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1  UNITED STATES / Ohio / Seeking Vendors Cyclopsfest on: August 05, 2011 11:59:38 AM
1st Annual Cyclops an epic festival of DIY crafts, music, culture & mythical wonderfulness!
When: Saturday, September 17th, 2011 10 am 7 pm

Where: John Bryan Center 100 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Cost: FREE to all ages!!!

Cyclops is a one-day outdoor/indoor event. The festival will include:

Tons of brilliant handmade artists
Live music
Food & beverage vendors
Kids activities
BMX and skate demos
And much more!

Apbplications due Aug 24th: https://cyclops.wufoo.com/forms/z7x3k7/

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES / Hi, I'm a Mac. Hi, I'm a PC. Hi, I'm a market bag on: February 03, 2010 11:50:16 PM
I really wanted to participate in this challenge because I make market bags all the time. It's something I think many do not realize the amount of waste that is involved that could easily be prevented. I couldn't think of anything that hadn't been done a billion times already though. Then last week my SO came across a computer to scrap that had this really pretty bright purple case. I wanted to make something out of it but couldn't think of anything, so I had it sitting in the recycle bin. This challenge fluttered across my creative conscious again & voila the mammoth computer market bag.

I started with the outer case & an old compaq keyboard.

This picture should be a public service announcement for cleaning out your keyboard. None of this was visible until after I took the keys off. The person who owned it previously must have ate over the keys. Don't click if you are easily geeked out by dirty stuff.

I drilled holes all along the bottom & sides & used zip ties to attach everything. I tried to work with a lot of the existing pieces. (ie zip ties through key holes & enlarging screw holes)

The handle is the cord from the keyboard. I did one continuous loop for support. You can adjust the wires that run across the inside of the bag if you have something larger.

For size reference. I have 2 cereal boxes, a box of nilla wafers, a 3liter of juice & the bread. Which BTW will never get crushed in this bad boy.

This is me. Again for size reference I am almost 6 feet tall & plus size. So you can see it's ginormous.

I had a great time trying to think outside of the box  Cheesy. I hope everyone likes it!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / From a doily to a hat on: November 04, 2009 03:45:38 PM
I have all of these great vintage doily patterns but aside from making a few cool hotpads at x-mas I don't really use them that much. Which really is a shame because some of the detail in them is amazing. So I have been trying to find alternative was to incorporate at least some of the stitches into something I would use (In other words justifying my pattern stash so I won't have to pitch them). One day pure genius struck (atleast I think so). I was thinking you know a basic hat pattern is a circle to a certain point then you stop increasing and it forms a hat so I wonder.......DOH!! If you don't increase a doily you'll get a hat. So I started to play around & it really is pretty simple.

This is the same stitch all the way dow to the brim and then a basich stitch so it wouldn't have a scalloped edge. I'm sure the scalloped edge would look pretty cool too I just like a finished edge.

Same hat in a solid color. I like the varigated yarn better myself, but this shows the stretch more.

This was my first try. I don't like the yarn at all but I always try a pattern in cheap acrylic first so I don't waste my nice yarns.
This version is a little different, I did a doily pattern to a certain point (the blue) then used a basic stitch the rest of the way down.

Same pattern as the last one with just one more increase round at the beginning before doing the basic stitch.

Very easy to do if anyone wants to try.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ridiculously easy reusable gift bags tutorial on: June 22, 2009 07:59:26 PM
These bags are so simple & fast to make it's almost a crime that people go out and buy gift bags. You can make them any size you need with any style of "ribbon" tie so be creative.

1. Cut 2 squares of fabric. With right sides facing out stitch around 3 sides. This seam allowance must be smaller than the ones further along. I sew this one at presser foot width & the next at 1/2in. If you forget you can always trim after sewing.

**When I make these I don't finish my top edges, I either use the salvage or peking shears. If you want a finished edge now would be the time to fold over one side on each piece & stitch.**

Yes I had in 2 different thread colors, shhhh

2. Turn you bag wrong side out. Iron for a crisp seam. Taking a piece of ribbon, fold it in half tucking it into a seam and pinning it (I usually do twice as wide as the bag for a nice bow). Sew at the larger seam allowance (ie. 1/2in)

I didn't iron, yours will look better

3. Turn right side out, Fill bag & use ribbon to tie closed.

Literally maybe 5mins of work. They are eco-friendly, custom, really cute, and free if you have a crazy fabric stash like me.

P.S. This is called a french seam if you are not familiar & it is what VB uses on most of her purses.
5  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Opinions on the Cranberry Cupboard in WC? on: March 23, 2009 09:31:41 PM

Has anyone tried it? What was your experience? Profitable compared to the booth fee, traffic size, etc?

My SO & I stopped by in the middle of the week & there were only 4 other people there. So I wasn't sure if there were enough shoppers.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Shell neckwarmer or scarf on: February 07, 2009 10:09:36 AM
I've been battling a huge bout of depression lately and haven't really felt the creative urge. This is my toe in the water back to crochet project. A friend of mine sent me some really funky vintage pattern books from the 40's to the 70's. I saw this really cool shell style belt in the back of one. Of course it was going to be in the next issue & I didn't have that next issue. Isn't that how it always is with old patterns you see something you really love but it's coming out next month & there is no way of getting one from 30 years ago...sigh. Anyways in true crafter style I thought you know I can make that. Well I modified my thinking mid design (again what crafter doesn't do this) and decided to do a neckwarmer because it has this cute victorian feel to it. So my first rough draft...

sorry about the sterile manequin. I can get better angle pics of my stuff on her than trying to do a self portrait.

I may revamp the edging a little.

I currently working on a scarf version and writing down the pattern as I go now. So I'm hoping to have a finished pattern up within the next week. If anyone is curious that's a recycled wool yarn in worsted & I believe I used a 4.5 hook (maybe 5)
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Anti-theft ideas? on: May 10, 2008 07:35:41 PM
I need help for all you craft peeps out there. My house is located on the corner of a street in a very quiet neighborhood. The problem is things keep getting stolen out of our yard. First it was a witch decoration around halloween. I wrote that off as a halloween prank. Then last spring I had a large yucca tree on my porch & someone walked up onto my porch & took it. Tonight we came home & they had stolen 6 solar lights.

Some things to think about when helping me with some anti-theft ideas.
1) we already have a sensor light in the back yarn & the exposed sides are under street lights so lighting is covered
2) we are pretty sure they stole the lights in the middle of the day so they have some nerve (as well as coming up onto the porch)
3) whatever the idea is it would have to cover a variety of things, since the items stolen are so varied
4) we don't have a bunch of money so alarms are out

some ideas we have gotten so far.
a) putting vaseline on everything....which is cool but kinda gross if you need to move stuff
b) installing fake cameras & a sign that says this house is under surveillance

So all of you wonderful crafty peeps what ideas do you have.

For reference this is what it looks like from the porch of the house to show you how close we are to the street. http://motleycruiser.blogspot.com/2007/07/rainy-day.html

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Show off you giant veggies or just your green thumb on: July 23, 2007 06:46:24 PM
I usually have a pretty good green thumb, but this year we were invaded by bunnies who ate a bunch of my plants in 1 night when they were starters so I wasn't sure much would make it. I haven't been checking the garden much this season because of that. Well I happened to look under one large leaf of my cucumber plant & couldn't believe my eyes.

Yes that is a 20oz bottle. The only thing I used was a little miracle grow.

So lets see all of your great HUGE veggies or flowers.
9  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Know of any crafty jobs in/around Dayton? on: July 12, 2007 07:53:48 PM
I'm looking for a career change. I've worked in a call-center setting for the last 8yrs & it's getting to me......not bad considering the timeframe for people to quit is usually around 18mos for this type of work.

I'm looking for something that is a little more creative, appreciated, that I can be helpful towards people or I can express myself. Before you suggest retail at JoAnns or Michaels, I have worked retail before & I do like it but it doesn't pay the mortgage......... unless you know of something that makes over $8-$10hr.

If anyone knows of something else creative it would be appreciated. I've never met a craft I didn't like & can pick things up pretty fast. I would love full-time but if it's only part-time I would consider it.

FYI I know there is a seamstress position in Franklin....I already applied for it.

Thanks to anyone who can help.
10  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Recycled yarn CAL on: April 16, 2007 06:16:08 PM
The knitting section has one & I keep wanting to post but most of the stuff I make is crochet. Anyone interested?

Knitting thread
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