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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Robots in Spring swap (sign up CLOSED; send by 4/11) on: March 06, 2005 01:33:00 PM
Swap name: Robots in Spring
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jennybean
Sign-up date range: Mar 6 - Mar 18
Date to send item by: Apr 11

i made a nice long gap between the sign-up period and the mailing deadline so that people have time to communicate about sizes and likes/dislikes and to customize their projects, if they desire.

Limited to a certain number of people? no

Non-U.S. participants allowed? yes, but it's not going to be spring in the southern hemisphere so i apologize for the untimeliness

All ages allowed? Or 18+? all ages

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: yes i am aware and no i will not allow them to participate

Organizer has been a member for at least 1 month and will make sure that every participant has been a member for at least 1 month: yes and yes

Details of swap: we like robots! in honor of their wonderfulness and the coming of spring, we will each make and send three (3) items that are robot- and spring- themed. so not only robot-y, but utilizing spring colors and themes.

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

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?


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

also remember to ship with delivery confirmation and to forward dc numbers to me, jennybean.
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / grommet tape pouch on: January 31, 2005 02:22:48 PM

there it is. it looks much better in person, actually. i made it for the seven days a week swap but i'm about to go to the store to get loads of tape and make myself one!

all i did was trip the tape into strips, cutting as close to the next grommet as possible to leave fabric to work with. then i sewed strips of the tape together using a zigzag stitch, and used that as a fabric. used the zipper foot to avoid bumping into the grommets, and for adding a zipper too!

*yay* i love it! what do you think of the color combo? ugly or purty?
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / robot swap on: January 26, 2005 06:52:44 PM
i like robots and you do too. (well, some craftsters do at least ... i have seen some fun robots around here)

since everyone seems to be putting off committing to swaps for the time being, how about robots for spring?

we could each make a robot-themed item (or 2 or 3 or 4) for our partner. 
14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / how to harvest aloe vera on: January 22, 2005 02:46:21 PM
does anyone know a way to harvest aloe from a small house-plant-size aloe plant? i want to bottle it for use later alone. or do i have to use it immediately?
what's the best way to squeeze it out?
15  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [ACCEPTED FOR FOC] A Small gallery! on: January 21, 2005 08:00:31 PM
it would be neat if each member could have a gallery of projects that was viewable through her or his profile.
sometimes i notice that i like a crafter's style and i could click on show posts of this person, but then i have to be a stalker! so i think it would be cool for each person to have a portfolio of finished projects.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / woven ribbon photo frame on: January 12, 2005 04:24:18 PM
this is something i did a long long time ago, so there are no photos for the tutorial (plus it's self-explanatory enough i think), but i am planning to make another so if people want one i will add it later ... just speak up.

this seems like something martha stewart must have featured at some point, although i haven't heard of it. but don't be shy to tell me if i'm recycling old news! (martha-wise or craftster-wise!)

also, i think it would be really neat to make a center strip of a complementary ribbon of a different width, one on each side, so you have a more interesting pattern. for a larger frame though; this is 2x3.

ribbon covered photo frame.

top of the frame, covered in matching ribbon to hide all the rough edges.

back of the frame looks wonderful. i did such a neat job eh?!

you need:
a plain frame (these were only $2 each! such a sweet deal!)
ribbon in a size that fits, which isn't that hard because you can vary the number of rows you use
binder clips
glue (regular tacky works as well as duco cement.)
paint (optional)

to make it:
(0.5) you might want to paint the frame if it's very ugly or seriously clashing with the ribbon, becuase it can show through enough to bug you once you're done.

(1) cut enough strips of ribbon to cover the face of the frame. use pieces that measure equal to the width and height of the frame, plus extra for gluing. (two for each side, in this case; the number changes depending on the size of the ribbon and the frame.) cut enough little pieces of ribbon to fill the remainder of the frame. if you don't get it, lay it out as you go, and it will become clear. (hmmm ... step 0: buy enough ribbon to cover your stupid cutting mistakes!)

(2) carefully glue all the pieces of ribbon to the edge of the frame, spacing so that there is a little wiggle room for the piece you are going to weave through, and also fudging to account for extra space you might have.

(3) working down from a corner, tuck every other piece underneath the outermost long strip, and glue the end of the long strip down. use binder clips to secure.

important: let each set dry for real, before moving on. tedious, but it saves a lot of frustration.

(4) on the next long piece, tuck alternating pieces under to start a woven pattern, and glue. for the small middle parts, glue to the little flap of the frame that gets hidden underneath the glass. it's hidden when the frame is put together.

(5) cut one long piece of matching or contrasting ribbon the length of the frame's perimeter and glue on to cover the ugly bits, then glue it on the bottom so that seam is hidden.

17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / felted crocheted purse on: January 12, 2005 09:17:02 AM
with keychain for scale Wink

sorry about the teensy weensy image but i couldn't get the file small enough to upload for some reason, so i had to use the thumbnail. errr

the yarn is lion brand landscapes in desert spring. the pattern is from the lion brand website. (here)

i didn't like the handles in the pattern so i made those up by adding in triangles near the center pleat, and then crocheting all around. it kind of ended up with a funny shape.

i felted the yarn but i think i'm going to do it again. the label on the yarn said "felts in the washer" and i did do but my dryer broke so i can't dry it, which i think will probably shrink it more.

anyway, not a total success but i might use it! Undecided
18  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / metal lamp. wheee! on: January 06, 2005 10:44:43 PM
not awating the landfill ...

but putting me to sleep. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

what should i do to make my lamp stop sucking?
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / right side/wrong side on: December 07, 2004 07:32:39 AM
i am a self-taught crocheter and i am still a novice, and there is a small issue i can't figure out.

when patterns say right side/wrong side, is this just an arbitrary distinction? i mean, does the pattern writer get to decide which is which?

because it seems to me that when working in rows, you flip the thing over after every row, so both sides are identical. in rounds, the rs/ws thing makes clear sense. but in rows, it just seems like a way to keep oriented. which is fine. obviously it's necessary.

but, is there something i'm missing?
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / christmas tree gone postal! on: December 05, 2004 05:46:25 PM
i made a simple garland for my tree using old stamps and christmas seals. just glued it to some ribbon.  guess i'm just excited about my tree! Grin

the whole thing

close up's of my garland.

i like it because the stamps are really cool. they are old 1940's christmas seals and some cancelled stamps.
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