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1  10/01/13 It's not good-bye, it's see you later! jungrrl moving on from Craftster in Latest News by jungrrl on: October 01, 2013 11:45:17 AM
Is this news? I think so. Maybe you do, too?

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will soon be leaving my job here at Craftster. Actually, my last day will be this Friday.  Embarrassed

On Monday, I'll be starting my new position with the one and only Renegade Craft Fair as their operations manager. I'll be helping run all the day to day stuff and going to all of the fairs, so please feel free to say hi if you find yourself there!!

I'm not sure how much I'll be able to participate on Craftster still although I will stay on as a global moderator. I think once I get past the holiday fair season I'll start peeking my nose back in. (I do have plans to help run another FOC Second Chance swap in January!) Maybe not working on Craftster all day every day will mean I have more time to join discussions in the community and post some projects! A girl can dream, yes?  Wink

Honestly, I've sort of been putting off getting all my feelings about this down into words. Craftster has been my home on the internet for over 9 years and my job/the majority of my waking life for over 5. I love this community more than I could ever put into words and it's helped me become the person I am today. All of the absolutely jaw-dropping creations, all of the shared knowledge, all of the friendliness and general community spirit that comes from everyone here just makes this my absolute favorite place to be. I'm not sure how I'll cope not being here all the time! I know I will miss helping make this great community run as smoothly as possible but I'm very excited at this new chapter ahead of me.

Aaaaand now I have to really keep myself from tearing up. See what you guys do to me?  Kiss Kiss

Unfortunately I don't seem to have ANY pictures with just me and sweets and leah, but I'll leave you with a photo of a lot of us moderators at our mod meet-up in Boston in 2008, which is where I was offered this amazing job. (I'm the one with the flash of pink hair!)

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2  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jungrrl on: September 27, 2013 08:17:51 AM
These aren't quite ready for prime time in my gallery spot so I'm going to put them here until they're all completely done/right.

Pardon all of my non-clipped thread.

(I didn't realize the bottom was wonky until I took the picture! ugh.)



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3  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - August 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jungrrl on: September 24, 2013 08:14:34 AM
Edit: ok I keep removing the extra http part and saving but then it's still there and the mature filter isn't working :/

You need to use ONLY the matureimg tag and not the img tag AND the mature img tag.  Smiley  Like this:
Code:
[matureimg]picturelink[/matureimg]
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4  My Brooch Bouquet - Red, Teal, Silver in Weddings and Bridal Showers by jungrrl on: September 12, 2013 10:24:23 AM
Well no one could ever fault me for moving too fast.  Roll Eyes  I'm actually putting this up because a friend is getting married soon and asked me about my bouquet. I didn't have a Craftster thread to share with her! Shameful! Anyway, this is my brooch bouquet that I made for my wedding in the fall of 2011.


Flowers are pretty but a flower bouquet never did it for me, personally. When I saw a brooch bouquet I was immediately drawn to it. Purchasing a brooch bouquet can be VERY expensive, but I can safely say, after going through this process, that price is deserved. In my opinion this is not an easy overnight project for a lot of reasons, but it was SO worth it!

Let me tell you, finding brooches is a PROCESS. Brooches are incredibly easy to find, but at $5+ for the majority of the "good" ones, a gal like me just gets priced out really quickly. There are some brooches that I did pay a good price for, but with such a large bouquet, you can only do that for brooches you REALLY want. Lots of people also have access to old brooches that may not mean a lot to them or may not be their style or they just don't wear for a number of reasons. I was VERY lucky in that I had a large group of women (including LOTS of mods, and even the super sweet JinjeetPhoenix!!) who were on the look out for me and helped so much with all of my wedding crafts, including sending me lots of brooches.

When I felt like I had a lot to choose from I tried to lay them out to see how I would arrange them.  


Let me tell you, you can have an idea of what you want, vaguely, but when it all comes together you may have to abandon that. Some brooches just don't fit together as well in a half-sphere as they do on a flat surface.  Wink You will have to play around with it A LOT.

There are tutorials around and they can help but I really just used them for the gist of it. A lot of it was just trial and error. Basically you need a relatively strong but malleable metal wire and floral tape.  Wrap one length of wire (decently long!) on each side of the pin, then bring them together and twist all the way down. I curved them over at the bottom so there were no pointy/pokey bits. Then I covered them in floral tape so that if any of the wire could be seen, it would just come across as black. Then I just tried to arrange them as best I could. Maybe I'm just used to working with softer materials like fiber and fabric but using the metal wire was not the easiest for me and the floral tape was not my favorite thing to use but it all worked out. I'm sure someone more familiar with these supplies will think "Duh! Why didn't you use X? That would've made it so much easier!"  Wink

Anyway, here's a bit of a peek into the messiness!

Once everything was arranged, I cut a circle of felt to hide the bottom of the bouquet and then wrapped all of the "stems" in felt I'd used for other projects for the wedding. For the bottom bottom... I just kinda stuffed some felt in there. Wink No biggie.


Then I wrapped the felt with some nice red silk(ish?) ribbon and then a tied a nice velvety teal ribbon around it. (Did those ribbons come from you, batgirl?) It came out beautifully I think! I was really pleased with it!

Here are some more gratuitous shots. Smiley



I actually didn't use ANY real flowers at my wedding! Here are my bridesmaids' bouquets, which I purchased from FlowerThyme. (She was really great and they were a great price! You could definitely make them if you wanted but it wasn't worth it to me. These were perfect and a price I was willing to pay to not have to make them myself.)

Photo courtesy of my amazing photographer. You might know her? Her name is sweets4ever.

The centerpiece flowers were all made my myself, and mods, and other friends. I will need to do another post for all of that stuff! Hopefully it won't take another 2 years.  Wink
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5  Re: Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge!! in Category Challenges by jungrrl on: September 03, 2013 02:09:34 PM
Congratulations to Belladune!!!

Her project, Community - The yarn that Craftster Spun, won the GRAND PRIZE sponsored by Coats & Clark!



Her project perfect exemplifies Craftster in my mind; She gathered lots of different fibers from Craftster members all over the globe and spun all of the seemingly incompatible fibers into one beautiful skein.

Congratulations again Belladune! We're glad that you're part of the Craftster community!
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6  Re: Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge!! Toys Winner Announced! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by jungrrl on: August 22, 2013 01:51:16 PM
CONGRATULATIONS to lanikins!!!



Her If you can't FIND a Fiji Mermaid, then make one... won the Cross-Category Challenge in the Toys, Dolls and Playthings Category! She not only wins the fabulous prize above, but she also qualifies to go on to the next round of voting, pitting her project against 9 others for the GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE sponsored by Coats & Clark!!


Voting will start on Aug 23rd and run to Aug 30th! Go here to vote for the grand prize winner!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424917.0
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7  Re: Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge! Purses Winner Announced! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by jungrrl on: August 22, 2013 01:45:02 PM
CONGRATULATIONS to artista83!!!



Her challenge entry. hand stitched beetle pouch bag won the Cross-Category Challenge in the Purses, Bags, Wallets Category! She not only wins the fabulous prize above, but she also qualifies to go on to the next round of voting, pitting her project against 9 others for the GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE sponsored by Coats & Clark!!


Voting will start on Aug 23rd and run to Aug 30th! Go here to vote for the grand prize winner!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424917.0
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8  Re: Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge! Misc. Winner Announced! in Discussion and Questions by jungrrl on: August 22, 2013 01:26:06 PM
CONGRATULATIONS to kcli!!!



Her Phrenology Helmet won the Cross-Category Challenge in the Miscellaneous Category! She not only wins the fabulous prize above, but she also qualifies to go on to the next round of voting, pitting her project against 9 others for the GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE sponsored by Coats & Clark!!


Voting will start on Aug 23rd and run to Aug 30th! Go here to vote for the grand prize winner!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424917.0
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9  Re: Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross Category Challenge! Knitting Winner Announced in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by jungrrl on: August 22, 2013 01:22:12 PM
CONGRATULATIONS to Eiseldora!!!



Her Shawl won the Cross-Category Challenge in the Knitting Category! She not only wins the fabulous prize above, but she also qualifies to go on to the next round of voting, pitting her project against 9 others for the GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE sponsored by Coats & Clark!!


Voting will start on Aug 23rd and run to Aug 30th! Go here to vote for the grand prize winner!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424917.0
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10  Re: Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge! Home Winner Announced! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by jungrrl on: August 22, 2013 01:15:35 PM
CONGRATULATIONS to kcli!!!



Her ZZZzzz - a bedroom solution won the Cross-Category Challenge in the Home Sweet Home Category! She not only wins the fabulous prize above, but she also qualifies to go on to the next round of voting, pitting her project against 9 others for the GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE sponsored by Coats & Clark!!


Voting will start on Aug 23rd and run to Aug 30th! Go here to vote for the grand prize winner!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424917.0
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