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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / NEWBIE CRAFTALONG on: August 05, 2013 02:43:00 PM

Are you "new" to Craftster?  Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the craftalongs and swaps? Are you looking to make new crafting friends or let others know what you like to make? 

How about sharing your projects in a supportive and inspirational craftalong?

If you have been a member for less than one year, then you are a considered a NEWBIE.  You can post your ideas, your work-in-progress, your completed projects, and your supportive comments here!!

All other members can sneak a peek and make comments only.

So, welcome to Craftster...to your very own craftalong...when you feel like it, jump in and join another or join some swaps...but feel free to get your feet wet here! Grin

We look forward to getting to know you all!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / You're Not the Boss of Me on: July 26, 2013 05:45:15 AM
I have several little grand nieces and nephews...at some point in their little world, they all seem to have said this phrase, so I decided to embroider it for the youngest one for future use Wink

As I am such a novice embroiderer, I used the stab stitch (in and out) and crayons for the skin...Cheesy

I used an image I found on the web but changed it up to look like the little guy.  I used green on the words because eventually, I am going to make this into a cushion for his room. (It is also the color thread I have the most!)

Here is the youngest member of my family on his first birthday! Yeah...I am confident he will be speaking these words soon, little imp! Grin

13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Moody Mug Rugs on: July 10, 2013 09:47:15 PM
A friend of mine asked for a mug rug for her desk...I decided she needed some choices....

Sometimes you are in an everyday mood...straight up, no fancy stuff, to the point...how about a simple basic one?

Sometimes you are in a romantic mood...what says romance better than having a little afternoon delight in Paris? Wink

And, sometimes you just want the whole banana...Grin

Hope she has fun in the office....sipping her tea, of course!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Destash those Kimono Scraps Tote! on: June 21, 2013 06:20:24 AM
My partner in the IYP swap was Ladybugsandbumblees...she requested that I make her one of my kimono fabric totes for her to carry around her crochet projects and some essentials.

Well, it has been a while since I made a bag (I totally got burned out since it was the first thing I became addicted to when I joined Craftster... Tongue)...

Plus, she was rather "picky"  Wink...she wanted a zipper closure, an inside pocket, etc. etc. ahhhhhhhhhhhh...

All kidding aside, it was fun to make!  It was like riding a bicycle...you never forget once you get going...

I used mirage solid (kinda looks like suede but without the texture...)...every scrap of purple kimono fabric I could dig up in my huge pile...some green/blue stash fabric for the lining...blah, blah...

Here is it!

Approximately 18x15 with 33 inch long handles:

Close-up of pieced kimono fabrics--a mix of cottons, silks and rayon...pre-washed and backed with tricot iron-on interfacing:

Inside kimono fabric pockets:

Inside zippered pocket with dragonfly pull:

Two way gussetted-zipper top (thanks to the lovely tutorial posted by QueenofDIY):

Thanks for looking! Grin
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Our is the Fury--House Baratheon- recycled cuckoo clock deer head on: May 22, 2013 09:13:22 AM
I inherited my parents cuckoo clock purchased in Switzerland in 1956.  I grew up with that clock chiming the time for years...I think it finally quit working in 1975.  My dad was going to have it repaired but never got around to it...when he died, Mom asked if anyone wanted it, so I took it.  I have been lugging it around for about 18 years.

Bottom line:  it is beyond affordable repair...I was going to send it to my dear friend alteredmommy but the cost to ship to Canada was ridiculous. So sorry, hun, I am renigging! Cheesy

I took the deer head and other parts off the clock and decided to make a faux taxidermy deer head...but, since I wanted to do a project about my current favorite TV show, Game of Thrones, I added the appropriate stuff:
a crown and the motto of House Baratheon: Ours is the Fury.

This was the top of the cuckoo clock....don't worry, the other parts will be used for future projects... Cheesy

Looks huge, but I wanted to see if I could get the words in...

From the side....

It is actually much smaller....

I debated putting the crown around the neck of the deer versus around the head, and decided I liked the head better since my crown is small...I might change my mind later, but for now, here is my project!

Oh--details: one wooden base, paint, deer head (revarnished and repaired with polyclay), glitter trim crown Cheesy
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Kokeshi Doll-inspired Mug Rug on: May 07, 2013 07:04:15 AM
In the recent Mug Rug Swap, I was partnered with amnesia.  I was kind of at a loss as to what to make as I was not familiar with some of the themes she gave in her questionnaire Sad.

Here is the the mug rug I made for her Cheesy:

Inspiration comes from the oddest places--this was my inspiration:  a kokeshi doll that I got when I was in Japan a few years ago.

See the little ribbon across?  I decided the shape was odd when I first made it so I added another piece.  The ribbon covers the seam.  I love the shape and hope to make more!

Close up of the face--embroidered and appliqued on:

The binding was from stash (the package said 1965!!!)...it was a bit thin so I had to sew it on by hand...and the back:

I had a blast making it once I got going.  I think it would be a nice place to set a cup of green tea and some red bean cakes! Yummy!
17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / For the Love of Words Tote Bag on: May 01, 2013 02:24:07 PM
I know this is not the most creative project I ever did, but for some reason, I really loved it and had a hard time sending it out as a birthday gift in the March 2011 Birthday Swap. The link is where my partner posted that she had received her package from me.

I really enjoyed sewing, embroidering, stencilling, and designing the tote for my partner Mrs. Awesome Pants...she is a creative writer and this just seemed the perfect thing to make for her.

This is one side--a Reading Raven! Cheesy

The other side is a kitten trying to write...

My cats are always leaving paw print signatures around the house so this is what gave me the idea...

It was the first time I used any type of paint on fabric and I love it!

I thought I had posted this in the purses category, but I must not have---which is why I can post it now in this challenge! i just wanted to share one of my favorite projects with you guys.

Someday, I hope to make at least the kitten on another project just for me! Cheesy
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bunny Pincushion on: April 22, 2013 11:43:02 AM
My partner in the last pincushion swap has bunnies and a lot of her pinterest items had images of bunnies, so guess what kind of pincushion I made her? Yep.... Cheesy

Here is a close-up of him holding a carrot needlebook...

I shrank down a pattern that I have had forever from a Japanese crafting book...and sort of winged it...it was a fun little project so I think I will try some of the other patterns out as well... Cheesy
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Furniture Re-make Craftalong 2013 on: April 16, 2013 11:30:10 AM

Do you have a chair that needs to be repaired or reupholstered?  Did you buy something, or better yet, FIND something that could use some TLC? Don't know where to start?  Need some encouragement and tips? (as well as a kick in the pants?)Cheesy

Then join us for Craftster's Furniture Re-make Craftalong!

We welcome anyone that can provide us with guidance on our journey to finally get grandma's old broken chair gussied up for its debut with the family before the year end! Cheesy
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CRAFTALONG NEWS 7/25/14 on: February 26, 2013 01:25:26 PM

Too many great swaps? New to Craftster?  Let's get this puppy going again!

Fake Swap Craftalong!


Now this is a craftalong that I can get behind!  Nothing like spreading a bit more sunshine this summer!

Check out this craftalong by moderator, HSG!



50 (or more) Projects Honor Roll for 2013

The 50 Projects Craftalong is HUGE!  So many projects are made for swaps, friends, family, and even ourselves!!

Here is the list of members who reached the goal of 50 projects or MORE!!!  We had quite a few reach 100 or MORE!  I salute all of these productive and creative people and everyone in the craftalong who supported and encouraged each other to participate!

I apologize if I missed you...I had a tough time because not everyone updated their list with pictures, etc.  Not important that you follow any "rule", but if I missed you, PM me so you can be with this group of Honorees!! Congrats all!


You can still join the 2014 craftalong and set your own goals!





Please wish jungrrl the best of luck with her new job!  While we are sad to lose her, we are celebrating all of the hard work and changes that she helped implement to make Craftster what it is today...we will miss her so much!

Thanks and See Ya Later!


SMASHU wins Design Contest!!!

A special recognition needs to be given to one of our 50 Projects in 2013 craftalong members, smashu...she WON the August 2103 Fabric design on Spoonflower!!!  Check out her fabulous print!  I love the colors and the design...so much for destashing...I need to add that to my collection!  Congrats, smashu!  You are an awesome member of the group!



Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Craftster with an awesome cross-category challenge!  Check it out!!!

10th Anniversary Challenge!



Do you dumpster dive? Can't pass up the chair put out on the curb? Embarrased by your ratty couch?

Then join us for the Furniture Re-make Craftalong!




IT'S HERE!!!!  Join the discussion!


It's still a secret...BUT....EXCITING NEWS FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES CRAFTALONGS!!!  I can't wait...sorry, but you will have to wait until April! ha ha


Have you been told that you make stuff for everyone else but not yourself?  If so, you need to join the

Knit yourself some socks!  Sew a new top or purse for spring! Paint a picture!

You get the idea...stuff for the most fabulous Craftster on here--YOU! Wink


Harry Potter Craftalong News from pinkleo!  2/27/2013

"I just wanted to give you a heads up that the Harry Potter Craftalong, HPC, is starting its new, Spring Semester on Friday, March 1, 2013.  The Spring Semester will run until Friday, May 31, 2013.  We are setting up our craftalong now.  I'll be closing crafting for the Winter Semester on Thursday, February 28 @ 10PM, and we have an Awards Ceremony & Prize Drawings during the weekend of March 2-3. "


Join the newest craftalong! 2/23/13

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