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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Little Book Hoopla on: March 03, 2016 09:16:44 PM
I've wanted to stitch up this book pattern from Wild Olive for a long time. It fit into the Hoopla-Along's Feb theme (love), so it was finally time to do it!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / TV Tray Turned Pressing Table on: November 23, 2015 06:36:15 PM
I dont have a dedicated crafting space, so I have to keep things (kind of) put away when Im not using them. I like to sew and quilt, and I used our regular ironing board for a while, but its big and was always in the way. The metal on it got bent during our last move, and I think it distorts my fabric now. I switched to a mini ironing board, but the padding was so thin, the metal design would transfer to my fabric. I knew I needed something different. I converted a TV tray table into a pressing table. It's going to make my sewing and quilting projects so much easier. I can have it right next to my sewing table (at a great height), and it folds up to tuck out of the way when I don't need it. I'm in love! I think my daughter might like it as much as I do. She likes using it as a kitty perch.



It was a quick, easy project. You just need a few things:

TV Tray table - If you dont have an old one lying around, you can get one at Target for $8.99.
Home Dec weight fabric
Cotton Batting
Insulbrite
Scissors
Staple Gun

Instructions:

1. Measure the surface of your TV tray table.
2. Take the TV tray table measurements and add 6 to both the height and width. This is the size you should cut your home dec fabric.
3. Take the TV tray table measurements and add 3 to both the height and width. Cut three pieces of cotton batting and one piece of Insulbrite using these measurements.
 * These were my measurements:
    - Tray Table - 19.0 x 14.5"
    - Home Dec Fabric - 25.0 x 20.5"
    - Cotton Batting & Insulbrite - 22.0 x 17.5"
4. Lay the home dec fabric wrong side up. Place the three layers of cotton batting in the center of the fabric, and place the Insulbrite on top of the batting. Last, with the legs in the open position, place the TV tray table, surface side down, on top of the fabric stack. Make sure it is centered.

5. Use scissors to clip a square of the batting and Insulbrite away at the corners of the table top. Be careful not to cut your home dec fabric.

6. Your home dec fabric should extend past the tray twice as much as the batting and Insulbrite. This is so you can hide the raw edges of the fabric. Fold the fabric over to the edge of the tray, covering the batting and Insulbrite.

7. Fold the fabric and batting/Insulbrite over the edge of the tray and staple it down. Start by stapling at the midpoint of each side, making sure to stretch the fabric taut.

8. Next, I stapled the corners.

9. Then, I stapled the fabric all the way around the tray about every inch or two, making sure to keep the fabric taut.

8. And, youre done!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Oregon Trail Cross Stitch on: October 24, 2015 12:56:03 PM
I originally designed and stitched up this pattern for a craft swap, but I had to make one for myself! I LOVED playing Oregon Trail in elementary school, so this was a fun project.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My To Do List on: October 13, 2015 11:29:05 AM
I've had everything to stitch up Lizzie Kate's "My To Do List" for almost a year, but crafting (especially stitching) fell by the wayside for a while. I finally got the stitching bug back, and I'm really happy about it. This is going to be a birthday present for my mom. I bought a barn wood frame for it, but I haven't had a chance to frame it yet.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Witchy Drawstring Bag on: October 07, 2014 10:26:11 AM
I stitched up this little witch and turned her into a drawstring treat bag. I wish I had stitched her skin in a different color because the color I used ended up blending with the fabric more than I'd like, especially for the face. The stars are stitched in glow-in-the-dark floss. Smiley



I found the design here. The download link doesn't work anymore though. While searching around for a link that might work, I found a kittykill blog post from 2010 that included the design.  Wink
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Ongoing Gift Swap Round 19 - October 2014 on: October 01, 2014 01:40:22 PM
Gallery and Discussion Board

Come and Say a Quick Hello to Start!


Swap Info
Swap name: Ongoing Gift Swap Round 19
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: actsofcraftiness
Sign-up date range:  October 1, 2014 - October 31, 2014
Date to send item by: 2 weeks from claim
Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes
You must be over 18 years of age. 

Organizer Notes
Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide - yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant - yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now - yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants - yes
- Is at least 18 years old - yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Welcome to the Ongoing Gift Swap!

We know it's early, but it's never too soon to start thinking of holiday gifts!  This the place to help your fellow Craftster narrow down their holiday gift lists.  This swap welcomes every winter holiday including Christmas, Hanukah/Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, etc.  If you want a handmade holiday for your friends and family, this is the place to get help on your list.  From grandma to your own kids, your lists can include almost anyone in your life that you might need a little help crafting for - even yourself!.   Please read through this initial post carefully before joining and PM me with any questions.

How it works:
This swap will work in an ongoing format.  The first person in the swap will post a list of handmade items that they would like.  The participants then look through the list and if they can fulfill that particular wish, they claim that person for that item and post their own list for the next person to claim them.  This works like a chain.  Person A is claimed by Person B, Person B is claimed by Person C, etc.  You must claim to be claimed and only one person can claim another at a time. 

Each FOC can have up to 3 outstanding claims at a time.  A non-FOC craftster gets 2 claims at a time.  A new swapper can have 1 claim at a time.  Once one of your claim is sent and the organizer is notified with a dc# you may claim again. 

What is on the list:
Each participant can post as many size medium requests as they would like in their list.  Please try to post a minimum of 10 items you would like so there is a variety and a better chance of not stalling the swap.  You may post larges or smalls as well, but please realize that to fulfill the swap requirements, you are only required to claim and send a medium.  This swap will be for handmade items only.  Organizing your list by crafting medium is a good idea to help other participants find something on your list that they are good at, but is not required.  Please note that because these are holiday wishes we are filling, items should be your absolute best quality. 

How to make your list:
Please format your list to have an introduction that lets us know a little more about you, such as your name, your general location, etc.  Please format your wishes so that each participant has a clear idea as to what you are looking for.  Posting links is highly advisable.  It is also a great idea to provide participants with as much relevant information on the gift recipient as possible.  Here is my suggested way for formatting each wish:

<item> <recipient> <preferences> <link>
<allergies>

Example: 
Doll dress for my daughter.  She prefers pink floral fabric with a velcro or button closure.  Here is one she likes http://URL GOES HERE
Allergies:  Smoke

Including allergies right underneath of each wish keeps the allergies in focus.  This is such an important part to consider when claiming someone.  If you format your wishes like this, they will be clear and you are more likely to be claimed quickly.

Making a claim:
Once you make a claim, you must PM the participant that you are claiming for their address and to discuss the item you have claimed to make for them.  Once you make a claim, you are committed to making that item.  Remember, you only have two weeks to complete the item and ship it.  If you choose to send extras, they do not contribute to the size of the claim.  A medium is technically either between 2-3 hours in time, or $20-$30 in supplies/value.  To claim the person who is currently available, respond to their post with I claim <username> for <item claimed for>.  For example, if I were to claim myself to make socks, I would write, I claim mama24boyz for a hoopla.  Within that same response, you then post your own list so someone can claim you. 
   
Send Outs:
Just like other ongoing swaps, you will have two weeks from the date of your claim to send out your item.  There are no exceptions.  DC#s will be absolutely required.  If you do not provide a DC#, it will be noted in your feedback.  If you do not provide a DC# and your package gets lost, you will be required to resend.  You must PM the organizers with the DC#/customs# when you send!

Qualifications to Join:
Anyone is free to join under standard Craftster Swap Guidelines.  Due to the time constraints on claims, I reserve the right to deny any Craftster that has a history of lateness.

Receiving packages:
Please PM me as soon as you receive each package.  This is so I can keep track of claims.  Pictures in the gallery are also appreciated.  Some of your fulfilled wishes might inspire other wishes for other participants.

Other important info:
You do not have to message me when you claim a person.  You only have to message them for their address.  Please PM me however when you send your questionnaire, when you send your claim, and when you receive a claim with the title: OGS 17: questionnaire, OGS 17: sent!, etc.  Also, Please PM me with any questions you have.

Please do not claim a person until you have been approved for this swap and it is listed in your profile!  Please do not claim a person once one of your claims has been received until the person receiving from you verifies your package arrived and is exactly what you claimed them for. (Unless you have open claim spots, of course!)

Sometimes, a person's list will stall the swap.  When your list has been up for more than 18-24 hours without someone claiming you, please try to add more items to your list so you have a better chance of being claimed.  Remember that it is possible that not all of your items will be claimed. 

There will be a discussion/gallery thread in the Gallery area.  This is an area to give us updates and discuss this swap. 

At the end of the month, whoever is the last on the list will be first on the list for the following month/or the organizer (me!) will be the ending claimer.  You will have to sign up for each additional round that you choose to participate in.  You must be current in the previous round to be accepted to the new round.

This swap is open to international swappers, as well as new swappers.

I reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who is late in previous rounds of this swap.  This is a holiday swap and should be fun!

If you want to participate, here is the information to send to the organizer.  Please have the title of your PM be the name of the swap.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Ongoing Gift Swap Round 19
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Your mailing address:
Have you read the Swap Guidelines and understand how this swap works?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
Are you willing to ship outside of your country?
How many claims are you allowed?


IMPORTANT: Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6553.0

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZERS VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  THIS THREAD IS FOR CLAIMS ONLY.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Crafty Like a Fox on: September 25, 2014 10:38:55 AM
I made this for a craft swap partner, and I think I need to make one for myself too! It's hard to tell, but I painted the hoop gold. This was my first time doing machine applique work. It's not perfect, but I love that little fox.

8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Ongoing Gift Swap Round 18 (Sept 5 - Sept 30) on: September 05, 2014 01:45:48 PM
Gallery and Discussion Board

Come and Say a Quick Hello to Start!


Swap Info
Swap name: Ongoing Gift Swap Round 18
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: actsofcraftiness
Sign-up date range:  September 5, 2014 - September 30, 2014
Date to send item by: 2 weeks from claim
Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes
You must be over 18 years of age.  

Organizer Notes
Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide - yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant - yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now - yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants - yes
- Is at least 18 years old - yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Welcome to the Ongoing Gift Swap Round 18!

We know it's early, but it's never too soon to start thinking of holiday gifts!  This the place to help your fellow Craftster narrow down their holiday gift lists.  This swap welcomes every winter holiday including Christmas, Hanukah/Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, etc.  If you want a handmade holiday for your friends and family, this is the place to get help on your list.  From grandma to your own kids, your lists can include almost anyone in your life that you might need a little help crafting for - even yourself!.   Please read through this initial post carefully before joining and PM me with any questions.

How it works:
This swap will work in an ongoing format.  The first person in the swap will post a list of handmade items that they would like.  The participants then look through the list and if they can fulfill that particular wish, they claim that person for that item and post their own list for the next person to claim them.  This works like a chain.  Person A is claimed by Person B, Person B is claimed by Person C, etc.  You must claim to be claimed and only one person can claim another at a time.  

Each FOC can have up to 3 outstanding claims at a time.  A non-FOC craftster gets 2 claims at a time.  A new swapper can have 1 claim at a time.  Once one of your claim is sent and the organizer is notified with a dc# you may claim again.  

What is on the list:
Each participant can post as many size medium requests as they would like in their list.  Please try to post a minimum of 10 items you would like so there is a variety and a better chance of not stalling the swap.  You may post larges or smalls as well, but please realize that to fulfill the swap requirements, you are only required to claim and send a medium.  This swap will be for handmade items only.  Organizing your list by crafting medium is a good idea to help other participants find something on your list that they are good at, but is not required.  Please note that because these are holiday wishes we are filling, items should be your absolute best quality.  

How to make your list:
Please format your list to have an introduction that lets us know a little more about you, such as your name, your general location, etc.  Please format your wishes so that each participant has a clear idea as to what you are looking for.  Posting links is highly advisable.  It is also a great idea to provide participants with as much relevant information on the gift recipient as possible.  Here is my suggested way for formatting each wish:

<item> <recipient> <preferences> <link>
<allergies>

Example:  
Doll dress for my daughter.  She prefers pink floral fabric with a velcro or button closure.  Here is one she likes http://URL GOES HERE
Allergies:  Smoke

Including allergies right underneath of each wish keeps the allergies in focus.  This is such an important part to consider when claiming someone.  If you format your wishes like this, they will be clear and you are more likely to be claimed quickly.

Making a claim:
Once you make a claim, you must PM the participant that you are claiming for their address and to discuss the item you have claimed to make for them.  Once you make a claim, you are committed to making that item.  Remember, you only have two weeks to complete the item and ship it.  If you choose to send extras, they do not contribute to the size of the claim.  A medium is technically either between 2-3 hours in time, or $20-$30 in supplies/value.  To claim the person who is currently available, respond to their post with I claim <username> for <item claimed for>.  For example, if I were to claim myself to make socks, I would write, I claim mama24boyz for a hoopla.  Within that same response, you then post your own list so someone can claim you.  
    
Send Outs:
Just like other ongoing swaps, you will have two weeks from the date of your claim to send out your item.  There are no exceptions.  DC#s will be absolutely required.  If you do not provide a DC#, it will be noted in your feedback.  If you do not provide a DC# and your package gets lost, you will be required to resend.  You must PM the organizers with the DC#/customs# when you send!

Qualifications to Join:
Anyone is free to join under standard Craftster Swap Guidelines.  Due to the time constraints on claims, I reserve the right to deny any Craftster that has a history of lateness.

Receiving packages:
Please PM me as soon as you receive each package.  This is so I can keep track of claims.  Pictures in the gallery are also appreciated.  Some of your fulfilled wishes might inspire other wishes for other participants.

Other important info:
You do not have to message me when you claim a person.  You only have to message them for their address.  Please PM me however when you send your questionnaire, when you send your claim, and when you receive a claim with the title: OGS 17: questionnaire, OGS 17: sent!, etc.  Also, Please PM me with any questions you have.

Please do not claim a person until you have been approved for this swap and it is listed in your profile!  Please do not claim a person once one of your claims has been received until the person receiving from you verifies your package arrived and is exactly what you claimed them for. (Unless you have open claim spots, of course!)

Sometimes, a person's list will stall the swap.  When your list has been up for more than 18-24 hours without someone claiming you, please try to add more items to your list so you have a better chance of being claimed.  Remember that it is possible that not all of your items will be claimed.  

There will be a discussion/gallery thread in the Gallery area.  This is an area to give us updates and discuss this swap.  

At the end of the month, whoever is the last on the list will be first on the list for the following month/or the organizer (me!) will be the ending claimer.  You will have to sign up for each additional round that you choose to participate in.  You must be current in the previous round to be accepted to the new round.

This swap is open to international swappers, as well as new swappers.

I reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who is late in previous rounds of this swap.  This is a holiday swap and should be fun!

If you want to participate, here is the information to send to the organizer.  Please have the title of your PM be the name of the swap.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Ongoing Gift Swap Round 18
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Your mailing address:
Have you read the Swap Guidelines and understand how this swap works?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
Are you willing to ship outside of your country?
How many claims are you allowed?


IMPORTANT: Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6553.0

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZERS VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  THIS THREAD IS FOR CLAIMS ONLY.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Straight Line Quilting Question on: April 25, 2014 09:22:32 AM
Maybe is depends on the person, but what stitch length do you use when doing straight line quilting?
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Geometric Hoopla on: April 10, 2014 10:23:22 PM
I made this hoopla for a partner in the Ongoing Wish Swap. It's my version of a piece that she had pinned. It was a lot of fun to not have a pattern and to just stitch the hexagon base wherever I felt like it. I like it so much, I need to make on for myself!  Wink

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