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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My Son's Blanket on: July 23, 2014 06:51:34 AM


This is a blanket that took me roughly two months to make.  It is for my son to celebrate his getting his own apartment.  I didn't mean to make it this big, but it is, and boy is it HEAVY!  I have to figure out how to get it to him, and he doesn't live close by and I would have to put it in a garbage bag to transport it!  Roll Eyes
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / FRUGAL LIVING SWAP-Round 6: Dance on Down To Frugal Town! (SU7/19-8/1,SO 9/8) on: July 19, 2014 09:47:54 AM
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
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Frugal Living Swap-round 6, anyone? on: July 10, 2014 05:53:16 AM
There was some interest in this under "make me a recycled bag" topic.  I got permission to organize this round of the Frugal Living swap.

I was thinking of having signups from July 20th to August 1st.  Partners out on August 2nd.  Crafting time of four weeks from August 3 to Sept. 7th with sendouts on September 8th.

Anybody in?

If so, any ideas for a catchy title like in the other rounds?

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fun summer crafts! on: July 01, 2014 01:14:24 PM


This photo is of an Israeli lighthouse that my 10 yr. old DD made for school.  She used cardboard, rocks, and paint for the base and decoration.  The lighthouse is made out of a large Styrofoam cup and actually has a real working light at the top!  A translucent cup that was cut down a bit covers the light.  (The teacher had the children use dry erase markers to color the cup and now the color comes off every time someone touches the cup.  I would strongly suggest using something else to color your lighthouse, if you make one.)

The other item is a banana split!  DD made it last summer out of found craft materials from my craft room!  It was so popular that someone requested she make them one!   Grin
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / Very simple Father's Day gifts! on: June 15, 2014 07:09:42 AM


*Mods*  If this is in the wrong place, please move.  I'm new at this!  Smiley

This photo is what I gave to DH for Father's Day (today)!  It was inspired from something I saw from Pinterest (the chip sign idea).  My DDs and I ran with the idea for other items that DH would like.

The photo is not that good, so here's what's in the photo and what it says:

-"You're all that and a bag of chips!"--attached to a bag of Doritos
-"You're a nut!"--attached to a bag of trail mix
-"You bug me."--attached to a bag of gummy bugs (DH is an exterminator, so this is extra punny!  Grin)
-"Don't be a pain!"--attached to a package of Advil
-"You're so sweet!"--attached to a package of gum

It IS a simple set of gifts, but inexpensive if you are watching your pennies.  It's also VERY difficult to know what to buy DH, as there's not much he wants, so this was fun and easy!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / DS's blanket for his new apt. on: June 12, 2014 05:41:32 PM


I'm so sorry for the blurry photo...this is the first photo that I've been able to successfully upload onto Craftster!  YEA!   Shocked Grin

This is an in-progress shot of the nautical themed blanket I'm making for DS for his new apt.  It's the only thing he wants crocheted.  Undecided
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Finishing a fat bottom bag-HELP! :( on: August 07, 2012 07:08:45 AM
 Tongue  I just finished crocheting a fat bottom bag and lining it, as per the instructions in the Stitch and Bitch book and lining instructions on the internet.

My problem is now that I am done with all that, I'm not sure where to put the handles.  There is two long sides and two short sides.  I assumed that the handles were attached to the short sides, but then the bag is not shaped right (with the pleats in front and rounded sides.

Are the handles attached to the long sides and the bag shapes itself into the right shape as I go?

Thank you for your help!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Spectacular Spring Easter Swap! GALLERY on: March 12, 2012 03:47:14 PM
Original Swap Thread


Sent
Received
Sent & received
Feedback given
Sending late with communication
Contact organizer immediately


beccas_song<-->gotgrey
Miss Barbara<-->plaidpineapple
RikaHeart<-->Helena Puck
Momof2!<-->mom2em
Sharalee<-->Krafty*Krista
gerbilgal<-->annigirl22
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Spectacular Spring Easter Swap! (Signups CLOSED--Sendouts 3/28) on: February 28, 2012 06:18:02 PM


Gallery!

Swap name:  Spectacular Spring Easter Swap!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Miss Barbara
Sign-up date range:  2/28/12-3/2/12
Date to send item by:  3/28/12

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

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

Additional Age requirement? no

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

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:  This is the Easter swap we have been waiting for people!   Wink  This swap is open to anyone who would like to swap for themselves, their children, significant others, the mailman Grin (just kidding!).  I have decided not to limit the points in this swap, so please discuss with your partner how much you each plan on sending each other so no one is disappointed.  

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:  

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:  Spectacular Spring Easter 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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):
Do you have allergies?
Do you have allergens in your home (i.e.-pets, smoke, etc...)?

Please answer these questions as fully as you can so that your partner can craft a terrific swap package for you!

1)  Who will your partner be crafting for in this swap (i.e.-yourself, your children, significant other, etc...)
                                  -If for someone other than yourself, please list name and age (if for a child).
2)  Are you comfortable with religious symbolism in your swap package, or would you rather it be 'spring' based?
3)  What are your favorite Easter themes  (i.e.-bunnies, 'Peeps' candy, jellybeans, etc...)
4)  What Easter themes do you dislike/would rather not receive?
5)  What are your favorite colors?
6)  What colors do you dislike/would rather not receive?
7)  What are your favorite patterns/motifs?
Cool  What patterns motifs do you dislike/rather not receive?
9)  What craft(s) are you most comfortable doing/would like to do for this swap?
10) What craft(s) are you unable/uncomfortable doing and would rather not do for this swap?
11) What are you hoping to receive in this swap?
12)  Are there any specific things you would rather not receive?
13)  Please list your prefrences about food/candy (i.e.-would love to receive, would rather not, would rather sugar free, what types you would like, etc...)
14)  Please list any wist/pinterest/blog site or link your partner can look to for inspiration!
15)  Anything else you would like to share with your partner?  Add it here:


We want to hear from you!  Please comment in the swap thread AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK so we know you are alive and hopping!  (Get it, bunnies, hopping???  Grin)

*Please remember to PM the organizer with the DC#/scan of receipt when you send!*
*Please remember to PM your partner with DC#/scan of receipt when you send!*


Please join this swap only if you are comfortable crafting a quality swap package in the time frame allowed.  Nobody wants to be flaked on, and especially for a holiday swap.

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.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
1)  Miss Barbara (organizer)
2)  RikaHeart
3)  Momof2!
4)  gotgrey
5)  Helena Puck
6)  Sharalee
7)  mom2em
Cool  gerbilgal
9)  Krafty*Krista
10)  plaidpineapple
11)  beccas_song
12)  annigirl22

PARTNERS:
Miss Barbara<--->plaidpineapple
Krafty*Krista<--->Sharalee
Helena Puck<--->RikaHeart
mom2em<--->momof2!
beccas_song<--->gotgrey
annigirl22<--->gerbilgal
10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Project Night Night-Has anyone heard of them? Interested? on: February 25, 2012 05:19:55 PM
I've been involved in swaps on Craftster for about a year or two now, but before that, I was heavily involved in volunteering for a charity called:  Project Night Night.  I guess my girls miss helping me with it, b/c they asked me the other day when were we going to do it again!

I was wondering if anybody else on Craftster has heard of this organization, or would be interested in crafting for them?  I thought maybe we could discuss our progress on this thread.

For me...I have two blankets ready.  I need to finish up a blanket I'm making for my younger DD, but then I will be working on more for Project Night Night.

(I am completely computer illiterate, or I would post a link and a photo of what the organization is about.)  But if you Google 'Project Night Night' you can find it there.
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