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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / She's 85 and still making a living crafting. on: February 06, 2016 10:33:23 AM
I just spent three wonderful days down in Boston with an 85-year old friend who has been supporting herself crafting for the past 50 years. I learned that her birthday is in a few days so I rushed home and made this shadow box depicting her craft room. while I was there, she was working on 'the dreaded Christmas balls' and fuming about it. So I had to make sure I had a box of them on the floor!

The painting on the upper left wall is a lot like those she does depicting local landmarks.

I adore miniature stuff but could not make this too small, as she had a stroke last year and it greatly affected her eyesight so she can no longer see small things. when I was there, I did lots of tiny work for her that she could no longer do. What a blast we had.

She was working with tweezers this week and kept dropping them in her trash where I had to hunt them down. So I also had to be sure to include her trash basket in this box!
thanks for looking!  It was a rush job to get into the post on time for her to get it for turning 86, but I think it came out ok.
32  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two GALLERY on: January 19, 2016 12:57:30 PM

Here is where ya'll can post your lovely pics of the dynamite stuff you received!!
33  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Earrings...what to do with 100 saved kitty whiskers on: January 19, 2016 06:28:18 AM

My collection, after having my own kitties, and fostering many, is over a thousand. On sofas and chairs, on the carpet, on my knees. I love spotting them and popping them into my pocket, where they often go thru the wash and are lost.  I figured I could spare a hundred to make a pair of earrings.
No one I encounter has been able to guess what they are made of. Most guesses involve the word feathers.
These are two years old now and holding up well
34  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Moveable ATC swap on: January 16, 2016 07:52:09 AM

Moveable ATCs are so much fun!  And the shipping is shamelessly cheap.
Here are some links to ones folks have made in the past....
Anyone interested?









35  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Woodland Creatures Swap 2016 (signups 01/13 - 01/23; SO by 2/22) on: January 13, 2016 04:36:42 PM

Swap name  Woodland Creature Swap 2016
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  blupaisan  with Sarasmile as co
Sign-up date range: 01/13 - 01/23
Date to send item by:by 2/22

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

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

Additional Age requirement?  no

Picture yourself strolling through the Woodland (or better yet living there?)  What creatures either real or magical would you love to encounter?  If this makes you weak at the knees, then this swap is for you!

For this swap, everyone will be matched and send out one small and one medium item to their partner.

In order to keep this swap happy, we are asking for the following:
1. Post in the swap thread weekly - even if it is just saying that you are still just around!
2. Send a PM to your partner within 5 days of the swap signup closing to check in
3. Send your package on time
4. If something comes up, please let us and your partner know that there is a problem! Life happens, but let's not worry our partners by disappearing

The organizer meets the following criteria:
You must be at least 18 years old. yes
You must not have any Negative Feedback. ok
You must have completed at least two swaps and have Positive Feedback for both. ok
If it is your first time organizing, you may only organize ONE swap. After you have completed your organizing duties for that swap, you may organize and/or co-organize up to THREE swaps at once. ok
If the number of participants exceeds 25 members, you must either recruit a co-organizer or contact a swap mod and arrange to send them a copy of your records.  We have an organizer and a co.

Organizer will check that all participants who are approved meet the following criteria:

1.The swapper is at least 16 years old. If they are under 16 and have already successfully swapped on Craftster, they will have Swap Moderator approval listed in their profile if they are eligible to swap.
2.The swapper has been a Craftster member for at least 1 month.
3.The swapper has posted at least 15 times on Craftster.
4.The swapper has NO Negative Feedback.
5.The swapper either has no swaps listed in their profile OR they have Positive Feedback for their first swap. New swappers are not allowed to sign up for further swaps until their first swap is fully complete and Positive Feedback has been recorded.
6.The swapper is not currently listed as "In Progress" for the maximum limit of 5 swaps
7. swapper has posted in thread at least once before sending in Q

Questionnaire to pm to organizer, blupaisan

1. Are you at least 16 years old?
2. What is your mailing address? Please include your real name and the country.
3. Are you willing to send out of your country?
4. What are 5 of your fave Woodland critters real of imagined?
5. What are your favorite colors? What are your least favorite colors?
6. What are your favorite patterns/themes? What are your least favorite patterns/themes?
7. Do you have any allergies?
8. Allergens in your home?
9. What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
10. What kind of crafts would you like to create?
11.  Is there anything else you would like to let your partner know?
12. Do you have any links that would be helpful for your partner (e.g., pinterest, etc)
13.What is your email address (for the organizer only, in case we cannot reach you on craftster.org)
14.  have you remembered to post in the thread?

Please PM blupaisan with the Q, not post it here.

blupaisan, organizer
Sarasmile, co organizer
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Proof that you should NEVER throw anything away!! on: January 13, 2016 07:28:01 AM

So, for a project about two months ago, I stiffened over a yard of embroidery floss with glue. As I cleaned out my sewing box yesterday, I was about to chuck it. I mean, why on earth would anyone want stiff floss in a certain color?  I have a tough time using a trash basket, so took a bit of material that was also destined for the landfill and tied it onto the end of the floss.
Out into the hallway we went, my 15-year-old DandiGirl and I.
Wow, this toy is amazing! Because of the stiff floss, it catches ever so slightly on the carpet and does this jumping thing as it comes along. To Dandi, it is very much like a real creature in the way it moves. Here is a video of a cat who generally sleeps much of the day but is very much active with her new toy!!


37  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Birdland Radio!! on: January 11, 2016 11:46:31 AM

A neighbor graciously gave me this 1940s radio because he (yes, Mr. Mercer, that would be you....) knew I could do something wonderful with it. I gutted it then let it sit, waiting for inspiration. My cheap plastic birdfeeder fell off the deck recently and I said to myself upon seeing it, "I should make a new one for my poor little feathered friends." When I entered my room, there sat the radio and the rest is history.

Here is the first before pic

and gutted with my kitty showing off the usable parts

cut the top off a plastic bottle.

marked with Sharpie and cut. I wanted a nice curved "roof" system to match the curves of the radio and serve to keep rain out of feeder. I posted a question in the Misc. category of how to get the marker off the plastic after cutting. I found the solution thanks to my Craftster friends who rock!!

view of the back. Was this ever an interesting issue! I wanted to keep the whole thing plastic rather than wood, which might get sort of rottish in the rain. I had a nice big plastic tray to use as the new back. Alas, it was the wrong type of plastic and shattered at the sight of a cutting tool.
Next I decided to cut into my own wastebasket because the plastic looked more flexible. The basket was not big enuf so I was going to cut 2 smaller pieces and have to create some sort of hinge system in the back to keep them on.
that plastic also shattered.
guy who lives downstairs 'donated' an entire side of his awesome white tall trashbasket which was an absolute breeze to cut into. Like pudding. I loved it!!  (how can you be so happy about slicing a trashbasket? Life is strange.)
I painted it my fave color and one I think complements brown.
I also painted the screws and washers so they would all look so purty.

The volume and some other nameless knob went right back into their normal places. the tuner, however, could not go back to its original position. I hemmed and hawed about not putting it anywhere at all, but in the end, how could I abandon such a pretty vintage piece?  I stuck it in the middle of the speaker which is prolly making some antique dealer roll over in his grave.

I bought a plastic honeydipper and cut it where I wanted, for the perch. had to drill a new hole for that. Actually, I was too lazy to go borrow Joe's drill again so I burned a hole in it using my wee woodburning tool. This old plastic smells like cloves when it burns.

I was gonna shlepp over to the hardware store (They've got allen wrenches, gerbil feeders, toilet seats, electric heaters Trash compactors, juice extractor, shower rods and water meters Walkie-talkies, copper wires safety goggles, radial tires BB pellets, rubber mallets, fans and dehumidifiers) to get a flange to go between the chassis and the roof I cut, but in the end decided to make my own by cutting the edge off a coffee can lid.

thanks for looking!!  I had (mostly) a blast making this.

P.S.  ten points to Gryffindor if you can id the song lyrics.

38  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / @$*####!! field keeps changing when I do not ask it to. on: January 11, 2016 06:51:54 AM
trying to send partnering info to a certain recipient. Her name is capitalized. no matter how many times I put her correctly into the recipient field (PMing...) it does not take. Instead, her name is automatically lower-cased and the red message comes that there is no such Craftster.
I have tried copy and paste, I have tried putting in the quote marks myself instead of waiting for site to do it, I have tried typing.
My patience is wearing thin, and now that I have vented, I am somewhat better.
Would love this issue addressed please and thanks.
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / removing Sharpie marks from plastic number 1, PETE on: January 04, 2016 04:31:28 AM
I made thin Sharpie guide marks for cutting on my PETE plastic (see-thru, so marks show on both sides.)
need to find a way to clean off marks without ruining plastic. I am afraid to rub, scrub, or use any kind of solvent.


40  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two (SIGNUP 12/31/15-01/10/16 ; MAIL BY 02/10/16). on: December 31, 2015 09:49:54 AM


So many of us had a blast in round one. Calling all bird lovers to rejoin or come on over to the feeder for the first time!!
Tiny. That basically means ...
Swap size guidelines:
This swap will be for ONE TINY BIRD THING. Even though it will be small in size please put in our best effort to make the tiny thing amazing! What is considered tiny you ask? Well, let's keep it within approximately four inches in any direction , give or take.
Please plan on not including any extras unless you and your partner desperately want to.

No one likes to be flaked on, so if you aren't sure if you can do this swap, PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP.
If you know you will be late or unable to complete the swap please let me know ASAP.
Communication is a must. Everyone is required to post on the thread at least once a week to let me know they are still involved with the swap. If you do not post it will be noted in your feedback. If you are going on vacation or will be away from the internet just let me know.

Delivery Confirmation is required within the U.S., please send tracking number to both your partner and organizer when you send. Please keep you mailing receipt if you are sending internationally.
PM both your Partner and your team organizer when you send and receive.

Please post pictures of what you receive. Your partner worked hard on it and we would all love to see it! If you cannot post up please let your partner know. Make sure you take pictures of everything you send just in case.
*Although posting pictures is not a requirement to receive positive feedback.*

Swap name: One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: blupaisan
Sign-up date range: 12/31/15-01/10/16
Date to send item by: 02/10/16

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO  no
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement?  no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO  yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO  yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO  yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO  yes
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO  yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO  yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO  yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO  yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO  yes
- Does not have any birdpoopie feedback: YES/NO  yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO  yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO  yes
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO  yes

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

Name of swap  One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two
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 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Would you like one partner or two?

Please list your favorite birds:
What kind of items would you like to receive? (plush, wall art, functional, jewelry, artist's choice...)
What kind of crafty skills do you have?
Are there any specific crafty skills you especially admire?
Anything you don't want to receive? (clothing, jewelry, etc.)
Are there any materials your partner shouldn't use? (leather, feathers, wool,..)?
Do you have any allergies?
Are there any allergens in your home (furry pets, smokers, etc.?)
Are you able to post pictures in the gallery?
Do you have an Etsy favorites or pinterest?

Is there any other information you would like your partner or the organizer to know?



blupaisan.....two partners
alwaysinmyroom......one partner
geekgirl1000100......two partners
lindyv321.......one partner
pinkmichk......two partners
HSG.......one partner
Onyxnox........one partner, willing to do a second if need be
artsycandice........one partner
volomortuus....one partner
gala_apples.... two partners
cmarion3......one partner
rjannelle......one partner, willing to up to two
Ludi....one partner
Allons-y....two partners
LimeRiot...one partner
Acadian Driftwood....one partner


feedback given

sender:                                              recipient:

blupaisan (mailed)                   Allons_y (rec'd)
Allons_y  (mailed)  [/color]                                          blupaisan (rec'd)
Allons_y   (mailed)                                lindyv321 (rec'd)
lindyv321 (mailed)                  Allons_y (rec'd)
geekgirl1000100  (mailed)                               Acadian Driftwood(rec'd)
Acadian Driftwood (mailed)                        geekgirl1000100(rec'd)
geekgirl10000100 (mailed)                             gala_apples(rec'd)
gala_apples(sent late w' comm)                                      geekgirl1000100 (rec'd}
gala_apples (sent late w' comm)                                     rjannelle (rec'd)
rjannelle (mailed)                                           gala_apples(rec'd)
Onyxnox (mailed)                                            pinkmichk(recd)
pinkmichk (mailed)                 Onyxnox (rec'd)
pinkmichk (mailed)       volomortuus (rec'd)
volomortuus (mailed)                                    pinkmichk(recd)
alwaysinmyroom (sent)                                 artsycandice(rec'd)
artsycandice (sent)                                       alwaysinmyroom(rec'd)
HSG (mailed)                         cmarion3 (rec'd)
cmarion3 (mailed)                                 HSG (rec'd)
Ludi (mailed)                                                      LimeRiot(rec'd)
LimeRiot (mailed)                       Ludi (rec'd)

OK, so that might look a bit odd, but it is the way my brain is working just now. There were a number of issues with shipping out of country, allergies, and folks who wanted one vs. two partners. The above is the result! (;
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