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21  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: January 21, 2015 05:21:51 PM
The embroidery hoops and ninnis are so cute! and the draft stopper is genius. I never thought for it to be used to keep cold air in - though that's not so much the problem here in the north (stupid winter). Though I try to remain thankful that it's been a much more mild winter than last year  Smiley

I have some swap packages waiting to be received before I can share but I did do a super quick project just now that I finished and hung...

I found a fallen chunk of wasp nest (actually the nest was in a tree by my apartment gym and had fallen out after a violent wind storm). I wisely left it alone for a long time, and finally decided to investigate after a long period of it sitting out in freezing temps, rain, and all other manner of bad weather which in my mind would hopefully ensure that all former residents were gone. It was damp but looked abandoned, so I took it back to my apartment and set about to dry it out. I think the nest is beautiful but I am so terribly paranoid about letting bees, wasps, etc into the apartment so I had it in a zipped up bag for a while to just be safe and then when that was all done, finally mounted it in a recessed type frame for display. A new curio for my walls!  Cheesy

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22  Pond in an Altoid Tin in Completed Projects by sheepBlue on: January 18, 2015 05:15:15 AM
I have been working lately on the curiosity cabinet swap and while having all my bits and bobs out, made a fun little faux pond in a mini altoid tin. Some rocks, moss, texture paste to simulate a dirt bottom, and some super tiny polyclay koi fish, all set in resin. It's so charmingly tiny!!

It's kinda like my version of a zen garden, except I can't make a mess and it fits in my pocket  Cheesy
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23  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: January 18, 2015 04:56:51 AM
Oh neat experiements Averia! I should check out gelli printing  Smiley

I have been working lately on the curiosity cabinet swap and while having all my bits and bobs out, made a fun little faux pond in a mini altoid tin. Some rocks, moss, texture paste to simulate a dirt bottom, and some super tiny polyclay koi fish, all set in resin. It's so charmingly tiny!!

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24  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: January 10, 2015 05:40:06 PM
Loving the new projects!

artsycandice - Those fabric journal pages are so inspiring - I'm loving the mixture of textiles you're using and your use of machine stitching for emphasis  Cheesy

bushbaby - I love the pattern on that cozy - I might need to give a shot to colorwork for my own cozies that I'm planning to make. Not knit though, I have no idea how to use two needles, its one for me  Grin

trinalocakary - That's a brilliant use for the icicles! I think it looks perfect on the crown.

I finally snapped some quick pictures of some recent necklaces I made. First a small scale crochet necklace. I love the way this stitch looks and it wasn't too hard to learn! I used some beautiful handspun yarn I received from LeapFeetFirst in a past IYP that has been wasting away in my yarn bin being woefully under-used. Now I can show off the beautiful colors!

I also tried some mixed metal wrapping...I like how it turned out but I'm not sure how often I'll actually wear it...it is rather stiff - go figure. I think I might try this technique again to see if I can make something I'd be more likely to wear. I incorporated a bit off an old hair curler (the focal bit) and a vintage butterfly piece I've had in my stash for a long time.

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25  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: January 04, 2015 01:26:10 PM
I have been crafting in one form or another for as long as I can remember. Both my parents are very creative; my mom dabbled in everything from leather tooling/burning, beading, embroidery, and lately has been learning how to knit, and my dad has all sorts of fancy tools for airbrushing, metalworking, woodworking, and lately has been concentrating on a big mosaic project for a patio feature. From them I started out young playing with the usual drawing/painting/mess-making, and then expanded into simple cross stitch, playing with clay, and that went even further with projects done in Girl Scouts and school. I think my earliest memory of some sort of crafting is mask making in school, and making little clay figurines for all my family for their stockings during Christmas time.

The earliest crafting pictures I could track down were from high school.

A giant paper mache camel mask made for a local parade...tongue made from polyclay.

A deer skull made in my high school ceramics class.

A head piece made for my sister when she decided to be Carmen Miranda for Halloween many years ago...got a super nasty hot glue burn on this one.

I wish there were more pictures and evidence of my earlier crafty pursuits but makes me glad I document so much now to look back on in the future  Smiley
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26  Re: Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap, SU by 1/14, SO by 2/28 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by sheepBlue on: January 01, 2015 09:42:39 AM
I made this last week when I was sick  Tongue Gave me great practice on satin stitch.

Totally inspired by alittlemusthave!  Wink
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27  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: January 01, 2015 09:36:25 AM
Final project for 2014! An embroidered mini-bib necklace. I am loving the fiber arts lately  Grin (Don't mind the shower hair).

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28  Re: IYP 27 Crafty Quickstep Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: December 27, 2014 02:18:29 PM
I was finally able to take some of my own pictures. Nothing that does them justice sadly, but I wanted to show off my favorite parts.

I LOVE the circular stitching on the figure's face.

Artsycandice's tiny intricate tentacle stitching has always been a favorite of mine and she included some in this piece which is fantastic  Smiley

Artsycandice was also so thoughtful to include some samples of her linoprint work and I'm very excited to include it in a future quilt I'm planning with all sorts of printing samples I'm collecting from other craftsters  Smiley

Thank you again artsycandice!
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29  Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap, SU Closed SO by 2/28 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by sheepBlue on: December 26, 2014 05:02:39 PM

Swap name: Fabric/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: sheepBlue
Co-organizer: N/A
Sign-up: Dec 26th Jan 11th
Date to send: Feb 28th
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): N/A
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? Must be 16 years or older

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
- 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:

I love how jewelry can be a piece of art that you wear, and I love to find unique pieces that show that. We will be swapping 1 piece of beautiful jewelry with our partner(s) that can be made up of fiber/mixed media/sewing/felting/embroidery/etc techniques. This includes everything under the sun: beads, metal, fabric, thread, yarn, felt, buttons, clay, etc etc! You can choose between 1 partner or 2. All new swappers will be restricted to only 1 partner for their first swap. Please communicate with your partner(s) so that everyone ends up with beautiful jewelry that they can show off to all their friends and family.

Everyone needs to keep in contact both with the organizer and their partner; please try to post to the thread at least once a week to let us know how you're doing and please dont leave your partner or myself hanging if we PM you!

Please make sure you post in this thread for updates as soon as you sign-up/think about signing up.

Organizer's Note: I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of very late sending, ill-communication, incomplete packages, lack of DC#'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap.


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

Name of swap: Fabric/Mixed Media Jewelry 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 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you want 1 or 2 partners?

Do you have any allergies, specifically in materials that may be used in jewelry and will be laying on your skin (i.e. metal, wool, etc)?

What styles do you enjoy (bohemian, ethnic, hippy, etc)?

What styles do you not enjoy?

What kind of jewelry do you like wearing (earrings, necklaces, etc)? Please include a description of your preferred lengths and other relevant details.

What kind of jewelry do you not like wearing?

Do you like flashy statement pieces, or something more subtle?

What are your favorite colors/color combinations?

What colors do you not like?

Are there any particular techniques you'd love to receive (i.e. knit, macrame, assemblage, sewn, etc)?

Are there any particular techniques you'd rather not receive?

Pinterest? Links? Stalking aids?

Want to go beyond the minimum requirement?

Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures?

Anything else you would like for your partner to know about you...


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

Approved Swappers:
1. sheepBlue
2. stellato_escuro
3. P_E_S_T
4. Belladune
5. Ludi
6. alteredmommy
7. bookstorebabe
8. emilywilde
9. LeapFeetFirst
10. maxxev
11. goatgoddess
12. Abbeeroad
13. Artmomto5
14. petskin
15. SonjaBoo
16. gala_apples
17. RovingAnarchist
18. oddacity
19. jenleahlynn
20. artsycandice


artsycandice - petskin
jenleahlynn - bookstorebabe
oddacity - Belladune
gala_apples - goatgoddess
sonjaboo - stellato_escuro
petskin - sheepBlue
Abbeeroad - P_E_S_T
artmomto5 - jenleahlynn
P_E_S_T - goatgoddess
maxxev - artsycandice
LeapFeetFirst - Abbeeroad
emilywilde - artmomto5
alteredmommy - Ludi
Belladune - RovingAnarchist
stellato_escuro - gala_apples
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30  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: December 24, 2014 12:56:06 PM
So much fun stuff guys. I can't believe how much Christmas crafting everyone gets up to this time of year. I honestly have scaled back in how much I make for people just because I'm not sure if everyone appreciates handmade stuff and I don't want to waste the time and effort on people who don't care. But anyways! On a more cheerful note, I have another ticker tape quilt I made for artsycandice for the most recent IYP!

It's inspired by her love of birds and female figures. This one got away from me a little bit and ended up a little wonky but I still think it looks nice.

I might have one or two more things made and finished before the end of the year but we'll have to see!
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