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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The Swap Your Crafts Could Smell Like Gallery on: September 03, 2010 08:44:27 PM
We have our first sender, so everyone get your wisting fingers ready!

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12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / The Swap Your Crafts Could Smell Like (signups closed) (sendouts 9/4) on: July 28, 2010 11:58:50 AM
Swap Details:

Hello Craftsters, look at your organizer. Now back to Isaiah. Now back to me. Now back to Isaiah. Sadly, I'm not Isaiah. But if you entered the Swap Your Crafts Could Smell Like, you could get some crafts that pay homage to this ridiculously handsome man and the hilarious commercials that he's being doing for Old Spice body wash.

This swap is 4 points, but feel free to communicate with your partner if you wish to craft more for them! Crafting time is 4 weeks.

You can find all of the videos on Youtube, and the above illustration was done by ShouriMajo on deviantart.

Swap name: The Swap Your Crafts Could Smell Like
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Songs4Drowning
Sign-up date range: 7/28/10 - 8/07/10
Date to send item by: 9/4/10

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? n/a

Additional Age requirement? Nope

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

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

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
What sort of crafts would you like to receive:
What crafts are you best at:
Favorite commercials/scenes:
Anything else you want your partner/the organizer to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. Songs4Drowning
2. SKooKuM
3. ambermoony
4. cxcaitlyn
5. irishdaydreamer
6. Thrynity
7. bexieboo
8. frootiloopz08
9. Pogo
10. Jaeliyah

Feedback given

bexieboo <--> Jaeliyah
ambermoony <--> Thrynity
irishdaydreamer <--> SKooKuM
Songs4Drowning<--> cxcaitlyn
Pogo <--> frootiloopz08
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Isaiah Mustafa/Old Spice Guy swap: The Crafts your Crafts Could Smell Like on: July 19, 2010 04:41:20 PM
As the Old Spice Guy's goodbye came and brought me great sorrow, I feel that it is time for Craftsters to rise up and swap in the name of a ridiculously handsome man.


I'm pretty sure there's a lot of things that we can craft from the commercials and youtube responses that Isaiah Mustafa has gloriously gifted the world with. I'm aiming for a small swap (4 points) with a month of crafting time, beginning near the end of the month. It should keep things to where those of us who have school starting up in the fall won't be under too much pressure.

What do you guys think? Anyone interested?
14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Busy weekend! (pic heavy) on: May 18, 2010 09:11:12 PM
This weekend, I went on a crafting spree. I made cold process soap cupcakes: I used a tutorial on the Soap Queen's blog, with my own recipe. Once I'd poured the soap (at a medium-thick trace) into the muffin mold, I colored the rest of it, and continued to blend and stir until it REALLY thickened up. Then I used a ziplock bag and pastry tip to pipe the "frosting". I added cosmetic glitter and some bath salt that I dyed with sweet almond oil and ultramarine violet to look like sprinkles. They've been sitting in the molds for three days to make sure that the bottoms were completely hardened and wouldn't mush.

My favorite cupcake. I think the top is adorable!

Here's some wasabi scented cold process beer bars that are finally ready to use! I sprinkled bath salt on the top, and used Sapporo beer for the liquid. Let me tell you, when the lye hit the beer, it was the nastiest smell ever. I almost died like three times making this soap. I am very happy to say that today it just smells like wasabi. Smiley Colored with chrome green oxide.

Heart shaped bath fizz with sprinkles and sparkle gold mica. These bad boys are six ounces. They kind of terrify me.

Bubble bath slices. They smell like evergreen and I luff them so much. I kind of suck at getting the swirl in them, they like to crumble while I roll them up. I'm thinking the next time I make them, I'm going to use my onigiri presses to see if I can get some awesome shapes.

15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Metal Gear Cross-stitch on: May 07, 2010 12:35:32 PM
A really great friend of mine is moving from Virginia to California in about a week. I wanted to give her a very special gift, as she's been there for me so much, and I love her to death. She was one of two friends who came to see me when I was stuck in the hospital for a week and a half last year, and I'm going to miss her like crazy. We both are crazy in love with the Metal Gear series, and she has a pretty big crush on Snake. I used half stitches to make the project go faster, and it ended up lending itself so wonderfully to the art style of the series. It's just over 2200 stitches, and the image is from Metal Gear: Ghost Babel. The quote is from the first Metal Gear Solid. Otacon asks Snake this, and Snake answers that he does, that people can fall in love anywhere. Since she's moving across the country to be with the man she loves, I thought it was only fitting.

Also, because I think she's absolutely beautiful and I love this picture that I took of her: the lovely recipient of this little piece:
16  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Blue and Purple, everwhere! on: February 20, 2010 07:56:31 AM
For the bath and body swap, I made ariaya some bath bombs and solid sugar scrub crumbles, getting to use my new deep blue mica from Brambleberry on both! Smiley The pink hearts were colored with melt and pour color, and molded in a cheap ice cube tray I got in the Target dollar section. On the bath bombs, the sprinkles are bath salt that I dyed using melt and pour color. :3 The bath bombs are scented with black cherry, the sugar scrub is Citrus and Sage.

Then, my little sister called me and asked for a lavender soap. I really hate the smell of lavender, but my sister gave me a beautiful nephew, so how could I refuse? I used WSP's Lavender Basil, which isn't too terrible. I still don't personally care for it, but it smells better to me than most lavender scents. I used a basic recipe and didn't color the soap, but thinking of how pretty those bath bombs came out, I decided to use colored bath salts to make the soap pop. The salts are colored with both the same melt and pour color, and then the blue mica, which I mixed about 1/8 of a teaspoon of mica in a capful of olive oil to incorporate with the salt. I was very pleased the colors made it through the gel stage and stayed just as pretty, instead of turning yellow and gray like I was afraid might happen. Yay for successful experimentation!

And just for some color porn, here's a macro shot of the salts just before the soap was insulated in the mold!

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / NSFW Pirahna Plant on: January 15, 2010 12:07:34 PM
My boyfriend and I moved in with his parents not too long ago and we have an upstairs bedroom and the adjacent bathroom to ourselves. The bathroom is horribly dull, and his mom insists that I cannot paint or put any nails/tacks in the wall. So I did a small cross stitch that can sit on the back of the toilet so that we can feel more at home here. And like most of the cross stitch I do for our home, it's got cuss words. Cheesy

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I wish the frame had photographed better. It's a cheapie red aluminum one we got at Target for 3 bucks but it looks pretty snazzy with the plant, if I do say so myself.
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / FINALLY made CP soap! on: December 17, 2009 08:18:42 AM

I've been slowly gathering all the hardware for a few months now. I bought the Everything Soapmaking book and have been stalking online forums and obsessively reading about the cold process. Last week I got lye and fragrances in the mail and last night I finally got to sit down and make my first batch of cold process soap. The recipe I used was 16oz each of coconut oil, lard and olive oil and 2oz of castor oil. 7.4 (I think, I don't have the recipe right in front of me.) of lye with 15 oz of water. It came to trace so quickly and smoothly that I thought that surely I was doing something wrong and getting a false trace and that I would mess it up, somehow and someway. Cheesy But I poured it into the mold at a thick trace, teased the top with a spatula to get the lovely texture that I adore and wrapped it up before I went to bed. This morning, just 12 hours after having poured it, I took it out of the mold and cut it. No crumbles! The boyfriend and I decided to be brave and test it with a small piece we'd trimmed off one end and it's LOVELY. I can't imagine how amazing this soap will be when it's gotten a chance to cure!

In the mold last night:

Action shot!:

I owe ohhappyday a huge thank you because without the tutorial she posted up, I don't think I would have gotten obsessed. Cheesy Thank you for helping me be able to tell my doctor that yes, I have been losing sleep....because of soap. Hee hee hee.
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Little Big Planet on: November 29, 2009 10:47:56 AM
So, LBP has come out on PSP now, and I'm so in love. Currently I'm rocking a sackgirl made of black rubber, dressed as Marilyn Monroe with a pirate hook and glowing neon eyes. My old roommate had this game on the PS3 and I played it SOO MUCH and the PSP game really doesn't disappoint. Anyone who has played this on either the PS3 or the PSP knows that crafty love is given props all through the game. From the stitched world, levels made of different materials and motors and doodads that you build yourself to the stickers that you use everywhere in here, it's a crafters fantasy-land.

I'd like to do a LBP swap after the holidays, and I'd organize. The possibilities are limitless here. I've looked all over the forums and I've seen the idea of a swap brought up before a couple of times last year, but never actually done. I think I'd like to keep this a relatively small swap. Five - seven points, with a full 4 weeks of crafting time, but I'm open to suggestions. I'd start sign-ups in January, ideally. What do you guys think?
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Middle Earth WIP - Happy Thanksgiving! on: November 22, 2009 08:16:08 AM
32 days until Christmas, and I've decided that as a gift for my boyfriend's parents, I'd cross stitch a map of Middle Earth to compliment the lovely vintage Lord of the Rings print that is hanging up in their hall. This is the image. There are 39 colors and 101,103 stitches in this bad boy and I think that the only way that I'll even come close to getting it done in time is if I'm accountable in some respect, so I've decided to do a WIP thread here, because Craftster is so awesome and always gets me in the mood to do some stitchin'! I'll be posting up an in progress image every day or two until it's done. Please send me all the moral support that you can, because for the next 30 days, the only people gunna rest in here are the rats!

Day One, 11/21: Got all my fleece and started stitching from the top left corner on 22 ct. Aida.

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