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21  Re: 2013 Art Journal-along in Craftalongs by mini_mum on: January 07, 2013 03:24:50 AM
he-he-he - I'm in (Thanks for pointing it out to me April!)
I'm doing the Art Journal Calendar Challenge already, and doing an art journal class on-line, so this will give me somewhere to post EVERYTHING in the same place (although hopefully I will be keeping up with my blog as well  Roll Eyes)

Helen's Calendar Pages

My January page:

Been modified a bit since this was taken - the day names have been written along the left side of each journalling space


The gap in the middle, with the pirates, is for my elder sons 4th birthday and his Pirate Party. Not sure how I'll journal that yet, sort that out when I get there Smiley

Helen's Other Pages

Pages from 'Embrace the Day' online class

'This is me' - journalling hidden on card inside library pocket.






first time I'd 'doodled' flowers, and quite pleased with them.





Other Random Pages

Practising doodles in my first altered book:

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22  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by mini_mum on: January 03, 2013 04:02:27 PM
YAY - so my first project is done Smiley

This year I'm doing the Art Journalling Calendar Challenge (http://thekathrynwheel.blogspot.co.uk/) and this is my page for January

(sorry the background is so messy)
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23  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by mini_mum on: January 01, 2013 12:05:07 PM
OMG, the New Year isn't even 24 hrs old and I'm 8 pages behind???

NM - I'll just add me to the list anyway Smiley

Quite pleased with what I managed last year, and hope I can do as well this year.

Starting off with less of a list this time - didn't really follow it last year, and swaps took me off in different directions, but it was all good.

2012 list: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395702.msg4713004#msg4713004

2013 crafting list:

31 finished Cheesy


1) jumper for DS 1 (29/1 almost finished Smiley ) Yeah DONE!!
2) shrug for me (I WILL finish this - it was supposed to be for our holiday last July Sad)  Yeah finished!!
3) dragon (7/3 - glazed, waiting for firing ) he's a cutie Cheesy

New Things to do

1) Learn to use the spindle spinning kit I got for Christmas - WIP!!
2) Learn to use the dye kits I got for my birthday and with the spinning kit
3) This IS the year I at least start the hessian based wall hanging I've been hankering after doing for a couple years - yeah now a WIP!!
4) Art Journal Calendar http://thekathrynwheel.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/a-year-in-journaling.html
5) Magic Elves (Yes - I know it's for advent - but need to start now!! Smiley) http://magicalholidayhome.com/elves/  WIP's!
6) Clothes for Elves

I want to try and get over the 50 mark again (fingers crossed!)


1) January page for art calendar challenge:

2) February page for art calendar challenge:

3) Star biscuits with DS1:

4) Snowmen with the boys (followed by a snowball fight with DS1 and neighbours Smiley)
(Its a really bad picture, sorry. I'll try to get a better one in the morning)

5) 20 journal prompt cards (images to follow when received by partners)

6) 'Embrace the Day' online journalling course - 9 pages complete. See 2013 Art Journal along Here

7) Other journalling/altered book pages - 3 pages (same place as 'Embrace the Day')

8 ) felt flower

9) felt vase

10) 3D felt sample

11) felted fabric sample

12) MOH jan/feb -Sketchbook

13) MOH jan/feb - art/journalling prompts

14) MOH jan/feb - recipe book for dog biscuits

15) MOH jan/feb - Mardi Gras Mask

16) MOH jan/feb - knitted wash cloths

17) Jumper for DS1

18 ) Item one for MOH March swap (new craft for me!!)

19) Item two for MOH March swap (set of several things)

20) Item 3 for MOH March swap (another new craft)

21) From Half-term craft sessions with DS1 (based on 'Owl and Pussy Cat')

22) Note book - jar marble printed covers. (no photo - toddlerised Smiley )

23) Half-term crafts for ME - willow weaving

24) Journal page (after being triggered)

25) March calendar page
26) April calendar page
27) May calendar page
28) June calendar page

29) Baby blanket

30) Gryffindor hat
31) Gryffindor scarf
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24  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mini_mum on: December 17, 2012 11:19:43 AM
Received from Titaniumhip today.

The stockings are AWESOME!!!!
No idea what are in them because we agreed that she would wrap everything, and I'm not going to give the stockings to the boys until Christmas.

They are felt (handmade?) and I adore the way they have small details that are different (the cuffs are different colours, as are the spines) and the colours of the felt are gorgeous!

Thank you SO much titaniumhip, so looking forward to the boys opening their stocking next week Cheesy

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25  Re: Pregnant, New Baby & Toddler Swap round 2 in The Swap Gallery by mini_mum on: December 12, 2012 12:35:54 PM
I received a wonderful parcel from mam24boyz today. I apologize for the blurry shots, but trying to catch the shots without a flash and with 2 boys who are never still is tricky to say the least Smiley

First up - 2 pirate hats! I'm doing a pirate party for Miles on Feb so these are fab - apart from the fact that Miles loves playing pirates, and they both wanted to wear them today. (Miles even wore his to the post office this afternoon, instead of a woolie hat, despite it being subzero outside!)

Then there was the fishing game, with 4 fish, 1 rod and a pond for the fish to swim in (and Miles with his pirate hat!):

Scott wanted to pick them up (he had one in his hand here, but you can't really see it) and thread the washer onto the rod instead of 'fishing'

There is also a postbox (Canadian style I'm guessing) with letters and postcards to post. I haven't taken photos of that yet, but will do and will get them up asap

Thank you SO much mama24boyz - what a wonderful package Smiley  Cheesy

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26  Journaling Prompts swap (sign up until 31st Dec, send outs Jan 21st 2013) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mini_mum on: December 12, 2012 04:14:27 AM
Journaling Prompts


Craftster member who is organizing this swap: mini_mum
Sign-up date range: Dec 2012 1st Jan 2013
Date to send: 16th Jan 2013
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: littlehajerika
- 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:
Journaling Prompts

Find a deck of cards and alter them write/print/stamp a prompt on one side and do the prompt on the other!  A fun, no pressure swap, with no stalking of partners, just your own interpretation of different prompts.
So what to do? Basically get an ordinary pack of playing cards, find or make up a list of journaling or art journaling prompts, place the prompt text on one side of the card, then  do the prompt on the other side of the card in your preferred style. Art Journaling or Journaling styles are acceptable. You can do the same prompts for each of your partners, or you can do different prompts - its up to you. We will be sending 2 cards to each partner so please think about time commitment when signing up as 30 cards will take a while to do! (5 partners x 3 groups =15 partners x 2 cards each = 30 cards!)

Please dont punch holes in the cards (they may not be where your partner wants them) and please dont make them too 3D as some people may want to put them in plastic wallets or to bind the cards into a book of some kind.

Depending on numbers I will split us into groups of up to 6.
If you are interested in being in more than one group please let me know on the questionnaire. You may be in a maximum of 3 groups. Please understand that multiple groups are dependent on the number of participants and that the group size may vary slightly, but will be as even as possible.

This is open to everyone, so please only sign up if you are willing to post internationally ESPECIALLY if you want to be in multiple groups (we will be sending envelopes only, so postage shouldnt be a problem). Also as we will only be sending envelopes, DCs are not required but proof of posting IS a requirement for this swap, just in case something goes missing (dont know how this works in other countries, but in UK you ask for proof of posting when you send at post office and you get receipt with details of the addressee, date sent etc on it). Resending wont be required if something goes missing but ONLY if you can provide proof of posting, otherwise you will be required to resend.

Communication is vital for a fun swap so please post in the discussion thread at least once a week. Also please respond quickly to pms from your partners and the organizers. When sending pms to the organizer/co-organizer please use the following in the subject line: Journaling Prompts sent/received/late/help etc. Please pm your group leader and your partners when you send and when you receive.
If you have any questions regarding the swap, communication etc please ask in the discussion thread or send the organizer a pm.

As organizer I reserve the right to refuse any applicant based on poor feedback.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer AND co-organizer:

Name of swap: Journal Prompt 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 you will use a DC# if shipping within the US or save your receipt as proof of shipping if shipping internationally (Yes/No) Please note: DC#s are encouraged, but not required for this swap, but proof of posting IS REQUIRED for all participants.
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (Yes/No)

Will you post in the discussion thread at least once a week (feedback will reflect any lack of communication)?
Can you take photos before you send and when you receive? (If you dont have access to camera/scanner please let your partners know so they can post pictures.)
Do you want to be in a more than one group? If so, how many? (You may be in UP TO 3 groups.)
Any allergens in your house? (pets, smoke etc)
Any allergies? (please only list if relevant to this swap)
What are your normal themes/styles?
Anything YOU DO NOT WANT TO receive (nudity, profanity, something else)?
Anything else I need to know when putting groups together?
Sending art journaling or journaling cards?
Would like to receive art journaling cards, journaling cards or either?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


leather and lace
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27  Re: Crocheters VS Knitters Swap 2012 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mini_mum on: December 07, 2012 02:22:16 AM
Yes - I can now post the wonderful items my partner sent me!
 She took inspiration from my love of 'jewel' colours.

First up - a lovely snugly hat that was labeled as 'Amethyst' (we had snow Wednesday and yesterday, and it kept me lovely and warm  Cheesy)

and a scarf to go with it


And my favourite item- another scarf, this time 'Topaz'

It is lovely and soft and so tactile  Grin Grin!

THANK YOU so much RebeccaJay - this was a great swap and I love the items I received!

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28  Re: Surpise Halloween ATC swap 2012 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mini_mum on: November 20, 2012 01:53:13 PM
Finally got me, the ATC's and a camera (unfortunately it's my phone camera as we still can't find the 'proper' one) together along with some time without little fingers around!

First up - from jenleahlynn: the front

which opened out to this wonderful piece:

Next up from pilarfarmer:
A lovely card

But this

ISN'T the ATC- it's just the envelope!!!

THIS is the ATC:

Finally from Dreadlady:

This is a replacement as her first card got lost in the post Sad.

Thank you SO much ladies - I love all ATC's, and I'm sorry it's taken so long to post pictures.
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29  journaling prompts swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by mini_mum on: September 07, 2012 04:35:08 AM

Came across this idea on another site and wondered if anyone would be interested.

Basically you alter playing cards - put a journalling prompt on one side and 'do' the prompt on the other. We all end up with lots of different prompts and lots of ideas for using them.
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30  Re: Stuff an Envelope Swap (INTERNATIONAL) rd 2 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by mini_mum on: August 08, 2012 01:41:47 PM
Figured I'd better get my backside into gear and post pictures of the envies I received from Smmarrt and dewshinesdopp!

Firstly smmarrt:
Print offs of vintage photos, chipboard elements, plain stickers, felt apple buttons, buttons, collage items - fish, butterflies, birds, bird eggs, fairies in jars (!) and people.

Do you know who the people in the vintage photos are Susan?

tickets of various types, luggage tags & envelopes, Tim Holtz Ideology labels, game cards, vintage library cards (remember using something similar when I was young!), patches, thread and an envelope labelled 'Look inside!'

And when I looked inside:


and a lovely blue glassine envelope with bird cutouts, a hand sewn felt broach (pin) and a small notebook with an up cycled coffee sleeve as a cover.

And from Dewshinesdopp.

I had been warned that there wasn't much in the way of supplies - but look at all these stickers!

a teddy bear punch and some sparkly green chipboard elements also snuck in there! I think the 2 monkeys on the right are my 2 boys in disguise - the grins are certainly cheeky enough!

And then there was this:

Matching earrings, bracelet and necklace. I ADORE these! especially the butterfly Grin

And the 'stamps' on the envelope are definitely being kept!

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