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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Halloween 2011 on: August 09, 2011 09:06:11 PM
Is anyone else getting excited like me already??

I'm thinking about Sara Goldfarb from Requiem for a Dream...I wonder if anyone knows of techniques, links, videos on making skin look older. Like with glue, liquid latex. Not like 14 trying to look 18, like 30 trying to look 60.

I want something scary and completely unrecognizable.

What other Halloween ideas do people have?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fake Shashi. Cass-shi bracelet. Linen + Metal bead bracelet, boho/Indian. on: April 04, 2011 10:44:08 AM
I got inspired by looking at these types of bracelets. I stared at it for awhile trying to decide where to start with the project. Do you start at the square knots with the beads? Do you start at the left or right end with the final/starting knot? How do you do that slider thingy?

I made my own bracelet using linen and square metal beads from JoAnn for $4 supplies (I have enough linen for infinity bracelets and enough beads for 2).

I used a few videos on YouTube to refresh on my ole' square knot (for hemp bracelets). The realization for me came when I realized that knot for the slider is a SEPARATE piece of the bracelet (the tutorial I looked at had two separate colors to emphasize this).

It's not *perfect* but for about a dollar in materials, I'm happy with it. It's also supposed to be simple and kind of messy. A little carefree, boho-ish.

Waxed Linen: $2 for a huge spool (used about ~14 feet?), thinner is better. you can experiment with other string options. I Looked for Nymo but didn't find it. I also didn't look that hard.
Silver square beads: $2 (22 pc, used 12 here), bigger holes are better. The bead will need to go through two carrier strings of whatever type of string you decide on...
I would also suggest a clipboard/board+nail for the project. It's hard to keep the knots stable.

1. Make a small (1/2" or less) loop by tying a knot in two equal length pieces of waxed linen, about 3-4' each, halved to 18"-2'. Do a square knot to start the bracelet.
2. Then place your first bead on the carrier strings. square knot it to secure it.
3. Leave about 3" empty space (no knots) then make a regular OH knot. This is where your 10 beads will start.
4. Square knot, bead, square knot, bead til you get your 10 beads threaded. Finish the 10 beads with a square knot.
5. Leave another 3" with no knots to match the beginning of the bracelet. This is the end of the bracelet and the beginning of your slider closure.
6. After the 3" blank area, leave another 2-3". This is where your adjustable area will be (it needs to be bigger than your wrist in order to get the bracelet on/off).
7. Thread your final bead into your last square knot, make another small (1/2" or less) loop to match the other end. Trim excess.
To make the slider closure, view the Slider Knot closure tutorial. You can use a contrasting color or stick with the same color. Either way! I left the ends a little straggly on the slider closure.

I'm NOT a master jeweler. I'm totally a novice. I'm sure anything you made would look more cleaned up, professional and cute but I wanted to share the skeleton of this project to anyone who doesn't want to spend $18+ on a friggin' linen bracelet.

Next round, I'm going to try pink embroidery floss and metal beads. I want a whole stack of 'em.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Method of Payment: Square, coolest thing ever! on: February 12, 2011 09:35:21 AM
I'm considering starting a small freelance business as a makeup artist and learned about Square and thought I should share. If you are a person who can't afford a card reader but does have a smart phone (Android or iPhone/iPad), you can accept credit cards via Square. Download the app (Square) and visit squareup.com to get a free card reader (a "square"). There are fees, like everything on earth, but they're not too bad. $0.15 + 2.75% on anything you swipe through your square, somewhere under 4% for keyed-in card numbers. As a makeup artist, if I charge $50 for a makeup application, I can run the client's card right there, in front of them and pay only $1.50. That's small potatoes. So if you're a person who does a lot of craft fairs or sells a lot in-person, you should think about getting Square for your smartphone. I have no affiliation with them, I just think it's neat and mega useful.


mta: apparently, square pays for advertising on craftster (or Google is way too smart), because i just checked the thread and at the bottom i see this:

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Zine Swap...Round 2? on: October 11, 2010 09:23:53 AM
I don't know if there's been another round since 11/25/08 (Swap Thread[url=http://, [url=https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288009.0]Gallery], [url=https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288009.0]Gallery) but I'd love to make another zine.

The idea is you are grouped in a group of maybe 5 people (maybe three, maybe just one? But the more the merrier, I think) and you swap a zine. So if you're in a group of 5, you'd make 4 copies of your zine to send to partners.

The zine topic could be anything. Whatever interests you or you feel like sharing. It can be text, illustration, comic but usually there's a theme, like "Sea Creatures" and the zine follows some format. It's not *usually* a collage. There's usually some text.

It can be: a list, a to-do list, a travelogue, a wishlist, a how-to (craft-related or otherwise), what's wrong with our government, what's wrong with ______, a recollection of a time in your life (my life as a stripper, my years at Yale), a comic strip (but it should have some length to it, 1-3 pages is a pretty short zine, aim for 10-20+ pages.

Zines are usually pretty rough looking, with black and white stapled pamphlet/book appeal. But every zine is different. A zine should have something to say in a cohesive way. It's (usually) more than a sketchbook (not to hate on drawing!) but not as refined as a glossy magazine.

So is anyone up for a zine swap?
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Bookmark Swap Round 3 Gallery of Bibliophilic Love on: August 10, 2010 08:47:07 PM
Share your lovely received bookmarks here!
Link to the swap thread Smiley

Swap name: Bookmark Swap ROUND THREE
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: cassiecate57 (co-org: the lovely Tero)
Sign-up date range: July 15th to August 5th
Date to send item by: September 5th

Limited to a certain number of people? Not really.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? No.
Details of swap:

Do you find yourself using receipts, gum wrappers and other bits of trash to mark your place in a book? Let's fix that! There are waaaaay too many crafty type bookmarks for us to be borrowing trash. Or maybe you could use your trash to make a bookmark......hmmmm mmmm.

You have the option, as a swapper, to either:
--be in a group of 5 (where you craft 4 bookmarks for the other people in your group)
--be matched up with a partner (where you craft only one bookmark).
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Bookmark Swap Round 3 (Signups 07/15-08/04, Send-outs 'extended' 09/07) on: July 15, 2010 04:41:21 PM
We're DONE! 10/17/10
If you've sent all your marks and they've all been received, I will give you feedback and your name will appear in purple. If I've missed you, let me know!


If your partner doesn't receive a bookmark (since the packages are probably too light for DC#), you need to be willing to resend! This is worst-case-scenario.
Delivery Confirmation Specifications
(As far as I know, parcel means like, more than 3/4" thick or after a certain weight so I don't think you can buy DC. You can do Certified Mail for like $1.35 or $2 (domestic) on an envelope but I don't think you can buy DC on a small mail item.)

Swap name: Bookmark Swap ROUND THREE
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: cassiecate57 (co-org: the lovely Tero and squire_inaria)
Sign-up date range: July 15th to August 5th
Date to send item by: September 5th

Limited to a certain number of people? Not really.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? No.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO

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 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

Do you find yourself using receipts, gum wrappers and other bits of trash to mark your place in a book? Let's fix that! There are waaaaay too many crafty type bookmarks for us to be borrowing trash. Or maybe you could use your trash to make a bookmark......hmmmmmmmm.

You have the option, as a swapper, to either:
--be in a group of 5 (where you craft 4 bookmarks for the other people in your group)
--be matched up with a partner (where you craft only one bookmark).

Check out the previous galleries
HERE (2.0) and HERE (1.0)

If you want to participate, copy this information and send to organizer:

Name of swap: Bookmark Swap Rd 3
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval? (YES/NO)
Would you like to be part of a group or partnered up with one person?
What themes would you like your partners to work off of?
Do you have a wist/blog/myspace/facebook/goodreads/wishlist online for your partner(s) to peruse?
Who are your favorite authors? What kinds of books do you read?
Any favorite quotes?
Favorite colors?
Any colors/themes you absolutely want to avoid?
What kind of bookmark would you like? (ie: magnetic, thong, standard, stretchy...)
AND If you're choosing the 1-partner bookmark swap, would you be willing to swap a book as well?

Some inspiring ideas....


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap, especially if you're still newish to this whole swap thing.


Lady Pistola

& we welcome new swappers!

(Cassie's Groups: 4, 6, 8, 9 and the single group that has mod35tbabe+milady

Tero's Groups: 1, 3, 5 and the following pairs:
thinkpurple+bmd1011, willowe+myrdda

Squire_inaria's Groups: 2, 7, 10 and the following pairs:

Group A, A is for A-mazing: (USA ONLY)
*angelofmusic (from phoenixfiredesigns, pixiefirefly, lelila, polkadotts)
*lelila (from phoenixfiredesigns & pixiefirefly, polkadotts, angelofmusic)
*phoenixfiredesigns (from lelila & pixiefirefly, polkadotts, angelofmusic)
*polkadotts (from phoenixfiredesigns, pixiefirefly, lelila, angelofmusic)
*pixiefirefly (from phoenixfiredesigns, lelila, polkadotts, angelofmusic)

Group B, B is for Bodacious: (USA ONLY)
kckoala1 (from all)
melinda06sue (from kckoala1 & tonistagg, ifallthraindrops, educharme)
educharme (from tonistagg & kckoala1, ifallthraindrops, melinda06sue)
ifallthraindrops (from all)
tonistagg (from kckoala1, melinda06sue, ifallthraindrops, educharme)

Group C, C is for Crackalackin': (USA ONLY)
craftsunderground (from pollyprissypants and dawn064, nllchihuahua) (tamalama)
pollyprissypants (from Dawn0684, nllchihuahua, craftsunderground, tamalama)
dawn0684 (from pollyprissypants, nllchihuahua, tamalama, craftsunderground)
nllchihuahua (from dawn0684 and pollyprissypants, craftsunderground, tamalama)
tamalama(from pollyprissypants, craftsunderground, nllchihuahua, dawn0684)

Group D, D is for DA BOMB:
Bewara (from JessySihk and Rosie1981, 1watermonkey, amber565, yumjello01)
amber565 (from JessySihk, Bewara, Rosie1981, and 1watermonkey, yumjello01)
Rosie1981 (from amber565 and bewara, yumjello01, jessysihk, 1watermonkey)
YumJello01 (from 1watermonkey & rosie1981, jessysihk, bewara, jessysihk, amber565)
JessySihk (from Rosie1981 and amber565, bewara, yumjello01, 1watermonkey)
1watermonkey (from bewara, jessysihk, amber565, yumjello01, rosie1981)

Group E, E is for EFFERVESCENT:
Tero (from PureOath and RhymeswithOrange, hippiekender, emeraldcutie)
HippieKender (from PureOath & Rhymeswithorange, Tero, emeraldcutie)
emeraldcutie (from Pure Oath and RhymeswithOrange, HippieKender, tero)
PureOath (from Tero, hippiekender, Rhymeswithorange)
Rhymeswithorange (HippieKender, PureOath, tero, emeraldcutie)

Group F, F is for FANTASTIC:
crystallized_art (from cassiecate57, darthsqurl, rainbowsaurus, gossamer_gull, kittenmittens)
kittenmittens (from cassiecate57, gossamer_gull, darthsqurl, rainbowsaurus, crystallized_art)
cassiecate57 (from gossamer_gull, darthsqurl, kittenmittens, rainbowsaurus, crystallized_art)
darthsqurl (from all)
gossamer_gull (from cassiecate57, crystallized_art, darthsqurl, rainbowsaurus, kittenmittens)
rainbowsaurus(from cassiecate57, darthsqurl, gossamer_gull)

Group G, G is for GO ON, GRRL!:
KnittingJo (from squire_inaria, andromeda007, spotnik, jungianwanderer, pogo)
Jungianwanderer (from all)
Pogo (from spotnik, squire_inaria, andromeda007, knittingjo, jungianwanderer)
Spotnik (from pogo, andromeda007, squire_inaria, jungianwanderer, knittingjo)
squire_inaria (from spotnik, andromeda007, pogo, jungianwanderer, knittingjo)
Andromeda007 (from spotnik, squire_inaria, pogo, jungianwanderer, knittingjo)

Group H, H is for "HEY-O!"
fontiua (from 6craftycats, lvl0rg4n, thedreamer, cuppiecakes83, windoverireland)
windoverireland (from fontiua, 6craftycats)
6craftycats (from all)
thedreamer (from fontiua, windoverireland, cuppiecakes83, lvl0rg4n)
lvl0rg4n (from fontiua, 6craftycats, windoverireland, cuppiecakes83, thedreamer)
cuppiecakes83 (from fontiua, lvl0rg4n, windoverireland, 6craftycats, thedreamer)

Group I, I is for "INGENIOUS"!
habitat-lady (from blupaisan, michela, homerof2, onyxnox, onecrazymom) THANK YOU FOR STEPPING UP TO BE AN ANGEL Cheesy
onecrazymom (from blupaisan, onyxnox, homerof2, michela, habitat-lady)
Homerof2 (from blupaisan, onyxnox, michela) (onecrazymom, habitat-lady)
Onyxnox(from Homerof2 and blupaisan, michela, habitat-lady, onecrazymom)
Blupaisan (from michela, onyxnox, habitat-lady, homerof2, onecrazymom)
Michela (from Homerof2, blupaisan, onyxnox, habitat-lady, onecrazymom)

Group J, J is for JABBERWOCKIN' Cheesy
beckashell (from all) resending
Lady Pistola (from stellou, beckashell, darkangelwingz, fluffypants)
darkangelwingz (from fluffypants, Lady Pistola)
fluffypants (from stellou, beckashell, darkangelwingz, Lady Pistola)
stellou (from fluffypants, darkangelwingz, beckashell, Lady Pistola) resending

Single Partner Swap
thinkpurple (feedback posted)[/color]<>bmd1011 (feedback posted)

*=sent/received + feedback posted
*= received from angel Smiley
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Bookmark Swap Round....2? Round X on: July 11, 2010 08:50:53 AM
Another bookmark swap?
Tired of using gum wrappers, receipts, "dog-ear"-ing pages?

How it works: You get grouped into groups of about 5, you craft one bookmark for every person in your group.

Anyone interested? I will organize.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Peacock Costume on: October 25, 2009 10:23:53 AM

Just wanted to share my costume. I went to my first Halloween party of the season last night and the (drunk) people there liked it! Smiley

I wore colored extensions in my hair (x4 @ 3.50 each from Claire's or Icing) and bought some feathered fake lashes ($5 at Walgreens), I had all my makeup on hand (I'm an eyeshadow nut!). I had a pair of peacock clips in my accessories from Forever 21 that I got about a six months ago in Connecticut.

I'd never worn eyelashes before and didn't know whether to do my makeup first or second. Definitely do the makeup FIRST, then apply the lashes!

My dress I got from Sears (I think it was about $35) and it is still functional as a dress, the peacock train is fully detachable. I had my shoes on hand and picked up a pair of sheer pantyhose.


For the feather contraption, I used:
  • Gorilla Glue
  • two shades of tulle (1 yard each @ 1.25 per yard at Walmart)
  • an eBay lot of 100 feathers (varying lengths but most are over 3 feet long...and 100 was waaaay too many. I used 30 at the most.)
  • thick elastic for attaching the dress to the feathers
  • thin elastic for attaching the two layers together
  • and elastic jewelry line for attaching the feathers to the second layer, one by one.

I Gorilla Glued the first layer of feathers to the darker shade of tulle from the underside so the feathers would show perfectly in a fan. If I'd had more time or ambition, I could have created a wire bustle underneath using this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbxRdDjp67g) tutorial. That was sort of what I had envisioned. So the first fan I used Gorilla Glue but the second fan I tried using the clear, elastic jewelry/fishing line. I tied about 15 feathers in place and scrunched them together in a casual fan shape on top of the Gorilla Glue layer. The resulting layers were tied together using elastic and then attached to the dress. I wore a thick (1"+) piece of elastic just under my bustline, knotted in the back. The piece of elastic was about 18" longer than my bustline so that the end could pop out the back of my dress over the top, like where your bra would hook (That's the white you see on the back of the dress, it was pretty thick elastic). That 18" of elastic was wrapped around the feather contraption and secured. Then a piece of leftover tulle was used to 'cover the raw edges' (which wasn't the most professional job, I admit). I'm happy with how it came out and it was plenty cute and creative for the group I was around (pre-fab costumes that bordered on slutty/oversexed).

If I did it again, I would use Gorilla Glue all the way. It dried kind of stiff so it does give some structural integrity to the piece. I would have done 3-4 cascading layers and left more of the white feather quill part in tact so that the elastic could wrap around that, possibly after using floral tape to first wrap up the white quills/feather edges. I would suggest attaching the feathers at more than one point to the dress simply because to me, in the mirror, it looked better when the feathers were flush with the dress. But at the party, from a practical standpoint, having the feathers attached up high at one point made the feathers more mobile so I could shift them to sit down. It would have sucked to not be able to sit for the whole party.

Comments/criticism welcome but only in a constructive sense. I am also happy to provide more explanation on the construction of the costume. I will be wearing it out again next weekend for actual Halloween Smiley
9  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Costume Shops? on: October 16, 2009 04:26:01 PM
I'm looking specifically for peacock feathers in bulk. I know you can get them online but I'm kind of pressed for time (8 days to complete). I'm new to the area and I live in SE but I'm willing to drive anywhere in the greater Portland area (Vancouver, North, whtaev) to find. I've checked Spirit and Walmart. I've been to Micheal's. Thoughts? I was reading about Mill End, does anyone know if they carry them there? I heard the Beaverton market carries them but $1 each is a lot! I'm looking for 50-100.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Post Secret Round 8? on: January 01, 2009 07:08:56 PM
I am loving the Post Secret galleries. If anyone hears of another round, please let me know. And of course, I'll be checking back.
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