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91  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Snowflake on: December 22, 2007 04:50:27 PM
I found the pattern for this online (http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/6340/sflaker2.html), but it had 8 points and, as a science geek, I just couldn't have that. So, I modified it to make it 6 points, and I eliminated the ring. It's a very easy pattern to make and I'll be making a couple more for last minute gifts!

92  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Floppy Disc Notebook on: December 22, 2007 04:45:37 PM
Using some old 5.25" floppy discs I found at a thrift store (brand new in the box), some cereal box cardboard, some binder rings and some scrap paper from school, I made a couple of notebooks/notepads. The guys I gave them to started to reminisce about the days when these discs were all that were available ("Double side, double density! Do you remember what a big deal that was?"). And, if anyone can find a computer that still takes these discs, they should still work because the holes are punched outside of the disk diameter! I'm a geek... and so are most of my friends Wink

93  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Magic Bows (tutorial included) on: December 08, 2007 12:42:10 PM
Well, I'll stick this in Winter Holidays, but only because it's winter now! In reality, these bows could be used throughout the year...

The backstory:
Over a year ago, I saw directions in my aunt's Threads magazine on how to make fabric bows. They were essentially a fabric tube with a ribbon running through it and strategically placed tack stitches. When you pulled the interior ribbon, the outer fabric tube "scrunched up" into a bow. Lame explanation, I know.

Anyway, my aunt made me a copy of the directions, which I promptly misplaced. But, the more I thought about it, I realized that I didn't need the directions anyway. Somewhere, I had a magic bow made of gift wrap ribbon and I could just use that for my inspiration. Instead of gift wrap ribbon, I used regular ribbon.

So, here is my first attempt, and it was a pretty quick and easy project! Sorry for the poor picture quality. For some reason, my camera decided that today was one of its days to take lousy pictures...

Sorry, no action shot! You need two hands to pull the bow into shape Wink

And now for the mini tutorial...

  • 40" (100 cm) each of two coordinating ribbons. One ribbon should be at least an inch wide, and the other should be no more than a half an inch. Depending on the size of the gift, you may also want to make the thinner ribbon longer than 40" so you have enough length to wrap around the package.
  • Matching thread
  • Tape measure
  • Fray check
  • Pins


1. Trim the edges of the large ribbon at an angle (or cut a V-notch in each end). Apply fray check to the cut edges of each ribbon.
2. Fold each ribbon in half and mark the center.
3. Center the thin ribbon on top of the wide ribbon and pin in place.

4. Tack the thin ribbon in place at the center point.
5. Fold the ribbons in half, sandwiching the thin ribbon inside the wide ribbon.
6. Measuring from the fold, pin along the top edge at the following points (Note: Be careful that you don't catch the thin ribbon in the pins. The thin ribbon must be able to move freely!):
2 5/8" (6.8 cm), 6 1/2 (16.5 cm), 10 1/4" (26 cm), 15 3/4" (40 cm)
7. Measuring from the fold, pin along the bottom edge at the following points (Again, keep the thin ribbon clear):
2 3/4" (7 cm), 6 1/8" (15.5 cm), 10 3/4" (27.2 cm), 15" (38 cm)

8. Tack along the edge (I used a zig-zag stitch in the same spot), at each marked point.
9. Holding onto the ends of the thin ribbon, slide the wide ribbon up the length of the the thin ribbon to "scrunch" it into a bow.
10. Tie it onto your package and you are finished!
94  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...
95  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)
96  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
97  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.

98  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.

99  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!
100  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...

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