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21  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Mug Rug Swap R4 (sign-ups: 4/22/2012 - 5/7/2012; send out: 6/5/2012) on: April 22, 2012 11:37:22 AM
Heat got you down? Craving the cool kindness of fall, the savage winds of winter? Do you refuse to give up hot coffee in the morning even when it is 110 F (43 C)? Well you could probably use a Mug Rug to go with that steely attitude. Please join us for the 4th Round of the Mug Rug Swap.

Round 1 discussion: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369416.0
Round 1 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371365
Round 2 Discussion: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390138.0
Round 2 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391152.0
Round 3 Discussion: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401514.0
Round 3 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402634.0

In this swap well be crafting one mug rug for our partners.

- Mug rugs can vary in size and shape but should be roughly around 5 x 8.
- Any techniques can be usedpatchwork, embroidered, knit, etc. but keep in mind that the rug should be able to absorb a bit of moisture and protect surfaces from warm drinks.
- Please only send one completed mug rug to your partner. No extras.
- We have 4 weeks crafting time this round.
- Posting to the discussion thread or PMing organizers is required at least every week, unless a heads up is given.
- Have fun!!

Swap name: Mug Rug Swap R4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Bakeneko
Sign-up date range: 4/22/2012 - 5/7/2012
Date to send item by: June 5th 2012 (6/5/2012)

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no (Thank you co-organizer Canamharris  )

Restricted to people who all live in the same 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

If you want to participate, Please send the below Questionnaire to me (your organizer), Bakeneko  in a private message

Name of swap: Mug Rug Swap R4
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (as would need to appear for mailing)
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 have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

Type of rug you are planning on making (sewn, knitted, crocheted):
Type of rug you would like to receive (sewn, knitted, crocheted, any):

What general themes do you like (vintage, modern, cutesy, country, etc)?
Are there any themes that you really dont like?

Colors youd like to receive?
Colors youd prefer not to receive?

Do you have specific ideas or inspirations that would help your partner personalize your piece (Wists, Etsy Favorites, Flickr, etc)?
Anything else youd like your partner to know?

Sending, Receiving, and Feedback

SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizer and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) I will be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures (This is why it is important for you to take pictures of your items, just in case your partner does not) *Please PM if there is difficulty with pictures.*

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide (http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html) to find other rules about participating in a swap.


Bakeneko's Group:

Canamharris' Group:
Bakeneko<> jungrrl
adrienne_bowers<> Plaidpineapple
CraftyMamaBee<> Ariethine
ShannonMN<> waterbaby

22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Snowy Owl pillowcases on: December 09, 2011 11:54:17 AM
It is an irruption for snowy owls this year; a favorite biological phenomenon in the Bakeneko household. When winter food supplies are low these arctic birds travel south in search of food and show up in unexpected places like Hawaii. To commemorate it I made Mr. Bakeneko Snowy Owl pillowcases.

Read more about irruptions and snowy owls here (http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/got-snowies and http://www.dailypress.net/page/content.detail/id/533649/More-Snowy-Owls-in-U-P-.html?nav=5003)
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones pot holders. on: December 08, 2011 09:13:59 AM
Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones pot holders.

These are for a friend of mine birthday.   I had a hard time pulling this off. I tried appliqu and acrylic paint with textile medium which failed.  Sharpie. Sharpie with a freeze paper stencil.
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Craft along of Threads: the Basics & Beyond on: November 19, 2011 10:31:48 AM
Craft along of Threads: the Basics & Beyond: The Complete Visual Guide to Thread Techniques and Creativity in Projects and Embellishing


After Christmas I would like to work through this book, try all the techniques and complete the samples. I thought it would be fun if someone else wanted to do it at the same time. We could share photos of the projects.
Is anyone up for a Threads Craft along?

25  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Red Panda on: October 31, 2011 06:15:12 PM
Red Panda

This year Mr. Bakeneko and I were Red Pandas for Halloween. Unfortunately my camera will not download so I only have Mr. Bakenekos photos, which do not include him.  We went to the pumpkin enrichment at the Potter Park Zoo.
I am particularly proud of the mask, although they are not a bespectacled girls friend.

No matter how early your start a costume, you will always in up sewing part of it on the way there.  I had to attack the mask ties in the car.  The mask are made of fleece, felt, fake fur, heavy dutry interfacing and glue lots of glue.  They are tied with elastic or twill tape.  The tails are basically pouches with a belt loop. They are made of fleeces. You can see that colors are off but its a close are JoAnns get to Red Panda red.

26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Light a Finch for me. on: February 12, 2011 10:51:28 AM
Light a Finch for me.  The whole Nikki paints glass thing is Tashas fault, a former student and friend. I posted on facebook and asked for someone to save me during the super bowl and Tasha said she would pray to Darwin for me. So I replied Light a Finch for me.  The next day I wanted to make a finch candle but I dont have a finch mold just lying around but I do have glass paint. So I whipped out the candle holder before I had to go to work.  Then it just evolved to glasses.  I painted these yesterday. I had to wait until today to take pictures so they could dry. Today is  Darwins 202nd Birthday.  So Happy Birthday Darwin, 202, Ill drink to that.

Large Ground Finch Candle holder

Group shot of pints and shots

Chuck D. The man himself.

The penultimate figure

Warbler Finch shot glass

Large Ground Finch shot glass

27  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Printing on fabric longevity on: January 07, 2011 02:06:27 PM

Does anyone know how printing on fabric from a personal computer and printer (regular cannon) wears over time and how the fabric behaves in a quilt? Which printable fabric packets would you recommend, sheer cotton more like canvas?
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Snails in my garden-Irish Chain on: November 17, 2010 06:06:05 PM
This is my first quilt. It is your basic Irish chain. I named it snails in my garden.  It is hand tied with polyester batting.

It is not perfect by any means and I am sure there are mistakes I dont even know enough about quilting to see; but I have slept under it for two nights and have had no technical difficulties.  I think it is safe to day it works.  There may be too many pictures for a simple Irish chain but I am quite proud.
29  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / narwhals narwhals swimming in the ocean on: November 03, 2010 06:25:19 AM

So basically these costumes are pillows shaped like fins and safety pinned to our coats. This is a good costume method if you dont know how cold it is going to beforehand, and need to travel in it.  The horns are made of rolled card stock cones with muslin glue over it and held on with an elastic and stapled head band.  Cheap and comfortable. We wore them to the zoo for pumpkin enrichment.

30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Loon Journal Cover, 1st Anniversary gift. on: October 31, 2010 07:03:47 PM

Are you broke?
Do you need a gift that says I love you?
Do you have one scrap piece of tooling leather and a wood burner?
Well make a journal cover girl.
I made this for my husband for our 1st anniversary, which was yesterday. I had to work on it in secret and have been waiting to show it off. This what a one shot thing because I did not have any more leather.  I am glad of how the burning turned out. I wish the lacing what better.  If anyone has any suggestions, resources or book I should know about please let me know. This is a tough cover so he can take it into the field and now the writing will have some protection.  The image is a common loon.

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