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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding Cross Stitches on: January 15, 2018 01:37:58 PM
I just saw the patterns for free on her blog. How awesome is that? It's SO awesome I can't even believe it. Just wow.

http://hugsarefun.com/free-pattern-friday-tonya-harding-and-nancy-kerrigan/
32  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Positive affirmations, a low stress little swap with big impact! on: January 15, 2018 12:27:01 PM
Ok, it's open for signups now Smiley.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454085.0
33  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Positive Affirmations Swap: Sign ups: 1/16/18-1/24/ Send Out: 2/9/18 on: January 15, 2018 12:26:28 PM
GALLERY LINK WILL GO HERE

Swap name: Positive Affirmations
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftylittlemonkey
Sign-up date range (day of the month in red): 1/16/18-1/24/18
I will close sign ups when I get to the computer on the morning of the 25th Wink.
Date to send item by: Friday, February 9, 2018
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

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
- Is at least 18 years old: 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 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Details of swap:
This swap is for one small item to send and one small item to keep, small = roughly 2 hours crafting time.

The February blahs will soon be upon us. How about a crafting a little pick me up for a friend and one for yourself too?  
Gentle reminders that life is good, you are beautiful, remember to make time for self-care, that it's ok just to sit and day dream with a cup of tea now and then, that there IS time to read a book, and that creativity is never a waste of time.
It could be a painted rock, fridge magnet, pin-back button, Teesha Moore type patch, an ATC or 4X6 piece of art, a change purse, keychain, pendant, merit badge, a little hoopla or a painting, anything really. If you felt like releasing that energy into the universe you could even request an abandonable piece of art.
There is a 2 week crafting time to keep things easy and low-stress, extras are not required but sending a card or note would be very nice.

Swap Rules:  
~You may choose to have up to 3 partners if you have previously swapped successfully.
~Please post in the discussion thread at least once after being accepted to the swap and once more as a progress check in or just a friendly hello during the crafting time.
~Please keep a copy of your mailing receipt as confirmation of sending.

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Positive Affirmations
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 16 years old: (YES/NO)
How many partners would you like (1-3)?
What kind of crafts do you make?
What sort of craft would you like to receive?
Anything you would not want to receive?
Favourite and least favourite colours?
Specific affirmations you like?
Any allergies or allergens in your home?
Anything else you want to tell your partner?
Do you have a Pinterest board to share?

Please read the swap info guide so you understand swap rules.
IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE.

To help me with organization kindly include "Positive Affirmations" (sign up, sent, received, question, etc) in the subject line of all messages relating to this swap. Thanks!


Sent = Orange
Received = Green
Sent & Received = Blue
Problem = Red
Crossed through = Feedback given

Participants:
craftylittlemonkey
LadybugsAndBumblebees
LimeRiot
thanate
dharma_rebel

Partners:
34  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Positive affirmations, a low stress little swap with big impact! on: January 15, 2018 11:09:40 AM
Alrighty, how about sign ups between Jan 18-24, partners by the 25th, a crafting time of 2 weeks with send outs Feb 9. That shouldn't interfere with any Valentine's swaps, the deadline for those seem to be about Feb 2.

Remember this will be only one small item for your partner and one for yourself, a small should take about 2 hours or less. Nice and easy, happy fun good times!
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: January 15, 2018 10:05:43 AM
Red it's so nice you make things for your boy and even nicer that he appreciates them. My kids love when I create things just for them. Here's another bookmark for today, my small girl's request for a koala. I didn't make him look squashed though, ha.


audio do you know about the "gemstone" Fordite? Those mandalas look a bit like that, cool. Wonder if you could cut and polish it into cabochons etc?
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: January 15, 2018 05:57:33 AM
Calluna I just remelted the gelli-plate I made last year, now my goal is to actually use it.

Here's my project for the day. I checked out a few of these squashed creature bookmarks & tried a frog for our aunt as thanks for having us over the holidays. Pattern made-up-as-you-go style.

37  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cutting boards for sweet and savory food prep on: January 15, 2018 05:14:43 AM
onion-aide *snort* Cheesy
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: January 14, 2018 03:33:53 PM
I tracked down the evolution of that kitty. Here is the original incarnation and the mends so far:




I am so captivated by this slow stitching project, I'm going to explore the medium further.. great way to use up sweater scraps!
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: January 14, 2018 01:29:39 PM
melly I think cleaning the craft room is a gigantic project all on it's own!

Sera what is that a picture of? Pretty colours anyhow.

audio I was so surprised at how fast that blanket came together. I'm really glad I did it, we keep ours on the bed winter and summer so I know he's going to get lots of use out of it.

Here's my project of the day, finally wood burned these cutting boards so sliced apple doesn't taste of onion anymore.
project post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454082.0


Wood burning is difficult, smelly, and with (for me at least) unsatisfyingly attractive results but these will serve their purpose so I am fine with it not being as cute as I'd hoped.
40  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cutting boards for sweet and savory food prep on: January 14, 2018 01:27:50 PM
I did this in the past with better results but this is really more a functional thing so it doesn't matter how it looks. Much :/.


I broke the glass-top stove that lived in this island. Thankfully these great cutting boards fit right on top. At first we only had one but it was starting to make everything taste of onion and garlic so we picked up another and I've wood burned them both to indicate which to cut onions etc on and which not to.


They fit perfectly beside each other and have this lip along one edge that helps them sit over the pins that held the burner knobs. So perfect!


I never liked that stove so we're going to put in a proper gas range where the oven is in the back ground there and turn the centre island into the prep surface that is so sadly missing. In the meantime I'm making meals on a hot plate which is a daily reminder to take care not to turn the burner up instead of off. Oops.

Here are my original boards so many years ago. I don't remember how I got the images to look so nice, my skill level has gone down with this craft, ack!



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