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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The knotty tree on: April 13, 2012 08:28:29 AM
So I've discovered a passion for needlework thanks to finally trying it  Cheesy I'm up to 3 stitches: back stitch, french knot, and chain stitch and am having a blast.  Anyhoo I just finished a project for my sister...acutally I had already done something like this on the sewing machine with just regular stitches based off of a pin http://pinterest.com/pin/9922061648904540/ but then after trying hand embroidery I had the lightbulb go off and I trashed that and made this instead

Pardon the weird photo I was using my daughters kiddy camera, lol.

And here's a close up from the scanner

As you can see from the markings that I need to erase yet, I was going to go with twigs, but after seeing an awesome tree hoop (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405090.msg4795307#msg4795307) by pennydreadful I decided to go in the knot direction and I'm so glad I did because this is going to be an awesome pillow!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Beachy Birthday Pillow on: March 03, 2012 08:53:13 PM
Ok so the starfish is a little wonky but so are ones that have lost a limb previously and regrown one (at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it) But here is the pillow since I'm on a pillow spree that I made for my SIL for her birthday. She has a beach theme going on in her room.

I was going to do three seashells but I kept laughing too hard thinking of the movie Demolition Man  Grin
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fathers Day Quilt on: January 24, 2012 04:48:41 PM
Well, it took me til December but I finally got a photo taken of the quilt I'd made my Dad for Fathers Day 2011 :-)  It wasn't until today though that Mom uploaded it so I could snag a copy, lol.

Without further ado...
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Partners Have Feelings on: November 08, 2011 10:48:52 AM
I am not one to complain usually and I'm not crying about anything but I have to say folks need to remember that their partners have feelings and put a lot of time and effort into things.  Following are things to ponder.


Like when you receive an item you should post in the gallery about it even if you've had to ask your partner to upload photos, a one sentence private message saying *got it love it*, just doesn't give the person who did all that hard work warm fuzzies, doesn't give the other swap participants any idea about usage..

If something doesn't fit private message your partner for perhaps they can fix it rather than posting in the forum, lord knows I've just smiled and nodded and posted all clear when I've had things not fit and just fixed them myself.

If you get something you just don't think is a quality piece but obviously took a good bit of time to do, suck it up, we all started with something along the lines of Elmer glue, paper, and scissors.

Sometimes even if you're clear on what you want something happens to a project your partner was making for you and it had to literally be scrapped, if this has happened and you know it happened be happy that they were still able to make something else in time to send.


Sometimes you get a partner that you wouldn't have chosen for yourself in a bazillion years because you can tell by their swap info that they are nothing at all like you and what they like just literally rubs you the wrong way, but you should do your very best for them anyway... I'm just saying, twining a single ribbon around something bought doesn't make it a crafted item it shows laziness that had a bow put on it.

Be sure to be clear in what your likes are and what you might actually want rather than giving an obscure list of likes and then saying "oh anything will be fine" cause if you want something specific then don't tell people to look at your wist or pinterest for ideas of your style and wishes.

Barring an emergency or accident, if you're supposed to send something on a day and you knew about it for weeks then do so.

If we all keep this stuff in mind then feelings of happiness for our partners can be crafted  Smiley

5  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Ancient Cultures Swap 2---#1 Swap Angel FOUND on: September 18, 2011 11:39:59 AM
Thank you so much knitpurl for being an Angel!!

Swap: Ancient Cultures Swap 2
Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381252.0
Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384281.0

We need 1 Angel to craft and mail to Australia for NatACT, her package though mailed by her partner never arrived  Sad  If you're interested please send me a PM and I'll send you the info!

Thank You  Grin
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Bathroom Tissue (TP) Cover Swap on: September 06, 2011 02:51:01 PM
Lets face it we all use TP  Grin I think the subject pretty much says it all.  Anyone game?  It would be nice to have something in place before the holidays so that on the off chance that the roll goes quickly our guests won't be forced to hunt under the sink for another roll, which is especially important for those of us who have cabinetry a bit away from the commode.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ancient Cultures Swap 2 Gallery on: July 02, 2011 01:22:16 PM
Swap thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381252.0

1. TheManicCrafter (Moderator)
2. Anofeles
3. Rainbowendings
4. kyerinn
5. PaleAngelLex
6. squire_inaria
7. NatACT
8. Spidersweb
9. kuckyjune
10. Dragonflower

Sent---Received---Sent and Received
PaleAngelLex <-----> kyerinn
Anofeles<----->NatACT (out of country no DCN's available  Smiley )
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Ancient Cultures Swap 2 (Sign ups Closed- Mail Out by 7/11/2011) on: May 24, 2011 11:02:22 AM
Swap name: Ancient Cultures Swap 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: TheManicCrafter
Sign-up date range: 5/24/2011- 6/2/2011
Date to send item by:  July 11th,2011


Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

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
- Is at least 18 years old: 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
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES
Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap:
You've seen the mosaics, marveled at the architecture, drooled over the artifacts, I think we all have so this swap is all about ancient cultures!  You will craft one time consuming item and two smaller items that have to do with  your partner's favorite ancient culture, be it Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, Mayan, Aztec, Kush, or Chinese Dynasties (and more!)  This a good chance to learn something new!

Past Swap Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=97906.0;all

Keep us up to date folks everyone must post in this thread at least once a week!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies?
Are there any allergens in your home?
What is your favorite ancient culture?
What do you like about your chosen ancient culture?
What don't you like?
Are there any particular symbols/gods/pictographs you like?
Any you don't like?
What kind of items would be on your "wishlist?"
What's your wist/blog/wishlist if you have one (or more, lol)?
What kind of items would you not like to receive?
What kind of items are you good at crafting?
What are your favorite colors?
What colors do you like least?
Anything else about yourself that would be useful to your partner:


You are required to PM a valid tracking or Delivery Confirmation # to your partner and organizers when you send, (or get a customs form number or receipt copy if you are sending out of country.)

You are required to post photos of the items you received in the swap gallery.  Everybody loves seeing photos of all the goodies and your partner deserves recognition for the time and effort they spent crafting for you.  

If you have any questions/concerns at all about the swap please don't hesitate to contact your organizer.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide http://craftster.org/swapsinfo.html to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. TheManicCrafter (Moderator)
2. Anofeles
3. Rainbowendings
4. kyerinn
5. PaleAngelLex
6. squire_inaria
7. NatACT
8. Spidersweb
9. kuckyjune
10. Dragonflower

Sent---Received---Sent and Received
PaleAngelLex <-----> kyerinn
Anofeles<----->NatACT (out of country no DCN's available  Smiley )
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ancient Cultures Swap 2 on: May 19, 2011 09:52:21 AM
It's been a few years so I was wondering if anyone would be interested in another Ancient Cultures Swap  Grin
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Hair Accessories Swap? on: January 27, 2011 11:02:39 PM
You know I'm sitting here this evening thinking to myself that it would be nice to have some more hair accessories.  I have long hair and love to decorate it sometimes.  I know I'm not the only one who likes pretties for their hair (short or long, lol) and I'm not just talking bows because I'm 37 and past bows personally ...though certainly if your partner likes them go for it  Smiley I'm talking elegant, interesting, themed, whatever, just neat things to put in the hair.

Would anyone else be interested in a grown up hair accessories swap? Say 3-5 hair items?

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