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1  Re: Lets See Pics of Tattoos You Designed! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by cassiecate57 on: May 14, 2011 08:11:30 AM
my timshel tattoo. picked out the font from dafont.com (leaf1), the word is from a steinbeck novel. i love gradients.

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2  Fake Shashi. Cass-shi bracelet. Linen + Metal bead bracelet, boho/Indian. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by cassiecate57 on: April 04, 2011 10:44:08 AM
I got inspired by looking at these types of bracelets. I stared at it for awhile trying to decide where to start with the project. Do you start at the square knots with the beads? Do you start at the left or right end with the final/starting knot? How do you do that slider thingy?



I made my own bracelet using linen and square metal beads from JoAnn for $4 supplies (I have enough linen for infinity bracelets and enough beads for 2).

I used a few videos on YouTube to refresh on my ole' square knot (for hemp bracelets). The realization for me came when I realized that knot for the slider is a SEPARATE piece of the bracelet (the tutorial I looked at had two separate colors to emphasize this).

It's not *perfect* but for about a dollar in materials, I'm happy with it. It's also supposed to be simple and kind of messy. A little carefree, boho-ish.

Waxed Linen: $2 for a huge spool (used about ~14 feet?), thinner is better. you can experiment with other string options. I Looked for Nymo but didn't find it. I also didn't look that hard.
Silver square beads: $2 (22 pc, used 12 here), bigger holes are better. The bead will need to go through two carrier strings of whatever type of string you decide on...
I would also suggest a clipboard/board+nail for the project. It's hard to keep the knots stable.




Instructions:
1. Make a small (1/2" or less) loop by tying a knot in two equal length pieces of waxed linen, about 3-4' each, halved to 18"-2'. Do a square knot to start the bracelet.
2. Then place your first bead on the carrier strings. square knot it to secure it.
3. Leave about 3" empty space (no knots) then make a regular OH knot. This is where your 10 beads will start.
4. Square knot, bead, square knot, bead til you get your 10 beads threaded. Finish the 10 beads with a square knot.
5. Leave another 3" with no knots to match the beginning of the bracelet. This is the end of the bracelet and the beginning of your slider closure.
6. After the 3" blank area, leave another 2-3". This is where your adjustable area will be (it needs to be bigger than your wrist in order to get the bracelet on/off).
7. Thread your final bead into your last square knot, make another small (1/2" or less) loop to match the other end. Trim excess.
To make the slider closure, view the Slider Knot closure tutorial. You can use a contrasting color or stick with the same color. Either way! I left the ends a little straggly on the slider closure.

I'm NOT a master jeweler. I'm totally a novice. I'm sure anything you made would look more cleaned up, professional and cute but I wanted to share the skeleton of this project to anyone who doesn't want to spend $18+ on a friggin' linen bracelet.

Next round, I'm going to try pink embroidery floss and metal beads. I want a whole stack of 'em.
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3  Method of Payment: Square, coolest thing ever! in Crafty Business Discussion by cassiecate57 on: February 12, 2011 09:35:21 AM
I'm considering starting a small freelance business as a makeup artist and learned about Square and thought I should share. If you are a person who can't afford a card reader but does have a smart phone (Android or iPhone/iPad), you can accept credit cards via Square. Download the app (Square) and visit squareup.com to get a free card reader (a "square"). There are fees, like everything on earth, but they're not too bad. $0.15 + 2.75% on anything you swipe through your square, somewhere under 4% for keyed-in card numbers. As a makeup artist, if I charge $50 for a makeup application, I can run the client's card right there, in front of them and pay only $1.50. That's small potatoes. So if you're a person who does a lot of craft fairs or sells a lot in-person, you should think about getting Square for your smartphone. I have no affiliation with them, I just think it's neat and mega useful.

squareup.com


mta: apparently, square pays for advertising on craftster (or Google is way too smart), because i just checked the thread and at the bottom i see this:

ha.
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4  Re: One Tiny Book Swap - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cassiecate57 on: September 22, 2010 05:33:56 PM
I received a cute book from Kelli/rainbowendings Smiley

I am not exactly sure if there is a format of how I am supposed to read it or not. But I just flipped through, then flipped it over and did the same thing! It is cute and funny. My favorite part is the bit about the evil giraffe(from Eddie Izzard Smiley).




I think we need a bigger boat.


Is a hippopotamus a hippapotatmus? Or is it a hip-apotamus?


BRAINS!


Narwhals narwhals swimming in the ocean, causing a commotion, cuz they are so awesome!!


Chess is ruthless. You have to be prepared to kill people.


So, the Labyrinth is a piece of cake, is it? Well let's see how you deal with this little slice.


We're all a little mad here.


I am an evil giraffe, and I shall eat moreleaves from this tree then perhaps I should, so that other giraffes may die.


I LOVE IT, KELLI. I can't stop flipping through it. You did a great job. Guess I better put mine together, huh? I'm being such a procrastinator. Smiley

Thank you!!
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5  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 Gallery of Bibliophilic Love in The Swap Gallery by cassiecate57 on: September 16, 2010 07:18:48 PM
Updated my unofficial post

Here's what else I've been hoarding over the last few days while I furiously scan PMs, spreadsheets and threads to see who has received from whom. Smiley

A lovely package from kittenmittens. I really like the idea of this little metal clip. I'm interested to see how it holds up. I wouldn't dream of using it on my pristine books. But the bulk of my books are from the library so ... ::raspberry:: Cheesy

Because of her shipping nightmare, she enclosed a few little extras for us lucky F-sters. I got some pretty marbled paper (E! Gads! It's a bookmark!) and some soap. I'm anxious to try the soap. I never use bar soap but I will now! What scent is the soap? It smells somewhat familiar.



(placed for aesthetic value in Only Revolutions)

I've gone and mixed everything up into my bookmark collection so I'm not positive but I'm pretty darn sure these marks came from Crystal/crystallized_art. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm looking at envelopes and trying to remember what came in each envelope. They're all the same!! They are both from my burlesque theme, both showcasing lovely corsets. One is a corner marker (in another "so you think you wanna be a lawyer"-type book) and the other is a decorated ribbon. It reminds me of a garter, I like that. Smiley Craftsters, you never cease to amaze me at being able to nail someone's taste, dead-on. On another note, I got a compliment on my little corner corset marker today from a complete stranger. I was like, "Oh, well you should know it's handmade! From Craftster.org, allow me to explain to you!" I am a total missionary for Craftster in my spare time Smiley And you do B-e-a-utiful work, Crystal! A total stranger loved it Smiley



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6  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 Gallery of Bibliophilic Love in The Swap Gallery by cassiecate57 on: September 12, 2010 12:10:07 PM
I received this AWESOME cupcake zombie from Rainbowsaurus. I love it. It's residing in "How to Succeed In Law School" (I'm considering going back to school.)



Thank you, Lindsay!
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7  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 Gallery of Bibliophilic Love in The Swap Gallery by cassiecate57 on: September 11, 2010 03:33:50 PM
I received from gossamer_gull and darthsqurl yesterday Smiley

It was a good day for the mail!

From darthsqurl: pretty blue+buttons and a thong, very nice!


and from gossamer_gull, I got a boatload!
One is one of my favorite words (timshel) from my favorite book (East of Eden), I even have it tattooed on my body. One is lovely lavender and one is a neat mardi gras-type mask. I love them all.

She also enclosed a funny comic, if anyone has ever read House of Leaves.

I have a whole bucket o' markers on my nightstand now. I have NO EXCUSE for ever using a receipt again!
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8  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 Gallery of Bibliophilic Love in The Swap Gallery by cassiecate57 on: August 20, 2010 05:00:39 PM
(this is my unofficial post)
OH, NO!

I'm sure it was lovely, Andrea.


I received today from Andrea (pollyprissypants) and I love it.


The quote says, "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx"

And here's my action shot Smiley

(I'm reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter)


And here's a pic of my mark from PureOath (it looks lovely and is magnetic).


I received from HippieKender and it's friggin' awesome. It's the Portland city skyline (I haven't lived here long enough to pick anything out...maybe next year Wink ) with a nice little silver beaded dangle. It's in copy of e.e. cummings' complete works.



I received a few days ago from squire_inaria. It's a lovely geisha with one of my favorite quotes on it. "Be patient and tough, someday this pain will be useful to you."




(It's in Only Revolutions, I am so excited to start it!) Thank you, Sara. I love it. It's sturdy and simple. Just my taste Smiley

Oooh I just received from Tero (and yours finally(!) went out today in the mail). It's a kawaii fawn with a purple tassle. I am choosing to tell myself it's a My Little Pony and I wrap it's luscious mane around the fawn. Obviously, I love all of it. You are awesome, Tero.




Received from habitat-lady. She drew me some dynamic waffles. It's awesome! I just started a list of "facts" about Freemasons so it's guarding those facts. The pictures are kind of crappy but the waffles are laminated with a gold tassel. They are very cool!


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9  Bookmark Swap Round 3 (Signups 07/15-08/04, Send-outs 'extended' 09/07) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cassiecate57 on: July 15, 2010 04:41:21 PM
We're DONE! 10/17/10
If you've sent all your marks and they've all been received, I will give you feedback and your name will appear in purple. If I've missed you, let me know!

65 SWAPPERS!
OUR GALLERY

If your partner doesn't receive a bookmark (since the packages are probably too light for DC#), you need to be willing to resend! This is worst-case-scenario.
Thanks!
Delivery Confirmation Specifications
(As far as I know, parcel means like, more than 3/4" thick or after a certain weight so I don't think you can buy DC. You can do Certified Mail for like $1.35 or $2 (domestic) on an envelope but I don't think you can buy DC on a small mail item.)


Swap name: Bookmark Swap ROUND THREE
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: cassiecate57 (co-org: the lovely Tero and squire_inaria)
Sign-up date range: July 15th to August 5th
Date to send item by: September 5th

Limited to a certain number of people? Not really.

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

Additional Age requirement? No.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO

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 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

Do you find yourself using receipts, gum wrappers and other bits of trash to mark your place in a book? Let's fix that! There are waaaaay too many crafty type bookmarks for us to be borrowing trash. Or maybe you could use your trash to make a bookmark......hmmmmmmmm.

You have the option, as a swapper, to either:
--be in a group of 5 (where you craft 4 bookmarks for the other people in your group)
OR
--be matched up with a partner (where you craft only one bookmark).

Check out the previous galleries
HERE (2.0) and HERE (1.0)

If you want to participate, copy this information and send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Bookmark Swap Rd 3
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 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval? (YES/NO)
Would you like to be part of a group or partnered up with one person?
What themes would you like your partners to work off of?
Do you have a wist/blog/myspace/facebook/goodreads/wishlist online for your partner(s) to peruse?
Who are your favorite authors? What kinds of books do you read?
Any favorite quotes?
Favorite colors?
Any colors/themes you absolutely want to avoid?
What kind of bookmark would you like? (ie: magnetic, thong, standard, stretchy...)
AND If you're choosing the 1-partner bookmark swap, would you be willing to swap a book as well?

Some inspiring ideas....




IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE. PLEASE INCLUDE SWAP TITLE IN THE SUBJECT LINE! Thanks and happy swapping Smiley


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap, especially if you're still newish to this whole swap thing.

APPROVED SWAPPERS:

cassiecate57
beckashell
myrdda
bmd1011
tero
MiLady
HippieKender
DarthSqurl
lvl0rg4n
Willowe
stellou
PhoenixFireDesigns
RhymeswOrange
PureOath
polkadotts
gossamer_gull
thedreamer
crystallized_art
squire_inaria
angelofmusic
Mod35tBabe
lelila
fluffypants
kckoala1
melinda06sue
educharme
darkangelwingz
Lady Pistola
ifallthraindrops
jungianwanderer
fontiua
Windoverireland
seeuudee
tonistagg
6craftycats
pollyprissypants
dawn0684
nllchihuahua
Pogo
spotnik
tamalama
habitat-lady
amber565
pixiefirefly
Homerof2
onyxnox
Rosie1981
onecrazymom
redsubmarinex3
Andromeda007
YumJello01
JessySihk
1watermonkey
michela
blupaisan
cuppiecakes83
Bewara


& we welcome new swappers!
KnittingJo--
average_fankittenmittens
thinkpurpleemeraldcutie
craftsundergroundKristenLynn
rainbowsaurus---
PARTNERS!

(Cassie's Groups: 4, 6, 8, 9 and the single group that has mod35tbabe+milady

Tero's Groups: 1, 3, 5 and the following pairs:
thinkpurple+bmd1011, willowe+myrdda

Squire_inaria's Groups: 2, 7, 10 and the following pairs:
seeuudee+average_fan
KristenLynn+redsubmarinex3)



Group A, A is for A-mazing: (USA ONLY)
*angelofmusic (from phoenixfiredesigns, pixiefirefly, lelila, polkadotts)
*lelila (from phoenixfiredesigns & pixiefirefly, polkadotts, angelofmusic)
*phoenixfiredesigns (from lelila & pixiefirefly, polkadotts, angelofmusic)
*polkadotts (from phoenixfiredesigns, pixiefirefly, lelila, angelofmusic)
*pixiefirefly (from phoenixfiredesigns, lelila, polkadotts, angelofmusic)

Group B, B is for Bodacious: (USA ONLY)
kckoala1 (from all)
melinda06sue (from kckoala1 & tonistagg, ifallthraindrops, educharme)
educharme (from tonistagg & kckoala1, ifallthraindrops, melinda06sue)
ifallthraindrops (from all)
tonistagg (from kckoala1, melinda06sue, ifallthraindrops, educharme)

Group C, C is for Crackalackin': (USA ONLY)
craftsunderground (from pollyprissypants and dawn064, nllchihuahua) (tamalama)
pollyprissypants (from Dawn0684, nllchihuahua, craftsunderground, tamalama)
dawn0684 (from pollyprissypants, nllchihuahua, tamalama, craftsunderground)
nllchihuahua (from dawn0684 and pollyprissypants, craftsunderground, tamalama)
tamalama(from pollyprissypants, craftsunderground, nllchihuahua, dawn0684)

Group D, D is for DA BOMB:
Bewara (from JessySihk and Rosie1981, 1watermonkey, amber565, yumjello01)
amber565 (from JessySihk, Bewara, Rosie1981, and 1watermonkey, yumjello01)
Rosie1981 (from amber565 and bewara, yumjello01, jessysihk, 1watermonkey)
YumJello01 (from 1watermonkey & rosie1981, jessysihk, bewara, jessysihk, amber565)
JessySihk (from Rosie1981 and amber565, bewara, yumjello01, 1watermonkey)
1watermonkey (from bewara, jessysihk, amber565, yumjello01, rosie1981)

Group E, E is for EFFERVESCENT:
Tero (from PureOath and RhymeswithOrange, hippiekender, emeraldcutie)
HippieKender (from PureOath & Rhymeswithorange, Tero, emeraldcutie)
emeraldcutie (from Pure Oath and RhymeswithOrange, HippieKender, tero)
PureOath (from Tero, hippiekender, Rhymeswithorange)
Rhymeswithorange (HippieKender, PureOath, tero, emeraldcutie)

Group F, F is for FANTASTIC:
crystallized_art (from cassiecate57, darthsqurl, rainbowsaurus, gossamer_gull, kittenmittens)
kittenmittens (from cassiecate57, gossamer_gull, darthsqurl, rainbowsaurus, crystallized_art)
cassiecate57 (from gossamer_gull, darthsqurl, kittenmittens, rainbowsaurus, crystallized_art)
darthsqurl (from all)
gossamer_gull (from cassiecate57, crystallized_art, darthsqurl, rainbowsaurus, kittenmittens)
rainbowsaurus(from cassiecate57, darthsqurl, gossamer_gull)

Group G, G is for GO ON, GRRL!:
KnittingJo (from squire_inaria, andromeda007, spotnik, jungianwanderer, pogo)
Jungianwanderer (from all)
Pogo (from spotnik, squire_inaria, andromeda007, knittingjo, jungianwanderer)
Spotnik (from pogo, andromeda007, squire_inaria, jungianwanderer, knittingjo)
squire_inaria (from spotnik, andromeda007, pogo, jungianwanderer, knittingjo)
Andromeda007 (from spotnik, squire_inaria, pogo, jungianwanderer, knittingjo)


Group H, H is for "HEY-O!"
fontiua (from 6craftycats, lvl0rg4n, thedreamer, cuppiecakes83, windoverireland)
windoverireland (from fontiua, 6craftycats)
6craftycats (from all)
thedreamer (from fontiua, windoverireland, cuppiecakes83, lvl0rg4n)
lvl0rg4n (from fontiua, 6craftycats, windoverireland, cuppiecakes83, thedreamer)
cuppiecakes83 (from fontiua, lvl0rg4n, windoverireland, 6craftycats, thedreamer)

Group I, I is for "INGENIOUS"!
habitat-lady (from blupaisan, michela, homerof2, onyxnox, onecrazymom) THANK YOU FOR STEPPING UP TO BE AN ANGEL Cheesy
onecrazymom (from blupaisan, onyxnox, homerof2, michela, habitat-lady)
Homerof2 (from blupaisan, onyxnox, michela) (onecrazymom, habitat-lady)
Onyxnox(from Homerof2 and blupaisan, michela, habitat-lady, onecrazymom)
Blupaisan (from michela, onyxnox, habitat-lady, homerof2, onecrazymom)
Michela (from Homerof2, blupaisan, onyxnox, habitat-lady, onecrazymom)

Group J, J is for JABBERWOCKIN' Cheesy
beckashell (from all) resending
Lady Pistola (from stellou, beckashell, darkangelwingz, fluffypants)
darkangelwingz (from fluffypants, Lady Pistola)
fluffypants (from stellou, beckashell, darkangelwingz, Lady Pistola)
stellou (from fluffypants, darkangelwingz, beckashell, Lady Pistola) resending

Single Partner Swap
seeuudee<>average_fan
KristenLynn<>redsubmarinex3
thinkpurple (feedback posted)[/color]<>bmd1011 (feedback posted)
willowe<>myrdda
mod35tbabe<>milady

*=sent
*=received
*=sent/received
*=sent/received + feedback posted
*= received from angel Smiley
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10  Re: Cupcake Swap Round 2 *ding ding* in The Swap Gallery by cassiecate57 on: June 28, 2010 07:05:30 AM
I received from the lovely ktlady.

She crafted me a wonderful, beautiful package.



I got:
-3 bold-colored tea towels. I love them. They're so adorable...squee!
-a checkbook cover. I love checkbook covers and think they're a lost art form.
-cupcake appliques (I can cupcakify anything I want!)
-a key fob (I use keys at one of my jobs so it's nice to have them on hand) ...not pictured because it immediately went to my keys!
-a...coaster? Is that right? It's a quilted square. Inform me if I'm wrong, Katie!

Everything is so well put together and I hit the partner lotto with ktlady. Thank you for such a great package. And thank you edenkitty for organizing Smiley
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