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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Alien Squid Head Massager on: August 31, 2010 01:53:27 AM

I made this for ilovesnails in the 'things with tentacles' swap.  He's a squiddy brain harvester that tricks you into placing him near your brain by assuming the form of a head massager.  While you relax through the soothing circular motion of his metal arms, he transmits your thoughts to Squidlor, his master.  He's made from a pack of silver fimo, two safety eyes I'd lost the backs from, a 'genie' head massager and some kinda tacky blue sticky stone things.  I love him but I've developed respect for people who made complicated things with polymer clay, I struggled even to do this.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ron and Harry Escape from the Spiders T-Shirt on: August 21, 2010 07:43:35 AM
I decorated this t-shirt for Foxy Sam as part of a Harry Potter Swap.  Sam loves all the magical creatures in the Harry Potter series but a blob with eight legs is pretty much my artistic limit so I went for the acromantula.  I painted the spiders in black fabric paint, then cut out the Ford Anglia from felt using an internet image as a size guide.

I had some trouble with the paint not staying on the felt (although it's stuck on other felts I've used) so I cut out some felt spiders and covered the very faded ones over the car.

I was pretty happy with this shirt I might make myself something similar in time for Deathly Hallows.
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dumbledore Loaded Charm Bracelet on: August 15, 2010 02:00:33 PM
I made this bracelet for the lovely Foxy Sam as part of a Harry Potter themed craft swap.  I'm new to making jewellery (all I've made are a couple of button bracelets) so it took me a while to figure out what I was doing.  It's a bit odd and clunky but I like that.

I decorated a box with chamber music (Dumbledore's favourite) and quotes from spare copies of the books.

I used red, blue, green, gold, silver and bronze coloured beads to represent the Gryffindor, Slytherin and Ravenclaw houses because I think that Dumbledore would have belonged in any of them.  I made a lot of the charms as I couldn't find the ones I wanted to use.

The charms are: a map of the London underground (Dumbledore's birthmark), a head boy badge (in Gryffindor colours), Gaunt's Ring, Dumbledore's portrait, a phoenix, a deluminator, a mermaid (because he can speak mermish), bowling pins (one of his favourite hobbies), socks (the thing he most desires...maybe), a bumblebee knitting pattern, Tales of Beedle the Bard (containing his notes on resurrection), Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore (containing his letter to Grindelwald) and the Elder wand (or, y'know, a little twig of elder).

It's not the neatest thing but I'm sure I'll get better with practice.  I might even make something that even non-Potterheads would ever want to wear.
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Point-and-Click Adventure Swap (CLOSED) on: June 11, 2010 09:10:01 AM
Can you hold your breath for ten minutes?
Have you ever silenced a sousaphone player with a flying watermelon?
Did you travel halfway around the world with an itsy-bitsy tequila worm in your pocket?

If so, then this is the swap for you.  We're also looking for supporters of Sam and Max, fans of Freddy Pharkas and lovers of Leisure Suit Larry.  If you're geeky for Grim Fandango, mad for Myst or devoted to the Dragonsphere then sign up and join us!

Here's a list of point-and-click games for inspiration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Point-and-click_adventure_games

Swap name: Point-and-click adventure swap.
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:avocadoeldorado
Sign-up date range: 6/11/10 - 6/25/10
Date to send item by: 7/26/10

Limited to a certain number of people? No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Swap Organizer herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants
- Is at least 18 years old

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap

Details of swap:

This is a four point swap.  Please craft one medium and two small items unless you and your partner decide differently.  Extras are okay, but don't go overboard (and talk to your partner first).

Below are the guidelines for item size:

Large (3pts) = 3 or more hours = $30 or more = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse.
Medium (2pts) = 2 or more hours = $10-$30 dollars = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf.
Small (1pts) = 2 or less hours = $10 or less = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks.

I'll need you to keep regular contact through weekly posts to this thread.  You will also have to send at least three PMs; one to introduce yourself to your partner, one to let your partner and myself know that you've sent your item and one to let us know that you have received.  If you're going to be unable to post for a long time, let us know so that we don't worry about you.

If you want to participate, please fill out the questionnaire below and PM it to avocadoeldorado.


Name of swap  Point-and-click adventure swap.
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
If so, would you prefer cheaper postage or a closer match?
Would you mind taking part in a round robin if it means cheaper postage/a closer match?
Are you at least 16 years old or, if not, do you have moderator approval?

Please list your favourite point-and-click adventure games and what is it that you love about them:

1. I love:
I love this game because:

2. I love:
I love this game because:

3. I love:
I love this game because:

4. I love:
I love this game because:

(Please list as many games as you can).

Do you have any general point-and-click likes/dislikes? (e.g. "I love the LucasArts logo", "I hate room escape games")
What items do you like to craft?
Is there anything you'd particularly like to receive (colours/craft styles/materials/whatever)?
Is there anything you would not like to receive (colours/craft styles/materials/whatever)?
Please include Wist, Etsy, Ravelry, blog, or other stalkable sites:

Do you have any allergies/sensitivities?
Do you have any allergens in your home (smoke, pets, etc)?
Do you have access to a camera?
Will you take pictures of your items before shipping?
Will you post pictures in the gallery of the items you receive?

Is there anything else you'd like your partner to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

List of participants:
1. avocadoeldorado
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / WALK TO Lucas Arts Adventure Game Swap. LOOK AT Lucas Arts Adventure Game Swap. on: June 04, 2010 02:47:23 PM

I can't be the only person on Craftster who loves point-and-click adventure games.  They're all about hoarding random crap until you can combine it with something else in your stash to make a fabulous new item - so pretty much like our crafting behaviour, right?  This swap would cover all Lucas Arts point-and-clicks, including Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, Maniac Mansion, Full Throttle, Sam & Max, Zak McKracken & the Alien Mindbenders, Indiana Jones and The Dig.  I suppose we could also do a general point-and-click swap to include games like Simon the Sorcerer and Broken Sword, I'm just a big nerdy old Lucas Arts fan. I was thinking a 3 or 4 point swap, nothing too stressful.  I'd have to wait for my second bit of feedback before organising this thing, but I figure that gives us all time to get suitably excited.  What do you guys think?
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Felt Tree Notebooks on: May 15, 2010 01:23:45 PM

I made these two notebooks for an off-craftster swap after admiring all the lovely ones already on this site.  I couldn't tell you what binding technique I used as I tried reading about fifteen sets of instructions but lost concentration with them all.  They're made from a cardboard box and held together with packing string, so it's nothing too classy.
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Button Bracelets For Your Inner Child on: May 15, 2010 01:14:29 PM

I made these button bracelets for an off-craftster swap.  I blame that swap for luring me over to this site.

I tried on the blue one to make sure they'd look alright.  I had to just have faith when it came to the green one, boo to friends with skinny wrists.
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Green Sweets Bath Bombs on: May 03, 2010 11:24:31 AM
I bought some lime essential oil to make bath bombs and was expecting it to smell like lime juice.  Once I opened the bottle, I was reminded of all the green sweets I spurned as a child.  For this reason, I added some sugar stars to the mix.

I added a fair amount of green food colouring to the mix and they looked lovely and E-number heavy when I first made them. Now they've dried out, you can't really tell that I added any at all.  I've learned for next time, though.

19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Jam! In tiny pots! on: May 02, 2010 01:58:25 AM
I'm not sure if I'm even posting this in the right place.  The recipes were all nicked from the internets and the quantities meddled with so much that they had to be ignored anyway.  It's really all about the tiny jars.

I made three flavours: rhubarb and ginger, rhubarb and strawberries and strawberries and balsamic vinegar.

I then made little gift boxes for them by hacking up a couple of boxes that had once held clock mechanisms (and by 'once held' I mean I ignored the massive pile of empty boxes I've kept for craft and tipped the contents of a couple of full ones onto my dining room table).  They are decorated using address labels and felt-tipped pens.

The recipes I used are found here:

strawberry and balsamic - http://celebratefood.blogspot.com/2007/08/strawberry-balsamic-jam.html
rhubarb and ginger - http://www.allotment.org.uk/recipe/15/vals-recipe-for-rhubarb-jam/
rhubarb and strawberries - http://gardenopolis.wordpress.com/2008/06/27/no-pectin-strawberry-rhubarb-jam/

20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Patti Smith T-Shirt on: April 27, 2010 12:52:20 PM
I made this t-shirt for a friend as part of an off-craftster swap (which can be blamed for me joining this site in the first place).  I'm not normally a fan of ~*inspirational*~ quotes but I thought this one was really sweet.  I very nearly made my friend wear a shirt saying "my mother answers all my fanmail" but I couldn't be bothered cutting out the extra letters. Roll Eyes
I really should invest in an iron.  The freezer paper stencil and fabric paint were both fixed with the bottom of a heavy saucepan.  It's a pity that I didn't get rid of all those creases using the same method.
All folded up with a little tag (that I added mostly to prevent my friend from thinking the image was meant to be Bjork or the lady from the Fiery Furnaces).
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