I've been talking with another Craftster member (Sohereiam) about starting up a craft magazine, and would love some feedback from people. Basically the idea came out of a discussion about ReadyMade and how the projects are kind of expensive and also long and involved. I was thinking that there isn't really anything out there that combines quick projects with in-depth crafting articles. Here's a list of a few ideas I've been thinking of. Please let me know if you think this would be interesting!!! Be brutally honest!
I'd also love to know if anyone has had experience with doing either a zine (paper or "e") before or is interested in collaborating.
1. Recurring sections: *Themed party ideas complete with music, decorations, gift bags, food, etc. * Review of a "Crafty blog of the _____ "(week, month, day, etc.) *Quick projects (recipes, knitting techniques, paper folding, etc.) *Contests? *Crafting for good and not evil projects
2. Article ideas:
*History of common icons we all see in crafting (Frida Kahlo, Sailor Jerry tattoos, Kurt Cobain, were some ideas we were kicking around)
*Crafting with: kids, the elderly, your friends, random strangers
I've been making a bunch of shadowboxes with these tarot cards I found, but when I finally ran out of frames, I had to branch out! I've been meaning to make something tea-related with the Queen of Cups card, so I made a jar for holding tea and tea-related items.
Here she is:
Detail of the pearls and seashells:
*sorry, I know the picture's not that great!
Enjoy! And the top (the pink is mulberry paper that I mod-podged to the lid):
I found these great pins at Value Village and wanted a way to show them off, so I knitted up this quick wristband, and I love it! Since I wore the wristband at work, the yarn got a little felted, so now it's nice and fuzzy.
I just found a really sweet set of tarot cards at a thrift store and want to start making collages on this nice mulberry paper. I'm thinking about selling them maybe at a local store, and want to hear your opinions! Be brutally honest! Also, how much would you pay?
A lot of people were commenting on the high cost of ReadyMade projects, use of power tools, decrease in actual projects, etc. I still think there is a need out there for a DIY magazine that would be, well, a lot more like Craftster. Only the mag could have more in depth coverage on crafting, like interviews with high-profile craftsters, craft fair coverage (I'd love to read a Hunter S. Thompson style review of Bazaar Bizarre!!), and anything else we want.
Basically, I was wondering if anyone out there has tried something like this before and has any insight as to whether or not this would be successful. I feel like someone probably has already tried to contact Leah for a similar idea? Maybe not, and it just seems obvious to me. Anyway, comments, suggestions, interested parties? What do you all think?
My gram made this scarf for me, but I wanted to post it to show it off! The yarn reminds me of that confetti cupcake batter (mmm!) And there's also some plaid-like ribbing and beads added as details too, to top it all off.
Here's me modeling the scarf:
A close-up of the yarn and pattern:
And the bead details (they're at both ends of the scarf):
So I couldn't sleep very well last night, and my fevered brain came up with the idea of making bangles out of fimo clay. So I made these adorable carp fishies.... and then the bracelet came out too big! I don't know though, I kind of like having the fish circling my elbow, I think I may have started a new trend!
O.k., this may be a really dumb question, but I'll ask it anyway!-
How do you separate embroidery thread? The kind I have is five strands twined together, so I'm pretty sure I'm not supposed to use it all at the same time, but every time I try to separate the threads, I end up with knots! Am I doing something wrong?
Also, should I use one strand, two, three? Choose according to the thickness I want?