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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Playing with flannels and upcycling clothes on: October 14, 2019 07:00:36 PM
Just getting started... where will this journey take me?  I am excited to keep playing around with fabrics and notions to create new shabby chic styles
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 127 ENTRIES / New apron from Old materials on: September 06, 2019 09:01:29 PM
Recently I had visits from my DD's, one of their BFFs wanted an apron... seeing all the zero waste and home goods I crafted for both girls, she wanted one for herself.

It was a proud moment, teaching DD#1 how to sew, then seeing and hearing her teach her BFF... in nursing we say "see one, do one, teach one"... so between her and I we picked out fabrics from my overflowing stash... We used one of my aprons she picked as a pattern and I showed her how to pin it and cut it, the roller rink is fussy cut from the same fabric I made my DD#1 aprons out of and the pink and yellow are both pockets.

All of my fabric, 90% is all thrifted and hoarded, including bias tapes and any tools and such, thread, used sewing machine even haha.  However the pink in this apron was from new fabrics bought long ago for my daughters, a WIP that never began progress! haha, its a shame I have so many ideas and not enough action... The floral is from a huge vintage sheet...

Makes me want to make more... aprons galore...

It was posted into my zero waste craftalong here
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Stitched Mandala Swap R2 GALLERY on: August 13, 2019 01:59:49 PM
Discussion thread

Post your beauties here!  


all feedback in for the above... ticket in for oopsie on R1 entry to tattooedcrafter...
once I receive from Wulf I will enter our feedbacks

Both partners received
sent and received
feedback given
late without communication
late with communication
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong on: August 06, 2019 01:47:09 PM

Many of us have been discussing a zero waste lifestyle of sustainable living projects for a swap... but we decided to instead create a craftalong!

Discussion here

Send the organizer your pinterest board link for this craftalong and I will list it here:

Faes board
Acadian driftwoods board
riechans board
audios board
craftADDchicks board

Join us here for monthly projects and themes... ideas for ways to save on reusable crafted items... reduce our waste and carbon footprints... and perhaps a swap in the springtime?  Make a post and share your list of projects you can modify as we go along...

Besides replacing single use items we can also enjoy making and posting projects to use up scraps and create new items by being frugal and using thrifted items or making new life for outgrown or torn clothing...

See each month for new projects and themes...  post your projects and links in your posts to share with the group.  

See list for links to projects:

Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong Themes and Project links

August: face or dish scrubbies

Crochet:  spiral tawashi
                 nubbies with handle
Sew:        cotton rounds
                 squares with diy facewash recipe
                 terrycloth rounds
Knit:         knit squares
                 knit flower face round
                 knit super square dish or face scrubber

September: Ziploc alternatives,  soap savers, DIY deodorant, dishwashing and laundry soap

Ziploc Bags Alternative #1
Ziploc Alternative#2
Ziploc Alternative#3 The one I plan to try this week
Fused Plastic!! Ziploc Alternative#4 This also sounds interesting

Soap Saver Crochet#1
Kniting Soap Saver #2
Knitting Soap Saver #3
Sewing Soap Saver #4

For sensitive Skin Deodorant #1
For sensitive Skin Deodorant #2
Deodorant Bars #3
Baking Soda Free Deodorant #4

Dishwashing tabs Borax Free #1
Dishwashing Detergent Borax free #2]
Dishwashing Gel #3
Dishwashing liquid #4

Laundry Soap #1
Laundry Soap #2
Laundry Soap #3
Big list of Laundry soaps #4
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / ART JOURNAL PAGES On Going claims swap? on: July 30, 2019 11:36:19 PM

one of my lifejournal pages

Hey guys... I love doing art journaling and our local groups have disbanded... I was in a couple groups who would meet once a month and exchange journals.

How this worked was we bought ourselves the book we wanted to use, then we decorated the outside and inner cover as well as two pages.  We chose a theme for our overall journal that would allow for artist interpretation for the group to add to.  Then we took someone elses home each month, worked a page or two in their journals, then got back together to share what we created and move to the next journal.

I have been contemplating how we would do that here.  So here is my proposal.  we would do art journal pages based on a size chosen by each craftster.  They will post the size they desire in their questionaire or post and each person will create a page per month on a round robin of participants.  The single art page decorated on two sides will be sent to the journal owner.  Papers should be heavier sturdy weight to be bound later by the journal owner in whatever manner they see fit.  Binding techniques and ideas can be shared via the discussion thread.  My idea takes after Tamara Laporte's Lifebook series, I have been in a couple of times.  

I figure this way, we won't have to spend the money on sending a whole journal back and forth!  New participants can be added into the list and those who want out can be dropped off, go until we decide we are done?

any thoughts on this or ideas to make it better?  I am also open to themes each month but I also like coming up with something that the owner wants represented as well.

Love to hear what you think!

Tam's completed lifebook from 2012

and someone's from 2017

another example

one from 2016

sorry no order... lol one from 2013

another Tam journal

Plenty more ideas out there... Hope there is some interest!!!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / zero waste sustainability swap coming! on: July 30, 2019 10:48:38 PM
Come visit us here to develop a new zero waste reduce reuse recycle sustainability swap opening next week for sign ups yall!!!!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My first ever altered Altoid tin... on: July 25, 2019 09:32:26 PM
I was partnered with the lovely loves2experiment for the Open Tin Swap and choose her sewing theme...

I started looking at my beads and glued together what seemed to resemble a sewing machine and the idea of a wee sewing desk and corner craft area came to life...

here are some photos before it was entirely finished:

and the photo my partner posted:

Can't wait to delve more into this... I have a bunch of tins saved!  Maybe do some personal swapping?  
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / New Needlework (or alternative) swap! Stitched Mandala Swap R2 on: July 19, 2019 04:15:38 AM
just wanted to give ya'll a heads up, I am venturing into organizing for only my second time!...

We needed a volunteer to head up the Stitched Mandala Swap R2, there was some interest in other crafters trying their hand, so in the questionaire it specifies whether the participant wants embroidery only or if they are open to alternative crafting methods... so likely it still will be primarily needle works...

click here to sign up
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / CLOSED: Stitched Mandala Swap R2 (SIGNUP 7/19/19-7/29/19 ; MAIL BY 8/21/19) on: July 18, 2019 11:34:07 PM
GALLERY  we have a sender!

ysmeine mandala from R1

Swap name: Stitched Mandala Swap R2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Faemystique
Sign-up date range:July 19th- July 29th
Date to send item by: August 21st

Limited to a certain number of people? :NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement?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

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Details of swap::

This swap is to celebrate the unique beauty of mandalas.

-You will create one mandala for your partner with either cross-stitch or embroidery.  
***Alternative methods for those swappers who do not do the above are okay as well... think knit paint crochet wood burning...

-The mandala needs to be at least 5 inches across.
-It may be in a hoop or stitched onto something else, or upon a material for the swappers chosen medium... again please talk to your partner about preferences.

There are many images of mandalas online, in adult coloring books, and on pinterest for inspiration.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
please use "Stitched Mandala Swap" Or "SMS" in Subject line.



Name of swap: Stitched Mandala Swap R2
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)

Do you have any allergies that would affect this swap?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

Color or black and white?
Colors you like?
Colors you don't like?
Color combos you like?

Do you want to receive a hoopla or another item?
Are you planning on doing a hoopla or other item?
Do you have send or receive preferences such as embroidered only or are you open to alternative methods?

Do you have specific ideas or inspirations that would help your partner personalize your piece (Pinterest, Etsy Favorites, Flickr, etc)?

Anything else youd like your partner to know?


Link to GALLERY R1

Link to 40  mandala patterns




all feedback in for the above... ticket in for oopsie on R1 entry to tattooedcrafter...
once I receive from Wulf I will enter our feedbacks


Both partners received
sent and received
feedback given
late without communication
late with communication
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Shabby chic antique doily hoop hanging on: July 15, 2019 03:06:35 PM

Last year one of my besties came into a ton of antique granny doilies from someone who didn't want them!

I donated my hoops and her sister her and myself made our own assemblage of doilies in hoops (about 6 to 8 each) but a year passed before I touched my chosen set of doily hoops again... so after a major craft room overhaul, I came up with this...

I want to get a nice branch to hang it all from but until then this works!  I will update this post with the final project... could be another year tho haha

I put fabric behind the three biggest hoops then hot glue them together and made fabric braces and hot glued them over each connection between hoops to make it super solid...

Added some baubles and burlap fabric flowers... hung lace ripped fabric and yarn... and here ya go!  

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