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141  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: August 11, 2016 03:58:33 PM
Your craft space looks so much larger than I remember it being. Maybe that's because so many of us were packed in there checking out your stash!
142  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 11, 2016 03:03:41 PM
UTM, avoid rubber cement like the Zika virus! It looks good for a few years, but then its flaws become apparent. It will turn your papers brown, thin paper will become translucent, and the cement will lose its adhesiveness so your project will fall apart. Voice of experience here.

I use Tombow Multi when I need a liquid glue and generally prefer Scotch glue runners for dry applications. This time I'll be using one of my XYRON machines to apply an even coating to the back of my cards or I'll use some of my sticker paper (by Avery) to print the backs so I won't have to add adhesive to join the front and backs. Not sure yet which will work the best with the design/print techniques I plan to use.

And I received today from abbeeroad and curiousfae! Thanks!
143  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 10, 2016 03:23:36 PM
Fortunately the storm wasn't as bad as it first appeared and most of it hit further east of us.

Printing off my first trial run today, then need to take them outdoors for the next step. Glad the rain stopped.
144  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: August 09, 2016 10:59:55 PM
A mermaid tail fleece bag is a wonderful RAK! Bet she'll remember your kindness for a long time.
145  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 09, 2016 01:48:02 PM
Slackers unite! I haven't started mine either. I need to do the initial step outdoors, but a thunderstorm is about to pour down on our heads. If we're lucky that's all it will be. Conditions are right for it to be something much worse.
146  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: August 09, 2016 01:24:11 AM
It's not enough that Wulf and I hear your voices when we read posts from the Canada Meet Up crew. Since I've been in your bedroom, CLM, and have seen your wool snippets, now I'll be seeing those images as well! My Meet Up friends are taking over my mind!!!! But I'd love to do it all over again!

For the past few years I've been helping with Camp Saddle Up, a camp for autistic kids. The director likes to have the campers make and sign thank you cards for our supporters, but sometimes the kids want to keep the cards they make. This year I suggested that we solve that challenge by letting the kids make a project that they would keep, but just sign cards that I would make. That worked much better. These are a few of the strip pieced cards I made from my stash. Sorry the photos are so dark.

I've also been trying various techniques I've seen on YouTube videos. Good way to use some of my double-sided cardstock.

Then this project has been sitting on my work table for several months but never seemed to be a priority. Finally started it last night and finished the cowl in just a few hours. Just wish it had taken the full skein of blanket yarn. Now I'm hoping there's enough left to make a cap, too. I hate leftover partial skeins!
147  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Common Ground Round 4 Gallery!! on: August 08, 2016 05:57:04 PM
LadyBugsAndBumblebees sent me a fabulous package that I want to share with everyone. She sent one of my favorite candies but the commonality is that it was also her grandmother's favorite. I think I would have really liked her.

Then LBBB knows that I'm gathering things to create a miniature Santa's workshop so she crocheted two rugs and scarves plus hand-stitched two pillows for my dollhouse. It reminded her of her childhood when her mother would create a miniature outdoor scene using a mirror as a lake and cotton as snow.

LBBB and I both love to read and we both crochet (a lot!), so she made me a crocheted Kindle cover. It has a double padded lining and is done in my favorite shade of blue. Perfect!

We each love totes and use them like crazy. And again she's used my favorite colors (black, white, blue, cream) for the exterior and one of my favorite patterns (paisley) for the lining. The size is absolutely wonderful for some of my larger crochet projects. I found out last month that I'm going to be a grandmother, so a baby blanket is going to be the first project for which I'll use it. What a great way to christen the tote!

The concrete things we have in common were pretty easy to identify, but we've also looked at the less obvious commonalities. As LBBB has listed: we both value our spirituality and are involved in our religious communities, we are both generous souls who enjoy doing things for our communities, and as former teachers who no longer teach, we acknowledge that being out of a classroom doesn't take away our knowledge, experiences, or achievements. Then too, we each have two daughters, LBBB has a son, I have a SIL, and we have husbands who have been with us through good times and bad and are still hanging in there with us! I'd say we're pretty lucky women.
148  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: August 08, 2016 12:36:22 PM
Those flower blocks are gorgeous!
149  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: August 07, 2016 09:51:27 PM
Great save! Maybe you could make some stuffies, then use the gray strips as hair or whiskers and the tiny pieces for stuffing.
150  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 05, 2016 10:38:53 PM
Have mine planned but won't be able to do any of the crafting until next week. It's been a busy few weeks but should be much slower next week. Nothing like cutting things close!
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