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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Nonskid? on: October 29, 2012 03:48:29 PM
I want to make a hopscotch mat for my children to use indoors, and I want it to be washable.  However, we have all hard-surface floors (no carpets) and I obviously don't want this to slide when the children jump on it!

I would love any suggestions for non-skid (or low-skid) fabric to use for the backing (the stuff for pajama feet is way too narrow), and/or a way to weight it well so it won't slide around.

I might have to resort to using that non-slip stuff you put under rugs, but I'd rather build the non-skid into the mat itself, if there's a way.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Read to Me, Mommy Round 3 GALLERY on: May 18, 2012 10:13:24 AM
Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405838.0

Post away!
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Read to Me, Mommy Round 3, SU 3/19-4/15, SO 5/21 on: March 19, 2012 09:36:39 AM
GALLERY: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408770.0

Swap name: Read To Me Mommy Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: a2jc4life
Co-organizer: N/A
Sign-up date range: March 19, 2012 - April 15, 2012
Date to send item by: May 15, 2012 May 21, 2012

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20

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

Additional Age requirement? 18 and up

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/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO



Details of swap:

This swap is about introducing children to new books and characters. You will be choosing a book your children enjoy and sending it to your partner to introduce them to a book or author that will hopefully be completely new to them. (Books may be new, or gently used.)  You will also be crafting a medium and two small items, or one large and one small item to go along with the book.

I'll do my best to pair people by children's age range. This swap is for children 8 and under.  (You may swap for multiple children, but you will need to send a package for each child who is participating, if you want them to receive individual packages.)

For those who need a refresher, here's the Craftster guide to what is a large, a medium and a small:

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Please note that if you are swapping for your children as one group package (or if you only have one child, of course!), a single questionnaire is sufficient; if you have multiple children you would like to swap for individually, please send a separate questionnaire for each child.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Read To Me Mommy 3
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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):
Do you or anyone in your household smoke? Do you own pets?
How old is the child or children?
Boy(s) or girl(s)?
What is the child's reading level?
What do you normally read?
Are there any crafts you'd really love your child to receive?
What crafts do you like to do?
What crafts would not like/are unable to do?
Is there anything you do not want to receive?
What is your child's favorite colors/patterns?
What is your child's least favorite colors/patterns?
Is there anything else that you'd like your partner to know? (# Children involved in reading time and ages, pets, SOs, ALLERGIES of all children involved, etc.)



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Advent Calendar on: December 25, 2011 09:18:13 AM


This Advent calendar has been in the works for three Decembers now.  I finally finished it.  It's large - the full width of a sheet of plywood - and has a nativity scene painted on it, minus baby Jesus.

The whole thing is covered with hooks, including two hooks that hold a separate, three-dimensional manger.  (It's a bit out of scale, because of the purpose I had for it.)  The hooks hold large tags that are numbered 1-24.  Each day from December 1st 'til Christmas Eve, my daughters remove one tag, revealing the picture little by little. (The tags store in the bottom of the manger.)  On Christmas Eve, overnight, I place "baby Jesus" in the manger.  (No photo of that yet.  And our "baby Jesus" doll disappeared, so the one I had to use this year is a little too big even for the giant manger.)









A painter (or artist of any kind) I am not!  My hubby drew Bethlehem for me.  The shepherds, sheep, and Mary and Joseph were taken from the "Come, Let Us Adore Him" embroidery pattern found at YouCanMakeThis.com.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Will this work (line & turn)? on: December 15, 2011 10:38:26 AM
I'm making a robe - it's a Christmas present I have to have done by tomorrow close-of-business.  I couldn't find a robe pattern to use with satin, so I'm improvising a bit.  It needs to be lined, because the satin feels yucky on the back.  Sooo...

My plan is to omit the facing and just make, essentially, two of them, sew them right sides together, and turn.  Can I do this, sleeves and all?  Or will the sleeves somehow make the whole thing come out tangled when I try to turn it?  Would you still use interfacing where it's called for, at the collar?  I'm making this: Simplicity 5931
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / spider rubber balls on: November 24, 2011 09:48:58 PM
I bought a dozen paddleball games because I needed the paddles.  So now I have the balls left over.  They were Halloween themed, though, so the rubber balls have legs, to make them spiders.  I think I could easily snip the legs off, if need be.  Any ideas?
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Digiscrapping & printing albums? on: November 20, 2011 11:22:13 AM
I am totally new to the world of digital scrapbooking, but I have a Christmas gift project I'm working on that I need 2+ copies of, so I'm doing it digitally.  The problem is, I have no idea how to get it from the digital album in my software to printed format.  How do I print it when I'm done?  I assumed I would use something like Shutterfly and order a photo book, but will my software save individual pages, or does it just save as an "album"?  And if it saves as an "album," then how would I get it uploaded to something like Shutterfly in a printable format?

Can someone baby step me through this?  I don't want to get too far into this project and find that I can't complete it the way I thought I could, and have to start over!
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / etching letters? on: November 17, 2011 01:32:10 PM
I am new to glass etching, and I have a question about templates.

If I want to etch words into my glass, and don't have a cutting machine (like a Silhouette/Cricut), what is the easiest way to get it masked off for lettering?  (I want the letters to be the etched part, not the other way around.)
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Remaking a puzzle? on: October 14, 2011 07:12:03 PM
Have any of you ever re-covered a puzzle?  I'm not talking about piece-by-piece like "altered puzzles," but taking a whole old puzzle and putting your own picture on it?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / 3-D stick figures? on: October 07, 2011 08:43:14 AM
I have a project I want to do, where I need to create some 3-D stick figures?  (Basically, I want to make Christmas tree ornaments that are stick figures.)  Any ideas as to how to go about this?  I can't even decide what medium to use.  If anyone knows of a similar project here (or elsewhere online), I'd love to see a link.  I just couldn't figure out what search terms to use.  (Got lots of animation results.)

Thank you!
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