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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Missing parcels? on: July 05, 2006 05:13:52 AM
I searched through this board and couldn't really find anything to answer this question so....

What is the correct procedure if a parcel being shipped internationally (no DCN) goes missing?  Should the just send a make up package?  How long should the swapper allow themselves to complete a make up package?

Also, how long after expected date of arrival, should a swapper wait until they consider the parcel to be lost in transit?
22  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Idea for winners of challenges. on: April 19, 2006 01:29:29 AM
This may have been suggested before, but I thought it would be kinda cool if people who win/get a place in a craft challenege got a little medal (much like the FOC icon) to display under their name.  Not sure if the IT-ness of this would be possible.  Just thought it would be kinda cute.

Anna  Wink
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First Kanzashi on: April 02, 2006 12:21:20 AM
I made these for the Japanese swap.  I thought they turned out OK.  You can't really tell that the fabric has strawberries on it but I think it still makes a nice pattern.  I'm still trying to figure out how to make the petals a little rounder like the ones on the right in this pic of Kanzashi made by poryphia.  If anyone could help me out with this, I would be super grateful.

Anyway, here are the ones I made.

Comments/criticism appreciated.

Anna  Wink
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Coming up with ideas for swap packages on: March 26, 2006 11:54:39 PM

Not sure if this really belongs here, but how do you guys generally think of what to make for swaps?  Do you look at past galleries, go by what partner asks for, anything else etc?

Just curious, that's all.


Anna  Wink
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Shrinking acrylic?? on: March 24, 2006 09:58:41 PM
I made a panta out of just some crappy acrylic wool, but I accidentally made it a bit to big for my head.  Short of undoing the seaming and pulling out a few rows or finding a friend with a bigger head than me, is there any way I could shrink it a little bit?

Would tumble drying it for a minute or so work?

Thanks guys!

Anna  Wink
26  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Wool retailers in Melbourne on: December 30, 2005 04:32:34 AM
Would anybody be able to recommend any decent wool retailers in Melbouren and surrounding areas?? I've been to Lincraft and Clegs.  Do Spotlight have a decent range of wool or not really?

Also, has anybody ever seen Katia wool anywhere apart from Lincraft in Melbourne??

Thanks in advance,

Anna  Cheesy
27  COOKING / Dessert / Return of the cupcakes! (Img heavy) on: December 09, 2005 06:22:48 PM
I posted these yesterday but the thread was lost so here they are again.  I can't really remember what I said but they're just some cakes me and my sister made for a school fair.  The spider ones were the most popular with kiddies and the flowers with adults.  I thought it would also be a fun activity for a kids party IE kids get a cupcake/giant cookie/other food item and decorate it with different coloured icing and lollies.  Messy but inexpensive, fun and tasty!

28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hand bound book - again! on: December 09, 2005 06:14:39 PM
Sorry to those who had already seen it, but my post was lost  Sad.  Oh well here it is again.  I'm also including a diagram of the problem I had if anyone could offer some suggestions.

Whole thing:

Close up of photo:

Close up of ribbon:


Here's the diagram of what went wrong.  I found that when I glued the end pages to the cover, if the book was closed, the paper bunched up and when it opened and the pages were lain flat, the weight of the pages would rip the opposite side end page up.  If anyone has any suggestions they would be much appreciated.

I realise that this is probably the worst MS paint drawing ever  Embarrassed.

Link for the diagram if it's unclear or grainy:


Thanks and sorry for posting this twice.

Edit: I didn't realise how tiny the diagram was so I chaned it.  It's now bigger albeit grainier.  MMM grains!

Anna  Wink
29  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Christmas Decoration Challenge on: December 04, 2005 10:12:06 PM
I know this probably comes a bit late, but I thought it would be cool if there was a challenge to make your own Christmas decoration(s).  People could make one super decoration or a set or garland of them.  It could be made a bit more interesting buy putting a price limit on materials, saying people had to use recycled materials, decoration must be edible etc etc

I thought this could be fun as it's kind of relevant and you can be really creative making X-mas decorations that aren't really tacky as it can be hard to find nice albeit affordable decorations in the shops.
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Cat toy sushi (4 imgs) on: December 03, 2005 06:29:19 PM
This has probably been posted before so apologies if this is boring/uniterestin/unoriginal.

Anyway, my German teacher has a cat, who had a stroke earlier this year Sad, but is fine now Cheesy.  Seeing as my German teacher is a fan of all things Japanese and this was my last year learning German, I thought I'd make these as a gift for her.  We also gave her some little things for herself, notebooks and Diddl (German cartoon) pencils in a large tote bag that she could use for books etc.

Here they are, I made 2 nori rolls and one piece of ebi sushi.

Salmon and avocado:

Chicken teriyaki and lettuce:

Ebi sushi:

All together:






Each of the toys had 2 jingle balls inside them so the jingle when chased by a cat.

The following is a link to an earlier topic with similar toys:


Anna  Smiley
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