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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Batman Underpants on: March 13, 2013 12:03:55 AM
A friend of mine recently found out that I crocheted, and asked me if I could make him some underpants.  He's going to Vegas with a bunch of guys, and thinks it will be a hilarious joke to come out of his room wearing them one day, pretending he didn't know anyone else was there.  I warned him that they'd be gappy, and he asked that I make them extra tight to really maximize the gross-out factor.  Haha.  

I didn't have any men's undies on hand to model them after, so I bought a pattern and used a Batman chart I found online

And of course I had to try them on......

I wasn't happy with the waistband, it didn't have any snap to it (once it stretched out, it stayed stretched out) and the flap made it really bulky.  If I ever make these again, I'll definitely modify that, but overall, it was a fun project that worked up really fast!

My apologies to his Vegas buddies.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / PostSecret Swap Round 6 Gallery on: October 01, 2008 09:57:28 AM
Link to swap thread

Post em if you've got em!

Please remember, one card per photo, and post your comments separately from the pictures.  Also please remember to pm both lilyvanilli and myself the codes on the cards you receive!
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / PostSecret Round 6 (Signups 09/12-09/21 Sendouts 10/10/08) on: September 11, 2008 10:30:29 PM

Round Six Gallery

I copied most of this directly from Yoyowa, the organizer of round 5.

Swap name: PostSecret Swap Round 6
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: thatdarnpunk
Co-organizer: Lilyvanilli
Sign-up date range: 12 - 21 September 2008 or until full
Date to send item by: 10 October 2008

Limited to a certain number of people?  40...  However, as I have had more than one person offer to co-organize, we can open more spots if they're in demand.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Age requirement? Just the usual 13 yrs

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

Details of swap


PostSecret is a website located at http://www.postsecret.blogspot.com  The idea behind it is to create a postcard, using images, illustrations, paintings, etc, and write or type a secret on it that you want to anonymously share with the world.

The Craftster twist is that your cards need to be creative in addition to being sent to members of our little group. Remember there is no way to guarantee this is 100% anonymous because some people may be able to trace a card back (if they are super super sleuthy!), if youd like to protect yourself as much as possible I recommend removing your location from your Craftster profile and temporarily removing your links as well (etsy, Myspace, blogs, etc.). Of course you dont have to do this!

You will be sending 10 cards.
See more at:

Round One Gallery
Round Two Gallery
Round Three Gallery
Round Four Gallery
Round Five Gallery

The Anatomy of a Postcard

Your postcard should include at least one image and your secret, which should be written/typed out on the front of the card. Make your cards however you like-- photographs, collage, drawing, painting--or buy postcards and embellish them with your secrets.

You can write a note to the recipient on the back of the card, but that's optional.

Your postcards can all be based around the same secret, or all different. If you use the same secret for multiple cards, the visual part of the card must be different and you must phrase your secret differently. Ideally, you should really use 10 different secrets.

Questionable Content?

Some secrets are not G-rated. I don't want to restrict any one's freedom of expression, but please realize some people may not want to be exposed to content they may find offensive.

SENDING ANY KIND OF PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. This is a rule set for all swaps on Craftster. Basically, if you would need ID to buy it, don't put it on your postcard.


This swap is anonymous; you won't know which postcard is coming from which Craftster member. However, the system isn't perfect. In this swap you will receive a code (like G6, for example and it may be different once your code is assigned) and you will put that assigned code on the bottom left-hand corner of the backside of your postcard (where you would put the address). Please put this on the back of your card, even if it's in an envelope.

If it would ruin your life (or someone else's life) if a fellow Craftster did some Internet detective work and figured out which secret was yours, you probably shouldn't be putting it on a postcard for the world to see. This isn't the place to admit you committed a felony or anything.

And if you are one of those people who can't possibly live without doing the detective work, please keep that information to yourself and don't ruin a fun swap for the rest of us.
If you're really worried about someone matching up the postmark on the card with your name, you could send your postcards from a town near yours, from your work, etc.

Or if you feel like being super-sneaky, you can have your cards postmarked at the North Pole:


There are no DC numbers for this swap, since they cannot be put on a postcard.

There is what is called a Certificate of Mailing. This costs $1, it is proof that you sent something.
Here is the link: http://www.usps.com/send/waystosendmail/extraservices/certificateofmailingservice.htm
I prefer a Certificate of Mailing, HOWEVER, another valid form of proof is the receipt for buying the 10 stamps (which was acceptable in the last swap) for purchase. SHOULD you do this, I also need a picture of the stamped cards/envelopes.

**Note**  You need to send your proof of sending to the correct organizer. You will know who is your when sign ups are over...

You must be willing to ship internationally.

You may mail your cards in envelopes if you want them to be a little more protected.

Absolutely do not forget your code!


Half of the fun of this swap is looking over the gallery daily to see all the secrets that have been sent. Please make sure that you have access to a scanner or camera so that you can share the postcards with the rest of us. Pictures absolutely must be posted. We need to be able to see postcards that have been received.

As soon as you do receive you need to PM me (thatdarnpunk) or the co-organizer (Lilyvanilli), and tell us the code on the back of the card so we can mark appropriate members accordingly.


Okay, here is the new FEEDBACK criteria
1. sent proof of sending
2. have received all ten cards and posted them in the gallery
3. all ten cards you sent have been received.

There will be a cut off date where, if lost in the mail, we'll use the proof of sending for the feedback.

Sending Late

If something happens that prevents you from sending your cards on time, that's OK--life happens! Just PM me before the deadline, and e-mail your receipt when you send. If you don't ship by the deadline and I haven't heard from you, I will be forced to assume you're not sending and will have to leave negative feedback until you've sent (and can prove it).


Of course we don't want flakers! We can (and will!) be keeping track of all secrets sent by the codes you will be putting on them. If you forget a code, we cannot just accept your word for it. You absolutely must remember to put your code on it or have a picture of your secret before you sent so we can match to the received secret... not the ideal way to make sure you sent, but in a crisis it'll work!


When posting your received secrets in photos, you must photograph each one individually - so that means no "group shots." A group shot has 2 or more cards in the photo. Because trying to fit 2+ cards into the picture is hard, it makes it near impossible to get a good representation of the cards. Remember, this is first and foremost a craft forum and a craft based swap. Your cards should be 100% crafty with effort noticeable and the pictures should show the hard work the secret-sender put into it (as well as their secret) since they are not able to post their pictures themselves. 

I also recommend taking pictures of your own cards before you send.  I have set up a photobucket account and I will email the login and password to all swap participants.  That way, on the off chance that one of your cards is lost in the mail or something like that, you can upload your picture anonymously there and I will post it to the gallery.

Comments in the Gallery

Comments will be allowed.

However, when posting the pictures of the secrets you receive, you have to hold your comments for a separate post. This means: No comments in any posts with pictures. This is to make it easier for members not wishing to read any comments to search with the "View Images Only" option.  Yes, you can post your pictures and immediately post again with your comments to your own post.

*Note: You will not receive Negative feedback for not following the above rules, however it will be reflected in the comments of your feedback that you did not follow the directions of the swap when asked.

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

Name of swap: PostSecret Swap Round 6
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Confirm you are at least 13 years old (Yes/No):
Would you rather not receive secrets involving (please X):
( ) Drugs
( ) Alcohol
( ) Swear words
( ) Religious Themes
( ) Political Issues
( ) Violence
( ) Sexual Themes
( ) Nudity (Remember, nothing pornographic is allowed!)
( ) Other (please explain)
Is there anything else you would prefer not to receive?
Do you need your secrets sent in an envelope?
Anything else you need to tell the organizer?


Please also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
4  COOKING / Dessert / Black Forest Cupcakes on: September 01, 2008 11:09:52 PM
Today was our parents' 29th anniversary, so my sister and I decided to make them a nice meal.  She cooked dinner and asked me to make dessert.  I have a tiny kitchen so I don't have a lot of baking supplies, so I was trying to think of something simple but still kind of impressive.  I ended up with these:

I used a cake mix, but I added a couple of big spoonfuls of chocolate chips I ground up in my magic bullet blender and some cocoa powder to make them more chocolaty.  I made them in my jumbo muffin tin, and I got 10 cupcakes.  They took about 35 mins at 325 to bake.

When they were still hot I used a plastic spoon (because they have thin, sharp edges) to scoop out the middle, and then I sprinkled some more pulverized chocolate in the hole so it would melt.  I put the cake insides in the freezer, because they'll be great for future parfaits.

Once they had cooled completely, I filled the holes almost to the top with cherry pie filling...

And then at the last possible minute I piped whipped cream on the tops, sprinkled them with even more chocolate, and finished with a cherry.  I think they turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself, and everyone seemed to enjoy them.  At any rate, there were no leftovers, which I take as a success!

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Post Secret Round 6??? on: August 10, 2008 09:50:59 PM
Is there still any interest in this?  Would anyone be willing to help me co-organize?
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / MiniMoose Cross Stitch on: August 01, 2008 07:13:54 PM
I made this for my partner in the Jhonen Vasquez Swap of DOOM.  It's MiniMoose from Invader Zim.  It was one of the first charts I've made, and it was a lot of fun!

My version

Mini Moose

I'll post the chart if anyone wants it, although it was pretty basic.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / U.F.O. Reminders for Crochet Projects on: February 21, 2008 05:25:50 PM
Unfinished objects, that is.

The fact that I am a very slow crocheter, combined with the fact that I have a shamefully short attention span, means that I very rarely finish anything the first time I start it.  It doesn't bother me that much, because when I need something in a hurry I can pick something from the pile and work on it instead of starting from scratch. 

The trouble, though, is that a lot of times I "borrow" the hook I started with, and then by the time I get back to the project I've completely forgotten what size I was using.  I've got several projects like this, and the odds of me actually making swatches until I find the right hook are slim to none.

As I know I'm not likely to change my ways anytime soon, I needed a solution to prevent this in the future.  So, to make a long story short (too late!) I made stitch markers using alphabet beads I found in my mum's basement.

(Sorry for the poor quality camera phone picture, but you get the idea)

This way I can just clip the letter of the hook I'm using to the yarn, and when I come back to it, I'll be able to pick up right where I left off.  Here's hoping it'll actually work!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Neopets Swap Round 2 (CLOSED) on: July 23, 2006 01:33:35 PM
Okay guys.  Be gentle, it's my first time organizing. 

Swap name:  Neopets Swap Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  thatdarnpunk
Sign-up date range:  24 July to 07 August
Date to send item by:  28 August

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No.

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes.

All ages allowed?  Yes

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: Yes

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: Yes

Please read the swap etiquette and guidelines before signing up. They can be found here :

Guidelines: https://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html
Ettiquite: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45019.0

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?

What is your neopets username?
Which neopets are your favourites?
Which characters/games/plots are your favourites?
What are your favourite colours/colour combinations?
Name things you would love to receive:
Name things you would not like to receive:
Name things you can make:
Is there anything specific that you would like your partner to know, such as allergies or ethical preferences?:
Anything else you would like to add?:





thatdarnpunk ---> gothmom
slb2724 ----------> loudxmouse
SParkie -----------> slb2724   
gothmom--------> thatdarnpunk
loudxmouse ----> SParkie

I pm'd everyone with their swap parteners, let me know if you didn't get their information please.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Frank N Furtur on: July 10, 2006 06:23:30 PM
A good friend of mine who shares my obsession with the Rocky Horror Picture Show just painted me this lovely masterpiece!

I think she got her inspiration from the album cover:

I love it so much.  No one has ever painted me anything before!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pirate bag, me hearties! on: July 08, 2006 02:33:10 AM
I made this bag to take to the Pirates of the Carribean tonight:

I left all of the raw edges because thought it looked more pirate-y.  I actually ran the fabric through the wash a couple of times to fray it more.

Here's my roomate modeling it.  (She dressed up for the show)

I was quite pleased with it...  What do you all think?
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