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1  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / wilmington finds/craftsters on: May 19, 2004 01:16:39 PM
i thought i'd go ahead and start a wilmington thread.
maybe we can get a wilmington/leland/beaches crafting group started up Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / little crocheted bag on: March 24, 2004 08:02:43 PM
it's been a while since i've posted a project, so i made sure to take pictures of this one as i went along.
1. i crocheted a rectangle twice the length i wanted the bag to be. i didn't really have a size in mind, i pretty much just eyeballed it. (the finished size wound up being about 4 inches square.) the panel was done in double crochet, with the 4th row from either end done in triple crochet.
2. i cut a piece of felt to fit within the triple crochet rows.
3. i then folded the crochet panel and the felt in half and sewed the sides. i did a basic whip stitch - it's not pretty, but it should hold up well.
4. i sewed from the outside of the bag along the top of the felt lining. i added rocaille beads as i went along for a little bit of embelishment. you can sort of see them in pics 5 and 6.
5. i made the ties with a simple chain stitch and used the crochet hook to weave them through the triple crochet rows.
6. the bag with both ties in place

et voila! drawstring bag Cheesy
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / deco swap 1 & 2 - in progress on: March 09, 2004 09:50:45 PM
i have decided to organize our first craftster deco swap. because of the nature of decos, they work best with small groups, so i'm limiting this one to 6 participants. i will be participating in this one, so we need 5 more people.
it's first come, first served, so PM me your info quick!
craftster user name
real name
snail mail address
email address

the proposed time line is as follows:
1 week to sign up/select and post your theme (or post that your book is theme-less)  = deadline 3-17-04
1 week to get blank book ready and sent out by 3-24-04
1 week to work on each book = mail out deadlines 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5
everyone should have their completed book back in their possesion by may 12. photos of the completed books will be posted in this thread.

participants PM info to me, and i will PM complete address list to all participants  in the order you will be sending.
please do not deviate from this order or everything will go kablooey.
this is a moderately long term commitment, so please don't sign up if you cannot see it through to the end.

now the specs:
each book should measure between 2" and 5" (ie 2"x2" or 3"x5" or 3.5"x4", etc.) this will keep postage costs down, and be a small enough format to enable everyone to work quickly.

the artwork you do in the books should include email address, craftster name, 3 to 7 interests, snail mail address and real name are optional.
you will do the cover artwork for the book you initially send out, either before sending it or after. the book you initially send out is the one you will ultimately get back.

participants will post their chosen theme in this thread by 3/17/04 in order to give everyone time to think about what their artwork will be.  this should make the one week turn around time easier to deal with because you will have an idea of what you're doing ahead of time.

if you have any questions or if anything is unclear, just drop me a PM and i'll get back to you asap.
if there is enough interest in this first swap i would be willing to run up to 3 simultaneously. we'll see how it goes...

for some good info on decos, check out these sites:

and here's to craftster's first deco swap!  Cheesy
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / bookart/mail art links on: March 08, 2004 10:16:05 AM
i thought it would be a good idea to have a centralized location for sites with information about bookart and mailart swaps.
so please add your links  Cheesy

this site has a lot of good info and ideas about art letters/mail art, decos and altered books.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / mad hatter on: February 24, 2004 12:06:53 AM
my grandmother has been rather ill lately, and all of the time spent sitting in the hospital/nursing home/doctor's office has created the need for portable crafting -  so i decided to pick up my crocheting again.
i finally figured out the trick to making hats (instead of tiny bowls) so i've been making them like mad  Cheesy
unfortunately i have yet to figure out the secret of sizing, so for the time being, they're all baby hats.

the first one:
a beanie made from lion brand jiffy in "country evening" and finished off with paton's divine in "floral fantasy". i swear she's not drunk, she  just closed her eyes because of the flash.

for the next one i got all ambitious and made ear flaps. i'm pretty proud of this one.
oh, and that's lion brand jiffy in "denver evening"

finally, since i'm kind of obsessed with camoflage, i was inspired by this thread
so i made a hat for myself and a headband for lily.
my hat actually fits her better than it does me, so i think she's inherited it and i'll make another one for myself.
these were made from the red heart "camoflage".
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / the ortho project on: February 12, 2004 05:35:49 PM
i thought it was time to post what i wound up doing with my ortho birth-control pill compacts.

from plain and boring to religious kitsch!

i broke the dial out of the inside and scraped out the plastic bits until it was smooth. i painted the whole thing with plaid's paint for plastics. when the paint had cured, i glued in a round mirror using 527 cement. i found flat, round containers at ac moore that i filled with a solid perfume (one my fragrances - "immaculate").
after the glue dried i finished the outside of the lid - i glued on a decoratively torn picture of the virgin mary and painted over her with gold glitter paint. inside the lid, i went around the mirror with dark blue glitter dimensional paint. i did this to cover the unfinished edge of the mirror.
when i carry this in my purse i put it into one of those organza bags. just to keep it from getting scratched.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Vendorpro.com/Spam mail on: February 11, 2004 06:38:15 PM
i got an email earlier today from someone at "vendorpro.com" saying that they want to "sell my calender magnets".

has anyone else gotten emails like this?
i mean, i didn't really look at it very thoroughly, but i'm figuring it's something along the lines of "send us $100 and we'll get your stuff in stores" only to have them run off with 100 bucks, leaving me high and dry.

am i being paranoid to file it under "suspicious"?
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / surgical tubing? on: February 07, 2004 11:32:34 PM
my father-in-law is diabetic and uses an insulin pump. i found out tonight that when he periodically changes out the tubing he just throws it away.
it's not icky or bio-hazardy in any way. it hooks into a pump on one end and a needle on the other and insulin just runs through it. it could easily be rinsed and used for something. but what?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / calender magnets on: February 02, 2004 09:22:36 PM
i decided that i needed a magnet/memo board to keep myself organized. i wanted to make marble magnets for it, but the only marbles i've been able to find are the colored ones and they're just too hard to see through. being impatient, i came up with something else Smiley
http://www.bewitchedbubbles.com/other/magnet2.jpg[/img] i found this calender on clearance and bought it with the intention of using the calender pages for large collage projects.
then i noticed the small images on the back
i cut out the small pics and stuck self-adhesive magnet strips on the back
here they are on my super-high tech magnet board  Grin
i also made a buffy the vampire slayer set using the advertising inserts from my dvd sets
i'm all about theme stuff, and the dvd ads were the perfect size and paper weight - so i'll be going through my collection looking for more magnet fodder. i also have last year's calender to play with  Wink
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / i can do THAT. cheaper too. on: January 14, 2004 10:33:17 PM
my mother is the mail-order catalogue queen. she doesn't often actually buy things from the catalogues, she just pilfers ideas from them.  Cheesy
it's usually a case of "i can do that... cheaper too"
earlier tonight i was flipping through the new copy of "casual living" and saw a few things i thought were totally do-able.

just in time for V-day - easy DIY for way less than the $10 they want, and you can use different candies too.

not really my thing, but an excellent way to use surplus buttons.

maybe it's just the goth in me, but i love the bone heart. http://secure.casuallivingusa.com/default.aspx?page=product&sender=spring_preview&uid=354846C&spread=34&GID=2228239&firstpage=34&catalog=1&catalog_name=Spring_Preview&sender=Spring_Preview
that could easily be copied by making a little bone stamp.  you could put it on anything: bags, t-shirts, wrist cuffs, hats, socks... and it wouldn't have to be a heart, you could make a bone star or whatever.

oh, and the catalogues do eventually go to recycling Wink
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