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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rainbowl! Rainbow Coiled Bowl and Coasters on: May 28, 2009 06:11:12 PM
So, I like rainbows.  A lot.  And recently, I co-organized the 3rd round of the Rainbow Swap.  As a co-organizer, I got to help pick partners, and decided that I wanted to be paired with my best friend and sister-in-law-to-be, mcbenno.  That's cool, because we rarely craft for each other.

Since she had my previous coiled bowls on her wist, I decided to make her one in a more obvious rainbow color scheme.  There are also rainbow coasters at the bottom of this post, so don't miss those!  Cheesy

This is definitely the biggest bowl I've ever made, and it's pretty large.  It's around a foot wide at the mouth, and I shaped the edges differently than I have done in the past.

Anyway, pictures!  I call it... the RAINBOWL.

In the center you can see how I actually wrapped the fabrics in rainbow order, but around the edges it gets a little lost and the colors start to build in complementary order (red with green, orange with blue, purple with yellow).  

Outside of bowl:

Close-up of bowl:

I used rainbow variegated thread to sew it, and I think I only repeated fabrics once or twice in the entire thing.  I didn't measure how many yards it took this time, but it was a lot.  I started with a 50 yard spool of cord, and I used well over half of it.

ALRIGHT!  I also made these rainbow coasters with the same technique, and they make me happy so I thought I'd share.  We had talked in the previous thread about how this technique could be used to make coasters or placemats, so I thought I'd try it out.

It works!

A set of six - it kind of bugs me that the red is a little bigger than the others, but it's not that noticeable.  For these, I used threads the same color as the fabrics in each coaster.

And close-ups of the first and second half:

Anyway, I hope they brighten your day!  I had lots of fun making them!  Smiley
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Rainbow Swap Round 3 Super Happy Gallery! on: April 29, 2009 12:13:26 PM
Here is where we'll post all of our awesome rainbow goodies!  Smiley

This was our original thread.

Color coding:

red = no communication/contact your organizers immediately
orange = sending late with communication
yellow is just here because it looks pretty
lime green = sent
blue = received
purple = sent and received

strikethrough = feedback given


hippiejo74 <-> isabelchun
Jenicat <-> mcbenno  
Lethargic <-> Ma Rut
nataluna <-> moxiepurple
aimeerox <-> astormorray
ifallthraindrops <-> monsterrawr ** angel: hippiejo74

Profile links:

Ma Rut
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Another coiled bowl! on: April 14, 2009 07:28:02 AM
I made these bowls for a swap awhile back: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292234.0

I'm currently organizing the Tree Swap R2.  My partner for that swap, CamOovas, had the bowls on her wist.  So I decided to make her one, but had to figure out how to make it tree-themed. 

Well, I really like brown and green together, so I thought that was tree-themed enough.  I picked several sort of olive-y green fabrics and decided to do the bottom brown and the sides green. 

Here's what I came up with:

And here's a close-up of part of the bowl:

This one was a lot of fun to make, just like the last ones!

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Tree Swap Round 2 Gallery on: March 13, 2009 02:20:16 PM
Here's our gallery!  Cheesy

Our original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292207.0

Color coding:

blue = sent
orange = received
purple = sent and received

lime green = sending late with communication
red = no communication/contact your organizer immediately

strikethrough = feedback given

Jenicat's group: aka Team Oak

Jenicat -- hippiejo74
Jenicat -- CamOovas
LunaKitten -- ifallthraindrops
zcrafter -- efirechild
imafundork -- lafemmefatale
crafty gurll -- gamemom42
iheartzb -- Windoverireland
robotarsonist -- twistedbeader
tinkrbella2005 -- FiberDogs
phoenixfiredesigns -- TheSapphireMoon
VeniceIsSinking -- andwedanced
melmakespretty -- Nobodyhasthisoneyet

digital misfit's group:

digital misfit -- beadedbyamy  ** angel: little green dragonfly
battenberg -- Lunastara
little green dragonfly -- echo_brook
geek_goddess -- crescentfresh
olivegreenspring -- odd_artist
xXescapethefateXx -- cumber1137
savvysister -- onegroovyday
dharma_rebel -- javamama
stringofpearls -- flyraeven ** angel: Windoverireland (and LunaKitten too!)
Kayster -- korok
pinokeeo -- cyndy225
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Rainbow Swap Round 3 on: February 21, 2009 10:44:18 AM

I'd love a little happy color in my life right now, and I bet many of you would as well.

So I'm proposing that we open up round 3 of the rainbow swap.  It doesn't have to be in February, but I'd like to get the ball rolling to see what interest there may be.  I'm willing to organize... Ma Rut organized last time and she did a great job!

Here's the link to the Round 2 gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262950.0

And the Round 1 gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=193553.0

Taken from last round's discussion thread:

This swap is for all things RAINBOW! Crafted items can depict the traditional rainbow, or simply include a spectrum of colors. The rainbow lends itself to many themes and its imagery can be applied to virtually any item.

I searched for this, but search is down right now (so I used google) - I didn't see a current thread. 

The possibilities for this are really endless, and I'd love to get my rainbow craft on.  Anyone else with me?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Coiled Fabric Bowls! (tons of photos) on: February 14, 2009 11:43:23 AM
I made these fabric bowls using a tutorial I found here: CraftStylish tutorial!

I found it incredibly easy and fun to follow.  Time consuming, but fun.  Cheesy

I made both of these bowls for superhooker for the Old Fashioned Random Swap.  I made two different sizes, and different colors.  Wow, typing these intros to posts is sure painful!  Smiley  Also excuse the photography... unfortunately my house is situated under a bunch of trees, which isn't great for photo lighting.  I did my best!

Anyway, here are some finished pics:


Inside of green bowl

Outside of green bowl

Inside of rainbow bowl

Outside of rainbow bowl

Close-up of my favorite part of the rainbow bowl Cheesy


And just for kicks, this:

Became this:

which was only part of the BOTTOM of the bowl...


I used 10 yards of cord for the green bowl.  I used about 75-80 feet (~25 yards) of 1/2-3/4" strips of fabric sewn end-to-end.  I used green thread.  Yay green!

For the rainbow bowl, I used 18 yards of cord for the rainbow bowl, and about 140 feet (~45 yards) of fabric strips sewn end-to-end.  I used rainbow variegated thread for this bowl.

The best part is that I did not buy any fabric for these bowls.  I have TONS of scraps, and the shortest piece I used was probably 2 - 3 inches long by 1/2" wide.

Longest piece was a selvage-to-selvage piece of fabric in the green bowl, so 44 inches long.  It ended up being barely 20 inches on the finished piece after coiling.  Smiley

Edit to add from a later post of mine:

I used a 100% cotton cord from JoAnn fabrics.  I found it in the window treatment section... I think it's used for Roman shades and the like, but I thought it would work well for this because it's nicely round instead of braided.  It's 6/32" thick.  29 cents per yard.  Dirt cheap.  Grin
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Tree Swap Round 2! FINISHED! on: February 14, 2009 08:29:18 AM
We have a gallery!

Swap name: Tree Swap Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Jenicat
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap: digital misfit
Sign-up date range:  Saturday, February 14 - Saturday, February 28 at 8pm EST
Date to send item by:  Wednesday, April 8

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

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

Age requirement? 16+

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
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES

To be fair to other swappers, I reserve the right to deny entry to this swap for any of the following reasons:

- excessive late sending in past swaps
- poor communication in past swaps
- failure to meet size requirements in past swaps

Details of swap:

Elm, oak, willow, orange do you obsess over trees?

If you love trees or have always been drawn to them, this is the perfect swap for you.  Trees have been an intrinsic part of many cultures, from the giving of an olive branch in ancient Greece to the symbolism of the tree of life.  Anything goes in this swap as long as it is tree-inspired.

Take inspiration from their branches, leaves, colors, fond childhood memories of climbing them whatever.  We all know we love them, now lets craft in their name.

Here's a link to the original thread for Round 1: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271248

And here's a link to our fabulous R1 gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=273888.0

You may notice that I've pared down the questionnaire significantly!  I've still left what I consider to be the most essential questions.

And see the peaceful trees extend
their myriad leaves in leisured dance
they bear the weight of sky and cloud
upon the fountain of their veins.

- Kathleen Raine, Envoi

Specifics and rules:

You must craft FIVE points worth of items for this swap.  According to the swap guidelines here on Craftster:

LARGE item = 3 points
MEDIUM item = 2 points
SMALL item = 1 point

This means you have options!  You can craft 1 large and 1 medium, or 1 large and 2 smalls, or 1 medium and 3 smalls.  No more than 3 of your 5 points may be small items. 

I have given five weeks of crafting time.  The point requirement should be doable for everyone, as it equates to one point of crafting per week.  That is one small item, or fewer than two hours of crafting time, per week. 

If you and your partner agree to craft more than the required number of points, that is fine.  Just make sure it is agreed upon between the two of you!  It is always a fantastic idea to have good communication with your partner!

Likewise, you MUST have good communication in this swap.  5 weeks of crafting time is a lot of time for swappers to get "lost."  PLEASE remember to post in the thread or message your organizer roughly once a week.  If you do not show good communication, it will be noted in your feedback.   

This swap, like most swaps on Craftster, requires a Delivery Confirmation number if you and your partner both live in the U.S.  If that is not the case, please retain your receipt so you can prove that you shipped, should your package go missing.  If you and your partner both live in the U.S., you must PM the delivery confirmation number to both your partner and your organizer once you ship.

And you are more than welcome to ship early if you've finished early! 

You will be given feedback once your partner receives and lets your organizer know, however this does not absolve you of your duty to post photos after YOU receive from your partner.
Once feedback is given it is possible (and easy) for your organizer to change it, so do not think that you're in the clear from being given negative comments just because you've sent - we will do so if necessary!

Partners will be assigned and posted the afternoon of Monday, March 2.  I will post them in the second post of this thread and then PM everyone with their questionnaire and their partner's questionnaire.  Since we have a co-organizer (the always lovely digital misfit), I will post partners in groups assigned by organizer.  You will contact your organizer with all questions and your organizer will be the one giving you feedback.  Your organizer will also receive the questionnaires of all of her group members.

Now that we've gone over all the rules... Cheesy


Name of swap: Tree Swap Round 2
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?
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old (yes/no):

What are your favorite types of trees?

Favorite colors:

Items you would like to receive:

Anything you would not like the receive:

Crafts that you can do:

Do you have any allergies?

Do you have any allergens in your home (pets, smoke, etc.)?

Do you promise to take pictures and post them in the gallery within a timely manner?

Do you promise to publicly thank your partner?

Anything else you would like your partner to know?


I won't respond to your initial message unless there's a problem; rather you will see in the next post that you've been accepted!  Smiley

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and view other important details about participating in a swap!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Tree Swap Round 2 on: January 28, 2009 06:44:29 PM
Hiya, folks!  It's that time again, I think. 

I'd like to organize round 2 of the Tree Swap, which was a smashing success last time!

I am thinking we'll work with a February sign-up period (the 14th to the 28th or something) and a late March send-out.  I am more than willing to take suggestions for swap size (last time it was 5 points), so please share.

I would like to do sign-ups no earlier than mid-February so we have enough time to get the word out and because I can't start crafting until March (throwing a baby shower for a friend at the beginning of March, ACK!!).

Here's a link to the original thread for Round 1: Clicky Clicky

And here's a link to our fabulous R1 gallery: You don't want to miss this!

Peruse, let me know what you think. 

If you were in the tree swap last time, you were fabulous (except for the two flakers we had).  If you weren't, you are absolutely welcome to join us for the next round!  We had 36 people last time and that is a LOT of wonderful tree craftiness!

I look forward to seeing everyone's interest and getting some ideas rolling! 
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire Crochet Necklace in Blue and Silver on: January 20, 2009 01:19:19 PM
Hello!   Cheesy

This is a wire crochet necklace I made the other day while teaching a Wire Crochet class!

I used 28ga Artistic Wire in Non-Tarnish Silver, kyanite beads, two shades of freshwater pearls (silver and dark blue), Swarovski crystals in Dark Sapphire, sterling silver rondells, and some recycled African glass.

Nothing complicated - simple chains with beads added in, then braided them all together!

Here's a close-up of the beads:

Here's a close-up of the cones and clasp:

Please let me know what you think!  Smiley  Sorry for the photo quality, the sun is in the process of going down and I ran outside in the 25 degree weather to get a more decent pic than my fluorescent lights would have given inside.   Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My 2007 Valentine for Hubby: Boobs in a Bra - NWS on: December 23, 2008 01:44:16 PM

It was Valentine's Day 2007.  Two weeks prior, I had given birth to our daughter, so I thought my hubby needed a special valentine (TMI: after you give birth you can't be "active" for 6 weeks).  Every year I make him a valentine as a silly gesture, and this year it had to be something he wasn't expecting. 

So I decided to make him a Boob valentine.  Yes, breasts.  Boobies.  Some call it immature, but I call it love, baby.  Love.

Here's what I came up with:

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If you can't see what it says because of the terrible lighting and compression, it says "I think we're quite a pair!  ...get it?  I love you!"

I used vellum for the bra and hand-cut those scalloped edges and the "lace" on the bra with an X-acto knife.  I had just started venturing into paper crafts (not that I'm doing anything more than wading right now) and I had to work with what I had.


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The little bow has gotten squished with storage, but it was PERFECT, I tell you!  PERFECT!  Sorry, I was really all too proud of it, since I did tie it myself.   Cool

Here's a close-up of the shiny nipple... I put embossing powder on it so it would be more prominent.

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Anyway, I don't think it's anything amazing, but it occurred to me as I was reading the Valentine's "classroom" card exchange discussion thread that I hadn't ever shared it with anyone but hubby and a few close friends.  And I was pretty proud of it. 

I hope you enjoy!  Please laugh or tell me how childish I am at 26 years old to find it amusing, or tell me my bow-tying skills can never be matched.  Whatever you wish!

Edit:  he loved it, by the way!  Smiley
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