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 on: October 20, 2016 06:29:29 PM 
Started by TheMistressT - Last post by TheMistressT

Our friends throw a Barter Party each autumn and I always bring homemade gin. It's not really made in the bathtub, it's made in glass bottles stored in a cool, dark place.

This year I'm bringing two sizes to give us more options for bartering: 6 quarts and 4 pints. Don't worry, I saved some for us!

I put together the juniper branch in the bathtub using free clip art.

 on: October 20, 2016 05:56:36 PM 
Started by TheMistressT - Last post by TheMistressT

Our friends throw a Barter Party every autumn where people gather to trade things they've made, grown, canned, caught, etc. with each other. This year I decided to make some bacon jam to trade for some goodies that we can't make, grow, can, or catch.

One requirement is that things you bring to trade are clearly labeled... this one slips by some folks, but I make up for it by overdoing it. Wink I can't help it!

I used this recipe which I found through pinterest:

The pig art was found online: It was made by Enterprise IG for Ogilvy & Mather

 on: October 20, 2016 02:11:01 PM 
Started by Crafty247 - Last post by Crafty247
How To Make a Tutu Dress Tutorial!

First, make sure you start with all the necessary supplies!

Take a piece of crochet by the yard, and measure according to the person you are making it for.

You will then sew the ends together to form the body of the dress.

If you don't already have one, I suggest using a mannequin for a simpler process.  

The next step is cutting Tulle for the length you would like the dress. I am doing a 22" dress. When cutting, ensure you double the desired amont x2, then add 2".

Once the Tulle is cut, starting at the middle of the tulle, loop the end through the crochet and fasten.

You will go all the way around the first row until complete.

Next you will do the second row (above row 1)

Straps will be needed for the shoulders to hold the dress on. Measure the subject and cut ribbon accordingly

Sew the ribbon to the crochet, both front and back.

The shoulder straps will end up looking like this

Next you will hot glue flowers around the base of the tulle, then stitch to secure.

In the end you will have a beautiful dress, any young girl will love!

 on: October 20, 2016 01:10:00 PM 
Started by MissingWillow - Last post by MissingWillow
My partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap had an art doll listed on her questionnaire.  I considered this a challenge since I'm not really a doll or toymaker but decided it wasn't going to defeat me.   Cheesy  She also listed witches as a favorite so I knew the direction I was headed.  I found a pattern by Stacey Mead for a primitive witch named Goode Pumpernickel and her cat named Soot.  This was quite a challenge and I learned a few new techniques, including dyeing muslin with coffee.  Her hair is made with yarn I repurpopsed from a yarn ponytail I made years ago.  I painted a heart shaped 'tattoo' on her bum but forgot to take a photo of it.   Smiley  Thanks for looking!

 on: October 20, 2016 12:17:50 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by jenleahlynn
OWL Subject & Option(if available): Transfiguration
Project Name: Vacation Scrapbook
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.

We took a family vacation over the kids fall break, and the highlight of it was visiting Hogsmeade, and Diagon Alley (well, the orlando muggle version) I took over 150 pictures that all need to be transfigured into a scrapbook. I enjoy papercrafting, but a project this big would take a long time. I'll still print my favorites and do some additional pages to frame.

a timeline helps me stay focused, so I'm giving myself a week to edit photos and group them. then I can start working on individual pages. if I do a 20 page book, then 7 pages a week would finish the book in 3 weeks.

 on: October 20, 2016 12:07:36 PM 
Started by irid3sc3nt - Last post by MissingWillow
Here are my last two houses.  The one on the left is from Aisy.  I have the exact same paper that she used, but she used it better than I ever have!  The moon makes me smile.   Smiley  The one on the right is from SonjaBoo and it's adorable!  Love the sparkly striped tights.  Thanks so much to you both and Happy Halloween everyone!

 on: October 20, 2016 11:56:30 AM 
Started by alwaysinmyroom - Last post by LadybugsAndBumblebees
I'm so sorry, but I have yet another 'Red Scarf Project' scarf to post.   Roll Eyes  I have a baby blanket I have to finish ASAP so the next item I post won't be a scarf, I promise! Grin

I don't remember the name of the stitch I used but it creates a wave like effect.  Unfortunately, it's hard to tell using all one color.  It works better in projects where more than one (or two similar) color are used.

And the usual label, although this too, will be changing.  I ran out of them.

 on: October 20, 2016 11:43:08 AM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by LadybugsAndBumblebees
I received from the very talented and funny named  Grin noooitaremybirthday on Monday.  I am so sorry for not posting sooner, I haven't been feeling well.

Without further ado, here is the ATC:

Isn't it the most adorable thing???!!!!  Cheesy  She went with my 'cute snail' theme, which is great b/c I don't have any ATC cards in that theme till now.

She sent it in an enormously cute card as well:

I keep the fronts of all cards that are given/sent to me if there is no writing on the other side, so I am thrilled to say that this card will be used again!

Thank you so much, nooo!

 on: October 20, 2016 10:17:12 AM 
Started by violentjayne - Last post by violentjayne

 on: October 20, 2016 08:53:26 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by Mistress Jennie

ornament by lyndseynicole

Swap name: Harry Potter Holiday Swap - Round 5
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap:
Sign-up date range: October 20 - November 4
Date to send item by: December 4th, 2016

Limited to a certain number of people? no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no

Swap Organizer 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
- Is at least 18 years old: 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 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

I reserve the right to refuse anyone.  If you have feedback that shows a history of very sending, ill-communication, incomplete packages, lack of DC#'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap that is a joy for the holiday season.

How are you spending the holidays?  Perhaps you will be cozied up at The Burrow, wandering the halls of Hogwarts, or having a good old-fashioned Muggle gathering... but really what better way is there to celebrate than with a little Harry Potter Holiday crafting!  For this swap we will be exchanging Harry Potter holiday items like HP ornaments, mini-hooplas, jewelry for the Yule Ball, or a small HP present for your partner.

~*This swap is for 1 small item (1-2 hours crafting time) in the theme of HP Holiday.
***Please note that while many folks in the swap will celebrate Christmas, this swap is open to EVERYONE and swappers are welcome to ask for Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's other other holiday themes if they prefer.***

~*You can have up to 3 partners.  EXCEPTION: First-time swappers will be limited to 1 partner.  This is to help ease you into the swap process.

~*You can Invite Your Own Partners!  If you obtain an Invite Your Partner (IYP), PM your organizer, Mistress Jennie, after both sides agree.  Questionnaires will not be sent out until signups closing, but you are more than welcome to start sharing your questionnaire and crafting for your IYP as soon as you are approved for the swap.  REMEMBER: You must be approved for the swap before announcing IYPs, and BOTH parties must agree.

~* Since this is a holiday swap, if you have not sent by 3 days past Sendouts, you will get temporary negative.  I don't mean to be harsh, but it is sad to not to receive your holiday parcel during holiday time.  This temporary negative will be reversed when your partner receives.  
~* If you do not have IYP and I am pairing, that will be done by random draw (with appropriate attention to allergies and shipping given).
~* You may agree with your partner to send extras, but remember that is not regulated through me and not part of feedback.

~*BE SURE TO READ THIS ENTIRE POST.  There is a secret pass phrase within this post, to help ensure that you read all of the information.  You must include this pass phrase in your questionnaire in order to join the swap.

If you want to participate, fill out the below questionnaire and send to organizer.
(Remember to send your info to the organizer via Private Message (PM) and not to reply with it here)

Name of swap: Harry Potter Holiday 5
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country
(as it should appear for shipping please):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (Please note that NO ONE would be expected to ship 3 packages international. If you are willing, I would only give you up to 1 international partner. Please consider doing this.)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (yes/no):

*Confirm that you understand if you do not send by 3 days past Sendout Deadline, then you will receive a temporary negative. (yes/no):

*Confirm that you understand that tracking numbers are required for packages within the US, and a photograph of the receipt from mailing is required for all international packages. (yes/no):

How many partners do you wish to have...1, 2, or 3?

What holiday, or holidays, do you celebrate within your home? (Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's, etc.)

Is there a holiday you would prefer your partner craft for?  (ie, perhaps you celebrate both Christmas and New Year's, but would prefer a Christmas themed item.)

What are you favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
(Ornaments, other holiday items, small HP present, etc.?
Any special wishes? (no guarantees)
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", HP items you already have)
What house do you belong to/support?

Who/What is your favorite HP...
Magical Creature?
Magical Shop?
Magical Item?

What is the secret pass phrase?

Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have pets?
Are you allergic to anything?



Anything else to tell your partner?
(A great place to list your blog, Facebook, pinterest, sizes, etc.)

Remember to read the Swap Info Guide and Swap FAQs before participating in a swap.

Note about Personal Messages (PMs) to Organizer: Please label PMs to organizer with title of "HP Holiday" or "HPH".

Note about Communication: For a wonderful swap experience, communication is the key.  Please keep in touch with your partner.  Please note that per Craftster rules, you MUST post in this thread at least once a week to let us know you are still around.  (You can stop in for a quick hello.....or if on holiday or will be without internet access or anything of the such, just post a message....it gives your partner and organizer warm fuzzy feelings to know you are still around).

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
  • SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send.  When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives.  PM organizer and partner when you send.
  • RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive.  Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.)  Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.
  • FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) Detailed feedback will be given.  Examples: Sent Early or Lack of Communication: No PMs of Sending/Receiving.

---NO, you do not have to send extras.  Do not fret about if you are only sending 1 small item; that is all that is required for this swap.  Yes, some of us will send more, but don't underestimate the glory of 1 fabulous small HP craft.

---NO, your HPH5 item does NOT have to be an ornament; I will not give negative feedback for sending something other than an ornament.  Believe it or not, some peeps don't want ornaments.  Here communication is key!  Find out what your partner wants; first place to check, their questionnaire.  Wink

---The secret pass phrase is: 'emotional range of a teaspoon'

---A small item should take 1-2 hours of crafting time.  YES, you may send a set of related extra-smalls that equal that crafting time if you wish.  (And yes, you can go over that time; I probably will.)

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