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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / KEEP ME WARM SWAP GALLERY! on: February 04, 2015 05:54:19 PM
LadybugsAndBumblebees---nostephot  BOTH RECEIVED
brandyk--->sent to yofi on 2/5/15  BOTH RECEIVED
Daphadilly Art--->sent to mama24boyz on 2/7/15
yofi---->sent to brandyk BOTH RECEIVED
mama24boyz--->sent to Daphadilly Art on 2/18/15

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I'm SO PROUD! Jewelry people will actually wear! :) on: January 01, 2015 05:34:15 PM

(Again, I apologize for the upside down photo.)

The earrings I made in burgundy color seed beads to match many shirts I have in that color, as well as two scarves I've made with that color scheme.

The bracelet was made using memory wire and a jewelry making tool that rockmygypsysoul gave to me in the 'Mini 12 Days of Xmas' swap!  I absolutely love that style of bracelet!  I watched a five minute you-tube video on how to make them, and set to making one.  I already had the beads, and the 'Pandora style' beads I purchased in Florida in 2011 when we visited my MIL.  I was waiting for the right time to use them, and this was it.  I also used some expensive beads that I had purchased with no project in mind, I just liked the way they looked.  I love silver and glass so this bracelet really pleased me with how it came out.  I can't wait to show it off!

This bracelet was made using the memory wire, jewelry making tool, and a big box of beads that rockmygypsysoul had sent me in the above mentioned swap.  When my younger DD saw the bracelet I made for myself, she immediately wanted one for her!  I love it when someone asks me to make them something so of course I made her one right away!  Cheesy  rockmygypsysoul had sent me some great purple and pink beads that my DD would love, so I used those to make the bracelet and attached a small heart charm on the end using a jump ring.  I plan to give it to her for Valentine's Day (I tend to try to give small gifts on holidays that focus on food...they don't need any more sweets.)

This last photo is of an earring and necklace set for my BFF whose birthday is in February.  She has so much stuff and a tiny apartment and storage space, so I've been trying to give her small gifts that she can use/that have a function for holidays and birthdays.  Her favorite color is purple, and again, rockmygypsysoul had included some beautiful purple beads in the box she sent me.  The earrings and pendant are made out of the purple beads, and some iridescent blue/purple seed beads.
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Keep Me Warm swap-Rd 4 (SU Dec 28-Jan 10; SO Feb 7/15) on: December 28, 2014 10:00:58 AM
Swap name:
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LadybugsAndBumblebees
Co-organizer: Will recruit one if needed
Sign-up date range: December 28, 2014-January 10, 2015
Date to send item by:  February 7, 2015

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope!

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 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:

This swap will be a swap of items to keep us warm! Here is how it will work:

Each participant will send their partner items that fall into the theme of "Keep Me Warm".  The wonderful brandyk is organizing the "Fill a Coffee Mug" swap at this time, so I am not going to make sending a hot drink/accessory/hot food (such as soup), a component of the swap this round-unless the partners agree that this is something they would like to swap.

Worn Accessory: This could be any worn item that is used to keep you warm. The possibilities are endless! This could be a scarf, mittens, hat, lip balm, socks, slippers, pajama pants, etc. This should be a crafted item.

This swap will be for one MEDIUM and two SMALLS. (If you would like to send more, please discuss it with your partner first.)

By points:
Large= 3 points
Medium=2 points
Small=1 point

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

DON'T FORGET to send your questionnaire to LadybugsAndBumblebees!

Questionnaire to answer:

Name of swap: Keep Me Warm 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?:
I understand that a tracking number or a copy of receipt is required for this swap:(YES/NO)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (YES/NO):
Do you have any allergies?
Are there any allergens present in your house?

Link to profile, blog, pinterest, etc.:

What crafts would you like to receive?
What crafts can you make?
Favorite colors:
Least Favorite colors:
Any sizes that your partner would need to know:

Anything else you would like to tell your partner?


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

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Do you charge your friends for commissioned gifts for others? on: November 26, 2014 06:55:20 AM
I often make handmade items for myself or as gifts for friends. When people see these items-most often co-workers and friends-they will want me to make one for one of THEIR friends, to give as a gift (i.e.-I just learned how to make ruffle scarves and wore one to work.  My co-worker asked me to make her friend, another co-worker, one for her to give as an Xmas gift.)

Do I charge my friends or co-workers for these items?  DH says no, but I feel that if I'm not choosing to gift it to you, then you should have to pay for it.

What do you think?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rainbow mandala! on: November 18, 2014 01:35:48 PM

I made this for someone who is very spiritual and I know likes mandalas.  This person has helped our family-especially our girls-a lot, so I attached items which represent things about us/our friend.  I also sewed on rainbow beads around the edges.  I'm not sure how you would display a piece like this, so I'm leaving it up to the recipient.  Wink
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ruffle scarf & stash! on: November 17, 2014 12:28:05 PM

I haven't felt well lately, so I've been spending a lot of time resting in bed, looking at Craftster on DH's ipad.  I'm running out of things to read, so I went on the crochet board here and saw a post that fantasticmio did about ruffle scarves.  I tried to print out her directions, but I couldn't make it work.   Cry  But she got me inspired, so I did an internet search for directions and found some.  The red scarf is the result!  Cheesy  My first ruffle scarf (made for a friend/co-worker for the holidays).  My next one will be purple for my bff.  Roll Eyes

BTW...look at all the skeins I purchased over the summer!  The new Joann's near me keeps a lot of their clearance items in shopping carts near the entrance/check-out areas.  When I saw that the skeins were only NINETY SEVEN CENTS each, how could I resist??!!   Grin  I'm so glad I was able to figure out how to make them...what would I have done with all that yarn otherwise??!! Wink
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Infinity scarf with Turkish yarn! on: November 11, 2014 06:49:31 PM

My friend/co-worker brought me back orange yarn with little fluffy, colorful tufts of color in it from her trip to Turkey this past summer.  (She also brought me back some white eyelash yarn but I thought that was just a bit too much with the business of the orange yarn.  Wink)  She's been asking me what I'm going to make with it, and I figured from the beginning I'd make a scarf...the skeins were not that big (she brought me back two).  But then I looked in my yarn stash and found a ball of plain white yarn, thought of an infinity scarf a co-worker was wearing on Monday, and thought that would be what I would make.

It made my hand ache to crochet with the yarn b/c it was thick, and because I had to work around the fluffy tufts  Roll Eyes, but I really like how it came out.  I am going to wear it to work on Thursday.  I think my friend will be pleased with what I did with it. 
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Trouble with logging into Pinterest? on: October 05, 2014 08:33:27 AM
 Huh  My DDs got onto the computer a week ago while we were at work and they had off from school.  They uploaded some games and it messed up how the computer was running.  DH was able to fix the computer problems, but I've had problems with pinterest, as follows:

-I have my password and e-mail written down in my swap notebook.  Since pinterest didn't automatically recognize me when I clicked on it (before all the issues the girls created with the game uploads), I had to log in.  When I did, it kept on telling me that I had the wrong password or e-mail address.  After many tries to log in with what I know is the correct info, I reset my password. 

-Today, I went onto Craftster and tried to pin something someone had posted.  It brought me to a completely new account!  It asked me to create new boards and everything! 

-I panicked, so I tried to click onto my pinterest link from my Craftster profile.  The link worked, and brought me to my original boards.

What's going on?  Is anyone else having difficulty with pinterest?  If not, does anyone know what I can do to get my pinterest to link with Craftster so when I click on an image to pin, it goes to the right pinterest account (not my "new" one)?

I would appreciate any and all help I can get.  Thanks!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Secret Santa swap, anyone? on: October 05, 2014 08:19:01 AM
We've had these in the past and I know of at least two people that would be interested in joining if another one started up.  I'm thinking signups would have to be soon if we were to do this to get it done before the holidays.

How it works is that you get a Craftster's info. and you stalk them and make a package for them.  Another Craftster gets your info. and stalks you and sends you a package.  Nobody says who they have until opening day!

Please let me know what size swap you think this should be in your replies.  I am thinking a large, medium, and small-but I know that may be a lot for people this time of year.

I don't know how to post links to previous swaps, but I used the 'advanced search' button to find past Secret Santa swaps.  Just type in 'Secret Santa swaps'.

I'd be willing to organize.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Frugal Living swap-round 6: Dance on Down to Frugal Town! on: August 05, 2014 02:32:09 PM

Please post your frugal goodies here!

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