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81  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Run Away With the Circus, closed! sendouts 8/2 on: June 10, 2010 07:51:04 PM

We all want to run away with the circus! First, let's perfect those skills so we'll fit right in.

Swap name: Run Away With the Circus
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: thelastkodama
Co-organizer: blupaisan, if over 25
Sign-up date range: 6/10/10 - 6/30/10
Date to send item by:  8/2/10
Limited to a certain number of people? no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no
If so, which country?
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
- 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
- Is not secretly a potato: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old, or has been swapping before the rule change and has moderator approval: 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

Original idea thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342694.0

Details of swap:
This swap is for those learning any sort of circus skill, be it juggling, clowning, unicycling, tightrope walking, hooping, poi (poiing? does it work like skiing?), Spanish web, etc. If you've been practicing for years, great! If you've only gotten so far as watching other performers and drooling, great! All skill levels are welcome.
For this swap we will be sending six points worth of goods, with a minimum of four points that you crafted yourself. Here is how the point system works:

Large = 3 pts, medium = 2 pts, small = 1 pt. Below are the guidelines for item size.

By Time
Large = 3 or more hours
Medium = 2 or more hours
Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
Large = $30 or more
Medium = $10-$30 dollars
Small = $10 or less

If you have any questions on this, or on other swap topics, check out the Swap Info Guide

What can you make? Equipment, learning kits, themed household decor and clothing, anything you can make well as long as it fits with the theme and applies to your partner! Check the original thread for inspiration and brainstorm here with your fellows.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: (Feel free to be as erudite as need be!)

Name of swap:  Run Away With the Circus
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Are at least 16 years old (yes/no)?
IF NO TO ABOVE QUESTION, have you been swapping before the rule change & have swap mod approval to continue (yes/no)?
Read the Swap Info Guide and rules/guidelines for this swap (yes/no)?
Have access to a camera to post what you received (yes/no)?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Do you have any allergies? If YES, please list them.
Any favorite or abhorred color schemes?
What skills have you practiced?
In what capacity (shows, clubs, at home)?
What would you like to learn?
What crafts do you do or would you be willing to try?
Is there anything you aren't interested in learning right now?
Name a few things that you would love to receive in this swap:
Do you have a wist or other stalkable site?
Anything else your partner should know about your circusy life and/or aspirations?
Things you want your partner to know but I left off the questionnaire:


thelastkodama ---> Lady Lovecraft ---> Faeriecyn ---> thelastkodama
danirene <---> amymisha
dreadlocklove <---> Missing_Muse
blupaisan <---> dustyfro

(See sending status in the gallery)
82  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Knotted watch band on: May 08, 2010 06:07:30 PM

My mom gave me this pretty great dolphin watch a while ago, and I really liked it, but the band was a quite uncomfortable plastic.

I'd clip it to a belt loop most of the time, but it fell off a lot, so I needed something better. Inspired by the recent friendship bracelet swap and my current lack of any craft supplies other than embroidery floss, I knotted up this new one! It's super comfy.
I poked out the bars holding on the old band using a safety pin, and put them back on the watch, knotting directly onto those bars.

It was my first time using so many threads, so it does have some wonky places, but I really like it all the same! I may cut the ties shorter if they start getting in the way.

Thanks for the inspiration, craftster!  Smiley
83  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Potholder to camera case (low supplies crafting) on: April 11, 2010 03:49:12 PM

So I'm currently an ocean away from almost all of my crafting array; the only things I brought were a candy box full of embroidery floss and a metal matches tin of sewing things. After my old camera kicked the electronic equivalent of the bucket, I decided that perhaps I should safeguard the new one somehow (ie, not just wrap it in a napkin and throw it in my backpack). Not wanting to purchase even more things however, I picked up a potholder for 1 (just noticed it was half off!), mostly because it had built-in padding.

It didn't have quite the right dimensions - so I trimmed it and reattached the binding:

(That picture was probably truest to color out of them all.) Then I stitched it in half with contrasting embroidery thread (light blue):

And found a snap in my tiny little sewing kit (also, french knots are my go-to embellishment):

And there y'are! It even has a little loopy so I could clip it to my belt or whatnot.

No action shots, because it's a camera case, and, well... yeah. Anyway. Thanks for checkin' it out!
84  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Run away with the circus! Circus skills swap? on: March 28, 2010 03:10:57 PM
I juggle and unicycle, as well as some other random tricks to a moderate standard - anyone interested in a skills swap? For instance, I'd like to learn poi, so I'd love a handmade set. Or a bag that would fit juggling rings as well as clubs without it all falling out. The crafts could also be a skills-themed shirt or wall art, anything really! I'd be interested in organizing, but I don't have the time until summer, so sign ups would probably be in June. I'd love to hear any ideas you all have about how to make this a cool swap, or things you'd want on the questionnaire!

85  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Labyrinth and Shaun of the Dead inspired key chains on: March 09, 2010 07:07:24 AM
I did both of these for swaps. The first one references Hoggle from Labyrinth - his jewels, and the peach he gives Sarah.

The pit is dried, painted, and wire wrapped, and the leaf is fabric sewn onto felt for structure.

The next one is a cricket bat from Shaun of the Dead. Very useful for fending off zombies!


I whittled down a branch from my yard, I'm guessing it was maple, and sealed it with olive oil. The handle was wrapped with electrical tape (I have no idea why I have so much electrical tape, but I do).

Thanks for letting me show off. Wink
86  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hissing cockroach, Pirate, and Embroidered dotees on: March 04, 2010 10:03:32 AM

I made these three for round 8 of the dotees swap - my first! After I finished them I just wanted to make more.

My first partner liked pirates and mermaids - so I made Bartholomew James and his daydream.

My next partner had this great quote in her questionnaire: "to fare on - fusing the self that wakes with the self that dreams." I based Dahlia off of that.

My last partner liked weird things... and insects! I wonder if anyone's ever made a Madagascar hissing cockroach dotee before? This is Anosy.

Thanks for lookin'!
87  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / thelastkodama's January ATCs on: February 22, 2010 06:05:55 PM

These are ten ATCs that I made for the January Ongoing ATC swap - I had only made two before these, so I did a lot of experimenting, style-wise. 

Cowboy Bebop theme: hand stitched silk and 3D pen and crayon drawing

Female superheroes theme: collage

Men's ties theme: fabric, fabric paint, tie-able ribbon, instructions in bottom pouch

(Possibly my favorite) Flight of the Conchords theme: fabric paint, painted with a paper scrap instead of a brush

Hassan chop! theme (in joke): sharpie and crayon over Tibetan paper

Japanese theme: handmade papers and wrapping paper collage

Beatles songs theme: button and fabric paint over calendar illustration

Ocean mammals theme: pen and colored pencil illustration with yarn accents

(Another favorite) Questionable Content (webcomic) theme: felt and embroidery floss

Thanks for looking! I'm hoping to do many more of these.
88  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!
89  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!
90  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.
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