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561  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: 100 Themes Gallery on: May 18, 2007 12:57:09 AM
A wonderful start for your 100 theme challenge!

The first one is #88 - Pain. I made a series of 21, .

A series of 21 pain themed cards?  I promise you I would still be trying to decide which one to post if I did that Cheesy


I just noticed that ONLY on the specific card that I posted, 1/21, I mistakenly wrote "edipural" instead of "epidural". I SWEAR that I was not *on* anything at the time  Tongue

I can't wait for my sister to finish hers so we can move on to the next theme.
562  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: The "We all need to relax" swap idea on: May 17, 2007 10:57:03 AM
Seeing as I have a baby due in six and a half weeks, I am really trying to resist the urge to join my first swap.

This definitely sounds like one I would have a very difficult time resisting...

Can't organize, though. Haven't even participated in one swap yet, and would not trust myself to organize silverware in a drawer.
563  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: 100 Themes Gallery on: May 17, 2007 06:39:34 AM
My first ATC ever...

My sister and I decided to take on the 100 Themes personal challenge, with each of us alternately choosing a theme for both of us to work on. The first one is #88 - Pain. I made a series of 21, simply because making just the one would not have been less time consuming.

So now I have yet one more thing to suck up all of my spare time.
564  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) on: May 16, 2007 09:49:24 PM
Oooooh, got a couple more...

... when you've got a whole bookcase of pattern books at home but always end up making it up as you go along.

... when your first thought of how to entertain your 22-month-old is "When will she be old enough to learn how to knit/sew?"

... your idea of quality time with your husband is having him help you wind balls of yarn from the hanks in your stash. Or having him pick out the fabrics for your next project so he feels like he's in on it.

... your husband takes a long hard look at you and says "You're turning into my mother." And you know he's happy about it because it means more funky stuff for him.

... your MIL's aging Jewish bubbe friends call you up for knitting advice.

... the salespeople at your local craft stores all know you on a first-name basis and take you into the back to see the new arrivals before they're even unpacked.

... you find your toddler has unpacked a whole bag of new diapers and is scribbling all over them with crayons, and all you can think is "Wow, I should do that too."

... you are half an hour late in waking up your husband for work because you are busy on Craftster. Whoooooops, gotta go NOW!!!!
565  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) on: May 16, 2007 10:17:29 AM
You want to post your latest creation but can't find your laptop computer because it's buried under 17 different WIPs.
566  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Handspun blankie on: May 16, 2007 07:41:24 AM
Beautiful. Makes me seriously reconsider my decision not to get into handspinning just yet...

And the entrelac looks like the perfect way to finish off endless amounts of DK I have in my stash. Thanks for the inspiration!
567  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you craft FASTER??? on: May 16, 2007 07:23:52 AM
Do what I did:

1. Get pregnant.
2. Get two weeks of bedrest in your first trimester. Craft like crazy.
3. Get three weeks of bedrest in your second trimester. Craft like crazy.
4. Reach the third trimester so exhausted that you are unable to do anything but sit around and craft all day.

Be forewarned that you will still be spouting ideas at a faster rate than you can perform, but for extra credit:
5. Find someone close to you who can help you work faster (e.g. teach your husband the running backstitch and have him stitch along the lines for you).

Also note that at the end of the third trimester you will very suddenly be left with no time to craft at all for as long as it takes to find good daycare.

Repeat as many times as necessary.
568  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Is it a toy? Is it a pillow? on: May 16, 2007 07:14:06 AM
I recently noticed that my 22-month-old daughter started looking for something soft to rest her head on when she's trying to sleep, but an adult-sized pillow seems like a bit too much for her neck.

So I made this dude:

I just gave it to her, and the response was very enthusiastic: "Sush! Sush!!!" (I swear that her mispronunciation of "fish" has nothing to do with my love of Japanese food...)
569  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Considering learning to knit... on: May 16, 2007 06:59:56 AM
What's to consider?

I'm not familiar with the pattern you mentioned, but I agree with meanbean that how much you manage to learn depends on how much you want to learn, so if you have the patience to tackle a sweater as your first project, power to you.
I would start with something simpler - the project I use to teach beginner friends is Knitty's Haiku baby sweater which does not require very clever shaping skills, can be done with any yarn, and knits up pretty fast even if you're a beginner. Of course if you have no baby to knit it for, it's kinda pointless  Tongue
I taught myself to knit from Knitting for Dummies, but I think the Stitch 'n Bitch books are also great for learning and their patterns are much more fun. I never took a class, just picked up everything I know as I went along, and whenever I run into a new knitting technique I just read about it in one of the books or magazines I have at home, or google it and find a web tutorial.

Anyhow, have a blast becoming a knitting junkie!
570  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: dresses on: May 16, 2007 01:30:59 AM
They look so summery and fun to wear... and the fabrics are great.

I might just knock these off for myself...
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