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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Chocolate swap? on: October 11, 2010 01:29:55 PM
The first swap I did over a year ago was a chocolate swap and it was one of the best I've ever done.  I noticed that the craftster that used to organize them is no longer active on the site, so I was thinking that maybe I would organize one in the next little while.

It would be a medium sized swap I guess? 1 medium and 2 small crafted items and at least $10 worth of chocolate.  Sound OK?

Here is the link to the last chocolate swap gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=310482.0
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / GRAAAH! UNDERWIRE BRA! HULK SMASH!!! on: August 02, 2010 06:29:13 PM
I'm so effin' frustrated!  Every bra I have has the underwire popping out!  I'm sick of getting stuck in the boob or the armpit!   Angry   Is there any way I can fix this or reinforce them so that I can be left in peace???
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / In Progress Swaps and the 5 Swap limit on: May 16, 2010 11:09:23 AM
i understand the 5 swap limit, as you don't want craftsters to overextend themselves, but the "IN PROGRESS"" on the swap feedback page is becoming an issue for me.

I don't know if any other Canadian Craftsters find they're in a similar situation, but Canada post has been HORRIBLE lately.  Times on packages are pretty brutal.  To send within Canada it still takes at least 2 weeks for my package to reach its destination, 3 or more to get to the US, and overseas?  Well, One of my swaps was from here (Newfoundland) to The UK and my package took 7 weeks to arrive.  Sad

I've had a swap on my profile "IN PROGRESS" for over 2 months now, even though I sent a full month early, and already recieved my package from my partner who sent out 5 weeks later than I did.  Sad  I've pretty much decided to stop swapping overseas because of Canada Post's crappy delivery times.    Cry

Anyway, considering that I'm fulfilling the swap requirements, sending on time and such, is there any way that there could be some sort of way that an organizer could give feedback on packages already sent so that craftsters can sign up for swaps when their packages are in transit?  I currently have "In Progress" status for 3 swaps, but 2 of them I already sent.  I know there is a swap I want to sign up for right now, and 2 coming up that I really don't want to miss, but I might have to if one of my packages doesn't arrive in time.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Hippy Swap? on: May 03, 2010 01:00:25 AM
  I've never organized before, but I have a lot of free time now and I'd like to try my hand at organizing a swap, and I'd really love to do a hippy themed swap! Smiley

  The last hippy swap was around this time last year, is anyone interested in doing one soon?  Summer time is the time for hippy happiness!   Grin
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Alter-Ego embroidery project: I'm a chain-smoking drunk... on: February 22, 2010 10:25:31 PM
This is my first year of art school after spending 3 years in University working on an English Degree.

For our 3 Dimensional Media course our teacher asked us to do an embroidery that represented our alter ego.  Well, beside my very happy creative-enegry filled art student, there is the writer side of me, that like many writers before is jaded and fueled by alcohol and cigarettes.  This is what I did:

a close up of the ashtray full of squished cigarette butts:

Close up of detail on the beer bottle:

Close up of detail on cigarette pack:

And just for a little background, Molson Extra is a pretty dirty ol' beer.  It's like 6.9% alcohol, so it's a strong beer with a strong taste.  Viceroy cigarettes are likewise pretty dirty, cheap as you can get cigarettes.  I'm not a smoker most of the time, but my buddy and I, who is also a writer, get together every now and then and indulge in our vices. tsk tsk... 

This embroidery took me 17 HOURS.  This wouldn't be too bad except that I'm a major procrastinator and waited until the day before the project was due to start it.  I embroidered for 17 hours straight!  My hands were so sore and crippled by the time I was ready to go to class that I could barely pick things up and had to wrap my hand in a bandage for the next 3 days.  Yeah, so I learned a little bit about not procrastinating on such time consuming projects...  Undecided  Embarrassed
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / It's a little teapot, short and stout! on: February 22, 2010 10:06:47 PM
This is my first year of art school!  In my 3 dimensional design and media course we have to do alot of things that are more craft based.  One of our projects was to create an everyday object out of fabric and stuffing.  I made a teapot cuase I couldn't even get through a DAY without tea!

It had to be hand sewn with cotton material.  I like how it came out because I'm not really a sewwer anyway, ang the ESPECIALLY not into sewwing by hand.  I think it sort of has an "Alice in Wonderland Mad-Tea Party" feeling...
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / RAWR! Bear and Dinosaur hats! on: February 22, 2010 09:56:25 PM
These are two hats I made over the past couple of months, the bear hat I made for fun, the Dinosaur hat I made for a friend that requested one each for her and her son!

Action shot:

(I might need to make another one for me, cause this is pretty bad-assed...  Purple and yellow dinosuar methinks...)

I also made 2 of these, but i forgot to take a picture of the other one.  It was off white and brown.  I put it up for auction with a couple of other knit peices I did in a fundraiser for Haiti.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Super soft boucle hats (What a pain in the butt to knit!!!) on: February 22, 2010 09:50:35 PM
Ugh!  Boucle!  It drives me INSANE but it makes such pretty knit hats!  Here are two that I knit, one last winter and one just last week:

This one is knit with Bernat Galaxy, the colour is "Pluto" I think...  I got the yarn on clearance back last year and it was just so soft, and I have a thing for yarns that contain mohair.  It knit up so pretty, even though it was a bit difficult to work with at times. 

This is one of my fav winter hats.  It's so warm!  The Pom-pom and tassles are made with Bernat Wool Blends yarn.  The hat pattern is improvised, I based it on another hat, but heavily modified it so that it could be knit in the round with a different weight yarn and size needles.

I love this hat!  I'm in art school and I find myself without the time to sleep, eat and do homework, so I often have to choose between the 3, this is my "OMG I GOTTA BE AT SCHOOL IN 5 MINUTES!" hat.  It's the hat that I throw on when I don't have time to do anything with my hair, haha.

Again, Its an improvised pattern.  I cast on stitches, knit a ribbed band, then switched to stockinette stitch and picked up stitches to make the hat looser, knit until I was happy with the length, then started decreasing.  The yarn is Bernat Soft Boucle in "Fall Shades"
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Yay collaborative art! on: October 16, 2009 07:22:03 AM
I needed a new painting for my living room wall because the old one just wasn't cutting it, so I bought a 3' x 3' canvas at the school bookstore and took advantage of my long weekend!

This is a collaborative work between my 9 year old son and I.  He painted all the little fish in the background for me and then i painted in the rest.  It turned out even better than my original artistic vision!   Cheesy

It fits in perfect with my living room which is mostly bright colours and matches all the little items I picked up off the beach and have displayed. 
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby shower knits for a little guy! (slightly pic obese!) on: February 24, 2009 04:49:37 AM
My friends Brooke and Pat recently had a baby boy! The baby shower is today so when I got the invite last Tuesday I thought Id take the opportunity to knit something small and baby-y, but I know that when I had my son, Caleb, 8 years ago, that I quickly got sick of all the pastel blue and cutesy-wootsy Winnie-the-Pooh coated baby items I received. Tongue Brooke and Pat are a really cool couple, so I want to make something cool for their little one, so I went on the search for patterns. Wink

I chose to knit everything in acrylics, because theyre easier to care for. I remember when my son was a baby, if I couldnt throw it in the washer, I didnt want it!

I used this pattern for the skull and cross-bones hat: pippi-ob.livejournal.com/6735.html
It was my first time doing intarsia, and Im pretty psyched about how it turned out!!!

I used this pattern for the baby booties: ooobabyknits.typepad.com/ooo_baby_knits/2005/02/mi...

The second hat is from this site: www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/skater-babybrim-hat

The hoodie pattern can be found at this site:  fibredaze.blogspot.com/2008/03/baby-hoodie.html

Here it is modeled by a cabbage patch kid:

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