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11  Re: 8/4/08 - Craftster's got new digs! in Latest News by dawt on: August 15, 2008 03:28:02 PM
There's definitely a lag in the picture hosting area as well. I suspect it's the ads (most especially the one at the top of the page on the right-hand side) making it slow to load. It's a little annoying but if that's as bad as it gets I can live with it.  Undecided

Y'all are doing such a great job of keeping up with the issues, thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Different ads rotate through the positions all the time.  Is there one ad in particular that loads in the position that you notice slowing the page down more than others?

Definitely, DirectBuy, and it's annoying as hell because the flash keeps playing over and over and over again.

Then there's Bust Magazine, it doesn't take as long to load, but it flashes 3 different images continuously. The flashing ads may not bother anyone else, though, and may just be a personal preference quirky thing that only bothers a few of us. (A little sparkle ~like my avatar ruby reds~ is tolerable, but I actually have to hold up a piece of paper to cover it because I can't take it...I'd make an awful gamer!)

The flashing of those particular ads is located in such a place that every single time the page refreshes, which it does even for something as simple as clicking to view the next image, starts everything all over again, which means waiting for the page to load yet again. It makes for a very long process to post numerous photos (unless I'm doing it incorrectly?). The Google ads thus far are great, no flashing, just text and that's my preference. Wink

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12  Re: Completely Random Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by dawt on: August 14, 2008 03:37:52 PM
Hookay, guess I'll go ahead and post what I sent to my partner, Damara (she has computer issues, so hopefully this is okay with her). Although I didn't get a shot of everything I sent, there's still a ton of pics here, hope you don't mind.

Everything all wrapped up in purple (her favorite color) cloth Crown Royal bags:

Crocheted dish rags, Halloween-type stuff (she likes this holiday), cookie cutters (she likes to bake with her daughter) and pirate-y skull pens. I rolled up the dish rags & put them in one of the apron pockets, the cookie cutters were tucked inside the other one:

She likes to garden so I included a few related items. The heart tin is filled with pearly-spikey bead thingies (not sure if it made it into the package). The candle was pre-made, but I decorated it by inserting colored metal grommets into the sides and then painting it with melted wax to seal it:

Make-up was on her list as well, so I threw in a little pouch from a spa in Carmel (Calif.) and put some Avon samples in it:

Pink frilly pouch with a variety of things such as tape measure, crochet hook, vintage buttons:

Apron, vintage purse with pink skull, hand towels, crochet instructions (she wants to learn to crochet), I love purple embroidered bag, tie bookmark (she said she can never find one when she needs it), felted & resin magnets, framed pressed flower in resin. The tie book mark was something I came up with using cardboard inserts I saved from the boxes of Lipton Tea...it just happened to fit inside the smaller end of a tie. I cut the tie down to a more manageable size and re-tied it. It has an Italian food theme because she said she loves to eat at the Olive Garden:

Close-up of framed pressed flower (from my front yard) in resin:

A close-up of my feeble attempt at embroidery:

Close-up of vintage purse and my skull creation:

Close-up of hand towels for her pink and black Marylin Monroe bathroom; I weaved/sewed the ribbon at the ends and tied bows:

The ghost magnet was my second attempt at felting; the pressed flower from my front yard put into resin was one of my first attempts at resin, the pumpkin magnet was a result of my second go at it (it didn't turn out as planned but I sent it anyway:

Closer look at the apron; her kitchen is grape-themed so I made the apron with grapes on the front. The back is lined w/the same print as the pockets (green w/tiny black flowers), which have vintage buttons sewn on them. I'm quite proud of this because not only was I out of practice sewing, but it was made with NO pattern! I used a favorite apron of mine and one of my daughters walked me through it but didn't help with anything. It gave me confidence enough to join the apron swap I'm working on right now!

And no package is complete without a bunch of whimsies!

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13  Re: Completely Random Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by dawt on: August 10, 2008 09:53:34 PM
Okay, so I flubbed up and did a ditzy blonde sort of thing, apologies to my partner, Damara. She saw the photos I posted which prompted her to ask about a Wizard of Oz tin she sent me. I write back and ask what tin, and then it hits me, maybe I should double check the box cause it's flat and maybe I missed it. Yes indeedy I did! I went out to the recycle bin and there it was, all cold outside in that box just waiting for me to find it!

It's huge! 15-1/2" x 10-1/2"...how the hell did I miss THAT?!

Isn't it fabulous?! And I don't have that one! You don't know how difficult it is to buy anything Oz for me that I don't already have, so RIGHT-ON, RIGHT-ON, DAMARA!

Another mystery was solved when she asked me about the beaded items, the grouping with that wonderful ruby red slipper (which I just may have to turn into a pin because the beading is so intricate) and the other two pieces. It was hilarious, I didn't want to ask what they were for fear of hurting her feelings and she almost didn't mention them, but she put so much work into them. Turns out she beaded my user name 'dawt,' but I only found the D and the A. I tore through that tissue paper over and over again but to no avail, no W or T was found. When it's light outside I'll re-check the recycle bin and hope for the best.

Thank you for putting up with this air-head, Damara...I'm so embarrassed I can hardly stand it!

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14  Re: Completely Random Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by dawt on: August 09, 2008 12:17:31 AM
Me, too!  Cheesy

It's my turn to show off my partner's stuff!

It's obvious by my avatar that I love anything to do with "The Wizard of Oz" movie, and my partner ran with it, yay!

All the loot:

Some lovely red beadwork and a sparkly red slipper (one of my favorite things!):

Ozzy stickers, magnets, gift tags and scrapbooking fodder (made from stickers, great idea!):

A ruby red slipper candle...yet another clever idea!:

Note cards, which has got to be one the best things, ever! They're so very lovely:

A book mark (or as my daughter calls it, book thong); a strip of red ribbon with beading and sparkly stars, which will definitely get a workout. Also 2 magnets that hold photos, never seen anything like it, love 'em:

Here's a shot of the back to give you a better idea of how they're made along with a shot of me opening the tops to show where the photos are inserted (I really don't have fat fingers!):

A darling bundtcake-shaped soap, pocket memo pad, and my favorite pieces of all, a blue gingham bag with matching wallet and tissue holder, gah!

Front of bag:

Back of bag:

A close-up of the tissue holder and little wallet, which arrived filled with Oz stickers, yay!:

I was spoiled rotten by you Damara, thanks SO VERY MUCH! I can't wait to show all of my Ozzy goodness to my Everything Oz Club, they'll be so jealous! You rock, girlie, and I thank you for your thoughtfulness in making this so spot-on with my love of Oz!

(BTW, Damara asked me to post photos of what I sent to her as well, so I'll work on that and get them up as soon as I have time.)

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15  Resin: My first attempt in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by dawt on: July 23, 2008 06:42:47 PM
I've been admiring my daughter's resin pieces and all of the other resin work here on Craftster, so I finally took the plunge and gave it a go. Here is my first-time feeble attempt at resin:

I pressed a few of tiny flowers from my front yard a while back and used one of them. I glued the egg-shaped bauble to the clear photo cover that came with an itty-bitty frame. It's sort of difficult to see it, but anyway. A few pieces of glitter accidentally made their way into the resin, so I had to throw on some more so it wouldn't look like so much of an accident. I like how the whole thing looks as though it's floating in air.

I didn't intentionally set out to make a pig, it just sort of evolved. I used a couple of googly eyes and a button. The ears are made from a cloth tab, I bought a box of 'em at Office Depot the other just because they were cheap, so glad I did. It's now a pin.

This was difficult to capture, but it's a silver chain. I glued it onto a metal backing with a hole for a necklace.

A few more I haven't done anything with yet:

The funny thing about these is that they were actually a failure of sorts. I picked up a few sugar and butter molds at the thrift shop for a song and thought I'd see what would happen. They turned out okay, but they wouldn't come out of the mold. Sooooooo, I just cut around those suckers, sanded the edges and wha-la! If I didn't know there was clear plastic over them I wouldn't be able to tell.

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16  Re: Jar of Mini Whimsies Round 2 Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by dawt on: July 22, 2008 12:06:55 AM
Thought I'd post some additional photos of the jar I sent jaberella while I'm at it. I didn't take any close-ups because I didn't want to dump the jar, I'd been filling it for so long things were pretty much settled and I didn't want to kick up the dust.

Here's the front and back, it was about 13-inches tall. The red star is made of metal:

Close-up of label (I couldn't resist!). I purposely left the ingredients showing cause I thought it was good for a chuckle. I don't know about you, but I think whimsies ARE high in fiber and they DO lower cholesterol levels! *giggle*

If you look closely you can see a tatting shuttle cause she said she tats, vintage buttons, iron-on star (she likes stars), needles:

More vintage buttons scattered about, poker chips (just for fun), and the prettiest vintage leaves and blue flowers on earth!

Fun, fun, fun, fun swap!

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17  Re: Jar of Mini Whimsies Round 2 Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by dawt on: July 21, 2008 11:49:14 PM
So much whimsy I'm almost on overload! Great stuff, you guys, your partners did you proud! Speaking of which, my jar of whimsies from jaberella was fabulous, dalink!

Here's the box:

The card...I about peed when I saw the ruby red slippers card! (Oz just does it for me!)

The jar with a sweet crafted lid...yes, that's a little palm-sized bone folder you see, adorable!

Other side of jar, a packet of seeds from a Renoir showing!:

The long-shot of my whimsical stash:

My name! And just look at those 4 tiny puppies, they were anxious to play with all the beads and buttons:

Left side of pile of goodness; plant moisture checker thingie (it's already checking a plant), crocheted butterfly key chain, bits & baubles, sea shells (love those!), Christmas tree stamp, an old Venetian Mints tin (YES!), flower knob, tongue tats, bell, copper wire (so handy), thimble, gorgeous teal ribbon (I'll have to pair it with black so I can make something to show my San Jose Sharks team spirit!):

Right side; a very pretty glass bead that looks like a vase, paper folding, faith (ya got-ta have faith-a-faith-a-faith! or, ya gotta have FAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIITH! depending on which version you listen to...snicker), lip gloss that sparkles, of course, a yellow/gold headband, bag closer thingie, miniature tape and whimsical felted flowers (GAH!), one of which will soon become a pin that I will wear with so much pleasure I won't be able to stop smiling!:

One last look:

Thanks again, jaberella, I would have never guessed this was your first swap, you did a GRRRREAT job and I'm so pleased with all of my new whimsies! And thank you, Mamaphunk, for hosting this exceptionally fun swap!

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18  Re: Jar of Mini Whimsies Round 2 Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by dawt on: July 13, 2008 09:46:09 PM
My partner and I (jaberella) are mailing our whimsy jars tomorrow, woo-hoo! I can't wait to sit down and go through all my whimsies. I hope jaberella likes stuff cause that's what I sent, stuff, stuff and more stuff! (Hmm...sounds like another swap I'm working on, I must be obsessed with STUFF!)

Just a little teaser to get you excited, Jenn!
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19  Re: Tutorial...kind of...for making resin pendants with butterflies inside... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by dawt on: July 01, 2008 02:34:04 PM
I haven't tried my hand at it yet, but here's a photo of TitancIA's (my daughter) first attempt at resin. All of her forms turned out, some better than others but all successful. Personally, I'm THRILLED with my new Oz necklaces. She used confetti pieces of the cowardly lion, scarecrow, Dorothy and Toto (wearing it right now) with a little glitter and they worked great!

The purpose of the photo (besides it being a bit of bragging on my part) is so you can see how the chain is attached. She drilled a hole at the top with the drill from Michael's, then CloverGrace (my other daughter) did the wire-work for the chain because Titancia said she doesn't do as good a job as her sister with that sort of thing.

SunflowerSmiles: I recommend you get a dremel because you can do a bunch of neat stuff with it, very handy!

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20  Re: I Love BUTTONS Gallery in The Swap Gallery by dawt on: June 28, 2008 11:03:43 AM
Now that my partner and I have both received, I thought I'd share a photo of the stash I took before sending. I posted a link to the photos, but I was told it's more fun if I post the actual photos. But I don't want to take up unnecessary bandwidth so I'll just post a shot of the whole deal with a link to the close-ups.

All ready for shipping:

Link to my Flickr page: http://flickr.com/photos/iamdawt/sets/72157605437403759/

Our favorite out of the whole deal is the vintage teal tray, been keepin' my eye out for more of the same since discovering that one. I found a cream-colored one just like it at the same thrift store, but it's all cracked and crummy-lookin', not even salvageable. (pout) Patience, my dear, another will come to thee...  Grin

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