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171  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Miniature Tree of Life Cell Phone Charm / Pendant on: September 22, 2008 11:47:23 AM
I'm sure everyone's seen my many, many posts showing off my Tree of Life pendants. Well, a couple weeks ago, I decided to try making a little, teeny, miniature one. So here's how it came out. I put it on a cell phone charm cord, though it's sized where it could be an earring, or a keychain charm, or zipper pull decoration:

And for size:

I've been wanting to show it off and get feedback for a couple weeks, but my hard drive died. So my pc is dead. Thankfully, I still had these pics on my camera card and I today I finally installed some software on the laptop so I could resize the pictures and at least show them off. Dammit, I miss my pc!

Anyway, thoughts appreciated!
172  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Is this common? on: September 08, 2008 09:49:26 AM
I'm organizing my first swap (Halloween Swap 2008) and I'm finding I need to turn a few people away because they're new members already involved in their first swap. In two cases, the date to ship is the same date to ship as mine, so it's not like it's even close and if they sent a little early, they could be done in time for the Halloween one.

Does this tend to happen? I just feel bad telling someone that they're not eligible for the swap. And it made me wonder if other, more seasoned organizers have run into this problem as well. More a curiosity than anything.
173  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / But wait! There's more! (*coughs* Yup. More Trees) on: September 07, 2008 08:15:52 PM
Yeah I know. I really need to talk to someone about my obsession with these things. In the meantime, enjoy the fruits of my insanity. Wink (And hey, there's only two this time. That's not a lot, right? Um, guys...?)

Amethyst Gemstone Necklace with Tree of Life Pendant on Memory Wire Choker


Whole piece:

Tree of Life Pendant Featuring Red Carnelian Gemstone Leaves

I know. I really need to remember I can make other jewelry items besides Trees. But the Trees are just so fun...! Grin
174  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / maybe really obvious but Hey! Google docs! on: August 30, 2008 08:17:31 AM
So I'm organizing my very first swap (Halloween Swap 2008) and I was trying to think of the best way to keep my information in line. I recently started a new p/t job where I have a lot of free time that I can surf the net. And it dawned on me that I'd like to have access to my swap info both at home and at work. Then it hit me: google docs!

You can save the spreadsheet templates and open them up with google docs. Then you can modify and fill in your info to your heart's content! Save the file and it's waiting for you at http://docs.google.com/ so you can check it anywhere. (And, like me, sneak in some updating when you're at work and have free time anyway.)

This is great for anyone who doesn't have Word or Excel at home and for people who want access to their stuff from multiple pcs. Like I said, maybe it's really obvious and tons of people already do this but I was super excited when I remembered about it last night and gave it a try. So I thought I'd point it out to anyone who hadn't realized it was another option as well.

Hope that helps someone!
175  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Halloween Swap 2008 (CLOSED! / SEND Oct 4th) on: August 28, 2008 02:01:07 PM
Swap name: Halloween Swap 2008
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: phoenixfiredesigns
Sign-up date range: August 28th - September 12th
Date to send item by: October 4, 2008

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? n/a

Age requirement? 13 and up. (Those under 18 need parent/guardian approval!)

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
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES

Details of swap:
Do you love Halloween? Do pumpkins, ghosts, black cats and full moons make you giddy with joy? Do you look forward to the spooky month of October each year? Then this swap is for you! For this Halloween swap, we're sending 2 Medium items and 2 small items. This way, it's more Halloween fun but less crafting stress. Anything above the required two mediums and two small items are between you and your partner.

Whether you prefer things more cute or more gory, this Halloween swap is open to all interpretations of style and theme for the holiday. It is therefore important that you respect your partner's likes, dislikes, and preferences! Home accessories, costumes, decorations - the sky's the limit, so get creative!

(Original discussion thread here.)

Size Definitions
For this swap, we're crafting TWO Medium items and TWO Small items. Craftster defines these with the following guidelines. (Please remember this is a general guideline only, and you must use your own judgment on this. If it takes you three hours to make a simple paper bookmark, you're not going to want to count that as a large item!)

By Time
-Big/3 points = 3 or more hours
-Medium/2 points = 2 or more hours
-Little/1 point = 1 or less hours

By Size
-Big/3 points = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium/2 points = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small/1 point = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks, magnets

By Price
-Big/3 points = $30 or more
-Medium/2 points = $10-$30 dollars
-Small/1 point = $10 or less

source: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6553.0

My Rules
  • Please put "Halloween Swap 2008" in ALL private messages. This helps me keep better track!
  • Sendouts are due the first Saturday of October (10/4/08) so we can have time to enjoy our goodies!
  • If you are sending within the US, PLEASE get Delivery Confirmation.
  • If you are shipping outside of the US/Internationally, delivery confirmation is NOT required.
  • When you ship, please PM me AND your partner with the DC# (if applicable.)
  • When you receive, please PM me AND your partner to let me know it's arrived.
  • Feedback will be given once you have SENT, RECEIVED and POSTED PICTURES.

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

Name of swap: Halloween Swap 2008
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 13 years old (yes/no):
Will you post pictures of what you receive in the gallery? (yes/no)

General Questions
What types of crafts can you do well/enjoy making?
What types crafts would you like to receive?
Please list any allergies/restrictions your partner should be aware of?
Do you have any potential allergens in your home like smoke/pets?

Halloween Questions
What are your favorite Halloween images? (pumpkins, bats, full moons, witches, etc.)?
What style/theme of Halloween items do you prefer? (spooky/cute/horror/kitschy/vintage/etc.)?
What are your favorite Halloween colors? (standard orange & black, or Autumn colors, or neon colors, etc.)?
What type of things would you NOT like to receive?
Anything else you want to add:


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

- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=200467.0
- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=126848.0
- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118814.0
- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=56320.0

Participants List
1. phoenixfiredesigns
2. Pupper
3. odd_artist
4. starryeyeddiy
5. hippiejo74
6. Oingoboingirl - welcome first-time swapper!
7. Trocks
8. x0xmanda
9. phoenix_fire - welcome first-time swapper!
10. Angelus - welcome first-time swapper!
11. thunderchild
12. smittenheart
13. fashion09
14. awesomelibby
15. echo_brook
16. Lady Hope
17. cacarae
18. lovelyislacey
19. Tero
20. brunette_bombshell
21. Corwin
22. cookie7704 - welcome first-time swapper!
23. frosty772
24. Knichole

This is my first time organizing a swap, so please be kind. Grin My aim is to update the participants several times a day but please do not panic if it takes me a day to bring things current. I just want everyone to have a really great time for the most fun time of the year!

That's it! We've reached 24. Partners coming soon!
176  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / weird error on the bottom of the forum? on: August 21, 2008 02:07:29 PM
It tells me:

Sorry, the copyright must be in the template.
Please notify this forum's administrator that this site is missing the copyright message for SMF so they can rectify the situation. Display of copyright is a legal requirement. For more information on this please visit the Simple Machines website.

...at the bottom of the pages. I'd never seen it before this afternoon so I just thought I'd post in case something got wonky.
177  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Continuing obsession w/Tree of Life Pendants and Bird Nest Necklaces (pic fat) on: August 20, 2008 07:41:00 AM
Yes, I AM a junkie for making Tree of Life pendants. It's true. I can't pretend any longer. Cheesy Nah, seriously, I just decided to make a few yesterday with stone I hadn't used before. While I was at it, I also made  a few more Bird Nest Necklaces also. I had off work yesterday for Tropical Storm Fay (that never arrived here because it took a sharp right and went diagonally across Florida instead) so I had plenty of jewelry fun time.


Tree of Life Pendant Featuring Picture Jasper Gemstone Leaves

Tree of Life Pendant Featuring Pink Jade Gemstone Leaves

"Winter" Tree of Life Pendant Featuring Howlite Gemstone Leaves

Tree of Life Pendant Featuring Blue Lapis Lazuli Gemstone Leaves

Bird Nest Necklaces

Brown Wire Bird Nest Necklace with Genuine Agate Gemstone "Eggs"

Bird Nest Necklace with Beautiful Jasper "Eggs" On Figaro Chain

Copper Wire Bird Nest Pendant with Light Blue Sapphire "Eggs"

So yeah...like I said. Obsessed. Grin As always, thoughts welcome!
178  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Chunky glass bead bracelet on: August 11, 2008 08:42:28 PM
I made this bracelet for Therisa based on one she had on her Wist for the OWS 37. She received so I thought I'd share:

It's all nice, big, chunky glass beads, with silver accents and hearts. I hope she likes. I was pleased with how it came out. (And how close it came to carrieme's  version which was the inspiration as well.)  Grin
179  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New Wire Items - Trees and Nests (Yay for nature!) on: August 09, 2008 10:02:36 PM
I've been playing with wire a lot lately, really enjoying the heck out of making my Tree of Life pendants (and getting TOTALLY excited when I see someone Wist one!) and I've also recently started making Bird Nest pendants and necklaces. So I thought I'd show off the latest.

Red Coral Tree of Life - brown wire outer with copper wire tree.
I also strung this one on a matching brown cord.

Red Coral Tree of Life - copper wire outer with copper wire tree.
This one was inspired by and made for my Mom's birthday. She loves red and I loved how the red and the copper together really felt autumny.

Bird's Nest - Copper wire and Green Aventurine gemstone eggs

Bird's Nest - Chrysocolla gemstone eggs wrapped in brown wire strung on blue cord

Bird's Nest - Grey/Blue glass pearls in silver on silk cord

As always, thoughts welcome!  Grin
180  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My first bird's nest necklace on: August 05, 2008 09:34:34 AM
I kinda randomly decided to make this late last night. It's something I've seen other people do before but, I didn't have any instructions or anything. I just kinda went off what I remembered in my head of seeing pictures of versions other people made. It's a bird's nest with three eggs. I added it to a 16.5" Figaro chain. I think it's just a pretty little thing. Different. (For me and what I normally make anyway.)

I never used to work with wire. At all before. Then I started making the Tree of Life pendants and now...I don't know. I guess I'm not quite as afraid of wire as I used to be.  Wink

Thoughts welcome!
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