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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 on: July 08, 2017 06:27:32 AM

Years ago there was an Abandoned Art swap and I'd love to see another one get off the ground!

Here's the discussion and gallery threads.

Who's in?!  Cheesy I'd be willing to organize - maybe a couple of weeks of sign ups in late July/early August, a month for crafting, and then send outs early September? The last swap required 5 small pieces of art to be sent to your partner to be abandoned plus an extra for your partner to keep  Smiley...
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / A giant mosaic project to break my crafting dry spell on: May 31, 2017 04:57:49 PM
I really don't do things by short measures. I've had a bit of a challenge since the beginning of the year finding my crafty drive and inspiration to make things (a fun combo of work and life stress though thankfully that period seems to be waning, yay!). So where the idea and inspiration and, more importantly, motivation came from to tackle this project....I'm at a loss. But it happened and I'm happy it did! Now I have this giant beauty to stare at and ogle....just need to figure out where to put it......

(Damn thing defies taking pictures - I can't help but want to put resin on everything to give it a shiny slick coat and seal everything in.)

We all love progress pictures, yeah? Let's go down the story hole...

The beginning...a collection of coins...that's where the idea started. A mosaic with coins. A big thank you to alteredmommy, LeapFeetFirst, and kwality570 for sending me your spare foreign coins to add the the pile!

I forgot to take pictures until I got as far as laying out the patterns...at this point I decided to also incorporate some beads I had in my stash (though more had to be purchased to fill the board).

This took a week or two of futzing with the placement and whatnot and then it was onto grouting! I learned from the last time I did this that grouting is a huge mess - so I decided to do this step outside....in the hot hot sun. So much fun.

And I conveniently forgot from the last time how long it took to smooth everything out and then having to go back multiple times to wipe off every individual coin and glass shard. This probably took an hour total if I had to guess.

Wipe wipe wipe. Keep wiping.

This picture below is before resin, but after a final polish of the coins and glass. Major difference.

Now all the beauty shots!

Scissors are there for reference. The board itself is 16 x 21 inches. And it's actually a lazy susan, but I'm not sure I actually want to cover it up and have it be used lest it get ruined or something......and I'm still not sure where I'm putting it..


A close up of a couple of cool coins...The one on the right second down reminds me of a niffler from the Wizarding world haha.

And one last close up of the center for a little more detail.

Thanks for looking!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Embroidered lotus necklace on: December 04, 2016 05:17:08 AM
I made this for Abbeeroad in a recent personal swap. It's backed with felt and I felt compelled to put a bit of sparkle in there too.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Peace sign ticker tape quilt on: December 04, 2016 05:14:08 AM
I made this recently for the fabulous Abbeeroad for a personal swap. It was very therapeutic to work on and meditate over.

Work in progress...

I specifically chose some of the fabric bits to reflect Abby's loves (such as Harry Potter, skulls, crafting), and the fringe was hand-beaded too  Smiley

Thanks for looking!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Buggy stumpwork and a few snarky words on: October 08, 2016 08:21:28 AM
I recently completed a bunch of embroidery work. Here is my project dump  Wink

The first three critters are hooped in a 3" hoop for reference, the last one was a bit too big and needed a 4" hoop.

This is also a lesson for not stitching in the dark haha. This was not supposed to be so pastel, but c'est la vie. It happens.

And then some snappy words for thought  Wink

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6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Three Eyed Raven cosplay on: August 01, 2016 07:13:13 PM

I have awesome friends. Let me just start with that. One of my friends just got married and when she and her now-husband were deciding how to approach their wedding day, they decided prove their awesomeness by making it a Game of Thrones themed wedding  Cheesy I, of course, had to meet their awesomeness by planning out some sort of costume...

A note: I really can't sew clothes unfortunately. It is one of my crafting blind spots. So unlike two of my other friends who are epic and sewed their costumes from scratch (!!!) I set about procuring items (much like a raven would) and making accessories to complete my outfit.

So I brainstormed for a while on what I could reasonably accomplish with my limited sewing skills, while staying in the theme of GoT. And finally decided to do a representation of the Three-Eyed Raven, slightly more glam than grunge since it was for a wedding...

I acquired a black skirt, black leather underbust corset, and fringe feather neck drape (for my top I just wore a plain black tank top I already owned). I decided I needed something for my hair and made a feathered fascinator for that. I also made a simple pendant necklace with a double claw focal piece and an eye inset in the middle. Honesty time: it was a super cheap plastic eye, but surprisingly looks pretty good. I'm never one to pass a bargin  Cheesy

Then to give the skirt a little oomph, I made a super super simple tulle wrap skirt to go over.

And lastly, just for fun, I bought a tree temporary tattoo and then embellished further with some red sharpie for the weirwood leaves  Grin

I love how it turned out - not literal at all, but still capturing the flavor of the character I think.

Here's a glut of pictures I have showing off the different elements. The first is probably the best overall picture of the entire costume (ignore the messy background)..

And here's a picture of some of my friends who were epic and sewed their own costumes!!! Left is Lady Tyrell and middle is Lady Sansa. Right is The Unburnt! Daenerys - she originally was going to try to sew her own dress but ended up buying this one instead - glad to know I was not alone in that boat.

And because I am a nerd I realized that I had all the perfect wrapping supplies to keep the wedding present wrapped on theme! Red and blue are the bride's house colors (Tully represent!) and the snow is because WINTER IS COMING!!!

7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic Star lazy susan - my first mosaic piece and what I learned [pic heavy] on: July 09, 2016 07:02:00 PM

So. The story begins when I asked Mistress Jennie to be my partner in the recent HP Housewares swap. MJ is an awesome crafter, one of my longtime craftster crushes, and an all-around phenomenal human so immediately I felt the need to up my crafting game and tackle something completely new to me. Why did I do that? Silly me, I can never resist a challenge, especially when the inspiration is there driving me.

Anyway, I decided I want to try to put together a real mosaic with glass and grout and the whole nine yards. I went to the thrift store and found a good basic lazy susan - very boring but a blank canvas to work with. I thank my lucky stars (haha pun intended) that the base cooperated throughout the whole process, because it wasn't until I was waiting for the grout to set, that I did a little internet research and discovered that some wooden bases can flex and buckle when dealing with the water content of the grout (!!). I had no trouble with this though. I painted the base and underside of the lazy susan black, and then started laying out a star design for the middle.

Here are some progress pictures as I went.

Ahh, the terrifying part of adding the grout! I am probably more lucky than anything else that this whole thing worked out to be honest. I am really a "jump into a project" kind of person.

Lessons I learned through this process:

1. Be very patient - cutting all the glass and ceramic bits and fitting them into place took forever!! I had to give myself a pep talk mid-way through and allow for slightly bigger gaps between the pieces because it was driving me nuts.

2. Read the labels on things before using them. I somehow ended up buying white E6000 - I didn't even know that existed. Thankfully I was only using it on parts where you wouldn't be able to see the glue, but it could have been disaster!

3. Resin makes everything better  Grin The grout wouldn't stop rubbing a black color off on my fingers so I had a moment of panic before I decided that I'd cover the whole thing with resin. Thankfully that covered everything  and made it all look awesome!! (even if the resin did set somewhat lopsided....I like to think it gives the whole thing more personality).

A giant thank you to LeapFeetFirst who was a huge resource to me in this adventure, not to mention an awesome cheerleader. Also to Abbeeroad who also boosted my spirits when I thought I was crazy to try to take this on  Cheesy
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ugly Holiday Sweater Swap Gallery! on: November 17, 2015 04:46:47 AM
Go to the discussion thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440986.0


Abbeeroad - Averia
Momof2! - rantyhippie
artsycandice - sheepBlue

Sent AND Received
Sending Late with Notice
Contact organizer immediately

Post your awesome ugly sweaters when you get them!!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Flower and Butterfly Stumpwork - A photo tutorial! on: October 08, 2015 08:28:48 AM

I did a couple of new stumpwork pieces for Christmas presents (I am so on it this year!) and decided to try to document the process for anyone else that feels like giving this a try. It's really not too difficult, just a bunch of steps...

So first you're going to start with some wire outlining the shape of your object - in this case, I am working on a flower so there are lots of petal shapes. Couch the wire onto your fabric by stitching over ALL of the wire, and then fill in the petal with a basic fill stitch. Keep going until you have all your petals completed. This picture shows all my pieces in varied steps of completion.

After all the stitching is done, you're going to apply a clear glue to the front and back of the fabric making sure to go right up to the edge of your petal pieces. This is important because the glue is going to stiffen the fabric and floss so that when you cut the shapes free from the fabric it won't fall apart. I use Elmer's glue - it works great! Make sure it dries thoroughly before cutting the pieces apart with a sharp pair of scissors. Don't be afraid to cut right up to the edge of your shapes.

Prepare whatever surface you're going to mount your stumpwork pieces on. In this case I made center of my flower using this tutorial. Then put your pieces into the fabric, and twist the wire on the backside to secure it firmly. This picture is actually from when I was working on the butterfly, but it demonstrates the same thing. Make sure it lies flush with the surface so you can't see the wires when you finish your piece.

And the finished pieces after I mounted them on some 2" cardboard!. There is also a layer of felt between the cardboard and the fabric to help prevent the wires from moving, and giving it some padding for a nicer look.

Let me know if you have any questions! I am self-taught so it can't be that hard right?  Wink
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Ugly Holiday Sweater Swap - Sign Ups Closed, Send Outs 11/23 on: October 06, 2015 07:25:29 PM

Swap name:Ugly Holiday Sweater Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: sheepBlue
Sign-up date range: Oct 6th - Oct 20th
Date to send item by: Nov 23rd

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

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

Additional Age requirement? Must be 16 years old or older.

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
- 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:

This is the swap where we will make an "ugly Holiday" item of clothing for our partner equaling one large. Based on Craftster definitions a Large is an item that takes 3 or more hours to complete. It can be the traditional sweater, or a skirt, vest, etc! I love the whole concept and who can do it better than us crafters!

Please Note:

1. PMs should be labeled "Ugly Holiday Sweater Swap" with the appropriate action - Signup, send, receive.

2. Make an item that you would like to receive. Get to know your partner. Do your best work.

3. I reserve the right to refuse anyone who has a history of poor communication, late sending, or not meeting swap requirements in any other ways.

4. Please post in the thread regularly so we know you're still around and kicking; also please communicate upfront with your partner and organizer if there may be/are any issues with late sending. Communication will be noted in feedback.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Ugly Holiday Sweater Swap
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: (YES/NO)

What holiday do you celebrate?

Is this item of clothing for you or someone else?

Favorite holiday symbols, colors, design elements?

Please list what items of clothing you would prefer and sizing measurements.

Glitz and glitter or classic holiday?

Where do you see your garment being worn (i.e. Holiday parties, work, public, etc.)?

Would you prefer your clothing to be G, PG, PG-13, or R?

What are your favorite colors?

Any colors/themes/mediums that you absolutely dislike?

Any allergens in your home?

Do you have any allergies?

Pinterest/Wist link (to give your partner an idea of what you like)

Anything else you would like your partner to know:


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. sheepBlue
2. Abbeeroad
3. Averia
4. Momof2!
5. artsycandice
6. rantyhippie


Abbeeroad - Averia
Momof2! - rantyhippie
artsycandice - sheepBlue
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