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1  CANADA / British Columbia / Christmas in the Community Craft Fair on: October 29, 2013 09:43:13 PM
More than 20 vendors, a lunch cafe with chili and buns, door prizes, and raffles!  Well worth a stop for some Holiday fun if you're in the area!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Advent calendar swap (signups now through Sept 6!) on: August 07, 2011 08:21:30 AM
I'd love to participate in this one again, but just can't host this year, I could help co-host, it is a really big swap, but hosting by myself is outta the question.  Anybody up for hosting and having me as a co-host on this one?


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This is open now through sept 6th for sign-ups! Woot!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388992.msg4605340#msg4605340
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Christmas pyjama's on: December 03, 2010 08:22:31 PM
I love holiday wear, I need warm pyjama's, love + need =new Christmas pyjamas

the pants are reversible and made from 2 layers of flannel, the top is pyjama fleece

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Sinterklaas day on: November 07, 2010 10:56:56 PM
does anybody celebratesinterklaa s day?  We do, and I am looking for some new ideas, all I can think of is making a boat and some finger puppets of sinterklaas, zwarte piet, and some children.  Any other idea's would be welcomed.  If you've never celebrated sinterklaas day before, perhaps you'd like to start, it's great fun at the beginning of December!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pirate, Mermaid, and Protector of the sea on: November 07, 2010 10:48:39 PM
I had a great Halloween, and made 4 costumes, so deciding was hard, but not so hard because 2 belonged to a set.  My niece said I could be a Pirate PRINCESS - not a body pirate.  she wanted to be a mermaid - with pants so I can walk run and jump.  And she said Grandma had to be protector of the sea.  here are the best pics I have
Front
Back.

I made EVERYTHING for my pirate costume. I bought a cheap tricorn hat and fancied it up, made a silk blouse - after having ear infections all week prior to the even though I kept warm and wore it over my fleece coat and stayed toasty warm.  The skirt is 2 layers of black and white with attched red bustle.  black vest is just simple cotton and gold grommets to tye it closed.  The boots are black vinyl, with gold gromments up the front to tie close,  They are glued onto a comfy pair of runners.  Underneath the skirt is  pair of black velour leggings that were a reconned pair of old sweats.

In the back view is also the "Protector of the sea" - A cape with a giant pearl coloured satin shell applique, and painted fish and the words "protector of the sea".  Her hat is just a sparkle felt bucket with elastic 1/2 way up the side.  again tub stickers of shells and the words "protector of the sea"

the mermaid:

made of velour to keep her warm, and large enough to fit over fleece sweater and pants.  the hair is a storebought wig, but I made everything else.  

the end of the night after being outside in the chilly air for almost 6 hours (me) and 4 hours (my niece), luckily the bakery and some stores were open to warm up in, here we are watching the fireworks.  They do this evnt annually out at our local heritage town, this was my first year going and I'm already planning to go next year:)


6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / 2010 Advent Calendar Swap. on: November 04, 2010 09:20:34 PM
Welcome to the 2010 advent calendar.  The way this will work is that you post ONCE to claim a galley sot, each day during December, you will modify your original post with a new image.  Please avoid any chatter until each swapper has claimed a gallery post, thanks.

Swappers who need to claim gallery spots:)

MIsocci74
kmac
darkladymajesta
stefanieGK
sloanlaw

Links to individual galleries
J_Kieviet http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4273403#msg4273403
Uluru http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4274270#msg4274270
yzzilnoaj http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4275628#msg4275628
zkatom http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4281768#msg4281768
amazin_784 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4281784#msg4281784
purple_girl http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4281835#msg4281835
guadiknight http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4281837#msg4281837
mom2em http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4281902#msg4281902
gatheredthreads http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4282017#msg4282017
jackie k http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4282068#msg4282068
jadore-le-rose http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4282153#msg4282153
gspinn http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4282476#msg4282476
Angelicus http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4283123#msg4283123
princessblueberry http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4284667#msg4284667
Boycemachine http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4284965#msg4284965
MiLady http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4285669#msg4285669
nikimac http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4288462#msg4288462
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Thanksgiving outfits on: October 12, 2010 12:13:13 PM
I couldn't find a nice autumn print that I liked this year, so I asked my oldest niece (4) if she wanted a scarecrow or a turkey shirt for thanksgiving.  Her reply was "a farmer girl in a pink and purple dress" so here's what I came up with.  the pants and shirts were store bought, I added the "farmer girl" applique and an organza skirt with leafs inside it.



Q&C welcome.  and feel free to steal the style for your own little ones next month;)
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Piggy Party for a little girl - or boy - image obese on: August 08, 2010 09:12:03 PM
This is a bunch of tutorials to help you throw a piggy party for the pig lover in your life!


Included:
piggy snacks
piggy ice cream
piggy pinata
piggy dress
link to a stuffed pig pattern company

Piggy snacks
what you'll need : small pink jelly rolls, marshmallow strawberries, sweet hearts or mini pink marshmallows, pull and peel licorices, icing, chocolate pudding, round biscuits, plate

1)Cut each jelly roll in half
2)Cut top off each marshmallow strawberry
3)Cut licorice in half, pull into individual pieces
4)Glue 4 marshmallow strawberry bottoms onto the bottom of the jelly rolls as piggy feet
5)On one end of the jelly roll, use icing to glue on a sweet heart or mini marshmallow as the snout.  
6)Use icing to give the pig eyes just above the snout
7)Pinch the top of the marshmallow strawberries into the shape of a pigs ear, using icing to attach the ears to the pigs head

8)Tie one strand of licorice into a loose knot, insert this into the centre of the bum end of the jelly roll

9)Put icing on the biscuit and stick the pig on top
10)Paint the plate with a very thin layer of chocolate pudding, place all the piggys in a circle
11)Sprinkle crushed cereal in the middle.


Piggy Ice cream cake
What you'll need: 4 flavours of ice cream (about 1.5 litres of each), peanut butter, chocolate chips, condensed milk, wafer cookies, 2.75" deep 10.75" springform pan

1)put wax paper in the bottom of the pan
2)soften the first flavour of ice cream - do not melt, allow to sit onb  counter for 15-20 minutes, then stir until it is soft.  spread it evenly on the bottom of the pan.  Put this into the freezer for 2 hours.  don't start next step until the first layer of ice cream has hardened again
3)Prepare the first layer of fudge; in a medium saucepan melt 100 gram chocolate chips, 100 grams peanut butter, 3/4 cup condensed milk - once this is melted stir in 1.5 cups crushed wafer cookies.  Quickly spread this on top of the ice cream and return it to the freezer.  wait until this is hard and then move on to step 4.
4)soften the 2nd flavour of ice cream and spread it out using the same method as above.
5)prepare the 2nd layer of fudge and spread it out using the same method as above.
6)soften the 3rd flavour of ice cream and spread it out using the same method as above.
7)preaper the 3rd layer of fudge and spread it out using the same method as above.
8)soften the 4th flavour of ice cream and spread it out using the same method as above.
9)Ice the cake with a thin layer of icing (too much will make for a very sweet cake)
10)Find a pig picture and cut the pig out, lay this on top of the cake and draw around it with a knife
11)Colour in the picture using icing pens
12)Add the words and return to the freezer until about 15 minutes before you want to serve it.


Chair Deocation:
what you need: xballoon software, printer, paper, ribbon, tape

1)Download xballoon software at www.xballoon.com
2)Create the 'ballow'
3)print on regular paper
4)cut out the image
5)tape curled ribbon to the bottom
6)add ribbon to the top and tie onto a chair


Piggy dress - more pics to come - I was in a time crunch and didn't take any of the process
what you need: button down blouse that fits your daughter, pink felt, 1 meter fabric - your choice, binding to match fabric.

1)Cut circle skirt : fold fabri in half one way, and in half the opposite way so you get one point of only folds.  fold shirt along the buttons, use this to mark the fabric on both ways out from the folded point,  draw a 1/4 circle from one point to the other.  measure out the length you want the skirt all around and draw another 1/4 circle, cut along both lines.
2)Sew circle skirt onto blouse, pin carefully so skirt does not stretch
3)remove collar from blouse and replace with the fabric of your choosing
4)trim sleeves with fabric of your choosing
5)pin binding aound skirt and stitch on.
6)cut image of pig and applique to skirt
- you should be able to save the image I have and use it as your applique pattern

7)draw details on pig with fabric marker and hand stitch the "leash" on
8)iron the dress and hang it up until needed


Piggy Pinata
what you need: 1/3 meter fun fur, 30mm safety eyes, 1/3 meter cotton fabric, thread, stuffing, pinata fillers, 7" zipper

1)cut out fabric - hopefully you can create a pattern based on my pic, if not pm me and I will create a pattern for you
- also cut a slit into the belly about 7" long
2)sew outside of pig and insert safety eyes

3)stuff head and legs and hand sew stuffing stoppers in place


3)sew lining of pig

4)put lining into the pig outer shell
5)cover the edges of the tummy opening with the binding and pin zipper into place, stitch into place
6)fill pinata and zip closed, when ready to play, hang and unzip


And her present was the homestead greeter pig with jammies and dress to match her own



pattern www.homesteadgreete rs.com

questions and comments welcome, if you need clarification on anything, don't hesitate to ask:)
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Advent Calendar swap 2010 - send out extended to- 11/11 on: July 25, 2010 10:19:18 AM
Gallery

Swap name:Advent calendar swap 2010Craftster member who is organizing this swap:J_Kieviet
Sign-up date range:July 25th - August 25th
Date to send item by: November 1st

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):25, if more I will need a co-organizer

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement?

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/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

The Advent swap is a huge swap with lots of responsibility and trust. You are to send your partner a gift to open each day of Advent, December 1 - 24. And a slightly larger gift or stuffed stocking for Chrstmas day. Included in each gift should be a daily inspirational quote, maybe a joke, recipe, that kinda thing. You can number the gifts so the recipient knows which one to open which day, or let them choose which one they want each day.

No members with multiple negative comments will be permitted as this is a major swap.

If you wanna join, please pm me the following:
Which monetary category you would like to be in:

$40 and under (before shipping)
$40 to $80 (before shipping)
$80 and up (before shipping)

Willing to ship international? yes/no

What country do you live in?

What level of communication with your partner do you want?
- High - check in daily or several times a week
- Medium - check in once a week, minimum
- Low - check in less than once a week, but at least once every 2 weeks

I will post a questionaire closer to the closing date so that partners will be able to gather information.

Answers to the questions that have come up:
Hi everyone, I'll answer all above questions:

1: Overseas partners: October 1st is deadline for surface (lots of things can be made in advance, if you don't mind paying the extra funds for air, you could mail by October 31st.  

2:the actual calendar: the calendar can be made out of any materials you choose but shoud help your partner  keep track of how many days until Christmas

3:the gifts: not every gift needs to be crafted, I would say of the 24 gifts, 6 crafted by you, 6 crafted by others (purchased at craft fairs and such, 6 kits (purchased or made) for your partner to make themselves, and 6 items purchased that share a little bit about the place you live, or supplies to be used for crafting.  I hope that helps, feel free to keep the questions coming.  Candy is also a nice touch.


last years gallery - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=329510.0
...

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 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
ADD OTHER SWAP SPECIFIC QUESTIONS HERE...
Favorites:
1. candy
2. color
3. hot beverage
4. cold beverage
5. fragrance
6. dessert
7. hobbies
8. tv show
9. snack
10. way to relax
11. movie (Christmas or otherwise)

Questions:
1.) What is your shoe/sock size?
2.) Do you wear accessories in your hair?
3.) Do you prefer one type of Christmas music over another? ie-> Country, Contemporary, Gospel, etc.
4.) Which state would you like to visit?
5.) Is there a hobby you'd like to try?
6.) Do you like homemade gifts?
7.) What, if anything, do you collect?
8.) Would you enjoy items to pamper yourself such as bath items, mani/pedi sets, etc.?
9.) Chocolate...dark or milk or white or YES!!
10.) Do you wear jewelry?
11.) Do you bake?
12.) Do you like old-fashioned candy like ribbon candy, filled hard candy, etc?
13.) Is this swap for you alone, or would you like to include your family?
14.) Do you have pets?
15.) What is your favorite toy from childhood?
16.) Do you believe in Santa?
17.) Do you use candles? If so, what kind and scents do you like and dislike?
18.) Do you entertain during the Christmas season? If so, is there anything that you may want that you could use at your next gathering?
19.) What colors do you usually use in your house for Christmas?
20.) Is there anything that you wish not to receive?
21.) When you think of Christmas, what are 3-5 happy things that come to your mind?
22.)What kinds of things can you make for your partner?



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 other rules about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

PARTNERS

green = sent
purple = both have recieved
red = contact me immediatly
orange = sending late with communication
blue = partner has recieved
R=Recieved

CANADIAN PARTNERS
Gatheredthreads - Jackie K
USA PARTNERS

MIsocci74 - guadiknight
amazing_784 - kmac-R
darkladymajesta - stefanieGK
sloanlaw - nikimac(R)
yzzilnoaj - princessblueberry

UK PARTNERS
Gspinn - Zkatom
Angelicus - Jadore-le-rose
MiLady - Purple_girl
BoyceMachine - uluru

USA - CANADA PARTNERS:)
mom2em - J_Kieviet
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Piggy pal on: July 25, 2010 08:51:24 AM
I made this piggy for my nieces 4th birthday.
I purchased the pattern from www.homesteadgreete rs.com, very easy pattern, the hardest part was dealing with the fluff as I was sewing.

sitting down, all joints are fully movable using plastic joints


standing up, she can stand by herself when she wears size 5 toddler shoes - which fit my younger nieces feet perfectly. The dress is the same as the party dresses I made the girls


My niece unwrapping her, smiles at the first peak:)


And cuddling her piggy after changing into her new jammies which I also made for her


Questions and comments welcome:)
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