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381  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Breast Cancer Challenge on: October 09, 2008 10:30:14 PM
Since October is breast cancer awareness month (and I work in a hospital, and my best friend is a mammography tech) I have been noticing all kinds of breast cancer stuff lately. In magazines there are spreads about products to buy that support breast cancer...and after looking at some of them I think craftsters could make something much cooler! I saw a shirt that had a tiny pattern of pink ribbons all over it, but from far away you couldn't really tell what they were.

Anyhow I was trying to think of some cool way that the challenge could tie into a donation to charity but haven't quite thought it up yet. Maybe instead of a regular prize there could be a donation to a charity? Or everyone who entered the challenge could donate $1 or something?
382  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / FRIENDS TV Show Swap Gallery on: September 24, 2008 11:22:20 AM
Here's the gallery since we have a sender!

link to orginal thread  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260946.0
383  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Make a Purse With This Stuff Gallery on: September 24, 2008 11:11:12 AM
Here's the gallery! Post pics of your materials and purses!

Link to original thread  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265595.0
384  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / September 2008 Birthday Swap Gallery on: September 22, 2008 07:47:25 PM
Post your presents here!

Link to original thread

385  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Crafter MIA since before sign-ups ended on: September 18, 2008 03:27:37 PM
I have someone who has not been on craftster since 9/9. Sign-ups closed 9/12 and she hadn't answered one of the questions about international shipping on her form, so I pm'd her and actually had to delay assigning partners since she didn't reply back. I've sent her a couple pm's, but she hasn't been on crafster to reply. This is a swap with 2 sendouts, where we are sending our own material out and then crafting a purse and sending it back to the person, so I am super leary of having a flaker. I finally put her in a group of 3, and the person that is sending to her is holding off to send out until we actually hear from her. Should I drop her from the swap?

ETA: I checked again, and she was on yesterday.  Undecided
386  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / An all black and white quilt? on: September 17, 2008 01:05:04 AM
So, I have made 2 quilt squares so far, 1 I biffed up and posted in Stitch and Botch with cherries, and the second is this one. I really like black and white fabrics, and am wanting to do all black and white squares, but not sure if this will be boring or lack visual interest? Any thoughts/comments/suggestions?
Should I stick in a few colored fabrics? Or do a colored sashing and binding? I also really like scarlet red with  black and white...if I did like 5% scarlet with the black and white blocks would that be a good amount for a pop of color?

And here are some of my black and white fabrics

Also, I've been reading some quilting books and around on here, but haven't seen any kind of "formula" to figure out how much fabric I need. I'm not sure if I should buy more fabric before I get started or just dig in. LIke, x number of FQ's will make this many squares of this size. I know it probably depends on a ton of variables, but is there some general rule?
387  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / September 2008 Ongoing Birthday Swap (Sign-ups Sept 13-Sept 30) on: September 13, 2008 01:09:03 AM

ALL BIRTHDAY BABES WHO POST A BIRTHDAY WISH LIST MUST FULFILL A BIRTHDAY WISH OF AT LEAST ONE FELLOW BIRTHDAY BABE. In other words, if you post a list and receive a gift, you must send at least one gift. Non-birthday craftsters may still send "unconditionally." Unconditionally in this swap means if someone fulfills one of your birthday wishes, you will send them a thank you note via snail mail. PM's or thank you posts do not count as thank you notes. Negative feedback will be given for those who post lists and receive, but never send. Please read below for the exact details.


Swap name: September 2008 Ongoing Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare

FOR POSTING BIRTHDAY LISTS Sign-up date range:  September 13-September 30, 2008
FOR CHOOSING A BIRTHDAY WISH TO FULFILL Sign-up date range:  September 13-September 30, 2008
DATE TO SEND ITEMS BY:  2 weeks after you claim someone unless other arrangements are made ahead of time

Limited to a certain number of people?: No.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.
You must be 13 years old to swap.

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 was organized so everyone can get something crafty for their birthday!  Please read the guidelines carefully.

    *This is a medium item swap. A medium item is defined as a craft or recon etc that takes you two hours to complete OR $20 worth of Store Bought Items. (If bought from a thrift store, estimate at what it would have cost new.) However you may also substitute a few small items for a medium.
    * If your birthday is in September, then you can post your birthday wish list for this month. To do that, you must first PM me with the Swap questionnaire filled out.
    * Once you have been approved, you may post your list of things that you would want to receive. You can have as many items on your list as you want to, but the minimum is 5. The more you have, the better are the chances to get claimed. Please try to have a good mix of items on your list. The last wish you will post is "a surprise."  Then you will post a bio about yourself. Please state at the beginning of your list where you are located.  Some people absolutely cannot send to people overseas for any number of reasons. We need to respect this valid concern. Also, please list any allergies or dislikes at the beginning of your post. Type allergies in red if they are severe.
    * Please post lists only. No discussion on this thread please. Discussion can be done here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=264492.0
    * Everyone will then go through the lists and choose a craftster they want to send a birthday gift to. Your birthday does not have to be in Septmeber for you to craft for someone! If you want to choose someone, just PM me with your info (including your address, please), who you want to craft for, and what item. Also send a pm to the person you are choosing to let them know and to ask them for their address
     * When you choose to fulfill a birthday wish, PM both me (MareMare) AND the chosen craftster. After that you have 2 weeks to get the item out the door unless you communicate in advance that something will take a bit longer. If two weeks pass, and I don't hear anything from youyou guessed it, negative feedback!
        * It is super important for everyone to keep good communication. It is REQUIRED that you PM me when you've sent and of course, don't forget the DC#. It is REQUIRED that when you receive, you PM me and publicly announce in the gallery (even if you don't have pictures).
    * You can choose to craft for as many people as you like, but you cannot "owe" more than 2 things. If you are a newbie and this is your first swap, you must successfully send once and the package must be received before choosing again.
    * REMEMBER THAT YOU WON'T NECESSARILY GET AS MANY PRESENTS AS YOU SEND. IT'S ALSO POSSIBLE THAT NOBODY CLAIMS YOU. In that case, you WON'T get an angel. The angels replace only flakers and lost packages.
     *When one of your items is chosen, please cross it out so that it is easier for others to see what has been chosen. It wouldn't hurt to thank the person at this time either.

If you have any more questions or suggestions, you can send me a PM with "September Birthday Swap" in the subject line.

Name of swap- September 2008 Ongoing Birthday Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name:
Address (formatted for mailing):
When is your birthday?
Have you read and understand all of the rules to this swap?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
(If not then you will not be approved.)
A medium item is the following-
A craft or recon etc that takes you two hours to complete.
20$ worth of Store Bought Items (If bought from a thrift store, estimate at what it would have cost new.)
Couple of smaller items
Who and what do you want to send to? (if you know already)
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No

Name of swap- August 2008 Ongoing Birthday Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name:
Mailing address:
Chosen craftster and item:
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No

If you are already a September birthday babe, you do not need to send me this info again. Just send me who you want to craft for and what you will be crafting.


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


Discussion Thread

Aug 2008 Swap
Aug 2008 Swap Gallery
Sep 2006 Swap
Sep 2006 Swap Gallery
388  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Ironing finished project on: September 09, 2008 01:51:18 PM
I just finished my first biggish cross stitch piece (that wasn't a kit that the whole thing fit inside my hoop). From moving the hoop around it has lots of hoop marks on it. Can I iron it? I am really worried the floss color will run onto the white fabric. Steam/no steam? I'm guessing I definitely want to use a pressing cloth. Help please!  It took so long to do I would hate to mess it up.
389  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Goldfish in a Bag Tutorial (with pics) on: September 09, 2008 12:12:32 AM
Goldfish in a Bag

Goldfish in a bag seem like they are pretty easy to make, but there are lots of little things that you can do to ease the frustration and get perfect fishies. I want mine to look very "I just won this at a carnival" so I take the extra time to use the wire and position it, and also to make sure the soap hangs while it cools so there are no sharp edges to take away from the illusion of "wow, it's a bag full of water...with a fish!" Also that's why I use a twist tie, or you can use a cute little bit of ribbon!

Ingredients and Equipment:

Melt and Pour Soap, Extra Clear
Vinyl/Plastic Goldfish
Plastic bags, 8 inches x 2.5 inches
Large Embroidery Needle
10 inch lengths of wire, fairly thick but still bendable.
Very small cup or bowl
2 cup Pyrex with Pouring Spout
Rubbing Alcohol in Spray Bottle
Twisty Ties or Ribbon
Chip Clips or Clothespins
Someplace to hang your soaps while cooling (I bend down the handle on the tea pot)

*OptionalTiny amount of Blue liquid soap colorant or food coloring
*Optional--Fragrance, be very careful, many fragrances will discolor or turn cloudy after awhile, and any fragrance that contains even a percentage of vanilla will eventually turn brown.

I choose to leave my soaps uncolored and unfragranced.


1. Prepare your goldfish by sticking the embroidery needle all the way through your fish tail to create a hole for the wire. If your wire is stiff enough you may just be able to poke the wire in, if not use the needle. Then place the wire through the hole with about an inch sticking underneath the bottom of the fish. Curve it slightly up towards the fish body.

2. Fold down the top 4 inches of so of the bag onto the outside. This is to prevent making a mess of soap on the inside of the upper lengths of the bag when you pour it. Prop it up inside a small cup or bowl to keep it from moving while you pour the soap.

3. Cut your soap into small cubes and place about 3.5 ounces by weight into the Pyrex dish. Microwave** for short bursts (15-20 sec) stirring after each session. Do not fully melt the soap, and definitely do not boil it! When it is mostly melted with just few small chunks left, remove from microwave and stir until fully melted. Do not get it too hot because the bags will melt!

4. Pour your melted soap into the bag and then spray the surface with rubbing alcohol to get rid of the bubbles.  Put your wired fish into the bag and spray for bubbles again if you need to.

5. Pull the sides of the bag up carefully and twist the top a couple of times, then close with twisty tie. Wire will still be sticking out the top. Move the wire around so that the fish is positioned how you like it and make sure wire end is not pressed up against side of bag, it can pop a hole in it and soap will leak out ever so slowly. Try not to mess with it too much, as soon as you have a position you like leave it alone. It's possible to pull the wire out accidentally and it just makes the kids sad when their fish is belly up (then again, that might be a really funny selling point). I just try to get it where the fish is floating somewhere in the middle-ish of the bag and try to make him as straight as possible rather than on his side or something.

6. Take your clothes pin or chip clip and attach bag to some kind of handle or something that will let the fish dangle. This is to keep the bag shaped edges of the soap. If you set it on the counter it will have one flat edge and not look like it is really a bag full of water.

7. After the soap is set up, gently pull the wire out of the soap and the fish. This is best to do before it is completely cool. If you pull it out when the fish is set well but the soap is still a bit soft, the wire won't leave a track. If you wait too long (like I did with one of these) there will be a bit of a mark where the wire was in the soap.

8. Voila! Gift to the little people in your life, or sell for like $6 each at craft fairs, they fly out of there!

Oh yeah, if Im ever swapping with you and you need fish, remind me to throw some in, I have a couple hundred lol.

** You really shouldnt microwave melt and pour soap.  It is a much better idea to use a double boiler. It breaks down the soap if you overheat it. However, I am a very bad girl and this is easier for me. I usually do novelty soaps anyways when I am working with melt and pour, not really going for the wholesome goodness with my mp (that is why I make cold process). Just please keep an eye on it if you choose to microwave, and dont blame me if you melt the bag! If you use the double boiler, you might want to use a spouted ladle or other small spouted pouring container to make it easy to get in the bag and not make a mess on the sides.


Sources to buy your supplies from:


mp soap base:
or see this link to find a soap supplier near you to save on shipping  http://www.suppliersbystate.com/
or when in doubt, check out this supplier thread!  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=202977.0

390  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Apparently I'm not a quilter on: September 07, 2008 01:25:33 AM
So I have been wanting to quilt and I found a small project in a beginner's book I have. Possibly it was too small of a project, I'm not sure if it sucks because it is such a small scale and it is obvious how nothing is even, or if I am just THAT BAD at making 1/4 inch seams. It's supposed to be a pin cushion, but not sure if I am going to bother putting it together. Also I suck at matching fabrics, I thought, "hey I have a bunch of different cherry fabrics, lets try those".  And it's supposed to be 4 1/2 inches square, but it only came out 4 inches square.

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