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Man, my girlfriend would love this swap.. I think she actually wanted to sign up for it.. hmm..

You could both sign up for it, and once you each get matched with a swap partner, you could have craft nights and help each other with making the items! Collaborative creations would be a very cool thing in a swap.
3272  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have (Crafts/Supplies) Swap - August on: August 06, 2007 11:49:06 AM
Happy Monday all,

This is my first claim. From aimee_ant123 I want to claim the Blue Moon charms, the mirror pieces, and stretchy bead bracelet #5.

Here's what I have to offer:

- One claim -

1.  Recycled blank journals I make from salvaged office paper and magazines images - 4 journals per claim. I have made more of these than I know what to do with, and have lots of designs. I don't have a good picture of them right now, but they're a Japanese glued binding I don't see very often. Will attempt to send ones that match your taste/interest.

2.   Enough paper ephemera to make your head spin! I can stuff a manila envelope with surprises or you can tell me the kind of items or eras you're looking for. Some of what I have:
   1960s and 70s images and text from craft/knitting magazines
   old Disney character stuff from books (including an Eastern European one that's rather interesting
   papers with text in arabic, japanese, and chinese
   good images for SoulCollage

3.  Bob Marley book, by Margaret E Ward (ISBN #0681418664). 80 pages. Good condition, has TONS of color and b&w images, it could be kept for its original booky purpose or torn into for reuse of the images.

4.  50+ sheets of pale pink mulberry (?) paper, approx. 8.5 x 11"

5.  Ink stick for Chinese/Japanese calligraphy.

- 1/2 a claim -

6.   Two safety-pin bracelets. The smaller one is with purple sequins and clear beads, the larger one is with irridescent reddish plastic beads and brown glass beads.

7.   Four needlework pattern booklets/pamphlets from the early 1980s. The last one has lots of designs and pages, but the other 3 contain only the patterns shown on the covers:

8.   An approx. 6x6" needlepoint on Aida cloth that says in dainty letters, "F*** your gender". (The actual piece has it spelled out, and I'm not posting a photo for obvious reasons.)

9.  A stack of foil sheets separated by papers, about an inch thick. 3 colors: gold, blue, and red, all are regular silver on the back side. Approx. 8 x 5" in size.

Thanks for looking and helping me de-stash!

3273  California / California: Central / Crafting resources in Santa Barbara area (cross-posting, sort of) on: August 05, 2007 08:31:54 PM
If you are ever passing through Santa Barbara, make a stop to not only breathe the ocean air and enjoy the scenery but also load up on crafty stuff! We have a few stores with good rarities and unexpected finds, and this would be a better use of your vacation funds than a t-shirt:

#1 is Art From Scrap : www.artfromscrap.org
This is an initiative through SB's Community Environmental Council to resell and promote creative reuse of items instead of sending them to the landfill. It is incredible, cheap, and always changing (there is always a reliably huge supply of ceramic tile, specialty paper, fabric swatches and doodads, though).  They have tons of ideas and inspiration, too. They aren't open many hours, so check on that before you go. It's just a few blocks from the Garden St. freeway exit and definitely worth your time.

#2 is Random : www.randomstore.com
As the name implies, there's all kinds of stuff, and it is generally good stuff. There is a focus on home decor/furnishing, with a big ol' back area of unfinished furniture parts (chair legs, crown molding, frames, etc) and bolts of upholstery and decorating fabric. Random is on the north end of downtown.

#3 is Scavenge, on the lower end of downtown, and it is the place most visitors already know about. If you visit State Street, you'll see it. There's some off-color stuff that warrants parental discretion, just to let you know.

#4 is Pacific Company, which is on Upper State St. in the Gelson's/Wherehouse shopping center off Las Positas Rd. They are like a smaller, rated-G version of Scavenge with no clothing section. Lots of little import goodies as well as live plants, for some reason.

#5 is Art Essentials (in Downtown SB), which is The fine arts store and thus on the pricey side, but they have a good variety of art/craft types represented, including the best supply of large handmade paper in the area (that I've found, at least).

#6 is Craft Essentials in Goleta (owned by Art Essentials). More expensive than Michaels, but that's how it goes, and they're approximately the same size. This is the place to go for any sewing and needlework supplies, and they have all of the other things one would expect from a larger arts/crafts store.

#7 is Santa Barbara Scrapbooks, which is Downtown close to Paseo Nuevo. I've only been in there once, on business, because it would be too tempting to get "one of everything," and I don't have the funds. Looks like a good store, though.

#8 is a nice little store in Downtown SB, across from the Historical Museum, that just says "Beads" on the outside, and I don't know if they're open right now because the building suffered an extensive fire earlier this year. All the more reason to support this local business if it IS open, though.

#9 is the Saturday morning swap meet at Santa Barbara High School. It's free to get in (unlike the Sunday morning swap meet in Goleta, which charges by car) and always interesting.

#10 are the thrift stores, which can be found in the phone book.

#11 is Michaels, in Goleta...It's good to know it's there, but if you're just visiting Santa Barbara there's no reason to go to a chain store.

There are other little treasure troves hidden through the area, but these are the ones I am acquainted with. Please add your own, too.
Definitely signing up for this one. Pride rainbows are included, right? I hope this swap is on Craftsters' gaydar; it looks like there hasn't been an lgbtq swap in quite some time, so this would be a lovely opportunity.
I also would love to see someone craft something related to Kermit-thee-Frog's "The Rainbow Connection"!
3275  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: a story in pants. Beware of many, many pictures on: August 01, 2007 12:58:41 PM
How great to have a permanent, visual record of all those dreams and memories--on an article of clothing, no less--and trace out the path/progress of both your life and your needlework skill in so little space!

I'm probably projecting, but I would like to suggest or even plead this to you: Make sure anyone who might become your Significant Other sees you wearing these pants; if they don't ask or show interest in the stories/histories of this pair of pants, find someone else!!!!  They don't have to appreciate needlework, but they need to appreciate YOU, and in making these pants you've provided such a nice, easy opportunity for the right person to gain insight into who you are.
3276  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: ideas for an empty (gift) page? help! on: July 31, 2007 12:17:43 AM
How about a campy collage with stick-figure drawing of the couple (draw a veil on your cousin's circle-head), a banner in the background that says "wedding", and then type or write in a fake quotation at the bottom of the box to get the point across: "Here we are at our reception, shortly before I threw wedding cake in my sweetie's face." Or "Here's a picture taken with my ultra-crafty cousin, who made me this cool scrapbooky frame!"
3277  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: no cash value on: July 30, 2007 11:59:43 PM
That's freakin adorable, and a great idea to back it up with. It's taking one's stash of "worthless" craft supplies (that's the mainstream non-crafter calling it worthless, not me), and reclaiming/reasserting its worth and value. Good job!
3278  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old Wine Corks on: July 28, 2007 09:49:59 PM
Carve one end of the corks and use them like rubber stamps, for instance creating a set of alphabet stamps. It has a sorta primitive look, with crackles in the stamped image. Be safe and whittle AWAY from your body and others' bodies at all times! I gashed myself pretty badly doing this project, but it was still fun (once I was bandaged up and healing).

Another project: garland or cork-beaded curtain:
1. drill a hole through the center of each cork (in one round end, then out the other)
2. thread twine through them, keeping them 6-12 inches apart by knotting the twine at both ends of each cork.
3. Dye the corks ahead of time, use colorful twine, and/or dump the whole rope with corks into shallow paint/dye.
Make the cork-rope long enough to hang as a garland, or make several to put in a doorway in the style of a beaded curtain. (Idea gleaned from Art From Scrap's store in Santa Barbara). I guess if you didn't paint/dye them, these could be used as swimming pool lane dividers. I don't know.
3279  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tropical home on: July 18, 2007 03:18:16 PM
You're doing a great job! If I were to give a suggestion, it would be summed up with one word: bamboo! Or reed fencing (which is 2 words...). It's hard to overdo it. My mom has the tropical-home obsession and it has been a work-in-progress for a few years now. If something can have a frame around it (a picture, a window, a doorway, etc), it is framed in bamboo shoots. I can't find the photos of the really good examples, but here's a couple.
Those are tiki torches mounted on the wall.
What's great about this is that it could be done anywhere...and it does happen to be in one of the most dismal, non-paradise towns imaginable. I think the tiki in this picture actually came from Target! And the surfboard was donated.

Some cheap ideas we've come up with:
- find a hula skirt on sale, and open it up so it becomes a garland; use this as a window dressing or a table skirt.
- use one of those roll-up woven beach mats as a tablecloth
- shop thrift stores and junk stores for any Hawaiian print clothing and upholstery sample books - there's an endless variety of things to be done with fabric, as you know. (I love your photo board with the shells; for your bedroom you could do another board the same size with the shells but make it a ribbon/message board with the same fabric as your bedspread etc.)
- Hang fake leis from doorknobs, hooks, anything that will stand still.
- if you know anyone with a big palm tree, have them save the clean, dead fronds for you. There's some great decorating to be done with these...but I don't have the pictures right now to demonstrate. Lips sealed  In short, you can make a room feel more like a hut.

Good luck, aloha, and so on.
3280  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have (Crafts/Supplies) Swap - July on: July 18, 2007 02:28:14 PM
calluna: instead of claiming 4 journals could I get 2 journals and some scrapbooking paper instead?

Hell, I'll send you 4 journals and the scrapbooking paper together; I just want to get rid of stuff!
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