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1  UNITED STATES / Rhode Island / Re: crafternoons at Libertalia in Providence! on: December 19, 2012 06:09:55 PM
hey, sorry we stopped doing the crafternoons because people weren't really coming...it may start up again in the future, who knows...
2  UNITED STATES / Rhode Island / crafternoons at Libertalia in Providence! on: February 15, 2012 12:18:24 PM
Libertalia Providence has a crafternoon every Friday from 3-7pm. The focus is on fabric/sewing/fiber arts but all crafting is encouraged. Kids are welcome to come too. check out the calendar here for specifics: http://www.libertaliapvd.org/p/current-hours-events.html. You can stay for the whole thing or leave or enter whenever it's convenient for you. Meet other friendly people working on fun and interesting craft projects! Also there is a sewing machine(s) people can use here!

This isn't a political type event but please keep in mind being respectful is always paramount in this space.

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: November 14, 2011 02:32:16 PM
Yay! So glad you like it! Sorry the glitter opened Sad But at least it looks pretty haha.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: November 08, 2011 03:46:02 PM
wanted to share what I received, I am beyond pleased, it's amazing! This is me in my kitchen with the apron that Lollipop67 made!
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: October 2011 Birthday Swap - Join all month! on: October 19, 2011 12:55:29 PM
Hey my name is Laura. I'm turning 27 this October 29. I love my birthday, haha, it's a big deal for me.
I live in Barrington RI. I work as a human services professional in a couple of different caregiving jobs, and I also go to school full time as a social work major. I'm all about caring about people, having a big heart, being passionate, etc. I'm also an anarchist, a zinester, and craftster. I love indie rock/punk/etc music. I'm big on Japanese culture and I love dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead). I make all kinds of stuff but it's hard to describe them. I make zines out of ephemera I collect over the years and I write my thoughts in my zine. At a local anarchist organization, I am starting a zine library collection! Really excited about that. I kind of have an obsession with hello kitty. I'm a feminist and interested in learning about motherhood even though I am not one or planning on being one quite yet. I'm a passionate vegan, most of the time.

Crafted items I'd like to receive:
A anatomical heart plushie
Cool embroidered art work with any themes such as (strong bold ladies, hearts, sayings, bright colors, dia de los muertos, halloween, etc)
Found object necklaces (I kind of have a big neck, keep this in mind please)
Vegan Soap
Vegan Candles
Yummy smelling vegan lip balm
Sugar scrubs (vegan of course, hah)
Mini shrine boxes with cool designs
handmade children's books that teach a lesson
octopus, squid, hedgehog, jellyfish, whale amigurumi or plushie
cute cooking apron-in red, turquoise, or purple

craft supplies:
embroidery floss
funky fabric scraps
faux fur (especially bright unnatural colors)
ephemera for zines (such as foreign/vintage children's books, sheet music, vintage ads, obscure magazine pages, security envelope insides, any diagrams for appliances, bikes, etc, maps, etc!
origami paper
vintage polyester floral fabric (about a yard's worth)
cardboard letter sets
any type of printmaking supplies such as water soluble block ink, block printing blocks (i forget what the name of these are called. they're like a tan color and kind of rubbery feeling)
Japanese deco tape
non current (over a year old) fashion magazines

Halloween decorations
yummy vegan recipes
bicycle images/ anything with bicycles on them
typewriter images/anything with typewriters on them
surprises that go along with this list.

I'm not allergic to anything that I can think would be a problem (unless your house is filled with dust and mold). I will however, not be happy if my items smell like cigarettes, I'll probably throw it out since I can't stand that smell. Also, I'm a vegan so if you don't know if an item you are considering to give me is vegan or not, it's best to avoid or ask me about it.

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: October 18, 2011 12:53:04 PM
My birthday is October 29! I am sending in my questionnaire now!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dia de los muertos mini shrine box on: September 17, 2010 10:38:50 AM
I want to know if anyone would be interested in doing a swap like this. We'd create a themed shrine box (no larger than one side of an altoids tin) for our partner based on some ideas they give us. It doesn't necessarily need to be dia de los muertos theme, but they will be sent out for a ship date around the holiday, and should be festive in some way. Additionally, we will make 2 small items on a dia de los muertos theme to go along with it, such as sugar skulls, altar items, papel picado, calaveras figurines, etc. I'm sure the dia de los muertos theme has been done and done, but I'm thinking it might be fun to make a shrine box for our partners in time for the holiday.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: permanent decoration for my room-dia de los muertos ofrenda/memorial (pic heavy) on: June 01, 2010 02:47:40 PM
Thanks everyone!
I really like that picture of my uncle as well and always have. He was a really fun guy so I chose that to reflect his spirit which I read that in Mexican culture is a big part of honoring the dead, especially in this holiday.
I'm not sure where I got so obsessed with Dia de los Muertos, though for a while I simply loved sugar skulls. One day around Halloween I was asking around this town I shopped at a lot where I could find sugar skull decorations, and they told me to check out the imports boutique place I got a lot of little things for this from. It's called NOMAD in Cambridge, MA. They carry a lot of folk art, and I started reading a lot about it, and I love it. I want to visit Mexico for my birthday one year and stay through Dia de los Muertos which usually falls about 4 days after my birthday. Unfortunately Mexico isn't too safe right now Sad
I plan on celebrating day of the dead this year, and making offerings and everything haha, I even have copal incense. I think it would be really cool to organize a local community altar if there isn't one in RI yet.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / permanent decoration for my room-dia de los muertos ofrenda/memorial (pic heavy) on: June 01, 2010 12:55:16 PM
When I moved back to my parents' house I was determined to redecorate my room to be less high school looking (I'm 25, haha). I'm obsessed with La Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, and decided to put together a permanent altar/ofrenda memorial to loved ones in my family that have died. At first I was obsessed with working at it, but eventually that wore off and I just continued to add to it rather slowly for about a year. I'm finally content with how it looks and want to show it off! I had made sugar skulls, but they started to rot, so those are no longer there...

this is the complete view--sorry my humidifier got in it, haha!

another view without the candles lit

I bought the patch and the crocheted flowers on etsy...I wish I remembered the seller's names.

a better view of the patch

the tippity top with a frida kahlo portrait (my favorite mexican artist homage) and a calavera sculpture made by a mexican artisan that I purchased at a local imports store

a wooden skeleton and a picture of my late grandmother

"los esposos" cut-out designed by me, and a picture of my late uncle underwater

my uncle. Also a good picture of the candle holders I purchased from that same imports store. I believe they're from Peru.

a really great picture I found of my late grandfather

the other skull cut-out I made

Thanks for looking!

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / funky faux fur, places to buy this type of fabric online? on: March 10, 2010 06:37:06 PM
google is seriously failing me today.
I'm looking for reputable fabric stores that sell funky faux fur, either in bright colors or unnatural patterns (ie not animal printed, but with like...a pink and white pattern or something like that)
any suggestions?
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