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131  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Challenge? CHALLENGE?? Bring it on!! on: August 13, 2013 08:47:51 PM
Craftster means a great deal to me. Mostly it means an opportunity to spread my wings and fly out of my comfort zone. I have learned many many new things from this wonderful group of people. And that's what Craftster is - THE PEOPLE.

To reuse this antique type set holder, I decided to do a crash course in Craftster. I did something from every section. Not an easy task in this amount of time, with jobs, gardening, volunteering, and a family reunion right in the middle of it all.
This is the system when I got it ($10 at the thrift shop.)

And here it is filled up with goodies...

To start with, allow me to introduce ya'll to Acadian Driftwood, my wonderful daughter who got me started with Craftster...

I will turn just about anything into a pair of earrings. There will be others to see in this post.
Now, at the top of this conglomeration is a pair of hands, representing all of the good work my hands did to make this.

My left thumb has not worked properly in years (even after 3 surgeries) and at times I could not craft at all. Now my right thumb is beginning to go! I decided to paint the thumbs turquoise ( my fave color) in an effort to tell them I still love them.
Moving on to whatever shows up next - I will name the category for each piece.
Top of the case is Brain Soap (bath and beauty) and is not just my first humorous soap, but my first soap at all.

Also in this pic, an ATC of a photo I took of one of the kids I nanny for. He is 9. I decided he needed to learn how to run this machine. He loved it!! (Paper Crafts and Crafting for Good and not Evil.)
Paperclip earrings (jewelry), a cherry tomato from my garden (grown from seed... it is my baybeee!) (Home sweet home) and the first of 9 placecard setting for tomorrow's family reunion (home sweet home.) The base is a river-washed brick from the mill that burned down here 100 years ago, the support ball is a Sycamore seed ball and the tag is Sycamore bark which is alllll over our back yard.
A couple of inchies in there (papercrafts.) Also, a link to me singing (gulp) a song on youtube. Don McClean wrote the original, I changed the lyrics for my own life. I figured Craftster would be a great place to begin talking about writing and music as a craft.
Um, let's see.... herb markers made from milk jugs, painted with nail polish.
Sticks taken off to fit into case, but here is a pic of one in my basil as it should be. (home sweet home)

Youtube link - if it does not show up with my old camera, go to

more inchies, more earrings, altered car from my childhood, (recycle) and here it is in its original form.

The dun-colored rolled up object with red bits is the following -
(clothing category)

cut off sleeves of silk t shirt, cut thumb hole, instead of seams, I did French knots all around.
Below that, my first baby booties (knitting) and to the right in white, my first crochet (handle of a towel- the rest has gone awry.)

Above the earrings featuring my daughter, a cat toy made from a lady's stocking. Stuffed with my own home-grown catnip. Embroidered eyes, will go straight to kitty's hands once this has been safely posted. (home sweet home.)
To right of that, my own invention... old sewing patterns soaked in glue and pressed into a plastic easter egg to dry to an egg shape (recycle). then in the fibers category... a 'vase' made from my dog's hair. he has not been with us for 9 years, but he lives on in this creation. And it is for storing cat whiskers - can you see them? I now have 1000 due to the fact that I have been finding them on the floors during my cat rescue years.
dog fur before..

You will not be able to see the tiny mouse made from an apple seed...
Snickers Ice Cream wrapper bracelet (jewelry)
close up

lower right, a quilted eyeglass rug for hubby. If he can just learn to put them there each time he gets up from the sofa, he will stop losing them.
Closer pic...

My fave creation of the whole thing is my stick puppets (toy category) made from a dead cicada and 2 shedded skins. I call them Cyril the Steampunk Cicada and his sidekicks Sister Skin and Skelly.
Close ups

top hat, cane made from a vine, home made wire glasses, scarf from old stocking, tiny screws to add steampunk feel.

this gal has lace edges from an old doily and colored sewing hooks and wig hair.

dude has a mustache from wig hair. hat is beret, made from stick-on shelf protector.
Also here, turquoise burlap bookmark  (home sweet home?)
close up

 and aluminum ribbon embroidery (needlework) and two figures flanking a crafting for good and not evil project (figures self-explanatory). the rock is for my new 11-year-old friend whom I am officially mentoring.
ATC of my latest kitty rescue, name of Gandolf (photography) and there are dozens of whiskers on the card.
Fridge magnet of  daisy I pressed last spring.
close up of before and after

(are ya still with me??)
Craftster ATC with various letters including one burned with a woodburning tool and an S cut from a stamp in the shape of a dollar sign as a joke about how much money I have spent on postage for swaps.
My first ever Gorilla tape purse (purses/wallets) with a bit of medical tape on it (white)
Globe representing the world of Craftster all over the map. Put a birthday hat on it. A painted oak gall.
put my tin of stickum there to show how all these goodies do not fall off the shelves!

altered tin with sheet music on it,
several more place markers for the reunion,
a bud vase made from weird stuff... long container from an eyeglass repair kit, base is the sign from a medical alert bracelet,
and there is the cork man! except I gave him paintbrush hair, a bark hat, and seed pod feet.
to the right, my own Italian Deviled Egg recipe. no mayo, use marinara sauce instead, finely diced zucchini, fresh oregano, salt and pepper. (cooking)
before pic...

altered matchbox

(clay/pottery section) I made a turtle out of a stone from the river. Sculpy.

What does one do with 4 pretty matches? make a wee table with a bark top.

Altered thimble... rock base, I use it to hold my needles, stuck into that fluffy hair ribbon from the 1960s. miscellaneous category.

Think I have only the huge pic of the following...
My first glass attempt. Got out hubby's blowtorch and went at it!

more art, less craft, again painted on the ubiquitous sycamore bark

Lastly for the Holidays section, a covered acorn ornament.

I have run out of camera battery so cannot do more detail of other inchies and such. Will have to show off more stuff at a later point in another thread.
All in all, Craftster has been wonderful for me and I wish all the happiest of birthdays. May we go on forever.

132  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Altered thimble swap! on: August 04, 2013 08:04:28 PM

Hi all. I am about to do something fun with a thimble and I looked up on the net to see if I need to reinvent the wheel or not. I found a couple of cute pics for ideas and thought it would make and awesome swap.
I hope it is ok to show what knickertwist has done with a thimble...
133  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Search Messages option has never fully worked for me... on: July 12, 2013 06:19:17 AM
I am in a lot of ATC swaps. I have saved old envies from what I have rec'd so I don't have to ask for addresses again and again. Yet, sometimes, I misplace an envie and need to search for the provided address in my rec'd PMs. I will type in person's name and get either nothing or something unrelated. Then I must spend half an hour 'manually' searching thru my PMs to find them, and yup, there they are, when the search should have found them.
I am making sure to type in correctly, such as capitalization and such.
What gives? Has been going on for years for me. Just realized I had the opportunity to complain...  Smiley
134  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Staged process of hubby's b'day gift... very pic heavy! on: June 05, 2013 06:26:19 PM
So, my hubby's favorite stretch of country road here in Upstate New York is ten minutes away. I decided to do a pastel chalk painting of it for his birthday.
Here it is, finished. Then I will show step by step along the way...

With a pencil sketch of it all, which does not really show up in this pic, I put in some blue around the clouds

I add a darker blue

I have seen my two sizes of stomps around whenever I go into my crafts bin, but do you think I can find 'em when I need 'em? Noooooo. So I blend with toilet paper.

What it looks like with too much chalk dust on it...

Blown off (handy to have big lungs...)

The chalk went a bit into the cloud -

So, I take my handy dandy kneaded eraser and go at it.

While I have my head in the clouds, I clean up any bits of blue that have strayed into the white. See how dirty my eraser gets?

All I do is fold it over, putting the blue on this inside of the eraser, and continue on

I add grey for cloud shadows. For smooshing this onto the paper, I need something more delicate than toilet paper on the end of my finger. I switch to qtips.

Now I take one giant leap and block in a lot of color for the entire painting -

I begin to add darker colors where shadows will be

I find that I have no purple in either of my pastel sets, so I must make it using blue and red

I blend the various greens in the meadows. I have outlined the dips which are a prominent part of the charming structure of this area he likes so much...
I use white on top of the blue and red to blend it into purple instead of using a stomp

For the thousands of stems, the end result will basically be a blur, but it is important to put the initial color on as stems, in that up and down motion.

I add both blue and brown to the grey road. In the end, you will not see either color directly, but it does make a difference.

Suddenly, I am not happy with the clouds. I add white, which I did not think I would do before. But it makes the clouds really pop out against the sky, making it more 3d and more dramatic

There's a heckofalota chalk on the paper now, so it's time to blow the thing off. I cover the lower part with paper towel so the greens don't end up in the sky. I blow off the sky. My kitchen wall is now tinged beyond its usual cream color.

I flip the painting over and do the same with the lower part, blowing it off the bottom edge. My cat runs.

I add the yellow lines to the road. I also add a streak of orange that will just barely show up in the end, as I will layer more yellow on top of it
I add the side white line, too

I add a lot of white 'dots' to the purple flowers, as they looked too blocky

After the white, the flowers are still just a blob. I add meadow colors to make the flowers look more realistic and sparse

more touch-ups all around - adding layers of light or shadow to meadow, redoing clouds that have turned green, more greens to some of the far away trees, redefine the white line, make the road a bit darker and it is finished. I spray it with two layers of fixative. No money for a frame at this time. I hope hubby does not mind...

This is certainly not an adventuresome painting. It looks like a photo rather than a 'proper' pastel. But I have not picked up a chalk in over twenty years and am not ready for such a giant plunge just yet.

135  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Please help identify this charming sewn object... on: May 26, 2013 05:39:10 AM

I picked this cutie up at the thrift shop for 75 cents. It is missing one snap, so I pinned it just to take this id photo. It says Portugal on the material, as if it were a souvenir, but that may not be the case.
Has numerous open 'pockets' but I just cannot imagine what one is supposed to put in there. I am pretty sure it sits on a flat surface, not hang on a wall.

thanks for helping! (-:

136  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / June 2013 Birthday Swap (sign-ups June 1- June 30) send 2 wks after claiming on: May 25, 2013 10:42:47 AM
Moved from: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=75.0


I reserve the right to deny acceptance to anyone who has a history of late sending or poor communication. This is a BIRTHDAY swap. No one should be flaked on on their birthday, don't you agree? Birthdays are special times for people!

PLEASE READ ALL RULES BEFORE YOU SEND YOUR INFO. I expect you to know the answers to some questions at the end of this info...!


Questions? Please post in the discussion/gallery :https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423938.0#axzz2UK8LMhMZ
Swap name:June 2013 Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:blupaisan
Craftster member who is coorganizing: none as of now
Sign-up date range: June 1-30th
DATE TO SEND ITEMS BY:  2 weeks after you make a claim

Limited to a certain number of people?: No.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.
You must be 16 years old to swap.

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
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:  This swap was organized so everyone can get something crafty for their birthday!  Please read the guidelines carefully.

**You have ONE WEEK after being approved for this swap in which to make your first claim!**

1. This swap is list style, like the Ongoing Wishlist Swap.  However, it is NOT chain style. You can choose any birthday Craftsters list that is posted, rather than only being able to pick from the last one posted like in the OWSwap.

2. 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 what it would have cost new.) However, you may also substitute a few small items for a medium.

3. If your birthday is in swap's current month, you can post your birthday wish list for this month. To do that, you must first PM me with the swap questionnaire filled out and wait for approval. While you're waiting, be sure to post in the discussion/gallery thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423938.0#axzz2UK8LMhMZ

4. Once you have been approved, you may post your list of things that you would like to receive. This is the format for your lists: First post your location and a short bio of yourself, then a list of crafted items you would like, then craft supplies (if any) and lastly you can put a few extras that arent crafted, things like candy or tea. Remember, the more items on your list, the more likely you are to be chosen. The minimum of items to post is five.  Also including your wists, etsy favorites, Pinterest, etc. is a good way for people to get the idea of your likes and style.  If you have any allergies please type them in red in your bio section. Please see "Tips to Creating a Good List" below.

5. Please post lists only in this thread. Discussion can be done here in the combined discussion/gallery thread which is linked up top.

Please be sure to post here so that you can be part of the discussion and receive. You will not be approved until you have posted in the discussion thread.

 6. Every birthday participant must make at least one claim. You may have up to two claims at a time, unless you are an FOC or a first time swapper, and then you can claim again once your items are received (not when you mail out). New swappers may only have one outstanding claim; they may claim again after their first claim is received. FOC's may have 3 outstanding claims at a time. Claims need to be made from the "crafted" and "craft supplies" sections of a person's list. The "extras" are just that--extra items you may want to throw in if you are feeling generous, but claims cannot be solely extras. Keep it crafty :-) (I'm asking that if you are sending mostly supplies, that you craft a little something for the bday person, even if it's a handmade card.)

7. You may get claimed more than once, but your minimum amount to claim is one.  It is possible you may not get claimed at all. In this case you will not be provided a swap angel; angels are only if you get flaked on. However I will do my best to make sure everyone gets claimed by keeping track of how many times each person is claimed. If possible please think about picking someone who has been claimed 0 times versus someone who has been claimed 3 times.  Smiley

8. If it is not your birthday but you would like to send a birthday present out, that's just dandy!  Fill out the non-birthday swapper questionnaire and send it to me for approval.  Birthday swappers who receive a present from a non-birthday swapper must send a snail mail thank you card (and a hand-crafted one would be pretty cool...) You will not receive feedback until I hear from the other swapper that they have received a thank you card.

9. When you choose to fulfill a birthday wish, PM both the organizer AND the chosen Craftster.  At that time, please request the address from the receiver for where to send it.  After that, you have 2 weeks to get the item to your post office.

10. 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).  If you do not send the appropriate PMs, you will receive poor communication" feedback.

11. 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.)

12. If you are sending late you must PM blupaisan by your send-out date.  If your send-out date comes and goes and you dont PM me, you will receive poor communication feedback.  I really do not wish it to be my responsibility to hunt you down for info...

13. If you are flaked on in this swap you will receive an angel, but only in the amount of packages to which you also sent out. For instance, if you send out 2 packages, and are claimed for 3 packages but are flaked on once, you will not receive an angel because you already received 2 packages, which is equal to what you sent. Get it? If you send 1 package and are claimed for 1 package and you are flaked on, you will receive 1 angel.

Please make sure to put "June Birthday Swap or something equivalent in the subject line on all communications.  Communication is so very important... makes the swap good for everyone!  Wink  Please PM me (blupaisan) when you send and receive, and please reply to my PM's to you in a timely manner.  I thank you.

If you format your PMs like this: 
"June B'day Swap" and either "Sign-up," "Claim," "Sent," "Received," or "Question"
it would make my busy life soooo much easier.

When sending sent and received PMs include the send-by date, listed in the second post of the main thread, your user name, their user name and the item. Just copy and past the info from the second post if you want!:
Send by June 16
craftstername to craftstername --Steampunk shirt
Outstanding claims allowed:
FOCs: 3 at a time
First time swappers: 1 at a time
Everyone else: 2 at a time

Become an FOC~

It seems that every month there is someone whose list languishes for a while. I want everyone to get picked so here are some tips for a well-round list:

--Make sure your items are actually mediums and smalls. Quilts are not mediums! Large painted portraits are not mediums. Hand knit sweaters are not mediums. This isnt to say that you cant have any large items on your list (some generous soul may have the time and the inclination to choose one of those!), but the majority of the list should be smaller items.

--Listing A surprise plus a well filled out Craftster profile and a link to your wists, etc. (with a decent amount of items on it) is always helpful in getting chosen.

--Make sure to post a variety of crafting techniques. If you list sculpy ornaments in five various themes and count that as your required five items, that is more like one item for someone to choose, not five. Having various crafting methods (sewn, knit, crocheted, paper crafted, jewelry, etc.) is going to make it easier for people to choose you.

--Check out other lists in past B'day swaps and the Ongoing Wishlist Swap for ideas for things you might not normally think of.

Name of swap: June 2013 Birthday Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name & Address , as it would appear on an envie or package, style that Post office likes, ya know?
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.)
Are you at least 16 years old?  Yes/No
Who and what do you claim for crafting? If you do not know yet/it's the beginning of the swap, you have 1 week after being approved to claim someone:
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt.  Yes/No
Have you posted in the discussion thread already? If you say yes and haven't I will not approve you. If you say no I will not approve you. Discussion thread found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423938.0#axzz2UK8LMhMZ   Yes/No
Tell me, tell me - What do you have to do if someone who is a non-b'day swapper sends you a gift?
Second question -  How long do you have to send out after making your claim?

If it is NOT your birthday and you want to SEND TO A BIRTHDAY CRAFTSTER:
Name of swap- March 2013 Birthday Swap (Non-B'day Craftster)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name:
Mailing address, including country and properly formatted for shipping:
Chosen craftster and item (if you know):
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt. Yes/No
I understand that I will be getting a thank you card and not a package for this swap.  Yes/No


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
Please make sure to post in the combined Gallery/Discussion Thread to keep up with updates: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423938.0#axzz2UK8LMhMZ


Thanks for wanting in, and helping your fellow Craftsters have an awesome birthday!

137  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / June 2013 Birthday Swap Gallery and Discussion on: May 25, 2013 10:38:37 AM

Here is where you can discuss your progress, questions, etc. and eventually post pics of all those wonderful birthday goodies!

And sign-up link-
138  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Monthly Birthday swaps.... am I blind? on: May 22, 2013 07:18:23 PM
I don't seem to be seeing birthday swaps every month. suddenly 'my' month is coming up and in making sure I have a free slot, I am not even seeing a May b'day swap. Am I blind?  Have they been going on behind my back? Tongue
139  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / ... and one for Dad on: May 17, 2013 03:44:32 AM

I have been mailing so many cards to Mom that I thought Dad might feel left out, as he is feeling rather down as well. This birchbark came from a hike in the Adirondacks. I am always on the lookout for bark with a natural hole in it so I can tuck some creature inside. Dad collected bugs for many years so I chose a bright green beetle to hide behind the bark.
140  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Ermine card for Mom on: May 17, 2013 03:39:49 AM

I explained to Mom that this was an ermine. I was inspired to do it because my daughter brought over her ferret to play with my 8 week old kitten. It was a hillarious encounter.
I once saw an ermine up close. He was not afraid of me at all. Apparently they are quite fierce. I was the janitor at a school and they had mouse traps everywhere. This ermine had found his way into the school and was stealing the dead mice out of the traps. He was gorgeous.
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