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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Store Bought vs. Homemade on: July 06, 2013 10:23:13 AM
Okay, I'm currently doing a swap in which my partner wants an item that I can't completely craft on my own, and I was thinking I'd buy said item and embellish it myself. What percentage of the item should be embellished vs. store bought to even out the fact that I didn't make the majority of the item. I've searched all over Craftster and can't find an answer so I thought I'd ask here. The embellishment would take a considerable amount of time, and the item is only a medium, so I'm pretty confident that it would meet the swap requirements, but I wanted to get a second opinion about whether or not buying something like this would be appropriate. It kinda makes me think of that cooking show Semi-Homemade where it's 60% store bought and 40% homemade ingredients?

What are y'all's thoughts?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Simple Bracelet on: May 04, 2013 10:54:12 AM
In the Fill a Box Lucky 13 swap I received some really cool milk glass like beads from Mamaphunk. Last night I was messing around with some wire and decided to make a bracelet with the beads. So here it is. It's my second project with wire.

I used a tutorial at http://katalinajewelry.blogspot.com/2012/01/wrapped-loopstutorial-basic-wire.html for pretty much all of it.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Simple Pouch for the From My Stash Swap on: May 03, 2013 01:37:35 PM
I made this pouch for my partner from a swap waaaaay back in 2007, the From My Stash Swap. I originally flaked on my partner (I know, bad me), but in 2012 I sent to my original partner this awesome pouch (There were other things in the package too). Anyways, on to the pics.

The bag is from a pattern I made myself. The outside is some thick fabric I had laying around, the lining is from and old sheet, and the piping was store bought at one point or another.

This is the only pic I have of the lining. The pattern of the bag allows it to stand on it's own with a wide mouth for easy access.

I also made a little pouch to go with it, and it was my first time using a zipper.

All wrapped up and ready to go.

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Damien The Desert T-Rex on: May 01, 2013 03:39:34 PM
Hi Everyone, I just finished making this cute T-Rex from Bluephone Studios and I wanted to share him.

I've decided he's a rare breed of nomadic Desert T-rex's that live on their own. Right now he's content to live on my desk at work.

Hope you guys like him!

I bought the pattern here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/126495488/crochet-pattern-timothy-the-t-rex?ref=shop_home_active
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Trading Card Game Swap? on: April 28, 2013 03:28:31 PM
I'm interested in seeing if anyone would like to have a Trading Card Game themed swap. This could include Magic the Gathering, the World of Warcraft Trading Card Games, Pokemon Trading Card Games, Yu-Gi-Oh, just any collectible card game people would be interested in. People could be grouped based on their interests, but due to the wide variety of games people might not be matched perfectly.

I wouldn't be able to organize (I've never organized before), but I'd be willing to co-organize with someone who has organized before. Also if anyone know of former swaps similar to this please link them Cheesy

I've found two swaps for Magic The Gathering in the past, but neither seemed to draw many swappers.


6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / It's a PYRO on: October 30, 2012 09:23:55 AM
So for Halloween this year my fiance and I decided to throw a video game themed party. Everyone dressed up as their favorite video game character, and it was a ton of fun. My fiance decided he wanted to be a Pyro from Team Fortress 2. I dyed the jumpsuit, sewed the bandolier, and made a emblem patch; and he fabricated the gun, the grenades, and the tank for the back, he also added the yellow parts to the gloves. The mask was the only thing store bought, but I did have to extend the straps due to my fiance's large head... Regrettably we only got a few good photos with it on, and you can't see the tank on the back or the emblem patch I made. So I have a separate shot of the emblem before it was fused on.

And here's the before picture:

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Disappearing Scraps Quilt on: October 19, 2012 11:56:05 AM
So I've officially finished my first quilt! WHOOHOO
It's a small quilt for my dog. Since it's starting to get cold around here, I thought he might like a blanket to snuggle up with when the house gets cold (we don't really turn our heat on). Usually we just get him a piece of fleece, but I felt like doing something a bit more special. I used the Disappearing Scraps Quilt pattern from Rubyru on Etsy. It's a great pattern with really clear instructions. The fabric was just a few off white fat quarters I had mixed with a ton of Batik fabric charm squares. The pictures are kind of crappy I tried to take some outside, but it was really windy and a bit too sunny, and then the ones inside were only slightly better.

Here's Jay with his quilt. (He refuses to look at the camera)

And here's the quilt all laid out. I cut the pattern down to about 24" square, since it's just for a dog not a child.

And here's the photo of my beautiful binding and machine quilting.

Here's the link to the pattern if you'd like to try it out yourself.
8  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Questions about Swedish Weaving on: April 25, 2010 07:23:05 PM
Okay, this might be posted in the wrong spot but I figured I'd ask here first. I've been wanting to try my hand at Swedish Weaving lately, so I went out and purchased some Monk's Cloth. Next I tried to set out and find a pattern I would like, and ran into some trouble there. All of the patterns are great... just not quite my style. So my next idea was to create a pattern of the Horde Crest (from World of Warcraft) and make a simple pattern out of that. Basically that idea evolved into a crazy hot mess into this pattern http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_63D8SW1zZOs/R9b1ERut27I/AAAAAAAAAH8/PyLv_sWDEYg/s1600-h/horde.png
Using Pic2Point I've created a pattern, but that's also where I've run into my problem. This is going to be closer to a needlepoint project rather than true Swedish Weaving, and it's also going to have 15 colors. I've knit for years and I know that the selection of yarn colors in the same type of yarn are slightly sparse. Now to my main question, is it possible in Swedish Weaving to use embroidery thread instead of yarn? I think I read somewhere that you could do it, but wanted to hear from other people you might have already tried this.


9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Fake Eyelashes for Poppet on: February 21, 2008 01:02:26 PM
Where do you get fake eyelashes for the poppets, i can't find any anywhere, and i don't really want to get them ofline, because i want to finish my poppet soon


10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Spike Doll Pattern on: December 19, 2007 02:50:01 PM
My sister wants me to make a spike doll (buffy the vampire slayer) for her for christmas.

I need a good doll pattern for him

any suggestions
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