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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Stranger Things Swap Gallery on: February 13, 2017 11:56:16 AM

Original Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451331.0

Participant List:

Red = SENT
Orange = LATE with communication





2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Latest purses on: January 12, 2017 01:10:03 PM
To practice making a Swoon Sadie, I was supposed to make one for myself first. I cut one for me and one for my bf's mom. Then, at each step, I did mine first...then the one for his mom. Until I got under the wire with time. Then I just finished hers at 3:30am the day we were supposed to fly out.  Roll Eyes You know how it goes! When I got back, mine was waiting for me. I had been using a Swoon Maisie I had made before; but that I really need to pull apart and fix some major flaws (that only I notice). So I was really excited to finish my Maisie.

This was my first piece that wasn't geek. Because I am a FAN and a GEEK and I love showing it so I can find others in my Tribe. You know? But I fell in love with this fabric and decided to be a girl for once and make myself something pretty. I'm also kinda proud of this because, even though I can see and show you many many flaws in the piece, my boss saw it and said how much he really loved it. When I told him I made it, he was picking it up and looking at it, insisting that he thought I had purchased it in a store.

As an artist, it is good to remember that others do not see your pieces the way that you do.

...and I finished the pockets just after Carrie Fisher passed away. So I decided to keep the Princess with me always.

This Swoon Sadie was made at 85% for my bf's Mom. I agonized over the pattern to use because last time I was there, she used a little tiny purse sometimes...and then a big boho slouch purse. I decided to go with the Sadie because it is structured and has great lines! I already had the fabric (the horse fabric) months before. Purchased for exactly this purpose. 85% makes it a very nice compact purse, with the gusset making it so you can stuff it, if necessary. I *love* this feature.

These pockets were Grumpy Cat. Because she loves cats. And even though she didn't know who "Grumpy Cat" is, she still laughed out loud in delight. Pockets are fun!

This was a simple purse (Swoon Coraline) made with some map fabric by Tim Holtz for my bf's Aunt. Each side shows the part of the world map with Japan on one side, the Pacific and the United States...because she lives in Oregon and her daughter lives in Japan.

I didn't take a picture of it, but the pocket is Minions fabric. You might note that the strap is a little darker. That's because I ran out of the map fabric and had to use something else. Luckily, I had more of the same fabric collection. This one is just a little darker. I couldn't decide if I hated it or not.

Now that those are made and given out, I have to get started on the purses for my family. They got some of my first purses last year and are ready for new ones. This year they had the option to pick their purse pattern and fabrics. I'm tired just thinking about it!  Grin
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Stranger Things Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 2/17) on: January 12, 2017 12:00:18 PM

Swap name: Stranger Things
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: fatewineroses
Sign-up date range: January 12 -  January 20
Date to send item by: February 17

Limited to a certain number of people?: No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? No

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: YES
 - Has posted at least 15 times: YES
 - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
 - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
 - Does not have any negative feedback: YES
 - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
 - 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

Details of swap:

Have you had a chance to catch the Netflix show 'Stranger Things?' Do you love Eleven? Have to have Eggos for breakfast every morning? Do you love the perfection that is the friendship between the Stranger Things kids? Then this swap is for you!

This swap is all about the show 'Stranger Things.' This will be a THREE point swap. You will be required to craft 1 SMALL item and 1 MEDIUM item. EXTRAS are NOT required and only by mutual agreement between partners.


Please be prepared to participate in the conversation. We will have a nice cushy crafting period and I'm interested in keeping track of everyone. This is my first time organizing a swap, so I am hoping ya'll will be gentle with me.  Grin So let's do a weekly check in on the thread. I'll post a question about the show and get your thoughts. Please also keep in contact with your partner. Just to let them know you are alive.


Name of swap: Stranger Things Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Can you take pictures before you send and post pictures when you receive?
Favorite episode or episodes?
Favorite moment/event:
Favorite characters?
Favorite quotes?
Any LEAST favorite characters/episodes/etc?
What would you love to receive?
Anything you would NOT want to receive?
What crafts do you make?
Favorite colors and patterns?
Least favorite colors/patterns?
Anything else you'd like your partner to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Happy Crafting!


4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kermit and the Northern Lights on: December 19, 2016 10:21:31 AM
I have had the Necessary Clutch Wallet pattern for over a year now; but I only just now got around to making one...I mean two. I decided to make one for my boyfriend's sister (who I am meeting for the first time this Christmas) for Christmas...and now I had the excuse to make one for myself. To practice of course!

Kermit is for me. Looking at this I just realized that the bling on the flap is slightly off. Luckily, it is mine and I don't care. My picture does not show the Miss Piggy dangle I got for one of the zippers. I couldn't *possibly* have a Kermit wallet without having Miss Piggy *somewhere*!

This is a SOLID wallet. I used 809 on the body and the card slots. I used 101 on the pockets. I have to make two more after Christmas and might use 809 on the pockets too next time. I like how crisp and solid it makes it feel.

Kermit was made with quilting cotton and denim.

The Northern Lights is for the boyfriend's sister. Since I haven't met her I thought she might be more open to a wallet than a purse. I'm making a purse for his Mom; but I've met her and have seen the type of purse she carries.

This wallet is made with quilting cotton and waxed canvas. It will come with a wrist strap and a shoulder strap.

Man this needs an iron before I give this to her!

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Harry Potter Ornaments - Ravenclaw riff, Weasley car and the Burrow Snowglobe on: December 19, 2016 10:12:30 AM
It's always interesting, brainstorming for a swap. That process you go through to figure out the PERFECT thing you want to make. It's in my top three favorite parts of swapping. For the recent HP Ornament swap, I was lucky enough to swap with both Abbeeroad and edelC. People who I have often gushed over their work and always looked forward to their contributions in swaps.

I had received their questionnaires and had been perusing their Pinterests. I have a notebook where I transcribe a lot of the information that might help me narrow down my ideas. I sketch things and circle and underline stuff. Any sketches I make or pictures I trace from elsewhere usually end up stuck in here. It's a visual reminder of all of my swaps and ongoing projects that I undertake.

I was scrolling through Abbeeroad's Pinterest for the thousandth time when the light bulb went off to somehow make a Burrow in a snowglobe. I don't know what came over me. I am NOT a clay person. And she wanted an ornament. Not a knick knack. *sigh* But it wouldn't leave my brain. So I had to make a snowglobe.

The first iteration went horribly wrong. Something on the house (I suspect the sealer) reacted with the water and I not only had cloudy water; but it started *growing* something.  This was the original piece I made. After pulling it out of the jar I scrubbed it clean. I will probably clean it up some more later, paint it and make an ornament out of it for next year.

The final piece was made completely of clay (no paint). No matter what sort of glitter I used it clumped some. I used some glycerin to help the glitter stay suspended. I still don't know if I used too much or too little. I have more jars so maybe I will try out making some more later.

Side view

Rear view

Other side view

Action shot front view!

I had a little harder time with figuring out what to do for edelC. I had a couple ideas; but nothing concrete. Until one afternoon when I was taking a walk and saw this guy.

He was showing off. Taking off from his perch, stretching his wings wide and doing circles in the sky before he landed on his perch again. It brought to mind the heart with wings that Edel mentioned in her questionnaire and I saw multiple times on her Pinterest. And this popped into my head. I grabbed a handful of images of a raven with their wings outspread, and used three to make this image. I stitched it in Ravenclaw blue to black wool felt, felted a heart and stitched an image of Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem to some felt and attached it to the heart. I am not Ravenclaw; but I really like how it turned out.

Before I came up with the two above ideas, I had the below idea after an afternoon of scrolling through Pinterest. I don't often repeat something; but I felt that this one was an exception to that rule.  I might make one for myself as well. After Christmas of course.

I'm showing an image of one of the ornaments I sent; but they are slightly different due to being cut by hand from a basic recipe, stead of a pattern. The original image was a cartoon image of the Weasley's car that I used to base the ornament on. The tree, moon and background were cut out organically. Acrylic paint was used for the dirt around the tires.

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Advent Calendar on: November 29, 2016 03:30:19 PM
When my nephew was a toddler, my Mom and I collaborated to make this advent calendar. Sadly, due to conflicts with the then SIL, it was never, ever used. My Mom finally gave it to me last year, thinking that maybe my bf's kids would use it. Unfortunately, they are just not at our house enough and we don't have a full sized tree due to lack of space.

Then, about three weeks ago one of my friends from high school who had a late (LATE) baby (we are in our forties!) mentioned something on FB to her husband about getting an advent calendar for her daughter. I *immediately* offered her this and she said YES! So I washed the back, counted and checked all of the ornaments. There were six that needed to be replaced.

One of the new ones was the Golden Gate Bridge. We are from the San Francisco Bay Area and I wanted one to remind them of home (They are in Colorado now.) I love how it turned out!

Please excuse my EXTREMELY wonky embroidery. This really was one of my very first embroidery projects and my stitches leave something to be desired. I also cannot seem to sew an actual circle.  Roll Eyes

I mailed it off to her last Monday and she received it the day after Thanksgiving. That's the day they get their tree and decorate. She loved it and had a great appreciation for sharing something like this with her family. I was just extremely happy to see it used and enjoyed.

Since I originally made it for the 25 days of December, my friend will be making little ornaments to go on the felt tree. That way she can tell her daughter that we collaborated to make this special thing for her. Which makes me very happy.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Another reversible mixer cover on: November 29, 2016 03:19:40 PM
I got my bf a mixer a couple years ago and it was getting dusty. So when I was making a mixer cover for my Mom, I made one for him. Two of his loves are candy and the Simpsons.  Roll Eyes Sadly, after cutting it out, it sat for over a year before I got back to sew it. But finally it is done! I think it is better that I took so long because I have learned A LOT about sewing and making things in the last year or so because of the bags I have been making. I think it turned out much better for that knowledge.

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gilmore Girls, Luke's Diner Mug Ornament on: November 29, 2016 03:15:41 PM
For a couple of years I have had this adorable mug ornament (https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1199958176) on my Pinterest; but never got around to making one. When I was planning out what to make for the recent Gilmore Girls swap I had the brilliant idea to make a Luke's cup!!!!

Normally I would try and figure out how to make it myself; but in the interest of time, I actually bought the pattern. A little pricey in my opinion; but it was well put together and pretty comprehensive. Main thing I really needed were dimensions. the main part of the cup is wrapped around a toilet paper or paper towel roll.

The pattern goes together with glue for the most part; but I didn't like that look. I used fabric glue to secure the top around the cardboard roll and glued on the handle; but stitched pretty much everything else. The pattern calls for a flat piece of felt for the hot chocolate; but Lorelai would never drink that! Instead I cut some brown and just a *touch* of cream colored felt and wrapped them in a circle and stuck it down into the tube. I put glue on the bottom to make sure it wouldn't come out.

I thought about using a ribbon for the hanger; but after trying out a couple, it really distracts from the cup. So I used the called for bakers twine in red/white. I did *not* put it through the cup. Way too hard to get it through the cardboard. Instead I made a big knot, stuck some fabric glue down the side of the "coffee" and let it dry. Works perfectly unless you're really really going to play tugowar with it.

Wow. That was a long post for such a little thing. But I have to say both my partner and I LOVED it! I loved it so much I made one for myself. (Well, I cut it out and embroidered the Luke's) And I never do that. I hope you like it too.

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Gilmore Girls purse on: November 29, 2016 02:58:35 PM
While obsessing over what to make for the recent Gilmore Girls swap, I found this absolutely fabulous fabric (http://modernyardage.com/Stars-Hollow_c_94.html) and I knew I had to make something with it. My partner had a cute pleated clutch on her Pinterest; but I substituted Swoon Patterns small Coraline with pleats and added an adjustable strap. I *love* how it turned out! You might not be able to see it; but all along the outside of the strap you can see repeats of Luke's Diner sign. It made me giddy just looking at it!

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Molly Weasley embroidered clock on: November 02, 2016 04:05:42 PM
So. I participated last term in the Harry Potter Craftalong for the first time. I had a great time participating and wanted to give back. So when they asked about members offering up prizes for end of term, I offered to do a custom Harry Potter hoopla. The lucky winner was the wonderful Mistress Jennie! After some conversation and stalking, this popped in my brain.

After working on this for weeks, I got too close to it. I wasn't entirely happy with it. I forgot to take pictures before I sent it out! Jennie kindly took pictures for me once she received it though. I tell you, seeing it from another's perspective has given me greater appreciation for it. She also took better pictures thank probably would have been able to take.  Grin

It is a working clock.

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