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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dinosaur Bookends on: November 21, 2016 11:56:04 AM
I keep a collection of "choice reading books" in my classroom for students to borrow. Right now, my bookshelves are a bit sparse, so I needed some more bookends. I already had made 2 (a T-rex and a 2-headed mythical beast), but after I got two more book cases, a few more were required!

Supplies Used:
Dinosaur toys (combination of thrift store finds and dollar store purchases)
Bricks or paving stones
Strong adhesive (E-6000 works great)
Spray paint
Fun foam
Hot glue

First, I glued the dinosaurs to the pavers:

Then, I sprayed painted them (I put them in empty paper boxes and then sprayed them in the courtyard outside of my classroom):

All sprayed! I missed a few spots, mostly on the triceratops, but I can live with it Smiley

Then, so I didn't scratch the book shelves, I cut some fun foam and hot glued it onto the bottom of each paver.

Finally, I put them in place on the shelves! Some of them were a bit tall but, fortunately, I had a few shelves that would fit them.

Now, I'll see how long it takes the kids to notice that I put them on the shelves!

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Little House on the Desk (Memo Holders) on: October 25, 2016 05:54:55 PM
A couple of years ago, I came across some cute wooden houses made out of a 4 X 4. I promptly made a trip to the lumber department at the local big box hardware store and asked a co-worker to cut it into house shapes for me. He interpreted it a little bit differently than I planned, so I ended up with about a dozen small houses. I used a bunch of them at a crafty evening with my friends and their daughters (with a bit of scrapbook paper and paint) and when I brought mine home, I had no idea what to do with them. I later realized that they'd make cute wire memo holders and could help me keep track of the random little slips of paper all over my computer desk at work.

I drilled a hole in the center of each roof (photo below shows them prior to drilling).

Then, because the hole was just a bit snug, I drilled them again, using a slightly larger drill bit.

I wrapped the wire around an empty thread spool, and did a little bit of shaping with some pliers.

Because the hole in the roof was a little bigger, I had to use some glue to hold the wire in place. I brought them in to work, but didn't have time to set them up. Once I put them to use, I'll add a photo.
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Fall Tree TM Patch on: August 31, 2016 06:49:19 PM
For the latest round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap, I stitched up a fall tree based off of an image my partner had on Pinterest. I was able to trace the tree, and after spending quite a bit of time trying to match the colors in the original, I started stitching. Since it was going to be turned into a patch, I worked on the smallish side (small for me, at least). I used a 4" hoop.

It took me much longer than I expected, but I love how the tree came out, and it was very hard to turn it into a patch and mail it off to my partner!
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Forest Sprite Ninni on: August 31, 2016 06:33:03 PM
For the recent Summer Ninni Swap, I made a little forest sprite Ninni, capable of hiding among the leaves or with the birds, in the trees. It's a half size Ninni, and I made 2 masks, as well as a little bird's nest basket.

The leaf mask (and if the mask is rotated 180 degrees, it almost entirely covers the Ninni, acting as excellent camouflage!):

The bird mask:

25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / EPP Hexie Fabric Swap Gallery on: August 01, 2016 04:36:55 PM

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alwaysinmyroom: Amazon_warrior, Averia, craftADDchick, Immaculata, MareMare, quaggy, sloth003

Amazon_warrior: alwaysinmyroom, Averia, craftADDchick, Immaculata, MareMare, quaggy, sloth003

Averia: alwaysinmyroom, Amazon_warrior, craftADDchick, Immaculata, MareMare, quaggy, sloth003

craftADDchick: alwaysinmyroom, Amazon_warrior, Averia, Immaculata, MareMare, quaggy, sloth003

Immaculata: alwaysinmyroom, Amazon_warrior, Averia, craftADDchick, MareMare, quaggy, sloth003

MareMare: alwaysinmyroom, Amazon_warrior, Averia, craftADDchick, Immaculata, quaggy, sloth003

quaggy: alwaysinmyroom, Amazon_warrior, Averia, craftADDchick, Immaculata, MareMare, sloth003

sloth003: alwaysinmyroom, Amazon_warrior, Averia, craftADDchick, Immaculata, MareMare, quaggy
26  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / EPP Hexie Fabric Swap! Sign-ups closed;Send-out by August 20, 2016 on: July 09, 2016 11:47:21 AM

Photo by Averia

Gallery- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449826

Swap name: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick

Sign-up date range: July 9 - July 23, 2016

Date to send item by: August 20, 2016

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 8
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

    If so, which country?

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/NO

- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO

- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO

- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO

- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO

- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO

- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO

- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

Are you an EPP junkie? Does the sight of neat little stacks of stitched up hexagons make you smile with delight? Do you have dreams of making a quilt with hundreds of hexies? Could you use a bit more variety in your hexie stash? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the swap for you!

In this swap, you will be exchanging 24 squares of quality, 100% quilting cotton with up to each member of the swap. This may mean that you will have to send out of your country, but fabric squares are small and light, so postage should be lower. You may also have the option to swap finished hexies and/or a small item made with hexies (such as a pincushion, mug rug, etc.).

What size squares do you need?

The size of the hexagon is determined by the length of one side. So, a 1" hexie has sides that measure 1" each. To determine the size of the square you need, refer to the information below.

1/4" hexie = 1" square
1/2" hexie = 1 1/2" square
3/4" hexie = 2" square
1" hexie = 2 1/2" square
1 1/4" hexie = 3" square
1 1/2" hexie = 3 1/2" square
2" hexie = 4 1/2" square
3" hexie = 6 1/2" square

So, it seems like the formula for the size of the square is: 2X the side length  plus a 1/2".

So, a 2 1/2" hexie would need a 5 1/2" square (2 1/2" X 2= 5", plus 1/2"= 5 1/2")

Note: If you need larger squares, but are partnered with someone who needs much smaller squares, you may want to consider sending your partner a few extra squares Smiley

What do I need to know about sending finished hexies?

A finished hexie is one that has already been stitched into the hexagon shape. When sending finished hexies, please adhere to the following guidelines:
1. Please use card stock (or index cards) to make your templates so your partner can reuse them.
2. Please punch a hole in the center of the template to make them easier to remove.
3. Please be sure that your template is the correct size for your partner. Remember that a hexie's size is determined by the length of one side.
4. Please leave the template in the hexies when you mail them.
5. Please check with your partner to see if they would like you to stitch through the template to the front along the sides of the hexagon. (While this can hold the template in place, especially for larger hexies, some people don't remove the basting from the hexies. It can also reduce the number of times the template can be reused.)
6. If you plan to use glue to help to hold the template in place, please check with your partner first. Also, please make sure to use a glue stick that is specifically for use with fabric.

What can I make with my hexies?

Well, if you don't want to make a quilt, I've started a board on Pinterest with some ideas for smaller projects. Check it out here: http://pin.it/pB0s5aT

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:


Name of swap: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap

Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address including the country (Please write it in the proper format for shipping to your country):

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country (swappers with more than one partner may need to ship out of the country for at least one partner)? (YES/NO)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Do you understand that you will need to get a tracking number if shipping within the US, or keep a copy of your receipt if shipping outside the US? (YES/NO)
How many partners would you like (1, 2, or 3)? First time swappers will be limited to one partner.
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Organizer will do her best to match partners based on this information:
   What size fabric squares (see information above) do you need?
   Do you want any fussy cut pieces? (YES/NO)
   Do you want multiples of fabric pieces (i.e. If you plan on making hexie flowers, you'll need 6 of each fabric)? (YES/NO)
        How many squares of each fabric do you need?
   Do you want to receive hexies that are already stitched (see note above about how to send pre-stitched hexies)? (YES/NO)
   Would you like to also swap a small finished object made with hexies? (YES/NO)
   Is there anything else you woul
d like your partner(s) to know?


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


1. craftADDchick
2. Averia
3. alwaysinmyroom
4. Amazon_warrior
5. quaggy
6. Immaculata
7. MareMare
8. sloth003
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / EPP Hexie Fabric Swap? on: July 06, 2016 08:09:15 PM

Photo by Averia

I've recently gotten the EPP bug, but my stash is woefully inadequate for the purposes of providing me with a variety of hexies!

I was thinking about organizing a swap for small squares of fabric for the purpose of making 1" hexagons. I have a template that perfectly fits a 2 1/2 inch square- it makes a 1" hexagon with 3/8" of a folded over seam.

We could keep it simple- 20 squares of fabric at least 2 1/2 inches square. This would be the easiest for partnering Smiley Fabrics could be all different, or in color groups, or in multiples (such as 6 to make a hexagon flower).

To spice it up, we could add in some options:
Sending finished hexies instead of squares
Fabric for fussy cutting hexies
Squares for larger hexies
Other common EPP shapes

You could have the option for more than one partner (up to 3, probably).

Because postage should be low (20 small squares shouldn't weigh much), people with multiple partners might have to ship out of country to at least one partner (but hopefully not more than one).

If there's enough interest, I could start sign-ups this month, with send-outs before the end of August.

28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sari Fabric Rope Coil Bowl on: June 25, 2016 09:09:23 AM

A while back, a friend gave me a couple of skeins of recycled sari fabric yarn (not silk, rayon). I knew that it would be perfect for a rope coil bowl!

I wound the yarn from one skein into a ball to make it easier to work with.

This particular skein was mostly bright colors, but it had some beige colored sections that I didn't use for this bowl. I'll use those, and the other skein, for at least one more bowl.

I could have kept going at least one more round on this bowl to end it with a rim of pink, but I don't have much pink in my house, so I thought I'd just keep the pink on the base.

There is one spot (less than an inch) where I didn't catch it completely, so it has a small hole in it but, as long as it's for me, and I don't put any tiny objects in it, it isn't worth re-stitching!
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross-Stitch Crab Sachet on: June 25, 2016 08:50:33 AM
On a recent trip, I cross-stitched this little crab. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but it kept me busy during a 23 hour trip. When my friend asked what it was for, I said that maybe I could use it to decorate a zipper pouch, or maybe make it into a sachet. When she said that she used drawer sachets, I decided to make it for her!

Once I trimmed it to size, I zig-zagged the edge, and then added a round of single crochet.

I continued with a couple of crochet rounds, and then I cut some fabric pieces to make an envelope style for the back. Since I didn't want to lose any of my crochet edging, I pressed the edges under, clipped them to the crab panel, and top-stitched the panel to the fabric pieces.

Then, I made a little pillow insert with an envelope back, and stuffed it with polyfil. I figured they could either spray the polyfil or remove it and fill the pillow with potpourri.

It was a fun little project and it was a good use for the little crab panel! I might have to make something similar for myself Smiley
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Square Drawer Sachets on: June 25, 2016 08:28:35 AM
In April, I hitched a ride to FL with my friend's family. They wouldn't take any money for the van rental, so I put together a little bag of stuff for them. I included a jar of homemade jam, some of my sister's all natural bug spray, and a sachet (my friend mentioned that she, her mom, and her sister always used them).

I crocheted a couple of granny squares (#10 crochet cotton) using a Lace Granny Square pattern.

Then, I cut fabric to make an envelope back. I didn't want to lose any of my granny square edging, so, instead of putting right sides together, I pressed the edges of the fabric pieces under, clipped them to the granny square, and top-stitched the granny square in place.

Then, I made a little pillow insert and stuffed it with polyfil. I used an envelope back on the little pillow too, so they could either spray a scent on the polyfil, or take the polyfil out and fill the pillow with lavender or potpourri.

I didn't block the squares, but I slightly stretched them to fit the fabric pieces. The came out pretty square looking once they were finished!
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