I'm looking forward to this swap so much! I'd say a large, a medium, a small, extras optional sounds good. Or maybe just do the point system? I can't find an example of that the moment. Or say either one large or two medium items, plus one or two smalls, and extras optional? Whatever's decided, I'm in!
I have one item of a two item craft done! And I'm pleased. It didn't turn out like I envisioned, but then, it never does. The crafty fingers have a mind of their own. I discovered I need one supply that's not in my stash, so I'll try to pick one up tomorrow.
I've been lurking and reading along from the beginning, and getting such inspiration from all of you. The battle for me is getting what I have organized, so I can find what I need without going out and buying more of what I already have. Then comes the stash busting-and there's so many great ideas for projects on this thread. One thing I've done is I've started a box for unwanted craft supplies. (Seriously, why did I buy a hot pink stamp pad? Or all that crochet thread from the thrift store-just because it was cheap?) That way maybe I can make a nice box for someone when there's another round of the Givers and Needers Swap. Or just have extras to tuck into swap packages, when I have supplies for crafts my partners can use. Not much in my box yet, because I haven't done much organizing, but it'll get there!
Wow! As for tips on cutting them up...perhaps use a box cutter to carefully score the vinyl around your circle patten a few times, then cutting. Or hunt for old singles, to avoid cutting at all! Those would give you bigger circles, but maybe not too big? And gently heating it, too. Vinyl melts easily, as I know from making record bowls, and you don't want to do that! Hmm...if you had a heat resistant form, you could layer your cut out vinyl on it and heat them instead of using glue-they'd soften, stick together, can be squished if you have a lot of padding to protect yourself, can be reheated if it doesn't set up quite right...why not check out all the record bowl/record purse tutes, just to get vinyl cutting/melting/shaping tips? I went to a workshop on modding water pistols and nerf guns into steampunk guns last year. I haven't tried this yet! He suggested gently heating the plastic water pistols in a warm oven before doing any trimming to make cutting easier. I didn't take notes, but I think the oven was just set on warm, and it was only for 10 minutes? And that's a much sturdier plastic, so even less for vinyl. Again, be very careful, better to do too low a temp and too short a time. you want the plastic barely softened to make cutting easier, not melted. Hope this helps.
I can so see a Christmas version of these-but with other candy in addition to the sprinkles. For example, that ribbon candy as a 'bow'? Or with thin strands of red licorice as an edging. Oh, the possibilities! Thanks for sharing these shoes with us!
Bookmarked! I love this idea, I'm always freezing and wrapped in a blanket. I think I'd add a big button at top, perhaps. Have to make this! If anyone here is near a Rite-Aid, they sell those cozy mini fleece throws, and right now autumn themed ones are half off-which makes them 2.50 each. I should see if I can snag a few for the inner layer....
Hee, preventing the swap from becoming totally epic will be a three pipe problem all by itself! With people who both love Holmes and love to craft....and so many many possibilities...
"The deuce, Holmes! It was rather kind of poor Mrs.Hudson to knit you a scarf, but I've never seen such a style in my life. Attractive, though. Do you think she would let herself be persuaded to share the pattern with my dear Mary?" "Calimetory, my dear Watson."
Speaking of obscure Holmes related fiction, there's a series about Moriarity. By John Gardner, I think? More than one writer has done that. And there was a made for tv movie a long time back, that was the pilot for a show that was never made. Holmes was cryogenicly frozen, revived in the modern era, there was a female Doctor-a descendant of John Watson, of course, her landlady was a Mrs.Hudson, and somehow Moriarity was involved...a descendant? Can't recall. Holmes in California trying to learn modern slang and failing was amusing. Found it! Sherlock Holmes Returns, from 1987. And it was remade in 1993. It's the 1993 version I saw, I don't know how different the two versions are. The one I saw would have Doyle spinning in his grave, but it was enjoyable. Oh, and the 1971 movie They Might Be Giants, starring George C. Scott. About a man who is convinced he is Holmes. Haven't seen it for ages and ages, but it's good.