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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The vomit-inducingly cute Strawberry Shortcake, Cherries and Flowers quilt... on: September 06, 2011 12:31:54 PM
...AKA the grown up blankie AKA my first quilt.

So I have finished my 20+ years of education (seriously, I counted.) and I have no job. So what's a girl to do in between job hunting? Take up quilting of course!

So here it is, the pinkest, cutest, most diabetic-coma inducing quilt ever to be made and not given to a small child. I'm not even going to pretend this is for my niece because even at 7 years old, even she's too cool for this quilt.


It's nothing fancy, but given the fact that the most complicated thingI had made before his was a blue jean apron, I am rather proud of myself.

The quilt is made of 10"x10" squares of 4 prints from my modest stash that I thought matched well enough arranged in a 6x6 pattern. It ended up being about 56"x56" after being assembled. My favourite squares are retro Strawberry Shortcake ones, though the cherries are very, very cute too.


Here you can see a glimpse of the backing (cotton flannel. Soooo soft!) and the binding; I cheated a little and used satin blanket binding resulting in a quilt that resembles a giant blankie but who cares, its soooooo snuggly! I tied it using cotton embroidery thread in the centre of each square and in each patchwork corner, so its nice and lofty. It's the perfect nap blanket for grown ups.


Sucky phone shot of the top just to give you an idea of the size.


Since I am a sucker for progress shots, here's the back side of the top just before I put all the pieces together. Since this is no way I could fit the quilt in my machine and there is no way on earth I was going to spent several days of my life quilting this by hand. I ironed down some heavy duty interfacing on the corners and stuck some heat 'n bond under the seams to keep them smooth after washing. Probably a little bit of overkill, but I liked the resulting super tidy seams.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Make Me a Hat round 3? on: November 27, 2010 05:40:01 PM
Ok, I admit it, I cannot escape the appeal of this swap and even though I am up to my eyeballs in a post-grad program I am craving this swap. Any other yarnies have the hankering to make another hat? Sign ups in December, send outs in Feburary?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / 31 flavours? How about 31 earrings! One for everyday of the month (IMAGE OBESE!) on: July 30, 2010 02:19:20 PM
So I've been a little stressed lately. I haven't had a day off to recharge my mental batteries in more than 3 weeks, I'm getting ready to move away for post-grad in a massively stressful program and my grampa passed away last month. So to help cope, I got it stuck in my head to make a pair of earrings for every day of the month. So during my precious afternoon off last week I went to some bead stores (I love living in Toronto, 6 bead stores within 3 blocks) to get some supplies and sent to work. It took 4 days, more than 100 head pins and 62 earring wires but I did it. I made 31 one pairs of earrings. I've been waiting for some decent light to get pictures.


1 to 3: Teal faux pearl drops, volano quartz with various semi-precious beads (jasper, quartz, goldstone, jade), pink and yellow crystals in brass pendants

4 to 6: dyed quartz drops, pink and green howlite with turquois and flower, blue pink and green glass drops, dyed quartz and swarovski crystal drops


7 to 9: brushed pwerter charms on loop, white bows, snowflake charms


10 to 12: swarovski on 18k gold plated chain, fuzzy hearts with love charm, studio 54 inspired gold circles


13 to 15: heart shaped locks with keys (one of my faves!), eiffel tower with volcano quartz, apple charms


16 to 18: dyed quartz drops, copper chandielers with crystal, brass bird charms (another fave)


19 to 21: handmade yellow glass with silver and gold chain, chandilers with blue crystals, desert jasper on brass


22 to24: blue glass with feather charms, red foiled beads with love charm, faux pearl drop with copper caps


25 to 26: blue shells and jade with key charm, volcano quartz with brass


27 to 29: brushed silver leaf motif pendants, knitting charms with swarovski crystals, brass butterfly charms


30 to 31: My total fave, black bows with faux turquois and heart shaped lock charm, faux pearl with silver cap


Here is the whole lot. It really is a smack load of earrings. But now I have it stuck in my head to make 52, one for every week of the ear. How awesome would that be? Holiday earrings! Seasonal themes!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Make me a Hat round 2. Sendouts Aug 16 on: July 22, 2010 04:40:55 PM
Who's ready for some yarny goodness?!

Michela <-->  Mamatomany
Froggmamma <--> RyuLuna
Edenkitty<--> Raennn
Gspinn <--> Zkatom
Whisp3rd <--> Grannydragon

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Sent and Recieved
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Contact Michela ASAP
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Make Me a Hat, round 2 sign ups till 16/07, send outs 16/08 on: July 09, 2010 09:54:05 AM
Swap name: Make me a Hat, round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Michela
Sign-up date range: 09/07/10 to 16/07/10
Date to send item by: 16/08/10

Do you love hats? or maybe you just live somewhere really cold and hats keep your ears from falling off? Looking for a way to practice a new knitting/crocheting skill? Looking for a fun, low pressure swap? You've come to the right place! The Make me a Hat swap, round 2! This is a low presasure, cheap shipping swap. The requirement is one hat, but you can discuss extras with your partner.

Limited to a certain number of people?: 24, unless someone wants to co-organize

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO


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. swappers will be capped at 24 unless somsone wishes to co.
- Is at least 18 years old: 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
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 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

Details of swap:
...

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Make me a Hat
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you knit or crochet or both:
Would you prefer a knitted or crocheted hat:
Fibre preferences:
Favourite colours:
Do you like cables or lacey patterns:
Would you like to receive a cabled or lace pattern:
What kind of hats you you like (slouchy, toque, brimmed, berets/tams, etc...)
Head size:
Any allergies:
Any pets or other allergens in your home:
Do you have a Wist, Esty favourites or Raverly account?:
Do you agree to post in the thread weekly:


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO MICHELA VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
Organizer reserves the right to refuse you if you have a history of poor communication and/or sending late/flaking


Swappers:

1) Michela
2) MamaToMany
3) froggmomma
4) Grannydragon
5) zkatom
6) RyuLuna
7) raennn
Cool Gspinn
9) edenkitty
10) whisp3rd


Partners:

Michela <-->  Mamatomany
Froggmamma <--> RyuLuna
Edenkitty<--> Raennn
Gspinn <--> Zkatom
Whisp3rd <--> Grannydragon

GALLERY: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354584.0
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Make me a hat round 2? on: April 28, 2010 08:11:11 PM
anyone up for a second round of the make me a hat swap?
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Bird themed room on a budget on: January 29, 2010 02:34:02 PM
After 8 years of yellow walls and a lacking theme, I decided to changes thing. I am also on a very tight budget, so what's a girl to do? Go to Home Depot, Ikea, Wal-Mart and Craftster of course!

I wish I had before pictures, but  I was so excited to get started once I had the paint that I forgot until I was half done.

I picked a chocolate brown and a sort of light teal colour called sweet rhapsody because I guess the people at Behr couldn't think how to describe it either). The paint guy thought I was nuts when I told him my colour palette. I rather like it though and my dark and tiny doesn't feel so dark and tiny.


I did a bird silhouette theme. And the very talented Korok here on Craftster made my some lovely thrown pillows back in the fall and are completely and totaly perfect. My original plan was to make a duvet cover to match however my sewing skills are minimal. So when I saw a comforter that matched pretty well at Wal-Mart for a whooping $20, I snatched it up.

I reused the paper lanterns that I had bought for my grad party this past summer and the curtains are the same ones I've had for years.


Due to a serious lack of space (seriously, my room is tiny...) I made a make-shift vanity out of a picture frame shelf and mirror from ikea ($26 total!). I channeled my minimal fine art skills to paint the bird and grasses mural under the shelf.  And to make the space less boxy, I removed the closet doors and painted the shelving inside. I put my bookshelf and old night stand inside. I used Ikea storage boxes in there to make up for the lack of closet space.


Here's a better shot of the mural. It's still a little wet so there are weird looking spots. I used a picture I found on google as a reference, but the whole thing is done free hand.


My old dresser was just way to big for my space so I got another bookshelf from Ikea and I used it as a TV stand/dresser. It's a much better fit. I've had the DVD shelves for years, I just moved them and turned on in to a stuff shelf (not the shot glass collection shelves on the right lol). To supplement from poor over-full bookshelves, I put up some floating bookshelves formy Twilight and Harry Potter books. I may or may not have said "Wingardium Leviosa" and giggled when I put the Harry Potter books up there.
 
On top of the TV, I put another ikea picture shelf and painted from more birdies up there. I used stencils for those ones.


Just a closer shot of the birds.

The best part is that a complete room redecorate and reoginize cost me under $350!

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Make Me a Hat Swap on: January 06, 2010 09:13:24 AM
Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=330860.0

Partners:



Burgz <---> Mizell

MEshelltakeone <---> Troublet

tattooedcrafter <---> papa justify

Oyhana <---> pinkleo

Elizabethmae <---> mlookyloo1

pixieval <---> Sherrie B, UT

Stitch81 <---> Michela

RhymeswOrange <---> myklia

spotnik/s] <---> PAMELABD

audio-astrophysics <---> Noobina

imafundork <---> alorralora

panda <---> Gspinn

Blue= Sent
Green = Sent and Received
Purple= Received but not sent
Yellow = Sending late with communication
Red = Not sent, contact me immediately
feedback given
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Make me a Hat! Swap Sign ups to 12/27. Send outs Feb 1 FULL on: December 13, 2009 05:46:17 PM
Swap name: Make me a Hat!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:
Sign-up date range: Dec 13 to Dec 27
Date to send item by: Feb 1

Do you love hats? or maybe you just live somewhere really cold and hats keep your ears from falling off? Looking for a way to practice a new knitting/crocheting skill? Looking for a fun, low pressure swap? You've come to the right place! The Make me a Hat swap! You can choose to just make a hat or make a matching scarf or mittens! with 5 weeks to crafting time. Now matter what you choose to do, it will be a nice relaxing swap and cheap to ship Smiley

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25 max

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO


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. swappers will be capped at 24
- Is at least 18 years old: 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
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 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

Details of swap:
...

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Make me a Hat
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?::
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you want to do a single hat or a hat plus other (scarf, mittens, neckwarmer, second hat, etc...):
Do you knit or crochet or both:
Would you prefer a knitted or crocheted hat:
Fibre preferences:
Favourite colours:
Do you like cables or lacey patterns:
Would you like to receive a cabled or lace pattern:
What kind of hats you you like (slouchy, toque, brimmed, berets/tams, etc...)
Head size:
Other sizes (hand width & length and wrist size for mittens, height for scarf):
Any allergies:
Any pets or other allergens in your home:
Do you have a Wist, Esty favourites or Raverly account?:
Do you agree to post in the thread weekly:


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO MICHELA VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
Organizer reserves the right to refuse you if you have a history of poor communication and/or sending late/flaking


Swappers:

1) Michela
2) Troublet
3) tattooedcrafter  
4) pinkleo   
5) elizabethmae
6) RhymeswOrange
7) stitch81
8 ) Oyhana
9) pands
10) pixieval
11) Sherrie B, UT
12) mlookyloo1
13) papa justify
14) Mizell
15) Gspinn
16) MEshelltakeone
17) Noobina
18) myklia  
19) PAMELABD
20) imafundork
21) alorralora
22) Burgz
23) Spotnik
24) audio-astrophysics
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Know any projects for a too-smart-for-her-own-good 5 year old? on: October 14, 2009 04:49:33 PM
I have a 5 year old niece who is too damn smart for her own good and loves nothing more than a good craft project. I babysit her once a week and have already used up most of my A-material. We made clay dough a few weeks ago which we turned in to beads, christmas ornaments and handprint plaques. I taught her to knit. We made felt puppets. We made rain sticks (her mother loved me for that one....). We made necklaces out of beads and pasta. I'm low on ideas!

Any one know any good indoor projects we can complete in a morning. She's very much a girly girl but she loves nature too.
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