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1751  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 on: December 10, 2011 04:22:56 PM
Sheepblue, I think you've managed to make Knickertwist's tiny toadstools look absolutely enormous!

And I gotta say that the egg-carton stone and brick technique is my new favourite thing. It looks so freakin' great! I really like the way you did the colours of the individual bricks. Not surprised that actual spackle was too hard to use for pointing the bricks, though. I know I couldn't have done it. The puff paint was an inspired alternative.

Wulf
1752  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Sherlock Holmes Swap on: December 10, 2011 03:31:57 PM
Okay, here we go at last!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=398424.msg4700699#msg4700699
1753  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Sherlock Holmes Swap (Sign up Dec.10-20, 2011; Send by Jan 24, 2012) on: December 10, 2011 03:11:15 PM


Sherlock Holmes Swap

Gallery is here.

As far as I can see, Craftster has never had a Sherlock Holmes swap. This curious absence is a mystery in itself, and one that should be easy to solve. So just in time for the new Robert Downey Jr. Holmes movie, let's swap Sherlock Holmes stuff!

Since the first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in the Strand Magazine in 1887, we haven't been able to get enough of the great detective's adventures. Beyond the original 56 stories and four novels, there have been countless plays, musicals, cartoons, radio dramas, comics, TV series and movies, as well as hundreds of new novels and stories featuring the immortal characters of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. That should be enough raw material for a dozen swaps, so what are we waiting for?

Because of the holidays, this swap will have a fairly long crafting period. Thats great if you want to do time-consuming crafts like knitting or embroidery, but it also makes it easier to put things off and lose your momentum. (Especially with so much else happening in December.) We want this to be a flake-free swap, so ongoing communication is a must, both with your swap partner and in the discussion thread. If you're going to be out of touch over the holidays, let me and your partner know ahead of time so we don't worry about you. I will be looking for you to post an update of your progress at least once a week, and be sure to post photos of the package you receive to the Gallery.  Requirements for the swap are one large crafted item and one medium or two smalls, plus any extras you and your partner want to send.

Swap name: Sherlock Holmes Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up date range: 12/10/2011-12/21/2011
Date to send item by:01/24/2012

Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself 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
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER
Name of 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?

Do you confirm that you:
-  are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval?
-  understand that a Delivery Confirmation Number is required for swaps within the US or Canada, or a copy of the mailing receipt for international swaps?

Have you read the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories and novels?

If so, which is your favourite?

Do you have a favourite character in the Sherlock Holmes world? (Other than Holmes or Watson, of course, whom we all love.)

What movie/TV versions of Holmes have you seen? Who is your favourite actor to have played Sherlock Holmes? Dr. Watson?

What crafts do you do?

What colours/styles/materials do you like most? Least?

Is there anything you would not like to receive?

Do you prefer to receive crafts based only on the original stories or one particular film/TV version, or is the entire 124 years of Holmes material fair game for your partner?

Do you have any allergies? Any known allergens in your home? (Pets, smoking, etc.)

Anything else you'd like your partner to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO Wulf 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.
Partners:
Wulf <-->  the_canadian_lynx
bookstorebabe <-->  sirael
Harvey <-->  zzdia
Alchamy513 <-->  Illiamdra
My_RubySlippers  <-->  Elameno
silentblair <-->  camezzo



1754  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 32 - Warm wishes for Yule! CLOSED SO Dec10 on: December 09, 2011 07:50:36 PM
I sent and PM'd earlier today.  The postal lady told me 5-10 days from New Jersey to Australia  Cheesy I giggled as I walked out, it took 2 weeks for me to get a package from Maryland.

Five days to Australia? This I have to see to believe!

Wulf
1755  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 32 - Warm wishes for Yule! CLOSED SO Dec10 on: December 09, 2011 02:47:56 PM
Sent today. I even opted for air mail, which to S. Korea is merely expensive, not prohibitive, as it is to many overseas destinations. And as my last package to EdelC in Ireland took six weeks, I just couldn't face the possibility of making Summer wait that long! The postal clerk did offer a good explanation of why overseas surface mail is so random, though. The freighter doesn't sail until it's full, and if your mail bag happens to be among the last things loaded on, it'll be on its way quickly. But if you're the first into the hold, it can be weeks before the ship is full enough to depart. I don't know if this is true or not, but it sounds plausible.

Wulf
1756  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Sherlock Holmes Swap on: December 08, 2011 03:36:07 PM
Sorry for the long delay, everyone. Thanks for being so patient.  And thanks for the great links!

I think I'll start the sign-ups this weekend, with partners assigned just before Christmas. That gives those of you with Christmas holidays some quality crafting time. (Alas, I'm not one of those.) Send-outs around the end of January.

I'll look back through the thread to see what the consensus was about swap size, as I can't remember after all this time.

Wulf
1757  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 32 - Warm wishes for Yule! (SU - Nov 8-18th, SO Dec10) on: December 07, 2011 04:16:59 PM
Not much of a spoiler, Summer - you don't know what it is, or whether it'll be there or not!

Last week I commented that knowing when to abandon something was very helpful, and yesterday I had to follow my own advice. I just didn't like the thing I was working on, and finally had to admit it wasn't going to get better if I kept working on it. So I ripped out a couple days' work and started again with a new idea. Liking it much better now.

Might ship tomorrow if I get it done tonight, but Friday at the latest.

Wulf

1758  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Egg Shell Art on: December 07, 2011 04:04:59 PM
I love eggshell mosaic - what a great use for it! I hope you'll post your mandala when you're done. Are you dyeing the eggs for that?

Wulf
1759  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 32 - Warm wishes for Yule! (SU - Nov 8-18th, SO Dec10) on: December 06, 2011 12:47:24 PM
i am crafting away and trying to decide if i am going to chance glass in the international mail. 

My advice is always not to. The WWP Swap galleries are littered with broken candleholders, goblets, lanterns and other glass items. If it's something like a picture frame with flat glass, you can just remove the glass and either replace it with plastic or leave it out altogether. Bowls and other 3-D items can be shipped fairly safely if you pack them into a box and put that box inside another box, with lots of packing material between the two. But that usually makes for a large package, which is usually too costly for international shipping.

I'm currently having the same worries about including a pottery item in Summer's package to Korea. It's small, though, and would have a good chance of surviving.

Wulf
1760  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 32 - Warm wishes for Yule! (SU - Nov 8-18th, SO Dec10) on: December 01, 2011 03:20:01 PM
I was so excited about my partners wists that I made a couple of small things. Well somehow I ended up on someone elses wists and made things for them. UGH!! 

Mis-wisting -- that's a new one! There are so many new ways to mess things up, I can't keep track! Grin

Wulf
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