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41  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Mini 13 days halloween on: October 24, 2012 07:09:06 AM
Really wonderful work and so creative. I agree that your work far exceeded expectations.
42  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Hoopla Round 8 Gallery & Discussion on: October 23, 2012 06:02:52 PM
Just got my fun hoop from death before dishes:

She did a great job on my mathematics theme. Who thought math had to be boring? Thanks very much.
43  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OIS4 - inchies, rinchies and twinchies edition - discussion and gallery on: October 23, 2012 04:34:41 PM
I received rinchies (and some extra inchies) from Nilmerg/Elaine last night and they are really impressive -- fun and very artistic. She took my animal/farm theme and did something I couldn't have imagined, but I love:

Sorry for the blurry photos. I'm getting a new camera for my birthday (which is tomorrow). I'll try to replace those when next weekend.

Thanks, Jan
44  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Cotton Anniversary Present on: October 23, 2012 06:39:09 AM
Very lovely. Great mix of colors and patterns. May you two use it for many happily married years.
45  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Hoopla Round 8 - Signups 9/28 to 10/25, claims 10/1 to 10/31 on: October 23, 2012 04:36:06 AM
I claim deathbeforedishes for chemistry/Chanukah (not as odd a combination as it sounds.)
Send date 13th November 2012

It took a while, but I finally came up with an idea for deathbeforedishes themes that I feel confident I can execute.
Brief info: I am a middle aged, married woman (kids all grown up, one recently married) who primarily lives in a small university town in central New York State (but with a place in New York City, yeah!). My interests are very broad and I don't have strong opinions about color. So, feel free to take any basic idea below and be flexible with it. Here are a few themes to consider:

1 Fruits and vegetables
2 Farms/farming
3 Mid-century modern/retro
4 Art Deco
5 Famous sites
6 Clockworks
7 Humorous Quotes
8 Celebration (non-religious)
9 Opera and/or dance
10 Mathematics
11 artist's choice

Best wishes for everyone.
46  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Dr. Horrible Cross Stitch on: October 22, 2012 05:23:58 AM
Love your cross stitch and love Dr. Horrible -- one of the few good things to come out of the Writers' Guild Strike.
47  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OIS4 - inchies, rinchies and twinchies edition - discussion and gallery on: October 22, 2012 04:38:58 AM
I also realized that I need to post what I've sent to pioneer9 (she's received them). I'll do that with some embarrassment. After claiming her for whimsical mosters and collages made with old pictures, I realized that I didn't have a whimsical bone in my body and so, really was bad at designing for that theme. In the end, I threw out a lot, tried to make them more whimsical with captions or names and then sent her eight hoping that she'd find 4 that she liked. The collages were made from a vintage photo that I found at an antique shop of the Newark (NJ) Celebrates Oil Progress Week VIP seating area (there was a big banner in the background). Everyone looked bored or annoyed -- quite funny. Anyhow, here they are.

I'll get a better camera so that my captions can be read in the future.
48  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OIS4 - inchies, rinchies and twinchies edition - discussion and gallery on: October 22, 2012 04:32:56 AM
I received my package from Goddessgarb over the weekend and I just love the inchies that she sent me. Each one is a wonderful work of watercolor art. I also like her choice of "theme and variation" -- a series of pears in different "attitudes". Really lovely. Thanks so much Satina.
49  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Altered paper bag? on: October 21, 2012 04:53:55 AM
I was in the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC (www.madmuseum.org) yesterday and noticed a small group of altered large paper bags with handles on display. Given the interest in altered items among Craftster members, this might be a good addition and it would be very expensive since those bags are often free when you purchase goods, particularly clothing.
The bags I saw all retained their original shape, but the surfaces were altered, but I could imagine that changing the shape is also a possibility.
50  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Hoopla Round 8 Gallery & Discussion on: October 20, 2012 07:42:42 PM
Just realized that it may have seemed like I flaked because I wasn't posting on this board weekly, but I didn't find this board till just now and the main one was stated as for claims only. Anyhow, I did finish my hoop and send it off, but I'm not sure I'll claim another as I think I need to practice my traditional embroidery skills first. Instead I did very non-traditional work for my first hoop.
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