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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Working with Gourds, have you done it? Tips? on: August 18, 2005 07:51:09 AM
So my boyfriend brought me some beautiful dried gourds back with him from Mexico. His host mother grows gobs of gourds and he thought, "Hey, Erin will want to do something crafty with these," and grabbed a bagful. I thought I'd make some maracas with them so that later I can make sweet sweet music with them. The plan is to drill a small hole in the top of them with a Dremmel and fill it with some sort of bead. The gourds are actually seedless so they don't have natural noise makers inside. I was just wondernig if anyone had any tips when working with gourds. Should I be worried about them cracking? Any advice on polishing 'em up?

Thanks in advance you crafty community!
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Post Secret Swap Round II {SIGN-UP CLOSED: First mail out 9/15} on: August 08, 2005 09:11:56 AM
I know a lot of people have been interested in seeing a part II to the successful Post Secret Swap so here it is! The organizer of the of first swap, JazzyBee, graciously let me use all her details to set up this one. Please read the details in their entirety before deciding to participate; it's a lot of info! They brought up some good points during the first swap so you may want to browse over that thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=34439. And this is their gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=39037.0

Swap name: Post Secret Swap Round II
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LivinEasy
Sign-up date range: 08/08/05 to 08/31/05
Date to send item by: First set of postcards to be sent out by 15th of September 2005, subsequent ones to be sent out on the 15th of every month.
Limited to a certain number of people?: We'll see how the sign ups gomaybe 30 people.

Non-U.S. participants allowed? YES, be sure to read the the details below.

All ages allowed? Or 18+? We're going with 18+ just so everyone will feel comfortable sending any kind of secret.

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:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A 6 MONTH SWAP. This means the first will be sent out in September and the last one in February. Please sign up only if you can commit for all the six months. This swap is all about anonymously contributing your secrets. Each secret can be a regret, hope, experience, unseen kindness, fantasy, belief, fear, betrayal, desire, feeling, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything - as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before.

Create your own 4-inch by 6-inch postcards out of any mailable material. Only put ONE secret on a each card. Please put your complete secret and image on one side of the postcard. Be brief, legible an creative. Click on the links below to see examples:
http://postsecret.blogspot.com/

Each participant must be prepared to share 6 secrets in all. Each participant will share one secret every month and receive one secret each month.

Each secret must be on a separate postcard. I will give each person a list of people, at the beginning of the swap, of whom they will send to every month. You might not send to or receive from the same people every month, and this will be done to ensure that you can send to and receive from as many people as possible.

These postcards will be displayed in a swap gallery. If you do not wish to have yours posted please write on the back of your postcard "Do Not Post in Gallery."

NON US PARTICIPANTS PLEASE NOTE: If you'd like you can mail your postcards in an envelope to me each month and I will send them out to your partners (done to ensure anonymityyour stamps might give your identity away.) I ensure you that I will not look at your secret, just your name so that I can send your postcard to your partner. Make sure to address the postcard with your partners name and information so I can just slap a stamp on it and drop it in the box.  You also have the option of mailing it directly to your partner.

There will be no delivery confirmation required for this swap, as we will be sending postcards only. However, I expect everyone to be responsible enough to send them out on time. Its based on the honor system! If for any reason you cannot send out for a month, please please let me know so I can find a swap angel for that month. Also feel free to let me know if any of you have any suggestions about this swap so that we can make it better and easier and fun for everyone.

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? (Just a note: It's only 70 cents to mail a postcard outside of the US.)
Non US participants: Do you want to ship to me or directly to partner?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Is there a way to fix a stretched out button hole? on: August 05, 2005 08:18:49 PM
Alright, craftsters, I know you'll help me. I have this great sweater that I love but the one and only button hole is stretched out and when it's buttoned it almost looks like there is a hole in the sweater next to the button. Is this fixable? Or should I just torch it?  Wink
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / This dresser needs your help. on: August 03, 2005 09:32:42 PM
So I bought this dresser off of CraigsList and it needs a good revampin'. But first I want to figure out what style/decade/era it belongs to and then work from there. I know nothing about the history of furniture so I'm a little stuck. I'm not so into modge podging it but rather a creative stain or high gloss paint. If you have any ideas or thoughts I'd love to hear them...er..see them..you know what I'm saying, Post your Genius!



*I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place. I couldn't decide where to put it. So move it where you will, dear mods*
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Comfortable Robot Costume Ideas? on: July 09, 2005 12:11:27 PM
Hey there crafty craftsters...I know Halloween is a way off but it's my favorite holiday and I like to start early. My boyfriend and I have decided to dress up as a robot (him) and a mad scientist (me). We're creating the costumes ourselves and I'm having a hard time coming up with comfortable solutions for a robot costume (i.e. he doesn't want to walk around in a box all night). We've come up with some pretty amazing ideas including working an old boombox of mine into the front that plays tapes of robot music (Mr. Roboto, etc.) and a remote control for me to command him to dance, pour drinks, etc. Wondering if you had any ideas or have done the same costume with comfy solutions. All suggestions welcome including details for my mad scientist costume.

16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / True Colors Photo Gallery on: June 23, 2005 10:23:49 AM
Alright everybody here is our True Color Swap Gallery. I'll start with a few of the photos that I sent out. The blue ones went to Kittenporn and the pink ones went to Princess_Dukki.

I'll post some pictures of what I got from Puppy Girl later this afternoon. Her yellow pics rock!

Show off all of yours as well. I really want to see all the colorful genius out there!

I've never seen a bluer sky than the ones we get in Texas.


I'm ridiculously obsessed with cheese so what's more appropriate...



I thought this paint brush water looked kinda cool and particularly pink.


These are my most favorite shoes and one of only a few pink things in my closet.
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Creating Searchable Database on: May 11, 2005 07:01:02 AM
Okay, question for all the experienced web site creators out there. I am in the middle of designing a website I hope to have launched by August 1st. Everything is coming along nicely, however, I have decided that a searchable database would really up the ante for the site. I'm struggling to figure out exactly how to do it. Do you suggest using MySQL to build one, can I do it through Frontpage or Dreamweaver...has anyone created one that they wouldn't mind showing off? Any advice at all would be appreciated. Another note: the database would be incredibly simple with a maximum of five fields.

Thanks!
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18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What weight t-shirt is the most comfortable? on: February 23, 2005 02:49:21 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm going to begin to sell t-shirts and am about to order a whole bunch. My question is what weight do you know to be most comfortable and attractive (i.e. not cheap, see through white)? I keep seeing things like 5.5 oz shirt and really have no idea what would be the best.

Thanks in advance!
E
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Insta-Tap Shoes and oh-so Cheap! on: February 17, 2005 10:06:08 AM
I was sitting the in dentist's office the other day flipping through some magazines when I came across a super cute idea. I immediately wished I had some little ones at home to whip up these tap shoes for but alas I'll share with you and hopefully you'll make them for some little feet around the house (or make a pair for myself which I do see happening!)

Just grab a couple of metal washers (1 for each shoe) and a couple strips of elastic. Thread the washer through the elastic and tie around the shoe so the washer sits under the toe. Tah-dah! Can't you just imagine the look on a toddler's face when he realizes his shoes are making noise? I love it!   Cheesy
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