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3291  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Last year's halloween costume...how do I top this? on: September 27, 2007 12:43:01 PM
Oh, last year's will definitely be a tough one to beat. And your husband looks gravely unpleased; too funny!
3292  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Fairy tribal belly dance costume on: September 27, 2007 12:24:33 PM
Beautiful! How could I not be in love with everything in those photos - the costume, the person, the setting... Smiley
3293  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Handmade Calendar Swap? on: September 27, 2007 09:14:46 AM
That seems easier than how I had it in my head - I saw everyone completing one of each of the 12 months, keeping one of the months for themselves, and then distributing the rest to the others. That option is more difficult logistically, but I still kind of like it.  Smiley  Each person being devoted to just one month would be good in that there would be less likelihood of getting months devoted to their obligatory generic themes (February=hearts and valentines day, March=green and St Pattys Day, etc). Nothing wrong with those themes, but if we're pushed to spend more time working on pages for a month, they will get more diverse and in-depth. What a great gallery it would be! In all likelihood I would sign up. I imagine 12x12" scrapbook cardstock would be the standard page size? If anyone wanted to do digital stuff they could just print it out on standard paper and attach it to the larger sheet.
3294  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: where do you get your reclaimed paper? on: September 26, 2007 04:08:46 PM
- I am from a town that is huge on reuse and recycling, so there's a store full of stuff that businesses, artists, etc were going to toss/recycle, so this includes paper a lot of the time.
- The other town with which I divide my time has a great junk store, and there's occasionally good paper there, too. I've often seen the old-skool connected printer paper in junk stores and thrift stores, or even at people's curbsides, in large boxes for cheap, since it's obsolete.
- For the most part, I've just been fortunate (as a scrap-paper junkie, not as a citizen of the Earth) to work in places that waste a lot of paper.
 - I've always been the one to volunteer to clean out file cabinets, because there are usually stacks of outdated forms, flyers for events long since past (on colored paper, too), and useless old documents printed on only one side.
 - It's good to visit the recycle bin of your office perfectionist, too.
 - And on recycling day (or the afternoon before recycling day), wander around your neighborhood or your workplace's neighborhood and take a peek in the bins; you'll quickly find out which ones to never look in again, and which ones might offer something useful.
- You may be able to ask your local copy shop for their flub-ups or flawed paper, and next to the copy machines at university libraries you will often find lots of good reclaimable paper.
- If you're familiar with a business that recently moved, find out if they still have a bunch of stationery and such with their old address on it; they'll want to keep a few copies for their records, but otherwise they probably won't have use for it.
- Most importantly: make sure everyone you know who works in an office knows that you're on the hunt for paper. They usually won't entirely understand, but they'll know who to call.
3295  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Historical Figures Swap (Sign ups CLOSED; sendouts 09/25) on: September 26, 2007 03:43:12 PM
As a reminder, with the mailing deadline yesterday and a change-up in organizers:

Midnight no longer has internet access, and so if you have PM'ed her about the swap, and not me, it will not reflect on your mailing/receiving status. Likewise for any previously-made agreements for sending your swap-package late. *I* need to know that you have sent and/or received, even if you have contacted midnight about it already.

I trust that this confusion is what's responsible for my not hearing from approximately half of you on whether you've mailed, even though the deadline passed! It's awfully quiet here, though, mix-ups aside...
3296  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Handmade Calendar Swap? on: September 26, 2007 03:20:52 PM
It's a great idea; it would just need to be clear who is mailing which month to whom, so no one ends up with a pile of Februaries! I guess everyone could pick a particular theme they want, and the other people could create something accordingly...so if you happen to like giant squid, here would be a full year of different people's interpretations/creations on the giant squid! Or it could be left for the crafter to decide what to make and send to each person. Sounds fun.

I'm all calendared out, myself, at the moment, after making a page-a-day calendar. So I can't commit just yet.
3297  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Historical Figures swap Gallery on: September 25, 2007 07:00:29 PM
Swappers - please see my info post in the original thread:

(Long story short, send updates by PM to me rather than midnight.)

calluna (substitute organizer)
3298  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Historical Figures Swap (Sign ups CLOSED; sendouts 09/25) on: September 25, 2007 06:56:02 PM
Yes, I am now organizer, version 2.0, with many thanks to midnight for doing the actual organizing and getting the swap off the ground. (I'm more of a supervisor at this point).

 ShockedToday is the mailing deadline, fellow history-crafters!  Shocked
I expect a BUNCH of PMs within the next 24 hours from people sending out their packages (yay, I'll be popular for a few days)! If you discussed sending late already with midnight, I need to know that even quicker.

Here is what I have as the most current standings. Please refer to THIS list rather than the one one the 1st page, since I cannot edit that one:
sent     recieved       sent and recieved

midnight <-> Hollylynne
*jewels*<-> Molliemoo2883
RedFumes<->cigarettesandvalent ines
canarysanctuary<-> ScotSkipper402
Kurtzie <-> ivycircle
Velour <-> dancingrabbit
artoo1121 <-> shirmung

boogirl1984 <-> PatriaE
calluna <-> kiden2
Raenef <-> frosty772
Dirty Plebeian -> sanekook -> omg_word -> Dirty Plebeian
As mentioned in the previous post, PinkMafia will be handling the feedback; I will PM her daily with names of whomever has finished so you can get that feedback quickly.

I look forward to seeing the rest of your creations in the coming weeks!

3299  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Historical Figures Swap (Sign ups CLOSED; sendouts 09/25) on: September 25, 2007 04:56:39 PM
can anyone step up as organizer?

I'm willing to do it; I have a good amount of time available and I read through the threads for how to be a good Organizer.
3300  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Paper/ephemera swap7 gallery on: September 24, 2007 05:32:58 PM
I just got my bonus swap package from KarenLouiseM; very exciting! And good stuff! ("Stuff" is both a noun and a verb, in this case - the envelope was crammed full! Cheesy)

Here's a sampling:
Beads, buttons, metallic confetti shapes, earrings, and so on.
Some great Halloween doodads, including a tiny Frankenstein monster-head tree ornament! He can just stay out on display from October thru December!
Lots and lots of cards and pieces from board games, card games, trivia games etc. Yes, that IS a card Backstreet Boys Around the World game, which I didn't know about before since I was never a fan but it's quite funny. And the Ungame, which I always liked.
And then there's the background paper, wrapping paper, and wallpaper assortment...Very very cool. I was so happy to get Mac-n-cheese paper, you have no idea  Smiley. And that one in the front is actually folded up, it's of various old scenes from around the U.S. It's a close 2nd in my book behind the macaroni and cheese paper.  Grin

Also included:
- flash cards for math and chemistry
- wood blocks
- pages from old books and comics
- multiple postcards of art and places
- a cd of copyright-free images

I tell ya, if paper/ephemera were money, I would be rich in more than spirit...but I'm very happy with what I have, in the meanwhile.  Smiley  Thank you KarenLouise!
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