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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / what is a good garland length? on: September 05, 2012 03:18:49 AM
Hi guys,

I'm going to make a garland for a crafty friend for christmas. But what is a good length?

I like to drape them over my bookshelves or door frames. So I like longer ones.

But if you were to make a garland how long you would make it.

I can't ask this friend as it is a secret santa within my craft group
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Kids' Craft Swap Round 5 GALLERY on: July 16, 2012 03:37:37 AM
I'm so glad Afton liked everything Smiley Hopefully our second package (sent the same day) will arrive really soon. Smiley
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Kids' Craft Swap Round 5 signup 5/25-6/4 Send by 6/29 on: June 24, 2012 05:13:22 PM
We have finished (I think) its been a while since I was in a swap and I had to get some of the ladies in my craft group to tell me when we had reached our 3 smalls and 1 medium.
The kiddies have brought an extra item and some Australian and Japanese candy for their partners. I'm think all they need to do, is write a little letter and I think we are right to send.

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Kids' Craft Swap Round 5 signup 5/25-6/4 Send by 6/29 on: June 19, 2012 05:36:49 PM
We are having a small hiccup on our end. Both kiddies have been selected for Cross Country this weekend and have been training all week. So craft has been put aside.

They're projects, some haven't even been started, are sitting there. On my craft table taunting me, taking up the space that my sewing machine would normally have. I've been tempted to just start them off (I haven't, I've been good).

The plan was to send out early, but with this weekend, I'm not sure we will get out early.
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Kids' Craft Swap Round 5 signup 5/25-6/4 Send by 6/29 on: June 12, 2012 10:57:37 PM
The kids have been working hard at their ideas.

The kiddies pinned out some pattern pieces, then cut them out (which was a bit hit and miss, but we worked around that, lol) and then the kiddies and I used the sewing machine to make what I thought would be a medium but now with the adjustments that have been made I'm not sure it quite makes a med.

We might have to put something with it to get it over the medium line Smiley

we've ordered some more supplies and should be finished this weekend. Then we will have to wait for an item to come over from the UK and we will be right to post Smiley

6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Kids' Craft Swap Round 5 signup 5/25-6/8 Send by 6/29 on: June 04, 2012 04:27:08 PM
My two kiddies, from Australia, have signed up if anyone wants to be partnered with someone across the pond. If we are partnered with someone from the states we are going to need to send out a week earlier so we can use Skippy Post and avoid the huge surcharge our Australia Post charges to send to you guys. So being partnered early really might work for us.

Alexander is 9 and would love to be partnered with someone who loves pokemon, he doesn't mind the age or gender of his partner.

Megan is 7 and would love to be partnered with a girl who loves "girlie" things just like her. She also loves Moshi Monsters and I'm sure if she were to be partnered with someone who loved Moshi Monsters too she wouldn't mind age or gender either.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stupid Yarn Sales... Stupid Newbie Yarn Mistake on: March 16, 2012 12:13:14 AM
Why not have a look on some pattern sites like Ravelry.?

You can search by yarn weight and it might give you some inspiration.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / On the search for the ultimate Rocky Road Combo's on: February 20, 2012 10:37:56 PM
I'm on the search for the ultimate Rocky Road Combo...

So far I have:

Standard Rocky Road - being Marshmallows, Glace' Cherries, Coconut and Peanuts, then covered in tempered semi sweet (milk) chocolate

Jr Rocky Road - being mini marshmallows, mini banana lollies, jelly snakes, M&M's, then covered in tempered semi sweet (milk) chocolate

Mint Rocky Road - being mint leaves, choc coated mini cookies, Coconut and Marshmallows (which I store overnight with the leaves and cookies to infuse that minty flavor) then covered in tempered bitter sweet (dark) chocolate which I seed with Mint Aero bar's

Cookies and Cream Rocky Road - being Oreo Cookies, crumbled lightly, marshmallows, Coconut, then covered in tempered white chocolate

Honeycomb Rocky Road - being Violet Crumble bars, crushed lightly, Marshmallows, coconut and then covered in tempered semi sweet (milk) chocolate

I would like to do more... maybe something with Whoppers (Malteser's or Mighty Malt's)

or something with Milky Way Bars (US bars - They are called Mars Bars here in Australia and the UK)

I'd really love to use some Pineapple Lumps, a kiwi lolly, that is like a pineapple marshmallow covered in chocolate, they are thin (maybe less then half an inch)

But I'm open to any suggestions Smiley

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! on: January 02, 2012 12:12:56 AM
I'm going to do it this year... (famous last words, lol)

Master List
1. Black Granny Square Skirt - for a friend - started on the 29th but I'm counting it for this year. The easy part is done... now for the boring bits, lol.
2. Crochet top for Meg
3. Plastic Canvas House
4. Granny Square Afghan - Pixel art style.
5. Crochet Parasol - Started last year and I just need to finish it.
6. Kraken ATC
7. Kraken ATC (second one)
8. Crochet Strawberry Short Cakes
9-50 TBA...

Working On
1. Black Granny Square Skirt - for a friend - started on the 29th but I'm counting it for this year. The easy part is done... now for the boring bits, lol.
2. Plastic Canvas House
3. Kraken ATC
4. Second Kraken ATC

Nothing yet
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Aussie Ongoing Wish Swap - October 2011 (SIGN UP / CLAIM until October 31st) on: October 22, 2011 03:43:08 PM
I claim Oodelally for Etching Cream, Wooden hoops and some other supplies.

4th claim, 1 waiting to be collected by the courier, 1 waiting to be addressed and 1 waiting on a few more minutes of crafting lol.

Hi my name is Nat, I live in Canberra. I have 2 little kiddies, Megan is 6 years old and Elliot 2.

I love to craft but my main passion is crochet novelties. Im the type of person who gets a kick out of making crochet sushi rolls and cherry pie potholders

I have also updated my wist and added a few more descriptive tags.

Items in Navy are items to be gifted (mostly to my children)

Some more ideas as my list got stuck last time Smiley,
**I love handmade decorations, perhaps a hoopla of Christmas trees, or any traditional or novelty Christmas-ness.
**I would love some Christmas bags, fabric, felt - anything really, novelty or traditional.
**I would also love some large circles with a draw string, ones that lays flat for the kiddies when they play with all the Lego Santa will "probably" bring them, but when you pull on the string it forms a bag, about 1m or a little larger would be great. Green would be great, but any colour is equally fine. The draw string doesn't need to be completely "hidden", tabs to keep the draw string in place is fine (if easier) This is a bigger item, so I will be very happy to receive just 1 at a time
**Christmas tea towel with toppers, sewn, crochet, knitted, anything is fine. Actually some non Christmas ones would be fine too.

Ok I will check again late tonight and add some more - if I can think of any Smiley

Crafts I would love

Anything from my wist http://wists.com/NatACT
Or my pin http://pinterest.com/natact/

I'm in my Pin most every day (sad my addiction is) you will get a representation of who I am from these things, My Pin is the best place to start. If in doubt message me here or on facebook (elliot's mummy) I'm usually on one of the other

big massive wants

Poly Clay sheep for my Christmas tree (found in http://pinterest.com/pin/156955143/)

Christmas anything - my pin will give you an idea of what I like, feel free to extend beyond those items. Christmas is my favorite time of year anything sent would be loved. I have lots of Christmas Tags though. I love cheeky novelty Christmas items (think these and your in the right area http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=178167248924590&set=a.178167062257942.44065.140642846010364&type=3&theater), I also love Victorian Christmas items. My tree is generally decorated Green and Vintage Reds with Gold colours. I have a Lemax Christmas village and would happily take pieces (lemax or not, homemade or not) that fit in with that village.

Poly Clay Buttons or Shawl Pins.
I have added so so many of these beautiful buttons and pins to my wist list. http://www.wists.com/NatACT/polyclaybuttonspins

I have some favorites which include these buttons (how adorable are they) http://www.wists.com/NatACT/polyclaybuttonspins/6ff5a616ad05ca533f00ee16c8da3327?offset=0

And I love this shape for a shawl pin. I don't mind the colour so much but I would prefer darker colours or natural earth colours. http://www.wists.com/NatACT/polyclaybuttonspins/9c01e8556d3b7ab667c05b808a80d283?offset=0


I have so many felted food play items in my wist list my children would love them. Even though my daughter is getting older, she uses them to stock her shop which is her cubby house. She loves food play items and now that Elliot is getting old enough to play with her they would really be loved


Elastic headband blanks I want to make some Yo Yo head bands for my daughter and nieces for Christmas but I cant sew to save myself. Black and White would be super awesome and in sizes you wish from newborn right through to 6 years. thank you skittlebub

I received a wonderful rocket ship pillow and a dear friend would love one, If you are ok with this item being gifted to a little man who is close to me. I would love to give him one too.

I would love (for myself which is rare) an oven mitt that looks like a crab/lobster claw, or an apron that looks like the body of a lobster. I spend most of my time in the Kitchen (when not at work) and I would get a huge kick out of these items.

Any other novelty oven mits Smiley

My nephew would love a Jedi Cape, like the one worn by Yoda or the original Jedi robes from the movies. He is Star Wars crazy. Like this with a hood http://www.buystarwarscostumes.com/child_jedi_robe_deluxe.html

Quilled Christmas decorations 

Anything Star Wars, for my nephew (8yo).

A reusable Littlest Pet Shop snack bag for my daughter.

Fabric Painting/Art/Screening/Iron-ons I have a few items in my wist with the tag fabricpainting.

Drawings , Painting, charcoals or sketches.
I love Landscapes, Gardens, Japanese inspired themes.

Paper Crafts.
I would love some fanciful boxes to store ribbons or buttons in. Any style really as I will store them in my craft room. Any size, but the ribbon box should be tall enough to hold a standard spool of ribbon.

Random craft, something to inspire you

Any Christmas thing inspired from this site (my hubby and I are IT nerd and nerdettes) http://royal.pingdom.com/2008/12/23/inventive-christmas-decorations-for-computer-geeks/ (I have an endless supply of circuit board that have been cleaned and clears of sharp pointy bits if you need any)


Huge list of patterns and supplies on my PIN.

Crochet Magazines such as Crochet Today or Interweave (Ive had a digital Subscription to Crochet World and Crochet Magazine since 2008) Back issues, second hand, even torn but repairable, found it at the bottom of a box at a Yard sale is fine. As a side note my grandmother has given me all her old mags from the 70s through to late 1990s so Im pretty covered for these eras (but if your after a pattern for crochet swim wear I have 100s lol)

Fun fabrics (FQs would be plenty) for me to make some Girlie Yo Yo headbands.

Sizzix or Cuttlebug dies (pretty much any die that will fit in the Big Shot is fine) pre loved is fine  

Interesting med or large buttons or beads to put into the center of crochet flowers or Yo Yo flowers. Basic, pastels or glittery colours would be super awesome.
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