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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Weird bracelet story. on: May 20, 2007 10:50:18 PM
So, this is a story about the coolest bracelet that EVER existed.
My fiance bought me this bracelet at Mayfest in Smithville, NJ last year from this really cool Japanese lady. She was selling all sorts of wonders, including those awesome heart-shaped bamboo stalks that I just wouldn't have the time to take care of. When I saw this bracelet I fell in love. It was made of this really cool purple cord and had a waxy light green colored jade lotus flower focal bead, on each side of that, there were clusters of small purple beads that reminded me of grapes. It also has an adjustable knot built into it, so it never falls off your wrist and you don't have to tie it to keep it on your wrist. To top it off, this gem was made teflon tuff, and suffered constant abuse from me for a whole year without wear and tear. I wore this thing to bed, to work, in the shower, I never took it off. It was my favorite bracelet of all times.
 By the way, I thought I'd mention to any of the types who believe in this sort of thing that the bead really does have a strong energy to it if you had a moment or two to hold it. I'm a bit on the odd hippie side at times, but I believe that the stone gave me faith that things would work out okay. It was a symbol to me, that there still are some truly good things in the world.
Did I mention that it only cost me 5 dollars?
Today was it's first anniversary of being on my wrist, I went down to NJ to Mayfest again and bought an awesome amethyst choker, which seems to be of the same quality, but certainly not at all like my bracelet. I can't wear chokers to bed, sorry. I've heard horror stories of people choking on their favorite hemp necklace in the wee hours. Plus, the bracelet, as I'm sure you remember, was the best bracelet on the face of this earth.
And ironically, on it's anniversary, as soon as I introduced it to it's new pally chokey, it decided to break on a door. I was traumatized.
But, my fiance, bless him, thought that since he loves me and since I loved the bracelet, he would sew it up for me. He even used a mismatching color of embroidery thread to do the trick. When he put it back on my wrist I loved it even more than I did before, because it was fixed just for me, and the clashing pink floss was charming and offbeat. It was like bracey had a new haircut...or something. lol.
But sadly, as soon as I put chokey back on, bracey decided she wanted out again and snapped randomly on the...side of the bed?
Now...I can understand the door thing, but the bed is just weird. It's not like we sleep on rocks or anything.

A little too ironic, don't ya think?
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Pirates VS. Ninjas Swap *Competition* on: April 29, 2007 01:33:21 PM
Oh it's on.
And I'm selling tickets to the big event.
(Not Really.)

We could make pirate (or ninja I guess..) paraphenalia like eyepatches, shurikens, t-shirts and stuff...
Funny pirate t-shirt ideas.

"Shuriken, my ass...Where's my rum?"
"Dude, he wears wooden sandals and a robe."
"Don't cry, just seppoku yourself."
"Don't you have an appointment with a seppoku dagger?"
"I stole your katana, what now?"
Hehe, I have so many ideas.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Cat lovers swap round 3 (I think?) on: April 07, 2007 07:12:43 PM
I missed the last ones, and I think Princess Jasmine Shadow Bob "Don't Bite Me" III would really like me to join this.

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Magic the Gathering swap. on: April 07, 2007 06:48:33 PM
I saw that this topic had been brought up before, but not much interest was there, so I was curious if anyone would want to do an MtG related swap?
In regards to what to make, there are tons of things! Jewelry, t-shirts, dicebags, trinket boxes, deck cozies, dice necklaces, tokens/counters, life trackers, anything!
I was thinking if this did happen, we could have sign-ups when Future-sight comes out, which is May 9th. I could try to organize, I want to learn anyway.
I just hope there is some interest, I'd love to do this!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / I've got the Brand-name Blues Swap on: March 31, 2007 10:11:51 PM
I remember when I actually used to read those teenager beauty magazines, they'd always have those "cheaper solutions" articles where they'd have a $300 Gucci bag and next to it would be some random $6 wal-mart bag that looked JUST like it.
I was thinking we could have a swap where we could search online (think Macy's, Saks 5th Avenue, etc.) to find brand-name stuff that looked cute until we saw the price tag, and then design something that looked similar (or exactly the same!) but for a much sexier price. Then we'd send our partner a pattern or instructions for the items to trade with people.
So what do you think?
I think I'm ready to start my own DKNY knock-offs!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / jewelry swap on: March 29, 2007 06:32:32 AM
I'm one of those people that wears 30 bracelets on any given day. I collect bracelets from events that I want to remember. I thought maybe it would be interesting to have a swap where we send a set of jewelry, like a necklace, a bracelet, a pair of earrings, a brooch or button, and one other thing (an anklet, ring, choker.)
This has probably been done before, but I don't know if it had some special name or something.
I think this should be a quick swap.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / I need some wist list assistance swap! on: March 28, 2007 08:14:42 PM
I got some stuff on MY wist list that I really want. I know you've got some stuff on your wist list that you really want. I'll rub your back, if you rub mine, capiche?

I was thinking we could each mail a list of the top ten wists (and direct links, so that there won't be too much searching going on) to the organizer, in order from the things you want the very most to the thing you only want the tenth most. Wist for whatever you want, but there has to be some rules.
1. they have to be items that can be handmade by the average crafter...and not the average wal-mart or average machine.
2. you can put whatever you want on the list, but if you wish too high, you probably won't get the things you want the most.
3. swappers must make things that are on their partners wist lists, but not necessarily on their top ten wist list. Therefore, I say that participants should have, at the very least, 50 items on their wist list, just in case.

I was thinking, due to the nature of this swap, we could do two large items and two small items, or something like that, but that can be negotiated. A proper amount of time will be given if we do have two large items.

So yeah...how's about it?
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Lisa Frank swap? (remember that stuff?) Image Heavy! on: January 22, 2007 05:51:01 PM
So, I was wondering if anyone would want to do, and possibly organize a Lisa Frank swap. I can't organize it, but I'd definitely be in. I'm sure a lot of you remember who Lisa Frank is. She makes stickers with rainbowy colorful animals and beads and even stuffed animals. I thought it would be a really cute idea for a swap.

You might remember better if you see some examples.















You can also just google Lisa Frank and see a SL of stuff she makes and used to make.
And I guess even if you don't know who Lisa Frank is, you can still do it if you think it'd be a cute idea. I know I'd like Lisa Frank if I only saw her stuff for the first time! Girl's got style! I was thinking that we could all make rainbowy pretty animals (either created by Lisa Frank or by you.) I have a lot of yarn I'm trying to get rid of that is this color. And I think it would make a really cute amigurumi animal for someone.

So, anyone wanna do it or organize?
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A kitty cat hat and a dice bag. on: January 22, 2007 05:13:21 PM
Just some random things I did this week.

1. A crocheted kitty cat hat made with some random polyester/acrylic and eyelash yarns that I got for Christmas. I love these hats because they are so easy to make AND super cute! My fiance was very sweet to model it for me, since I look like crap right now and I don't want to get dolled up to take pictures.



Hey, why is that kitty cat playing Final Fantasy XII at my house?



LOL, now there's a man who thinks he's gettin' a bj tonight! :-D he's so cute.

2. A crocheted dice bag with a green (forest) mana symbol from Magic the Gathering.



Crappy picture, I know.



Just to show you how big it is. The box I used is a little bigger than a Rook tin box, which I used for measurement. This box fits snugly in there, but the Rook tin slips in there and leaves plenty of room for oddly shaped dice.

That's all! I hope you liked.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Idea: Music Swap?? on: January 21, 2007 10:38:05 AM
I can't moderate this one, but I thought it would be a cool idea to do a music swap.
There are really sooo many ideas that could work for this. You could burn a cd for someone, make a dustcover and decorate it. You could make something featuring your partner's favorite band or song. You could make something with music notes. You could even make things out of vinyl records.
Maybe someone out there could be an angel and manage this one?
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