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401  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Hrmm... Can't get members only quick links on: November 06, 2006 04:45:27 AM
My members only quick links are not showing up!    Huh

Is it just me? (I'm on Firefox on a Mac)

I can get them if I go to the url directly but not via a link on the page...
402  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / What goes in this board? on: November 05, 2006 10:28:08 AM
Sometimes it gets a little tricky determining what is appropriate for this board.  Based on what I've seen going through the topics I'm going to give a brief run-down of what goes here vs. Crafty Business Discussion vs. other areas.

So, when should you post here?  When you are looking for opinions on:

  • your own website
  • your own completed products
  • your own logo designs
  • your own business card designs

basically anything that you already have set up and want opinions on, that's what we're here for!

When shouldn't you post here?  When you want to:

When in doubt, you can always PM me!

- jungrrl
403  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / My mom is turning 50! on: November 02, 2006 11:34:54 AM
And I'm in charge of the decorations!  Shocked

I have no idea what to do.  The food and the cake and the invitations are taken care of but I get to do the decorations.  One of the biggest challenges.... I'm in a different state than everyone else planning! I don't get to talk to them a lot but I do know we're doing bright colors. What exact colors I have no idea, just no "over the hill" items.  My mom would hate us for life.  Tongue

I want to make this special but I have NO ideas.  I just want to do more than crepe paper.....

Does anyone have ANY suggestions?
404  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / I have a request... on: September 09, 2006 03:06:38 PM
Would it be possible to change something in the "New swap post starter"?

The line "Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?" has always bothered me since not everyone is in the US.....

Could we change it to say something like "Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your country?"

It's not a big deal, obviously, just something to take into consideration.
405  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Monty Python Swap - 3 Angels FOUND! on: September 07, 2006 08:15:38 AM
So we had a bad run, here with the Monty Python swap.  Three of the eight of us never received packages! So we will need three lovely angels to swoop in and deliver some pythonesque craftiness.

Thank you to everyone who angel-ed and everyone else who offered!

Craftster username: yamwam
Angel: Zendaisy
Location: Canada
Favorite Python comedian: no favourites. They're all equally hilarious.
Favorite Python character(s): the no-nonsense army Colonel and all the knights of the Round Table
Favorite movie: Quest for the Holy Grail
Favorite episode sketch(es) of "Monty Python's Flying Circus": Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook, Spam, Buying A Bed, Cheese Shop, French Sheep-plane, Funniest Joke in the World, Upperclass Twit of the Year, Ministry of Silly walks, Blackmail
What would you like to receive?: a household-y item, like a kitchen towel or a pillowcase or something
Do you know all the words to the Lumberjack Song?: Who doesn't?
What are your clothing sizes?: ladies' small, I think
Anything else your swap partner should know?: nope
What do you like best about the Monty Python experience?: the sheer absurdity of the whole thing.

Craftster username: knightswhosayknit
Angel: mlwl

Location: US
Favorite Python comedian: Hmm... this is a difficult one... maybe Eric Idle, but also Graham Chapman. And of course John Cleese. And Terry Gilliam. Dammit, all of them!
Favorite Python character(s): Sir Robin, Spiny Norman (the giant porcupine), and the Lumberjack (does he have a name? I don't think so.)
Favorite movie: Life of Brian (because I'm a classics dork... I would love anything that said "romanes eunt domus" on it...) and of course the Holy Grail (duh, it's in my screen name. plus, who doesn't like that movie?)
Favorite episode sketch(es) of "Monty Python's Flying Circus": Spam, Ministry of Silly Walks, The Piranha Brothers (my favorite Monty Python quote of all time: "He used... sarcasm. He knew all the tricks, dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes and... satire. He was vicious." , the Dead Parrot, and this is in The Meaning of Life, not the TV show, but the one where John Cleese is teaching a sex class is classic.
What would you like to receive?: surprise me!
Do you know all the words to the Lumberjack Song?: yes!
What are your clothing sizes?: small or medium t-shirt (36 inch bust, 31 inch waist... whatever that translates to, actual sizes vary so much
Anything else your swap partner should know?: nothing I can think of
What do you like best about the Monty Python experience? that I never realized how huge a dork I was until just now while I was filling out this swap form.

Craftster username: kymporter
Angel: krafty_kelly

Location: US
Favorite Python comedian: Eric Idle and Graham Chapman and John Cleese and Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones and Michael Palin and whoops that's all of them!
Favorite Python character(s): all of them!
Favorite movie: Quest for the Holy Grail
Favorite episode sketch(es) of "Monty Python's Flying Circus": the loopins
What would you like to receive?: anything!
Do you know all the words to the Lumberjack Song?: "I'm ok"
What are your clothing sizes?: Medium shirt, 12 pants, 7 1/2 shoe
Anything else your swap partner should know?: I'm not hard to please, but I do have a 14 month old, so whatever you craft, make sure all small things are glued down, stitched extra tight... etc...
What do you like best about the Monty Python experience? It reminds me of when I was a kid, and me and my brother would sneak out of bed and watch it on PBS, and get busted by our parents and get into trouble for watching "such horribly ungodly" programming!
406  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jaguar Shark! (pic heavy) on: August 29, 2006 10:27:10 AM
(I'm going to be writing this at work in between calls so if it sounds a little disjointed I aplogize!)

I just finished the Ocean Friends swap and my partner asked for a Jaguar Shark a la Life Aquatic.  

I sketched one out, bought some fabric one dark for the top and light for the bottom (and then saw the movie and realized it's all dark, d'oh!).  It was kind of expensive, faux leather, home decor fabric (this is coming from the girl who mostly uses old suits and shirts and cheapy felt, so to most people it may not have been expensive) but once I saw it I'd never have been happy with anything else.

Since it was more complicated than my regular stuffies (just two pieces of felt back to back) I made a few test runs on some muslin to try to figure out my game plan.  I ended up hand sewing the entire thing because 1) it was really thick! and 2) I was deathly afraid of screwing up and I figured I'd be able to follow the pattern more closely by hand.

Plastic eye:

Felt teeth:

These were very last minute but I love them.  They're right in the place where I stiched him up.

For scale:

On the attack!

I miss him terribly and even though he took forEVER and I tore up my hand pushing the needle through that thick fabric I'm going to make two more.  One for myself and one to sell Smiley
407  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES / Poop. or Attack of the Snipe Eel or A stroll in the park on: May 01, 2006 07:04:30 PM
(grrrrr I had a huge thing typed out and then something went wonky!  Here it is to the best of my short-term memory)

This is complete hapenstance that I'm entering this.  I haven't been on craftster for a long bit due to real life responsibilities but I just finished a gift for my friend LAST NIGHT and wanted to share.  Good thing I searched for "Picture revamp" to figure out where to put this post!

This was supposed to be a Christmas gift and then an end of January house warming gift and now it's just a, well, damn, you deserve for all the wait gift.  Luckily I have a very dear and laid back friend.

This was a painting done by a mother for her daughter.  I've spent more than a few minutes wondering at the circumstances that led it to Goodwill but then I realized how great that is since it will now grace a wall for a long time to come.

Originally this was supposed to be painted but I had to concede to collage if I ever wanted to finish.  The monster was supposed to be Powerpuff girl-esque but I decided on the snipe eel so I wouldn't take another 5 months to finish.  I actually really like him now. (FYI, he's from the very deep ocean, which I am completely obsessed with.)

Hopefully you can see everything in the pics.  My monitor is very dark so I can't see the detail, although I'm fairly sure it was showing up on the camera screen.

Original - Don't mind my pencil drawings.  I forgot to take a pic before I started brainstorming.


(oh, I dig your mama jokes..)

So, I know I had more to say but my dumb computer ate my first post right before I hit send... so..
408  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My latest plushies - Cat, Bunny, and.... Bat!! (very img heavy) on: November 29, 2005 03:05:09 PM
Ok, so I've made a batch of new plush.  The cat and bunny are old designs but new colorways.  The bat is a new design that I'm LOVING. I've only made two of him so far but he's very fun to make.  I also have some other cats in the works with pouches on the front and a seahorse that is awesome but I can't figure out how to decorate... Anyway, I'm blabbering.. On to the cute stuff.

Gray cat.


Purple Two-face bunny

Black bat


Brown bat


409  Illinois / Illinois: North / DIY Trunk Show TODAY! Nov 5th - Anyone going? on: November 05, 2005 07:43:22 AM
Well, this is kind of late but who's going to the DIY Trunk Show today?


I'll be there Smiley
410  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Plushes - Cat, Bunny, Whale, Worm (img heavy) on: August 04, 2005 08:06:55 AM
I just love making them.  They're quick (well, once you're actually good at making them, most of these took at least 90 min.) and rewarding  Tongue

Here's the kitty (based off of one I made for a swap).

The white whale

My two-faced bunny

And the worm.  Senor Guzano.  I'm crazy-obsessed with him and I'm going to make a hat for him one day.  I've made two and haven't put any up yet because he's hard to photograph.  His little mustache cracks me up.

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