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111  May Birthday Swap! in New Swap Theme Ideas by kaz814 on: April 25, 2011 11:10:30 AM

Hello May birthday girls and boys!   The May birthday swap is opening on May 1.  If you've a birthday in May or just want to send presents to the birthday craftsters, please sign up!

Any questions?  Just ask. Smiley
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112  Baby Bear hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by kaz814 on: March 22, 2011 05:12:23 PM
So this is my first ever hat and it worked up REALLY quickly.   It's my first wearable crochet project ever, too, so I'm pretty proud of it.  The pattern's on Ravelry under Osito Infant Bear Hat.

I hope my cousin likes it!  Her baby girl was born last week.

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113  First crayon tinting in Needlework: Completed Projects by kaz814 on: March 19, 2011 09:13:25 AM
For the February bday swap, I made a hoop (my first!) for the wonderful QueenNinjaMonkey.  I also used crayon tinting to add a bit more interest and added white seed beads to the white parts in the middle (the stamen?  It's been too long since biology class ...)

Concrit welcomed wholeheartedly!
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114  Frugal Living 4? in New Swap Theme Ideas by kaz814 on: February 07, 2011 06:09:53 AM

It's that time again!  Credit card bills from the holidays have reared their ugly (and too high) heads and taxes will soon be upon us.  Do you need to tighten your belt?  Are you doing Dave Ramsey's 6 Baby Steps?  Do you just want to stop wasting money by throwing away sponges, paper towels, or feminine products?  Do you want to be better to the environment by reusing things and using more natural products for cleaning your house and yourself? Do you want to eat out less often and have healthier, cheaper dinners at home for yourself and your family?

Then have we got a swap for you! (Okay, apparently I'm totally channeling Veggie Tales today!)

We've had 3 awesome rounds of the Frugal Living Swap and our first round was one of the Best of 2010!  Cheesy  I'm hoping that there will be some interest in a spring/summer round, too!

Frugal Living 1 Gallery
Frugal Living 2: Return of the Cheap Gallery
Frugal Living 3: Have Yourself a Frugal Little Holiday Gallery

Troublet and I were thinking endish of February for signups - maybe February 14-28?  Send outs April 4th, so you'd have a month of crafting time?  I could push back sendouts a week or so if you'd want more time.

Thoughts?  Is there interest?
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115  Re: December 2010 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: February 02, 2011 12:58:56 PM

These look awesome!

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116  Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: January 29, 2011 03:14:33 PM
I have received from the fabulous tinkstar390, who is so very sweet.

Since I was claimed for a hoopla, a pin cushion, a needlebook and some beads, I was surprised when I opened the package to find this adorable drawstring clutch:

It's got a magnetic closure and the fabric is awesome.  I adore it so.

I opened it to find ...

The pin cushion, the needlebook, and some awesome beads.  I love the fabric on the cushion and the needlebook, and I already have some ideas on how to use some of the beads. Cheesy

Action shot of the pin cushion:

And the very first hoopla for my new hoopla wall ...

Isn't is adorable?  I love it so.  My mom was gushing over it too.  (Well, that and she looked covetously at the clutch until I put it away!)

Thank you so much, tinkstar!  Welcome back to swapping.  Anyone who gets to be your partner will be very lucky indeed!
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117  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R9 FOCR R9 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: January 29, 2011 03:08:43 PM
I've received!  I was lucky enough to get the bag that TSM made!  It is desperately needed as the shopping bags I have been using have been looking ... very very sad and pathetic and gross. Cheesy   I tried to get an action shot in the mirror but it ended up being a big flash of light.  Sad  So you get these, hung on the door.

The Bag:

I love the fabric!  It's awesome.  And the different handles rock because I can carry it or throw it over my shoulder cross-wise, which is awesome because otherwise the bags fall off my shoulder. Cheesy (The handles you can see on the knob are the shorter ones, the longer one is hanging down.)

And the inside:

Look how big it is!  I will be able to put a lot in it.  Cheesy

Thank you so much, TSM!
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118  Re: January 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: January 27, 2011 07:34:28 PM
These are the cards I sent to Confuzzle:

The first set uses her first initial (out of chipboard) and some ribbon:

And then, I made four centering around some old stamps that I've been hoarding since I was a kid:

(the stamp is hard to see, sorry!  It's about the nation's industries)

the hermitage:

Andrew Carnegie:

and my favorite: women:

And the last set are my favorites.  I was going for a steampunk feel (what do you think?) I used a stamp pad to color the white paper so it looked oldish, then stamped all sorts of steampunkish things in black and gold.  The gold's a bit difficult to see though. Sad  The little frames in the middle were the inspiration. Smiley

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119  A Cheerful Stripey, Flowery Mug Rug in Quilting: Completed Projects by kaz814 on: January 26, 2011 11:57:38 AM
Hello quilters!  I have just finished my first mug rug and wow ... I bow down to all of you who do anything bigger!

This is my finished piece:

I made my own bias tape and I think I know what I did wrong on attaching it (though I think I've done alright with the mitred corners on the front, at least), so that's something, but I'm not going to show you the back. Wink  

BUT I have a question ... how do get it so when I quilt the layers together, one side doesn't pull and get off center?  I pinned it out the wazoo with straight pins.  Do I need the quilting safety pins?  (The little squares have become parallelograms.)

Please any comments, criticisms, and suggestions would be really really appreciated.  I want to make some for Christmas presents, but I wouldn't want to give something quite this newbie-feeling away, so if you have a suggestion, I would <3 you forever!
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120  Re: Craft along for ME- ongoing in Craftalongs by kaz814 on: January 26, 2011 11:52:15 AM
Well, I finished my mug rug.  Although it's by far from perfect, I did my best with her first ever quilting project/mug rug.  I love the colors and the fabric at least.  This was my first time making my own binding tape and wow, did I learn a lot about what to do ... and not do. Cheesy  I will also need to watch a few tutorials and ask a few questions on the quilting board.

But it's not toooo shabby for a first effort!

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