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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: My Favorite Book Swap (S/U 5/16/16 to 5/31/16; S/O 06/22/16) on: May 25, 2016 01:57:11 PM
Don't be afraid Beautifulsoul, there is no "too anything" in matters of taste! Personally I'd say my taste in books is weird, but I'll definitely join this one. I wasn't quite sure if I could find the time, but I guess I just talked myself into it.

According to the first post we're crafting from/for and sending a book that we love and think our partner will love it too. So I'm already busy trying to come up with Discworld jewelry, but that would mean getting a partner who hasn't read those yet... Or Good Omens. Those are my absolute go tos.

I love so many books, and so many different genres. Lots of thrillers, and Stephen King too (so yes to scary!). Some Rom Com, Jennifer Crusie or Janet Evanovich with a few titles each, Tess Gerritsen, Roald Dahl (Matilda!, BFG, Witches, James & the Giant Peach), many books by Astrid Lindgren, Austen's P&P + S&S, Jane Eyre, James Patterson, John Grisham, historical novels, about Shakespeare, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Dresden Files, about scientists, books where books play important parts... all the books! Most of the time I'll have one or a few favourites for an author and might not know all of her or his titles. I haven't read all by Pratchett for example, but the complete DW plus a few others. I keep re-reading the books I love or rather listen to them as audiobooks. Edgar Wallace & Agatha Christie! And I feel like this is getting slightly ridiculous.

I've stopped finishing books that I don't enjoy, mostly if the main characters annoy me a lot. It seems I don't have as much patience and time as I used to. Does anyone else does this, too? Also I seem to enjoy happy endings, or maybe rather satisfying endings, not necessarily of the happily ever after kind. I need some type of closure.

Ruby, I never read Heidi, but I loved Krabat! Otfried Preusler! Do you like Hrbe mit dem groen Hut? I'd say that one leads straight to the Hobbit. How do you feel about Nesthkchen?
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Big and Little swap - alleviate summer boredom! on: May 22, 2016 12:35:25 PM
Sounds good to me, that way we'll have a bit of our summer vacation to craft.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2016 discussion thread on: May 21, 2016 01:22:58 AM
Thank you for making this swap so much fun, I'll definitely try to be back in fall! I just need to keep crafting on the side so I'll have a nice little stash. Smiley
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 126 (May 2016) on: May 20, 2016 04:58:12 AM
I claim rscowtown for dog tags (due out June 3)

This is my first claim this round: none pending, none in transit, none received.

Hi, my name is Anne. I live in Bremen (in Germany!) with my husband Uwe and little ones: Lea (4) and Hanna (2). I don't like cigarette/cigar smoke, but have no allergies to speak of (some artificial scents mostly, cats and dogs, but that doesn't matter for anything but wearables, and those are washable!). Our house is smoke- and pet-free (except for a few dust bunnies and maybe the odd spider).

My favourite colours are black (esp. for wearables), dark teal, deep purple, dark brown, cream & taupe (sand, milk, stone, wool... think nature), and pink. So: darker intensive or lighter bland colours. I use those colours for the kids as well (but they also get bright ones, like pink, aqua, turquoise, light green). I like plain fabrics, or (stylized) patterns like leaves and blossoms; polka dot... We have decorated our apartment mostly in light colours (white, cream, wood) so colourful stuff is always welcome. Repurposed and/or used is always fine. I usually prefer cotton or other natural fibers over acrylics. Also I'm happy to receive mixed or supply only-claims!

I've set up a board on Pinterest for this swap, links to (almost) all handmade items (or at least pictures) from my list should be here: http://www.pinterest.com/annawahnsinn/craftster-ongoing-wish-list/. Big wishes right now are here, but I have lots of things I want on other Pinterest boards, so if you find something there... Especially here http://www.pinterest.com/annawahnsinn/jewelry-id-love-to-receive/ or here http://www.pinterest.com/annawahnsinn/t-shirts-i-want-to-make/ I love the four shirts I've received so far and am wearing them constantly. But I still want more!

Please keep in mind that I love miniatures! So if there is something you want to make, but shipping costs are too high, maybe it would also work out on a small to tiny scale? Especially if it's supposed to go on the wall.

O "Things to take"-thingy like this https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495755580/. Three pockets or even just one wider pocket with a hook would be ideal for wallet, phone & keys. Can have just small grommets or loops, as they will go onto a wall instead of a doorknob
O Ironing board cover for small folding table http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495381080/ (I have one exactly like that) or
O Iron tote (folds out to ironing mat) https://de.pinterest.com/pin/171981279499626123/
O Quiet Book pages to go into a A5 two-hole-folder (15x20cm, 6x8"). Anything is welcome, but I have some pages already. (For two kids I'll gladly take dupicates because you know that whatever the one has is the wanted by the other!) https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279497260440/ I'll gladly do the punching & put grommets in! Of course I realize that even one single page can be much more than a medium.
O If anyone has a nice dark black/teal/brown jersey (solid or patterned) and maybe a serger, I'd love a very simple, plain tunic. It would have to be pretty large, though, XXL or XXXL.
O Something like the Bloom dress for a woven? Without the slit, though.) https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279498638544/ (free pattern from sewtinagivens.com)
O Binding or bias tape: patterned or solid, scrappy or single colour, from a fat quarter or a long strip from a sheet...
O Some type of bike basket/bag to be attached to the handle to carry a medium/smallish purse or some type of purse that I can attach to my bike (I'm using the bike to get to work) maybe https://de.pinterest.com/pin/171981279499626295/ or https://de.pinterest.com/pin/171981279499626257/ or https://de.pinterest.com/pin/171981279499623937/

Knit or crochet
O Yoga socks/ boot cuffs / leg warmers to warm my ankles (I want to keep on wearing dresses and skirts this fall and winter), some examples I like right here: https://www.pinterest.com/annawahnsinn/craftster-ongoing-wish-list/ (I received a very pretty pair in purple; maybe some cream coloured ones?)
O An otherwise fast and easy hat with a leaves overlay like this? https://de.pinterest.com/pin/171981279496093434/
O Knit berry baby hat http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/berry-baby-hat for heads 50cm/20" in a similar soft purple or strawberry red (if you add pips in the strawberry so it won't look like a tomato: yellow please!) or raspberry pink or blueberry indigo... I'd love two because the girls keep fighting for the now too small one we received two years ago...
O Spiral heel socks http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279493860489/
O Any socks really, cable, plain, or self-striping, knit or or crochet...
O Owl hat Knit: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279494719195//owl-hat-4  50cm/20" or (or big wish: 60/65cm for me!) in that classic light mottled grey grey or a nice cool brown shade! Crochet pattern also available! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495143479/
O Big wish: A big, beautiful purple Beanie maybe like this one made by lydiaharper for mermaidcafe but I need it for myself, so for a 60cm head! https://de.pinterest.com/pin/171981279498941677/ It doesn't have to be that pattern, or really any pattern at all, it just has to be long and wide enough so it doesn't keep slipping upwards on my hair. A deep teal or black would be lovely, too. My ravelry favourites are here: http://www.ravelry.com/people/annawahnsinn/favorites

O Flat dark stone pendant with 4 crystals (or glittery glass) like this (two smaller, two larger) https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279494784538/
O Glow-in-the-dark tree of life pendant pretty much like this: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279496850831/
O Han and Leia rings - one saying "i love you" and the other "i know"
O Mini hooplas or tiny art, as in inchies or rinchies (maybe even as large as twinchies?) in your favourite medium. Maybe somthing from here as an inspiration? http://www.pinterest.com/annawahnsinn/artwork-hoopla-inchie-inspiration/, I bet those would make great pendants! I don't wear brooches, but I have lots of supplies to make me a necklace for your piece of art!
O Anything Labyrinth or Calvin & Hobbes for me... painted, sketched, etched, crochet, knit, Fimo, sewn, beaded, woven, whittled, embroidered, whatever!

O Smallish Fauxdori or similar notebook (cover), or a spiralbound one would be great! Either for me, or something my little ones can use as organizers, because they each really, really want one. Especially the 4yo because she's a big girl now and needs one, like mommy. Around 4x6" maybe?
O Something small printed/stamped/embroidered with dandelions on it: A tea wallet, a notebook, a little zippered coin purse or tampon wallet, a headphone keeper, pendant, anything! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279497094302/
O Covered tape measure: sheep, zebra, penguin, kitten, or something completely different! Even a plain one in a cute/ptretty/cool fabric without any critters. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495378003/
O Lanterns for tea lights or candles made from cans with holes hammered into them, example: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279496269433/ - pretty or funny.
O Han and Leia Mugs - please include "i love you" and "i know" (bottom inside would be my favourite!) https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279494131098/
O mini stamps for "filofaxing" - appointments, birthdays, dates, movies, etc. - also work well for greeting cards (a candle, a cake or cupcake...)!  (various on my OWS board)
O larger stamps - a simple leaf design, or swirls, also maybe flowers in parts, or something like one of those castle stamp sets. meant to go on t-shirts
O Leather planner/organizer cover like this http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495377730/ in A6 so I can put a regular notebook and a calendar in it (or like the smaller Moleskine flex). I love plain oiled leather in (dark) brown.
O Screen printing kit (I would so love to try this!)
O Pillowcases: 40cm/16 inch square, some examples here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495381076/  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495381077/  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495381087/ or here http://www.pinterest.com/annawahnsinn/artwork-hoopla-inchie-inspiration/
O Mini hooplas/wall art for my room in the doll house (because there is no space for a real hoopla wall and I love tiny things!). So inchies or rinchies in your favourite medium. Maybe somthing from here as an inspiration? http://www.pinterest.com/annawahnsinn/artwork-hoopla-inchie-inspiration/
O Stand-up thingy for tablet (to look at sewing instructions while sewing...) (the bookish kind?) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279494649573/
O Yarn bowl - this pottery one http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279494249555/ is my absolute favourite (the colour, the little stars!), but I'd love one made from a wooden bowl too. Or even from a large plastic cup, as long as it's fun to look at and doesn't topple over or hop around the room while I'm working. (If it's large enough, I can always put a stone in as a weight! Right now I'm using a smallish sugar pot.)
O Anything Labyrinth for me... crochet, knit, Fimo, sewn, embroidered, whatever, useful or just pretty...
O Calvin & Hobbes - again anything "pretty" and/or useful
O Something "Where the Wild Things Are" or "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"... loved by me and my daughters!

Embellished / Decorated Shirts *big wish!*
I love the ones I've received so far and am wearing them constantly!
I prefer a round, wide neckline, so a scoop neck or boatneck would be best (don't like anything too close to the throat). A deep and wide V-neck would be okay, too. And I love 3/4 sleeves (or long), but tees or tanks are always fine, too. Love both cotton with a bit of stretch as well as cotton only; also very thin fabrics. Women's plus size 24/26 or 3x. As for colour, black/white/grey is completely fine, as are any of my favourites.
If possible, I prefer stencilled/drawn/painted/appliqued/embroidered etc. over the printable iron-ons, because these tend to get destroyed in our washing machine, even in the wool cycle. I've received some awesome vinyl iron-ons, they work great!
Themes: Anything you think might work for me, or see here for ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/annawahnsinn/t-shirts-i-want-to-make/
Some ideas:
O XKCD t-shirts (baby, natural parenting, grownups, counter-clockwise)
O Rickroll shirt for me - something like this, or completely different... http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279494328944/ Or can just be Rick Astley, without rolling...
O Again anything Labyrinth for me... Jareth, or a quotation, or... preferably in black and white (or a teeny bit glittery?)
O Calvin & Hobbes (I love: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495095892/)

Supplies (scraps or used is fine, as are supply only claims!)
O NEW aquabeads or perler beads my daughter's new passion!
O Frixion pens: highlighters and especially those tiny stamps!
O Chunky Yarn in my colours, or kiddie colours, natural fibers preferred ("we" are starting loom knitting)
O Always: fabric! (esp. solid black!, teals; purples, or smaller patterns, esp. polka dots)
O Always: Sewing thread! All the colours.
O Embroidery hoops! All sizes, especially 4-8" - but if you have a smaller or larger one, those are very welcome, too!
O Fabric paint (plain, or can also be glittery, metallic or pearlescent) - I love the kind that doesn't have to be ironed to fix the paint. Some just have to dry for a few days, other go into the oven.
O Fimo soft (all the colours!) and Fimo Effect and Fimo Kids
O Plain white silk scarves, shawls, foulards, handkerchieves etc. for me to paint
O Binding or bias tape (bought or handmade, plain or patterned)
O Metal stamping blanks & stamps (stamps: especially tiny plain hearts (filled or outline), small/tiny stars, a dandelion set (flower & fluff))
O Fabric or anything really (used is great: bedsheet, pillowcase, totebag, scraps, yardage...) from these: original care bears, forever friends (the teddy bears!), classic pooh (the e. h. shepard drawings), very hungry caterpillar, barbapapa, moomins, gruffalo and a new addition here: Peppa Pig for the 2yo. Also Frozen: Elsa for the 4yo, Anna & Olaf for the 2yo.
O gift card/voucher/coupon for Sayila.nl, Beadworks (UK), Beadaholique (UK) and Etsy

If you want to claim me for something that is not on my lists, don't worry and just go ahead! Chances are I'll realize how desperately I want & need it anyway as soon as you claim me for it! So: Thank you for claiming me!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: IYP 28? (time for another round of Invite Your Partner?) on: May 17, 2016 04:11:36 AM
I'm up for the next round, too! I'm also fine with lowkey or large projects.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Big and Little swap - alleviate summer boredom! on: May 17, 2016 02:01:19 AM
I'd love to join this with my 4yo and probably get to add a little something from the 2yo as well. She has seen me crafting for swaps and has been asking to send (and receive!) a swap package herself, so this would be the perfect start.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 125 (April 2016) on: May 13, 2016 03:45:34 PM
Just popping in to say I'm still here, and to show off the great t-shirt I received from texscrapper today! It is black and white, not tight at the throat but no v-neck, and it has one of my all time favourites on it!

My personal Bender shirt!


Happy! (And exhausted, just came in from the playground.)

Thanks texscrapper, I love this! And if you ever want to claim me another shirt again, don't hesitate, feel free to make this one again over and over. Because I am going to wear it out!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 126 (May 2016) on: May 10, 2016 01:01:50 PM
I hadn't even noticed I had run out of current swaps! Might be because I'm late on last month's OWS item (sorry Avie! I'm working on it. Hard.) but now that you told me it felt so weird I had to sign up immediately.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 125 (April 2016) on: May 10, 2016 08:27:57 AM
Now that I see you mention it... I'll be signing up! most likely just for one or two claims, this working mom stuff is still new for me, totally cuts into my crafting time.  Cheesy

talk about being blonde.... I am so sorry I totally zoned out and forgot to set up a May OWS, and here it is the 10th and I just realized it.

going now to set it up.... will post linky to it soon as its ready

So many of us seemed swamped... Hey Laurel, are we taking a break in May? If you open it up, I will sign up again, but it would probably be like this last round where I only have time for maybe 1 claim. It sure would be nice if someone found a way to make days just another hour or two longer.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: STS Spring Market 2016- Swap Gallery on: May 04, 2016 05:35:48 AM
I received my fat quarters, tea wallet and mystery egg from Smeddley today, and I just had to show off what she made for me!

Group shot with the "egg" I told her to leave out the egg so she could mail the stuff in a flat envelope. I was thinking about a ziplog baggy, but hadn't imagined getting a custom made felt egg pouch Cheesy

Very handy for me, as I do most of my beading with seed beads, and I love the findings, especially the heart shaped toggle clasps and the tiny picture frame pendants.

The tea wallet, in black and white, with the fabric reversed on the inside and some polka dot (Red Chai and Eggnogg teas included) and the cutest little birds' nest pendant, brown wire and aqua blue eggs Wink

Thank you so much Smeddley, I love it!
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