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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bracelets to fit your mood (and other things too) Plump with images on: June 08, 2009 09:50:10 PM
I've a few things to show today in the way of bracelets:) 

First up, I remember as a little girl absolutely loving my mood ring.  Playing with it and watching it change colors, seeing what I could do to make it change colors.  Complete fascination with it.  The subtle differences the vibrant hues, they were simply amazing.  So when I came across these mood beads, it was love at first sight.  the gentle hue changes and vibrant loud colors but in a format where as an adult I could wear them without feeling silly.

The first is a bracelet paired with dyed freshwater pearls, I really like the idea of it being fun and mature at the same time.  Quite a few photos because I tried to get pictures of the variations in the mood bead.

Next is a bracelet I made with some beads I hand sculpted to look like miniature doughnuts.  It's whimsical and fun I think Smiley

and last for the day is one made from Korean Jade and Magnesite, I think it's rather stunning

22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A different kind of tree of life on: June 03, 2009 12:10:49 AM

I wanted to try one a little different, this is what I came up with, not perfect by any means but not bad for a first try (I think)  

Opinions are welcome
23  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / from a bead catalog to flowers w/link to tutorial on: June 02, 2009 10:58:32 PM
I cut up an old bead catalog and turned it into these flowers.  They are all resin coated, plan to turn them into some jewelry or hair accessories, not sure which yet, I think they are real neat anyway Smiley  Hard to get photos at night, I'll try to get some during the day later

by request here is a tutorial  Catalog Flower Tutorial
I would love to see what you make from it if you decide to try them out Smiley

24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tons of necklaces image obese on: June 01, 2009 09:57:05 PM
I've had quite a bit of time on my hands lately and I've found jewelry making to be the one thing that makes the time easier to pass.  Here are a few of the pieces that I've been working on.  Opinions are very much welcome Smiley

Lots of different things (semi-precious stones, glass, etc...) I think my favorites are the giant bead necklaces, or possibly the yellow and black bumblebee one I love the vibrant colors of it, too attached to really call one the fave Smiley  all of the necklaces (except the orange/red/blue one are roughly 18" long)

25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Chainmaille and glass bracelets on: May 24, 2009 06:55:55 PM
I love experimenting with chainmaille and seeing what all I can create with jumprings and now the addition of beads.  I'm now working on a necklace too but it's real time consuming and hard on my fingers though.  I am really happy with how they turned out and already have a million other ideas for this floating around in my brain

Anyway enough talking about it and on with pics.

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Random Patchwork style Wallets on: May 21, 2009 08:27:59 PM
I had a number of fabrics left over after a big quilting project so I whipped up a ton of these little buggers for a craft show I had last weekend, they were a huge success.  Each one has 4 different fabrics in it. I gues they are part of my constant quest to find an alternative to carrying a a big purse everywhere I go Smiley

Comments welcome!

27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / It's a small universe floral canework resin pendants (image intense) on: May 21, 2009 07:48:26 PM
I love to experiment, and when my mom brought these flowers to my house from the public market and they began to dry out, I knew I had to do something to preserve them - somehow.  And thankfully it's an experiment gone right (lord knows I have plenty that don't!) I filled canes allowed them to cure sliced them on my scroll saw and then coated each side with a thin layer of resin for extra shineyness and color clarity.

So without further ado, here are photos so you can see the prettiness, every last one of them turned out differently.

28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Let's Strip - the swap with a twist - Gallery Edition! on: April 18, 2009 12:51:25 AM
link to original thread:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298582.msg3404417#msg3404417

We have senders/receivers so here is a gallery for photo goodness Smiley

SENDER/RECEIVER LIST BELOW Bold indicates sent or received, when all packages for you are sent and have been received you will go green in the list Smiley


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29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recon Tshirt grocery bags + link to tutorial on: March 29, 2009 02:33:02 AM
I don't know if anyone has ever done these before, but I thought myself quite clever had a number of tees that were too good to toss in the garbage, but not good enough to wear or donate, so I had to come up with a way to recycle them into something usable. I have 24 full sized cans shoved in there, and this is made from 2 ladies size medium shirts.  

I apologize for the craptacular late night photos and the fact that you can see my mottled tile floor through  my translucent cutting board but I would never get a tutorial done during the day with kids and dogs running about driving me crazy Smiley




 AND I made a tutorial for you this is my first tutorial and it has something like 19 pictures I think, I can code and edit in my blog software than I can on here, but be forwarned,  I'm definitely not a blogger Smiley (so gentle gentle gentle lol)

http://cohesivechaos.com/blog/?p=69  Link to the exact post you will want Smiley

Would love to hear thoughts and/or comments Smiley
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Let's strip! the swap with a twist on: March 28, 2009 03:26:59 AM

Name of swap : Let's strip! the swap with a twist

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: GothChics
Sign-up date range: 03/28/09 to 11:59pm on 04/05/09
Date to send item by: 05/01/09

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):
5 groups of 5 (total of 25)

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Age requirement? 13+ per craftster guidelines

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

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of the swap
Link to original discussion thread for this swap:

We all have our own idea of how fabrics should go together, the purpose of this swap is to get us to experiment with fabrics that other people love and to coordinate them together with the others we receive to make a quilt that we can love and enjoy.  Shipping should be able to be handled in padded mailers. You can do the same fabric for each set of strips or different ones, the arrangement and fabric choices are up to you!

We are not making quilt blocks but stripped sections of fabrics that the recipient will use to make their own quilt from.

You will be making 5 sets of strips (at least 4 different fabrics in the sections)  Fabrics are of your choice.  Stripped sections should be 12.5" wide and approximately 44/45" wide when completed.  Fabrics must be prewashed and 100% quilting weight cotton!  We all need to follow this so that we get sets that are usable for everyone. You are highly encouraged (but not required) to search out locally owned fabric shops and to support local businesses for this swap.

You will be sending 1 set of strips to 5 different people and in return will receive 5 sets of strips back from 5 different people.  If you have successfully completed at least 10 swaps in the past and would like to be signed up to be in 2 groups you can, all other swappers are limited to 1 entry into the swap.

You can be a pleaser (if you're wanting to meet someone else's tastes) or a teaser and send whatever your heart desires (I think that's part of the fun of the challenge making things work together that you'd not necessarily pick out yourself)

feedback will be left when all the strips you've sent out arrive to their destinations

The Twist
Participation in finishing a piece with your strips is OPTIONAL, but asking all participants to send a FQ to the winner as that is part of the fun for those that are diving in full head on. 

To encourage completion of a top from the strips you receive, we will have a mini contest, starting after the last set of strips is received, we will have 4 weeks to post a photo of a finished top then we will vote amongst ourselves and the winner will receive a fat quarter from each participant in the swap.  It will be awesome to see how we can use our creativity to use the pieces provided by someone else to make a quilt top. 

You will be allowed to use 1 other fabric in your quilt for sashes.   and one for the bindings

each participant will send 1 fat quarter of fabric to the winner of the contest  (can be sent in a plain legal size envelope quite cheaply) (if you've signed up for 2 spots you will send 2 fat quarters)

Info you might find helpful:
The info below is from my own personal experience it may vary but it is something to keep in consideration Smiley
Essentially you will be using 2 yards of fabric to complete this swap. 

From personal experience it is approximately 2 hours of time commitment to complete 5 sets of strips in a 12.5" width.

Shipping should be able to be handled in padded mailers, and from prior experience if you ship via first class in a padded mailer, even to international shipping shouldn't be more than $3 or $4, in the US shipping would be around $2-$3, in all shipping for this swap shouldn't be more than $18 for any one person.  (I've weighed a number of different stripped sections I have here and avg for 12.5" section is 3 ounces, a padded 6x9 inch mailer weighs around 1 ounce) 

You will also be sending 1 fat quarter to me these will be collected and used as a prize for making a completed quilt top from the strips that we each receive. A fat quarter can be mailed inside the US for the price of a stamp and a 2nd ounce stamp (like 87c total if I remember right the rates change to frequently for me to know if my scale chart is spot on lol)

Name of swap Let's Strip! The Swap with a twist
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (formatted as it should be for shipment!)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)
Confirm that you have read the swap idea:
Confirm that you know you will be shipping to 5 different people?
Are you signing up for 1 spot or 2?
if signing up for 2 spots please check and ensure you've done 10 swaps successfully in the past?
Any Allergies?

Any Allergens?

Anything you would like your partners to know? (eg prints you absolutely hate, colors you despise etc..)


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

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