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121  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / May Birthday Swap Discussion and Gallery on: May 01, 2011 05:55:10 AM

Happy Birthday, May Babies!

Please post your birthday goodies and all discussion here.

Birthday Swap List
122  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Clothespin Holder on: April 27, 2011 04:47:53 PM
For the latest Frugal swap, I made my partner, puzzler, a clothespin bag.  No pattern, I just winged it (which I hope isn't too obvious!)  I sewed a piece of cotton yarn as the 'clothesline' and then cut out some felt clothes.  A bit of brown embroidery thread helped 'hang' the clothes on the line.  Smiley


123  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / May Birthday Swap! on: April 25, 2011 11:10:30 AM

Hello May birthday girls and boys!   The May birthday swap is opening on May 1.  If you've a birthday in May or just want to send presents to the birthday craftsters, please sign up!

Any questions?  Just ask. Smiley
124  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Bear hat on: March 22, 2011 05:12:23 PM
So this is my first ever hat and it worked up REALLY quickly.   It's my first wearable crochet project ever, too, so I'm pretty proud of it.  The pattern's on Ravelry under Osito Infant Bear Hat.

I hope my cousin likes it!  Her baby girl was born last week.

125  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First crayon tinting on: March 19, 2011 09:13:25 AM
For the February bday swap, I made a hoop (my first!) for the wonderful QueenNinjaMonkey.  I also used crayon tinting to add a bit more interest and added white seed beads to the white parts in the middle (the stamen?  It's been too long since biology class ...)

Concrit welcomed wholeheartedly!
126  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Frugal Living 4? on: February 07, 2011 06:09:53 AM

It's that time again!  Credit card bills from the holidays have reared their ugly (and too high) heads and taxes will soon be upon us.  Do you need to tighten your belt?  Are you doing Dave Ramsey's 6 Baby Steps?  Do you just want to stop wasting money by throwing away sponges, paper towels, or feminine products?  Do you want to be better to the environment by reusing things and using more natural products for cleaning your house and yourself? Do you want to eat out less often and have healthier, cheaper dinners at home for yourself and your family?

Then have we got a swap for you! (Okay, apparently I'm totally channeling Veggie Tales today!)

We've had 3 awesome rounds of the Frugal Living Swap and our first round was one of the Best of 2010!  Cheesy  I'm hoping that there will be some interest in a spring/summer round, too!

Frugal Living 1 Gallery
Frugal Living 2: Return of the Cheap Gallery
Frugal Living 3: Have Yourself a Frugal Little Holiday Gallery

Troublet and I were thinking endish of February for signups - maybe February 14-28?  Send outs April 4th, so you'd have a month of crafting time?  I could push back sendouts a week or so if you'd want more time.

Thoughts?  Is there interest?
127  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A Cheerful Stripey, Flowery Mug Rug on: January 26, 2011 11:57:38 AM
Hello quilters!  I have just finished my first mug rug and wow ... I bow down to all of you who do anything bigger!

This is my finished piece:

I made my own bias tape and I think I know what I did wrong on attaching it (though I think I've done alright with the mitred corners on the front, at least), so that's something, but I'm not going to show you the back. Wink  

BUT I have a question ... how do get it so when I quilt the layers together, one side doesn't pull and get off center?  I pinned it out the wazoo with straight pins.  Do I need the quilting safety pins?  (The little squares have become parallelograms.)

Please any comments, criticisms, and suggestions would be really really appreciated.  I want to make some for Christmas presents, but I wouldn't want to give something quite this newbie-feeling away, so if you have a suggestion, I would <3 you forever!
128  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Stamp, Initial and Steampunkish Cards on: January 23, 2011 03:21:54 PM
For the January Birthday swap, I made the lovely Confuzzle a dozen notecards.

The first set uses her first initial (out of chipboard) and some ribbon:

And then, I made four centering around some old stamps that I've been hoarding since I was a kid:

(the stamp is hard to see, sorry!  It's about the nation's industries)

the hermitage:

Andrew Carnegie:

and my favorite: women:

And the last set are my favorites.  I was going for a steampunk feel (what do you think?) I used a stamp pad to color the white paper so it looked oldish, then stamped all sorts of steampunkish things in black and gold.  The gold's a bit difficult to see though. Sad  The little frames in the middle were the inspiration. Smiley

Concrit is greatly appreciated!
129  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / What's part of your perfect needlework project bag? on: January 06, 2011 07:20:56 AM
My mom does needlepoint and she was using an old shopping bag for her project bag.  Suffice it to say, that is not acceptable.  Her birthday is the 15th, so I'm going to make her a project bag, but seeing as how I don't do needlepoint myself (I do cross-stitch and embroidery, though I don't have a project bag for myself), I was hoping some of you lovely ladies and gentlemen would help me.

If you had the perfect needlepoint project bag, what parts would you put in it?  Would there be a matching needlebook, a little place for scissors?  Some sort of contraption to hold the yarn?  What else would you need?

130  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / FOUND International angel needed for I <3 Autumn Swap on: January 04, 2011 11:16:52 AM
Swap Name: I <3 Autumn
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=360598
Gallery thread link:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361471.msg
# of Missing Packages Flakers: Unfortunately, the package going to witchybelle4u2 has apparently gone missing.  It had to be resent once and this time - a bit over five weeks out - there's no sign of it. Sad  So I'm looking for a quick turnaround time on this (2 weeks or so until sendout) as it's well past autumn.

witchybelle4u2 lives in the UK, so being willing to send to the UK is a must!

A few bits from her questionnaire ...

What are your favorite things about fall? Hallowe'en, Pumpkins, candy corn, changing leaves, football, apples, going back to school, cuddley nights, all the best tv shows coming back...
Is there anything autumn-ish that you'd love to get? Anything that I can use to bundle up. Hats, fingerless gloves, scarves, a lap blanket, etc. etc. Anything Hallowe'en related. I'm a Halloween freak. (Probably because it's my birthday.) Anything football related. I'm a Patriots fan. Smiley I'm always in need of BIG purses. I don't travel light. An autumny purse or (even better) WIP bag would be cool. I've just gotten into cooking so any great fall recipes you know would be great too.
Favorite colors/patterns: My favourite colours are red, pink and orange. Any combination of these + black is better. Skulls, stars, leaves, ghosts, cows, etc. for patterns.
Favorite scents and tastes: Apple cider, chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin pie, maple syrup, caramel apple, candy corn. Any of these in lotion, lip balm or soap would be amazing.

If you think you can be an angel for the fabulous witchybelle4u2 please PM me!  Smiley
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