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1  Owen County Crafters' meet up: 10/18/15, Sunday @ 2pm *Day of the Dead pins!* in Indiana by WideEyedLife on: October 05, 2015 07:15:43 AM

The Owen County Crafters will be making Day of the Dead pins (see photo) on Sunday, October 18th, at 2:00pm, at the Owen County Art Guild: 199 W. Cooper St., Spencer, Indiana.  Anyone interested may PM me, or go to this meetup.com site for more information!  Smiley

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2  Owen County Crafters' meet up: 7/26/15, Sunday @ 3pm *Lightning Bugs!* in Indiana by WideEyedLife on: July 05, 2015 01:53:00 PM

The Owen County Crafters will be making Lightning Bug Decorations (see photo) on Sunday, July 26 at 3:00pm.  Anyone interested may PM me, or go to this meetup.com site for more information!  Smiley

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3  Owen County Crafters' meet up: 6/28/15, Sunday @ 3pm Mini-Book Bookmarks in Indiana by WideEyedLife on: June 27, 2015 10:15:02 AM

The Owen County Crafters will be hosting a Mini-Book Bookmark Workshop on Sunday, June 28 at 3:00pm.  Anyone interested may PM me, or go to this meetup.com site for more information!  Smiley

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4  Owen County Crafters' meet up: 4/21/15, Tues. @ 2pm Hand-carving Rubber Stamps in Indiana by WideEyedLife on: April 07, 2015 10:36:47 AM

The Owen County Crafters will be hosting a Hand-Carved Stamps Workshop on Tuesday April 21 at 2:00pm.  Anyone interested may PM me, or go to http://www.meetup.com/Owen-County-Crafters/events/221623808/ for more information!  Smiley

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5  New SouthWest Central Indiana Crafting Group! (Owen County) in Indiana by WideEyedLife on: April 07, 2015 07:03:41 AM

Hi all from the Owen County Indiana area!  I've just created a new meetup group to help us all get our crafting selves organized!  This meetup group is completely free to members, and if you're interested in coming, we'd love to have you!

If you love crafts and meeting new people (or hanging with old friends), this is the place for you! We'll have creative and crafty activities each month---projects to keep our hands busy while our heads work on all the talking! Get ready for creative goodness and delightful relaxation!

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6  A whole lotta hand-carved rubber-stampy stamps! in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by WideEyedLife on: September 08, 2014 08:00:08 AM


So, here it is, short and sweet:  I *love* to hand-carve stamps.  Love love LOVE.  So every now and then I'll host a hand-carved stamp swap.  Just to get my groove on.  [And, ooo, do we have *ripping* fun when that swap rolls around, just in case you haven't had a chance to participate!  (hint hint hint)]

The sets showing here were made for Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4.

In the interest of full-disclosure---these were made for *nine* separate partners, but all as part of one swap---so if this doesn't fit under the "one project with multiple components clause" of the Craftster Challenge rules, I am happy to bow out!  Smiley

And, yes, I do get obsessive and feel compelled to package all my stampies in little baggies.

So, without further ado,

Here are the stampy-stamps!

This one was a design I copied off the web:

Original design:

Original design:

All but the lighthouse were original designs:

Original designs:

Original designs:

Okay, yes, these were definitely original designs (naughty, naughty me)
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From a design from the internet:

And for those of you who are thrilled with the idea of hand-carving stamps, check out the link to our most recent swap Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 5.  The swap information section is chockety full of hand-carving info, links, and fun times!  [Yes, tragically, this swap has been completed!  But I may be getting the urge to start up another one].

Okay, ha ha---talk about talking up a swap!  lol  [Bad WideEyedLife!  Bad bad bad!]

And on that note: May the Gods of Hand-Carved Stamping smile upon you!
Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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7  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread for 2014! in New Swap Theme Ideas by WideEyedLife on: September 07, 2014 08:54:33 PM
Finally had time to update the thread... whew! You guys have been busy Smiley

I'm sorry the updates are so rare lately... we had to renovate our workspace rather unexpectedly since all our fancy shelves decided to fall down tearing wallpaper and large chunks of wall down with them, and right now, large parts of our apartment feel something like this:

(not my actual room - mine looks even worse!)

I will have even less time the upcoming months, and have been thinking of handing over the torch in October. I'll host September's swap, but someone will have to take over after that. We'll be traveling again almost the whole month, and I don't think I'll be able to keep up. If anyone feels like stepping up, just send me a pm!

Ha ha ha!  That is so freaking AWESOME!  LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR MESS!  Cheesy   I can't believe you've had time to do anything atcs with such a huge project--not to mention the traveling! WOW.
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8  Frederick the Literate: A cross-stitch-topia of obsessive proportion in Needlework: Completed Projects by WideEyedLife on: September 01, 2014 08:33:37 AM

My completed project (I just can't get this photo to show up any larger!)

So, I started this project in 2005 (yes, folks, 2005), and FINALLY FINISHED!  "What took so long?" one might ask.  "Sure, it's a GIGANTIC cross-stitch project, but still---9 years?!"

Well, what took so long was my strange obsession with not following the pattern.   *ha ha*

This kit, based on Charles Wysocki's painting Frederick the Literate, had, I noticed, lost something in translation from painting to cross-stitch pattern. 

The original Wysocki painting

The original pattern (close-ups are of areas of the pattern that I ultimately altered to be less blocky, or I changed the titles of)

So, to make it more like the original, I free-drew the parts I didn't like, using thread as the medium---which meant I wasn't using the 1/2 stitches the pattern called for, but more like 1/18ths; and all the text in the original pattern?---I ignored the pattern completely, and free-embroidered to match the titles on the original painting as much as possible.

It was the text that got me.  Such a challenge to hand-write in embroidery thread that it took me *forever* to finish the book titles---I'd do a title or two then put it down until I had the patience to do the next.

My version:

So, there you have it.  All done!

Oh, and silly me, I realized in making this post that I'm NOT DONE YET!  I missed THE WHISKERS!  Ha ha!  What a dork!  So, still a little more to go---
But you get the idea!  lol

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9  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JULY 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by WideEyedLife on: July 25, 2014 08:19:02 PM
I got the most awesome penguin ATC from oath keeper.

Ha ha ha!  This is the BEST penguin atc ever!  I AdorE it!  Made me giggle all over.  Thank you SO much!  (Gonna hang her on my bulletin board at work!)
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10  Re: Ongoing ATC SWAP - JULY 2014 (Signup July 1 - July 31) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by WideEyedLife on: July 14, 2014 03:06:07 PM
I claim oath_keeper for Portraits of my Pets!  (Woo-hoo!  I had a card made for her already and was waiting to claim!  *hee hee*)


Hi!  I'm 36, living in southern central Indiana.  Feeling in the ongoing atc swap mood once again, so here goes!  Smiley

Please nothing religious or gory.  Nudity, swearing, no problem.

(I have lots of themes that say "nudey" or "sexy"--please feel free to celebrate any body-shape, style, ethnicity, sexual preference, etc, as "sexy", in my mind, is about freedom and love, not stereotypes.  Smiley  )

*portraits with personality
*fantasy (elves, fairy, dragons, etc. but not Tinkerbell)
*pin-up girls (doesn't matter what era)
*fairy tales
*Fuzzy wuzzy things
*Cute monsters
*Dancing cupcakes
*sexy/nudey goddesses
*scared fish
*mini scrapbook pages--ready to insert mini photos
A couple of examples (but feel free to do something entirely different!):

*realistic fish (trout, salmon)
*nudists, naturists
*people or animals wearing fruit
*Illustration of this statement: "Oi! My head is too big for my body!" (Okay, now I'm just getting weird for no reason! lol)
*Once upon a dark, dark night
*Winkyn Blinkyn and Nod
*Dungeon scenes
*People of the Sea
*Animals in fancy dress
*At the Masquerade
*Aliens behaving badly
*People/or things/or animals with crazy hats
*Things with big eyes that are Oh so incredibly cute
*your artistic interpretation of this phrase: "Ooh, ahh, I lost my bra!"  lol
*An ATC you wish someone would send you  (ie., artist's choice--any theme, doesn't matter if it's on my list!--Oh, except please no gore, religion, or politics)

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