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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Lots of journals! (very pic heavy) on: March 05, 2006 08:31:52 PM
I realized that I haven't shown off my beauties, so here they are. (:































Phew! I wish I could make another right now, but alas I must sleep. Comments?
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another Fave Kids' Book swap? on: March 05, 2006 08:32:07 AM
It's been awhile since we've had a children's book swap, and as I'm now with the kiddies all day long, this swap seems like a nice way for me to release my creative energies on a craft that's at least somewhat related to my everyday life. Anyhow, here are the past swaps:

Round One Info: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=36485.0
Round One Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=43329.0
Round Two Info: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45328.0
Round Two Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51869.0

The premise is: Send your favorite children's book (picture or chapter) to your swap partner. Your partner gets to keep the book and then must craft something or somethings for you related to your book. In the end, each person receives a children's book to keep and crafts related to his/her favorite children's book.

Anyone up for it? I would love to organize if we have enough people interested! Sign-ups and crafting time will be  l o n g, so don't worry if you don't have time right at this moment.  Wink
13  Illinois / Illinois: North / Craftgrrl-esque clothing in Chicago? on: January 29, 2006 03:07:50 PM
My sister wants me to take her to a bunch of boutique-type places in the city so that she can find herself a dress for a school dance. The problem is--I don't shop all that much, so I have no idea where to take her. She wants to find a dress that no one else will have, which shouldn't be too hard as she lives in the suburbs and not many of them get out to the city much. Currently, I live pretty close to Lincolnwood (yeah, so I'm barely in the city), but I don't mind traveling too far--is there some sort of neighborhood that we can just stop in or will we be traveling all over the place to find her this perfect dress? Help!
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Exchange a Book Swap! on: November 07, 2005 09:44:13 AM
Original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=58128.0

Two books and crafts are already on their way! Don't fret if you haven't started yet; send-out isn't until the 14th!

Please let me know when you receive (through PM) as well as posting (and gloating about) your new goodies here.

Let's hope for a flaker-free swap!

P.S. If you'd like to send me a review (optional, of course) of the book you received once you've read it, I will gladly attach it to the total list of books received--otherwise I'll just find a review on Amazon or something. Nothing too in-depth, please! Basic summary (don't give anything away!) with your own reactions and reflections--less than a paragraph preferably. (:
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Why can't I figure out stripes? on: October 23, 2005 12:03:08 PM
I've looked through some of these threads, but as I am a beginning self-taught knitter, most of the terms still don't make sense even when explained. So, the very basic question is:

How do I add stripes?!

All I can knit right now are scarves, in many pretty stitches mind you, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to add another color or two to make a striped scarf. It looks like it should be quite easy to do, but the tutorials I've read all require strange knotting and joining and going back to fix all the little bumps of yarn sticking out--is it really that tedious or am I just reading the wrong instructions? So far I've stuck with variegated yarn because it accomplishes the stripes of color for me with having to switch yarn, but I'd like to eventually be able to use two (or more) separate colors with just as much ease.

Any help would be appreciated. (:

--Natalie
16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Exchange a Book Swap! (SIGNUP CLOSED ; MAIL BY 11/14/05) on: October 13, 2005 06:35:34 PM
Swap name: Exchange a Book Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: fadeawaydream
Sign-up date range: Thursday, October 13, 2005 to Friday, October 28, 2005
Date to send item by: Monday, November 14, 2005

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Non-U.S. participants allowed? yes

All ages allowed? Or 18+? yes with parental consent for those under 16

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap: Each participant will send one of his/her favorite books (used or new) along with one book/reading-related craft such as a bookmark, tote, book ends, etc. Books will not be sent back to their original owners unless by special request or circumstance. Once everyone has sent out their books, I will share the complete list of titles sent so that we can all enjoy. (:


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Exchange a Book Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?:
What book/type of book (genre/subject) will you be sending?:
What book/type of book would you or would you not like to receive?:


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


*FINAL LIST OF PARTICIPANTS:
1. pnk_elefant
2. Stifflersmom
3. impalacey
4. Marshma11owPeep
5. Rain
6. determinedimprovisation
7. cejaypi
8. fruithead
9. hubbyoed
10. webdreamy
11. littlenecy
12. rackycoo
13. girlwonder
14. bobolink
15. ongir
16. Duckie
17. StarSix
18. shuffar
19. bunnygirl82
20. SnailMaleRaftCraft
21. missameeames
22. halfelvenwriter
23. EmilyFlew
24. greengirlak
25. aeillill
26. Goatgoddess
27. quincy134
28. Faerietail
29. witchybelle4u2
30. fadeawaydream

* sent / received / sent&received

When everyone's name turns purple, feedback will be given. (:

PARTNERS!
pnk_elefant <--> fadeawaydream
Stifflersmom <--> rackycoo
impalacey <--> Rain
Marshma11owPeep <--> EmilyFlew
determinedimprovisation <--> hubbyoed
cejaypi <--> Goatgoddess
fruithead <--> StarSix
webdreamy <--> ongir
littlenecy <--> Duckie
girlwonder <--> halfelvenwriter
bobolink <--> missameeames
shuffar <--> quincy134
bunnygirl82 <--> aeillill
SnailMaleRaftCraft <--> witchybelle4u2
greengirlak <--> Faerietail
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Corduroy Jordy Bag on: July 30, 2005 11:13:17 PM
Am I the only one that loves corduroy?









My first attempt at making a Jordy bag, to be used for classes that do not require enough materials to fit in a backpack. It measures (lwh) 12in x 4.5in x 9in. The outside is a beige corduroy and the lining is a floral print quilting fabric. It has two beige square velcro closures and a pocket to fit my cell phone, wallet, and some writing utensils. I love love love it. Cheesy
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Corduroy journal on: July 15, 2005 09:21:39 PM
My first real book! I was inspired by the sewn journal tutorial to make my own with corduroy, but I didn't feel like battling with my sewing machine, so I used glue instead, and I'm SO happy for it. I know that my sewn lines would have been crooked, so the clean look glue gave me made me rather happy. (: All comments are appreciated. I think I might attempt to sell some of these--do you think they'd sell? If so, how much?

8.5in x 5.5in x 1in -- It looks black, but it's a hunter green.


200 sheets of acid-free textured paper in blue, green, ivory, grey, and tan


With a bookmark!


Close-up of dino and bookmark


Button closure


EDIT: I made another journal last night. (: This one is a peach corduroy with a light purple bunny cut-out. It is also coptic bound with about 120 pages of acid free parchment paper in natural, gold, and tan. Same size as the dino book, but I used a thicker cardboard for the covers and spine. It also has a beaded bookmark and wrap around button&ribbon closure. Enjoy!

Front view, standing up:


Front view with button&ribbon closure:


Close-up of button and bunny:


Inside cover with bookmark:


Side view of pages:


Top view of binding and pages:
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Bookmark swap again? on: June 20, 2005 09:47:52 PM
I know I'm not the only one stalking the bookmark gallery--anyone up for another round? I wouldn't mind organizing if enough people were interested. (: I know summer's a good time to catch up on personal reading, for me at least, and I love making bookmarks, so this would be a great (and light) swap for me to organize. Let me know when's a good time!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Tote bag swap! on: June 14, 2005 09:47:30 PM
Send out is not until June 30th, but we have some early crafters!

sfishbaugh made this bag and goodies for littleone. (:

The tote:


The wallet:


Inside of wallet:


The velcro pouch:


Inside of pouch:


Everything!



And this is the bag sfishbaugh received from littleone. (:



That was fun. Now I have to get started on mine!
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