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131  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / January 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: December 31, 2010 09:01:07 PM
Happy birthday, January birthday babies!

stellato_escuro - Jan. 1
goldsheepbowl - Jan. 2
Confuzzle - Jan 4
lvl0rg4n - Jan. 4
llisaredd - Jan. 4
SMLounsbury - Jan. 7
strwberesh0rtcke - Jan. 11
sunspotted - Jan. 11
Slingmomma - Jan. 12
IrishDitz - Jan. 13
Spidersweb - Jan. 14
nilmerg - Jan. 16
Myyrh - Jan. 17
JessySihk - Jan. 19
hardyswanton01 - Jan. 22
Retro_Rose - Jan. 25
Hollistercobabe - Jan. 28
bedheadchic - Jan 30
PirateColey - Jan. 30
celticgoddess - Jan. 31
elliot_anne - Jan. 31
Miss Barbara - Jan. 31





Please post your goodies and discussion here!


January 2011 Birthday Swap Lists
132  COOKING / Dessert / Snowmen Hats on: December 29, 2010 03:39:34 PM
In some catalog over Christmas, I saw these advertised a dozen for $30.  As they were Oreos with marshmallows on top covered in chocolate, I thought we could make some for cheaper than that.

And so ... we did!

(with "snow" aka Confectioner's Sugar)



The ingredients (minus the sugar):



Melt the chocolates in a double boiler (with a little help from Mom):



When melted, remove to a work surface and dip Oreo in it:



Then dip a marshmallow:



Put the marshmallow on top of the Oreo:



And then you'll get a collection, to let cool/dry/harden/verb of your choice:



Mom and I put them on plates and dusted with powdered sugar.  They'd also be tasty with mint Oreos and dark chocolate instead of milk (I prefer milk, though) and maybe a little strip of fruit roll-up around the base as a 'hat band'.

Enjoy!
133  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Embroidered Purse from an Embroidered Skirt on: December 28, 2010 06:10:47 PM
For the current Friends of Craftster Raffle swap (come join!), I made a purse out of a skirt that I was going to donate.  The requirements were to upcycle something into something else.  I reused the outer skirt, the lining, and the tie.  The only thing I used that was new was the interfacing and thread. Cheesy  No pattern, just cut and went with what was in my head.  

After:

The tie was on the skirt as well, as a belt-like thing and I thought it was perfect to close the purse with.



View of the inside with the pocket:



Before:


134  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / January Birthday Babies! on: December 26, 2010 10:24:06 AM


What do Elvis, Kate Middleton, Mary J. Blige, Martin Luther King Jr, Michelle Obama, Paula Deen, Shawn Johnson and my mom all have in common?  They're all January birthday babies!

Are you one of their number?  If so ... the January Birthday Swap will be opening on Jan. 1!  It'll be a lot of fun, so join us!

Questions?  Ask them here!
135  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / One Row Handspun Scarf on: December 23, 2010 08:55:12 AM
In the last round of the Handspun and Handcrafts Swap, I was partnered with the fabulous ariaya  and she spun some absolutely gorgeous yarn.  It was 200 yards of Merino-Silk in blues and purples (mostly) and I adored it.  Needless to say it was a tough job to figure out what I wanted to make with it.

Well, with Christmas upcoming, I decided to do a scarf for my mom using a pattern on ravelry and it turned out sooooo lovely!





Another view:




A closeup so you can get a better idea of the colors:




As it's the first time I have finished a knitting project in ages, I am so psyched. 
136  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Frugal Living 3: Have Yourself a Frugal Little Christmas Gallery on: October 12, 2010 03:15:32 PM
We have a sender!

Can't wait to see the frugal holiday goodies!
137  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

138  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.
139  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!

140  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.
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