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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Their first Christmas together... on: December 08, 2016 11:32:22 AM

I made an ornament for each of the two new married couples in our family.  I have a pail of wood slices leftover from the fallen limbs, from the ice storm a few years ago, and used two to make these.

The first one, above, is for Jim's brother and our new sister in law - going with a buck and doe theme as he is a hunter too.

The second one, below, is for my nephew and his new wife.  I was thinking peace doves, as he is also a new junior pastor and she is also working in their ministry.  Or two turtle doves as it is for Christmas. 


On the back, I woodburned the year and a notation about their first Christmas together.  I then added several layers of polyurathane, and added some glittery greenery and berries.  The hanger is a brass eyelet and red velvet ribbon.

More about the buck and doe ornament here, and the two doves here.
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded stars V. 2.0 - they light up my life on: December 04, 2016 11:51:17 AM

I was thinking that making a lighted garland with the stars I made the other day would be cute, and gave that a go this weekend and it does work and kind of looks cute.  I am using a tiny wired set of LEDs, so made the stars proportionately smaller than the ornaments I made.  When they are smaller, they don't puff as much, but they still look cute, I think.  I only made a couple of the stars so far, but are coming together fast.  I worked out some kinks with the first one, and I think I figured it out by the second one.


... a lot more pics and info on my blog post if anyone wants to try it themselves.
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Art tags/prompts swap - new year coming up - fresh inspiration?? on: December 04, 2016 04:30:53 AM
I started this discussion earlier in the year and there seemed to be some interest then, but then other things got in the way...


But with the new year coming up, and if you are like me, you spent the last while - and probably every second up until Christmas crafting for gifts, or charity, decorating, etc - and not just for the sake of art, or for yourself.

Is anyone interested in making art tags or cards for creative prompts or inspiration - essentially contribute small pieces with images, phrases, or words of inspiration - could be a quote, a theme, poem, song lyrics, colours, a particular genre of art, a calming exercise, part of a picture - literally anything that you may find inspirational, and presented in small artistic form (like a tag, a card, an ATC, a small 4x6 piece, mini art quilt, etc) - something that the receiver can put into into a book, display, or box and draw from for future inspiration.

For example - I could make a tag with the image of falling leaves done in gold embossing and filled in with watercolour shading, with the Camus quote - Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.  On the back I could put something like go for a walk, see what you can do with some autumn leaves you find - press them to use in jewelry, take pictures, draw them, make impressions, etc.

Or another example - Do a paper mosaic or drawing of the UP house - and I may say something like, why not play with, or make something with balloons... balloon animals, paper mache bowl with balloon shaping, or just a refreshing water balloon fight with the kids in the park (and then journal about it or take pics) - whatever it inspires.

Get what I mean?

My thought is that if enough people join, we could do small groups, where 1 person sends an inspiration to each member of the group and in the end, everyone has enough to start their own small inspiration wall/book/box, etc.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Magic Beans... on: December 03, 2016 10:31:42 AM
This is a companion item to go with the woodburned wall hung cup holder I posted the other day

It's a class jar with the clip closure, that I etched with coffee beans on three sides, and on the one side, I added the name, "magic beans" - afterall, coffee beans have the magical capability of turning me, and many I know from being cranky <w>itches with dirt for brains to reasonably rational, functional thinking human beings, who can deal with other human beings in the morning.

It's good to get that extra magical kick at times.

A bit more on my blog if anyone is interested.


15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded stars for the tree... on: December 03, 2016 05:04:38 AM

I love how glass ornaments glimmer in trees.  But I have had dogs for a long time - all around the 50-60 lb range, and who seem to forget they have waggy tales, and one who decided she wanted to hug the tree on year - so glass ornaments hang from the curtain rods or fixtures now.  But beaded ones work on the tree, and it has been awhile since I did a beaded one.  I did not realize how much I missed beading until I started making these - having been distracted by so many other crafts over the years.  It was like meeting up with an old dear friend you lost touch with.  Admittedly, one who pokes you with sharp things that make you bleed...


Anyways, I made some puffy bead woven stars for myself, and friends this winter.  I have made about 8, but the majority are going on gifts or given away so far, so I have to make a few more for myself.  There is more pics on my blog and I did a tutorial too if anyone is interested in making them too - but let me know if the instructions need to be more clear, please.
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Christmas Ornament Swap 2016 - Send out Dec. 3. on: November 30, 2016 02:36:39 AM


Please don't forget to PM me when you send and receive so I can update the information and keep track for feedback.  If there is a tracking number, please include that, if not, take pics of packages and receipts in case I need proof of sending, if a package goes missing, for feedback.  Thanks!


Sending:

1.  BigBangMomma (sent 11/29) to  <JS>, <Thimbles71>
2.  noooitaremybirthday (sent 11/29) to <BigBangMomma>, <Homerof2>
3.  Homerof2 (sent 11/28) to <craftylittlemonkey>, <BigBangMomma>
4.  whatthepuck (sent 11/29)to <cmarion>, <pearljam94>
5.  craftylittlemonkey (12/02)to <noooitaremybirthday>, <Audania1>
6.  JS (sent 11/26) to <Homerof2>
7.  Audania1 (12/03) to <Onyxnox>, <pearljam94>
8.  cmarion3 (sent 12/06) to <underthemountain>, <whatthepuck>
9.  underthemountain (sent 12/05) to <onyxnox>
10. Thimbles71 (sent 12/03) to <noooitaremybirthday>, <whatthepuck>
11. pearljam94 (sent) to <Thimbles>, <craftylittlemonkey>
12. HeroicHatchling (sent 11/29) to <scarlet_nights>
13. mandykaye (sent 11/29) to <scarlet_nights>
14. scarlet_nights (sent) to <HeroicHatchling>, <mandykaye>
15. onyxnox (sent 12/01) to <cmarion3>, <Audania1>

When you name is green, you have sent
When your name is orange, you are sending late, with communication
When your name is red, contact organizer ASAP as there is an issue
When your name is struck out, feedback is given
When the name in the bracket appears, in black, that person has received
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Coffee, coffee, coffee.... on: November 28, 2016 07:26:49 AM
This is a gift I made for a coffee loving friend.  I had bought a couple of nice bread boards awhile back on clearance, and one I used to make a piece for me (this one here, a Today's Menu; eat it or starve sign in my own kitchen).

I knew that I would make another sign or something with it at some point, so the second one sat for a bit.  Then I got a coffee loving friend in this year's Secret Santa draw and knew what I would make for him. The coffee design is based on a painting that chughes225 did for one of her gifts in the 12 Days swap last year.  I loved the look of the stylized steam swirl, and knew I wanted to make a wood burned version of it.


So I drew it on the bread board and burned the pattern on.  I used a pearl white wash on the cup, added the lettering underneath.  I did not want to go with a cheezy coffee quote, I figure he may not like that.  I went with a font I felt fit with the piece.


Jim added the two shaker style pegs for me, so it can become a cup holder, and I added several coats of a semi gloss clear coat.

I really hope he likes it.  It is quite bit actually, and I have to admit, I almost want to keep it!

More about the project on my blog if anyone is interested.
18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Christmas Ornament Swap 2016 - sign ups Nov. 4 to Nov. 12. Send out Dec. 3. on: November 04, 2016 02:08:33 PM




Swap name: Christmas Ornament Swap 2016
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Onyxnox
Sign-up date range: November 4-12, 2016
PM the recipient information by November 27
Date to send item by: December 3


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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO - NO
If so, which country? Not applicable

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/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- 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 will be a quick, hopefully no fuss swap done similar to the 4x6" art swap so those who want to participate can start crafting NOW.  

The idea is to make an ornament that is at least 1.5"x1.5"x1.5", with no maximum, made to the best of your ability.  

Yes, it can be variations of that sizing - essentially it should be a 3D ornament.  If you want to make, for example, a miniature copy of the A Christmas Tale that is 0.5" thick, by 2" wide, by 3" tall, that is fine.  But putting a used scrap of an old Sear Wish Book page with no other attempts at creativity, on a string and stuffing that in an envelope is not OK.  Just giving some rough parameters.

It can be either a hanging ornament or one that is free standing.  Or however else you can think of to display an ornament that maybe I am not aware of.

I will send you the information on who your recipient(s) is/are the week of November 27th via PM, and shipping is occur by December 3rd so hopefully everyone can receive their ornament by Christmas.  I love chickadees.  Tracking or proof of sending (receipts/pictures) is to be retained in case packages go missing (this can be a very busy time of year for our friends in the postal world and stuff happens).

NO EXTRAS.

Like I said, if you want to participate - you can start making your ornament NOW!

For those who just love to make ornaments, you have the option of making and receiving 1 or 2 ornaments.




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


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap:  Christmas Ornament Swap 2016
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)
ADD OTHER SWAP SPECIFIC QUESTIONS HERE...

1.  What kind of crafting style will you likely use for your ornament (mixed media, glass, knit/crochet, fiber, paper, etc)?

2.  Do you want to send and receive one or two ornaments?

3.  Do you have any allergens in your crafting areas/in your craft that your recipient could be exposed to?

4.  Do you have any allergies we need to be aware of?

5.  To show me that you read the instructions - what is the required minimum size of the ornament?  Also, what do I love?


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.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
...

Awesome Ornament Artisans

1.  Onyxnox
2.  BigBangMomma
3.  noooitaremybirthday
4.  Homerof2
5.  whatthepuck
6.  craftylittlemonkey
7.  JS
8.  HeroicHatchling (welcome first time swapper!)`
9.  Audania1
10. cmarion3
11. underthemountain
12. mandykaye
13. scarlet_nights
14. pearljam94
15. Thimbles71


All updates will now be done in the starting Gallery post.



19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / It's a cold, frosty world... on: November 02, 2016 05:38:57 AM

I had been wanting to make a mini ornament diorama for awhile and finally got around to doing it this year.  This is made from an unbreakable ornament that I cut open and decorated.  I am happy how it turned out, and this may be something I may make different versions of for the future for the ornaments I make for others.

More pics and about the process on my blog if anyone is interested.



I also have a big one that I started too - especially as some of the miniatures I bought were way too big for the regular sized ornament, but I need to resupply myself, and maybe think it through more - even the small one was a bit heavy when decorated.  Also, being as big as it is, I would like to be able to add a battery pack and fairy lights if possible.

I remember buying the large one at the Dollar Tree to experiment with and the cashier saying, "Why would a person buy just one ornament?"  When I told her my plan, she was so happy, and turned to her coworker and said, "That's why I love to ask customers about their purchases, they always have the best ideas!"  It was nice to know she liked the idea too Smiley
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ornament swap - kind of OTT-ish Secret Santa-ish/random-ish swap? on: October 26, 2016 06:55:04 AM
Would anyone be interested in a small ornament swap?  Kind of done how BigBangMomma does the 4x6 art swap so that everyone can just make an ornament, to the best of their ability, in whatever form they like, etc, then get the info on their recipient to send to - real names/addresses so they don't know who they are sending to (in theory)?




OK - if anyone is interested - it is UP
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