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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / March ATCs on: April 16, 2016 11:20:26 PM
I made these cards for the March Ongoing ATC Swap. I made three cards for the themes of Octopus, Hot Air Balloons, and Outer Space.





2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Dishcloth Swap Gallery on: March 27, 2016 01:38:16 PM
Dishcloth Swap Gallery





PARTNERS:

AugustBell --> Mistress Jennie
AugustBell --> pottermouth
AugustBell --> smittenheart

craftADDchick --> smittenheart

curiousfae --> Moonflame
curiousfae --> Mistress Jennie

geekgirl1000100 --> Moonflame
geekgirl1000100 --> Mistress Jennie

Mistress Jennie -- > AugustBell
Mistress Jennie --> curiousfae
Mistress Jennie --> geekgirl1000100

Moonflame --> curiousfae
Moonflame --> geekgirl1000100

pottermouth --> AugustBell


smittenheart --> AugustBell
smittenheart --> craftADDchick



Status Colors
SENDING:
Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Red = LATE, NO COMMUNICATION, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY!

RECEIVING:
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED pictures yet)
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures
Strikethrough = Feedback Given
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Crochet Hooks on: March 06, 2016 06:01:01 AM
I made these two crochet hooks for my friend Jennie in the Harry Potter Flat Rate Box Swap.

Every witch needs a special wand just for crafting, so I started with a wooden hook base and sculpted her her very own crafting wand!



Next I made her a hook commemorating our favorite boy wizard and his school house, Gryffindor. I used a red aluminum hook covered in a glittery black clay before wrapping the Gryffindor scarf around it, and adorning it with Harry's glasses and scar.



And naturally, a shot of the hooks together, hanging out on the crochet hook wallet I made as well.



Thanks to Jennie for letting me steal her awesome light-box photos. And thanks for looking!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Hook Wallet on: March 06, 2016 05:33:09 AM
I made this Gryffindor themed hook wallet for my sweet friend Jennie in the HP Flat Rate Box Swap. It's made with hdc stitches throughout and lined with my favorite wool felt from Benzie Design on Etsy, completed with a wooden star button. Jennie was kind enough to share the photos she took  in her fancy light-box with me.





Thanks for checking it out Smiley
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Dishcloth Swap (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 4/6/16 on: March 02, 2016 08:02:42 PM
Dishcloth Swap



Swap name: Dishcloth Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: AugustBell
Craftster member who is co-organizing the swap: Mistress Jennie
Sign-up date range: March 2nd - 16th, 2016
Date to send item by: April 6th, 2016

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

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 within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES



The Swap Details:
- Homemade dishcloths are a fun and quick project that you can use to wash dishes, hang on a cabinet, or use as a woolly trivet. Because of the small size and minimal time investment, they are the perfect opportunity to try new techniques, patterns, and bold color combinations. The only limit is your creativity!

- This swap is for 2 handmade (knit or crochet) dishcloths. They should be a standard size cloth, at least 7" x 7" or as large as 9" x 9" (or even larger if you and your partner agree on this!)

- You may have up to 3 partners. Exception: First time swappers are allowed only one partner, to allow you to ease into and learn about the swap process.

- If you and your partner would like to swap more than 2 dishcloths that is okay, just make sure that you discuss with each partner any potential extras.

- If you are feeling especially generous and want to spoil your partner that's fine too, just remember that spoiling is not expected; therefore might not be equally reciprocated by your partner.

* Due to the nature of a dishcloth, only natural fibers should be used, particularly cotton. Some good brands are: Dishie by Knit Picks (hands down, my favorite), Sugar & Cream, Peaches & Cream, I Love This Cotton, Cotton-Ease, and CotLin. Some people use hemp, linen, or bamboo. Acrylic yarn should not be used to make dishcloths.*

Communication is essential to the swap process. Participants should post once before or shortly after sending in their questionnaire, and after that should post here in the discussion thread once a week while the swap is running. Posting on the thread is a great way to keep partners updated and get to know your fellow Craftsters better.


If you want to participate, PM the following questionnaire to organizer AugustBell with subject line "Dishcloth Swap".

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Dishcloth Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
If necessary, would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Would you like 1, 2, or 3 partners?
Do you knit, crochet, or both?
Do you have a preference (knit or crochet) for the cloths you receive?
Do you have a size preference?
Do you have a shape preference (square, round, star, etc)?
Do you like having cloths with a small loop attached so you can hang them if desired?
Do you have a special request (No guarantees)?

Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have pets?
Are you allergic to anything?

LIKES
Colors:
Patterns/Symbols/Motifs:
Specific knit/crochet stitches:
Favorite Fandom(s):
Favorite Animal(s):

DISLIKES
Colors:
Patterns/Symbols/Motifs:
Specific knit/crochet stitches:

What's considered the best type of yarn to use to a dishcloth?

Anything else to tell your partner? (Great place to list Pinterest, Ravelry, Etsy favorites, Facebook, blog, etc.)


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 other rules about participating in a swap.

PARTICIPANTS:
AugustBell
Mistress Jennie
geekgirl1000100
curiousfae
smittenheart
craftADDchick
Moonflame
pottermouth


PARTNERS:
AugustBell --> Mistress Jennie
AugustBell --> pottermouth
AugustBell --> smittenheart

craftADDchick --> smittenheart

curiousfae --> Moonflame
curiousfae --> Mistress Jennie

geekgirl1000100 --> Moonflame
geekgirl1000100 --> Mistress Jennie

Mistress Jennie -- > AugustBell
Mistress Jennie --> curiousfae
Mistress Jennie --> geekgirl1000100

Moonflame --> curiousfae
Moonflame --> geekgirl1000100

pottermouth --> AugustBell

smittenheart --> AugustBell
smittenheart --> craftADDchick
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dishcloth Swap! on: December 14, 2015 07:12:35 PM
Who's up for a handmade dishcloth swap after the New Year?!

UPDATE: The Swap is open for sign-ups HERE



If you've ever used a handmade knit or crochet dishcloth you know there's no better way to wash your dishes! They are fun and relatively quick to work up, easy to customize, perfect for using new or more complicated techniques, and cheap to ship (woohoo!).

So a couple of options for partnering I'm thinking about:
A) Each swapper can choose to have between 1-3 partners and craft for each partner (1 or 2 dishcloths depending on what everyone's preference is).
B) Group swapping - Each group can consist of 3 or 4 swappers and each person crafts 1 cloth for each of their partners. So, for example, a swapper in a group of 4 would craft a total of 3 cloths and receive 3.

If you're interested in a dishcloth swap, please let me know which partnering option appeals most to you, or let me know if you have no preference.
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Writing boards on: August 15, 2015 05:46:44 PM
Is there any interest in boards for writing? Creative fiction or nonfiction, poems, anything you love to write. I posted the idea on a Friends of Craftster board and there was interest and another idea tossed out.

Ways the writing boards could be utilized:

Writing Craftalong: The person who begins the thread starts the story and then the next poster continues the story, and so on.
Writing Prompts: Provide a prompt and give posters the opportunity to craft the story however they wish! I think this would be so much fun to see how different people run with the idea.
Poem Challenges: Write using certain poetic guidelines.
Short Story Challenges
Threads specifically for kids of Craftsters to share their stories.
Genre fun! Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Romance, Horror, whatever tickles your fancy!
Fan Fiction!

I think we could have a TON of fun with these writing boards! Also, generate more traffic for the site as we can cater to a different type of visitor. Please post below if you would be interested in Craftster writing boards!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Sushi stitch markers on: August 11, 2015 07:56:33 AM
I made these tiny sushi stitch markers for my crochet projects. I have here shrimp nigiri and salmon nigiri (my favorite sushi!). It was pretty trying to get the pieces just right, but I'm pretty happy with the results. I'm still a clay newbie, so definitely lots of room for improvement!





I painted tiny faces on a couple of them just to try it out:



Thanks for looking! I definitely need a lot more clay practice, especially with such tiny creations!  Cheesy

**ETA - I can't get my pictures to display in the correct orientation no matter what I do!**  Cry
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who Lantern on: March 29, 2015 08:36:51 AM
I made this Doctor Who lantern for my partner meleriffic in the Be AWESOME (Redux) swap. I saw a Tardis lamp on her Pinterest and decided almost immediately that I wanted to make a faux stained glass lantern. I've only dabbled in glass painting once before in the past, so there was quite a bit of experimentation for this project. After trying several paints I settled on the Martha Stewart line of glass paints. Another challenge was finding the right lantern with removable glass panes. Once I found the right lantern I measured the glass panels and went to work finding the right imagery for each side. In the end I decided on the DW logo, the Tardis, 11th doctor imagery, and a Dalek. Funnily enough the Dalek turned out to be my favorite panel of all:



And unlit:



I put the DW logo on the smallest front panel, which is the door of the lantern:



The Tardis:



The 11th Doctor's fez and bowtie:



I also used a Gallery Glass white paint that dries clear, allowing you to glob it on and smear it around giving it the traditional stained glass look.

Thanks for looking!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hermione Cross Stitch on: March 10, 2015 05:32:41 PM
I made this hoop for my partner in the Harry Potter Valentine swap. It's a scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, one of my favorites!



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