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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! on: February 10, 2014 06:38:32 PM
I am seeing 74 letterboxes in Australia with my current F/P count (with the settings to only show unknown and active statuses). You're right, that isn't many, but that should encourage you to plant some! Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! on: February 10, 2014 06:34:03 PM
that is impressive, alisha!  My friend does this and it is way too complicated for me to grasp, but she loves it!  I am afraid that she is addicted but at least she has fun...it is a total subculture ...another world! Grin
It only seems complicated when you learn about every aspect all at once. In it's simplest form, it is just simply using clues to find a box that contains a stamp and a logbook. Stamp your signature image in the box's logbook to sign it, then stamp the box's image into your logbook so you can keep the image. Put the box back. That is really all it is. Everything else is just other flim-flam of the hobby. Do you happen to know your friend's letterboxing name? I may know who they are...

Given my recent stamp carving addiction, and my fondness for treasure hunts and bookcrossing, I signed up for that site, only to find there are 2 in my entire state. There are a couple more on another website, but all in the capital, nothing local. In fact, there isn't a terribly large amount in Australia at all.  Undecided
I do bookcrossing too Smiley I usually put the books in geocaches actually. You would be surprised how many letterboxes are actually in your area. On AtlasQuest the amount of letterboxes you see is directly relate to your find and plant count. For instance, I have set my letterboxes so the listings are only seen by people who are signed into AQ and have found at least 1 letterbox. A local letterboxer to me has a lot of letterboxes that will not show up until you have found 300. I know this only because she said so once. Now that I have hit 300 I will see more letterboxes I didn't before that were there all along! Also try going on letterboxing.org for more as well as googling your are with the keyword letterboxing as some people post clues in their blog. Also letterboxing groups on Yahoo Groups and Facebook sometimes post clues. As a general rule I just recommend AQ, but since you can only see 2, you may need more material...you should see more after you log your first find though as a lot put a restriction of 1 like I do. It helps keep your letterbox a little safer.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: February 10, 2014 02:47:18 PM
Great intricate and detailed stamp and 2013 stamps.
I'm very interested in letterboxing but I only did geocaching. I have to look into this a bit more.

Thank you  Smiley Geocaching is fun too. Two totally similar yet different beasts. I started out as a cacher actually, but have become more active with boxing. It is too crafty for me to avoid  Grin
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! on: February 10, 2014 02:37:58 PM
How many letterboxes did you find?  How many did you leave?  Do you have a favorite that you found?  What was the most interesting place you found one?

Okay, first I have to define a few things so that way you understand what the heck I am talking about...

Traditional - Found out in the wild. You follow clues to find them. This is the original type.
Hitchhikers/Fleas/Cooties - HH travel from letterbox to letterbox. Cooties travel from letterboxer to letterboxer (usually sneaked into someone's pockets or backpack ect as a surprise). Fleas are a hybrid that can do either.
Personal Travelers - They stay with the letterboxer at all times, but they are not the letterboxer's signature stamp that they use to log into logbooks to represent them. The letterboxer can require a certain task (like sing "I'm a little tea pot" or whatever they chose) or a passcode. Usually a lot are just given without a requirement.
Event Stamp - A stamp carved specially for a stamp that stays at "Event Central" for everyone to obtain.
LTCs - Letterboxer Trading Cards that are like ATCs but are required to contain a stamped image. Inchies and such are also under this category.
Postals - They are stamps that travel in the mail so a ring of letterboxers can enjoy them.
Other - Insert undefined whatever here....some examples: There are things called quisps that are hidden under the address label of postals. The first one was a shrinkydink of a stamped image. I have made wooden nickels with stamps and those could be considered an Other. I ordered carving supplies for a website owned by a letterboxer (stampeaz.com) and on the receipt they include a randomly chosen stamped image on it. You can cut it out and paste it into your logbook if you choose. That was considered an Other...


Okay, so here are my statistics to the best of my ability since I have not recorded a few as they are listed on another website. I started letterboxing 9/21/12... (F=found P=Planted)
Traditional - F300 (milestone hit saturday) / P15 (Have quite a few waiting to be planted once the snow is gone)/ Donated 6 / Adopted 1
HH/Fleas/Cooties - F18 / P51
Personal Travelers - F41 / P5
Event Stamp - F6 / P0
LTC - F3 / P3
Postal - F0 / P0
Other - F1 / P1


I have a LOT of favorites. Some are ones I have planted, but not my carves (I collaborated with a carver in FL and I planted, created puzzles, and clues). Another out of sentiment was the Flying Spaghetti Monster symbol (That was a Personal Traveler). There are 3 stamps locally of James Chamberlain the civil war hero. The bust of him and his wife along with his house was amazing. And at the LLBean event was a new favorite of the moose onsite that are locking heads.

Most interesting place...hmmm. That is hard to pinpoint. I loved J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, FL.  The location of the US National Toboggan Championships (Camden, ME) is also interesting. Actually, I was at that on Saturday. I really liked the sand cemetery in Captiva, FL. That was definitely something you don't see everyday.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: February 10, 2014 01:51:42 PM
very cool!  For those of you who do not know what letterboxing is, google it...it sounds like loads of fun!  Similar to geocaching in that clues are used to find stuff...Alisha has made tons of stamps for this hobby...they are awesome--go look by following her link!

Aw thanks! *blushes*

yes, Letterboxing is definitely a VERY fun hobby. For anyone interested in getting into it, use AtlasQuest.com. Many people turn to letterboxing.org when they look it up, but that site is only used by a few and lots of boxes have been abandoned on that site. AQ is definitely the most active and most used.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! on: February 10, 2014 01:44:30 PM
Hahaha I know, it's a lot  Tongue I am kind of addicted. As you can tell I barely did any non-stamp related crafts. Letterboxing had taken over my life!  Grin

I am over at 2014, just not very active at present...I will try to work on that.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: February 10, 2014 01:36:20 PM
I just posted a butt load of pics in the 2013 one. Click Here

I believe this is the only thing I made so far this year...

We had a letterboxing event here in Maine at the LLBean flagship store. It ran in the middle of the night (I got there at 9:30pm Fri and left at 3:30am Sat) and we all hunted down stamps through all of the 24-stores. We were asked to carve LLBean related stamps as out Personal Travelers. Personal Travelers are stamps that stay with the letterboxer at all times and are not planted in the wild. So I decided to carve this as mine...ignore the uneven ink as my inkpad needs to be refilled. I was filling in the uninked spots with marker and then gave up  Tongue
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! on: February 10, 2014 01:28:54 PM
Sorry that this is pic heavy, but I barely posted any photos all year, but the crafting was still going! Finally caught up to photographing everything I had remembered...

Knit Bear for my nephew and one of the tiny origami kimonos I made using some paper from Japan.

I co-hosted my nephew's baby shower with my mom. Here are the cupcakes, diaper cake, and hives I made for the bee theme.

Gift Tags for Xmas 2013

Market Bags for my niece's play kitchen.

Knit Socks for my nephew...who probably grew out of them immediately...

A Stitch costume I made from fleece for an Alien letterboxing event that I also wore for halloween. And a crocheted hat for my niece for her banana costume. The banana costume was made by my sister-in-law.


And now on to the massive amount of stamps I carved for letterboxing...





















These are LTCs (Letterboxers Trading Cards) which are like ATCs but must contain a stamped image. The Pooh and Stitch stamp you already saw, but the kid was done by carving 5 stamps (body and limbs) and were carved just for this LTC.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: December 31, 2013 10:55:36 PM
Year 4! Wahoo!

In Progress
Queued
Hibernating

Knit
*Bee Sweater for BabyM
*Knit Roving Sheep for BabyM
*Knit Sock Critter for BabyM
*Knit Hat for BabyM
*Knit Booties for BabyM
*Knit Mittens for BabyM
*Knit Boo Bat for Michelle
*Knit Garlic for Michelle
*Knit Eggplant for Michelle
*Knit Lemon for Michelle
*Knit Lime for Michelle
*Knit Peach for Michelle
*Knit Childs Mittens for Michelle
*Knit Socks
*Knit Hat for Dad
*Knit Cowl
*Bella Mittens
*Swiss Cheese Scarf from my cousin's book (she illustated it)
*Mini Knit Sweater Ornaments
*Knit Socks
*Knit Fair Isle Scandinavian Mittens (Right Mitten Done) Backside, Palmside, Backside extra cuff in, Palmside extra cuff in
*Baby Hoodie Sweater
*Cable Knit Bracelet

Crochet
*Granny Square Afghan for BabyM
*Granny Square Afghan for Michelle
*Mary Jane Slippers I promised Mom
*Crocheted Cactus
*Stick Yarn Bomb
*Rock Yarn Bomb
*Navy Beach Bag
*Yarn Bomb for International Yarn Bombing Day(6/9)
*Doily
*Panda Amigurumi for Angel (as requested)
*Pink Bunny Slippers from SnB:The Happy Hooker

Sewing
*Felt popcorn for Michelle(niece)
*Kimono Shirt for BabyM
*Bib for BabyM
*Sewn Shoes for BabyM
*Mobile for BabyM
*Taggie for BabyM
*Quilt for BabyM
*Quilt for Michelle
*Quiet Book for Michelle
*Sewn Doll for Michelle
*Felt Mailbox for Michelle
*Felt Packages for Michelle
*Skirt from One-Yard Wonders for Michelle
*I-Spy Bag for Michelle
*Elephant from One-Yard Wonders for Michelle
*ReUsable Produce Bags for Felt Food
*Felt Grocery Bag for Felt Food
*Felt Campfire for Michelle
*Felt S'mores for Michelle
*Felt Ginger Bread for Michelle
*Felt Sugar Cookie Hearts for Michelle
*Felt Cactus/Flower Pot
*Trash Holder for Car
*Recyclables Holder for Car
*Luggage Tags for Backpacks
*Mug Rug
*Yarn Pouch with Grommet
*Terry Cloth Lounge Cover with side pockets
*Zippered Pouch to hold my tea bags, sugar and timer on the go
*Hidden Circles Quilt
*Kindle Fire Pillow
*Organization for Mom's Knitting
*Travel Jewelry Roll for Grammy (as requested)
*Car Organizer
*Bedside Caddy
*Folklore Bag from One-Yard Wonders
*"cozy" to go in mom's purse
*Pin Cushion/Sewing machine mat and thread catcher
*Fabric Headband

X-Stitch/Embroidery
*Finish Geocaching Logo 18ct
*Beach Hut Cross-Stitch
*Winter Home Cross-Stitch
*T-Rex Cross-Stitch
*Snowflake Cross-Stitch
*Flamingo Embroidery
*"Time for Tea" Mini Cross-Stitch
*Cross-Stitch Mickey Mouse

Misc.
*Carve PT for LLBean LBing Event
*Recarve The Green Flash Stamp
*Carve some HH/Fleas for FL
*Recarve Tilikum Stamp(not missing, but could do better)
*Tie-Dye my "Alisha" T-shirt
*Letterboxing Epcot Stamp
*Letterboxing Epcot Universe of Energy Stamp
*Bread Bird Feeder
*Bird Nest Helper
*Anklet (restring and put on new clasp)
*2014 Geocaching Sig Item Wooden Nickels
*Letterboxing Stamps to release in Florida
*Letterboxing Logbooks made from Paint Chips and Sticks
*Needle Felted Puffin
*Birthday Card for Michelle
*Birthday Card for Matt
*Birthday Card for Margaret
*Bath Fizzies
*Xmas Gift Tags
*Japanese Ball Keychain
*30 Day Drawing Challenge
*Acorn Geocache
*Terrarium
*Snowman Kit
*Shadow Box Bank with pic of what you are saving for
*To:/From: Stamp
*Address Stamp
*Polymer Clay Lemon Slice Stud Earrings
*Rope Coasters
*Painted Rock Garden Markers
*Tiny Paper Crane Earrings
*Clear Amber Colored Resin with Mosquito Pendant
*Origami Kimonos(Finally got the paper in Japan in Epcot)
*Something I can use my Metal Stamping Letters/Numbers on
*Birds Nest Pendant
*Terrarium
*Coptic Stitch Journal
*Handbag Charm
*Wooden Buttons
*Something to help with my efforts to learn Swahili
*Blank WDW Scrapbook
*Vodka Gummy Bears
*Veggie Garden
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Geocaching swap on: February 15, 2013 02:05:16 AM
I may or may not be depending greatly on when it is. I am headed to FL on Monday until about April. Also finances permitting. I got too much on my mind right now, but I will try to brainstorm ideas.
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