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381  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Generation T recon-along on: August 26, 2008 04:08:46 AM
I just got the book Generation T and am eager to start making some t shirts into something better! Anybody else wanting to do this? Or other t shirt recon-books?


382  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / 150,000 members! on: August 26, 2008 03:42:33 AM
Anybody notice we are almost at 150,000? Shouldn't we have a party or something?
383  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Instant Swap? on: August 26, 2008 02:53:56 AM
I've always wanted to do one of the Instant swap/weekend swaps. I'm not sure who organized the last one. I woudln't mind organizing one but don't want to step on any toes. Is there any interest in another round? What are good dates for people?
384  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Organizer watching on: August 26, 2008 02:18:36 AM
I don't really know how to say this, but I kind of think that there should be somewhere that says that swap participants should check up on their organizers, just like organizers should check up on the participants. I recently nearly joined a swap, remembered something not so great about the organizer, and saw that, although she had all positive feedback, all of her comments were negative~sending late, no communication, etc. I didn't sign up for that swap. I kind of know, after swapping a bit, which organizers are super organizers, and stick with them, but for someone new to swapping, or if they are unfamiliar with a swap organizer? I'm not saying this person might not end up being a great organizer, but I am still kind of worried due to past personal experience.
385  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Joann's classes? on: August 26, 2008 02:04:36 AM
I keep checking out the classes listed at the Joann's superstore, and wondered if anyone has taken any. Are they useful/worth the money? I am particulary interested in the quilting series, serger classes, and maybe beginning knitting.
386  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Straps help--ninja turtle shell costumes on: August 26, 2008 12:47:58 AM
I'm making some ninja turtle costumes for my nephews and can't really think of a good way to attach the front shell to the back shell. Each piece is faux fur that I've sewed a turtle shell design onto the side that will face out, and then I'm sewing it together with another piece and stuffing the back shell slightly.  I was thinking of using webbing (is that the right name?) and making top straps and side straps, with the sides adjustable to tighten them, but I'm not really sure how to sew them on. If I just sew them onto the back shell while I'm sewing the two pieces together, that part makes sense, but then to get them into the front piece...I guess I need to leave gaps when I'm sewing it together, and then slide the straps in and topstitch? Does that make any kind of sense or does anyone have a better idea?

I want to finish these by the time my middle nephew turns 3 on sept 13. Also, I am making these for the two older boys, anybody have any ideas on something I could make turtle-ish of the same material for the baby (4 mo)? My boyfriend thought it would be cute to make something matching for him, but he spends most of his time on his back, so a turtle shell maybe not so great. Maybe just a big turtle shell pillow to prop him up?
387  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / It took me 6 years, but I did it. on: August 25, 2008 12:58:01 AM
I got my serger for my 21st birthday. I turned 27 a couple weeks ago, and tonight I finally figured out how to thread the damn thing! I almost cried I was so excited. This thing has frustrated me for many years, but for some reason it finally clicked! My mom kept wanting to give it away or sell it, but I vowed one day it would work for me!

 Grin Grin Grin
388  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Mini challenges linked to home page on: August 15, 2008 06:48:55 PM
Lots of boards occasionally have challenges, and I stumble over them once in a while, but usually not in time to participate/comment on active challenges/vote. I would love it if there was something on the home page that let us know that there was a (soecific board) challenge going on.
389  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / ~NOW OPEN~ Make a purse with this stuff I send you SWAP on: August 15, 2008 03:14:29 PM
I have been obsessed with project runway lately, I just finished watching season 1 on netflix and have been trying to think up a swap inspired by the show.

So, I had a couple different ideas, but first of all, I thought bags/purses would be better than trying to do clothes because of fit issues. And who can't use a new bag or purse?

So it could just be regular partners, 1 on 1, with you sending out supplies to your partner, and getting back a purse made out of those same supplies.

Or there would be a chain style list, and there will be two sendouts, 1 of supplies, and 1 of the bag. Since this would have the two sendouts, I think it would be restricted to people with good feedback who had participated in at least a couple swaps. Someone flaking after the first sendout would really mess things up.
So if it were chain style, it could go like this:
With 1 sending supplies to 2, 2 to 3, etc. And THEN, after the bags were finished, 1 would send to 2, 2 would send to 3, still, but because of the chain, 2 would be getting a bag made from supplies that initially came from 4,  3 would be getting bag made from supplies that came from 1, and so on.

My third idea would be that we send out supplies, and then post pics of the finished bags and do either a raffle or white elephant selection to see who receives what.

Does that make sense/sound good?

So the list of supplies required to send could be something like this:
-sketches or pictures/magazine tear outs that you would like to send for inspiration. Could be anything, actual bags, clothing, curtains, a beautiful landscape that could give inspiration for a bag that goes with your supplies
-1/2 yard total of base type fabrics (cottons, home dec, other fabrics good for purses)
-1/8-1/4 yard of smaller pieces/scraps (or fq's) of more decorative type fabrics
-3 yards of trims (rick-rack/piping/anything to use for edging or decorating)
-something fancy (applique, brooch, etc)
-4 kinds of hardware-magnetic buttons, d loops, zippers, etc
-sender gets to select one design element required in finished piece: pleats, gusset, piecing, etc
-your choice-could be material for lining, handles, straps,whatever you think could help pull the other materials together (or really throw the designer for a loop)

I just love the design aspect, and it would be a great project to learn new things. I also think it could be a good de-stashing project--as long as you aren't sending totally random stuff, but some things that would actually make a good bag! (of course, a little random is kinda the whole point!)

Is anybody interested? Or is this just too ambitious and crazy? I think if we do it partner style or chain style we might do a few smaller groups, and divide people up by sewing level. I can follow basic patterns and whatnot, but am not a super advanced sewer. Please let me know your suggestions for the supplies list too!
390  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / What's your most outrageous/complicated soap bar? on: August 15, 2008 02:22:33 PM
Hi all!

I haven't soaped in a while, but am doing some for the IYP and I was just wanting a little inspiration. What kind of bars do you make that incorporate lots of fun oils, additives, funky colors, etc? I want to make a really *extreme* bar.

My last experimental bar was inspired by a post on here by LadybugsSoapworks post and was my Shea Luxury bar with 40% shea butter and then added silk protein, left uncolored and added bulgarian lavender eo, french provence lavender eo, and a touch of levender fleur eo, which kinda smells like lavender and sweet tarts and sweetened up the lavender eo's a little. 

Anyhow, that's more of a "glamour" fancy bar, and I am thinking of making something kinda nuts. I have tons of clays, jojoba beads, dried botanicals, goat's milk, aloe vera powder, various exfoliants, colorants and mica, etc.
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