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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Obsessed with Renate Muller on: November 10, 2011 10:23:56 AM
I have become obsessed with Renate Muller (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4RBDV0ANRE and http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/03/t-magazine/03remix-lange-t.html?pagewanted=all).  She is, for obvious reasons, very proprietary and does not sell patterns or anything.  And while I totally, totally respect that, I can't get her aesthetic out of my mind and am dying to find a style of patterns similar to hers.  Has anyone seen anything like this? 
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / How to frame a piece of cloth? on: July 31, 2009 06:14:08 PM
I wasn't sure which board this fit best on, but I decided artists are most likely to know about framing.  I have a cloth dishtowel with a very sweet, dyed-in Swedish scene of lingonberry picking that I would like to frame for a friend as a house-warming present.  I don't have an unlimited budget for this (could spend $50, max, would prefer to spend much less!) and have no idea how to go about framing something made of cloth.  I would prefer to leave the edges showing, they are nice rolled hems.  Any ideas on how to do this?  Mount it on nice matte board, cut to frame size, is my instinct, but what can I stick it to the matte board with that won't damage the cloth?  Help much appreciated!
3  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Feathers around Minneapolis on: January 24, 2009 04:58:12 PM
Does anyone know where to get nice feathers in the Mpls area?  Peacock feathers, maybe pheasant or something of that sort?  Michael's has nothing but junk and I haven't had a chance to check Joann's yet, but I'm wondering if there are other, non-chain options.  Preferably ones that are open on Sunday.  Help would be much appreciated.  Thanks!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Tiny House Swap Gallery on: January 19, 2009 07:27:32 PM
We have a few near-senders, so I'm going to keep a seat warm for them over here.
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Calling photo buffs: help deciding if buying the Leica d-lux 4 was smart! on: January 11, 2009 04:30:38 PM

I love taking pictures, and did so for the longest time with an old point and shoot that just barely pulled its weight in broad daylight and was useless in almost any other conditions.  I have been planning and saving to buy a nice SLR for a long time, BUT I got nervous that I might not lug around a big camera on trips and things (when I'd really want to have it) AND, that for my money (not to mention skill set) I might not be able to get a good machine anyway.

SO...I went to the camera store with my sites set on something like a Nikon D60, but also knowing that a smaller camera with some manual functions might do it for me.  I decided on a Canon, I think G10, which is categorized as what  I guess are semi-formally known as "serious compacts".  Well, low and behold the Canon is out of stock and while the girl is off looking for one I see this beautiful little creature on the shelf and go: "what's that?"  Well, that was a Leica D-lux 4.  It looks like this: http://www.natcam.biz/products.html#DHE:Specsheet:Id:387230:Section:Specs and I was instantly in love.

Of course I got it home (with a decent discount--bought the floor model and there's a mail in rebate, so all told it was about $650--I've been saving for this, mind you), and immediately started to doubt my choice.  So I'd like to hear the opinions of other aspiring photographers.  Is this in-between "serious compact" class worth messing with, or should I have gone right to SLR with lenses you can change and all that? Or, on the other side of the fence, should I have stuck with an ordinary P&S and saved myself hundreds of dollars?  I'm serious about photography, I take a lot of pics, and the camera comes with free classes so I can get a refresher on the use of ISOs and F-stops and all that vaguely familiar high school photo class business.

Any thoughts or opinions would be much appreciated.  Thanks!
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Tiny House Swap: Sign-ups 1/2-1/16, Sendouts 2/6/09 on: January 02, 2009 10:16:56 AM
Welcome to the Tiny House Swap.  Original discussion thread here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282274.0

Swap name: Tiny House Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: annacharlotte
Sign-up date range: 1/2/08-1/15/09
Date to send item by: 2/6/09

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country? n/a

Age requirement? 13+

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: NO
   - 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:

You will be crafting one Tiny House for your partner.  This swap will have the same parameters as the OTT or One Tiny Thing swap.  Your house must be smaller than 4 X 4", and can be made in any media with any materials you choose.  The goal is to craft something tiny that you can create with a high level of skill.  Careful work, beautiful details, embellishment and interesting finishes/stitches/clay work, etc. are encouraged. 

You will have one partner.  You can only send your partner one Tiny House, so extras are not allowed in this swap.  We want a relatively low-impact swap that won't break the piggy bank on materials or shipping.

Rules of the Swap

Additional requirements:

1.  Keep in regular contact with me (the organizer).  When pm'ing me about the swap always put Tiny House Swap in the subject so I don't miss your pm.  If you foresee that you will have a problem sending out on time or have another issue please let me know as soon as it comes up.

2.  Keep in regular contact with your partner. 

3. YOU MUST PM ME AND YOUR PARTNER WHEN YOU SEND AND WHEN YOU RECEIVE.  If you are sending within your own country, you must have a DC# (delivery confirmation number)?they cost an extra $.50-$.60 in the US.  When  you pm to say you have sent, be sure to include your DC number.  If you are sending outside of your country and cannot get a tracking number, you must keep your receipt as proof of shipping.

4.  When you receive, you must post pictures in the gallery. If you don't have a digital camera, make sure you let your partner know so that s/he can photograph their work before shipping, and post their own pictures once you've received.  This is a good thing to do anyhow, just in case (God forbid) your package gets lost in the mail or something... 

If you want to participate, complete the following questionairre and pm it to me (do not post your response in the thread). 

Name of swap
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)
Are you able to take pictures of your item to post in the gallery?:
What craft skills would you use to make your Tiny House (e.g. embroidering, papier mache, regular or polymer clay sculpting, wood carving, knitting, crochet, etc.) 
Describe your dream (tiny) house.  This can include links to houses you love, favorite colors, favorite materials, etc... or you can leave it open and let your partner stalk and surprise you.
Do you have pets or allergies (or both)? 
Anything else you would like your partner to know?:


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

List of approved swappers:

1. annacharlotte
2. Jenicat
3. weeping_cloud
4. lukenlarry
5. shout4joy
6. superhooker
7. SunflowerSmiles
8. TheMistressT
9. playswithneedles
10. barbolot
11. camelama
12. mamarose22
13. Lmcbride
14. Bolshy Walshy.
15. bexieboo
16. zombiekilla
17. Malaki100
18. americangothic
19. dazedllama
20. christinacoghill
21. ritapizza
22. MrsBowles
23. amaryllisroze
24. bsonlytoots


Orange=Sending late
Red=MIA (will label these after 12 on 2/7/09)

bexieboo<-->Bolshy Walshy.

GALLERY!!!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288052.0
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Tiny House Swap on: December 11, 2008 07:51:24 AM
ETA: Sign-ups are up! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285202.0
I am obsessed with tiny houses.  Wooden?  Sewn? Crocheted?  Paper?  The material is immaterial. 

I made one for the pincushion swap a long time ago https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=196892.msg2099673#msg2099673, inspired by Bella Dia's here: http://belladia.typepad.com/photos/thingsimade/p1010001.htmland I am always finding new ones to love.  Like this cutey pie on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17757474.  Or this little clay guy http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_16&listing_id=14179553.  This one is amazing!  Tiny wood!  Little stairs!  Wow!  http://www.flickr.com/photos/nhodges/391548625/ Or this one, with bitsy plastic inhabitants?  http://www.flickr.com/photos/jek-a-go-go/365937733/  And these simple vintage paper beauties take my breath away http://www.flickr.com/photos/elsiemarleyblog/2311185262/.  Phew, okay, anybody getting into this yet?  I forgot I had so many house links saved...

So...if a few of you share my obsession I'm thinking of organizing a tiny house swap for a very limited number of people (maybe ten or fewer) after the holidays. 

Anybody interested?
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Negative feedback--organizer comments? on: April 11, 2008 12:43:29 PM
I have already given negative feedback to a swapper, but would like to update it to reflect the fact that she has "officially flaked."  The comments currently read: "out of communication, needs to set date to send."  She has not responded to pm's or e-mails, so should I just delete the comment and leave it at that, or should I put something in the comments field?  This is my first time organizing, so I'm not sure what the protocol is.  Thoughts?
9  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Help solve a mystery re: wallpaper remnants! on: March 20, 2008 07:40:46 AM
Hi Mpls craftsters...

I have this thought floating around in my mind that there is a store near the Cathedral in Minneapolis where they sell wallpaper remants.  What that store is called or exactly where it is located is completely escaping me.  Google is no help.  Anybody know what I'm talking about?
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Time frame for posting pictures on: February 13, 2008 06:42:22 AM
Hi all,

I'm having an issue in a swap I'm currently in, and I fear I am making a mountain out of a molehill. 

My partner received her package on Saturday (today is Wednesday) and has not yet posted pictures.  I specifically checked with her about whether she had a camera after I sent, because I got over-excited and packaged everything up all pretty before realizing I had not photographed anything! 

Anyway, just wondering what y'all think is a reasonable timeframe for posting pictures of the swap items you receive.  I'm getting bummed out, but trying not to.
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