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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Decorating tile coasters on: July 15, 2019 07:56:58 AM
Small Things Matter worked with the K and 1st graders at Lunch and Learn to make these quick and fun tile coasters. 

We used oil based Sharpies to decorate 4" x 4" ceramic tiles.  We cleaned the tiles with alcohol to remove any grease to ensure proper adhesion of the paint to the tile.  After the kids decorated the tiles they were dried for 24 hours then baked at 350 degrees for 1 hour and left to cool.

Group shot


Artists hard at work



Happy campers!


The kids had a blast!  I think we'll try making alcohol tiles with them next summer!

Thanks for looking!
Rox
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Simple mosaic coasters on: July 15, 2019 07:49:43 AM
Hi all!
Each summer Small Things Matter hosts a few arts and craft classes for the Lunch and Learn Summer Program.  It is a camp for underprivileged kids that provides all day care as well as lunch.  The campers spend the morning studying and then have activities such as swimming and crafts in the afternoon. I got a donation of glass rounds and pieces that I thought the kids would have fun designing with.  We were originally going to be working with 3rd and 4th graders, but there was a mixup in the schedule and we ended up working with the 2nd and 5th graders.  

Group shot of some of the tiles


Kids hard at work designing


Proud camper


STM members!  Really proud of how kind and patient they were with the kids!


Thanks!
Roxanne
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Shake Your Groove Thing Geezer Swap, Round 8 GALLERY on: July 07, 2019 04:29:52 PM


Please post your pics here!   Wink

sent
received
sent and received
feedback left
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contact organizer

anna.wahnsinn>>kbrison>>Averia>>TAOJ>>calluna>>jemimah>>edelC>>Bugaboo1>>
Amfkinney>>jenleahlynn>LadybugsAndBumblebees>>craftADDchick>>imera>>LeapFeetFirst>>
underthemountain>>thanate>>anna.wahnsinn

key:
A>>B means that A is crafting for B
4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Shake Your Groove Thing Geezer Swap, Round 8 SIGNUPS CLOSED; SENDOUTS SEPT 9 on: June 01, 2019 12:19:31 PM


Swap name: Shake Your Grove Thing Geezer Swap, Round 8
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: underthemountain
Sign-up date range:  June 1 - June 15, 2019
Date to send item by:  August 31, 2019 extended till Monday, Sept 9


Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope

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

Age requirement?  30 years old or older before June 2019

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: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 30 years old: YES/NO


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: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 30 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap: (thanks to Dulcinea and Sevsonlygirl!)
This is a swap for the geezers.  The idea here is that we've all been crafting for eons, and are pretty good at what we do.

This is also a swap where there is a sizeable commitment, both for time, and resources.  We are going to be crafting one really big, really nice item for our partner.  If you cannot commit to the time or resources, please consider carefully before signing up for this swap.

You'll make up a list of 5-10 large things that you would love if someone made for you.  You'll also make up a list of 5-10 things that you're really good at, that you'd love to make for your fellow geezers.  And if you can make it from your stash, and reduce the stash, making room for more, NEW stash, so much the better.  

What's a large item, you ask?  generally, we're talking something that takes 3 or more hours, is large in physical size, or costs $30 or more in materials (or any combination of those).

You need to post to this thread, so that it comes up as unread replies if I have something to tell y'all.

I will not tolerate flakers.  We all will have 2.5 months to craft and send out.  That should be enough time.  A DC or Customs number is required, if available.  If you do not have a DC or Customs number, you MUST send me a scan of your postal receipt, showing that the package was sent out.

If you are a week late sending (after the sendout date), you will receive a temporary negative.  This will be changed back to In Progress upon proof of sending.

Please note: partners may be assigned in a chain to ensure finding the best partner for everyone!  For example: A crafts for B, B crafts for C, C crafts for A

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Confirm that you are 30 years old or older before Jun 2019 (yes/no)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country (If so you MUST be willing to ship air postal or an equivalent which will take a maximum of 3 weeks.) Are you willing?
Do you promise to take pictures of the goodies you send/receive?

Here are the things I would love to death if someone made for me (don't forget to include color and size preferences, and link if an example or the pattern is out there on the web)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Which one would you want the most? (that's right, you have to pick one):

Here are the things I'm really really good at, and would love to make for my fellow geezers (don't forget to include link if an example or the pattern is out there on the web):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

URL of my Pinterest:
URL of my blog/website:

Relevant sizes for the things I'd love to receive:

Colors you like:

Colors you don't like:

Symbols/patterns you like:

Symbols/patterns you don't like:

Anything you do not want to receive:

Do you smoke or come from a smoking household?

Do you have pets?  What kinds? (allergy reasons)

Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures?

Any other information you want to pass along - allergies, strong preferences, etc.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide https://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Here are links to the previous rounds:
Discussion Threads:
round 1: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=217022.0 (Dulcinea)
round 2: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305081.0 (SevsOnlyGirl)
round 3: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345358
round 4: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383646.0
round 5: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408008
round 6: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437591
round 7: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451215

Galleries:
round 1: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=219680.0
round 2: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311538.0
round 3: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348957
round 4: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387016.0
round 5: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408009.0
round 6: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438192.0
round 7: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451421.0


So excited to be starting another round after all these years!  Please jump in and join us!
Rox


Swappers:
1. underthemountain
2. Averia
3. Bugaboo1
4. LadybugsAndBumblebees
5. TAOJ
6. edelC
7. calluna
8. LeapFeetFirst
9. Amfkinney
10. jemimah
11. imera
12. thanate
13. craftADDchick
14. jenleahlynn
15. kbrison
16. anna.wahnsinn

Items wanted:
-pet artwork
-pillowslips/pillowcovers
-embroidery on tulle
-quilt
-wall art
-hood
-crocheted or knitted shawl
-christmas tree skirt
-hot plates, oven mitts, towels with trim
-embroidered nesting fabric bins
-hexagonal sewing box
-embroidered couch pillow
-blue and white Christmas stuff
-structured and padded computer bag
-embroidered bug
-A large pocketbook with short handles
-personalized journal
-A bag to hold my yarn, scissors, and crochet hook
-A set of double sided cloth placemats

Craft offferings:
-Jewelry in many different media types
-Paper crafts; origami, paper mache art, papercutting, bookbinding, etc
-Paintings
-Dolls and miniatures
-Embroidery
-decorative crafts
-bookbinding/ art journals
-painting/drawing
-stencilling
-lap quilt, wall art, table runner
-Embroidered bags, couch cusions, wall art
-Sewn bag, purse, pouch, wallet
-baby things quilted blanket, embroidered whatever, felt & fabric busy book.
-Mug rug sets or placemat sets that combine quilting and embroidery.
-crocheting, pretty much anything
-Tunisian crochet (looks like knitting acts like crochet)
-spinning yarn
-weaving
-knitting socks, mitts, hats, childrens sweaters, etc
-cross stitch
-Hand sewing (i.e.-Teesha Moore patches, slow cloth/boro stitching patches, etc...)
-Painting wooden boxes or other similar items with scenes or just decorative colors.
-ATC's where there is 9 of them and they are put in baseball card pages, where an individual ATC is in every pocket.
-Art/Inspirational/Junker Jane style dolls or dottees

PARTNERS

anna.wahnsinn>>kbrison>>Averia>>TAOJ>>calluna>>jemimah>>edelC>>Bugaboo1>>
Amfkinney>>jenleahlynn>LadybugsAndBumblebees>>craftADDchick>>imera>>LeapFeetFirst>>
underthemountain>>thanate>>anna.wahnsinn

key:
A>>B means that A is crafting for B

GALLERY!
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=458733
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Geezer Swap Anyone? on: May 25, 2019 01:04:45 AM


I was asked if I'd be doing another round of this fun swap at our recent Craftsters Meetup in Asheville, NC.  I took a look back and the last one we did was in 2017!  

Rise of the Cougars Geezer Swap, Round 7
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451215

Yikes!

If any of you old geezers want to play please comment below.  I'm thinking of signups in June with a crafting time from Saturday, June 15, 2019 - Saturday, August 31, 2019.

For those of you who are too young to remember this swap here are some details:

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope

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

Age requirement?  30 years old or older before June 2019

Details of swap: (thanks to Dulcinea and Sevsonlygirl!)
This is a swap for the geezers.  The idea here is that we've all been crafting for eons, and are pretty good at what we do.

This is also a swap where there is a sizeable commitment, both for time, and resources.  We are going to be crafting one really big, really nice item for our partner.  If you cannot commit to the time or resources, please consider carefully before signing up for this swap.

You'll make up a list of 5-10 large things that you would love if someone made for you.  You'll also make up a list of 5-10 things that you're really good at, that you'd love to make for your fellow geezers.  And if you can make it from your stash, and reduce the stash, making room for more, NEW stash, so much the better.  

What's a large item, you ask?  generally, we're talking something that takes 3 or more hours, is large in physical size, or costs $30 or more in materials (or any combination of those).

You need to post to this thread, so that it comes up as unread replies if I have something to tell y'all.

I will not tolerate flakers.  We all will have 2.5 months to craft and send out.  That should be enough time.  A DC or Customs number is required, if available.  If you do not have a DC or Customs number, you MUST send me a scan of your postal receipt, showing that the package was sent out.

If you are a week late sending (after the sendout date), you will receive a temporary negative.  This will be changed back to In Progress upon proof of sending.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hand decorated Mugs for Seniors by Difference Makers on: May 02, 2019 03:42:23 AM
Hi all!  Just wanted to share the mugs that the Difference Makers Teen Ambassadors led as a project at the DM convention this past weekend (April 26-28).  Our club is composed of highschoolers from all around MD.  Our mission is to support the middle school club Difference Makers as well as perform a few community projects of our own.  

DM Ambassadors Amelia and Jamie ran the project.  Originally Lana was going to lead it, but she wasn't there because she had a robotics competition in MI and I wasn't there because I had a wonderful Craftsters Meetup in Asheville to go to.  Luckily my hubby was able to go and offer his support. (Corralling 6-8th graders in a room and giving them Sharpies can be tricky!)  

It was done as a team project which was a fun mixer where kids added their touches to several mugs.  These mugs are being donated to the seniors receiving food from Meals on Wheels.  Hopefully they will brighten their day.

Finished mugs:


Action shots and a group shot of all the kids (Yes, I have their permission to post):



Just in case anyone wants to make these here's what we did:  
1. use oil-based Sharpies
2. clean the mug with alcohol (we used alcohol pads-small and easy), allow to dry completely, and do not handle any part of the surface that you are drawing on
3. draw with oil-based Sharpies and allow it to dry for 24 hours before baking
4. they say to bake at 400 for 30 minutes, but someone did a durability and color test and the colors didn't chip or burn out when baked for 3 hours at 250 so we did 2 hours at 300.

I think the kids did a great job and this is definitely something that we'll be doing again.  Smiley  
Thanks for looking! Rox
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Craftster Meetup Asheville Adventure Commemorative Buttons on: April 30, 2019 07:08:47 PM
I wanted to make a little something to commemorate our Asheville Adventure and I thought a nice button would be the perfect way to do that...especially since Alwaysinmyroom gave us this machine and she couldn't make it to the meetup so this way she'd be with us in spirit.  

Mistress Jennie provided the artwork which I moved around a bit so that it would fit a circle format better.

I also decided to add all the attendees' Craftster name to them.  Smiley

I was really proud of myself because Lana is the real button designer and this time I had to learn how to put the names in a circle...not only that, but 2 circles which meant balancing out the letters too.  Smiley  



Anyhow I had lots of fun making these and I hope they were enjoyed. Smiley
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / More fabric paper on: April 29, 2019 02:51:16 PM
Wanted to share the fun paper that we made at the Asheville Craftsters Meetup (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454476.0) this past weekend.  It wasn't a formal class per se, but we had paper goddesses craftylittlemonkey and geekgirl1000100 helping us and sharing their tips and techniques.  

Action shots!




Together we made 6 papers:
#1-4 were made by geekgirl1000100, Averia, my mom, and me
#5-6 were made by craftylittlemonkey, anna.wahnsinn, craftADDchick, my mom, and me

1. tissue paper, acrylic paint


2. tissue paper, acrylic paint


3. geekgirl1000100's gelli prints, acrylic paint, splatter


4. geekgirl1000100's gelli prints, acrylic paint, thread


5. tissue paper, geekgirl1000100's gelli prints, acrylic paint


6. tissue paper, geekgirl1000100's gelli prints, acrylic paint


kbrison and CLM also made some foam stamps for me to try.  Can't wait!


I added thread and paint spatter to #3 and #4 once we got home.  These sheets will be cut up and made into bookmarks.  Thank you craftylittlemonkey, geekgirl1000100, Averia, anna.wahnsinn, craftADDchick, and mom for  sharing your time and talents! We can't wait to share these with the kids at our 2 upcoming book distributions in June!  I'll post pics here once we have them all pressed and cut up.  Smiley
9  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Difference Makers and Small Things Matter Silent Auction, April 12, 2019 on: January 30, 2019 08:20:11 PM


Hi everyone!

Difference Makers and Small Things Matter are co-hosting the auction again this year.  Our silent auction will take place on April 12, 2019 from 6-8:30pm at Takoma Park Middle School to raise money our various projects. 

Difference Makers is a student run 501(c)3 nonprofit at TPMS that performs many community service projects including running the Kokua Foods Program, which supplies fresh food and pantry-nonperishable food items for TPMS, RTES, New Hampshire Tower Apts and 6 area shelters including Shepherd's Table and Casa Ruby (LGBT youth shelter).

Small Things Matter is Lana's 501(c)3 nonprofit that engages youth to help those in need with a literacy program and a crafting for charity program. This year STM gave out over 1000 brand new books to kids in need.  Lana and her friends also read to underserved children at the Difference Makers food distribution.  We have also made hundreds and hundreds of stuffies for hospitals and made 650 fleece scarves and 200 decorated toiletry bags filled with supplies for the homeless in honor of MLK Day of Service. 

Our auction is a nice blend of items donated by businesses (gift cards, theatre tickets, autographed baseballs) and handcrafted items.  My Craftster friends have contributed many wonderful items to our event (including handmade jewelry, greeting cards, purses, stuffed animals, scarves, and cloth covered notebooks.  People are seriously in love with the handcrafted items BTW!!!  Smiley

This is last year's poster!

 
If anyone is willing to donate an auction item to us please send it by March 30 so that I can get the placards, space, everything else made in time.  The earlier it is received the better because I can also post it to thank you!  Smiley  Please include your name/company name, website, and business cards for me to share with others that might have lost the bidding and would like to contact you.   I can also provide you with an acknowledgement letter that you can use for tax purposes if you itemize and give me an approximate value. 

Please send your items to the following address:
DM&STM Auction
Attn: Bryan Goehring/Craftster Friends
9295 Maxwell Court
Laurel MD 20723

Please mark it Craftster and please PM me when you send to him so that I can ask Bryan to be on the lookout for it.  Thanks!

If any of you want to get Small Things Matter's newsletter please PM me your email!  Smiley  You can find past issues of our newsletter on our website.

THANK YOU for your continued kindness and support!!!
Roxanne/underthemountain

Find out more about DM here:
http://www.difference-makers.org/
https://www.facebook.com/makeadifferencewithus/

Find more about STM here:
http://smallthingsmatter.org/
https://www.facebook.com/thesmallthingsmatter/

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Small Things Matter: Frida Kahlo Stuffie on: January 28, 2019 04:00:36 PM


Hi all!

I designed a simple stuffie pattern a while back that we use at Small Things Matter in our Crafting for Charity Program.  You can read about Hiro here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453237.0

Anyhow a couple of weeks ago I found out that Takoma Park resident Todd Carter was doing a Frida Kahlo Street Art piece called Night of 1000 Fridas.  I thought it would be a fun way for us to interact with our community and hopefully let others know about our crafting program so I whipped up a little Frida stuffie.  Various businesses hosted the Fridas.  Ours was at the Richardson School of Music. Smiley



side view


pic with hubby John, Todd, and my friend Eleanor


There are tons of Fridas on Facebook.  They are tagged #1KFridas.  You can see a few of them on our page:
https://www.facebook.com/thesmallthingsmatter/

Like us if you want to follow STM's adventures! Literacy for underserved children and Crafting for Charity.  Smiley

Thanks!
Rox
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