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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Vikings, Pirates, and Ninjas Swap Rd 2 (SU by Feb. 26th; SO by Mar. 27th, 2017) on: Today at 08:00:58 AM

An Aonia altar is a good idea..except it might encourage more things to get stuck

I am sorry that you are not feeling well Dr Edel prescribes a hot whiskey (if you like that sort of thing) stud a slice of lemon with a couple of cloves, add it to a couple of fingers of irish whiskey with a spoonful of sugar and top up with boiling water.

drink many of them

you will feel better, or stop caring

That's very good advice, doctor! In addition to the flu, it will also cure workplace stress. Unfortunately, side effects may include wobbly stitches, having to frog, or spilling paint on the carpet.
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Vikings, Pirates, and Ninjas Swap Rd 2 (SU by Feb. 26th; SO by Mar. 27th, 2017) on: Today at 05:44:13 AM
I'm probably going to modify my large into three smalls since the frame possibly might not hold up and then do a straight up large. I get to play with my new tool. YAAYYYSSSS

Roving, I swear between your Terry Pratchett love and your awesomeness I'm going to kidnap you into an IYP swap! Grin

I'd totally be up for that! Or maybe we could do a special Terry Pratchett/Discworld version of the TM patch swap. I had a great time doing Rincewind & the Luggage for roler. He just makes me giggle every time I think about him. On a vaguely related note, did you know that an actual practicing magician, Pete Carroll, wrote a Roundworld version of the Octavo? Pete's what they call a chaos magician, lots of sigils and working with whatever pantheon/deity will get the job done. The book's on Amazon; I can't imagine it's the sort of thing you'd find at your local library.

Now I want to set up an altar to Anoia in my kitchen! When you share a tiny kitchen and have only one drawer to store everything, it gets stuck often!

I planned to work on edelC's stuff last night. That didn't happen because I came down with flu or something similar. I basically came home from work and sat like a bump on a log until it was time for bed. Being fully aware of the fact that I would screw up anything I tried to work on did not stop me from feeling guilty for not doing anything. It's funny that I can goof off at work all day, not feel the least bit bad about wasting my employer's money, and be wracked with shame over not putting in time on swap projects. Priorities are funny things. It might have something to do with the fact that I like edelC a whole lot more than I like my boss!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery on: March 21, 2017 07:23:18 AM
I received an amazing package from craftylittlemonkey! As I always do when I get a Craftster swap package, I feel totally spoiled. I'm not worthy!  Cheesy

For the theme of doors, she made this paragon of cuteness!


A bird!


She also sent a kit with a whole lot of floss and some beautiful fabrics.



I apologize for the quality of my photos. Cameras on Blackberries are kind of crap.

Thanks so much for everything, craftylittlemonkey! I love everything!
4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Vikings, Pirates, and Ninjas Swap Rd 2 (SU by Feb. 26th; SO by Mar. 27th, 2017) on: March 20, 2017 06:01:30 AM
I tried a new kind of craft yesterday. It's a little clumsy and hard to read but I like my first attempt, considering it was done with galvanized steel wire  Grin

I'm looking forward to seeing your project! I'm a big fan of metal crafts of all kinds. I'm a welder, so that sort of thing is right up my alley!

I had an issue that turned into a blessing with one of edelC's items. I lost the embroidery thread I'd been using on the subway, and when I went back to my local craft store to get more, they didn't have the colour! So I got something complementary, and it totally boosted the project to another level. It looks so much better than it would have if I'd gone on with my original plan!  Hail Frigga, goddess of needlework and craft magic!
5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Vikings, Pirates, and Ninjas Swap Rd 2 (SU by Feb. 26th; SO by Mar. 27th, 2017) on: March 16, 2017 05:31:37 AM
I've been working on my projects in the evening while watching movies and TV with my roommate. He's got one of those fancy projectors so we get a picture the size of the wall, which is excellent. Downside being that his room has crappy lighting. Upside, he's an aspiring photographer and when I complained about having trouble seeing my stitches, he busted out one of his photo lights. Bright and clear! Those lights are wonderful! I'm going to keep an eye out for one on our local want-ads website to see if I can acquire one.

I have too many ideas for this swap, and deciding on my small items is hard! How is it that with some swaps you sign up thinking you've got some ideas and end up totally stumped on what to make, and other times you wish you had enough time to go way overboard?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Stash buster patchwork wrap skirt on: March 14, 2017 07:47:35 AM
Looks great! I'm sure you'll be super comfy in it too!
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8-SU: CLOSED; SO: April 3, 2017 on: March 14, 2017 05:27:11 AM
This is so supposed to be a fun & relaxing swap, easy stitching Smiley. I've never met a TM patch I didn't like, you can't go wrong with whatever you choose to do.

I've sent. I hope my partners will like the new thing I did. I enjoyed the process anyhow Smiley.

Oh, ye gods! You sent already?! Panic mode kicking in. There's still lots of time, I know. I try to keep up with my partners as best I can because I feel a bit guilty when I've received from someone and my stuff isn't ready yet. What's that old saying? There's cheap, there's good, and there's quick: you can only pick two? Guess I aim for cheap and good, 'cause I sure ain't quick!  Cheesy Come to think of it, there really isn't such a thing as cheap crafting, is there?
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8-SU: CLOSED; SO: April 3, 2017 on: March 13, 2017 05:49:41 AM
I cut the batting to the finished size, and then create the fabric "bag" to match it. I sew the fabric almost all the way around, and then tuck and hand stitch the last little bit after I've stuffed the batting in and smoothed it out. I've had such an insane time investment variance on TM patches that I can't guess. Anywhere from an hour and a half or so right up to 6 or 7 hours for things with heavy duty embroidery on them. I believe the Luggage patch  I did for roler was probably the worst one. That one was about 7 hours, or maybe a bit more. I suppose I stitch slowly!

The time makes no difference to me. I prioritize making something my partner will like over fitting into the time specs for whatever the swap item calls for. Someone else who's more talented than I am might be able to knock it out in no time, so I don't worry. I figure the more I practice, the better I'll get.  Cheesy
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Vikings, Pirates, and Ninjas Swap Rd 2 (SU by Feb. 26th; SO by Mar. 27th, 2017) on: March 13, 2017 05:40:05 AM
Time is really starting to kick my butt. I'm bringing my projects to work every day this week to sneak in an extra half hour over my lunch. I did not plan for the details to take as much time as they do. Overcommitting is the story of my life. Sad I'll make it happen, don't worry!)
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Vikings, Pirates, and Ninjas Swap Rd 2 (SU by Feb. 26th; SO by Mar. 27th, 2017) on: March 10, 2017 05:41:58 AM
I'm starting to hate the water-soluble stick on interfacing that goes in your printer. I want to repeat the same design several times, and since I'm not terribly good at drawing or stenciling, that sticky stuff seemed like a good idea. Now I'm finding that it's hard to put my needle where I want it from the back side, and the thread is actually getting a bit gummy! Back to the drawing board!
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