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« Reply #1000 on: July 22, 2013 07:49:16 AM »

Woo Hoo! I got my research project finished this weekend!!! Now if only I could find a camera....
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« Reply #1001 on: July 22, 2013 07:53:12 AM »

Woo Hoo! I got my research project finished this weekend!!! Now if only I could find a camera....
Way to go!!!  I can't wait to see the final results. Smiley
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« Reply #1002 on: July 22, 2013 08:09:13 AM »

Wow, good for you, Averia!  Looking forward to seeing it.  

My research project is going slowly!  I plan to do more felting today, trying a pre-felted moon on silk.  My challenge projects are going very slowly; I'm working on two rather ambitious portraits.  I need to try to come up with simpler projects!  Or maybe not.  I've decided  to task myself to do more difficult, better work, rather than concentrating on than quantity with this craft-along.  Originally I wanted to try to craft all the prompts, but now realize that may not happen as I have somewhat less free time lately....
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« Reply #1003 on: July 22, 2013 08:21:29 AM »

Yay for Averia! I can't wait to see it either. So curious...

My research project has changed a ton since I first proposed it. Things kept not going according to plan. My sloper no longer fits (I never used it much but it was there when I needed it until now  Sad ), my hands decided there was no way they were going to tolerate much feather cutting, my elderly Elna sewing machine passed away so I'm using my backup which works a large portion of the time but has several annoying quirks... But, though it's a way simpler costume now, I'm plugging along. The main item is around 50% done and the accessories will take a while but not too much can go horribly wrong with them...I think  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1004 on: July 22, 2013 09:35:18 AM »

Sorry about all your setbacks, Calabaza.  Hope it all goes well from here.   Kiss
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« Reply #1005 on: July 22, 2013 04:06:50 PM »

Wow, good for you, Averia!  Looking forward to seeing it.  

My research project is going slowly!  I plan to do more felting today, trying a pre-felted moon on silk.  My challenge projects are going very slowly; I'm working on two rather ambitious portraits.  I need to try to come up with simpler projects!  Or maybe not.  I've decided  to task myself to do more difficult, better work, rather than concentrating on than quantity with this craft-along.  Originally I wanted to try to craft all the prompts, but now realize that may not happen as I have somewhat less free time lately....

I'm starting to feel that way, too!  A lot of the projects I have posted for this craftalong are not things I would even normally bother posting on the site...just the silly little things I make all the time...but since I can make them fit the prompts I've just been figuring...why not?!  I've felt a little guilty that they're not up to snuff with all of the amazing projects others have been turning in lately, though.  I have a few bigger projects coming up, so I might end up just having to let some of the monthly challenges go...or maybe just sleep even less? Cheesy

I can't wait to see your project, Averia!  And yay for sticking with your project, despite all the setbacks, Calabaza!  I'm sure it will be great!
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« Reply #1006 on: July 23, 2013 08:11:18 AM »

Here's my third felt experiment for my Spooky Moon felting research project, a pre-felted moon shape on black silk with a light layer of dark wool.  It's my least favorite piece so far.  It's wrinkly and the moon shape is too thick and makes a weird bump.  Also, I initially tried to make a larger piece using bubble wrap as my agitator and it didn't work worth a darn, so I cut the piece down to fit my sushi mat, which works great except it's very small.  I think for my next piece I'll go back to just felt, without the silk.

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« Reply #1007 on: July 23, 2013 09:22:52 AM »

Wow, good for you, Averia!  Looking forward to seeing it.  

...I need to try to come up with simpler projects!  Or maybe not.  I've decided  to task myself to do more difficult, better work, rather than concentrating on than quantity with this craft-along.  Originally I wanted to try to craft all the prompts, but now realize that may not happen as I have somewhat less free time lately....

I'm starting to feel that way, too!  A lot of the projects I have posted for this craftalong are not things I would even normally bother posting on the site...just the silly little things I make all the time...but since I can make them fit the prompts I've just been figuring...why not?!  I've felt a little guilty that they're not up to snuff with all of the amazing projects others have been turning in lately, though.  I have a few bigger projects coming up, so I might end up just having to let some of the monthly challenges go...or maybe just sleep even less? Cheesy

I went through this process in reverse. At first I wanted to do intensive projects, but then I sort of froze. The pressure was zapping the crafting center of my brain even though I joined the games to keep me sewing/cutting/glueing/cooking/whatever along this summer. So, I changed course and have started doing something crafty or related to craftiness every day, time-consuming or not, mostly not. As a result, I've tried new crafts and techniques, pulled out recipes when I was tempted to cave to the lure of pre-packaged food, have a bunch of new sketches and ideas to ponder, etc. It's been great and I have the games to thank for getting me going!
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« Reply #1008 on: July 23, 2013 12:25:53 PM »

Wow, good for you, Averia!  Looking forward to seeing it.  

...I need to try to come up with simpler projects!  Or maybe not.  I've decided  to task myself to do more difficult, better work, rather than concentrating on than quantity with this craft-along.  Originally I wanted to try to craft all the prompts, but now realize that may not happen as I have somewhat less free time lately....

I'm starting to feel that way, too!  A lot of the projects I have posted for this craftalong are not things I would even normally bother posting on the site...just the silly little things I make all the time...but since I can make them fit the prompts I've just been figuring...why not?!  I've felt a little guilty that they're not up to snuff with all of the amazing projects others have been turning in lately, though.  I have a few bigger projects coming up, so I might end up just having to let some of the monthly challenges go...or maybe just sleep even less? Cheesy

I went through this process in reverse. At first I wanted to do intensive projects, but then I sort of froze. The pressure was zapping the crafting center of my brain even though I joined the games to keep me sewing/cutting/glueing/cooking/whatever along this summer. So, I changed course and have started doing something crafty or related to craftiness every day, time-consuming or not, mostly not. As a result, I've tried new crafts and techniques, pulled out recipes when I was tempted to cave to the lure of pre-packaged food, have a bunch of new sketches and ideas to ponder, etc. It's been great and I have the games to thank for getting me going!

That's definitely true...the Games have inspired me to try a lot of new things!  I think you're on to something with the pressure...if I'm being honest I think my issue right now just comes down to my own confidence.  I was in a slump for quite a long while, and this craftalong has really helped keep creativity at the forefront for me, and is helping stave off another rut that would be so easy for me to fall back into at any point.   But I tend to only recognize my big, intensive projects as worthy "crafting."  Of course, we are our own worst critics!  It's always an internal battle to be as non-judgement of myself as I am of others.  I've had to mentally give myself pep talks every time I've posted one of my smaller or sillier projects...like, "This is okay.  Who cares if it's silly.  It's within the rules and was born from your hands and mind!"
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« Reply #1009 on: July 23, 2013 12:38:32 PM »

The Games have been extremely inspiring to me!  For a long time I was barely able to make anything, or even have an ideas, but now I'm full of ideas and making stuff all the time.  But my projects keep getting more complicated.....   Tongue
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