FANTASTIC! I love Halloween and don't believe in "cute" Halloween for my own decorating. I also don't believe in spending a lot of money to do it up right and really gross. I may have to do something like that somewhere this year!
It really does look great! Very nice arrangement of your books! I'm currently waiting for IKEA to open in my city in a few weeks so I can finally unpack my books onto a shelf and have been mentally considering arrangement options.
I'd like to see what it looks like with that vase under the table (if you have something to put in it that would be short enough) and the picture on the wall lowered. I'm not actually suggesting you change it and post a pic, just that I would check out that option in my own space.
It seems that when things cross the line into "just plain mean" "cruel", or "hateful" is when someone can really be offensive. I say craftsters keep on with the warning labels and those who have something to share that is questionable about crossing that line can post somewhere else.
I've been wondering the same thing. It seems that most people who make things want to make them well, but some people just need to create and share and get it on to the next project. I agree that a personal message might be the way to go for helpful, courteous critiques. That way there isn't public humiliation AND they can just ignore you if they want to.
I'm new, I'm not sure how many labeling options there are. I think "mature" or "suggestive" are good ones in addition to "offensive". With the Vasectomy thing, it's the fact that all the products in the care package have the words "balls" or "nuts" in them, which some people might find offensive, but that I (and I'm confident, the recipient) think it hilarious given the circumstances. I'm sure it's a slippery slope, because it could get very tedious having several labels and complicated guidelines for using them and might make this feel like a less inviting community for a lot of people and certainly more difficult to moderate.
I think that an example of "suggestive" are some of the photos of the gorgeous corsets people are making and some photos from the 2006 Halloween Costume thread. For me, it's your basic -isms that are offensive, racism, sexism, etc., but not everyone is the same.
I try to use a couple of guidelines when crafting for gifts. First I just don't craft for people that I don't think would like it and second, I try to craft specifically for them. I may make magnets for one person who I would never make a throw pillow for and a throw pillow for someone that I'd never paint something for. I have a friend who has a HUGE family and she will decide on a gift and just give that to everyone for that year's birthdays. So every sister, sister-in-law, adult niece, niece-in-law and honorary female family member will get Y and X for their birthday that year. It works for her, but I tend to craft for each person individually - especially adults. I'm lucky that I've chosen recipients carefully enough that even those who don't craft are very appreciative - usually more so, because they are in awe of someone being able to make something and then making it just for them.
It's like once you join craftster a chip in your brain activates, because this is the second time in as many days as a topic that I was thinking about was posted by someone else. I just put together a little "Congratulations On Your Vasectomy" care package for a friend that I'm kind of proud of, but wasn't sure it was appropriate to post. Not just because of the topic, but because it's must a gift basket of stuff I collected, nothing I actually made - I only made them into something for that kind of patient by putting them all together.
I'm not so concerned with offending adults who are legally able to give consent when they decide to look at something marked offensive as not getting into trouble by posting stuff that minors might see or getting minors in trouble, etc.
Anyway, I'm very interested in what craftsters and moderators alike have to say on this topic. Is there a difference between "offensive" and "suggestive"?
I already have a call in to someone selling a plastic toy car like that on Craigslist! I hope, hope, hope I can get it. After seeing the pirate shop wagon and this, I simply MUST do something like this for one of my honorary nieces! YEY!