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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Campers Swap Round 2 GALLERY!!! on: July 28, 2009 07:53:50 AM
Let's see the goodies!!!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311031.0


sent
sent and received

selkie ----quaggy
jenna gale ---woodlandfaerie
mommas bad ass---Alexus1325
dazeychick---Mstelena
Marethann---MaggieMo
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Campers Swap Round 2 Sign up 1 July - 10 July , Sendout 31 Aug on: June 28, 2009 05:02:28 PM
 Swap name: Campers Swap Round 2
Craftster members who are co-organizing this swap: Selkie and woodland_faerie
Sign-up date range: 1 Jul - 10 Jul
Date to send item by: 31 August

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):

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

Age requirement?18

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
   - 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:
Do you camp??? Sleeping bag under the stars, backpack, tent, pop-up, RV...?
You're in good company!


Link to Campers Swap Round 1 Gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=175625.0...

We will use the point system for this swap. You need to send a total of 4 points. So you could send 4 small, 2 medium, 1 large and 1 small, 1 medium and 2 small or any other variation that you can think of!!!

large = 3
med = 2
small = 1


We are also going to send a park review of your favorite camping hole and their favorite stuff in the area - it would be relatively easy to send a snail mail copy to everyone on the swap and the cost of a stamp.  You may include as much information as you like. Try to include favorite restaurants, thrift shops, fun spots in the local area. It should be formatted to fit onto a 4" x 6" piece of paper or into a 4" x 6" photo album slot. By keeping it a standard size, everyone can compile them into a book for future camping reference!One of the projects could be something to hold these (ie folder or such)... Check with your partner to see if they already have something before making a new holder/folder/album for them!!!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizers: both Selkie and woodland_faerie
Selkie is going camping 10 - 12 July while woodland_faerie assigns partners!!!

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap Campers Swap Round 2
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 18 years old (yes/no)

Do you camp Seasonally or just weekend get-a-ways.
Do you use a checklist for preparations?
What kind of camper are you:
   1.  Bare bones, backpacker, sleeping on a ground cloth
   2.  Tent camper, with a stove, lantern, air mattress, and a box of supplies toted around in your car?
   3.  Pop Up or Tent-Trailer Camper, where the camper is place to store your stuff, and lets you sleep up off the ground, and give you some of the amenities of home?
   3a. A Class B camper, such as a VW (newer or 60's hippy style) or a Conversion Van?
   4.  A Class C or 5th Wheel Camper, with all the amenities of home, a comfortable bed, no more sleeping bags, a toilet, oven, and refrigerator larger than what you had in college?
   5.  A Class A that rivals the Obama Campaign bus touring the USA for weeks or months?
Do you cook your food over a camp fire in a Dutch Oven, on a Coleman standard camp stove, on the installed kitchen range in your RV, or do you eat at the nearest restaurants?
family/couple/with groups/by yourself
camping to hang out at the campground or camping to go see an area
anything you collect (ex - I collect water in small bottles from everywhere I go, DH collects the oval white stickers to put on the pop-up) rocks, leaves, patches, brochures etc...
places you REALLY WANT TO GO CAMPING!
Car games for LLLLLOOOOOOOOOONNNN NNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGG GGGG drives to campgrounds
do you prefer state/national/private/KOA (kamping on asphalt) campgrounds
For the RV'ers, do you decorate your campsite!!!!
Is there something you would almost possibly contemplate committing a minor crime to obtain? Wool socks, chuck box, utensil roll, tent organizer?
Are there any supplies you remember from camping trips as a kid??? One of the things I remember most from growing up camping was an office paper box my aunt had varnished and used for all her kitchen things.

Is there anything you are hoping to receive in this swap?

Is there anything you don't want to receive?

Any other information that might be helpful to your swap partner including likes/dislikes, allergies, prefered themes, dislikes themes,etc.

Do you have (or have access to) a digital camera to post pics in the gallery?
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:


selkie ----quaggy
jenna gale ---woodlandfaerie
mommas bad ass---Alexus1325
dazeychick---Mstelena
Marethann---MaggieMo



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3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 35 ENTRIES / body, mind, music and spirit on: February 05, 2009 06:58:08 PM
I have big plans for this year!



I've been doing a lot of collage work of late. I find it soothing to rip apart old magazines. My sarcastic street loves to take pictures and words from different sources to create my own meanings.
I've also wanted to incorporate different things with my collage. I've had so much fun making this, for at least an entire week I didn't really accomplish much else.
The frame is a window part I picked up from a reuzit shop for next to nothing. Bases for the sections are old folders and duct tape holds it all together! (zipties and duct tape will fix anything!)


Left top and bottom:


I want to remember how art, creativity and fun are essential to who I am.

Social justice is a passion of mine. I need to remember that I don't need to save the world by myself, but I can try to make things a little more fair for the people around me.



I used an origami graduation robe pattern, I covered the paper with black silk and then worked really hard (after 20 practice robes) to make it look nice. The paper in the background is from a swap - handmade by velvet rose! I completed my Master of Divinty in 2007 and I want to work on my Unitarian Universalist ordination, I'm several
years away from that, but there's a lot of work I can do in the meantime. I already finished my candidacy packet - I could have done that in 2005...

Right top & bottom



I want to be healthier this year. I've been spending more time at the gym and being more aware of what I'm eating.

I really need to learn to and remember to take time to listen and be in the moment.



I've been a musician since I was 5. I started the oboe in high school and picked it up again as an adult about 8 years ago. With seminary I had to give up my lessons for a while and I haven't gotten back to it. I also sing and I found this piece of sheet music:
"Everyday miracles, flowers, fireflies, buttercups, and butterflies, fish swim, birds fly, roosters crow.
Raindrops, rainbows, fiery sunset, moonlit skies, I see creation's eyes looking back at me."
The flower bouquet is a combination of beads and buttons. The butterfly and roosters were from a package of charms I had bought and never looked through! I had no idea that I had rooster charms and it was perfect!

I think this is going to be one of those projects that keeps developing over time. That's the best thing about mod podge - you can always add another layer!
Selkie
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / BOOKS ARE MAGIC! (lots of pictures) on: July 05, 2008 05:32:17 AM
I was one of those kids who preferred to live in books...
Most of my childhood heroes were the heroines in my favorite books.



Although I'm sure I'll remember tons of other books that were influential, I've focused primarily on three...
Anne of Green Gables
Laura Ingalls Wilder
 & Raggedy Ann.

To balance the visionary/social justice/Utopian part of my Aquarian spirit, I devoured books about the Holocaust. There's no ready explanation for this, my family is not of Jewish descent (at least not that we know of - there is always a possibility...) I would bring home books with heart wrenching pictures from the camps and sit there for hours, sobbing. My mom kept asking me why I brought them home if they upset me so much. I didn't have an answer then and I still don't - the only thing that occurs to me is that perhaps I was looking for someone...

I decided to pay homage to books by altering a mid 1980's Encyclopedia Britannica. I've already used some of the set for a "book shelf" in my office - there are a lot of books in a complete set. So I grabbed one without checking to see which volume it was.


I started as you would with any altered book, ripping out pages...

I decided to use maps of the places where LM Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Johnny Gruelle were from/where there stories were about, for section dividers and headed to AAA with a LONG list.







Every storybook needs a once upon a time...








And then my project took a turn of its own.

I realized that I had grabbed the H volume and decided to look up Holocaust for that section of my book. I flipped through, found the 5 pages about Hitler, got to Hob and the next entry was Holocene Epoch. After flipping back and forth for quite some time and realizing that none of the pages were stuck together and I really hadn't missed it, it just wasn't there...
I decided - metaphorically speaking - to put the Holocaust back into the Encyclopedia - at least mine...

When my husband got home - I told him about it not being there, he looked at me and said "So you're putting it back in?" It was really more of a statement - he knows me quite well.









I wanted to show my frustration with Hitler, but I realized that taking him out would symbolically show forgetting him and that would be as dangerous as taking out and forgetting the Holocaust - It was difficult to leave it in, but I settled upon the duct tape as a way of saying NO MORE...





I also decided to put in a lot more than five pages - so I'm guessing this will be a work in progress for quite some time - there are a lot of pages in an encyclopedia.

Selkie
5  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / Orkney on: May 16, 2008 10:05:37 AM
Can't hurt to ask...

I'm planning my trip to Orkney for my 40th... 2012 - I still have quite a bit of time to plan, I know...

Are there any places that would be on your must see list? I'm especially hoping for local handcraft stuff - maybe even a one-day workshop type thing - I'm planning on a 2 - 3 week stretch.

Thanks so much - Selkie

(PS the name and myths are the reason I'm drawn to this place - one of my adopted grandma's has ancestors from Orkney - wild!!!)
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / quilt for my son on: January 27, 2008 08:24:33 PM
There is a long story behind this quilt, but the very short version is that our youngest son, 9 1/2, has autism and has become increasingly violent and unsafe at home. Since April of 2007, he has been inpatient at psychiatric hospitals 5 times, only one of which was less than 2 weeks.

This Thursday, he will be admitted to a residential facility 1 1/2 hours from our home. This has been a difficult and painful decision, but ultimately, it is what is best for him and our 11 3/4 y/o.

Needless to say, we're all feeling pretty useless, so I decided to have friends, family, classmates, church and anyone else who wanted to decorate an 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" block with fabric markers. I initially cut out over 50, and within 24 hours I needed to run to the fabric store to buy more...

My Grandmother is a lifelong quilter - she's probably made hundreds of hand-quilted quilts and even more smaller lap blankets and baby quilts. She, my grandfather, my mother and our other son spent at least 12 hours over the course of Saturday and Sunday assembling the blocks, the back, machine quilting and hand finishing the binding.

My mom left one blank square in the family row for my husband, active duty Coast Guard, to fill-in when he gets back from the last Aleutian Island (7000 miles away)...

We're all very excited that this is finished - he picked out several of the materials from the back - the baseballs and pirates are my nephews favorite things, the money and airplanes are his. The town fabric has the look of New England - since he was born on Cape Cod, one of my friends and I spent a good hour or more selecting individual scenes from the fabric - the favorite is the one of the town square - there is a church next to a flag - I'm a minister and my husband is military... There are 2 strips of autism awareness fabric on the back and the police fabric is because my brother is a cop! The two red and gold squares on the front are from a dear quilter friend in lieu of drawn squares - she lives several hours away.

In the midst of the emotional chaos, it's wonderful to have something tangible to do...

Some of the quilt squares...


The finished front of the quilt


The finished back of the quilt


Selkie
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 13 ENTRIES / The Crazy Turtle Lady on: July 06, 2006 10:40:50 AM
SO - here she is - the crazy turtle lady!!!
I had decided I wasn't going to "cop out" and do my mom -(I wanted to do some really obscure but really cool historical figure...) but when I found the turtle socks, I decided it had to be done...

My mom has pet turtles, they live outside in turtle heaven. Erin started out life as a boy, until she laid an egg. Then came Christy Brown - so named because a dog had mistaken him for a snack and he lost his left front foot... My sister-in-law had raised Floyd from a baby turtle and eventually discovered that she too is a female. For her 40th birthday, I spent a good year or two collecting 39 different turtle presents and it took her about 34 minutes to open them all.
Her license plate is TRTL HVN... The current rule is that the only turtles we can give her have to be smaller than her thumb. For woodworking class, my brother made her a display case for all the turtle figurines. And then there is the ball cap that I cross-stitched a turtle onto - at her request, with Erin's name.

So, without any further ado - I give you the CRAZY TURTLE LADY!!!






Even though she's bigger than my thumb, she will now be residing at the house of the Crazy Turtle Lady herself. When I showed her what I had made - she broke into laughter and was very flattered!!!

Almost forgot to add that the ball cap pattern was courtesy of Wild Ginger...
Selkie
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES / knitted kitsch on: June 01, 2006 10:52:47 AM






What to do with several spools of sparkly gimp? Knit it...
Add some sparkly pom-poms and an iridescent pipe cleaner woven moon...

Selkie
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES / Craft challenge 12 - welcome to kitsch land... on: June 01, 2006 07:08:49 AM








Gimp, pom-poms and pipe cleaners!!!
Selkie
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