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21  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JANUARY 2015 ( Sign up Jan 1 - Jan 31) on: January 20, 2015 11:25:26 AM
I claim Allegrae for vintage Candyland board game.

This is my 1st claim, 0 sent/0 received.

I'm Heather, in Central California. Nudity, progressive politics, glitter, adult themes/language and religion are all fine, but please no hatefulness or horror/gore/intentional-gross-out. I'm also fine with extra thickness and dimensional embellishments. Bonus points for stretching and experimentation beyond your artistic comfort zone, even if the resulting card isnt what you were hoping to achieve!

My list:
- queer/lgbt-friendly/-affirmative
- an altered playing card - with number and suit visible on the card - either open theme, or with female nudity created by women--celebrating the female form in all its shapes, colors and sizes, as something more than a commodity for men's viewing pleasure, as standard nudie playing cards have always been. Explore your own issues re nudity and the body, and bring them into your art as much or as little as you want to.
- world religions, spirituality...Maybe a mini prayer rug, a goddess, or a decorated Hindu cow?
- opalescent/iridescent/metallic
- use an unusual medium
- imagined voyages, magical adventures in any realm, or steampunk grandiosity
- delightful absurdity/nonsense
- chakras, meditation, yoga, herbalism, that kind of thing
- weather
- what other grumpy animals would be Grumpy Cat's friends?
- a wonderful quotation in wonderful penmanship
- aesthetics of India, SE Asia, or Morocco
- happy dogs riding in cars/trucks
- Latin America
- saucy, succulent wild women of the past, present, or imagination
- the creative process
- pit bull or staffordshire terrier (positive portrayal)
- just about any animal, fish, bird, or insect, either realistic or well-dressed and dignified.
- naughty librarian, or other librarian stereotypes turned on their heads
- rear-view of an animal (its facing away)
- an archetype that speaks to you
- interactive, moving or pop-up elements
- Gustav Klimt-inspired
- toys, games, theme parks or playgrounds of yesteryear
- real pressed plants or plantable seeds incorporated into the card (maybe the card itself could even be planted!)
- artist's choice - whatever brings you joy to create!

22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap discussion thread 2015 on: January 17, 2015 10:28:55 AM
I just sent in my sign-up; I was lurking and got inspired by Allegrae's "Vintage Candyland" theme.  Grin
23  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Bumble the Abominable Snowman on: January 14, 2015 06:48:38 PM
Hi pinokeeo!! I was just thinking about you in recent weeks!
24  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bumble the Abominable Snowman on: January 13, 2015 08:54:28 PM
My first post on this board!


I made this Bumble for Shop the Swap, but then he ended up going to my mom instead.

I didn't follow a pattern, and I goofed up and improvised and experimented so much that he's a little too wonky to try to chart. But that's part of why I like him.  Grin I have the arms going in different directions and they aren't attached symmetrically since that just seems more monster-y. I had a little yarn left so I tried to make Bumble II, but he needed some changes (especially the terrified look on his face!) so I frogged a lot of this one and he's still in-progress:
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vintage pinup pattern modified into Bride of Frankenstein on: January 13, 2015 08:25:17 PM
I forgot to post this tea towel I made for a friend in 2013.

This image started its life as Vogart 138, "Pin Up Girl with Powder Puff":

...but my pinup-loving friend also loves Halloween and classic movie monsters, so I wanted to make some modifications.  Smiley I printed out the original image, drew the changes on it, and then punched through the paper with a light-colored gel pen at many intervals so I could follow the dots and then eyeball the details.

26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: FOC Second Chance Swap Wishlist Swap 2015 on: January 13, 2015 03:53:31 PM
Hello all, Im Heather in central California. Ive been away from Craftstering and my internet friends for a while because Im super-busy keeping my head above water with grad school (Im a librarian/archivist in the making), job, homemaking, a big relationship, crafting for local people (something I never used to do because I preferred Craftster swaps!  Cheesy but I can't afford it these days), and self-care. Lifes good, though.
My style runs a gamut of granola-bohemian-earthy, multicultural, vintage, androgenous, whimsical, sparkly, and functional. But writing the previous sentence is the most Ive thought about my style in the past two years, which probably says more about my style than the previous sentence. I love reuse, repurposing and upcycling, so I'm happy to receive clean, used materials. Please dont send things that smell of smoke, mildew, or artificial fragrances. If you'd like to make me something wearable, Im small-sized and petite (read short, haha).

My Craftster profile has more info, and theres always Pinterest (the Inspiration boards are for my own reference, not wishlists), but also please feel free to PM me with any questions.

My wishlist:

- sweater chain, with reclaimed materials
- unique charms and baubles that arent necessarily attached to jewelry
- shawl pin

Image Repro and Dyes
- ombre-dying a plain, light-weight hippie/maxi skirt or dress
- a set of full-sized sheets: tie-dye, batik, ombre, screenprint, stamp, indigo, or whatever other thing you want to do with them

- plarn flip-flops
- luscious batts/roving/carded fiber for spinning or felting
- a calorimetry
- socks of any length (Im a womens US size 7.5)
- something inspired by my Ravelry favorites

- something like what was in the Felt Badge Swaps.
- I'll never turn down handmade clothing of any kind, especially reconstructed or patched-together items.
- 1-2 reusable cloth pads with snap closure
- a water-resistant bag to be mounted on bicycle handlebars. Doesnt have to be pretty, just big enough to fit a few bike-commuting essentials. Maybe reconstructed from a fanny-pack?
- a Teesha Moore patch
- embroidery on a fitted t-shirt or tank

- A tiny book (can be filled on a theme, or blank)
- a sampling of labels, tags, frames, or accents cut from your Sizzix, Spellbinders or Cricut. Non-kidsy/cutesy, no words or specificobjects. Any size, any weight. Can be solid or designed paper (doesnt have to be an attractive color or pattern), and Im not concerned about whether its archival quality.
- Mail art, such as a 4x4 chunky page, an ATC, a few inchies, or any size art journal page. Some themes and attributes I'm fond of are here; again, don't feel limited by them.

- homemade soap
- other homemade skin or hair care items
- tea youve concocted
- long-lasting foods youve prepared -- jam, preserves, cured olives, dehydrated fruit or jerky, roasted nuts, etc.

Mixed Media and Misc
- a wall-hangable shrine, nicho, or decorated mirror (such as the wooden Ikea mirror with large surface area)
- prayer flag
- bolster, throw-pillow, or seat cushion, crafted in your specialty (i.e. patchwork, embroidered, felted, screenprinted, covered with buttons, etc). No ruffles, please.
- a Craftster Scouts merit badge that you believe I have earned -- Ideas discussed at length over on the Friends of Craftster off-topic chit-chat board , or I can share ideas via PM
- something that will help me learn and practice herbalism
- something showcasing your skill in creative reuse/repurposing/upcycling
- something with a mandala, hamsa/eye-of-fatima, chakra symbols, or a labyrinth
- Miniature artifacts, signs of residency in nature, or curiosity-cabinet fodder, such as anything in the Wee House Craftalong or Phizzy's Fairy Godmother Cabinet

Thank you!!
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! on: November 18, 2014 01:02:32 PM
I was intentionally not-too-active in this round, but it was good for me to get my feet wet again, after being swapless for a couple years. Good to "see" everyone again!  Smiley
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! on: November 14, 2014 09:57:39 PM
Poor guy looks terrified; I'll see if I can make him look a little more calm with some yarn-adjustment.  Smiley His face is also disproportionately large, but it'll have to do.

Alas, I posted too soon and have to retract everything -- I botched my Bumble-fixing.  Embarrassed I've been preoccupied with finishing him before the swap ends, but I should really put him away for a little while because life is calling. I apologize!
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! on: November 13, 2014 08:55:11 PM
Bumble II is ready and in my shop...

Poor guy looks terrified; I'll see if I can make him look a little more calm with some yarn-adjustment.  Smiley His face is also disproportionately large, but it'll have to do.
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! on: November 11, 2014 12:37:58 PM
Thanks! Those cross-stitches had been in the WIP-bin for more years than I want to recall (I got the little hoops in a past round of STS), and I was determined to finish in time for this round of STS!

I love the hand-painted pendants, and the felted pig! I found some pinkish fiber in my stash last month and had been thinking about needle-felting a pig myself...but it's not happening for a while.  Smiley

PS - Bumble #2 is almost done...
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