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71  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Obama Campaign Poster Notebook on: October 26, 2008 06:13:06 PM
This summer, my uncle was expressing his political views, and he happened to mention that he didn't agree with the teachers' union. When I called him on it (I'm a teacher), he said he meant the NEA (National Education Association). He's also not an Obama fan. So, when I was at the state teachers' union summer conference, I managed to snag a campaign poster. I converted it in to a graph paper notebook using my Bind-It-All. Hopefully, he'll get it tomorrow. I wanted to give it to him myself, but it didn't work out. I hope he knows I'm teasing him...  Grin



I did tell my mum that if he really doesn't appreciate it, that I'll take it back...
72  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap R3: Signups CLOSED- Sendouts Dec. 5, 2008 on: October 24, 2008 04:33:40 PM
Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=279961.0

Swap name: Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: October 24, 2008 to November 21, 2008
Date to send item by: December 5, 2008
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A
Age requirement? NONE
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
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES

Details of swap:

This is a great little swap that can help you get rid of some of the last bits of yarn you have on hand, and pick up some more in some new colors! Its a fantastic way to add some variety to a scrap afghan, too!

Each person can swap with up to three people (first-time swappers may only swap with one other person).

Send 10 different 10-yard balls (or butterflies or however you prefer to neatly wind your wads) of worsted acrylic yarn to each of your partners, and youll get 10 back from each of your partners!

Please send on time! You can get these balls wound up way ahead of time and send as soon as you get your partner!

Delivery confirmation required.

Round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=247707.0
Round 1 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=249442.0
Round 2: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252330.0
Round 2 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254752.0

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

Name of swap: Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap Round 3
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 13 years old (yes/no)
Would you like to swap with 1, 2 or 3 partners (first time swappers are limited to 1 partner)?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens (pets, smokers, etc.) in your house?
Is there anything else youd like your partner(s) 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.


1. craftADDchick
2. myklia
3. fusbdgt
4. KRB
5. Daniethanas
6. LindaP
7. sunspotted
8. RondaS
9. cowgirlz101
10. Scream-a-little
11. imthecutest81- First time swapper! Yay!
12. CheyElizabeth
13. Mysterious
14. thanate
15. crazy4bags
16. MommyMac
17. esmecraftin
18. lucy van pelt
19. Rumpazel- First time swapper! Yay!

RondaS (3)
Receiving From: fusbudgt, Daniethanas, Scream-a-little
Sending To: craftADDchick, Scream-a-little, myklia

craftADDchick (3)
Receiving From: RondaS, Linda P, crazy4bags
Sending To: myklia, cheyelizabeth, esmecraftin

fusbdgt (2)
Receiving From: esmecraftin, cowgirlz101
Sending To: RondaS, myklia

Daniethanas (1)
Receiving From: lucy van pelt
Sending To: RondaS

Scream-a-little (2)
Receiving From: RondaS, imthecutest81
Sending To: Ronda S, thanate

myklia (3)
Receiving From: RondaS, fusbudgt, craftADDchick
Sending To: thanate, KRB, Linda P

Linda P (3)
Receiving From: Rumpazel, KRB, myklia
Sending To: craftADDchick, Rumpazel, MommyMac

KRB (3)
Receiving From: thanate, myklia, cheyelizabeth
Sending To: Linda P, MommyMac, crazy4bags

cowgirlz101 (2)
Receiving From: sunspotted, esmecraftin
Sending To: sunspotted, fusbdgt

imthecutest81 (1)
Receiving From: crazy4bags
Sending To: Scream-a-little

cheyelizabeth (2)
Receiving From: craftADDchick, sunspotted
Sending To: esmecraftin, KRB

Mysterious (1)
Receiving From: thanate
Sending To; esmecraftin

thanate (3)
Receiving From: myklia, MommyMac, Scream-a-little
Sending To: sunspotted, Mysterious, KRB

crazy4bags (2)
Receiving From: KRB, sunspotted
Sending To: imthecutest81, craftADDchick

MommyMac (2)
Receiving From: Linda P, KRB
Sending To: lucy van pelt, thanate

esmecraftin (3)
Receiving From: craftADDchick, cheyelizabeth, Mysterious
Sending To: sunspotted, fusbudgt, cowgirlz101

lucy van pelt (1)
Receiving From: MommyMac
Sending To: Daniethanas

Rumpazel (1)
Receiving From: Linda P
Sending To: Linda P

sunspotted (3)
Receiving From: cowgirlz101, esmecraftin, thanate
Sending To: crazy4bags, cowgirlz101, cheyelizabeth

73  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Melted Record Bowl and Bound Album Cover Book on: September 04, 2008 05:41:32 PM
Well, I know it's been done a million times, but this was my first attempt, and I'm tickled with how well it came out. I needed a quick birthday present for my musician sister-in-law for our family get-together tomorrow night. So, a stop at the local thrift store to nab a few albums, a quick check of a tutorial and the rest is history.

In a fantastic fluke, the bowl melted into a triangular shape with very well formed "ripples." The second photo shows the bowl a bit better. And then, I took the cover and used my Bind-It-All (which I've had since Christmas but finally had a chance to try recently- so much fun!!), and trimmed a bunch of graph paper (I hadn't intended to trim the paper, but I goofed with the BIA and had to trim the covers down a bit).

So, here is the lovely "Hooked on Classics" gift set!

74  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Jute Twine Trivet on: August 18, 2008 03:34:24 PM
So, my mom's birthday was Friday, and somehow, I didn't remember in time to pick up a gift certificate to her favorite store. And, since I was leaving early to head to her house, the store wasn't open for me to get one. So, around midnight, I decided that I would attempt to crochet her a trivet/hotpad using jute twine. Because time was short, and I was tired, I decided to stick with the basic granny square. It was a little bit rough on the fingers (so I may wear a band-aid or two the next time), but it came together quickly and the jute was easier to crochet with than I expected. I used a K hook and about 3/4 of the ball of twine (purchased at Home Depot...I bought the heavy duty twine).

I may make a circular one next to make it a little more rigid.
75  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Let Go, Let Mum on: August 18, 2008 03:28:40 PM
So, my siblings and I were heading to my mom's on Friday for her birthday. My sister thought it would be funny if we all wore shirts that said "Let Go, Let Mum" because my mom is such a take charge kind of gal...

So, after a bit of discussion about whether she'd be insulted, we decided to go ahead with it and the task to actually make them landed in my lap! I made them on Thursday and we wore them on Friday. My mom took it like a good sport! And, as she acted as a backseat driver later that day, a whispered, "Let Go, Let Mum" could be heard echoing through the car...

76  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Demon Cherry Purse on: July 28, 2008 11:53:17 AM
A while back, I saw the Arc Reactor Shirt made by pickled_peppers and knew that I had to have one for my brother's birthday. We decided to do a personal swap for one and when I checked out her wists, she had wisted a wallet in this fantastic cherry pattern and a handbag. I happened to have the exact same cherry fabric on hand, so I offered to make the handbag in the same fabric.

I cannot begin to tell you the troubles I had with this purse! I used a tutorial (sorry, I don't remember where I found it), but the measurements were a bit vague, so I had to do some figuring and finger-crossing. Then, it has a zipper closure, which I was excited to try, but I had misplaced my zipper foot. I finally had to buy a new one, then wait for it to arrive. When it did arrive, it didn't quite fit my machine, but I managed. Along the way, I managed to misplace the supplies more than once and run into other sorts of random obstacles (like my machine suddenly and randomly skipping stitches). And, the night before I finally put the final touches on it all, I pulled my back out!

I decided that the purse was possessed by a demon, hence the name...

But, all in all, I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. There are a couple of things I'd change should I ever get the courage to make another one, but overall, I'm happy!

Because the pattern on the fabric is busy, it's a bit hard to tell but there are two pockets on the front with buttoned flaps. It closes with a zipper and has a 32" strap. It's lined with black fabric. It's about 7" X 10" X 4" big (or small...).

And, because it was taking me so long, and pickled_peppers was being so good-natured about the whole thing, I also made a little coin purse. It has a little loop so she can attach it to a key ring if she wants.

And finally, the root of all of my problems, the Demon Cherry himself...


77  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / 2-Color Birthday T-shirts on: June 14, 2008 06:38:30 AM
After much success with freezer paper stencils, I decided to branch out and try 2 colors... I still need to work on this technique (and I'd love any advice!)...

I needed to make 2 birthday presents for today, so I decided to do each girl's initial and put some little images on them.

For this one, I stenciled the hearts first and then the letter. I ironed the freezer paper over the hearts to make the mask.

For this one, I stenciled the butterflies first and then because the were only on the borders of the letter, I only had to cut out the letter with the butterflies indented as a mask. I had some bleeding on this one and, because it was 11 pm when I was doing this, I forgot to put the center of the "A." I was going to put a white butterfly in the center (I had mixed the paint and knew I'd never be able to match the original butterfly color), but I was too tired to cut the butterfly. So, I used the "A" that I had cut out and ironed it down and put white paint in the center. But it bled horribly, so I had to fix it up with a toothpick "brush." It doesn't look to bad from a distance... and she's only 8...

78  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fibonacci Pillow (Paper Pieced) on: May 17, 2008 02:59:20 PM
So, for the Science IS Art! Swap, I decided that I had to make a pillow that used Fibonacci squares to make a Fibonacci Spiral. It is a series of squares with sides that follow this pattern: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34. I actually used a scaled down image, so the smallest square was about 1/4" square. Realizing that I could not easily sew such a tiny square, I decided to  use this tutorial by angelbum to help me figure out how to do it. It made it much easier!

I don't have a close-up shot (I think there might be a better one in the swap gallery!), which is kind of good since you can't see all of the mistakes (only some of them Wink ).

I wish I had used some paper piecing for the border strips to make sure that they came out straighter, but I know better for the next time. Also, I learned that my machine sews wiggly seams if I sew fast- it isn't me...really! I think the feed dogs wiggle... I used my plain old sewing machine to quilt the Fibonacci spiral into it.

I turned it into a pillow case, but since it was an oddly sized rectangle, I needed to make a muslin pillow form for the inside.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it came out. I had only done paper piecing once before (another pillow), but once I got going, I remembered how much I liked it. I don't have the patience for piecing quilt blocks together otherwise!

I brought it into work, and a couple of folks expressed a desire for a Fibonacci pillow of their very own, so I'll be able to fix some of the things I didn't like about this one.
79  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Grow-A-Bag Version 2- Lunch Bag Edition on: May 10, 2008 12:13:39 PM
Last year, I made a bag for the Bottomless Bag Challenge and I called it the Grow-A-Bag (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=150364.0). A few folks asked for a tutorial and somehow over a year went by before I finally got around to making one. This bag is the result.

It is modified from the original (a.k.a. Version 1) because A) It is smaller B) I used Velcro closures instead of buttons and loops and C) I made a placket to hide the upper piece of Velcro.

It isn't perfect, because I made a few measurement errors (hopefully corrected in the tutorial), and I used a cheap shower curtain liner as the bag lining. I already ripped the lining, so I'm sure it'll need replacing soon. Fortunately, I thought ahead and used a large stitch width for ease in "reverse sewing."

The bag has 3 size options:




This bag measures about 12" tall, 10" wide and 6" deep, give or take. Even with the errors in measuring, I'm still very happy with it! It's sized generously enough for me to put a small plate in the bottom without it tipping over. There is also plenty of room for my assorted lunch containers and large bottle of water. And, the Velcro is much better at holding the sections closed.

The tutorial is posted over in the Version 1 thread, if you're interested. There is also some info about figuring out new dimensions for the bag. I included a PDF link, too (but it's a 3.5 MB file, so it takes a while to download!).

Next up- Version 3- With zippers!!
80  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Practice Macro Photos (img heavy) on: April 26, 2008 08:31:34 AM
Well, after entering and then perusing the Macro Photo Challenge, I decided that I needed to play around with my camera a bit more. I let the camera do most of the work, but I think there is a way for me to exert a little more control...I'll just have to find the manual and do a bit of reading Wink

Anyway, here are some of my favorites out of the dozen or so that I took. And, I realized that one drawback to macro photos is that they make the dust look macro too!

Yoda Toy (still in package)

Eileen "heart" Stan (This is etched into the glass of one of the windows of my house...from the original owner, I think...because the family I bought it from didn't have an Eileen or a Stan...)

My pile of watches

Tree Cookies (slices of tree trunks)

Pencil Sharpener

Light Switch (my house is in the middle of work...)


Pine Cone

K'nex Guy

Green Bottle

I didn't manipulate any of these photos. I have Photoshop, but I don't really know how to use it  Tongue
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