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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Using a USB to get designs onto machine on: January 12, 2013 05:04:08 PM
I have a brand new Brother 770, and my computer is a Mac.

I found some free embroidery designs online, and I downloaded it, dragged it onto the USB icon on my computer, and then checked that it was in there.   Then I ejected the flash drive and put it in my machine.   

I saved it (the same design) in 2 different formats, PES and DST, the book my machine came with says several formats will work.   

On my machine, I click on the USB symbol, and 2 things come up, one for each of the 2 formats.  1, the PES one comes up as a silhouette of the design (a penguin) and 2. comes up as the name of the design (dst format). 

Either one, I click on it and it darkens indicating its selected.   And then?   Nothing.   I don't know what to do next to get it to use that design!  I tried pushing various buttons but none will embroider the design or go to the screen that the built-in designs have to adjust the orientation, size etc. 

So what am I doing wrong and how do I get my designs from my computer onto the flash drive, and then onto the machine in a way that I can actually use them?   I followed the directions, so I'm not sure what I did wrong!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Lots and Lots of boys clothes, catching up! on: January 09, 2013 08:46:32 PM
Button down shirt with neru collar and matching sailor shorts.  These were made for our disney cruise:

Super hero button down shirt, I found the least violent fabric that I could.  

Disney Outfit for our cruise:

Disney shirts for everyone:

Lizard (I might have shared this before, I forget)

Out to play (inspired by pintrest)

Sweatpants made from an adult sweatshirt (he would NOT stay still for a pic!)

Tinkerbell pj's, he loves Tinkerbell, and they are pj's, so he got away with them with grandpa around:

Blue skinny jeans:

I have more, but I'll post them another time!   Thanks for looking!
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Kids Valentines Swap (SU 1/2/13-1/13/13, SO 2/6/13) on: January 02, 2013 10:33:20 AM
Swap name: Kids Valentines Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: leighi123 (Leigh-Ann)
Sign-up date range:  1/2/13 - 1/13/13

Date to send item by: 2/7/13

Swap Organizer 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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? 18+ and a kid/teen to craft with/for!

Details of swap:

Valentines day is fun for kids too!  In this swap an adult/child will be working together to craft some valentine treats for a child!   You must also send a kid-made valentines card to go with it!  I'm keeping the points small with the option of adding some store bought goodies, to keep it simple and fun for the kids.  You can go over points if you and your partner agree!  

Please remember that we are crafting for kids here, and no kid wants to be flaked on for valentines day!

1. This is a 3pt swap.   1-2 points will be made by the adult, and 1-2 points will be made by the child or working together (depending on child's age/ability).  1pt can also be store bought goodies, candy etc. (so you can choose to craft 3pts total, or 2pts + 1pt of non crafted)

2. In addition to the 3 points, you will also send a valentines card made by the kid.  This can be in any medium/format you like.  

3. If you have more than one child you are welcome to sign them up as well.  But you will craft one 3pt package per child you sign up.  Depending on sign ups, you may end up sending those packages to more than one family, OR send them all to the same family, so please keep that in mind.  

4.  This swap is for kids/teens of all ages, I will try and match ages when possible but depending on sign ups that might not always happen.  

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

Name of swap: Kids Valentines Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name (you the adult) and 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)
Do you have any allergens in your home? (smoke, pets, etc.), please be honest as we don't want any kids to get sick from a package!:    
What kinds of crafts do YOU like to make for kids?:
Please fill out one of the following per child participating, have the child help where possible!

Name of child:
Any allergies? (please include food allergies in case your partner wants to send candy!)
Favorite color(s):
Least favorite color(s):
Favorite valentines themes:
Favorite patterns (hearts, dots, stripes, etc):
Favorite characters (book/TV/Movie etc):
Favorite animals:
Favorite valentine treats (candy etc!):
What kinds of crafts do you like to make?:
Anything you really want to receive?:
Anything you really do NOT want to receive?:
List any other likes/dislikes/interests or anything else you'd like your partner to know about this child:

If you have a wists/pintrest etc. please post that here as well.


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

This is the first swap I've organized, so if I screw anything up or have forgotten anything, please let me know!!!


leighi123 (Levi, 5)
mom2em (Emma, 5)
patty_o_furniture (Afton, 9)
patty_o_furniture (Sariah, 6)
r.forslund (Mia, 3)
r.forslund (Jae, 2)
pinkmichk (Molly, 7)
deathbeforedishes (Katelyn, almost 7)
deathbeforedishes (Madelyn, 5)
RhymeswOrange (Peri, 8 )
szuzu1969 (Polly, 3)
szuzu1969 (Phoebe, 3)
szuzu1969 (Paige, 7)
Momof2! (Anna, almost 6)
jenleahlynn (Leah, 10), (Lori, 9)
Lizabiz08 (Gavin, almost 2)
plaidpineapple (Lindsey, 9)
plaidpineapple (Brian, 6)
Makaylalee (Kierra, 9)

Crossed out = feedback given


Lizabiz08 (Gavin)  sends to r.forslund (Jae)

r.forslund (Jae) sends to szuzu1969 (Phoebe)
szuzu1969 (Phoebe,) sends to Lizabiz08 (Gavin)

szuzu1969 (Polly) sends to r.forslund (Mia)  
r.forslund (Mia) sends to szuzu1969 (Polly)

mom2em (Emma) sends to deathbeforedishes (Madelyn)

deathbeforedishes (Madelyn) sends to Momof2! (Anna,)
Momof2! (Anna) sends to mom2em (Emma)

patty_o_furniture (Sariah) sends to  pinkmichk (Molly)
pinkmichk (Molly) sends to patty_o_furniture (Sariah)

plaidpineapple (Brian) sends to leighi123 (Levi)

deathbeforedishes (Katelyn) sends to szuzu1969 (Paige)
szuzu1969 (Paige)  sends to deathbeforedishes (Katelyn)

RhymeswOrange (Peri) sends to jenleahlynn (Lori)

jenleahlynn (Lori) sends to RhymeswOrange (Peri)

plaidpineapple (Lindsey) sends to Makaylalee (Kierra)
Makaylalee (Kierra) sends to plaidpineapple (Lindsey)

patty_o_furniture (Afton) sends to jenleahlynn (Leah)

jenleahlynn (Leah) sends to patty_o_furniture (Afton)


leighi123 (Levi) sends to plaidpineapple (Brian)

Here is the Gallery Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=419650.0
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / kids valentines swap? on: January 01, 2013 05:36:09 PM
Anyone want to do a kids valentine swap?

both adult and kid would craft for another kid. 
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A Rainbow! on: November 04, 2012 04:42:21 PM
Levi was a rainbow this year!  I made the costume from felt, the front is the same as the back.   Snaps at the shoulders so his big head could fit in it.  I also put shiny raindrops hanging from the bottom.  He loved it and got lots of compliments!  AND he (I) won first place at the Zoo's costume contest - thats 4 first place wins in a row, he's won every year that we've been!

He also wore rainbow babylegs, some fingerless glove I made from cut-up t-shirts, and 2 different colored shoes.    I made 2 different hats, a mini rainbow and a sun.   

16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / kids summer swap? on: May 19, 2012 02:32:51 PM
What about a summer themed kids swap, to kick off the summer?

It would include something made by adult for kid, something made by kid for kid, and maybe some summer themed store bought extras.   

Summer stuff like beach bags, decorated flip flops/sunhats, summer clothes, summer reading, outdoor play stuff, or just stuff with summer themes - beach, watermelons, sunshine, flip flops , no school, etc. 
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / learning at home swap? on: March 12, 2012 08:09:02 PM
I was thinking of a homeschool swap, but not sure if there would be enough homeschoolers here. 

So what about a "learning at home" swap?

Swap anything learning/education related.   I know I have ton of stuff on my pintrest that I plan on using for homeschooling at some point but don't always have time/skills to make it all.  Could also be stuff to help organize school related stuff, school supplies, etc...
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / kids outfit swap? on: March 11, 2012 04:27:42 PM
How about a kids outfit swap?   There could be 2 options - 1 to make the outfit from scratch, and the other to embellish a store bought outfit
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I Speak for the Trees! A lorax outfit! on: March 05, 2012 06:54:24 PM
I took Levi to the "Lorax" movie, and made him an outfit to go with it.   I was worried it would look like pj's but I think it came out alright, what do you think? 

Here is more on my blog: http://thelittlesewingshop.blogspot.com/2012/03/i-speak-for-trees.html
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Handmade light box on: December 26, 2011 07:12:12 PM
I saw this on play at home mom blog, and thought it was really cool, so I made my own!

Its a light box we can use for homeschool activities, and arts and crafts for tracing and whatnot.  It also looks pretty neat.  

It was very easy to make, its just a plastic box lined with foil and filled with christmas lights I got on sale, The lid of the box is lined with parchment paper to spread out the light.   It cost maybe $7 to make, much cheaper than buying a $75 light box!
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