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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Acorn hairpins! Also, star anise and tiny pine cones! on: March 07, 2009 01:29:54 AM
Very cool!!  So you  just used regulare bobby pins and not the super expensive ones with the little metal tab attached to glue things onto?  Thanks for letting us know which glue you used as well!  Does the E6000 hold up well in action? 
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: lots of flowers & hearts & masquerade masks!! tons of pictures. on: March 07, 2009 01:26:07 AM
I REALLY love all of these!!!  You are very creative!  I have a ton of stuff I should be working on, and I am having problems with motivation.... 
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bowlful of Beads ~great way to recycle those magazines~ on: March 07, 2009 01:22:34 AM
I like to make these out of wallpaper samples...some cool paper there!  I have TONS of it!  I stick them on a coat hanger wire to seal them, and they don't seem to stick together that way, and its easy to hang up..
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Clockwork... on: March 07, 2009 01:13:32 AM
I got mine on ebay too....I got a bunch of watches for really cheap, to take apart...hmmmm  we won't mention that I haven't done it yet.  I was thinking about talking to the guy at the watch shop in town and see if he had any scrap he'd give me.... 
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage Button Bracelets and Rings on: February 14, 2009 07:44:42 PM
I really like your button rings too.  I have made a few of those.  I need to dig out my camera and post some pictures. 

As far as selling them on etsy, I would search for button rings on etsy, to see what other people are charging for them.  From a seller's shop page, you can click on "sales" which is on the right side of the page, and see what they are actually selling.  You can't see how much the items have sold for, but you can usually get a good idea of that from the prices in their shop.

If you haven't already listed your rings on etsy, go for it!  There isn't any investment up front, and the fees for listing are very low.  Make sure you come up with catchy names and creative pictures.  That seems to be a key in selling stuff.
16  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello from Snohomish Washington on: February 12, 2009 01:10:57 PM
Hello! have been obsessivly wandering around this site since I found it a couple of weeks ago.  I am not even sure how I bumped into it, might have been through Swap-Bot, which I have been using rather obsessively for the past month or so also.

Anyway, I love the recycling, repurposing, reusing.  I have to get my camera behaving so I can take some pictures of what I have done.  I do have some things up on Flickr, where my name is also Franstuff and I have a blog on blogger, Franstuff1, that I am just starting to use.

I have re-upolstered my couch in denim.  It's a bit of a mess right now, as it's being used as a bed sorta...  It turned out really cool.  I did that several years ago.  I have always liked thrift stores, scraps ets.

I am a hoarder of all things vintage, and all things creative.  My soon-to-be ex-husband always had a problem with my "stuff" never mind he has at least as much 'stuff' as I do, he just thinks his stuff is important, and my stuff isn't.  There's still a bunch of his stuff in my basement.  Now that I am getting away from his influence, and branching out into actually doing things I like to do, and have run into this online community, and swap-bot, I realize there are TONS of people out there like me who want to find a good use for all of those toilet paper rolls, pop bottles and wallpaper sample books that are going to the landfill, or if people are conscientious, at least to the recyclers.

I am constantly amazed at how many people cant be bothered to recycle.  even when it's made easy, like only having to throw it all into one big can instead of washing and sorting it.  It was always a battle with my ex and my 18 year old son.  Now it is a battle with my elderly friend and roommate (who I am also a caregiver for).  I don't complain, she just finally started to feel guilty, seeing me outside, with gloves on, sorting through all of the garbage, looking for the recyclelables she had thrown away. Besides, it's a practicle thing, recycling is free, garbage costs.  If I had to pay to dump all of the recycleables it would cost me a fortune!!!

So while sorting all of this stuff to go to recycle, I am always saying, hmmmm  I could use that for something...  there must be something to do with all of those....  Gee why do people throw these away?  Drove my ex NUTS!!

I am 45 years old, or at least I will be on the 26th of this month, I live with my elderly friend, who I am a caregiver for, my 10 year old daughter, my 6 year old Pomeranian (the larger variety), and we are tolerated by 3 cats -- A beautiful Calico who showed up one day and decided she lived here, and 2 of her kittens, a pretty little black and white one, and a grey, salt & pepper, with bits of calico.  My son's kitten (not related) an orange tabby, comes over to visit from time to time.  He used to come over every week when my son was gone and he was too little to be alone.  He is a little terrorist, and caused more havoc here than all 4 of our animals do.  We still miss having him around, cause he's just like a little boy, and loves attention without catitude, which our cats all have, but we love them anyway...grin

We had been catless after my cat had died of cancer a couple of years ago, and our other cats had been the victims of probably some kind of critter a couple of years ago.  (these cats are mostly inside cats to avoid that -- it was my ex that didin't want the cats in the house) -- then Cali showed up, and changed that.  Now I can't imagine what it would be like NOT to have cats around here!  Now that I have seen all the creative ways to hide litter boxes I see people making, I will be able to take care of the only thing I don't like about them --their litter boxes. 

By trade, I am a pharmacy technician.  I work about 25 hours a week, doing that, and 35 hours a week as a caregiver to my friend and roommate.  I am very lucky to have these two sources of income in this economy, and while goign through a divorce. 

Things have been somewhat tight, (haven't they for almost everyone?) but they are getting better, and I feel so fortunate at how well they are working out. So many women leaving abusive relationships (and the verbally abusive ones are just as bad if not worse) have much less support and resources than I have managed to have.  One of the abusers tactics is to isolate us so we don't have enough support to leave.  I took me awhile to set up the kind of social network that gave me the confidence to make him leave.  It has been VERY hard, but it is getting better every day. 

If there is anyone out there who wants to talk about abusive relationships, divorce, verbal abuse, or anything at all really, please PM me.  Don't despair if it  takes me a little while to answer you.  I get pretty busy sometimes and cant get to my favorite obsessions....  grin

I LOVE swapping, and the whole idea behind it.  Either swapping artwork, which gives me the impetus to create every day (something that was NOT encouraged or supported by my ex); and swapping things and supplies instead of buying them.  I just have to be careful I don't go overboard on the postage.

BTW...  I have a TON of old rock and roll albums I inherited, in great shape (not crafting grade -- though I have those too) if anyone wants to swap them for some kind of art supplies or crafting supplies.

I make jewelry...beadwork, wireworking, eclectic styles and more traditional; collage and assemblage,  scrapbooking, cardmaking, drawing - particularly pen & ink with permanant markers.  I love all kinds of fine point permanant markers, pens.  I have some calligraphy pens I want to try out, and I want to work with some watercolor washes and such with my pen and ink.  If you look on flickr, you can see the kind of stuff I am drawing right now.  I love all sorts of vintaga ephemera....photos, paper goods, little do-dads to use in assemblage and jewlery making, metal charms, plastic charms.  I am starting to appreciate kawaii stuff, but just a little so far, from people sending it to me as extras in swaps.  I am having a GREAT time.  I am into turning trash into treasure, making beads from paper and I want to try out making them from plastic bottles.

Well, I have to run off to my day job.  I am having a BLAST here!  BTW... if I leave a reply in a forum, is there any easy way to track where I have left messages?  I didn't see the bookmark option at first, and I don't know how to find where people may have posted in response to what I posted in the forum,  if I don't remember where I posted... does that make sense?Huh

Thanks!  Fran
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Owl Whimsy on: February 12, 2009 12:35:29 PM
Is this what is categorized as a "Whimsey" ?  I see swaps for whimseys on Swap-Bot, and I was curious what they were.  I just LOVE them!  I am not extensively an owl person, but I find they are growing on me...  I actually put an owl door-knocker on my front door, and an owl welcome sign that greets people as they pull into my driveway.  It was just too cute.  Your Owls are jus absolutely precious!!!  I LOVE them!!  If you don't already, you should sell them.  I am sure they would sell on Etsy!!!   I love the big eyes that make them look so innocent!  I love the use of so many different medias that seem all to blend together cohesively.  Keep up the great work!!  Fran
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycled Bucket Tote (Lined Tote on Page 3) on: February 12, 2009 08:47:27 AM
This is a great tote!!  I am really inspired by it.  I will have to find someone who drinks coffee to give me one of these...hehehe

On another note...  I am faily new to crafster, and have also started using Swap-Bot lately.  In all of the posts I have read, and all of the wonderful people I have met, I have realized, finally, that unlike what my soon to be ex-husband and 18 year old son say, I am NOT the only one who saves odd containers, thinking they are too useful looking to throw away, or wants to find something to do with pop bottles, along with hoarding tons of craft supplies...  There is an entire WORLD of us out there!!! 

Thank you craftsters for helping shake off yet another layer of my ex's controlling nature!!!  I am having SO MUCH FUN with this!!  It has inspired me to craft more!  I have a bunch of neckties, just waiting to become somthing useful, and I am sure I can adapt some other type of can to thie project.  Thanks!!
19  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: um... what to do with these? on: February 11, 2009 10:44:54 PM
You know, I work in a pharmacy, and we have t hese coming out of our ears.... NO ONE has ever come up with an actually USEFUL thing to do with them. 

About the only thing I can think of is some kind of protector for cards, like ATC's SS cards, whatever...decopaug e the vinyl to personalize?

How about using them as a cover for a tiny handmade book?   I LIKE that idea... a little notepad or perhaps a mini scrapbook or brag book?  I am talking about the soft vinyl wallet style that most of them come in now. 

As for the hard plastic containers that a few of them still come in....  how about a little shrine?  Something like what people do with the altoids tins? Perhaps turn them into a compact of some kind?  Put a mirror on the inside?    A cute little holder for important phone numbers?

Let me know if any of these ideas are helpful...
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Blue "Tea Time" Cluster Bracelet and Earrings on: February 10, 2009 10:06:04 AM
This bracelet is absolutely AWESOME!! You must have quite a bead collection!  The piece is very well balanced also!  How long did it take you to make it? 

Have you ever tried Ebay or Etsy for charms?  You have to buy in quantity, but they are usually pretty inexpensive, and then you could do a swap of some of the duplicates.  I am thinking of starting a swap for charms at Swap-bot. 
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