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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery and Discussion Round 145 (January 2018) on: January 18, 2018 10:16:22 PM
I added something new to my list, too: As of yesterday I have two Hermione Grangers living at my house who of course both want a school uniform, and would be very, very happy about two kid sized Gryffindor ties and maybe even patches with the Gryffindor crest! Also cloaks, but I'm trying to argue that those would be too warm to be worn at a party with a hundred kids at a daycare center, so that's not quite as urgent...
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery and Discussion Round 145 (January 2018) on: January 18, 2018 07:44:09 AM
added several more items to my list, hope it helps.

Yes, it did. Gotcha!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 145 (January 2018) on: January 18, 2018 07:21:21 AM
I claim Grab a coffee for something Pinterest inspired (due out February 1)

3/2/0
This is my second claim this round.

Hi, my name is Anne. I live in Bremen (in Germany!) with my husband Uwe and two little ones: Lea (6) and Hanna (4). I don't like cigarette/cigar smoke, but have no severe allergies to speak of (just some artificial scents, cats and dogs, but that doesn't matter for anything but wearables, and those are washable!). Our house is smoke- and pet-free (except for a few dust bunnies and maybe the odd spider).

My favourite colours are black (esp. for wearables), then dark teal, deep purple and dark brown (love the cool and soft shades), cream & taupe (sand, milk, stone, wool... think nature) and sometimes pink for accents with black, cream, taupe or brown. Always, always, always black will be a perfect choice! I like plain fabrics, or (stylized) patterns like leaves and blossoms; irregular polka dots... Repurposed and/or used is always fine. I prefer cotton or other natural fibers over acrylics. Also I'm happy to receive mixed or supply only-claims!

I've set up a board on Pinterest for this swap, links to (almost) all handmade items (or at least pictures) from my list should be here: my Craftster Pinterest wishlist. Big wishes right now are there, but I have lots of things I want on other Pinterest boards, so if you find something there... Especially here Jewelry or here T-shirts I love the shirts I've received so far and am wearing them constantly. But I still want more!

Please keep in mind that I love miniatures! So if there is something you want to make, but shipping costs are too high, maybe it would also work out on a small to tiny scale? Especially if it's supposed to go on the wall.

Kind of urgent wish: As of January 18 I have two Hermione Grangers living at my house who of course both want a school uniform, and would be very, very happy about two kid sized Gryffindor ties and maybe even patches with the Gryffindor crest!

Embellished / Decorated Shirts
I love the ones I've received so far and am wearing them constantly!
I prefer a round, wide neckline (don't like anything too close to the throat). And I love 3/4 sleeves (or long), but tees are always fine, too. Love both cotton with a bit of stretch as well as cotton only; also thinner fabrics and viscose. Women's plus size 26-30 or 3x-5x. As for shirt colour, black or heather grey would be perfect, as well as any of my favourite colours.
I'd love to receive stencilled/drawn/painted/appliqued/embroidered etc. shirts, because printable iron-ons tend to get destroyed in our washing machine. I've also received some awesome vinyl iron-ons that I put on shirts myself, they work great, too!
Themes: T-Shirts
Some specific wishes:
O Rickroll shirt... Or can just be Rick Astley, without the rolling... Wink
O XKCD t-shirts (baby, natural parenting, grownups, counter-clockwise)
O Anything Labyrinth for me... Jareth, or a quotation, or... preferably in black and white (or a teeny bit glittery?)
O Calvin & Hobbes
O Disc World! Can be just a quotation, or anything really (Vimes, Death, Vimes & Sybil, Vetinari, Angua, UU, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Tiffany Aching, Death)

Sewn
O Medium sized Pleated Tote, a very dark deep purple would be a favourite, or black is always good, but with a zipper closure please!
O Or a tote/purse (with a zipper closure if possible) like one of these: Buttercup Bag; One Hour Bag; Carolina Breeze Bag
O If anyone has a nice dark black/teal/brown/purple jersey (solid or patterned) and maybe a serger, I'd love a very simple, plain tunic. It would have to be pretty large, though, XXL or XXXL.

Knit or crochet
O Yoga socks / boot cuffs / leg warmers to warm my ankles (I want to keep on wearing dresses and skirts in fall and winter) (maybe some cream coloured ones? or purple?)
O An (otherwise fast and easy) knit hat or cowl with a leaves overlay like this! knit leaves
O Spiral heel socks
O Any socks really, cable, plain, self-striping, knit or or crochet... (Thank you Laurel for my first pair of Craftster socks!)
O A big, beautiful purple beanie (in a dark soft shade; I have a warmer/burgundy one already) maybe like this one made by lydiaharper for mermaidcafe I want it for myself, so for a 60cm head! mermaidcafe's hat
It doesn't have to be that pattern, or really any pattern at all, it just has to be long and wide enough so it doesn't keep slipping upwards on my hair. A deep teal or black would be lovely, too. My Ravelry Favourites are here.
O Mittens or wristwarmers!

Jewelry
O Anything Labyrinth (esp. Jareth!) or Calvin & Hobbes for me... painted, sketched, etched, crochet, knit, Fimo, sewn, beaded, woven, whittled, embroidered, whatever!
O Flat dark stone pendant with 4 crystals (or glittery glass) like this (two smaller, two larger) Flat dark stone pendant with crystals 4 glittery things (2 larger, 2 smaller) to represent my family
O Glow-in-the-Dark Tree of Life Pendant pretty much like this. or different!
O Han and Leia rings - one saying "i love you" and the other "i know"
O Mini hooplas or tiny art inchies, rinchies, twinchies in your favourite medium. Those make great pendants! I don't wear brooches, but I have lots of supplies to make a necklace from your piece of art! All t-shirt ideas would work very well for this, too!Maybe somthing from here as inspiration,
O Discworld related jewelry would be very much appreciated!

Other
O Something small printed/stamped/embroidered with dandelions or tiny stars on it: A tea wallet, a notebook, a little zippered coin purse or tampon wallet, wallet wallet, a earbud case, pendant, anything! Dandelions!
O Covered tape measure: sheep, zebra, penguin, kitten, or something completely different! Even a plain one in a cute/ptretty/cool fabric without any critters. Baaaa!
O Han and Leia Mugs - please include "i love you" and "i know" (on the inside bottom would be my favourite!) Han & Leia silhouette mugs
O Screen printing kit (I would so love to try this!)
O Mini hooplas/wall art for my room in the doll house (because there is no space for a real hoopla wall and I love tiny things!). So inchies or rinchies in your favourite medium. Maybe somthing from here as an inspiration? Inspiration Board
O This Pottery Yarn Bowl is my absolute favourite (the colour, the little stars!), but I'd love a different one, or one made from a wooden bowl too. Or even from a large plastic cup, as long as it's fun to look at and doesn't topple over or hop around the room while I'm working. (If it's tall enough, I can always put a stone in as a weight! Right now I'm using a smallish earthenware sugar pot.)
O Binding or bias tape: patterned or solid, scrappy or single colour, from a fat quarter or a long strip from a sheet...
O Anything Labyrinth for me... crochet, knit, Fimo, sewn, embroidered, whatever, useful or just pretty...
O Calvin & Hobbes - again anything "pretty" and/or useful
O Something "Where the Wild Things Are" loved by me and my daughters!
O Moomins!


Supplies (scraps or used is fine, as are supply only claims!)
Amazon Wishlist
O Metal stamping blanks & stamps (stamps: especially tiny plain hearts (filled or outline), small/tiny stars, a dandelion set (flower & fluff))
O A seam ripper
O Always: fabric! (esp. solid black!, teals; purples, or smaller patterns, esp. polka dots)
O Always: Sewing thread! All the colours.
O Embroidery hoops! All sizes. I don't have any really tiny ones, though... And 4/6/8" are great for Craftster projects.
O Fabric paint (plain, glittery, metallic or pearlescent) - I love the kind that doesn't have to be ironed to fix the paint. Some just have to dry for a few days, other go into the oven.
O Plain white silk scarves, shawls, foulards, handkerchieves etc.
O Binding or bias tape (bought or handmade, plain or patterned)
O gift card/voucher/coupon for Sayila, Beadworks (UK), Beadaholique (UK), or Etsy.com
O Anything with the original Care Bears, Forever Friends (the teddy bears!), Classic Pooh (the E.H. Shepard drawings), Barbapapas, Moomins
O For the 4yo: Fireman Sam, Minions (also Agnes & that fluffy unicorn), Peppa Pig, Anna & Olaf from Frozen, Stephanie & Sportacus from Lazy Town
O For the 6yo: Mia&Me (Mia and Onchao, Lyria) and Elsa from Frozen, Stephanie & Sportacus from Lazy Town, My Little Pony and those tiny Filly ones.
O Current big project, thankful for tips and instructions: 6yo greatest wish next to being Hermione is a Tara costume (from Epic) so I need some stiffish green fabric for the top (closed back) and an idea what to make the white petals for the skirt from. And she'd love to have that little bud, too, so I'm guessing I'll be making a kind of drop shaped pillow...

If you want to claim me for something that is not on my lists, don't worry and just go ahead (or pop me a message if you are really unsure)! I just know I'll realize how desperately I want & need it anyway as soon as you claim me for it. So: Thank you for claiming me!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery and Discussion Round 145 (January 2018) on: January 17, 2018 01:21:11 AM
Avie, go for it! I find it very soothing and meditative except when I discover I got turned around again and have to take things apart. And I don't understand how the more complicated patterns work or how to manage some links. But then again I never took a class or had someone explain anything, so far I only looked at patterns I wanted to recreate and that one tutorial.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery and Discussion Round 145 (January 2018) on: January 15, 2018 08:32:54 AM
Maybe I ought to take up a hobby for which I can just buy the supplies at a store hereabouts?

Naaahhh. Where's the fun in that? I'll just keep buying beads & things in large enough numbers because I might use them (again) someday and call it my collection instead of my stash. Wink
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery and Discussion Round 145 (January 2018) on: January 15, 2018 08:27:13 AM
I sent today!

But: not quite what I had planned. After trying every likely looking combination of rings I own I finally had to give up on the chainmaille bracelet this afternoon I have been working on a replacement for a few days on and off, though, so I sent that. I am still waiting for the second order I placed after the first one brought me rings for a pattern that I just couldn't get from paper to reality. That feels so weird! Weirder than looking at a crochet pattern/tute and trying to figure out what went wrong, why the stitch looks different... Anyway, for the third type on Edel's list I couldn't find a tutorial, but I managed to work out how to get the rings in the desired positions (ridiculously proud!), only to run out of the proper rings after I found the perfect combo, which of course are a completely different size than those for the other patterns. So I ordered more rings last week, and asked for the order to be shipped extra quickly and I'm still waiting for it! Ack! I think our post office parcel/package hub thingy is still a bit behind after Christmas and those strike days...

Maybe I ought to take up a hobby for which I can just buy the supplies at a store hereabouts?
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery and Discussion Round 145 (January 2018) on: January 11, 2018 08:36:05 AM
Hi Olivia! Jewelry supplies, polymer clay & crochet all sound very, very good to me!!!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Rise of the Cougars Geezer Swap, Round 7 GALLERY on: January 09, 2018 07:37:19 AM
I'll be there!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread on: January 09, 2018 06:24:12 AM
I'm in! I need to get to my fabric collection and use up some of it to be able to call it stash again. I did make a pair of pants last week, but then I had just bought the fabric for that in December... There are quite a few other pieces a lot older though! And it's not like with beads, where I can look at what I have and play with it there is just so much satisfaction I feel when looking at a few boxes with mostly black, purple, teal or brown fabrics. Being able to wear it would make me ever so much happier!

Does collecting everything and throwing it into one room count as "finding and seeing" what I have for January, seeing as "organizing" is one of the February challenges? Most stuff is actually in the craft room, but I'm afraid there are still lots of things strewn all over...
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: January 09, 2018 04:14:10 AM
Great progress, love the little friend dolls and the hat and all the embroidery, the cloud, the hoop, and the beaded medallion! And the shawl, and the mouse tinnies, and the figure skating dress! And I bet I forgot things already.

I actually started and finished my first pair of pants last week Wednesday through Friday, the next one will be a lot quicker I guess should at least be 4 hours not spent ripping out (or rather carefully unpicking) stupid stitches I chose without trying them on some fabric scraps... It turned out a little big, but then it also turned out I laid the pattern out the wrong way. The instructions said to line up with maximum stretch. Next time I'll go for the weave (?) of the jersey knit! Now I have a very very long and very very stretchy pair of black pajama pants Cheesy



You may be able to see that they are already slipping down my belly. I'm trying to decide if I want to undo yet more stitches and take them in a bit, or just thread some elastic into the waist...
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