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61  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Medieval/Renaissance Swap? on: July 01, 2005 06:08:52 AM
I'm big on renaissance faires and was hoping to get a swap going for ren faire favors - little pins (or similar wearable trinkets) to wear with your costume.  However, there was little response - I did get to swap with OnThinIce, who rocks my world! - but no one else responded.

So I wondered if a general medieval/renaissance theme would be better?  The goodies would not have to be limited to ren faire costuming, though if you could still request such items from your partner, if that's what you want.  By expanding the theme, we could include purses with castle appliques, Barbies modified to look like medieval queens, gothic-looking jewelry, etc.

Would this appeal to anyone (besides me and OnThinIce)??
62  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Convert Your Partner? on: June 30, 2005 08:36:16 AM
How about a "Convert Your Partner" swap?  It would be a secret swap; you get your partner's name, and s/he is not allowed to list likes/dislikes, and you are not allowed to ask.  Then you craft stuff based on your own favorites - bands, TV shows, cities, etc. - and send it off, in hopes of winning a new fan to some of your favorite topics.

There would be a couple safeguards - when you signed up, you would state any lines that just cannot be crossed - for example, if you state that you're a vegetarian, your partner would not be allowed to send you leather goods or recipes that call for meat.  Same goes for big, touchy topics - religion, politics, areas of moral belief (for example, I'm not OK with illegal music downloads, so my partner would not be permitted to make me a mix CD of copied music).

I thought of this because, as I'm working on crafts for a current swap, I find myself brainstorming ideas for her and then suddenly thinking of the topics that I like instead.  I thought it might be fun to see if you can get other people excited about your own areas of interest.  The down side, of course, is the risk that you put in the effort and the person really doesn't care for what you've chosen.  So this may not be a practical swap.  Just thought I'd throw the idea out there - it's up for grabs if anyone wants it!
63  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I turn things *into* Altoids tins! on: June 19, 2005 07:47:11 PM
Most people want to turn Altoids tins into something else.  As a devotee of peppermints in general and Altoids in particular, I decided to turn my IKEA end table into a giant Altoids box!





64  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rescued peasant top on: June 19, 2005 07:10:31 PM
I bought a pullover peasant shirt on eBay a few years back.  The fabric is not stretchy and is too thin to be worn alone.  The front had a tunic-style neck that was forever folding down funny, and the whole midsection was floppy and made me look dumpy.  I could only ever wear the thing over a turtleneck in the winter, since sweaters can get away with looking bulky, but it always looked too sloppy to wear to work or anywhere nice.

So I cut the front open and removed a few inches of fabric, enough to get rid of the trimmed tunic neck, and then I turned under the two new edges and stitched them.  Then I turned it inside out and trimmed the sides in for more of an hourglass shape and stitched them up again.  Finally I sewed in a little gold clasp in front.  Now I have a flattering, fitted top that I can wear to work - and best of all, I didn't have to give up on my chance to wear those fabulous sleeves!

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25298shirt_front_resized_.jpg

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25298shirt_side_resized_.jpg
65  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Medieval-themed picture frame on: June 19, 2005 07:03:28 PM
I decorated a picture frame with a medieval theme to display my latest renaissance faire photo.  Faces have been changed to protect the shy.
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25298frame_resized_.jpg
66  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Bookmark swap gallery on: June 11, 2005 06:59:23 AM
Kat_penguino started this swap in the "Paper Swap" area, and we are now sending out our creations.  My three bookmarkees have received, so here is what I sent.



The first one went to SheRa (it reads, "Whatever shall I wear?"), the second to fruithead (on the back it reads, "I shall hold your place until you return, my dear!"), and the third to kat_penguino (it reads, "Guys dig chicks with books!").  I made them using a book of "Pride and Prejudice" paper dolls, contact paper, and some stiff parchment-looking paper, with a little embroidery floss for the tassles.

Glad you liked them, ladies!
67  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Altoids is having a contest on: June 07, 2005 05:16:33 AM
I'm not sure if this is the best place for this post, but hopefully this will get the word out on Craftster.

I am on the Altoids.com mailing list, and today they e-mailed that they are having a contest called "Tin Million Uses."  It's a contest to revamp an Altoids tin.  Since a lot of people here do that, I thought you would want to know about this.

http://www.altoids.com/index.aspx?area=tin
68  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ren faire favor swap? on: May 31, 2005 12:57:46 PM
(I just posted this in the Trinkets and Jewelry section, and it occurred to me that it might be a good swap theme.)

I have been a faire enthusiast since 2002, so I'm just embarking upon my fourth summer of happily playing dress-up in public at 27 years old.  (I just realized, it looks like I'm saying I've been 27 for four years.  Ha.)

Somehow, I failed to learn about the concept of favors until this year.  The idea is that you bring along little decorated pins and then give them to your faire friends or others at the faire who impress you.  (People also just buy/make/wear them for decoration; it doesn't have to come to you as a gift.)  I bought one from a leather goods vendor; he had taken a little circle of leather, stamped an image of a smiling sun, and hot-glued it to a pin, along with some pretty feathers.  It's perhaps two inches high and an inch wide.  He told me to wear it on the sleeve or to add ribbons hanging from my belt and clip favors onto them.

I would like to create a few to either wear on my sleeves or distribute at faires as the mood strikes me.  If anyone out there makes them and wants to swap, perhaps we could set something up.  (I haven't made one yet, so I can't promise I'll be great at this, but I can promise I'll be enthusiastic!)
69  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Renaissance faire favors? on: May 31, 2005 12:54:31 PM
I have been a faire enthusiast since 2002, so I'm just embarking upon my fourth summer of happily playing dress-up in public at 27 years old.

Somehow, I failed to learn about the concept of favors until this year.  The idea is that you bring along little decorated pins and then give them to your faire friends or others at the faire who impress you.  (People also just buy/make/wear them for decoration; it doesn't have to come to you as a gift.)  I bought one from a leather goods vendor; he had taken a little circle of leather, stamped an image of a smiling sun, and hot-glued it to a pin, along with some pretty feathers.  It's perhaps two inches high and an inch wide.  He told me to wear it on the sleeve or to add ribbons hanging from my belt and clip favors onto them.

And so now we get around to my question - does anyone out there make these or have some that they bought or received at faires?  Got any pictures?  (I know, it's lame of me to ask without providing one myself, but I don't have a digital camera.)  What materials do you recommend?  How big is "too big"?  Any advice on making these?  I would like to create a few to either wear on my sleeves or distribute at faires as the mood strikes me.  If anyone out there makes them and wants to swap, perhaps we could set something up.

Thanks for reading!  Any input would be appreciated.
70  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bubble jeans - my first embroidery on: May 16, 2005 06:14:40 AM
I was inspired by people's designs on their old blue jeans, so I did some sketching, learned a few stitches by reading on-line guides, and created this.
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25298jeans1.jpg
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25298jeans2.jpg

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25298jeans3.jpg
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