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ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Summer Nerd Games 2014 Swap (SIGN UP 7/18 - 7/23; SEND OUT 8/23) by LovelyMiss
Date started: July 18, 2014 01:18:57 PM, Replies: 36


Swap name: Summer Nerd Games 2014 Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  LovelyMiss
Sign-up date range: 7/18/14/-7/23/14

Date to send item by: 8/23/14
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO


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



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

- Is at least 18 years old: 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 16 years old: YES

- If within the US, understands that a tracking 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:


This swap is for participants of the Summer Nerd Games craftalong.  This is a chance to share your BEST crafting skills with other playersin real lifenot just pictures!  Cheesy

We will be swapping one tiny nerdy item, one favorite craft supply, and a card. Tiny means the item should not be larger than 5 inches in any direction, but is not indicative of the size of the item in terms of swap guidelines.  Combined, the tiny item, supply, and card, should constitute a large for swap standards.  So, for example, you might spend 2 hours crafting your item, 30 minutes on your card, and choose a $5 craft supply, which together would meet the large requirement.   Or 1 hour on your item, 20 minutes on your card, and $15 on your craft supply.  (Basically, 1 medium + 1 small = 1 large.)  The supply you send should be enough to complete at least one project and be relevant to your partners craft interests.  The absolute minimum amount of time that should be spent on your crafted tiny item is 1 hour.

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 1-2 hours

By Price
-Large = $20 or more
-Medium = $10-$20 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Extras are fine ONLY IF you discuss it with your partner first.  If you didn't discuss it, dont send them.

No one likes a flaker, and there is NO need to be a flaker!  If you sign up and cannot meet the swap requirements, please PM the organizer ASAP (before send outs), so a replacement partner can be found.  If you need to send late, you MUST PM the organizer and your partner BEFORE the send out date.  Failure to meet the rules and requirements of the swap will be reflected in feedback.  If you do not have the time or resources to meet the swap requirements at this time, please wait to sign up until the next round.


Swap Rules:

-You must post in a swap thread at least once a week.  This is a short swap, so thats only about 4 posts!  
 
- A tracking number is required for all senders in the USA.  If you are mailing internationally, save your receipt and upload an image of it in lieu of a tracking number.

-You must PM the organizer AND your partner when you send AND receive.  Please use the following subject lines for your PMs to help keep the swap running smoothly.
Nerd Games Swap:  Questionnaire
Nerd Games Swap:  Sent
Nerd Games Swap:  Received
Nerd Games Swap:  Question/Other


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:


Name of swap:  Summer Nerd Games 2014 Swap

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 (YES/NO):
I have read the Swap Rules above this post (YES/NO):

Do you have allergies/sensitivities relevant to this swap?
Do you have allergens in your home (dog, cat, smoke, etc)?

Please list AT LEAST five geekdoms/fandoms for which you would be interested in receiving a crafted item. (Feel free to add more.)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

What types of tiny items might you like to receive?
What types of crafts do you do?
Is there anything you absolutely dont want to receive (as a supply or crafted item)?
Link to your Pinterest:

Any other info you would like the organizer or your partner to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO LovelyMiss VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.




MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2014 by alwaysinmyroom
Date started: July 25, 2014 07:15:23 AM, Replies: 73

SWAP JUNKIES--We Want A Double Rainbow of Goodies!



I am restarting this craftalong because there are just too many swaps that many of us can't join but we want to craft!!!

This is a craftalong for swap junkies.

Do you love swapping?  Do you love getting inspired by swap themes?  Do you maybe get more done with a deadline?

BUT.....

Are you trying to save money? (shipping is pricey!), or maybe you love a theme, but you want to make certain items?  

Whatever your reasons, feel free to join up!
In this craftalong we will be "fake-joining" swaps that are current.  Then we will craft along the parameters of the swap, and at the end of the swap period we will give ourselves the things we have made!

For example...(fake example)
I want to join the Carnivorous Plant swap, but I don't have a lot of money for shipping this month, and I really want a mug rug embroidered with a plant , so I'm going to fake swap.

I will post in this thread like this:

My name is alwaysinmyroom
I am joining the Carnivorous Plant Swap.
I will make 1 mug rug for this swap
It is due by September 15, 2014.

And now I'm signed up!

I am organizing this fake swap, so I'll keep track of all the participants, and send out reminders when people's swaps are almost due.  When you have finished your item(s), please post here gallery style, so we can all congratulate you!!

Just to be clear, you can sign up here to fake-participate in ANY swap...and I'll let you fake-join up to 5 fake-swaps.

Please, only sign up if you are serious about completing the swaps.  I understand that life happens, but I'll take time every day (or 2 or 3) to update everything, so please don't sign up if you're not going to try, you know?

*****************************

SWAP PARTICIPANTS

organized by due dates:

surreal<--->surreal Whimsical Shrine Swap due 8/11/14

artsycandice<---> Crafted Notecards Swap due 8/15/14

Ludi<--->Ludi Summer Nerd Games 2014 due 8/23/14

mama24boyz<--->mama24boyz       Disney Swap due 8/29/14

alwaysinmyroom<--->alwaysinmyroom     Frugal Living Swap due 9/8/14
lady4feet<--->lady4feet                      Frugal Living Swap due 9/8/14
yoopidou<--->yoopidou                       Frugal Lving Swap due 9/8/14

Susuwatari<--->Susuwatari Carnivorous Plant Swap due 9/15/14

artsycandice<--->artsycandice      Quilt Block Swap due 10/20/14
Kookaloo_Star<--->Kookaloo_Star   Quilt Block Swap due 10/20/14



TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Michonne and her zombies by HalloweenTown
Date started: July 22, 2014 05:05:17 AM, Replies: 15
I'm so excited to show you these dolls, they are Michonne and her zombies, from the tv series "The Walking Dead" (I think you all know who they are Cheesy )

Michonne was so difficult, her vest is made from a bag, just like her gloves. She even has a katana in her back  Cheesy
I had fun making the zombies, I burned some parts of their bodies, and painted some red paint so they can look like actual wounds. Their eyes are yellow buttons with green nail polish, I painted some details like the veins in their eyes, and they even have abdominals Smiley
I hope you like them!





NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bloom Where You Are Planted Skeleton by kittykill
Date started: July 20, 2014 10:05:23 AM, Replies: 18
I stitched this up a as thank you for my Halloween in June partner. She totally spoiled me so I had to send her a little something! I decided to put a doily behind it to look more like spider webs.



Close up of stitching


ORGANIZED SWAPS / Craft Swaps / The Carnivorous Plant Swap (signups 7/23-8/1, sendouts August 30 ) by La Chapa
Date started: July 23, 2014 10:34:20 AM, Replies: 22


Swap name:  The Carnivorous Plant Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  La Chapa
Sign-up date range: July 23, 2014- August 1, 2014
Date to send item by:  August  30, 2014

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  Yes, 24

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
- 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
- Is at least 18 years old: 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 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:

Whether you love the natural wonder of plants that have evolved to capture and digest live food, or alien space plants from mars that eat people, this swap is for you!  In this swap we will celebrate the amazing variety of carnivorous plants both real and imaginary.

This swap will be for one Large item, OR one Medium and one Small item.  Extras are optional, but please discuss this with your swap partner so that no one feels bad for not sending "enough".

(A general guide)
By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Posting pictures is required for this swap!  Seeing everyone's creations is half the fun!  If you do not have the capability to post pictures, you MUST let your partner know in advance and ask them to take pictures before they ship and post for you.  Failure to post pics of what you received will be noted in your feedback.  

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


If you would like to participate in this swap, please fill out this questionnaire and send to the organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
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? (YES/NO)
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Are you able to post pictures of what you receive in this swap?  (YES/NO)

What are your favorite carnivorous plant species, or characters?
What type of craft projects would you like to receive?
Are there any crafts you would NOT like to receive?
What type of craft projects are you able and willing to make for this swap?
Do you prefer real, realistic, imaginary, cartoony, etc. ?
What are your favorite colors?
Least favorite colors?
Do you have any allergies that pertain to this swap?(please consider your answer carefully, as it will limit who you can be partnered with)
Do you have any allergens in your home? (smoke, pets, etc.)
Do you have a wist or Pinterest board related to this swap? (if so, please include link)
Any other specifications, requests, or pertinent information that you would like to share with your swap partner?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


PARTICIPANTS
La Chapa
mrraawwr
The Raging Sloth
whenindoubtsew
alwaysinmyroom


PARTNERS!


ORGANIZED SWAPS / Craft Swaps / FRUGAL LIVING SWAP-Round 6: Dance on Down To Frugal Town! (SU7/19-8/1,SO 9/8) by LadybugsAndBumblebees
Date started: July 19, 2014 09:47:54 AM, Replies: 61
It's time for another round of the 'Frugal Living' swap!
(*Special thanks to kaz814 for allowing me to organize this round...signup info. borrowed from round 5.*)

Swap name: Frugal Living Swap Round 6: Dance On Down To Frugal Town!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:LadybugsAndBumblebe es
Co-organizer: Will recruit one if needed
Sign-up date range: July 19, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Partner info. sent on:  August 2, 2014
Date to send item by: September 8, 2014
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No.

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

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
- Is at least 18 years old: 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 16 years old: 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 swap:

This swap is all about living (and crafting!) frugally.  Frugal living means something different to each person, but it may include saving money by using cloth napkins, knit/crocheted dishcloths, reusable shopping bags (you save 5 cents for each bag you bring in at my grocery store!), wool dryer balls (seriously, the dryer sheets can be pricey!), reusable menstrual pads or diva cup/moon cup bag and wet bags, soap savers, homemade laundry soap, homemade bath soaks, etc.  Or it may include recipes to try out instead of eating out, a piggy bank/other way of corralling change to take to the bank instead of letting it be eaten by the couch, having a coupon organizer ... the ideas are endless!  *There is a list of suggestions two posts down, to give you some ideas.*

For this swap, 95% of what you'll use to craft should be from your stash.  The more you use that you already have, the better!  If you absolutely must purchase something, it'd be great if you could get it at the Salvation Army/Goodwill/thrift stores or on sale.  (I don't want to say don't buy anything because I know how it feels to have everything you need except one little thing for a project.)

Crafting Requirements:

The crafting requirements for this swap is ONE MEDIUM AND ONE SMALL.  If you want to do more, please talk to your partner!  Remember, this is all about frugality so do not feel obligated or pressured into sending more than the requirements.  If your partner mentions spoiling and you can't or won't, be honest!  We're all here to get a handle on saving and becoming more financially in charge of our futures, so no one is going to look down their nose at you if you don't want to or can't send more than the requirements.  Really.  Pinky promise!

For those who need a refresher, here's the Craftster guide to what constitutes each size:

By Time

-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price (though really, USE YOUR STASH!!!  The entire package should be less than a small!)
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Communication Requirements:

Checking in on the swap thread at least once a week is required so we know you're still around and crafting!  A quick note saying that you're still working is sufficient. If you have consistent (and recent) dings on feedback for poor communication or sending late, I may not approve your application.  I will also note communication in feedback!

If you want to participate, PM the following information to the organizer:  LadybugsAndBumblebe es

Please fill out the questionnaire thoroughly!  If you're unsure of what you'd like to receive, check out the list below (two posts down).  It's hard to pair partners when I don't know what sorts of things you'd like to receive or what crafts you do!  Thank you so much!!!!

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Frugal Living Swap-Round 6
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):

What type of craft are you most comfortable doing (i.e.-sewn, knitted/crocheted, clay, etc...)?
What type of craft medium would you like to receive (i.e.-sewn, knitted/crocheted, clay, etc...)?
What are your frugal goals for your household/yourself?
Is there anything in particular you'd love to get?
What crafts would you be willing to make?
What crafts would not like to make?
Is there anything you do not want to receive?
What are your favorite colors/patterns?
What are your least favorite colors/patterns?
Are there allergies in your home?
Are there allergens in your home?
Can you take pictures before you send and post pictures when you receive?
Is there anything else that you'd like your partner to know? (Children, SOs, other preferences, etc.)



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO LacybugsAndBumblebe es VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Past Galleries for further inspiration:
Frugal Living 1 Gallery
Frugal Living 2: Return of the Cheap Gallery
Frugal Living 3: Have Yourself a Frugal Little Holiday
Frugal Living 4: Frugal is the New Black


Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390975.0#ixzz37w01Z8Un


ORGANIZED SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Spam, sausage, bacon, and spam - another Monty Python swap? by Onyxnox
Date started: July 23, 2014 09:33:29 AM, Replies: 15
Do you ever find yourself just flinging your leg out any which way while walking down the street?  An overwhelming urge to add some extra Spam to the Spam you are serving with your eggs?  Desire to toss a holy hand grenade at the annoying colleague down the hall?  Have that one last teeny tiny wafer thin mint after the ginormous dinner (oh I can never ever watch that scene after eating)?  Does your father smell of elderberries? 

Perhaps  you are a fellow Pythonophile and would like to craft something Pythonesque?

In light of them coming back together to do a set of stage shows again, I would like to resurrect the idea of another Monty Python swap... anyone interested?






It's been awhile, but here was the first swap I did a few years ago...


Discussion post
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=338814.0#axzz38JCKq2Sd

Gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343330.0#axzz38JCKq2Sd

Anyone interested in some silly fun?  I was going to have a little Python-a-thon the next time DH goes away, and I know it will leave me with a wee desire to get Python crafty...


ORGANIZED SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Pretty Bird 3D Swap (SIGNUP 7/27/14-8/11/14; MAIL BY 9/10/14) by artsycandice
Date started: July 27, 2014 11:36:19 PM, Replies: 22
...
Blue-footed booby by Petskin.

Swap name: 3D Bird Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: artsycandice
Sign-up date range: 7/27/14-8/11/14
Date to send item by: 9/10/14

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO

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

Additional Age requirement? Crafster requirements

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 - Smmarrt has offered her stellar services
- Is at least 18 years old: 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 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

Swap Description:

Who doesn't love birds? If you are like me then nothing tickles your fancy more than "putting a bird on it". Well, now here is your chance This craft swap is for 3D birds of all kinds.

Swap size guidelines:


This swap will be for 1 Medium and 1 small. You can spoil but please discuss this with your partner, no one likes to feel like they didn't send enough. Swappers can decide to craft more than this amount, but make sure to discuss it with your partner first. The medium item MUST be 3D while the small item can be either 2D or 3D. for example the small item can be some note cards, bookmarks, or pendant.
If you are feeling ambitious you can choose to have two partners. If this is your first time to swap you will only be allowed one partner.

This is a guideline ONLY: a rough estimate of sizes described by time it takes to make (excluding drying, cooking, etc.), by physical size and by cost:

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less


 No one likes to be flaked on, so if you aren't sure if you can do this swap, PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP.
 If you know you will be late or unable to complete the swap please let me know ASAP.
Communication is a must. Everyone is required to post on the thread at least once a week to let me know they are still involved with the swap. If you do not post up it will be noted in your feedback. If you are going on vacation or will be away from the internet just let me know.

 Delivery Confirmation is required within the U.S., please send tracking number to both your partner and organizer when you send. Mailing receipt need to be kept if sending elsewhere.
 PM both your Partner and your team organizer when you send and receive.

 Please post pictures of what you receive. Your partner worked hard on it and we would all love to see it! If you cannot post up please let your partner know as soon as you know. Make sure you take pictures of everything you send just in case.
*Although posting pictures is not a requirement to receive positive feedback.*

* If you want to participate, please send a PM with information below to the organizer - artsycandice.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: 3D Bird Swap
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: (YES/NO)

Would you like one partner or two?
List at least five favorite birds. (You can also say "artist's choice" if you really don't have any favorites) They can be real or imagined, specific or broad, domestic or wild (i.e. owls, phoenix, red-tailed hawk, chickens...)
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
What kind of items would you like to receive? (plush, wall art, functional, sculptural, artist's choice...)
What kind of crafty skills do you have?
Are there any specific crafty skills you especially admire?
Anything you don't want to receive? (clothing, jewelry, etc.)
Are there any materials your partner shouldn't use? (leather, feathers, wool,..)?
Favorite colors?
Least favorite colors?

Do you have any allergies?
Are there any allergens in your home (furry pets, smokers, etc.?)
Are you able to post pictures in the gallery?
Do you have an Etsy favorites or pinterest?

What is your...? (List only what you would like to receive)
shirt/tee size?
head measurement?
earring preference (hooks, posts, etc.)?
preferred bracelet length?
preferred necklace length?
preferred bag/tote/purse size/style? (small, medium, large, shoulder, cross body)

Do you like extras in your swap packages or not?
Do you plan to include extras in your package?

Is there any other information you would like your partner or the organizer to know?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.



Galleries to previous bird-themed swaps:
One Tiny Bird Thing Swap (OTBT)
Put a Bird On It
Owl Swap!


ORGANIZED SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Lexophiles unite! by Blasphemy the Blasphemer
Date started: July 21, 2014 07:34:13 PM, Replies: 17
Lexophile (n):  A lover of words, especially in word games, puzzles, anagrams, palindromes, etc.

Ever since I was young, I have been a voracious reader.  My main form of catharsis over the years has been writing.  Words, words, words.  I can't get enough of them.  I find more enjoyment in learning about etymology of words than I do learning about the life story of most people.  I love archaic words, obscure words, and words that just sound nice as they roll off the tongue.

Do you have a favorite word or favorite catchphrase?  Do you love to play Scrabble from dusk until dawn?  Do Shakespearean insults bring you unfathomable ecstasy?  Was your favorite birthday present an unabridged dictionary? 

I want to see if anyone else has an interest in this particular facet of nerdiness.  I feel like this sort of swap could go a lot of places.  I don't think it would be at all limiting. 


ORGANIZED SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dodo and Friends Swap by artsycandice
Date started: July 28, 2014 09:36:41 AM, Replies: 13


Over a brief exchange with Ludi today it occurred to me that others may love some of our extinct animal friends too. So... how does everyone feel about an extinct-animal themed swap? (To take place in a couple of months, of course.) Grin

Here are some links to get the creative juices flowing:
Top 10 Extinct Species

10 Most Amazing Extinct Animals
Lists of extinct animals on Wikipedia


NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Emma Peel by Ludi
Date started: July 19, 2014 09:54:24 AM, Replies: 35
A portrait for a friend of her friend's cat "Emma Peel"  4 inches in diameter.





NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pet goat by Alittlemusthave
Date started: July 18, 2014 03:26:11 AM, Replies: 14
If you have read my profile, you would probably know that I have 2 pet goats named Ginger and Maryanne- yes from Gillian's island Grin so I wanted to do a goat embroidery. Who wouldn't? I made the ears a little different, using an acrylic fabric medium. I like to mix my media sometimes.
I really loved making it, it's a 7 inch hoop,  but I really hurt my neck in the process. I think I keep it too stiff while stitching. It took me 3 days to get over it.  Sad


MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Tiffany-style Watercolor Paper Mosaic by Phantome
Date started: July 23, 2014 11:39:32 AM, Replies: 18
Every year I volunteer as a mentor artist for a big fundraising auction and gala to benefit juvenile arthritis research, in which I'm paired with a teen who has juvenile arthritis, and we create a big piece of art together, then auction it off at a fancypants gala for the charity. You might remember the city map papercutting we did last year! So this year, we wanted to top what we'd done before, and decided to do a paper mosaic, in a stained glass style. WELL. Let me tell you, hand-gluing over 100K pieces of paper the size of a grain of rice or a bean TAKES WAY FREAKING LONGER THAN YOU'D THINK. It took us a full 6 weeks longer than we thought it would, oopsie!

Our piece "Wichita Proud" is a 28x36" watercolor, Tiffany-Style paper mosaic mounted on a watercolored canvas. Each piece was individually painted, cut, and meticulously hand-glued to create a stained-glass effect of the iconic Keeper of the Plains silhouetted against the Wichita flag (I also included a pic of the Keeper- he is an iconic symbol of our city, a 44-foot tall steel sculpture created by legendary Kiowa-Comanche artist, Blackbear Bosin). Many of the pieces of paper are as small as a grain of rice, and had to be placed with tweezers, with final details stitched to the canvas in bronze thread. The work was incredibly time consuming; the Keeper's headdress alone took more than 18 hours.

We worked together (often with enthusiastic help from my kitties) to paint, cut, and glue, with frequent breaks to watch movies, sing showtunes, and learn to play ukulele. Oh, and play with the kitties, of course. With this piece, we wanted to create something that would inspire hometown pride in the viewer (three cheers for Wichita, woo!), showing off some of the iconic imagery that is unique to our home. With the Wichita flag illuminating the Keeper like a setting sun, golden light and twilight shadows surround this symbol of our city. The map last year was a huge hit, and we actually got quite a few requests for another show-stopper that was city-centric (a lot of the winning bidders have downtown office buildings or are city officials, so quite a few of the art pieces hang publicly, and the Wichita-themed stuff seemed to really get people excited!).  







And some process pics, because why not?





Some of the many little bowls of colors, all nicely separated out so we could pick precisely the exact shade and gradient and texture of little bits of paper that we needed.





This is Rufus. He was very helpful, as you can see here.





And here's a photo of the Keeper of the Plains, watching over the city at the confluence of the two rivers. We liked the way the sun and shadow looked on this particular shot, so we tried to emulate that in the shading when choosing our individual pieces.



And here's the Wichita flag.



 


ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Whimsical Shrine Gallery by Smeddley
Date started: July 18, 2014 10:52:34 PM, Replies: 14

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MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / FUN, TEMPORARY ARTWORKS MADE FROM ITEMS YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT. by gorgaus
Date started: July 22, 2014 09:17:01 PM, Replies: 13
It's probably been about 3 years or more since I've posted on Craftster. I've had 2 baby boys and not much time to do any decent crafting  Sad

However,  I have started a new hobby making temporary, recyclable artworks within a 30 minute time limit (due to my newest baby never sleeping for more than 30 mins at a time!) out of ordinary household items and miscellaneous bric-a-brac. I don't use any glue so I can re use the materials. These rules I set for myself can make it quite tricky sometimes.

I've actually been taking requests from people on Facebook and Instagram, it's hard for me to keep up, but I get around to all of them eventually. I make the art, take a photo of it and post it so they can see what I made for them, it's a fun hobby. Some are quite silly! Here are some examples of what I've been playing with....

A request for 'a millipede' - made from a cable tidier and hair slides


A request for  'something on the theme of Steven Spielberg' - made from rice and seaweed sheet and some capsicum (he produced Memoirs of a Geisha)


A request for 'something by Vincent Van Gogh' so I did a version of Starry Night - made from beads, matchsticks, rubber bands, scarves, buttons and paperclips


A Bee - a request from a 3 year old girl. Made from a seed pod, rubber bands, baking paper for wings, a banksia brush, teddy bear eyes, straws and some apple


My 2.5 year old boy requested a picture of a lion eating his baby brother, so of course I had to do it- it's just made from sheets, blankets and pillows with a couple of plastic plates for eyes.


An owl - seeds, ice cream cones, lasagne sheets, nuts and dates.


This list is growing!! I have done many more. Everything can be packed away and re used (or eaten!) It's so much fun you ought to give it a try, and if you do, please share it with me. OR if you want to request something you can go to my Facebook page or Instagram and request away. It doesn't cost anything, just a bit of silly fun and a way for this creative mama to keep herself sane Smiley

Facebook page is called George Can Create It and Instagram username is @george_can_create_it if you are at all interested in following.







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