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1671  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: IYP 21 Summer Soiree (Signups Closed-- Send by July 16,2012) on: June 21, 2012 01:11:31 PM
Well, Im right in the middle of a second go for Calabaza's main item. Taking a little break to look around for a back up plan in case it doesnt work out. Then Ill go finish it and we'llllll see. If it does work, then at least I'll have my back up plan to use for her for another time (if she'll have me again Wink)
You're home already?!
Sheesh, yes, of course I'll have you again...if you'll have me. Swap anxiety's giving me a zero confidence vote right now but it's in the mail! DC# coming shortly Smiley
I can't wait to see what you're working on. Or the back up plan. I'm not picky. Everything you make is great!
1672  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Field-ready Messenger Bag on: June 21, 2012 09:49:32 AM
@JerseyGal: I don't think I have too much of an idea about dieselpunk either. Roll Eyes

@Sticker: Haha! I'm feeling very well stalked, swap partner  Grin

Thank you both!
1673  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Hair Accessories Swap Round 2 GALLERY! on: June 21, 2012 09:12:16 AM
The other day a package arrived from Unicornlasers:


I love these chessmen hair sticks!


Unfortunately the rest were broken, but I think with a needle and thread I can fix 2 of them.

Thank you, Unicornlasers! And thank you so much to Kookaloo_Starr for being willing to angel!
1674  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Field-ready Messenger Bag on: June 21, 2012 08:02:08 AM
I made this military-inspired messenger bag for my partner in the dieselpunk swap. It was my first time using grommet tape and I just ordered a bunch more yards of it Smiley  I don't know if I got the dieselpunk vibe or not, but I'm pretty please with how it turned out.




The back pocket, topped with grommet tape.


The grommet tape is sewn all the way down the sides and into the bottom seam. The pockets pleats are sewn at the bottom and pressed all the way up. This fabric holds a crease really well.


The extra tape from the adjustable strap part can hide out in one of the pockets.


I used a buckle and a vest-tie-buckle-thing for the adjusting hardware. The grommet tape that went all the way down the sides goes all the way past the top of the bag to become the strap.


The inside is lined with muslin and has a pocket with brown grommet tape trim.


Oh, and there's grommet tape running all the way up the center front under the flap as well! I love this stuff. It should come in every color of the rainbow plus patterns and different widths. I got mine from MajikCraft on Etsy. I only saw black at JoAnns.

Thanks for looking! I'd love to hear what you think. Is it dieselpunky? Do you know of other places to buy grommet tape? C&C welcome. Smiley
1675  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Help desk taking longer than usual? on: June 21, 2012 07:20:43 AM
Has the help desk been flooded with tickets? Usually it's lightning-fast but this time it's been over 48 hours since I submitted one and there's still no response. I know the message says "usually within 48 hours" but it's never been that long before... Huh

ETS: Just heard back! Thanks so much, all of you mods who man the desk!
1676  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dieselpunk swap gallery on: June 20, 2012 03:12:36 PM
I'm glad you like what I sent you, trisarose! Incidentally I posted a tutorial for the composition book cover here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410258.0 It differs a bit from others I've seen.


Okay, now for the truly awesome package trisarose sent me!

First up is a pair of long wished-for fingerless gloves:

I love them! I have wanted fingerless gloves for ages and ages and now I have a fun and wonderful pair of my very, very own.

Next is one of the most perfect jackets I've ever seen, let alone owned:



She made military-insignia-esque covers for the epaulettes. It's awesome for me: more subtly dieselpunky so I can wear it out and about, which I have already!

One of the most challenging parts of this swap for me was that I saw a lot of stuff labeled dieselpunk that looked like stuff in stores now. I don't now if I'm reading that wrong, but I can pick out steampunk much easier than dieselpunk. However trisarose made something I think is wonderfully blatant dieselpunk and suits me to a T:

She said she took a file and hammer to it to age it! How's that for gutsy? It incorporates so many things I like: Black and silver, time-telling devices, Morse code, Russian and symbols. The top word in the Russian poster picture means "workers" I think. Google translate thinks the ones printed sideways mean "take the rifle". Can you tell I'm a beginner  Grin

I don't know if she or the postal service (the box looked like it'd been taken to a stable and trampled on  Angry  ) did the cracked glass but I think it's a great touch!

Thank you so, so much! I love everything, trisarose. And thank you, Alchamy513, for hosting such a fabulous swap!
1677  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stuff an Envelope Swap (INTERNATIONAL) rd 2 - s/u to 30th June on: June 19, 2012 01:04:34 PM
I often wrap things in plastic wrap before sending. Covering envelopes in packing tape is an excellent idea! Good to know it works for international ones too. Love that one of attaching things to paper as well.
1678  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: IYP 21 Summer Soiree (Signups Closed-- Send by July 16,2012) on: June 19, 2012 10:17:14 AM
I'm done, again! It went much smoother this time with non-defective ___ and my discovery that ___ ___ really are worth buying and using. Sooo much easier! I'm going to try to send Wednesday so it'll get there after Sticker's back from vacation.

Yay I cant wait! And I also cant wait to get home to redo your last item! Grin
Oh no! You have to redo one too? I hope you have as surprisingly pleasant a time as I did remaking yours  Undecided
I can't wait to see it!

Hopefully it goes as good for me and it did for you, otherwise Ill have to figure out something new! Although, youve been Pinteresting it up lately so Ill never have issues figuring something out haha Wink
Yeah, the bookmarks keep piling up for ideas of stuff to make for you too:)

Sheesh, surgery, staples, hurt back...Everybody take care! Oh, and have great vacays as well. Lots of you seem to be traveling as well Smiley Will our gallery be filled with get well cards and vacation goodies?
1679  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stuff an Envelope Swap (INTERNATIONAL) rd 2 - s/u to 30th June on: June 18, 2012 09:32:05 PM


LOL!  What is the "hamburger" way to fold a piece of paper?



When it's folded top to bottom, so the short sides are together. It looks more like a hamburger bun this way than when it's folded long side to long side. It looks more like a hot dog bun then. Smiley


That is too funny!  We were taught this weird thing called "horizontal" and "vertical", and also "long" and "short"...must be that old-school learning  Tongue

I never heard of hamburger way vs. hot dog way until I was in high school I think. Working with kids it made more sense to say long and short sides or hamburger and hotdog than horizontal or vertical not because they couldn't learn the terms, but because those depend on which way the paper was being looked at at the time. And if the folds end up creating a lot of angles, like with origami, it can take a while to explain which long and short sides you mean if you aren't demonstrating every step.

Sorry for the off-topic chatter! Um, something swap-related...Er, I'm stoked for this swap! Really! I'm not just saying that so I don't get in trouble. Smiley
1680  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: IYP 21 Summer Soiree (Signups Closed-- Send by July 16,2012) on: June 18, 2012 06:29:25 PM
I'm done, again! It went much smoother this time with non-defective ___ and my discovery that ___ ___ really are worth buying and using. Sooo much easier! I'm going to try to send Wednesday so it'll get there after Sticker's back from vacation.

Yay I cant wait! And I also cant wait to get home to redo your last item! Grin
Oh no! You have to redo one too? I hope you have as surprisingly pleasant a time as I did remaking yours  Undecided
I can't wait to see it!
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