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91  COOKING / Dessert / Changing Tree on: April 28, 2009 09:58:42 PM
This is the Changing Tree from "My Friends Tigger and Pooh." It was for my nephews 2nd birthday. Pooh is by far is favorite thing. I had originally done the leaves in rice crispie treats but it wouldn't stay together and fell apart into pieces. So I ran out and got a styrofoam ball that I frosted.

92  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Scavenger Hunt Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 06/09/09) on: April 28, 2009 09:34:20 AM
GALLERY

Swap name: Scavenger Hunt
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: meleriffic
Sign-up date range: 04/28/09 through 05/09/09 
Date to send item by: 06/09/09

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Age requirement? 13

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

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 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

There have been several scavenger hunts in the past but we’re going to do things a little bit different this time around. Each participant will suggest 1-2 items or themes (feel free to suggest more if you like). Example: You can suggest a specific item such as a 5x5 square of fabric, or something broader and more open to interpretation like something green. Then I will go through and select 8 that I think are the most unusual, neat, etc. but still easily craftable. When you are assigned your partners you will also receive this list (which will be a mixture of the options shown above.)

You will need to send an item for everything on the list. That means you will be sending 8 things. 4 of the 8 must be crafted, the other 4 may be store bought. One of the crafted items should be a medium everything else can be smalls. Remember that everything in the list is open to interpretation even the specific item (it could simply inspire your item not necessarily have to be a part of it). If the way you used the item is not completely obvious include a note explaining it. However, let’s keep things plausible.  Also, please don’t split up a pair of things that you would never use just one of and send it in for two different options.
Please PM your partner and the organizer when you send out your package and when you receive it.


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
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 13 years old (yes/no)

Possible items/themes: 1.
            2.

Please list any aversions or allergies (smoke, pets, etc.):
Please list your pets here and/or if you live w/ an indoor smoker:

Any crafts you particularly admire (ie, sewing, knitting...):
Any crafts  you really aren't into:

What are your top 5 favorite colors:
What are your favorite color combos:
What colors and/or color combos do you hate:
Favorite Sweets or treats:
What are your favorite animals:
Describe your personal style.
Describe your decorating style.
What other hobbies or pastimes do you do besides crafting?
Do you collect anything? What?
What are your five favorite things?
Do you have an online wish list? What is it?
Any lifestyle choices that may affect what you would or would not like to receive?

Any thing else you'd like your partner to know about you?



Don't forget that when you send you need to pm me and your partner with a DC#. If you are not in the U.S. keep your mailing receipt.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

1. meleriffic
2. kayrun
3. Malbert
4. mcbenno
5. princesspimp81
6. SAHMama
7. imafundork
8. crosswind
9. FicklePegasus
10. gabbiet
11. sarahJ2001
12. gamemom42
13. goldsheepbowl
14. beccas_song
15. itchyfingers
16. Aikibookworm
17. iheartzb
18. mokba43
19. FadingHippie


PARTNERS

FadingHippie --> itchyfingers
iheartzb --> goldsheepbowl
mcbenno   --> mokba43
crosswind --> princesspimp81
malbert -->meleriffic
kayrun --> beccas_song
gamemom42 --> SAHMama
imafundork --> gabbiet
ficklepegasus --> Aikibookworm
sarahj2001 --> FadingHippie

THE LIST:
1.Retro/Vintage
2. Something for the child in you
3. Seasons
4. Origami
5. A photograph
6. Something sweet
7. Something soft
8. Hair accessory

93  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Receiving Blankets on: April 25, 2009 04:09:48 PM



A friend of mine just had a baby boy. As I've recently become very crafty I decided I wanted to make her some gifts. Receiving blankets are always useful and I found this cute flannel that I couldn't resist buying. I had extra of the blue so I made my son one as well. The close up is to show the detailing I did on my sons. The other two only have one size of rick rack, but I think it turned out so cute.
They were so simple to make. You just sew two pieces of fabric (mine were 1 yard each) right sides together, making sure to leave a space unsewn so you can turn them right side out. After you've turned them you can either just top stitch around the edges or add rick rack or some other embellishment before top stitching. I liked how they turned out so much I don't think I'll ever buy a receiving blanket again. If I ever have any more kids you can bet I'll be making all their blankets.

94  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Diaper Essentials (Pict Heavy) on: April 25, 2009 03:29:38 PM



This is a diaper clutch I made as a gift for a friend. The button on the front is decorative as it uses Velcro to close. It's large enough for the wipes clutch and a few diapers. You might be able to fit a few more things in, but it was really intended as a way to keep diapers and wipes together when you want to throw them in your purse rather than take a diaper bag.



This is a wipes case I decorated to go with the clutch. It was super simple, and yet not. By that I mean I wasn't careful enough with the hot glue gun and ended up burning myself on the glue. I love the way it looks but the pom poms (while way cute) do create a problem. They make it hard to shut because sometimes they get in the way and the case won't shut tightly. In this case is was no big deal (she's using cloth wipes), but if you were using store bought wipes they would dry out.





Since my friend is doing cloth diapers I thought it would be a good idea to have a separate little bag to keep the soiled ones in if she had to change a diaper while being out and about.
This bag was a first for me in a couple of different ways. It was my first zipper pouch and it was my first slit pocket.
I lined the bag in vinyl, but my mother suggested that even being lined it may be hard to clean and get all gross. So I put in a slit pocket for holding Ziploc bags that the soiled diaper can go into before going into the main bag. I realize that you could skip the main bag altogether, but by having it you are hiding the dirty diaper. Which to me is a good thing.





Here is the changing pad I made to match. Way simple to make. You just cut material to be the size you want (allowing for seams-especially if you are doing the front the way I did). Then you put them right sides together with some quilted batting sandwhiched in between and sew around the edges. Make sure to leave space unsewn for you to turn and to add in the ribbon for tying closed. Flip it so you have the material showing keeping the batting in between. Pin in the ribbon where you want it to be and then top stich around the edges. It may help press the edges with your iron.



Finally, I made her some diaper wipes. It's just two pieces of flannel wrong sides together and then zigzag stitched around the outside.
95  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Burp Cloths on: April 25, 2009 03:10:10 PM



Here are some burpcloths that I made for a friend. The back of them is terry cloth material. I played around with the decorative stitches on my sewing machine when I topstitched around the edges. I love how easy it is to make baby items. They are so much better than store bought ones. Plus you can make them to look however you want.
96  COOKING / Dessert / Pregnant Belly Cake on: April 25, 2009 03:02:43 PM


This cake was so easy to make. I loved it. Plus it is so cool looking. I just used a soccer ball cake for the belly and the mini wonder pan from Wilton for the chest. I rolled out white fondant and draped it over the cake, then smoothed and shaped it around the cake. I cut out a brown band of fondant to serve as the tie that many maternity shirts have. Then I took green gel food coloring, mixed it with water, and painted it on the fondant. Finally I cut out four flowers from green fondant for the sleeves and tons of small brown flowers to add embellishment.

97  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Gold Fish Mirror on: April 25, 2009 02:59:39 PM


This is the mirror that I made for the IKEA Malma mirror swap a while back. I liked the end result so much I decided to give it it's own post.

Here is how I made it. First I went online and found a coloring book picture of goldfish. I messed around with the size and arrangement and then put them into a paint.net file. I also put a square into that file where I thought the mirror part of the mirror would go. (It is an IKEA Malma Mirror with a small three by three mirror in a 10 by 10 wood frame.) Next I drew wavy water plants on a paper, scanned it into my computer and added it to the paint file. Then I colored the picture I had created.

After I had my goldfish picture complete I took the file and uploaded it into my cross stitch creation program "PCStitch Pro 9." It is an awesome program that lets you turn pictures into cross stitch patterns. Anyway, once I had the pattern made all I had to do was put the picture together in wait for it. . . beads. So I bought a bead loom and seed beads in the colors I wanted and began the tedious process of weaving together the picture. For the most part I did this in 10 bead wide strips. Here is where I met my first problem. My pattern was based in size on stitches not beads so the first strip ended up being too long. Not a big deal, I adjusted and went on accordingly. However, when I got to the part where the mirror interrupted the strips the adjustment made them too short. I eventually got this all worked out after I had the picture assembled in beads. Also the colors I had chosen for the goldfish ended up being wider beads than that for the plants and ocean so parts of the strips were wider in other parts. This made for some tricky construction later on. Also, did I mention this process was tedious. It took forever.

 Anyway, once I had everything beaded I used Modge Podge and glued it down to the wood mirror frame which I first painted an aqua color. The gluing was tricky as this was when I needed to make adjustments and if the beads somehow did not get securely glued down on the edges when I trimmed the strings beads fell off. However, my husband and I fixed it up as best we could and it ended up looking great.

98  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Camo Fairy Skirt on: March 31, 2009 07:00:19 PM


I took a pair of camo jeans that I've had since I was 16 and turned them into a mini skirt. However, I don't wear mini skirts, so I constructed a fairy skirt (with a lining) and added it to the bottom.
99  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Tea Party for 2.5 year old on: March 27, 2009 07:15:23 PM




Around Christmas time I put together this elaborate tea party for my little daughter. I went online bought a small teaset, extra tea cups and saucers, and an extra teapot. The tea cups hold about 3 oz. They are porceline not plastic and are so adorable. Needless to say she loves it.

Anyway we had chicken salad (the recipe calls for basalmic vinagrette and it is so yummy), mini quiches (the only thing I didn't make), plum puffs, cupcakes, and white chocolate mint mousse. Oh and instead of tea we had hot chocolate. She loved it. (Though she was the only little girl: the guests were grandma and aunts.)
100  COOKING / Dessert / Hyrulian Shield on: March 23, 2009 02:08:55 PM
I made this cake for a friends birthday two years ago.

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