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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: instead of going to jail I go to joy. REMINDER CARD on: May 16, 2018 03:59:50 PM
Love this!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag twinkle - Round 8 GALLERY on: April 18, 2018 05:36:25 PM
Beautiful, alwaysinmyroom! And Cmarion, that is an excellent collection! I'm still looking for a good wall to display mine since my last move. I love the idea of having them in front of a window. Smiley
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag twinkle - Round 8 GALLERY on: April 08, 2018 09:22:27 AM
Love that inspiration flag!

I had received my flag from Seeuudee, but have been remiss in not posting it sooner. Now that I've survived the week from hell with work and poison ivy, here is the beauty that now adorns my wall!

She chose my theme "Grow roots", and I love all the textures of the different fabrics and ribbons. I also really like that she chose the alphabet beads to write the words, I think it really works well, almost like fruit or flower buds. So lovely!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag twinkle - Round 8 GALLERY on: April 01, 2018 08:45:50 AM
Wulf, that flag is very much your style. And so is this one! I love it, thank you!

Wulf chose to pick a theme out of my babble on my questionnaire instead of one of the listed words, and he picked the perfect one. Putting down roots is something I'm currently trying to learn; hopefully after moving 18 times this one will stick.

The textures are fantastic, between the yarnish fibers and the embroidered bits, and the appliqued felt. I'm not sure if you can tell not in-person, but the ink lines in the background add so much depth too.

Thank you Wulf, this is exactly what I needed. And perhaps if I ever move again, it will be into a treehouse as serene as this one. Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dotted Skull Shirt on: March 31, 2018 07:34:52 PM
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2018 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: March 30, 2018 05:21:44 AM
it did not come out perfectly but the imperfection actually makes it much more interesting than a pristine image. I wish I did not have to chuck the stamp after use!

This might be verging on the ridiculous, but I wonder if you could seal the cut edge with something like wax, and plant the whole piece?
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap - Round 8 GALLERY on: March 29, 2018 12:11:07 PM
I just finished my own flag, which took way longer than anticipated because once I started trying to use up little random scraps, I couldn't stop.

This is an homage to the new job I just started as a gardener, and the real season begins on Monday!

I used little bits of embroidery floss, some silk flowers, fabric paint, ribbon, beads, and fabric scraps with fusible interfacing. I was going to add a couple more flowers, but I had to stop before it got too ridiculous.
8  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Nests for Wildlife on: March 29, 2018 12:03:45 PM
Hi all!
If you're like me, you wind up with a whole pile of little teeny balls of yarn and you find yourself digging through your pinterest posts for ways to use them up. (Chapstick coozie? For real?)

Well, look no further. Spring has sprung here in North America, and for wildlife rehabilitators that means those two, dreaded words that coincide with the end of functioning time for yourself or frivolous things like sleep: BABY SEASON.
You can help support your local over-worked wildlife rehabilitator by making some nests to keep the little babes warm!

I found a local wildlife rehabilitator through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and whipped up the following nests for her out of the remains of my little stash of random bits. I admit the color combinations are not all stellar, but these are going to be pooped on enough that it probably won't matter. I tried to go for a variety of sizes to give her some options based on who will be nestled in there. These are a bit deeper than they appear, but the design means the edges roll a bit.

If you are a stitchery beginner, I urge you to try these! They're very simple and the decreases are super easy, at least for knitting.

You can find the instructions to knit or crochet nests here.

Here's the individual nests with how many strands of yarn I used, and how many stitches I cast on at the beginning. If you're not sure what size to make, chat with a local rehabber! You can also find some places to send donations on the instructions site.

Edit: I just found a Facebook group called Wildlife Rescue Nests that is all about connecting crafters with rehabbers in need!

Some important takeaways:
1. These have to be really tightly knit or crochet. No holes or spaces where little legs or toes can wander in and get stuck, because the only thing worse than an orphaned baby bird is an orphaned baby bird with a broken leg. Same goes for yarns with little loops and snags that could catch a toe.
2. They have to be self-supporting, so an infant hat style won't work. Rehabbers have to manage a syringe of food, positioning the baby to be fed and keeping everyone from falling out; since this already requires 3 more hands than they currently have, there won't be one to spare for a floppy nest brim.
3. These are going to be washed A LOT. Plan your fiber choices accordingly.

I hope you're feeling inspired! I know the over-worked and under-appreciated wildlife rescue individuals in your community will appreciate it.

Thanks for looking! Please share!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Prayer Flag Swap - Round 8 (SU to 3/3/2018;SO 3/26/18) on: March 29, 2018 11:17:30 AM
Just finished my own flag, now I can open the ones crafted for me when they arrive without remorse! Smiley
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap - Round 8 GALLERY on: March 27, 2018 03:21:58 PM
Holy moly, you miss a week on here and you miss a lifetime! Love the flags so far, the woven piece is lovely!

To answer the question on the one I made (As Above, So Below for Wulf) I bleach-dyed the original black fabric, and then embellished with paint and ink. Also, Wulf, have you noticed where it glows in the dark? Wink
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