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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / This is Spinal Cap on: June 15, 2007 01:28:37 PM
Hi all!

I'm hoping some of you will be able to help me raise money for a good cause.  In August I will be part of a fundraiser for spinal cord injury research - its a 2 day event in San Diego.  The first day is a dinner and silent auction and the second is a surf contest and raffle. You can read about last year's contest http://www.tonycontest.org/

I'm making beanies for sale to raise money and it would be cool to have a lot of them to sell.

These will be for sale at the surf contest (although some might be at the silent auction).  Since it will be mostly surfers buying, keep than in mind with your materials choice.  Beanies are due to me by August 1.

Please PM me if you are interested and I will send you more detailed information.

Thanks! You're Craftastic!
2  California / California: South / GENERATION T booksigning in San Diego on: September 20, 2006 11:45:58 AM


September 25, Monday, Noon-1:30pm

Megan Nicolay author of "Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt"

Back to school, hands-on, craft event!

For more information please contact the UCSD Bookstore at 858.534.3149

Events are FREE!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Cloche! And Pattern Link on: January 02, 2006 03:13:22 AM
Hi!  I haven't been on Craftster for awhile, but I did want to post my first original item.  Well, first original item that I wrote down the pattern.  

I hope the picture is showing up.  

Here's the link to the pattern just in case you're interested.  It's super easy.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Memory Book on: March 22, 2005 11:45:48 PM

I want to make a memory book for my grandmother who passed away this winter. A lot of the photos I want to use are old sepia toned types, but I don't want the book to be sepia toned.  What are some interesting ways to age paper that aren't brown?  (Or red - she thought red was a floozy color) I've tried the spray on walnut ink that comes in different colors but they are mostly brown-y in tone.  I've also tried the stamp pads from Ranger - old paper and whatnot, but those aren't quite the ticket.  You know when you find one of those old children's books, that has the really bright illustrations but they've faded a bit?  That's the look I'm going for.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Coloring for Adults on: October 04, 2004 01:03:10 PM

I did a preliminary search to see if anyone had posted this before.  Forgive me if I'm repeating myself but I thought this was way cool.  I wish there were more pages!

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Coupla Hats on: September 17, 2004 02:18:19 AM
Three hats. 

This one was freeform and it's cool cuz you can wear it several different ways - pulled forward, rolled, on the back of the head.   I have to make another one in bright colors for a friend.

This was a mistake, but I kind of like it.  I think either the stitches are too tight or I miscalulated for the decrease....But it kind of sits on the back of your head and you can fluff your hair around it in the front.

I got this yucky chenille on eBay.  It's made of something called olefin.  Stretches like a mother.  Bought 4 cakes to make the Newlywed shawl and it looked awful.  Unfortunately, this hat only took about an eighth of a cake...
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Buttafly Necklace on: September 17, 2004 02:11:05 AM
I stitched this up quick for a birthday present.  Got the pattern from Beadwork mag.

It was super easy.  I was originally going to do several butterflies and link them together for a choker, but I got lazy after doing the one and decided to use a ribbon tie.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hell Poncho on: September 17, 2004 02:08:38 AM
My first poncho.  Took forever because it was kinda boring to do....

From a pattern I bought on eBay (Daisy Fields Crochet Poncho/Becka's Boutique Trendy Crochet).  It's for my friend's granddaughter who lives in Colorado, so I wanted it to be warm for the Fall.  I used Lion Homespun.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit Project #3 on: September 17, 2004 01:56:49 AM
This shawl almost did me in!  I've been learning to knit from Sally Melville's book and the first one is only the knit stitch.  I'm kind of liking to whole process though, even though I'm impatient to purl.  I'm getting proficient in garter stitch on a variety of needle sizes before I really move on.

Anyway, this was the biggest thing I've tackled.  It's some 200 or so stitches long and each row starts a new yarn.  I love it and its so warm!  It has about 9 different yarns, most of which was scrap or purched at the thrift.

Whaddaya think? Cheesy
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Crayon Batik on: August 23, 2004 04:53:13 PM
Well, I checked the archives and didn't see anything like this so I thought I would post it here.  I found this in a card book - Making Handmade Cards or something like that -

  • drawing paper
  • crayons
  • iron
  • paintbrush (I used a sponge brush)
  • damp sponge
  • black acrylic paint
  • plain scrap paper
  • paper towels

Take a sheet of drawing paper. I used a smooth mystery sheet (the cover fell off) and a 40lb watercolor. 

Using crayons, draw a random design that fills the page.  Color heavily.  You may need to use newspapers to pad your surface for a smoother finish.

Once you've completed coloring, take your sheet and ball it up well.  The first one I did I kept crumpling and re-crumpling until the paper fibers started to breakdown.  The second one I just crumpled once.

The next step goes rather fast.

Have your damp sponge and paper towels nearby.  Paint the entire piece over with black acrylic paint and wipe off with the sponge before it dries.  If you tend to work slowly you may want to do this in sections.  You'll start to see that the paint stays in the cracks of the paper but the colors of the crayons remain.  This is where how you crumple makes a difference.  More crumply=more black shows; less crumply=more color shows.

Now, flatten out your paper with your hands and place it between two unprinted sheets of paper.  Iron on a medium setting. Voila! Crayon batik! Cheesy
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