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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Class Mom small group Kids party games Swap on: October 29, 2013 11:34:06 AM
Hello.  I am a room mom in my son's class this year.  I have been working on making games for his class party.  There are so many wonderful ideas but as always-  what I thought would take a few hours to create, has taken far longer.  I love the cute games that resulted but it started me thinking that maybe there was a better way... A Swap.  Here is what I am thinking...If you are going to be making a game for preschool or elementary school age children make a double and swap the extra.  This way it cuts down on your busy schedule figuring out how best to make additional games and gives you more time to create a great one and gives you extra time to enjoy the season.  The activity would need to be able to be played by a group of5-6 children. ( I am thinking of how we split the class into groups and they rotate between games).  It would be a great swap for room mom's, teachers, homeschoolers,  grandparents,etc.   Anyone who loves to throw Kids parties.  Each participant would create a list of at least 4 seasons, holidays or themes that they would love. 
some ideas:
Halloween (for next year of course)
Autumn theme
Christmas ( denoting whether you want it religious or general santa, etc)
Winter theme
4th of July
Then the partner creates 1 medium game/ activity.  It needs to be complete- so say if something involves candy and is for Halloween next year..the candy would be stale and that game would not work.  The idea is to have it all set to play.  I will try my best to match up people that choose the same holidays themes so you can use it yourself and send a duplicate. 
Any interest in something like this?  Any ideas or changes? Feel free to contribute your thoughts. For 1 medium would a 3 week crafting length be doable?
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Wheel-thrown Pitcher Challenge Entry on: August 12, 2013 07:08:05 PM
Craftster inspires me to try new crafts.
 I decided try playing with clay after seeing all the great work with Fimo done for some swaps I was in.  Working with Fimo led to my signing up for a Pottery class.
This Pitcher was made from cone 10 clay, wheel thrown.  I added a hand pulled handle.  The final glazes are "Emily's Purple"  and Semi-gloss White.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Jalie 3023 Swimsuit on: June 30, 2013 08:36:37 PM

I made a swimsuit and swim top for my daughter.

I used Jalie 3023 for the swimsuit.  I really love this pattern and hopefully by the end of the summer will make a suit from it for myself.
 The Swim top I am not in love with It was a New Look pattern -it had cute elastic gathered sleeves but the sleeves would of been too tight so I left them plain.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / American Girl Doll Swap on: April 18, 2013 03:54:32 PM
A place for all our fun packages.  read more about our swap here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421467.0#axzz2QrGiQfhg

blue=received  Everyone has received- Yay!
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / American Girl Doll Swap (sign-ups 3/12-25 Send outs April 22nd) on: March 12, 2013 05:24:55 PM
Swap name:  American Girl Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Plaidpineapple
Sign-up date range: 03/12- 03/25
Date to send item by: 4/22

OUR GALLERY: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422811.msg5021519#msg5021519

Limited to a certain number of people? 14

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Age requirement? At least 16

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

Details of swap:
This is for anyone who loves American Girls and similarly sized 18 dolls.  We will be swapping items for the doll-Not an actual doll.   You will write a list of 5-10 time eras or themes that you would like for your doll.  Your partner will choose 1 of these to craft your package.  We will have a 1 month crafting time.

This is a 3 point swap. If you and your partner agree on more, make sure it is a mutual agreement.  One item must be at least a  medium.  Possible combinations:---  1  large      or   --1 medium and 1 small

Points, and a few example items:

3 points-Large: 3 hours or more; $30 or more in supply value,  a very intricate outfit, large time consuming furniture

2 points-Medium: 2 hours but no more than 3 hours to complete, $15-$30 in supply value, a doll outfit, furniture

1 point-Small: at least 1 hour but no more than 2 hours to complete, $5-$15 in supply value,  Pretend food, jewelry, shoes other  small accessories

I started a doll board to get some  creative juices flowing: (there are a few Barbies so  Ignore any pattern links for those)  

Communication is  vital in the swap.  Please post at least once a week and make sure to contact your partner as soon as possible after receiving your swap information. Do not hesitate to contact me for any reason if you have any problems!   If you do not hear from your partner regularly let me know.

You must PM me and your partner when you send with your tracking # or a copy of your receipt. You must PM me and your partner when you receive your package as well.  I encourage you to take pictures before you send to your partner and when you receive.  Posting pictures is important.  It shows you appreciate your partners hard work and fuels all of our creativity.

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

Name of swap:  American Girl Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name (please include your last 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 dolls do you have?
List 5-10 time eras or themes you would like crafted for your doll:

Any colors or patterns you do not like?
What type of crafting do you do?
Do you have any time era's  or themes you would love to create for?
Anything you don't want to receive?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Wist or Pintrest?
If we end up with an odd number of swappers are you ok with a round-robin style swap?
Anything else you want your partner to know?

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler Blossom Bags on: March 08, 2013 11:41:58 AM
I just finished 2  Amy Butler Blossom Bags.  I found the pattern to be straightforward.  It felt like it took forever to cut out and interface, but I am very happy with the end result.  I added some extra interfacing and hand basted it so it was not noticeable on the outside.  I have made  about 10 different bags and only used 1.  These 2 -I will be using.  Great size and style for me.
The plaid one I decided to use gate clasps so that I can change the handle sizes.

I used turn locks on both of them.  It was much easier than I expected and I can't believe I had been so intimidated by them.  I love the look they add.

The floral one I love except I wish I had longer handles on it.  But I did not have enough fabric for the longer straps Sad  I literally had no scraps of this fabric larger than 4"x4".  I really love the design of the Blossom bag.  
I used a wool fabric that I have had for almost 20 years on the plaid bag.  It had enough forgiveness in the fabric not to show any little wrinkles from flipping the lining etc.
Home Dec weight was used on the floral bag.  It worked nicely.  I would steer away from normal weight cotton fabrics for this bag.  I think it would be prone to wrinkling and the heavier weight fabrics are nice in helping the bag to stay curved.   I changed the inside a bit to eliminate a divider panel but add a zipper pouch area in the lining.

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / American Girl Doll Swap-sign ups closed on: March 03, 2013 07:26:51 AM
Any interest in an 18" American girl sized doll swap?  The swap would not be for the dolls.  You would craft clothes, accessories, and other associated play items.  
We could list different interests and you craft a package based on one of them.
 for example-
 List 5-10 time periods or themes you would like crafted for your doll.:
The American Revolution
Harry Potter
Wizard of Oz
The Renaissance
The Roaring 20's
Girl Scouts

What size of a swap would you be interested in?

Edited to add some more ideas for crafting:  clothes, hats, "food" (fimo, felt etc), jewelry, furniture, art, mini books, pets,
 will add on to the list as people add their ideas
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Mama Pads Nighttime Undies on: March 02, 2013 08:12:46 AM
 I needed something that would not leak at night. I used a pattern and made some underwear, and added a lining. Then I put in an area of PUL in the front and back of the underwear-Sandwiched between the 2 knit fabric layers. The PUL goes all the way to the waistband in the back and a couple inches shorter than the waistband in the front.

Next I made flannel liners that snap on in the front of the underwear and slide between a loop on the back of the underwear. ( I am a back sleeper so the snaps will not bother me in the front)  This way the absorbent layer and Pul layer will separate for washing -cleaning better, and drying much faster.

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentines Day Wreath on: February 04, 2013 02:20:14 PM
Here is a Valentines Wreath I made recently.  I stuffed fabric hearts and then punched holes on the sides of each to thread them on Thick colored floral wire that I found at the Dollar store.  The wire is a bright pink, though you do not see much of it in the picture.  I ran out of it and had to use standard wire for the door hanger.  I used frayed fabric as the ribbon in between the hearts.

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