicate, craft for and send a mug rug to two different partners. See the example below...
Participants
Person A - 2 partners
Person B - 1 partner
Person C - 1 partner
Person D - 1 partner
Person E - 1 partner
Partners
Person A <> Person B
Person A <> Person C
Person D <> Person E

Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizer and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) I will be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures (This is why it is important for you to take pictures of your items, just in case your partner does not) *Please PM if there is difficulty with pictures.*

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


GALLERY: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402634.0
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / How do you decide that a swapper is a flake? on: October 29, 2011 04:18:40 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm in the middle of organizing my first swap and just needed a little clarification from others. When do you determine that a person is a flake? Ex. Its almost 2 weeks past sendout dates, the person has been in contact with you but keeps giving you sendout dates promises that never happen. When do you just give up on them? How do you handle this type of situation? Basically how long do you wait for them to send before getting an angel?

Thanks for your help and suggestions!
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