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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Chunky Glass Bracelets on: July 19, 2006 01:34:22 PM
I recieved some beautiful rough n' chunky glass beads as part of one of the Ongoing Wish Swaps, and thought they'd make great breacelets.  Ergo, I sorted out some pleasing color combinations, pulled out some crow beads to get them to the right lengths, and made bracelets!


Chocolate and Roses

Equatorial Sunrise

As much fun as they were to make, they're not quite my style.  I might keep one -I'm leaning towards Candyshop
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Semiprecious Cluster Jewelry Sets on: July 19, 2006 01:22:31 PM
I believe I may have posted the original necklace/earring set in this style quite some time ago, but I'll stick a picture in here for reference.  Made of Amythest and something that starts with a C.

I kept that one for myself, and have since made others for swaps .  In particular, and recently, I offer these:

The Jade Emperor's Daughter. 

Made of yellow and "new" jade. The jade was suprisingly fragile- after I had a couple of chips snap off while working, I beat up the rest of 'em to make sure they would hold.  Pain in the butt.

I'm contemplating making a matching memory bracelet.  If I do that, I'll likely make a whole new set to match.


Goldstone and quartz.  I found the focal piece whilst hunting for something interesting to turn into a piece for Onoging Wish Swap number... eleven, I think?  I ended up making two sets- one for the swap (the swap piece should arrive today, so I'm hoping she sees the package before she sees the post) .  I love the way goldstone glitters.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Lots o' Earrings = Lots o' Pictures on: July 15, 2006 05:33:55 AM




The earrings read "live" and "love".

I love those little bird beads.

Comments?  Names?  Cheesy
4  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Fort Collins Craft Mafia? on: July 14, 2006 12:00:23 PM
Would there be interest in forming a Fort Collins Craft Mafia?  How-to and information can be read here.

Failing that, I'm contemplating going to CSU and trying to start a crafting club in their name, with meetings and possible craft fairs- I'm not sure, though, if CSU allows its clubs to work for individual profit (like a craft fair) or only for club profit (re: the many club bake sales that pop up around campus).  If not the latter, it'd still be great to have a group of crafters and crafty businesspeople to meet up with and share tips and resources and the like.  Unfortunately, to be an actual CSU club and have CSU backing would require the group consist only of CSU students.  Are there any fellow CSU crafters?

So, anyone interested?
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Craftster Stalking on: July 05, 2006 06:42:57 PM
I know I'm not the only one that does this: I see a post I like, so I go look at the poster's previous posts and find lots of cool stuff.  To facilitate this sneaky little habit, would it be possible to make a feature like the bookmark that, instead of marking threads, marked specific Craftster members?  And (though I've read a post in the past that indicates lots of people craftster-stalk) would there be enough interest to make such a  feature worthwhile?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bottlecap Necklaces on: June 22, 2006 08:56:47 PM
I only managed to get pictures of a few of these things before the camera I was using died, but I'll get the rest tomorrow and come back with them.  Yay for vintage bottlecaps!

WTF kind of name for a drink was "Up Town"?  Not that it's any worse than "Mountain Dew", which is neither dew nor of the mountains, but hey!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fascinators! on: June 22, 2006 08:53:14 PM


The Peahen's Envy


My newest obsession!  I think I'll try to sell those I can part with, but most of them I just can't bear to let out of my hands.  Thanks go to niceandlucy, who not only made this post, but who also sent me one of her fascinators for free and thus got me started on my voracious binge.  I have thus sworn to singlehandedly bring these things back into fashion in her honor.

Feel free to suggest names for those without.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery 'Zine Seeks Submissions! on: November 13, 2005 08:01:46 AM
So, because I'm not busy enough, I've decided to try my hand at a 'zine (that is, a self-published magazine-type thing).  The first issue, because the embroidery world needs more stuff, will focus around said embroidery.  When the time comes, I'll save it as a .pdf, upload it to my webspace, and distribute it to whomever wants it at little to no cost to me.

Here's the problem: I'm crafty enough to fill a few pages, but not a whole magazine.  A magazine full of me would get very, very boring very, very quickly.  Ergo, I have come to you wonderful people with a request.

The newly-founded crafting 'zine "I made this." is seeking submissions for issue 1: the embroidery issue.  One paragraph product reviews (transfer products, stabilizers, floss and hoops oh my!), resources (links, books, pattern sources and other cool stuff), ideas (cool things to embroider on beyond tea towels and pillow cases, unconventional places to look for patterns, etc), illustrations and pictures, badass finished projects, embroidery related articles and essays, and patterns themselves (I've already drawn up a page of Cheshire Cat line art and I'm hoping to do ye olde pirate/ninja/zombie trio next).

I ask that whatever you submit be your own work, and that you tell me what name you'd like me to credit you with.  I plan to include some sort of "do not use this content for personal profit without permission from respective authors/do not modify or republish specific content without permission from the respective authors/do not claim this work as your own" disclaimer in the magazine somewhere to (at least try to) make sure all the credit for whatever you submit remains with you. 

I also reserve the right to correct spelling errors/typos, but nothing more.  Smiley  That shall be the extent of my editorial powers.

I hope to get this all together either a) by November 26, which is kind of close for submissions, but which is the end of my fall break or b) by late December, amidst winter break.  Whenever I cut off submissions, I'll modify this post.

Edit: Submission cut off date: December 31.  Please see page 2 for further details/ideas/what have you.

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My First Book- Stab Binding on: November 07, 2005 07:38:36 AM

I made this many moons ago for a year-long swap, but that's over now, so I can post it!  I think it'd pretty, at least.

Here's a question for you experienced book binders: what's the best tool to get to cut paper?  Xacto knives aren't precise enough/take too much time for my tastes, particularly with the size and bulk of papers used to make signatures for a good-sized book.  I'm looking in the direction of those big swing-arm cutters I always used to use in high school art classes, but they seem pretty expensive, so I thought I'd check with the wonderful minds of Craftster first to see if anyone knew of a better option.  So, any ideas?
10  COOKING / Dessert / Halloween Cookies! on: November 07, 2005 06:57:09 AM

Every year, I make sugar cookies for Halloween.  Usually I just do pumpkins, but this time I felt like throwing in some eyeballs too.  I'm very proud of my eyeballs.

I used the cut-out sugar cookie recipie from this cookbook, and it was quite good as long as you kept the cookies all sealed up so they wouldn't dry out.

Anyone else make halloween cookies?  Post pictures; I want to see how you all decorated yours.  Cheesy
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