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3371  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Bird Feeders on: May 30, 2010 10:30:06 AM
I love these!  Nicely done.  Smiley
3372  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Potholder Swap (Signups 5/19-6/2; Sendouts 6/30, 2010) on: May 30, 2010 09:11:37 AM
Me too Jennie! I might have to make a few for myself while I wait ... just to practice Wink
It'll work out well. I'll mail off the recipes for the Recipe Swap on Tues and on Wed or Thurs I will have a partner for this swap and I can get crafting!

I already did!  The picture of the potholder at the top of our thread was a practice one for myself, because I needed a picture for the thread.  I just dug through the fabrics in my stash and pulled out some batting scraps.  I love the way it looks, but it's not heat resistant enough.  I used a couple layers of cotton batting, but I think I need to go get some Insul-brite.  Any of you who will be sewing yours may wish to pick some up too!  I've heard that a few layers of batting AND some layers of denim is good enough, but I'm not sure I'd trust it, and I'd feel terrible if someone ever burned themselves with my potholders.  I think I'll end up making pot holders for all my family members this Christmas with the extra Insul-brite...  Hmmm, maybe I should start those this summer....

Okay, I'm in!

Yay!  I love when my evil peer pressure tactics pay off.  Whahahahahahahaha....
3373  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Potholder Swap (Signups 5/19-6/2; Sendouts 6/30, 2010) on: May 30, 2010 06:54:48 AM
I know!  I keep wanting to start planning my potholders, and wishing sign-ups were over...   Cheesy 

I'll have to learn to be a more patient Jennie.  Tongue
3374  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Steampunk Charm Swap sign ups to 5/31 Mail by 6/18 [1 more spots open!] on: May 28, 2010 02:03:17 PM
Oh, and here's one more...  I just ordered some stuff from Supply Pusher on Etsy for a loaded charm bracelet I've been dreaming up.  Her stuff was great!  All oxidized and patinaed and whatnot.  The items were smaller than they looked in the picture, but I'm super happy about it actually.  They're *exactly* what I was looking for.  She was fast, personable, affordable, and has an awesome selection of stuff.  (I'm kinda trying to avoid just using gears.  She has lots of Victorian stuff that's super steampunky, without just being gears.)  AND she sent me a few little extra bits and bobs, which are totally going into my charms for this swap. 

3375  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Steampunk Charm Swap sign ups to 5/31 Mail by 6/18 [2 more spots open!] on: May 28, 2010 07:37:13 AM
So last night, inspired by all of you ladies, I went on a bit on an internet quest to explore some more pieces of Steampunk Jewlery to use as inspiration.  I found my way to a neat blog by a jewelry designer named Jen Hilton.  From there I found several other fun sites.  I've saved lots of images as inspiration, and filled my wist with oh about a million more things!  I thought you guys might like seeing this stuff too...  

Jen Hilton (Note, in her post about being featured in the Steampunk Jewelery book, she links to many of the other designers featured in it, and that's where I found many of these fabulous links.)

Jen Hilton's "About Steampunk"

Onamentea, which sells some awesome supplies, including watch parts, and neat jump rings, filigree, etc.:

Earthenwood Studio, who has fabulous clay (NOT POLYCLAY) steampunk items, like beads, charms, and pendants

Saints & Sinners, Barbe Saint John, which is mostly stuff for sale, but is all beautiful

MadArt Jewelry on Etsy, who seems to specialize in brass goggles & steampunk jewelry

The Pink Hare, who seems to be an all around interesting artist, and who has lots of fun steampunky feels to her projects.

The Pink Hare's "Simple Steampunk Jewelry Tutorial", where she makes lockets, imbedded with gears and resin:
3376  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ultimate Twlight Charm Bracelet - Version 3.0? Pic Heavy! on: May 28, 2010 06:45:16 AM
OMG! Its beautiful! And the charms are perfect  Grin Where did you find your charms? I've looked at several crafting stores around where I live and cant find some that have similar color/style so it would flow properly.  Huh

I get my charms lots of different places.  Some stores, some online, and several through the Bead Soup Swaps that I've hosted.  (Hmmm... I really have to do another one of those next month or so...)

Here's where I got these, to the best of my memory:

Apple, Rose, Piano, Motorcycle, Truck, Baseball

Hancock Fabrics
Fork, Believe

BeadsandCharms.com (You can order single charms, great selection, but sometimes you have to wait for them)
Chess Queen, Chess Pawn, Crystal Heart, Lion, Swan, Celtic Knot

Wolf (but I've seen the same ones on Ebay)

Leaf (bought a set of like 50 from China, free shipping)
3377  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny balcony - now ready for summer on: May 28, 2010 06:35:14 AM
Adorable Klara!
3378  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crescent Moon and Star Necklace on: May 28, 2010 06:33:37 AM
3379  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: GREAT SWAP ORGANIZERS I HAVE KNOWN on: May 27, 2010 07:07:46 PM
Awww, rackycoo and SevsOnlyGirl, I feel so overwhelmed about this, I don't know what to say!  You guys brought happy tears to my eyes too!  I love Craftster and the joys of swapping, but more than that I love the FRIENDSHIPS I've made here.  So many lovely, gifted, and wonderful people who SHARE everyday.

I have to say that there are two organizers who've stood out for me so far.  MareMare did an great job with communication on the Quilt Block Swap.  There was so much confusion there, but she kept such a cool head, and even set up some polls after the swap was over, to try to learn about each person's swap experience, to help the next one go better.  (The minor pitfalls of that swap had nothing to do with MareMare's awesome organizing skills!)  Way to go the extra mile MareMare!

The other person who really stands out for me is of course, Pinkleo.  I've completed 17 swaps here, and am in 3 more right now.  And out of those 20 swaps, 11 have also involved my one and only crafty-true-love, Pinkleo.  Our similar interests bring us together often, but it's the fact that we both love working together so much that keeps us asking the other one to co-organize whenever either of us starts a new swap.  Even when we're not working on something together, nary a week goes by that we aren't PMing one another to say hello, or share a recipe, or ask how something is going in the other person's life.  She has become one of my dearest friends, and brings so much joy to my life every day.  When a swap that I'm doing with her is over, I find myself sad, and going through inspiration withdrawal.  But then 5 minutes later I get a new PM from her, and all sadness is forgotten.  She's been a great friend, and an EXCELLENT teacher here on Craftster.  She teaches by example, always taking time to make sure a newbie finds their way around, or helps someone with crafter's-block figure out how to proceed with their project.  Her sense of charity and generosity inspire me every single day. 

And finally, I have to add a thank you to the Mods.  You guys rock my world.  And especially thank you to rackycoo & SevsOnlyGirl, who are the Mods I seem to have the most interaction with.  You ladies are every kind of loveliness, and your dedication brings so much more happiness to so many more people than you'll ever be able to know.
3380  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap? on: May 27, 2010 06:28:20 PM
LOL. I love that we have been numbered.

Question: we were talking of swapping three items. One of them being a snack food? Suggestions were all handmade things - and i'm an international shipper. I'm not sure that's allowed...

It wouldn't have to be a homemade snack.  It could also be an unusal candy bar from your own country, or a plain old candy/snack that you relabel/repackage in some manner to look like an HP themed food.  Or you could come up with an alternative with your partner.   I'm sure we can all figure out something.
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