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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery on: March 15, 2017 06:28:26 PM

Patch made by craftADDchick

Swap Post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451632.0

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Abbeeroad: craftylittlemonkey, Sharalee, also sent an Angel Package!
alwaysinmyroom: noooitaremybirthday, JoyfulClover
Audania1: gala_apples, meowari
audio: noooitaremybirthday, roler
craftADDchick: curiousfae
crafty-becky: jenleahlynn
craftylittlemonkey: Abbeeroad, RovingAnarchist
curiousfae: Inselaeffchen, craftADDchick
fatewineroses: Sharalee
gala_apples: Audania1, JoyfulClover
Inselaeffchen: curiousfae, Wulf
jenleahlynn: crafty-becky, roler
JoyfulClover: gala_apples, alwaysinmyroom
meowari: Audania1
noooitaremybirthday: audio, alwaysinmyroom
roler: jenleahlynn, audio
RovingAnarchist: craftylittlemonkey
Sharalee: Abbeeroad, fatewineroses
Wulf: Inselaeffchen

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine's Day Dance Discount Decorations on: February 23, 2017 03:57:35 PM
I help to run our student council at my school, and every year, we try to add to our stockpile of decorations. This year, our dance was held 2 days after Valentine's Day, and I forgot to get prizes for the dance-off and the limbo contest, so I headed to Target in the hope that I would find some stuff on clearance. Not only did I get enough prizes, I also bought a bunch of themed items to turn into some decorations-50% off!

A variety of felt hearts, plus some chipboard X's and O's (I had the yarn in my classroom already).

I grabbed a glue gun from the cabinet and borrowed some glue sticks, and got to work...

I stretched out a piece of yarn, applied a line of glue to the back of each item, and stretched the yarn out in the glue.

We used them to decorate the columns in the cafeteria. They look a little plain because we didn't have enough crepe paper streamers to wrap around the poles (next year!).

Then, one of my student council kids popped in to see if I needed help with anything, so I had her help me out with the heart garland. She set up the hearts the way she liked, and I glued them to the yarn. Some of them are double layered hearts, which I also glued together.

The kids strung the garland up along the stacked up cafeteria tables. Next year, I think we'll add some twinkle lights to brighten it up a little!

I got all of the decorations for under $5, and we used every piece we had! We've got them all saved for next year Smiley
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8-SU: CLOSED; SO: April 3, 2017 on: February 15, 2017 01:00:56 PM

Patch made by craftADDchick

Check out the gallery here!

Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: February 15, 2017-March 4, 2017
Date to send item by: Monday, April 3, 2017

 Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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
 - 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:
 Do you love making Teesha Moore-style patches? Have you always admired them but haven't yet caught the TM bug? Well, this could be the swap for you!

In this round of the TM Patch Swap, you will be crafting for 1 or 2 partners (first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner) and from 1-3 patches (you and your partner should agree on the exact number).

Also, you will have the option of exchanging a TM Patch Supply kit with your partner (contents of kit may include: floss, fabric, embellishments {buttons, beads, ribbons, charms, etc}, poly-fil, etc.).

Let's keep this swap simple and limit it to the sending of patches and kits (if you love sending extra things, consider adding those as part of a kit Smiley ).

There are lots of inspirational patches from previous swaps, so check out some of the galleries here:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448165.0 (Round 7)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445370.0 (Round 6)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439296.0 (Round 5)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437989.0 (Round 4)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436180.0 (Round 3)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434712.0 (Round 2)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.0 (Round 1)




IF your are new to making patches, here are some links to Teesha Moore's own video tutorials showing you her techniques. You won't want to miss these.

And, here's a thread right here on Craftster that has some additional tips by your fellow Craftsters!


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

 Name of swap: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8!
 Craftster username:
 Email address:
 Your real name:
 Mailing address including the country (please put it in the proper format for mailing to your country):
 Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
 Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
 Do you want one or two partners?
How many patches would you like to make for each partner (Organizer will attempt to match partners based on this information as much as possible)?
Do you also want to exchange a kit with your partner(s), in addition to the patches?
List at least four themes to inspire your partner: (Some themes from previous swaps were the beach, peace and love, buttons, rainbows, DOTD, trees and nature, literature, stripes and polkadots, craftster's choice.)
List preferred size range, if you have one:
Preferred colors, if any:
Are there any colors or themes you really don't want to receive?
Are odd shapes desirable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or another site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?
Do you have any allergies that could be a problem?
Do you have any allergens in your home?


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


1. craftADDchick
2. Inselaeffchen
3. Sharalee
4. craftylittlemonkey
5. roler
6. curiousfae
7. audio
8. Abbeeroad
9. fatewineroses
10. alwaysinmyroom
11. RovingAnarchist
12. Audania1
13. crafty-becky
14. Wulf
15. JoyfulClover
16. jenleahlynn
17. noooitaremybirthday
18. gala_apples
19. meowari


Abbeeroad: craftylittlemonkey, Sharalee
alwaysinmyroom: noooitaremybirthday, JoyfulClover
Audania1: gala_apples, meowari
audio: noooitaremybirthday, roler
craftADDchick: curiousfae
crafty-becky: jenleahlynn
craftylittlemonkey: Abbeeroad, RovingAnarchist
curiousfae: Inselaeffchen, craftADDchick
fatewineroses: Sharalee
gala_apples: Audania1, JoyfulClover
Inselaeffchen: curiousfae, Wulf
jenleahlynn: crafty-becky, roler
JoyfulClover: gala_apples, alwaysinmyroom
meowari: Audania1
noooitaremybirthday: audio, alwaysinmyroom
roler: jenleahlynn, audio
RovingAnarchist: craftylittlemonkey
Sharalee: Abbeeroad, fatewineroses
Wulf: Inselaeffchen
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A Pair of Baby Quilts (Crib-sized) on: January 20, 2017 04:11:15 PM

So, when I went to visit my mom for Christmas this year, she had another quilting project planned. She wanted to make a baby quilt for someone (who actually just had the baby the other day- 10 lbs 8 oz!) and, since it seems that someone is expecting a baby at least once a year at work, I figured I'd make one, too, so I could have one all ready to go! She found a picture of one that looked pretty basic but it didn't have a pattern available because you could only purchase the completed quilt. We only had about 3 1/2 days to do it.

Based on the finished size of the inspiration quilt, we worked out the measurements that just about made it the same size. We changed the layout slightly to make it symmetric. Then, we figured out how much of each fabric we needed to buy, and headed to the store! We bought a little bit more than we needed because we grabbed a FQ bundle, but my mom has put the extra fabric to good use already!

We've been sewing together for a while, and I usually handle the sewing machine and the cutting, while my mom does the pinning, pressing, and trimming.

Once we had our fabrics, we started playing with the layout options. This is mine (the stack of fabric in the corner is my mom's):

We appliqued an elephant and some little hearts on the center panel. My mom had never done applique before, so she was impressed with the magic of Wonder Under! After I zig-zagged the appliques, I hand embroidered the elephant eyes and tails.

The picture is pre-embroidery...

That just about took care of the first day and a half (planning, shopping, cutting, doing the appliques). The next day, we pieced both tops:

Mine is on the left, and my mom's is on the right.

The next (and final) day, we made the quilt sandwich and tied each quilt. I sewed the binding on my mom's and tried to stitch in the ditch. I missed one spot, and after I left, my mom decided to un-stitch it and hand stitch the binding. I decided to hand stitch the back of mine, too.

My mom's is backed in light purple flannel, but because they didn't have enough for two quilts, mine is backed in a dark teal.

Because we stopped working after dark each evening, the lighting isn't great in the photos, but they came out pretty cute, and they were pretty easy to make. Besides the binding, the hardest part was the applique. And, I'll definitely use this layout for a few more baby quilts (I might change the dimensions slightly- I don't love the proportions of it- it's long and not too wide- the photos of the completed quilts are across a queen-sized bed).

5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Irish Potato Pie...Sort of... on: January 08, 2017 06:58:16 PM
Yesterday, after a brunch at the home of friends, I didn't want to drive home in the snowstorm, so I stayed over. The parents had a neighborhood party to attend, so I hung out with their daughters. We had been challenged to make something using the extra pie crust (and even some thawed puff pastry), so their daughter Bella and I searched for ideas. Inspired by this recipe for Irish Potato Pie, we came up with a slightly modified version. Because of the storm, we were limited to what was on hand. We used the pre-baked pie crust instead of the puff pastry it called for, red onion instead of yellow, several smaller potatoes, and only 6 slices of bacon. Plus, we didn't have any dill, so we substituted rosemary. We had to bake it a lot longer than it called for, but it was quite tasty, and I'll make it again.



Then, for dessert, we came up with a peanut butter, chocolate chip, and marshmallow filling for the puff pastry, which Bella assembled.

I forgot to take a picture of it finished, but it was delicious!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dinosaur Bookends on: November 21, 2016 11:56:04 AM
I keep a collection of "choice reading books" in my classroom for students to borrow. Right now, my bookshelves are a bit sparse, so I needed some more bookends. I already had made 2 (a T-rex and a 2-headed mythical beast), but after I got two more book cases, a few more were required!

Supplies Used:
Dinosaur toys (combination of thrift store finds and dollar store purchases)
Bricks or paving stones
Strong adhesive (E-6000 works great)
Spray paint
Fun foam
Hot glue

First, I glued the dinosaurs to the pavers:

Then, I sprayed painted them (I put them in empty paper boxes and then sprayed them in the courtyard outside of my classroom):

All sprayed! I missed a few spots, mostly on the triceratops, but I can live with it Smiley

Then, so I didn't scratch the book shelves, I cut some fun foam and hot glued it onto the bottom of each paver.

Finally, I put them in place on the shelves! Some of them were a bit tall but, fortunately, I had a few shelves that would fit them.

Now, I'll see how long it takes the kids to notice that I put them on the shelves!

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Little House on the Desk (Memo Holders) on: October 25, 2016 05:54:55 PM
A couple of years ago, I came across some cute wooden houses made out of a 4 X 4. I promptly made a trip to the lumber department at the local big box hardware store and asked a co-worker to cut it into house shapes for me. He interpreted it a little bit differently than I planned, so I ended up with about a dozen small houses. I used a bunch of them at a crafty evening with my friends and their daughters (with a bit of scrapbook paper and paint) and when I brought mine home, I had no idea what to do with them. I later realized that they'd make cute wire memo holders and could help me keep track of the random little slips of paper all over my computer desk at work.

I drilled a hole in the center of each roof (photo below shows them prior to drilling).

Then, because the hole was just a bit snug, I drilled them again, using a slightly larger drill bit.

I wrapped the wire around an empty thread spool, and did a little bit of shaping with some pliers.

Because the hole in the roof was a little bigger, I had to use some glue to hold the wire in place. I brought them in to work, but didn't have time to set them up. Once I put them to use, I'll add a photo.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Fall Tree TM Patch on: August 31, 2016 06:49:19 PM
For the latest round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap, I stitched up a fall tree based off of an image my partner had on Pinterest. I was able to trace the tree, and after spending quite a bit of time trying to match the colors in the original, I started stitching. Since it was going to be turned into a patch, I worked on the smallish side (small for me, at least). I used a 4" hoop.

It took me much longer than I expected, but I love how the tree came out, and it was very hard to turn it into a patch and mail it off to my partner!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Forest Sprite Ninni on: August 31, 2016 06:33:03 PM
For the recent Summer Ninni Swap, I made a little forest sprite Ninni, capable of hiding among the leaves or with the birds, in the trees. It's a half size Ninni, and I made 2 masks, as well as a little bird's nest basket.

The leaf mask (and if the mask is rotated 180 degrees, it almost entirely covers the Ninni, acting as excellent camouflage!):

The bird mask:

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / EPP Hexie Fabric Swap Gallery on: August 01, 2016 04:36:55 PM

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