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21  Quiller Octopus! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by mezcraft on: March 14, 2012 06:53:51 PM
I have started a series of quilled pieces that are sea creatures and this is the second ( the koi being my first) in the series. I have started another Octopus as well, but he won't be done for awhile... I really enjoyed doing the waves, as the tentacles and air bubbles kind of made me bonkers... So many tight curls!

Here he is in all his glory!

I am doing another Octopus right now as well, but I won't be done him for some time.. oh those crazy tentacles...

Still curious?
Check me old blog of wonders - http://a-can-of-crafty-curiosities.blogspot.com/2012/03/quilled-octopus-frollicking-in-sea.html
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22  Re: Canadian Ongoing Wish Swap- Mar 2012 Gallery/Discussion Board in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: March 12, 2012 02:32:16 PM
Hey Everybody!

I just received some awesome washcloths from Homerof2. They are totally awesome. I don't want to wreck them by using them! Thanks so much. They are way awesome.

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23  Questionable Robot Series in Needlework: Completed Projects by mezcraft on: March 06, 2012 03:08:26 PM
So I have been working on some pieces of my own that were inspired by some great fabric that I found that had Robots on it. I have wanted to try embellished fabric techniques with embroidery so I thought this would be the perfect fabric to do that with.  I used acrylic while the hoop was stretched for the word bubbles and it didn't wrinkle. However once I stitched through it it did have a bit of a wobble to the fabric.

The first one in the series is called Questionable Robot RW23

He asks "What is right and wrong?" It's not as obvious as you would think. What's right to me may not be right to you and for a robot who knows what is right and wrong!?

The Second one in the series is called Questionable Robot LUV41

He is asking "What is Love?" Tough question, even tougher for a robot.

The third one is called Questionable Robot NR31

He asks a pretty deep question. He is a bit more philosophical.
"What is the nature of reality?" That's a doozy.

So there you go... They are kind of an experiment... I can honestly say I am trying to find my voice as a maker... This was something I thought of that I was interested in making, but it's kind of weird... I like it.. but it's still weird.

What do you think?

Still curious? More stories about these quizzical robots on my wee blog.
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24  Re: Ongoing Hoopla Round 4 - Gallery/Discussion in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: March 03, 2012 06:13:14 AM
On Friday I received a wonderful package from AMIFRIENDS which I really love!

She sent me two hoops, One cute rhino, I love the simplicity of the black and white!

And this wonderful letter hoop. I absolutely love the colours, the font and the style.  This is amazing. 

Thank you so much!
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25  Re: Steampunk for the Home Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: February 29, 2012 07:00:54 PM
Be Prepared to have your mind blown!

This is an awesome package I received today! I just about flipped it's so wicked.

SO here is a lovely Victorian Silhouette.. I love it, the colours are fabulous... and the craftsmanship is impeccable.

Here is an amazing Steamship! I know right? It's totally cool!

Then a clock, which is also sewn ( you are one talented lady with a machine lemme tell you!) I am so impressed with this. You are just great.

Thank you so much it is just so great!
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26  Canadian Ongoing Wish Swap- Mar 2012 Gallery/Discussion Board in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: February 29, 2012 06:44:36 PM
Here we are!  A place for us Canucks to chat it up and post some lovely photos of some Canadian craftiness!

Here is a link back to the swap info and the claims - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404802.0

I know making the wishlist can be daunting but hey it can also be awesome if something you thought you would never get someone makes for you! Dream Canadians! Dream!

If you want to see the swap status's of folks go to the Original Swap thread.. as I got a little confused doing it in two places... the pains of a first time swap organizer...
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27  Canadian Ongoing Wish Swap - March 2012 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mezcraft on: February 29, 2012 06:24:48 PM
Canadian Ongoing Wish Swap
Or COWStee hee

Here is a link to the Gallery/Discussion Board:

This swap will open for claims on March 1st and close on March  31st - If you would like to sign up please read all info and PM the organiser (mezcraft) your questionnaire.

If you have participated in other ongoing swaps before, please ensure you read this information as you may find things a little different

 This swap works as a chain. The first person will post a wish list containing both crafted items and supplies, another participant claims at least a medium item from their list and then posts their own list and so on.

A medium item consists of a craft that takes the average crafter more than 2 hours to complete (not including drying/waiting time), or if sending supplies, CA $20-$30 of store bought items.

 Please include a minimum of 20 specific crafted items medium or small in size and 15 supplies in your list. To help the other participants it helps if you have a link to an image or tutorial of what you would like to receive. The more items you have in your wish list the faster you will get claimed.

When posting your wishlist please include the following information:

1)   A short description of yourself and any allergies or sensitivities you may have.  Include colours and patterns you like or dislike.
2)   Please say something nice and happy about Canada.
3)   A list of 20 crafted items and 15 craft supplies, and any extras you dig (such as food stuffs) if you can    
include photos (small) or links to your items that would be great too.
4)   If you have a pinterest or wist please say what things you would like crafted from there or from which sections and which sections are off limits. Also if it is okay for a pinterest surprise!

When picking a claim:

1)   Please begin your post with how many claims you have made, how many claims in transit and how many  received in a format like this: 1-0-1 kind of thing.
2)   Then add your prepared wishlist.
3)   Send a PM right away to the person you claimed to say Hello, and ask for there postal address.
4)   Send a PM to your organizer ( mezcraft) to let her know what you have claimed.
5)   You then have 3 weeks from the date you picked to send your claim.

Once you have completed and sent your claim:
1)   Please PM your organizer and the recipient. As it is within Canada,  you can include a tracking number, if it isnt big enough to need one just keep the receipt.

How many claims may you make?

   Friends of Craftster can make 3 claims
   Non-Friends of Craftster can make 2
   First time swappers can make 1
Once you have maxed out on your limit of claims, you must wait until one of your items is received before making another claim.  You must at least make one claim to be in the swap.

When sending information to your organizer please list the subject heading  as follows:

Please do not make a claim for this swap until you have been approved. As soon as you have been added to the list on the first page you can begin claiming and have some COWS fun

Regarding Feedback:
:There are some things that will land you with negative feedback, so please pay attention to the following information.
* You must send the medium item that you have claimed for, otherwise you will receive negative feedback.
* If you claim for a cotton hat, and then you make and send a wool one, you will need to send again.
* Pay close attention to your partners allergies and wishes. If you send something that is on the list of allergies, or dislikes etc. you will be required to send again   We dont want any swappers get something that is clearly in their list of things they dont like and or have allergies of.....

If everything goes successfully-which it should! You will receive feedback once you have, sent, received and posted pictures for all of your claims  
Or if you have not posted pictures, up to 2 weeks after the swap has ended.

Swap Info
Swap name: Canadian only Ongoing Wish Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: mezcraft
Sign-up date range: 3/1 3/31
Date to send item by: 3 weeks / 21 days from the day you claim.
Limited to a certain number of people?: Yes. 25 ( unless someone wants to co-org)
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes  * Canadians ONLY *
You must be over 16 years of age.  If you are under 18 (but over 16) be sure that:
 you have your parents permission (youll be using their address OR a P.O. Box)

Organizer Notes

Swap Organizer himself/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: N/A
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES -Canada Post Registered Post Tracking Number

If you wish to participate, please send this questionnaire to the organiser mezcraft, do not reply on this thread.

Name of Swap: Canadian Ongoing Wish Swap
Craftster username:
Your real name:
Your email address:
Your postal address:
Have you read the Swap Guidelines and understand how this swap works?
Are you living in Canada?
Are you 16 or over? YES/NO
 If not do you have your parents permission?
Are you willing to send at least one medium item per claim? A medium item is the following: A craft that takes the average crafter more than 2 hours two complete, or if sending supplies, CA $20-$30 of store bought items. (If not then you can not be approved)
Are you willing to communicate with your partner and make sure you have their best interests at heart?
Are you willing to take photos of all items you make?
Are you willing to post photos of the items you receive or communicate with your partner to post photos within 5 days of receiving?
Are you a Friend of Craftster?
Are you willing to PM the organisers when you send and receive claims?

Please do not post on this thread, use the discussion board if you want to chat about the swap  This thread is for claims only once the swap opens on March 1st.

1) mezcraft - 3 claims available ( FOC) 0,0,2
2) Homerof2 - 3 claims available ( FOC) 0,0,4
3) bergman - 2 claims available ( non-FOC)0,0,2
4) mama24boyz - 3 claims available ( FOC)0,0,3
5) suereal - 3 claims available (FOC) 0,0,3
6) bobbiemay - 3 claims available ( FOC)0,0,2
7) Oyhana - 3 claims available ( FOC)0,0,2
Cool .:dollface:. - 2 claims available (non-FOC)0,0,1
9) k8krea8s - 2 claims available (non-FOC)0,0,3
10) J_Kieviet - 3 claims ( FOC) 1,0,0

Sent and Received
Sending Late with communication
Contact me immediately!
Feedback given

Due Mar 22
Homerof2 > mezcraft for crochet wash cloths
mama24boyz > Homerof2 for tiny crochet winnie the pooh characters
Homerof2 > mama24boyz for crochet cotton cloths

Due Mar 23
mezcraft> Homerof 2 for Canadian Map Embroidery Hoop
Bergman> mezcraft for pinterest surprise from "Home Decor" Pin Board

Due Mar 24
.:dollface:. > bergman for Hoop for hoopla wall
mama24boyz > .:dollface:. for a ribbon tangy blanket and a sheep hat.
suereal > mama24boyz for eclectic braided bracelet from her pintrest + a wee bit more
k8krea8s > suereal for a bigger-than-a-mug rug
bobbiemay > k8kre8s for a bow sleeved tee made from a long sleeved shirt

Due Mar 25
mama24 boyz > bobbiemay for an ami from her wists
bobbiemay > mama24boyz pencil crayon and book holder
k8krea8s > bobbiemay for a sewing machine cover
suereal > k8krea8s fingerless gloves made from a sweater
Homerof2 >  suereal for crocheted cotton washcloths

Due Mar 27
Oyhana > Homerof 2 for an embroidered hoop
mezcraft > Oyhana for a needlebook from her pinterest + a wee bit more

Due April 1
bergman > mezcraft for a Home Decor item from pinterest surprise

Due April 3
k8kre8s > bergman leather notebook holder

Due April 8
Oyhana > k8kre8s for some spinning fiber.
Homerof2 > Oyhana for crochet wash cloths ( you are on a roll!!!)

Due April 9
Suereal > Homerof2 for a picture of tulips..and some stuff to pad the package out a bit.

Due April 12
J_Kieviet> Suereal for wire nippers, jewellers hand drill, and some surprises:)
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28  Birch Trees and Black bird -woohoo in Needlework: Completed Projects by mezcraft on: February 23, 2012 04:18:20 PM
For this hoopla swap 7, Our "theme" was silhouettes and negative space.  My partner liked Birch trees and Blackbirds, both of which I have an affinity for, so after a lot of sketching I came up with this design. I think birch trees work well in embroidery because they have such a stark look to them... I added a little brown into the trees as well just to give them a subtle hint of colour. I am really fond of this piece, and am glad that Melladh liked it!

It did take a lot longer than I thought it was going to and keeping the lines straight was kind of hard, but in the end I was happy with how it looked.  Also trying to find a picture of a european blackbird, vs a NorthAmerican one was difficult!

Still curious?
More on my fancy blog...

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29  Canadian Ongoing Wish Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by mezcraft on: February 23, 2012 04:14:02 AM

Come on, Canadian Crafters!

I think it would be great both for the pocket book and for fun to do an all Canadian swap. Maybe this isn't the first time but I am curious if folks right now, might be interested.

Basically it would be a chain style swap, Putting up a list of say 30 crafted items and 15 supplies that you would be interested in.  Plus using your pinterest/wist as a source as well.

So, how do us Canucks feel about that, eh?

Timing wise, you would have a month in which to make claims in, so perhaps, March to sign up and then claims through till the end of March. Send outs would be 3 weeks after each claim.

Allrighty lemme know if you are interested!
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30  Dementor vs. Patronus in Needlework: Completed Projects by mezcraft on: February 21, 2012 05:54:20 PM
For this Silhouette themed Hoopla swap my partner ( much like myself ) is a Harry Potter fan. She had this great image from 9gag.com  ( I think the original artist is "redbubble" or something like that) on her pinterest page and I instantly knew that this is what I wanted to do.

I struggled at first with how to get the right dementor robe texture, but I grabbed a bunch of spare fabric and ripped it up in to tiny rags with frayed edges. I then twisted and bunched them up and sewed them on filling in the space.  I was really pleased with how this technique worked as it was kind of a " what'll happen if I do this!!!?" kind of idea.

I really like how it turned out, it kind of has a really rough feel to it, but also presents a lot of possibilities. I approach my hoopla's less like a craft and more like an art piece, so from that angle and for me, this is an awesome artistic texture technique... Maybe not textbook "the right way to stitch" but hey it works for me.

and may I just simply say: EXPECTO PATRONUM!!!

Still Curious?
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