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91  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.
92  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!
93  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!


94  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!
95  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).

96  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
97  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.
98  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / ...panda's totally fake... on: May 29, 2009 01:33:22 PM

I embroidered this shirt for the decorated shirt swap for stitch81 (link shows her pictures). I hope she enjoyed it! Some themes she suggested were bamboo and pandas.

The back:

The front:

It says her name in Japanese katakana (pandas are mostly Chinese... but I don't know Chinese! You work with what you've got).

There's a bit of a story that goes along with the making-of:
My friend lisaisab and I were recently employed by Columbia Pictures to work on the movie Salt. We had training as stunt drivers (sounds more exciting that it was) for the scene in which Angelina Jolie is involved in this chase scene - she jumps from a big rig truck on one highway ramp to a box truck on another ramp, and then steals a motorcycle and zooms around cars in a traffic jam. At least... that's what her stunt double does! I really know nothing about the movie except for this one scene. Anyway, if you've ever been involved in this kind of movie business deal, you know that the "work" you do is mostly waiting around until you are needed (if you're needed), so you really should have something to occupy yourself during those long, long hours of doing nothing. Long story short, I thought it was cool that this shirt was made on a Hollywood movie set and wanted to tell you about it for some reason. Huh.

99  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Summer is for... \../ METAL \../ (CLOSED, sendouts 7/13) on: May 21, 2009 08:20:41 PM

Swap name: Summer is for... \../ METAL \../
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: thelastkodama
Sign-up date range: May 21 to June 8
Date to send item by: July 13

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no

Age requirement? 13

Swap Organizer 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
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
- Is not a potato: 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 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

There is a surprising number of metal heads on craftster! This swap is open to any kind of metal music, so please take the time to get to know your partner's specific tastes. You will have the option of making either 4 or 6 points of crafts for you partner and you will be partnered with someone making the same number of points.
Here's the original idea discussion thread.

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

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 13 years old (yes/no)
How many points would you like to craft (4 or 6)?
Would you be willing to do more/less?
What are you all-time favorite metal bands/band members?
Other metal bands you like:
Bands you would like to learn more about:
Have you been to any metal concerts?
Favorites songs/lyrics:
What colors/motifs do you like?
Any colors or styles you don't like:
What might you make for your partner?
What would you love to receive?
Is there anything you would rather not receive?
T-shirt size:
Wists or other stalkable sites:
AIM/MSN/Yahoo screen name, if any, if you want to chat with your partner:
Any allergies you have or allergens in your home:


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap. Remember you will need proof of sending your package, DC number or receipt from post office!

List of approved participants (directs to profile pages):

-pretty hate machine
-bunnyface welcome first time swapper!
-chimes welcome first time swapper!
-sikamikanica welcome first time swapper!
-curiousfae welcome first time swapper!


Miezimau <-------> Strutter
Dorkariffic <------> bunnyface
Deadgirl <--------> CartoonJunkie
meepum <--------> pennydreadfull
thelastkodama <--> sikamikanica
TintedShadow <--> crazyda79
chimes <---------> bezoona
ilovesnails <------> andwedanced
Onyxnox <-------> aada
morglanc <-------> pretty hate machine
Phizzychick <-----> sweetbettieleigh
TrickyMcVomit ---> Lisaisab -------------> curiousfae

See the gallery for sending/receiving/feedback status.
100  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / Photo hosting page is the Old Craftster on: May 16, 2009 08:59:27 PM
I usually host pictures on flickr, but this time I went to put some swap photos on craftster just to simplify my life. It worked fine, no problems, but the page has the old craftster set up, you know, cork board and thumbtacks. I can see strips of the blue mesh along each side, though.

Just a heads up if you guys want to update that area of the site!
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