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31  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First Handspun Yarn! on: January 12, 2012 10:46:18 AM
Here is the my first handspun yarn, using a drop spindle.  It's not the best photo quality but it's all I could manage.  



The roving came from Zombie_Queen, who hand dyed it, and it took me about six hours to do.  I tested on some samples she had sent me and then jumped right into the project.  Then I decided to have a go at plying.  I used Knit Pick's Swish DK, in Persimmon Heather.  It's a 100% Superwash Merino Wool.  

I overspun a bit with the roving, and underspun in some areas with the plying, but overall I'm really pleased with how it came out.  I think being able to spin my own fibers will make my crochet projects that much more special.  And it's nice to finally be dabbling into new crafts.
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Zoe Cardigan on: January 07, 2012 02:10:38 PM
I started this crocheted sweater during the holidays in December and finished it today by adding the heart-shaped buttons.  



Zoe Cardigan. Interweave Crochet magazine, Spring 2011. Knit Picks "Comfort Sport"; sport weight (2); 75% pima cotton, 25% acrylic; blackberry, ivory, peony, lilac mist.
33  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / FLOW! - Send by March 12, 2012 on: January 02, 2012 06:27:51 AM
GALLERY! - (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405153.0)



Swap name: FLOW!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: dreadlocklove
Sign-up date range: January 2 – January 15, 2012 (partners January 16)
Date to send item by: March 12, 2012
Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Restricted to people who all live in Canada? No
Age requirement? 18+

Swap Organizer 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


- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO

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 18 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES



My invitation to Brecken's “Waves” hoop class has been accepted!  It's time to prep for outdoor flow season with a swap!

Here is the link for the “Run Away with the Circus” swap, held in June 2010:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350381.0

FLOW! is open to anyone who plays with toys, however skilled, or to anyone feeling inspired to learn.  Poi, staff, buugeng, hoop dance, unicycle, levistick, contact juggling, etc.  Gift ideas can include a variety of handmade toys and accessories, inspirational art, fire safety kits, tutorial videos, clothing, etc.  

There is no point system that must be followed this round, just let your ideas flow.  This works seemingly well for the other swaps I've organized and I'd like to try to keep it open to accommodate possible budget and crafting time limitations.  Be sure to pay attention to your partner's questionnaire though and to dedicate your full potential and energy to each gift you can offer.  While efforts can be made between partners to avoid a largely unbalanced exchange, it is important to understand and accept that such an outcome may occur regardless.

One other point I'd like to make clear is that your primary/"big'" gift must be:

A- crafted.  You are free to purchase extras but your main gift must be created by you.

B- created specifically for this swap and specifically for your partner.  This is obviously difficult to enforce but please wait until you know who your partner is and take the time to stalk him/her!  You'll be all the more thoughtful about your gift if you do.  With the freedom in the amount you craft and almost two months to create the main gift, this seems like a reasonable request to make.

If you would like to participate, complete and submit the following questionnaire to me, dreadlocklove.  Please include “FLOW!” in the subject line.

Questionnaire

Name of swap: FLOW!
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name and mailing address, including the country (please include the appropriate line breaks):

Are you 18 years or older? YES/NO

Have you read and understood all of the conditions outlined in the Swap Info Guide, and do you agree to swap accordingly?  YES/NO

Do you agree to be an active participant in the discussion forum – perhaps a post to keep everyone updated on your progress each week – as well as communicate regularly with your partner? YES/NO

Do you agree to put 100% effort in each gift you create for your partner? YES/NO

Are you willing to ship your package to an international destination? YES/NO

Are you willing to provide a delivery confirmation number to your organizer and partner upon shipping your package?  If your partner lives outside of your country, do you agree to provide a copy of your receipt? YES/NO

Are you willing to take photographs of the packages both sent and received, as well as post a photo of the gifts you received in the gallery? YES/NO

Which toys are you most skilled at and are there any others you've played with?

Where do you play?

Are there any toys you would like to try?

What types of crafts do you enjoy and/or are there any specific gifts you would like to create?

Which crafts would you rather not create?

What is your FLOW! Wishlist (include a minimum of 5-10 items)?

Are there any gifts you would rather not receive, whether due to allergies or general aversions?

Do you have any preferred colour schemes?  Are there any colours you dislike?

What is your general personality/style?

Are there any websites your partner can visit to get a better sense of who you are (ie: Wists, Etsy, Blogs, etc.)?

Is smoking permitted in your home?
Do you have petmates?

Is there any other relevant information that you would like to share?


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO DREADLOCKLOVE VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE WITH “FLOW! - Questionnaire” IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

Also remember to read and understand the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
34  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Carrot and Cardamom Oatmeal - Slow Cooker on: December 12, 2011 12:28:15 PM
I'm discovering the joys of slow cooking!

I had a slow cooker but it was used for soap making.  Recently though, someone gifted me one and I've been browsing online for recipes.

Here's what we had for breakfast this morning:



I followed the recipe as written, except I substituted with a cardamom spice mix I blended a while back. 

It was delicious and I highly recommend it!

Credit:
http://healthyslowcooking.com/2011/02/21/carrot-cardamom-oatmeal-inspired-by-indian-carrot-halwa/
35  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Bare Nesta on: December 12, 2011 12:20:01 PM
I've been soaping almost two years now but don't know if I've ever even posted any photos here.

Meet Bare Nesta, a 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil soap I cut earlier this afternoon.  This is the second castile I've attempted.

36  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Supplies Wishlist on: December 07, 2011 10:25:33 AM
Would anyone be interested in joining a Supplies Wishlist swap?  The style would be similar to the Offer What You Have or Pinterest swaps, but the lists are for supplies that we are hoping to get our hands on.  Participants must make a minimum of one claim and can either send items from their stash (good condition of course) or buy them (new or used but in good condition).

I don't know if it would be sustainable as an ongoing swap but we can test doing one that lasts a month.

Thoughts? 
37  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Slow Cooking on: December 06, 2011 01:23:01 PM
Hello, I'm wondering if anyone knows of a site that shares a large collection of vegan slow cooker recipes?  With all the busyness going one lately, we are eating way too many pitas from the Pita Pit and not enough homemade meals.  Preparing dishes first thing in the morning sounds possible.

Thanks!
38  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Energy Healing - Round 2 (GALLERY) on: November 16, 2011 06:26:05 AM
Enjoy!

Original Thread (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391980.0)

Participants

monnie31 (FEEDBACK) <--> dreadlocklove (FEEDBACK)
jeannettew32 (FEEDBACK) <--> selkie (FEEDBACK)
Zombie_Queen (FEEDBACK) <--> dontdresslikeapril (FEEDBACK)
Fullmoon (FEEDBACK) <--> Eclectic Dreamer (FEEDBACK)
39  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Gathered Roots Website on: November 06, 2011 04:59:09 AM
Good morning, I hope you're doing well.

I've recently opened a home-based business pertaining to natural healing (and selling -related handmade products) and am working on my website (www.gathered-roots.com).  On my computer and browser, the colours and brightness look right, as does the size of the boxes and alignment, etc.  But I'm not sure what others see...

If you can, please take a look and let me know how everything appears to you.  Keep in mind that only the index page has been uploaded, all other links will be broken.

I appreciate this, thank you.

UPDATE:  It seems not everyone is seeing the colours that are meant to be there.  For example, the menu bar background colour should be a tannish but a couple of people say it's an obvious gray...  Is the website looking deathly to everyone else?
40  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Energy Healing - Round 2 (Send by 12/01/11) on: October 03, 2011 02:50:54 PM
GALLERY (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395521.0)

"Energy is action and movement. All action is movement and all action is energy.

All desire is energy. All feeling is energy. All thought is energy. All living is energy. All life is energy. If that energy is allowed to flow without any contradiction, without any friction, without conflict, then that energy, is boundless, endless. When there is no friction there are no frontiers to energy. It is friction which gives energy limitations. So, having once seen this, why is it that the human being always brings friction into energy?

Why does he create friction in this movement which we call life? Is pure energy, energy without limitations just an idea to him? Does it have no reality"?

-Spiritual Healing Quote by: Krishnamurti

Swap name: Energy Healing
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: dreadlocklove
Sign-up date range: Oct 3 - Oct 16, 2011
Date to send item by: Dec 1, 2011
Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Restricted to people who all live in Canada? No
Age requirement? 18+

Swap Organizer 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


- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO



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 18 years old: YES
- If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Energy Healing is open to those with blockages of the mind, body, and/or spirit to overcome.  We all have them somewhere.  This swap also welcomes those who consciously practice the prevention of disease.  Feel free to join from where you are.

Wish for gifts based on various approaches that touch on healing.  Are you a Reiki practitioner?  Do you enjoy a relaxing massage?  Have you studied Ayurveda?  Does your medicine consist of herbs/plants?   Do you start the day with a Sun Salutation?  There are plenty of other paths that support wellness and open living as well.  Healthy eating, mindful breathing, therapy crafting, etc.

The one theme that could be iffy for some is of course, religion.  While I'm not opposed to religious items making their way on anyone's wishlist, others may have reservations about it.  Please make sure you have a fair number of non-religious options for your partner to feel inspired by as well.

There is no point system that must be followed this round, just let your ideas flow.  This worked seemingly well for the Herbalism and Yoga swaps I've organized and I'd like to try to keep it open to accomodate possible budget and crafting time limitations.  Be sure to pay attention to your partner's questionnaire though and to dedicate your full potential and energy to each gift you can offer.  While efforts can be made between partners to avoid a largely unbalanced exchange, it is important to understand and accept that such an outcome may occur regardless.

One other point I'd like to make clear is that your primary/"big'" gift must be:

A- crafted.  You are free to purchase extras but your main gift must be created by you.

B- created specifically for this swap and specifically for your partner.  This is obviously difficult to enforce but please wait until you know who your partner is and take the time to stalk him/her!  You'll be all the more thoughtful about your gift if you do.  With the freedom in the amount you craft and a month and a half to create the main gift, this seems like a reasonable request to make.

If you would like to participate, complete and submit the following questionnaire to me, dreadlocklove.  Please include “Energy Healing” in the subject line.

Questionnaire

Name of swap: Energy Healing
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name:
Are you 18 years or older? YES/NO
Mailing address, including the country (please include the appropriate line breaks):
Have you read and understood all of the conditions outlined in the Swap Info Guide, and do you agree to abide by them?  YES/NO

Do you agree to be an active participant in the discussion forum – perhaps a post to keep everyone updated on your progress each week – and to stay in regular communication with your partner? YES/NO

Do you agree to put 100% effort in each gift you create for your partner? YES/NO

Are you willing to ship your package to an international destination? YES/NO

Are you willing to provide a delivery confirmation number to your organizer and partner upon shipping your package?  If your partner lives outside of your country, do you agree to provide a copy of your receipt? YES/NO

Are you willing to take photographs of the packages both sent and received, as well as post a photo of the gifts you received in the gallery? YES/NO

What does healing mean to you?

How do you feel, in terms of body, mind, and spirit?

Are there areas in your life that you would like to bring attention to or are currently working to heal?

Are there any forms of healing that you would like to learn more about?

Do you act as a facilitator for others' healing?  If so, how?

Do you follow any traditions/rituals that may be related to Energy Healing?

What types of crafts do you enjoy and/or are there any specific gifts you would like to create? *** Note that this question is to help me group partners and will not be revealed to your partner ***

What is your Energy Healing Wishlist (include a minimum of 5-10 items)?

Are there any gifts you would rather not receive, whether due to allergies or general aversions?

What is your general personality/style?

Are there any websites your partner can visit to get a better sense of who you are (ie: Wists, Etsy, Blogs, etc.)?

Is smoking permitted in your home?
Do you have petmates?

Is there any other relevant information that you would like to share?

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO DREADLOCKLOVE VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE WITH “Energy Healing - Questionnaire” IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

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