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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: September 04, 2011 01:35:43 AM
I'm alive, too! I've been busier than ever for the past two weeks because I started my studies at the university. Smiley

But my friend's birthday went, and we agreed that I'll make her some jewelry the next time we meet, as I didn't have my supplies with me on the day. Cheesy

I have a long time until the next occasion, so I could start on Christmas stuff already. Or I could make something for myself, it's been a long time since I did that.  Grin

I've actually been thinking about making patches: in our university every degree programme's students have different colour overalls (my programme's overalls are a lovely purple) and it's "important" to cover them with fabric patches.  Grin Me and my new friends got this idea about Pokmon patches: how we all would have our own group of six with us. I've been brainstorming it for a while now, and I'm probably going to try it out with cross stitching (yay! a reason to finally learn to do it correctly!), making at least one pokmon. Smiley And if all goes well and one x-stitched pokmon doesn't take several months to create, I could make some as gifts for my new friends, too.
(OMG, I just got a new idea: x-stitched gym badges for my overalls!)

And even though the snake scarves and squiggle beads were posted several pages ago, I want to say that they are really nice and inspiring! I want to learn to use polymer clay so I can have some of those beads too (thanks for the tutorial link, btw. I've seen it before but lost it). Cheesy
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 5-in-1 Infinity Scarf w/ pattern on: August 27, 2011 09:32:27 AM
I think I just found the perfect yarn for this one, so I'll have to run to the store and start knitting! Cheesy It's a really nice (and easy  Grin ) pattern, thanks for sharing!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Pre-loved to Sparkly Jeweled Picture Frame! on: August 26, 2011 02:36:23 PM
That's lovely! I'd keep it as a picture frame, but maybe I just can't see the jewelry holder in my head as clearly as you. Smiley

Btw, the last picture with the cat is awesome: she looks so serious! "Nothing to see here, move along."  Grin
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: August 01, 2011 05:08:25 AM
I have a list!

End of August:
Friend's birthday (a jewelry set?)

Father's birthday
(50th! And I have a gift already: it's storebought but it's truly spot-on - and it's a collectable, so I couldn't have made it anyway)

Mother and aunt's birthday (for mother something that has cows in it, for aunt some jewelry)
Friend's birthday (a scarf? It's been on my mind for a while now)

Friend's son's 1st birthday (a wooden toy?)
Christmas gifts for
-mother (something involving cows, but what?)
-father (scifi and geeky things, but what?)
-brother (airsoft things: a ghillie rug for his gun?)
-fiance (motorcycle things? geeky things?)
-some friends (baked goods? homemade candies?)
-fiance's family (a gift basket?)

Fiance's birthday

Friend's birthday

Brother's birthday (maybe a whole ghillie suit?)
Mil's birthday (and my birthday, too!)

I've got this years things mostly planned, so I just have to start making them. I'm also beginning my studies at a university this fall, so it's extra handy to have a list and schedule for crafting gifts. Cheesy
I'll have to start crafting the wooden toy for my friend's son soon, because I really don't have much trust in my woodworking skills: it's been over ten years since I've done any woodworks (that means I was a 3rd grader back then, gosh!).  Grin But I'll manage: I love expanding my skills and know that I can get help (mostly from my dad and fiance) if I get stuck or screw up. Wink

I've been contemplating whether I should make some jams and such... Here in Finland all the berries and mushrooms and other things growing in the forest are there for taking, so it would be a shame not to use the opportunity. Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: July 31, 2011 01:16:19 AM
I, Hermetus, am committed to making a "Year of Homemade Gifts" from September 1, 2011 to September 1, 2012 with the following conditions: that if I am unable to make a gift for a person or occasion that it may be handmade by somebody else, either secondhand and gently loved, seriously discounted as to remain frugally responsible OR a storebought but spot-on-gift for the receiver - no compromises! I also commit to sharing my successes and failures with the Year of Homemade Gifts Craft-a-long on Craftster.

I'm going to join and take on this challenge! Personally I have a bad habit of settling for storebought gifts that are "just okay", which I hope I can make an end to with this craftalong. Smiley If I'm going to buy it from the store it has to be THE perfect gift - NO compromises this year.

So far I've been thinking of making jewelry, a painting or two, something knit and even some small woodworks. And of course baked goods are on the list. Cheesy I'll be crafting for Christmas as well as the occasional birthdays (right now my mind is on my mother's and father's birthdays, coming on October and November. It's still quite a long time before them, but I know from experience that they'll surprise me Tongue )

I'm looking forward to this craftalong, hopefully it's going to be very inspiring! Grin
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Beginners inchies (& and ATC) round 2 Gallery. Send outs 6th June on: June 29, 2011 09:09:08 AM
Finally got the pictures taken, and here they are! (This post is a bit long, but please bear with me) Cheesy

First, the inchies I received from sorbetsurprise:

The first two in the top are dinosaur themed: the "quadruped horny" and a fish-eating dinosaur.
Then there's two motorcycle themed inchies, in the middle there's two scifi inchies (a Frak! and a Zhaan inchie, which is really cool! It sparkles and has some kind of fabric on it. Smiley ) There's also two Batman inchies and two chili pepper inchies.
The "Call the Batman!" inchie really works, and I got an action shot of it, too:

The picture's not too good but I hope you get the idea!

The ATC from sorbetsurprise is a nice Batman one:

The second package I received was from Jaywesome.

There's chilies, something from my deviant favorites, a Spock inchie, dinosaur inchies and even motorcycles! The four part dinosaur riding a motorcycle is way cool! It caught my eye at the moment I got it out of the envelope, and the motorcycling men of my life (father and fiance Wink ) were really amazed by it, too! Cheesy

And the Batman ATC from Jaywesome:

Lovely. Smiley

The third package came all the way from New Zealand, so it took a while - but now there here! Cheesy Inchies and ATC made by Miss Smith:

The ATC's theme is love (one of Miss Smith's own themes). I really like it, it's got a neat artistic feel to it. Smiley
The inchies are a planet, a comet, a dinosaur tail, three light sabers, a dinosaur's footprints, the moon and a dinosaur.

I love love love all the things you sent me! I'm definitely going to make at least some Batman and dinosaur/motorcycle wall art with these (plus the chilies are going to have a place in my kitchen for sure)!
Who knows, maybe I'll even enter another inchie swap with these themes, as they seemed to work all right. Cheesy This was an awesome first swap, thanks for my partners and the organizers!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Beginners inchies (& and ATC) round 2 Gallery. Send outs 6th June on: June 15, 2011 01:10:12 AM
I'm really glad you liked what you got, sorbetsurprise and Miss Smith!  Cheesy I had fun making the inchies, for some reason they were far easier than the ATCs. (And oh no, one of the buttons of the robot ATC _did_ come off! I was afraid that might happen. Sad )

I'm still waiting for one of the packages to arrive. I'm loving the ones I've already got, and I'm sure the last one is just as awesome! I'm also really interested to see whether I get a third Batman ATC or not. Wink
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Beginners inchies (& and ATC) round 2 Gallery. Send outs 6th June on: June 09, 2011 12:11:34 AM
Wow, everyone's inchies and ATCs are so lovely! (I'm starting to feel a bit bad about my ATCs, I feel like I didn't give my best effort with them... Sad )
And I, too, will probably wait until I have received all the packages before posting pictures. Smiley
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beginners inchie (& ATC) swap r2 - SU closed. SO 6th June 11 on: June 07, 2011 01:11:20 AM
Well, sorbetsurprise, after all it's not THAT far! Cheesy I fear that the New Zealand packages will take super long to get there... But we'll see!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beginners inchie (& ATC) swap r2 - SU closed. SO 6th June 11 on: June 06, 2011 09:17:17 AM
I sent my inchie packages today! And I also received from sorbetsurprise! Thanks a lot, they are absolutely AWESOME! Cheesy I'm so happy. (Will be posting pictures tomorrow, when I get my hands on a camera.)

And I love the fact that the 'Call the Batman' inchie really works with a flashlight.  Grin I'll have to get an action pic of it!
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