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1921  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Unconditional Swapper Swap on: September 28, 2005 06:56:44 PM
The person I'm crafting for won't receive by the end of the month, because I just signed up Friday (I think that's when it was), and I had to learn something new!  I'll easily make it within the given 2 weeks, though.
1922  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Unconditional Swapper Swap (SEPTEMBER) on: September 28, 2005 06:28:20 PM
Taloola:  Green if you've been chosen once (and are still eligible to be chosen again), and red if you've been chosen twice (and not eligible anymore this month).
1923  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Bookmark Swap 3 Gallery! on: September 28, 2005 06:07:12 PM
My pleasure!  It was fun.  Stinks that you got flaked on, but it was fun!
1924  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Unconditional Swapper Swap on: September 27, 2005 06:22:43 AM
(posting here because I'm tired of looking for this thread all the time...)

This swap is so much fun.  I learned how to make something new because I saw it in someone's request list.  I'm working like mad, and I can't wait to send out!  Hurrah for learning new things! 

Oh, and that turtle soap cozy is completely adorable.
1925  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Reading is Sexy Swap Gallery! on: September 24, 2005 08:13:07 PM
I got to angel for Cerulean, and it was sooo much fun.  I can't wait to see what the others sent/are sending her...
I loved seeing what you all made for this swap.  It all happened before I "discovered" Craftster.  If there's a round 2, I'll be there!
1926  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Unconditional Swapper Swap (SEPTEMBER) on: September 22, 2005 05:59:23 PM
I PM'd to register when I saw somebody's nifty request that I want to make!  So I guess I'll post a wish list, even though it's late in the month.

A couple years ago, a dumb jewel thief apparently thought he could get into the jewelry business downstairs from me by breaking into MY apartment.  He took all my "jewelry" (quotation marks intended).  I'm sure he was quite surprised when he got home to examine the spoils, since I had only plastic beads and silver-plated stuff.  Ha!  And the only other things he took were $1.75 in laundry quarters and a gym bag to haul all that precious cargo.  I have a whole shoebox of Grandma's '60s-'80s big-bead necklaces, I don't have pierced ears, and I tend to forget I have bracelets.  So that brings me to...
1)
I'd love a small, pretty necklace or necklaces.  Perhaps small beads, bent wire, or one of those deals with something larger at the end of a cord.  A little funky is great, but I don't really wear big and clunky.  And I don't like leather.  Short is good.
2) Anything you'd like to make that somehow incorporates records or vintage record jackets.  I've liked every record/jacket craft I've EVER seen.
3)A rectangular tablecloth (approximately 60"x80") that would do justice to these fantastic, Brady-Bunch-era placemats I bought at a garage sale.
Embroidery?  Applique?  Stencil?  Hand-harvested silk, woven on your own loom?   Wink  Surprise and delight me... please and thank you!
1927  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: .:.Super cute.:.Woven magazine mini duffle.:.img heavy.:. on: September 18, 2005 09:05:21 PM
I really like that!  Did you laminate the magazine strips, or did you cover the whole woven piece, or is it made of bare paper, or what?  What a fun item!
1928  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Little boy craft projects on: September 12, 2005 08:38:56 AM
You might also check craft (and other) stores to see what types of kits they have for kids.  I'm not suggesting buying the kits, but rather getting inspiration from them.  I saw some kits at Target that were overpriced, in my opinion (a tin containing a little bit of yarn and a plastic tube with prongs on the end:  something like $8!  They must be joking!)--but the projects looked fun, and the materials would be easy to get. 
1929  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: the most *DIGUSTING* bracelet you'll ever see...but I LOVE it!! on: September 11, 2005 07:24:17 AM
That is HI-larious.  And possibly the most expensive piece of jewelry ever seen on Craftster. Wink

1930  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Little boy craft projects on: September 09, 2005 07:44:19 PM
Nothing new on this idea, but t-shirt or baseball cap decorating is fun.  Cheap acrylic paints cost less than "fabric paint," and often require less maintenance...

For cheap fun, do newspaper sculptures.  Get plenty of masking tape and a big stack of newspapers.  Give them a theme to start them out, like dinosaurs or animals, and let them go crazy.  I did this as a desperation activity with a group of kids (we were out of the materials for the activity we were supposed to do), and it was so popular that we kept doing it with other groups.

How about doorknob hangers?  Especially if they're at the age when they get really territorial about their rooms.

Making their own books?  I'm sure there are tutorials all over this website, so I'm sure you could find an easy one.  I'm sure there are enough steps (covering cardboard for the cover, cutting & sewing pages together, binding the whole darn thing together) that it could keep them busy for a while--or you could shorten it up (e.g., not covering cardboard, binding without stitches, etc.).  Maybe they could even make their own paper one week, and make a book out of it the next.

Old computer parts are great sources of inspiration (as long as you get rid of the dangerous pieces, of course).  Most keyboard keys pop off pretty easily with a flat screwdriver, and they could even do it themselves if they wear goggles.  The cords, wires, etc., can be used for so many things.  If you contact the right businesses, they'll be thrilled to give you their computer trash.  Old CDs (CDRs, annoying AOL CDs, etc.) could be good materials for something.

How about making the little boys look super-indie with duct tape wallets, or something similar?  Wink

And have they made friendship bracelets?  At camp, those things knew no gender boundaries.  And if they all get used to knotting string, then maybe they'll want to learn more....like how to knit in November! Wink

Also, it might not hurt to find out what types of games are sweeping their playground right now.  Sometimes marbles (or jacks or yo-yo or juggling or Bop-It . . . etc.) mania will sweep a particular school at a particular time.  If something like that is going on, then maybe they'd like to make a bag for their marbles or a yo-yo case, or something.

I hope something in here helps.  Do you have a stock of supplies for working with this group?  If you do, you might get some useful feedback if you also mention what you already have.
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