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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / tiny haunted house (take two) swap? on: April 27, 2015 04:41:36 AM
When I am bored and wasting time on craftster sometimes I dig into the old swap archives to see the wonderful and inspiring things you folk have been sending to each other love before I joined this website! Tonight I ended up on page 32!! of the swap gallery, and this swap caught my eye!

It's an OTT swap, but instead of swapping any tiny thing, you craft a haunted house for your partner (in any medium you choose!)
I know this is maybe more appropriate for Halloween, but I believe spooky should be year around!

Alternatively, if there isn't much interest in a haunted house swap, we could just do general tiny houses, based around our partners interests. Here are a few more links to galleries!
Tiny fairy tale house swap
Tiny house swap

Please show your interest and put forth any ideas or inspiration you may have for this swap! I would be happy to try my hand at organising, though if anyone else would prefer they are more than welcome to it.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / satin stitched stag head. on: March 04, 2015 05:54:19 PM
It is not very often I complete crafts for myself, but with this piece I was super motivated (read: sick in bed almost all week and literally couldn't do anything but stitch!) and I am so excited to get to keep it for myself!

I started off by seeing something similar on pinterest, finding a stag head silhouette, sectioned it off, decided on my colour scheme and went from there. I've never done this much satin stitching in my life, let alone on one project!! I definitely noticed my stitching getting a lot neater as I progressed, though I still think I have a long way to go to get it as smooth as I want it to be.

I really like the delicate white on white background, it stops the empty space looking too empty, without detracting from the embroidery.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / halloween shrines? on: September 09, 2014 11:49:03 PM
I know there are already a few halloween swaps being discussed, but as it is my favourite day of the year I thought I'd throw another suggestion out there!

As the title suggests, we would make a shrine based on our partners favourite spooky themes. There could possibly be the option to craft for two partners for those who find it impossible to stop at just one!

I would like to start sign ups relatively soon, and have three weeks or so for crafting since I am a fabulous crafty procrastinator! (Procraftinator?)

I have never organised before but would be happy to do so for this swap, though I'd probably limit participants to about a dozen so I don't become overwhelmed! If anyone else wishes to organise though, I'd happily let them. Would love to see some interest in this, lets make some spooky shrines!

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / stitching quotes? on: July 09, 2014 06:26:56 PM
Would love a bit of advice if anyone has some to offer.

There are a few quotes I have been itching to stitch up, but I have awful hand writing! I want to do something fancy and typography like I suppose the word is... but I have no idea how to get the image in my mind down onto fabric. I've tried looking online but haven't really had much luck. Any advice?
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Books swap? on: May 06, 2014 07:22:51 PM
I know there was an OTT book swap at the start of the year, which I sadly didn't join. But I was thinking taking that to a whole new level. Let's swap EVERYTHING!!! books! From altered book art, to stuffies of our favourite characters, to hooplas of our favourite quotes, to handbound books, art, jewellery, clothing, EVERYTHING inspired by our favourite books. But we wouldn't just have to stop there, we could include the things that make books... or favourite words, even our favourite letters. And I can't forget the best places in the world, the home of books, bookstores and libraries!!

I've only participated in 2 swaps and would be a little nervous about organising but would step up to the challenge if this idea gets interest and no one else is able to! Would love input for this idea!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / deer girl on: May 04, 2014 11:55:09 PM

Those of you in the current round of the hoopla swap will have seen this already. I stitched this up for my partner in the swap and am really proud of it! I used a chain stitch for the lettering, satin stitch (first time - nailed it!!) for her hair, appliqued her dress and back stitched pretty much everything else. The hoop was backed with the same fabric as her dress. I'm still quite a bit of a novice stitcher so I was super happy with how this turned out. Thanks for looking!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / spicy chicken stuffed sweet potato on: May 04, 2014 11:46:26 PM
My boyfriend and I love cooking together (most of the time... I'm a chef and can get pretty annoying..) the other night we made something exceptionally delicious so I decided to share!

We microwaved the sweet potatoes first before wrapping them in foil and oven baking so we wouldn't be eating at midnight. The chicken was cut into little chunks and marinated with my super special spice blend (aka, I went through his spice shelf finding anything and everything that tasted good!) Chicken was fried with garlic and onion, a little worcestershire sauce, fresh thyme and diced tomatoes. Then I threw in a can of kidney beans and got it delicious. The salad was red cabbage, fennel, fresh chili, loads of coriander and lime juice. Super fresh and crunchy.

It was topped with greek yogurt and cheddar cheese and MY GOODNESS it tasted amazing. Just typing this up has made me hungry for it again...

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / first ever dream catcher on: December 14, 2013 10:11:06 PM
I wasn't sure which section to post this in...so misc it is!

My boyfriend has been having really bad nightmares, so I decided to craft him up a wee dreamcatcher for part of his christmas gift.

I had never made one before, and I faced a few problems but I think I worked out most of the kinks. One tricky thing I couldn't get quite right was hanging the feathers/beads/etc so they would sit exactly the way I wanted them too. It isn't perfect, far from it and I am a bit nervous about giving it to him (first christmas together! first handmade gift!!!) but I think he will really appreciate it. Well, I hope it does.

I only snapped one awful photo on my phone, if anyone wants to see a clearing picture I can try find my camera and take another!

The main colours are black, dark red and dark purple. There is a little bit of white and brown thrown in with the feathers and beads and the silver charms - a heart shaped key and padlock.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed looking, I enjoyed making it.
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