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71  Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - February 2010 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by BethieB on: February 02, 2010 05:44:15 PM
This is from a smoke free home, but we do have a cat and a dog.
ETA this part!
Claims Allowed: 1
Claims made so far: 1
Sendouts Not Sent:0
Sendouts Sent:0
Sendouts in Transit:0
Sendouts Received:0

This box is worth 1 claim.

(I know, these pictures are horribly blurry, ugh!)

It's full of scrapbooking supplies.  There is a 3 pack of glitter glue (red, gold and silver) a package of multi colored eyelets and brads, 30 playing cards (I realize this is short of a full deck.  That's how I roll. lol.) , a bunch of cardstock squares of different sizes, some library-book styled envelopes that are pretty small, 5 pages of different stickers with just a few missing on each page, and there may be more by the time I send this out.  

Next we have some sewing patterns.  I really don't know how to price these though.  1/4 of a claim per pattern?  Does that sound fair to you guys?  If not, please let me know.  

McCALL'S 8065, Size B, 8, 10, 12 - maternity jumpsuit, romper, dress and top

Butterick 3035 - sizes 6,8,10,12 - maternity jumper

Butterick 6213 - size 6,8,10,12 - misses' jacket, dress and culotte dress

McCALL'S 8061, size 12,14 - Misses' top, skirt and pants

McCALL'S 7200. size 10, bust 32 1/2, U.K. size E - misses' maternity jacket, dress or top and pants

butterick 3564 size 12,14,16 - misses' tunic, skirt and pants

butterick 3067 = size 12,14,16 - misses' dress
2nd Picture - Butterick 4144, size 6-8-10, misses' top, skirt and pants

Butterick 5337, size 8, 10, 12, AND ALSO 14,16,18 - these are two separate pattern envelopes that you can get for the same 1/4 claim - Misses' Misses' petite maternity jumper and jumpsuit.
Claim by the name and pattern number, or just describe it to me if that's easier for ya.

McCall's 6444 Size B, 8, 10, 12, AND Size E, 14, 16, 18 (again, two for one) - maternity jumpsuit and dress.

And now the Rice Krispy Treats notebook...

It's made out of a recycled box, key rings from my stash, and chopped up paper I have been trying to use up.  There are about 50 sheets in it, most are lined, a few are blank.  I laminated the covers so the notebook should be sturdy.

And now we come to the Jolly Ranchers pouch!  It's worth 1/2 a claim.

There aren't any zippers or buttons on it.  I keep it closed with an earring.  It smells really good, I hope it still does by the time it gets to you!

Also, I have tons and tons of fabric scraps.  I can put a surprise goody bag together if anyone is interested in that for 1/4 claim.

I'm sorry for the blurriness of these pics, my camera was being stubborn and I couldn't figure it out!

If you want any more details or pictures, or think anything is too expensive, or just have questions, feel free to PM me.
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72  Re: Smells fruity! Holds cash! It's amazing! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BethieB on: February 01, 2010 10:25:56 PM
Thank you Kricket!

I just went and made another pouch, this time out of a Jolly Ranchers bag I had.  This time I made it the right way, with the vinyl on the outside.  Grin I don't want to flood Craftster with another 7 huge pics, so I'm just including some clickable links.  Don't look at the binding on the pouch flap too closely, it's VERY messy, but I love this one!  So does my sister...she claimed it already.   Grin

This is what I am calling the front of the pouch, it's where the flap folds over to hold it closed.

The back, I tried to make sure the entire logo was visible.

The vinyl makes it super shiny!

This it the whole thing, with the flap open and sticking up

Inside the pouch Smiley

The messy binding.  It was a series of unfortunate events that ended well, I like how it looks.

The front, notice how I kept the calorie label in tact?  lol!
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73  Re: craftalong to, post a project on every completed projects board in craftster in Craftalongs by BethieB on: February 01, 2010 09:10:55 PM
Another board done!  I posted in the Purses, bags and wallet: reconned board.  I'm so happy with this little pouch, right now I am off to make more!


I won't post full pics because I already overloaded the other board, but here's some thumbnails if you're curious.   Grin

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74  Smells fruity! Holds cash! It's amazing! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BethieB on: February 01, 2010 09:07:19 PM
I was in Toys R Us a few weeks ago and saw the cutest purses and bags made out of fabric that was printed with Skittles, M&M's, and other kinds of candy wrappers.  However, a) I am not about to pay $20 for a purse I probably won't use just because it's cute, and b) the reason I can't pay that is because my husband has me on a strict purse diet due to the overflowing bins in my closet full of purses and wallets, so I couldn't buy one even if I really wanted to.

I know this idea didn't originate with Toys R Us (lol) but seeing those bags reminded me of how much I've always loved looking at these types of projects here on Craftster.

Then I signed up for the Post On Every Completed Board craftalong and realized I now had a great excuse to buy lots of candy and experiment with the wrappers to make bags just like the ones I'd fallen in love with in Toys R Us!  When I was standing in the candy aisle of the store the Starbursts just about leaped off the shelf and into my cart.  And since I had a wonderful matching orange FQ to use for lining, I couldn't wait to get started on this!

This is only the first that I have made, and will for sure not be the last.  I currently have a stack of bags waiting for me to sew them up.  However, I was so excited when I made this one that I absolutely couldn't resist posting it!

Also, it's more of a pouch than a wallet, I realize this...but the truth is that I detest wallets.  My ID and money get shoved in a little zipper pouch in my purse because I hate digging through card slots and such to find what I'm looking for.  That's why this is a pouch.

Time for pictures!

Isn't it adorable?  It's the perfect size for my ID and credit card and some cash.  I love it!

This last picture shows the closure method I am currently using.  It's a small butterfly earring.  Since it will be in my purse, not my pocket, I'm not worried about getting poked by the earring, and I really love how it looks.

ALSO (I promise this is the last thing I will say, I know I am long winded!)  there was supposed to be a vinyl covering on the outside of the starburst wrapper to protect it.  When I layered my fabrics to run them through my machine, I accidentally put the vinyl in the middle, between the wrapper and the lining, so when I turned it right side out, the vinyl was, of course, serving as more of an interfacing than a protective measure.  I am somewhat bummed about this but since it only took about an hour from start to finish (including drafting the pattern, cutting, etc) I won't be too upset if it doesn't last long.  It was worth the learning experience if nothing else!
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75  Looks so dirty, feels (and smells!) SOOO good! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by BethieB on: January 30, 2010 12:11:00 PM
I made a new body scrub!  I was eating a fresh orange from my tree this morning and it smelled so good that I started thinking about orange soap, orange potpourri for the stove, and all kinds of other orange related things.  I was too tired/lazy/broke to really try anything I didn't already have the supplies and knowledge to make, so I of course reverted back to my favorite bath time treat - a sugar scrub.

Usually I use almond oil.  Today, I was out of it...and broke...and lazy...(lol)...so I used some really pure extra olive oil I had on hand. I didn't measure how much I used, but it was probably only about a three of four tablespoons. Honestly, I didn't notice too much of a difference between the two oils, to tell the truth, but I would still prefer to use almond oil next time just because it feels more proper.

I also used the juice of half an orange (which is why I didn't need much oil, the orange was really juicy) and about six drops of clear vanilla extract that I had on hand.

For the sugar, I used half a cup of regular white sugar and half a cup of brown sugar.   I like the exfoliating aspect of the white better than the brown, but I love the way brown sugar smells, so this was the perfect compromise!

It smelled like some heavenly bakery had taken over my bathroom and kitchen!  It kind of reminded me of cookies or biscuits with orange marmalade on them...yummy.

I had a small empty glass jar left over from some Knott's Berry Farm jelly I got on sale.  It was the perfect size for this amount of sugar scrub.

One other note before I put the pictures in and shut up - my skin is super dry, and super sensitive to everything.  This scrub not only does not irritate my skin, it leaves enough moisture behind that I only have to use a small amount of baby oil after I dry off.  Be careful if your skin is naturally on the oil side, or if you don't like to feel a tad bit slippery after your shower.  Smiley  I do use this scrub on my face, but afterward I used a wet wash cloth to kind of rub off the extra oil.

Okay, this is the view from the top (of the jar, lol):

See what I mean in the title?  The brown sugar and the oil make it look a little...dirty.  My daughter thought it was dirt in a jar.

Here are a few glory shots...

And that's all there is to show!  C & C always appreciated, thanks for looking!  Grin
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76  First EVER clay projects! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by BethieB on: January 30, 2010 01:26:39 AM
So today I decided to join this craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster.  I wanted to knock at least one board off my list this weekend, and I decided to start with one that I thought my 8 year old daughter would enjoy doing with me.  She has recently been on a Play-doh kick so Sculpey seemed like the obvious craft choice for this evening!

This is the first time I've done anything with oven baked clay, ever; I never even played with this stuff as a kid, so bear that in mind when you see these pics, lol.  Also, I didn't expect to love anything I made tonight.  I was wanting to get a feel for the clay, experiment with some textures and see how it baked up before I really got serious with it.  Surprisingly enough, I am super pleased with two of the pendants I made.

I made all of these by forming my basic shape and then using some stamps I had from the dollar tree to make designs in the clay.  After I baked them, we painted them.  I glazed them with some acrylic glitter glaze I had on hand, that's where the pearly glitter comes from. 

This is my absolute favorite.  I only own two other necklaces (I am not very girly when it comes to accessories, I am always breaking or losing things, so my hubby finally gave up on buying me nice stuff.  Only took him eight years and two pairs of diamond studs...sigh) So when I started making these I really thought I wouldn't like them, so I just poked the necklace hole kind of as a last minute thought.  Well I am so glad I did!  Excuse the black painted fingers, lol...

This one is the one my daughter painted and she'll be sending it to her great-grandma as a present.

This one didn't photograph very well, it was hard to catch the light and still show the textures of the stamping, but it looks really pretty in real life.

C & C always appreciated!

PS - these little pendants only took like...2% of the block of clay.  I paid right around $6 for the clay, so all in all this was a really cheap project to try out, but it was so relaxing that I think I'll be stuck on this one for awhile!   Grin

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77  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by BethieB on: January 26, 2010 12:38:57 PM
This is a really long post, sorry guys!!  But here are a few pictures of some of the projects I have done so far. 

These first two pics are of the mini-art journal I am beginning.  I made it out of ten small paper bags and sewed it together on the sewing machine.  I made a scrapbook album out of these bags about a year and a half ago, and I still love it, it has held up well, so I figured that to go along with my de-stashing goal, I'd use some more of them for this!  Enough babble, here's the pics...

On the front of the book I wrote, My anything, everything and nothing in particular at all book, and the date that I made it.  So far I haven't filled in any of the spreads but I am working on them.

The next set of pictures are of my needle roll.  My daughter (who is Cool picked out the fat quarters that I used.  They were all stash materials, even the stretch lace used to tie the roll shut.  The color combos don't really make your eyes bleed in person, although it may have that effect on you in picture form...lol.

I don't just use this for my crochet hooks as I originally intended; it's kind of become my stash-all-tiny-often-lost-tools-here roll.  My seam ripper and hem ruler and rag rug tool live in there with the crochet needles.  So far none of them have killed each other so I'd say it's working. (lol).

This next one is my tampon case for my purse.  It's patchworked out of some scraps from a quilt I started a few months ago.  I thought I had an action shot of it opened, but apparently that pic got eaten along the way and now I have to re-upload it...at another time.

Okay, this is the very last one, I swear.  It's of my rag rug.  It looks small in this picture, but it's really not; it's big enough for both of my feet to be on at the same time with room left over.  It's not finished yet either.  This is just a practice run for me, it's the first time I've ever made one of these rugs, so I am using all stash fabrics. 

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78  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by BethieB on: January 25, 2010 12:24:41 PM
I really need to organize this mess of fabrics! Four bins and three laundry baskets worth! Wish Me Luck!

Hey, that looks so familiar!  Currently my sewing room is still in the process of being relocated, so I have maybe a quart of my fabric stash in the new place...the rest are in 'the Orange Room' (a room off the garage that's not insulated or anything, and the landlady painted it this crazy shade of orange that kind of hurts your eyes) in laundry baskets and bins.  Some of it is even in black trash bags.   Sad

I have to admit I was a little relieved to see that even someone as accomplished in crafting as you are has a mess like that at times!   Grin
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79  Re: Ideas for Mail Organization? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by BethieB on: January 12, 2010 09:32:43 PM
I just made this three days ago.  It's four file folders and some metal parts I got in the kids crafting section of Wal Mart in a big bag that had binder rings and stuff in it too.  I also used big safety pins in the one I made just for my hubby (he does all the bill paying so he likes to know where they are all at, each major bill has it's own folder.)

My house is full of people who get mail and full of other people's mail as well - my in laws and landlord get mail here (thanks to a mess up at the local post office, aren't we lucky), and my sister as well as my husband and I get mail.  (Yes, the bottom one looks full, but that's because it's for my landlord and I haven't seen her in a week or so so this is all hers.) That's a lot to keep straight.  So I came up with this easy system to prevent things from getting lost in the house!

I just took my folders and punched two holes in the top and two holes in the bottom of each with a regular hole punch.  Then I used some of those page reinforce-r circle things on every hole to make sure it was pretty sturdy. After that, I threaded either one of the metal clips or a safety pin through each hole, connected one set of safety pins to the set of the folder hanging above it, and hung it all up.

I think it's sounding more complicated than it actually is, lol.  The important thing is that it's hanging right behind my front door (as you can see) so that as soon as we come in, we have to sort the mail into the slot it goes in.

Oh yeah - the white boxes on each folder are just plain sticky mailing white labels that I wrote on with a black marker.
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80  My first zantangles! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by BethieB on: January 06, 2010 12:04:55 AM
I just found out about zentangles last night from a fellow Craftster.  I have been playing and having so much fun all day with these! 

You can go to the Zentangles website and spent $49 plus shipping to get their kit, or you can do what I did, go to youtube and do a Zentangles search.  There are a bunch of videos with tips and hints.  I watched a few before I did mine, but really, all you're doing is dividing a piece of paper into smaller sections and doodling different patterns inside each section.  They recommend using small pieces of paper.  I did for my first one; I just took a regular piece of printer paper, cut it into four sections, gave two to my DD for her own zentangles and used the other ones for mine. 

Today I used bigger paper and I kinda liked it better. 

Oh, and I am just using a felt tip marker for mine.  I really would like a smaller tipped pen and plan on picking one up tomorrow but for now the marker is working.  I just can't do a whole lot of tiny details, which you can tell from looking at the pictures, but I still love the graphic of the black ink against the white paper.  I think I'm going to try a regular ball point pen in the morning and see how I like that.

Anyway, this is my very first COMPLETED project that I'm posting here to Craftster!  I usually just comment on other people's posts.  It took me an hour of fighting with my scanner/printer, but I can finally post these here...comments and constructive criticism appreciated!


#2, done on a smaller piece of paper, and for some reason this one looks really blurry to me.  It's not like that in real life, I promise.

#3.  I called this one Alice's Wonderland because the checkerboard and the trees reminded me of the chess game and the Tweedle brothers.   Grin
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