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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / T-SHIRT SWAP (sign up: CLOSED ; mail 4/2 & 4/23 on: March 10, 2004 12:17:56 PM
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Signups for Round 1 of the T-Shirt swap is now closed... Keep your eye out for the start of round 2, if you are interested in joining later... Grin
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I love unique t-shirts and what I love even more is the ideas/designs other folks can come up with.. So I figured a T-Shirt exchange would be a fun thing to try....

Basically it'd work like this... You buy (or find in your closet) a blank shirt in your size, you mail it off to whom will be doing your shirt... They embellish, stencil, screen, embroider, or do whatever to your shirt, then mail it back to you. You will also be getting someone's shirt in the mail that you will decorate and mail back to the sender.... I thought this would be the best way to do things, since then you'd be guaranteed that your shirt will fit ya....

To keep things under control, I am limiting this exchange to 15 members. If this works out well, I will start another shortly after this exchange ends... So don't panic if you miss out this time....

If interested please PM me with the following:

Craftster screen name:
Real Name:
Gender: (ok, sometimes it is hard to tell a gender from a name and we do not want a male getting a girly shirt, now do we?)
Mailing Address:
Email:
Please note anything you'd hate on the shirt: (for instance if you absolutely can not stand flowers, then state such)

I'd love for this to be open to all parts of the world... My only issue is it may slow things down for those waiting for a shirt and waiting for their finished shirt... If you don't mind shipping outside of the US or sending your shirt to be designed by someone outside of the US, then please let me know... I will definately try though to keep mailings within the individual regions, if at all possible...

Please note that I am accepting the 15 members on a first come first PM basis, meaning do not post here if you are interested, PM me immediately so you can be assured a spot...

If you are under the age of 18 you must PM me before submitting your info telling me you are a minor and you MUST have a parent contact me within 3 days of me sending my reply with info on how the parent should contact me. To keep things moving, I am limiting to the time to receive the parental OK to 3 days. If I do not receive the OK in 3 days, I will pass on to the next applicant.

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General Rules and Guidelines:

On your shirt you want decorated:
1. Be sure to select a shirt that fits well, since after all this will be your shirt!
2. Get a shirt that is 50/50 or 100% cotton, any other fibers may severely limit what your recipient can do with the shirt.
3. I will be contacting your designer with your info, but it is a good idea to still safety pin a note with your info on the shirt, before sending.

On decorating your recipients shirt:
1. If you will be "altering" the shirt be sure not to change the size.
2. Use a method that you know well, as not to mess up the shirt.
3. When sending the shirt back, if you have any specific care notes, remember to include a note with such information.

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You are welcome to send your designer to use any style of top you'd like, you are not limited to just send a typical t-shirt.... As a designer you are welcome to use whatever method you can think of to decorate the shirt just keep in mind ease of washing and the longevity of whatever you will be doing....

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Deadlines:

Sign up deadline is Friday 3/26/04 - Obviously sign ups will close if we receive the maximum number of members prior to the closing date....
Monday 3/29/04 - You will receive your info on who you will be sending your shirt to and who you will be receiving their shirt to decorate.
Friday 4/2/04 - Is the deadline to mail your shirt out TO BE decorated.
Friday 4/23/04 - Is the deadline to mail out the shirt that YOU decorated.

Note: I cut the getting the info and sending your blank shirt off dates close because, I figured it would not be that hard to come up with a shirt to send...

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Some info on shipping: After spending forever to figure out how much a shirt would weigh... Putting a shirt in a large envelope and mailing first class will cost $2 - $3... It'd also take around 3 days for the shirt to get to it's location (if mailing within the continental US)....


Phew! I think that is it... If you have any questions or suggestions post here or contact me by PM or email thekilltoy@yahoo.com.....


2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / play with your food! on: February 26, 2004 08:51:37 AM
My BF found this site for me a few months back... I'm a veggie, so no hotdogs for me, but it'd be cute with soydogs methinks.... It would be a great way to dress up your next get together and/or party.....

The site is in Japanese but with lots of visual instructions....

http://www.nipponham.co.jp/winny/kazari/index.html

Any ideas on other veggie products that could be used instead of hotdogs?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bleach stains be gone!!! *waves wand* on: February 26, 2004 08:30:10 AM
I had bought this top a while back from the thrift, despite it having several obvious bleach booboos up near the neckline... I loved the shirt to death and thought I could figure out something to cover the stains... So fast forward many months to now, I finally dug out the top and disguised the booboos...

Don't you just love felt and hand stitching? Grin

http://www.undertheskysoblue.com/xx/bsbegone01.jpg
http://www.undertheskysoblue.com/xx/bsbegone02.jpg
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / childhood craftyness (god's eye) on: February 19, 2004 11:25:07 PM
It all started when a guy friend was over this evening and I decided, out of a lack of something better to do, to teach him how to knit. On one hand he was doing much better than the first time I picked up needles, but on the other hand we both were quickly losing interest due to the fact that it took him 15 min to do one stitch. It also did not help, for the sake of accomplishing something, that in between stitches he would entertain me by using the needles as chopsticks, drumsticks, probes, weapons, etc...

We gave up and for a plan B I quickly grabbed a few skewers, a couple skiens of cheap acrylic yarn, and asked him if he ever made a "God's Eye"... Of course he never heard of them/made them/had a childhood... but I insisted that it was a Camp/School craft that I did for many of my childhood years and if a 6 year old can do it, so can he....

Here is the one I made - I plan on making more, because it makes me feel all nostalgic and stuff....
http://www.undertheskysoblue.com/xx/godseye.jpg

So... Did anyone else make these as a kid? All you need to do is tie two sticks in a X shape and start wrapping yarn around the sticks, changing colors whenever you feel moved to....

I posted this to Craftster because I thought it'd be fun to revive childcraft memories or even to start a God's Eye revolution... Be a kid again, whip up one, and post your creation here!  Grin
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / magnetic lyrics kit... on: February 15, 2004 01:10:18 PM
I made this for my BF for Valentine's Day... Yea, this is a little late for a V-Day gift idea, but this project could be used as a year-round personalized gift...

http://www.undertheskysoblue.com/xx/magneticlyrics.jpg

No, this is not magnetic poetry... This is magnetic song lyrics!!! My BF is a musician and I thought he'd get a kick out of the quirkiness of song lyrics kit.

I'm sure I am not the first person to think of this, but I thought I'd post how I did it for anyone who is curious or has never done this before....

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What I used...
# List of "customized" and basic words
# Magnetic sheet with adhesive backing
# Clear contact paper or a clear sealer/varnish
# Dressed up container to place the finished project in

Since our taste in music is often very different, I started gathering words that were re-occurring or stereotypical, by browsing the lyrics of his favorite bands. Once I was satisfied with a list of words that would "customize" the kit, I rounded the word list out by adding the most commonly used words in the English language. I found a list here:

 http://esl.about.com/library/vocabulary/bl1000_list1.htm -  Also to keep the amount of words from being overwhelming, I avoided the break down of words by adding "ing" "ed" etc. on their own to the list.

In order to use as little material as possible, I suggest using a word processing program to arrange the words into columns. I thought of this after the fact, so it took two sheets of paper to fit my list on.

At Michaels I purchased 1 foot by 2 foot "magnetic sheet" with adhesive. They also sold it in single 5" x 8" sheets, but as stated before my words were not place in the most efficient manner so I figured it'd be better to have too much than too little.

I cut two pieces off the magnetic sheet the size of my paper, removed the protective paper from the sticky side of the magnetic sheet, and carefully laid down my word list smoothing out any bubbles.

If the weather would of been more welcoming I would of sprayed the magnetic sheet, after I applied the word list, with a coat of clear sealer, but instead I just put a layer of clear contact paper on top.

I used the binding of a book to smooth over the top of the magnet to make sure all the layers had adhered completely. Then I proceeded to the daunting task of cutting out all the words.

The magnetic lyrics were presented in a box I had decorated with a few pictures, the name of the kit, and the back had silly infomercial style instructions on how to use the kit....

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Off the top of my head I could think of all sorts of uses for customized kits... It could range from song lyrics to fan fiction. Even if you took a different approach with the words used you could make a "create a recipe" or "create a craft project" type kits too....
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Removing wrinkles/creases from vinyl? on: February 03, 2004 05:37:56 PM
A week ago I purchased a remnant of clear vinyl from my local fabric store in hopes of making something out of it... Because they had the remnant rolled up into a tube shape it now has a few minor creases on it and a few wrinkles from what looks as if someone at some point squished the tube...

I took the vinyl out tonight in hopes of working with it... Any ideas on how to make the vinyl smooth again?  Huh
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / fuzzy wuzzy bag on: December 22, 2003 07:53:16 PM
Edit: I explained how I made the bag several replies down....

Phew. I finished this just in time for Christmas (it is a gift for a friend).. Blue is her favorite color and I really dig eyelash yarns, so I knitted this using a strand of Lion Brand Fun Fur and a strand of a generic acrylic.. I did the stripe with two strands of the acrylic... Not pictured but the bag is lined with a light blue fabric. The lining also keeps the bag from warping all to heck...

The bag is so soft!! I had moments while knitting, where I considered hijacking her bag and turning it into a tank top for myself....  Wink

http://www.undertheskysoblue.com/xx/fuzzybag.jpg
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