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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Be AWESOME Swap! Rd 3? on: January 27, 2015 10:56:47 AM
Anyone remember the AWESOME swaps that have gone on a few years back...

Here's round 1
And round 2

I'd love to participate in a Round 3  Grin Anyone else feel like being AWESOME!? I leave it up to rackycoo to organize again  Smiley

The swap is open!! Click here!
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Gallery on: January 23, 2015 08:25:40 AM
Back to the Discussion Thread

Post when you get them!!

artsycandice - petskin
jenleahlynn - bookstorebabe

oddacity - Belladune
gala_apples - goatgoddess
sonjaboo - stellato_escuro
petskin - sheepBlue
Abbeeroad - P_E_S_T
artmomto5 - jenleahlynn
- goatgoddess
maxxev - artsycandice
LeapFeetFirst - Abbeeroad
emilywilde - artmomto5

alteredmommy - Ludi
Belladune - RovingAnarchist
stellato_escuro - gala_apples

Partner Received
Sending late with communication
contact me immediately
feedback given
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pond in an Altoid Tin 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
24  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap, SU Closed SO by 2/28 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
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fiber/mixed media jewelry swap [sign ups posted!] on: October 19, 2014 11:56:06 AM

I love how jewelry can be a piece of art that you wear, and I love to find unique pieces that show that. Lately my obsession has been with all things fiber, and I was thinking it would be amazing to have a swap where we could push ourselves to use fiber/mixed media/sewing/felting/embroidery/etc techniques to make amazing jewelry for one another. This includes everything under the sun: beads, metal, fabric, thread, yarn, felt, buttons, clay, etc etc!

Anyone else up for a swap?  Cheesy

Here is my inspiration pinboard to get your creative juices flowing!

I'm open on a timeframe - I realize this might have to be pushed back til after the holidays but if there are people interested I'm more than happy to do so. I was thinking a month to craft....we could do either individual partners or if there's a consensus we can do groupings of 3 or 4?
26  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / Quick Insert Photos Function error? Used to be a clickable thumbnail, now not? on: October 16, 2014 04:54:37 AM
Hi, I just noticed this recently. When I would upload an image using the "Quick Insert Photos" function, it would always make the image clickable so you could click and go to the gallery where you would see the full size image. But now it is come up as just a thumbnail image that is not clickable. Is this a glitch or is this a permanent change with the function? I preferred the clickable image link personally. Thanks!
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Ticker Tape Skulls Art Quilt! on: September 16, 2014 03:13:02 PM
I shudder to even think to compare myself to the amazing quilters that can be found on craftster. But! I have actually managed to make a little art quilt for erica_tattoos in the IYP that I am super proud of and really really happy with the end result. I heard of ticker tape quilts before but never really thought of them as fabric versions of a mosaic. Once I got that concept, and the fact that you sew each individual piece on top of your base fabric, I was set to go, making up my pattern from scratch and sewing each piece individually as I went. I started with the background, using dark blues, blacks, and grays, and then filled in the skull area with whites and creams. I did a faux binding, just folding up the fabric from the backside of the quilt, and then handmade fringe with seed beads and polyclay skull beads I made myself.

The whole thing is roughly 20 x 30 inches I think.

I had a lot of fun making this and there will definitely be more in the future  Smiley

I almost forgot to mention something I'm pretty proud of myself for accomplishing! This is 95% made with supplies I already had on hand. The only thing I had to buy was the black fabric for the base on the front which I got at my local thrift store for 50 cents! For the "batting" I used some leftover fleece fabric which wasn't even big enough so I had to sew two strips together. Talk about getting thrifty with it  Cheesy
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A study in Fungi on: September 03, 2014 07:07:05 PM
I started out this twinchie intending to do full-on embroidery madness, but as I was struggling a bit to get the textures right, I let some of my mixed-media tendencies carry me along.

This started out with bracket fungi being my main inspiration. I did a ton of them (more than pictured) stumpwork style and cut them out, ready to attach to my base. But I had a lot of trouble getting the moss texture right that I pictured in my head - french knots and the like were just not cutting it. So I decided I should try to incorporate the real thing - a very messy endeavor. I tacked the moss down with invisible fishing line, anchored the fungi, and thought I was done...but it didn't feel done. So I thought, what would be more perfect than a smattering of tiny mushrooms - the fungus are among us! (sorry that last bit flashed back from middle school and I couldn't resist). I tried to do super small stumpwork mushrooms but it was just an impossible task. So I went for some polymer clay, translucent Sculpey brand. I actually didn't mean for it to be translucent but I like the effect...they are molded over bits of wire. All mounted on a 2" inch cardboard base covered with brown felt.

29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bird Lady Art Doll on: September 03, 2014 02:58:33 PM
I made this for the fantastic Ludi in the most recent IYP Rd 26. She went through a LOT of changes before ending up as thus but I'm really happy with how she came out.

30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted River Rocks on: August 09, 2014 10:50:31 AM
I've had these river rocks in my stash forever and last year picked up some crochet thread to try my hand at the beautiful crocheted patterns I've seen done on river rocks. Cue to finally a week and a half ago, I decided in a moment of low-but-antsy energy to try to make these. It's all done on the fly, no pattern just making it up as I go....obviously I might need to refer to some patterns now as my skill in variation tops out at about 3 or 4 different patterns haha. But then again, most of these rocks are rather small so it makes much variety a bit difficult.

One will definitely be converted to a necklace pendant, but the others I am abandoning around town for fun. A little spot of unexpected beauty in the most mundane of places  Smiley
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