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1  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by underthemountain on: November 22, 2017 07:39:15 PM
Been making birthday pinatas with Lana for children living in shelters.  We made some with balloons as well.  Smiley

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2  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by underthemountain on: October 16, 2017 05:01:03 AM
Thanks for the great tutorial Bunny!  I need to conquer my fear of zippers.  This may be the perfect way to start! Smiley

Still enjoying all the inspirational projects.  Thank you guys!!!  I haven't been doing much crafting lately and this keeps me going.  I'm busy repairing some jewelry for a friend atm. 

I did manage to make this for Difference Makers upcoming participation in DCCX (a cyclocross event in DC) that my friend Mark organizes.  We'll be making waffles, vending drinks, and handing the trash/recycling.  I'll be selling these to raise money for DM.  The crafting part was a snap, but cleaning tons of bike chain wasn't.  LOL.
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3  Small Things Matter stuffies in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by underthemountain on: September 25, 2017 03:20:37 AM
Hi all!

First off this is a long winded post intended to take you along on our journey.  Please feel free to skip to the pics if this gets boring for you.  Smiley  I wanted to share about Small Things Matter (Lana's crafting club) and the stuffies we've been making.    

Recently Lana and I decided to expand Small Things Matter from making buttons as a fundraiser for Difference Makers to a crafting club that would try to give kids of all ages a chance to give back to others in need, specifically children in hospitals and shelters.  We wanted to make something fun, inexpensive (since we need to donate these in batches of 75-100), and meaningful. Thus our stuffies project was born.  I designed a simple pattern that could be imagined into a wide variety of creatures and then Lana and I set out to sew them up!

Lana sewing and our first stuffie Mr. Hiro!  The last time we sewed she was 2 and controlling the pedal while I manuvered the fabric. Scary.  

To get the word out about STM we partnered with Difference Makers at KIDfest...not that hard to do since Lana is co-president of DM this year.  LOL.  We provided them with 350 stuffie blanks and gathered up safety eyes and felt for them to decorate them with.  The stuffies are being donated to the NIH Children's Inn and area hospitals.  Many of you know that the NIH Children's Inn has always had a special place in our hearts and Lana has been able to get Difference Makers to support them by crafting origami for their Thoughtful Treasures Program that provides a small gift to these brave young people facing rare and often incurable diseases each day of their stay at the Inn.

While we were doing this I happened to see on a neighborhood listserv that someone was looking for a charity experience for their child's 10th Bday.  This was something we were planning to do in the future so we decided to take the plunge.  The crazy part is that it was the day before KIDfest, but hey I'm a Craftster.  Smiley

Our Crafting for Charity Party (got parents permission to post pics). I was really impressed with the Bday girl.  Not only did she have this crafting party, but in lieu of gifts she asked for donations to educate girls in India.  Lana told them about Thoughtful Treasures Program and led the crafting.  The kids had a blast making stuffies and really did a beautiful job.  They were very proud of their creations and were happy to sign tags to attach to the stuffies so that the kids at the NIH would know who it was from.  

KIDfest the following day!  10,000 people attend this Maker fest.  221 stuffies were made in 5 frenzied hours.  Seriously it was crazy, but fun!  The kids were sooo creative in what they were able to do with just these simple materials! What really impressed me was how all of them were so eager to help the sick children by making these for them.  It was truly heartwarming!  Also notice that some kids thought outside the box and crafted on them upside down.  These stuffies still need to be filled with fiber fill and sewn up so we have a bit of work ahead of us.  Smiley

If anyone is interested in our pattern you can downloaded here:  www.smallthingsmatter.org
We are hoping to engage kids of all ages to use their talents to help others.  They can either donate  to us so that we can get enough to share them with a hospital or shelter or they can craft on their own to do the same or leave it as a Random Acts of Kindness and we will feature them on our website and add them to our members list.  If any Craftsters or Craftster kids would like to donate a decorated stuffie for us that would be fabulous.  

Lana and I are having fun coming up with our next community project and hoping to find more groups that want to craft with us!  Smiley

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4  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by underthemountain on: September 23, 2017 05:24:03 PM
Finally got nodsu's lovely creations out into the world!  I decided to do drops during the week as I did my errands, work, etc.

telephone pole on my street...lots of people love to walk in my neighborhood

recycle bin in the lobby of my workplace

bathroom of Northwood HS

Strathmore...where Lana has choral practice


I'm sure they will brighten many people's day!  Smiley
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5  Re: STS Winter Market 2017 **SU Sept 10-24; Swap closes Nov 4/17** in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by underthemountain on: September 12, 2017 03:49:50 AM
Welcome to Underthemountain!  I'm CLOSED

All items crafted in a smoke-free, but bird friendly home.  Smiley


man in the moon pendants - 2 points.  Made from vintage watch faces and a detailed metal stamping. Comes on a silver chain. Choose from top 1, 2 , 3 or bottom 1, 2, 3

Ceramic Leaf Pendants - 1 point  choose from "blue 3" or "green".  Each comes on an adjustable leather cord.

custom address labels - 3 sheets/1point (30 labels/sheet)
Please send me custom image for your label or I can find one if you tell me what you'd like.

2 lego bracelets-1 point.  Tell me what custom colors you'd like.  Some examples here:

custom buttons five 1" buttons for 1 point.

custom buttons two 2.5" buttons for 1 point.

Steampunk rings- 2 points.  Made with vintage watches from the 50s-60s.  The red stones are the rubies used in these jeweled movements. All mounted on adjustable, hypoallergenic bands.  Please indicate row position (top, middle, bottom) and number from left to right (1-6)

Closeups of the last row here:

Lego pendants - 2 for 1 point or 0.5 points each.  Samples below.  Please contact me for actual combos.

gone: 1st Row 4th over Gray with Pink Flower and 1st Row 7th over White with Blue Flower[/s]

Lego ring- 2 for 1 point or 0.5 points each.  Please indicate color.  Not all colors available.  Please ask before claiming. All mounted on adjustable, hypoallergenic bands.

lego heart pendants - 1 points[/b] burgundy, yellow, black, grey, and blue available.


Started with: 3  
Pending: 0
Current: 0

Claims made by me:
Send by September 20
calluna to underthemountain - Milagro Sacred Heart - 3

Claims from me:
Send by September 20
underthemountain to kayrun:  man in the moon pendant - 2 points

Send by September 22
underthemountain to gala_apples - man in the moon pendant top 1 (2 pts)

Send by Nov 5
kayrun to underthemountain - Big Cakes yarn (colorway = shadowberry) -1 point

Wishlist: hmm, fun items from Mexico, neat things that I can gift, will have to ponder this a bit more.
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6  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by underthemountain on: September 11, 2017 09:00:16 PM
Wow!  Fantastic stuff!  Smiley

I received amazing handfelted items from Nodsu today!  Smiley  And she made something especially for me!

All the yummy goodies!  felted donuts and other sweets and a mandrake!!!!  Sorry about the photo quality.  They are wrapped so wonderfully that I don't want to take them out to photograph them.  Hopefully Nodsu can post better closeups.

The tags are great too! And a wonderfully punny reminder that we all need to hear- DONUT EVER GIVE UP!

My lil' mandrake and a lovely note:

Lana squeed when she saw the lil' mandrake.  We love him!  Smiley 

Thank you so much Nodsu for an amazing swap!  I'm gonna have so much fun abandoning these sweets!  Smiley 
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7  Coral Pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by underthemountain on: September 04, 2017 07:24:09 PM
Just got back from a wonderful visit back home.  While Lana spent lots of time on the beach body surfing and swimming, John and I roamed about picking up shells, coral, and beach plastic.  I decided to use some of what I collected there to make a few items for the Abandoned Art Swap https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452836.0 as well as for the upcoming Shop the Swap.  Tongue

I made the necklace using nylon cord and a puka shelll (puka means hole in Hawaiian).  I used the same technique here that is to make ti leaf leis.  John helped me not only by drilling the coral, but he also taught me me how to make a whip finish.  Smiley

the batch

a closeup of one of them

I had lots of fun making these.  I have some more projects planned to use the beach plastic as well as some koa sheets that I got for free on my last visit home.

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8  honu bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by underthemountain on: July 29, 2017 06:02:07 AM
Hi all!

Our honu bracelets were inspired by a combination of Lana's random acts of kindness projects which including a stamped penny drop in the summer, our love of Hawai'i, and the Abandoned Art Swap 2 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452836). 

The honu or sea turtle are one of many amakua or deified ancestral spirits and as such hold a very special place in the hearts of the Hawaiian people.  We are hoping that they remind the lucky recipients that we need to take care of our planet and be respectful of all living creatures.   

Lana and I had fun crafting them.  We can't wait to start sharing them while on vacation in Hawaii and in the DC metro reason this summer.

Hoping to visit the real honu while back home.  2 summers ago Lana went swimming with them on the Big Island.  Smiley

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9  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by underthemountain on: July 12, 2017 03:24:34 AM
Whaaat?  5 months away!  Say it isn't so.  Seems like it just around the corner, though it is so hot here that I can't quite believe it.  

Knitting more baby goodies for a new crop of wee ones in our group.  My friends and I are all making our favorite things.  jacket-Narmada, mitts-Myra, booties-Gabi, hat-me

This is set 1...2 more to go!  Smiley
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10  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by underthemountain on: June 22, 2017 04:13:36 AM
Congrats Ranty!  She is lovely!

Sharing some buttons that Lana has been making for NLM, NHGRI, and for our Kumu.  Lana was able to donate $130 to DM from these.

We also baked up a storm for Lana's teachers (10 banana breads -me and chocolate thumbprint cookies -Lana), but alas no pics.
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