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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Red Dwarf Swap 2.0 SIGNUP 2/7/09-2/21/09 SENOUTS 3/30/09 on: February 07, 2009 06:56:38 AM
Swap name: Attention all Smegheads: Red Dwarf Swap 2.0
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: RachoftheJungle
Sign-up date range: 2/7/09-2/21/09
Date to send item by: 3/30/09

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Age requirement? 13+

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This swap is in honor of the BBC sitcom Red Dwarf. Each participant will be given a partner for whom they will make the following:
-   1 large item
-   1 medium item
-   2-3 small items
For definitions, see the Swap FAQ page link at the bottom of this post.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

Favorite RD Character(s):
Least Favorite Character, if any:
Favorite episode(s), if any:
Any special skills/what do you like to craft? (i.e. knit items, purses, jewelry, etc.)
Anything you would particularly like? (i.e. earrings, hat, bag, etc.)
Anything you would prefer not to receive?
A few things about yourself that will help your partner make you spiffy stuff: (Hobbies, favorite color, etc.)
Blog/wist/whatever that you wouldn't mind your partner seeing so they can find out more about you and what you like (OPTIONAL):
Anything else you want to say?:



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Participants and Partner Assignments:

RachoftheJungle (sending to Hahnasay, receiving from thelastkodama)
Hahnasay (sending to thelastkodama, receiving from rachofthejungle)
MrsFlibble (sending to Jellybean313, receiving from amastra)
JellyBean313 (sending to amastra receiving from MrsFlibble)
Amastra (sending to mrsflibble, receiving from jellybean313)
thelastkodama (sending to rachofthejungle, receiving from Hahnasay)
Kewlmomma (sending to and receiving from ammasmama)
ammasmama (sending to and receiving from kewlmomma)

SWAP GALLERY:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293849.0
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Red Dwarf Swap... You Know You Wanna on: January 30, 2009 10:41:47 PM


Oooh man Red Dwarf is such a great show. I searched the forums and found a smeggin' sweet Red Dwarf swap- from 2006! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=111772.0

I saw recent (2008) discussion of doing another, but didn't find evidence of this coming to fruition.

Please make my day! Even if we only get 3 or 4 people interested I think it'd be loads of fun.


Also, am I the only one that thinks Rimmer is kinda hot? I mean I know he's kind of a jerk but there is something about nerdy dudes like that... Kiss


Arnold J. Rimmer, 1st Officer of my Heart

Anyway, make my day! Let's do this!

13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Horoscope/Astology themed bar fundraiser.. need help!! on: March 07, 2008 07:32:11 AM
Hey crafty ladies-


THE STORY

I work for a small non-profit involved in natural science, astronomy, and historic preservation (whew! We are busy!). Anyhow, I am in charge of planning a fundraiser at the beginning of April. Our theme is horoscopes & astrology. We needed something fun so we could attract a younger crowd.

A local bar is hosting us. Basically we are going to charge a cover at the door ($10) and hopefully make some money off of a raffle.

THE SETUP

  • The bar is fairly large with nice, high ceilings, a stage, and a dance floor. There are white Christmas lights strung up already.

    We have a DJ coming to keep the jams happening.

    A fortune teller is donating her time to read fortunes (for a donation to us of course!) She said shed even dress up. I was thinking we could make a little tent for her in a corner somewhere by dangling sheets from the ceiling and maybe some colorful scarves, etc.

    Each person who comes through the door is going to get a mardi gras medallion necklace with their astrological sign on it. We ordered blank ones online and are printing round stickers with the signs on them.

    We have a raffle with prizes from local businesses. The grand prize is a private cocktail party for 10 at our observatory with beverages from the local brewery!

    I think we are also going to have a custom cocktail with a buck or two added on that will go to our organization.

THE QUESTIONS


I need to decorate and I have very little money to use (the more we spend the less we make). Do you guys have any clever ideas? (recycled stuff/cheap materials/etc.?)

Also, and ideas for the cocktail, such as a name or recipe?

Any other clever suggestions?

So far for advertising, I am doing the usual email newsletter, flyers around town, and we may also do a newspaper ad. Any other suggestions for how to get the word out?

Thanks in advance. I am new to this job and very much want it to be a success!
14  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Brainchild I just had... (didn't even know I was pregnant ;-) on: January 27, 2008 04:07:24 PM
Reusable grocery bags-

Such a simple concept, and yet, I feel like there's not enough motivation for people to bother getting them, much less remember to bring them to the store. It's such a waste to use new grocery bags each time, even if the material is recycled.

Wouldn't it be great to start a crafting-for-a-cause movement that would encourage local crafters to craft for good and not evil? I know when I was in college, my stitchin' sisters and I of our school's fiber arts club were always looking for a charitable project we could do in our spare time for minimal money and maximal impact.

I'm thinking something simple like making chic, simple, reusable grocery bags from (clean!) recycled pillow cases. All the crafters would have to do is stitch some sturdy handles on. They could be made en-masse and then given out for free (or for a donation to a local earth-friendly charity or group). To further get the word out, once the movement has a name, it could be marked on the bag. (This would also serve to prevent unscrupulous persons from reselling them, sad but I bet someone would try)

Perhaps local businesses or even national chains would be interested in joining the cause, to the extent of allowing a table to distribute the bags. A bonus would be getting them to give a small discount, something like Trader Joe's, whenever the customer remembers and uses his/her reuseable bags. Anything, even twenty five or fifty cents, would be a motivator. The upside to the store would of course be not having to bear the expense of that customer's bagging needs. Even if it were for a finite period of time (eg one month, six months) it might be enough to get people in the habit.

It could start off small and work its way up. I live in a smaller community and I might give this a shot solo through the non-profit I work for. If it goes well, I might like to see what I can do about contacting special interest groups in other places with my success story and see if they'd try something similar where they live.

DO you think this would work? Have you heard of a similar campaign elsewhere?

I have faith that asking people to make small changes in their lives will work much better than going a more radical route. This might be a way to reach people and incite actual habitual change rather than something people do for a week after Earth Day then forget.

15  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / "washed ashore" and seeking fellow Nantucket crafters :-) on: September 23, 2007 04:54:54 PM
Hi I just relocated to Nantucket. I miss my college knitting group soooo much. Anyone out there know of any craft group on island?
16  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Locher's dirty wearable emboridery on: May 10, 2007 12:36:47 PM
Wow, this collection is AMAZING. I've been embroidering things on my clothing lately, but the placement and nature of this designer's pieces are truely singular!

www.lochers.com

I love this designer's subversive style. I bet us Craftsters can take this to a whole new level.

Whatdya think? I think we should make this a craft-a-long at least, if not a contest!

-Rach
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / archaeopteryx hoodie on: March 01, 2007 09:54:21 AM
Reppin' fossil lovers everywhere with my bleach-pen archaeopteryx lithographica hoodie:


18  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / the history of spinning on: February 23, 2007 09:06:23 PM
Hey everyone-

My fiber arts club is hosting a spinning workshop. We have invited a spinner to show us the ropes, and as part of the workshop I am preparing a brief presentation on the history of spinning.

I know there is a lot of stuff out there; I am hoping to get some suggestions about good resources and where to start.

I am also interested in any "factoids" or spinning/yarn trivia as they will keep the presentation interesting as well as informative.

Thanks for any help you can offer.
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mountain Dew Xmas tree on: February 19, 2007 05:10:22 PM
I DID NOT MAKE THIS, though I wish I did.

Anyho, check this out:

http://www.iftk.com.br/wordpress/xmas-beer-tree
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Help make me a pin-up girl! (2/12 - some pics) on: January 04, 2007 06:51:04 PM
(I deleted the old message I had written for brevity's sake, since the pictures are now taken and the replies giving advice/suggestions speak for themselves.)

If you haven't read this thread before, I wanted to take pinup pictures for my old-school 40s-50s loving boyfriend. Search for the artist Gil Elvgren if you want to see what I was going for.

Several people suggested making a whole calendar's worth and getting one custom printed up, so I took enough pics to do so! I shopped thrift stores and took all the great advice here to make myself into a passable pinup.

ON TO THE UPDATE!

UPDATE 2/4/06:

I took all the pics today! It took FIVE HOURS!!! I had 3 friends help me. They are saints. Goddesses among women! It's their eye for makeup, pose, and photography that made these worthwhile!

Anyway, these shots are all pre-photoshop. We intend on adding in a minimalist background to most of them, just like the old paintings. I'll be sure to post here when I get some of them fixed up.

Here are a few of my favorites:

this one is based on the original painting below it:





For this one I will be photoshopped onto the hood of a 50s hotrod.



We originally shot about 250 pictures of 11 poses/outfits. There are about 40 or so that we've narrowed down to the final calendar-worthy pictures. You can see where I started off (housewife) and where we finally got into the groove (knitting, drawing, and the leggy one).

Let me know what you guys think! I'd be happy to hear feedback and suggestions for what I should fix up/put in the background.

And THANK YOU to everyone who has given advice so far. I was so inspired by everyone's suggestions.


UPDATE 2/12/07:

I just took some of the more "leggy" ones out after another unrelated thread about faces in craftster pictures brought to my attention that sexy pics (however PG/retro/crafty in nature) might stir up some opposition if on the slim chance my employer or patrons of where I work saw 'em.

I know it's a little paranoid, but the world is a crazy place Sad

Besides, I figure by now all of you who gave me great advice earlier and asked for pics have seen them.

I'll post some select G-rated finished photos along with tutorials and some condensed advice under the misc. completes sometime soon. Thanks again!


http://s159.photobucket.com/albums/t137/thegreatpinupproject/






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