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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Swap Gallery on: May 27, 2008 04:15:21 PM
Original topic here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=239115.0

Green if you have sent.
Blue if you have received.
Purple if you have sent and received.
Teal if you have requested an extension and will be sending late.
If you are still in black font and have not contacted me, please contact me ASAP!

Martine < > Bigmouth
HeatherJuneYoung < > kartiana - removed from swap completely - one partner moved w/no forwarding address
subliminalpolka < > h_pets360
Castaways < > pixie5
llisaredd < > faemystique
Pinokeeo < > sera unravled

So here's the thread where you post your loot!
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Swap (Sign ups closed, Send out 5/28/08) on: April 08, 2008 11:22:34 PM
Swap name: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Martine
Sign-up date range: 4/9/08 - 4/23/08
Date to send item by: 5/28/08

Limited to a certain number of people? 11 (+ organizer)

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Age requirement? 13+

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

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 13 years old: YES


Details of swap:
In this swap, participants will craft using repurposed "waste" and rescued materials.  Recycling is definitely awesome, but reusing materials before they go off to the plant is even better!  Be creative with your materials--they're everywhere!  You can use trash/recyclables from your own house, second-hand goods purchased from thrift stores, found items, or dumpster-dived items/supplies*.  Basically, if you've rescued it from the trash (or the threat of the trash) to give it new life, it's a reasonable material to use.  If there are small parts of your project that you absolutely cannot find materials for without using new ones, just make sure it's really sparingly.  I know it can be hard for stuff like paint, thread, etc... just use your best judgment!

Then, along with your crafted items, make sure you tell your partner the story of where you got your materials.  It will be fun to see what waste we've saved from the landfills!

*I realize not everyone is cool with dumpstering, so if you'd prefer that your partner did not use dumpstered items, you can note that in the questionnaire.  Also, if you are dumpstering for supplies, I am going to assume that you know what you are doing, you know the laws in your area regarding dumpster diving, you are being safe while doing it, and you are not using items that are dirty/potentially dangerous in any way.

For this swap, you can decide with your partner whether you would like to do 2 medium and 2 small items OR 1 medium and 3 small items. Please decide with your partner which you would like beforehand. If you decide to do more, that's fine, just please let me know via PM.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer (Martine):

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 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 13 years old (yes/no):

Why do you choose to "live green"?
What kinds of things do you do to live a "green" lifestyle?
What are you favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
Is there any kind of craft you would not want to receive?
Favorite colors/color scheme?
Least favorite colors?
Do you mind if your partner uses dumpster dived items/supplies?
Do you have any allergies?
Anything else you want your partner to know?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER (Martine) VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  Please be sure to put "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Swap" as the subject of the PM.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

After you send out, please make sure you send your DC# to me and your partner.  And please try to post photos in the gallery shortly after you receive!

Since there was such a big interest, I added two more spots.  I'd like to try to keep the swap small just because it's my first time organizing, but I'm glad people are so excited about recycling!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Swap? on: April 04, 2008 09:40:18 AM
I'm interested in swapping with other craftsters for items that are made from repurposed "waste" and rescued materials.  The items themselves wouldn't necessarily have to be green-themed (but they could!) but I think it would be neat to have a swap where the materials are limited to be mostly second-hand/reused/found materials.  This means that materials could be trash/recyclables from around the crafter's house, purchased from a thrift store (i.e. rescuing some beautiful fabric from a hideous dress and using it for something else), any items found in nature, or if you happen to dumpster dive, any craft supplies that have been rescued from dumpsters could be used as well.  The main rule would be that you can't purchase any (or at least, very little) new supplies in order to complete the crafts.

Basically in the swap we would make crafts, but we would also get to tell the story of where the materials came from.

Would anyone else be interested in this swap?
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 100% Repurposed Paper-Waste Journal on: September 21, 2007 04:54:00 PM
I made a little journal for a friend of mine for her birthday.  Nothing too special though I think it turned out quite well.  I cut all of the pages from partially used notebooks I bought at a thrift store (except for a few pages which were several layers of a used sewing pattern glued together for a little bit of strength since it's so tissue-papery).  The pages that are glued to the front to attach the pages to the cover were cut from an old Readers Digest atlas.  The cover was rescued from a discarded tagboard box from my office that held file folders or something of the sort before one of my coworkers threw it away (didn't even recycle it!).  The cover is then covered with some old sheet music.  I bound it with the stitch that I forget the name of, but it's the one that allows the book to lie flat when open.  There's five signatures of five sheets (ten pages) each.


The sheet music cover, on which I stamped her name (store bought stamps) and a little heart (hand-carved by me).


The inside cover, which has a map of Washington state (where she lives) with the same heart from the cover stamped on Bellingham (where she is about to move for school this Sunday).


The back inside cover, which has a map of Maryland (where I live) with the same heart again stamped on Baltimore (where I live).


Look at all the different types of paper!


One of the sewing pattern pages, and also a plain lined page (but the lines are really faded and also vertical due to the way I cut the paper).


Just another shot of some more of the variety of papers I used.

Anyway, that's it!  I'm mailing it to her probably tomorrow so I hope she likes it.  I like the fact that I was able to take a bunch of things discarded by other people and bring it all together into something for someone I care about.
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Crafting for Menstrual Activism on: September 30, 2006 07:59:43 PM
I'm a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and I, along with a group of other women, are planning on holding a "Period Prom" as a form of menstrual activism and spreading awareness about alternative menstruation, along with fostering positive feelings about menstruating and vaginas.  For those of you who don't know about menstrual activism, it's in large part about how disposable tampons and pads contain harmful chemicals, along with being bad for the environment.  Alternative forms of dealing with menstruation include unbleached organic cotton tampons, reuseable sea sponges, reuseable cloth pads, and reuseable menstrual cups.

Anyway, we are holding a Feminist/Menstruation/Vagina Craft and Bake Sale to raise money for our prom.  Unfortunately, we just found out that we will be required to have a security guard present, which will cost $600!

This is where you guys come in.  If any women would like to contribute one or more of their crafty wares to our cause, that would be incredibly amazing.  It would be super awesome if they are vagina/period-related, but we are really looking for any crafts made by women, which is feminist as it is.  We would sell your item at our craft and bake sale, and would definitely include your name/website/business card/etc so that credit and thanks would be given to you.

If you are interested, please contact me at martine.richards@umbc.edu and we can work out some details.  Thank you all so much!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nudie postage stamp lamp! on: January 28, 2006 11:40:18 AM
I started out with this lamp from IKEA:



Then, with some Mod Podge and a bunch of awesome postage stamps of nude art, I made this:

(Click the pictures to get full size images that are not distorted from the automatic resize)

The lamp:

Side 1 (my favorite side):

Side 2:

Side 3:

Side 4:


The worst part was removing the bamboo sticks from the inside of the lamp so that there wouldn't be shadows on the stamps (I left it on the top part).  I think I seperated a little bit of my thumb from the nail because I was ever so carefully sliding my thumb inbetween the bamboo and the rice paper.

Anyway, really simple project but I love love love the way it turned out.
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES / I'm still keeping away the babies, but now, in style! (Embellished BC Pill Case) on: November 06, 2005 09:09:13 PM
So, here's my entry for the new life for old jeans craft challenge.  Right after I saw the challenge I decided I wanted to do it, but at first I couldn't think of something fun and original that I would actually like to make.  Then, suddenly, an idea just ocurred to me.

Feel free to click any of the pictures to view a larger version.

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~mrich1/img/craft/pillcasefront.jpg

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~mrich1/img/craft/pillcaseside1.jpg

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~mrich1/img/craft/pillcaseside2.jpg

So in case you haven't figured out what this little bit of my old pair of jeans is, it's...

An embellished birth control pill case!
http://userpages.umbc.edu/~mrich1/img/craft/pillcaseopen.jpg

I had about a billion of the cases laying around since I get a new one every time I fill my prescription.  Along with it, I get the little pamphlet about how you should buy one of their special cases that has some lame picture printed on it.  I decided it would be way more fun to make my own.

To make it, I first glued the denim down to the case.  For embellishments I glued on a few oblong pearl beads, a scrap of ribbon, and a beautiful handmade ceramic button (I just pulled out the wire toggle loop in the back so it would lay flat).  I then painted around the edge of the case to keep the denim and ribbon from fraying.

Cute and functional!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Nevermind on: September 25, 2005 12:10:39 PM
Nevermind
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Limey goodness tote bag for my textbooks! on: September 04, 2005 04:15:26 PM
So I made this tote bag to cart around my textbooks and notebooks for school this year to make it a little bit less of a drag.  I saw the lime fabric and it inspired me.

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~mrich1/img/craft/limebag.jpg
The bag itself.

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~mrich1/img/craft/limebagapplique.jpg
Close up of the lime appliques I made out of felt and handsewed on.

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~mrich1/img/craft/limebaglining.jpg
The wonderful lining fabric.

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~mrich1/img/craft/limebagpocket.jpg
One of the two pockets I put into the lining; they close with flaps with snaps on them and are both sized to fit my iPod, so I can throw the iPod in whichever one I feel like and throw my (smaller) cell in the other.

I'm thinking of putting a buttonhole style slit in the top of the pockets so that I can plug my 'Pod in through the flap, but this is all I have right now.  I hope to make a matching pencil bag too, but for now I'm focusing on school and with gas prices I really don't want to drive home just to sew a pencil bag.
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