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161  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: March 18, 2010 04:14:32 PM
GALLERY LINK!

We have swappers from ... U.S., U.K., Switzerland, Australia and Canada!  


Swap name: Frugal Living Swap 2: (Return of the Cheap)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Co-organizer: superhooker (thank you!)
Sign-up date range: March 18, 2010 - March 31, 2010
Partners will go out on: April 1, 2010
Date to send item by: May 1, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A

Additional Age requirement? No.

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
- Is at least 18 years old: 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 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

This swap is all about living (and crafting!) frugally.  Frugal living means something different to each person, but it may include saving money by using cloth napkins, knit/crocheted dishcloths, reusable shopping bags (you save 5 cents for each bag you bring in at my grocery store!), wool dryer balls (seriously, the dryer sheets can be pricey!), reusable menstrual pads or diva cup/moon cup bag and wet bags, soap savers, homemade laundry soap, homemade bath soaks, etc.  Or it may include recipes to try out instead of eating out, a piggy bank/other way of corralling change to take to the bank instead of letting it be eaten by the couch, having a coupon organizer ... the ideas are endless!

For this swap, 95% of what you'll use to craft should be from your stash.  The more you use that you already have, the better!  If you absolutely must purchase something, it'd be great if you could get it at the Salvation Army/Goodwill/thrift stores or on sale.  (I don't want to say don't buy anything because I know how it feels to have everything you need except one little thing for a project.)

I'll do my best to pair people by country, so participants can take advantage of cheaper rate shipping.  (If you'd be willing to send out of your country, that'd be great though, in case of uneven numbers.)

Crafting Requirements:

The requirements for this swap is 5 points, which will translate to one medium and three smalls.  If you want to do more, please talk to your partner!  Remember, this is all about frugality so do not feel obligated or pressured into sending more than the requirements.  If your partner mentions spoiling and you can't or won't, be honest!  We're all here to get a handle on saving and becoming more financially in charge of our futures, so no one is going to look down their nose at you if you don't want to or can't send more than the requirements.  Really.  Pinky promise!

For those who need a refresher, here's the Craftster guide to what constitutes each size:

By Time

-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price (though really, USE YOUR STASH!!!  The entire package should be less than a small!)
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less


Communication Requirements:

Checking in on the swap thread at least once a week is required so we know you're still around and crafting!  A quick note saying that you're still working is sufficient.  Since in the last swap we were a very chatty bunch - and not always on topic - I am requiring that every post have SOMETHING to do with being frugal, being crafty or being craftily frugal.  Also, communicating with your partner is also a necessity.  If you have consistent (and recent) dings on feedback for poor communication or sending late, I may not approve your application.  I will also note communication in feedback!



If you want to participate, PM the following information to the organizer (kaz814):

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Frugal Living 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 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):

What are your frugal goals for your household/yourself?
What crafts would help you in those goals?
What crafts would you be willing to make?
What crafts would not like to make?
Is there anything you do not want to receive?
What are your favorite colors/patterns?
What are your least favorite colors/patterns?
Are there allergies in your home?
Are there allergens in your home?
Can you take pictures before you send and post pictures when you receive?
Is there anything else that you'd like your partner to know? (Children, SOs, other preferences, etc.)



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 other rules about participating in a swap.


Want to join, but are having trouble thinking of frugal things you'd like to go on your questionnaire?  Check out this list!

Also, check this post for a list of Frugal Resources!
162  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Frugal Living 2? on: March 10, 2010 03:05:23 PM
I know a lot of people from Frugal Swap 1 are already rubbing their fiendish (and frugal) little hands together over the thought of a round 2, but I wanted to get a general sense of who's interested.

Frugal Living Swap
Frugal Living Swap Gallery

Potentially thinking of opening sign-ups endish of March, partners on the 1st of Aprilish, send-outs beginning of May?  Probably stick with 1 medium, 3 smalls - nothing too overwhelming, along with the 'please use your stash' strong recommendation.

Any takers? Any thoughts in general? 
163  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Decoupaged Box on: February 09, 2010 12:55:17 PM
I hope I'm putting this in the right spot - if not, let me know and I'll move it!

Anyway, for the Organize Me Swap, I decided I just had to decoupage a box with little compartments for my partner.  I didn't get a before picture, but imagine a wooden box with red and green faux-victorian holiday people frolicking on the top and you're close (who knew that Pier One made mulling spices?)  Anyway, she likes red/white/black combo and Celtic, so I went with both of those.  I bought a pendant that looked Celtic (to me, anyway) to glue to the top as decoration and removed the little gold latch on the front to be replaced by a painted wooden bead.

It looks 110% better in my not-so-humble opinion. Smiley




164  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Project Bag on: February 09, 2010 12:51:04 PM
For the Organize Me Swap, my partner indicated she'd like something that could organize her crochet/knitting but could also be taken along.  I loosely based what I did on this tutorial by stitch81, but I mostly just went with what I had in my head and this is what resulted:




The inside:  I made a scissor holder and a little snapped pocket for yarn needles or other oddments:




The drawstring bag that holds the yarn and snaps next to the scissors and the needle pouch:




On the other side a pocket for whatever she wants to carry:




165  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Frugal Living Swap Gallery on: January 19, 2010 04:57:26 AM
Frugal Living Swap Link

We have senders! Smiley I can't wait to see everyone's frugal crafts!


Sent
Sending Late With Communication
Received
Sent & Received
Sent, Received & Feedback Given
Contact Organizer Immediately

kaz814's group

kaz814 <-> Craftrica
Tanza <-> emerri
Taniquel <-> Kitten Wrangler
flower <-> grenouille78
bethiej78 <-> lady4feet
mink_bikini <-> itchyfingers
onegroovyday <-> MareMare
Aikibookworm <-> lydiaharper
dharma_rebel <-> MommyTheMaid
LagamorphLounge <-> pantsafari
snazzyjazzy <-> danger.kitty
pops <-> holistic knitter
smittenheart <-> Jenna_Gayle
MissCrafty29 <-> irish_chicky
Kaissa <-> christinacoghill
Disco Queen Highness <-> SpencerTwins2007

donniesgirl's group

donniesgirl <-> Liralen
mammallama <-> Mizell
Lylanni <-> BabyCakes8510
edie22 <-> yzzilnoaj
Cakie <-> Shelanie
lindsayrose <-> Shannin
blupaisan <-> ariaya
pamelabd <-> christie.mcnabb
SAHMama <-> imafundork
stringofpearls <-> Tero
psychonmemphis <-> aimeerox
amymisha <-> rottenlittleboys
zombiebex <-> Roxsun40
cjclark <-> pixieval
angelofmusic <-> crazy4bags
ktlady -> JodiLynn85 -> Avabrowneyes -> ktlady
166  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Customized Bulletin Board on: December 22, 2009 09:38:16 AM
This is a Christmas gift for my mom, who is in desperate need of a large bulletin board for her computer room/office.  The one she has now is the size of a sheet of paper.  The colors of the room are beige (walls), purple and green ... it's not as crazy as it sounds, really!  The purple and green are accent colors.

Anyway, I bought a roll of cork - the kind with an adhesive back.  They also sell squares of cork, but those looked so small to me.  I also bought a piece of foam board, because the roll of cork is very thin.  Measured and cut the foam board to size then attached the cork to it.  Trimmed the edges.

Then I mixed up a pretty purple (I didn't have any on hand) and painted the cork.  Once dry, I hot-glued the green ribbon around the edges, securing on the back as well.  I used little glass beads to make "flowers" in two corners and hot glued bows in the other two.  I also hot glued the mounting brackets on the back (I was afraid the little nails they provide would go through).



To make it more personal, I used paintpens to draw on more of the glass beads, which I then hot glued to the little pushpins (the ones with the white tops) ...



You can't tell, but they spell out her name, plus 'Love' and my name, along with a few random flowers and polka dots.
167  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Frugal Living Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED; MAIL BY 2/6/2010) on: December 21, 2009 03:18:41 PM
Gallery Link

We have participants in the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa!   Smiley  The more, the merrier!

Swap will be closing early-ish on the 8th!  If you're on the fence, sign up now!

Swap name: Frugal Living Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Co-organizer: donniesgirl
Sign-up date range: December 21, 2009 - January 8, 2010
Date to send item by: February 6, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A

Additional Age requirement? No.

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
- Is at least 18 years old: 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 16 years old: YES
- If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This swap is all about living (and crafting!) frugally.  Frugal living means something different to each person, but it may include saving money by using cloth napkins, knit/crocheted dishcloths, reusable shopping bags (you say 5 cents for each bag you bring in at my grocery store!), wool dryer balls (seriously, the dryer sheets can be pricey!), reusable menstrual pads or diva cup/moon cup bag and wet bags, soap savers, homemade laundry soap, homemade bath soaks, etc.  Or it may include recipes to try out instead of eating out, a piggy bank/other way of corralling change to take to the bank instead of letting it be eaten by the couch, having a coupon organizer ... the ideas are endless!

For this swap, 95% of what you'll use to craft should be from your stash.  The more you use that you already have, the better!  If you absolutely must purchase something, it'd be great if you could get it at the Salvation Army/Goodwill/thrift stores or on sale.  (I don't want to say don't buy anything because I know how it feels to have everything you need except one little thing for a project.)

I'll do my best to pair people by country, so participants can take advantage of flat rate shipping, if available.  (If you'd be willing to send out of your country, that'd be great, in case of uneven numbers.)

The requirements for this swap is 5 points, which will translate to one medium and three smalls.  If you want to do more, please talk to your partner! (Remember, this is all about frugality!)  Please note that checking in on the swap thread at least once a week is highly encouraged so we know you're still around and crafting!  Communicating with your partner is also a necessity.  If you know you can't post pictures, please ask your partner to take pictures for you!  Also, if you have consistent and recent dings on feedback for poor communication or sending late, I may not approve your application.

For those who need a refresher, here's the Craftster guide to what constitutes each size (please note that a large is NOT required for this swap - that part is just for your information!):

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less



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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Frugal Living 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 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):

What are your frugal goals for your household/yourself?
What crafts would help you in those goals?
Are there any frugal crafts you'd really love to receive?
What crafts do you like to do?
What crafts would not like/are unable to do?
Is there anything you do not want to receive?
What are your favorite colors/patterns?
What are your least favorite colors/patterns?
Is there anything else that you'd like your partner to know? (Children, pets, SOs, allergies, etc.)



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 other rules about participating in a swap.


Want to join, but are having trouble thinking of frugal things you'd like to go on your questionnaire?  Check out this list!

Check this post for a list of Frugal Resources!
168  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Dog Blanket and Squeaky Man/Yeti/Frog Toy on: December 21, 2009 07:15:09 AM
So since I'm crafting for everyone else in the family, how could I not craft for my mom's dog?  Since I picked her up at boarding last time and forgot to get her blanket, I made her a new one - using fleece I bought as remnants ages ago - so yay for "free" gift!



The back is entirely green ... not perfect, especially as I didn't actually measure anything, but it's warm and sorta squishy, which will be nice for Prairie, as she's getting on in age. 

And the toy that was kept at my house for when she visited died, thanks the attention of two other dogs, so I rescued the squeaker and made the following.  It was supposed to be vaguely human-shaped, but it now has no neck.  Suggestions on what I can tell my mom it is?  (Yeti?  Frog?)

169  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Homemade Beer Bread Mix on: December 13, 2009 01:25:57 PM
I wasn't sure whether to put this in cooking or here ... I chose here since a) I'm not actually cooking, and b) these are gifts.

I used this recipe (I've made it before, and it's yum, though 1/4 c. of butter is PLENTY) and put the dry ingredients in large Ball jars.  Then I cut a square of fabric, put a rubber band to hold it and a pretty ribbon to hide the rubber band.  I printed off labels and directions onto card stock and used a 2" punch to cut them out.  Finally, I doublesided taped them to the jars ... I think they look rather pretty!

(ignore my kitchen in the background!)







Only problem is now I'm hungry for beer bread!  Smiley
170  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Frugal Living Swap? on: December 06, 2009 09:21:58 AM
Well, the holidays will be over soon(ish) and for me, that means going back (er ... really, getting ON) a budget of some kind.  This means using my stash rather than buying, making recipes where the leftovers are just as good as the first round, eating in more often, using up the last of the soap, etc etc.  Crafted items could include some good recipes, a coupon organizer, knit/crocheted dishcloths/washcloths, pretty dishtowels, reusable menstrual pads or diva cup/mooncup bag and wet bags, soap savers, homemade laundry soap, homemade bath soakss (we all deserve indulgence!), reusable grocery bags (you save 5 cents at my grocery store for each one you bring - which adds up!), wrist warmers (instead of turning up the heat) ...

I know, so glamorous, right?  But fun, I think!

Anyhoodle, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a swap centered around this?  It'd be centered around using what you have and maybe the flat-rate boxes to have a set shipping amount?  

Has this been done before and I just didn't see it?  
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