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11  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 28, 2014 08:13:23 AM
I've been in a class since school got out (school ended Tuesday, class started Wednesday) and have been so tired at the end of the day that not much has happened.

Mr. Toast is helping us with an experiment!

And, one of the other teachers in my class (I work with her) is going to the beach today, and wanted to take Mr. Toast. Since it may be his only chance to get to the beach, I sent him off to the New Hampshire coastline with her. I'm sure that, on Monday, he will share all of his adventures with me.

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12  Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- SU: until July12, 2014; SO: August 6, 2014 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by craftADDchick on: June 22, 2014 04:04:34 PM

Link to the gallery!

Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
 Sign-up date range: June 22, 2014- July 12, 2014
 Date to send item by: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

 Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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
 - Has posted at least 15 times: YES
 - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
 - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
 - Does not have any negative feedback: YES
 - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
 - If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
 - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

 Details of swap:
 Do you love making Teesha Moore-style patches? Have you always admired them but haven't yet caught the TM bug? Well, this could be the swap for you!

In this round of the TM Patch Swap, you will be crafting for 1 or 2 partners (first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner) and from 1-3 patches (you and your partner should agree on the exact number).

Also, you will have the option of exchanging a TM Patch Supply kit with your partner (contents of kit may include: floss, fabric, embellishments {buttons, beads, ribbons, charms, etc}, poly-fil, etc.).

Let's keep this swap simple and limit it to the sending of patches and kits (if you love sending extra things, consider adding those in to a kit Smiley ).

There are lots of inspirational patches from previous swaps, so check out some of the galleries here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.#axzz2yLfpYtaO (This was the last round we had!)




IF your are new to making patches, here are some links to Teesha Moore's own video tutorials showing you her techniques. You won't want to miss these.

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

 Name of swap: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2!
 Craftster username:
 Email address:
 Your real name:
 Mailing address including the country (please put it in the proper format for mailing to your country):
 Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
 Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
 Do you want one or two partners?
How many patches would you like to make for each partner (Organizer will attempt to match partners based on this information as much as possible)?
Do you also want to exchange a kit with your partner(s), in addition to the patches?
List at least four themes to inspire your partner: (Some themes from previous swaps were the beach, peace and love, buttons, rainbows, DOTD, trees and nature, literature, stripes and polkadots, craftster's choice.)
List peferred size range, if you have one:
Preferred colors, if any:
Are there any colors or themes you really don't want to receive?
Are odd shapes desireable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or WIST site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. craftADDchick
2. quaggy
3. stillatthetop
4. Sharalee
5. fancybutch
6. jkaywiz
7. noodle-bug
8. GoldenSunshine
9. goatgoddess
10. milkeway
11. Inselaeffchen
12. Watsonc7
13. cabaute
14. Craftsunderground
15. smileyyogini
16. DaphadillyArt
17. crazyda79
18. BriannaB03
19. madcrafter
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13  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 22, 2014 03:02:14 PM
Here are some pictures of Mr. Toast on the field trip to the local science & nature museum (The Ecotarium)!

Clockwise from the top left: Studying the marble machine, checking out the African Ecosystems dioramas, getting "eaten" by a giant clam, meeting the baby skunk, and checking to see what time it is on the sundial!
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14  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 22, 2014 02:50:04 PM
Mr. Toast is just a teeny bit jealous of all of Burton's beer adventures! He's been accompanying me on student field trips, so no beer allowed for chaperones! I'll have to post a couple of pictures of the trips once I re-charge my battery.

But, here's a picture of Mr. Toast helping out on another day of canning (yesterday). Here, he's inspecting the dilly beans. We made some DELICIOUS apricot jam with maple and vanilla, so he made himself a bit scarce after the dilly beans...

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15  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: June 22, 2014 02:26:46 PM
Sneaking in a few projects this weekend! And, next week, I have to get my Father's Day present made, so I will have another prompt done this month. Whew!

Prompt:  June Battle:  Rock vs. Paper vs. Scissors vs. Lizard vs. Spock- SCISSORS!!
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Chair Re-upholstery Job
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: When my friend moved into her house, a lot of furniture was left behind (and I got to take an old sofa), including a chair in desperate need of a makeover. She bought the fabric, but we were never able to pin down a time when I was able to come over and help... she's been in the house for about 5 years... Today was the day! We hit the big box home improvement store to get the rest of the supplies, and finished just in time for her to get to a graduation party. We had to use SCISSORS to cut plenty of fabric for this (especially since we cut one piece too small). I have plans to incorporate some of the leftover fabric into another prompt, since it's so pretty!

Project Picture:

Prompt:  Team Spirit (Wordy-Quotes)
Team: Textbook
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Leadership Quotes
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I designed these leadership quotes to give as gifts to our graduating 8th grade Student Leadership Council members who had been with us since 6th grade. Once I had the layout for each quote set up the way I wanted, I saved them as an image file and got them printed on glossy photo paper. I popped them into the frames and got them wrapped just before the 8th graders left for the ceremony. I had a hard time deciding which quote was my favorite, but I had to go with the Kennedy quote because good leaders should always keep learning!

Project Picture:

Prompt:  Team Spirit (Randomizer- Time Machine)
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Early Summer Canning!
Project Link:
Brief Description: Whenever I spend a day canning, I feel like I've traveled back to the days when home canning was a typical food preservation method. Now that it's having a bit of a comeback (with so many amazing recipes available), I also feel like I will be well prepared for any future disaster scenarios Smiley So, it's a bit of the past and the future all rolled into one! This picture shows (L-R): Rhubarb Orange Butter, Smooth Apricot Jam with Maple & Vanilla (this is so delicious, I might have a hard time sharing any), Balsamic Strawberry Sauce, Dilly Beans.

Project Picture:

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16  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 08, 2014 06:34:29 PM
We went to see my brother in The Music Man today and, while I don't have a picture of Mr. Toast with him in person, I have a shot of him with my brother's headshot Smiley I had to crop it because some other cast members faces were in the picture, and the glare happened because I couldn't be fussy (there was a guy kindly leaning out of the way while I was taking it).

We went out to eat afterwards, but I didn't get a picture of us all together...
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17  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 01, 2014 04:30:58 PM

Oooh excellent, I wish he was so helpful when he's at home!! Wink  Perhaps you're domesticating him!

Burton and I have been into Cheltenham today for a little shopping and sightseeing, he's tuckered out now so he's snoozing!

I'm glad Burton is getting out and about!

Mr. Toast was very helpful with the mower assembly, but decided it was too hot and sunny to help with the actual mowing (he didn't want to get a sunburn).

Here he is, helping to unpack the mower (and he was very careful when using the box cutter, too!):

And then he used the wrench to help attach the handle:

I think he was feeling pretty manly after that (although not manly enough to help with the mowing!). I came in after cutting the grass to find him sitting on the sofa, watching sports!
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18  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: May 31, 2014 11:29:59 AM
Inselaeffchen, what cute little felt owls (and I can absolutely believe they took a long time!), and that tea mug cozy is certainly a nice item to have! The dragon cushion cover and unicorn towel came out great! Did you have trouble getting the flocked vinyl to iron on? I sometimes have trouble with it (and end up wasting a lot!). And, that mini gnome is adorable, especially with those sweet little eyelashes! I love the cards you made, too (did you use the Silhouette... I love how versatile it is!).

bunny1kenobi, what a touching tribute to your brother!

Battle/Challenge:  April: You're the best around
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Crocheted Shark Booties!
Project Page Link (if available): n/a (but maybe soon...)
Brief Description: A friend at work posted a picture of these on Facebook with a plea for someone to make them for her son. I was nominated, and started on them almost a month ago. They weren't really hard to make, but I had to make double of everything (and I don't do well with duplicating projects Smiley ), and then sew all of the bits together. I hated the project until I stitched on all of the fins, and started to really like it when I crocheted the teeth. But, the eyes were what pushed me over to loving them. Unfortunately, I realized after I put them on my very obliging model, that the posts of the safety eyes (which are perfect for the project!!) will scratch the baby's legs, so tomorrow, I'll have to cut them off and stitch on felt eyes (although I might see if I can score some black vinyl to get that perfect shine to the eyes).

Project Picture:

Battle/Challenge:  May: Going Postal
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Mandala
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I am a big fan of the blog Attic24, and this year, the blog's author (Lucy) is soliciting crocheted mandalas for the local event "Yarndale." Last year, she collected granny triangles and made a gigantic bunting, but this year she's requesting one mandala (per sender). I wasn't able to contribute last year (darn broken wrist!), so I was happy to whip this one up. I used Chris Simon's Dream Spiral pattern (the center portion) to make most of it, and then added 2 extra rounds. I had a lot of trouble getting the last round to lay flat, and frogged it twice, so it isn't a perfect circle (because, again, I don't well with doing things over again). It's made with Sugar N' Cream cotton.

Project Picture:

Battle/Challenge:  May: Department of the Interior
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Kitchen Appliance Rack
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I have one cabinet (over the sink) and about 2 feet of counter space (beside the sink) in my kitchen (my house was built in 1920 and had a pantry area that I converted into a laundry room for now), so storage space is at a premium. My microwave and toaster oven were on a rickity cart that had a storage area at the bottom (but once stuff went in there, I never used it) and so when I saw the metal rack that my brother and sister-in-law had in their kitchen for their microwave (and other stuff), I knew I needed one. I spend the evening clearing out the area (emptying the old cart, cleaning the floor under it, etc.), and then put the rack together (and although it said it assembles in less than 30 minutes, it took me a bit longer). Sadly, it didn't fit exactly how I wanted it to, so I turned it 90 degrees and now it sticks out a little bit beyond the fridge. But, it's going to hold so much stuff (I need to get some more plastic bins for the bottom shelf), that I don't care! And, I see a few appliance cozies in my future... and vinyl labels (cut with the Silhouette) for the bins Smiley If this was gold instead of silver in color, I could have counted it as a UFO, since I've had the rack since early December!

Project Picture: (sorry that the picture is sideways!)

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19  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: May 26, 2014 07:11:03 PM
Here's Mr. Toast all wrapped up in his blanket to watch a couple of French films on a chilly evening at home. He's sitting in my usual spot on the sofa!

As for today, he's debating whether or not to accompany me on a trip to NH for a bit of canning. Since we're not canning jam, he's thinking he might join me!

Ooh that sounds fun, on both counts!!!  Grin

Mr. Toast quite enjoyed the French films (a classic film, Diabolique, and a more recent one, L'Enfant).

And, even though we didn't get to see much of NH {besides my friend's kitchen} he seemed to enjoy the day of canning. We finished up much more quickly than we usually do, so perhaps it was due to Mr. Toast's assistance!

Here he is supervising the preparations:

And here he is inspecting the finished goods (pickled mushrooms, pickled ramps, and Victoria sauce {rhubarb sauce}).

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20  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: May 25, 2014 06:20:40 AM
Here's Mr. Toast all wrapped up in his blanket to watch a couple of French films on a chilly evening at home. He's sitting in my usual spot on the sofa!

As for today, he's debating whether or not to accompany me on a trip to NH for a bit of canning. Since we're not canning jam, he's thinking he might join me!
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