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621  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: December 05, 2013 07:27:06 PM
I can testify that your neice with an unusual name will love getting something personalised with it. I used to scour the racks of badges, pencils, stockers and keyrings in all the giftshops on all the school trips and days out with grandparents hoping to find something with the correct spelling of my name (Vikki - common name, but my parents used a weird spelling - or weird enough not to come on keyrings anyway). I did fianlly find an elephant badge, and it was blue - so I nearly cried because not only was it my name, but it was my favourite animal and colour too! I was 24 at the time....
anyway, point being, she'll love it!

Class; SoAR
House: ravenclaw
Project: the sketchbook.
I nipped into the local art shop today, to grab some gel medium to try a new image transfer technique I saw in a magazine (will share if it works) and found they were giving away goodie bags - really nice ones - for a shopping promo event in the area. I got, amongst other stuff, some oil pastles and a beautiful moleskin sketchbook. I really wanted to find a use for the sketchbook, but... well.... I don't draw or sketch at all, and I couldn't think of a 'use' (like to store recipes, or keep lists, or whatever) that I felt wouldn't be a waste of it. I thought about giving it away, that would be my usual route when I come across something lovely that i can't find a place for, let someone else enjoy it. But... well... I just wanted to keep it, ok?
So I decide I would, with no use or rhyme or reason. Maybe I'll try to sketch more - maybe I'll keep lists, maybe I'll brainstorm craft ideas, keep magazine cuttings, sew on it... whatever. I decorated the fist page, without to much idea how I would proceed. while I was doing it I realised how few things in my life I don't have rules for - real or self-imposed, I have certain ways of doing just about everything, and many of those are completely arbitrary. So, I will not have rules for this book. It will not matter if each page is good - I don't have to show anyone, I can experiment and I don't have to plan, or worry if my ideas won't come out like I see them in my head. I can erase, but I don't have to. It doesn't matter if my work is straight up copies, or highly un-orginal in concept, or utter frickin brilliant genius-ness.
Those things sound easy, but they're not, for me.
the first page - my first ever time using pastels - my first time not knowing pretty much exactly what I'll do before I start.  It might not look finished, but I think it is (unless I change my mind at some point). just... being joyful, and in the moment, free and playing with colour

622  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Let's Discuss the Ongoing Pinterest Swap on: December 04, 2013 07:13:11 PM
I enjoyed the other ongoing swaps I've done - but postage outside the UK or Europe just got too hefty to be doing a couple of times a month. With the pinterest swap, I had more freedom to choose who to tag, so I could judge what my finances are like, and so tailor my participation accordingly.
But I had to drop out becasue not many people from those side of the pond joined and so postage was still generally quite expensive. (I guess the same is true in reverse - I didn't get picked too much, because people can't afford to post to me either.) So, feeling like I had to tag a couple of people becasue I'd signed up, the cost just got too much. That's a bit easier to control with normal swaps, becasue I can know for definite how many packages it will be before I sign up.
I know this isn't the most constructive remark, but I just wanted you to know there are other reasons people aren't joining, it's not a personal thing Smiley
623  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Discworld Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED; MAIL BY 12/06/13). on: December 04, 2013 06:26:19 PM
anti-digger, please don't worry if you need extra time; it sucks to be on a deadline when you're ill, and you should craft to enjoy it!
Plus, I usually have to wait for swap stuff to ship from the US, so I'm used to being last in the gallery  Cheesy

I'm just parcelling up my stuff for you, I'm pleased with how it came out and hope you like it! I'll hopefully have it at the PO tomorrow
624  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: December 04, 2013 05:47:20 PM
I had a look a postal rates, and postcards aren't too pricey so I can send a few Cheesy yay! I'm going to join the card swap - I won't be able to send to many, but I can do a few. But please all know that I don't expect you all to post international to me Smiley

Jennie & Moonflame - that quilt idea is great - I love things like that, that have a story or meaning to them, where you wouldn't necessarily know; they are a real conversation piece. And if you decide to add in places you'd like to visit, you could include fictional places too Smiley

The hats I've been making are this pattern:
It's free, but I think you have to sign up to their website (they don't spam you. Or at least, they haven't spammed me)

My mum brought me a smart phone for christmas last year (niiiice, right?! This is becasue she was appalled last November to discover that my old phone wouldn't show me the photos of her cat she sent. So she brought me a way lush samsung phone just to send me cat photos on)... and I discovered the best thing about smart phones; you can keep your knitting patterns on them! So, if you're me and you craft on your commute, you can always have it handy. Hurrah!

Ok. It's been a super busy crafting couple of days; I've been sat in a bazillion re-cast meetings, contributing nothing (I don 't even know why I have to go to them) but sewing a lot. So..... behold, the bounty...

First up, a couple of things from the Terry Prachett Swap
Challenge: DA Impediment
Ravenclaw Scavenger Hunt: Ribbon
House: Ravenclaw, of course!
Project: Klatchian Coffee Cozy
This linen coffee cozy is lined with 2 layers of felt; the first one will block the heat from the coffee from burning your hand, the second one will block the cold from outside chilling your coffee

The text is stamped on, and the coffee cup is embroidered in stem stitch - the eyelets are so it can be done up corset-style with a cotton tape ribbon, so it is adjustable size

Challenge: DA Disarming
House: Ravenclaw
Project: Stanley's Stamp Album
I disarmed some stamps by removing them from their envelopes Wink
Then I use the stamps, and some stencils (oh, and a couple of pins) to decorate this sketchbook

and... more hankies...

Challenge: DA - room of requirement (hell yeah I'm going for all 8. I'm a ravenclaw; I've got the 'over-achiever' box ticked on my birth certificate)
House: ravenclaw
Seriously, this girl blows her nose more often than any other human alive. handkerchiefs are very much needed.

Class: Potions
House: Over-achievers anonymous
project: hankie with fancy-pants font and verigated thread. Do not underestimate how long it took to draw these words out.

Class: HoM
House: Ravenclaw
Project: It beats buying more kleenex, right? saves money, saves trees Smiley
625  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: December 04, 2013 03:13:30 AM
the mother-daughter artwork is just beautiful!
626  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: December 03, 2013 12:45:31 PM
great colours on the sweater, really well done - I'm in awe!
627  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Discworld Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED; MAIL BY 12/06/13). on: December 03, 2013 10:03:17 AM
feel better soon partner!!
628  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: December 03, 2013 07:22:28 AM
Welcome Linakins - nice scarf Smiley

I meant to say earlier how cool that mermaid painting is too

Our international postage costs here are crazy too, especially to the US and Australia. But if there's a couple of us europeans joining, I'll come in on the card swap - just so long as no one far away will be upset at not getting one form me (I wouldn't expect to get any from you guys across the pond either, I know the cost goes both ways!!)
629  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: December 03, 2013 06:01:32 AM
I got my a few more little projects done last night... these are all store brought cotton handkerchiefs which I've hand embroidered as a christmas present

Class: Astronomy
Ravenclaw scavenger hunt; natural fibres (cotton)
House: Ravenclaw

I have taken inspiration from the icy blue colour of Europa here

Challenge: DA Protean
House: Ravenclaw

The recipient is a librarian, so she will understand the code I have used here - it's the dewey decimal system, the number represents 'Nose' (on a hankie - geddit? Cheesy )

Challenge: DA Reductor
House: ravenclaw

I've reduced the name to just initials so it fits in the tiniest possible space Smiley and if you fold the whole thing up, it's much smaller than 3x3x3 inches!
630  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: December 03, 2013 05:40:18 AM
thanks whisterfish, but I'm pretty sure I'm the only uk hpcer. I could probably send inside Europe - there are a couple of us on the continent, are any of you others planning on joining?
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