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101  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Melting Madness Swap Gallery on: September 18, 2007 03:53:18 PM
Can't wait to see all of the melted goodies that everyone receives!

Here is the original post...
102  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Road Trip Dishcloth on: August 29, 2007 05:42:41 PM
While traveling in relative comfort (I was sitting in a nice comfy chair in an RV) on a recent road trip, I was amazed to find that I didn't get car sick when I crocheted and so I crocheted a dishcloth. Of course, if I had gotten carsick, I would have had a dishcloth handy to clean up the mess...

Introducing, "The Road Trip Dishcloth!" I made it with Sugar N' Creme cotton yarn (I bought it on a cone and I no longer have the label for the color). I don't remember what hook size I used, but it was probably an I or a J.

It isn't anything fancy, and I made the pattern up as I went along (but it could already exist somewhere...it isn't very original Wink ). Here it is if you are interested! And, as a warning, I've never written out a pattern before, so if it doesn't make sense, let me know and I'll try to clarify. I wrote it out after I finished, but I think it's right Wink

"Road Trip Dishcloth"

Ch 27
Row 1: Sk 2 ch (counts as 1st hdc); hdc across (26 hdc total)
Row 2: ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc); hdc across (26 hdc total)
Row 3: Repeat row 2
Row 4: ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc); hdc in next st, ch 1, sk next stitch; (2 hdc, ch 1, sk next st) across, ending with 2 hdc (8 sets of 2 hdc, ch 1, sk next st plus 2 hdc)
Rows 5-7: Repeat row 2
Row 8: Repeat row 4

Repeat rows 5-8 until desired length, ending with a row 7.

For border: hdc around, with 2 hdc in each corner.

I did a total of 23 rows (5 sets of the pattern repeat, ending with 3 rows of hdc)
103  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Melting Madness Swap! Sign-ups CLOSED; Send-out by 10/09/07 on: August 26, 2007 09:05:14 AM
Swap name: Melting Madness Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: 8/26/07- 9/13/07
Date to send item by: 10/09/07
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages

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

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

Details of swap:
Unleash your inner melt-o-maniac! This is the swap where you get to melt random objects to your hearts content and make them into something useful/creative/decorative/all-of-the-above. What kind of random objects? The choice is yours, but it should probably be some kind of plastic (unless you have laser vision or access to an industrial furnace and can melt steel!). Plastic pyromaniacs unite!

You will need to craft 1 large item, 2 medium items and 2 small items (or the equivalent: 2 large, 2 small or 1 large, 3 medium, etc.). Please ship with a DC# and remember to PM me with the DC# when you ship and when you receive. Also, make sure to show off what you receive- feedback will not be given until you have posted the pics of what you have received. If you are not able to take the pics yourself, check to see if your partner can post pics of what was sent.

And, safety firstplease make sure that you do all of your melting with adequate ventilation and proper fire safety. We dont want any melted Craftsters!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
Name of swap: Melting Madness Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (please type exactly as it should appear on the package):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
What types of items would you be melting (i.e. plastic toys, CDs, plastic bottles, etc.)?
What types of melted items would you like to receive (i.e. bowls, jewelry, art, etc.)?
What are your favorite colors and/or themes?
Is there anything that you do not want to receive (i.e. jewelry, bowls, art, etc.; specific themes; specific colors)?
Is there anything else that you would like your swap partner to know?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Need some inspiration or guidance along your path to melting nirvana? Check out these(and thanks to sweets4ever and PinkyK for most of these links:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187964.10 (check out reply #13 on page 2 for a tutorial by Kappy)

And beyond beads...

The gallery is located at: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=196925.0
104  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Owl Swap Round 4- 1 Angel needed- FOUND! on: August 03, 2007 01:36:06 PM
I need one more angel for the owl swap! Thanks!

Swap Name: Owl Swap Round 4
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=163606.0
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173449.0
# of Flakers: 5

As of 08/03/07 an Angel is needed for:
lovefindslove- FOUND! dinostar has volunteered to angel. Thanks so much!

Since I wasn't the original organizer, I don't have her questionnaire info. But, if you PM me that you are interested, I can get that info to you.

Please let me know if you are/are not willing to send out of the country.

105  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Owl Swap Round 4- 3 Angels needed- FOUND all 3! on: July 21, 2007 05:48:55 PM
Swap Name: Owl Swap Round 4
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=163606.0
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173449.0
# of Flakers: 5

As of 7/21/07 Angels are needed for:
Missedakick- FOUND! PatriaE will angel for Missedakick! Thanks for volunteering!  Wink
kathleenalice- FOUND! superhooker will angel for kathleenalice! Thanks for volunteering!
PixieDust721- FOUND! KittyVegas will angel for PixieDust721! Thanks for volunteering!

Since I wasn't the original organizer, I don't have their questionnaire info. But, if you PM me that you are interested, I can get that info to you.

Please let me know if you are/are not willing to send out of the country.

106  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Owl Swap Round 4 Gallery! on: May 30, 2007 06:24:51 PM
Yay! Packages are being sent and received! Can't wait to see the pics!
107  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Zipper Pouch on: May 23, 2007 05:23:24 PM
A few months ago, I made this sample piece (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=146877.msg1507923;topicseen#msg1507923) from a Japanese crochet book.

I finally got around to making something with it! I picked up some fat quarters and a zipper and followed the tutorial for a lined zipper pouch (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0). I tried out something new with the zipper (still needs work), but overall, I'm pretty happy with it. Which is good, since it's a gift. I probably should have blocked it first, since it bows on the sides...lesson learned.

The crocheted piece is just on the front- I stitched it on to the fabric...

108  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Don't Go In The Water! on: April 26, 2007 07:40:44 PM
Movie: Jaws

Bag Title: Don't Go In The Water!

As a kid, this movie terrified me, especially since I swam in the ocean near Martha's Vineyard, where the movie was filmed (I think). As an adult, this movie still terrifies me, but at least now I can appreciate what a great movie it is!

So here he is, complete with bloody, dismembered victim that doubles as a lip balm cozy. His beady eyes are looking for his next victim!

There are 2 zipper compartments, and the larger one is lined with a batik fabric that looks a lot like intestines!

And the unfortunate victim...

Jaws is made out of grey fleece, red duck cloth, white felt, and cotton fabric for the lining. The victim is made out of muslin, sharpie (for face and blood) and fun fur. There is a strap on the back (visible in first photo) and the whole thing is about 8-10 inches long (lip balm cozy/victim can be used for scale).
109  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / What to make when you can only crochet a rectangle... on: April 19, 2007 07:06:18 PM
Here are a couple of purses that I made when I was in the process of re-learning how to crochet. Each one is essentially a rectangle (okay, maybe a little bit trapezoidal) that I folded in thirds and stitched together. For the first one, I made the strap out of a long chain. And, I had this very cute ladybug button that matched perfectly. The second one was made on a long flight from Boston to San Francisco. I wasnt in the mood to make a dishcloth (my mom made one and gave it to the flight attendant who gave us some good places to go in SF), so I made this up. The strap is short rows of double crochets. Im especially proud of my button for this. I didnt happen to bring a button along, and at cruising altitude, a craft store just wasnt handy. So, I crocheted around the tab from my complimentary beverage Wink

110  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / How can I make an ink pad for alcohol inks? on: April 11, 2007 06:45:31 PM
I bought a bunch (about a dozen) of re-inkers of Tim Holtz (I think) alcohol inks and I don't want to spend a ton of money on ink pads for each one.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I can use as an ink pad?

I was thinking of using some cosmetic sponges (the ones that come in the wedge shape) and storing them in a plastic container, but I wasn't sure if this would work... Huh

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!  Smiley
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