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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Make Something For My New ______ Swap! (Gallery) on: October 11, 2010 06:08:37 PM
  • Sent
  • Received
  • Sent & Received
  • Feedback Given
  • Sending Late (with communication)
  • Contact Organizer ASAP

  • Sinellia <---> bubblegum_phoenix
  • rainysunshine789 <---> CamOovas
  • goddessgarb <---> jungianwanderer
  • Sherrie B, UT <---> Burgz
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Googly Eye Bracelet on: September 13, 2010 08:30:46 PM
This is a bracelet I made as a bday gift for an 11 year old - nothing fancy, just googly eyes and jump rings. I think it turned out very cute though!!! I'll probably make her some hair clips to go with it.

23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Felt Flower Bouquet (Pics +++) on: September 13, 2010 08:05:17 PM
I made this for someone in the July Bday Swap and just realized I hadn't started a thread for it. I wanted to show it off with more detail because, although I have VERY limited experience in embroidery not with felt and don't have very good tools, I'm quite happy with the results!

I started by making templates for the flowers, then cut out several of each shape and colour and assembled them with glue. Once that was dry, I embroidered each flower, they are all totally different. Finally, passed a wire through two holes of a white button, poked through the flower and through 2 holes of clear buttons (underneath petals) and twisted it tightly enough that neither of the buttons wobbled if you shook it around. Making the bouquet was a lot of trial and error (it's harder to place felt flowers than fresh!), and when I was satisfied, flora-taped the wires together, added a little padding (paper towel), taped over that, then covered with the ribbon which is held down by decorative pins. Oh, and I put a circle of green felt under the flowers to hide the wires.

Thanks for looking! C & C more than welcome Wink
24  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Make Something For My New ______ Swap! on: September 10, 2010 06:06:10 PM
Swap name: Make Something For My New ______ Swap!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Burgz
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap: jungianwanderer
Sign-up date range: Sept. 10th - Sept. 24th
Date to send item by: October 18th

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

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

Additional Age requirement?  None

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:

There's always something new coming into our lives - it can be anything (new job, new baby, new home, new computer, new mp3 player, new tv, new camera, new hobby, new pet, new relationship, new school year, new haircut... well,  you get the idea). I'd don't know about you, but I always get really excited when I get new stuff! So, I though it'd be nice to make something for someone's new dada.

This swap will be for a medium and a small (3 points) - though you can agree on a 5 point swap with your partner.


  By Time                                     By Size                                                                                                                              By Price                                       By Point
  - Large = 3 or more hours       -  Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse.    - Large = $30 or more               - Large = 3 points
  - Medium = 2 or more hours   - Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf                                                      - Medium = $10-$30 dollars    - Medium = 2 points
  - Small = 2 or less hours         - Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks                                           - Small = $10 or less                - Small = 1 point

Communication is golden!

When you send organizer a PM regarding swap, please put the following in the subject line:

  • Something For My New - Questionnaire
  • Something For My New - Sent
  • Something For My New - Received
  • Something For My New - Other

Additional swap requirements:

  • You must send at PM to your partner, the organizer, AND the co-organizer when you send or receive.
  • Please PM your partner, the organizer, AND the co-organizer in the event that you will be away for a while.
  • If you will be sending late, you must advise your partner, the organizer, AND the co-organizer as soon as possible.
  • You must post pictures of the package you have received within reasonable delay, if you cannot, please ask your partner to do so.
  • Please post a message in the thread occasionally just to let us know you're still there and crafting away.
  • Please take pictures of what you've made before sending (in case your partner can't or the package gets lost).
  • You must HAVE FUN!

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 new thing would you like something for (1 is fine but if you can name 2, it would really help your partner)? -
What items would you like to receive (name at least 3)?

What are your favourite colours/patterns/themes:
What colours/patterns/themes do you dislike:
Is there any you DON'T want to receive? -
Do you have a wists, etsy favourites, or ravelry accounts or another website (ex blog)?
Anything else you would like your partner to know? -

Do you have any allergies? -
Are there any allergens in your home? -

What crafts can you do? -
Do you prefer doing a 3 or 5 point swap? -
In the event of an uneven number of swappers, are you willing to do a "Round Robin" swap (i.e. A sends to B, B sends to C, and C sends to A)? -
Do you have access to a camera to take pictures of your package? -


* Don't be afraid to ask if you're unsure about anything! *

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


25  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / "No Pretension" Scarf on: August 30, 2010 09:28:58 PM
Back when I had access to a Saori loom (boy do I ever miss that loom), I made this scarf. Unfortunately, the loom wasn't working properly for this project, so I had close to no tension at all (hence the wonky edges). Nevertheless, it's the prettiest thing (IMO) I've woven. So, when I was asked to give it a name - "No Pretension" seemed to fit perfectly! It's already gotten a lot of wear though, so it's a little wrinkled...

As always, thanks for looking!
26  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Saori Introduction Scarf on: August 30, 2010 09:16:30 PM
The first time I attempted weaving, I was put in front of a Saori loom with a basket of yarn scraps. I'm very happy with the results though! The limited amount of each colour choice made me have to use many so it goes with everything! It's already gotten a lot of wear, so sorry if it looks a little wrinkled.

Thanks for looking!
27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A Few of My Drawings (Pic Heavy) on: August 30, 2010 08:59:35 PM
Here's about half of this kind of drawing I've done, I'll pos thte other ones when they come out of storage. They were drawn back in 2008, mostly during a lengthy hospital stay. They are all done with pencil crayons (except the last one which is markers) and measure 11x14.

Thanks for looking!
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Long Cabled Mitts (with Pseudo-Tutorial) on: August 28, 2010 12:31:47 AM
I made these mittens for the Yarnies vs Sewist swap and am very happy with the result! I didn't use a pattern, I just winged it as I went along but since several people have requested it, I've detailed out as best I could how I made them (w/ explanation of abbreviations at the bottom). First, the pictures:

  • What I basically did is draw up my cabling pattern (I had 6 cables), then I started at the bottom with 50 fdc. SEE BOTTOM OF POST FOR CABLE PATTERN.
  • I did fpdc on the right side (fptr when crossing cables) and bpdc on wrong side rows, doing a sc in st between each post (rs & ws) so there wouldn't be any big gaps.
  • My basic stitch for the "plain' part was (dc, sc in sc from prev row, skip next dc).

  • A few rows before the wrist, I started reducing (that part is tucked inside under the glove, so it doesn't  really matter if it looks good).
  • At the wrist, I joined with a sl st at the end of each row, turned and continued as before, always joining.
  • At that point I started increasing as I went along (measuring it on my hand).
  • At the right height, ch 2 and sl st in other side of the glove to leave an opening for the thumb; continuing back and forth stitching in ch 2 and leaving the thumb part undone.
  • At the top, I reduced gradually to make it nice and rounded, reducing number of cables as well (fpdctog cables 1-2, 3-4, 5-6) then, next right side row, (fpdctog cables 1-2-3).
  • I made the thumb separately (starting top down) but using the same stitch motif and attached it afterwards.

  • Finally, I ended by rejoining the yarn at the top back of the glove (the place that will be tucked inside, just below the wrist) and did an sc row along the edge to give it a more polished look, and continued along the bottom to do the finishing ribbing (fpdc, bpdc).
  • Then, I turned and did a sc border along the side that will have the button holes, continuing back & forth along that edge in main stitch pattern to make a flap, in which I made 5 buttonholes (ch 2, skip next (sc, dc)).
  • The buttons are exactly the same as I made these.

  • Crocheted with a 5 mm hook and Red Heart Eco-Ways Yarn (3372 - Petal). I used about 1 skein per mitten.
  • For the left and right mitts, I made the cables (see the thumbnail at the bottom of this post) at opposite ends of the fdc (made after first 8 dc for left hand and before last 8 dc for right hand).
  • I also worked both pieces simultaneously so they would be exactly the same.

I has some extra yarn left so I decided to make a matching headband:

<--- Click on picture to see a detail of the cable pattern. Where the cables cross, full lines represent the cables on top and the broken lines are the cables underneath (sorry about the poor quality of the picture).

Hope this helps!!! If anything's unclear, let me know and I'll try to explain it some other way Wink

Comments, (constructive) critisism, and suggestions are always more than welcome

st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
rs = right side
ws = wrong side
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
fdc = foundation double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet
fptr = front post treble crochet
fpdctog = front post double crochet together
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Make Something For My New _________ Swap? on: August 26, 2010 07:07:14 AM
Okay, here's my idea... there's always something new coming into our lives - it can be anything (new job, new baby, new home, new computer, new mp3 player, new tv, new camera, new hobby, new pet, new relationship, new school year, new look... well,  you get the idea). I'd don't know about you, but I always get really excited when I get new stuff! So, I though it'd be nice to make something for someone's new dada.

I was thinking about making this a medium and a small.
I'd be willing to organize but I would like to have a co-organizer if this gets big.

Would this swap interest anyone?
30  COOKING / Dessert / Fishbowl & Cat Cake on: July 15, 2010 09:03:58 PM
My BFF's daughter is celebrating her 11th birthday tomorrow and I was asked to make the cake.

I don't have much experience in cake decorating so much of this was trial and error...
There is MUCH room for improvement, so I'll be sharing how I proceeded and the lessons learned.

The perfectionist in me is fighting the urge to NOT present this to the large group attending - but it's still very cute and time does not permit a remake (though I would gladly eat this one all to myself). It looks like I'll have to step on my ego a bit, taking comfort in knowing she'll love it!

First off, here are some pictures:

Steps & Recipes:
  • The birthday girl is allergic to lactose, so I replaced any milk in the recipes with vanilla almond milk and consequently omitted vanilla extract.
  • The cake recipe (the best & easiest chocolate cake recipe ever) can be found here. Sugar was lowered to 1 1/3 cups.
  • Baked in two round 8-inch cake pans. My oven is broken so I had to bake them one at a time in my convection toaster-oven and so, had to lower the baking temp to 325F.
  • The icing is my mom's recipe, flavoured with almond extract and coloured blue.
  • Between the two cake layers is some rosehip jam mixed in with some icing (before colouring).
  • The cat's "fur" is make with toasted coconut, to which I added some sugar & a little water, and boiled to the soft ball stage.
  • The cat's eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers (outlined with white piping gel), as well as the goldfish and the fishbowl's "rim" are made of (store-bought) marizipan, which I coloured.
  • For the watery effect, I mixed in some agar-agar with water and sugar (1tbsp agar flakes for 1 cup of liquid), boiled until fully dissolved, then spooned on when partially set (mostly filling in cavities between the cat and the fish) but covering everything; then I allowed to cool completely. I then made another, smaller, batch which was more concentrated in agar-agar (about 1 tbsp for a 1/2 cup of liquid), and brushed it over top with a pastry brush, making sure everything was covered.
  • I then made another, smaller, batch which was more concentrated in agar-agar (about 1 tbsp for a 1/2 cup of liquid), and brushed it over top with a pastry brush, making sure everything was covered.
  • The sides were made to look like waves using a fork.
  • I had intended on making the cat lick its lips, but I forgot to add the tongue prior to the agar-agar mixture. Undecided

  • Next time, I would make the whole picture with different items/candy because the marzipan's colours had a tendency to bleed once the agar was added.
  • I would also omit the piping gel, which clouded up the "water".
  • I'll also try using an apricot glaze prior to frosting because I had a hard time to not have cake crumbs in the icing.
  • I liked the coconut, but the water & sugar made it loose much of its colour. Maybe use coloured coconut instead of toasted?

Hope my "adventure" can inspire and/or enhance your next cake decorating endeavor.
Your expertise and suggestions are more than welcome!
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