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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Un-Paper Towels! on: March 21, 2018 11:24:18 AM
 I have been sick for a little while and wanted to do a more simple project to ease me back into sewing. My friend Bunny1Kenobi assured me sewing was like riding a bike. That made me think it would make me feel old, fat, and probably hurt more than I remembered.  Roll Eyes  So I decided to make some un-paper towels. They seemed simple enough and I am crazy for a useful crafting project.
 I made two sets. I plan on having these available in the Fall 2018 STS. I missed the Spring swap by only a few days due to surgery so I'm determined not to miss the next one!
 The tops of these are made with flannel which I thought would be more absorbent than plain cotton fabric. The backs are terry cloth. I purchased and cut it instead of buying wash clothes. The snap together with Kam snaps.
 I also saw on-line that people were making little scrubbies in the same way to take the place of sponges. You can just throw them in the dishwasher or washing machine as well.

 The first set I chose a tie dye top fabric so stains wouldn't be as obvious. I love the fun vibrant colors. This one has 6 up-paper towels and 3 scrubbies.

 The second set I did I made in paw prints. If it doesn't "sell" in the swap I will give these to my sister for Christmas. This set has 7 towels and 3 scrubbies. I was a little better at cutting out the squares this time around so I got an extra towel out of the yardage.

 Now I need to make myself a set. Cheesy  
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crystal Necklaces on: March 21, 2018 11:09:05 AM
 I saw necklaces like these on Etsy and loved them. They were about $30 each though and I am cheap by nature. Tongue  I decided to figure out a way to make them myself.

My first set turned out really pretty but when I glued the bases to the globe they fogged up inside. I ended up finding some glue that worked and didn't fog them up but then I had to hold them closed forever to seal them. Still, I think they turned out cute and I am happy with them.
 I made them in three different colors; pink, purple, and green crystals. I need to find more items that will fit in these globes. They have a straight spot at the bottom where the globe attaches so you have to raise whatever you put inside up a tad to avoid a weird distortion and so it can be seem clearly. I also added little crystal charms to the tops for some flare.

 Thanks for checking them out!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Necklace Swap 2017 GALLERY (Sendouts Aug. 14) on: August 08, 2017 09:59:13 AM
Swap name: Necklace Swap 2017
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: gozer
Sign-up date range: July 6 - July 21
Date to send item by: August 14

Post your goodies here!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Two Attempts at Carl. Two Fails. on: August 04, 2017 07:58:31 AM

 Have you ever had that moment when you are drawing or crafting along and then all of a sudden think all your talent is gone? It's like when you are following a pattern and then all of a sudden you have NO idea what they just did (I sew a lot and this happens to me all the time). Well, Carl did that to me with ATCs. I decided to render him in Copic Markers like I normally do and for some reason everything was going wrong with it.
 I decided to put that aside and work it out in pencil. Still it was wrong but in another way.  Tongue  In the end I sent both cards and let it up to the person I claimed to decide which to keep. The left is the Copic, right is pencil. The top picture is before I cut them down to ATC size.

 I will attempt him again when I think I can handle the disappointment.  Tongue
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / July ATCs for the Swap + a remake on: August 04, 2017 07:41:00 AM

These are the cards I did for the July Swap. I did more cards in June but looking back, I wasn't very pleased with them so I decided to claim less and work harder.  Wink
 Here is what my efforts came up with.
 My first attempt was this guy. He is inspired by Ronan from the Raven Boys but I know Ronan has less hair. I wasn't exactly sure how to do that. I am not very good at drawing guys so I decided to work on that more.

 Then I did Luke Skywalker from Star Wars. I know everyone's favorite was/is Han but as a kid I was all about Luke. This was my first time adding color pencil on top of the Copic Markers to add detail and I really enjoyed the effects. I went back and added it to the card above with less than stellar results. I am still learning.  Embarrassed

 I was house sitting for my parents while I was working on this and got some help from her kitten Ernie.  Kiss

 Next up is my little lady Yeti Pegleg. She has an injured eye from her kittenhood before I adopted her. She is also missing a back foot. She is quite the scrapper though and nothing slows this pirate down!

 I decided to go for something even more challenging and tried to attempt water. I had a bit of a time figuring out how to do the sand and not have it blend in with the flesh and then it hit me, stipple it! I really liked the outcome. Then I put a layer of pale, pale blue over everything that would be underwater and added the white gel pen. I was pleased with the feel of this card.

 Lastly, one was lost in the mail. I whipped up this replacement and think it's better than the first. The theme was girl with Antlers. Actually, the first one is the lost card and the second one is the remake just for comparisons. The second one looks like Tyra Banks to me. LOL!
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Necklace Swap 2017 (Signups thru July 21; Sendouts Aug. 14) on: July 06, 2017 10:48:32 AM
Swap name: Necklace Swap 2017
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: gozer
Sign-up date range: July 6 - July 21
Date to send item by: August 14


 I recently started trying to dress a little better for work and found that I could use more necklaces in my life. Most of the ones I am currently wearing are from Craftsters swaps so I figured I would turn here since I have gotten such great necklaces in the past!

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):25
Restricted to people who all live in the same country?NO
All ages allowed? must be over 18

This next part is for me and the Mods...
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/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO

Details of swap:
 This swap will be a multipartner swap with each person getting two partners. Depending on the number of participants you may not be sending to who you are crafting for. You will send one necklace to each of your partners. If we get enough participants I will open it up to have multiple groups.
 All necklace types are welcome. It's strongly recommended you have a Pinterest for this swap but it's not required.


Name of swap: Necklace Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country in correct shipping format:
Are you willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)
Confirm that you will provide a Delivery Confirmation number if mailing within the US, or keep your postal receipt for non-US packages. (YES/NO)

If we get enough swappers would you like multiple groups? (Yes/No)
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Do you have any other things you wish to avoid (such as glitter or animal products)?
Describe your style in 3 words (funky, girly, steampunk, etc.):
Favorite colors and color combos?
Least favorite color or color combos?
Favorite patterns, themes, or designs:
Patterns, themes, or designs to avoid:
What necklace length would you like?

Do you have a pinterest and if so, link please?

Please add a few more details about yourself and your tastes to help your partner get an idea of who you are. The more information you give, the better she/he can craft for you.  
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / May ATCs for the swap on: June 06, 2017 08:35:37 AM
 Hello! Its been a long time since I participated in the on-going ATC swap for any length of time. I think I caught the bug again because I really enjoyed doing it in May and I've already claimed two for June. I'm having a blast creating tiny artworks and it's gotten me interested in drawing again.
 Here is what I made for May. Pretty sure they have all be received already.
 Why is it they always look better when they are at a dramatic angle? LOL

Mexican Loteria cards. I had so much fun with these. I could claim the whole set to make! I wanted the spider to be creepier but it just wouldn't go there. Maybe I'll try a hairy spider next?


Alex the ghost from BBC's Being Human. I miss that show. It was so campy good. I had fun trying to shade this one in blues.

 A thoughtful steampunk redhead. My marker bled a huge drop of dark gray on her at the last minute that I tried to fix. Hopefully it's not too noticeable (but now you can't stop staring at it, right?)

A sweet Pop Art treat.

A dark nightscape.

Grayscale with a Pop of Color.

and I made some future backs in both black and white.

 Thanks for checking them out. Hopefully I have a chance to make a bunch more for June.  Grin
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / DotD Couple on: May 30, 2017 09:10:34 AM
 Making dolls is something not normally in my routine. I am pretty much a purse sewer but I decided to try something different for a personal swap I was in recently. I was inspired by her Pinterest. She had some really cute DotD dolls on there. Admittedly, mine are not nearly as cute, but I tried to give her something unique and fun.
 I made up the pattern. It was a simple one. Then I proceeded to paint them with layers and layers of paint to give them an old time feel. There are some dark brown underlayers to give them an interesting look if they do get squeezed and cracked. They are 6" tall.
 Here is the happy couple.

 And the lady.

I included hidden Mickeys on her skirt. At least that is what those are supposed to be. I guess not so hidden. I gave her a half sleeve of skulls on one side.

I accidentally painted her undies over her tights.  Tongue  She dances to the beat of her own drum I guess. Sorry for teh up-skirt shot.

 And here is the dapper dude. I have to admit he was my favorite of the two. I really liked his spider nose.  Cheesy

Thanks for checking them out!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Necklace Swap on: May 19, 2017 07:12:44 AM

 Hey! I was getting ready for work this morning and I was looking over my necklaces and realized most of what I wear I got from my Craftster friends. I also realized I need more!  Grin
 I was hoping to start a swap for necklaces mid-June. Would anyone else be interested? I was hoping we could do this in a multi-partner format where we each get two or three partners and send one necklace to each. That way we get a wide variety. You can do beaded, pendants, whatever your style.
 Let me know and if there is interest I will start working on the questionnaire!  Cool
 Fingers crossed cas really want to do this!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ghastly Moth Snowdrop Satchel on: May 10, 2017 01:43:41 PM

 I hope MissingWillow doesn't mind that I snagged her pics, they were better than mine.  Tongue  I made this purse for her in the Common Grounds swap. We both loved this fabric. I had some in my stash, I actually had the gray hounds tooth too. I thought it paired well.
 The inside has a pocket but it's mainly a huge space to put whatever you could dream of. It seemed so huge after I finished it! LOL!

 The rest are my pics and I take full responsibilty for the dirty house. I was crafting.  Cheesy 
 It was only my second time using the vinyl fabric on a purse. There was a lot more on this than the last one. The first time I did the strap it tended to twist. And if it wasn't for the walking foot this would have never happened! Oh my! But it was a lot of fun to learn something new.
 The sides are held together with a pink tie. Same color as the interior.

 And it has cute little purse feet. My first time doing purse feet!! Or sewing with foam for that matter. Wink   This really was an experimental purse for me. I had to get glue for the vinyl and get the little clips to hold it. Very different. I was scared the glue was going to gunk up my machine but seemed to dry well.

 Thanks for checking it out!
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