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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / birthday present socks! on: May 27, 2006 09:20:49 AM
So I have this awesome friend, Neliamne.  And she knits like nobody's business.  And I have a birthday, and she makes me a present... knit socks!  This is especially awesome for me because I'm really tall and wear a size 12 shoe, so I have a hard time finding fun footwear in my size.

They're a blend of fibers that includes cashmere.  It's like wearing little clouds on my feet!  They're so soft and cozy.  THANK YOU, Neliamne!!

12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES / Bad Dog on: May 01, 2006 09:12:12 AM
I absolutely hate it when people create lazy, unimaginative art pieces and excuse the lack of effort by saying, "It's for kids."  As if kids can't handle anything that doesn't have big shapes and primary colors?  This picture was just a framed 8 1/2 x 11 sheet printed with this simplistic, lame image.  
(First shot - in frame.  Second - scanned for detail)

So I said to myself, "You want to use big shapes and bright colors and call it art?  Fine - try this!"  I went to work cutting and decoupaging overlays, and that was how I came up with... "Bad Dog."
(First shot - in frame.  Second - scanned for detail)
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Wists swap? on: April 11, 2006 10:10:25 AM
I've just gotten into wist-ing (click link in my signature if you're not sure what I'm talking about).  It might be fun to have a Wist swap, in which you look at your partner's wist page and make her something from it.  It could be tricky if the person's list is small or they didn't pick stuff you can make.  But you would have the option to do an "inspired by" item - perhaps they list a knitted purse that they love, and you don't knit, but you sew.  Perhaps you could sew one in the same shape and color.

what do you think - too hard?  interesting?
14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Soapmakers - come swap with us? on: April 08, 2006 07:21:21 PM
I just wanted to let you lovely bath-and-body crafters know about this swap:


I thought, if it's fairly easy to crank out a batch of soap, perhaps you'd sign up and send some out to those of us lusting after fragrant, luxurious homemade soaps!  I have only gotten soap a couple of times in swaps, and I always wish and wish that more soapmakers signed up for swaps.

Anyway, hope we can catch at least one of you and drag you into Swap Mania!   Grin  By the way, do you make peppermint soap?  I'm obsessed...   Tongue
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Wild West swap? could be authentic or TV-version of history! on: March 27, 2006 08:11:37 AM
Has there ever been a wild west swap?  I just got my DVDs of Young Riders: season One and Magnificent Seven: Season One.  (SQUEEEEE!)  I also picked up Young Guns II recently.  (It's much better than Young Guns I.)  Gotta pick up "Purgatory" (creepy TNT western/sci fi) next.

I know, I know, this is "cheesey 90s westerns that exist basically to showcase cute men" - and that's different from actual old west.  But, man, they're SO cute...

Anyone else a fan of one/more of these westerns?
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / single girl swap? on: March 20, 2006 03:37:54 PM
I was getting a little wistful as I read about the wedding swap, currently going on for those who are engaged.  What would anyone think about a Single Girl Swap?  This is not intended as an anti-wedding-swap thing or any kind of slam on the happily coupled; it's just an outlet for those of us who aren't paired up with anybody.

The only "problem" I can think of is that different people have different approaches to singleness.  Ones I can think of: dreaming/hopeful of finding "the one"; bitter and cynical about men; super-charged girl power; focusing on showing love to others/creating your own happiness; sad/lonely; recently broken up; happily single by choice; and I'm sure there's more.

Perhaps each person could state their "singles style" so that they get something that suits them - comfort for the sad, empowerment for the feisty, sass for the angry, etc.

The problem I'm hitting, starting out, is - how does one craft for this?  I did get a lovely Valentine's gift in Unconditional from porfiry - it included a Victorian valentine and a number of luxuries - fancy chocolates, scented soap, etc.  She also made me a sachet that's simple and heart shape and is embroidered with the word "courage."  It touched me deeply and was just what I needed.  (Though I know different styles would be encouraged by different approaches!)

Any ideas about whether/how this would work?  And would it be best to limit it to single/not dating/etc., or should it be open to those dating but not engaged/married?
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Hoping for new rounds... on: March 20, 2006 07:16:30 AM
Hey y'all.  I'm just checking to see if new rounds of these are in the works:

- Altoid Tin Theme Revamp (select from partner's list of themes; revamp tin; fill with related goodies)

- One Tiny Thing (only one craft permitted; miniatures or naturally small items; craft with extra detail and care)

Once this crazy week passes (big sales meeting, agh!), I would be up for either or possibly both.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / recreate this belt? on: March 15, 2006 05:10:54 PM
I really dig this belt.  Any ideas on how to reproduce it?  (True, it's cheap, and I could just buy it.  But I wanted to see if there's a crafty way!)

19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Eva swap! on: March 07, 2006 08:42:07 AM
I've been amazed at the number of Craftsters who share my first name - Eva.  I rarely find anyone with my name, yet here, we're around every corner!   Cheesy  Would it be fun to do a swap based on our name?  Let me know if you're interested.  Even if you're not interested, will you let me know you're out there?  It's a delight to connect with the other Evas.
20  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Altoid tin on: February 24, 2006 07:57:56 AM
We're having a ball revamping Altoid tins in a swap right now.  That might be a fun challenge.  For non-US people who can't get ahold of actual Altoid tins, they could be invited to use a close equivalent.
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