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1  Re: Life is Berry Sweet - Strawberry Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: September 25, 2018 06:02:32 PM
bethntim sent me a wonderful swap package (she totally rocked her first swap, and I apologize for the delay in posting... life got a little out of my control).

First she made me a fantastic scarf, with the option to add tassels or chocolate covered strawberries! I think I'm definitely keeping the strawberries, and while she attached them with hook & eye fasteners so I could swap them out, I'm going to stitch them on so I don't lose them.

Next, she made me two hotpads (a strawberry, and a fantastic blueberry pie) and then she learned how to knit (I feel so honored!) to make me some knitted dishcloths (I love dishcloths, and since I can't knit very well, I love to get knitted ones from others), in strawberry and blueberry colored yarns Smiley

And, for the purchased item, she got me a sweet strawberry key chain (in a cute little box), which I will be saving for keys that don't leave the house (like the spare keys to my side door and my back door).

Thanks so much for being such a great swap partner!
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2  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap - The 10th Round Celebration! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: September 25, 2018 05:54:42 PM
I received some amazing patches (no surprise!) Wulf! We agreed on one full size patch and 2 mini filler patches which can be used to cover up some of the gaps that might appear when joining patches together.

Here they are all together:

And here are some closeups...

So much gorgeous stitching on the cholorophyll patch! And, I love how Wulf uses other fabrics besides cotton in his patches.

Next... a microscope mini patch (I love the detail he achieved in such a small space!):

And finally, to celebrate the 10th Round of the Yet Another version of the swap, the element Neon! It has an atomic number of 10 Smiley Perfect choice!

Thanks so much, Wulf, for making me such fabulous patches!

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3  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: September 03, 2018 05:31:51 PM
Prompt:  Brownie Points
Team: Heroes
Bonus Points: Giver, WIP, Community
Project Name: Knitted Knockers... The Crochet Version
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455906.0
Brief Description: Knitted Knockers (knittedknockers.org) are given to women who have had a mastectomy. They're made out of 100% Pima cotton from Cloudborn Fibers so they're nice and soft. They have a drawstring opening on the back so they can be stuffed by the user, and the stuffing can also be removed so the knockers can be washed. I bought 3 kits several months ago, and finally had a chance to (correctly) make the first pair.

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4  Knitted Knockers... The Crochet Version in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: September 03, 2018 05:27:10 PM
Several months ago, I ran across some information about a crochet version of the Knitted Knockers (knittedknockers.org) for women who have undergone a mastectomy. I ended up buying 3 kits, but then they sat until I had time to start them. I tried while on a bus trip in early June, but messed it up somehow, and didn't have the patience to try again until recently. They're actually very easy (and probably quick for someone who crochets faster than I do). From one skein, I was able to make one pair knockers, and there is plenty left... I could make at least one more, and maybe two if I made the back a different color.

I was happy to discover that there is a woman in my area who sends them to women in hospitals in my city. I'd rather give to someone local than send them halfway across the country.

There is an opening in the back for stuffing, but that's up to the recipient. They're made out of cotton yarn, so the stuffing can be removed and they can be washed, as needed.
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5  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: September 01, 2018 12:08:48 PM
Prompt:  Throwback
Team: Heroes
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Travel Bead Mat
Project Link: Not yet... Full tutorial coming in the next round, I hope!

Brief Description: Several years ago, a friend of mine came across these travel beading mats. She bought one and then asked me to figure out how to make them. I made one to see if I had the technique right, and passed that on to her. I wanted to make a tutorial, and was going to gift it to a co-worker who makes beautiful beaded jewelry. I never made it, and she's got 2 kids now, so she doesn't bead often. I have all of the supplies, but don't have a set of instructions, so I photographed one that my friend had so I could re-reverse engineer how to make it. When I went to check my supplies, I was surprised and delighted to find that I had actually completed my own. I completely forgot that I had made it. I knew I had supplies for one of my own, but blocked it out that I had made one. Tongue So, this is mine! And, I can use it to re-reverse engineer it in the proper dimensions.

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The inside has a beading mat, a zipper pouch, a drawstring bag, and 3 pockets for tools and other supplies. The outer panel is quilted, so it provides protection for the materials on the inside.
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6  Re: Dragonfly Sharpie Tile Coasters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: September 01, 2018 11:17:55 AM
Here's a close-up. My phone had trouble getting in focus, but the edge of the dragonfly is pretty crisp.

It was interesting to see that one particular color was much more resistant to the spreading than the others. I think that every coaster has one mark on it (the same color) that didn't spread.

And, I can imagine making all kinds of variations with this- monograms, silhouettes, funny sayings (Mistress T, I'll be waiting...). Adding in the vinyl mask/resist/reverse stencil/whatever it's called leads to a wide variety of options!
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7  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 31, 2018 08:08:54 PM
Prompt:  August Battle- Dragons!
Team: Heroes
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community, Swaptastic
Project Name: Dragonfly Sharpie Tile Coasters
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455890.0
Brief Description: Dragonflies are fierce hunters in the summer sky! So, I decided to pay tribute to them on a set of coasters.

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I'll be offering up 4 of these as a Raffle Prize! The winner will be able to choose which 4 tiles they'd like, and also what they'd like for a backing (I have a few colors of felt, but I can also get some little rubber feet for the back. Cork could be a possibility, too!).
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8  Dragonfly Sharpie Tile Coasters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: August 31, 2018 08:02:58 PM

After I posted a photo of my Sharpie collection in another project post, several people commented that I could make a heck of a lot of Sharpie crafts, so I decided to give it a try.

I wanted to know if I could use a vinyl shape as a way to create an image on the coaster. I did a practice coaster the other day to see if it would work. It did, so I did it 8 more times Smiley

I used my Silhouette to cut out a dragonfly (I just used white Contact paper), and stuck one on each tile:

Then, I colored all over the tile with the Sharpies:

Next, I dripped 90% isopropyl alcohol all over them (I didn't have a dropper, so I soaked a cotton ball and squeezed drops all over the coasters).

And then, once they were dry, I hit them with a coat of acrylic sealant. I'll be adding felt to the back of them soon. I"m offering up a set of 4 as a raffle prize in the Nerd Games, and the winner can choose their 4 tiles, and the color of felt for the backing.

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9  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 31, 2018 07:35:17 PM
Prompt:  June Battle- Goblins!
Bonus Points:  Engineering, Community, WIP It
Project Name: The True Book of  Money Journal
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455889.0
Brief Description: I made this journal from a book I've had for 10 years. I grabbed it from the discard pile of the school library where I used to work. I will definitely feel like a Gringott's goblin as I use it to tally up my millions Smiley

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10  The True Book of Money Journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: August 31, 2018 07:30:11 PM

I used to work in an elementary school and the library staff was culling the book collection. When I saw this book in the discard pile, I knew I wanted to turn it into a journal. That was 10 years ago...

But, I finally decided to tackle the task.

I decided that my money journal should have ledger pages, so I ordered a couple of ledger pads from Amazon.

Then, I cut out the pages of the book, and cut the cover in half along the spine (I did that part on the paper cutter).

Next, I trimmed the ledger pages down to size. I ended up losing the first column of the ledger sheet, but it should still be fine.

The inside!

I haven't decided what to use it for, yet. Maybe I'll start investing and use it to keep track of my millions! Cheesy
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