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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / It will be a hard Christmas for some on: December 02, 2008 03:09:37 PM
So, I considered not posting this at all. But it occurred to me that it might serve as an encouragement to some and as a way to spread awareness for others. Then I considered not posting until I was completely done, but it won't do any good by that point. So I'm posting it now.

This year my husband and I had a miscarriage. There are a LOT of people out there that don't think that's a big deal, but mostly those people have never gone through one. For many, many women and their significant others, a miscarriage is an incredibly painful and traumatic experience, NO MATTER HOW FAR ALONG IN THE PREGNANCY THEY WERE.

My miscarriage gave me a chance to come in contact with a lot of other women who went through the same thing. And for those women who have had a miscarriage or infant death in this past year, the holidays are proving to be a difficult time. Most of us don't have any family or close friends that recognize this, or any tangible way to remember our lost loves.

That's why I made these stockings. First one for my baby, then more for the women that I have met who went through the same thing. (Each of them requested a stocking and they were made to their specifications.) I have several more that still have to be made. I know they're nothing wonderful, but for us they mean a lot. It's good for us to remember, and it's good to know that somebody else cares.








So I'm posting this in the hopes that I might open the eyes of some. Please, if you know someone who has lost a pregnancy or a baby in this year, please know that most (though, I admit, not ALL) women in their situation are smiling on the outside and crying on the inside. Please consider doing something for them in memory of their baby, so that they know that they are not alone and that they are not crazy for feeling the way that they do. I've been lucky enough to find a GREAT support group. Most women haven't. I know that everyone on this site is so talented and creative. Please think of using that this year for people who are hurting.

Off my rant now. Wink
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Blendina, Cynthia, and Madeline the dolls ;) on: October 19, 2008 08:58:38 PM
I'm working on these little dolls a lot these days. I love making them, as they each seem to develop a personality as I go along, and it's so much fun to come up with a little story for each of them.
So here are my three latest (or, I should say, two of my latest... Cynthia was made by a friend of mine)--

Madeline:



Blendina:



Cynthia:



Hope you like them!
Al
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My very, very long (20 ft.) scarf on: August 22, 2008 10:36:27 AM
Well, it's been done before, but not exactly like this. I searched Craftster for Dr. Who inspired scarfs (like this one), and with as long as they all were, this one beats all! (Mwuah, hahahahah!! I'm entirely too pleased with myself for this...)

Okay, I'm a nerd. I love Doctor Who. I've wanted Tom Baker's scarf since I was a little kid. So I finally taught myself to knit just to make this one. So, here is my first knitting project EVER. It took me right under a month to make. It is 10 inches wide by 20 feet long. To measure it, I had to unroll it across my entire living room and dining room. And yes, I plan on wearing it everywhere, and possibly saving the world while I'm at it.

Also, I now consider myself an expert at the garter stitch.









The Doctor with his scarf:


Thanks for looking,
Ally

P.S. The colors look a bit off in the pictures. They're significantly more subdued in real life. No bright blues or anything...
4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Charity etsy shop... again. on: July 21, 2008 07:15:41 AM
Hi there! I'm Ally. I've started a vintage Etsy shop where 100% of profits go to charity. (Specifically, they'll be going to two poor villages in Uganda.)
Some people may remember that I did something similar to this a little less than a year ago. It was called "Maruapula" and I sold only things that other people made and sent me. It didn't work, because there just weren't enough people to donate or enough people buying the things that were sent. I ended up buying out the whole inventory myself and shutting the shop. This shop is different, in that it is not based on other's donations, but on what I can do myself. So far, I feel very positive about it. I've already sold one item!  Grin
I am hoping for some support from others, though. If you're so inclined, here are some things that I would love (but don't absolutely NEED) help on.
1) The biggest thing is spreading the word. If you have a website and could post a link to the store, that would be fantastic. Even if it's just your myspace. If you could post a link to the store in your signature, that would be awesome, too!
2) I would love to send thank you cards out with each purchase. I think it would be so cool if they were handmade, but that's not really my forte. If anyone is really good at that sort of thing, and would like to donate even just 2 or 3 cards, it would help a lot.
3) I would also like business cards. I'm not asking that somebody send me any, but I would appreciate anyone who is good with computer design and art who could make some designs and email them to me to print out.
4) I could use IDEAS and CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM for the site and how it's run. Right now some of the pictures really suck, but I'm working on fixing that already. I need criticism in other areas. Also, as far as ideas, what would be a clever way to package things? How could I encourage repeat customers? Any ideas?
5) VERY SMALL donations would be great. Things like vintage buttons or jewelry, handmade or bought jewelry cards, small boxes, etc.

The store can be found, by the way, at www.thedreamdom.etsy.com. I can't believe I almost forgot to put that up!  Roll Eyes If you would like to know more about where the money is going, please check the shop profile.
Thanks for reading.
Ally
5  COOKING / Dessert / My Sister's 20th B-day mini-tiered cake on: April 05, 2008 08:22:12 PM
Tomorrow's my baby sister's 20th birthday!!  Shocked None of the family can believe that she's not a little girl anymore. Today I threw her a bit of a surprise birthday party, and made her a red velvet cake. She's been very much into wedding planning lately (as some girls do when they're in love, which she is), and so I made it tiered like a mini wedding cake. Thought she'd get a kick out of that.  Roll Eyes Plus, it had to have strawberries on it, because she likes having strawberries at all of her birthdays. Her own little tradition I suppose.



This was a Martha Stewart recipe. I liked it, though I think I've made red velvets in the past that I liked better. I really wasn't a fan of the frosting, which made too much and was hard to work with. I won't use it again.  Tongue


I'm a sucker for close-up pictures of food. And everything else. My micro option gets used a LOT on my camera. Smiley


And a tiny little slice from the tiny top cake on a tiny little plate.


Looking at the pictures, I'm a little disappointed. It looked better when not viewed through a camera. Still, it tasted good and sister of mine was very pleased.

Thanks for looking.  Wink
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / My dog pillow~ An attempt at being eco-friendly. on: March 30, 2008 07:26:29 PM
First of, let me just say that I feel sort of lame posting this, because when I opened Craftster to do so I saw in Hot Topics this really cute little fleece dog bed that kicks this one's butt.  Roll Eyes Oh well.
I thought I could make the dog a cheaper pillow than the $35 ones they sell at Walmart, and succeeded in doing so using garage sale fabric and a GIANT stash of plastic grocery bags to fill it. (I used every last one that we had, by the way.) Smiley That is the only reason that I bother posting this. I know that a lot of the people on this site are way into recycling, and thought that they may appreciate the idea.

Ignore my half painted walls in the background, please.


Rose (the dog) seems to like it.  Grin



My girls love their puppy, and she's so tolerant of them. Also, excuse my children's appearances. It's the end of the day, the older is in pajamas, and the younger is covered in ketchup.  Roll Eyes


(I didn't need that many pictures, but I just think my pup is really cute.)
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Board Game Swap on: March 08, 2008 03:20:12 PM
No, not a swap for things made out of board games, but a swap where we actually make board games and send them to each other. I'm really on this board game kick right now, and I've had lots of fun in the past coming up with games, and I think it would be so much fun to trade with someone! Anyone else think this is a good idea? Anyone at all?  Cheesy
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Neil Gaiman Gallery of Wonders! on: February 12, 2008 10:45:50 AM
We have a sender!! Post your prized Gaiman goodies here!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Neil Gaiman Swap (Sendouts 2/21/08) on: December 31, 2007 11:51:52 AM
Swap name: All Things Neil Gaiman Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: alkalntrin
Sign-up date range: 12/31/07-1/06/08
Date to send item by:2/21/08

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 22 people max, please!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.

All ages allowed? Or 18+? Certainly!

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
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

Details of swap:
This swap has been brewing for over a month now, and we're finally getting it off the ground!! Neil Gaiman, if you don't know, is an author who has wrote a wide variety of novels, comic books, children's stories, poems, and movies. Recently, his name has been made a little more widely known thanks to his graphic novel, Stardust, being made into a movie, and his co-writing the movie "Beowulf". Other works of his (to name a FEW): Wolves in the Walls, American Gods, The Sandman (comic series), Anansi Boys, Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, MirrorMask, Neverwhere, Coraline, Odd and the Frost Giants... This list goes one. His works should provide an endless amount of inspiration, whether you are a fan of all things Gaiman or just one or two. Check out his site: www.neilgaiman.com for more info, and don't forget to read his blog. Smiley

This swap will be for a minimum of one large, one medium, and 2 small items. If you and your partner wish, you can agree on a different number of items. We should have PLENTY of time to craft, and I won't tolerate any late senders without a VERY good reason. Please craft to the very best of your ability so we can make this a magnificent swap for EVERYBODY involved!


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:
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?
Favorite Gaiman works:
Favorite characters:
Crafts you can do well for other swappers:
Crafts you would enjoy receiving from others:
Do you absolutely guarentee that you have the time and resources to do this swap and that you will not be late or flake and put us all in an awkward position???
Pinky Swear?
Okay... I believe you.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


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

PARTNERS!!
1. alkalntrin <----> zkitten
2. Raenef <-----> soul_assylum
3. sin esperanza <-----> Ralph
4. Sommer <----> caffinated_tulip
5. Bohemian_felt <-----> Teacouture
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [ACCEPTED] Best of 2007 on: December 19, 2007 04:34:35 PM
*First, let me say that I have not been on Craftster for a whole year, so I don't know if something like this already happens. If so, kindly disregard.
Second, I THINK this is the appropriate place to put this suggestion. If not, would one of the mods be kind enough to move it to where it should be?*

I love the Featured Projects on Craftster. I look forward to seeing new projects up every month, and I think it's a great incentive to try and come up with well-made, original projects. I mean, I think most people would agree that it's a huge honor to have a project chosen out and put on display for the month. So I was thinking, wouldn't it be fun if in January of each year there was a contest in which all of the featured projects from the previous year are put up and voted on? Then for a month or so the top ten (or however many is appropriate) could be featured. It could be done in the slot where they usually do the Craft Challenges, or it could be done seperately and then the "winners" could just be featured in a blog or something. It should be something easy to arrange, and I adore it when sites (or magazines, or whatever) commemorate the year that has just passed.

Does anyone else think this would be fun, or am I just way into competitions? Smiley
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