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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Decorate my house swap? on: April 23, 2009 04:36:07 PM
I think it would be super neat to have a "decorate my house" swap, where you could send your partner a picture of a room that you're working on (or maybe even post it on the thread?) Or a room that you've done some work to already-and have that partner make you a wall hanging or anything that would match. (ex.- pillowcases for bedroom, shower curtain for bathroom, dish towels for kitchen, etc)

I've been working on my red and black kitchen forever and I think you craftsters would know just the last little bit it needs!

Any comments or interest? I don't know if i could organize until mid may, but I do think it would be fun Smiley
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Teeny tiny Coraline doll on: April 20, 2009 06:32:23 PM
I had the HARDEST time making her. I'm not great at sewing by hand. And she was just so darn small! I put the hair on with needle and thread. Also put some tiny button eyes on there. Made the first part of her raincoat by hand but by the time i got to the front I had spent WAY too much time on a small for this Coraline Swap. Anyway, here she is.

I think I just need practice at making any kind of stuffed doll. I've had a HARD time making anything of the sort.
23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Coraline if she were real ;) on: April 20, 2009 06:28:58 PM
I made this for my swap partner in the Coraline swap, and worked super hard on it so I thought I'd post it here and get some opinions. I've got something I can post that's coraline related after my second partner receives too  Grin

I used a piece of cloth to texture her shirt, and a straight pin to texture her pants to look like corduroy. Her hands were great until I knocked off a thumb after baking. The only thing I really regret is using paint that was too thick on her face- you could see some brush strokes. I think I learned from it though Smiley

On to the pictures! (some were taken by my amazing partner, Deseree)


Body (this was my first time with any kind of armature- that's why the arms turned out kind of funny)

Shirt texture

The making of (before her hair was painted blue, and before I messed up the face paint)

It was my first polymer doll of any kind, and I think I did okay for my first try. I was kind of sad to send her away, but my partner seemed to like her Cheesy
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Coraline boxes on: April 20, 2009 06:20:14 PM
I made these boxes for my partner in the Coraline Swap. One is a book that I stained and attached a button to, and the other is a box that I stained and tried to antique, putting a wood "C" on the top that I antiqued myself from Michael's. I also put a large button in the bottom of the box.

Top view, closed

Front view, closed


Book and box. Taken by my lovely partner Smiley
25  UNITED STATES / South Carolina / Spartanburg/ Greenville meetups? on: April 07, 2009 06:37:45 AM
Would anyone be interested in meeting maybe once a month or more for general crafty-goodness? I've lived here all my life and just haven't found anyone who likes to craft on a regular basis. I live on the Westside of Spartanburg, near Westgate Mall. I've gotten into polymer clay work, just started teaching myself to crochet, basic (very basic) sewing, painting, drawing, jewelry/beading, and some home decorating.

I'd like to learn how to work with resin, spinning, and anything generally interesting.

PM me!
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "Make a Swap journal" swap on: April 02, 2009 02:07:24 PM
So I saw in a gallery that someone had made a "swap partner journal"

I think it would be really cool to put a journal together for your partner, making yourself whatever number in the book that you fall (ex. if your partner has participated in six swaps already, you'd leave six blank pages and put yourself as page seven, filling in your information for your partner and putting a bunch of blank pages after yours)

I just thought about making one for myself and went "oh! wouldn't it be cool if you had a swap partner make one for you?!)

Feedback? Has something like this already been done? I did a search and didn't turn up anything.
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Apple swap? on: April 02, 2009 02:01:58 PM
Not the fruit, silly Smiley

The computers! Or iPods. Or anything Apple makes, really. I work at an Apple Reseller near my hometown and find that my obsession runs pretty deep...

I can't organize a swap yet, I'm not even done with my first one...but I think it would be cool to craft things based on Apple products. Or made for your Apple products. You get the idea Cheesy

Let me know what you think and hopefully I can eventually make it happen!
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Car organizer transforms into a diaper bag! on: April 01, 2009 11:21:03 PM
So I made this last year for one of my friends (the first one to have a baby! everyone was so excited!) and took on this project. It was the biggest sewing project I've ever taken on and I'm really happy with the result.

The idea is:

You can undo the top part and fasten it around the headrest of your car, making it convenient to get to anything you need in the car. And then when you take your little one out of the car, it turns into a kind of mini-diaper bag for smaller trips so you don't have to carry the really heavy one.

Comments and criticism would be super-appreciated!
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for what to do with Apple keyboard keys? on: March 25, 2009 06:12:43 PM
So I work in an Apple Authorized computer store and repair center in SC. I've gotten all these leftover keys from broken top cases and would REALLY like to do something with them!

I thought about maybe just drilling tiny holes in the sides of them and doing maybe a simple jump ring necklace with shiny silver, but I'm not sure at all what I really want to do.

thanks in advance for any ideas guys!
30  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Gluing sculpey III? on: March 23, 2009 06:50:21 AM
So, I'm working on this project for a swap. Take it to work with me and put it in the seat of my car (to get opinions on what needs to be changed, etc.) and my purse falls over and crushes it. So it's cracked in like 3 places, and when the purse fell on it it bent the wire armature inside. So I'm afraid to bend it back and there's a huge gap in the item. What kind of glue can I use to repair this, if any? I've already painted the item and am afraid to re-bake it, or I would just fill the holes and bake again.

Any info would surely be appreciated!!
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