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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: April 20, 2017 11:12:04 AM
Pssst, my Zentange Postcard Research Project finished in the Winter battles! Wink

So to take its place, I am proposing...

Research Project Name: Garden edging/retaining wall
Team: Textbook
Brief Description: My yard looks a mess and needs serious help, the biggest problem being the side of the house along the driveway that is a slope that is eroding, as well as some areas around the trees in the backyard where the sandstone "edging" has fallen apart.  Pictures to come.


Step one - survey/measure the area to determine how many of each kind of stone needed (mini, small, large, trapezoidal). Since I can't hijack our total station from work (or spend the $25,000 on one of my own), I'm going with the water-filled tube method. I have ordered the clear tubing already, waiting for it to arrive and hopefully work. Then I will grid out the area, and take measurements and relative elevations. This leads to

Step two...  Calculations! Lay out the stone design to get the desired shapes, and determine how many of each I'll need. Also, roughly calculate how much dirt will be needed.

Step three - put off ordering materials because you really don't want to move on to step four.

Step four - actually do the construction. Ugh.

Step five - plant some things.
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread on: April 20, 2017 07:17:53 AM
Sorry I haven't updated the gallery, I didn't really sit down at my computer last night, and it's difficult on my phone. I thought I'd throw out a few "wants", since people always ask what people want!

* "Pumpkin All The Things" hoop, just a pumpkin with that text, embroidery or cross stitch.
* earbud holder like this: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/272045633721187830/ (except maybe a puppy)
* Sharks, sharks, sharks (I have a thing for shark week, both the documentary one and the bad movie one)
* Pumpkin (all the things)
* I'd really like a dog-walking bag, it needs to be about the size of two tennis balls inside, and preferably lined with a plasticy fabric (in case of dog poop bag malfunction), open on the top with a pocket on the outside for my phone...  cross-body length strap.
* I'd like a sturdy "document" folder for my bag, something that a letter size sheaf of papers would fit in, but preferably cardboard-lined fabric? I'm less sure of what I need here, I need something that will hold up to being tossed in my bag and keep my papers from getting creased, but more durable and prettier than a manila envelope.

Not that there's not enough stuff I already want to buy, but these would take priority!
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread on: April 18, 2017 03:26:24 PM
I'm waffling on 'buying' more fiber - I still haven't spun the stuff I got the last few rounds, all I have is a drop spindle.  I am thinking of signing up for a spinning class on May 13th, to decide if a spinning wheel is for me.  I really don't need another hobby, especially one quite that expensive, but... but... spinning wheels are so cool!

Add to that drooling over the drum carder...  argh!
14  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2017 Swap; SU 4/15-4/20/17; SO 5/20/17 on: April 18, 2017 08:58:04 AM
I can't miss this swap, I will try to remember to sign up tonight! I've been so scatterbrained lately...
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread on: April 18, 2017 07:57:35 AM
So so so jealous, LeapFeetFirst!!!! It looks gorgeous...
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery on: April 17, 2017 12:55:11 PM
Lola is here! A little fatigued from her long journey, but unscathed. And she brought treats! I can't wait to try them (trying to hold out and share, but my willpower is not strong...). I love Twinings tea, have never ever seen that blend here... Cheesy I'll probably fall in love with it and have to special-order it... Cheesy

17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: STS Spring Market 2017 Gallery on: April 17, 2017 12:52:12 PM
It was a fun box day today, on top of my LV arriving, I finally got my gorgeous necklace from anna (argh, international shipping really serves to instill "patience is a virtue" in you!), and my bag and whimsy jar from Rara. I'd highly recommend claiming the other jar, it was So. Much. Fun. to go through, and so much of the stuff I was all "ooooh, this will be perfect for..."

But one thing really made me squeal, what with my pumpkin obsession...

Isn't that the cutest pumpkin bead?!

Now I just need to get to the post office to free up my points for more claimin'!!
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread on: April 17, 2017 09:11:56 AM
All the swapping is so much fun to see
 But... it's quiet over at my place. Smiley what would everyone like to see?? Smiley

I love your embroidery and hoops, what are the chances of getting a custom "Pumpkin All The Things" hoop? I'd like to feature more crafts in my yearly PATT roundup.

Other than that, I tend to pounce on the oddities, like the time you had the spinning bobbins. I don't know what I want until I see it, unfortunately...
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread on: April 16, 2017 06:45:42 PM
If anybody is up to making cute little pretend food, crocheted or felt, like a hamburger or pbj, or colorful crocheted bean bags, I'd be wanting to claim! My little boys turn 2 and 3 next month and would love those.

I've made a fair amount of crocheted food in my time, I think I have a book that has all the piece for a hamburger, I'll have to see if I can find it... and I'm pretty sure the library has a few of the food crochet books!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: STS Spring Market 2017 Gallery on: April 16, 2017 06:42:27 PM
Sold to greybird, thank you!  May you find more use for them than I ever would...

Liv Doll #1 "Sneakers" - 1 pt
Liv Doll #2 "Red Dress" - 1 pt
Liv Doll #3 "Teal Top" - 1 pt

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