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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2013 on: October 10, 2013 09:46:29 AM
BushBaby and I did a personal swap for inchie houses. I really liked the seaside cottages she made during the swap we were in, so afterwards I asked if we could trade individually so I could get one for my own personal inchie village. She agreed and here is my own cottage, freshly assembled. I'm slacking - she has already posted pictures in this thread.


How cute is this?! I like the chimneys and the amount of house she managed to pack into a square inch!


All those small stones and outlines she did so well! I have a lot of respect for her thin, light and skinny lines.


I am stuck on all the small details she put into the cottage. Those doors on the left would open up to allow a boat to launch right in to the water from the lower house.
Quoted from her explanation:
... are based on the family houses of the fishermen in Kirkwall, Orkney. The lower half of the house they would store the boats & nets etc and live in the upper floor. hence the stairs up to the 1st floor. What i couldnt show is that they were built very close together with the narrow side facing the harbour. Each house has it's own slip from where the could land and launch their boats. Do an image search on google for Kirkwall Orkney and you will see what I mean. Smiley


Another excellent detail; the cat in the window! So very cute. The shading on the boat is great, too.

She also included a detailed stone base for the cottage to rest on, but I completely failed to photograph it.
Thank you BushBaby!
22   / IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Re: Image Reproduction Featured Projects - 2013 Q3! on: October 03, 2013 11:16:52 AM
Great works, guys!
23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 9 (Signups Sept. 16 - 30; Sendouts Dec. 1st) on: September 18, 2013 09:39:02 AM
So I'm messing with my wist, updating it for the first time in forever, and I'm getting a message saying that they are shutting wists down at the end of the month.  Is everyone else getting that same message, is it a real thing?  lol  Do I need to switch stuff over to my pinterest that I've used like twice?

Uh oh. I went to my wists and tried to add an item. Got the same message as you:
Quote
//Wists will be shutting down at the end of September 2013.
If you would like to backup your bookmarks you can use the following link: //
http://wists.com/_YOUR_USERNAME_?out=rdf&rows=X&cols=Y

Inserting your username and using X times Y to control the number of items returned.
If you have any questions, please contact closingdown@wists.com
//

That is the only thing I can find on the matter. There is nothing on their site, nothing on Gawker (their backer), nothing anywhere on the Internets (as of right now) that I can find. This is weird - I know a lot of people still use Wists. I don't know if they've been hacked, or if this is just one of the lamest, quietest shutdowns ever.

That aside, I'll be doing the same as you, princesspimp81, clicking on every link from my Wist and adding it to my bare-until-now Pinterest. Thanks for mentioning this - you have saved my favorites.

Sorry if this got off topic. I was reading through, considering the swap.
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Inchie House Swap - Gallery! on: September 03, 2013 08:29:26 AM
Fellow Craftsters, I present my Rancho Mariposa!


All of my tiny houses together. First, from Doctor Whaddayoudoinghere, the gingerbread house. Second, from Loves2Experiment, a poetry cottage. Third, from Ninaprettyballerina, a (remodeled) seaside house. Fourth is mine; the only salvageable house from my first batch and fifth, one from the batch I sent to partners, plus tiny critters.

In order of arrival:
From Ninaprettyballerina, who had the minor misfortune of printing out her template at 150%. I really hope you don't mind, but I "remodeled" your house. I took it down to inchie size and reattached all the interior decor. It is really cute!

Front view. The party banners ended up on the roof, but I think it was just that kind of party!

This is the only new piece I added; this side of the roof. The rest of the original roof became a cozy rug inside. This wall previously was all large windows, now only one. Still a good view for the ocean.

Had a heck of time getting this shot, but the inside is all furnished! A full bookcase, a big bed with a runner at the foot, some art on the wall. The party place is decked out.
Thank you, Ninaprettyballerina!

Next in the neighborhood came the lovely poetry cottage from Loves2Experiment.

Front view. I really like this red door. I want this door on my real house.

An Emily Dickinson quote for the side. [Not sure if you knew, Loves, but I am quite a poetry fan.]
Isn't this roof great? It has a wonderful texture.

More celebration! A party banner along the back of the house. My Rancho is rocking.
Thank you, Loves2Experiment!

Third, from Doctor Whaddayoudoinghere, the gingerbread house!

It has been mentioned previously, but the gingerbread is a craft foam so it has a thickness like you would think of for a gingerbread house. The white paint icing is kinda giving me a bit of a sweet tooth. He enclosed a nice card and note, too (not pictured). This cute house came with its own landing pad. Now, all it needs is a witch and a giant oven and I can put it in a dark forest!
Thank you, Doctor Whaddayoudoinghere!


My excellent neighborhood; it is very sweet. Thank you all for the great houses and the great swap. This gallery thread is tiny eye-candy.
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Inchie House Swap - Gallery! on: August 29, 2013 08:11:05 AM
Combined comments for all!

Moniqueramsey - that cat house is funny and the details are great. For some reason I especially like the fish at the front door. Makes me think of the older style tavern signs of shaped, thick wood. I can see cats passing down the neighborhood street and seeing those fish, like a tavern plank.

Kosmicgirl - your rounded roof houses are so cool! I like your layered cutwork on the bird house. Of course, the observatory is amazing, too! Are you interested in personal swaps for inchie houses?

Zalphinian - Love the graveyard house and your stand up trees! The corrugated log cabin is a clever idea and so fun that you added a Tardis.

Blupaisan - the shingles on your house are so neat. I like your instruction sheet, too. That is something I should reserve time to do, myself. I don't think I even put a note or single word in my envelopes! Your fabric house to Bushbaby is like a dimensional patch and I adore those little hearts!

Loves2experiment - the house I sent you had a pet (cat, dog, whatever you prefer) door in the back, but yours ended up too high off the ground, so I added a step so the pet could reach the door. I ran out of time (bad me) to make the pet and landscape details (maybe I can make them now that the deadline is fulfilled) so you have no way to know it is a pet door. Now that you said wee chair, I can absolutely see that. Funny how a little phrase makes you look at something in a new way. And the windows are clear plastic from packaging, the window muntins are watercolor paper that I inked black. Today I also learned that the word for those bars separating panes of glass in a window are called muntins or muntin bars.

Teag - Excellent idea to have a coffee house! Every neighborhood needs a java stop!

Cackle - your pastel cottage is precious! It looks like a fairy princess icing candy house. But I have made a special place in my Fantasy Neighborhood (it lives in my Crafty Heart) for that mossy cottage you made for Yoopidou; it is beautiful.

Really amazing work from everyone! Is everyone available for personal swaps for inchie houses? I would love to have my own Craftsterville!
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Round 2 More TM Inspired Patches Swap Gallery on: August 26, 2013 02:56:33 PM
Where do all of you find such great fabric?!

Years and years of extra shopping, fabric addiction, obsessiveness and hoarding.
Wink
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Round 2 More TM Inspired Patches Swap Gallery on: August 23, 2013 08:16:20 AM
That groundhog patch is just precious.
Everyone did such amazing work!
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Inchie House Swap (Signups closed; Send by 8/23) on: August 23, 2013 08:00:21 AM
I'm sorry you have to redo.  Undecided

Thanks. I was panicked about getting new ones done in time, but it worked out great. I wasn't 100% pleased with the first batch (paint dried off color, were a bit flimsy, they just weren't right) so I went a different direction with the new ones and I love them. I didn't have time to do the itty-bitty extras I wanted, but I am much happier with these and they are in the mail. Turns out my cats are art critics, I guess.

ninaprettyballerina - I am sorry to hear about the cat's misadventure and glad you were able to protect it from further harm until the owners got to it. That is heartbreaking.
29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Inchie House Swap (Signups closed; Send by 8/23) on: August 22, 2013 01:50:21 PM
Heed my tale of woe, fellow Craftsters.

This morning while the coffee was brewing before work, I heard quite a commotion coming from my downstairs workshop. The cats love the workshop, but are naughty (of course), so I plodded down the stairs to see what they were up to. I made it halfway there before the sinking realization that I'd left out my just finished inchie houses to dry completely the night before. Oh no! Sure enough, the cats were delighted with the new 'toys' I'd made them. One roof torn through, one floor ripped off, one whole house crumpled into a damp mess of cat mastication. The sample and trial sadly survived unscathed! Damn cats. I know what I'll be doing tonight! Remaking those houses and then immediately putting them somewhere safe! Oy.
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Round 2 More TM Inspired Patches Swap Gallery on: August 21, 2013 01:09:55 PM
Pioneer9 is camera-less, so she has asked I share photos of my patches to her.

For her theme of text and typewriters, just that - text and typewriters. I found a newspaper fabric, too, so these patches are text heavy!

The backs of the patches. I found a coordinating keyboard and number pad fabric for the back. You can't see them, but there are black stitches in the black areas for texture. For the Titanic text blurb, I pulled out a ship on the seas fabric. You can see the texture filler stitch well here.

And the patch kit. In addition to text, she had the themes of books and from her Pinterest I saw that she liked old-style camera print fabric and the bright, cartoony animals match her other favorites. I included some more micro-beads and some alphabet beads, too.

Hope everyone is having a great swap!
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