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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Teeny Traveler in a Tin Swap Gallery on: February 03, 2015 08:28:38 AM

Travel Bugs by mmmcrafts, on Flickr

Swap name: Teeny Traveler in a Tin Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: PerfectlyBohemian
Sign-up date range: 1/3/2015 - 1/17/2015
Date to send item by: 2/16/2015

->Discussion Thread<-

Swap Status:

PerfectlyBohemian <> Subee
lolaforpresident <> jennythor
.:.Lola.:. <> amymarie78
Calabaza <> Annchen*
EllaRain <> Zenersy
goldfishpollywog <> bec99
BigBangMomma <> pioneer9
mialesca <> dfabbric*
Jaywesome <> TrickyMcVomit*

Sent & Received
Sending Late with Communication
Late - Contact organizer immediately
Feedback Given
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Teeny Traveler in a Tin Swap (Sign-up closed, Send out by 2/16) on: January 03, 2015 03:24:26 PM

Travel Bugs by mmmcrafts, on Flickr

Swap name: Teeny Traveler in a Tin Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: PerfectlyBohemian
Sign-up date range: 1/3/2015 - 1/17/2015
Date to send item by: 2/16/2015

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO
If so, which country? No.
Additional Age requirement? No.

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:

Swap Description: In this swap, we will craft a teeny companion that can travel with their new friend in a small mint tin or similar container.

Swap Guidelines: This swap should be worth 3 points. You must craft a teeny traveler (approx. 2 pts) and make or decorate a traveling container (approx. 1 pt). Travelers can be made from any material within reason - clay, yarn, fabric, leather, wool, etc. You may also make accessories (i.e. camera, backpack, clothing), biography cards, maps, or other small items for the traveler you craft to fulfil part of the point requirements, but please make sure everything can fit in the single container.

By points:
Large = 3 points
Medium = 2 points
Small = 1 point

By time:
Large = 3 or more hours
Medium = 2 or more hours
Small = 2 or less hours

Containers should be similar in dimension to a normal Altoid tin, and should be durable enough to carry in a pocket, purse, or backpack. Please use the following size ranges if you decide to use something different:
3.5" - 4 long
2.5" - 4 wide
0.75" - 1 deep

No one likes to be flaked on, so if you aren't sure you can complete the requirements of 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 before the swap begins and once a week during the swap. Tracking is required within the U.S. Send the tracking number to both your partner and organizer when you send. Keep your mailing receipt if you are sending internationally. PM both your partner and  organizer when you send and receive.

Take pictures of everything you make before sending in case items are lost or in case your partner cant take pictures. 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 pictures, please let your partner know right away.

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


Name of swap: Teeny Traveler in a Tin 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)

Confirm that you have posted in the swap thread:
Do you have any allergies?:
Do you have any allergens in your home?:

What kind of Teeny Traveler would you like? Please, list 5 or more options (animals, people, specific characters, monsters, etc.):

Please list 5 or more themes for your traveler and traveler container (cutesy, zombie, realistic, etc.):

What kind of crafting techniques do you do? (crochet, needle-felting, etc.):
Do you have any favorite styles or techniques?:
What are your favorite colors?:
Is there anything you do not want to receive? (materials, specific creatures, themes, etc.):

What is the URL for your Pinterest, Etsy Favorites, or similar list of crafty crafts you love?
Can you post photos in the gallery?

Anything else you'd like to add?



Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Birch Tree Thread Catcher and Deer in the Forest Fabric Bin on: December 31, 2014 11:11:03 AM
For the Invite Your Partner Swap R27, I was very fortunate to have LimeRiot as my partner! One of the things on her wishlist was a thread catcher, which is my experience is now a must have whenever I'm working on sewing projects of any sort. She listed birch trees as one of her favorite theme/patterns, and I already had the perfect fabric that was given to me in a private/local craft swap. She also mentioned liking needle-felted projects, so I made the pin cushion on top by needle-felting a grey lump with more birch trees "growing" across it. I'm really happy with the final look, and hopefully Lime can get lots of great use out of it!!

Inside the bin is a little loop for scissors, but I kept forgetting to buy scissors to send with the catcher, so there isn't a demonstration here. (I also tried to find leafy-pins to pin into the pincushion, but the craft stores weren't working with me on that).

The pin cushion has velcro so that it can be removed and toted somewhere else during sewing projects:

And no-slip material was sewn into the bottom of the weighted pad:

Originally, I really wanted to go over the top and carved some detailed deer stamps that I wanted to be weaving in and out of the trees, but when I turned out the bag, the ink wasn't dry enough and smeared everywhere! I wasn't completely satisfied with the cover up job, so I wound up making a plain replacement bin and sending the deer one as a separate extra. I also didn't like where the seam wound up since I didn't really think about the final product when I went stamping. I preferred making a new bin to sending the catcher with one that I didn't think looked the best, but after all the effort stamping the deer weaving in the trees (not to mention carving the stamps), I didn't want to leave this out of the package.

You can still see the faint brown smudges that were more visible in person even after attacking them with mineral spirits and stamping the leaves over some of them.

4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Three Wicked Witches on: December 14, 2014 08:45:14 AM
I made these for Cackle in the Make a Friend Swap this year. They are super small (my guess is 3 inches high, but I never measured...). I was inspired by a couple of sources - a project on her Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/203084264422422347/) and several lovely gnome-like figures by Ludi. I was really happy how well the brims of their hats came out. I just made three needle-felted cones, cut donuts out of premade felt and then needle-felted roving on to those to match the cones, and then slipped the brims on and needled them some more. The faces are all hand-embroidered on wool-blend premade felt. Mine are no where near as nice as Ludi's, but it's a start. The hair is all mohair locks that I have been saving for a "special project" for the last few years, so I finally just started using them a few months ago for anything I wanted. I threw in a cauldron after some members of my local craft group started pitching in extra ideas Tongue

We conveniently had pumpkins lining the stairs to our front porch, complete with a volunteer vine that I believe is something like a Mexican sour gherkin (suuuper tiny cucumbers) that really added a nice touch to these photos Wink

5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Mr. Hare - Needle-Felted Animal Sculpture on: November 28, 2014 01:49:44 PM
For the third and final package in the Make a Friend Swap (R11) for Cackle, I knew I had to do something big! I decided to try my hand at a nearly life-sized felted hare because based on her whole Pinterest board of hare photos and crafts, I assumed that she had some fondness for them Wink

This is the biggest 3D felting project I've ever made. He started out as a flimsy wire armature (something I need to get better at making), then I added several layers of core fiber before adding the colored wool fibers. According to Cackle's measurements, the final product is about 11 inches long.

I really like how fluffy his chest is Cheesy

He's not too pretty on the inside Tongue

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 104 ENTRIES / Octodad: Dadliest Catch on: November 10, 2014 06:31:33 PM
For Halloween this year, my husband and I made a deal to swap services. He requested an Octodad costume after seeing same amazing cosplay, and I asked for a knitted Doctor Who scarf (yes, my husband can knit Wink ) In the end, I wound up making my own scarf out of sweaters because the task was too daunting (the scarf was only 12 feet long!), but I did still create an Octodad costume for him.

Octodad is the main character from the video game of the same name. The character is an octopus posing as a human and trying to get through life undetected - complete with a wife and kids. I created the pattern from scratch using newspaper and several iterations of taping the newspaper to my poor husband's head. For the three to four nights I had to construct the costume in time for Halloween, I'm quite proud, but there is a lot of fine tuning that needs to be done before the pattern/costume can be used again.

The blacks of the eyes were pantyhose so he could see with the mask on.

And some in progress shots:

And here is an image from the game:

I was hoping to get some better shots in the daylight, but we have been sooo busy the last few weekends.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster High Repaints and Clothing on: October 01, 2014 07:20:59 PM
A fascination of mine that I have finally tried out this year is the wonderful world of doll customization. I picked up a Monster High Lagoona doll at the beginning of the year, and then a MH Robecca Steam shortly after. I repainted them quite a handful of times before finding the right mediums and sealers to look good and not have a bad reaction (pealing, cracking, etc.). I'm definitely still learning. I've made one outfit for Lagoona and two for Robecca. In May, a friend gave me Operetta with homemade clothing but with factory paint still on, so I decided to repaint her too! Cheesy I ordered some Mr. Super Clear in May, but it took until this month to arrive because of some shipping complications, so I just finished repainting Lagoona and Operetta this month. I left Robecca with the slightly pealing face because other than the wrinkles on one side, it is fine since it is just for me Smiley

(previous face repaint)

8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Upcycled Felted Sweater Blanket with Needle-Felted Leaves on: September 26, 2014 06:51:47 PM
My local craft group has started doing a few organized craft swaps a year. This time around I was assigned to craft for my lovely friend handmadewithlove. She had a neutral colored lap blanket on her wish list. I didn't really have time for making a quilt and I don't know how to crochet or knit. I've been itching to do some more crafts with upcycled sweaters, so I found my way to my favorite second-hand store to scavenge some more sweaters to supplement my sweater stash. All of the sweaters had at least 70% wool content and were machine felted. I tried to get the biggest rectangles possible and saved a lot of scrap pieces for other packages.

I wasn't sure how to assemble everything at first, but I found a handful of ideas on the internet. My favorite technique and the one I wound up using was to put the edges of the sweater pieces against each other and use my biggest zigzag stitch to connect them. No rough seams on either side except for the ones from the sweater shoulders. I was pretty impressed how it stayed together. During the assembly process, I had to relocate a certain four-legged friend of mine and resort the rectangles. He thought it was fun to roll around in the middle and toss the pieces everywhere.

I originally planned to just make the sweater blanket, but I thought it was too plain. To go along with the "felted" theme, I added some needle-felted details.

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Oh Hello Deer - Whimsical Woodland Shrine on: September 13, 2014 07:27:12 AM
This is my first time doing anything related to paper cutting as a crafting. This was a shrine that I put together as an angel package for kwality570 in the Whimsical Shrine Swap. One of here themes was Woodland Creatures, which is one of my favorite themes. She had a lot of inspiring dioramas on her Pinterest for this swap, and I found a particular artist, Brooke Weeber, whose style I really enjoyed and tried to mimic it a little, although the water and words are the only things that really resembles her work specifically.

Each piece was colored with watercolors - the fox and deer also have some color pencil - then outlined with an art marker, and then cut out by hand. It was a fairly meticulous job to cut all the pieces, and then I didn't even use all of them Tongue . Everything was assembled in layers. I used rolls of paper or little L's to attached everything to each other. My only regret is that the left side of the banner wasn't close enough to anything when I put it all together, so there is that silly, undecorated strip of paper holding it.

The base was a box from a set of mugs. I wish I knew what the mugs were like. They'd probably be my favorite if I had the set.

You can see that the tree hole has a few dimensions if you look from the side. I'll have to figure out how to prevent "peaking" at the ugly parts if I do this again.

I was also really in love with the box I used as the "base". My mother found a handful of them at a yard sale once and got them for me. I wanted to do something that involved both the top and bottom piece (i.e., leave the lid on with the decorations, and make someone open it up to discover the scene), but it needed to be something that could hang, and I really wanted the lovely Tiffany Blue part of the box to show instead of the bottom with was all floral, rose patterns.

10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Pitcher Plant Multi-color Block Printing on: September 10, 2014 07:01:07 AM
I recently invited Ludi to dance with me in the IYP Swap R26, but with the scenario that we would pretend we were actually in the Carnivorous Plant Swap together since Ludi's swap slots were full and she was already in the IYP. This was a fantastic swap, and I'm so glad I had another opportunity to craft with her Smiley

She requested something to hang, and I know a lot of people did some beautiful textile sculptures for the Carnivorous Plant swap, but I decided to go back to an older skill of mine and carve up some stamps/blocks for making prints. I had never done multi-color block printing, and for some reason had it stuck in my mind that was the only acceptable way to make these prints. I'm really glad I thought so. Even though it was a lot of work to make all three blocks work together, I'm really proud of the outcome. In the end I realized that the prints worked best if I lined up one of the top corners. The bottoms must have been horribly crooked.

Here are a couple versions of the print on different colored papers with different colored inks:

And the blocks that I carved which are stained from pigment inks I use while carving to test the design:

I framed two prints on cork (I love cork!). One of them has a cross-section detail that I did in color pencils and watercolor to show a bee caught in one of the pitchers (yum!):

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