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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / It's going to be a sudsy holiday! on: December 09, 2014 05:58:43 PM
brandy and I have swapped a few times, and she knew I was in need of handmade soaps for some 'bath spa kits' that I was making many of to give away for the holidays.  At the time, she wasn't able to send me any soaps b/c they weren't ready.  (Which was fine, she made a TON of zippered pouches for me to use!)

But then I got a package in the mail yesterday.  In my haste to post a photo in a timely manner, in what I *thought* was the right spot-I made a mistake!  I posted it as a received package from the 'Quickie Stocking Stuffer' swap.  My partner for that swap let me know that she did not send me anything.  Oops!  So I went back and took a look at the card that came with the package and it was from the very thoughtful and generous brandyk!

I am so glad that my mistake was caught so that I can thank the correct person!  Here is a photo of what she sent:

She sent two pumpkin scented soaps which I immediately put in spa kits for two of my co-workers who LOVE it when all the pumpkin scented items come out in the fall!  I let my girls choose between the other two bars that were left and they used them tonight and felt all grown up and fancy!

2  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?
3  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
4  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
5  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. 
6  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!
7  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.
8  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!

sent & received
feedback given
late with communication


9  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
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / 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:LadybugsAndBumblebees
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:  LadybugsAndBumblebees

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!!!!

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.)


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

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