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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Green Purse Swap Gallery on: September 13, 2005 01:12:06 PM
I just wanted to drop in and say I GOT AN AWESOME BAG from Pibbgirl!!!!  It is the cutest color lime green with the Beatles walking across Abbey Road on the front!!  I LOVE IT!!!

I'll add pictures later when I get a moment. 

Hers is being mailed tomorrow.  I've been with my 4 yo dd since Tuesday at the hospital.  It's been hectic!  I didn't want to leave the responsibility for mailing up to hubby and I literally have not left the pediatric floor in a week! Although I did come home and take a shower before I checked in here!!

Thanks again!!

cj
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Crazy Quilt Block Swap!! Sign-Up CLOSED! Mail-Out 9/13/05 on: August 28, 2005 09:32:05 AM
I think the majority rule was however you wanted to send them.  I'm going to fold mine, wrap in tissue paper, enclose in a zip loc bag and put in a padded or tyvek envelope (5X7 size) Smiley

cj
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Crazy Quilt Block Swap!! Sign-Up CLOSED! Mail-Out 9/13/05 on: August 27, 2005 05:15:43 AM
Well I intended on mailing mine this week, but life got in the way LOL  Mainly the funds part of life...  I'll have to wait until hubby gets paid again or I get my check or I get my nice refund check from grad school...  Either way that's next week....  So wait you must!!!

cj
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: cross-stitch for hire on: August 23, 2005 12:22:01 PM
there is another post about this on this board.  I remember cause I replied with my experiences!

cj

here you go

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=33619.msg286654#msg286654
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Don't it make my blonde hair blue...? on: August 23, 2005 05:16:04 AM
I think I misunderstood her question...  I think she is asking if she decideds to get rid of it, will she have to re-dye her whole head because the blue stained it (permanently)?!

I have darker hair so I cna't answer personally, but  if that was in fact your intention I can share a bit of past history about my roommate with you.  She had honey gold blonde hair.  We both went and got our hari dyed a deep red color.  I did mine over my light reddish brown hair, hers over her blonde hair.  Her hair was a nice bright purplish/florescent red color.  This was semi-permanent.  Mine was non-existant after a month, hers persisted for nearly 3 years.  By the time we graduated college, hers was a nice light pink color with some blonde roots.  So her hair really absorbed the color and it stained her hair.  She eventually went and got the color fixed, but how I don't know.

6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Crazy Quilt Block Swap!! Sign-Up CLOSED! Mail-Out 9/13/05 on: August 21, 2005 07:17:37 PM
Without ruining anyone's surprise, mine are pieced blocks that are actually wat I would consider their own little mini quilts....  borders and everything.  I also made mine larger and then just trimmed down the 12"...  I can't wait to show mine off!!  I hope to mail sometime this week!  At least that is my goal!

cj
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: anyone else getting cranky? on: August 18, 2005 09:26:14 AM
I just read this entire post and thought I would share my thoughts as well.  I'm not new to craftster..  Oh I just joined this year, but I lurked as a guest for such a long time I felt like a member just the same.  I have never been interested in doing the swaps merely because of past swap history on other boards.  I have been burnt so badly that my eyebrows are still singed!  LOL  I did most of my swaps on cross stitch boards (both completed works and stash swaps)  I've been outright ignored (and the idea of swap angels didn't exist) and received swap items that were so completely below what should have been sent I was embarrassed to contact the person who sent it to me.

So, that being said.....  I think 15 posts is not nearly enough as a guideline for swapping.  Someone could make 15 posts of "oh that's cool"  "Great bag" or anything like that.  Certainly someone's personality doesn't show through in 15 posts. 

I also am a member of a fitness board (hmm, wonder if it's the same one) where we have a bad traders post stickied. There, someone can be banned by their IP address which does well in eliminating the signing up under a different alias.  I'm not sure if that is a possibility on Craftster.  Perhaps a running post of persons who have flaked, past the send out date with no notification, or having communicated.  Sometimes just seeing your "name in lights" is enough to get reaction!

I don't like the idea of particular kinds of swaps for newbies.  Personally I love to make things for people.  I'm running out of friends and family to shower with my crafts.  Joining swaps allows me the opportunity to craft for someone and get the same joy in giving I get from doing it for people I know.  Joining a swap to swap supplies, etc wouldn't really appeal to me, and I'm sure a  lot of others might agree.  It also does nothing to protect against a long time swapper gone bad.

Every swap I have joined I've made an effort to "get to know" the person I am crafting for.  My first swap started out ok (meaning I actually got a response) but I think maybe our intentions were differently.  I got a less than enthusiastic thank you for an awesome (I thought so) package and not even a post on the swap gallery.  I posted that myself...  Oh well.  Discouraging, but I got the initial thanks I guess.

I volunteered to be an angel in the 1st swap I took part in.  Mainly because of my own past history.  I think volunteering to be an angel should also be noted in our feedback.  I'm a relatively new swapper, but wouldn't it look more favorable if I had volunteered to be an angel?!  especially as a newbie. 

Maybe the feedback system could reflect the action as the swapping is going on.  Instead of just in progress (maybe we could add a disclaimer to that)  I don't know specifically, but perhaps something like In Progress- positive (which could mean they are communicating with everyone involved)  In progress- so so (or list specific issues   In progress - hasn't responded to pms, etc)  Gives other organizers an idea of what to expect when folks are signing up.

Is there any kind of organizer moderator?  Is anyone watching the organizers and keeping them on track?!  I've noticed a fair few of swaps lately where the organizer is the flaker.  How do we guard against that phenomena?

I agree, there will always be flakers.  Extra rules aren't going to change that.  but the more uncomfortable you make it for them (public posting of user names, progress posting, etc) make it more unlikely for others to flake in return. 

Just my 2 (or more like 10) cents worth!
cj
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Harry Potter OotP shirt...ideas and quote, please? on: August 18, 2005 08:28:12 AM
Just don't use any *spoiler* quotes...

A friend of mine made a shirt that was the biggest spoiler of the entire book...  XXX  _____  on page 596...  You get the idea.  I was extremely mad at him, even more so for another friend who hadn't finished her book yet..


I can't really think of any good quotes right now.. Although either Fred or George said something near the beginning that made me actually laugh out loud... Need to look that one up!

cj
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / restoring/repairing vintage quilts? on: August 18, 2005 08:06:44 AM
I was recently given 2 quilts which are hexagon flower quilts (which I call Grandmother's flower garden)   The quilts themselves are almost 100 years old.  They were made for twin boys who were born in 1904.  The outside of the quilts look ok for being almost 100, the inside portion of the quilt has suffered.  Mainly sun damage from lying near a window on a bed, then an accidental washing to an already delicate quilt.  The hexagons near the center are practically non existant.

I wonder if I should try and restore them, or simply fold them so the outside blocks are showing and just hang them on my quilt racks.  I've never restored a hexagon quilt and not sure if it was paper pieced or what. 

This is quilt 1: green solid hexagons


quilt 2: blue solid hexagons


example of good blocks:


example of a shredded block:


Part of me wants to leave them exactly as they are...  I just don't want them to deteriorate further.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

cj
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: New Mod Square Quilt In Progress FINISHED!! edit 8/17 on: August 18, 2005 07:42:39 AM
THAT is pretty darn cool...  Actually so cool in fact that certain expletives could have been used to describe it!!  But I'll keep my comments PG and just say you rock!!

cj
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