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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Gilmore Girls on: October 02, 2019 06:02:02 AM
Anyone interested in another round of this one?

My daughter and I watch it and now that it is september and the start of the academic year in this part of the world. Plus she has gone back to Uni, we have started it all over again. So a swap could be fun.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / mystery/subscription kit boxes/loot crates, what should go inside on: September 17, 2019 08:13:34 AM
I love suprises and I was having a look at some of the craft subscription boxes and they are $$$$ so I suggested to my DH that he creates them for me for christmas presents (he is always stuck for ideas) And then I thought that I could do the same for him. So I need help coming up with some kit ideas and if you think of anything else to go into them, please let me know.

resin pours (resin, moulds, findings like cabuchons etc)
Patchwork (FQs, pattern,)
General sewing (fabric, notions, tape, cute buttons, patterns)
Jewellery making ( beads, findings, wire, charms)

and then I ran out of ideas?Huh

For him-he doesn't do a whole lot of crafts, he does big DIY projects instead
Mushroom growing (i know you can buy these kits online)
Recipe-he's recently become veggie, so a meal kit with recipe, and maybe things like mise-en place bowls.

And now I am out of ideas for him too...

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / slow stitched fabric from CLM made into a microwave bowl cozy on: September 12, 2019 01:14:59 PM
I really was at a loss to know what board to post this on, so I figured a bowl cozy is a kind of a bag??!

Anyway CraftyLittleMonkey made me this slow stitched fabric ages ago, and of course I was waiting for the perfect project, but in the spirit of 'Use the good beads' and really needing a bowl cozy for work. I decided to use the fabric.

Meal planning is awesome, I have just started and it saves so much mental energy. So I have been bringing soup to work every day (making the soup on Sunday-makes lunches so much better) but the soup out of the microwave was scalding my hands, so I needed the cozy. And what a better use of the fabric than to have the love and energy that CLM put into it, making every lunchtime better.

this is the final result.

this was the starting fabric

and penguins for a lining fabric.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone made a convertible tote/backpack? on: September 12, 2019 06:25:13 AM
I think I need to be wearing a bag on my back more than one shoulder, and I spotted the convertible ones on pinterest. but there seems to be a number of ways to arrange the straps. Has anyone got any experience, opinions on it?

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Reminding myself that I am pretty awesome swap? on: September 12, 2019 06:18:18 AM
How about a swap along the lines of us focusing on the crafts we do best and related to a part of our life in which our awesomesauce is abundant.

Plus something for our partner to remind s/he that they are awesome too.

Ok muddy concept, Anyone come up with anything clearer?
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Christmas stocking swap, are we going to have another round this year on: August 11, 2019 03:50:06 AM
I know it's probably early to be thinking of it, but I'm busy crafting for the 12 days of Christmas, so it's in my mind.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Opinions on a layout please... on: August 09, 2019 03:59:54 PM
I'm making this magic lantern quilt for my sister, she likes purple. I like quilts with a lot of white to frame blocks. So I've about half of the blocks made and I'm trying to work out which layout I prefer. Which do you think works best? She also likes green, so I could do green sashing, but I don't have a solid green. I think this one might be too busy.??

The colours in these pictures are reading more tan than purple, they are purple, trust me!






8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / snarky housewife altered tin on: August 09, 2019 12:34:34 PM
My partner for the recent altered tin swap had snarky housewife as one of the themes, which I love. I figured all snarky housewives need wine. So with those two things, this happened.

Fortunately racky took amazing photos. I need to learn how to photograph my stuff better, or get a proper camera.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry potter shelf and coffee table--image heavy! on: August 09, 2019 11:37:30 AM
I've been meaning to make one of these for myself for quite a while.

I made both the shelving unit and the table from grey board and dowels. Used lots of charms ( Mistress Jennie gave me some awesome charms when we visited her in 2017) to make various magical devices. An old earring made the crystal ball, some free online printables for the newspaper and books. (I particularly love-when muggles attack- )
The magic wand is made from a toothpick with some very fine leather cord glued on. The wee bottles were filled with various things and labels glued on.

I had a mini flowerpot and cut a branch of an old plastic tree to make the mandrake. The magic mirror was a few bits and bobs glued together.

I'm most proud of the leather bound books. I made them with watercolor paper and real leather. They are removable from the shelves and each one is filled with magic spells and images. One is a herbal and so has tiny plant pictures. The broom is made with twigs from my garden.

Image below with Matchbox for scale
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Maleficent , Foundation paper piecing on: July 23, 2019 02:52:06 PM
This was for the darker side of Disney swap. It's a mini at quilt, I guess, about 12x12.

It's my second attempt at Foundation paper piecing and the pattern was from fandom in stitches. (Ace website!)

Many many mistakes, lots of ripping out seams, some ridiculously small pattern pieces. Eventually it was done. It is kinda magic how the seemingly random elements come together. I put on a border and followed the shape of the head with quilting
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