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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Coraline Blue on: May 12, 2009 09:13:00 AM
I made this for Sugary Sweet in the Coraline swap. It's the most ambitious embroidery I've ever done. Compared to the things other people do here, it's pretty basic, but I was really pleased with the results.

I sewed it into a bag I made of a soft blue chenille with (I thought) a cool batik fabric lining that reminded me of the tunnel Coraline goes down to the other world.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Olivia's Closet on: April 28, 2009 05:32:11 PM

I babysit for two kids, age six and 3. They live in a beautiful house full of kid friendly spaces and yet they were always playing in the basement closet. It slopes under the stairs, had no drywall, a concrete floor and LOTS of spiders.  Tongue

As a Christmas surprise, their parents asked me to help them redo the closet. Their dad put up drywall and laid down some carpet, and I painted the walls. Their mom finished it off with the ceiling fabric, glow in the dark stars, a chalkboard and some fairy party lights.

I love how it turned out!

Here are a few shots of what it looked like after the drywall went up:

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Coraline Garden Umbrella on: April 14, 2009 09:54:23 PM
I made this for my partner in the Coraline swap and I'm pretty proud of it.

It's an umbrella painted with the garden from the Coraline movie (and book!).
Here's the garden it was based on:

And me modeling the finished product (it was bigger than I expected!).

And quick pics of WIP...

This took about 30 hours but it was worth it.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Coraline Circus Mouse on: April 08, 2009 06:20:05 PM
and his cotton candy fresh from the cannon...

Made this for my partner in the Coraline swap and it was my first try with polyclay. I'm glad she likes it, though I see some flaws (scratched his little eye  Embarrassed, didn't realize the red from the cape would come off on my hands and turn the white pink  Roll Eyes)

It was fun though. I'll definitely be trying more with fimo now that I get the basics.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Hawaiian Pizza on: March 25, 2009 08:22:59 PM
Mr. teaparty and I were trying to recreate Donato's hawaiian pizza (no donoto's here  Cry)
so we made a thin crust pizza with homemade sweet sauce, ham, pineapple, almond slivers, cheese, and cinnamon.

It came out pretty, but next time we will add more pineapple juice tothe sauce, and toast the almonds before topping the pizza.

Has anyone else had any luck trying to recreate their favorite restaurant pizzas?
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Flight of the conchords bag on: March 25, 2009 08:15:40 PM
Now tht my partner has received, I can post my FoTC bag!
It's made from the tutorial of the think pink japanese cherry blossom bag https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32021.0.

the lining is from a rad thrift store sheet I have been saving for just such an occasion!

I'm so glad breemonkey likes it!  Grin
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Coraline Swap Gallery on: March 01, 2009 08:13:51 AM
Yay! most people have sent, and people are starting to receive... post away!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Coraline Swap - sign ups 2/14-2/28 sending 3/31 on: February 13, 2009 04:34:17 PM

Swap name: Coraline Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: teaparty
Sign-up date range: 2/14/09 2/28/09
Date to send item by: 3/31/09

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Age requirement: Participants must be at least 13 - under 18 MUST have parent permission

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: 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 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
Youre about to enter a world where everything youll see is created by hand
Its a Coraline swap! The book, the movie, the world, it's all fair game.

You will need to craft:
1 large, 2 medium, 2 small
Pack your items in a http://www.animationarchive.org/2008/11/more-on-our-coraline-suitcase.html "Coraline Box". This should be treated as a sixth item (let;s make these nice for our partners!), but need not be handcrafted if you find something great!

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

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 13 years old (yes/no):
If younger than 18, confirm parental permission:

Crafts I already know how to do:

I have tried and absolutely CANNOT: 
If you had 1 BIG WISH for something you would REALLY like to receive, what would it be??
Anything you do not want to receive:
Any allergies/things to avoid:

Colors you like:
Colors you don't like:
Do you wear hair accessories? 
Do you wear jewelry/other accessories?
Favorite scents/smells:
Scents/ smells which  you do not like:

Favorite scene/part from the movie/book:
Favorite character (s):
Did you see the movie?
Did you read the book?

preferred necklace length:
Do you have a wist?
Do you have a blog?

Do you have a Significant Other?:
Do you have children?
Do you have any pets?
Would you like your SO, children and/or pets to be included in the gift receiving? 

Do you smoke or come from a smoking household?
Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures? 

Anything else you would like for your partner to know about you...


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

all participants in this swap will be expected to post once a week on this thread and post pictures in a swap gallery.
I am happy to include first time swappers!

Participants in the swap:
1. teaparty
2. Lique
3. Malibukasey
4. missmuffcake
5. nezbutt
6. Allegory
7. Littlepooky
8. lovething
9. SugarySweet
10. sushiluvzombie
11. michowl
12. shdwstrm
13. annie_atetheworld
14. athenaknits?
15. cejaypi
16. starfaerie
17. Deseree
18. huggiepeelow

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / How do I love Conan, let me stitch the ways... on: February 13, 2009 01:13:21 PM
I didn't make any proper valentines this year, but I thought I'd post about one of my abiding loves- The Late Show with Conan O'Brien.

I recently took a trip to nyc to catch one of the last tapings of the show before Conan moves to LA and takes over the Tonight Show from Leno, and I made some patches of Conan and Max to put on hats. Mr. Teaparty and I sported them proudly to the taping, and the audience coordinator liked them so much, we were asked to stay for the second taping of the day! Although Conan was way too crazy busy to meet us that day, we had a nice chat with some of his staff, no waiting in line, and a VIP ride in one of the NBC elevators. All in all, pretty rad upgrade just for sporting some felt on our heads.

These are just embroidery floss on felt. I wanted to do the self-pleasuring bear, but the size of a ball cap is just so limiting! Oh well, maybe a tee shirt for next Valentine's day?

Here is the conan patch in action:

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Late Night with Conan O'Brien swap? on: January 22, 2009 02:56:32 PM
So Conan is by far my favorite of all the late night hosts, and he's about to take over for Leno on the Tonight Show in a few weeks. I don't know how much the format of his show will have to change to fit the new audience/time slot. I thought it might be fun to do a small swap of the "Late Night" era Conan.

Anyone else interested?
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