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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / We Have to Go Back!! - TV SHOW: LOST Swap on: January 02, 2009 09:43:40 AM
Hey all!
    I was wondering, since LOST is starting up again on Jan. 21st, if anyone was interested in doing a SWAP?  I have been re-watching all the previous seasons to prepare for the newest,  Roll Eyes, and would enjoy swapping.

What do you all think??  If there are not too many people intrested, i'm game for a personal swap as well!!
 Grin
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / It's Log, Log, Log, Log! It's better than bad, IT'S GOOD! on: November 26, 2008 06:15:39 AM
I think this is in the right spot, since it carries something. 

Anyways, I made this for my partner in the Tree Swap!  DizzyDragonfly is an avid knitter (and a very good one), so I wanted to make her a bag to carry her yarn!  Thus....




Side view with stitching detail!


How old is this yarn log?? hmm.. let me count the rings!!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Harry Potter - Chess Set on: November 16, 2008 09:42:09 PM
For a SWAP I was in, my partner and I did a HP Side SWAP.  My partner seems to be best great friends with her sister and they like to play games, so I tried to come up with something they could do together.  Thus, Harry Potter CHESS!! 


Gryffindors vs. Slytherins!


Gryffindors


Slytherins


The castles I tried to make look like towers, for the knights I put the characters on Broomstricks, the Bishops had wands, and the king/queen had crowns.  Voldemort is the king for the slytherins...thus Nagini


My kitty taking out a death eater...

I got the idea for these cute little guys from http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=217174.0  Artful's creations! She is really creative with her polymer work!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / GALLERY Hayao Miyazaki/ Studio Ghibli Swap MAIL BY (11/12/08) on: November 05, 2008 07:08:50 AM
Post the goods here!!

Orginal thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270791.0

Color coding:

blue = sent
orange = received
purple = sent and received

lime green = sending late with communication
red = no communication/contact your organizer immediately

strikethrough = feedback given

Crafters Participating:
1.  LilFiney
2.  Medli
3.  Jennyseven
4.  Cursive_Queen
5.  Trisha2010
6.  Antler_Girl
7.  shdwstrm
8.  pinupmommy
9. tigarlilly
10. TwistMySister
11. amybarnett
12.tyney123
13. chibilightangel
14. Harvey
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Butterflies and Flowers for Baby!! on: September 30, 2008 06:57:49 PM
My boss had a baby girl, two days after my birthday.  She had an original due date for my birthday... so I decided the little tyke needed a quilt.  Here is my first little person quilt!





As you can see in the pics, I am getting a little puckering after I wash... is it cause it's shrinking?? (I have not been pre-washing).. hmm.... 
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Hayao Miyazaki/ Studio Ghibli Swap SIGNUP(9/27/08-10/7/08) MAIL BY (11/12/08) FINISHED on: September 27, 2008 08:54:36 AM
Swap name: Hayao Miyazaki/ Studio Ghibli Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:LilFiney
Sign-up date range: 9/27/08-10/7/08
Date to send item by: 11/12/08

Limited to a certain number of people? No.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Age requirement? 13+  (But if Under 18, please have parental permission!!)

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

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 13 years old: YES


Details of swap:
This is a Hiyao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli Swap!! Anything that is Studio Ghibli related is acceptable. Some examples: T-shirts, tote bags or other things with the characters or actors on them, stuffies, poppets, amigurmi, jewelry and accessories. Stuffed versions of the characters and everything!! 


A few Miyazaki Films:
Gake no ue no Ponyo
... aka Ponyo on the Cliff (English Title)
Mizugumo monmon
Yadosagashi
Hoshi wo katta hi
Hauru no ugoku shiro
... aka Howl's Moving Castle (English title)
Mei to Koneko basu
... aka Mei and the Kitten Bus (English title)
Koro no dai-sanpo
Kujira tori
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi 
... aka Miyazaki's Spirited Away (English title) 
Mononoke-hime
... aka Princess Mononoke (USA)
On Your Mark (1995)
Kurenai no buta (1992)
... aka Porco Rosso (English title)
Majo no takkybin (1989)
... aka Kiki's Delivery Service (USA)
Tonari no Totoro (1988)
... aka My Neighbor Totoro (USA) 
Tenk no shiro Rapyuta (1986)
... aka Castle in the Sky (DVD title) 
Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984)
... aka Nausica of the Valley of the Wind (USA)
Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (1979)
... aka Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (English title)

Studio Ghibli Includes:
Movies such as "Graves of the FireFlies, the Cat Returns, etc."

Previous Swaps for Inspiration:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=213965.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=49905.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=127543.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=123853.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224459.0

We will be crafting based on the points system. The minimum requirement for this swap will be 5 points. Partners can decide amongst themselves to send more than the minimum. Here are the point values:
3 points: Large=3+ crafting hours
2 points: Medium=2-3 crafting hours
1 point: Small=2 crafting hours or less

Ex.  One large and Two Smalls would fulfill the requirement of the swap.

A FEW MORE RULES:
You MUST put Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli - Sent, Receiverd, Question, or Questionnaire in ALL of your PM's
You MUST post in the thread at least ONCE a week, so you don't go MIA!
You MUST purchase a DC# if you AND your partner live within the USA, KEEP your receipt if you ship international  for proof!!
You MUST PM me AND your partner when you send and receive.
Feedback will NOT be given until you have SENT,RECEIVED and POSTED PICTURES!!!


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
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 13 years old (yes/no)

1.What sorts of things are you most comfortable crafting?
1B. What is your skill level in these crafts? (for example: ultra newbie, middle of the road, uber crafter, etc)
2.Is there anything that you would really like made for you?
2B. Is there a craft skill you would like an item made out of (crochet, sewing, clay, paper craft, etc):
3.Favorite colors?
4.Colors you really don't like?
5.Sizes relating to tshirt/pants/socks/slippers? 
6.Is there anything that you absolutely would not want?
7. What are your favorites Studio Ghibil/Miyazki film ?
7a.What are you favorite Studio Ghibli/Miyazki characters/actors?
8.What is your least favorite Ghibli Film?
8a. What are your least favorite Ghibli characters/actors?
9.Are there any fabrics/yarns that you cannot stand?
10.Allergies?
11.Do you smoke or come from a smoking household?
12.Do you own any pets?
13.Do you have access to a digital camera so that you can take pictures of what you receive and post them in the gallery? (posting pictures is mandatory so please make other arrangements if you do not have or do not have access to a camera)
14. Do you have a Wists, MySpace, Blog, etc. that your partner can get to know you from?
Tell your partner something about yourself.  Please go crazy herethe more info, the better:

Keep in mind when filling out the questionnaire that the more specific you are about what you LIKE and do NOT LIKE, the easier it is to pair you up!   Personally, I like to allow my swap partners the flexibility to craft the things they love to craftwhile keeping in mind my tastes.  Also, please do not ask for items that are completely out of the realm of possibilityyour partner is not going to knit you a sweater in a few weeks, and if you give them no other ideas, its going to be difficult to figure out what to craft you!  Also, I do believe that mentions of anything that can be perceived as controversial (i.e. religion, politics, etc.) should be left out of your questionnaire UNLESS it pertains to what you can/cant receive from someone.  Then, AND ONLY THEN, it should be stated in this way:  Due to religious, political, personal beliefs, I do not want to receive anything that is (fill in the blank).   

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Crafters Participating:
1.  LilFiney
2.  Medli
3.  Jennyseven
4.  Cursive_Queen
5.  Trisha2010
6.  Antler_Girl
7.  shdwstrm
8.  pinupmommy
9. tigarlilly
10. TwistMySister
11. amybarnett
12.tyney123
13. chibilightangel
14. Harvey

PARTNERS!!
LilFiney<------>Trisha2010
Medli<------>tigarlilly
Jennyseven<----->amybarnett
Cursive_Queen<----->Harvey
Antler_Girl<------->TwistMySister

shdwstrm SENDS to tyney123
tyney123 SENDS to chibilightangel
chibilightangel SENDS to shdwstrm
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bridesmaids Quilts!! on: September 15, 2008 06:12:45 AM
I just got  married, a month ago today! Hooray! And last May, I was trying to figure out presents for my bridesmaids.  My mom, fiance and I had been working away on ALOT of DIY projects for wedding and I had just finished doing the calligraphy on all of the addresses and had mailed out the invites... and had nothing to do (at the time).

I was wandering around Joann's, when they were having one of their "Calico" Quilt sales (like 40% off a yard), and I thought, "Wow... Wouldn't it be cool if I could make a Quilt for each bridesmaid??"  So, having completed 3 quilts on my own, I decided that this task was definitely possible. (ha. ha.. ha.)

I  found a book (which was ALSO on sale, gotta love Joann's).. It was Eleanor Burn's "Quilt in a Day: Log Cabin".  I peaked through it, saw how "assembly line" the process was, and was sold.  I bought enough fabric for 5 different quilts, for a total of 35 DIFFERENT bolts of fabric riding around in my cart... (I experienced one RUDE cutting lady, but that's a different  post).  ANYWAYS... after a couple of weekends being chained to my sewing machine, numerous needles and tears of frustration... One trip to my grandma's where we spent the whole weekend tying the quilts... I finished them..  Grin  Which makes me VERY happy, cause I have a hard time finishing projects (looks at the three quilt tops stashed in a tote).

ANYWAYS! In ALL their glory!!



Each bridesmaid had a quilt that either matched a part of their house and/or their personality. 


This is the "Pink" quilt.  This bridesmaid is a beauty pageant runner-up and is OBSESSED with pink.. Thus, a pink one.  However, the girl sitting next to her is very traditional and has her living room done in earth tones.   Cheesy


I did extra long twins for the size, so they would fit the boyfriends too.  Andie (who is 5'11) LOVED the fact that she finally had a blanket that went over her head.


Yeah! It smells yummy!

Thanks for letting me share!  I am still tickled with myself that I was able to get this accomplished!! 

EDIT:  Overall cost for each quilt.. Around $70. Seriously.  I tracked this for my "budget".  I waited and WAITED for sales on batting, etc.  Bought bolts of nice fabric in the Clearance sections at different fabric stores for my backing.  Used thread that was on sale, etc.    $70 may seem like a lot of money for the gifts, but only 2 of the 5 lived within 300 Miles of the wedding... three of them lived out of state and had to either fly/drive 10+ hours just to get there.  (Everyone moved away when they graduated last summer)
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Basting Gun Show down on: July 01, 2008 06:39:28 AM
I remember reading on a post here awhile ago about a basting gun, and last time I was at Joanns I looked at it. 

BUT!!  From that post (which of course, I can't seem to find) some people seemed to be "ok" with it and others were horrified by it. 

This is my dilemma... for my wedding (August 15th) I made 5 quilts, one for each of my bridesmaids.  I have all of the tops put together, am putting together the backing and am getting ready to layer them out.  I had originally planned on pinning them off (safety pins) and rolling them up and taking them back to my parents.  My mom, grandma, Aunt and I are having a "slave day" i mean, "tying party" and tying all of the quilts. 

The plan is to have them pinned in the place where I want the ties to go, so two of us will be stringing while the others will knot. 

SO THE WHOLE POINT of this crazy, wicked long post:

Would the basting gun be a good alternative to dragging a million safety pins??  The pins do pull on the fabric a bit and make a hole, but the floss from the tying should help hide that... 

If basting guns do the same thing (make little holes) would this be a good alternative to all that pinning??

Thanks!!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Fleece Puppy Bed with Tutorial on: March 29, 2008 05:18:10 PM
I was wandering through the stores, trying to find a good bed for our puppy...but I was having a hard time letting myself spend 15-some bucks on a bed... SO i went to Joann's and looked at McCall's patterns, and saw this.... BUT I didn't use the pattern, just stole the idea.





I bought the fleece in the remnant bin, spending a total of 5 bucks on that and another 2 dollars on polyfill... The puppy just LOVES it.  The best part is, she likes to chew on the "tags" on the sides, and then she grabs 'em and tries to pull her bed around. Smiley

If anyone is interested, I will put up a tut on how i did it.  It's not complicated at all!



First off, thanks so much for all the feedback!!  I was SO proud of how my little fleece bed made it to a Hot Post!! Grin

and now, it's the tut!!  i apologize if it's too simplified, but i wanted to make it very clear in case people have never made tied blankets before.

the concept is based on tied fleece blankets, so if you know how to do it, this will be super easy for you!

first off, the supplies

  • fleece (i used two different colors, which i bought from the remnant bin, bought around a yard EACH
  • scissors or a rotary cutter
  • ruler
  • safety pins
  • polyfill or some other sort of filling

the next thing i did was lay out the fabric one on top of the other, the sides i don't want showing facing IN, then i folded the fleece in half, so it would reduce the cutting time



i decided on how big to make this one, the first one i just sort of cut out an oval shape to make it larger, but this one i wanted to be a circle. i measured how far it was from the fold to the end, which was around 19 inches.  then i measured 19 inches from the bottom, pinned my tape measure to that spot, and preceded to spin the tape around like the hands on a clock, and put in a safety pin every once and awhile.... hopefully the pictures will help this make sense.  i did this to try to make a nice circle.


the center pin which i rotated around


the measurement out from the center pin


the final pin layout

i cut along the pins to help keep it in a circle shape, then i unfolded it.

pretty close, cept for the selvage

i put a safety pin the middle, to keep both pieces from slipping too much while i was cutting

then i determined how big i wanted my tags to be.  i made mine 4 inches long and 1.5 inches wide, i measured the first one, and then just free hand cut following the first cut around the circle.


the first cut


what it looks like around the entire circle, you can use either scissors and i have heard of people using rotary cutters and cutting mats

after its cut, then i begin to tie knots.. which is just a normal square knot.  i usually try to tie evenly (hope i explain this okay), i pick one color, ex. the yellow and I will tie that first, then tie the blue on top.  this keeps both sides of the tag even.

remember to keep these TIGHT so stuffing doesn't come out,
WARNING: don't pull TOO hard, sometimes the fleece will rip  Shocked

continue this around the entire circle, EXCEPT for the last 3 or so (about 5 inches)  it will begin to get all bunch and ugly looking.

in progress, notice the wrinkling...


all knotted, except for the last few

yeah! almost done!! :-)  now take your choice of filling, for me it was polyfill (the cheapest stuff, ha ha)  when I am stuffing, i rip apart the polyfill, trying to give it a bit more air.  stuff your bed however you want, i did some extra in this one, trying to give it some more loft!  when you are satisfied with your stuffing, just tie off the last three and WAH LAH! all done!

NOTE:  since the two pieces are the same size, i noticed that whatever piece is on top tends to have extra "wrinkles" in it.  if you don't want any wrinkles, maybe you can make the circle a few inches smaller?? but i am not sure on how to do that at all.  Tashi (my puppy) really likes the extra wrinkles, she "digs"  around in her bed and tries to hide her toys.. so up to you!



let me know if you have any questions!! and please post your beds if you make some! it will be really cool to see everybody's "babies" hanging out! :-)

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / A Rag Quilt Disaster! on: February 29, 2008 06:47:00 AM
I've been working on this flannel French Rose quilt for the last couple of weeks.  I finally got it all quilted and bound last night.  Was super excited and through it in the wash... and WAH LAH!! PROBLEMS!



Was thinking.. It's so pretty! when...



I think what I did wrong, was that my stitches were either to long, or they were too close to the end...

But now the question is, how can I fix it? It's already quilted, bound, AND washed..

I was thinking maybe trying to put a patch in.. Any ideas??
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