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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Last-Minute Costume - Winter on: November 01, 2006 09:16:08 PM
Here is my costume. I got started very very late and couldn't think of an idea so I borrowed one I had used a few years ago. "Winter". It is a gerat last-minute costume since the stores have all the Christmas stuff out already. The only things not pictured are two light up icicles that I put in my hair when I got to the club I went to and that since there was a bit of a chill I wore a caplet that craftykate knitted for me. Which was really neat because it caused someone there to ask if I had knit it which led to Craftster and finding that the person is also a member  Grin. Woo hoo!!

Cuffs & necklace: crochet with leftover white chenille yarn that a friend gave me. glittery riboon from the stash used to tie it on. snowflake from 6-pack at $1 store
Dress: step one - find large enough fabric from stash. Step two - guess how much is needed to go around body. Step three - serge into a tube. Step four - wiggle said tube onto body. Step five - have husband cut hem end of dress and help tuck top into bra  Cheesy
Belt - ribbon from stash with snowflakes and icicles from $1 store
Snowball - stuffed crochet ball with loop for holding
Wand- wired together icicle and snowflake

Over the weekend I was going to try and make a green hat with tentacles to be a Cthulu hat, but there was no way I was going to finish in time. So Monday night I changed gears to the Winter idea. I only finished the cuffs on Monday as I spent a lot of time helping DH with his costume (Zombie Cupid or 'Love is Dead'). So the rest I put together from about 5:30pm to 8:45pm.  Tongue
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Copper wire Tree of Life pendants on: October 22, 2006 06:44:34 PM
I've been really inspired by all of the Tree Of Life wire pendants I've seen around. I have a swap partner that has one Wisted so I thought I would try.

Thanks to GypsyMuse's link to a tutorial, not to mention lovely two-toned bare tree, I was able to have a go. I didn't want to clog up her thread so I figured I'd mosey on over to my own thread.

Try #1 with copper wire and tiny leaf beads I inherited from my grandmother.

Try#2 with copper wire and drop circle beads from grandma plus some seed beads. Very fitting for Fall I think.

Has there been a craft-a-long for these yet?
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Silk i-Cord & Butterfly Necklace on: October 21, 2006 01:23:53 AM
I recently made this necklace for a swap.

The stone butterfly was purchased, I only took out the head pin it came with and replaced it with my own with a larger loop. The 3 cords are made of silk thread/super-thin cording using one of those little knitted i-Cord hand-crank machines. It turned out very puffy due to the heavy weight vs. the lighten of the thread (I think, sounds reasonable that the clip weights would pull more on the thing thread and create larger loops  Smiley ).

The result is a very lightweight yet substantial necklace. I need to make one for me now once I decide on a pendant.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ribbon & dowel spool holder on: August 15, 2006 08:42:33 AM
Bubba*tink posted her lovely craft space a while back and I loved that she had a place for her ribbon. Since then the idea has been one of those 'I need to do that someday' things until a friend gave me all her leftover ribbon yesterday. No way it would fit into the storage box I was using for ribbon! So with some of the 7/8" ribbon she gave me and 12" dowels I had this was born:

The ribbon is folded up and sewn (I used 5" between loops and the loops themselves at 6") then pinned to the wall.

The one thing I will change is the pins to probably just white flat ones so they blend in. DH has comissioned a larger one to display his swords.
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The Themed Secret Swap Gallery on: August 10, 2006 07:25:41 PM
Post 'em when you get 'em!

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Roomy zipper pouch rampage on: July 23, 2006 06:24:48 PM
Issue #116 of Threads has an amazingly simple pattern for these zip pouches. Debbie Valentine is my hero of the week for having such a cool idea published. I never took much notice of the artcle since the ruffle part was not my style. But for the paisley swap I found I had this double sided quilted fabric and this bag was perfect if I just omitted a ruffle at the zipper.

Here are 6 that I finished within a span of a couple hours today:

Here are some that I have done for swaps:

The issue is #116 from January 2005. The article is on page 76. 
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafty Ergonomics on: July 23, 2006 12:14:24 PM
So I am sitting at my serger just now and noticed for the billionth time that I have terrible posture at the machine. I hunch over quite a bit when I am not thinking about keeping my back straight (not to mention I also bite my lower left lip when sewing but enough of crafty quirks another time). This led me to wonder, what to others do to keep good ergonomics when crafting. What steps can we take to try and keep us able to keep sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc many many years from now? I enjoy many types of craftwork and one of the many reasons I want to take care of myself is so I can enjoy doing them for a long time to come.

What tips do you know for crafting ergonomics? What bad habits can contribute to things like carpel tunnel, arthritis, or other things that could stop you from being able to pursue some craftwork down the line? Would one of those back brace things I see people at stores wearing help my posture when sewing?

The only I can think of right now is about russian punchneedle embroidery. The specific way Gail Brown had us hold the punchneedle during a demo is what I remember. Instinct is to hold a punchneedle (at least the type I purchases, the tiny ones with just a small handle) like a pen, but we were told this is a no-no and that the pinky should be out while holding it with the thumb and 1st two fingers.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / CD Mirror LED Sconces on: July 21, 2006 08:52:58 PM
For the Scavenger Hunt Swap we were tasked with crafting using as many scavenger hunt items as possible. For batgirl one of the items I made was this pair of sconces. CDs, glass, hardware store items, and LEDs were all on the list.

The LED tealights I picked up at Fry's Electronics and they are glued to the CD with plastic/metal glue/cement. The mirror is attached with hot glue as well as the picture hanger. The switch and battery access is on the bottom of the tealight. The tealights even flicker.

19  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Themed Secret Swap (Signups 07/15-08/04; 1st send out 08/14) *Done on: July 15, 2006 10:30:07 AM
Swap Name: The Themed Secret Swap!
Organizer: SewPixie
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24
Non-U.S. participants allowed?: Yes
All ages allowed? Or 18+?: under 18 ask your parents!
Organizer will check participant feedback and will not accept signups if there is a current negative: Yes
Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: Yes


Sign-up date range: Saturday 07/15/06- Saturday 08/05/06
Send-out Dates: This is a multi-sendout swap!
   FIRST MAIL OUT: Monday 08/14/06 (small crafted package)
   SECOND MAIL OUT: Tuesday 09/05/06 (medium crafted package)
   THIRD MAIL OUT: Monday 09/25/06 (medium crafted package & reveal who you are)

* Current Craftster sign up requirements
* Minimum 150 posts
* Minimum 2 positive swap feedbacks
* Availability to make the 3 mail out due dates

This is a secret swap! You will not know who is sending to you until they reveal themselves in the 3rd package. If you have specific things to ask them ask me to ask them or contact a partner from their swap past to see if they know the answer. Also look through their old posts, blog, wists, etc to get ideas.

This is also a themed swap! When you sign up you will list at least 5 'themes' which can be anything from very vague to very specific. For each sendout will center on one of the themes, so three themes total will be used from your list.

Example: Suzy Lu lists these themes: flowers, purple, sewing, mini coopers, cooking, carmel corn, cats. Thelma Rae is chosen to craft for Suzy Lu and decides that package #1 will have a cat theme. For package #2 she will theme it around mini coopers. And for the reveal package she will use the flower theme. 

Remember, each send out is a different theme!

If you are shipping domestically a DCN is required for each send out. This helps you verify that you sent, that your partner received, and helps in the event the postal system has a problem shipping. If you ship internationally please send the customs number (if given to you). Communication is key so PM the organizer when you ship, when you receive, and if you need to send late.



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

Name of swap: The Themed Secret Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
Are you able to take and post photographs?
Are you aware that this swap has 3 send out dates?
Do you have at least 150 posts?
Do you have at least 2 positive swap feedbacks (if you have ones that are not listed from before feedback system please list)?
Do you have any allergies that your partner should know about?



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


1. SewPixie - #3 received (cumber1137)
2. tinafish - #3 received (stellato_escuro)
3. cumber1137 - #3 received (icebyrd67)
4. AliBeachGrl - #3 received (CraftyCarrie)
5. Pretendpeterpan - #3 received (SewPixie)
6. icebyrd67 - #3 recieve (UDHILLB)
7. stellato_escuro - #3 received (heroinechic)
8. teamwang - #3 received (AliBeachGrl)
9. CraftyCarrie - #3 received (tinafish)
10. heroinechic - #3 received (knit_core)
11. Crafterbynite - #3 received (Pretendpeterpan)
12. knit_core - #3 received (teraspawn)
13. teraspawn - #3 received (teamwang)
14. UDHILLB - #3 received (Crafterbynite)

20  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Rare photos...my sewing/craft room is clean!! on: July 13, 2006 09:56:43 PM
 Cheesy Yeas, my sewing room is actually clean for once! Everything had to be moved out to make way for new carpet so everything was organized when it was put back in. And entertainment center and chest was brought in from the bedroom for more storage. The walls are in two shades of purple using one of those dual-head rollers.

The jars are all buttons sorted by color. The purple table was a thrift store find that used to be a salon table. The power outlets on it come in very handy.

A couple more pics are on my blog along with older photos of the room. Pretty much all that is left to do is to add a couple more items to the walls, frame the paisley paper sheets on the wall, and sew a seat cushion & pillows in a fabric that ties the colors together (and detracts a little from the purple as the sheer amount of purple is starting to make me ill LOL). Oh yes and add a small tv, the cats insist on that.
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