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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My first 4 ATCs on: March 27, 2009 09:13:16 PM
I made these for swaps last year, but never posted them as individual projects, so I figured I would now! I wasn't sure whether to post them separately, but it seems most people post a bunch at once, so "when in Rome..."

These are the first three I did. I did them for the Tree Swap. They were done in order from left to right. I originally was going to do just one, but I didn't realize there were three different trees in the Lotteria deck! So three ATCs it was Wink

Then, this was for the Paper Scavenger Hunt Swap. We had a list of themes and had to send our partner something that fit that theme that was paper-crafting related. Generally supplies or something of that nature. We had to include (at least) one crafted item as well. I made this ATC as my crafted item for the "Found" theme.

(A blurry) close up of the magnifying glass:

I realize they aren't the greatest ATCs ever, but I thought I'd post them because this is a new thing for me that I'm really excited about and I'd like feedback/comments/etc. so I can improve as I make more.


2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Painted Christmas Tree Ornaments (lots of pics!) on: March 27, 2009 08:55:54 PM
I usually don't post projects because most of what I've been making lately is for swaps, and are therefore posted there, but then I realized that not everyone reads the swap boards, so I'm posting some of my favorite items I've sent over the last year.

These are some glass ornaments I made for 2711 for the 12 Days of Christmas Swap. They are based off something from her wist. I am very happy with how they turned out.

(excuse the blurry picture, better ones are below)

Basically, I took plain, clear glass ornaments and painted the various "characters" on to them. Then, once they were dry, I put tiny white pompoms and iridescent glitter in each ornament. The pompoms weren't the best idea - next time I need to find Styrofoam balls, because the pompoms all stuck together.

But it still gave the right "effect" so I let it go.

Then I glued little rhinestones on the ornaments for snowflakes and, for Rudolph, the nose.

I made two Santas,

two snowmen,

and two Rudolphs

And here they are all ready to go!

I wrapped them in a TON of bubblewrap and they made it to the UK unbroken! BONUS! Cheesy
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Twirly Skirt on: March 27, 2009 08:43:08 PM
I usually don't post projects because most of what I've been making lately is for swaps, and are therefore posted there, but then I realized that not everyone reads the swap boards, so I'm posting some of my favorite items I've sent over the last year.

This is pretty straight-forward. It's a patchwork circle twirly skirt based on vegebee's pattern. I made this for 2711 for the 12 Days of Christmas Swap. I used a different fabric for every square. I don't remember how many fabrics that took, but I think it was over 200. Luckily my bestest friend (jenicat) and I share our fabric stashes Wink 2711 wanted a skirt that was "random fabrics" rather than stripes of colors like a lot of the rainbow ones are, and I think this is pretty random Cheesy

I finished the bottom with a serger because there was NO WAY IN HELL I was going to hem all that!! (Under normal circumstances I might have - although probably not - but as I had to make 78 items for that swap, hemming was out of the question Grin) I made a waistband out of a single piece of fabric (rather than doing a rolled waistband) and used a 1/3 elastic and 2/3 drawstring combo. As I was making it for someone else, I wanted there to be some flexibility in case I made it too big or too small - this way there's plenty of room for adjustability. (spell check doesn't seem to think that's a word - spell check might be right, but I like it!)

I don't have any other photos unfortunately, but I am pretty sure 2711 posted some in the 12 Days 2008 gallery. I also don't have any action shots because it didn't fit me Sad

I want to make myself one, but it's a lot easier for me to put the time and effort into one of these for someone else than for myself. That seems sort of crazy, doesn't it?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rockin'est Kitchen EVER Potholders and Oven Mitts! on: March 27, 2009 08:30:09 PM
I usually don't post projects because most of what I've been making lately is for swaps, and are therefore posted there, but then I realized that not everyone reads the swap boards, so I'm posting some of my favorite items I've sent over the last year.

This is a set of oven mitts and pot holders I made for 2711 for the 12 Days of Christmas Swap. I used the heat-proof batting in both so they can withstand the heat of hot pans and pots. I machine quilted the pink fabric for the oven mitts and then sewed them on the machine and added the bias tape to the bottom. I'm not 100% happy with them because I made them a little too small originally (I couldn't get my hand through the narrow wrist part) so I had to add the blue fabric (because I was out of the pink! *$#%!). I think they turned out looking alright, but the blue part isn't lined with the batting, so that's a bit disappointing.

The pot holders, on the other hand, I LOVE. This is a "quilt-as-you-go" method that mimiw taught jenicat who in turn taught me. It was SO much fun. The back is all one of the pink fabrics. Each piece is quilted in place and several are top-stitched as well. I wish I had taken a photo of the back to show. I made my aunt placemats for Christmas using the same technique which I will post later.

I wanted to avoid cottage-style or "country kitchen" style fabrics so I went with a pink, turquoise and black with skulls theme. (Can't get much less "country kitchen" than that! Wink)

I wish I had more pictures, but I didn't think to take more as I wasn't planning on posting them at that time. Hope you like them! Grin
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pac Man Blanket (Several Pics) on: March 27, 2009 08:19:57 PM
I usually don't post projects because most of what I've been making lately is for swaps, and are therefore posted there, but then I realized that not everyone reads the swap boards, so I'm posting some of my favorite items I've sent over the last year.

First up is the fleece Pac Man blanket I made for 2711 for the 12 Days of Christmas Swap. The blanket itself is black fleece, the blue "walls" and the Pac Man and ghosts are fleece as well. They were machine sewed onto the black fleece. As Fleece is reversible and doesn't fray, I didn't put a back on it, just sewed very carefully and neatly Wink For the edges I cut fringe from the black fabric (actually, Jenicat helped me by cutting the fringe as I was trying to finish literally about 30 projects at once). The yellow dots and the red super dots (don't know the technical Pac Man lingo) are fabric paint - I decided that would be faster and a hell of a lot easier than trying to cut hundreds of tiny yellow dots out of fleece - not to mention trying to sew them all on straight. I actually like the dots better this way than I think they would have turned out had I tried to sew them all on, so my semi-laziness paid off Wink I also fabric glued googly eyes onto the ghosts. The most challenging thing was getting the blue walls just so. I wouldn't have been happy if it wasn't pretty close to exactly what the board in my picture looked like, so I spent a LONG time cutting out the little shapes and trying to get them all to fit together just right.

Anyway, enough of me rambling, on to PICTURES! Grin

The whole blanket:

A slightly different angle:

Close up of Pac Man, Pinky, and Blinky:

Close up of Inky:

Close up of Clyde (who became Sue in Ms. Pac Man - who knew sex-change operations on video game characters were possible in the 80s?!? Wink):

And for fun, the pillowcase I made to go with:

Yay! Hope you like it! Grin
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Broken Serger Spindle on: December 08, 2008 08:08:38 PM
I got a serger about 5 years ago, used it a few times, and then stopped sewing for a while. I pulled it out tonight to work on something for a swap, and it seems that one of the spindles that hold the spools of thread on has snapped off. It is the second spindle from the left. Does anyone know if this is something that can be replaced or fixed? I am pretty sure I can't sew without it.

It is also really dirty (it was in the basement in the last house we lived in, and the basement flooded, so I think that it was accidentally broken by the people our landlord hired to move all our stuff out of the basement into the garage, and it probably got dirty being stored in the garage). I am going to either have to do a good cleaning or take it in to have it cleaned, so I could ask about it if I take it in, but if it can't be fixed I am not going to waste my money on getting it cleaned. If it can be fixed and it is something I can do myself I don't want to get snookered into paying for someone else to do it.


FH says if it can't be fixed we will replace it, which is really sweet, but I don't want to do that if it's not necessary.
7  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Kawaii Food Lovers Swap - Angel FOUND! on: December 06, 2008 02:51:52 PM
Swap Name: Kawaii Food Lovers Swap
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=258454.0
Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265372.0
# of Flakers: one

We need an angel for gigagiggles for this swap. Her partner supposedly sent, but the package was sent internationally, and so we have no proof that it was really sent, it never arrived, and her partner is incommunicado.

Important! Before PMing me, be aware that you will probably be shipping internationally. If you are not willing to ship to Singapore, do not PM me saying you are interested!

Because of the problem we had with the first package, I will ask that the angel please send me either a customs number or a picture of the receipt to prove that the package was actually shipped.

Likes: fruits
Dislikes: brown, eggplant, lady's finger

This was gigagiggles' first swap, so I would really like to turn it around and make it a somewhat-good experience for her Cheesy

Please PM me if you are interested and I will forward you more info.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / At what point can an Organizer give him/herself feedback? on: August 14, 2008 11:51:40 AM
Hey! does anyone know at what point the ORGANIZER of the swap gives herself feedback? is it when her partner receives and posts pics like everyone else, or when everyone has received or when the swap is done? it just seems like if the organizer needs to wait for everyone to receive (including angels for flakers) to get feedback for herself no one would want to organize.

I can't find an "official" answer about this anywhere. Sad
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first attempt at crochet - ZOMBIE! (4 pics) on: July 02, 2008 10:13:32 PM
So I decided to learn to crochet after jenicat made me awesome things for the IYP swap. And this was the first thing I made! The pattern is from the Creepy Cute Crochet book, I modified it VERY slightly (made the eyelets into bulletholes because they didn't seem to serve a purpose in the original pattern...). I made it thinking about sending it to a swap partner when the FH saw it and fell in love with it (he said "wow, that swap partner is pretty lucky!") So of course I had to give it to him (Don't worry, swap partner is getting other goodies instead Wink)

So without further ado... Zombie!

In my hand (he's little):

profile shot:

and somewhat more close up, (and somewhat more blurry) but you can see some of the detail near the bullet holes - I tried to add "blood splatter" (I was watching Forensic Files shortly before making this Cheesy)

I put those big glass aquarium stones in the bottom 1/3 of his body to stabilize him because his head is supposed to sit forward (he IS a zombie, after all) but this makes him unstable. The glass stones were what I had around the house rather than going out to buy poly pellets, but they actually worked REALLY well.

Let me know what you think! Cheesy
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Ideas for how to make "Save the Date" magnets? on: February 11, 2008 12:25:54 PM
I want to make Save the Date magnets (I figure I can make them for much cheaper than the websites want to sell them for - HA!) but I'm looking for ideas. I know the general idea of getting sheets of magnet and attaching paper to them, but any tips on making them? like, keeping the corners stuck/paper from peeling up, making them more durable, etc.? Or... if anyone has another creative idea (preferably one that would be easy to mail). THANKS! Smiley (oh, and we don't have a date to save yet, so time/difficulty is not an issue)
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