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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Felt Mascot or Little Plushie R6? on: July 24, 2007 10:30:39 AM
Hey everyone!

I was wondering if there's any interest for get another round of this going? I haven't participated in the previous rounds, but I'm hooked in plushies and would to share the love and inspiration that I know all the people here's got.

Now, the question of when to sign-up and when to craft. I'll be going away on August 4th, but will be back on the 12th - so I don't know if we should wait a while to have the sign-up period?

I've never organized a swap before and was therefore thinking of limiting it to a rather small number. What's your thoughts on that?

For inspiration;

Round 1 gallery

Round 2 gallery
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First earrings - Wrap-around on: July 19, 2007 01:43:44 PM
Hey, I just got into making wire jewelry a few days ago - these are my first earrings:

(Have problems with my WB, sorry - too yellow light, but hard to fix in PS)








3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Our wedding invitations on: July 09, 2007 03:44:59 AM
First post in here, and also my first ever paper project.

We've been engaged for almost two years, but never really set a date for it other than "sometime in the future when we're grown-up enough". But, just over a month ago we decided to take the big leap into adulthood (scary thought). Parents were notified, people were asked to set aside a certain date, etc, etc.

Without further ado, here's a photo post of our invitations which we made ourselves (me: design, writing, etc, him: measuring and cutting)

On the outside of the envelope


Measuring...







My mom's invitation, open on a table




Scanned version of mom's invitation


Digital versions, prior to printing, in both Norwegian and English



Thanks for looking!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Plushies - First post in here - Image heavy on: May 31, 2007 01:49:23 PM
I just recently got into making plushies... Gonna spam you with pics now.













The blue one on the right is currently on his way to England to cheer up an online friend of mine who broker her back some weeks ago. I really hope he can put a smile on her face.


5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Retro purse! My first, also on: May 29, 2007 05:28:18 AM
I just finished my first purse - took me about 1 1/2 hours and measures W13" X H7", w/straps: H11". The outside is 100% cotton, while the lining is polyester.







6  EUROPE / GERMANY / Fabric stores in Hamburg? on: May 09, 2007 09:51:26 PM
So, me, The Boyfriend and a friend is going to Hamburg this weekend to visit another friend and attend a concert - we might have some time on Saturday, and I was wondering - are there are fabric stores in Hamburg? Anyone have a recommendation of a very good store? Anything, really!

Thanks!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Convertible Psychedelic Bag on: May 01, 2007 05:11:49 AM
Made this today with some fabric that was on sale as the store was closing down - it's meant as table cloths, but I don't know anyone who'd want this on their tables.

Anyway, it's perfect for bags for attention, don't you think? Smiley





Then... turn it inside out... and you get this! Smiley





As you can see, it has two pockets, so that you will always have one on the outside and one on the inside.

It measures 31X31cm/12.2" and the strap is 8cm/3.1" wide.

Thanks for looking!

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing machine for novice on: April 27, 2007 10:47:20 AM
Ok, so... I want to buy/save up for a sewing machine.

Now, we've already got one, or my mom does (a Bernina). The problem is that it's 42 years old. It was in for service a few years ago, and came back even worse. Unfortunately, this was during a time where neither me nor my mom used it, so we didn't find out till it was too late to complain about the poor quality of the service. There are several things bugging me. First, it takes about 10 minutes to get the bobbin thread up (I believe that's what it's called) and secondly, it sometimes won't let the bobbin "go" and the threads get all tangled and it locks the needle and therefore also the fabric into place. Takes ages and a lot of patience (which I don't have) to sort out. Thirdly, we cannot remember how to make it go backwards, meaning lots more work to tie up seams, etc.

I want a machine that is easy to use, not too basic and maybe not too costly? Anyone want to suggest any?
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First sewn bag on: April 21, 2007 10:41:05 AM
I have made anything with fabric in years, and I just picked up the knitting needles a few weeks ago. Well, over the last couple of weeks, I've gone all crafty. I can't get enough.

Today I made this:

Only took me two hours as well - I used to make my own skirts back is HS with lace and this really cheap "velvet"-fabric, but this is something new. Very satisfied with it too Smiley









Thanks for looking!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Knitting Mercury-bags! on: April 16, 2007 11:36:55 AM
I recently started knitting, and made a bag which I felted way too much - it's tiny, but very cute. I decided that I wanted to make a larger bag, and my mom requested one as well.

The first bag is the one that I knit and felted for my mother. After seeing an idea I had for my first swap, she decided that she wanted a teacup on her bag instead of just general steel-wire swirlyness.





Inside of both bags:



The bag I made for myself, with an "interpretation" of the CXS-logo.





The very first "Knitting Mercury"-label on the inside of the CXS-bag's flap.



And, as always, a big thanks to The Boyfriend for helping me and comforting me through the frustrations.
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