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61  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Bento Swap Round 5 (SIGNUP 7/13/12-7/25/12 ; MAIL BY 8/25/12) on: July 15, 2012 03:59:33 PM
Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412895.0

Swap name:  Bento Swap Round 5
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Calabaza
Sign-up date range:  July 15, 2012 July 25, 2012
Date to send item by: August 25, 2012

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25 including me unless someone volunteers to co-organize

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

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
I reserve the right to not accept a participant due to poor feedback.  

Photo used with permission from Ohayo Bento: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohayobento/with/7456315664/#photo_7456315664

Details of swap:
Whether you want to save money by bringing lunch from home, appreciate the practicality or eco-friendliness of reusable containers, are a hard-core traditionalist or want your kids to eat healthy and well at school and use up leftovers this swap is for you!

You do not have to make a gorgeous bento every day or spend hours carving cute carrot shapes to join this swap but thats great if you do! Im in it mostly for the easy-to-use containers and accessories Smiley Everyone is welcome!

This swap is for 3 points worth of crafted items plus 2 purchased items. Nice and easy for the summer. Youll decide how much to spend with your partner for the purchased ones. There is a question in the questionnaire about amounts and I will try to match according to the answers, but it might not work out perfectly. Be prepared to go lower Smiley

Herere some links I find helpful to jump off from:
http://www.ohayobento.com/ Tons of great ideas!
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2011/09/16/project-lunch-box-30-day-challenge/ 30 days of packed lunches.
http://pinterest.com/theladybug/i-heart-bento/ Lots of cute and practical pins.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/50806695@N04/sets/72157627560920125/with/6411051323/ Simple and easy-cute. Lots of breakfast ones too! Blog: http://www.meetthedubiens.com/search/label/bento%20boxes
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mslil65/sets/72157601755804789/with/1541532855/ Lunches made for a kindergarten/first grader. Click on the photos and roll over the food to see what it is! Heres one of my favorites making use of leftovers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mslil65/1541532855/in/set-72157601755804789/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1008228@N25/pool/ The cuteness factor is high here.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/367772@N22/pool/ Lots of different kinds of bento!
http://www.flickr.com/groups/627127@N25/pool/ Lots of variety here too.
Round 1 sign-up: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=209059.0
Round 1 gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=218357.0
Round 2 sign-up: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248414.0
Round 2 gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252121.0
Round 3 sign-up: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=334184.0
Round 3 gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337665.0
Round 4 sign-ups: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345128.0
Round 4 gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=349017.0

Helpful size-guide:
By points:
Large - 3 points
Medium - 2 points
Small - 1 point
By Time:
Large - 3 or more hours
Medium - 2 or more hours
Small - less than 2 hours

By Size:
Large - shawl, skirt, set of jewelry 4-5 pieces, purse
Medium - single necklace or bracelet, scarf
Small - earrings, stickers, wallet, pouches, bookmarks

By Price:
Large - $30 or more
Medium - $10 - $30
Small - less than $10

Because its always good to stay in touch, remember to post in this thread or the gallery (once its up) 1x per week and, as always, pm your partner and the organizer when you send and when you receive. Im not scary, I just want to make it a happy swap experience for everyone Smiley

Thanks to the previous organizers for the majority of the above and the questionnaire below!

If you want to participate, please PM the following questionnaire:

Name of swap: Bento Swap Round 5
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):
Mailing address including the country (as would need to appear for mailing):

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

What bento supplies to you currently own? (boxes, sauce containers, bag, etc. List any details you feel your partner might need to know.)

What bento supplies would you like to receive? (boxes, sauce containers, bags, etc. List any details you feel your partner might need to know.)
Anything you would rather not receive?

What is your bento style? (detailed landscapes, plopping things in, it depends on the day...)
What kinds of food do you pack in your bento?

Approximately how much are you willing to spend on the 2 required purchased items?

What crafts do you do?
Are there any crafted items you would you really like to receive?
Anything you would rather not receive?

What colors, patterns and themes do you like?
Any colors, patterns and themes you really dont like?

Do you have a wist, pinterest or similar?
Anything else youd like your partner to know?


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

Swap info guide: http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html
62  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Edwardian-styled beaded frame purse on: July 11, 2012 04:14:00 PM
This is my first "big" beading project, although I know it's not nearly as big as most! I debated putting this in with purses, bags and wallets but thought it might fit better here.

It's a frame purse, styled after Edwardian-era reticules and bags for my partner in the vintage swap. I studied old Sears and Roebuck reprint catalogs from 1900 (okay, so this year is technically Victorian), 1902 and 1908 along with several internet resources for the info I needed to make it. I ended up using mostly the 1908 catalog and the latter half of the 1900 decade for inspiration. It's about 5"x7", if I remember right, so "shopping bag" sized according to the Sears catalogs.

The back is beaded as well. Beaded bags were popular in this time period. A lot of them were made out of nothing but beads and thread but I'm not that daring. Not yet, anyway Wink I free-handed the design on the front after looking at tons of art nouveau motifs to get a better idea of the "feel" and added the scattered beads to fill in. I wish I'd found a way to transfer a design to the faux-suede but I didn't. Does anyone have any tips on that?

This picture shows the color a little better. The beads are sewn onto the fabric which is a mossy green. I mixed 4 different glass seed beads: a tarnished gold, a transparent gold, a creamer less transparent gold and cream.

For anyone interested in the making of it, I used a sew-on clasp frame- also a tarnished gold -and added ribbon for the strap which can be tucked inside. It's lined with a cream lining fabric.

C&C and tips for beading newbies always welcome!
63  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flat in the front, shirred in the back lined skirt (plus bonus bracelet!) on: June 24, 2012 09:31:16 AM
I made this number for my fab partner in the IYP swap:

A breeze came along at just the right time for this picture! This skirt is hemmed with hem lace and lined with the cream you can just see underneath. It's cut less full than the purple to avoid indecent exposure charges on windy days Smiley The purple was cut a little less than 2x my partner's hip measurement. I topstitched the hem lace in place to keep with the kind of rustic feel.

Both fabrics were thrift store sheets but since I only used the narrow hem of the cream to avoid having to sew my own, I thought they'd fit in better here with the general completed projects. I unpicked the ends of the narrow hemmed sections so I could sew the side seam then closed it back up, folding the fabric over the seam so it looked like I did the whole thing myself  Grin

Shirred back with 1/2" (hmm, I think it was 1/2") elastic up top.

It's got pockets!

Another shot of a pocket with the bracelet I sent too. The beads are white, black and gray but the gray really picks up the purple in the skirt which I didn't notice until later and made me very happy Smiley The bead colors stand for dots, dashes and spaces which spell out "may the force be with you" in Morse code!

If you want to make your own skirt like this, do it! It was a super-fun project.
Thanks for looking!
64  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Field-ready Messenger Bag on: June 21, 2012 08:02:08 AM
I made this military-inspired messenger bag for my partner in the dieselpunk swap. It was my first time using grommet tape and I just ordered a bunch more yards of it Smiley  I don't know if I got the dieselpunk vibe or not, but I'm pretty please with how it turned out.

The back pocket, topped with grommet tape.

The grommet tape is sewn all the way down the sides and into the bottom seam. The pockets pleats are sewn at the bottom and pressed all the way up. This fabric holds a crease really well.

The extra tape from the adjustable strap part can hide out in one of the pockets.

I used a buckle and a vest-tie-buckle-thing for the adjusting hardware. The grommet tape that went all the way down the sides goes all the way past the top of the bag to become the strap.

The inside is lined with muslin and has a pocket with brown grommet tape trim.

Oh, and there's grommet tape running all the way up the center front under the flap as well! I love this stuff. It should come in every color of the rainbow plus patterns and different widths. I got mine from MajikCraft on Etsy. I only saw black at JoAnns.

Thanks for looking! I'd love to hear what you think. Is it dieselpunky? Do you know of other places to buy grommet tape? C&C welcome. Smiley
65  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Help desk taking longer than usual? on: June 21, 2012 07:20:43 AM
Has the help desk been flooded with tickets? Usually it's lightning-fast but this time it's been over 48 hours since I submitted one and there's still no response. I know the message says "usually within 48 hours" but it's never been that long before... Huh

ETS: Just heard back! Thanks so much, all of you mods who man the desk!
66  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / No-Outside-Stitching-Necessary Lined Composition Book Cover * TUTORIAL * on: June 18, 2012 06:01:05 PM
I’ve fallen in love with composition book covers. I was already in love with composition books themselves and this just added a whole new dimension to the relationship Smiley

But I’d never actually made a cover myself until recently. The tutorial I’d seen had the flap pockets that hold the book created by sewing from the outside, so the stitches showed. I got it in my head to make one without necessarily showing stitches, then got sidetracked and forgot until a swap partner came along who I thought might like a one. I sat down to figure it out. To spot where I went wrong in any failures (there were 2) I took pictures. This means I took pictures of my success as well!

Here they are as part of a tutorial (ok, a little reading first, then pictures):

Cut your outer fabric and lining to the same size. Both should be big enough that they wrap all the way around the composition book when closed plus however deep you want the flap pockets and seam allowances on all 4 sides. Decorate the outside if you want. I did some diagonal stitching and sewed half of a loop of 1/4 ” elastic top to bottom to use as a closure and 1/2” elastic across the long way, sectioning the front to hold pens and pencils. I added some jewelry thingies too.

I don’t have measurements for mine because my outside fabric was shifty and rotten to work with (but otherwise perfect Smiley ) so I cut it bigger than needed. This is also why it looks so iffy in the in-progress photos. Rest assured I made it much neater once I knew it would work.

Take your outside fabric and iron back your side seam allowances so wrong sides touch. Then lightly press what will be the flaps so that the right sides of them are touching the right sides of what will be the outside, the “body” for lack of a better term. The right side of the seam allowance should be on top of all that, facing you. Do the same to the lining fabric. Pin lining and outer pieces so right sides of seam allowances, wrong sides of flaps and right sides of bodies are together. You should only see the wrong sides of the bodies when that’s done.

Whew, that was a lot! This next step is easier:

Sew top and bottom NOT THE SIDES. Sew all along the top. Remove from machine and clip threads. Sew all along the bottom. Remove from machine and clip threads. You should be able to reach in one side and come out the other.

Now reach in one side and come out the other, grab and pull: Turn the cover right side out!

Don’t worry, you won’t have 4 separate flaps. This is how it’s supposed to look at this stage. See how the seam allowances line up? Turn the flaps of outer fabric (the striped gray one here) so they cover the lining flaps (black).

Now sew those side seams up! I suggest a ladder or slip stitch.

Fold the cardboard composition book cover back and slide into the flap pockets of your new fabric cover. Voila!

Does that make sense to everyone? This technique can work for bags too. In fact there’s a tutorial here for that: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317558.0

I hope someone finds this useful. Smiley
67  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Angel no longer needed -- Hair Accessories r2 -- on: June 15, 2012 11:01:27 AM
Package was received! Angel no longer required. Thank you, Kookaloo_Starr, for offering to angel!

I've been asked to mind the hair accessories swap, round 2, as the co-org while the organizer is busy. 1 angel is needed at this time for me  Undecided

The gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408727.0
The original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407693.0

This was a 3 point swap. An angel that can send within 2 weeks would be great!

Allergic to smoke, strong scents, and most animals and their fibers (dogs are fine Smiley wool, cats, rabbits, cashmere, etc. are not, unfortunately Sad )

What type of hair accessories are you interested in? Clips, chopstick-things, elastics...I think that's it?

What types of hair accessories would you NOT be interested in? Headbands that go all the way around the head and combs. We don't get along.

What are your favorite colors and themes? I'm good with most colors and am pretty eclectic in my themes. My pinterest should give you a good idea and I'm always up for questions.

What are your least favorite colors and themes? Spiders! Super pink and girly. Skulls (I really don't know why). Also, as much as I adore costumes, I don't wear a lot of costumey things like top-hat fascinators and such.

What color is your hair? Brown
Is your hair short, medium, or long? Right now its a few inches past my shoulder and will stay long enough for me to pull back at least for the foreseeable future Smiley

Is there any type of material you DO NOT want to be used in your hair accessories? (i.e. leather, feathers, fur, etc.) real feathers, fur, any animal fibers because of allergies. Real plants (like dried whatever) also because of allergies. Oh, and paper because my hair stays wet forever and I put it up wet so...

Do you have a Wist, Pinterest, or something similar? Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/ccalabaza/ Exact copies are not necessary; feel free to be creative!
68  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Building the pyramids stitch by stitch on: May 15, 2012 07:25:36 PM
One of my partners in the most recent cushion cover swap round liked strong colors, the ancient world, art deco and vintage travel. So I came up with this:

The image is inspired by art deco style travel posters. It's done with reverse appliqu because I thought it would give a good vintage-y look. The layers are sandy yellow on top, then black, then sunset gold then red. The back of the pyramid, letters, etc. are interfaced and the edges are straight stitched @ least 2x and zig-zagged times @ least 2x to hold up through the wash. I'm paranoid about that  Roll Eyes

Here's where the cording is joined. I'd never worked with lip cording before so was pretty pleased it turned out ok. 1 side is cut from the lip part and the cord thread wrapped over the other side so the join blends better. The edges of this cover are rounded. They were going to be pointy but when I got out my trusty seam ripper to take out an accidentally rounded edge, I decided I liked it better that way. Yay for happy mistakes!

The back is just an envelope closure. I sewed on a thin strip of the sand yellow to the hem and roughed up the edges. And zig-zagged and straight-stitched my heart out  Smiley  The back of the front (does that make sense?) is covered so all that stitching is hidden and the pillow form as a nice, clean place to hang out inside.

Vintage travel is one of my favorite styles but I'd never made anything in it before now. I'm glad I got to try it out and the lip cording and do reverse appliqu.
C&C welcome, as always.
69  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Appliqud sashiko embroidery inspired pillow cover on: May 09, 2012 08:37:59 AM
I made this pillow cover for one of my partners in the latest cushion cover swap. The fabric was cut in a sashiko embroidery design then appliqud onto the blue cotton.

The reverse front, once the linen was stitched on top.

The back is the same linen as the appliqu. I put in a lapped zipper using a blind hem stitch. It was my first time doing this particular method and I really liked it! It's very satisfying to watch zipper teeth hide away.

I wish I had taken in-progress pictures but I was so scared it wouldn't turn out that I couldn't bear the thought of having photographic reminders. I did keep my scraps after it turned out okay:

I drew the overlapping circle pattern onto the paperbacking of some wonderunder...

...then ironed it onto the linen and cut out the overlapping centers. That's a quarter up front to give an idea of size. There were at least 36 complete circles. I didn't count the cutouts at all.

And here's a couple of scraps! The whole cut-out linen piece was pretty cool before it was attached to the blue. I'm glad I have a little piece left.

Since the cut-outs are on the bias I left those edges unfinished, just went down the middle of the curvy linen lines with small machine stitches. I think it'll look nice too when the edges get fluffed in the wash! It was 18x18inches when finished.

C&C always welcome.
70  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Crafted Cushion Cover Swap 2 Gallery on: April 23, 2012 07:27:51 AM

Images taken from round 1's gallery.
Discussion thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406178.0

Please pm your group organizer when sending and when you receive.

Green: Sent
Orange: Partner received (Why orange? Because I like orange  Smiley )
Purple: Late with communication
Red: Contact organizers ASAP
strike through: Feedback given

Calabaza's group:
LimeRiot <-> spidermom
mellybelly81 <-> alwaysinmyroom
Homerof2 <-> mink_bikini
fiddlegirl8 <-> PerfectlyBohemian
PerfectlyBohemian <-> k8kre8s
<-> crystallized_art
crystallized_art <-> canamharris
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