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151  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / J&T Challenge 2: Flip Flop Pendant on: May 30, 2010 11:31:20 AM
This is my first challenge entry, so yay!  When I saw the challenge topic, I couldn't resist.  After several trials and errors, I came up with this little flip flop.  I made it with #6 plastic with perm marker decoration then once it was shrunk, I painted and sealed the back so it wasn't transparent.  I added some beading for the straps and then put it on a silver chain.

(I apologize in advance for the pics. Sad  I spent a good hour trying to get good ones but apparently my camera is not good with small things.  They were either washed out from the flash or way blurrier than this ...)

And modeled by my penguin, Bert (because nothing says summer like a penguin!)

And closest I can get without it being unrecognizable:

And now modeled by me (thanks to my mom taking the picture):

Smiley  Thanks for looking!  (And concrit totally welcomed!)
152  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for covering shelves on: May 28, 2010 05:48:41 AM
Hello crafty ladies and gentlemen!

I come to you with a crafting dilemma.  I have two sets of shelves that are in dire need of refurbishing of some kind.  They're pressboard with a white overlay of some kind that's, in parts, bumpy and gross.  I have them in my bathroom so whatever I do to them needs to put up with heat and humidity.

I could just do a fabric tablecloth for them both, but I'd like some other options, too.  Would finding pretty scrapbook paper and then sealing it work, do you think?  Or gluing fabric to it instead (that might be hard to clean, though)?

Thanks in advance!
153  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 Garden Swap Angel FOUND on: May 24, 2010 06:27:20 PM
Hi lovely Craftsters!

I am in need of an angel for torilimcadle.  Not only did she send a fabulous package to her partner who gushed all about it, but she sent super early and then was flaked on. Sad  I'd really like to get an angel who could do a quick turnaround (2 weeks, if at all possible).  torilimcadle lives in the USA.

Here's a link to the original thread, but to summarize: The requirement for this swap is 5 points, which will translate to one medium and three smalls OR two mediums and one small.

Here's a portion of her questionnaire:

Are you an indoor gardener or an outdoor gardener? Indoor, sadly.
Are you a container gardener, a square-foot gardener, or a 'I have several acres and it's all mine!' gardener? Container!
Do you get full sun, partial sun, partial shade, or shade? I can control it pretty easily, but it's normally full sun.
What type of soil do you have? Potting soil?  The kind that comes in a bag?  The all organic kind.
What do you grow? Herbs, mostly.
What's your region?  The West.  It also says my zone is 5A.
What things for the garden/gardener would you like to receive? Seeds, pots, organizers...  I'm up for anything, really!

Please PM me if you're interested!

154  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Storage? on: May 22, 2010 05:58:44 PM
Having only one 'papercrafting' shelf in my crafting corner, I'm curious how you all store your papers and other goodies.  My papers are stacked in one corner, my stamps are in a plastic baggie, markers and glue are in a mug, and the other accoutrements are squished onto the shelf wherever they can fit.

How do you all store your papercraft goodies?
155  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby gift bag on: May 22, 2010 05:34:11 PM
One of my co-workers is due June 10th, so of course, I had to make her and her baby a homemade gift.  (And pray that she lasts out the rest of the school year!)  I sewed her two burp cloths and a bib, but once that was done, I realized I had nothing to put it in.

Joann's Fabric to the rescue!  I purchased a plain brown bag, some animal stickers (the nursery is jungle-themed) and some elephant ribbon.  Some cutting, use of the permanent markers and a bit of glue, and I came up with this:

I used a stencil and the markers to do the 'It's a boy!' bit.

I made the card separate so she can re-use it for her other friends who will have baby boys. 

She thought it was really cute. Smiley
156  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Knitted leaf wreath on: May 07, 2010 09:29:27 AM
Well, given that I've gifted my mother with a plethora of dish cloths for her birthday, Valentine's and Easter, I knew I had to come up with something else for Mother's Day.   After perusing Ravelry for inspiration (she bought me some yarn and I wanted to use some of it), I came across this pattern for a knitted wreath.

I started out with a varigated yarn, so when it started going more red than purple, I decided to go with only seven leaves, instead of nine, but I think it turned out pretty cute.  It's small - 5-6 inches across, but it'll fit perfectly on a small wall.  I might do a larger one (with bigger leaves) for Christmas, in green with red beads.

Comments and criticism welcome!
157  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / How My Garden Grows Gallery on: April 22, 2010 05:09:53 PM
We have a sender!!

Sent and Received
Sent Late with Communication
Sent Late without Communication
Contact Organizer ASAP!
Feedback Given

kaz814 <-> morrigan_le_faye
lilyella <-> holistic knitter
nessie <-> craftybeachgirl
superhooker <-> Strawberryh
lydiaharper <-> amymisha
torilimcadle <-> Aikibookworm angel: thatkid (THANK YOU!!!)
SnapsAndDrangons <-> when_im_sixty4
korok <-> Onyxnox
MamanTattoo <-> dreadlocklove
158  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Frugal Living 2: Return of the Cheap Gallery on: April 09, 2010 10:23:30 AM
Since we have a sender, here's the gallery!  The original thread can be found here.

Sent & Received
Sent late with communication
Sent late without communication
Contact Organizer ASAP
Feedback Given

kaz814's group  (please contact kaz814 for sending/receiving/concerns, etc.)

kaz814 <-> Troublet
eye_on_sparrow (angel - THANK YOU!!!) pack my bags <-> danirene
jennilocker <-> TheSapphireMoon
ZombieQueen <-> lapoli
MysticZahn <-> fluttermuffin yelutci (replacement partner - THANK YOU, yelutci!)
holistic knitter <-> yarnorama
dreadlocklove <-> morglanc
JodiLynn85 <-> eye_on_sparrow
leashhh <-> margiej
Troublet is a replacement partner for craftmagicmomma <-> pinklrt   (Thank you, Troublet!!!)
starmumplus <-> islandmum

superhooker's group (please contact superhooker for sending/receiving/concerns, etc.)
superhooker <-> DiscoQueenHighness
camelama <-> SamanthaHope
Mocka_moo <-> hotgluegert
yardenxanthe <-> mink_bikini
Tanza <-> onegroovyday
tlh878 <-> morrigan_le_fey
hngoodlett <-> Strawberryh
TerraBella01 <-> yelutci
angel - tlh878 (THANK YOU!) amymisha (replacement partner) <-> Imagine
Linnybelle <-> angelofmusic
love2teach <-> DeannaLynn06
flower <-> itchyfingers
159  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Question about cardboard, paint and contact paper ... on: April 04, 2010 03:16:25 PM
I'm trying to change the color of a box - would you suggest paint with clear contact paper (so the lids don't get stuck, etc.) or paper with contact paper?  As long as the top of the box (a small cardboard one with a separate top) fits and goes on and off easily, I'm happy. 

Or what other ideas do you lovely ladies have to change the colors?

Thank you in advance for any and all advice!
160  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / How My Garden Grows Swap (sign ups CLOSED) Sendouts NOW BY MAY 10 on: March 20, 2010 12:44:27 PM

We have participants in ... the US, the UK and Canada!   UK/European swappers please join so everyone who has signed up is able to participate!  We also have an interested S. African swapper, if there are others!

Swap name: How My Garden Grows
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Co-organizer: ?
Sign-up date range: March 20 - April 2, 2010
Partners will go out on: April 3, 2010
Date to send item by: May 8, 2010  May 10, 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:

Today is the first day of spring and that means it's time to start gardening!  But what do you do if you can't find your gardening gloves?  Or if you've got several opened packets of seeds that you don't have a place to keep without them spilling together?  What if you've always wanted a gathering basket or a gardening apron?  Well, this swap can help you get all those crafty garden things!

Crafting Requirements:

The requirement for this swap is 5 points, which will translate to one medium and three smalls OR two mediums and one small (you'll need to discuss which 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:

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!

DCN are required for US swappers sending to partners in the US.  International swappers must keep the receipt.  Smiley

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: How My Garden Grows Swap
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):

Are you an indoor gardener or an outdoor gardener?
Are you a container gardener, a square-foot gardener, or a 'I have several acres and it's all mine!' gardener?
Do you get full sun, partial sun, partial shade, or shade?
What type of soil do you have?
What do you grow?
What's your region?  (For US residents, check out National Gardening Association)
What things for the garden/gardener would you like to receive?
What crafts are you able to do?
What crafts do you dislike doing?
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.)


PLEASE NOTE THAT SENDING ACTUAL PLANTS OR SEEDS MAY NOT BE ALLOWED BY YOUR COUNTRY/STATE/AREA.  If you're unsure whether your partner is able to receive something, please check with him/her or look online.  If you can't find the information anywhere, it's better to be safe than sorry.  It'd be disappointing to realize that your lovingly crafted package was quarantined indefinitely by customs for having contraband heirloom seeds!
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