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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Little birdie in the rain - collage painting on: May 13, 2016 09:22:22 AM


blupaisan and I took a collage painting class together - she made this lovely lady while I created this springtime scene.



I found some great handmade papers to use for the branch and foliage that gave me a nice soft texture. And the black parts of the bird are all tissue paper.



The background papers are from an old french book that a local teacher was giving away - I loved the look of yellowed pages. The edges of the canvas are also black tissue paper, kind of like a frame.



Most of what you see is paper layered over a base painting. The paint shows through a bit in places, but it was mostly a guide for where I should lay my colored papers. Here is just the paint layer before I started collaging.



You can see up there a printout of my reference picture - photo of a prothonotary warbler by Paul Jones on flickr.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wisteria over the garden fence - Collage on: May 04, 2016 06:33:34 PM
I made this as part of a collage painting class last fall! It was a very fun experience. (In fact I took it again this spring with blupaisan - I still need to post that finished project, but seeing as how I'm just now posting this one from October, you might have to wait a bit!)



The flowers are made from painted pages (text and plain), some fancy handmade and tissue paper, and some fabric at the back.



White papers are from an old Shakespeare collection (these are all from The Tempest if I remember correctly), and the dark text I saved from a gift bag years back. This is why I have trouble getting rid of things, because sometimes I'll find a use for one thing in twenty!



I also put some lace down the rails, and up the sides.



Inspired by this image:



Thanks for checking it out!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Moray eel cutie on: May 02, 2016 04:41:21 PM
I made this hoop for the One Tiny Unloved Creature Swap. My partner roler loves moray eels, and even has a cute photo blog of stuffie eels on adventures! So I knew I wanted to create something with that.



I used this photo by Fred Bavendam for reference, and somehow wound up shortening the snout... so I don't know if it looks weird now? But I still like it!



I made tiny french knots for the mottling on the back.



And tiny teeth!



I'm happy I got to stitch this lovely critter for the swap, because I'm sure I would never have thought to do it otherwise.
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / I think I lost a lot of my saved PMs on: February 21, 2016 06:11:37 PM
I try to limit my inbox here on Craftster to only current messages, so I move others I want to keep to different labels. I just clicked on my biggest one, to find it completely empty. Ever had this happen? Are they gone for good?
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vermont + Virginia lattice stitching on: February 11, 2016 07:40:53 PM
So I was born in Vermont, and my partner was born in Virginia. My idea for this piece was to match up the two cities by overlaying the state outlines, and mixing the color schemes for each one where they overlap, the way our two lives are now mixed. Is that too much sap?



I learned three different lattice fills, and I gotta say it's pretty fun to watch them take shape as you go! Check out Needle n' Thread - that's where I found the ones I used.



I actually did the stitching almost a full year ago, and I finally got it together to finish the piece by making a pillow that I'll give him for Valentine's Day.



I tried to pull in all the colors from the thread, and used a few things from my scrap stash. I like how it turned out, and hope he does too!





It's just throw pillow sized, 10 by 15 inches. The back is envelope style.



Thanks for checking it out!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - December 2015 on: January 02, 2016 07:50:33 AM


Swap thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442018.0

blue = sent
green = received
purple = sent and received
orange = sending late with communication
strikethrough = feedback given

Acadian Driftwood - cmarion3
blupaisan - Sarasmile
emilywilde - The Raging Sloth
Ludi - Wile E Songdog
DearBluebird - alwaysinmyroom
Wulf - artsycandice
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Monthly Dotee Swap - December ~Personal~ (CLOSED, Sendout Jan 9) on: December 01, 2015 06:48:48 PM


Dotee made by sajona in the Resolution round

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442355.0

Swap name: Monthly Theme Dotee Swap - December 2015
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Acadian Driftwood
Sign-up date range: December 1 - 11
Date to send package by: January 9

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

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
- Has more personality than a potato: 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




Details of swap:

In this swap you will make your partner one Dotee doll in the theme of...

~Personal~

For this month's theme, we will get to know our partners a bit better. In the questionnaire, you will tell your partner a little about yourself, things like your hobbies, skills, passions, jobs, where you live, and if you like, a picture of you. With this information, your partner will create something based on your life. It could be a little mini-you, or one of your pets, or a representation of one of your hobbies (like a paintbrush dotee if you're an artist, a potted plant for a gardener, or a microscope slide for a scientist). Let's celebrate what makes us each unique!

This is a monthly swap, but you do NOT have to join in each month's round! Feel free to only join in for themes you love, or to pass on months when you have no spare time.

Discus future themes and get updates for the next months here.

Shipping: For shipping within the USA - please get a tracking number for your package. Non-US packages - please save your receipt as proof of sending. When you send AND receive, please remember to PM your partner and the organizer, Acadian Driftwood. Posting in the swap thread is not enough!

What is a dotee?

A dotee is a mini art doll, meant to be traded or swapped. The dolls 6" tall or smaller, but the hanger or tail can exceed that measurement. They have a face, but do not require arms or legs (unless that's part of your design). Dotees have a loop for hanging, and some come with tails (tails are fibers, ribbon, charms or other string-y things that add to the theme of the doll), and can be made from a variety of materials - fabric, felt, paperclay, yarn, beads, gourds or any other material/media that you can make a doll from. Most dotee makers add buttons, beads, sequins, embroidery, or charms to embellish the doll.

Check out the galleries from previous dotee swaps to get some ideas:

Round 1 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=250388.0
Round 2 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257571.0
Round 3 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=273862.0
Round 4 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=295530.0
Round 5 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304600.0
Round 6 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=313711.0
Round 7 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=322303.0
Round 8 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=334100.0
Round 9 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343255.0
Round 10 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352058.0
Round 11 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=362477.0
Round 12 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407884.0
Round 13 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416850.0

Harry Potter Dotee Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383921.0
Character Dotee Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376251.0
Resolution Dotee Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402164.0
Fall Dotee Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435315.0
Holiday Dotee Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436783.0
MDS January (Fauna): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437871.0
MDS February (Flora): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438176.0
MDS March (Celestial): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438496.0
MDS April (Fandom): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439022.0
MDS May (Music): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439387.0
MDS June (Ocean): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439769.0
MDS July (Around the World): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440072.0
MDS August (Culinary): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440443.0
MDS September (History & Myth): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440774.0
MDS October (Literary): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441321.0



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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Monthly Dotee Theme Swap - December 2015
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address (how it is written on a letter) including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Will you get a confirmation/tracking number for your package if sending within the USA, or keep your receipt if not?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old:
Confirm that you have posted in the swap thread:
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Who were your partners in other Monthly Dotee swaps this year?

Pop quiz: what is the size requirement for dotees?

Personal questions!

What's it like where you live, and who do you live with?

What are you good at?

What are some of your favorite pastimes?

What do you do for employment?

What are some things you're passionate about or obsessed with?  

What are some of your favorite things?

Are you willing to share a picture of yourself with your partner? Please link here:

Do you have a pinterest or etsy favorites that your partner can see? Please link here:

Is there anything you do not want to receive? (materials, themes, etc.)

Anything else you'd like to add?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZER (Acadian Driftwood) 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.

List of participants:

Acadian Driftwood
blupaisan
emilywilde
Ludi
cmarion3
The Raging Sloth
DearBluebird
alwaysinmyroom
Wulf
artsycandice
Wile E Songdog
Sarasmile

Partners:

Acadian Driftwood - cmarion3
blupaisan - Sarasmile
emilywilde - The Raging Sloth
Ludi - Wile E Songdog
DearBluebird - alwaysinmyroom
Wulf - artsycandice
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - November 2015 on: November 27, 2015 06:21:47 PM


Swap thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441359.0

blue = sent
green = received
purple = sent and received
orange = sending late with communication
strikethrough = feedback given

cmarion3 - Wulf
Wile E Songdog - emilywilde
blupaisan - The Raging Sloth
Acadian Driftwood -> Ludi -> Sarasmile
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Monthly Dotee Swap - November ~Color~ (closed, send out Dec 1) on: November 02, 2015 03:40:48 PM


Dotee made by emilywilde in the August MDS

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441929.0

Swap name: Monthly Theme Dotee Swap - November 2015
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Acadian Driftwood
Sign-up date range: November 2 - 11
Date to send package by: December 1

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

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
- Knows every color of potato: 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




Details of swap:

In this swap you will make your partner one Dotee doll in the theme of...

~Color~

This month's theme is very broad - we will make a dotee in our partner's favorite colors! Monochrome, rainbow, and other combinations of colors are all encouraged. You may also choose to incorporate other elements that your partner likes by looking at their profile or pinterest.

This is a monthly swap, but you do NOT have to join in each month's round! Feel free to only join in for themes you love, or to pass on months when you have no spare time.

Discus future themes and get updates for the next months here.

Shipping: For shipping within the USA - please get a tracking number for your package. Non-US packages - please save your receipt as proof of sending. When you send AND receive, please remember to PM your partner and the organizer, Acadian Driftwood. Posting in the swap thread is not enough!

What is a dotee?

A dotee is a mini art doll, meant to be traded or swapped. The dolls 6" tall or smaller, but the hanger or tail can exceed that measurement. They have a face, but do not require arms or legs (unless that's part of your design). Dotees have a loop for hanging, and some come with tails (tails are fibers, ribbon, charms or other string-y things that add to the theme of the doll), and can be made from a variety of materials - fabric, felt, paperclay, yarn, beads, gourds or any other material/media that you can make a doll from. Most dotee makers add buttons, beads, sequins, embroidery, or charms to embellish the doll.

Check out the galleries from previous dotee swaps to get some ideas:

Round 1 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=250388.0
Round 2 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257571.0
Round 3 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=273862.0
Round 4 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=295530.0
Round 5 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304600.0
Round 6 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=313711.0
Round 7 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=322303.0
Round 8 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=334100.0
Round 9 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343255.0
Round 10 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352058.0
Round 11 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=362477.0
Round 12 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407884.0
Round 13 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416850.0

Harry Potter Dotee Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383921.0
Character Dotee Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376251.0
Resolution Dotee Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402164.0
Fall Dotee Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435315.0
Holiday Dotee Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436783.0
MDS January (Fauna): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437871.0
MDS February (Flora): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438176.0
MDS March (Celestial): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438496.0
MDS April (Fandom): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439022.0
MDS May (Music): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439387.0
MDS June (Ocean): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439769.0
MDS July (Around the World): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440072.0
MDS August (Culinary): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440443.0
MDS September (History & Myth): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440774.0
MDS October (Literary): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441321.0



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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Monthly Dotee Theme Swap - November 2015
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address (how it is written on a letter) including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Will you get a confirmation/tracking number for your package if sending within the USA, or keep your receipt if not?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old:
Confirm that you have posted in the swap thread:
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Who were your partners in other Monthly Dotee swaps this year?

Pop quiz: what is the size requirement for dotees?

What are some of your favorite colors and color combinations?

Any colors/combos you strongly dislike?

Do you have any favorite styles or techniques? (clay, felt, knitted, etc.)

Do you have a pinterest or etsy favorites that your partner can see? Please link here:

Is there anything you do not want to receive? (materials, themes, etc.)

Anything else you'd like to add?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZER (Acadian Driftwood) 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.

List of participants:

Acadian Driftwood
blupaisan
emilywilde
Ludi
cmarion3
The Raging Sloth
Sarasmile
Wulf
Wile E Songdog

Partners:

cmarion3 - Wulf
Wile E Songdog - emilywilde
blupaisan - The Raging Sloth
Acadian Driftwood -> Ludi -> Sarasmile -> Acadian Driftwood
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - September 2015 on: September 19, 2015 09:43:07 AM


Swap thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440559.0

blue = sent
green = received
purple = sent and received
orange = sending late with communication
strikethrough = feedback given

Wulf - whatthepuck
blupaisan - cmarion3
Ludi - DearBluebird
The Raging Sloth - Sarasmile
Wile E Songdog - Acadian Driftwood
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