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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: Today at 08:25:16 AM
Poe and I have been awful about posting his adventures!

Unfortunately, I didn't get a lot of photos of him at Tidewater Comicon (cosplaying kind of puts you on the other side of the camera, and the day just FLIES by!) but here he is helping me get ready by prepping my quiver:

And on the blog (we also visited the Portsmouth campus of the school I work for):
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: May 09, 2015 06:42:29 PM
Poe and I apologize for our lack of activity lately. Lots of things happening in the next couple weeks, though!

For today, we had to run to the mall and Poe was surprised to see one of our local... oddities.

That's our "no swearing" sign, which started down at the Oceanfront, and has spread to a couple other places in the city, including the mall close to our apartment, which is where we saw it today. We were careful to watch our mouths  Roll Eyes
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: April 27, 2015 05:59:39 AM
Poe and I spent most of the weekend working on a dress for Harry Potter Day (next Monday) at the library. We have a lot of inking left to go, but here is Poe showing off our work so far:

We often joke that we need a Marauder's Map at our library because it's enormous and you can never find someone when you're need them.

I will make sure Poe gets to join the fun at the event... we're going to meet a live owl!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: April 21, 2015 06:33:48 AM
Poe finally drummed up the courage to sneak up on the cat to meet him. (Gimli has a habit of trying to taste Little Visitors, and they usually aren't too interested in being tasted.)

Another photo (with a sleeping Gimli) on the blog:
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: April 18, 2015 04:51:10 PM
Poe went with us to Tijuana Flats with us for dinner... they're a big supporter of Tidewater Comicon, which I love.

(Sadly, photos taken on my phone always post sideways no matter what I do.)

Post and the same photo (but not sideways) on the blog:
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Spell My Name Swap Round 11(signups Mar9-16; sendouts Apr13) on: April 17, 2015 04:08:47 PM
I made a little tute for the casserole carrier I made for Bow & Sparrow, if anyone wants to make one for themselves (or for someone else): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438944.0 I have a couple people at work who want one now (and I'm happy to oblige them, because (1) they aren't particularly hard to make, and (2) they're the people who bring the really amazing stuff to the work potlucks).
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: April 17, 2015 04:05:59 PM
Ahahahaha! I love the Dalek blood drop! Exsanguinate!!! That's so funny!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: April 16, 2015 10:14:04 AM
Pickle cookies actually sound weirdly delicious...

I forgot that Poe and I took some photos in the backyard at my in-laws' house before diving into cosplay stuff last weekend. All my LVs get photos in their yard... it's just so pretty!

More on the blog:
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Simple Casserole Carrier on: April 16, 2015 06:19:07 AM
I made this casserole carrier for Bow & Sparrow for the Spell My Name Swap Round 11, and since lots of other swappers said they wanted casserole carriers now, I thought I'd share how I made this one. I'm in the very early beginning stages of learning to sew, so it's VERY basic.

What you need:
- inside fabric
- outside fabric
- something to serve as a base/stabilizer
- eyelets and eyelet punch
- ribbon, leather lacing, or extra fabric to make tie/handles
- sewing machine and thread
- measuring implement

I made a carrier for an 8"x8" or 9"x9" pan or pie plate. You can rescale it to whatever other size you need. I haven't done the mental geometry to figure out how to make this method work for a rectangular dish but I don't imagine it would be too difficult.

I cut 17" squares of the inside and outside fabric, and my base/stabilizer was two layers of cardboard, cut 8" square. (In retrospect, I wish I had used something else, because I didn't realize until I was writing the notes to my swap partner that you can't wash this thing or the cardboard will get all soggy.)

Put the inside and outside fabrics right sides together and sew around three sides. Turn it inside out (press it if you like neat edges).

Put the base inside the "pocket" you've made, and center it, turning it to be a diamond to your square. See image below.

(The turquoise is the fabric, the dotted black line is where the cardboard is on the inside.)

I used binder clips to hold the cardboard in place on three sides while I sewed the other side, but you may find a more efficient way. However you do it, hold it in place relative to your fabric and sew around the base, as close as you can, on all four sides.

Tuck in the edges of the fourth side of your square of fabric, and sew around all four edges.

Use the eyelet punch to add eyelets to the four corners of your fabric (I measured one inch in from the corner, and used large eyelets, which I think are 1/4").

Thread your eyelets with the tie/handle of your choice. I used a leather lacing that went with the color of the fabric, and doubled it up so there's extra length in case Bow & Sparrow wants to rethread it a different way. Make sure there's enough length, however you thread it, to be able to open at least one side to get your pie or casserole in and out.

If I left out anything important or if you have questions/critiques/etc., I'd love to hear about it!!! I think this might be the first tute I've done (or at least the first in a really long time) so feedback is appreciated.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Spell My Name Round 11 Gallery on: April 15, 2015 03:43:31 PM
I'm so glad you love everything Bow & Sparrow! I think I got insanely spoiled by you!!!

@Whistley: There's a Simplicity pattern (#1680) for fancier types of casserole carrier... I've only started sewing bigger things so it looked a little intimidating to me. I might make a tute for the one I made, and it's easy to scale to different sizes for different pans/dishes.

Anyway, I received my package from Bow & Sparrow today too! I'm Alex H... I bet you're all waiting to see what the X is! Get ready... Lots of photos here y'all...

Even the box it was all packaged in was a neat gift!

Everything all wrapped in cute papers that I tried really hard not to rip so I can reuse them... I can't be the only Craftster that does this  Grin

Extras! Some of my favorite candies, a super cute ampersand stamp, and some very desperately needed bobbins for my cross stitching threads! (Which is funny since I bought several new colors to make that anatomical heart!)

On to the actual letters! A is for "A zipper pouch for Alex"! How amazing is this thing?!? And it had black nail polish in it (I know that was on my Pinterest... I badly need more for my Death cosplay and my upcoming Harley Quinn, so this was excellent timing!)

L is for "Library book box" AND "leather bracelet"! Plus there were some bookplates in there! (You can also see the pretty little watercolor note that came with each letter, over on the right.)

E is for "embroidery hoop necklace." I can't wait to wear this to work tomorrow! I have ampersands from several craft swaps all over my office so people will totally get it.

And here's the X, which is for "xylograph magnets"! I learned a new word today! According to my Googling, it's related to wood engraving. I never would have guessed! These two will be going to work with me tomorrow too.

I gasped so loud at this one, I scared the cat and nearly choked. H is for "helpful, wearable narwhal pincushion"!!! I ADORE THIS LITTLE GUY!!! I was just planning earlier today how to make a pincushion because I'm sewing a lot more lately and need  a new one so badly... or I guess I DID need one!

Thank you so much Bow & Sparrow!!!!!!!!!! I love everything!!! The narwhal is my favorite but absolutely everything is incredible!!!
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