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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Friendship Granny Square Swap - reboot? on: September 21, 2012 09:36:07 AM

Is anyone up for some more of this? The last round I participated in was back in 2009 and I don't know if there have been more since then. Everyone makes four 8 inch squares out of worsted acrylic yarn (in their partner's color preferences) and swaps. Eventually we all have an awesome blanket/throw/whatever that was created by people from all around the world! The blanket pictured is the one that I eventually put together, all I did was crochet them together Cheesy

Lets get this going again! I believe there was one round a month. Four 8 inch squares can be made in no time!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt name book on: December 19, 2011 08:15:15 AM
So I saw all the amazing felt books that you craftsters had created and knew that was what I wanted to make for my niece's first christmas.

Here's what I came up with:

Front cover        L                    A                   C

E                    Y                    End

I had so much fun making this!

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Xanth - Piers Anthony on: August 07, 2011 04:30:02 PM

So, I checked and this was brought up years ago without much interest. I just recently found all the Xanth books at the library book sale so I'm re-reading them. Would anyone be interested in a Xanth swap? Puns galore! Maybe we could to a One Tiny Thing or a ATC swap?
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Shaving soap - M&P on: July 19, 2011 07:07:43 PM
So, I recently took up straight razor shaving and I needed some better shaving cream. Brambleberry to the rescue! I ordered some of their shaving M&P soap and bentonite clay. They also included some vanilla oak FO as a sample. I'm in love with the smell of it. It definitely went into the soap, haha! I would recommend their shaving base, its great! Super smooth and no irritation!!!

Here's my finished product:

All lathered up:

In progress:
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pencil Drawing of Baby on: May 04, 2011 02:39:59 PM
My sister's birthday is in a few days and I decided to draw her a picture of her 3 month old baby. I'm planning on framing it before I give it to her but, I'm wondering if it's done. You know how it is.... you can never tell when it is done, so you keep adding things to it till it's ruined. So. What do you think? Does it need anything? I appreciate any critiques!

Baby Lacey

Here's what I'm working with:

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / WoW tryptic on: March 14, 2011 11:12:39 AM
I made these for the lovely PirateColey over in the World of Warcraft swap. They are watercolor mounted on black foamcore. My scanner picked up the texture of the paper kind of strangely. So, disregard the odd texture in the lighter areas like the sky and the blood elf's skin.

All 3 together:


Crag boar and seagull pets


I had a ton of fun painting these characters!
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / EO's for healing vs. smell in lotions on: March 14, 2011 10:57:03 AM
Ok. So, I would like to try my hand at lotion making. I'm a hairstylist and my hands are in and out of water all day in addition to being exposed to stuff that makes my eczema flare up. (probably not a great profession for me in hindsight Tongue) I'm trying to figure out how much of whatever EO I'd need in a mix to utilize the healing/eczema benefits of certain ones. I know there's a list of the max amount you can safely use in a lotion but, I don't necessarily want to go around reeking of stuff as I'm a bit sensitive to strong smells.

One more question: I believe I am sensitive to parabens so I try to avoid them when I can. I also don't want my lotion to get all moldy and gross. Has anyone with really sensitive skin tried the other forms of preservatives that are paraben free and had any averse reactions? I just don't want to buy a bottle of stuff and itch from it, haha. If need be I'd probably just make tiny batches without it and keep it in the fridge.

(I've tried body butters without preservatives and they work great but are just too heavy to use at work. Hair sticks to buttery hands, ew.)

Thanks for any input!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Attaching fillet crochet to fabric on: March 10, 2011 04:03:07 PM
So, I have this amazing fillet crochet piece that my bf's mom made for us. It is about 5 feet long and 21 inches wide. I would like to mount it to a dark fabric so I can hang it on my wall for all to see!

My question: what is the best way to attach the crochet to the fabric? I know I could hand sew it... though I'm hoping to machine stitch it since it is so long. It has a nice border that I could conceivably stitch through. I just have very little experience with this sort of thing. Any tips and tricks would be welcome!
Thanks Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Handspun Mittens on: February 14, 2011 08:06:20 AM
So, I received this awesome yarn last year in the Birthday swap:

I've just now used it! Haha, I was saving it for something special and with all the freezing weather we've been having... here's what I came up with.

I made some mittens using the 2-at-the-same-time method. I knew I would never finish them otherwise!
So, thanks RhymeswOrange for some awesome yarn!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Peach Blossom on: February 09, 2011 09:33:37 AM
My Gramma is in the hospital now recovering from heart surgery. I probably won't be able to travel to see her so, I painted her a card instead.

I did a google search for flowers and I found a really pretty image of peach blossoms.
It is 4x6 and done in watercolors.

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