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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU CLOSED, Send by Nov. 12 on: September 28, 2010 01:20:49 PM
Just the partner I was hoping for! Off to stalk you a bit more IdlersDesign! (:
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU Sept. 7-28, Send by Nov. 12 on: September 23, 2010 04:14:14 PM
It's a ball of clay that you have filled with seeds, some mulch or fertilizer, or both.  You "throw" them out in your garden (or some people like guerilla gardening urban areas with them) and the rain dissolves the clay and gives the seeds a head start!

Oooh I like that idea!   Cheesy
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU Sept. 7-28, Send by Nov. 12 on: September 22, 2010 02:13:01 PM
I organic garden with native plants and heirlooms, and I'd like to try making some seed bombs, though I think I'd have to mail those domestically.  Someone might think they were suspicious!)

While I was living in Canada my SIL sent me some of the lovely herb salt she makes, all the way from Europe. Someone did indeed find that suspicious, the package had been opened and thoroughly searched before it reached me...  Undecided
What are seed bombs by the way?


It's really inspiring to read everybody's lists.
Here are mine:

What I would like to receive
  • reusable shopping bags, especially the kind that neatly folds into a pocket on itself
  • Cotton jersey hair towel
  • Handmade socks, always a hit!
  • Vegetarian recipes
  • Lavender/Herb sachets to keep insects lout of from my clothes & yarn stash
  • Cloth hankies
  • Reusable make up remover pads
  • Cloth pads/panty liners
  • Reusable produce bags
  • Handmade candles
  • Metal bottle caps (for drapes)


What I would like to make:
  • Most things sewn or knitted (provided I have the materials in my stash)
  • Tote bags woven from repurposed milk/juice cartons
  • Wheat heat pads
  • A variety of crochet items
  • Holiday cards, Gift tags, Christmas tree decorations
  • Dryer balls (I think so at least, they look like felted wool balls, which I should be able to manage)
  • Other felted crafts
  • Notebooks/pads
  • Food items (sampler size homemade jam, lavendar biscuits...), unless customs regulations prevent it.

14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU Sept. 7-28, Send by Nov. 12 on: September 15, 2010 11:10:43 AM
I love the theme of this swap! I'm seriously considering joining, that would make one more European craftster... Just need to look over my fall schedule.
15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: MINI 12 Days of Christmas 2010 (sign up 8/31 - 09/21) Send out 12/1 on: September 15, 2010 10:55:01 AM
Ooooh, I had so much fun with this swap 2 years ago!

I need to look over my fall plans and see if I can make more space for crafting time...
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Offer What You Have Swap, winter/spring 2010 discussion thread on: February 01, 2010 11:00:46 AM
Quote
Thank you for participating! Your list will be the first one in February, but you don't have to sign up and be a part of the February round. You will have to send to the one who claims from you though, since you have to send once for every claim you make from someone else. It's part of your obligations for the January round.

Ok, that sounds reasonable.  Smiley


I updated my list now as well, some more fabric added.
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - February 2010 on: February 01, 2010 10:52:52 AM
Hello, since there were no claims on my list the last few days of january I have added a few items.

Claims Allowed (Outstanding): - (not claiming this round)
Claims made so far: -
Sendouts Not Sent: -
Sendouts Sent: -
Sendouts Received: -

The things on my list come from a smoke-free environment, but there may be traces of cat allergens on them.
And here's the updated list:

1/2 claim

Upholstry Fabric Swatches 13" x 23" (33 x 58 cm), except the white one which is 11½" x 18" (29 x 45 cm).
Fairly heavy fabrics, excellent for purses, bags, knitting needle holders, small laptop sleeves...
One of the following swatches = 1/2 claim.

1. Black leaves


2. White/Cream floral


3. Orange/Copper tweed (2 swatches available)


4. Black tribal floral


5. Black/Metallic plaid


6. Orange/black tweed


One choice of the following fabric items = 1/2 claim:

1. Yellow and green striped vintage fabric. I think it has once served as a curtain. Roughly measures 35" x 35" (90 x 90 cm), in some places wider in some places narrower. There is a faint stain on it, about 6" x 6" (15 x 15 cm) big, it may wash away, I haven't attempted to remove it.


2. Gray and black wide striped felted wool cardigan. Missing part of the sleeves and half of one front. Excellent for small felted projects. I made wrist cuffs from part of the sleeves, and embroidered them with red flowers, looks great!


3. Bright Orange very elastic cotton jersey (less yellow than the pic). Tubular shape, measures approximately 15" x 32" (38 x 80 cm). Great for t-shirts, tank tops, tube tops, ribbing for all kinds of garments...


4. Retro fabric/surprise blouse! This is genuine 60's/70's fabric from an old seamstress friend. It is cut out to make a blouse, but can be used for other crafty purposes as well. I suspect there is a center front panel missing, otherwise the back seems unproportionately large compared to the front flaps. Anyway, whether you want to give the (large) blouse a try, use the material for patchwork or anything else, it's an excellent opportunity to get some really neat vintage fabric!


5. Wallet. Hand silk-screened adorable green print featuring little chairs. Lined with lime green felt. Coin compartment + 2 compartments for cards/bills inside. Finishing could be neater, but except for that it's a really neat little wallet.


1/4 claim

Choose one of the following two for 1/4 claim (or both for 1/2):

Left: Bag of whimsies: what you see is what you get (plus a plastic belt buckle that had fallen out of the picture)! A bag full of little trinkets, your imagination sets the boundaries for what these can be crafted into.
Right: 6 gift boxes made from old photos (I can make more of these, 6 giftboxes = 1/4 claim, please specify if you want any theme or special motif and I'll see what I can do).

One choice of the following sewing supplies = 1/4 claim (left to right):

1. Black lace ribbon. Perfect for adding a ruffly lacy finish to your sewing projects. 106" (270 cm).
2. 2 black purse handles in plastic. Inner diameter approximately 4,5" (11 cm).
3. Red and Yellow felted flower brooch and red felted flower with 2 leaves. Hopefully someone can make something fabulous from these!
4. Purple satin ribbon. Water repellent acetate. 1,5" (4 cm) wide. Says 50 yards on the spool, some of it has been used but not much, my guess is that theres at least 30-40 yards left.

1/4 claim: Fake fur, beige. Measures approximately 6" x 16" (16 x 40 cm), but is a curved shape, so the bottom end is slightly longer. I've made a bike saddle warmer from it, and I think, with some clever cutting, there's enough to make one more from this. Or any other fluffy fuzzy craft. (:


One choice of the following jewelry = 1/4 claim:
1. black fimo clay earring (for ordinary sized piercings, no stretching needed) 


2. crochet violet metal wire and white bead bracelet (children's size).


3. 2 button pins


4. dangly earrings


5. brown and green macramé bracelet 1/4" wide


6. black with blue/green stones and an egyptian scarabé (22", 56 cm)


7. black flat beads (18", 46 cm)


8. red/pink square wooden beads (26,5", 67 cm)


9. black matte seed beads (29", 74 cm)


10. Silver & green beads (38", 96 cm)


11. Bronze, silver & green beads (48", 122 cm).



Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want more details! Smiley
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Offer What You Have Swap, winter/spring 2010 discussion thread on: January 31, 2010 12:34:59 PM
Even though this round has been great (thanks everyone!) I won't be swapping in February, as I'll be quite busy with a new job. So far my list is the last one posted in January, so if no one claims anything during the last few hours of January, my list will be the first one in February, if I've understood things right. If anyone else wants to be first list for February then that is fine with me, as long as it's ok with organizer and everyone else. Otherwise I'll post a slightly modified list for February, but not make any claims myself.
19  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - January 2010 on: January 29, 2010 04:28:33 AM
My last claim for the round, I'd like to claim the black board book and 4 ceramic pendants, more specifically number 1 and 4 from the left on the 2nd row and number 1 and 2 from the left on the 4th row. Hope I got the number of items right.

Claims Allowed (Outstanding): 3
Claims made so far: 3
Sendouts Not Sent: 2
Sendouts Sent: 0
Sendouts Received: 0

The things on my list come from a smoke-free environment, but there may be traces of cat allergens on them. Crossed out items are no longer available.

And here's the updated list (hoping the pictures are clearer):

One choice of the following fabric items = 1/2 claim (left to right):

1. Yellow and green striped vintage fabric. I think it has once served as a curtain. Roughly measures 35" x 35" (90 x 90 cm), in some places wider in some places narrower. There is a faint stain on it, about 6" x 6" (15 x 15 cm) big, it may wash away, I haven't attempted to remove it.


2. Gray and black wide striped felted wool cardigan. Missing part of the sleeves and half of one front. Excellent for small felted projects. I made wrist cuffs from part of the sleeves, and embroidered them with red flowers, looks great!


3. Bright Orange very elastic cotton jersey (less yellow than the pic). Tubular shape, measures approximately 15" x 32" (38 x 80 cm). Great for t-shirts, tank tops, tube tops, ribbing for all kinds of garments...


4. Retro fabric/surprise blouse! This is genuine 60's/70's fabric from an old seamstress friend. It is cut out to make a blouse, but can be used for other crafty purposes as well. I suspect there is a center front panel missing, otherwise the back seems unproportionately large compared to the front flaps. Anyway, whether you want to give the (large) blouse a try, use the material for patchwork or anything else, it's an excellent opportunity to get some really neat vintage fabric!


5. Wallet. Hand silk-screened adorable green print featuring little chairs. Lined with lime green felt. Coin compartment + 2 compartments for cards/bills inside. Finishing could be neater, but except for that it's a really neat little wallet.


1/4 claim

Choose one of the following two for 1/4 claim (or both for 1/2):

Left: Bag of whimsies: what you see is what you get (plus a plastic belt buckle that had fallen out of the picture)! A bag full of little trinkets, your imagination sets the boundaries for what these can be crafted into.
Right: 6 gift boxes made from old photos (I can make more of these, 6 giftboxes = 1/4 claim, please specify if you want any theme or special motif and I'll see what I can do).

One choice of the following sewing supplies = 1/4 claim (left to right):

1. Black lace ribbon. Perfect for adding a ruffly lacy finish to your sewing projects. 106" (270 cm).
2. 2 black purse handles in plastic. Inner diameter approximately 4,5" (11 cm).
3. Red and Yellow felted flower brooch and red felted flower with 2 leaves. Hopefully someone can make something fabulous from these!
4. Purple satin ribbon. Water repellent acetate. 1,5" (4 cm) wide. Says 50 yards on the spool, some of it has been used but not much, my guess is that theres at least 30-40 yards left.

1/4 claim: Fake fur, beige. Measures approximately 6" x 16" (16 x 40 cm), but is a curved shape, so the bottom end is slightly longer. I've made a bike saddle warmer from it, and I think, with some clever cutting, there's enough to make one more from this. Or any other fluffy fuzzy craft. (:


One choice of the following jewelry = 1/4 claim:
1. black fimo clay earring (for ordinary sized piercings, no stretching needed) 


2. crochet violet metal wire and white bead bracelet (children's size).


3. 2 button pins


4. dangly earrings


5. brown and green macramé bracelet 1/4" wide


6. black with blue/green stones and an egyptian scarabé (22", 56 cm)


7. black flat beads (18", 46 cm)


8. red/pink square wooden beads (26,5", 67 cm)


9. black matte seed beads (29", 74 cm)


10. Silver & green beads (38", 96 cm)


11. Bronze, silver & green beads (48", 122 cm).




Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want more details! Smiley
20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - January 2010 on: January 27, 2010 11:13:10 AM
I'm making up for entering this round so late, I would like to claim jca1982 back for the flat rate envelope stuffed with paper/ephemera.  Grin

Claims Allowed (Outstanding): 3
Claims made so far: 2
Sendouts Not Sent: 1
Sendouts Sent: 0
Sendouts Received: 0

The things on my list come from a smoke-free environment, but there may be traces of cat allergens on them. Crossed out items are no longer available.

And here's the list:

1 claim


Skirt, made from repurposed materials. I love it but it doesn't fit me. I would estimate it to a size L or M/L. Unstretched the waistband is 32" (81 cm) around, but it stretches a lot, so I recommend it to someone with a larger hip/waist measurement than this. The waist band is 10" (25 cm) long, and looks nice folded double. Total length is 30" (76 cm) and depending on how it's worn it will go down to the knee or a bit below the knee. Could probably be worn as a dress as well. The white material is very sheer, so unless the wearer is very exhibitionistic, there is need for an underskirt or leggings underneath.

1/2 claim


One choice of the following fabric items = 1/2 claim (left to right):
1. Yellow and green striped vintage fabric. I think it has once served as a curtain. Roughly measures 35" x 35" (90 x 90 cm), in some places wider in some places narrower. There is a faint stain on it, about 6" x 6" (15 x 15 cm) big, it may wash away, I haven't attempted to remove it.
2. Gray and black wide striped felted wool cardigan, missing part of the sleeves and half of one front. Excellent for small felted projects. I made wrist cuffs from part of the sleeves, and embroidered them with red flowers, looks great!
3. Bright Orange (less yellow than the pic) very elastic cotton jersey. Tubular shape, measures approximately 15" x 32" (38 x 80 cm). Great for t-shirts, tank tops, tube tops, ribbing for all kinds of garments...
4. Three vintage pillowcases.
5. Retro fabric/surprise blouse! This is genuine 60's/70's fabric from an old seamstress friend. It is cut out to make a blouse, but can be used for other crafty purposes as well. I suspect there is a center front panel missing, otherwise the back seems unproportionately large compared to the front flaps. Anyway, whether you want to give the (large) blouse a try, use the material for patchwork or anything else, it's an excellent opportunity to get some really neat vintage fabric!
6. Hand silk-screened eye prints in black on white/natural fabric swatches.


Wallet. Hand silk-screened adorable green print featuring little chairs. Lined with lime green felt. Coin compartment + 2 compartments for cards/bills inside. Finishing could be neater, but except for that it's a really neat little wallet.

1/4 claim


Choose one of the following two for 1/4 claim (or both for 1/2):
Left: Bag of whimsies: what you see is what you get (plus a plastic belt buckle that had fallen out of the picture)! A bag full of little trinkets, your imagination sets the boundaries for what these can be crafted into.
Right: 6 gift boxes made from old photos (I can make more of these, 6 giftboxes = 1/4 claim, please specify if you want any theme or special motif and I'll see what I can do).


One choice of the following sewing supplies = 1/4 claim (left to right):
1. Black lace ribbon. Perfect for adding a ruffly lacy finish to your sewing projects. 106" (270 cm).
2. 2 black purse handles in plastic. Inner diameter approximately 4,5" (11 cm).
3. Red and Yellow felted flower brooch and red felted flower with 2 leaves. Hopefully someone can make something fabulous from these!
4. Purple satin ribbon. Water repellent acetate. 1,5" (4 cm) wide. Says 50 yards on the spool, some of it has been used but not much, my guess is that theres at least 30-40 yards left.


Fake fur, beige. Measures approximately 6" x 16" (16 x 40 cm), but is a curved shape, so the bottom end is slightly longer. I've made a bike saddle warmer from it, and I think, with some clever cutting, there's enough to make one more from this. Or any other fluffy fuzzy craft. (:


One choice of the following jewelry = 1 claim (left to right):
1. black fimo clay earring (for ordinary sized piercings, no stretching needed) 
2. crochet metal wire and pearl bracelet (children's size).
3. 2 button pins
4. dangly earrings
5. brown and green macramé bracelet 1/4" wide


One choice of the following necklaces = 1/4 claim (left to right):
1. black with blue/green stones and an egyptian scarabé (22", 56 cm)
2. black flat beads (18", 46 cm)
3. red/pink square wooden beads (26,5", 67 cm)
4. black matte seed beads (29", 74 cm)
5. Silver & green beads (38", 96 cm)
6. Bronze, silver & green beads (48", 122 cm).

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want more details! Smiley
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