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3761  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 12 days of christmas swap? on: September 02, 2009 04:06:27 PM
Yay!!!
3762  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bead Soup Swap - Round 2 on: September 02, 2009 08:08:44 AM
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I've had several questions about feedback on this swap, so I wanted to lay out my rules here, for everyone to see.

I give feedback after a few conditions are met:
 
#1  You have sent your packages. (duh!)
#2  Your recipients have posted pictures of what you sent.
#3  You have posted pictures of what your partners sent you.

I maintain these rules for a few reasons.  First, being a GOOD swapper means that you not only sent a nice package to your partner, but that you cared enough to show off what someone sent to you.  What if someone you sent to, never posted pictures?  Wouldn't that make you sad, after you worked so hard on their package?  So make sure you take as much care in photographing and posting as you wish your partners would take in documenting your work. 
Second, I cannot in all good conscience give out Positive Feedback, if I haven't seen what you sent.  In this swap, we required you send 1 cup of beads to either 1 or 2 partners.  Let's say you sent off your 1 cup, plus maybe a candy bar for your partner.  But what if the person sending to you only sent 1/4 cup of beads?  Would you be happy if they received the same positive feedback that you did just because they sent *something*, and did not meet the minimum requirements?  Would you be happy if their profile read "Thanks for being a great swapper!"  No, of course not.  Plus, that person would be free to join other swaps, with unsuspecting organizers, and send a lousy package to someone else!

I'm not posting this to say that we do have lousy swappers.  Quite the opposite.  I think we have a lovely group here, with one small exception.  We do have an official flaker.  CreativeChick8 has requested her account be deleted and has left Craftster.  Thankfully the lovely april again has already stepped up to send an Angel package to teriyakimoto.  (Yay for april again!  Yay for generosity and goodwill between crafters!)  This means that clearly CreativeChick8 will not be posting the lovely gift that olive_juice sent her.  Olive_juice, your feedback will not be held up because of this.  Please feel free to post pictures of the goodies you sent her though, so we can all admire your work. 

Finally, I do know that we cannot all drop what we are doing the second we receive a package, to take and post pictures.  Waiting a day or even a few days, till you have a free moment to take some nice pictures, is not a problem.  BUT, remember that if you wait *too* long (I'm talking over a week!) to post pictures of your goodies, you're not just delaying your feedback, but you are delaying the feedback of the person who sent to you.  I will get off my soap box now...

Also, yes, I will do a Round 3, but sign-ups won't start for a few weeks.  I want this round to be pretty much over first.  (Keeping track of 30-40 people who all just write "bead soup" in the subject lines of their PMs in 3 rounds of this swap is just too much!)  Have patience my friends, and it will be rewarded... with awesome swapping!

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3763  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Bead Soup Swap - Round 2 Gallery on: September 02, 2009 08:08:23 AM
***Organizational Note***
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I've had several questions about feedback on this swap, so I wanted to lay out my rules here, for everyone to see.

I give feedback after a few conditions are met:
 
#1  You have sent your packages. (duh!)
#2  Your recipients have posted pictures of what you sent.
#3  You have posted pictures of what your partners sent you.

I maintain these rules for a few reasons.  First, being a GOOD swapper means that you not only sent a nice package to your partner, but that you cared enough to show off what someone sent to you.  What if someone you sent to, never posted pictures?  Wouldn't that make you sad, after you worked so hard on their package?  So make sure you take as much care in photographing and posting as you wish your partners would take in documenting your work. 
Second, I cannot in all good conscience give out Positive Feedback, if I haven't seen what you sent.  In this swap, we required you send 1 cup of beads to either 1 or 2 partners.  Let's say you sent off your 1 cup, plus maybe a candy bar for your partner.  But what if the person sending to you only sent 1/4 cup of beads?  Would you be happy if they received the same positive feedback that you did just because they sent *something*, and did not meet the minimum requirements?  Would you be happy if their profile read "Thanks for being a great swapper!"  No, of course not.  Plus, that person would be free to join other swaps, with unsuspecting organizers, and send a lousy package to someone else!

I'm not posting this to say that we do have lousy swappers.  Quite the opposite.  I think we have a lovely group here, with one small exception.  We do have an official flaker.  CreativeChick8 has requested her account be deleted and has left Craftster.  Thankfully the lovely april again has already stepped up to send an Angel package to teriyakimoto.  (Yay for april again!  Yay for generosity and goodwill between crafters!)  This means that clearly CreativeChick8 will not be posting the lovely gift that olive_juice sent her.  Olive_juice, your feedback will not be held up because of this.  Please feel free to post pictures of the goodies you sent her though, so we can all admire your work. 

Finally, I do know that we cannot all drop what we are doing the second we receive a package, to take and post pictures.  Waiting a day or even a few days, till you have a free moment to take some nice pictures, is not a problem.  BUT, remember that if you wait *too* long (I'm talking over a week!) to post pictures of your goodies, you're not just delaying your feedback, but you are delaying the feedback of the person who sent to you.  I will get off my soap box now...

Also, yes, I will do a Round 3, but sign-ups won't start for a few weeks.  I want this round to be pretty much over first.  (Keeping track of 30-40 people who all just write "bead soup" in the subject lines of their PMs in 3 rounds of this swap is just too much!)  Have patience my friends, and it will be rewarded... with awesome swapping!

***Organizational Note***
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3764  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Bead Soup Swap - Round 2 Gallery on: September 02, 2009 06:41:04 AM
lol!  Well the other wooden beads in the package probably DID come from a factory in China!  But the olive wood ones should be disctinct, in their obviously higher quality, and the grain line I mentioned...   Smiley
3765  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Bead Soup Swap - Round 2 Gallery on: September 02, 2009 06:04:11 AM
I am so frustrated! I just typed up a long post and lost the whole thing when my computer decided it must shut it self down for no apparent reason!  Angry Anyway, I received my packages from JennieIngram and jenn1519!!! They are just so so so cool and made my day after having to go into work unscheduled early in the morning.

Here's the goodies from JennieIngram! The first package I opened


Hey sheepBlue, I should have also mentioned that the two bags of wood beads that are SUPER smooth and have a beautiful and distinct grain line in them, are actually olive wood from Jerusalem.  After the olives are harvested, the branches that were cut are turned into things like beads, etc.  (There should be a small bag of oval shaped ones, and a bag of fat round ones.)  I'm not religious really, but my family is sorta-Catholic, so I made my "academically interested" father a bookmark for his bible, and a bracelet for my uber-Catholic aunt.  It made both of them rather happy to have some small (and renewable!) piece of the holy land.  I keep meaning to make myself a necklace of them too, and they are just so beautiful, with their contrasting grain, and utter smoothness.   
3766  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Lonestar Wedding Quilt-lots of photos!! on: September 02, 2009 05:54:16 AM
Sadly, the Bowling Green Public Library doesn't have it, and neither does the library at Western Kentucky University.  Both libraries actually kind of fail in the craft and quilt book department, let alone books to read for fun...  WKU has lots of historical books on quilts, but they are all non-circulating.  I'll have to check to see if inter-library loan can help me out.
3767  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 12 days of christmas swap? on: September 01, 2009 06:11:42 PM
Can I admit that I was checking Craftster all day, waiting for the signups at work... but then our server went down this afternoon and I was freaking out that I'd miss them!
3768  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: two doll quilts on: September 01, 2009 09:54:06 AM
I love pinwheels in quilts (so hypnotic Grin) so the first quilt is definitely my favorite, but they're both very pretty. I wonder though, if you don't have dolls or small pets, what can you do with a doll quilt? I would love to make these for practice, I'm just afraid of having no purpose for it when I'm done. It's such a waste. Cry

Wall quilts!  Nothing like instant art on your walls, that NO ONE else has!
3769  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Lonestar Wedding Quilt-lots of photos!! on: September 01, 2009 06:21:24 AM
charaxesdistanti, she's laying it out on a "quilt wall".  You can use something like the back of a vinyl table cloth (the "fuzzy" side) or some large piece of felt, etc, hung on a wall or over a door.  Anything that you can lay your quilt pieces against, that will hold them from sliding down.  Like velcro, but not.  That way you can step back and look at the quilt as a whole, as it's being built, and try re-arranging blocks as necessary.  Basically it helps you get perspective before you quilt it together.

zen-crafter, that is beautiful!  I have always wanted to try a lone-star, but never got around to it!  Maybe one day soon...  Did you use a book or a tutorial online for the pattern?
3770  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Robo Buggie and The Tickle on: September 01, 2009 06:16:16 AM
Too cute!
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