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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Upholstery Patchwork bag on: May 23, 2017 12:39:56 PM


I made this for Smileyyogini, for a personal swap. It was a bit challenging, mainly due to the thickness of the upholstery fabric I used.

The pieces were fairly small, so I adjust the pattern a bit so that I could patchwork it - which works because Smiley likes patchwork! Yay!

In progress shots so you can see front and back of the bag:




Interior:



And lastly, the cute little zipper pull:


12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Random Fandoms S/U 5/3/17 - 5/12/17, S/O 6/5/17 on: May 04, 2017 12:32:20 PM

Swap name: Random Fandoms
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: bunny1kenobi
Sign-up date range: May 3 - May 12
Date to send item by: June 5

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: yes
- 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:

So, here's the idea behind this swap: you list some of your favorite fandoms and your partner mashes at least two of them to make fabulous, one of a kind fan swag for you!
A fandom can consist of literally anything! You could mash the Avengers with Game of Thrones, have a rockabilly Princess Bubblegum riding My Little Pony with a Harley symbol on its haunch, or have steampunk zombie versions of Disney characters. Maybe Betty Boop with Princess Leia's iconic hairdo? And it doesn't have to be just art, even though that's probably the first thing we'll think of. How about kitchen towels in Hogwarts colors with superhero symbols on them, for example?  Let's get creative!

This will be a 4 point swap. (See point values below.) This means that you will receive MORE THAN ONE item, and possibly MORE THAN ONE mashup. Communicate with your partner about extras and such. Three weeks should be ample time for crafting for a swap this size.

There has been a bit of confusion as to what is a large, medium, and small item.  So here's a handy dandy guide.  This is a guideline ONLY: a rough estimate of sizes described by time it takes to make package, by physical size and by cost:

Large=3 points, Medium=2 points, Small=1 point.

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Random Fandoms
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)

List AT LEAST 10 of your fave fandoms, with any applicable descriptions for more unfamiliar themes (book, movie, male/female, type of animal, particular characters you're into etc):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

Are there any particular mashups that you might like your partner to consider?

Favorite colors:
Colors you dislike:
Favorite themes or patterns:
Themes or patterns that you dislike:

Any suggestions of what types of crafts you'd like to receive?
Anything you absolutely don't want?
What types of crafts do you like to do?

Please list sizes /styles for any of these that you might like to receive (leave it blank if not interested):
Tee-shirt:
Socks/shoes:
Earrings:
Necklace:
Bracelet:
Head circumference (for hats or headbands):

Pinterest:

Allergens in your home:
Anything you're allergic to?
 

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE - DO NOT REPLY WITH IT HERE.


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


Participants:

bunny1kenobi
Chr1stChan
Audania1
Griminspirations
Undersea-sun
dfabbric
Ruby Copperhead
pottermouth
jenleahlyn
pioneer9

Partners:

Audania1 <--> Undersea-sun
bunny1kenobi <--> pottermouth
dfabbric <--> Ruby Copperhead
Chr1stchan <--> jenleahlyn
pioneer9 <--> Griminspirations


My package was sent
My package was received
I have both sent and received a package
I'm sending late (and I've let my partner and b1k know)
I need to contact b1k right away!

Gallery is here:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452537.0


13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter Ravenclaw bookshelf shrine on: April 21, 2017 10:44:25 AM
I made this for LindyV321 in the Common Grounds swap.

It is a larger scale than I usually do, but still miniature.





14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Common Ground round 5 GALLERY! on: April 17, 2017 01:21:32 PM

Post your lovelies here!!
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES / Fairy house pincushion on: April 13, 2017 11:30:48 PM
Hello!

I made this for the Woodland Creature and Enchanted Forest swap, which can be found here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451768.0 . The swap is still in progress, but my partner (Timbles71) has received and posted already.

I had a lot of fun with this (mostly) collage project. It's the biggest collage I've made thus far and it was really fun to do! I loved the way it came out!

Because it's a round storage container, I took several photos so that you could see all sides of it. The lid / roof is the pincushion, of course.





16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Common Ground round 5 S/U March 20-April 1, S/O April 24 on: March 20, 2017 04:25:27 PM


Would you like to get to know some of your fellow craftsters?  Here's a great way to find out what you have in common with other crafters in our community!

Swap name: Common Ground Swap Round 5
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: bunny1kenobi
Sign-up date range:March 20/17 - April 1/17
Date to send item by: April 24/17

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO no
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions: yes
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO no
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO yes
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions: yes
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO yes
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO yes

Details of swap:

Your mission will be to find something you have in common with your partner and craft to that. Maybe you dig the same TV show, or types of books.  Maybe your hair is the same color, maybe you both just love Mexican food, or you have the same number of kids.  Perhaps you both play an instrument, or both love to run.  Whatever it is, you can craft something that has to do with your commonalities.  

This swap is for 2 small items and 1 medium item -OR- 2 mediums (whichever works best for whatever inspiration strikes you) that apply to your commonality.  Give your partner as much information about yourself as you feel comfortable sharing! You and your partner DO NOT have to find the same commonality! This will be a great way to "meet" new people and make some new crafty friends. Please post in the thread at least once per week, and when you post your pics, make sure to tell us what you and your partner had in common!

Round 1 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423857.0#axzz2uT8j8N00
Round 2 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432316.0
Round 3 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438730.0
Round 4 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449762.0

Shipments within the US will require Delivery Confirmation.  If you are shipping internationally, you'll need your shipping receipt.  


If you are not sure what I mean by small or medium, here's a rough guideline you can follow:


By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

SIGNUPS WILL CLOSE AT 10 PM MOUNTAIN TIME ON 4/1!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer - please write Common Ground questionnaire in the subject line:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Common Ground Swap Round 5
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)


Favorite color(s):
Color(s) you dislike:
Favorite book(s):
Favorite movie(s) and/or tv show(s):
Favorite themes- be as specific as possible!  For example, if you like video games, say which; if you like fairy tales, specify. If you have favorite animal(s), let your partner know which one(s).
Hobbies/activities besides crafting:
Anything in particular you'd like to receive?
Anything you'd rather NOT get?
What crafts do you do?
What crafts do you admire or wish you could do?
Do you have any allergies?
Are there any allergens in your home?
Do you have a wist or pinterest that you'd like your partner to see?
Any other info you'd like to share? (Help your partner out- they are trying to learn as much about you as possible!  Some ideas to get you started- do you play an instrument? Color schemes/themes in your home? Do you have kids/grandkids? Do you work and if so what do you do? Fave foods? Do you collect anything?.... and so on...)


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


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

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Laboratory of the Nefarious Dr. Hedwith (gobs and gobs of pics) on: March 17, 2017 10:02:42 PM
So, I have been working on this little lab for quite a while. TheMistressT's honey wrote a novel called Dr. Potter's Medicine Show, many of you have heard about it. Well, I freaking loved it!  And this is an homage to it. My very own fan art! And I'm ridiculously proud of it, so you'll have to put up with some "proud parent" pics. Sorry, not sorry.  Wink

Here's the finished product:



As you can see, as the project progressed, I moved things around...



Ok, so back to the completed lab. Let me show you around (she said with pride)!

Here's Dr. Hedwith's worktable. He's been making some notes in this alchemy book. There's a lantern for a little extra light, a scale for precise measurement of nasty bits, and a mortar and pestle for grinding said nasty bits. There's a handy syringe, waiting on just the right victim patient, and a large bottle of green mystery stuff on the floor.  I'm a big fan of the fancy clock on the wall and the esoteric hand, too.


Oops, one of Dr. Hedwith's patients who didn't make it. Like all good scientists, he's going to lop the head off and keep it for future study.


Ah. lots of juicy bits! A jar of eyes, and a jar of bones. (Ingredients for experiments, or souvenirs?) I wonder what he's got locked up in that little box that Mr. Skull is resting upon? Lots of potions and icky concoctions, and lots of books, too. Never let it be said that Dr. Hedwith is not a learned man! Candles, scissors, a test tube rack. The mouse who lives under the bookshelf has made an appearance for a photo op.  


There's a bureau and an apothecary chest in the corner, just beneath an interesting alchemical chart. The good doctor is letting a little mail pile up. I wonder if any of it is from Lyman?


And, of course, this is where he keeps the "big guns":

Yes, I'm pretty tickled that the drawers open.  Cheesy

Another little shelf of potions and another interesting box, along with some more alchemical reference material.


And the reason for the lab in the first place - the dangerously addictive Chock-A-Saw Sagwa Tonic. Here's a case ready to be delivered to Dr. Potter.


On the outside of the side walls:


The top:


And the end credits (you made it through the whole thing, thank you)!


I made this just for me, and I am pretty excited about it!

Thanks for taking the time to check it out!

Special thanks to craftylittlemonkey for her contributions to the cause, and for lots of crafty support from TheMistressT, Gozer, Chr1stchan, and the rest of the Nerd Games crew!
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Teeny tiny flasks, with picture tutorial (PIC HEAVY) on: March 10, 2017 08:08:03 AM
Hey, I made this:



and I was pretty pleased with myself! I thought I'd share how I did it, for those inquiring minds who might want to know. It was easy, but like all miniatures, finicky as heck.

Materials:
clear drinking straw
ruler or measuring tape
suncatcher paint & brush
scissors
hot glue gun
parchment paper
small wooden beads -or- fimo corks
stylus or tweezers
paper label (created on computer)
clear packing tape
patience

First, cut the straw into lengths of the height you want your flask to be. I went with 3/4 inch (8 mm for you metric folks). Make sure that you cut straight across the straw - angled cuts mean either the top or bottom of your flask will be funky.

Paint the inside of the straw pieces with sun catcher paint. Really, you could use any paint you like but I went with this for the translucence. Because I was going for a medicinal look, I used yellow and mixed a little brown in with it. Use any color you like, of course. If you're going for a darker color, you could even skip this step for now and use nail polish or model paint on the exterior of the flask after it's put together.


 (About $3 at Walmart)


Use your glue gun to create a small pool of glue on the parchment paper and stand the tiny tube up in the glue, pinching it slightly to create the flask-like oblong bottle shape. Hold it that way for a second until the glue sets enough to hold the shape for you.



When the glue has set, pull the flask off the paper, glue and all. The glue is going to become the bottom (or top, I guess) of your bottle. Trim the excess glue from around the straw, being careful not to cut the straw itself.

It should look somewhat like this:


Now, you're going to repeat all of that for the other side (top or bottom) of the flask.




Trim your flask. It should look somewhat like this:


Once your flask is trimmed, add your cork. I had some tiny wooden beads that worked perfectly, but if you aren't lucky to have something like that in your stash, you could make a tiny Fimo snake and cut and cure small corks from it.

Make another tiny pool of glue on your parchment paper. Using a sylus or tweezers, dip one end of your "cork" into the glue, then center it on the end of the flask that you want to be the top.




Next, you'll add your label.  I just created mine in Pages (Apple's version of Word) and the fonts on mine range from 2pt to 4 pt. So yeah, TINY. I couldn't even read the top line of the label on my screen, it was so small! I used packing tape to affix the label to the flask:


Trim your label to the size you'd like. Put it up against your flask to make sure you're happy with the way it's going to sit. Cut a strip of packing tape, that just barely goes above the top and bottom of the label, and you'll want longer pieces on the sides, for sticking to the bottle. A little overlap is ok, but you don't want so much that it comes around to cover your label. Sorry, I neglected to photograph the labeling process, but hopefully it's pretty self-explanatory.  Wink

Viola! The finished product:
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Common Ground 5? on: March 02, 2017 09:18:49 AM

I'm thinking about opening Round 5 of the Common Grounds swap!  

This has been a really fun swap in the past.  It gives participants a chance to get to know more about other members of our crafty community.

The idea is to find something that you have in common with your partner, and craft to that.  Maybe you dig the same TV show, or types of books.  Maybe your hair is the same color, maybe you both just love Mexican food, or you have the same number of kids.  Perhaps you both play an instrument, or both love to run.  Whatever it is, you can craft something that has to do with your commonalities.  

This swap will have a more in-depth q'naire than you might be used to, just to help get some juices flowing regarding what to share with your partner.  I realize that we are going to be sharing a lot of ourselves with total strangers, so be intelligent about what you tell them, but share as much as you feel comfortable with.

I'm thinking about making this swap one medium and 2 smalls, or just 2 mediums.  Whichever each participant chooses.  I don't want to overwhelm anyone - we'll just keep it nice and easy.  

Thinking of starting sign ups toward the end of March, with 3-4 week crafting time.

I'd love to hear your feedback on this!

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature apothecary on: February 16, 2017 08:47:59 AM
Ok, this guy is very tiny. Well, tiny for ME. I'm not one of those amazing artists that deals in 1:24 or 1:48 scale or insanity like THAT.

The drawers do open, although I have no idea what on earth I might find that would be tiny enough to be held in them, but you never know, I guess.



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