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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Time Warp ATC Swap? on: January 23, 2007 07:39:04 PM
No, I'm not thinking of "Rocky Horror" but instead I'm thinking of interpreting "time" in a bazillion different ways with ATCs!  You could go the obvious [and still fun] route of choosing a decade like 1950s or Roaring '20s or Big 80's.  Or, how about "ages" like Ice Age, Stone Age, Bronze Age, or Space Age?  Of course, you could also do clocks, sundials, etc.

Would anyone be interested?  I'm thinking of starting sign ups just after Valentine's Day.  With ATCs, it seems that people usually need just 2 weeks to craft after a week of sign ups.

Give me your feedback and also tell me how this theme could/should be narrowed or focused.   

Edit:  Looks like this swap will have to wait awhile...I just agreed to co-organize another swap around the same time I was thinking of for this ATC swap. If anyone else would like to take this theme and run with it (aka organize it), please feel free to do that.  Otherwise, I'll try to come back to it in March.  Thanks for your interest!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Raising a Future Craftster on: October 26, 2006 05:32:43 AM
My 9-yr-old daughter has become "Mini Me" with her interest in crafting and craftster.  She made a cute, crafty purse at her Girl Scout meeting this week, and she asked me to post it on craftster!  That's my girl!  Oh, and she photographed it herself with her digital camera, downloaded the pics into iPhoto, and named the batch "crafster purses."  Given another week, she could probably figure out how to re-size the image and upload it to craftster, then post it on this board.  Then Mommy is obsolete  Cheesy

Here is her felt purse, which she stitched her self and sewed the button:
3  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Shake Your Sushi! on: July 31, 2006 06:23:41 PM
I have been dying to post my first Sublime Stitching projects.  A little background to explain the pieces I made, esp the words/phrases I included:  I work for a contemporary art museum and I am in charge of our annual fund-raising gala.  This year, the theme is "Black, White & Dragon Red:  Ichiban Gala."  It is a Japanese theme, as you probably guessed.  "Ichiban" means "the best" or "#1" in Japanese.  I wanted to make some special thank you (or "arigato") gifts for some of the volunteers who are working on the gala.  Sooo...I turned to Sublime Stitching's "Sushi" and "Chinatown" patterns!  One of our catch phrases in our gala invitation is "shake your sushi on the dance floor," hence the following:

I am mounting the embroidered designs to chip board, then onto a larger piece of chipboard that is covered in a cool red and white vellum.

Here's the dragon:

Here's a pagoda, not yet mounted to chipboard:

Another catch phrase is "from Zen to Zing," meaning that our party starts mellow and goes into a "twinkling Tokyo nightlife" as the night wears on (and the saketinis take effect!!!):

Hope you like these.  I've been working on them since May and can hardly wait until October to give them to my peeps!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / How to plan a chocolate party on: February 04, 2006 07:42:34 PM
This is another party theme planner for the "super sticky list" created by sweets4ever.
Theme:  Loco for Cocoa

Idea:   Planned this as my Christmas party, for girlfriends only (not couples).  I wanted to do a hot chocolate tasting bar, along with a ridiculous amount of chocolate goodies.

Inspiration:  women's universal love of chocolate

Color scheme was chocolate brown and magenta.  Used a flat card and layered vellum over an interesting print, tied with magenta satin ribbon.  All purchased at Paper Source.  Here is the paper stock I used:  http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/443407.html?cm_id=3140.020
Invite copy:
“Holidays + Chocolate = Loco for Cocoa!
You are invited to a holiday party, featuring a hot cocoa tasting, chocolate varietals, and sweet surprises”

o   Molé with tortillas and veggies
o   cheese and crackers

Sweets : 
o   chocolate cupcakes (mini and regular)
o   chocolate crackle cookies
o   meringues with chocolate centers
o   Chocolate-dipped strawberries
o   Chocolate dipped pretzel rods
o   Chocolate fondue
o   [items that guests brought]

o   Hot cocoa varieties:  plain; with marshmallows; Mexican (with cinnamon and red pepper); or with mix-ins:  Bailey's Irish Crème, Grand Marnier, Kahlua, Peppermint Schnapps
o   Sodas
o   Waters

o   Mostly my Christmas decorations, Christmas tree, wreaths, etc.
o   Chocolate scented room spray
o   Christmas tablecloth
o   Christmas serving platters
Cocoa Bingo:  I created a Bingo game using clip art, screen captures, and type treatments instead of numbers.  PM me if you would like me to send you the Cocoa Bingo game board.
Prizes were small boxes of chocolate or chocolate lip balm.

I went to thrift stores to find interesting, kitschy, and vintage mugs.  Each person received a different mug, personalized with a FunFoam gingerbread man with the person's name written on it.  Also made chocolate dipped spoons (plastic, magenta color, embellished on the handle with stick-on pink jewels and names written with Sharpie pen)

Sorry, no photos.   
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / How to plan a "Spring Fling Flower Exchange" on: February 04, 2006 07:40:15 PM
This is my second posting for the "super sticky topic" of various party themes.

Theme:  Spring Fling Flower Exchange

Idea:   Instead of a traditional “cookie exchange,” I planned a “flower exchange.”

Inspiration:  cheery springtime weather after a long, cold winter

Colorful floral fold-over cards (store-bought), with vellum insert that I printed on my computer and attached with flower-shaped brads.  The invites contained these instructions:
“Please bring a petite flower arrangement, either from your garden or a store.  Everyone will get to “exchange” for another flower arrangement to take home!   There will be prizes for “Most Creative,” “Most Colorful,” “Most Fragrant,” and other prizes! “

o   Spring rolls (get it?  “spring”)
o   brie and crackers
o   Veggies and dip arranged in flower pots
o   Layer cake with pastel frosting
o   Chocolate Fondue (berries, bananas, dried apricots, marshmallows)
o   Jones sodas in bright colors
o   “Spring Fling” cocktail:  Peachmopolitan from Martha Stewart

o   The flower arrangements that people brought
o   Frilly tablecloths and pretty china

Matching phrases with the word “spring.”  Guests were given a slip of paper with either a word containing “spring” or a clue; people mixed and mingled around to find their match.  Examples:
o   Springboard   / Gymnasts and divers use this
o   Springsteen   / The BOSS of rock and roll
o   Spring break    / School vacation in March
o   Spring chicken / A reference to age
o   Spring forward / Setting clocks for daylight savings time
o   Springform pan / You need this to bake a cheesecake

Prize categories for flower arrangements (each person got a certificate that I created on my computer, then embellished with cut paper and fabric flowers):
Most Colorful
Most Creative
Most Fragrant
Most Petite
Most Variety
Best Use of Non-flower Materials
Most Interesting Container
Most “Floralicious”
Most “Homegrown”
Most “Professional”
Best in Show

Sorry, no photos.   
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / How to plan a "Chai Tasting Party" on: February 04, 2006 07:38:38 PM
In response to sweets4ever's clever idea to create a "super sticky topic" of various party themes, I am offering a few of the ones that I have planned in recent years.  Unfortunately, I don't have any photos to offer...I am usually too caught up in "working the room" to remember to snap photos!  Anyway...here's my first posting for a "Chai Tasting Party."

Theme:  Chai Tasting Party

Idea:  Enjoy the tangy colours and savory flavours of India

Inspiration:  I have loved this aromatic, traditional Indian hot tea for many years, then stumbled upon a book about chai tea, its history, key ingredients, etc.

Used “curry colors” of paper & envelopes; printed on my computer using “exotic” fonts.

o   I learned how to mix the various chai masala spices and brew my own tea.
o   I also bought ready-made chai tea from a local Indian restaurant to serve. 
o   I went to an Indian grocery to find other items, such as the fennel seeds mixed with colorful candies (used as a breath freshener!), gulab jamun (sweet “donut hole” dessert served in a warm, sweet syrup), and chutneys.
o   I served fruit kebabs, made with mango, pineapple, and bananas (I wanted a lot of color)
o   I asked people to bring a sweet or savory item (Indian or otherwise).

o   I decorated with a brightly colored Indian tapestry tablecloth (maybe from Pier One?  You could get some interesting fabric and make your own).
o   I made a flower arrangement with colorful gerbera daisies.
o   My favorite “decoration” was done on the table.  I used the actual spices that are used to make chai tea (cardamom, ginger, cloves, pepper, etc.) and spelled out “C-H-A-I   T-E-A”.  I wanted to show my guests all the yummy flavors that make up chai tea!

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Mad props to teen craftster members on: December 31, 2005 10:04:55 AM
I just wanted to say how impressed I am with the teen members of craftster.  Their level of creativity and participation is fantastic.  From the girl who made her homecoming dress from thrift store neckties, to the girls who redecorate their rooms in cool ways, to the party planning teens, I think they are all great.  I was a crafty teen waaaaaay back when ("B.C." =  "Before Craftster") but never had the outlet to connect with other people, of all ages and backgrounds, like these teens do.  Keep up the great work of creating, inspiring, and supporting other crafty folks.

Happy New Year, everyone.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Amelie Swap-NEW THREAD! on: November 14, 2005 06:18:24 PM
I posted this as a reply to the looooonggg running "Amelie Swap?" thread:

Okay, I've been patiently waiting to get my first feedback from my first craftster swap.  Well, I got it yesterday (positive, of course!), so I'm ready to jump in and help organize this Amelie swap!  At long last!

Give me a day or 2 to read all the swap rules and regulations, then get a plan together.  I would love a co-organizer, if that's an option.  With 100+ posts, this could get really big and complicated.  If I am overstepping anyone's territory, please let me know that, too.  My profile says "Sr. Member" but I still feel like a "newbie." ;-)

Initial interest survey:  would everyone want to try to fit this swap in before the end of the year, or wait until January 2006?  Tip:  start working on your swap items N-O-W so that you'll be good to go as soon as we launch this thing!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Your crafty genes (not jeans) on: November 03, 2005 07:45:25 PM
My mom's 60th b'day is coming up this month, so I was reflecting on what a cool gal she is...in fact, I credit her with passing along crafty genes to me.  She has always done SOMEthing crafty, ever since I was a wee lass.  I can remember her ribbon-smocked fleece jogging suits in the 1980s, hand-painted glassware a la Mackenzie Childs in the 1990s, and beaded bracelets in the new milennium.  In fact, she can claim that HER mom--who crocheted afghans for many years--passed along some crafty DNA.

So, where did you get your crafty genes?  Or are you a "first generation" crafter?
10  UNITED STATES / Kansas / Kansas City area--fun shopping this weekend on: October 06, 2005 05:33:40 PM
I have posted info about the monthly "Urban Mining" sales to the Missouri and Kansas boards, but I wanted to give an update for this weekend's sale:  it's this Friday and Saturday, 10/7 and 10/8, 9am-5pm both days.  Location is 3924 Walnut in midtown KC MO.  It's the one block immediately east of 39th and Main St.  From their e-mail:
We're a 2500 sq. ft. warehouse filled with (mostly) vintage furniture & décor, one-of-a-kinds,  shabby, retro, faux finished, architectural salvage, original re-dos & “re-inventeds.”   Tempting prices + great style = an experience that’s more fun than a great estate sale, where recycling is an art-form and where we prove that "new is over-rated!”
Maybe I'll see you there!  (Maybe we need a secret craftster member handshake or password so that we can identify one another, lol)
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