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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Chopsticks zipper bag set on: May 06, 2019 12:52:46 PM

I made this matching set of zipper bags years ago for the STS swap. I was making a lot of knitting/crochet pouches back in that time period.  Your project would go in the large pouch and all your little doodads you needed for the project would go in the small zip pouch.  Smiley

I think the chopsticks fabric was by Robert Kaufman.   And the beaded flower zipper pull was made by LaughingLark (in a previous STS round). 
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Journal Tassel - with tutorial on: April 15, 2019 10:52:48 AM

I made this last year for a swap but forgot to upload the photos and tutorial until now.  My swap partner wanted a clip on tassel for her journal. 

To make one you will need:

  • ribbon/fabric etc cut to double the length you want for your tassel (so when you fold it in two it is the desired length)
  • embroidery floss
  • needle
  • fray check
  • a swivel lobster snap hook clasp (this one was 1 1/2" x 3/4", D ring inner width is 1/2 inch)
  • and a weight of some sort (not shown in this photo)

Thread your ribbons through the D ring part of the swivel hook to the halfway point.

Weight down the ends and gently pull on the hook until the ribbons are nice and straight.

Take a long strand of floss and make a tight square knot.

Wrap the floss around and around until it looks right to you.  Then tie another tight square knot.

Take your needle and thread it with one end of the floss and carefully thread it under the wraps so that the floss you used is now a part of the tassel.  Cut floss to length to match ribbons.  Repeat with the other end of the floss.

Now find something to balance the tassel in as shown in the photo and then fray check all the ends.  Let dry. 

Done!   Smiley

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Charm Bracelets on: July 29, 2018 12:09:45 PM
I made a few charm bracelets for the secret santa swap.  Smiley  I really enjoy making charm bracelets, so I was happy to get to make a few for this swap.  Smiley  I'm planning on making another pumpkin one for me.  Cheesy

A beachy themed bracelet:

And a gecko bracelet:

A pumpkin/fall themed bracelet:

A bracelet based on fav colors:
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered dream journal on: July 03, 2015 12:04:16 AM
I made this for Lo{ve} in the ongoing wish swap.  She wanted an altered dream journal for recording her dreams.  

I used a lot of her favorite colors and themes, acrylic and watercolor paints, sharpie paint markers, a ribbon, a pocket envelope (back cover) and some glitter.   Cheesy    I used a 5 hole pamphlet stitch to bind with waxed linen cord.

I loved how this came out!   Cheesy  
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Two headed Crow on: June 29, 2015 03:43:58 PM
I made this two headed crow for the Cabinet of Curiosities swap a few months back.   It is paper mache over a cardboard and paper form I made.  Roughly the size of a cockateil or small conure.   I gave them red 'ruby' eyes to make them more curious.   Cheesy 

I really liked how it came out!    Smiley   
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My Adventure Book Journal on: June 29, 2015 01:46:36 PM
I made this a few months back as a Christmas present.  It is coptic bound with 19 signatures and faux painted book covers.   Smiley   I am really pleased with how this turned out as was the recipient.   Cheesy     Finished size is about 6" x 4.5" x 2.25".   Smiley

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / [Closed] Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 - 2016 on: January 02, 2014 09:04:42 AM

Welcome to the new Ongoing Art Journaling and Altered Journal along!    

One of the things I'd like to start doing is visual art journaling.   I hope you will join in and share your pages as well!   Please DO feel free to just jump in and join us at any time.   Cheesy

All types of art journaling is welcome!   Start with a composition notebook, alter a book, make your own journal or use a premade sketch book with plain white pages.   Anything!  

Prior threads to browse for inspiration, ideas and techniques:
Ongoing Altered journal along (2008 - 2013) - there's a list of themes here that you can use to get started if you need ideas.   Smiley
2013 Art Journal along

Bookbinding techniques:
Coptic Stitch binding
How to bind your own hardback
Crafter's list of bookbinding tutorials

Some technique videos on youtube to get you started:
Altered books: gluing pages by Suzette Morrow
Altered Books-Thin Your Pages and Solid Blocks by Suzette Morrow
She has other videos on altered books that are really useful too!   Smiley
Some Principles of Art Explained
How to Make 100% recycled Art Journal from Cereal Boxes

Altered journals and books, art journals:   Ideas, Inspiration, getting started
Composition book art Journal
Art Journaling 101

Fabric / Mixed Media Art journals:
Spirit cloth
Gallery for Fabric Art journal pages swap - round 1
Gallery for Fabric Art journal pages swap - round 2

Prompts for your art journals:

Let go of Fear and Control with Art Journaling

Ephemera ideas:
For this link, this post plus the next few posts list a bunch of various ideas for places to find ephemera:

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchie Houses Template Tutorial on: July 25, 2013 12:57:48 PM
I was just in the Mail Art swap, and one of the things I sent inside the envelope was a template to make inchie houses.   I saw the idea in one of the 44cent swap galleries and thought it was an adorable idea and so drafted out my own template.    As I was writing up this tutorial I went to find the image post to give credit to the original crafter for the idea.  When I found it, I discovered that there actually are links to her templates on a later page in the gallery!    Oops!  I should have read a little further on and then I could have just used her templates!  Roll Eyes      However, since I went about it my own way I wanted to share anyway.   Smiley   With my method you can adjust the height of the peak to any size that you would like.   Or scale up (or down) the house to other sizes entirely.   Smiley

The original crafter was Sarcastra and this is the photo I got the idea from:

And a link to her template links:
You can use these to make little inchie houses like Phizzychick made here:

The photo of my template:

And a blurry (sorry!) photo of one of the little houses I made:

I made a template out of cardstock so I don't have to draft a house each time.  I then trace my template onto nice paper to make the houses.  

This is an inchie house, so most of the dimensions are just 1 inch.   The floor is 1" by 1" as are the walls.   So start by drafting out the 4 walls and floor.

The black and white dashed lines are the fold lines.  

I just freehanded the glue tabs.  I added extra glue tabs to the roof because I think it makes it a little more stable.  

To draft the peaks, you measure half the distance across the dashed yellow/black line at the bottom of the roof peak (for this house, that would be 1/2 inch) and then draw a perpendicular line straight up from this halfway point.  This is the blue line.

Now draw the diagonals for the roof peak (this is the purple line).   My purple lines measure 3/4".   Make sure both roof peaks have identical measurements.  

Take this measurement of the purple lines and make the green lines of the roof flap the exact same length as the purple line.

To assemble:

I find it is easiest to do the walls and floor first.  Then I put glue on the little glue tabs on the peak and glue roof tab A.   Then I glue roof B to the tab on roof A.  

Although maybe it might be easier to do the walls, then the roof and then the floor so you can get your fingers inside the house while assembling the roof.  I haven't tried it this way, but if you do let me know if its easier or not.   Smiley


9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Handsewn Journal on cords on: March 07, 2011 09:21:42 AM
I made this journal for the Be awesome again swap.  Smiley

My partner likes vintage typewriters, blue and purple and maps of Kentucky so I incorporated as many of those things as possible into this journal.  Smiley

The journal is approx 6" x 9" and was hand sewn onto cords and they were difficult to photograph, but here is my best attempt:

You can definitely feel them along the spine.  That was my first attempt on sewing on cords and I must say I loved the process and the end results!  I found it very soothing once I did a signature or two and got the process of it down.  Smiley

I can't recall how many signatures there are for this journal, but I think there are 16 or 17.  The paper is a nice heavier weight drawing paper.

The closure is a vintage looking typewriter key that has a hook closure.  I tied back the leather thong ends with hemp cording to match the look on the hook closure.  And it has a touch of the teal blue in the miracle beads.

The endpapers were hand painted by me in some of her favorite colors:

And I hand sewed the endbands to match:

And then I hid some historical maps of Kentucky throughout the book.  Smiley


You can see the matching bookmarker ribbon here.  Smiley

The maps are historical and are pretty neat.  Smiley  The first one is from 1877 and it is a "County and railroad map of Kentucky".  The second is from 1839 and it is a map of the post offices, post roads, canals, railroads etc for Kentucky and Tennessee.  The legend mentions that these are the horse mail post coach, stage coach etc roads.  Cheesy   And the last is a historical birds eye view of a town in Kentucky.  Smiley

Overall I really loved how this project came out.  Smiley  
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / August 2007 wishlist gallery!!! on: August 10, 2007 12:27:37 PM
August 2007 wishlist swap:

I received from Goldfishgirl today!!  And I started a gallery since there wasn't one yet (hope it was ok!).  Smiley

I got a Gryffindor scarf and a bonus bag full of wool!  I love both of them very much!  Thank you!  Smiley  I was so surprised to see the wool in there, so thank you for the extra bonus surprise too!  Cheesy   Now, it just needs to get cold soon....  Wink 

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