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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 17 ENTRIES / A haunting time! on: February 28, 2007 07:00:34 PM
I've so been waiting for this challenge theme to come up!  Smiley  I love making clocks, and I love trying to break the rules with them.  I've made a shadowbox clock with race cars, a giant clock, even one in a book box.

This is one of my favorites though, and it still isn't quite finished (it needs a topcoat of mod podge sealer still)!

Here's the clock:

I've been watching Danny Phantom lately, and I'm a lifelong fan of Ghostbusters, so I thought why not combine them?

For the first time I've done something really different for the hands, that's part of why I love it!  Here's Slimer floating around as the hour hand:

Danny Phantom is the minute hand:  (I actually was planning on using a shot of him flying in his costume, it's in the corner, but this pose covered the shape of the minute hand better -- he's too skinny!)

And the second hand is a proton beam shot from one of the Ghostbusters' proton packs, I still may redo this if I can find a better image to work from.  Not easy to find a clear unobstructed proton beam screen cap!!!

Oh and since it's ghostly and because I love making stuff glow in the dark -- the green 'slime' background and the ghost in the GB logo are glow-in-the-dark!  I tried and utterly failed to get a piccy of how it looks in the dark.  Trust me that it looks totally awesome!
2  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Angel FOUND for First Timers Swap on: December 04, 2006 04:17:25 PM
Hi there!

Angel FOUND!  Thanks craftADDchick!!!

I need just one angel for the First Timers Swap.  Lilylola's partner never sent (I just heard from her family that she was in the hospital), so I need an angel for her.  She is in England.

Here's a link to the original thread:

And to the gallery:

The theme was make what you're good at and I tried to match people up based on what they could do/what they wanted to receive.

Here's her info:
Craftster username: Lilylola

List types of crafts you are skilled at and feel confident you can make well (i.e. knitting, marble magnets, amigurumi, etc)
1. Crochet
2. Stencilling
3. Jewellery making (beading and some wire work)

List crafts you admire and would like to recieve:
1. Knitting
2. Felting
3. Sewing

Favorite color: Red, Pink, Turquoise
Allergies, aversions, etc.: None
Anything else you'd like myself or your partner to know: I would love to receive anything! I have 3 daughters, I'm a dancer and love lying on the sofa in pyjamas with my kids on a Sunday morning while I pointlessly crochet flowers.

Please PM me if you can angel for her!  Thanks!

Mary Jo
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / First Timers Swap Gallery on: November 01, 2006 05:47:48 PM
All right, people have sent so post your goodies here!!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / First Timers Swap, Sign up CLOSED, Sendouts 11/11 on: October 08, 2006 01:46:33 PM
Swap name: First Timers Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: KnitChick1979
Sign-up date range: October 7 - October 14
Date to send item by: November 11

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No but I'd like an even number if possible!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  All ages, just make sure you can get your package mailed!

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

Details of swap:

This is a swap to get your feet wet!  This swap is just for people who have never swapped on Craftster before, to get that
all important first swap under your belt so you can sign up for multiple swaps.  Sorry but if you've done one or more
swaps before please do not sign up, this is a swap JUST for the newbies!

I will try to pair people up as best as possible based on craft skills and interests.  The more detailed your
questionnaire, the better I can pair you up!  I also plan to try to pair people up within the same countries, if at all

You will be sending one large item OR two medium items plus one or two small items.  I'm trying to make this an easy
swap to get everyone used to swapping. 

Please do communicate with your partner about what you are crafting, your interests, etc.  I've found that the more you
communicate the happier everyone is!  This is not a secret swap, so talk it up!  Smiley

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:  (please put the swap name in the message subject so it doesn't get too buried in my inbox!)

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address (please format it as it should be on the package, especially for non-U.S. addresses!)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?

List types of crafts you are skilled at and feel confident you can make well (i.e. knitting, marble magnets, amigurumi, etc)

List crafts you admire and would like to recieve:

Link to a wishlist or wist, if you have one:
Favorite color:
Allergies, aversions, etc.:
Anything else you'd like myself or 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.


1.  RueRue

2.  Snowyangel

3.  crazyqt13

4.  Eliea

5.  smithyboy

6.  TwistedRedhead

7.  thegwenanobi

8.  Gishygoo

9.  Lilylola

10. librarylass

11. Ms. Rosie

12. Selana

13. ondrayuh

14. misofunky

15. CraftyCoug

16. i.hate.cooties.

17. Ransom

18. dirtybunny

19. mamapeanut

20. misopretty


Sent and recieved
Late without communications
Late with communication
Feedback left

Selana  <--> Lilylola

misopretty  <--> Snowyangel

crazyqt13  <--> RueRue

ondrayuh  <--> smithyboy

Ransom  <--> TwistedRedhead

mamapeanut  <--> Gishygoo

CraftyCoug <--> misofunky

Ms. Rosie   <--> i.hate.cooties.

thegwenanobi <--> dirtybunny

Eliea  <--> librarylass
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Need help designing plushies! on: August 31, 2006 11:05:55 PM
Okay, once I get past my current swaps my next project is going to be a set of robot monkeys, from the show Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!.  I want to make a Chiro costume for my teddy bear and a set of all five monkeys to accompany him.

Only problem is I am having a really hard time visualizing how to make their heads!  Their feet and legs are easy.  Their tails, easy.  I think I have an idea how to shape the torso.  But the heads are pretty complicated.  

I'm planning on doing this in felt.  The one other plushie I did, Nightcrawler from the X-Men, worked out pretty well in felt.  But I could use some help figuring out their heads!

I'm also thinking about making their hands detachable and making their weapons too (I know that sounds odd, it makes more sense if you've seen the show).  They're robots, and their hands transform into weapons on the show.  Antauri has ghost claws, Sparx has big magnets, Gibson has big drills, Nova has giant fists and Otto has spinning saws.  I can figure out the magnets and drills, those are pretty easy, but I'm a little iffy on Antauri's ghost claws and Nova's fists.

Here's one piccy of the group:

And a couple other shots that show them well:

Unfortunately I don't have a shot where you can see the back of their heads, there's a kind of computer plug there.  Sad

And there's LOTS of great screenshots on the Hyperforce.net,http://planetmyhill.com/Gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.ShowItem&g2_itemId=7&g2_highlightId=74 ,  and the Monkey See, Monkey Fu! boards, http://z11.invisionfree.com/srmthg/index.php?act=idx .

Thanks in advance for any help!!!

Mary Jo
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / Knitted NASCAR tank top (Now with better pictures!!) on: August 06, 2006 04:09:47 AM
My first challenge entry!  Smiley  I just loved the roving offered as the prize for this one so I *had* to try and enter!

I decided to try knitting a tiny sweater from embroidery floss, thinking back to the Harry Potter bookscarf I had started knitting from a pattern online (somewhere..sorry forgot exactly who created it).  I decided to make the sweater with my favourite NASCAR driver's logo and colors.  My favourite driver is Michael Waltrip, and he drives the #55 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge (soon to be Toyota).  

I charted the NAPA logo but it came out with too many stitches so I ended up just doing his number, 55.  Oh and I was having such a hard time picking up stiches I gave up on sleeves and made it a tank top.  Cheesy

I apologise for the pictures, I don't have a real digital camera (just two cheapie $20 cameras that take sucky pictures).  I took a few shots with my nice film camera and will post those pictures as soon as I get the film developed later today -- I just couldn't wait to post this!  Smiley

EDIT: Got my film back, with WAY clearer pictures!

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Reliable sewing machine - recommendations? on: July 16, 2006 12:30:36 AM
Okay, just dreaming, but I would REALLY love to get a new sewing machine.  Right now my mom and I share a Singer she got new when I was in high school when her old machine finally bit the bullet.  That machine (I want to say it was a Sears) was wonderful, solid metal and reliable until it was like 30 years old!  The Singer...well it's had tension issues from early on.  I hardly use it because I never have the time or inclanation to fiddle with the tension.

So, I ask, what's a good brand to aim for?  My ex boyfriend's mom got a Brother but then we broke up before I could find out if she liked it.

Thanks in advance!

Mary Jo
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter craft palooza! (kinda picture heavy, sorry!) on: July 10, 2006 09:18:02 PM
Rather than make a ton of posts for all the little HP related crafts I've made I'll just put a bunch right here.

In no particular order....

This was actually the simplest one.  I wanted a school bag to go with my Hermione costume.  In the 3rd movie she has a messenger style bag.  I found this plain bag at a weird little luggage store in Golf Mill for like $15, I carefully removed the logos it had and then painstakingly stitched the Hogwarts patch (from Patch Palace) on the flap (not easy since there's a pocket that I didn't want to accidentally close!).  I got lots of comments at the pre-release celebration last summer in Oak Park IL!  In the bathroom one mom wanted to know where I got it.  Smiley

My still-unnamed pygmy puff.  Right after the book came out the talk on the HPKnit list was all about how to knit pygmy puffs.  For mine I took some Lion Fisherman's Wool and knit it with some Fun Fur I had, then stuffed and felted it.  I later refined the pattern a bit, dying the wool to match the eyelash yarn and using Yarn Bee Wild Child instead.  I made a pink one (Strawberry color Wild Child and pink wool) and purple one (Port Wine Wild Child and purple wool), dubbed them "Gred" and "Forge" and gave them to James & Oliver Phelps this November when I met them during opening weekend of the movie.

The piccy above also gives a glimpse at my costume (storebought shirt and skirt and Mary Jane shoes, storebought sweater that I added knitted embroidery floss color bands to, and a robe that was my college graduation robe with hood, burgundy accents and a Patch Palace patch added).  I had lots of kids in awe of my costume that morning!

Another little added touch for my costume.  I know Hermione never seems to have any headbands or barrettes or anything in her hair but I go nuts if I don't have something pulling my hair back at least a little.  So I made some barrettes that would go with my costume.  I picked up a few yards of satin ribbon by the yard at Hobby Lobby in burgundy and gold, and a spool each of floral papery ribbon in those colors and started playing with the different barrette designs I like a lot.  I wear the big bow on the right the most, sometimes even when I just wear a plain HP tshirt.

These are my school books.  Can't be Hermione without a ton of books!  (I am really Hermione cuz I always have a book or ten on me, I have a hard time eating without a book open and I read really obscure and dry texts sometimes).  From left to right:

The book on the left is "Hogwarts: A History" (of course!)  Paper mache book box from Michael's, painted with brown, white, and gold acrylic Anita's paints.  I did all the lettering freeform.  

The middle book is "The Monster Book of Monsters", my interpretation.  We got this fake fur in at work and that's what came to mind, so I got the blue (my favourite color) and went over to crafts to grab a wooden book box (which seems to be deleted, darn it!).  I painted the inside white, glued the fur over the cover, then over the "pages" I glued white teeth and added a red tongue (both of felt).  The book didn't like to stay closed so I then got a package of the super-strong magnets and added those (painted white to blend in).  A few wiggly eyes and gold fabric paint title and he was done!  Got lots of comments on this too!

The last book is "The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 6".  The Home Accent department always seems to have some nice faux-leather look book boxes and last summer I managed to find one that had no title and was in good shape.  I took some of the gold Anita's paint and carefully added the title on the front (and Hermione's name on the inside) and that's it.

When not in my schoolbag the books reside in various spots on shelves in my room.

I've also made a couple of little Gryffindor color drawstring pouches, an attempt at a quill pen, a cell phone cozy for a swap, and more but I don't have piccies to post for those...yet!  Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My bedroom lamp on: July 10, 2006 08:34:25 PM
I'm on a roll on this board Smiley  Actually the stuff in my room that's home dec-y is what happens to already have piccies residing on my hard drive already.

Working in a craft store can be dangerous for a creative like me....I have WAY too many ideas and WAY too little time and money!  I gotta start selling some stuff to fund my habit.  This project came about cuz I didn't like the lampshade on the lamp I had in my room.  It was a simple blue lamp from K-Mart if I remember right and it was okay but too plain!

Hobby Lobby has self adhesive lampshades (9 different sizes/shapes!) and a few lamp part kits.  Soon after the 4th last year I picked up a really cool wicker basket for 90% off, along with clearanced 4th fabric and then grabbed some by-the-yard ribbon and beaded trim.  Add a lampshade and the basket lamp kit and about an hour and I had a REALLY cool lamp that also doubles as storage!

Now that the bug has bitten me I have the parts for another lamp set aside.  I tried to make a knitted capelet for myself for Easter and it came out WAY too small.  Same size as the lampshade small.  I have it stretched over a lampshade now and I recently used a 40% coupon to get a nice sleek black base but I'm still brainstorming on what else I want to do beyond sticking in a light bulb.

See what working around way too many cool crafts does to your brain and wallet?  Smiley
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My giant wall clock on: July 10, 2006 12:37:47 AM
This is my second favourite clock, my giant wall clock.  I made two of these a few months ago, one for my mom (her birthday gift) and one for me (and to ferret out problems so my mom's was perfect).

For how large and cool it is, it's surprisingly simple!

I took a piece of 1/4" thick foam board, sized 20x30 (only size HL has of 1/4", kinda dictated my final size), and cut it to 20" square.  That cool sunburst design?  It's a quilting fabric!  I glued the fabric to the front and to make sure it stayed, duct taped the edges on the back.  The hardest part was making a hole for the clock movement -- on mine I sat and spent hours carving the hole with an exacto knife.  On my mom's I cut a rectangle out, sliced it thin, and taped it back in before putting the fabric on (still don't quite like that, I think I may use a couple layers of matboard for the base next time).  

The hour indicators are large flat backed clear gems from the floral department (1 lb bag for $1.99, half off during sales), hot glued on.  The movement and hands I had to order from Klockit http://www.klockit.com -- the largest hands carried at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Joann's are 4" and I needed 8".  The movement was $7.25 and the hands another couple bucks.  I painted mine with yellow glow-in-the-dark paint.  

On my mom's clock (I don't think I put those pics on my computer yet, sorry) her fabric has pink and purple roses with gold accents (goes with the living room wallpaper), her hour indicators are lilac roses (flowering bush from floral, $2.99 and half off on sale), and I painted her hands pink.  She also got fancier hands.

Then I took 20" sectional frames and put that together and added the hangers that go with and frame wire.  

Total cost -- the movement added to the cost because of it having to be a special high-torque movement for the clock's size (plus the shipping cost), but at about $10 for that, $10 for the frame, $1.50 for the foam board, $1 for the gems, and $3.50 worth of fabric, I made a really cool clock for about $25!

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