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3881  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: June 07, 2013 07:44:31 AM
Abbee, love the new avatar!
3882  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Namaste - Yoga and Mindful Living Swap (SIGNUP 5/13/13-5/27/13 ; MAIL BY 6/28/13 on: June 06, 2013 01:36:57 PM
I wish I had seen this swap before it closed!  So sorry to miss out on it.  (Note, Jennie is typing this in her yoga clothes after just getting back from an amazing practice.)  I'll have to stalk your gallery and hope for another round later this summer.  Cheesy
3883  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: IYP 23: Summer Do-Si-Do Signups closed! Sendouts 6/10/13 on: June 06, 2013 01:31:08 PM
Left work an hour early.  Pulled out the big tools.  Time to make a little mess!
3884  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 87 ENTRIES / Re: Die cut leather bookmarks on: June 06, 2013 11:55:04 AM
Love them onyxnox!
3885  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: June 06, 2013 05:24:55 AM
They're lovely WhistleFish!  The colors you chose work so well together.  Beautifully done.  Smiley
3886  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 23: Summer Do Si Do GALLERY!! on: June 05, 2013 07:22:37 PM
I received the most stunning and generous package today from sheepBlue.  Please forgive me for the fact that I'm about to post a TON of pictures, but there was just so much to show you all, I couldn't help it.  When we decided to swap I asked sheepBlue for a Teesha Moore style bag, based on all my many loves and interests.  I can't believe just how many things she managed to incorporate!  Let's take a look...

Patch for my beloved home state of New Hampshire, complete with our state motto.

The wand that chose me!

Some of the very best advice I've ever heard.  When in doubt, make tea.

A Doctor Who Gallifreyan patch.

In order to not take over the entire thread, here are thumbnails of many of the other patches on this side of the bag.  Please check them out!

Onto the other side of the bag!

The Deathly Hallows.

One of my all time favorite quotes from Harry Potter.

Time is flying!

Sewing patch.  (Incidentally sheepBlue, I made a quilt out of this same fabric for my Costume Shop!  It sits on the couch in my office.  Wink)

Lovely art nouveau lady.

It seems I somehow forgot to get detail shots of the amazing skull patch and the silhouette patch.  I'll try to get them tomorrow sheep!

And as if that masterpiece of stitching wasn't enough, we go onto the other goodies she included.

A cute Hogwarts crest button on an adorable little zippered TARDIS pouch....

....which was filled with goodies!  Lots of bits and bobs for making jewelry and shrines!  I can't wait to use some of these in the shrines I'm making pinkleo for the Shrine Swap!

Some awesome wax seals that say things like "official seal of approval", a beautifully stamped card, and a baby Weeping Angel.  Don't blink!

sheepBlue has some amazing screen printing skills, and she showed them off here with a beautiful Steampunk print...

...and a lovely teacup print!  This one is just so stunning, and the colors are so very me.  My only problem is in deciding just what I want to do with it to show it off to it's best advantage!

And finally, something to enjoy while crafting.  Tea of course!  English Breakfast to be exact, in the funniest mug I've ever seen.  The text on the inside of the rim reads, "Fancy a strong brew?"

So there you have it, the most amazing and generous swap package ever received.  Thank you so very very much my dear sheepBlue.  Your stitching is simply stunning and I can't wait to show my tote off to everyone I know!  Having bits and pieces of fabrics from my own stash worked into it gives it so much meaning too, every time I see it I'll think both of you, and of the quilts I've made for close friends and family.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

(Runs off to stitch more on sheepBlue's art quilt....)
3887  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: IYP 23: Summer Do-Si-Do Signups closed! Sendouts 6/10/13 on: June 05, 2013 09:03:03 AM
My package from sheepBlue is out for delivery!  I'm so excited!!!
3888  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: June 05, 2013 08:55:17 AM
*deep breath*  I have a NEWT proposal!

NEWT Subject: Transfiguration
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: The Blue Butterfly
Project Page Link (if available): http://corsetmaking.com/laughing-moon-patterns/CMS-P-LM100.html
Brief Description: I believe this is well-suited to the Transfiguration requirements, because I will be taking a LOT of different supplies and transfiguring them into 1 item.  Additionally, a corset is an object that literally transfigures your body!  It will also help me to "vanish" into the crowd at Ren Faire.  (It will also vanish some of my waist, LOL!)  This is a big undertaking for me as it will be the most complicated sewing project I have taken on to date!

Moonflame, I have made this pattern many times here at work, and have both attended and taught workshops on building this corset.  (I run a theatrical costume shop at a university.)  It is a very well written pattern, but there are steps that seem confusing just because the supplies are unfamiliar.  I promise, corset making is not as scary as it's made out to be!  Cheesy  Also, I'd recommend using the "sandwhich" method of piecing it, rather than piecing the outer fashion fabric & the inner coutil separately if possible.  It makes for a much simpler and much neater corset.  (Less wonky pull lines where seems might not match perfectly.)  

Since you are only making one corset, you may wish to look into supplies available from CorsetMaking.com.  They sell items in small quantities (usually as little as 1 of something), rather than some of the other vendors I know, who only sell in bulk.  Their prices are slightly higher per bone/yard/grommet, but if you're only buying enough to make one corset, it's not bad at all. Vendors like Richard the Thread sell for less per piece, but you have to buy a dozen of something to get the better price, which usually works out to hundreds of dollars per order from them.  If you have questions about corset making, you're welcome to ask, and I can *try* to answer via the internet.  
3889  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: June 05, 2013 07:47:56 AM
Is there a particular reason Slytherin house has no extra credit, but all the other houses do? or am I just missing this somewhere?

noodle-bug is exactly right.  Each "Head of House" is able to set up extra credit or any other fun challenges they wish within their own house.  The HoH for Slytherin is the lovely Ant Bee (who is also the exceptionally busy SPEW President).  If you are interested in having an extra credit challenge set up, perhaps you could team up with her to see if there is enough interest in your house for one, and perhaps create one together.  Feel free to send her a PM. Smiley
3890  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! on: June 05, 2013 07:41:03 AM
Project Name: 3 Baby Quilts
Team/Ninja: Team-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

Brief Description: My sister in law is expecting her first son this summer and one of my cousins has just had her second daughter. Since I never got around to a quilt for first baby, I will be making one for each of them! For my SIL's son I'm going with a simple pattern of stripes of fabric, alternating between solids and prints.  (So really, no specific pattern to link to.)  It should be approximately 42" x 50" or 42" x 58" when completed.  The fabrics will all be coming from my stash, and I hope to work on it a little bit every day after I get out of work. For the girls I will be making two quilts of the same pattern, but with different color schemes. The pattern is the Giant Star Block Quilt by Jeni at In Color Order.  The pattern is quite big, so I'm going scale it down to make them a bit more kid sized.  One will be Lime & Raspberry, and the other will be Turquoise & Mustard.  Both will have either off white or charcoal as the background color.   
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