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251  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / October Wedding Quilt (Modern Twist Log Cabin) on: January 09, 2012 08:59:49 AM
I had hoped to get my sister-in-law Jennifer's wedding quilt done in time for her actual wedding in October, but with such a busy semester, it just didn't happen.  Instead she and her new husband Jeremy got it for Christmas. 



The pattern is Scrappy Trails by Carlene Westberg on Etsy.  It's clearly a simple Log Cabin block that I certainly could have figured out on my own, but I was wanting to try to save time by using pre-cut fabrics, and the pattern was labeled as being for charm packs and jelly rolls.  It listed the requirements as 1 charm pack & 1 jelly roll, but didn't give a number of squares or strips.
The fabric is the Grand Finale line by Sandy Gervais, available reasonably priced from another Etsy seller, Quilted Thimble Cottage.  (Loved this seller!)

As for the pattern, it was kind of a nightmare.  It started off by having you cut down all the charm squares into 4.5" blocks, instead of the 5" they already were.  Then I realized that I needed exactly 40 strips from the jelly roll, but both the roll and the charm back came with a color set of fabrics that just did NOT match the rest of the fabrics.  (Most were yellow, orange, brown & avacado, but a few were purple and teal.)  Long story short, I needed to resize the blocks in order to get a whole set out of each of the 30 matching strips.  This made the quilt several inches smaller all the way around, and led to two days of fabric cutting.  Each piece receiving 4 cuts, of fabric that was supposed to be PRECUT!  I ended up piecing the front, quilting, and binding at my mother-in-law's dining room table.  Thankfully the bride and groom were very happy.

Shot from my sister-in-law.  The lighting isn't great, so I'll have to get some detail pictures next time I'm there.

252  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle Charm Bracelet on: November 14, 2011 06:38:19 AM
I've been making charm bracelets for a while now, and just I can't seem to get enough of making them. Especially Harry Potter themed bracelets.  (See: The Potions Master Bracelet, Hermoine's Gryffindor Bracelet, Tonk's Hufflepuff Pride Bracelet, Luna's Ravenclaw Bracelet, etc.)  I have even come up with some unusual variations (Eeylops Owl Emporium Bracelet, HP Memorial Bracelet, Deathly Hallows Bracelet, etc.)  But recently, I had an unusual request for a theme I hadn't thought of before.  A Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle Bracelet.


To be honest, I'm not so sure why so many of my fellow fans of the series are obsessed with Voldemort and the Death Eaters, but to each his own I suppose.  I do have to admit that it was a fun bracelet to make and I am very pleased with how it turned out.  And that after ages scouring the internet, I was thrilled to find the snake in the skull charms.  They are just so perfect for the Dark Mark! 


The charms include:
Cauldron, which the Dark Lord reemerged from in Goblet of Fire
Tom Riddle's Diary, one of the Horcruxes
Marvolo Gaunt's Ring, a Hallow & a Horcrux
Rat for Wormtail, his cowardly servant and the betrayer of James & Lily Potter
the Dark Mark, cast whenever the Death Eaters kill
the Sorting Hat, which Voldemorte summons during the Battle of Hogwarts


Slytherin's Locket, a Horcrux made from a family heirloom
Nagini, Lord Voldemorte's faithful pet and a Horcrux
Hogwarts Castle, the first place the Dark Lord felt at home


Lightning Bolt for Harry Potter, the unintentional Horcrux
Hufflepuff's Cup, the Horcrux stolen from the Lestrange's vault
Cemetery Gates from Little Haggleton where the Riddle's lived
the Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw, the final Horcrux


The beads are a mix of fire-polished glass, crystal, crackled glass, rivershell, aventurine and agate in shades of emerald green, black, smoky grey and clear.  The whole thing is finished with a serpent toggle clasp.

I hope you all enjoy!
253  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Full Sized Witchy Potions Cupboard on: October 28, 2011 09:50:44 AM
About a year or so ago I found a little decorative spice cupboard in a junk shop near my house.  The moment I saw it I knew that I wanted needed to turn it into a witchy potions cupboard for the lovely Knickertwist.  Since then it has sat around my house awaiting an excuse to be built and sent to her.  Thankfully that excuse came up in the guise of the Back to Hogwarts Swap organized by pinkleo.  Sadly I can't seem to find the before pictures I took of the cupboard.  

Edit: For size reference, the cabinet is 15" tall, and 12" wide, with the doors closed. (Thanks Knicker!) The shelf in the background is actually my mantle, and it is sitting on a bookshelf.

And a great big THANK YOU! to cackle and rackycoo for all their help and advice while making this project!


Here's the outside of the finished cupboard.  

I used a wood burning tool to burn in the runes onto the front.  They read "It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live."


The top also has a celestial pattern burned into it, and random wonky dots burned up and down the front.  After burning the outside of the cupboard, I re-sanded it, so the insides of the burned areas would be a little dusty.


The bottom also contains a small drawer that I filled with magical bits and bobs.  More about those later...

Here the doors open to reveal the ingredients inside...


Let's get a closer look at the top shelf.


We have a bottle of rose petals from a first love, a silver bell, a "Miracle Elixir of Life" patent medicine bottle from the 1880's (the purple one), a tiny basket containing vials of Scarab Beetle Eyes & Powdered Unicorn Horn...


a tiny Grimoire, and a silver chalice for serving up bubbling potions...


The Grimoire has notes, lists of magical items, and quite a few potion recipes, including this one for a Passion Philtre:

(Incidentally, these are all real recipes, safe for human consumption!  Most of the recipes are for homemade liquers.)

And the lower shelf... In the larger bottles we have Dragon Heartstring (variegated gold metallic yarn and variegated red ribbon crocheted together), dried Aconite, Blessing Seeds, Dried Doxy Eggs (lumpy dull brown potato pearls), and a bottle of Bezoars.


In the tiny bottles we have Pearled Phoenix Tears, Mugwort, Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder, Beetle Wings, and Sneezewort.



Inside the drawer we have a nearly empty spool of red thread, a tiny bundle of phoenix tail feathers, some rune dice, a golden key, a buckeye from my yard, a Nazar, and an amulet to protect a loved one.  They aren't pictured, but there are also two candles tucked in the drawer, one red and one white, for use in various spells.

So there you have it.  A full sized potions cupboard for my favorite witchy friend, Knickertwist.    
254  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sorting Hat Earrings - Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff & Ravenclaw on: September 12, 2011 06:21:06 AM
This semester is already kicking my butt.  I am teaching a new class this term, and am struggling to keep up with it, so there's been less crafting time lately.  I took a short break from lecture writing yesterday afternoon to make some earrings though.  Four pairs of Sorting Hat Earrings to be exact!  The idea came from listening to several people in the Back to Hogwarts Swap who have gotten into Pottermore, but were upset at being sorted into a house they didn't expect.  The real Sorting Hat would of course take your wishes into consideration. Wink  The charms are pewter, and absolutely adorable.

Gryffindor - red Druk glass & amber Czech glass


Slytherin - Czech glass


Hufflepuff - Fire-polished Czech glass & black stone


Ravenclaw - Czech glass & sand stone


All the houses together!
255  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / FoC Acrylic-Free Bead Soup Swap (Round 5) GALLERY! on: September 08, 2011 05:45:18 PM
Friends of Craftster Acrylic-Free Bead Soup Swap (Round 5)



Partners: SENDER TO RECEIVER

jennieingram ---> cackle
jennieingram sent 9/17 ---> MissingWillow

Onyxnox  ---> sheepBlue
Krafty_Karasu  ---> Alchamy513
MissingWillow ---> kimchery

cackle ---> jennieingram
lisajoarts ---> jeannettew32
TheSapphireMoon ---> puamelia
Tero ---> TheSapphireMoon
Tero ---> atsuko

april again ---> atsuko
Ralph ---> lisajoarts (pics posted in swap thread)
Alchamy513 ---> jennieingram
Alchamy513 ---> Killam Creative
Killam Creative ---> Ralph *pics posted by Killam Creative - Thanks!  Kiss
jeannettew32 ---> Alchamy513
atsuko ---> Tero
atsuko ---> Onyxnox

sheepBlue ---> Krafty_Karasu
puamelia ---> april again
kimchery (Exchanged in person!) ---> Tero

Status Colors
SENDING:
Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Red = LATE, NO COMMUNICATION, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY!

RECEIVING:
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED yet)
Purple = Received & Posted

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK
 (I don't really think this group will need this category!   Kiss)

Go back to the original swap thread.
256  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cuppa Tea Charm Bracelet on: September 02, 2011 06:41:48 AM
I made this bracelet last weekend, but nearly forgot to post it.  A big thanks to pinkleo for her awesome suggestions about it.  It's made with an assortment of glass and crystal beads in shades of mahogany, amber, and lemon yellow.  It also contains 15 charms including: tea pots, teacups, a tea bag, teaspoon, kettle, sugar packet, plate of toast, fancy cake, butter knife, and hearts.







Enjoy!
257  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sterling Silver Whovian Wedding Bracelet (Doctor Who) on: September 01, 2011 08:15:44 AM
This item is a custom order that I've been dying to share, and now that the person has received it, I finally can.  It was for a lovely Etsy artist called knerdyknits, who wanted a classy and subtle Doctor's Companion bracelet for her wedding.  I was truly honored that she asked me to make it for her.  The bride-to-be picked out her favorite charms from my stash, and asked that as much of the bracelet as possible to be sterling silver. 
The bracelet chain, head pins and jump rings are all sterling, and came from Fire Mountain Gems.  The bails are sterling plated and came from a seller on eBay.

The blue and clear beads and hearts are Swarovski crystal, and there are some freshwater round, coin, and potato pearls to match the beading on her gown.


Because every bride deserves presents on her wedding, I also included two pairs of earrings as a surprise for her.   These are Swarovski crystal hearts in sapphire, hanging from some long sleek earring wires I received from april again in one of the rounds of Craftster Bead Soup Swaps.

I love how simple and modern this pair came out.  I have trouble with "simple" because I always just seem to want to add more stuff to my jewelry.

And the other set I made I'm calling my "Blue Box" earrings.  They are Swarovski crystal cubes and rondells on sterling head pins.


Enjoy!
258  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / FoC Acrylic-Free Bead Soup Swap Rd. 5 - Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 9/16 on: August 19, 2011 01:14:11 PM
GALLERY!


Friends of Craftster Acrylic-Free Bead Soup Swap (Round 5)


Swap name: FoC Acrylic-Free Bead Soup Swap - Round 5
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jennieingram
Sign-up date range: 8/19/11-9/2/11
Date to send item by: 9/16/11

Limited to a certain number of people: 24
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


This swap is designed to be very fast, very simple, and flake free.  As such, I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of incomplete packages, late sending, ill-communication, lack of DC #'s, etc. I will refuse you.


For those of you who haven't seen one before, the Bead Soup Swap is a way for you to pass on some quality beads that you have, but might not have a use for, to someone who can use them, and a way for you to get some new goodies for your stash at the same time.

The specifics:
~This round there will be no acrylic/plastic beads allowed.  

~This round is "nearly-seedless".  This is because almost no one actually asks for seed beads, but people always want to get rid of them.  I am allowing people to mention that they have them, but in order to sign up, you MUST be WILLING and ABLE to send your partner 1 cup of beads they will like, WITHOUT including seed beads.  If you cannot do this, please do not sign up.  It is unfair to dump unwanted beads on someone else, and expect great stuff in return.
~Finally, this round is Friends of Craftster only.    


In this swap each participant is required to send a minimum of 1 full cup of "average sized" (about 5-8mm) beads to their partner, as well as one Small-Medium crafted item inspired by your partners interests. Sending more beads is allowed if you wish, but only after checking with your partner, so no one accidentally feels slighted.  It is left to partners to decide the fairness/quantity on swapping other sized beads, like super tiny or giant over-sized ones, or including items like findings, charms and buttons, so you can work out a fair "trade" for everyone involved.

The Small-Medium sized crafted item should be a gift for your partner like a simple bracelet, a beaded bookmark, or 1-2 pairs of earrings. These crafted components should be kept small so that you have enough time to craft, as well as pack and send out, in a short period of time.  This round, people will be allowed to have either 1 or 2 partners.  Any first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner.

Additionally, this swap is slightly different in its setup than most others.  After filling out your questionnaire, I will match givers up to receivers.  This means that I will try to find a good home for the types of beads you HAVE, and I will try to find someone who has the kinds of beads YOU would like to use.  Often, this means you are not sending to and receiving from the same person.  Because of that, I tend to be strict on how questionnaires are filled out.  Incomplete questionnaires will be sent back until they are filled out properly.   Tongue  Trust me, after running 4 rounds of this swap, it's best this way because everyone is more likely to end up with a package they love!   Cheesy

I must stress that this swap is NOT a way to dump bags of plastic pony beads on someone else, and receive Swarovski crystal and semi-precious stone in return.  Believe me, NO ONE signs up for these swaps asking for plastic/acrylic beads.  You must be willing to share nice beads with your partners, that they will enjoy, if you hope to get nice things in return.  As such, I am making this round Friends of Craftster only.

Click here to learn more about becoming a Friend of Craftster!

  
For a wonderful swap experience, communication is always the key.  Please keep in touch with your partners.  Stop into the thread for a quick hello, or if youre going away or will be without internet access or anything of the sort, just post a message.

Once partners have been assigned, you may pick beads, craft your items, and send as early as you wish.  This swap, like all others on Craftster, requires the use of DC#s.  As soon as you ship, YOU MUST PM the organizer and your partner to tell them, as well as provide DC#s.  Please label your PM "SENT: Bead Soup Rd. 5".  When you receive, you MUST PM again your partner and organizer again, please label this one "RECEIVED: Bead Soup Swap".

Finally a note about questionnaires. You MUST include DETAILED information about what kinds of beads you wish to share in your questionnaire so that I can match you up with the best possible partner, and to help your partner to design something for you.  I do not expect you to tell me you have "exactly 478 4mm sky blue round glass beads, 15 flower charms ranging from 14-25mm, and 32 1" dark green glass leaves and 14 1/2" light green glass leaves".  Instead say something like "I have lots of small light blue glass beads.  A few pewter flower charms, and some really pretty glass leaves."  

In your preferences, writing things like Oh, I like everything, is NOT HELPFUL.  I will send back questionnaires that are poorly filled out.  Be sure to include a link to your wist if you have one!

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: FoC Acrylic-Free Bead Soup Swap (Round 5)
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? (Please consider this option!)

Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Confirm that you understand that a Delivery Confirmation number is REQUIRED  for this swap: (yes/no)

Would you like to have one partner, or two? (First time swappers are limited to 1 partner.)

REMEMBER WHEN FILLING THIS OUT, FOR THE BEST PARTNERING YOU MUST BE SPECIFIC IN WHAT YOU HAVE AND WHAT YOU WANT.


What is/are your favorite color(s)?
What are your favorite colors to use in beading? (You might love purple tees, but have no use for purple beads!)
Favorite metallics or spacer beads? (gold, silver, gunmetal, copper, antiqued gold/bronze, etc.)
What kinds of beads to do you wish to receive? (Glass, crystal, stone, seed, wood, plastic, polymer clay, etc.)

What types of beads do you NOT wish to receive?

What kinds of beads do you have that you'd like to share?
What kinds of jewelry/crafts do you like to make? (earrings, strung bead necklaces, charm bracelets, junk jewelry, hemp necklaces, tree of life pendants, sun catchers, etc.)
Do you use charms, spacers, buttons, etc. in your beading/jewelry making?

What kind of jewelry do you wear the most?
Do you have pierced ears?
Favorite bracelet length?
Favorite necklace length?
Favorite jewelry metal? (Gold, silver, copper, etc.)
Do you have any jewelry based allergies? (Sensitive ears, etc?)

What are some of your interests other than beading?  (Other crafts, favorite books, favorite movies/music, etc.)
Do you want to include anything else, that perhaps you have too much of, in your swapping?  (For example, did you inherited a box of 5,000 clasps, and want to share some?)
Are you in desperate need of something else, like earring wires or clasps?
Is there anything else you'd like 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.
259  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Golden Snitch Pendant Watches & Golden Snitch Locket/Wish Box on: August 17, 2011 09:02:47 AM
I recently found these cute little pendant watches and an antique bronze wish box.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them, but they clearly had to be mine.  They sat on my work table for a few days, before I decided that they clearly needed to be Golden Snitch pendants.  (No, I have NOT come to terms with the idea that the Harry Potter phenomenon is coming to a close.)

Each watch is about 1" across, and they hang on nice long chains, so you can easily flip them open to check the time.  The locket is smaller, only measuring about 5/8" across.  Big enough to fit a ring, or a secret message in.


Pendant Watch #1




Pendant Watch #2




Locket/Wish Box





Enjoy!
260  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / FoC Acrylic-Free Bead Soup Swap (Bead Soup Round 5) on: August 14, 2011 09:04:08 AM
Friends of Craftster Bead Soup Swap (Round 5)

Recently, I've had a few people send PMs asking if there is going to be another round of Bead Soup Swap anytime soon.  It has been a year since the last round, so I guess it is time!   Cheesy  For those of you who haven't seen one before, the Bead Soup Swap is a way for you to pass on some quality beads that you have, but might not have a use for, to someone who can use them, and a way for you to get some new goodies for your stash at the same time.  This round there will be no acrylic/plastic beads allowed.   

In this swap each participant is required to send a minimum of 1 full cup of "average sized" (about 5-8mm) beads to their partner, as well as one Small-Medium crafted item inspired by your partners interests. Sending more beads is allowed if you wish, but only after checking with your partner, so no one accidentally feels slighted.  It is left to partners to decide the fairness/quantity on swapping other sized beads, like tiny seed beads or giant over-sized ones, or including items like findings, charms and buttons, so you can work out a fair "trade" for everyone involved.

The Small-Medium sized crafted item should be a gift for your partner like a simple bracelet, a beaded bookmark, or 1-2 pairs of earrings. These crafted components should be kept small so that you have enough time to craft, as well as pack and send out, in a short period of time.  Usually about 2 weeks from when partners are assigned, to send out time.  This round, people will be allowed to have either 1 or 2 partners.  Any first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner.

Additionally, this swap is slightly different in its setup than most others.  After filling out your questionnaire, I will match givers up to receivers.  This means that I will try to find a good home for the types of beads you HAVE, and I will try to find someone who has the kinds of beads YOU would like to use.  Often, this means you are not sending to and receiving from the same person.  Because of that, I tend to be strict on how questionnaires are filled out.  Incomplete questionnaires will be sent back until they are filled out properly.   Tongue  Trust me, after running 4 rounds of this swap, it's best this way because everyone is more likely to end up with a package they love!   Cheesy

Finally, I must stress that this swap is NOT a way to dump bags of plastic pony beads on someone else, and receive Swarovski crystal and semi-precious stone in return.  Believe me, NO ONE signs up for these swaps asking for plastic/acrylic beads.  You must be willing to share nice beads with your partners, that they will enjoy, if you hope to get nice things in return.  As such, I am going to make this round Friends of Craftster only, since these people have demonstrated true craftster spirit in the giving of funds to keep the site running, or in giving of their time by Angeling in a swap for a flaked member. Perhaps next round will be open to everyone again.  Click here to learn more about becoming a Friend of Craftster!

If you are interested, please leave a reply below.  Once we have enough people interested we'll figure out sign-ups.  Also, be sure to leave a time frame that's best for you.  We usually do 2 weeks of sign-ups, and 2 weeks of crafting.   Kiss  

So far the proposed time frame is as follows:
Sign-ups August 19th-September 2nd
Sendouts: September 16th


Links to Previous Rounds
Bead Soup Swap (Round 1)
Bead Soup Swap Round 2
Bead Soup Swap Round 3
Bead Soup Swap Round 4

Previous Galleries
Bead Soup Swap (Round 1) Gallery
Bead Soup Swap Round 2 Gallery
Bead Soup Swap Round 3 Gallery
Bead Soup Swap Round 4 Gallery
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