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171  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Autumn Leaves on: October 01, 2008 12:12:57 PM
I made a couple Autumn/Halloween Trees recently and I wanted to show them off. Sadly, I'm still without my pc (working off the laptop) so the photos are only roughly resized.

First up, my favorite:

This one is my official Autumn Tree of Life necklace. It features an array of natural gemstones including red coral, red carnelian, and garnet to make up the variety of autumn leaves. It's brown wire outer circle with copper wire trunk/branches. Though you can't really see it in this shot, it's strung on a dual strand necklace featuring one strand of brown cord and one of brown ribbon. Looks really beautiful worn.

Next up is a sillier and more fun one:

This is my "Halloween" one as it's made with a black wire outer circle and copper ("orange") trunk/branches. The leaves are made of a beautiful stone called red goldstone. It's a man made gemstone dating back to the European Renaissance. Created by infusing copper into glass, it was a result of the search for alchemy. (Transmuting base metal into gold.)

And last isn't autumn. Sorry. But I didn't feel like making a second topic for these so they're going in here too. Wink These are two more traditional, "Spring" and "Summer" trees complete with green leaves.

The left is Amazonite which is a lovely light green stone and the right is a jade that's been dyed but it has beautiful variation. I made one of the Jade ones as a gift for a friend and liked it so much, I thought I'd make another. For all the Trees I've made, I haven't really done green leaf ones! Grin I know, ironic, right? Anyway, I thought it was about time.

So I hope you enjoy! Grin
172  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / "divinecaroline.com" holding up loading on: September 26, 2008 12:43:30 PM
I'm surfing at work again today (as I do most days) and I notice that I have intermittent hangups in loading pages. I'm on a fiber optic, 54Mbps connection here so I know it's not that. What I've noticed (finally) is that the thing that's hanging the site up is whatever it's trying to load (ad I presume) from "divinecarolone.com" Whenever that particular ad goes in rotation, the page simply will not finish loading. It's just hung up waiting on that domain. If I stop and reload (and thus get a different rotation of ads) it loads just fine.

So I thought I'd let someone know that while their website loads just fine (I just checked it now) the specific file craftster.org is requesting from them just doesn't.

173  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / wallet made from money on: September 22, 2008 05:35:34 PM
...ok, so it's just money fabric, but still. I saw this fabric in the remnant bin at Joann's and I knew I wanted to make one of the Easy Peasy Wallets out of it. It was just too perfect.

Fun, non? Grin
174  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Halloween Swap 2008 Gallery of Spooky Goodness on: September 22, 2008 12:48:09 PM
Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265915.0

We've had our first shipper! Post the pics when you've got 'em! Grin
175  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire-wrapped stone pendant - my first! on: September 22, 2008 11:55:49 AM
I know you'd think I'd be good with wire for all the Tree of Life pendants I make, but the truth is, I'm still awful with wire for everything that's not Trees. I've especially always had problems wrapping up stones. But, I'm at work the other day and one of the massage therapists comes up to me with her flat-back stone. She says she knows I make jewelry and she's always wanted to turn this stone into a pendant and she trusts my judgment and skill. Aw man, how could I tell her that I'd never managed to perfect wrapping a stone after that much flattery...?

So about seven tries later, I found a technique on the web different from the one I was attempting and I think it came out actually pretty decent. I'd really like some thoughts and feedback since I'm going to be giving it back to her and I'm nervous and of course want to make sure she's pleased with it.



(In the picture, the back looks cooler but you can't tell that the back is rougher and not polished to a shine the way the front it. It's also flat where the front is a little more rounded like a cabochon type cut.)

Sorry the pics aren't great. My hard drive died over a week ago so I finally caved and installed some photo software on the laptop so I could show it off and get some feedback. I think it looks more flawed in the pictures since it's such a tight, close zoom and when you're just looking at it, you don't really see the extreme level of detail, but...I'm babbling. Overall, does it look decent enough to give back to her? Not including the failed tries, this one took me the better part of an hour to do. *laughs* (How sad is that?)
176  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!
177  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.
178  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
179  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!
180  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!
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