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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Baba Yaga Haunted House on: October 08, 2019 06:16:08 PM
I am personally a huge chicken when it comes to haunted houses, but one haunted house I always found fascinating is the Baba Yaga haunted house so why not create my own!





I'm not sure why I love mashing weird things that don't go together...well...together, but making these bird feet out of wire and hot glue is always the best.








Thanks to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts for the opportunity and supplies to make this!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Rd 2 Gallery on: September 19, 2019 09:10:23 AM
Post pictures when you get them!!  Cheesy

Partners:

faemystique : sheepBlue

Mistress Jennie : Powerhouseofthecell

craftylittlemonkey : curiousfae

Abbeeroad : Rosie1981


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3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Round 2, SO by 10/7 on: August 31, 2019 12:51:34 AM
GALLERY



Swap name: Fabric/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: sheepBlue
Co-organizer: N/A
Sign-up: Aug 31st - Sept 8
Date to send: Oct 7
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): N/A
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? Must be 16 years or older



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



Details of swap:

I love how jewelry can be a piece of art that you wear, and I love to find unique pieces that show that. We will be swapping 1 piece of beautiful jewelry with our partner that can be made up of fiber/mixed media/sewing/felting/embroidery/etc techniques. This includes everything under the sun: beads, metal, fabric, thread, yarn, felt, buttons, clay, etc etc! Please communicate with your partner so that everyone ends up with beautiful jewelry that they can show off to all their friends and family.

Everyone needs to keep in contact both with the organizer and their partner; please try to post to the thread at least once a week to let us know how you're doing and please dont leave your partner or myself hanging if we PM you!


Please make sure you post in this thread for updates as soon as you sign-up/think about signing up.

Organizer's Note: I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of very late sending, ill-communication, incomplete packages, lack of DC#'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap.
 

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Fabric/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Rd 2
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)


Do you have any allergies, specifically in materials that may be used in jewelry and will be laying on your skin (i.e. metal, wool, etc)?

What styles do you enjoy (bohemian, ethnic, hippy, etc)?

What styles do you not enjoy?

What kind of jewelry do you like wearing (earrings, necklaces, etc)? Please include a description of your preferred lengths and other relevant details.

What kind of jewelry do you not like wearing?

Do you like flashy statement pieces, or something more subtle?

What are your favorite colors/color combinations?

What colors do you not like?

Are there any particular techniques you'd love to receive (i.e. knit, macrame, assemblage, sewn, etc)?

Are there any particular techniques you'd rather not receive?

Pinterest? Links? Stalking aids?

Want to go beyond the minimum requirement?

Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures?

Anything else you would like for your partner to know about you...


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

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

Approved Swappers:
sheepBlue
Powerhouseofthecell
Abbeeroad
Mistress Jennie
curiousfae
faemystique
craftylittlemonkey
Rosie1981


Partners:

faemystique : sheepBlue

Mistress Jennie : Powerhouseofthecell

craftylittlemonkey : curiousfae

Abbeeroad : Rosie1981
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Great British Bake Off Swap Gallery on: June 11, 2019 12:31:54 PM


Bakers! Please place your bakes on the gingham Alter!



Mistress Jennie <> PerfectlyBohemian
LeapFeetFirst <> fluffypants
kbrison <> patty_o_furniture
Abbeeroad <> sheepBlue
ChameleonHound <> MissingWillow

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5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Going Buggy - Stumpwork Bugs on: June 03, 2019 05:41:13 PM
I'm not sure what inspired me to make all these. I blame it on a phase  Cheesy I typically stitch from reference photos but for some of these I went rogue and added different colors or patterning. For any that are directly inspired, I'm including the reference pictures for fun.







































*photo credit the critter above goes to PerfectlyBohemian who received this in the In-Person Swap at the 2019 Craftster Meetup in Asheville (thank you!)




















I'd love to hear any thoughts or comments  Smiley Thanks for looking.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / CLOSED - Great British Bake Off Swap (SO 6/17) on: May 07, 2019 06:50:05 AM
GALLERY



Swap name: Great British Bake Off Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: sheepBlue
Sign-up date range: 5/7-5/14
Date to send item by: 6/17

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



Anyone else obsessed with The Great British Bake Off? I could listen to the soothing tones of Mary Berry praising a bake all day. We'll be making a medium and a small for our partner, and any extras will need to be discussed before sending (these are not required)! Let's share our disgust of soggy bottoms, our delight at who gets named star baker, and have fun crafting for this amazing show.

*PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to send a perishable item for your medium or your small (please check with your partner to make sure they'd appreciate this), your other item MUST be non-perishable; we want a keepsake from this swap that doesn't get eaten!  Cheesy


Some ideas to craft:
- woodburned mixing spoon/cutting board/etc
- decorated apron
- "Star Baker" embroidered patch
- festive British bunting to decorate one's kitchen like the baking tent
- shirt with funny GBBO quotes
- etched cookware
- crocheted hot dish carrier for your amazing bakes!
- edibles that will hold up in transit (no baked alaskas please!)


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Great British Bake Off 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: (YES/NO)

Do you have any allergies, or ethical product concerns?

Does your home contain any allergens your partner should be aware of?

Is there anything specific you'd like crafted for you?

Anything you really do not want?

What things and/or mediums do you like to craft?

What are your favorite colors/patterns?

What colors/patterns do you hate?

Favorite flavors and smells?

Do you have a pinterest?

Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood?

Are there any episodes, challenges, quotes, or memorable things about GBBO that you love?

Would you like something decorative or practical, or both?

Anything additional you'd like to share?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Swappers:
sheepBlue
Mistress Jennie
Abbeeroad
LeapFeetFirst
MissingWillow
kbrison
patty_o_furniture
PerfectlyBohemian
ChameleonHound
fluffypants

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PARTNERS:

Mistress Jennie <> PerfectlyBohemian
LeapFeetFirst <> fluffypants
kbrison <> patty_o_furniture
Abbeeroad <> sheepBlue
ChameleonHound <> MissingWillow
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Great British Bake Off Swap on: April 30, 2019 10:06:51 AM


Anyone else obsessed with GBBO? It is my go-to background noise that is so soothing and pleasant to watch. Anyone interested in a smallish swap - let's say a medium and a small, and share our disgust of soggy bottoms, our delight at who gets named star baker, and have fun crafting for this amazing show.

Any takers?

Some ideas to craft:
- woodburned mixing spoon
- canned/jarred/baked noms (food) if partners are agreeable to consumables
- decorated apron
- "Star Baker" embroidered patch
- festive British bunting to decorate one's kitchen like the baking tent
- shirt with funny GBBO quotes
- woodburned cutting board
- etched cookware
- crocheted hot dish carrier for your amazing bakes!
- bakeables that will hold up in transit (no baked alaskas please!)
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My mad science experiment - many failures and something pretty in the end! on: February 21, 2019 05:40:59 PM


Hello! It's been a while since I felt like I've made anything worth posting in its own thread but here we are  Smiley I've been slowly digging myself out of a crafting lull and when I was paired with a recent partner who is a science teacher and loves science-themed things I was struck with inspiration.

I've seen art inspired by petri dish cultures and thought it'd be neat to make an art piece along those lines. I discovered a neat technique where you pour resin in a mold and then drip colored alcohol inks and white alcohol ink (this part is particularly special from what I gather - it's what makes it work) to create a really cool textural effect. All the youtube videos I watched make the whole process look very straight-forward.....whereas I had some technical difficulties...  Roll Eyes

Like any good scientist, I had a few trials, so I thought it'd be fun to document them here and share some of my thoughts on my successes and failures in case anyone else wants to try this.

First of all, I bought real petri dishes. They ended up being smaller than I expected. Maybe half as small as your average petri dish. But they were the perfect thing to pour the resin into because I didn't have a mold (at the time). These are from Batch #1:



I actually had 9 of these that turned out similarly - these were the best of them. Unfortunately it wasn't what I hoped. I had used Tim Holtz alcohol inks - I had blue, purple, and an assortment of earthy colors, brown, ocher, butterscotch, etc. and rather than layering and giving a mix of colors, they all blended and turned into one over all tone, and then too much of the alcohol ink dropped to the bottom of the dish obscuring any sort of drippy texture and depth. You can sort of see in the picture below what is hidden by all the splotches on top.



So, while it does have kind of a weird brainy look to it that is cool, I was disappointed that it wasn't what I was going for. So onto Batch #2!











This was probably my most successful batch. Its textured, doesn't have too much of the "splotching" effect that covers up everything, and while the colors mixed a bit more than I wanted, there's still a little bit of variation overall rather than just a solid color. What did I do differently? Well, first of all, I bought Pinata alcohol inks which look like the other major seller vs Tim Holtz. I'm not sure if maybe my other inks were old (do they get old?) or maybe a thinner consistency? I'm not sure. But these seem to work better. Second thing I did differently was to be very careful about not mixing bubbles into my resin - not that I was so careless before, but I was even more careful about it now. And I didn't drip in as much alcohol ink. I wonder if it all dropped to the bottom because I put too much? Anyway, this ended up being my most successful batch sadly, because onto Batch 3:



This time I bought a mold! And the picture above illustrates the backsides just after I finished dropping in the inks - so pretty. This has a tragic ending though, because the resin didn't cure completely on parts of them....



That mold is still waiting to get cleaned *le sigh*

And the finished products:









Interestingly enough, the extra depth I was able to pour allowed for more texture to develop and look awesome! but they were very tacky, and in the one case is still a drippy mess! If anyone has any ideas for how to salvage these bits I'd love to hear it. I can't bring myself to throw them out, but they're not really usable for anything either. Ugh look at this mess...



So time for one last batch - Batch #4!

I had a few more petri dishes left so as one last attempt I thought I'd fill them up and gamble one last time (for now). Here's what I got...









Again a bit more pooling at the bottom than I would have liked. I think it may have been another case of too much alcohol ink layering....who knows. I'm taking a break because as a wise woman once said, it's an expensive hobby to keep throwing the bad batches out.

In the end, I made this pretty thing that was really hard to send away.



Would love to hear your thoughts on where I went wrong! Or your experiences if you try it out  Cheesy What am I doing wrong???
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My RBG Christmas Wish on: December 12, 2018 04:40:51 PM


It's been a long time since I dabbled in papercrafts, but had some fun with my holiday cards this year. It started with this doodle...



Which turned into this...



I scanned the image and printed them out on printable sticker paper (well, really they were large printable labels, but I'm resourceful). Stuck the stickers to a bunch of blank cards I had on hand, punched out some more sticker paper leaves colored with green markers (technically they're an oak like leaf but it did the trick for looking festive), and did dots of red puffy paint for berries. The longest part was doing all of the lettering for each card.

And now I'm reminded of why it's hit or miss when it comes to holiday cards, because by the end of the process I'm pretty thoroughly sick of them haha.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / MFM Podcast Swap Gallery on: March 16, 2018 10:53:27 AM


Post your awesome stuff when you receive!

curiousfae <> monkey_girl
sheepBlue <> Acadian Driftwood

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