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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / A full, delicious, 6.5 feet of cupcakes and cheesecake! on: July 02, 2008 06:26:45 PM
ETA: I don't have the dimensions for the cake stand, we wrote them on various scraps of paper and they have long since disappeared, sorry! It's pretty easy, just decide on the biggest diameter you want for the bottom, and what looks good for the smaller layers from there. For the styrofoam, I just decided how much I wanted it to fill on the inside, and did two of each size so they were proportional to the boards.

We had 165 cupcakes and lots of mini cheesecake bites, along with flowers and greenery- there was definitely plenty of space! If you packed in the cupcakes you should easily be able to fit 300+.

My biggest DIY project for my wedding was the cupcake tree, and it was a LOT of work! Thankfully everyone pitched in and we got it done. We based it off this picture we found in a Sam's Club mailer a few years ago, so my sister (wootwoot) used her impressive math skills to calculate the size of each layer of the stand based off the width of the little girl's head in the picture!

We made the layers from 1/2" MDF from Home Depot, cut them with the jigsaw for basic shape, and then used the router and a circle bit to smooth the edges and round off the top of them.
We painted them white and cut circles in the middle with a forster bit.
The center pieces separating the layers were 6" styrofoam cake dummies we covered in white wrapping paper and cut holes in the middle as well.
The base is an octagonal elevated contraption my parents use as the Christmas Tree stand every year, with boards holding up a curtain rod, which went through the holes in each piece to support the tree.

Whew! I'm sure that was confusing, so here are pictures, the part you're really here for!

With us, for scale. My husband is 6', so I'm guessing it was at least 6'6", but we never measured the final product.

And, the picture we based it off of, for comparison.

Thanks for looking! Let me know if you need more explanation, it's impossible to find any instructions on how to make something like this, I searched everywhere, so I'd be happy to help anyone!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / "I was wonderin' if, uh, you wouldn't mind marryin' me very much"-Rocky Monkey on: December 18, 2007 09:33:37 PM
Ok, This is definitely due to be posted.
I made a Rocky Sock Monkey for my (now) fianc in July. He had been gone for two years for a Church mission, and our only communication during that time was letter writing. So, I wanted to make him something he would like, but nothing too major in case things didn't work out:) Obviously, they did, and we are getting married May 17, 2008.

On to Rocky-
I machine stitched his body following this awesome tutorial, and I was definitely inspired by therealgigantor's Mr. T.
I knit his hat, just a 2x2 rib, and HAND-SEWED his clothing from a grey sock. I really wanted the sweatsuit, and it took me forever. There is an elastic band with a snap to fit it over his tail, although I never made any other clothes, so he doesn't change. One day I want to make his Converse too, and of course an Adrian as well.

Doing his sit-ups and lunges to get ready for the fight

Demonstrating his hood with working ties to keep his head warm

And, showing off his incredibly unflattering high-waisted sweats, and the tail snap

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed posing him for them!

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Magic Yarn Ball Swap 5 Gallery on: June 21, 2007 03:43:34 PM
Post your goodies here!

original thread here

late with communication
late with no communication- PM ME!
sent and received
finished with feedback

craftycoug <--> yarnisfun
chieffa <--> yarn_mafia
born2bwild <--> wobblerat
stargazersewer <--> meganlorraine
hollylynne <--> frogeyesalad
smithyboy <--> mezofoprezo
crumpet79 <--> eye_on_sparrow
Nutella <--> atomeve
baby-bumblebee --> zenochka
zenochka --> junwin
junwin --> baby-bumblebee
rhinestonextract <--> lapoli
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 5 (Sign-ups CLOSED; Send by 6/26/07) on: June 01, 2007 05:01:32 PM
Swap name: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 5   
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: frogeyesalad
Sign-up date range: 6/1/07-6/8/07
Date to send item by: 6/26/07

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

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

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  All ages; under 16 need a parent's permission and must have a way to keep in contact and to get to the post office for shipping.

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

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

Details of swap:
This is the MAGIC YARN BALL SWAP!!  You will send your partner a project kit consisting of a one-skein pattern and yarn of corresponding weight/length for the pattern. The really fun part is that you will first make the yarn into a "magic yarn ball."  This means that you re-wind the yarn yourself, hiding little trinkets and treats inside the yarn as you go.  Some ideas already suggested include tiny toys; candy; crafting supplies; jewelry; hairthings. 
A good description of a Magic Yarn Ball is here:  http://whipup.net/2006/04/25/kids-yarn-project-the-magic-wool-ball/.
Round one gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=116415.0
Round two gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=134703.0
Round three gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=147775.0
Round four gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=166526.0

Since we're all crafty people, it goes without saying that we should craft some of the treats ourselves. I suggest, as a guideline, 15-20 things in the yarn ball and 4-5 of them be small crafts made by yourself. Feel free to exceed these guidelines (though, as with all swaps, don't go too overboard), and check out the previous rounds’ galleries for inspiration. If you spend more money or time on some things, they might count for a little more, but since the point of this swap is to have lots and lots of tiny items for itty-bitty doses of joy, it's more in keeping with the spirit of the swap to make things small and have more of them.

When you sign up, let your partner know if you already know what you want the yarn for (ex. "I would like yarn so I can make the MagKnits Sophie Bag"); or, if you have a general idea (ex. "I would like yarn and a pattern for a felt handbag"); or, if you just want a surprise pattern. If you have more than one idea for a pattern, feel free to give your partner a choice of patterns to choose from.

This is for one-skein or one-ball projects. However, there is a question on the sign-up questionnaire about doing a pattern with more than one skein. If this interests you, give a range of skeins (ex. "I'll swap for 1-3 skeins") and I'll do my best to match people up by that.

Please don't ask your partner to supply you with a photocopied pattern from a book (which is against copyright). There are tons of free patterns out there online- this is a great opportunity to get that special yarn for an online project you've been meaning to try.


1.  Post at least once in this thread so we can communicate with you easily.
2.  US participants must get a DC number.  International shippers keep your receipts as proof of shipping.  Failure to do this will be noted in your feedback and if your package does not arrive you will have to resend.  If you have proof of shipping and your package doesn't arrive I will get a swap angel and you will still get positive feedback.
3.  Communicate!  When you have shipped, pm the DC number to me and your partner.  If you are going to be late, let me know by the shipping deadline.  If I do not hear from you, you will receive NEGATIVE feedback, preventing you from signing up for more swaps until you have cleared it up.   
4. If this is your first swap please read: (https://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html) to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
5. Feedback- the following will be noted a play a part in feedback
-  Early/Late sending
-  Good/poor communication
-  DC number
-  Didn't post pictures: failed to post pictures of what they received without an adequate explanation to their partner
- Send within the guidelines of the swap: Didn't send enough items, sent too many store bought items instead of handcrafted, or clearly didn't put in enough effort. Borderline cases won't get this feedback, so if you look at the other galleries and read the guidelines you'll be fine.
6. Put some effort into your swap package! Do some research on your partner. Check post history, signature, and profile links for little details that will help personalize your package. It makes it a lot of fun for your AND your partner!
7. Post Pictures: If you don't have a digital camera, you can still join the swap, just make sure you tell me in the questionnaire. Everyone wants to see what you received, and it also gives you a chance to thank your partner and let them know their efforts were appreciated.
8. Items that are Not Allowed in Swap Packages:
- Anything that is illegal in the U.S. or wherever you are sending your package to or from.
- Any items that have a legal age requirement to consume in the U.S. such as tobacco, alcohol, pornography etc.
- Mixed CDs containing copyrighted music or similar, including copied software, CDs, DVDs, etc.?

If you want to participate, copy this form, fill it out, and PM it to the organizer:

Name of swap: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 5
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your country?:
Do you have a digital camera to take pictures of what you receive?:

What one-ball/skein project(s) do you want to make with your magic ball? (if you know what pattern you want, include the link to that. Or, indicate if you prefer a surprise):
Are you interested in negotiating for a more than one skein pattern? About how many skeins?:
Do you want a pattern for knit/crochet or something else?:
For the above, please indicate your skill level so you get a pattern that suits you:
Stitches/techniques you like best or want to experiment with:
Favorite colors:
Preferred yarn types (e.g. wool, acrylic, cotton, etc.):
Do you spin, or are you willing to swap at least some handspun yarn if not an entire skein as part of your package?:
Are you interested in receiving handspun yarn?:
Any yarn (or other) allergies?:
Any cats or other common allergens in your home?:
Things you can make to go in the magic yarn ball (this question will be edited out before sending to partners):
Things you would like to receive in the magic yarn ball:
Anything else you want your partner to know:

Approved Swappers:
1. frogeyesalad
2. yarnisfun
3. yarn_mafia
4. wobblerat
5. meganlorraine
6. CraftyCoug
7. mezofoprezo
8. smithyboy
9. eye_on_sparrow
10. baby-bumblebee
11. stargazersewer
12. hollylynne
13. chieffa
14. atomeve
15. zenochka
16. junwin
17. nutella
18. rhinestonextract
19. lapoli
20. Born2bWild
21. crumpet79

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Minwax Polycrylic- even close to Varathane? on: April 13, 2007 06:43:28 PM
I really need a better finish for polymer clay, and I REALLY want to try varathane. Just my luck that no stores near me carry it in smaller than a quart. I am open to ordering it, but has anyone tried Minwax Polycrylic? It seems to be essentially the same thing- water based, crystal clear, clean with soap and water, etc. I just don't know if it's worth buying the half pint or just ordering varathane.

Help please!! Diane B., I know you're out there:) I checked out your site, but didn't find anything about the Minwax.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Memory Wire HELP!! (Or any nice and sturdy 32 gauge wire) on: April 05, 2007 09:14:11 PM
I am looking for a 32 gauge wire that will hold it's shape, but not a circular shape. I currently have plain beading wire, and it just crumples when I touch the shape. I'm looking for something that will allow me to make straight lines and sharp edges and still keep it's shape when smashed down, etc. Memory wire, from the name, seems like the way to go, but I can't find anything on craftster about bending it, other than making little loops, and I'm afraid it won't give up its circular shape. There won't be any beads or anything on the wire, and I don't know if that makes it better or worse.

Your help is appreciated!!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Baby Blanket! on: February 11, 2007 07:15:29 PM
This is the first blanket I have knit...and probably my largest project to date! Took me a couple months, and I spent a lot of time knitting during class too. I used discontinued CottonEase my sister snatched up at Tuesday Morning, and then finished it with a nice satin binding (which not only gave it a finished look, but hid my poorly done edges). I held the yarn doubled and worked the whole thing in seed stitch, which is probably why it took so long, but I wanted the blanket to be reversible!

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