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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / make and write cards and postcards on behalf on Amnesty International on: October 13, 2005 12:31:08 PM
http://www.amnestyusa.org/writeathon/


"Join thousands of concerned Amnesty International (AI) members, groups and friends around the world participating in AI's annual Global Write-a-thon.

This international event was initiated by activists at AI-Poland to commemorate International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2002. Last year, AI activists from over thirty countries wrote letters during the Global Write-a-thon. The letters and postcards you write can effect change in the lives of individuals, stop violence against women, and win freedom for Prisoners of Conscience around the world."
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / genies, robots, giant feet and other sketchbook oddities (image heavy) on: October 08, 2005 09:04:01 PM
Okay so I was scanning some stuff in from my sketchbooks to figure out what I wanted to make into a painting sometime soon and I figured I'd scan some more stuff and post it here. Forgive the copyright watermark things but I've had stuff stolen before so I'm paranoid.  Undecided

My sketchbooks can get pretty weird, this is more normal stuff, really. Some of the pencil shading didn't scan very well, I'm afraid and since it's sketchbook it's not my best drawn stuff probably.

First off, a genie and a walking fish. Because really, what could be a more natural combination? Heh.

Close up of the genie:

A guy. This is one of those things that just drew itself and came from the paper.


Giant foot! I really like this for some reason, it may end up as a painting.


I'm not entirely sure if this nun is sad or just tired and frustrated.


Robots! I adore this and it will definitely be making it to painting form.


Hope you like the stuff! This is my first post in this forum even though I draw even more than I craft. If for whatever reason the images don't all show up please post and let me know!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / 3 Months of Mail Love Swap Gallery on: September 28, 2005 04:20:28 PM
I'm going ahead and starting this because I know at least one person has sent out. So...Post 'em if you've got 'em!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / 3 Months of Mail Love (SIGNUPS OVER! ; First mailing by 10/31/05) on: September 21, 2005 07:30:07 PM
Swap name: 3 Months of Mail Love
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Quack
Sign-up date range: 9/21/05 - 9/30/05
Date to send item by: First month's items must be mailed out NO LATER than the 31st of October. Mailing them sooner is great, you can mail whenever you like during the correct month, just don't be later than the last day of the month. If partners want to, they can choose a specific day to mail each other's things so they'll arrive at the same time.

Limited to a certain number of people?: 12 FULL!

Non-U.S. participants allowed? YES

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All Ages

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES


Details:
Those of us taking part will partner up. Every person will send their partner 3 things each month for 3 months. There are a few options for each month and you can choose 3 items from among those options to send. First month's items must be mailed out NO LATER than the 31st of October. Mailing them sooner is great, you can mail whenever you like during the correct month, just don't be later than the last day of the month. If partners want to, they can choose a specific day to mail each other's things so they'll arrive at about the same time.

1st month's goodies:
a notecard or letter so we can get to know each other (mandatory)
a random item based on your partner's interests (handmade or bought)
a mix CD
stickers
some stationery


2nd month's goodies:
a craft supply (a small bit of fabric, some beads, etc - will depend on partner's crafting interests)
2 handmade bookmarks
a holiday related craft (partner will let you know which holiday they would celebrate)
2 postcards, handmade or bought
a homemade magnet set

3rd month's goodies:
an unusual thrift store find
a small handmade item (if you knit it could be a small pouch, if you paint it could be a painting, etc)
any of the options from the previous months that you didn't choose!


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
Would you be willing to ship internationally?
What holidays do you celebrate in December?
What are some of your interests/hobbies?
What kinds of crafts do you enjoy doing most?



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

Signed up and partnered with:

Lv2ScrpBk (sent & received) - tenika [scarlet beautiful] (sent & received)

FancyShmancy (heard from, not sure if sent) - The Meow Wont Purr(sent)

Bunnygirl82 (have not heard from) - sugarhandgrenade(sent)

gaiter_girl (have not heard from) - bluesparkie (sent, no DC)

DsgndbyRJ ((sent & received) - krysta (sent & received)

quack (sent & received) - sewwabisabi (sent and received)
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 3 months of Mail Love on: September 09, 2005 04:13:15 PM
Here's my idea. A small group of us, maybe 8 or so, partner up. Every person will send their partner 3 things each month for 3 months. There will be a few options for each month and you can choose 3 items from among those options to send.

1st month's goodies:
a notecard or letter so we can get to know each other (would be mandatory)
a random item based on your partner's interests (handmade or bought)
a mix cd
stickers
some stationery



2nd month's goodies:

a craft supply (a small bit of fabric, some beads, etc - will depend on partner's crafting interests)
2 handmade bookmarks
a holiday related craft (partner will let you know which holiday they would celebrate)
2 postcards, handmade or bought
a homemade magnet set


3rd month's goodies:

an unusual thrift store find
a small handmade item
(if you knit it could be a small pouch, if you paint it could be a painting, etc)
any of the options from the previous months that you didn't choose!


Would anybody be up for this? Is it too specific? Let me know!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / tattooed toddler tee (letters and swallows and stars OH MY!) on: August 27, 2005 04:56:19 PM
Yesterday was my nephew's 3rd birthday. I made him this shirt as a gift and I may make him another one or two this weekend since he'll be staying with us.

All the details are freehanded. The heart and sign outlines were freehanded on paper to become stencils, the stars are stencils made with a star shaped hole punch, and the swallow outline was from an image I found.

I'm going to ask my sister if she minds me posting a pic of him wearing it since he looks adorable. He liked it and it fits perfectly.



Edit: I forgot to mention that the letters at the top in the stars are his initials.
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay creatures! owls, a monster, and a nesting doll (image heavy) on: August 26, 2005 10:01:51 PM
It's been forever since I posted on dear Craftster so since I was scanning stuff tonight anyway I thought I'd post some of my polymer clay creatures. I don't mold my polymer clay stuff, at least not most of it. Instead, I choose to  bake a solid piece then carefully carve it and then paint details on with acrylics. (I'm trying my hand at wood and plaster of paris soon.)

First up is my little blue monster. My first creature! He looks pretty rough in this picture, I can't get him to scan right. He's actually leaning back some, if you stand him up, looking up and afraid of the great big something. I actually molded him but still painted him with acrylics.



Henry! Henry was one of the first two things I ever made and then sold. I'm really proud of the way he turned out. Quarter to give an idea of the scale I work in.


Polina the Russian Nesting Doll. I would love to one day make my own set of nesting dolls. Until then I'll be making more of these. Sold her at the same time as Henry.


This is the first owl, and in fact the first thing period, I carved from polymer clay. I took a while on painting this one because I wanted the colors to be as realistic as possible. It's painted to resemble an actual species, the Barred Owl, with his eyes closed. He looks kind of odd and shiny because of the sealer I used.


The 80's Retro Owl, Mickey. He totally reminds me of a PacMan ghost.


Aristotle. I really love his expression.


And finally....
I'm almost positive this guy's name is Elohim or Eloheim, which is a Hebrew word related to deity.* I had planned to sell him but I don't know if I can part with him. Colors are slightly off, he's more sort of a subdued purple on his head and back with dusty blue bits on his wings which you can just sort of make out.



*I've always heard writers say some characters' personalities just create themselves and I've heard similar things from other people in the arts. I've never created anything that so strongly had that effect until I began making these owls. I'll start out with a particular name in mind but once one's finished it's like, "Nope, sorry, that's not my name. It's ___." Hard to explain... I may just sound weird.  Cheesy

Let me know what you think!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / do I have to trademark/copyright a business name if it's registered? on: July 24, 2005 06:42:34 PM
My sister and I are working on starting up a partnership craft business. We have a name and some products ready, all we lack finishing the business plan and partnership contract, then we'll get the business registered and get our license. But I'm having a bit of trouble finding out about trademarking things. If we register our business and therefore register our business name do we also have to trademark that name? Or would we only need to trademark product line names and business slogans? Would we need to copyright it rather than trademark it?

Has anyone else trademarked/copyrighted something? How much is it? I was reading somewhere that it was upwards of $300...is that accurate or was I misunderstanding it?

(I'm also wondering about partnership info but I guess that's another topic.)
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / care package for best friend with melanoma cancer on: June 28, 2005 12:48:57 PM
An amazing friend of mine was recently diagnosed with a melanoma. They had to remove her toe, on which the growth was found, and she is going to go into more surgery in the coming weeks to have the lymph nodes in her leg taken out because they also have traces of melanoma. The doctor remains confident because the traces are microscopic. Meanwhile she can barely walk and is using crutches and her leg is really stiff. She's only twenty.

I want to send her something really great. We've been friends for a few years now, ran a review site together for a bit, gone through breakups together, and even lived as roommates for a few months last summer. I'd kind of been neglecting her for a while as well due to a lot of crap going on in my own life so I want this to not only be a care package but also a sort of "I still love you and think you rock" kind of thing.

I need ideas, though. Please help? I know what to send her as far as stuff she likes, but I'd like to send something that would stand out from just flowers or cards. Something to keep her mind active and her spirit high. I plan to send her a book or two but what else? She a graphic design major, she loves all things French, she's interested in geishas and photography and she likes cows and daisies and monkeys. Any ideas are GREATLY appreciated. And if you need to know any more about her interests, just ask.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / redoing/painting bathroom...need help please (longish post, several images) on: June 03, 2005 09:31:29 PM
So, as I said, I'm redoing/painting our bathroom. It's small and rather hideous, especially now that I'm smack in the middle of getting down all the old paint and paper. And there are several layers of paint and paper. These photos don't really show a lot of detail, especially in the weird colors and textures that are present. The real color right now is somewhere between the window picture and all the others.  Uhh...by the way, the toilet is in the little area behind the shower, near the window and next to the bathroom paper. Since I didn't even get a shot of that area at all. -sigh-
First, some bad photos to help demonstrate what I'm working with and then on to a few questions...



A shot of the shower rods in the mirror and the weird wood stuff beside the sink/mirror:

Bathroom window:

My main questions are in bold, for those of you who feel like skipping.  Grin
The color scheme I'm planning to use is basically lots of white, with aqua/turquoise and yellow, and accents of orange. Essentially the colors of old maps and rubber ducks because my "theme" is a mix of travel and ducks. (Think ducks with luggage labels mod podged on, and train cases storing bath stuff. I had a duck bathroom before but I wanna branch out. Heh.) I completely forgot to take a pic of the shower curtain but it's white with ducks and little dusty blue accents and trim. I got some pretty glass tile coasters from the dollar store that I plan to attach to the wall somehow beneath the mirror and above the sink, if possible. They're blue and clear. The walls will be white, probably with either aqua or orange trim. The toilet is a pretty retro yellow color and very rounded.

So. First of all, apparently this bathroom has been through a bunch of incarnations. A weird medium blue, a pink shell wallpaper, plain white, off white, and once the whole thing was apparently a weird dusty rose/mauve color, possible when the shell wallpaper was there. Before I started ripping everything apart two walls were a weird mauve color and the others were a dull off white, with no reason for the difference and so barely noticeable that my bf didn't realize it was pink till I started exposing the white beneath it. Most has come off easily but pretty much all that you see that's still not white is refusing to come up even using a razor blade. Do I just need to try harder to scrape it all off or will it be okay to just sand it down good and prime it? It's kind of a different texture than the exposed wall. It's also not all the same color, with a lot of off white, then white, then mauve, then blue lines running through it. Would one coat of primer cover over all the colors so they wouldn't show through white paint?

Secondly, I really rather like the wood grain that I discovered beneath all the layers of crap on the cabinets. The problem is I've so far had to remove the paint using an exacto knife because my paint scrapers are too thick to fit beneath the paint and paper. Would it look stupid to just have those two cabinets that I've already begun have a stained wood grain and then paint the others? Or do I need to finish what I started...? Roll Eyes  I'm thinking a nice warm but light orangey stain, or perhaps just white washed. (Unless they make an aqua stain. Heh.) Which do y'all think? I'll probably do the same for the window.

The sink base, to me, is an eye sore and I hate it. Opinion poll: Should I paint the sink base or make a funky skirt for it?

The weird recessed area next to the sink is basically just plywood. I think it may once have held a water heater of some kind in that space and then they boarded it up. What I want to do with that is cover it with a collage of old maps. Do you think the collage of maps will be too "busy" for such a small space? Since there will be cases and ducks and such.

Also, I'll hopefully be exchanging that wooden cabinet with something else, and some shelving or tiered table will be going beside it more than likely. I had stacked crates there before cleaning out the room.

Also, any advice on the prep stages of painting will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance for everything!
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