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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Magic Yarn Ball Swap Gallery on: July 22, 2013 04:06:16 PM

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: nisforneville
Send by: 8-3-13
Original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424793.0#axzz2ZomaeUSj

green = sent
blue = received
purple = sent & received
orange = sending late with communication
red = contact me immediately
strike through = feedback given


nisforneville <> winter83
jkaywiz <> adrienne_bowers
mybabyisacommunist <> moniqueramsey
Bebedechocolate<> jexxican
RebelTrendsetter <> cindibee
rockingbearranch <> mama24boyz
spidermom <> Ma Rut
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Magic Yarn Ball swap sign-ups CLOSED, send by 8-3-13 on: June 21, 2013 08:24:56 PM

Swap name: Magic Yarn Ball Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: nisforneville
Sign-ups: 6-21-13 through 7-5-13
Send by: 8-3-13

The Gallery https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425820.0#axzz2b2nJJMD3

So what is a magic yarn ball? It's a ball of yarn with surprises inside. As you use up the yarn, you find the surprises!

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

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No (25 or more swapsters will have a co-organiser)

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

1. At least one item must be crafted. The total amount spent will be agreed on by swap partners.
2. Each participant will send the number of yarn balls agreed on by the swap partners. Ex. 3, 4, or 5 yarn balls. You can agree to however many you want.
3. Must have delivery confirmation or copy of mailing receipt and provide info to your partner and the swap organizer.
4. You may partner yourself if both partners PM the organizer.

Other than that, have fun!

Name of swap: Magic Yarn Ball 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 (yes/no):
How many yarn balls would you like to swap?
Do you smoke?
Do you have pets?
What would you like to receive?
Is there any other information you would like your partner to know? (ie, favorite colors, allergies, likes/dislikes, etc.):

PLEASE remember to send your info to the organizer via private message and not to reply with the info here.

1. nisforneville
2. jkaywiz
3. adrienne_bowers
4. mybabyisacommunist
5. bebedechocolate
6. winter83
7. rockingbearranch
8. jexxican
9. moniqueramsey
10. RebelTrendsetter
11. cindibee
12. spidermom
13. mama24boyz
14. Ma Rut

* = Please comment on the thread before signups close.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Magic yarn ball swap? on: June 21, 2013 06:33:00 PM
So another craftster member just informed me about magic yarn balls and I think that'd be a great idea for a swap.

If you don't know what they are, it's basically goodies hidden inside the yarn ball, so once you use up the yarn/unravel it, you find the goodies hidden inside.

Would anyone be interested in doing a swap?
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Doctor Hoo on: October 23, 2011 09:39:25 AM
The Eleventh Doctor in owl form, inspired by the Threadless t-shirt.

I bought an owl pattern kit from an etsy seller and made a few changes/added some extras. This is my first time cross-stitching in years, so I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / TARDIS bird house made from recyled juice box on: October 08, 2011 01:55:57 PM
I made this using a tutorial from the TV show Blue Peter, but I can't seem to find the pattern online anymore.

I've yet to actually put it up. I'm afraid the rain will ruin it. Anyone know if there's a product I can seal it with that would be bird-friendly?
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Monster page-corner bookmarks on: October 08, 2011 01:41:45 PM
I made a modified version using origami paper from the tutorial found here: http://nheilke.com/blog/?p=2628

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my first pair of knit socks on: October 08, 2011 01:34:09 PM
I didn't do any sort of special pattern, since I'm not an experienced knitter and it was my first pair, but I did choose a self-patterning yarn, which I think turned out pretty well. I made these for indigo_roses in the Random Swap.

The part that looks narrow is where the heel is. I couldn't find a good way to photograph them without putting them on, and since they weren't for me, I didn't want to try them on, haha.

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Harry Potter wands made out of paper on: October 07, 2011 04:33:02 PM
I used this tutorial to make a bunch of wands using a sheet of paper, a glue gun, and paint. http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-awesome-Harry-Potter-wand-from-a-sheet-of-/ Since my swap partner has received her package, I can now post pictures.

In progress pictures:

I used painter's tape to hold the paper together while the glue dried.

After getting decorated with a hot glue gun & a base coat of white paint:

More finished pictures:

I used a gold paint pen to do the accents & sealed them all with decoupage.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / crochet pet beds on: October 06, 2011 10:09:11 AM
I've made quite a few beds lately. The first two were made for my co-worker's dogs.

The rest I plan to donate to my local animal shelter.

Obviously I had to experiment to find the best way to make the sides sturdier. Using 2 strands of yarn at the same time works best. I figure the cats/dogs don't care so much about that, at least.

And this last one is made out of a pair of flannel pjs and a fleece shirt.

10  COOKING / Dessert / Tootsie Roll flowers cupcakes on: July 18, 2011 11:20:16 AM
We had a royal wedding party the weekend that Prince William and Kate got married, because my mom won a party kit from somewhere... Anyway, she wanted to order cupcakes that looked like mini wedding cakes and I said, "No way! I'll make them myself!"

The cake part is strawberry cake with crushed fresh strawberries & strawberry Jell-O added to a strawberry cake mix, if you're wondering. Smiley

I got the idea for making flowers out of candy from the book What's New Cupcake? (that I got for free from a certain website where I had accumulated points for rating music... yay free stuff!). I had bought a bag of flavored Tootsie Rolls and decided to try them for the flowers. They turned out pretty good in my opinion.

The cupcake stand was even free, since a friend bought it and never used it. (Can you tell I like free stuff?)

To make the Tootsie Rolls into flowers, I heated them in the microwave for 5-10 seconds, then used a rolling pin to roll them out into an oval shape. I cut off the top and bottom of each oval to make "petals" and rolled up the part that was left to make the inside of the flower. Pretty simple once I got the hang of it.

To make the leaves, I cut up the green Tootsie Rolls into 3 or 4 pieces and rolled them out. The flowers held up better than the "leaves." Our house was hot & humid from all of the cooking we did, so they kind of melted.
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