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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Saturday Crafternoon needle books on: January 05, 2019 03:33:41 PM
I haven't got enough embroidery needles for our crafting group, we've been trying our best with the regular sewing needles but honestly they are such a pain to thread it detracts from the enjoyment of a project. I went out and picked up some packages of new needles and planned needlebooks for this week's session. There were a couple of new participants this week so I've got lots of lovely photos to show off.

Here's mine. I spend lots of my time helping the group so I opted to do a little machine stitching rather than everything by hand. I actually quite like the combination of machine and hand embroidery though so I love this little cute thing.

The entire cover:

It's lined in this adorable stuff:

Look how wonderful this is:

It's lined in a bit of really nice deco print and here's the selection of needles and pins I sent everybody home with:

I love this one, the slightly wonky sun is just the sort of thing I really like the look of:

She based the front design on the lining fabric she chose, so clever!

This is really great colours that I couldn't get a good photo of in the dim light of evening but I thought it turned out so well. The natural seeds used to decorate the mushroom cap are a very groovy touch:

The inside is the mushroom fabric the ironing mat is covered in as well as the lining of my most recent tea cosy, it looks like this:

Adorable feeshes! This one is very 3-dimensional:

Also based on the lining fabric:

Here is a lovely little purple number with stitches covering the front to match the lining fabric.

This one has an extra page inside and a button and loop closure.

I am going to get them to bring this project back for future sessions so we'll all always have just the right sized needle of our own Cheesy.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crafternoon group Tea Cosies! w tutorial :) on: December 31, 2018 07:37:32 PM
This is our 8th crafternoon session, woo hoo! We are having such a great time! Just look at this cute little Gnome Home tea hat my children requested for the pot they use the most often.

Adorable, right? And much more simple than the fancier little cottage tea cosy I made before. I love that one but it is a bit too large and floppy for the smaller tea pot, this is just right. The base is a natural fiber sweater that got shrunk in the wash, more sweater bits and other fabric were attached using iron on fusible web and stitched in place for extra security and decoration. There's a brass button door knob, a bit of hand embroidery and some beads. It was quite a quick and easy project. Not so with a couple of my friends, they spent many hours over more than one day hand stitching up all their complicated designs. Amazing results though, check out this OWL!

As if that wasn't enough, there is an entirely different design on the back! A kitty, so adorable.

This was made by a friend with little boys who hasn't come before and isn't sure when she might have time again so she opted for a design she could finish in a couple of hours. I love her addition of hand stitching along the fabric join. I didn't get a shot of the lining but it's green with tiny white dots, very cute.

A chemex doesn't keep coffee warm for very long, check out this adorable cosy with the blue bunting.

It's a double layer of wool so it should work to keep the heat in. I think it looks like a wonky monster face here, haha.

And another owl, beautifully stitched.

The back has all these lovely bits of ribbon, lace and buttons.

As with each crafting session so far, every participant started with access to the same supplies but each person made something completely unique and personal to their style. I am in love with every single creation, I adore this group of people and feel incredibly lucky to have them come to my home and make amazing things with me. It is the most inspirational thing I've ever participated in. It is amazing. Take a look all our crafternoon session in order. I'm hoping to keep going with this project for as long as possible. Goodness knows I've got enough supplies to last, lol.

Saturday Crafternoon #1
Saturday Crafternoon #2
Saturday Crafternoon #3
Saturday Crafternoon #4
Saturday Crafternoon #5
Saturday Crafternoon #6
Saturday Crafternoon #7
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 2019 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: December 31, 2018 07:04:42 PM
Welcome to the Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread.

Please post your updates, discussions, comments, and questions below.

Join the january swap HERE!

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / ONGOING ATC SWAP -- January 2019 on: December 31, 2018 06:58:45 PM

Artist: BigBangMomma

The Gallery is HERE!

This is a thankful swap, with your level of participation determined entirely by you, with a minimum of one card for the month. People of all levels of card making are welcome. Sign ups are open all month. Please make sure you are not late or flakey in any of your other swaps, and that you have good communication.

Artist trading cards can be made by anyone, from any material, with any method. The official card is the size of a rectangular baseball card, 2.5 by 3.5 inches done in a cardstock weight paper. This swap tends to openly interpret what that means. We have seen cards made from nature, sewn, woven, and knitted, pop ups, movables, mini books, stained glass, clay, and even a 4-d dollhouse room. Preferences can be mentioned when you make a claim.


The Swap FAQs are HERE! - Everything you need to know about swapping.
The ATC FAQs are HERE! - Everything you need to know about ATCs.

~~~ Common lingo ~~~

atc: artist trading card.

ac: artist's choice, in claiming the creator chooses any theme but sticks to requests like flat cards only or handdrawn only.

tbd: to be determined, in claiming the artist will pick from the theme list later.

kid card or card made by kiddos: only allowed where the theme list specifically mentions that they would like a kid card. Kid cards are always welcome as extras and should be posted in the gallery.

bulky: are cards that will not fit in a plastic baseball card sleeve


Swap info:
Swap name: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2019
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftylittlemonkey
Sign-up date range: January 1st to january 30th, 2019
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after you claim (look at the date on the calendar, it is the date that is directly 2 rows down)
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Additional Age requirement? NO. You must be 18.
*International shipping is required*
*DC #s are not required, but you will have to resend if the card is not received*

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

Participant Conditions:
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 magic: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 18 years old: YES

The Discussion Thread is HERE! - Announcements, questions and discussion are posted here so bookmark it! Craftster requires that you post in the Discussion Thread when joining. Do this once per calendar year.


Please send to craftylittlemonkey with January Ongoing ATC Swap - Join" as the subject. Hint: Some answers are Red.

*Name of swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2019
*Craftster username:
*Email address:
*Your real name:
*Mailing address including the country (written as it would appear on the envelope):
*Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
*Are you at least 18 years old?
*Have you read the entire swap information for this swap?
*Are you a Friend of Craftster?
*Have you met the Participant Conditions?
*Have you bookmarked and posted in the Discussion Thread in the year 2018?
*What is the exact size of an atc?
*Do you have access to a camera or scanner so you can post pictures here of what you receive?
*Are you aware that if a card is lost in the mail, you are required to resend?
*How soon should you post pictures of the cards you receive?
*When sending sent/received messages to the swap organizer, there are four pieces of information that must be included about each swap.  What are they?

Begin claiming when the organizer replies to your questionnaire or the swap appears in your profile in the list of active swaps. Claims are made throughout the month.  You have two weeks from the time you make a claim to send that claim. Look at the date on the calendar, it is the date that is directly 2 rows down.

You can make one claim or as many claims as you want throughout the month as long as you never go over your allowed amount of outstanding claims. An outstanding claim is a card that has not been received; when that card is received your number of outstanding claims goes down. Remember that you must make one claim!

Claims are made using the following procedure:

Person A (the swap organizer) will begin the swap by posting a list of themes in this claiming thread.
Person B will choose a theme from one of A's themes and make a claim by posting his/her own list.
Person C will make a claim on one of B's themes and post his/her own list.
Person D will make a claim on one of C's themes and post his/her own list etc...
This continues through the end of the month, when the swap organizer makes the final claim and closes out the claiming part of the swap.

The number of claims each person is allowed depends on the following criteria:

*Friends of Craftster: 10 claims
*Those who aren't Friends of Craftster: 7 claims
*New swappers (whether Friends of Craftster or not): 1 claim.  Once the initial claim has been received, and its new owner has reported it received, the new swapper is free to make more claims, either 7 or 10 dependent on being an FOC or not. You may be considered a new swapper if you have not been swapping or active for over a year.

How to make a claim:
After being approved, make a claim like this! You are only claiming the person who was the last to post, for one card. You are allowed to send whatever extras you desire.

I claim Fabtwinkleper for gargling gargoyles.

3 claims, 2 sent, 1 received

I live in Massachusetts, USA.  I would prefer not to receive anything violent, political, religious, or with clowns.

My themes are:
Bunnies in clothes
Bunnies with wings

Never been picked:
Fluffy turkeys
Happy travels

Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address.

Make the card and mail it. PM the organizer and partner when you send or receive a card. (This was in the original rules. I don't actually need the sentcards message if you find it hard to remember. It helps if cards get lost in the mail.)

Be sure and include (1) the "send by" date, as well as (2) the theme and (3)who sent it to (4)whom, in each message to the swap organizer, when you're referring to sent or received cards.

Subject: January 2019 Ongoing ATC Swap--Sent

I mailed some cards today!

DUE Jan 16:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> Yowzaparadeper (dancing theme)

DUE Jan 17:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> Wowwieparadesper (some sorta theme)
MeCraftsterMemberBloop -->WooHooYeeHawparadeper (theme-ee theme)

The most important step!
Posting pictures of received cards is required for this swap. Please post pictures within 3 days or notify your partner that you cannot so they can share their work.

We like to keep things friendly and encouraging. Thank you's and helpful comments about the artwork can be posted in the gallery!

The Gallery is HERE!

Our Pinterest Pinner is curiousfae! Contact her if you would like to be added to the board. Pinteresting is not a mandatory part of the swap but it's fun.  Smiley

The 2018 Pinterest is HERE!

Positive feedback will be given when all of the cards you claimed have been received and you have posted pictures of the cards you received. If you are stuck without a space for a swap and are biting your nails waiting, just let me know and I will release you asap.

If you have any questions please post them in the Discussion Thread or PM the organizer, craftylittlemonkey.  This thread is specifically for claims only.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tutorial: many ways to make a tassel on: December 31, 2018 08:47:57 AM

I've been making these scrappy tassels for day and there are so many assembly variations. I'll share a few ways to make them and the supplies I used. These are fun as ornaments (the ones with felt balls get a drop of essential oil and are a lovely diffuser of natural scent), purse or journal decoration, key fobs, book mark additions, little ones would make fun earrings, we are keeping the red, white and green combos as holiday ornaments.

I have lots of ribbon but to make things visually interesting I used everything; lengths of yarn and embroidery thread, lace, rickrack, shoe laces, bits of pre-fab fringe, chain with bead bits on the ends, etc. If you haven't got any of that sort of thing you can simply cut or tear narrow strips of fabric, they will be frayed and raggedy which is great for a shaggy effect.

If any of your materials are creased you can very carefully iron them flat between 2 layers of parchment paper. This will keep any synthetic (ribbon usually is and you can never tell with other scraps) from melting to your iron, ironing board, etc. It's worth the precaution. Ask me how I know Tongue.

I usually pull it from under the iron, see my hand there? That helps straighten things out.

I used 20 gauge wire for most of the wire wrapping, the craft store had a great selection of different colours. You don't have to use wire at all, string is just fine for tying the tassels. I liked making connections though, it was fun figuring out all the ways to attach things.

If you need a tutorial on wire wrapping, she starts with the basics at 0:40 in this video

I raided the stash for these pretty little flowers and made dangly bits with chain.

This one was made by machine sewing strips of stuff onto a bit of pre-fab fringe. It was rolled up and hand stitched closed, then wrapped with a bit of wire.

The step-by-step how-to images are clickable for bigger photos.

Here each piece has been individually looped around a key ring then gathered together tightly and wire wrapped.

Clickable larger how-to pics

For this, all the strips were loop around a key ring together.

Larger clickable how-to pics:

Both of these were string tied.

Larger clickable how-to pics:

For this, thin strands were drawn through then wrapped over a bead with a very large hole in it. This was likely the easiest one to make, and possibly the most secure for something that would get bounced around lots like on a purse or zipper pull.

Larger, clickable how-to pics:

And finally, I've used this nifty interwoven technique before with strands of similar size, it works quite nicely though I haven't a photo of my own to show as an example.

These are essential oil diffusers, a drop of oil goes on the felted wool ball.

Zipper pulls:

Let me know if you want clarity on any of the steps or any other information. I hope you'll make some tassels, it was so satisfying using up all those little bits and bobs from the stash. Super fun!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Saturday Crafternoon lavender houses on: December 22, 2018 05:38:28 PM
It's so close to the holidays that I didn't expect lots of people to attend this weekend's crafternoon session. It was 3 of us and we started early, good thing too because these took so much longer than I imagined they would. They are small but the amount of fussy cutting and tiny stitches really eat up the hours. We were at it from 1 until after 4!
Each little house is stuffed with lavender buds from a local farm, they smell incredible. They can be tossed into a drawer or hung in the closet to keep things smelling naturally fresh and lovely.

The one I made has some of my favourite fabric for the roof and can you see the wee steps by the front door?

I had a little scrap of fabric that made perfect curtained windows for both front and back.

I adore this cute little blue cottage. Check out the clever use of fabrics to create an attic window and the front yard flowers.

I really like how the front and back mirror each other, that was a great idea.

This one still needs the finishing stitches, it really did take so long to make these.
The asymmetry here is so wonderful. Lovely bench by a tree in the yard, so neat-o!

And the reverse with the stained glass window and kitty creeping through the weeds and mushrooms growing by the side of the house. Marvelous!

ETA finished house:

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow bracelet on: December 18, 2018 05:48:40 AM
Made for myself. 6mm faceted quartz, faceted amethyst, lapis lazuli, faceted African turquoise, adventurine, faceted yellow agate, carnelian, and garnet, with seed bead, metal & shell spacers on memory wire.

This is currently my favourite thing in the universe. Just look at all the delicious colour and shine!

Take that, winter!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Saturday Crafternoon felt ball ornaments on: December 15, 2018 07:29:23 PM
What the heck do I even call these? Made by the Saturday Crafternoon group I host at our place, I love them no matter what their name. The felt balls are great for adding a drop or two of essential oil for a natural scent diffuser, great for car, by a desk or bed, etc.

We started out the day with a kid craft because why not? We've been holding this group for a few weeks now and so many of our children are keen to participate. We had at least 10 munchkins at the table cutting and gluing to create these sweet little Popsicle stick ornaments. Just look at the creativity! My goodness, what an amazing 2 hours we spent burning ourselves with hot glue getting these fun guys together. I had such a wonderful time, at least as much fun as the small people. Some of those giant googly eyes just CRACK ME UP Cheesy!

Then they went outside and us mamas made something a bit more advanced, not much though I gotta say. This is not complicated though the results can be as decorative and ornate as you like, just keep adding elements.

Here's mine:

The turquoise and mustard/gold theme here is really lovely.

Cheerful and bright, I adore how sweet and happy this one looks.

Another, more earthy version of turquoise and gold, just fantastic.

And wow, this one really got the idea of a variegated tassel assembly spot on. I am so keen to make more of these and add this many elements, or more! The chains and lace are just, ooh, I love it.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Giraffe themed bday prank party for mom's 70th! on: December 15, 2018 07:11:51 PM
Oh my goodness, what fun was had! We collected giraffe items, many of them sent to me from you gals here, and wrapped up 70 numbered boxes for mom to open at her surprise party, hahaha, it was GREAT! Just look at the actual giraffe we built out of some of the boxes.

Friends came over to help print giraffe patterned wrapping paper when none could be found for sale anywhere.

I couldn't find sticky-backed foam sheets so we used double sided tape and some sheet cork that was cut up into blobby shapes and stuck to the bottom of the largest flat-bottomed pan in the house. It nearly ruined that pan, so hard getting the sticky off afterwards. And there was paint all over the kitchen by the time we'd printed 2 rolls of the stuff, oh boy.

I found gold coloured table cloth, plates, napkins, cutlery, giraffe dessert forks, giraffe patterned straws, gold, brown and tan streamers, ribbons and balloons as well as giraffe patterned balloons, and made a giraffe themed card for everybody who came to give to her. My daughter made the cake topper.

It took nearly 2 hours for her to open all the boxes, it was HYSTERICAL! Everything from a giraffe toilet brush and toilet paper (YES! Really!) to slippers, a scarf, so many decorations, rings, etc etc. Everybody was laughing their brains out all night.
Here's all the loot collected on the dining room table the next day.

So many of you generously sent gifts for my mama, I can't tell you how much she appreciated it every single time she opened something and I said "Oh, that was handmade by so-and-so in my online crafting group". She felt SO special, thank you all very, very much for participating in such a fun day. You are all amazing.


and Smmarrt

kbrison and somebody else sent the darling keychains, forgive me for forgetting who sent those, please let me know! It was so early on that I've forgotten, I feel terrible about that Tongue.


thanate and TheMistressT

Belladune and geekgirl1000100

JS and quaggy


rockingbearranch sent stickers, ephemera and a digital photo file that were used for cards.

You are all wonderful, thank you so much for helping to make mom's day a riot. She had a great time and felt very loved from all over the continent. You guys rock Smiley.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Boro stitched pouch on: December 15, 2018 06:43:26 PM
A friend works at the Textile Museum in Toronto and his wife gave me a bag of really special fabric last year that included these really neat-o Asian prints. I thought they were a great size for pouches and when I joined the recent Slow Cloth/Boro swap my partner said she liked orange, green and purple. Perfect.

Check out this awesome monster face!

I went with very simple stitching to accentuate rather than over-power the beautiful prints. Still, all those randomly spaced pin tucks and rows of purple embroidery floss took ages. I can only guess how much time was spend on the other items in that swap, some of them have the most complex stitches, ack!

Here it is completed, it's lined with a wild rainbow tie-dyed fabric I really love and the zipper is purple.

Here's the side with the monster:

And the other side:
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