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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Curious George Swap? on: May 28, 2008 08:25:57 AM
Thanks to my lovely little daughter, I'm now fully in love with Curious George.  Would anyone else be interested in doing a swap based upon George and his silly antics?  I'm swamped until June, and would like to try my hand at organizing, so if anyone does take an interest in this, maybe we could be good little monkey's towards the July/August time frame. 

I was thinking a real easy swap, like one medium and 2 smalls. 

Any takers?

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Bracelet bender- steel bracelets on: May 09, 2008 08:45:52 AM

Has anyone used this?  Does it work?

I have a few ideas floating around in my head for some bracelets made from steel pieces, and well, I'm weak, so I need help bending them into shape!   Cheesy  I just don't know if it's worth it to buy the bender if there's a chance it won't work...  Undecided

Thanks in advance for any comments/suggestions!   Grin
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Neighbor just lost a pet- any ideas? on: April 22, 2008 08:22:46 PM
My neighbors cat, Oscar, had to be put down today  Cry  His kidneys started to fail on Friday, and the vet said it was due to toxins, but the cause of the toxins aren't clear at this point.  My neighbor thinks it's from Oscar munching on clumping litter, but really, who knows?

At any rate, we were all hopeful that a course of antibiotics and other meds would help kick start his kidneys, and that just didn't happen.  So, my neighbor just emailed me to tell me that they had to put Oscar down, and I know she's spent the whole day in tears, which is only going to make her Lyme flare up worse than what it already is....


I'd like to make something for them since I know that this is a difficult time, but I'm drawing an absolute blank.  I'm sure that their other pets are going to grieve as well, and I just don't know how they are all going to do for these first few days. 

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Silver Yoni Necklace and Earrings- MATURE CONTENT!! on: April 22, 2008 07:06:19 AM
If female anatomy offends you, or if you are in a place where this kind of thing is not allowed, please do not continue! 


I made these for the adult swap, and I'm quite proud of them!  I used Sculpy III and sculpted each one with dental tools!  LOL! 

Sorry that the picture is blurry.  My camera is getting old and just doesn't focus on close-up's very well anymore.  I am making more of these pendants, so hopefully I'll be able to get a better picture with my husband's camera!

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The new ones I'm making are also from Sculpy III, and those are being made (per special request) for my friends Passion Party!   Cheesy  I'm hoping that with more practice, they will look better than these ones!

Oh, and this is the second time I've used polymer clay, and I think I'm hooked!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Pattern confusion- stitches seem wonky on: April 13, 2008 09:01:21 AM
I am working on a project for a swap using a pattern that is online, and it's a pretty decent pattern to work with, aside from some minor problems...

Now, here's part of the pattern that is causing me some confusion, and please feel free to send me a virtual knock upside the head if I'm just reading this wrong (my math is in red):

Rnd 4: sc in next sc (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) 5 times, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc (24 sts) 28 sts
Rnd 5: sc in each sc around
Rnd 6: (sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around (30 sts)
Rnd 7: sc in each sc around
Rnd 8: sc in next 2 sc (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) 5 times, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc (36 sts) 44 sts

So, am I just looney?  I've never been a math genius, but the original pattern seems to be off...  Do I do it the way the pattern says to, or do it the way my math says?!?!

 Undecided Cheesy Undecided Cheesy

And a big thanks in advance! 
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / quick decreasing question- I think I'm a doofus on: April 10, 2008 02:17:36 PM
Ok, I'm working on a project that is worked in rounds.  I've been making awesome progress with it today until just now when I got to "sc 3 sts tog around"....  Is this just a longer way of saying "sc3tog" or is this totally different? 

 Huh Huh Huh

I'm still new at this, can't you tell?!?   Cheesy
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Shoji Screen- Frugal Stylie on: April 04, 2008 05:28:14 PM
I have wanted a shoji screen for about 10 years now.  But, cost usually deters me.  And now that I am a military wife, knowing that a screen could and most likely would be damaged in a move really has made me think twice about getting one. 

So, when I saw this challenge, I HAD to make my own screen! 

I used:

6 bamboo sticks
1 package of BBQ skewers
1 shower curtain
1 ball of sisal

$9 and some pocket change!

I used 4 supplies that I had on hand-
1 hot glue gun w/hot glue stick
1 about to be thrown away shower liner
1 roll of tape
1 Dremel Smiley

Here's how it all started out:

I found my inpiration piece:


But let's face it- $134.99 is a lot when you can make something yourself  Wink

I measured and cut my "screens" with the old shower liner to use as a template:

Then I drilled my holes in the bamboo so I could stick the skewers/support beams into, and I just hot glued the skewers into the holes:

Cut, folded, and taped the actual curtain for the screen to the support beams, and then used the sisal to tie the bamboo together to make joints for the screen:

Here's what it looked like once all those steps were completed:

Then I moved it into our bedroom so I could use it to block all of my husband's Warhammer 40K junk crap models from being the first thing I see upon waking up in the morning  Cheesy:

And then here it is flat against the wall so you can see one screen from top to bottom:

Now dimensions for those who wish to know:

Each screen is approx. 5ft tall and 2ft wide! 

Thanks Craftster for giving me the opportunity to stretch my creative noodle, and make something I've totally wanted for years!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Why you don't craft during thunderstorms on: March 15, 2008 07:39:28 PM
I cut the tip of one of my fingers off this afternoon- yup.  I'm reeeeeaaaaaaaal smart to be using a brand new exacto during a horrible thunderstorm.   Roll Eyes  DOH! 

Word to the wise- take it from someone who learned the hard way (teehee), DON'T USE SHARP OBJECTS WHEN THUNDER SOUNDS LIKE IT'S ABOUT THE RIP YOUR ROOF OFF!!!!!!!

And I'm done.

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beautiful Chaos Pendant on: March 02, 2008 08:39:54 PM
Ok, so I just made this pendant about 10 minutes ago.  I started with a wire crochet base, and then quickly got tired of that, so I just grabbed some beads, placed them randomly and used the rest of my wire to do random, chaotic wraps around the crocheted part.   The picture isn't that great (my apologies) but I will try to get a better one once morning comes, and I can take advantage of natural light!

10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / amigurumi question- time to make one... on: February 27, 2008 07:37:49 PM
Ok, so I'm a newbie at crochet.  Infact, I've been crocheting for, umm, a week and a half, and I've begun an amigurumi project, and it's taking FOREVER!   Shocked  I thought it would be fairly simple since it's a pattern for beginners...

Am I just lame, or do these types of things really take up a lot of time?

Thanks in advance!   Grin
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