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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Disposable Camera Swap or Photographer's Swap on: February 04, 2010 02:31:12 PM
Any one up for another disposable camera swap (I think it would be round 7 or Cool or a photographer's swap (I think I saw this somewhere)?  I'm slacking on using my camera and a swap always is the best motivation!

Here is a link to one of the disposable camera swaps and it's gallery.  I'll have to look around again for the links for the photography swap I saw.

Swap link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=300866.0
Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307967.0
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / what to do with old encyclopedias on: November 27, 2006 11:13:00 AM
So, saving you guys a long boring story I am going to cut to the chase...I have an entire set of encyclopedias (plus a few random ones) that are probably about 30 years old.  Needless to say they are probably useless by way of research, but always a packrat and crafter there is a little voice in my head that is saying "these would be perfect for a craft!!!" unfortunately that is all the voice is saying.  No words of wisdom telling what kind of project i can use them for.

Does any one have any ideas about what I can do with oh about 20 encyclopedias?!?!  Huh
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / questions about crafty jobs..... on: September 24, 2006 06:20:17 PM
So...as usual I am not sure if this is the right spot or even an appropriate question for craftster...but i am going to ask anyway....

so...in the next few months I will forced to be a real person and get a real, permanent, full time job.  All this starting by moving to Boston...but that is besides the point.

My question is....what kind of crafty jobs can a beginner crafter get?  I crochet, collage, photograph, some painting, and basic sewing.  Do I need to be an expert in a field to get a job in that kind of store? 

For example, I am know how to crochet, read patterns, and i am trying to figure out how to write my own patterns.  But I am no where near an expert crocheter, but would working in, let's say, a yarn store be out of the question?

I guess I am thinking more about jobs in crafty type stores.  I eventually would like to start my own store and really want that experience when i am young. 

Any advice or experiences would be much appreciated...
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Textured/chunky Yarn tips??? on: December 25, 2005 10:25:15 PM
So I started to do a project (the boobie pillow to be exact) with Lion Brand Homespun yarn (this stuff.... http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/yarnInfo.cgi?yarnPage=1419041 ) and I was having just the worst time working with it.  I can't really explain what i was doing wrong...i couldn't keep track of stiches and i think i kept missing stiches but then i would end up doing like three stiches in one space....it was very frustrating.

Anyone have any good tips for working with this yarn, or any textured yarn?

THANKS!!! Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What motivates you?? on: December 22, 2005 02:26:42 PM
So....I love crafting(would I be on this site if i didn't?). But I am not always motivated to work on something.  I don't even want to admit how many projects I stop doing half way through because I lose interest (i do eventually finish them....sometimes).  There will be times when I am super motivated and I start and finish something in a day, but that is far and few between. 

The strangest things will motivate me though.  When I have a cold I am always motivated to do something (I think I am just trying to convince my body that I am not sick  Cheesy )  Craftster of course, especially when I look at it past midnight (I am a total night owl).  When I am pissed off about something.  And when I have just the greatest idea ever, it is like my body just has to get it out.

So what motivates you?
6  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Moving to Denver...well sort of.... on: December 15, 2005 09:56:22 PM
At the end of January I will be joining Americorp (America's version of the Peacecorp) and I will be stationed in Denver for 10 months. And while I am not exactly sure how much time I will spend actually in Denver (other than my first month) I know I will need to do some crafting at some point (I can't go a week let alone 10 months with out crafting).

Now since I won't have so much time to craft (or the space) I think I may just be bringing my crocheting needles (and maybe my jewelry making tools).  Can anyone recommend a good yarn store and a good bead store?  I don't know really anything about Denver but if it helps I will be staying at the Teikyo Loretto Heights University.

Any recommendations are appreciated! Thanks!  Cheesy
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Jewelry Tool Case on: December 15, 2005 09:26:50 PM
So I think this is the right place for this...I saw have seen posts here for knitting needle cases (which is what inspired me to make this) so I thought it was alright.

Anyway....So I made this at the beginning of the summer out of frustration with losing my tools because they were never together and scratching my hand on them when i had them in just a bag.  So one day(after getting a particularly painful scratch) I was reading some post and saw a knitting needle case and had an epiphany (which i often do when I look at Craftster).  So this is what I came up with.  

The case....


A close up of one of the pockets (the flower was to add some design to it...it was done on my machine and it was my first stab at embroidery)


A Picture of the inside pocket (this came from a frustration of not mastering the art of the seamless fourth side...you know when you sew like a pillow and that last side needs to stitched but you can't do it on the wrong side on the machine because then you can't turn it rightside out then....yeah i can't seem to get that down)  And it doesn't have a liner yet, I haven't found a piece of material that is cool enough to put in there, but not too cool that I want to do something else with it.


And finally a picture of it rolled up. (I was going to put some type of closer on it, but do far it does well with out it.) If i was going to do this again I would have allowed for more space in between the tools so it can roll up better.


I am actually really proud of this Cheesy.  I don't know if the pics do it any justice...but I hope you guys think it is cool Grin!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / 2 questions.... on: November 15, 2005 08:02:50 PM
Does anyone have any advice about buying yarn online? Or any favorite websites? Or ones to definitely avoid?

And..

I just started to improve my crocheting skills (took me only 2 years..hahaha) and I am starting to move on to more complex patterns and away from the  basic scarves.  I only have one hook...a size 5 hook ( i am not sure of what the letter is...but it is 5.5 mm) and I would like to get some more and have a set.  So my question is,  what sizes to people recommend getting?  I don't think I am planning on doing any fine lace work (which is what i am assuming the very little hooks are for) and maybe I would make a blanket(which what I assume the big hooks are for).  But are their any sizes that are a standard or that are generally good to have around?

thanks for the help!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Decoupaged bottle caps.... on: November 14, 2005 10:36:39 PM
SO, I love the resin/bottlecap stuff but because i live in a NYC apt, i don't really have a well ventilated area to work with the resin.  SO i thought i would try decoupage and see how it worked with the bottletops(totally 100% inspired by this thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=57146.0).  

They didn't turn out that bad.  But I realized that since decoupage(at least the kind i use) is water soluble having them interact with any type of moister would be a problem, so who knows what they will end up being.  

Enough ranting Grin, here are the pics.....

The first one I made was all glass beads, different colors and sizes...


The next one I used a few red and white beads(maybe a couple of clear ones) and this red painted piece of wood(perhaps bulsa wood because it was very easy to break, but i am not sure if that was a result of the type of wood or because it was pretty thin...i know very little about wood)......The wood piece sucked up all the glue and turned it red which it is all red.


and the last one was just a small start sticker with a few green seed beads(i think i should have used more....)


What I found with all three was the glue contracted a lot as it dried.  I am not sure how well you can see how shallow the glue is but i filled all three up to the top of the cap with glue.  Only the third one still looks "full"(for lack of a better word).  It still looks a little cloudy....but they are cool all the same.

I have to try resin...i will just have to put a fan in the window!

Just thought I would share...thanks for looking Cheesy!!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / need to vent to people who understand........ on: November 12, 2005 09:51:55 PM
So...I have this pattern saved for a cloche that I have been wanting to make for a while.  And I was going over it and I was thinking to myself...man do i wish i had more yarn.  And then it hits me...I do have more yarn!.  I find this bag of yarn that I have saved for like 2 years.  I find a yarn I want to use, and I go to remove the label.  And what happens??? The label was glued to the yarn!!!! so now i have bits of paper glued to this nice and soft brown/multicolored yarn.  I guess I am going to have to try and pick it off...hopefully not ruining the entire thing.....

Sorry I needed to vent to people who understood....i told my friend (who is not a crocheter or a crafter) and she didn't get how upsetting it was......

ARRRRGGGGHHH!!!!!! Angry

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