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241  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Guitar Pincushion on: March 05, 2008 05:45:01 PM
Participating in the Pincushion Swap #6, and wanted to make my partner something different. In looking through her information I found out she plays the guitar, so that is what I made her. Very pleased it turned out the way I pictured it. Smiley

Fun factoids:
Stands about 8 inches tall, took about 5 hours to create, used felt, foam, beads, thread and a piece of cardboard in the neck.

Thanks for checking it out, and comments, questions always welcome. Smiley
242  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Great Paper Find! on: February 29, 2008 10:31:38 AM
Was cleaning and arranging my fabrics. They're stored in an antique hutch that belonged to my Dad as a boy, and it is lined with old newspapers.

The paper that was lining the drawers is from 1971, and had this little gem in it.

Don't know if anyone else recalls the "Love is..." series, but they were my favorites because they were so sweet and innocent. Heck they may even still be publishing it somewhere.

Now I've got to find someway to use this treasure. It measures 2 inches x 4 inches. Any ideas?
243  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Picking Partners in Group Swaps on: February 14, 2008 02:29:52 PM
Sometimes people request to be partnered with certain members, so they know in advance who their partner will be.  Other times, it might be a realllly general craft that will be customized to their particular partner later (for example, making a journal/book/recipe book/drawing book for the details/cover to be completed at a later date).

I started crafting before a swap once.  It was a photographer's swap and I knew I wanted to make a photo album as part of the package.  I started before the signups ended and then finished the details according to my partner.

Noticed this in your post sweets, and recalled it when I had this question come up. Hope you don't mind me using it from a different swap question topic. Smiley

Presently I'm in 3 swaps, two of which are going to be wrapping up this week with group sendouts.

While pa rousing the swaps I see people requesting certain partners, and I don't think this should be done.

If you just want to swap with certain people then do personal swaps, but to me the whole point of doing group swaps is to have the organizer give you the partner. If you keep swapping with the same people in all your swaps to me that would get boring.

On another note from an organizer stand point (though I've only been a co-organizer), it would be easier to partner if you don't have to fill partner requests first.

What is everyone else's thoughts on picking partners in group swaps?
244  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Painted Project Box on: February 11, 2008 05:47:01 PM
Saw this plain box at Michael's last week, and decided it needed some painting. Still need to seal it with Polycrylic tomorrow, but other than that it is done...I think.

Here is the inside:

Here is the lid:

Have to say I like the little birds on the outside much more than the koi pond inside.
245  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Button Pendant & Bracelet in Copper on: February 11, 2008 05:40:36 PM
Saw a similar pendant on Etsy, and wanted to try my hand at making one. Then I took it a step further into a necklace and bracelet.

Proud of how this turned out, but please tell me what you think.  Smiley
246  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Celluclay or LI-QUA-CH ? on: February 04, 2008 02:37:19 PM
Was looking into trying Celluclay for a mosaic project I'm planning, but found LI-QUA-CH listed also. Now I'm wondering which one would be the better choice.


Anyone have any experience with either or both, and want to lend some wisdom?  Grin

Celluclay - Celluclay and Celluclay II Instant Paper Mach - Simply add water. Needs no firing; air dries. Completely nontoxic. Adheres to almost any surface. Versatile - can be sanded, sawed, and nailed.

Celluclay and Celluclay II are low cost, recycled paper mediums which mix easily and mold quickly. They can be sanded, sawed, nailed and water proofed.

Wet Celluclay can be added to areas already dried . And any unused mixed Celluclay can be stored for several days in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator. Celluclay adheres to almost any surface and can be combined with a variety of materials. Celluclay requires no special tools for working. (simple sculpting tools include plastic knife, fork, stirrer, toothpicks, cookie cutters, etc.)

LI-QUA-CH is a recycled paper fiber, polymer based compound that is not fire hardened. It air dries at ambient room temperature to a hard, durable, break resistant product. Low water content and a special manufacturing process allow for an increased number of castings with your plaster/ceramic molds. LI-QUA-CHɒs viscosity provides for easy pourability and a satin, smooth exterior surface. The paper fibers reinforcing action can be seen on the interior surface of each casting.
247  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / College Valentine Care Package on: January 31, 2008 09:17:10 AM
Every semester I send my daughter care packages at college. They're usually silly, fun, useful, snacks and other miscellaneous things. She is a college senior so this is her last semester. Smiley

Saw this post by Spunk (thanks for the inspiration!). My daughter and I both love Chinese food so these were a perfect addition to her last care package.

Using craft felt I cut 12 - 3 inch circles, used bias tape for writing the sayings on, wrote in a fine point Sharpie and stitched them all up. The sayings are things that are from her favorite movies, books, quotes and just family silliness.

Fun project!  Grin

248  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Blue Flowers Mosaic & Light Switch Cover & Funky Mirror Mosaic on: January 26, 2008 08:30:28 PM
Made these as part of a swap package for the Over 30 Geezer Swap.

My partner had a lot of things in her Wist list that helped me in the direction for the designs, and turns out they match her walls and home perfect!

Here is the finished Blue Flowers:

Here it is in her home:

Here is the matching light switch cover in her home:

Here is the Funky Abstract Mirror:

And in her home:

Cannot tell you how glad I am they worked out so well in mimiw's home!

Thanks for looking.  Smiley
249  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Caregiver Swap? on: January 18, 2008 05:08:50 AM
Are there any other Craftsters who are caregivers? Would you be interested in doing a swap?

It would be a way to have someone pamper you for a change. Perhaps make things that are comforting, relaxing, or just to make you laugh.

Any ideas, comments, suggestions would be welcome. Smiley
250  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Help with Bag Recon Formerly: Tips and Insight for Sewing Velvet on: January 13, 2008 07:31:11 AM
This was originally posted in bags, but I think for the stitching it is more appropriate here.

Okay, I'm in need of advice/help anything. I'm stumped with this project, and I'll try to be brief.

My Rabbi asked me to remake this tefillin bag that belonged to his Grandfather that passed away in 2007. Basically, all he wanted to save was the area with the stitching.

Before, you can see the velvet has some damage.

Warning: Please keep in mind the sewing is a rough version till I decide what to do with the bag.

Since it would be impossible to match the velvet I thought the best way would be to incorporate both black and blue. Then I thought doing it in a miter pattern would work, which brings me to here.

Then I considered adding some kind of stitching along the seam lines would help combine the old and new. Both in the velvet and thread. Either embroidery brier stitch maybe, or perhaps a machine zigzag?

Matching thread that is over 50 years old is not easy either. Here are the two threads I got that were the closest match. Which do you think?

Any advice, help, direction would be so very appreciated. I'm just stumped with this one.  Sad
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