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71  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Make It For Me swap on: October 10, 2009 12:08:30 PM
I'm sure I've seen swaps in which you make an item for someone that doesn't have that crafty ability, swapping soapmaking for knitting, sewing for woodburning, etc.

Where my idea differs is after you get the crafter with the ability you need, you mail them the supplies for the thing you want. you want a crocheted hat, you mail them yarn in the perfect colour to match your jacket, they mail you back a hat. you want a jewellry set, you mail them a bunch of beautiful beads you saw.

Of course there'd be a need for strong communication, primarily to know how much of a certain supply they'd need. buying five beads and expecting a necklace isn't appropriate. you can also talk with them about if every supply needs to be bought, if the creating partner wants you to get the thread for your new skirt, or if it's okay to just get the fabric and zipper.

72  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 42 ENTRIES / bright and shiny bookends on: September 02, 2009 09:13:40 PM
since I live in my room, I want everything in it to be useful. So when the challenge came up it took me a minute to try to think of something useful I could make for less than ten bucks. I finally figured it out... bookends!

I've got a problem where I have far too many books (like that's possible), so even though I have five bookcases, I've started to have to double up on shelves. I only fill the front with a series or two though, so I can remind myself what's behind them. And of course paperbacks can't stand up on their own. so...

four dollars with
trinket box
stationary (not used)
and then hours of mod podging

turned into this:

and it works perfectly, as seen here:

(i believe it's holding up John MacDonald and the Everworld series, by the way)

and the obligatory reciept shot:

I shall be buying more trinket boxes and making more, as my over-purchasing of books gets worse(better? again, hard to believe one can own too many books).
73  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / pro-crochet and zelda shirts on: March 09, 2009 03:39:36 PM
these were done for zelda.suicide

the lettering is a nice medium grey.

the triforce symbol is done in shiny glittery gold.
74  COOKING / Dessert / chocolate covered pretzels help on: February 28, 2009 08:13:38 AM
i was trying to make chocolate covered pretzels. melt chocolate on a double boiler, add a few tablespoons of milk, dunk pretzels, put on wax paper, put outside in the -35 (-31 for americans) weather for about 3 hours. but they wouldn't come off the wax paper, so i decided to let them get a little less frosty (the pan had frosted up a bit).

when they thawed a bit, they were sticky. i know the chocolate is supposed to be a thin coating, not a sloppy sticky mess. the recipe seems so simple i can't figure out what i'm doing wrong. help?
75  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / using strips? on: February 11, 2009 03:51:09 PM
this is a bit less of a question, a bit more of "in my mind, this works, but does it make sense to actual sewers before i attempt it and waste a bunch of fabric" bouncing off ideas thing. i don't have anyone in real life to ask, so i was hoping for help here.

i want to make a shirt with strips, i guess sort of patchworky. i have a pattern made for me that fits perfectly. my plan is to trace it onto other cloth (so i don't ruin the original pattern), and then cut the cloth into the six parts. when i pin it to the fabric, i should add a half inch to either side for seams? and then i can just sew it together on 3/8 like normal, and have the stripped shirt the same length as the normal ones the pattern produces?

it makes sense to me, but i'd like to know if it could actually work before i buy my six fabrics.
76  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / star struck belt on: January 20, 2009 04:20:46 PM
This is the first belt I've made for myself. I've always been sad to walk into Spencers or Hot Topic and see really awesome belts that won't fit, so I decided to make my own. It's not as skull and roses as I was originally planning, but I like it a lot.

this is the buckle, it's hard to tell but it's got really pretty engravings on it.

I dyed the leather navy blue, and cut out the holes for the buckle. I used my metal tools to stamp stars into the leather, and painted them randomly. In this picture you can see dark purple, lavender, light blue, ocean blue and teal, there were also a few navy blues in other places.

Approximately where my left hip would be, I stamped out this quote. You can read it fairly well on the belt, but it's hard to take pictures since it's shadow work.

Here's a better picture of it. Gotta love Jiminy Cricket!
77  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / rockin' leather belt on: January 08, 2009 04:32:03 PM
so i knew i had to make my best friend's girlfriend something to wear for christmas. she was extremely unhelpful, wouldn't tell me favourite images or colours or quotes or bands or songs. so i finally ended up sneaking into her room, and checking out her clothes. she had a lot of alexisonfire merchandise, so i went with that.

i cut the leather, then cut the notches. i stained it with red, but it turned a bit more fuschia then i had expected. i stamped out the letters, and painted them white.

a blurry closeup of the letters. they're so fancy, i love that the tips of the letters curl in different directions.

i also wanted to put a quote on it. it's a bit hard to read from the pictures, but it's really clear on the belt.

it says "i was cast away once, but i will be found again" which is from counterparts and number them, i believe.

the belt is 1 1/4 inches, the white letters are 1 inch, and the quote is 1/4 inch. the buckle is stainless steel. she loved it, and so did my other best friend, so i may make him a marilyn manson belt for his birthday.
78  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / daycare crafting on: January 06, 2009 04:47:52 PM
so when i went for my third apprenticship, i was supposed to do emergant cirriculum. basically it's not planning any activities beforehand, just doing them on the spur of the moment based on the children's interests. if you do it right, a project emerges. i ended up with a milk/ice cream project.

one of the things i did was read them "it looked like spilt milk" and the story was so popular i had to read it about 10 times a day. so i decided to make it interactive by turning it into a felt board story.

these are some of the pieces. at least two are missing.

obviously because of confidentiality issues, i'm not allowed to show anyone pictures of the children at the daycare. but this is the story in action:
79  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / festive hands? on: December 21, 2008 07:54:13 PM
i was working on a belt for a christmas present. she's emo, so it's supposed to be red with black paint. i just got a new container of red dye, and it has foil across the top. i guess i tried to rip it off too enthusiastically, because all of a sudden there are drops EVERYWHERE. a lot on the newspaper, but a lot on my hands and a bunch on the white carpet. getting it wet, patting it dry, then using prosolve seemed to get most of it out of the carpet, it's now a very light pink instead of a dark fushia/red.

but my hands! the right palm and fingers are fully red, my left thumb, index and middle finger are red. it even got under my fingernails.  Angry

really, it's not so much having colourful hands. i have a apprenticeship at a daycare, i'm used to coming home with several colours of markers. and when i paint with acrylic, sometimes i leave some smears on my hands when i go to school, because i want to be like "oh, i was painting and i didn't have time between being creative and coming here to shower". (i'm a bit proud sometimes).

it's that she's going to see me between now and christmas, and if she sees red dye all over my hands, she'll guess what she's gotten for christmas.  Angry  Angry Angry
80  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / blues brothers! on: October 29, 2008 02:40:49 PM
this is the first movie i ever remember watching. i basically credit the blues brothers and nightmare before christmas for my entire life, seeing as it was because i liked musicals that i joined drama class, and drama class brought my my entire circle of friends. with my mental disorders, without my friends i'd be in a very bad place now, if i was still even around. ANYWAY, i thought jake and elwood deserved a tribute.

the shirt is more baby blue in real life.

then on the back is this quote:

after my dad saw it, he demanded his own, but "with better font". he pestered me until i finally got around to it.

his doesn't have the second quote on the back.
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