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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Flowers Necklace on: May 01, 2007 02:05:30 AM
I got these flower beads recently, because they reminded me of a bracelet my grandmother gave me when I was tiny.
this is what I made with most of them, I still have some:


I wore it to the first day of my new job, today!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Spun for a Gift on: May 01, 2007 02:01:34 AM
I just finished this for my friend Nicholette- she just had a baby!
it will be a surprise, through the mail. Cheesy

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Record Journal My Little Brother Made Me on: May 01, 2007 01:56:47 AM
This is one of my favorite things ever, the record journal my brother gave me when I graduated HS in 2004.  he made it himself that afternoon.
for various reasons, it makes me really sad every time I see it, but it's still one of those things I'd definately take with me if I were moving/the apartment was burning.  hopefully someday it will make me happy, and I will be able to write in it.
I do think there are clips of a manga in there, but I don't know which one.
I know how to make record journals, too (:
he taught me.  and I've figured out my own little tricks for them, since.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pillows I made in middle school- Trapunto, log cabin-ish, butterfly piecework. on: April 29, 2007 05:05:49 AM
I'm going through some old photos tonight.  These were pillows I made in middle school, maybe early high school, and the pictures are from my senior year (2004).  

It's kind of hard to tell, but the cat on the cat pillow stands out through trapunto (it has fiberfill on top ofthe pillow, bound by sewing a scrap fabric on the back on the outline of the cat).  I had a good sewing teacher (:
who also helped me piece together a butterfly:

and this is a better picture of the tare panda pillow.  I gotthe fabric off Ebay, before Sanrio had authorized their fabrics for sale in the US (I believe).  it was a thin cotton.  The lines aren't straight, but that wasn't really what I was going for.

and one more:

thanks for looking!
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Glycerine Soaps in Basket on: April 29, 2007 04:57:36 AM

These are glycerine soaps I made, actually a few years ago.  I'm going through pictures right now  Cheesy
I like the green one with the purple bits in it, and the pink has bits of roses.
I'm going to start making more soap again, it's something I kind of do in phases, and now I have some more developed inspirations.
I alsomade the basket that they are in.  That was my second basket, pictures of the first are on the housewares board.
they soaps are wrapped in saran wrap, although I don't really like that.  it was the quickest thing I could come up with at the time to keep them from going sticky  Angry
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / baskets! on: April 29, 2007 04:50:35 AM
A woman from my hometown had a basketmaking studio.
she taught me to make baskets for free(:

this was my first one.
she also told me that basketmaking is one of the few (if not only) crafts left that must be done entirely by hand- every one you see.  that really surprised me, and made me think about how people all over the world work with their hands doing this.  I hope they are happy (:
I've made a few since then, and I'm decorating them/working with them, in hopes of coming up wih a sort of "altered basket".
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / A broken dog crate? on: April 29, 2007 04:41:33 AM
I have a broken dog crate- the latch is broken.  It's small, plastic and blakcish/gray.  does anyone think I can do something with this, before I somehow get rid of it?
I feel bad putting poor Izzy in a black crate, as it is.  he's a shy puppy.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Lots of new Necklaces (: on: April 29, 2007 04:38:31 AM
these have all been made fairly recently, but are old projects to me, and I just haven't posted them.  I'll have completely new ones soon!  Grin

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Trying to Crochet Hat on: April 23, 2007 09:34:37 PM
I *kind of* know how to crochet...
tonight, I bought a skein of Lion Brand's soy/wool blend, at Micheals, and started crocheting in a circle.  I'd like to make a hat, and I'm wondering if there's a way to do that without a pattern.  I'd just rather not worry about a pattern yet.  I have a circle that's about 2" in diameter.  does anyone have ideas for what I could do?
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Positive Energy Care Package Swap! (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 5/31) on: April 22, 2007 01:10:51 AM
Swap name: Positive Energy Care Package
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: dressedinsun
Sign-up date range: 4/22-5/01
Date to send item by: 5/31

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO
If so, which country? No, but let me know if you'd rather send within your own country.

All ages allowed? Or 18+? 18+, please, or send me a PM.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO YES- this is my first swap as organizer!
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO YES

Details of swap:
I'm generally a really positive girl.  I know that I am, and that I always want to be.  but realistically, I struggle all the time with basic daily life.  Crafting, swaps, mail art, community, and just being around really awesome people are all things that make a huge difference for me, and can help turn things around for me when I'm down.  So I decided to organize a swap where we can send each other packages filled with good- whatever you think that could mean for your partner.
Ideally, I think the nature of this swap might require a little more communication/effort to know your partner- so even though these are basic questions, feel free to tell me and/or your partner more about what  sort of swap items you might like, things that help give you energy and help you feel good, or about the things that get in the way of how you'd like your life to be.
I hope this goes well (:
I'm flexible in terms of number of items to send, 1 large and 2 medium/small, or I reallylike the idea of filling some size of flat rate box.  but I think that this can be decided between partners.

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

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?
What kinds of crafting would you like to do for this swap?
What kind of crafts/things would you like to recieve?


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. lightupmyroom <--> edel
2. brusinraincloud <--> stargazersewer
3. hey love <--> summerthyme
4. aphie  <--> cmc_aust
5. asphaltqueen <--> summie
6. hippiesista <--> modernjanis
7. sarantha <--> hetobeto
8. babiestarlite13 <--> moonlightbliss33
9. Shazrasha <--> leafy_lane
10. ariaya <--> lapoli
11. jbender85 <--> kitty1256
12. brushfirefaeries <--> bronzfrog

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