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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / I love Bicycles! Swap Gallery! on: March 19, 2008 06:25:31 AM
Post your swag here!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Woodburned Recipe Box on: March 13, 2008 08:44:09 AM
For the Beautiful Use swap my partner said she loved Arts and Crafts style things and also kitchen stuff. Somehow I have always wanted to try woodburning but never gotten around to it. While browsing Michael's one day I decided to stop by the wood section and an idea was born!

Inspired by craftster I picked up a plain old recipe box and some acrylics (I already had the woodburning kit at home) and decided to try my hand at a new craft. All in all I think it turned out rather beautifully and I am quite proud of it.

Here is what I came up with:

3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / I love Bicycles! Swap. Signups CLOSED. Send outs 3/12 on: January 30, 2008 09:40:28 AM
Swap name: I Love Bicycles!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: !b
Sign-up date range: 1/30-2/11
Date to send item by: 3/12/08

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

All ages allowed. Please make sure you have available funds for this swap, and a ride to the craft store/post office, etc. And please make sure your parents approve of you doing this!

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

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

Details of swap:

Do you love your bike? Do you want to ride everywhere, all the time? Anything and everything bike related is acceptable for this swap. Water bottle cozies, t-shirts, cool things made of old bike parts! As long as it relates back to bikes, go ahead and make it.

This swap is for all bike lovers- roadies, mtb, cruisers, bmx. We all pedal and that's what counts!

For inspiration I would suggest the original idea thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=219002.0
Or a good old google search of bike related crafts!

The specifics:

You must craft 1 large, one medium and one small item. You can, of course, discuss these limitations with your partner and go from there. Make sure that you communicate regarding quantity of items, we don't want anyone to feel cheated or feel like a bad swap partner! Besides, this is a chance to make a crafty friend who also likes bikes, hurrah!

Large item = 3 or more hours
Medium item = 2 or more hours
Small item = 2 or less hours

You must post your swag in the gallery! If you do not have a digital camera let your partner know so that he/she can snap some shots before the goodies leave their hands.

I would also like to make it highly recommended that you post a picture of your bike in this thread! Who doesn't love to show off their bikes? This also gives your partner a little insight to your bike.

Please, please, please use your communicative skills. I want to know how you are doing and if you will be sending late! Don't be afraid to pm me with any questions or concerns, I promise I won't bite.

You must PM me when you ship and when you receive.
You must ship with a DC number (with the exception of international). Please keep receipts etc. just in case something happens to your package!

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

Name of swap: I Love Bicycles!
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?:
What kind of bike do you ride/what kind of riding are you interested in?:
Describe your bike:
What got you into riding?:
Where/when do you ride?:
Where is you bike stored?:
What would you like to/have the abilities to send? (Basic what crafts do you do question):
What kind of things would you love to receive?:
Favourite colours/patterns? Or colours and patterns that go with your bike:
Favourite bike image or quote?:
Include shirt size, wrist size, preferred necklace length if you are interested in receiving any of these things.
Anything you would NOT like to receive?:
Other info that would be useful for your partner?:


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Approved Swappers!
1) !b (organizational master)
2) half pint
3) Casstasstrophie
4) maehem
5) cindy_23492
6) boywonder
7) animegirlie
Cool buglady

Partners - will be posted 2/12

boywonder - cindy_23492

animegirlie - buglady

casstasstrophie - maehem

half pint - !b

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / I love Bicycles! Swap? on: January 08, 2008 05:25:50 PM
I don't know if a swap like this has been done yet but I was wondering if anyone would be interested, I've seen a few cool bike related crafts kicking around and I have a few ideas for my own bike related crafts.

Some of my ideas are a cozy so I can fit a bottle of beer into my water bottle cage, some bags to actually attach to my bike for carrying junk around in, jewelery out of used bike parts, recycled tire belts/other stuff and the list goes on and on.

Some bike related crafts that are inspiring:
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Humongous Laminated Cotton Messenger Bag of Doom! on: December 13, 2007 10:59:54 AM
In all seriousness I highly suggest having a Teflon foot before beginning any sticky project as my experiences with Laminated cotton brought me close to tears several times! But I refuse to buy a Teflon foot as I am convinced that it will be in my stocking this Christmas!

I made this huge messenger bag for a swap to fit my partners Laptop! I made it out of laminated cotton I found at Micheal's because I felt that would make it a little sturdier and a tiny bit more water resistant. I lined it with cotton.


This photo haunts me in my sleep, it looks like the bag is going to eat me with it's mouth open like that:

The bag looking wonky with its mouth closed (this is because it is empty):

The bags guts:

More bag guts:

On the inside the bag has a pocket for the laptop, a pocket for the battery, a pocket for the ipod and a random pocket. There is also a front pocket with another random pocket and a pocket on the side for the cell phone.

Tell me what you think. I have a ton of anxiety about if she'll really like it or not!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Advent Calendar! on: December 13, 2007 10:51:57 AM
So I have convinced The Boy to do Christmas this year and he just didn't seem very enthused about the idea.
I figured, what better way to get him excited about it than an Advent Calendar! I mean, a gift for EVERY DAY leading to Christmas, THAT'S WICKED.

We decided to go with more unconventional colours to make it more unique and special to us rather than some mass holiday focused on BUY BUY BUY.
Thusly we've painted the tree safety green and I went ahead and made 24 little stars to hang on it in purple, yellow, blue and green.

and here you can see the opening well:

This was way more work than I'd expected it to be and every day that he opens yet another gift I am madly jealous of him... but it is well worth it since he appreciates it.
7  CANADA / Alberta / Drawing, Designing, Sewing Lessons In Calgary and Area! on: December 11, 2007 09:57:26 AM
So I am working really hard on my entrance portfolio for Fashion Design and would like to find some ways to make it look a wee bit more professional! I was thinking some drawing classes to help me with my design sketch books and some sewing classes just to boost my confidence in the skills I have.

Do you ladies have any suggestions on where holds some of the best classes for these purposes? I have checked out ACAD, U of C, and Mount Royal's Continuing Education Departments. And while they all have drawing classes non cater to sewing. I have also looked into Chinook College but I was hoping for something that would start a little sooner and cover a broader range than just "swimwear" or "underpants" or "boxer shorts" etc etc.

Thanks in advance for any and all replies.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Ladies, a fab gift idea for your boytoy. on: November 21, 2007 06:12:37 PM
I have cross-posted this as I am trying to come up with even more ideas. So if you have a suggestion of tasty stuff to cook head on over and pass it along. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=209369.0

So this year for Christmas I am going well overboard as I know my boy is doing for me.

Since we don't live together but like to "play house" (slumber parties!!) I am wasting a whole lot of his precious getting lunch/breakfast together in the morning time. This means that he is often late and since I don't want to be a bad girlface I have decided to create 15 meals that are pre-frozen that he just has to pop out of the freezer the night before and microwave at lunch time!

So far I have the following foods:

Main Course:
Pot Pies
Turkey Wild Rice Soup
Meat Loaf
Pineapple Meat Balls

Banana Bread
Pumpkin Muffins
Cowboy Cookies
Cinnamon Buns

Homemade Cheese Buns!

Now I think this is an amazing idea for the following reasons:

Every single day leading up to Christmas he is going to remember how hard you worked for him and how much he loves you. This is just plain good timing to be an awesome girlpants!

Boys are hungry! They like eating food!

Boys are lazy! They dislike making food!

To encourage my boy to cook for himself I have included all the recipes. This means I am sneakily encouraging him to be more self sufficient in the kitchen! A sneaky woman is a goooood woman. They are all really easy foods to make.

This really isn't that expensive. Groceries were something you would probably be buying anyhow. I made enough of everything to feed my whole family and still have left overs to package up for him.. Family brownie points are also good right before Christmas.

Even if you only make one thing really well and want to make him say, 5 days worth of lunches, I think this is still an amazing way to a boy's heart.

I hoped I helped with a little of the crafting for boys brain blockage.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Food that freezes well, Homemade microwave dinners. on: November 21, 2007 05:58:35 PM
Hey ladies (and the occasional gentleman) I am on the hunt for really tasty recipes or even just ideas for items that freeze while AFTER cooking. IE: homemade microwave dinners.

Here is the lowdown, this month I am creating 15 different meals for my boy toy. One for each day he has to work this month. Since I take up so much of his time he keeps having to eat out and this bugs me to no end.

So far the foods I have are as follows:
Main Course:
Pot Pies
Turkey Wild Rice Soup
Meat Loaf
Pineapple Meat Balls

Banana Bread
Pumpkin Muffins
Cowboy Cookies
Cinnamon Buns

Homemade Cheese Buns!

So obviously what I am looking for is a little more variety in any of those categories. I hate the idea of just sending him to work with a meat. He needs more! This should be a well rounded meal! I'm also considering doing some breakfasts... tell me that I am crazy! Please tell me that I am CRAZY.

As it goes, all the foods are fairly simple comfort foods that I already know he enjoys.

He also wants to eat more lentils. So if you have a great lentil recipe pass it on over.

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