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21  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!
22  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
23  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
24  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
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CRAFTALONG NEWS 7/25/14 on: February 26, 2013 01:25:26 PM
7/25/14

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

Fake Swap Craftalong!

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7/2/14

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!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434378.msg5215713#msg5215713

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2/11/14

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!

alishamisha
alwaysinmyroom
bookstorebabe
bushbaby
deathbeforedishes
endymion
fantasicmio
Ffrogg526
Kookaloo_star
libertine49
michelleandbean
queenninjamonkey
sheepblue
silvermoonsmeddley
stickerchic87
that1girl
waggonswest
yofi
yoopidou

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

JOIN US!

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10/1/13

BEST WISHES!!!!!!!!

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!


8/26/13

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!

http://www.spoonflower.com/contests/208

6/24/13

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

10th Anniversary Challenge!


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5/1/13

NEW CRAFTALONG!



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!

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4/10/13


WELCOME OUR NEW CRAFTALONG CO-MODERATOR, PINKLEO!

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4/2/13




IT'S HERE!!!!  Join the discussion!

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3/27/13

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

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3/6/13

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

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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. "


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Join the newest craftalong! 2/23/13






Started by our own Purses Moderator, kaz814!
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CLOSED-50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! on: December 26, 2012 09:00:26 AM
WELCOME TO THE 2013 50 PROJECTS CRAFTALONG!




Do you have a lot of unfinished projects laying around?

How about a long list of gifts for family and friends?

Do you want to try a new craft or learn a new technique?

Well, get that list going and post it here!  You will be surprised at how many things you will get done at the end of the year...and have a record of it!  I post thumbnails on my list and print it out each year...Cheesy

Plus, I will once again do prizes and challenges as time and money permits!

To make things as simple as possible, I will post news and notes and a link to your list on page 1.  You guys can post a main list, no list, or a mini list every month...whatever works for you!

The goal is to stay motivated, inspired and get things done!

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LATEST NEWS

7. Post xxxx- Kookaloo_Star -- $25 gift card from Country View Crafts UK

6. Post 3211--pinokeeo - $25 gift card to Amazon.com

5. Post 2935--Krafty_karasu - Prize:  Gift Certificate from Fire Mountain Beads (great shop!)

4. Post 2384--Carolmb - Prize: Fruity Fat Quarters


3. Post 1923--Bushbaby - Prize: sock yarn


2. Post 1120--SilverMoon - Prize: Six Skeins of yarn

1. Post 512--Missmoppet - Prize: Ravelry Knit patterns

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NOV-DEC 2013 Challenge p.366-

WINNER:  Renstar!

She received a $50 e-certificate from Crafty Devils Papercraft!  For those in the UK, here is the link,  www.craftydevilspapercraft.co.uk


Nov-Dec 2013 and the year 2013 50 projects craftalong is CLOSED!!!!


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SEP-OCT 2013 Challengep.319-365

WINNER:  fantasticmio!!!  Mio picked a $50 gift card from Amazon.ca

Additional prizes awarded to:

bookstorbabe--most unusual and prolific use of odd materials!! Gift card $25 from Manto Fev  really cool stuff!
yoopidou--excellent animation and use of a variety of materials! Gift card $25 from Amazon.com
deathbeforedishes--finishing a WIP!! Gift card $25 from Amazon.com

All winners were randomly selected using randomizer!

Entrants: on excel spreadsheet if anyone wants it... Grin

SEP-OCT 2013 Challenge p.319-328 9/18/13 CLOSED!
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WINNER!!!  sheepblue!! She chose a $50 gift card from Amazon

JULY-AUG 2013 Challenge- CLOSED p.236-318

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WINNER!!!  Frogg526!! She chose a $50 gift card from Amazon...she is eyeing up some new craft books, ha ha!

May-June 2013 Challenge p235-286 CLOSED! Except for Pictures!

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WINNER!!!  texscrapper!!  

Texscrapper requested a gift card from Amazon.com for her prize!

APRIL 2013 CHALLENGE pgs. 181-235 CLOSED

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WINNER!!!  trinalocakary!!  Chosen randomly with her entry of a non-fabric necklaces!  Congrats!

trinalocakary received a $25 gift card from Amazon.com!  Hopefully, she can find something to make more projects! Cheesy

March 2013 CHALLENGE -CLOSED EXCEPT FOR PICTURES!

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WINNER!!!  plaidpineapple!!  Chosen randomly with her entry of a shark pencil bag (fabric)!  Congrats!

plaidpineapple requested a Gift Card from Amazon.com to purchase something for a new hobby! Cheesy

FEBRUARY 2013 CHALLENGE --CLOSED EXCEPT FOR PICTURES!

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WINNER!!!  StickerChic87!!!  Chosen randomly with her entry of a doorstop for her home!  Congrats!

 StickerChic87 chose a gift card from Amazon as her prize!

JANUARY 2013 CHALLENGE--CLOSED EXCEPT FOR PICTURES!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Heartbreak Shrug and other Lost Knits--FOUND 12/22/12 on: December 21, 2012 06:24:40 PM
THE PACKAGE WAS FOUND!!


I was in a recent swap with a very special person so I wanted to bring out my A-game and challenge myself to make things I rarely make: a lace shrug, a pair of leg warmers, and a pair of fingerless mitts...

Unfortunately, the package is lost, hence the title of this post...Sad...
 
But, I do have my pictures and I did learn a lot...so not all was lost!

Front of lace shrug, modeled by one of my co-workers, who wanted to keep it:


Back of lace shrug:


Fingerless mitts done in a seed stitch pattern:


Leg warmers with skull buttons:




Thank goodness that there are so many craftsters willing to angel because I just could not remake these items any time soon! Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Craft Your Daily Reflections--Continuing the saga in 2014! on: December 07, 2012 07:17:41 AM
CRAFTALONG BASED ON  LEAFCUTTER DESIGNS SKY SCARF CONCEPTUAL KNITTING




A few years ago I saw a project that I wanted to do...the project is very simple...excellent for beginner knitters/crocheters.  

It is a project that is not just about the knitting/crocheting...the pattern is simple...it is about being aware of your everyday existence and appreciating the small things in life...we take so much of our lives for granted and get caught up in being inside with our electronic devices....

Maybe you can get a small group of friends or your knitting/crochet circle to participate...it is a project to connect you to nature, to others, and to yourself.

Here is how it works:

Each day, preferably the same time each day, you look at the sky...determine what color the sky is and knit/crochet it.

The original project only has 5 colors, but you can be more ambitious and add more.  I have selected three blues, three greys, and a cream. It might be too much, but I wanted to be prepared. I am using fingering weight, but you can use any yarn as long as you adjust your needles and number of stitches.  I might throw in a pale orange since pollution is a reality in my area, and as awful as that is, sometimes it makes the sky a gorgeous orange even in the middle of the day. Make it as simple as you can. This is a project of calmness.

You can also knit squares or pick a different pattern...I have seen huge afghans made with this concept. You can do a ripple stitch, do a granny square, etc.  Be creative.  The goal is to have a record of your sky for a full year. (Hopefully, it won't be all blue or all grey! Cheesy)

You can do it for a month and join anytime during 2013, but I am starting my scarf on January 1.  If you can't do a day, write it down on your calendar and catch up...don't get too far behind or you will not appreciate your day...you are just knitting or crocheting!

I think to keep things manageable, we should post once a week , but at least once a month...grab a post and post your progress in that post.  I will start it.

The link to the original story and project is here.  Lots of pictures, too!
http://www.leafcutterdesigns.com/projects/conceptknit.html#skyscarf

Please join me for this journey of discovery.

EDITED:  Looks like people who do not knit or crochet want to play with fabrics, paper, etc.  Heck--the more the merrier...craft the weather in your own meaningful way! Cheesy

This craftalong has evolved to include people who want to craft their moods or another form of nature, such as trees;  some people want to include their children or strangers.

So, we are changing the craftalong to be one of your own personal daily reflections...a time to be with nature, or your kids, to understand your moods...to enrich and document a year of your life...and like life, it will evolve as the year goes on...please don't feel you have to follow any rules...some of you might want to do five days on a free Saturday...you can skip days...heck--you can skip months and come back!
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Face Your Monkey Fears with a Monkey Print Purse on: July 18, 2012 07:01:44 AM
I was such a scaredy cat kid...I was scared of clowns, monkeys, height, etc.  I was pinched or bitten by one of those organ grinder monkeys when I was overseas with my Dad...they are not cute and not friendly...they want money or food! Cheesy

Anyway, a friend gave me a ton of decorating fabric that I have been storing for years...as I was destashing, I found this piece, which I am guessing was for draperies...I was going to pitch it, but then decided, that I need to get over my monkey incident once and for all!
Seriously, as an adult living in the USA, when will I ever encounter a mean monkey? Cheesy

So, here is my purse in homage of dressed up monkeys everywhere...

Wide shot:


Close-up,Side one:


Close-up,Side two:


I lined it with a tan bamboo print and had just enough monkey fabric to make an inside pocket.  It is closed with a magnetic thing and the handles are bamboo.

I will probably use it more like a tote or maybe a project bag than an everyday bag...and yeah, I think maybe I no longer fear monkeys! Cheesy
30  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / A Drummer should wear fun shoes! on: July 15, 2012 11:12:26 AM
My hubby bought these black, plain converse shoes to wear while playing drums at formal events...he now plays at fun places, so it was time to revamp his boring black shoes! I remember seeing some pretty cool painted ones on Craftster, so I started looking to see how it was done...

I used fabric paint markers and just started doodling....one thing led to another and the next thing you know, I had painted all four sides....now he wants to do one of his other pairs and I will do the other...what a fun way and inexpensive way to get "new" shoes!





Thanks for looking! And, thanks for all of you who inspired and taught me how to do it!
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