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101  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What to do with old markers? Weave a jar! (Short tute) on: September 13, 2010 12:10:58 PM

I've been going through old boxes of things I never use, and there were bunches of markers that had gone dry, or that had the tips worn off them. I gathered up some of the thin ones and used ribbon to bind them into this neat desk storage jar!

It's great for holding tall things that won't sit well in my pens jar, like my 18" ruler.

So here's how you do it! You'll need markers of relatively the same height (I used 23. Make sure you have an odd number or the weave won't work right!), lots o' ribbon, hot glue, and a base. I used the metal lid from an old peanut butter jar.
Set up your markers in the base by dabbing a blob of hot glue on the bottom of a marker and pressing it down on the lid for a few seconds. The markers will look crazy at this point, but they'll even out once you start the weave.

Glue the end of the ribbon to the base of a marker and begin weaving 'round and 'round and 'round. If you run out of ribbon, like I did, you can tie on another piece and keep going.

My strategy for the weave was: make sure the ribbon isn't twisted, then grasp it with both hands, a few inches apart. Bring your hands together, making the length of ribbon in between into a loop. Slide the loop onto the marker behind which you want it to go and pull it down all the way. Then pull the end until it snugs up. I had to mold the markers a bit as I went, to make sure they weren't sticking to far out or in, but it was a fairly simple process all said!
After I'd secured the end at the top when I'd run out of marker, I squeezed some Elmer's glue into the spaces at the bottom, to give it a bit of extra stability. I would have preferred something stronger, but we work with what we have!

102  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Run Away With the Circus! *angel found* thanks! on: September 02, 2010 10:08:55 PM
amymisha needs a great replacement partner since her original partner cannot complete the swap! I need someone to craft a circus-themed package of six points.

NOTE: Preference will be given to people who would be able to use the things she has already crafted (things for a fire performer, like wick covers), though please do apply even if you couldn't use those types of things. I'm going to leave the call open all weekend and give the slot to the crafter who best fits the bill; this is not first come first serve! (If I can do that... can I do that?)

Here's an extract from her questionnaire to let you know what she's interested in:

What skills have you practiced? I do mostly hooping, from regular hooping to twins (just learning, to led and fire. I also am starting to learn fire fans. I am going to be restarting bellydancing soon. I took a class at Wildfire in contact juggling but I am not very good, also fleshing
What crafts do you do or would you be willing to try? sewing, embroidery, bath and body stuff (including a killer burn balm that my friends get a steady supply of!)
Name a few things that you would love to receive in this swap: Maybe some graduated eating torches? Like itty bitty baby ones, working their way up to bigger? Hoop covers for my colapsible hoops, wick covers, surprises!

amymisha is located in the USA.

Swap thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350381.0
103  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Huge color wheel (my first quilt!) on: August 25, 2010 11:56:23 AM
I'm quite proud of this! It's based off of the pattern in Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts, but seeing as I only had access to it for a few days it's not exactly what they say to do. Also, it's huge!

I used different colored threads for the quilting, depending on where the lines were radiating. I also hand-stitched a little circle of fabric and batting to the center to disguise the messy intersection.

Here's the back (it's not actually lopsided, just hanging oddly):

Close up of the binding (I used this tutorial):

And a size reference!

This was pretty fun to make, even though I messed up quite a bit and there are many imperfections. Comments welcome!
104  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Four new Ts to two better shirts on: August 22, 2010 02:54:35 PM
First up we have this orange and white number, with one line of orange top stitching at the collar and two on the bottom. I can't believe I had that exact color of thread!

I sort of half-assed a pattern for the general size and the sleeves from another shirt that fits me. I started out with these two XLs, the white one that British Airlines gave me when they delayed my flight and the turtle one from a festival my friends have every summer. I used the original hems for the sleeves and the bottom, which made it easier.

This second one I didn't even pretend to use a pattern. All seams are outside and all edges are left raw.

Margaret Mead quote on the back...

This picture shows the side seams - I added strips of black on the red and vice versa.

Made from two shirts my grandfather gave me that fit, but were boring.

I have plenty of scraps left from both projects, mostly of black and white. Comments welcome!
105  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Run Away With the Circus Gallery on: July 14, 2010 02:53:37 PM

Well we did it! We ran away with the circus! Now what are we bringing with us?

blue = sent
green = received
purple = sent and received
yellow = sending late
red = problem (contact organizer immediately)
strikethrough = feedback given

thelastkodama ---> Lady Lovecraft ---> Faeriecyn
danirene Replacement partner! sailorgirlbonk<---> amymisha
dreadlocklove <---> Missing_Muse
blupaisan <---> dustyfro

Discussion thread here
106  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Invastion of the ribbon-tie neckline on: June 25, 2010 02:03:47 PM
I was heavily inspired by the_naked_doll's Ten Minute Tee Recon to do some very quick alterations for myself and blupaisan.

For this one I sewed on a tube I turned from the original neckline, just to gather it a bit:

And this one I lettuce-edged the sleeves and bottom (first time! I love it so much!):

All I did was cut of the original neckline and turn it in to sew a casing for a ribbon. Cut the neck wider if you want a more scrunched look, like my purple one. Then I used a seam ripper to cut a little hole in the front and used a tapestry needle to thread through the ribbon. Voila! Very quick and satisfying.

107  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sprucing up with origami paper on: June 22, 2010 04:51:26 PM

I was using this old lego box for storage, and when I got rid of the bits inside it I got those old crafty urges again.

I used two big sheets of the blue paper, and one and a half sheets of the smaller print.

After deciding I wanted to use the circles I had cut from the holes for the handles, I modeled the flowers off of the little white ones on the paper.

I finally coated the whole thing with mod podge to seal it. Now it's so nice I don't know what to do with it! What do you think? Lunchbox? Bits for inchies?

108  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Run Away With the Circus, closed! sendouts 8/2 on: June 10, 2010 07:51:04 PM

We all want to run away with the circus! First, let's perfect those skills so we'll fit right in.

Swap name: Run Away With the Circus
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: thelastkodama
Co-organizer: blupaisan, if over 25
Sign-up date range: 6/10/10 - 6/30/10
Date to send item by:  8/2/10
Limited to a certain number of people? no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no
If so, which country?
Age requirement? no

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
- 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
- Is not secretly a potato: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old, or has been swapping before the rule change and has moderator approval: 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

Original idea thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342694.0

Details of swap:
This swap is for those learning any sort of circus skill, be it juggling, clowning, unicycling, tightrope walking, hooping, poi (poiing? does it work like skiing?), Spanish web, etc. If you've been practicing for years, great! If you've only gotten so far as watching other performers and drooling, great! All skill levels are welcome.
For this swap we will be sending six points worth of goods, with a minimum of four points that you crafted yourself. Here is how the point system works:

Large = 3 pts, medium = 2 pts, small = 1 pt. Below are the guidelines for item size.

By Time
Large = 3 or more hours
Medium = 2 or more hours
Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
Large = $30 or more
Medium = $10-$30 dollars
Small = $10 or less

If you have any questions on this, or on other swap topics, check out the Swap Info Guide

What can you make? Equipment, learning kits, themed household decor and clothing, anything you can make well as long as it fits with the theme and applies to your partner! Check the original thread for inspiration and brainstorm here with your fellows.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: (Feel free to be as erudite as need be!)

Name of swap:  Run Away With the Circus
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Are at least 16 years old (yes/no)?
IF NO TO ABOVE QUESTION, have you been swapping before the rule change & have swap mod approval to continue (yes/no)?
Read the Swap Info Guide and rules/guidelines for this swap (yes/no)?
Have access to a camera to post what you received (yes/no)?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Do you have any allergies? If YES, please list them.
Any favorite or abhorred color schemes?
What skills have you practiced?
In what capacity (shows, clubs, at home)?
What would you like to learn?
What crafts do you do or would you be willing to try?
Is there anything you aren't interested in learning right now?
Name a few things that you would love to receive in this swap:
Do you have a wist or other stalkable site?
Anything else your partner should know about your circusy life and/or aspirations?
Things you want your partner to know but I left off the questionnaire:


thelastkodama ---> Lady Lovecraft ---> Faeriecyn ---> thelastkodama
danirene <---> amymisha
dreadlocklove <---> Missing_Muse
blupaisan <---> dustyfro

(See sending status in the gallery)
109  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Knotted watch band on: May 08, 2010 06:07:30 PM

My mom gave me this pretty great dolphin watch a while ago, and I really liked it, but the band was a quite uncomfortable plastic.

I'd clip it to a belt loop most of the time, but it fell off a lot, so I needed something better. Inspired by the recent friendship bracelet swap and my current lack of any craft supplies other than embroidery floss, I knotted up this new one! It's super comfy.
I poked out the bars holding on the old band using a safety pin, and put them back on the watch, knotting directly onto those bars.

It was my first time using so many threads, so it does have some wonky places, but I really like it all the same! I may cut the ties shorter if they start getting in the way.

Thanks for the inspiration, craftster!  Smiley
110  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Potholder to camera case (low supplies crafting) on: April 11, 2010 03:49:12 PM

So I'm currently an ocean away from almost all of my crafting array; the only things I brought were a candy box full of embroidery floss and a metal matches tin of sewing things. After my old camera kicked the electronic equivalent of the bucket, I decided that perhaps I should safeguard the new one somehow (ie, not just wrap it in a napkin and throw it in my backpack). Not wanting to purchase even more things however, I picked up a potholder for 1 (just noticed it was half off!), mostly because it had built-in padding.

It didn't have quite the right dimensions - so I trimmed it and reattached the binding:

(That picture was probably truest to color out of them all.) Then I stitched it in half with contrasting embroidery thread (light blue):

And found a snap in my tiny little sewing kit (also, french knots are my go-to embellishment):

And there y'are! It even has a little loopy so I could clip it to my belt or whatnot.

No action shots, because it's a camera case, and, well... yeah. Anyway. Thanks for checkin' it out!
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