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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Pen pal swap on: Today at 11:19:12 AM
Pen Pal Pinterest Board

I did a pretty extensive search of Pinterest/Google to find images and ideas for a potential swap.

After looking at the original Pen Pal swap I have to say that it wasn't quite what I was envisioning. My idea is that, over the course of about three months, two people exchange letters and a small. Minimum of one letter/craft a month. Each month could be themed (stickers, patch, cards, stationery, etc). The three smalls would make up the three points of the original swap, but relieve the pressure I think. Three letters would give the partners enough time to really start to get to  know each other.

If this doesn't pan out, I may just start sending things to my old swap partners.  Grin
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Undercover Ursual banner flag on: Today at 08:57:01 AM
For the darker side of Disney swap I was partnered with tattooedcrafter. Life interfered, as it is wont to do. At the last minute, just before I was slated to send, I decided to make a rash decision and change my medium. Originally I was going to paint it. In the end, I'm so happy I decided to switch and stitch it instead.

When searching Pinterest and Google for quotes and images of Ursula, I found the "quote" of "A woman does not realize how powerful her voice is until it has been taken from her." I knew it wasn't an actual quote from the movie, but I felt that it was impactful and timely. Perfect! I was going to use an outline image of Ursula, along with the quote. Later I decided on the shell. Perfect representation of the voice.

The banner has a pocket on the back for hanging. This was my first time doing: color blending, highlighting text and doing tassels.

When I started, I thought the main purple I was using had enough contrast to not need anything else. Sadly, when I was done I realized that was not the case. I used a simple highlight using two colors lighter than the main color. I think it turned out fab!

This meant a lot to me. Lately I have felt that my voice at work has been silenced...and I do work with sexual assault survivors that often felt unheard.

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Darker Side of Disney Gallery 2019 on: Today at 08:30:14 AM
I am so very glad you love it. Sometimes, when you are doing a swap, things call to you. This was one of those things. I really appreciate your patience with me so I could make this for you. Happy Crafting! It was an awesome swap!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Pen pal swap on: August 21, 2019 04:33:12 PM
Original Penpal Swap

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

I'll do some research on the way home for other things like this.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Pen pal swap on: August 21, 2019 04:20:31 PM
Yeah. All of those are good ideas. I'm going to take a look for the old Penpal swap to see what they did and maybe do some research to see what else is out there.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Pen pal swap on: August 20, 2019 10:33:19 PM
I am just throwing this out there for discussion. I dont have any idea what the final swap would look like, but I am thinking a long swap time with multiple exchanges. Anyone have any ideas? Or maybe just people interested in being pen pals?  Doesnt have to be swapping of crafts, just notes or letters or small things?
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Darker Side of Disney Gallery 2019 on: August 14, 2019 01:55:59 PM
I have not been keeping track of all of the incoming packages, but I am looking forward to catching up soon. In the meanwhile, my partner sent me a fabulous package that came right at the perfect moment to help salvage my week.

My eyes opened widely and I squealed in delight when I opened my box. She made me the most divine Ursula amiguri. LOOK at her hair!!!! I really really love it.

Then there was something else! The CUTEST little canvas with the most adorable Stitch! The colors called to me and our eyes met and...and...IT WAS LOVE! <3 <3

I've edited these and hopefully they come out upright...sadly I don't have the energy to keep trying to fix them. If someone will tell me what to do or where to find out how to troubleshoot them, I will try and get that done later.

I need to profusely THANK my partner for not only the FABULOUS package, but her unending patience with my changing my medium at the last minute and....life interfering with crafting. HOW DARE LIFE?!?!?!  Angry

And many thanks to the beautiful Miss KK for hosting.  Smiley

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mad Scientist Custom Traveler's Notebook Cover (pic heavy) on: August 09, 2019 11:16:44 AM
One of my favorite parts (I have a lot of those) of crafting for others is telling the story behind the making. Because there is ALWAYS a story. A thought process. A spark and the fire that is creation. This was not any different. I had to take a break from swaps due to some life stuff. I'm still struggling to get back on track in general. Doing any sort of swap was mentally daunting, but the Traveler's Notebook swap was too much to pass up. I had made a cover for myself before, but I wanted to move to a bigger size. This was the perfect storm.

I was partnered with loves2experiment...okay..we were the only two people in the swap. But I have partnered with her before and was excited! She asked for a custom sized cover. No problem. She asked that it could hold about four inserts. No problem. Her color combos were right up my alley. Right on! Then I got to her favorite themes/styles. *sigh* She is much too sophisticated for me. I actually had to look up some of that stuff and ask her questions. I am always happy to try new stuff, but I wasn't feeling most of it unfortunately.  Undecided  Finally, she got down to some stuff I could run with....science...chemistry specifically.

I found a science crest at Urban Threads and even picked up another pattern that was chemistry related. I mulled them over and did A LOT of browsing and searching of images. I took my dog, Lilly, to JoAnn's for a fabric run. She was very patient with me as I muttered to myself, picking up bolts of fabric, matching things together...I must have sounded a little mad to some I am sure! I ended up picking out six different fabric combos to take home with me. I decided quickly to quilt the cover. I wanted to show off the fabrics I had picked!

Then I was looking at the symbols in the crest. I *kinda* knew what most of them looked like, but I wanted to make sure I knew what they were and how they looked when they were used properly. During this search, I found a "Mad Scientists Union" emblem. POW! There I went. I *knew* that had to be added. The emblem I found didn't have an "established" date at the bottom. I decided that would be a perfect added touch. I went looking for real life scientists. I wanted to use someone a little obscure that not everyone would know.

I found Fritz Haber. He won a Nobel Prize, but is also known as the Father of Chemical Warfare. He was "respectable" enough, but most of what he did was pretty darn heinous. I used his birthyear as the established date for the union. I like to put Easter eggs in my work when I can.

I embroidered first. I originally had chosen a dark denim to embroider on. But as I went through my stash, I found some fabric I had tea dyed for another swap. I put it up to the other fabrics and BANG! Choice made. Next to decide on the thread to use. Black is often a good go to. I contemplated matching the two quilted colors (blue and orange), but felt it would be too garish or bold. I felt that a mad scientist would probably not want to boldly advertise their union affiliation. So I found two threads that were very close to the fabric color, but not exactly. The two colors were immediately next to each other on the DMC spectrum, so they match so closely, it is hard to tell the difference in the colors. For the longest time I struggled with this. I posted on my FB wall to ask my friends what they thought of the colors (not showing them exactly what I was making). They are used to me asking for opinions. I've pretty much trained a lot of my friends to understand that giving me their opinion is helpful. They do not have to have an art degree or do any sort of art or be color savvy. I'm just looking for their layman opinion. In the end, that's what I am looking for.

The completed cover. I loved that it was very solid in my hands. Both the inside and outside were interfaced with SF101. Then I quilted the front portion with some thin batting. Finally I added some Peltex to give it a firmness. The Peltex can be either sew in or the kinds you can iron on. To get a nice, firm cover you might use the Peltex that irons on to both sides and then iron it once you get it turned. I used one that irons on one side (my preference for most things) and attached it to...I want to say I attached it to the inside. Don't quote me. My brain is a bit swiss cheesey as of late. I think for my next cover I will quilt the Peltex and see how that works. I like a firm cover but don't want to quilt my cover every time I do a cover, but I like the extra solid feeling the quilting gives it.

You can see here the subtle difference in the thread colors. A tidbit...the lighting bolts were not supposed to be different colors.  Roll Eyes In the end I LOVED how it turned out.

I figured that a chemist might get some stuff pretty much everywhere. They *are* mad of course! So I experimented with bleach and ended up having to use bleach full strength for about seven seconds. I found out that hydrogen peroxide stops bleaching in its tracks! I did not know that.

While I really like to quilt, it requires being way too precise for my sort of crafting. The blocks were wonky on purpose because I can't be precise to save my life.

The birth of a cover. One of the hardest and scariest parts. What if it rips? Oy! The stress.

I hoped you liked this walk through my creative process. Feel free to ask me any questions about the process. I could go one for hours about it.  Grin
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Travelers Journal Swap - The Gallery! on: August 05, 2019 09:24:20 PM
L2e...I love it when a plan comes together! I was very pleased with how it turned out. It felt good and solid in my hand, and the emblem turned out better than I had hoped! Im so happy that you like it.  Smiley

I want to thank loves2experiment for continuing on with the swap, despite it just being me and her. We've swapped before, so I was really looking forward to this swap.
I have to say that I have to apologize to my partner. I have *never* asked for anything specific in a swap. I don't really think that's what swaps are about. But I did this time. I specifically asked for a Louise from Bob's Burgers TN Cover. Usually, if I have an image in my head, I leave it to myself to make that vision come true. I don't know what prompted me to be very specific this time, but I am so very glad my partner was able to come through for me. The longer we were into this swap, the more we were both putting together. Paper is not my forte usually. I accumulated some paper this time around...along with some tools I have always wanted, but never purchased.
I was overwhelmed by the package the loves2experiment sent me. It was a small, but tightly packed box that was seriously heavy. Packed with SO much goodness, you are going to be sad you passed up this swap!
The list of what l2e sent me goes as follows:
- TN cover that has three bookmarks and is rainbow stringed
- 3 charms
- 2 regular 2-pocket folder inserts
- 2 envelope pocket folder inserts
- SIX inserts
- 1 folder that has two pockets, a washi tape holder, a sticky tab holder and a notepad on the front
- 1 fabric insert that has two file pockets and one zippered pocket
- 2 packs of washi tape
- 6 flag page markers
- 5 paperclip page markers
- 5 cute binder clips (covered in washi?)
- 2 magnetic bookmarks
- a stack of small punched tabs
- 2 pens

Now on to the pictures!

I asked for a Louise from Bobs Burgers skull and crossbones. It is an A5 size that can fit more than EIGHT inserts!! It is MASSIVE!!!

She included three charms. A bee (I love bees!) with a follow your bliss charm. A rainbows (I LOVE rainbows!!!) charm. And a baby Stitch charm with beads!

SIX inserts. Some dotted, some blank.

Solemn kitty page markers

An awesome folder with a built in washi tape holder! Ingenious!!! Ive never seen anything like this. It also includes a note pad and page marker post its!

A set of regular, two pocket folders

A set of pocket folders

A Stitch fabric insert. It has two file pockets on one side and a zipper pocket on the other. Beautiful work!

A stack of tabs made from pretty paper!

Beautiful set of flag page Markers!

Super cute decorated binder clips.


And finally, another pic of the cover...so you can REALLY see how massive this thing of beauty is!!!

Thank you very very very much loves2experiment!

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Design help for chunky purse charm on: July 29, 2019 01:39:59 PM
I will admit I was targeting you specifically Jennie!  Score! Grin That one paragraph gave me more than I had found so far. So I very much appreciate it. Once I get everything together (probably mid-August) I will post some progress pictures. I'll take a look at the link you gave me. It is very much appreciated.  Smiley
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