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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Environmentally-Friendly and HypoAllergenic Nutlace on: April 01, 2014 05:05:08 AM
So with all the cold, snowy weather we've been having lately, I had the urge to make something pretty and spring-like.

After checking the coming trends, I settled on one focus: nuts.  Unfortunately, I'm a teacher and with all the peanut allergies, I couldn't wear a nut to school.  However, I found a solution: a packing peanut.

Using 3 strands of turquoise embroidery floss and some beads and stones I had squirreled away, I centered the peanut in the place of honor.  I think it turned out great, and will definitely be something that will get noticed!

What do you think?

and a closer, money shot:

22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / October-December 2013 Featured Projects on: January 18, 2014 10:46:40 AM
The last quarter of 2013 was chock full of amazing projects here on the PBW boards.  It was hard to choose only a few to feature, but here they are.  They were chosen by your votes in the 'This Rocks' button and by my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order!

Zebra print Woven purse by lookingforangels

Replica of vintage bag by Diver

Pizza Delivery Bag by craftADDchick

Green Linen Purse with paint pen embellishment by felicitybaby

Yoga Mat Bag by Abbeeroad

Coach inspired bag by hax

23  Category Challenges / Reusing/Recycling/Recrafting: Challenge Entries / Vote! - WINNER ANNOUNCED! on: December 07, 2013 09:31:17 PM
It's time to vote for your favorite RRR holiday project!  Voting will be open until December 15, 2013!

Congratulations to Cherie!  Her beer can widget ornaments won our challenge.  Smiley

Cherie, I'll be in touch to get your address to send you your prize!
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Holiday Ornament ATC Swap Gallery on: November 08, 2013 02:36:57 PM
Original thread

Let's see those amazing ATCs!

Late with communication
Late without communication - contact kaz814 ASAP
Feedback given

Group 1 - blupaisan to cmarion3, Helcura
              cmarion3 to blupaisan, Helcura
              Helcura to blupaisan, cmarion3
Group 2 - blupaisan to Onyxnox, vincentvanbuck
              Onyxnox to blupaisan, vincentvanbuck
              vincentvanbuck to blupaisan, Onyxnox
Group 3 - blupaisan to kosmicgirl, michelleandbean
              kosmicgirl to blupaisan, michelleandbean
              michelleandbean to blupaisan, kosmicgirl
Group 4 - kaz814 to Helcura, stellou
              Helcura to kaz814, stellou
              stellou to kaz814, Helcura
Group 5 - kaz814 to kosmicgirl, vincentvanbuck
             kosmicgirl to kaz814, vincentvanbuck
              vincentvanbuck to kosmicgirl, kaz814

25  Category Challenges / Reusing/Recycling/Recrafting: Challenge Entries / RRR Challenge: Holiday Edition on: November 01, 2013 04:54:50 PM

It's beginning to be that time of year again!  And this time, the Reusing, Recycling and Recrafting Board has a challenge for YOU.  What sort of holiday decorations (Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Yule, New Year's, etc.) can you create from recycled materials?

To be eligible, the final project should be at least 50% recycled.   More reused items=better!  Let's save the earth while we make our homes prettier!   Not only will we leave a beautiful world to our children, but we might inspire others to do the same.  (Please note, we're on the honor system with this.  I won't be checking, but the whole point is reusing and recycling!)

Here are the details for the challenge:

During the week of December 1st through December 7th (until 11:59 pm, Eastern) you can post pictures of your entry. As it's impossible to know if your entry is 100% original, if you're inspired by someone else's project, please give that person a shout out!

Voting will open on December 8th and run for one week.  Voting will take place right here and the first place winner (US or non-US) will get Eco-Craft: Recycle Recraft Restyle by Susan Wasinger.



If you have questions, feel free to ask them here! Smiley
26   / REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / RRR Craftalong on: October 15, 2013 02:37:18 PM

There has been some discussion on the FOC board (thanks, bookstorebabe and Onyxnox) about starting up a Reusing/Recycling/Recrafting craftalong, so here it is!

The idea is that each month, we'll have a reused/repurposed/recycled item that we'll use in our crafting or we'll have a theme around which you can recycle anything your heart desires!  Crafts can be posted in this thread and on the board they'd usually go under so everyone can share in the recrafting goodness!  

So who's in?  
27   / REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Help brainstorm challenge ideas! on: October 14, 2013 12:49:36 PM
Please check out the RRR challenge idea page to help brainstorm new challenges!

28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / July-September 2013 Featured Projects on: October 05, 2013 01:21:56 PM
These past three months have been full of amazing projects here on the PBW boards.  It was hard to choose only a few to feature, but here they are.  They were chosen by your votes in the 'This Rocks' button and by my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order!

29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Holiday Ornament ATC Swap (SU Sept. 27 to Oct. 12, S/O Nov. 16) on: September 27, 2013 05:36:22 PM

Swap name: Holiday Ornament ATC Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Sign-up date range: September 27, 2013 - October 12, 2013
Date to send item by: November 16, 2013

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 yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This swap will be for one holiday-themed ATC ornament.  An ATC is a 2.5" x 3.5" (64mm x 89mm) piece of art.  Each crafter will provide his or her partners with five themes from which they can draw inspiration for these ATCs.  In the past, this has included color schemes, special holiday memories, favorite winter animals, or favorite holiday experiences.

All holidays are welcome in this swap!  Winter-themed ATCs are great for wreaths, packages, cards and other decorations.  Since these ATCs may be used as ornaments, please add a way to hang the ATC, as well.  

Each crafter will be assigned to a small group of 3-4, depending on the total number of participants.  If a crafter would like to part of more than one group, please indicate so on the questionnaire.  New swappers may only participate in one group.  You will be required to send one ATC to each member of your group.  Members of the group may include those in other countries.  If you sign up for this swap, you are agreeing to potentially sending internationally.  Please take pictures before sending your ATC.

Send-outs are by November 16, 2013, which should be in time for most major winter holidays!  After sending and receiving, please PM kaz814 with ATC SWAP: SENT or ATC SWAP: RECEIVED.  Since USPS tracking is unavailable for envelopes, should an envelope lose its way, you will be required to resend.  

Please post pictures of the ATCs you've received in the Gallery so we can all admire everyone's art!  If you are unable to do so, please indicate it on your questionnaire and tell your partners so they can make sure to take and post pictures of the ornaments they send to you.

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

Name of 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? (If you choose no, you will not be able to participate in this swap)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Please list (at least) five themes you would like your partners to use for inspiration:


Would you like to be in more than one group?
If yes, how many?
What winter holidays do you celebrate?
Are there colors/textures/themes you absolutely do not want?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / ATC Christmas Ornament swap on: August 28, 2013 05:48:52 PM
Last year a few of us did a personal swap for some ATC Christmas ornaments.  It was a lot of fun and this year, we're hoping more want to join us!

Here are the ornaments we swapped last year:
"Stained Glass" Nativity
Festive Red Ornament
Let It Snow
Trees and more Trees
Warm Wishes
Christmas penguins
How to make a reindeer/Window scene
Blue Christmas
Singing Mouse/O Christmas tree
Snowflakes/Sad Yeti
Musical Christmas

I was thinking of opening signups mid-September, with send outs first of November?  I'd like to do small groups who'd send to each other person in the group, but with such a light craft, shipping costs would be kept to a minimum.

Anyone interested?
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