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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Retirement Charm Bracelet on: May 29, 2014 11:18:17 AM
Final bracelet post of the day!  Smiley  This was created at the request of my mother-in-law to give to a friend who is retiring from her job as the school librarian.  The charms include books, heart, cat, "Well behaved women rarely make history", cross, school house, P for Patricia, angel, pen nib, newspaper, giraffe, and Lincoln, since she took the children to the Lincoln Library in Springfield IL every year.

I think this one has inspired me to make a general Librarian themed charm bracelet too!  Cheesy
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / We're Off to See the Wizard Charm Bracelet on: May 29, 2014 11:12:52 AM
This charm bracelet has been in the works for ages.  I gathered the charms over a period of months, before putting it on hold to move to a new state.  Now that I'm settled in, I was finally able to finish it.  It contains 17 Tibetan silver and pewter charms from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz book by L. Frank Baum, and the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film.  The charms include: Toto, the Witch's hourglass, Glinda's wand, the Wicked Witch of the West on her broom, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Woodsman, a rainbow, Glinda the Witch of the North, the ruby slippers, Dorothy Gale, hot air balloon, Scarecrow, apple from the orchard, the Wizard, the Emerald City, courage, heart. The charms are surrounded by a mix of Czech glass beads in Technicolor sky blue, brick road yellow and emerald green.

13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Ride 'Em Cowgirl Charm Bracelet on: May 29, 2014 11:12:36 AM
This bracelet was inspired by my trip to Fort Worth, TX this spring, where I was fortunate enough to visit the National Cowgirl Museum.  Whatever your background or home, you cannot help but be inspired and empowered when visiting this wonderful museum.  If you ever have the chance, I urge you go to.  Regardless of gender or interests, it is a fantastic place.  So here's my ode to those fearless ladies.  The charms include a steer skull, saddled horse, cowgirl boots, pickup truck, buffalo, rose, guitar, cowgirl hats, cowgirl pinup, pistol, horse, sadlde, spur, bull, rope.  The beads are a a mix of beautiful Czech glass, polished stone, rustic river shell flowers, handmade ceramic and cut crystal beads in shades of petal pink, deep magenta, and saddle brown.

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / First Time Making a Dreamcatcher on: May 28, 2014 03:51:32 PM
I recently stumbled across a Swap Interest thread proposing the idea of a Dreamcatcher Swap.  It had been kicking around for a while, but had never gotten off the ground.  I had never tried my hand at making a Dreamcatcher, and clearly I must MAKE ALL THE CRAFTS.  So, I started by organizing the Dreamcatcher Swap, which is currently in Sign Ups.  But in the mean time I was feeling all creative and I couldn't wait the few weeks until partnering happens, so I made a practice one this weekend.  All in all, I'm pretty darn happy with how it came out.

Here's a detail shot of the drops in the center.  An amethyst for pleasant dreams and a swarovski crystal heart.  The beads in the net are 4mm fire-polished Czech glass.

Here's a detail shot of the feather drops.  The beads are stone, ceramic, Czech glass, and metal.  The blue glass leaves were sent to me in a bead swap here on Craftster, and the dark purple stones are slices of agate.

The bright turquoise looks great against the plum purple wall of my studio, but I think it might bet moved to the guest bathroom right next door, which has a turquoise, grey and purple color scheme and a rather peaceful vibe going on.

15  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Dreamcatcher Swap (SIGNUPS CLOSED; MAIL BY 7/7/14) on: May 24, 2014 12:32:09 PM

Swap name: Dreamcatcher Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Sign-up date range:  May 24, 2014-June 7, 2014
Date to send item by: July 7, 2014

Limited to a certain number of people? NO

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

Additional Age requirement? NONE

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:
For this swap you must send 1 Medium Dreamcatcher crafted item, and 1 Small item based on your partners interests & loves. The Medium Dreamcatcher may be a traditional style Dreamcatcher, or it may be an alternate crafted item, with a Dreamcatcher as the central theme or idea.  The Small item may be crafted or purchased and can be anything you desire to give, based on your partners interests.

As a refresher, here are Craftster's Size Guidelines:
By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Links to tutorials on creating Dreamcatchers
Promise Land Ranch Traditional Dreamcatcher Tutorial
Lisa Tilse's Modern Dreamcatcher Tutorial
Video Tutorial by ashleygoboom on Youtube

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 16 years old: (YES/NO)

What are your favorite colors?
Least favorite colors?
What is your style? (Hippy, Shabby Chic, Boho, Modern, etc.)
What are some of your favorite themes?

Do you hope for a traditional Dreamcatcher, or are you open to alternate crafted items with a Dreamcatcher theme?  (Embroidery, jewelry, papercrafting, etc.)

If you are open to alternate crafted items, is there anything you might enjoy most?  (No promises! Wink)

What are your favorite crafts to make?
What are your favorite crafts to receive?
What are your favorite hobbies outside of crafting?
Do you wear jewelry?
Supplies you are always in need of?
Is there anything you would NOT like to receive? (Religious, adult, etc.)

Do you smoke?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Do you have an objection to receiving a finished item that uses animal derived craft supplies? (traditionally Dreamcatchers include leather, feathers, etc.)

Do you have a Pinterest or a Wist?
Anything else your organizer or partner should know about you?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: May 22, 2014 08:05:30 AM

~Harry Potter Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~

~*Begins June 1, 2014*~
~*Ends August 31, 2014*~

Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!

---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make.  
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included.  If your item is a private piece, you may submit a picture link to one of the headmistresses.
---For any cooking/food project, in addition to a photo, you must post a complete recipe, or link to the complete recipe you used.  No recipe = no points.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft."  

For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.

~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: WINTER- December, January, February; SPRING-March, April, May; SUMMER-June, July, August; FALL-September, October, November.
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a hi or completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use Headmistress pinkleo's Central Timezone (Texas time).
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistresses Mistress Jennie AND pinkleo.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO, you pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.

~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Geminio, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  I suggest adding it to your header.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Gryffindor Lion-along project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)

~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower & Badge Station
Deputy Headmistress' Office
Diagon Alley
Witch/Wizard of the Week
Room of Requirement - Join the D.A.!
Daily Prophet
Berite Bott's Every Flavour Bean Grab Bag
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Quidditch Pitch
Hogwarts Kitchens
SPEW Headquarters

House Keys
7th Floor Gryffindor
Hufflepuff PARTY Common Room
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon

Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Alchemy Dungeon
Astronomy Tower
Care of Magical Creatures
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Dungeon 5: Potions
Room of Runes
Classroom 1B: Transfiguration
Ordinary Wizarding Levels
Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests

~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~

Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*Summer HPC Staff*~
Headmistress pinkleo
Deputy Headmistress Mistress Jennie

Gryffindor Head of House WhistleFish
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House DragonChilde

SPEW President Ant Bee

Alchemy Professor Inselaeffchen
Apparition & Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor noodle-bug
Arithmancy Professor POSITION OPEN
Astronomy Professor DragonChilde
Care of Magical Creatures & Divination Professor ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor Madame Suppler with Spirit Division Contact noodle-bug
Flying Professor POSITION OPEN
Herbology Professor Madame Suppler with Spirit Division Contact noodle-bug
History of Magic & Muggle Studies Professor WhistleFish
Potions Professor POSITION OPEN
Study of Ancient Runes & Transfiguration Professor BadWolf314

Kitchen Elf FiberAlchemist

Badge Baronesses BadWolf314, FiberAlchemist, Mistress Jennie, pinkleo, WhistleFish,
Pinterest Pixie Inselaeffchen
Spreadsheet Sorceress Mistress Jennie
Math Magician Mistress Jennie & pinkleo

~*Members of Slug Club This Term*~

~*Past HPC Semesters*~
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012/2013, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2013/2014, Spring 2014

~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012/2013: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
Fall 2013: Gryffindor
Winter 2013/2014: Ravenclaw
Spring 2014: Ravenclaw

~*Previous Winner of Quidditch Cup*~
Summer 2012: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Birdhouse In Your Soul ATB on: February 04, 2014 07:00:59 AM
I recently participated in the Artist Trading Block Swap.  For those of you who are wondering, an ATB, is basically a 3-D version of an ATC (Artist Trading Card).  A small work of art, to be given away and shared.  While stalking my partner's Pinterest I noticed she had pinned an altered art tag, which had the lyric "Make a little birdhouse in your soul" on it.  If you are unfamiliar with this brilliant song by The Might Be Giants, you can watch the video on Youtube.  A brief explanation is that the song tells the story of a nightlight, which watches over it's owner while they sleep.  The night light tells the listener to make a birdhouse (being a safe place for something small and vulnerable) for the light it creates in their mind and soul.

And after seeing noodle-bug's amazing hand stitched Birdhouse for Your Soul, I knew I had to completely steal ahem, take inspiration from her example and create a Steampunk Birdhouse for amaryllisroze's Soul. 

The front contains an antiqued blue bird in a frame, as a reference to the lyric "Bluebird of friendliness", and a set of antiqued chipboard letters.

The first narrow side includes a window looking onto an Edwardian lady, and a metal bee, as a reference to the lyric "Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet."

The back contains a 3-D metal birdcage with a delicate Swarovski crystal heart dangling from it, in reference to the vulnerable parts of ourselves which we try to sheild.

The final side contains a bit of ruler, with a tiny hinged tin box that says "passion", and a light bulb full of glitter which is a reference to the fact that the song is told from the point of view of a nightlight.  Below that is a "Cherish" token, a clock, and the symbol for infinity, which references the line "My story's infinite".  While I was working on it, I searched high and low for a picture or embellishment with a lighthouse on it for this side, but seemed to be thwarted at every turn.  Of course I found the perfect one 2 days after shipping it.   Tongue

And finally, the whole thing is topped with a small bird's nest, which contains the Ace of Hearts, a gear, watch hand, a button, and freshwater pearl "eggs".  I had a devil of a time getting the nest to stay on top, so I ended up using a Vintaj brass embellishment, bent up into the shape of a bowl to support the nest.

I hope you enjoy it!
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shakespeare Charm Bracelet on: January 27, 2014 03:18:56 PM
This bracelet has been in the works for ages.  It was inspired by the lovely pinkleo, who gave me the option in a list of possible bracelet ideas during one of our many previous IYP/12 Days of Christmas/Personal/Holiday Swaps.  I've been trying to find time to work on it since then, but always seemed to have such a rough time finding a charm of Shakespeare himself that was under $20. Tongue

I finally found a suitable charm for the Bard, and everything else just seemed to fall into place after that. 

The charms include...
Cauldron - Macbeth: Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."
Entwined Hearts - Romeo & Juliet: "For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
Skull - Hamlet: Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest
Ink & Quill
Comedy Mask
Bear - The Winter's Tale: Exit, pursued by a bear.
Fairy - A Midsummer Night's Dream: "The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve; Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time."

Horse - Richard III: A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
Bust of Shakespeare
Pie - Titus Andronicus

Cloud & Lightning Bolt - The Tempest: "On a ship at sea: a tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning heard"
Snake - Antony & Cleopatra: "Give me my robe. Put on my crown. I have Immortal longings in me."
Tragedy Mask
Dagger - Julius Caesar: "Et tu, Brute!"
Stein - Henry IV, Part 1: "The better part of valour is discretion" - Falstaff
Crown - King Lear: "Thou hadst little wit in thy bald crown when thou gavest thy golden one away."
Music Note - Twelfth Night: If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it.

The beads are a mix of freshwater pearls, river shell, Czech glass, and ceramic beads in shades of black ink, worn parchment and dramatic blood red.

19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who Charm Necklace on: January 11, 2014 07:36:12 AM
I've been toying with the idea for this project for a while, and finally put one together.  It's a necklace version of one of my charm bracelets.  I was worried about the chain turning around while wearing it, and the charms therefore getting turned around and tangled.  Using the heavier and wider curb chain seems to have helped a lot, as did keeping the charms centered on the front, and not too far up the sides of the necklace.

It contains 39 charms and 12 bead pins.  The charms include: Hope disk, Dinosaur, Stetson, Caduceus for Martha Jones, Gas Mask, Fob Watch, Paint Palette for Vincent van Gogh, The Impossible Astronaut, Handy Spare Hand, Sword for Rory the Roman, Teabag, Leaf for Clara, the Bad Wolf, Rose for Rose Tyler, Big Ben, Union Jack, River Song's Diary, Banana, Weeping Angel, Police Box, Dalek, Key to the TARDIS, Two Hearts, Red Converse Sneaker, Stethoscope, Planet for Raxacoricofallapato rius, Clockwork Lady, an odd Ood, Bow Tie, Fish for Fish Fingers and Custard, Coat: for Captain Jack Harkness, Wedding Dress for Donna Noble, Giant Wasp, the Earth, Television for Mr. Magpie, the Sun, Amy's engagement ring, Egg for Margret the Slitheen, and of course a Sonic Screwdriver.

20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Opa House Slippers for DH on: January 11, 2014 07:26:21 AM
The weather has been extremely cold here in Kentucky, as it has in much of the nation.  For the past few years we've had very mild winters, but it looks like this one is going to be worse than usual.  Add to that a very poorly insulated house, and you end up with freezing cold floors.  My poor husband has taken to putting his feet directly in front of the space heater to keep his toes warm.  So I finally got around to making him a nice warm pair of slippers to hopefully help keep him warm.  

The pattern is the Opa House Slipper Pattern from Mamachee on Etsy.  They yarn is Vanna's Choice in Black and Brick.

Also, I have to give a big huge shout out and THANK YOU to pinkleo, who helped me with these from afar.  I was having a great deal of trouble getting the soles to work out, based on reading the pattern, so she hooked up a pair too, and created a photo tutorial for me over on ravelry.  THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping me dear!!!   Kiss Kiss Kiss
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