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1  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by elliot_anne on: February 08, 2016 06:17:16 PM
All of these ATCs are so wonderful! This is a great gallery!

I have been terribly remiss in posting this in a timely fashion, and for that I apologize. Here is my "cute monster" themed card from spikefan, which she also mixed with my "rubber duck" theme.

I love love love it!! Our bathroom is rubber duck themed and I plan on framing my rubber duck ATCs when I get enough of them to hang in the bathroom. This one is so cute and fits in perfectly!!
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2  Re: Planner-Page-Per-Day Project in Completed Projects by elliot_anne on: January 24, 2016 08:36:27 AM
Here are this week's new planner pages! (I already posted Monday's so it's a repeat. Sorry!)

Weekly Tot School Planner: We use this page to help us track what I want to work on with her each week, and the skills she's mastering.

Books to Read List: Because whenever I go to start a new book, I can never remember all the ones I came across that sounded good.

Library Book Tracker: No more late fees!

Goal Planner: To help me track and plan actions to meet my goals for this year.

Kid's Party Planning Package - 3 pages to help you keep track of all the party details for your kiddo's party! I am currently using these pages to help me keep track of my tot's upcoming 2nd birthday party/my baby shower (we are doing a combined party since I am due just 1 month after her birthday, and 2 parties sounds like too much to handle right now, haha). It is Octonaut themed, and I will totally be sharing all of the party details that we are DIYing!

Page 1: Party info and guest list

Page 2: Party details - activities, decorations, food

Page 3: During the party - gift list and party favors
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3  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery & Discussion Rounds 122. 123. 124 in The Swap Gallery by elliot_anne on: January 21, 2016 03:32:23 PM
AH! It didn't even occur to me to bookmark the Discussion/Gallery until just now as I logged on to post the pictures of the unpaper towels I got from texscrapper and I realized it wasn't on my booksmarks page!

Anyway, I tried to post this last night and my computer started acting up. Luckily it's behaving a little better now.

I am super excited about these unpaper towels! I have wanted some FOREVER, and I can really only do the most basic of things with a sewing machine, and I have NO IDEA how to add the snaps. So this was super exciting for me! Thank you so much texscrapper!

I hate using disposable anything, and I can't wait to start using these at the house! Cheesy
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4  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by elliot_anne on: January 20, 2016 09:45:00 PM
I received the cutest little rubber duck embroidery/cross stitch ATC from rockingbearranch!

Isn't he just the CUTEST?! And I have NO idea how you kept those stitches so straight on normal fabric! I can't cross stitch unless it's on aida...
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5  Re: Planner-Page-Per-Day Project in Completed Projects by elliot_anne on: January 18, 2016 01:29:52 PM
For those interested, here is a round-up of the pages I uploaded this week:

4-Section Weekly Spread:

Wish List:

Blog Monthly Planner:

To Do List:


Yearly Habit Tracker:

Debt Tracker:

And I'm actually really excited about the one that went up today! Tot School Planner!
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6  Re: Planner-Page-Per-Day Project in Completed Projects by elliot_anne on: January 08, 2016 11:40:18 AM
Today I dropped the Weekly Blog Overview onto the blog for download (for those of you that run blogs).

OMG alwaysinmyroom, how did that not even occur to me?! I keep track of my swaps on pieces of plain old lined paper in my planner, and leave myself notes and make checkboxes... UGH! I have been remiss.

That being said, I now have ideas for two different craft swap pages - one designed for ongoing craft swaps, and one designed for bigger swaps. I actually just finished putting together the ongoing craft swap one (those are the swaps I participate in most, so they get priority, haha). I will have the blog post up for that tomorrow morning. BUT I will give you a sneak peak of the page since you gave me the idea! Smiley

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7  Planner-Page-Per-Day Project in Completed Projects by elliot_anne on: January 06, 2016 10:36:09 AM
I know this project is sort of somewhere between arts, crafts, and design, so I'm not really sure where to put this.

Anyway, I'm designing my own planner pages for my planner, because all of the printable ones I've found are close, but not quite perfect for my needs. I've been enjoying making the planner pages so much, I've been making a new one every day and posting the downloadable PDF on my blog (if you're interested in printing them out for yourself, the link to my blog is down below).

Here are pictures of the ones I've made so far:

Yearly Spread:

Monthly Spread:

4-Section Weekly Spread:

Daily Page:

Goal Planner:

Weekly Meal Plan:

Yearly Habit Tracker:

30 Day Habit Tracker:

Project/Idea Planner:

Special Dates/Birthdays Planner:

Monthly Blog Planner:

Weekly Blog Overview:

Ongoing Craft Swap Organizer:

Big Craft Swap Organizer:

Wish List:

To Do List:

Notes Page:

Books to Read List:

Library Book Tracker:

Debt Tracker:

Movies to Watch List:

Weekly Tot School Planner:

Kid's Party Planner (1 of 3):

Kid's Party Planner (2 of 3):

Kid's Party Planner (3 of 3):

Monthly Date Night Planner:

Weekly Date Night Planner:

Wedding - Guest List Tracker:

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8  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: January 03, 2016 09:20:46 AM
Warning: Really long post!

Hi, I'm Elle, and I'm a supply hoarder.

The Problem: Haha, no but seriously. We live in a 1-bedroom apartment and I have way way WAY too many projects/supplies for our space, especially since I have an almost-2-year-old, another on the way, and a little dog!

For Myself: I have been working on a HUGE ongoing project of making 150 cross stitch hoops - one for each of the original 150 pokemon. I have 16 already done and hanging in the hallway, and another 5 completed but I haven't finished off the backs of the hoops yet (I am waiting until after I have the baby because I use E6000 for this, and I don't want to use it while pregnant, cuz it smells AWFUL). This is definitely a labor of love which will probably only be appreciated by me. I do not have all of the necessary hoops to finish this project, so I /will/ have to buy them as I go along, but I am refusing to buy them in advance, and will only buy them one or two at a time as I need them. I /do/ have all of the necessary DMC colors for the project (my fiance got me the rest of the missing colors for Christmas).

Taking Stock: I think I have about 16 boxes of scrapbooking paper (about half 8.5x11 and half 12x12) and I'm not even a scrapbooker! I am a total sucker for "hey, do you want some free stuff?" and 'inherited' all but one box of this massive stash from a lady who was moving and whose boyfriend refused to move the stash again (it filled up the entire trunk of my SUV and there was still more in the backseat...). I also 'inherited' a ton of different supplies (including the other box of scrapbooking paper) from my fiance's sister when she was moving into an apartment with roommates and therefore only had one room, which she shares with her boyfriend. I also have a habit of checking out the remnants bin at JoAnns whenever I'm there, and justifying one roll because "it's only a dollar," and I never have an actual craft in mind. Here are just a couple of pictures of my stock.

Here is some of my 8.5x11 scrapbook paper, stored underneath my desk, which is not convenient because then I can't actually put my feet there when using my desk.

Here is some of the 12x12 scrapbook paper, stored in the hall closet, which is not convenient because the 12x12s don't fit nicely into their boxes, and I need to stack the boxes...

Here are the boxes of craft supplies that are stored on the shelf above my desk. God forbid we have a big earthquake (an actual potential hazard where I live) because all these would probably come raining down... But at least they're organized and pretty! I just added the labels to these last night and now they make me happy Smiley

And here are the boxes of craft supplies that need to be reorganized and labeled still. The boxes are all organized, but I need to re-fit everything into the cabinet nicely and then label the boxes.

This does not include pictures of my sewing stuff (which is stored in the cabinet beneath the messy craft supplies), my embroidery stuff, scrap paper (I can't throw it away!), and handsewing stuff (all three are stored in bankers boxes also on the shelf above my desk), or the knitting stuff (another bankers box stored on the shelf above the messy craft supplies).


1. With regards to the 150 Pokemon hoops project - keep working! And also only buy exactly when I need for this project (I know I will need hoops as I go, and I will also need more black and a couple shades of gray that are used on virtually all of them, but I will buy all of this one or two at a time to keep the stash from growing).

2. Continue being generous with the craft supplies - particularly the scrapbook paper. When Jeremy agreed to let me inherit all of the paper, it was under the agreement that I not buy any more until I got the stash down to a manageable amount (i.e. 1-2 boxes). I am proud that so far I have kept my promise! Because I am not actually a scrapbooker, I am going through this stash very VERY /VERY/ slowly, though. So whenever I have a friend who needs paper, I always tell them to come look through my stash first and see if they can use anything before going out and buying. Since I got it all for free, I won't miss it, but they sure appreciate it when they can get all the paper they need without having to pay for it themselves. In this vein, I actually used up a couple of packs of paper for my work a few weeks back - my boss wanted goody bags made for every employee (about 200 people), and I happily volunteered to donate the paper needed for the tags (and then proceeded to also make all of the goody bags as well). I am thinking about joining the ongoing wish swap or birthday swap this year so that I can help destash to people who will appreciate and use the stuff, as well as being able to destash for the actual gifts themselves.

3. Keep organizing! I have slowly been tackling the house area by area to try to get it organized, because that's the only way I'll stay sane with all of the stash! I am so happy with how those labeled boxes came out that I know if my whole house were just as organized I would feel much less urge to buy new stuff, mainly because I would be able to find the supplies I am looking for when I need them!

4. Keep track of projects! This one is a little new for me. In the past I always just started stuff, set it aside, and picked up a new project. Part of organizing my life for this year has been creating a new planner for myself. I included a tab for projects, and plan to use this to keep track of the UFOs I have lying around, as well as new projects I'd like to start. I hope that by having a reminder in the planner where I can see it daily will inspire me to start tackling some of those UFOs, as well as give me inspiration for future projects I can use stash for.

If you stuck with me, THANKS! If you didn't, well, I don't blame you...
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9  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- December 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by elliot_anne on: January 02, 2016 09:52:20 PM
Oh wow! All of these ATCs are just wonderful! I think my favorite has to be the silly little hermit crab, though. I never would have thought to put him in a bowling ball, haha.

I received a super cute Teesha Moore patch card in the mail from curiousfae today. Yay!

She absolutely nailed the saturation of the colors of my kids' room! Even though it's fabric, I may have to include it in the wall hanging I am planning on making for them out of some of the ATCs that I get, because seriously the colors are just so perfect! And I love the sunburst stitching on it. Smiley Thank you!

Even the fabric she chose for the back is super cute!

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10  Harry Potter and the Felt Play Set in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by elliot_anne on: August 11, 2015 09:50:37 PM
In the One Awesome Harry Potter Thing (Round 2) swap, I paired up with jillybeans, and created this felt play set for her daughter!

Original Swap Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439516
Original Swap Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439838

Here is the whole felt set:

Pardon the picture dump. Here are close ups of all the pieces.

I made a Hogwarts background:

The Hogwarts grounds, with the forest, the lake, and the Whomping Willow:

The Quidditch pitch:

Harry Potter:

Ron Weasley:

Hermione Granger:


Professor Snape:




Hedwig and the Sorting Hat:

Quidditch Props - Snitch and 2 Broomsticks:

Each of the characters took in the neighborhood of 2 hours. Dobby took about an hour. The rest of the props took about half an hour each. The backgrounds took 4-6 hours.

I had a lot of fun designing all the characters, and even drew up sketches for about a dozen more, but ran out of time and couldn't make them all. I hope you enjoy the felt play set!! Smiley
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