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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 10/01/13 It's not good-bye, it's see you later! jungrrl moving on from Craftster on: October 05, 2013 06:41:41 PM
Wow! I'm so glad I finally logged on, and clicked on the first image I saw.  Smiley Needless to say, jungrrl, you have a special place in my crafty heart and I think I'm going to have to trek to another Renegade just to wish you well in this new endeavor. You have rocked, you currently rock, and will continue to rock, going from one dream-job to a new dream-job. I'm excited for you!  Kiss
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS Winter Market 2013 Discussion Thread on: September 10, 2013 01:34:36 PM
Hi all! I haven't had home-internet most of this year and have been crazy-busy with work and school, so I'm neither making much nor craftstering much, and not swapping at all...but hi! I hope to return in the future, I miss y'all!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Re: Altered Book Swapping + Crocheted Pillow on: August 22, 2013 07:29:29 PM
Just saw this, as I've been a Craftster absentee this year!  The altered book spread absolutely rocks and so does the pillow, which is proudly perched out in my living room.  Grin I didn't have my own space to live in when Ma Rut made these for me, and so now that I do I love being able to decorate with great swap-stuff!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market-Discussion Thread! on: January 17, 2013 04:58:03 PM
Agreed! If you aren't planning on doing much bookbinding in the next couple years, it might not be worth buying a whole bottle (unless you want to offer your leftover PVA in your STS shop... Wink). But because it's thicker than Elmer's, it doesn't make paper wrinkle/warp quite as much, which is a big plus.

Non-adhesive options include using your sewing machine, or connecting the pages with grommets, though those aren't the most subtle options. But more subtle than, say, duct tape (which I have used to bind books once in a while).  Smiley

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market-Discussion Thread! on: January 04, 2013 06:02:41 PM
Calluna! I live about an hour away from Solvang! They have the BEST Ableskivers (sp?) ever! So delicious and their candy store--especially the salt water taffy---if worth splurging on  Wink

Oh! I didn't realize that's where you live -- I was born in Ventura and semi-grew-up there!  Grin  Have you met DesignVigilante yet? (I still need to)

I'm so glad that tentacle bag went to suereal; she really is the perfect recipient!
I'm making a blank book over the weekend for my supervisor's birthday. And making another hat for someone else, and some snazzy armwarmers for me (I got me a skein of Red Heart Boutique Magical that I'm really excited to play with). Then starting some yoga classes, somewhere in between.  Cheesy I really haven't made progress on anything to offer in the next round of STS yet!  Embarrassed And one of my resolutions is to develop my outer-life instead of hiding in my inner world all the time (I love my inner life, but it's time I start bringing some of its awesomeness out to share!)...which means somewhat less art and crafting, when I sense that I'm using it as a crutch to wall off the rest of the world. Maybe it will also mean more yakking on Craftster, though.  Wink
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market-Discussion Thread! on: December 28, 2012 05:22:45 PM
I have to make a baby blanket in the coming months, as well! Thankfully the woman who asked me to make it for her has no appreciation/need for something fancy, she just likes the idea of having something made for her.  Smiley Michaels has ALL yarn on sale this week, so I got enough to last me through 2013, probably (after getting a bunch at the thrift store, too)! --It isn't a lot, I'm just really slow in getting through the yarn I have.  Wink

It was a non-crafty Christmas for me, but still really good and I'm giddily happy with my new job and starting a new year! I did get to visit a highly-regarded spinning and weaving store in the strange little town of Solvang last weekend, but they were closing as I was getting there and I was overwhelmed with all the fiber options so I didn't end up buying anything. Still, now I know where to go if I ever need to spoil a fellow spinner!   Grin
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market-Discussion Thread! on: December 08, 2012 11:24:31 AM
Other than trying to finish my school semester's work this weekend (deadlines are tomorrow and Monday; what am I doing on Craftster!?), I'm struggling with deciding what to make out of this handspun yarn, since no one claimed it from my shop! These are swatches I did this week to see how the stripes would turn out:


I love the colors and stripes, and it's all fairly even (for my rudimentary spinning, at least  Smiley). There's just under 300yds, and it's a little too scratchy, for my preference, to be an item that touches the skin (other than if it were, perhaps, slippers or a hat). It's also very fullable/feltable, so I thought about making a fulled bowl/box/vessel with it, but I'm liking the look of the stitches, too.

What do you think would be the best use for this yarn? I'm all ears (but not very skillful -- basic crochet techniques, and loom-knitting with a 60-stitch maximum width, is all I'm good for, when it comes to yarn  Cheesy).
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES / Re: Thread Mache Mask: Using Only Thread and Glue! JUST THREAD IT, with TUTE! on: December 06, 2012 04:54:40 PM
Love your creation, and love your hair, too! It's exactly what I want out of my next haircut! (sorry that's a little off-topic, but I hate to hold back a compliment.  Smiley)
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sweaters I've made in the last few weeks for my daughter on: December 02, 2012 05:30:01 PM
So cute!  And I agree--"more rainbows" is always the best choice!  Grin
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market-Discussion Thread! on: November 30, 2012 03:41:21 PM
I concur with all!  Grin And the break will definitely help me to replenish my stock and (maybe) finish some of the many things I had intended to add to my shop this round, but didn't find the time to complete. Of course, I can't really offer the A Christmas Story tree ornaments I've been working on (cross-stitched leg lamp!) in the Spring, but maybe some other things will materialize by then.  Smiley I have almost two months of a break from school coming up, so I might be a little more productive on the crafty side. It's a good thing I didn't embark on the "50 projects" goal/thread this year; I would've failed miserably.  Cheesy But yes, let's keep yakking it up here in the interim, because the worst part about taking a break from STS is losing contact with all you great people.  Kiss

Also, I just got promoted into a new position at the company that hired me a couple months ago, and this one has health benefits! I haven't had health insurance for 5 years, so this is a big yay! Tonight is my last night of work, with my shift beginning at 5:30pm -- Monday I will start working a shift that begins at 6:30am. My inner clock is going to be really confused and cranky!
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