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101  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / I need dimensions for a stethoscope bag on: February 21, 2010 08:11:58 PM

My boyfriend's birthday is next month, and I want to make him a bag/pouch for a stethoscope since he just got into vet tech school.
I don't have a stethoscope of my own, however, so I don't know how big this bag/pouch should be.
Can anyone give me an estimate? I saw one on craftster that said it was a little big, and I think I want mine to be relatively fitted.

Any help would be very much appreciated!
102  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pressed seaweed cards on: February 10, 2010 02:29:05 PM

These are my valentines this year! The seaweeds were harvested right here on the coast of Maine (when I say harvested, I mean hacked out of the ice), and pressed on herbarium paper.

The sea lettuce was very fragile, so I gave it a layer of mod podge to keep it together in the mail.

But the devalaria was perfect, it needed no additional adherent.

On a side note: if you press seaweeds it's important to put a layer of wax paper on top of the plant and then sandwich each sheet in absorbent paper in your plant press. Change the sandwich layers every day until the specimen is completely dry.

Yay! Seaweeds!
103  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I was feeling down, and now I'm out of mod podge. on: January 15, 2010 09:23:09 PM

The crafting cure! Cheaper than therapy!  Cheesy

So I had this clementine case that was just kicking around waiting for a little spiff-up, and today I found half of a falling-apart book with nice yellowing pages in the free box on my college campus. I mod podged some pages to the outside and inside and glued on some big wooden beads for the feet.

Beginning of life:

New home on my desk:

I really like the look, and it freed up some space on my desk.
So that was my Friday night! I feel better now.
104  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Make an easy, recycled triangle box on: December 13, 2009 09:53:29 PM

These little boxes are awesome! You can use them to organize craft supplies, to hold gifts, to stash your beading project on-the-go... whatever you need! They are very quick to make, and I'm sharing the pattern with you here - I didn't make it up, it's based on a box someone gave me that fell apart after many years of use.

Here's the pattern, hosted on flickr so you can download a large size if you want. You'll need the pattern, boxboard, a pen, a ruler, scissors, a tack or a nail, glue, clothes pins, and a length of round elastic.
Trace your pattern onto your boxboard, keeping in mind what you want to show on the top and on the side.

Cut it out and flip it over, then trace the lines on which you will need to fold (marked on the pattern).

Fold them all inward - it's easy to get a straight fold if you use the edge of a ruler. Now is also a good time to mark the little circle where the elastic will be.

Fold the little tabs in and fold the rest of the box up so you can see how it will come together. Take notice of any adjustments you may want to make when you glue it.

Glue the tabs on the inside of the walls of the box, holding it together with clothes pins (mini or otherwise Wink) until the glue is completely dry. I usually use mod podge or sobo craft glue on my boxes.

Notice how the edge of my box doesn't exactly line up with the edge of the wall? You don't have to do that, but I find my boxes sit better this way. This is one of the adjustments you should look for before you glue it.

Once the glue is dry, remove the clothes pins and measure out a length of elastic for your closure. The length will depend on how stretchy your elastic is - mine is pretty stretchy and I use a piece 7 inches long. Make sure to allow enough room to tie a knot on the underside.

Make a hole with your tack or nail where you marked earlier, and bring the piece of elastic through from the underside to the front. This can be annoying, so I usually use a piece of thread to pull it through, like a needle threader.

Knot your elastic so it doesn't slip out, and check to make sure it's a tight fit over your box.

You're done! Fill your box with stuff! Cheesy

Edit: Here's an alternate way to hold it shut if you run out of elastic, like I just did!

Just hold a length of ribbon in with a bead or a knot, and wrap the ends back around then spine and the up around front to tie.

I hope you find this useful; if you make some boxes I'd love to know about it.
105  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow string of cepahlopod banners! Embroidery, appliqué, & stencils. on: November 06, 2009 01:41:36 PM

I made this for ragdoll193 in the Sea Life Swap, and I was pretty proud of it. I hope she enjoys it. She had some cepahlopods in her list of favorite creatures, and I really love them too so I ran with it.

The first banner is an appliquéd giant squid:

Next we have a stenciled vampire squid:

And an appliquéd cuttlefish (with 3D ruffle):

This embroidered nautilus is one of my favorites:

This stenciled octopus is the first panel I did:

The last flag is an embroidered dumbo octopus:

French knot suckers!

And here's how it would look hanging on a wall:

Thanks for looking!
106  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What do you think is missing from the crafting world? on: November 04, 2009 07:57:21 PM
I'm doing a project for my business class, so I'm looking for fresh ideas and demands that aren't being met. So where do you think there's room for a new business? Mail-order Jo-Ann's? Database of local craft fairs?
Any new ideas you have to throw out there would be welcome, thanks!


107  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Summer is for... \../ METAL \../ -- no angels needed on: August 12, 2009 02:46:20 PM

Summer is for... \../ METAL \../ swap needs a great angel.

chimes was a great swapper and sent super-early. She has been extremely patient so I need an awesome angel for her!

Here's the original thread and here's the gallery.

You will make 4 points worth of crafts for chimes. She lives in the USA; her favorite bands/musicians are Death (Chuck Schuldiner), Children of Bodom (Alexi Laiho), In Flames, Amon Amarth, Dethklok, Megadeth (Dave Mustaine) and EARLY Metallica (nothing after 1989) and NIN. She is allergic to pollen and cats.

Please pm me for her full questionnaire. Thanks!
108  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Felt cat ears on hair clips *tutorial added* on: August 08, 2009 12:41:03 PM

I made these for a friend of mine who was admiring my plastic cat ears that are on elastic. I'm giving them to her tonight, so in the mean time Lisaisab models.

It doesn't show much in the pictures, but the felt is very sparkly.

They are so light, you don't even notice them. I think I'll be making more of these. They are very simple to do, but I was thinking of doing some step-by-step photos if anyone is interested.

EDIT: Scroll down or click here for tutorial!

And edited for a picture of the ears with their new owner (didn't want to use flash at the concert but I think it looks pretty awesome).

109  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Summer is for... \../ METAL \../ - A Gallery of Hardcore Craftiness on: July 03, 2009 01:41:14 PM
Pictures of your masterpieces go here, my little hellriders.

Original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305948.0

Swapper status:

Blue = sent
Green = received
Purple = sent and received
Orange = sending late with communication
Red = there is a problem, contact me immediately!
Strikeout = feedback given

miezimau <-------> Strutter
Dorkariffic <------> bunnyface
DeadGirl <--------> CartoonJunkie
thelastkodama <--> sikamikanica
meepum <--------> pennydreadfull
TintedShadow <--> crazyda79
chimes <---------> bezoona
ilovesnails <------> andwedanced
Onyxnox <-------> aada
morglanc <-------> pretty hate machine
Phizzychick <-----> sweetbettieleigh
TrickyMcVomit ---> Lisaisab (late with communication) -------------> curiousfae
110  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Crochet hook roll, lacey accent bits on: May 31, 2009 12:30:48 PM

I made this for the recent easy peasy swap for xochristyt. I've never done crochet, but I knew that she was into it so I browsed all the great ones here on craftster* and... just started cutting and sewing. It came out pretty OK though! The pockets are of varying sizes; I only had one hook to test it out with though.

Fold-down top and accent bit:


*yeah... notice how the tag "crochet hook roll" is like ten times bigger than it was? that would be me.
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