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361  Jewelry Challege 1--We have winners! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: February 11, 2010 02:38:47 PM
Thanks so much to everyone who entered this challenge! We had an amazing 23 entries!

Congrats to the winners of this challenge!


First Place, and the winner of the fabulous bag by alwaysinmyroom

Octopuss Garden by acidtrix

 



Second Place, winner of bath/soap goodies

Sunset on the surf by aecharjay





Third Place, winner of bath/soap goodies.

Revenge at Sunset by Feast Your Eyes



Thanks again to everyone who entered!
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362  Re: First 3 Batches in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: February 03, 2010 01:06:20 PM
Here's a truly ugly partial gel, the one I stuck out in the snow. It has goat's milk so I should have known it was a lost cause to try to make it not ge (but, conversely, was the reason I wanted it to not gel, to get that nice cream color). Fail.

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363  Featured Projects~4th Quarter, 2009 in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by MareMare on: January 30, 2010 01:47:51 AM
 Better late than...even later I guess Wink


Jewelry and Trinkets Featured Projects, Quarter 4, 2009

Here are some great projects posted on the Jewelry and Trinkets Board in October, November, and December of 2009.  Im not posting the awesome projects that were already featured as Craftster Best of 2009, since they have already been recognized Cheesy

Since this is such a large board, Im breaking up the Featured Projects by sub-boards: General, Reconstructed, and Beads.


General Board


Check out all the different elements to this fabulous ring!

the best ring I ever made by natiux





Beautiful pendants with video game images, including a Hyrulian TriForce? Yes, please!

Video Games in My Fused Glass by fusedelegance





These rings are so romantic looking!

Todays theme is antique brass rings!  by SatinCorset






Reconstructed Board


I love these tin cutouts! Great dimension!

New Recycled Tin Jewelry by clayfaery





Heres a great use for random puzzle pieces!

Jigsaw Bracelet by phlizz





And heres an interesting take on a necklace, made from a t-shirt!

T-shirt to necklace recon by eyeluvlilG






Bead Board


Beautiful purple beads, knitted into a wide bracelet!

Knitted Beaded Cuff by alhrayth





Wouldnt you love these beaded ornaments for your tree?

Christmas baubles by katcal





And now for a lovely beaded trinket Wink

Icy Wire Tree by beadedbyamy





Thanks everyone for posting fabulous projects, I cant wait to see what you cook up this quarter. And, as usual, dont forget to hit the this rocks viewer for projects you love and would like to see featured!
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364  Jan/Feb J&T Featured Member~Feast Your Eyes! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 28, 2010 11:56:04 PM
The next Jewelry and Trinkets Featured member is ~Feast Your Eyes! Medley has been a member of Craftster since 2007 and is a frequent poster on the various Jewelry and Trinket boards. Not only does she make fabulous jewelry, but she does many other crafts and is a great swap partner!










These are a few of my favorite projects of Medleys:


Jewelry inspired by Princess Bride:
Inconceivable




Some of her fabulous bead work!

Traditional Native America Beaded Hat Band




Yum!

Beer and Peanuts Cupcakes





A few words from Medley:

I am educated as an architect, but am not currently using my degree. I feel I am a born designer, though, and enjoy design at all scales, from something small and wearable (jewelry), to large (buildings), to digital (websites) and everything between; the same principles always apply. My other passion is animal welfare. I have 2 dogs I adopted from shelters, and live with my mom and her 2 pets, a foundling cat, and a dog someone wanted to re-home. I am currently fostering a dog that was formerly used in a research lab. I volunteer for an animal rescue and try to educate about spay/neuter, puppy mills, and other issues affecting companion animals.


Q: Why (and when) did you begin making Jewelry?

A: I started in middle school with bead weaving on a small wire loom, mostly because I was fascinated by Native American culture & arts & crafts. I got a couple of Beads to Buckskin books and some others about Native American crafts and taught myself bead weaving, brick stitch, appliqu, leather work, and even tried my hand at quill work. Then in high school, I took a class taught by Susan Thomas (who later authored Link It! Colorful Chain Mail Jewelry) and Rain from the local bead store and learned to make peyote stitch amulets. That really launched me into more modern & artistic beadwork. It was actually later that I began to enjoy the creative exercise and instant gratification of simple stringing and wire wrapping. I am in the process of learning more complicated wire wrapping now.











Q: What are your favorite materials to work with? Favorite tools?

A: For seed bead work, I really like Fireline. You can get it in the sporting goods stores, but bead stores are carrying it now, too. For wire work, I love German Silver wire. It has the strength and shine of sterling, but costs a lot less. My favorite tools are my beat up chain nose and round nose pliers and wire cutters.



Q: Besides some lovely pendants that Ive drooled over, what other kinds of jewelry/trinkets do you make?


A: I have done lots of bead woven pieces. I enjoy right-angle weave and spiral stitch a lot, and have made some very successful pieces with them. I also like to make charm bracelets, earrings, and necklaces incorporating beads, charms, and chain.



Q: How did your first jewelry making project go for you?

A: It was a success at the time, but when I made others I, of course, saw lots of things I could have done better. It was a bracelet made with size 8 or 9 transparent green, purple, silver, and hematite seed beads and a diamond/chevron pattern. It had leather ties.



Q: Do you have any Crafster Crushes on other jewelry makers on the board? Who are they?

A: Acidtrix inspired me to try some asymmetrical necklace styles. I really loved the pinup pendants by a Craftster formerly known as miserylovesme , now UntamedMenagerie I wish I could do chain mail like hawkwolf. Beadsbeadingbeaded does some really nice work, too!



Q: Do you have any favorite techniques?

A: No, I have craft ADD. I like to jump back and forth.



Q: Are there any kinds of jewelry or techniques that you want to learn?

A: Yes! Lots! PMC, metal smithing, soldering, more chain mail (I know a little), more wire wrapping, glass fusing...



Q: Where do you get inspiration for your projects?

A: Either from the recipient (I do a lot of custom work, swaps, and make jewelry as gifts) or from the beads themselves. I can sit for hours with my bead boxes, sorting and grouping beads into combinations I think would look good.



Q: What other crafts do you do?

A: Sewing clothing and household items, quilting, painting objects (as opposed to canvases), decoupage, interior decorating, cooking, the list goes on... I love DIY and will try just about any craft.



Q: What is your favorite J &T project on Craftster that you posted?

A:  I really loved the colors (greens, browns, coppers, black), the Kazuri beads are really beautiful and unique, and the spiral stitch and right angle weave (which I used for the circle) are fun to do. I love to watch the piece take shape.

Lariat





Q: What is your favorite J&T project on Craftster that someone else has posted?

A:  Tough choice. It could be different on any given day. Today I picked this one because (a) it looks like something I'd actually wear, and (b) I find it impressive that Cayca figured out how to make it from looking at a picture.

Mistress of the Night by Cayca


 


Q: What is your favorite non-J&T project on Craftster that you have posted?  

A: My current craft infatuation is quilting, so I'm going to choose my first Mini Art Quilt. It was just one of those projects that appeared in my mind fully completed. The challenge was figuring out how to make it come out like I envisioned, and I think I came pretty close.

Doomsday Book Mini Art Quilt



[since I am the proud owner of this lovely quilt, its one of my faves too! MareMare]



Q: What is your favorite non-J&T project on Craftster that someone else has posted?  

A: Because I want it. It's well made, and I love rockabilly style.

So Very Cherry by Psycho Sue




 






Thanks so much for sharing with us Medley!

If you have a recommendation for a Featured Member, please send a pm my way!
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365  Re: Frugal Living Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: January 22, 2010 11:21:29 PM
Okey doke, after mucho drama with camera batteries and the camera cord, I finally got my pics uploaded tonight! And then I had to wait topost them because I had some of the P-town crafsters over and I was busy crocheting goodies for onegroovyday!

But here are my pics!

My re-usable "paper towels" in awesome little boy friendly prints with a holder! And my entire house, especially the kitchen has lots of green, so it matches well! I've already used them to wipe off their little kiddie table.


And a matching wet bag to hold them until they can make it to the laundry room. My mom is gonna love this, since I have the bad habit of throwing used dishtowels in the corner. oops!



The awesome swiffer with cute re-usable covers. I think I'm going to teach the boys to clean the floor now!  Grin


Lots of pads with inner lining dealies to absorb more. I can't believe she hadn't made these before, they look great!


Wet bags for the pads--a big one and two little purse sized ones


An awesome notebook cover with fuzzy zebra fabric on one side! The other side is a diferent black and white fabric


A gorgeous big square bottomed grocery bag! I love it, such great fabric!


Produce bags!


Swiffer duster covers, I am so glad I won't have to buy those anymore!


And a bunch of fabric she used for "padding" in the box! Grin Yummy fabric!


Thanks onegroovyday! This is an awesome package and I'm gonna have to rock it out to make something even close as good to send to you!
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366  Jewelry Challenge1--We have winners! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 20, 2010 03:26:30 AM
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337803.0



Go check it out! (and the cool prize!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=334846.0

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367  Jewelry Challenge 1--Colors of the Sea! More Prizes Added! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 20, 2010 01:59:17 AM
It's finally time for our first challenge! Thanks everyone who came up with theme ideas and who voted for the theme. Our winner was--colors of the sea. Interpret that as you will, be as wild and creative as you want, but somehow use COLOR! Blues, greens, grays, maybe white like the waves? I can't wait to see what everyone creates!

Jewelry Challenge 1--Colors of the Sea!

January 20-February 10

Posting your project February 3-February 10, 9 pm Pacific

Voting: February 11-Feb 18, 2:30 am pacific

GO here to vote!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337803.0


Winner Announced February 18


Prize for First Place: A beautiful vintage kimono handbag created by our own sewing mod, alwaysinmyroom!

It is about 14 inches high and 14 inches tall.  The handles can be hand carried or put over the shoulder.

It is made of 7 different pieces of vintage kimono fabric and 1 piece of Burmese silk.  The top part is black cotten velveteen. The kimono fabric is lightly quilted onto batting and then interfaced and lined in black. There is a pocket about 8x6 inches.

There is a magnetic closure in gold to match the gold in the bamboo handles.







Since we had so many awesome entries we are also going to award prizes for second and third place!


Prize for Second and Third Place:

Handmade soap and bath/body goodies Cheesy


The Rules:

-Each participant may enter one project, it may be a set or a single piece.

-It can be any style or made out of any material as long as it fits the theme (sea colors)

-It has to be a current piece. It can not be something that you have already made and posted.

-Post your craft during the period of Feb 3-Feb 10.  No sooner. No later.

-Voting will happen from Feb 11-Feb 17

-On Feb 18 a winner will be announced



At the end, I will set up a poll and the winner will be announced

Please DO NOT post your completed project on this thread, start a new thread in this folder.

Good Luck!
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368  Post your CRAFTY Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: January 15, 2010 12:44:55 PM
Do you have an awesome crafty tattoo? Maybe it features a sewing machine or an embroidery needle? Post them here and yours just might be the next tattoo on Craftster's Crafty Tattoo Blog Feature!

Here's kittykill's fabulous embroidering lady, a past feature on the blog!



If you have a tattoo you designed or actually tattooed yourself but isn't craft themed, you can post it here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306140.0

And if you just have an awesome tattoo you want to show off, but you didn't design it, there is a thread in FOC for that!

Viva la tattoos!  Grin
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369  Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap 2 (Signups CLOSED Sendouts FEB 22) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MareMare on: January 09, 2010 02:14:27 AM
Name of Swap: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Sign-up date range: January 9, 2010 - Jan 21, 2010 (9 pm pacific)
Date to send item by: Monday, February 22, 2010
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Gallery Link

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? North America only
 
Age requirement: 18

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/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

For this swap, you will crochet a variety of motifs for 1, 2, or 3 partners. First time swappers are limited to 1 partner. For each partner, you will need to make a minimum of 7 different motifs that total at least 25 inches.

This swap is scavenger hunt style, meaning you get to pick your motifs from the variety of options listed below:

1. A flower motif
2. An animal or animal themed motif
3. Octagon shaped motif
4. Motif uses bobble stitches
5. A lacy motif
6. Bullion stitch
7. Plant or veggie themed (pineapple, leaf, etc)
8. Motif is worked diagonally
9. Motif uses hairpin lace or broomstick lace
10. Motif is made up of smaller motifs (think grannys daughters, yo-yos, etc)
11. Tunisian crochet motif
12. A heritage motif
13. Motif is made of at least 3 various shades or tones of one color
14. Motif is made with complimentary colors (opposite from each other on the color wheel)
15. "Design it yourself" and include pattern that you write
16. Sender's Choice


*Explanation/idea of heritage motif:
 Quote from craftADDchick
"An "ethnic" motif. For example, I'm of Irish (25%), Scottish (25%), Lithuanian (25%), and Heinz 57 (25%... but probably a mix of English, Irish, Scottish and who knows what else... Gramps was from Maine from way back) descent. So, a shamrock, or a "plaid" motif, or a flag motif... or a ketchup bottle"

Note: If you are using motifs that are not symmetrical (such as a rectangle), you should use the smallest measurement to calculate your total inches.

Other rules:
*Only use worsted weight acrylic, unless your partner(s) indicates otherwise.
*All tails need to be woven in, unless your partner indicates otherwise.
*Communication is very important to me, please be sure to send pms to both myself and your partner when you send and receive. Poor communication will be noted in feedback.
*Please somehow label all your motifs with the pattern name and source so your partner and other swap members viewing the gallery will know where it came from, because we will want to duplicate them!  The best way to do this is to tie a piece of paper onto the motif and then include a sheet with pattern name and source or typed pattern if you want!

Discussion Thread for round 2
Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap
Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap gallery
Amazing Crochet Motif Swap
Amazing crochet Motif Swap Gallery

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


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap 2
 
Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address including the country, formatted for shipping:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (this round is US and Canda only)

Confirm that are at least 18 years old (yes/no)

How many partners would you like? (1, 2, or 3):

Please list your color scheme, if you have one:

List colors you absolutely do not want to receive:

Do you want to recieve variegates yarns or solids only?

If you are interested in motifs made with other types of yarn (novelty yarns, etc.), please list:

Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from being partnered with someone (specific pet dander, smoke):

Please list potential allergens in your home or work area (specific pets, smokers):



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.


Resources:
Online:
http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/coasters.php
http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/smaller_motifs_squares.php
Crochet motifs on the Lion Brand website- you need to register, but its free, and worth it!
Books (check your local library, too!):
Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman
201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas by Melody Griffiths
The Harmony Guides: Crochet Stitch Motifs: 250 Stitches to Crochet by Erika Knight
Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers by Suzann Thompson



(motif by fantasticmio in round 1)

Gallery Link
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370  "Gingerbread" teepee in Winter Holidays by MareMare on: January 03, 2010 12:51:24 PM
We did "gingerbread" houses with my little nephews (5, 4, and 18 months) out of chocolate graham crackers. The kids were having a hard time because theirs kept falling down, so I decided to make a teepee instead of a square house. It stayed up really well, and I had a nice flat surface to decorate. I had envisioned an elaborate totum pole with gummy bears and other shapes, but it wouldn't stay together, so my poor little totem just had gum drops and toy soldiers. Just now I thought I should have used a skewer to hold it together instead of just relying on icing. D'oh!





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