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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Paper & Ephemera Swap Gallery (warning: may induce envy) on: June 30, 2005 10:04:02 AM
Paper and ephemera packages will be arriving soon!  Please post here when you receive to let us see/read about all the lovelies you now have.  Also, if people who are interested in doing this (again) should PM me!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Quick poll on language/cultural vernacular on: June 19, 2005 02:01:48 PM
I'm working on a crafty little project and I am stuck!  There's a phrase that I'd like to use, but it is dependent upon people recognizing what it is that I'm bastardizing.  If you could fill in the blank(s) and let me know your ethnicity/religion/cultural background, I would be extremely appreciative.  If you're not comfortable putting that information in an open topic thread, please PM it to me and I will never tell a soul.  And if you can't fill in the blank(s), that would also be really useful for me to know! 

_______ thou art and unto _______ thou shalt return.

Thanks a million, craftsters!
Julia
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Paper & Ephemera SWAP (Sign up CLOSED; Send by July 1) on: May 31, 2005 09:14:27 AM
I also posted this over on the general swap board. 

Swap name:  Paper & Ephemera SWAP
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: happify
Sign-up date range: May 31 to June 21
Date to send item by: July 1

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): nope!
Non-U.S. participants allowed? yes!
All ages allowed? Or 18+? all
Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: YES
Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES


Details of swap:
Who/Where: anyone who loves and/or uses paper and ephemera (see below for ideas) anywhere in the world.  I.e. YOU!

What: fill to brimming a manila envelope (the kind that fits an 8.5"x11" piece of paper, or A4 for Europeans, and I don't know what elsewhere) with all sorts and sizes of paper and ephemera.

When: sign up by June 21 and send out by July 1.

How many: each participant can send out and receive up to three envelopes full of paper/ephemera.

Why: because paper is beautiful and fun!


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
How many envelopes would you like to swap?

Here are the kinds of things I'll be sending -- just some ideas of the type of stuff you might want to include:
Japanese printed papers
Italian papers
Marbled papers
Handmade, organic type papers
Printed papers
Brightly colored, quality papers
Vellums
Old card catalog cards
Check-out-the-books cards
Sheets of sticky paper in sparkles and gold and such
Foreign stamps
pages from books from pre-1930 (already destroyed -- I can't kill a book!)
Labels/manuals/advertisements from the 60s

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 out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Paper & Ephemera SWAP (CLOSED: Send by JULY 1!) on: May 31, 2005 09:09:45 AM
Swap name:  Paper & Ephemera SWAP
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: happify
Sign-up date range: May 31 to June 21
Date to send item by: July 1

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): nope!
Non-U.S. participants allowed? yes!
All ages allowed? Or 18+? all
Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: YES
Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES


Details of swap:
Who/Where: anyone who loves and/or uses paper and ephemera (see below for ideas) anywhere in the world.  I.e. YOU!

What: fill to brimming a manila envelope (the kind that fits an 8.5"x11" piece of paper, or A4 for Europeans, and I don't know what elsewhere) with all sorts and sizes of paper and ephemera.

When: sign up by June 21 and send out by July 1.

How many: each participant can send out and receive up to three envelopes full of paper/ephemera.

Why: because paper is beautiful and fun!


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
How many envelopes would you like to swap?

Here are the kinds of things I'll be sending -- just some ideas of the type of stuff you might want to include:
Japanese printed papers
Italian papers
Marbled papers
Handmade, organic type papers
Printed papers
Brightly colored, quality papers
Vellums
Old card catalog cards
Check-out-the-books cards
Sheets of sticky paper in sparkles and gold and such
Foreign stamps
pages from books from pre-1930 (already destroyed -- I can't kill a book!)
Labels/manuals/advertisements from the 60s

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 out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Zipper for Jacket from zipper for purse? M'aidez! on: May 11, 2005 09:07:54 AM
I have a lovely vintage shirt in a canvassy material that was too big for me, but just right as a spring jacket.  I cut down the center, found a zipper in my stash that matched, and was all set to sew the two together when I realized that the zipper doesn't ever fully come apart like it needs to.  It's just one of those standard ones like they sell near the threads in sewing stores. 

Is there any way to turn it into a jacket zipper?  If not, what should I do? 
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Paper Swaps and Co-op buying? on: May 07, 2005 04:44:57 PM
I just posted a proposed swap over in the craft swaps (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=34615.msg296430#msg296430).  I am interested in just straight up trading as well.

Most importantly, however, I am looking for places that sell really pretty printed papers (especially Japanese) in smaller sizes, so that I don't end up with all these giant sheets that I can't use up. 

Or, if such places don't exist (Paper Source doesn't sell them like this, nor do other art paper suppliers in MPLS, that I am aware of), might people be interested in going in together to purchase a sheet?  I'm thinking of ones like these:
http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/13552150.html
http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/10078850.html

That way $8 or $9 could get us, say, four different patterns instead of just one.

What do you think?

(Also, I am looking at a little bit longer term -- a freak accident damaged (beyond repair, I think) the Paper Source store by my house, so I am waiting to hear where they'll be moving to.)
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Paper and Paper Ephemera for Collages/ATCs/Bookmaking SWAP! on: May 07, 2005 04:21:55 PM
I've been spending the past few days on spring cleaning/purging and I seem to have boxes and rolls of paper and related items.  Most of the time, I've purchased entire sheets of paper (18"x24" or thereabouts) and still have a lot left since I work on a smaller scale.  I was thinking there are probably quite a few of us who don't NEED such large sheets, or have lots of the same kind of paper/vintage advertisements/stamps/misc. lying around.  I hereby propose a swap.

What I'm thinking:
1.  We'd use manila envelopes, the kind that fit an 8.5"x11" piece of paper, and fill them with sheets of paper, smaller pieces, ephemera, etc. 
2.  Each swap participant could decide how many envelopes they wish to send out (and hence receive back).  For example, I have a ton of stuff, so I might like to send out five envelopes to five different people. 
3.  We'd at least double our selection of ephemera and have new inspiration!
4.  We'd make beautiful art and the world will become a better place.

And for a further example, here's some of the stuff that I have and would be including:
Japanese printed papers
Italian papers
Marbled papers
Handmade, organic type papers
Printed papers
Brightly colored, quality papers
Vellums
Old card catalog cards
Check-out-the-books cards
Sheets of sticky paper in sparkles and gold and such.
Foreign stamps
Labels/manuals/advertisements from the 60s

If you're interested, please post! 

And if you're interested in my stuff but don't have ephemera, PM me if you still might want to trade!

Julia
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Picture Hosting (non-craftster) on: March 09, 2005 11:05:41 PM
I'm looking for a photo hosting service that I can link to in my ebay auctions of my stuff or use if I do my own website eventually (would this be the proper procedure?  I've got a lot to learn!).  I'm wondering what services you guys use, how much they charge, what the size limit is for each picture and for pictures total, if they crash often, what you'd recommend, etc. 

Thanks!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ribbon Organizer/Wall Art on: February 22, 2005 12:11:55 AM
I love my art supplies and hate to have them buried away in ugly plastic or cardboard boxes.  Beauty in all things!  My ribbons were migrating from sad container to sad container, vase to box to bag, and they really just wanted to be looked at.  

I took a board that I had hanging around, marked off stripes with masking tape and painted.  Then moved masking tape to cover newly painted stripes and did the blanks.  It's in shades of a chartreuse and a deep wine red both moving paler.  I ended by nailing in a brad at each line.  The finishing on top is a little crass, but I couldn't find my staple gun at the time.  Eventually I'll probably change it.  







10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / The Ethics of Beauty? on: February 06, 2005 01:00:46 PM
I'm wondering how other crafty/beauty-loving people deal with ethical dilemmas in crafting.  What is allowed in the name of beauty?  What is prohibited?  What are our responsibilities as members of an extremely privileged/well off portion of the world's population? 

I am a believer that beauty is one of the highest forms of good/truth, yet I have trouble defining my ethics of beauty, especially since, as a citizen of the U.S., my choices will disproportionately affect the world and its people.  For example, if I am making a quilt, can I buy fabric new?  If so, should I refuse to purchase from large corporations?  How much do I need to know about the productions/manufacturing standards of the fabric company?  What about the environmental effects of dyes used?  How about prints on non-organic cottons?  What about the effects of those pesticides on surrounding populations?  How about shipping costs?  And what about using prints that exoticize people or forward gender stereotypes, even if I am using them ironically?  If I'm not using new fabrics, what are the limits allowable for finding vintage or used ones?  Should I avoid Savers/Value Village since they do not fairly pay their charity where I am?  Should I avoid eBay and shipping goods over long distances?  Can I use former clothing?  What about the waste from the odd shapes that I cannot use?  And, ultimately, what if I cannot find used/vintage fabrics that will result in a beautiful quilt?  Can I then use new fabrics?  Additionally, If I let the company know that their consumers are concerned with environmental and ethical issues, then can I buy from them?  Do I need check up on the benefits of the workers at, say, Joann Fabrics and Savers?  How about their hiring practices?  And their recycling records? 

And that's just an example; what about other crafts, such as photography, where we may be purposely exposing ourselves to toxins -- do we then turn down cancer treatment in the future?  Or beading -- do we pay more for Japanese beads since the workers have the highest standard of living, or do we support the people in developing nations such as the Czech Republic?  Do we avoid any bleached paper? 

So how much weight do we give beauty?  Do we add any for utilitarian beauty?  At what point are we acting irresponsibly?

I really am looking forward to a discussion with other craftsters who have grappled with these issues!
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