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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Inchie Scavenger Hunt (Sign-ups 6/01/11-6/12/11, Send outs 6/27/11) on: June 01, 2011 04:00:00 AM
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Swap name: Inchie Scavenger Hunt
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:Crafty Butterfly
Sign-up date range: 6/01/11-6/12/11
Date to send item by:6/27/11

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No if necessary I will recruit a co-organiser Thanks nilmerg and mandys_momma for volunteering to co-org. I'll be in touch.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO- please consider international shipping. Inchies are very liightweight and cheap to mail.
Additional Age requirement? No

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/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:
   Feel like making some inchies? This swap is inchie making scavenger hunt style. Below is the list of Inchies to 'scavenge' for. You will be making 10 inchie themes from the list below not using each item on the list more than once. Each participant will be able to choose 5 inchie themes from the list below in their questionaire and their partner will choose the other 5. All inchies will need to be labeled with which theme from the scavenger hunt they are. You have a choice between 1 or 3 partners. (so making either 10 or 30 inchies).

If you want to participate,here is information to send to me the organizer via PM:

Name of 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?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Number of partners: 1 or 3
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens?
Preferred colors:
Things you love:
Anything you don't want(religious, profanity, bugs, etc):
If you have a wist, pinterest, etsy favorites, etc please put a link here:
Anything else you would like your partner to know:
Please choose 5 inchie themes from the list below (please keep the whole list and change the color of the 5 items that you would like. It will be helpful to your partner to see the whole list to know what is left to choose from for the other 5 inchies)
inchie with moving part/s
two-sided inchie
hidden secret inchie
upcycled inchie
Inchie with something local to inchie maker
Inchie with a scent
Soft inchie
Hot inchie
Cute inchie
Old inchie
Yummy inchie
Rough inchie
Shiny inchie
Seasonal inchie
Cool inchie
funny inchie
inchie inspired by partners profile or wist
inchie about yourself (the inchie-maker)
Partner's Craftster icon inchie
inchie related to the first letter of partner's first name

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO Craft Butterfly VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE. (when PMing me please remember to include the space between the two words. Messages sent without the space do not get to me. )


1. Crafty Butterfly- 1 partner
2. leslieyam- 1 partner
3. seeuudee- 3 partners
4. ChameleonHound- 3 partners
5. jmiller614- 3 partners
6. mxer145- 1 partner
7. blupaisan- 3 partners
8. jonnamarco- 1 partner
9. Bourgeois- 3 partners
10. coconutbells- 3 partners
11. mandys_momma- 3 partners
12. Opalgryphon- 3 partners
13. sarahj2001- 3 partners
14. nilmerg- 1 partner
15. Tree27- 1 partner
16. faeriegirl- 1 partner
17. CleanFeelin- 1 partner
18. FrankSpinello- 3 partners
19. Bunnie Boo- 1 partner
20. kimchery- 3 partners
21. crazyalien8- 3 partners
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Batty About Blocks Swap, anyone? (knit and/or crochet) on: April 21, 2011 04:58:19 AM

(image found in the 2010 200 crochet blocks CAL. The afghan was made by Love2teach Thanks!)

Wouldn't it be fun to do a swap for knitted and/or crocheted motifs?

I was thinking that there could be an option for 2 or 4 partners sending 6 motifs each but am open to suggestions. Would it be better to swap just a few for inspiration or enough that it could be a small afghan?

Would 7 inches be a good standard size? Should we stick to squares, or allow other shapes (hexagons, circles, etc)?

Interest, input and questions are all very welcome!
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Inchie scavenger hunt on: April 20, 2011 04:41:50 AM
I'm really really eager to do another inchie swap and trying to come up with some interesting and cool theme for a new inchie swap.

How about an inchie scavenger hunt style?

I was thinking Create 8 inchies for either 2 or 4 partners.

There would be a list of stuff  to choose from similar to the fabric and yarn swaps only it would be for inspiring inchie themes:

Something local
Something tasty
Something related to the letter K
Something soft
Something Hot
Something cute
Something old
Something from your partners wist
Something green
Something rough
Something shiny
Something Spring
Something modern
Something cool
Something funny

Anyone interested? Ideas and suggestions are very welcome.
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Recycled/Reconstructed Inchies on: April 12, 2011 06:38:42 AM
I just finnished my first inchie swap and I'm itching for more.

Would anyone be interested in joining an inchie swap with all inchies being made from recycled/reused materials?
    Possible materials could be: magazines, paint samples, newspapers, calenders, greeting cards, wallpaper samples, cardboard boxes (cereal, tissue, pasta, anything), poptabs, cans, plastic lids, twist ties.

Lets see how awesome recycled inchies could be!

I'm fairly new to craftster, has this been done before?

15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Gardening and Seed swap on: March 30, 2011 09:42:15 AM
Would anyone be interested in a gardening/seed swap?

I thought it would be fun to craft: decorated hand trowels, decorated pots, sneeling pad, gardening apron, etc.

and include extras such as partial seed packets. I bought some seed packets to plant and there were way more in there than I want to plant. So I thought it would be good to share and add variety.

Any ideas, thoughts, comments and interest is welcome.
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Granny afghan you will be Exterminated! on: February 07, 2011 11:53:50 AM
I found this ugly, neglected afghan for $3.99 at my local thrift store.  I thought that the combination of colors left a lot to be desired. However there were some nice colors in there to work with. I'm a geek married to a geek and we both love Dr Who. So, a Dalek seemed a good choice for a finger puppet.

Here's a couple of before pictures:

Must Exterminate granny afghan! Exterminate! Exterminate!

After trying out a few things and falling short of awesomeness I came up with these monstrously cute finger puppets. Would anyone care to give them names?

Here's a view from the back to show the spines, mohawks, tails or whatever you want to call what I crocheted along their backs as I stitched them up.

And of course here's the Dalek:

Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!

I plan to give most of what I've made to a local hospital to distribute to young patients and kids in the waiting room. I'm hoping the finger puppets will bring a smile to the kids faces.  ( I think that the first Dalek has already been claimed by my son but future Daleks and the monsters will be given away)

I did have a couple of sources of inspiration for these monstrously cute finger puppets. First I got the idea to make the finger puppets from this site: http://meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com/2009/10/where-wild-fingers-are.html
I took the idea on there and played around with it a lot. It was a lot of fun having a basic idea of construction that I could start with and make the rest up as I went along.

Then they needed faces. My inspiration on how to do the faces was from a fellow craftster: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=351953.0

There is still quite a lot of yarn to make up. I think that making up these finger puppets and perhaps some small stuffies is going to be an ongoing project for me. I wonder how many things I'll be able to make and give to the hospital out of this one afghan?

Thanks for looking! Feel free to leave ideas, comments, or criticisms.    Please vote!

17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cthulhu Tea Cozy on: January 11, 2011 08:54:18 AM
I made this for the teapot that my hubby uses at work. He works doing geeky stuff so this Cthulhu should be a big hit and earn him some more geek cred. I made it using 2 different free patterns a Cthulhu one and a tea cozy one. If anyone is interested I'll be happy to share the links. I did change the tea cozy pattern a lot and the Cthulhu pattern only a little to make the wings bigger.

18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Personalized Beanbags with free car design on: January 07, 2011 02:20:42 PM
I made these for my son's 2nd birthday party this weekend. I wanted a favor to give to the kids that would be a bit more long lasting and memorable than the usual cheap toys from the store. So I used a font that I had to embroider each child's name on fleece. Then I found a free car design on the embroiderydesigns website for the other side of each beanbag. I changed the colors from the original design but with only 3 colors it was super easy. I figure this way they can enjoy playing bean bag toss at the party with now fights over whose is whose and have something memorable to take home.

19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Celtic Fairy Circle T-shirt on: January 07, 2011 05:14:34 AM
This was my first large purchased design. I've done a few small freebies and some words to work out some basics like what stabilizer to use, which needle to use, how to adjust the tension, and how to position the design. I've sewn a lot of clothes and bags but have only just started dabbling in machine embroidery. I've had a few pointers from a local machine embroidery but am mostly just making it up as I go along. (which I enjoy tremendously)

The machine said 75 min stitch time. I started at 9:45pm and it wasn't finnished until 11:15pm. I had to change the thread a few times, and it broke 3 times. Luckily my machine is pretty good at noticing when the top thread breaks, stopping, and has buttons on screen to help me move forward and back in the design to start again in the right spot. I didn't intend to stay up that late but I'm rather glad I did Smiley

This design is from Emblibrary. I bought the Celtic Fantasy Circles set when they had their new years sale. I had a needle break when attemtpting a freestanding lace design from the same site so I was a bit scared. When at local machine embroidery store gathering info I found out that some designs from emblibrary are dense and can be difficult. Has any one else tried designs from that site? (Am I asking this question in the right forum? should it be in the discussion area?) How did they turn out?
20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / My first completed Machine Embroidery Project on: January 03, 2011 12:16:39 PM
I did test out a couple of things on felt on sulky self adhesive stabilizer but this is the first design that is finnished and on something usable. I have a Babylock Ellure embroidery machine that my mom gave to me because she never used it. I'm so excited to be able to do machine embroidery and have purchased some lovely large designs i'm just itching to use. Enough rambling.

This design I got free from embroiderthis! I did the embroidery on one of my sons well loved (stained) t-shirts so that if it got completely screwed up it wouldn't matter. As you can see there is a bit of an issue with the bobbin thread showing on the top. I wonder if this has something to do with how the stabilizer was in the frame (I used sulky self stick and stuck it to the bottom of the frame, maybe it wasn't taught enough?) or maybe there is a tension problem and hte machine needs a tune up. (given how old it is and when it last had a tune up I suppose this is rather likely)

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