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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Birthday Bark Tree on: July 15, 2012 05:26:02 PM
My favourite kind of presents to give are handmade presents because then (selfishly) at least it's fun for me to make as opposed to buying something which is no fun for me. I've never thought of something handmade to give my boyfriend before, I really wanted it to be something he liked and not just something you keep because you have to because your girlfriend made it.

This birthday I did it!

Made chocolate bark. Called it birthday bark. Put it in a jar featuring a tree which is the birthday bark tree and can be harvested from once a year (that is, each birthday the jar will be refilled  Wink )  

I glued crinkled tissue paper to the jar, drew a tree on a plain white sticker sheet then cut that out and stuck it on, the rest is a combination of black acrylic paint and a silver paint pen and sealant all working together to give the whole thing a bit of texture and dimension (I hope!).

Really satisfying project and very well received  Smiley

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / The Card That Kept Spawning on: July 09, 2012 10:23:39 PM

I made this card for a pen friend who was recovering from an operation, but as soon as I made it I realised Mum would be getting an almost identical one next Mothers Day because when I showed it to her she thought it was lovely.

I had an existing card then stitched lots of gold toned beads and white/pearly buttons to some blue felt and then glued the felt to the card. It wasn't very complicated or giant but I was surprised how long it took to make! Lots of fun though.

Hmmn, if I made Mum a different colour scheme button/bead card each Mothers Day, she could frame them together eventually for a kind of button patchwork effect wall display Smiley


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt With Tutorial on: June 30, 2012 08:05:57 PM

Hi everyone  Smiley

I made this skirt for a recent swap. I stitch by hand because it's relaxing and I feel more involved than when I use a machine. I had no plan while I was making it but I made a tutorial afterward in case anyone feels like making something along similar lines. The tutorial is more of a rough guide, no measurements, just laid out how I like to understand things. If you're less crazy than me and it isn't laid out how you understand things, please ask and I'll try to answer.

This is the skirt:

and this is the... um... "tutorial"  Roll Eyes

Enjoy and good luck  Wink

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Dragon Age Swap Gallery on: April 02, 2012 12:34:22 AM

Original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404548.0

Post your Dragon Age haul here!

crymson (sent & received)
endymion (sent & received)
boxet (sent & received)
Innaura (sent & received)
special_occasion (sent & received)

5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Dragon Age Swap (SIGNUP Feb 26 - March 5; MAIL BY April 2) on: February 25, 2012 04:31:11 PM

Swap name: Dragon Age Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: special_occasion
Sign-up date range:Feb 26 2012-March 5 2012
Date to send item by: April 1 2012

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

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

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
- 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 within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

Youve gone through a lot with your party members in Dragon Age (Origins/Awakening and Dragon Age II if you choose). Three of these party members want to give you gifts just because!

Please choose three adventuring party members you would like to receive gifts from.
-   Adventuring companion 1 will send you a medium gift (between 2 to 3 hours crafting time)
-   Adventuring companion 2 will sent you a small gift (under two hours crafting time)
-   Adventuring companion 3 will send you a small gift (under two hours crafting time)

(Spoiler alert for mentioning one character if you havent completed Dragon Age Origins)

Nathaniel Howe

If you want to participate, please pm this completed questionnaire to me:

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)
Are you willing to craft on behalf of Dragon Age I companions?
Are you willing to Craft on behalf of Dragon Age II companions?
Colours that make you cringe?
Colours you love to bits?
Anything in particular you have your fingers crossed hoping youll receive?
Anything in particular you really dont want to receive?
What kind of crafts can you do?
Chosen adventuring companion 1 (medium gift) name and relationship with them:
Chosen adventuring companion 2 (small gift) name and relationship with them:
Chosen adventuring companion 3 (small gift) name and relationship with them:
Are these adventuring companions giving gifts to you or the character you play (or your significant other)?
If the gifts are for the character you play please give a little information about who that character is:
Is there anything else you want your partner to know?

Please let pm me to let me know when youve sent and received and when you receive please post pictures in the gallery. If you can, take photos of your crafts before you send them in just case something happens to your partners camera and they cant photograph your crafting efforts. Don't be afraid to communicate with your swap partner, the better you know each other the better you can craft for each other and please pm me anytime about anything.

Lets make this a fantastic swap for each other!  Grin


boxet first time swapper  Grin


crymson <--> endymion
boxet <--> special_occasion
Innaura <--) special_occasion

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dragon Age Swap anyone? on: February 14, 2012 12:07:47 AM
Has there been a Dragon Age swap? I'm playing through Dragon Age Origins and Awaking and Dragon Age II again and was wondering if anyone on here had done the same and had thoughts like these go through their head:
"that thug sure was fun to kill but goodness me check out the fancy decor in this place"
"why don't people give gifts in real life like the ones you give party members?"
"that bunting in Denerim looks festive, bet my neighborhood would look more festive with bunting"
"what's up with all the cheese wheels being so insanely huge?"
All that screams 'Craftster Swap' to me. Except maybe the cheese wheel one.
Would anyone want to participate and more importantly would anyone want to organise it? I don't have the confidence for that yet.

* Having read all the info for swap organisers it's not as scary as I thought it might be, so I'm more than happy to organise.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / buttons, beads and bobby pins on: October 19, 2011 09:33:28 PM

As part of a recent swap I embellished these two bobby pins. They were made from thrifted buttons and beads and she liked them which made it even better.
Some of her favourite colours were black and purple and pink so I worked with that.

I just can't stop making tiny things!

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / "deck the halls with..." bits of things glued and stitched! on: October 19, 2011 02:26:59 AM

I thought I'd try my hand at making some Christmas decorations. I'm not sure whether I'll hang them on a tree or just around the place haphazardly, what do you think?

The red and gold fabric ribbon was found at a thrift store last year and I've had no idea what to do with it, so was the gold trim down the bottom (ornate!) and the wine charms and earrings I used to decorate the centers were found over a few months over a few thrift stores with a bit of luck.

A couple of thrift items, some glue, a needle and thread and some nights of casual crafting and here they are!

I'm really pleased with how they've turned out.

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / put a garden in your hair on: August 25, 2011 03:27:58 AM

I used some red and green ribbon to make a little flower to attach to the end of a bobby pin to make it more interesting.

I have no idea exactly how I made the shape, I just sat there with a needle and thread doing tiny stitches in different directions trying to make it look floral so if I wanted to do it again there are two things I would change 1) write or draw instructions for myself and 2) use a more burgundy and less bright red ribbon (it may be tiny but in the sun it's so brightly noticeable it's less like I'm wearing the flower and more like the flower is wearing me).

So lessons learned and pretty flower bobby pin made!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / beautifying with buttons on: August 20, 2011 06:40:44 AM
Well it's my 27th birthday today and since I was lucky enough to receive a camera as a gift (mostly because I have been desperate to post here) I can finally post photos of what I have been crafting!

I found a lime green hair clip at the op shop, painted it with a golden nail polish and used super glue to stick on three buttons because they were too pretty to be stuck sitting in a button jar.

I always enjoy seeing what everyone else does here to make things to love out of previously loved and abandoned pieces and now I can post my own!

(a couple of days later...)

I made another one, I'm a little addicted

but that's it, I promise, I'll make more but I won't post them, I think we've all got the idea by now Smiley
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