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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: October 13, 2017 05:02:05 PM
 I'm so glad!!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: October 11, 2017 07:13:34 PM
Yesss, more converts!!  Grin It's going to be so much fun. I think we'll keep using this thread for discussion once the swap begins, there are already so many people here!

Another tidbit: If you're a member of the swap, and want to send something smaller than the swap requirements as a surprise random act of kindness (thus not counting it as a claim), we can make that happen.  Cool You can send one small R.A.K. to someone for each full claim you make of someone else -- meaning I'm not going to divulge a ton of addresses to any individual (send as many as you want if you already have people's addresses). I won't mention it again in the thread, since it strays into murky swap rule territory...it's among the people in the swap, but not part of the swap itself.

Also: Friend of Craftster subscriptions/renewals can be given as gifts!! I didn't realize this. It's a pretty ideal gift in the context of a Craftster swap, and it doesn't cost more than the average parcel shipping! You can also purchase gift certificates from the Craftster Store.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread on: October 11, 2017 11:59:55 AM
Wow, my corny advertising ploy worked!  Cheesy

ETA - shameless pug (surprisingly rare)

Photo by DaPuglet Pugs on Flickr
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread on: October 10, 2017 07:15:55 PM
I've been swamped with wedding planning and work for the last few weeks.  I'm trying not to get too sad that I won't get as much as I wanted done because I can always just put it in a box for next round! 

You might also find that you can fulfill someone's wish with your crafty goods, and join in my Secret Santa Wishlist Swap next month! I'm sure you'll still be super busy next month, but that swap could be like a wedding registry of homemade goods for you. Shameless plug, yes.  Smiley Once I have a shameless pug, I'll cease with the shameless plugs.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A reversible cross-stitch for the artist/crafter with no space on: October 08, 2017 10:50:09 PM
Limited space, limited budget, limited supplies, limited privacy...Whatever the reason, it's safe to say most artsy-craftsy folks don't have the coveted craft room or art studio (so those of you who do, please keep sharing pics so we can ogle and dream!). My creative space has typically been the same space where I sleep. This project came out of a) the desire to celebrate the can-do spirit of small-space crafters, and b) looking for an excuse to emulate this nice vintage cross-stitch pattern I found on antiquepatternlibrary.org. I don't recall where I found the alphabet, my apologies.

So you don't have to crane your head upside down:

There are wall hangers on the back in both directions. My first idea, hanging it from a matching handspun yarn cord, didn't allow it to hang properly, but I hope I can find a way to do that.

This project is small (just over 7x5") but it sat unfinished for YEARS, mainly in hopes that I would pick up the skill of finishing/framing. That didn't happen. But I found a tutorial]https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/frame-needlepoint.htm]tutorial that said hot glue would be sufficient, so in favor of completing one WIP this weekend I went with that. I cut down one reclaimed book cover to the side of the interior of the frame (no glass, found it at a second-hand store), and the other to the size of the fabric. This inner one with the fabric looks a little wonky, but I have my Critic hat on now that I'm getting ready to show it to the world here.  Smiley Then I covered the outward-facing board with a piece of scrap watercolor background I had made. And finally, attached the two pieces and the frame.
6  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 120 ENTRIES / Re: Twiddle muff! on: October 07, 2017 02:46:04 PM
That's some gorgeous and meaningful stashbusting right there. Thanks for the background info too!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Bohemian Wrist Warmers With Ombre Crochet Lace on: October 06, 2017 01:20:45 PM
So gorgeous! Honestly, I have a creative block about blocking (pun not intentional!) and can't bring myself to take on projects that require it. So bravo to you for tackling it! I wonder if a big squeezable stress-ball might work for blocking the flared lace like this? I truly don't know.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: October 02, 2017 03:11:42 PM
Does 3 weeks' crafting/claiming time seem appropriate? I'm thinking about opening the swap at the start of November, though I'm itching to get started! Oh well, I'm sure October will fly by, and sign ups won't really be so far away.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: STS Winter Market 2017 **Gallery** on: September 30, 2017 01:06:29 PM
Such pretty colors.  Smiley 

When I saw the yarn and I had to buy it Cheesy

Ditto.  Wink
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread on: September 30, 2017 01:05:31 PM
(I don't think my phone likes craftster)

My mom and I make and sell soap locally through the holidays, it's an amazing recipe, super silky and naturally moisturizing. Would people be interested in a few unscented bars? It looks pretty, but we left the fragrance out!

Me! Me! Me!  Cheesy
Though you'll probably find some people who don't want any fragrance, for allergy reasons, so do consider putting them out for sale with your other soaps!
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