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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: November 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Gallery & Discussion on: November 27, 2015 12:43:08 PM
Waiting for the final claim (mine) to arrive at Treemoon's house. It took a little detour: From Bremen via Frankfurt it went straight to New York, on to NJ, back to NY and from there straight back to Frankfurt, Germany! (Why? *insert whiny voice here*) Luckily someone somewhere was alert enough to not have it come back home but sent it on again. It is now in NY again (as if today). Whew. At least it didn't go to Brazil this time!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery & Discussion Rounds 119, 120, 121 on: November 27, 2015 12:34:46 PM
Great car organizer! And I love the Cars fabric being used for this. (I have to get hubby to finally dig out his cars from the basement, so far we only have 6 or so, not much organization needed Wink) Is it made to be rolled or folded up, or will you hang it on the wall?

I have some of that fabric, we couldn't ever decide on what to make from it. A car organizer might just be perfect! Especially as by now both girls love both Cars movies. Lea loves Lightning, Hanna loves Mater (he's called Hook here), and those are both on it.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery & Discussion Rounds 119, 120, 121 on: November 26, 2015 05:12:29 AM
The photographer is at my 4yo's daycare today. They offer appointments for siblings... And now guess who left a black marker on the desk last night, and who has a 2yo with a fotoshooting today?  Roll Eyes Yeah. Brilliant. I think I got it off her face and hands this morning, the legs won't show...
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery & Discussion Rounds 119, 120, 121 on: November 24, 2015 10:54:03 AM
Thanks Averia and snowyangel! Making them is fun.

I just sent in my December questionnaire, too.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery & Discussion Rounds 119, 120, 121 on: November 23, 2015 08:33:42 AM
I thought I'd let you have a quick peek at the pocket belt I made for spikefan, as she's very busy at the moment. As usual hubby is modelling it. And, also as usual, it seems I forgot to wipe the lens before taking the pictures, my kiddos are still taking lots of pictures of their own fingertips...

I'm pretty happy with how it came out, although there are some things I'd do differently next time. One thing would have been to tell my model to wear it on the hips, not the waist, but I bet it'll look better on spikefan, anyway!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 120 (Nov. 1- Nov. 30, 2015) on: November 21, 2015 08:40:18 AM
I claim Alliekat914 for some jewelry type stuff (due out December 5)

This is my third claim this round: 3 pending, none in transit.
rscowtown for something sewn & paper (due out November 24)
plaidpineapple for something with beads (due out November 25)
Alliekat914 for some jewelry type stuff (due out December 5)

Hi, my name is Anne. I live in Bremen (in Germany!) with my husband Uwe and little ones: Lea (now 4) and Hanna (now 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 pet- and smoke-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 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.

Embellished / Decorated Shirts
I love the ones I've received so far and am wearing them constantly. Now I need more!
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 examples: 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/)

O "Things to take"-thingy like this https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495755580/. Three pockets or even just one largish square pocket and 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/
O Quiet Book pages to go into a A5 two-hole-folder (15x20cm, 6x8"). Anything is welcome, but I have some pages already. 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 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 Binding or bias tape: patterned or solid, scrappy or single colour, from a fat quarter or a long strip from a sheet...
O reusable/washable Swiffer duster fleece thingies Thank you lydiaharper!

Knit or crochet
O 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/
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: yellow please!) or raspberry pink or blueberry indigo...)
O Spiral heel socks http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279493860489/
O Any socks really, cable, plain, or self-striping, knit or or crochet...
O Knit hat with owl pattern http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279494719195//owl-hat-4  50cm/20" or (or 60cm for me!) in grey or a nice cool brown shade! Also possible in crochet! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495143479/

O Smallish Fauxdori or similar notebook, spiralbound 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.
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 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 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 Coasters, maybe with birds or polkadots like these: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495642292/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495877358/ (not necessarily round or made from wood, they could be painted, printed, sewn, embroidered...!) A set of four would be lovely, but hubby and I will probably be the only ones who'll use threm, so one or two are also fine!
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 Han and Leia rings - one saying "i love you" and the other "i know"
O mini stamps for "filofaxing" - appointments, birthdays, dates, movies, etc. - also work well for greeting cards (a candle, a cake or cupcake, glass or bottle, ...)!  (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 Notecards - mostly as thank yous and cards for swaps, but birthdays, Christmas, or no theme greatly appreciated, too!
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 Embroidery floss cards - bought or made;, plain or shaped, painted, printed... lots of those! (examples on my Pinterest and my images here. Have received so many different beautiful ones already (mostly in use already), and have just received a few hundred plain white ones!)
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 Care Bears! But from the original series please, not the bobbleheaded new ones.
O Something "Where the Wild Things Are" or "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"... loved by me and my daughters!

Supplies (scraps or used is fine, as are supply only claims!)
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)
O Always: Sewing thread! All the colours at the moment I could especially use black, blues, greens, grey
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'd love the kind that doesn't have to be ironed to fix the paint
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 (plain heart, star!) (the smaller, the better!)
O Embroidery floss bobbins (plain, or patterned)
O Papers or cardstock (plain, patterned, glittery or pearly): Would love 13x19cm / ca. 5x8in, can use smaller, especially in teal, cream, turquoise, black, pink/rose or brown (to be used as planner pages/dividers, for cards etc.)
O Wooden or glass beads from 3mm to 10mm, any colours/shapes Thanks Grab a coffee! Keeping this open because seriously: There is no such thing as too many beads!
O Shaped beads: Esp. drop/teardrop shapes, hearts, leaves (glass, metal, pottery, clay, wood...)
O Tea and spice tins / tea caddies https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495377698/ and http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171981279495377711/ (love tea urns, too, but those might be not ideal for overseas shipping)
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, very hungry caterpillar, barbapapa, moomins, gruffalo, curious george, mickey & minnie mouse new addtion: Peppa Pig.
O gift card/voucher/coupon for Beadworks (UK), Firemountain, Beadaholique or Etsy (I'd love to get these https://www.etsy.com/people/annawahnsinn/favorites/pixel-people?ref=favs_index_3)

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 do! So: Thank you for claiming me!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Gallery & Discussion on: November 21, 2015 02:32:48 AM
Aaaah! I completely forgot to post this! So sorry Laurel, I just put everything together in the OWS thread.

Anyway, here is the lovely cozy fluffy perfectly purple neckwarmer rscowtown crocheted for me:

And it fits perfectly, too, just the way I like it:

The button is great, too, it is clear with some lines that make it all shimmery and I keep playing around with it. Smiley

Thank you so much Laurel, I love it!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Gallery & Discussion on: November 18, 2015 03:25:19 AM
Oh, and I received my package from Annchen today, nearly put that into the wrong thread... Lovely tins for stashing stuff, and she added even more things!

Here are the tins, two we talked about and three more:

I love the silver F&M one! And I got her to save the cocoa tin for me, because the cocoa I buy always comes in a leaky paper box.

Then there were more tins for crafty projects (or for my girls to claim and run off with)...

... and surprises inside:

The cutest little cloisonn tube beads and two hands of Fatima!

Annchen also added something crafty that just makes me smile! I read the note right at the start and thought "Oh look at the cute card, I want to make those, too! I bet she made the stamps herself." (because I already own a few made by her!) and then I found the little stamps in the fish&chips tin!

It's just what I wanted, and a craft I can do with the kids, just perfect! Thank you so much Annchen, I think I'll get out the old thread spools for the stamps and put the tins onto their respective shelves!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: November 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Gallery & Discussion on: November 18, 2015 02:56:10 AM
I can't wait to work on the lace headbands I claimed snowyangel for! I have so much lace, it's wonderful and ridiculous all at once. Haha.

....and I am so, so excited about being claimed for jewelry!  Grin

Same here with beads! And it doesn't help that I keep buying more things, but I'm always happy when I make things with beads or jewelry w/o beads so I'm also very excited to find things on your Pinterest lists that I feel confident I can make!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery & Discussion Rounds 119, 120, 121 on: November 18, 2015 02:45:23 AM
I got some droolworthy yarn from rscowtown, too! Looky here:

A yummy purple cowl, crocheted just for me!

Of course also with me in it:

This is so soft and warm, so lovely! And it will add some very nice colour to my everyday black corduroy coat, the black softshell thing an the black winter coat which will have to be dug out of the closet soonish... And did I mention it is the perfect nape warmer, too? (Is that "nape"? Upper part of the back, connecting to the neck?)

Actually this belongs in the OPS thread, but it came in the same package with these awesome goodies:

Two more scarves for the girls (because you cannot expect a 2 or 4 yo to wear the same scarf everyday, obviously!) and loads and loads of of floss bobbins. These come in very handy right now because I have more than a hundred skeins waiting for me... ahem. And lots of other things to do but maybe if I manage to do that for 20 or 30 minutes each night...

One of the bags also contained this: Is that a bobbin winder? And how does it work, whatever it is, does anyone know? I played around with it a little, it kind of fits the bobbins. Now I have to find out what to do with the slits on the end.

And last but not least there is an Aerosmith t-shirt (loved them all my life! and I'm not much younger than their first album, so I've had a long tome to do that!  Cheesy) in a red I can actually wear without looking green myself:

Of course it also helps that it is big enough, but the colour is really great. This was supposed to be upcycled, but I think I'll just wear it as it is! Or I could add some sleeves to make it a wintery pajama top... So upcycling it is. Recycling or altering, at least.

Lea has claimed the pink scarf already (she stayed home today) and I'm enjoying the cozy neckwarmer. Laurel, thank you so much!
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