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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / necklace inspired by lifesavers on: March 17, 2009 09:05:38 PM
I love lifesavers candy it's so fun Smiley  I've had this bag of beads for a while now but came across a great deal on some big sized jump rings and finally put these beads to use.  It looks slightly off balance as my mannequin isn't really built for displaying jewelry but in real life it's quite awesome (I think anyway)  Smiley  Would love comments and opinions as I don't typically do beaded anything

32  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Let's Strip - the swap with a twist (quilting - get your mind out the gutter) on: March 17, 2009 02:04:00 AM
So below is my idea, I think it is a great way to explore creativity in ways that maybe we wouldn't necessarily on our own.

Swap Theory:

participant details

The swap would be limited to 5 groups of 5 swappers each.  Those that have completed at least 10 swaps in the past without issue would be allowed to sign up for 2 sets of strips.   I would like it to be open to international participants too, Honestly shipping in a padded mailer to those in other countries isn't too much more (sometimes less) than shipping to the US.  If left open to international and there is reservations by participants about shipping overseas, I would limit international participation to 1 per group of 5.  I know that the US sees fabrics that international crafters don't necessarily get to see, and vice versa. 

general hopes for this swap

We all have our own idea of how fabrics should go together, the purpose of this swap is to get us to experiment with fabrics that other people love and to coordinate them together with the others we receive to make a quilt that we can love and enjoy.  Shipping should be able to be handled in padded mailers.

This swap (hopefully) will encourage you to visit your locally owned Quilt shops. 

swapping requirements

you will need to purchase (or use from your stash) approximately 2 yards of fabric.  You will be making 5 stripped 12.5" wide sections of 100% quilting cottons. 

We should expect to use mid to high range quilting fabrics for this project.  You should expect to spend between $20-$25 for the fabrics for this project (the pricing estimation is based off quilt shop pricing between $10-$12 a yard and the need for 2 yards of fabric total).  You will be shipping to 5 other people and in return you will receive 5 sets of strips from them.  You should plan to use at least 4 fabrics in your strip sets (but more is ok too)

Your strips can be coordinated with eachother, or completely mismatched it is completely up to you and what appeals to your sense of style.  The individual strips could be of equal width or of varying widths, again up to you.  The sets you send out can be matched, or you can do each of your 5 differently, again completely up to you.  If you're a pleaser you can ask your partners what styles/colors/etc... appeal to them, but realize that not everyone will be in the pleaser category.  The purpose of this would be to challenge your creativity

Upon receiving your strips you should make a quilt using the 5 sets of strips that you have received.  Size wise this project will make approximately a throw size blanket (though with sashings and other additions you could easily make this a twin sized quilt) using just the strips received, it should be approximately 40X60

time frames

I am thinking a 1 week sign up period, and a 2 week crafting period for shipping to partners. I realize that that is a short period of time for some, but from my own calculations this is at most an afternoon project, and 2 weeks should be plenty of time for everyone to complete and ship.

the twist

I also think it'd be cool to turn it into a mini contest,  to encourage actually completeing a top from the pieces you receive Smiley  there would be an additional 4 weeks of crafting time after reciept of the stripped sections to post photos of the completed project, and then we would all vote on the best one and the winner would receive 1 fat quarter from each participant in the swap as a prize.  We could either send individually to the winner after voting closed, or I could provide participants with my address and we could get a pre photo of the prize pool to oogle

Any interest? suggestions? further elaboration on the idea?
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric box on: March 12, 2009 04:48:33 PM
Not really sure if this is where this should go but since you use it on a shelf or whatnot to store stuff in a house I'm going with crafty housewares.   I'm excited my first attempt at a fabric box worked, I wasn't sure how it would go.

Doesn't really match any room in my house, but I might gift it to a friend, or use it in my bathroom closet (could always use more organization in there!).  I know it looks a little off there in the first two photos, but it's a bag handle in the box (had to see how much stuff I could fit inside it).









Comments and suggestions appreciated Smiley
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / patchwork purse in orange on: March 05, 2009 04:47:54 PM
Was playing around last night with a variety of fabrics and this is what I came up with, some are vintage fabrics others are new.  I'm totally loving it.  Letting my mannequin model it for me Smiley


Front of purse


Interior under the flap


back of purse
35  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Another Brick in the Wall Quilt on: March 01, 2009 06:33:15 PM
It was almost too hard for me to choose
Just one song that I would use
Should I walk the line with Johnny Cash
or do something from the Clash?

Show you the beat that my heart skipped?
or explore dinosaurs getting ripped?
we could have coffe with dethklok,
or be a cowboy like Kid rock.

My mind kept leaning to Scroobius Pip
but you would only know him if you are hip
I could have hoped you'd dance like Ms. Rimes
or pick a song about the times.

I even thought about Robert Plant
or that one song by Adam Ant.
I do want your extra time and your kiss
you know by the artist formery known as prince?

But I wanted something with a little class
though I do love Eminem's Shake that ass
then in the back of my mind I heard my concious call
saying the song for me - Pink Floyd's the wall


Ok so my little poem is slightly lame, and honestly doesn't even begin to touch on all the songs that ran through my head when I considered what I could do for this challenge.  I've been on Craftster for a bit over 2 years and have never actually entered any of the challenges. 

This project I'm presenting is something I've tried before in the past, to no avail.  It was never quite right in any of my previous attempts.  It's definitely much closer this time around to what I envisioned in my head it being. 

It's lap/throw size

And my pictures might be even lamer than my poem Tongue






36  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Love the floaty menu on the cameras on: February 21, 2009 05:35:23 PM
next to the images, just saw it while I was cruising around and have to say that feature will be very handy (my pop up blocker turns itself on constantly so 'this rocks' is typically more effort than I can exert!)  love it Smiley (looked for a thread and didn't see one but had to say anyway:)
37  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Where did the heart smilies go? on: February 14, 2009 11:20:16 AM
I know the past 2 years on here the smilies changed with the different holidays that past (even if only for a day) but today I notice there are no hearts looking at me and being all silly cute.  Is that one of the things that is just not going to happen now since name media took ownership?

Not that it really matters, it's just one of those little things that made craftster just  slightly more special than other boards out there Smiley
38  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 2-13-09 on: February 12, 2009 10:31:06 PM
Happy friday the 13th!  hope it's not creepy lol.

I busily spun a ton at the beginning of the week, then found myself hurting irritated my carpal tunnel something fierce, so this will be the last big presentation for me for a while Sad  Only the last one was graced with a name, feel free to make suggestions Smiley


http://www.gothchicsbjd.com/feb091.jpg
Merino Alpaca blend

http://www.gothchicsbjd.com/feb092.jpg
merino, alpaca and bamboo

http://www.gothchicsbjd.com/feb093.jpg
merino, alpaca and UV reactive fibers

http://www.gothchicsbjd.com/feb094.jpg
merino alpaca bamboo

http://www.gothchicsbjd.com/feb095.jpg
merino, viscose, and blending nylon

http://www.gothchicsbjd.com/feb096.jpg
corum (sp?) plied with itself

http://www.gothchicsbjd.com/feb097.jpg
corum (sp?) plied with a baby boucle

http://www.gothchicsbjd.com/feb098.jpg
spun from random ends of fibers I have spun before it has a little bit of everything in here below is a photo of the fibers after I carded them Smiley

http://www.gothchicsbjd.com/cardedbats.jpg

http://www.gothchicsbjd.com/feb099.jpg
attempt at a masculine yarn

http://www.gothchicsbjd.com/feb0910.jpg
strawberries and lemonade   silk, corum, merino
39  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / 1E1HFPPE - Monster Challenge 09 on: February 06, 2009 02:49:15 PM
This is my first needle/wet felted creation ever so be gentle Smiley 

Only one picture of him may take and add more of him later.  Inspired by plankton from Spongebob, when I saw this color of fleece I knew it needed to become the infamous one eyed one horned flying purple people eater Smiley



40  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Retro Tree table topper quilt on: February 03, 2009 04:45:41 PM
I love trees to the point of slight obsession.  More or less my love of them is aesthetic. I find them absolutely beautiful.  lately I have a thing for retroesque things too.  When I saw the simplicity contest 'sewing with nature' I decided I needed to do something (would love to win a sewing machine for my daughter, but would really love a dress form lol)  Mostly though I liked the idea of the challenge, yet wasn't willing to sew actual leaves with my sewing machine Smiley  She's spendy and I don't know how that would affect her long term. 

I love those summer days when you can lay on your back and stare up at the sky and the perception of a tree from ground view perspective.  I tried to capture that with this artsy impressionistic tree Smiley

So without further ado,







and a detail shot showing the leaves


Thanks for looking comments always appreciated Smiley
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