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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Yarn Magazine? on: July 27, 2007 05:47:56 AM
Has anyone seen the newish Australian craft magazine "yarn"?  It's mostly aimed at knitters, but there's some crochet info and stuff about spinning etc.  I bought the latest issue at the Bendigo Wool and Sheep Show (because it has a pattern for driving gloves that I have to try for DH Cheesy but there are other patterns I would like to have a go at as well).  It's made in Adelaide and retails (at the Show) for $8.95 but I don't know if that's the usual retail price.

I was just wondering what (if anything) other people thought about it?  I like the fact that it lists a lot of Australian stockists for the yarns that get used and advertised in Interweave Knits etc.  And I think, while they're not all for me, the patterns are pretty good too.
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Aussies only shop the swap, signups July 16 - 23. on: July 16, 2007 03:51:06 AM
This swap is for Aussies only!  Hopefully this will help keep some of the postage costs down.

We're working on a practice run for an ongoing Aussie only shopping swap as I'm a beginner organiser.  So be gentle.  I'll be keeping one of our glorious swap mods informed if this gets huge and ungainly because I had lots of participants, but no co-organisers Sad

OK, on to the formalities:
Swap name: Aussies only shop the swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  cmc_aust
Sign-up date range: July 16th to July 23
Date to send item by:  One week after someone claims it (read on for further info), final send outs August 31.

Limited to a certain number of people?:  First 25 people to sign up.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES
If so, which country?  AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE!  (OI! OI! OI!)

All ages allowed?  YES

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
(I'm watching you . . . Wink)

Each participant will have at least five items in their shop when they are open.
Not everything has to be made by the participant, but it should be acknowledged as to who made it as best as you can.
You can "sell" finished items or unused/unwanted craft supplies.
Each participant will determine the value of their items for sale (up to 3 points to purchase) so that people are trading things of equal value.
An item for sale for 1 point will be small, 2 points is a medium item and 3 points is a large item.  Small items can be worth more points if they took a long time to make or are very detailed etc.
Each participant will begin with 3 points.

When you PM me to say you've shipped a claimed item to the claimant, you recieve extra points to the value of the item purchased from you.  Please include a receipt number, photo of the receipt or a registered mail number (depending on how you choose to ship).
When you claim an item from someone else, you use points to the value of the item claimed.
You can have a maximum of 6 points at any one time.  When you get to 6 points, your shop will be closed until you have lowered your total to under 6 points again.
You have one week from the time an item is confirmed as 'claimed' to ship it to the claimant.

In order to place a claim on an item, you must PM the person who's shop the item is listed in and the organiser telling us the item you wish to claim.  Claims are first in, best dressed.  I will post a send out confirmation, including the date to send by, in this thread, so please wait until you see that to send any items to ensure that the correct person gets the item.

Please remember that photos are not compulsory, but they do help to "sell" your items, so are highly recommended.

It is a participant's responsibility to ensure that all points totals published are correct and that your shop is open or closed as appropriate.  The tally will be updated around 9-9.30pm EST each evening.  If there is an issue with your tally (ie you think my maths sucks Cheesy) please PM me AFTER THIS TIME.  Give me at least a little time to update everything first. Smiley  Please advertise your open or closed status in bright letters at the beginning of your post.

Because this is not yet an ongoing swap, ALL SHOPS WILL CLOSE (REGARDLESS OF PARTICIPANTS' TOTAL POINTS) ON FRIDAY AUGUST 24 AND FINAL PARCELS MUST BE SHIPPED BY FRIDAY AUGUST 31.  I will post feedback for participants on August 31, around 9pm.

Because all shop items should be finished or supplies that the participant has to hand, there should be no delays in sending out an item to the claimant.  Please be aware that more than one person may claim something from you, and that you may need to send out multiple parcels in the next month.  Please make sure that you will have the funds available to do this before you sign up.

Any questions, comments?  Please PM me.

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

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Five items to begin your shop:


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. cmc_aust           1                +3                       CLOSED
2. farmgirljane         3               +1                         CLOSED
3. Velvet Rose         1               4                       CLOSED
4. Tanza                0               0                         CLOSED
5. Sansa                4               +4                         CLOSED
6. cyndiq               3               0                         CLOSED
7. starberrii            0                0                        CLOSED
8. librarylass           0                +1                       CLOSED
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cut paper awesomeness (not mine) on: June 17, 2007 06:12:49 PM
I don't know whether we're allowed to post other people's work or not, but I couldn't not share these pics, they're just too good.  I was emailed them by a friend, via a long and circuitous route, so I don't actually know where they came from or I'd post a link.  I'm sure there'd be more somewhere online!

Anyway, on to the pics, some of which are hard to see because of the white on white.  There are more posted on my blog if you're interested, but in my opinion, these are the best!

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Send out dates on profile? on: May 22, 2007 08:25:33 PM

I did a quick search on this topic but came up with nothing, and I'm not sure if it should go here or in FOC, however, I have a suggestion about the feedback form and/or info about swaps that appears on people's profile.

What I would like to suggest is that the send out dates (instead of, or as well as, the start dates) for swaps be listed on the profile of each swapper.  That way, it's really quick and easy to find that information.  I was trying to do a quick search for these today and had to find the thread for each swap!  It was a little frustrating Cheesy

I know you can bookmark threads, but I find I have quite a few of them  (because there are just so many wonderful ones out there!) and I think having this information which is, after all, kind of important to the swap's success, on the profile page would be very helpful, rather than searching through pages of bookmarks!

What are everyone's thoughts on this?

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Swap spoiler - tigercub_wabbit, don't look! on: May 02, 2007 02:17:19 AM
So, I have noticed a few of these needle rolls around and decided that I'd give one a go for my swap partner (who hopefully isn't reading this!).  I made it as part of the Craft and a Letter swap, so now it's finished I just have to write the letter and post it off to Israel!

Anyhoo, on to pics:
This is the fabric I used.  I bought it in an op shop for not very much money.  I still have a little bit left.  Hopefully you can see the gold dots on the pale yellow background, that's what it's supposed to show!

All rolled up - at the moment it doesn't have a tie to close it, I was thinking of just putting some gold ribbon around it.

Unrolled, awaiting the big reveal . . .

Obligatory action shot.  It's got a long pocket for long needles and a shorter pocket for DPNs and . . .

a fully lined pocket in each flap at the back for patterns or circular needles!  Very fiddley to make, but well worth the effort I reckon.  I saw some comments around about what to do with the circular needles now that we all have splendiferous needle rolls, and this is my response to the question.  Not sure how it will roll up with them in there, but I think it should be OK.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The geekiest uni project ever (which makes me a geek!) on: April 26, 2007 01:49:14 AM
So, I'm studying Entomology at uni this semester.  The subject was strange and only ran half the semester, but the exam is during the normal exam period, joy.  As part of our major assessment we had to put together a bug collection.  That's right, kids, a bug collection.  Not only did I, my husband and my mother get STUPIDLY excited at this project, we actually also did an awesome job with the specimens and I spent all day yesterday (ANZAC public holiday in Australia) pinning the buggers (pardon the pun!) and labelling them.  Ta DA!!!

Edited to fix subject name and pictures
7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / I found MODGE PODGE in Melbourne on: November 20, 2006 08:44:19 PM
Hey all,

Not sure if this is worthy of it's own post or not, I could be well out of the loop, but I just thought I'd let everyone know that I found Modge Podge at Art Riot at Northland in Preston.  It was $5.99 for a 100 or 150ml bottle and they also had Sparkle Modge Podge, which was a bit more expensive.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / HUGE new uni bag with pics on: September 24, 2006 04:45:15 PM
I blame my mum and my new sewing machine for this bag Cheesy  I bought this truly awesome fabric from a remnants bin when shopping with my mum last weekend (OK, so it was AU$20, but I HAD to have it and there was 1.2m of the stuff).  I had visions of a small handbag type thing (and I think there's enough left to actually do that still) but I found a Butterick (?) pattern and so I used that to make a new bag for me to take to uni which will fit all my STUFF! Cheesy


I doctored the pattern a little by putting a zip across the top of the bag.  I figured that the bag itself is so huge that I wouldn't need a gusset on the top as well as the bottom:


I also doctored it to put a lined pocket with a zip in the lining of the bag as well.



I just love the pattern on this fabric, the photos don't do it justice really, it's more sky blue with turpquoise splashes in it.  There's gold thread as well for highlights and it's just amazing.

I seem to have found my inner craftster again, I've been posting lots of stuff lately.  Let me know what you think of this project, ok? Cheesy
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Doll's Chair from Toilet paper rolls and cardboard *TUTE* on: September 04, 2006 11:34:38 PM
Howdy!  Firstly, dearest mods, I apologise if this is in the wrong place, wasn't sure if it should go here or Miscellaneous Crafts.

Secondly - a nice Craftster officianado PMed me to ask for an explaination of these chairs I was talking about in another thread.  So I made a tute.  Hope it makes sense.  Please excuse dodgy photos and small size of chair, I didn't have long to be collecting toilet rolls, so only have 5 when I needed six.  Bet ya can't tell! Wink

As an aside, I have made one of these for me to sit on when I was a small child (about 5), so they're not just for dolls.

OK, so the beginning step is collect a heap of toilet rolls.

2.  Arrange your toilet rolls so that they are standing on end, in a square grid, like so:

The size of the square depends on how big you want the seat of the chair to be.  For dolls, 4*4 rolls would be fine.  For kids, probably more are required.  Put masking tape around the outside of the square near the top and bottom of the toilet rolls to hold them together.

3.  Cut a square of cardboard to sit over the top of your toilet rolls and tape it down (please pretend the paper is cardboard and taped, this was a quick and dirty tute Cheesy):

If you are making a chair for a child, or if you wish to make a taller chair for a doll, repeat steps 2 and 3 until the chair seat is of a height that your child/doll can sit comfortably.  Make sure you finish with a layer of cardboard over the toilet rolls for the seat bit.

4.  Arrange sufficient toilet rolls to make the back of the chair in proportion to the front like so:

If you make a 4*4 square to start with, you will need to arrange 4 toilet rolls in a row as the base and so on.  If you have decided to make a taller chair by adding extra toilet rolls to your seat as above, you will obviously need to make more than one row of toilet rolls as the back of your chair so that it stays in proportion and comfy for Dolly (or Kid).

5.  You should have a larger version of this:

At this stage, you can add arms to the chair if you like by taping some paper towel rolls to the back of the chair so that they are one or two toilet roll lengths above the layer of cardboard that forms the seat.  Place toilet rolls under the ends that aren't attached to the back of the chair so that they are stable.

If you don't want to add arms to the chair, just cover the whole thing with either papier mache, modge podge or that plaster impregnated bandage stuff (we call it Mod Roc in Australia) that they use to make plaster casts when you break bones.  This will help to ensure that it's strong enough if you're making it for a small child.

6.  Paint and enjoy!  You could even craft a cushion for the seat and back if you wanted to.

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