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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Two Tiny Anime/Manga Things Swap; Signups July 11-8AM GMT July 25, Send Aug 30th on: July 14, 2010 02:47:44 PM
Huzzah for long craft times! I must join. =) Especially 'cause I got a bunch of Sailor Moon amigurumi and a just-finished-yesterday Edward Elric sitting around...

Um, I want BunnieBard for my partner, I love both of those! >u< Hahah. Yeah, subs are great, and dubs just suck. Why would you want to listen to that? I always find that not only do I get distracted by the voice NEVER matching how you imagine it should sound like, I already have voices for them in my head that the sounds fight with, but also that I get distracted by the words and movements not matching up. :/ Hahah
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Is there a way to incorporate craftiness for this organization? on: July 14, 2010 02:29:27 PM
What do you do with the cameras that come back?  I assume that it's some way of showing what the donations are doing.  What if you sent pictures with the seeds so each receiver can see what happened before him/her?

Basically what we do with the cameras is get them developed and send a couple pictures back to the donor and host them on our site, to show the world the good that's happening. Smiley Thanks! Origami cups, way cool! Good way to organize. My friend had made me a couple last year to organize my earrings. Thanks for the suggestion and link! Cheesy
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a Craftster when... (part THREE!) on: July 14, 2010 02:35:55 AM
You know you are a craftster when:

-  you repack your things to go to university and you discover that you need 2 full boxes of stuff
-  you end up knitting a pair of armwarmers in the middle of July...out of wool..
-  you regret going to watch the Queen's Plate without your WIP knitting...

You only take 2 boxes of stuff?

YKYACW when you pack for university and discover the need for 2 full boxes just for your craft projects! How can you get away with two boxes, total!?
4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Is there a way to incorporate craftiness for this organization? on: July 14, 2010 01:53:58 AM
So I'm currently an affiliate with Seeds 2 Empower, a new organization that makes up and ships boxes of seeds to schools, villages and orphanages in Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan. (Being the uber-activist I am, I wrote up a Facebook 'Note' about S2E, find it here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=411192603402&id=605451553&ref=mf, it explains our mission and views.) Basically we collect seed packets from donors, ship them in a box with a disposable camera (with a self-addressed envelope and money for postage if deemed necessary due to postage rates per country/city) and then wait for the camera to come back. We donate seeds to help start or supplement communal or family farms, thus giving the recipients a way to sustain themselves with food and extra crop to sell; the money can then go towards buying more food/household necessities, health care, water and sanitation, schooling, whathaveyou.

My question is this: is there a way I can create and include a crafty element to further ensure success? We're NOT fundraisers, we in fact do not take cash donations, only seed packets. I'm thinking of something like peat pots or biodegradable starters for seeds, or small tackle-boxes for storing and organizing seeds (I use this with my own farm). I have to think relatively small, though, because though the administration covers shipping cost, we don't want to have much more than 4-lb boxes shipping to recipients due to an outrageous increase of posting after that weight.

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!!!

5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Ideas to fundraise for vet bills!? on: July 13, 2010 06:41:57 PM
Thanks guys! That leash looks cool, i might have to make some! it'd be cute to do one in a ton of colors.
My puppy was put to sleep over a month ago, and I have a new little nutcase to raise now LOL.

I'm sorry about your puppy, but glad you've got another one! Yeah, the braiding is super easy once you get the hang of it. I can do it almost while sleeping (trying to do this at about 3AM counts as almost unconscious, right? Wink )
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: freezer paper t-shirt with bleach on: July 13, 2010 12:24:17 AM
This is amazing! I can't believe how incredible these shirts turned out. How did you manage to get the Soundgarden shirt to fade out like that?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow "Let It Be" LGBT Shirt on: July 12, 2010 01:24:07 PM
I was the only one who participated in any LGBT causes back when I was in school. It is such a great and important cause! I really like the little people. Good work!

Thanks! I really like being in this cause, it's become a little niche for me. My university's has been trying to amend University policy to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression for about 34 years now, and our newest University president (he was voted and sworn in this year) wants to schedule a meeting with me. "If I'm supposed to have any influence on the Board of Regents,  I'll have to know what to do and what I'm talking about!" he said. I'm so happy! And the fact that he came to me is just waaaaaaaaaaaay awesome. Cheesy

I want one for mysel. Good work. A pillow version would be awesome to!

It's so super easy! I used sponge brushes and did this by hand. The painting part took less than an hour!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow "Let It Be" LGBT Shirt on: July 12, 2010 01:12:54 AM
So yesterday was Girls' Craft Night at my house and I've been wanting to make a LGBT rainbow shirt for myself (I was the president of my HS Gay Straight Alliance this past [senior] year and will be the president of my university chapter this coming year, woo!) since I'm so active in the cause. So this is what turned out Smiley

So here I've painted the shirt with regular acrylic paints and some sponge brushes. I was going to use the stencil I worked SO hard on (took FOREVER, from doing the design on MS Paint, to getting supplies, drawing the sucka onto the plastic stencil page and then finally cutting it out), but it didn't like being painted over and made some really interesting shapes. I ended up freehanding this bugger but I like it. Well, I did until I dropped the paintbrush...RIGHT after finishing!  Shocked

Loads of white paint to help cover up the...err... yeah. I don't like it all that much, but it's still cool. Those who care about it won't matter anyway, and those who matter won't care that I messed up in some spots. I still might go back at it with some matching fabric pens to further delineate the borders of the peeps... or not. I like it this way, it's kinda queer in it's own right.

And finally an action shot! It ended up being a little small for me (I am SO blaming my dryer!!), but it's still great. If it's too small for real I might end up just stuffing it with some fiber-fill and making it a pillow. Or giving it to my smaller friends. Who knows?

I think what I love best about it is that both the people and words make little hearts in their places.... Not real conscious of that when I did it, but it makes for a lovely end result. Enjoy!

9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: A Green Idea Chain Game 2010 on: July 11, 2010 04:26:37 PM
I'd take some heavy-duty gauge wire, shape it into funky shapes to hold up papers and insert it into the corks to make paper or picture holders. If you've got small kids, you can paint them to look like fish, take a paperclip, insert it into the top side or where the fish mouth would be, float them in water and have your kids go 'fishing' with dowel-rod fishing poles strung with string and another bent paperclip 'hook'.

What can I do with pop-cans? We're off the recycling route (and the folks don't recycle) so I'd like to know interesting ways to use them. Thanks!
10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Ideas to fundraise for vet bills!? on: July 11, 2010 03:59:18 PM
How about woven leashes? I use some heavy-duty cord and do a flat weave, or a square-knot, or various other ones. You can jazz them up by painting the leash after you finish, or by incorporating larger pony beads, etc. I find that these leashes, because of the larger cord, has a high strength and doesn't break. I use something like the twine here: http://bit.ly/aV3LiC and make simple knot weaves for a high quality leash.

What I would do:
1) Measure out your twine. I would use about double of how long you want your finished product to be, until you figure out a good rule of thumb for how much you'll actually use. I would do three to fivestrands on average, I find this makes a thin but effective leash.

2) Then fold it in the middle and start making the handle; five inches from the middle, start to braid all the strands together, either in a three-piece traditional braid or by doing an all-strand braid (will give rough tute below). Do this until you've got about ten inches of braid. Do NOT make knots at either end.

3) Now you've got between six and ten strands of string. Lay them flat on whatever surface you're working on (I usually use something I can poke a good hole through, like a spare piece of wood to nail on). Secure your handle, I nail a big nail into said piece of wood at an angle to hold the handle and to keep things together. I find this a good way to do this, especially if you're sitting--use a board long enough that you can hold it and keep THAT secure and not moving, or else you'll get a really loose product! (Which might not be a bad thing, depending on your own preferences.)

4) Start to braid all the strands together. For a flat-ish braid using all the strands, check below. You can certainly do a traditional three-piece braid like you did for the handle, or make square knots on the twine strands. Either is perfectly fine, and if you can do any other knots or braids, feel free to do it! Either way you do it, keep your twine taut and controlled, or you'll get a mess.

5) When you're down toward the end, get your heavy-gauge latch (what you'll use to secure your leash to the dog collar--available at hardware stores, online, or in your craft stores) and thread it through your twine. I find that by separating out the individual strands into two equal piles and threading the latch onto one pile, you can do some great knots to end the leash. I'd just make sure that they are tight, as flush to the latch as possible, and that you further secure your knot by adding super glue or hot glue to keep it tight. Trim any excess cord.

Voila! A leash! Like I said, you can paint your leash with pet-safe paint, like most acrylic paints. Let it dry and then you have a beautiful, home-made dog leash. Smiley

Short tute in Microsoft Paint (pic and text, sorry it's messy)

Like I said, attach the latch after you've got your braid done, knot and glue it together, and trim excess cord. Smiley
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