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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Monthly Theme Dotee Swap - January 2015 (Sendout Jan 30) on: January 01, 2015 03:54:27 PM

Dotee made by artsycandice in the Fall Round

GALLERY: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437871.0

Swap name: Monthly Theme Dotee Swap - January 2015
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Acadian Driftwood
Sign-up date range: January 1 - January 14
Date to send item by: January 30

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no (coorganizer will be recruited at 25 members)

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
- May or may not send someone a potato dotee: 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...


Anything goes as long as it's animal themed! Mythological or extinct animals are welcome as well as all of our earthly creatures.

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.

Read more about the original idea here.

What is a dotee? (by Smmarrt)

A dotee is a mini art doll, meant to be traded or swapped. The dolls are generally smaller than 6" with a face, but do not usually have arms or legs (unless that's part of your design). Dotees have a loop for hanging, 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, canvas, denim, 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

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


Name of swap: Monthly Dotee Theme Swap - January 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?

What are your favorite general kinds of animals? (nocturnal, jungle, birds, imaginary, etc.)

Please list 6 or more specific animals that you like (but you are not guaranteed to get one of these animals):

Do you have any favorite styles or techniques? (scrappy, knit, beaded, 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, specific animals, etc.)

Anything else you'd like to add?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

List of participants:

Acadian Driftwood
Wile E Songdog
La Chapa


Wile E Songdog - alwaysinmyroom
blupaisan - MommyTheMaid
Wulf - La Chapa
P_E_S_T - Smmarrt
Acadian Driftwood - sammylouise40
Ludi - crazyda79
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Luna moth, ATC size on: December 27, 2014 01:54:18 PM
I made this for spikefan in the December Ongoing ATC Swap. Her theme was embroidered, and I found a lot of moths on her pinterest while I was looking for inspiration.

The main stitches I used were split stitch, satin stitch, a bit of stem stitch, fly stitch for the antennae, and french knots for the body. I had a lot of fun with this one! I didn't sketch it at all on the fabric, so it was a true free-hand (while looking at a picture).

I love luna moths - I even made a luna moth Halloween costume for myself as a little kid! I haven't seen one in years, but this past summer I found a luna caterpillar while camping in New York. The coloring looked like it was just about to pupate. Very cool.

13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Satin stitch practice on: December 02, 2014 08:01:42 PM

I've never really worked with satin stitch before, just in little bits in larger pieces. I decided to try one piece that was just satin so I could get comfortable with it.

I think it worked - I've definitely grasped satin stitch! There's still room for improvement on my lines, but I like the way this turned out. I made it to a rosemary sachet which smells delicious. 

Thanks for looking!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter... eggplants?! on: September 06, 2014 03:42:24 PM

So I work on an organic vegetable farm, and a few days ago I was out picking specialty eggplants. A few of them had these little growths that made them look like veggie gnomes or something, so I had to take them home with me! Originally I was just going to glue on some googly eyes and take funny pictures for facebook, but I got a bit carried away. The Harry Potter Craftalong has a challenge right now involving eggplants, and I was inspired to turn them into Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I hope you enjoy this little dose of weirdness!

I made Harry a Kale2000 racing broom, and found him a little Hedwig in my bead stash.

I made Hermione a course book (Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2), and found her a Crookshanks from my curio shelf.

And for Ron, I made a broken wand (cat whisker unicorn hair poking out), found him a Scabbers from the curio shelf, and gave him LOTS OF SNACKS.

*flies away on Kale2000*
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / White moth mini art quilt on: July 09, 2014 06:08:45 PM
My partner in the Enchanted Forest swap, La Chapa, said some of her favorite forest critters are moths. This MAQ started to form in my head - a white moth on some kind of foresty background.

I ended up using Eudeilinia herminiata as my reference moth, with three different white patterns in the body and wings, and paint for the grey spots.

I added in some metal charms, and had a different embroidered quilting for each strip of fabric on the background.

One of the strips got painted dots, and another got beads, but mostly it was embroidery.

I used http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/reference/picture-dictionary/ for embroidery reference, and it was great as always!

The antennae were especially fun to do!

This was my first try at a mini art quilt, and I definitely think I'm going to do more!
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Preserving strawberries 3 ways on: July 09, 2014 09:02:47 AM
Hi there! This is pretty much my first go at canning - I did some whole tomatoes last summer which worked well, and thought I'd take a stab at jams and such. I was able to pick a whole mess of strawberries for free at the farm where I work, so I got to fool around with a few different recipes.

I worked from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, which was a great resource for a beginner like me.

First up, basic strawberry jam: http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipes/strawberry-jam

This uses sooo much sugar, and is pretty sweet. Really delicious, though. I love it with cream cheese!

Then I tried maple strawberry smooch: http://www.bernardin.ca/pages/recipe_page/51.php?pid=384 (not the exact recipe from my book, but pretty much the same)

Mmmm this was my favorite. Great on ice cream, or on yogurt with granola.

And last, strawberry lemonade concentrate: http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipes/strawberry-lemonade-recipe
This recipe didn't make as much as it said it would - I wish they'd given the measurement for strawberry puree, instead of cups of whole berries, which varies a lot.

Again, very sugary, but tangy too! I mixed it with seltzer to serve.

My one issue with all of these was that I didn't have a good way to skim off the foam before transferring the mixtures into jars. I hope that doesn't effect the preserving too much.

Overall, I'd say it was a great success! I'm ready to can ALL THE THINGS. Bring on the produce!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First try on using a dress pattern - Simplicity 2886 on: May 30, 2014 02:27:34 PM

I made this dress years ago, but never got around to sharing it! I haven't tried any patterns since, though I'd like to try another one. This dress used Simplicity 2886, and some bedsheets I found at Goodwill. I actually really like how they feel, and they make me want to swish around!

The pattern was relatively well explained - there were some fiddly bits that took a while, but I got it right in the end. Very proud of that zipper!

Three cheers for dresses with pockets!

Thanks for looking.  Cool
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Porcelain lady pincushion on: May 30, 2014 01:36:44 PM

After seeing my previous pincushion, my mom gave me two more figurines to use. I made this one for her after she picked out the fabric to go with it.

I'm glad she told me to do a white base (which is a cat food tin), because I think it turned out very prettily. I used lace over paper.

The base on the model lady wasn't as flared as my last pincushion, so it was a challenge to keep her from popping out the top! Luckily there were holes in the base, and I managed to strap her in. Here's a shot of the buttonhole stitch lining the cutout:

I'm very pleased with how this one ended up, and I still have one more figurine to play with! Cheesy

19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Release the kraken sampler! on: April 29, 2014 06:08:06 PM
The great and terrible kraken emerges from the watery depths, covered in seaweed, snatching ships from the surface, and... well actually it's rather pretty!

I sent this hoop to my partner in the Hoopla swap round 10, using her theme of The Iron Islands from Game of Thrones.

I learned so many new stitches! Mostly, I found them here: http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/reference/picture-dictionary/

Waaaaay more time consuming than I was expecting. I think it was worth it though!

I like how it ended up not quite round - reminds me of a beach pebble.

I think the backside looked cool too. Smiley

Thanks for looking!

20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Community - Troy and Abed in a craaaaft swap! on: April 06, 2014 09:44:28 AM

I would love to organize a swap around the TV show Community - who else is interested? When would be good time for people?
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