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111  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / More bowls, with feathers! on: May 07, 2012 03:13:18 PM
So I made more of those coiled fabric bowls. I was thinking about just updating the post from before but where's the fun in that?

KodaNRoxyDogs had some fabric bowls on her Pinterest so claimed her for some. One for her color themes for them was B&W and she wanted them about 4-6 inches, or just big enough for a couple sets of keys and a wallet. This is what I came up with:


First one, kind of boring, but still learning. First time I have used different kinds of fabric in the same bowl.


And then I thought I would give handles a go. They didn't come out exactly like I had imagined, but they still make me happy.



This one was going to be way taller, just to give some variety in size, but I ran out of black thread! Oh noes! So I improvised with some red feathers. She said she likes this one the best.


And just a couple I made my mom, just for the hell of it. We were talking on the phone one day and before hanging up I asked if I could do anything for her, if she needed anything from me, and she answered that yeah, I could make her some of those coiled bowls. So I did! This fabric came from her or her mom or her aunt, or someone that would make it special for her.
112  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / May 2012 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Discussion and Gallery on: May 01, 2012 04:53:30 AM


Chit chat and pictures go here!

Sign up/bio thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407969.0
113  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / May 2012 Ongoing Pinterest Swap on: May 01, 2012 04:49:31 AM

Swap name: Ongoing Pinterest Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Jexxican
Co-Organiser: Mrs Shak
Sign-up date range: 1 May 2012 to 31 May 2012
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after claim
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):NO
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: NO
- 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: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO
- 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

Details of swap:
This is a pinterest swap, meaning that your fellow craftsters will claim you for something you have pinned on your pinterest site.  If you don't have a pinterest but are interested, go here www.pinterest.com to request one or PM one of the organizers your email address to request an invite.

If you are late in the April swap, please do not sign up until you send.  You will not be accepted.  Also please note that this swap requires that you communicate with your partner and the organizer.  Please send a PM when you claim, when you send, and when you receive.  People who consistently fail to communicate will be asked to take a break from the Pinterest swap and maybe try again in two months.

Please do not post in the thread until you have been approved by the organizer. This thread is for lists only. Only post once. If you need to change/add something, simply "Modify" your post. The discussion/gallery thread is located here. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407970.0 Post as soon as possible after signing up so we know you have found the thread and that you are getting updates.

FAQ: Please READ

How does this swap work?
You may choose from anyone's pinterest board once they have posted a link and bio in this thread.  This is not a chain list swap; its more of a free for all swap.  However, when possible it is nice to claim from those who haven't been claimed or who have claimed more than they have been claimed for.  You have two weeks from the date you claim to send your item on its way to the lucky recipient.  Remember to PM the organizer and the recipient when you claim and send.  Also send a PM to the organizer and your sender when you receive.  You may have up to 2 outstanding (not received) claims.  Please include the swap name and month in your subject line!  Please make sure to tell me who you are claiming, sending to, or receiving from.  If you are FOC you may have up to 3 outstanding claims.  Everyone MUST make at least one claim.
 
What should my bio and link look like?
Once you have been approved, you may post in the list thread.  There is no one way to do this but please be sure your bio includes the following:
         - your location and a brief bio (include allergies in red please)
         - your Pinterest link
         - list of boards that are to be used for this swap, or simply say something like "all my boards are game"
         - whether you are okay with supply claims

What do I need to send?
This swap is for either one medium or 2-3 small items for each claim.  A medium item is one that takes 2 or more hours, $10 - $30, some examples are a single necklace or bracelet or a scarf.  A small item is one that takes 2 or less hours, $10 or less, some examples are earrings/wallets/pouches/bookmarks.

How do the organizers ensure that claims are even?
We don't. But we do try.  One way is that we highlight your name when you have claimed more times than you have been claimed.  We ask that people claim from those that haven't been claimed yet or who have claimed more often than they have been claimed, but there is no guarantee that if you send 5 times that you will receive 5 items.  In fact, theoretically it is quite possible to not get claimed at all.  If this is a major concern for you and you know you would miserable if things were not always even, this may not be the swap for you.  However, I will say that for the most part this is not a big problem in this swap so far.  

How closely does the item I send need to resemble the item pinned?
It depends on who you are claiming.  Read the bios carefully.  Read the pins carefully.  Some of us pin items for inspiration and are fine with items that are simply inspired by our pins.  Others would like the item to look as close to the pin as possible.

What happens if I am flaked on?
If you are flaked on, you will only receive an angel for as many packages as you have sent.  If you were claimed for 3 packages and you sent 2 packages and one package was flaked on - you will not receive a swap angel.

What do I do if I'm not being claimed?
If you are not being claimed, it might be time to consider your pins.  Do you have enough variety?  Are there enough small and medium items?  Do you have items pinned that require a variety of crafty mediums (ex: knitting, crocheting, sewing, beading, embroidery, etc...)?  Are your pins realistically craftable?  You should shoot for at least 20-30 pins (this includes only those pins you want to be claimed); maybe more if most of your items are on the large side or primarily in one crafty medium.  We have some talented folks on here... but not everyone can do all crafts.  If you find you aren't being claimed...try adding more pins.  

I hear a rumor that there is a giveaway; is this true?
YES!  It is true.  Each month, there is a giveaway.  You get one entry into the random drawing for each claim you make.  At the end of the month, we'll use a random number generator and that lucky person will receive a crafted item or crafty supply.  We cannot tell you what the item might be upfront because we like to cater it to the winner's interests and needs.  Also randomly but not necessarily every month, there might be additional giveaways so make sure to stay up to date on the discussion thread so you don't miss out!
 

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFO TO BOTH ORGANIZERS VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE:

QUESTIONNAIRE:
Name of swap: May Pinterest
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Your Pinterest link:  

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
114  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 13 April 2012 on: April 13, 2012 08:14:43 AM

Needed to spin something but I'm running low and this is basically all I had. It was more of a multicolored felting batt and I did pull off a bunch for previous felting projects but I really needed to spin! I spun it. Finally getting singles, though I think the lower ratio on the flyer helped Wink
115  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felting and stitching on rocks on: April 11, 2012 07:06:20 PM
Thanks to Rlynn's Pinterst I found this blog and this tutorial and woah! Rocks + felting + stitching? What's not to love here?

My first stitchings were some random flames for the OTT Hunger Games swap:

Satin "12"

And I stitched these for Rlynn for the March OPS:


And here is one after I cut the rock out because I thought the rock was one I needed in white, but then I found a better shaped/sized stone so this one is just empty. I wonder what I'll do with it.
116  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Animal Prints on: April 11, 2012 06:36:52 PM
Back in February I was in the Pinterest swap and saw that SaintCady wanted some animal print stamps. Perfect reason to whip out the handy dandy Speedball, wouldn't you say? I may have gone a little overboard.

117  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Recent hooplas! on: March 24, 2012 03:27:28 PM
This was my "Mockingjay" hoop post but I'm modifying it include all my other recent hoops as well. I hate feeling like I've wasted a post, if that's possible.

Made these for thehappycrcohetchic in the March OPS. Both pretty much just copied images off of the computer screen.


And these for Rubylynns in the same swap. The first was a concept she had pinned with my interpretation. The second was using the pattern directly.



And for SpiderMom in the last hoopla swap, copied directly except for the heart on the trunt.


And the original Mockingjay Hoop that this post was for. Could have been better but all in all, I really liked it. Not one much for licensed imagery but meh, whatever.
118  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Another felted hoop on: March 14, 2012 05:28:30 PM

I sent this to Spidermom in a personal swap and she insisted that I make it its own post. Needle felted silhouette, copied the tree directly from a picture of a real tree. I liked it better before I hooped it. It's kind of streaky but that might add to the effect of it being a tree?
119  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Let's talk bowls ;) on: February 22, 2012 03:22:51 PM
Bought the book Sewing Pottery By Machine and have wanted to use it but hadn't because I didn't have a reason to (i.e. nobody to make something from it for). Then I join the February Pinterest swap and saw on Dawnstrees' pinterest that she wanted something similar so I signed up for a claim. Then I realized I signed up to make something I had never made before! ACK! So I made a couple to practice with first, then liked it so much I made 2 for her as well. Used up all 200 feet of clothesline I had laying around the house (bought in false hopes that end up with long rant on a tangent)...

The first:


You can kind of see in the second picture that I started by using a purple bobbin and then ran out of purple so I had to go with pink. Good thing the bowl is reversible and I can keep that mistake on the inside, eh?

The second:


Nowhere in the book (or anywhere I've seen tutes etc online come to think of it) have I seen anything talking about making a bowl/pot in a non-circular shape. So I had to do it. Love it! Took it to my Fiber Guild meeting to show off (even though it's really a fiber craft) and they were all in love with it to. Lois was confused how I got the fabric on the inside green and on the outside pink. She was impressed that it was actually the thread used for the zigzag. Gotta keep that in mind.

The third:

This one went to a new home.

All 3 of those were made using the "direct lift" method. I made one more, bigger than the other 3, using the gradual lift method and I was very proud of it but my camera and computer decided they didn't like me the day I tried to upload them so even the pictures I took got uploaded, my computer can't find them and they are already erased from my memory card. Sad Sad Sad

What do you think? Anyone else into this? I loved it! Tedious! I need to go buy more clothesline.
120  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Peer pressure made me do it on: February 22, 2012 03:02:41 PM
We've all seen the crayon art everywhere and quite frankly I'm kind of sick of it but I then I got a wild ass hair and, well, we C-sters all know how they go. So here are my takes on it using the glue gun method:

So I got 6 small packs of Crayola and did this:

9" x 12" canvas. I put down all 6 of the black along the top first then put 3 of each color spanning 2" each. I think I should have started the black further down so it would have more a presence. I was planning on sending this to my niece but then I realized the crayon art I already had (from a swap) hanging above my sewing machine was BROKEN!

So I broke it more (sorry Leigh!) and using some crayon chunks and the dripping from the first piece I did I went from this:

to this:

8" x 10" canvas. I LOVE the texture, but don't know what I'm going to do with it because the first one up there took it's place above me machine.

And then I had 6 brown crayons and 3 of each of the "rainbow colors" so I came up with this:

Depth shot:

9" x 12" canvas. Ended up with some splatters so I tried to make like they "leaves" that had fallen off the tree but I don't think that part worked too well. I do like how each drop can pass as a leaf on the tree, though.

I didn't like doing this at all. In fact, I was going to stop after the first because it hurt my fingers but like I said, wild ass hairs, what do with them? What do you think?
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