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21  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP -- JANUARY 2016 (Sign-ups open, claiming starts 1/1/16) on: January 29, 2016 07:36:37 AM
I claim DearBluebird for geometric design! This could be interesting. Sorry for posting again so soon, but I really want to try this out!

2 claims / 0 sent / 0 received
(All due by Feb 12)

I live in Michigan, USA, and I don't really have any strict preferences or restrictions in terms of what I do/don't want to receive. Maybe no religion just for religion's sake? If it's part of the image or is done in a neat way, I don't mind religion itself: I just don't like prosetylizing. Not that I've ever in my life had that kind of issue with a crafter/swapper. So no worries!


My themes:
Owls
Octopuses/Octopi/Octopode
Illustrate a fairy tale/nursery rhyme
Supernatural (as in paranormal, though the Winchesters and company would be fine too)
Typography
Untranslatable words (illustrate one or just write up the definition all fancy-like)
Love/Romance
Van Gogh
Outer Space
Magic
Foreign Language
Powerful Women
Mixed Media
English/Grammar/Literature (however you would interpret that)
Artist's Choice

I hope that's a wide enough variety of themes: if not, I would welcome just about anything you come up with as Artist's Choice.
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2016 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: January 29, 2016 05:56:42 AM
A question for all of you: when you're claiming someone, do you publicly claim first and then start on the card, or do you make the card before actually claiming that person?

Ooh, and one question that I'm probably overthinking: when you add the list of claims/sent/received in your post where you claim someone, do you count the claims you're making in that post? I just claimed my first three people and said 3/0/0 in the same post. That's how it works, right?

In any case, I'm really happy to be getting back into ATCs. I used to have a big thick binder full of cards that I'd made and received but I'm not sure where it went. I'm sure I'll find it eventually.
23  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP -- JANUARY 2016 (Sign-ups open, claiming starts 1/1/16) on: January 29, 2016 05:17:47 AM
Hiya! I'm brand new to this thread, as late in the game as I am, but I'm ready to send out some ATCs!

Claiming rockingbearranch for Anna Atkins!

1 claim / 0 sent / 0 received

I live in Michigan, USA, and I don't really have any strict preferences or restrictions in terms of what I do/don't want to receive. Maybe no religion just for religion's sake? If it's part of the image or is done in a neat way, I don't mind religion itself: I just don't like prosetylizing. Not that I've ever in my life had that kind of issue with a crafter/swapper. So no worries!


My themes:
Owls
Octopuses/Octopi/Octopode
Illustrate a fairy tale/nursery rhyme
Supernatural (as in paranormal, though the Winchesters and company would be fine too)
Typography
Untranslatable words (illustrate one or just write up the definition all fancy-like)
Love/Romance
Van Gogh
Outer Space
Magic
Foreign Language
Powerful Women
Mixed Media
English/Grammar/Literature (however you would interpret that)
Artist's Choice

I hope that's a wide enough variety of themes: if not, I would welcome just about anything you come up with as Artist's Choice.


24  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Not technically new, but posting again for the first time in a while? on: January 28, 2016 07:51:16 AM
As you can probably tell from my post history, I've been here a while, on and off. I had a lot more time for creative stuff when I was in high school. I'm still crafting here and there, but now I don't post much of it anywhere. I lurk quite a bit, though. I like to browse the Recent With Pictures posts a few times a week, if not daily.

I'm Kat. Mostly I knit--rectangles. I've tried my hands at making socks, but I got super frustrated the first time I tried, and I haven't tried again. It's on my to-do list, though. I watched a video that made DPNs look pretty easy so maybe someday. I've made a lot of scarves in my day, but have recently stopped giving them away to people when I realized that I've only ever seen one person--my dear grandma--wear a scarf that I'd made for them. All that work--often using yarn specifically chosen by the person in question--and it just sits in a closet at best. That's discouraging. I wear my own work, though!

I've also been known to put stencils on clothing (inspired by the lack of merch for The Flash partway through the first season, I made my own STAR Labs hoodie, which I plan to post here soon), do a bit of sewing (nothing too fancy), and draw doodles and other things. I'm not a great artist (honestly, words are my preferred medium--I'm a writer), but I don't think there's a single person in the world who doesn't like the draw at least a little bit, right?

I'm back again for the accountability and...legitimacy? that posting here gives the crafty side of my personality, and because I'd like to do a bit of swapping here and there. Glad to be back!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "Country Couple" and "Do Not F--- With Me" Projects on: August 19, 2013 05:49:58 PM
Great stitching!

Thank you! Smiley
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Country Couple" and "Do Not F--- With Me" Projects on: August 19, 2013 02:53:03 PM
This first one came from a little cross-stitch kit that I found at a thrift store. Originally, the people were both supposed to have red hair, and the lady's dress was supposed to be the same color as the man's overalls, but I changed the pattern a little bit to make it look more like my grandparents.




This one, you probably recognize as a Subversive Cross Stitch pattern. I made this for my sister's birthday, and I changed it just the tiniest little bit. I didn't really care for the pastel thread colors (and I didn't have any anyway), so I used some of the super-bright, almost-neon colors that I already had. Also there are a couple of instances where I added an extra stitch to a section (that first gorram "t" makes me so angry), and I had to undo quite a few rows because apparently I'm really bad at counting stitches. (The fact that I used 16 count aida cloth instead of 14 didn't help much either, oops.) But all in all, I'm pretty proud of it, and I'm hoping she likes it.

 
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27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Owl" Protect Your iPod! on: June 20, 2011 05:48:34 PM
My dads got me an iPod Touch the Christmas before last, and they gave me a pink iPhone case at the same time. In the intervening months, the case has gotten dirty and scratched up, and I figured it was time for a change anyway! This only took me about two, two and a half hours, and it was really fun to make.




The colors are quite a bit brighter in real life--isn't that always the case? The bobbly bits on his beak are double french knots--I finally got the hang of them last night, so I wanted to try them out.


Here's the back. Looking at it again, I probably should have used more teal instead of pink, since I used teal for the "feathers" on the other side, but I'm still happy with it!


Close-up shot of the button. I used it even though it's the wrong color, because the design reminded me a little bit of an owl's face.


28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My First Completed Cross-Stitch Piece! (And it's Harry Potter-related, at that!) on: June 13, 2011 07:53:54 PM
Last week, I found a cross stitch kit at a dollar store near me, and it reminded me that I've been wanting to learn to cross-stitch for years now. I picked it up and took it home, then watched about thirty seconds of a "basics of cross-stitch" video on YouTube, and away I went!

The kit I bought was huge and pretty boring, even though it's a cute picture, so I put it to the side after only a few sections and went out to buy my own materials. I came up with this design after remembering that my friend's birthday is coming up. She's huuuugely into Harry Potter, and Gryffindor, so...it was kind of a no-brainer.



The colors are a bit richer and closer to the proper "house colors" in person.
Also, I have since ironed it and put it into a little frame. Wheee!

Time: Four hours, tops.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So there once was this shirt. on: May 04, 2009 02:38:03 PM
It's cute, but I'd love to see a better photo of it. Smiley
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Doggy-Boggan! on: January 02, 2009 02:57:38 PM
So I got the book in the first picture for Christmas, and in it was a very simple hat pattern. Seriously, this is so simple I was forehead-smacking myself for hours after seeing it. So I plan on making a full-sized version for my boyfriend, but first I wanted to be sure I could make it.

ENTER THE PUPPY!
I made her one to perhaps keep her ears warm in the snow--though of course she'd never keep it on her head. So I added some straps--just single-chains of finger crochet, since I couldn't find a hook.



ACTION SHOT!

One day my dog will rise up and kill me in my sleep.
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