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131  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / I <3 Autumn Gallery on: October 07, 2010 10:32:02 AM
I think this must be a Craftster record, what with partners going out yesterday, but someone's already sent!  Holy cow!

Smiley

Sent
Received
Sent and Received
Sending Late with communication
Sending Late w/ communication and Received
Contact organizer ASAP
Feedback Given


Partners:
kaz814 <-> FoxyMama
strwberesh0rtcke <-> crazyda79
Alphabrett <-> SaralaAnne
pseudo_pix is angeling! awfulwaffle <-> JessySihk
ntrebleagain <-> Ffrogg526
shayneblate08 <-> Confuzzle
witchybelle4u2 <-> MamatoMany  panda is angeling since the package went astray!
marleymiss <-> morrigan_le_faye
Bugaboo1 <-> pseudo_pix

132  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / I <3 Autumn (Signup CLOSED; Send by Nov 8) on: September 27, 2010 11:10:48 AM
We have a GALLERY!


Swap name: I <3 Autumn
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Co-organizer: Huh?
Sign-up date range: CLOSED
Partners will go out on: October 6, 2010
Date to send item by: November 8, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No.

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

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: YES
- 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: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- 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/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO


Details of swap:

Well, in the northern hemisphere, autumn is officially upon us, and if you haven't experienced cold days yet, you soon will!  This swap is all about the things we love about autumn - crisp air, falling leaves, pumpkins and cornucopeia.  Do you have a thing for Pilgrims or the change of leaves on the trees?  Enjoy wrapping up in a sweater with a good book and a warm cup of tea?  Love the sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet and the scent of pumpkin pie?  Then this is the swap for you!


Crafting Requirements

This swap will be a 4 point swap, or 1 medium and 2 smalls.  Please discuss any spoiling with your partner!

For those who need a refresher, here's the Craftster guide to what constitutes each size:

By Time

-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less



Communication Requirements

This swap, in an effort to get our goodies before autumn is actually over, is a fairly quick swap.  You'll have a bit more than a month to craft and send!  

With that in mind, communication is key!  Checking in on the swap thread at least once a week is required so we know you're still around and crafting.  A quick note saying that you're still working is sufficient.  Also, communicating with your partner is also a necessity.  If you have consistent (and recent) dings on feedback for poor communication or sending late, I may not approve your application.  I will also note communication in feedback!

Please label all PMs with one of the following: 'Fall Swap: Approval', 'Fall Swap: Sent', 'Fall Swap: Received' or 'Fall Swap: Question'.  Thanks!



If you want to participate, PM the following information to the organizer (kaz814):

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: I <3 Autumn
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?
If in the US, are you willing to use DCN?
If you're shipping internationally, will you get a customs # and keep your receipt?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):


What are your favorite things about fall?
Is there anything autumn-ish that you'd love to get?
What would you not like to get?
Favorite colors/patterns:
Least favorite colors/patterns:
Favorite scents and tastes:
Least favorite scents and tastes:
What crafts can you do?
What crafts can't you do?
Do you have allergies in your household?
Do you have allergens in your household?
Can you take and post pictures promptly of the package you receive?
Do you have a wist, a blog or Etsy favorites?
Is there anything else you'd like your partner to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
133  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Quilted Christmas Stocking with Tute (with as many pics as Santa is jolly) on: September 26, 2010 04:02:49 PM
Well, after seeing my grandparents' ratty old stockings from last Christmas (their names are written on them in green sharpie, I think), I decided that this Christmas they'd have prettier ones.  Since it wouldn't be half as fun to buy them, I decided to go with a quilted stocking.  No names on them, but I'm sure Santa will figure it out. Wink

Here's the end result:




And since I had to make two, I decided that on the second one I'd do up a tutorial since Christmas is coming.

You need:

1/2 yard outer fabric
1/2 yard lining fabric
matching thread for both
batting (the flat kind)
pins
sewing machine (or you can by-hand it!)
iron
a pattern

Holiday music of your choice.  This is vital as when you're ripping out something because you forgot to put in the hanging thing, you can belt along with Mariah singing about all you want for Christmas.  It helps.


I made my pattern out of butcher paper, tracing a stocking I had.




1. Cut two out of the outer fabric, lining fabric and batting. REMEMBER to allow 1/4-1/2 inch all around for the seam allowance! You'll also need a 3.5 x 6 (just eyeball it, really) rectangle of the lining fabric.





2. Iron all pieces.




3.  Take the outer fabric pieces and put them wrong side down onto the batting.




4. Now on to the quilting portion of today's fun!  Choose an angle that you like - it really doesn't matter, though try to keep it straight.  Sew a line!  Personally, I think a jaunty angle looks spiffy.




5. For the next line, I line up my previous stitch with the edge of the metal plate on my sewing machine.  I'm sure there are other ways to do this, but this works for me.  I can feel the edge underneath the fabric and I can make sure that the previously sewed line stays on the edge.  That way all my quilting lines are parallel.



6. Keep on sewing parallel lines.  Isn't this fun?  Possibly stop and grab a bit of hot chocolate (if it's cold enough).  A dollop of Bailey's might make the quilting go quicker (though your lines might not end up being straight.)  When you've finished doing it one side, it should look like this:




7. Now you're going to sew lines that are at an angle to the ones you've already done.  I chose a line and put my sewing foot right where it met the edge.  I then chose a spot where another line met the opposite edge.  




8. Quilt!  When you're done, it should look like this:




9. Now, if you're Type A and anal retentive, you'll want to match up the quilted half with the half you haven't quilted yet.  You'll put a pin on the unquilted half where one of the lines reaches the edge on the quilted half.  You'll do the same for the other side of the stocking. If you went for the Bailey's in step 6, you probably won't care.  Regardless of your choice, quilt the other side, using the steps 4-8.

My choice was the Type A and anal retentive option:




10. Once you've got both sides quilted, trim the edges, so it goes from looking like this:




to this:




11. With right sides together, pin and sew around the edge of the stocking. For the rounded parts, feel free to go slow.  If you find yourself near to veering off the fabric stop sewing, put down the needle (I have a nifty little button that inserts the needle into the fabric for me), put up the foot and adjust the fabric.  With the needle down you won't pull on the thread or anything.  When you've got it where you want it, put down the foot and start sewing again.




12. Now you have two options: you can trim around the seam allowance so it won't be bulky when you turn it or you can cut little notches into the rounded parts. I choose the latter.  Just be careful not to snip into the seam!  It'll look funny, but it makes it easier to turn and look rounded.




13. Turn the outer portion of the stocking.


14. Take the little rectangle of lining fabric and press it in half, lengthwise.  Open it back up.  Take the edges of the fabric and press them into the crease.

Like so:



Do it for both sides:



Then press it in half again on the original crease, with the edges still tucked in.  (It'll be about a quarter as wide as it was.)



Sew it - I line it up with an edge on my foot.





15. With right sides together, pin the lining fabric together.  At the 'sole' of the foot, put two pins about 3-4 inches apart.  You won't sew between those pins.  Also, take the loop that you sewed in step 14 and pin it in place - probably 4 inches or so from the top of the stocking.  Make sure that the rough edges of the loop match up together and that they go a little beyond the rough edges of the lining itself:







Now sew!  See: I'm stopping at the pink pin: (I'd suggest locking the sewn bits down with a bit of backstitching.)




Now move the fabric to startup again at the NEXT pin. (Again, lock the sewing with a few backstitches.)  I'd suggest backstitching over the section with the loop.  You don't want the stocking to fall down if Santa is especially generous!



16. Trim the edge of the loop:




17. You will now insert the quilted section of the stocking into the lining.  Yes, it seems backwards.  Perhaps have another bit of Baileys and just go with me on this. Wink



Line up the seams and the top, so it looks like this:




18. Sew around the top of the stocking.  I'd suggest 1/2 inch or so seam allowance.




19. Through the hole you left in the lining, pull out the outer section of the stocking and continue until the right side of the lining is visible.  Make sure the toe and the heel are all rounded.  It should look a bit odd now, with both right sides of the fabrics showing.  That's okay.




20.  Now we need to sew up the hole we left in the lining.  Fold under the edges and sew along the opening.




21. Stuff the lining into the outer fabric.




22. Fold over the top until the loop to hold it up is where you want it.  Ouila!  A lovely quilted stocking! (Or two, as the case may be.)






I hope this was understandable and helpful!  I'd love to see any stockings you make! Smiley  C&C on both the stocking and the tute is more than welcome.  Happy (early) holidays!

134  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Singles Swap? on: September 19, 2010 08:42:45 AM
Well, I'll be attending four weddings within the next year or two ... a fact which, while I am SUPER excited that my friends and cousins have found awesome people they want to spend the rest of their lives with, sort of makes me go 'ho hum, I'm 31 and single and it's stinking hard to meet a man when you don't drink and work in a mostly-female environment'.  So instead of feeling more sorry for myself, I was thinking that at some point channeling my pity party into a I AM AWESOME JUST THE WAY I AM party might be fun.  And since I don't generally craft for myself, I thought it might be fun to craft for someone else!

Is there any interest in this?  Always single, newly single, divorced, widowed, whatever!  If you don't have a mate, then you'd be welcome.

It could even be holiday-ish, if people wanted to do it sooner, rather than later.
135  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU CLOSED, Send by Nov. 12 on: September 07, 2010 08:31:40 AM
GALLERY!


Have yourself a frugal little holiday,
Let your debts be light
From now on,
our savings will be out of sight.

Have yourself a frugal little holiday,
Make the Yule-tide cheap,
From now on,
credit cards won't make us weep.

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Money saved which is in our banks
Gathers interest once more.

Through the years
We all will be much richer,
If our choices allow,
Hang a frugal craft upon the highest bough.
And have yourself a frugal little holiday now.


(Shamelessly based upon Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, sung by Judy Garland)


Swap name: Frugal Living Swap 3: Have Yourself a Frugal Little Holiday
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Co-organizer: Troublet Smiley
Sign-up date range: CLOSED
Partners will go out on: September 29, 2010
Date to send item by: November 12, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No.

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

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: YES
- 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: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- 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/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO


Details of swap:

This swap is all about living (and crafting!) frugally.  Frugal living means something different to each person, but it may include saving money by using cloth napkins, knit/crocheted dishcloths, reusable shopping bags (you save 5 cents for each bag you bring in at my grocery store!), wool dryer balls (seriously, the dryer sheets can be pricey!), reusable menstrual pads or diva cup/moon cup bag and wet bags, soap savers, homemade laundry soap, homemade bath soaks, etc.  Or it may include recipes to try out instead of eating out, a piggy bank/other way of corralling change to take to the bank instead of letting it be eaten by the couch, having a coupon organizer ... the ideas are endless!  

This round will be a bit different as we're including holiday themed items in this round!  If you don't want to receive holiday items, no worries - just say so on the questionnaire!

For this swap, 95% of what you'll use to craft should be from your stash.  The more you use that you already have, the better!  If you absolutely must purchase something, it'd be great if you could get it at the Salvation Army/Goodwill/thrift stores or on sale.  (I don't want to say don't buy anything because I know how it feels to have everything you need except one little thing for a project.)


Crafting Requirements:

The requirements for this swap is 5 points, which will translate to one medium and three smalls OR two  mediums and one small.  If you want to do more, please talk to your partner!  Remember, this is all about frugality so do not feel obligated or pressured into sending more than the requirements.  If your partner mentions spoiling and you can't or won't, be honest!  We're all here to get a handle on saving and becoming more financially in charge of our futures, so no one is going to look down their nose at you if you don't want to or can't send more than the requirements.  Really.  Pinky promise!

For those who need a refresher, here's the Craftster guide to what constitutes each size:

By Time

-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price (though really, USE YOUR STASH!!!  The entire package should be less than a small!)
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less


Communication Requirements:

Checking in on the swap thread at least once a week is required so we know you're still around and crafting!  A quick note saying that you're still working is sufficient.  Since in the last swaps we were a very chatty bunch - and not always on topic - I am requiring that every post have SOMETHING to do with being frugal, being crafty or being craftily frugal.  Also, communicating with your partner is also a necessity.  If you have consistent (and recent) dings on feedback for poor communication or sending late, I may not approve your application.  I will also note communication in feedback!



If you want to participate, PM the following information to the organizer (kaz814):

Please fill out the questionnaire thoroughly!  If you're unsure of what you'd like to receive, check out the list below (it's a few posts down!)  It's hard to pair partners when I don't know what sorts of things you'd like to receive or what crafts you do!  Thank you so much!!!!

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Frugal Living Swap 3: Have Yourself a Frugal Little Holiday
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 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):


What winter holiday do you celebrate?
Would you like to receive holiday-themed frugal crafts?
If yes, what sort of holiday-themed frugal crafts would you like to get?
What sort of holiday-themed frugal crafts would you not like to get?  (religious, santas, menorahs, etc., also indicate if you prefer usable holiday crafts or if some decoration-type stuff is okay)

What are your frugal goals for your household/yourself?
Is there anything in particular you'd love to get?
What crafts would you be willing to make?
What crafts would not like to make?
Is there anything you do not want to receive?
What are your favorite colors/patterns?
What are your least favorite colors/patterns?
Are there allergies in your home?
Are there allergens in your home?
Can you take pictures before you send and post pictures when you receive?
Is there anything else that you'd like your partner to know? (Children, SOs, other preferences, etc.)



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 other rules about participating in a swap.


Want to join, but are having trouble thinking of frugal things you'd like to go on your questionnaire?  Check out the list of frugal crafts!

Also, check this post for a list of Frugal Resources!

Past Galleries for further inspiration:
Frugal Living 1 Gallery
Frugal Living 2: Return of the Cheap Gallery
136  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One Tiny Fall Thing? on: August 31, 2010 11:52:53 AM
Okay with autumn close at hand (oh please let it be close at hand, I'm sick of 90+ degree weather!) and wanting to get into the fall spirit (but again, hopefully not a ton of time), I was thinking that a One Tiny Fall/Autumn Thing (OTFT or OTAT - thoughts?) would be fun.

I've never participated in a One Tiny Thing swap before but they look pretty fun!

Any interest?
137  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A wreath that changes with the seasons! on: August 12, 2010 07:57:26 AM
In the recent Crazy for Christmas challenge, my wonderlous partner, pixieval, had a couple wreaths on her wists.  On one, she noted that she liked the colors because she could use it past Christmas and into spring.  Going off that, I got the idea to make a wreath where the colors can be switched out.

I took a white styrofoam(ish) wreath frame (is that the right word? I want to say mold and that's not it!) and wrapped twill tape around it.  Since they only had bright white tape, I dyed it using tea and threw it in the dryer so it'd be pliable and easy to use.  I thought I was getting too much when I asked for 7 yards, but I had to angle it so it overlapped a lot so there wasn't bunchy places sticking out, so I used all but a few feet!

Enter one chipboard flower to use for tracing, every color felt known to Joann's fabric, some corsage pins with pretty "pearl" heads, some of my favorite buttons, and different color ribbon and I came up with this:




and with some of the extras:




And because I was too exited to send to take more than one picture, pixieval is letting me use the ones she took!

The extras (you can see the buttons!) - all different colors of felt flowers, ribbons and buttons so you can make it fit with any decor/season/holiday! 




and with some of the flowers interchanged:




I plan on making one for my mom for Christmas, perhaps with poinsettia leaves or maybe just with the same 'daisy' flower.  It was easy to do and the only time-consuming part was cutting out the flowers (which I did while I watched tv!)

Smiley



138  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WIP Wednesday - 7/14 Post your knitting WIPs here! on: July 14, 2010 12:42:18 PM
Well, my WIPs aren't much further along than they were last week.  Eep!  (It's been a crazy week).  I'd love to see what you guys are working on though to get me moving on them!

Cheesy

So what do you have on your needles?
139  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Frugal Living Round 3? on: July 11, 2010 09:28:06 AM
Hi everyone!  I was just curious if anyone would be interested in a third round of the Frugal Living Swap. Smiley

For those who haven't participated, it's a swap where we make things to help out keeping on budget: making reusable things for the kitchen, bath, and home (basically anything so we don't have to buy it!) and inspirational things to help us stay into being frugal!  We've had a lot of fun these past two rounds!

Frugal Living: Round 1 Info
FL: Round 1 Gallery
Return of the Cheap: Round 2 Info
RotC: Round 2 Gallery

Smiley

I was thinking signups the last two weeks of July (17-31), partners on August 1st with send-outs September 7th (the day after Labor Day weekend in the US).

I've even got a tag-line ready if there are interested parties!
140  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Car organizer on: July 08, 2010 03:48:29 PM
For the Geezer swap, I made my partner an organizer that goes on the back of the seat in her car.  It has several pockets of different sizes, included a pen pocket and enough pockets for maps and travel books. 

It has straps to go around the headrest and to attach to something under the seat so it doesn't flap away in the car.  It's lined with interfacing on both sides so it should stay flat, especially if the top is hooked to something with two "points" (like the headrest - it doesn't just come to a single point like the picture below, but rather it makes a trapezoid with a flattish top).



I also made her a matching trash bag for the car - the inside is lined in the accent fabric coated with clear contact paper that was (very carefully) melted onto it so it can be wiped out after sticky stuff. 

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