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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Seriously 3D ATC gallery on: July 01, 2015 03:20:05 PM
I Love all the little scenes and shrines, but that box and it's little drawers is perfect too. What a fun swap. I really did not know what to expect! Delightful swap!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Military uniform to backpack. on: June 29, 2015 10:15:55 AM
I did use a needle for thick fabrics. I forget the numbers. But this material is a very tight weave, sort of rip-stop type, non-cotton (or maybe just a little cotton) type fabric. Very tight weave. All the labels are washed out so I can't read them. I just have to be very careful not to let the seams get too thick.

The next bag is a tote type bag with outside and inside pockets, but I am using a cotton for the lining, which cuts down on the weight.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Military uniform to backpack. on: June 28, 2015 10:15:10 AM
My DIL and grandson would like bags made out of my son's old coast guard uniforms. He's an officer now and left me with his old ones. Very sturdy navy fabric. The bags sell for quite a bit on Etsy, custom made but still....

Here's the first bag, just a simple string backpack/book bag for my grandson. Took me a bit as I made it up as I went and the fabric is pretty tough to sew through on multi layer areas. These string backpacks are pretty simple, it was figuring out how to use the shirt to the best advantage. But it was a good way to get used to the fabric and the issues I may run into making the bigger bag for my DIL.


 


And the original shirt complete with sweat stains.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: June 28, 2015 10:09:58 AM
One of my Green projects is finished. As I said before, my DIL and grandson would like bags made out of my son's old coast guard uniforms He's an officer now and left me with his old ones. Very sturdy navy fabric. They sell for quite a bit on Etsy, custom made but still....

Here's the first bag, just a simple string backpack/book bag for my grandson. Took me a bit as I made it up as I went and the fabric is pretty tough to sew through on multi layer areas. These string backpacks are pretty simple, it was figuring out how to use the shirt to the best advantage. But it was a good way to get used to the fabric and the issues I may run into making the bigger bag for my DIL.





And the original shirt complete with sweat stains.

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Seriously 3D ATC gallery on: June 27, 2015 04:54:56 AM
OOO so many of you went with miniature scenes. So creative and little and full of little good things. Tiny cattle and kitties and crafts and curiosities. Wow, oh wow. I do admire the skills you all have with those human sized fingers....or do you have elves and fairies to help?

I received from Rockingbearranch on Thursday. She sent me cigarettes. No really! OK, just the box, of American Spirit Organic Cigarettes...but what a box. Beautifully decorated with birds and music. Thank you, I love it!



And it opened to a wee little scene and my own raven. The detail on the raven is wonderful.



And the back! Perfect use for a cigarette box!



And I had taken a few pics of the hen and chicks without the candy. And the Box o' Joy. I've yet to perfect pop-up cards, but it was fun to make.

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Seriously 3D ATC gallery on: June 26, 2015 05:51:13 AM
The origami came out of an idea I had for a pop-up card and mama hen was about my fifth attempt. She had to have babies...they were easy. I love YouTube! But my original idea just did not come together...nor most the other pop-ups I envisioned. And time was flying by. How did June get so darned busy? Lazy days of summer where are you?

Rockingbear's themes lead to the box of love and joy. And then the chickens just wanted to go too. Probably a good thing, the cats were planning a raid.

I've received from Rockingbearranch and I simply love it. I'll post pictures tonight.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Wandry Room on: June 25, 2015 04:24:20 AM
You are certifiably insane! The detail and the mind that created this. Wow. So wonderful and whimsical. I will have to send my wand in for cleaning and re-conditioning.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: June 24, 2015 04:20:51 PM
http://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52c3_026.htm

Here's the link to the USPS rules of "Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials"
"A miscellaneous hazardous material is a substance or article that presents a hazard during transportation, but does not meet the definition of any other hazard class. Examples of miscellaneous hazardous materials (not all of which are mailable) include solid dry ice, lithium batteries, magnetized materials, elevated temperature substances, environmentally hazardous substances, life-saving appliances (i.e., automobile airbags, self-inflating life vests), and asbestos. Miscellaneous hazardous materials include..."

And another section "349.24 Magnetized Materials
A magnetized material is not classified within any of the nine hazard classes. Such material is regulated as a hazardous material only if offered for carriage on air transportation and when it has a magnetic field strength capable of causing the deviation of aircraft instruments."

The magnet rules when you read them are vague and seem to apply to magnets strong enough to affect air plane controls. Wow, those were some strong magnets you used for the fridge!

My guess is some PO worker heard something about magnets and extrapolated to ALL magnets. I would 1) use a self-serve kiosk for domestic shipping and plead innocence if anyone ever remotely challenges you on it.
2) Go to another PO to mail international and take your chances.
3) Never go back to that person, even if you have to wait forever for someone else.
4) Fail to mention magnets. Felt gift, decorations, hand-made item....would be be perfectly accurate. After all I never mention glue, or thread, or paper, or buttons, or.... in my claims, they don't give you a space big enough.

Those magnets just aren't strong enough to pose a hazard. Sheesh.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Seriously 3D ATC gallery on: June 23, 2015 05:59:19 AM
And WOW again. Very fun and will give hours of pleasure just trying to find all the little goodies. I am very impressed with the teeny tiny items.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: June 22, 2015 12:08:08 PM
I've always meant to join this DeStash-Along as I work as much as possible out of stash (and then add just as much as I find sales, yard sales, found objects, accept friends destashing attempts...etc.)

My June project is "Green". My DIL and Grandson want bags made from my son's old Coast Guard uniforms. Someone on Etsy does this custom for quite a good price, but I am a good MIL and will make them out of love. I have them planned, now need to get out the measuring tape, shears, pins and courage. See example.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/116230122/flight-suit-bag-uniform-bag-diaper-bag?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=uniform%20bags&ref=sr_gallery_6
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