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21  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 122 (January 2016) on: January 05, 2016 06:34:34 PM
I claim rscowtown for washi tape inspired handcarved stamps!

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Hi, I'm Elizabeth from Southern California. I have an almost-2-year-old (girl) and another (boy) due in April. Anything for the babes is more than welcome (but please no blankets or stuffed animals!). I like bright colors, but not neon. I am allergic to cats, lavender, and cinnamon.

Here is the link to my pinterest, feel free to poke around and see what my general likes/dislikes are: pinterest.com/elliot_anne

Crafted Items:

- Unpaper towels (bright, cute, fun patterns please)
- Cute apron (here is my apron board so you see what kind of style I like: https://www.pinterest.com/elliot_anne/clothes-aprons/)
- Beanie (knit or crochet, preferably just black)
- Fingerless gloves (I work retail and I have to take mine off every time I need to count cash)
- Mug rugs (would prefer monochromatic ones in purple, blue, green, and pink - one each)
- Handmade soap (I am allergic to lavender and cinnamon, so please avoid these)
- Handmade blank birthday/greeting cards
- Project bag to carry my cross stitch/embroidery project in (big enough for an 8" hoop, please)
- Baby onesies with cute or geeky things on them for baby boy (not picky about which medium you use. Geeky theme ideas: Firefly, Star Wars, Pokemon, Superheroes) https://www.pinterest.com/elliot_anne/babies-clothes/
- Toddler clothes for girl (2-3T) https://www.pinterest.com/elliot_anne/babies-clothes/
- Hair clips for toddler girl (bows, cute felt animals, stuff like that)
- Fairy door geocache container (this will be hidden up in the mountains, so it needs to be able to withstand the rain and snow. it would be nice to have a container large enough to hold some "swag" too)
- A hoopla to hang in my house (rubber ducks in the bathroom, hot air balloons for toddler girl, geeky stuff for the living room, or any other random cute stuff for the hallway) https://www.pinterest.com/elliot_anne/diy-embroidery/
- Needle book for my embroidery needles
- Bunting for my toddler's bed (can be triangles in bright purple, blue, green, and pink, or shabby chic style. I can give you the dimensions of the bed)
- Wetbag (we cloth diaper, and need a bigger one with baby number two coming)
- Binky clip (needs to be a metal clip, not a plastic one)
- Felt animal mobile for over baby's crib (safari, woodland, or hot air balloon themed)

Supplies/Extras:

- Googly eyes
- Wood embroidery hoops (4"-8" if you just send me these, I would be more than happy. I still need 100+ for a long-term project I am working on)
- Rubber ducks (our bathroom is rubber duck themed and I collect them)
- Kid's finger paints
- Pittsburgh Penguins fabric (I can't get this out here on the west coast, and I would love to get my hands on some for hubby. doesn't matter what type of fabric)
- Journal/Planner stickers
- Washi tape
- Gift cards for Joann's, Michael's, etsy, or Amazon
- Painting canvases (any size)
- E6000 (I use this to finish off my hoops, and just ran out)
- Wood "coin" blanks (like these: https://www.etsy.com/listing/254302305/60-wood-disks-three-sizes-of-blank-coins?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=wood%20coin%20blank&ref=sc_gallery_1&plkey=e59ddaf4cb2b6798ff49d3191552bf80f523fe41:254302305 - any size is good)
- Envelopes 4"x6" or bigger (colored is cool, white is fine, if you want to make handmade ones, that'd be awesome!)
- Big crayons (the kind for toddlers)
- Bottles of calligraphy ink
- Tubes/bottles of acrylic paint (please no glitter! I have so much glitter paint!)
22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP -- JANUARY 2016 (Sign-ups open, claiming starts 1/1/16) on: January 04, 2016 08:22:49 PM
I claim artsycandice for fluffy sheep!

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Hi! I'm Elizabeth, from California. Most of these are ideas to make ATC books for my toddler (she's almost 2), so I prefer no nudity or profanity.

My themes:

Antlered animals (that shouldn't have them)
Embroidered
ABCs in purple and green (I have A, P, S, and T already)
The Octonauts
Geocaching
Your favorite dessert
Rubber ducks
Treasure map
Pinterest-Inspired pinterest.com/elliot_anne
Silly holidays
Teesha Moore style fabric patch
Cute monsters
Superheroes
Coffee/tea
Monochromatic
Nonpaper
Teddy bears
Botanical illustration
Months of the Year (I don't have any yet)

Thanks for claiming me! Smiley
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2016 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: January 04, 2016 08:17:51 PM
Oh my goodness! I have been MIA since about May! I didn't even realize it had been that long! I'm back, though, and ready for action!
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 03, 2016 09:20:46 AM
Warning: Really long post!

Hi, I'm Elle, and I'm a supply hoarder.

The Problem: Haha, no but seriously. We live in a 1-bedroom apartment and I have way way WAY too many projects/supplies for our space, especially since I have an almost-2-year-old, another on the way, and a little dog!

For Myself: I have been working on a HUGE ongoing project of making 150 cross stitch hoops - one for each of the original 150 pokemon. I have 16 already done and hanging in the hallway, and another 5 completed but I haven't finished off the backs of the hoops yet (I am waiting until after I have the baby because I use E6000 for this, and I don't want to use it while pregnant, cuz it smells AWFUL). This is definitely a labor of love which will probably only be appreciated by me. I do not have all of the necessary hoops to finish this project, so I /will/ have to buy them as I go along, but I am refusing to buy them in advance, and will only buy them one or two at a time as I need them. I /do/ have all of the necessary DMC colors for the project (my fiance got me the rest of the missing colors for Christmas).

Taking Stock: I think I have about 16 boxes of scrapbooking paper (about half 8.5x11 and half 12x12) and I'm not even a scrapbooker! I am a total sucker for "hey, do you want some free stuff?" and 'inherited' all but one box of this massive stash from a lady who was moving and whose boyfriend refused to move the stash again (it filled up the entire trunk of my SUV and there was still more in the backseat...). I also 'inherited' a ton of different supplies (including the other box of scrapbooking paper) from my fiance's sister when she was moving into an apartment with roommates and therefore only had one room, which she shares with her boyfriend. I also have a habit of checking out the remnants bin at JoAnns whenever I'm there, and justifying one roll because "it's only a dollar," and I never have an actual craft in mind. Here are just a couple of pictures of my stock.

Here is some of my 8.5x11 scrapbook paper, stored underneath my desk, which is not convenient because then I can't actually put my feet there when using my desk.



Here is some of the 12x12 scrapbook paper, stored in the hall closet, which is not convenient because the 12x12s don't fit nicely into their boxes, and I need to stack the boxes...



Here are the boxes of craft supplies that are stored on the shelf above my desk. God forbid we have a big earthquake (an actual potential hazard where I live) because all these would probably come raining down... But at least they're organized and pretty! I just added the labels to these last night and now they make me happy Smiley



And here are the boxes of craft supplies that need to be reorganized and labeled still. The boxes are all organized, but I need to re-fit everything into the cabinet nicely and then label the boxes.



This does not include pictures of my sewing stuff (which is stored in the cabinet beneath the messy craft supplies), my embroidery stuff, scrap paper (I can't throw it away!), and handsewing stuff (all three are stored in bankers boxes also on the shelf above my desk), or the knitting stuff (another bankers box stored on the shelf above the messy craft supplies).

Goals:

1. With regards to the 150 Pokemon hoops project - keep working! And also only buy exactly when I need for this project (I know I will need hoops as I go, and I will also need more black and a couple shades of gray that are used on virtually all of them, but I will buy all of this one or two at a time to keep the stash from growing).

2. Continue being generous with the craft supplies - particularly the scrapbook paper. When Jeremy agreed to let me inherit all of the paper, it was under the agreement that I not buy any more until I got the stash down to a manageable amount (i.e. 1-2 boxes). I am proud that so far I have kept my promise! Because I am not actually a scrapbooker, I am going through this stash very VERY /VERY/ slowly, though. So whenever I have a friend who needs paper, I always tell them to come look through my stash first and see if they can use anything before going out and buying. Since I got it all for free, I won't miss it, but they sure appreciate it when they can get all the paper they need without having to pay for it themselves. In this vein, I actually used up a couple of packs of paper for my work a few weeks back - my boss wanted goody bags made for every employee (about 200 people), and I happily volunteered to donate the paper needed for the tags (and then proceeded to also make all of the goody bags as well). I am thinking about joining the ongoing wish swap or birthday swap this year so that I can help destash to people who will appreciate and use the stuff, as well as being able to destash for the actual gifts themselves.

3. Keep organizing! I have slowly been tackling the house area by area to try to get it organized, because that's the only way I'll stay sane with all of the stash! I am so happy with how those labeled boxes came out that I know if my whole house were just as organized I would feel much less urge to buy new stuff, mainly because I would be able to find the supplies I am looking for when I need them!

4. Keep track of projects! This one is a little new for me. In the past I always just started stuff, set it aside, and picked up a new project. Part of organizing my life for this year has been creating a new planner for myself. I included a tab for projects, and plan to use this to keep track of the UFOs I have lying around, as well as new projects I'd like to start. I hope that by having a reminder in the planner where I can see it daily will inspire me to start tackling some of those UFOs, as well as give me inspiration for future projects I can use stash for.

If you stuck with me, THANKS! If you didn't, well, I don't blame you...
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- December 2015 Gallery! on: January 02, 2016 09:52:20 PM
Oh wow! All of these ATCs are just wonderful! I think my favorite has to be the silly little hermit crab, though. I never would have thought to put him in a bowling ball, haha.

I received a super cute Teesha Moore patch card in the mail from curiousfae today. Yay!

She absolutely nailed the saturation of the colors of my kids' room! Even though it's fabric, I may have to include it in the wall hanging I am planning on making for them out of some of the ATCs that I get, because seriously the colors are just so perfect! And I love the sunburst stitching on it. Smiley Thank you!



Even the fabric she chose for the back is super cute!

26  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP -- DECEMBER 2015 (Sign-ups open, claiming starts 12/1/15) on: December 28, 2015 10:34:18 AM
I claim blupaisan for person on interesting swing or woodland creatures.

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Hi! I'm Elizabeth, from California. Most of these are ideas to make ATC books for my toddler (she's almost 2), so I prefer no nudity or profanity.

My themes:

Antlered animals (that shouldn't have them)
Embroidered
ABCs in purple and green (I have A, P, S, and T already)
The Octonauts
Geocaching
Your favorite dessert
Rubber ducks
Treasure map
Pinterest-Inspired pinterest.com/elliot_anne
Silly holidays
Teesha Moore style fabric patch
Cute monsters
Superheroes
Coffee/tea
Monochromatic
Nonpaper
Teddy bears
Botanical illustration
Months of the Year (I don't have any yet)

Thanks for claiming me! Smiley
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Harry Potter and the Felt Play Set on: August 11, 2015 09:50:37 PM
In the One Awesome Harry Potter Thing (Round 2) swap, I paired up with jillybeans, and created this felt play set for her daughter!

Original Swap Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439516
Original Swap Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439838

Here is the whole felt set:


Pardon the picture dump. Here are close ups of all the pieces.

I made a Hogwarts background:


The Hogwarts grounds, with the forest, the lake, and the Whomping Willow:


The Quidditch pitch:


Harry Potter:


Ron Weasley:


Hermione Granger:


Dumbledore:


Professor Snape:


Hagrid:


Dobby:


Voldemort:


Hedwig and the Sorting Hat:


Quidditch Props - Snitch and 2 Broomsticks:


Each of the characters took in the neighborhood of 2 hours. Dobby took about an hour. The rest of the props took about half an hour each. The backgrounds took 4-6 hours.

I had a lot of fun designing all the characters, and even drew up sketches for about a dozen more, but ran out of time and couldn't make them all. I hope you enjoy the felt play set!! Smiley
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One Awesome Harry Potter Thing (OAHPT) - Round 2 Gallery on: July 23, 2015 01:48:52 PM
I'm so glad you like the package, jillybeans! Baby bean looks so cute in her headband! Oh my goodness!

As for the curls, they are from her daddy. When I found out I was pregnant, I told him all I wanted was for her (well, "it" at the time) to have his curls. Didn't care about anything else - just wanted those curls! My hair is perfectly straight and I can't keep it curled to save my life haha.
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ on: July 17, 2015 10:30:10 PM
Elliot_Anne Cool coasters. I have been on a coaster kick lately so I am particularly fond of them. How big are they? Adorable Dumbledore. It never even occurred to me that you could make almond milk. Crazy! I love the stuff too. Very pretty anklet. I love the colors.

Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry gozer! I made a mental note to get back to you about this, and then totally forgot! The coasters are 4" across at the smallest measurement and 5" across at the largest measurement. All the glasses I've used with them (including wine glasses) fit perfectly on there, and they seem to be working great to keep my wooden coffee table dry! As a bonus, my kiddo loves to play with the ones I made for me - picking them up, throwing them, chewing on them, stuffing them in shoes and bags for me to find later... They've been holding up great to her abuse, and aside from the fact that one is missing right now (note to self: check the reusable grocery bags and inside all the shoes), I've had no problems with them. I also like that if they get dirty or gross, I just chuck them in with the laundry. Sorry, that was probably WAY more information than you needed/wanted!
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One Awesome Harry Potter Thing (OAHPT) - Round 2 Gallery on: July 17, 2015 08:54:29 PM
Oh my goodness this has been a BUSY week for us, so I'm only just now getting around to posting pictures, even though I received on Wednesday. I am out of town right now, and accidentally left my phone at home (lucky for me I had the forethought to email myself the pictures ahead of time!).

First, I'd like to say HOLY WOW! This gallery is AMAZING! I mean, I guess that was the point, but yea...

seeuudee Love that Potions set! And omg the monster books of Post Its is awesome! I totally want one for my Post Its now!

noodle-bug That cowl looks absolutely yummy! And Im a sucker for a pretty journal, haha. The hidden constellations in them is such a cool idea, too! I never would have thought of that.

audania1 I love that elegant take on the Teesha Moore style bag. Super cute! Geeky, but not in-your-face geeky. I think the Whomping Willow is my favorite patch.

inselaeffchen Ooh! I love the paper pieced bag! I have been having a lot of fun making paper pieced hexagons, and Id love to try my hand at something more complex like this soon. And omg that pattern on the back! Did you come up with that pattern or did you find it somewhere? I absolutely love it!

fiberalchemist Um, WHAT?! That Weasley blanket is absolutely to DIE FOR! I just want to snuggle up under it and read all the books again!

And now, for my awesome item from jillybeans!! A HERMIONE STUFFIE FOR BLUEBERRY! Hermione is my absolute favorite (I love her as a role model for girls, plus I identify with her on many different levels. I was totally the goody-two-shoes in school...), and I am so excited for Blueberry to have a Hermione stuffie to play with. I really hope that she embodies some of those amazing character traits of Hermione's.

Anyway, ON TO THE PICTURES!



She's huge! Her skirt and scarf are removable. I didn't get a picture of it, but she has a little 3D collar coming out of the top of her sweater, and on the bottom of the sweater, jillybeans sewed two bands of ribbon in red and gold. It's super cute!

Blueberry was sleeping when I first opened the package, so I had to wait for her to wake up to take some pictures.





When Blueberry went to sleep that night, I cleaned up and put Hermione away with all of the other stuffed animals she has (most of which she doesn't have much interest in). But first thing in the morning, she came out, went to the stuffies, and pulled Hermione out. She brought her over to me and was just kissing her and hugging her. I think it's safe to say she likes her! She even wanted to take her with us when we were going to the museum yesterday!







Thank you so much jillybeans! I think Hermione is Blueberry's favorite stuffie ever!! (And it's certainly mine!)
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