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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / No one expects the Monty Python swap, round 2! on: September 20, 2007 04:46:45 AM

I saw there was one a little over a year back that seems to have ended kinda funny, but I think it's high time for another.
I was thinking the basic 1 large, 1 medium, and 2 small items.
Themes can include all of the movies, the Flying Circus, and all of the audio skits and songs, as well as other stuff like Spamalot (which I have sadly not seen yet  Cry ) and the artwork of Terry Gilliam.

I would like to organize, and start signups mid-October, and then have like a month to craft, so sendouts would be at the end of November.

Who's up for it? Please also give feedback about the dates. Holiday season will be ending for me in about two weeks, but I know it is just starting for most of the civilized world.
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Oogie Boogie on: September 09, 2007 04:48:05 AM
I made this guy for the Tim Burton swap, which has been sprouting tons of new topics over the last few days...
He is burlap, lined with cloth diaper (which I have in abundance around the house) so the poly filling doesn't spill out. The bug fabric was a stroke of luck - I found a little scrap of exactly what I had in mind in my quilting MIL's stash. The eyes are felt, and you can hide stuff in his mouth (I got this idea from Plush-O-Rama).
I turned lemons to lemonade when I appliqued a bug from the patterned fabric to a botch I made when I found I did not line the burlap up with the diaper well, leaving a bit of bare diaper on Oogie's left foot.
He was tons of fun to make, and I am going to recreate him in fleece for my kids (I can't imagine snuggling up to burlap).

I don't completely know why, but I'm really proud of him.
Thanks for looking!
13  COOKING / Dessert / July is birthday month on: September 06, 2007 11:29:57 AM
I had a baby on July 1st, who joined my husband and daughter who were both born July 20th. I know July was quite a while ago, but I just finally loaded the pictures onto my computer - so here are the cakes I made for the birthdays:
My daughter has a thing for bunnies, so I made this for her daycare:

Her favorite character is Elmo, so this was a no-brainer for the family party:

But I surprised my husband with a cake which refers to his PhD research, which is of Bose-Einstein Condensates (BEC), so I made him a different kind of BEC - Cake!!!:
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / SEPTEMBER GALLERY / card-a-day on: September 05, 2007 04:06:34 AM
Ummm... I saw there wasn't one yet, so I took the liberty of starting it myself...
Yep, ladies and gents, post your September cards here!

And allow me to start it with 3 cards I made over the weekend, after the inspiring 21st Red Sea Jazz festival last week:

15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Great thinkers on: August 20, 2007 11:54:31 PM
These two people share a compartment in my brain, for some reason...

16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Do these count? on: August 20, 2007 11:52:22 PM
These two quotes relate to my recent childbirth experience.
and to the fact that I am becoming Teeisme's unsettlingly obsessed fan...

17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Canned Craft swap on: May 18, 2007 06:15:32 AM
I saw people discussing canned crafts - that is ready-made craft kits you can buy at stores - in the YKYACW II thread.
A lot of people feel that these kits leave no room for creativity, while others, usually beginners dabbling in a craft for the first time.

But... what if you get a craft kit put together for you personally by ANOTHER CRAFTSTER?Huh?!!!!

It could range anywhere from taking a certain design or pattern off the web, for instance, and putting together the necessary materials as called for in the instructions, to sending a design and material choice all your own, plus the basic tutorials necessary for learning the craft.

How'bout it?
18  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...)
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first pair of socks on: May 11, 2007 11:47:47 AM
And quite possibly my last.
Wotta pain the shaping is.

But I did finally manage to actually finish a project for my husband, who has been terribly neglected since the sweater I made for him ended up the size he was around his Bar-Mitzvah.

The yarn is cotton, from a Classic Elite kit I found lying around out of place in Wonderful Things in Great Barrington.

But I think I will just buy my next pair of socks.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 6 way maternity dress on: April 26, 2007 11:38:42 PM
My best friend is getting married 2 weeks before my due date, and I have to wear a strapless gown to the event (we made a pact back in the day...). That's not necessarily a bad thing, because my belly will actually help keep my boobs up  Tongue

Anyhoo, I found this old string here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=111311.0, and fell in love with the idea.
Got the fabric (black lycra) and everything, now I have a question: I want to make the A-line skirt with only one seam. Can this be done? Should I make the top of the skirt (which connects to the boob tube) straight or curved?

This is the first dress I am making by myself - I want to get cracking soon so I have time for a plan B in case it turns out to be a total catastrophe...
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