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« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2009 05:31:21 PM »

Hey knitters - would anyone be interested in making me some small wool longies? Like [these but I am not too picky about the pattern if anyone knows of a better one.

ack! those are so cute!!
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« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2009 06:18:54 PM »

I found my bag of Shop the Swap stuff exactly where I left it, under my desk! So I'll probably sign up in a bit, but I have to read the rules first.  I think they are easily twice as long as last time I was in Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2009 06:49:44 PM »

Okay, I've opened, I've changed the link in my signature, and I have no points, lol. (What else is new?)

Would people be interested in punch needle kits that contain:
punch needle with multiple sizes
floss on a bobbins
embroidery hoop
priced at 3 points because it is heavy? What price do you suggest?
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« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2009 07:13:12 PM »

To continue the conversation here instead of last months thread. 

When they move our house, it is too wide to fit on the truck, so they will be cutting off part of it. What was a verandah before it was built in years ago. Now it is our bathroom, office and my craft room  Shocked  So, it can't rain while the move takes place.
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« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2009 08:13:59 PM »

Aw, man, of course that homesteading weekend has to be during the summer! Bummer...   Cry

On a separate note, my company sponsors/organizes a team for our town's Relay for Life every year (this will be our fourth year in a row - yea!). My stepmom is in charge, and this year she asked me to craft up something for the silent auction.

I figure you gals here know my work best, so what would you suggest I donate? I thought maybe some framed photography from Peru, possibly a photo that's a part of an altered art piece. Or maybe some of my steampunk jewelry. Obviously I can donate multiple items... any thoughts?
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« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2009 08:19:15 PM »

Finally got my shop moved over, took forever, I took a few things out and did some reformatting with links and such, so hopefully I have some more space now and I can get new stuff added.  Hopefully I can do that tomorrow.

It's OK, Sewknitter, I have no points as well!  I just can't seem to hold on to them!  Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2009 08:25:30 PM »

Those wool longies are cute! You can also make longies out of recycled wool sweaters. I think the sleeve part is what is usually used. Here are a few Google images. My favorite is on the bottom right, the ones made from the Gap sweater:
Recycled wool longies from sweater

I've not tried this yet, but I have serged the kids a few sweaters (acrylic) out of larger thrift shop sweaters.

Maybe someone will want to experiment with a wool sweater and a baby pants pattern? I don't have a suitable sweater right now. Smiley

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« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2009 08:27:47 PM »

Oh, geez, I thought the longies Mimi was asking about were for adults! I thought they actually looked pretty comfortable for lounging around the house in...   Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2009 08:28:16 PM »

Sorry about the weather/house issues, Sansa!  Embarrassed

AQ - As cool as your steampunk jewelry is, I wouldn't recommend it for this purpose, since it probably isn't an aesthetic adequately appreciated by most people who put bids in on silent auctions. I could be entirely wrong, that's just my observation upon peoplewatching at different silent auctions.
The set with the red squares and the birds would be a very nice choice -- something that's unique but with a classic look, which adults of any age group could wear. The winter set would be another good one.
Something from the Peru trip could be a good option too, if you make it clear that it came straight from Peru. Maybe a shadowbox of one of the photos with relevant objects in there as well? Like a photo of Machu Picchu with something you brought back from there. Or maybe you'll just want to do that for your own house.  Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2009 08:36:56 PM »

Sorry about the weather/house issues, Sansa!  Embarrassed

AQ - As cool as your steampunk jewelry is, I wouldn't recommend it for this purpose, since it probably isn't an aesthetic adequately appreciated by most people who put bids in on silent auctions. I could be entirely wrong, that's just my observation upon peoplewatching at different silent auctions.
The set with the red squares and the birds would be a very nice choice -- something that's unique but with a classic look, which adults of any age group could wear. The winter set would be another good one.
Something from the Peru trip could be a good option too, if you make it clear that it came straight from Peru. Maybe a shadowbox of one of the photos with relevant objects in there as well? Like a photo of Machu Picchu with something you brought back from there. Or maybe you'll just want to do that for your own house.  Smiley

Ohhh, a Peru shadowbox... definitely stealing that idea for myself!  Grin

Yeah, I've been disappointed at the results of the silent auctions in recent years. Handmade items definitely are not appreciated as much as gift certificates and "stuff".

Two years ago I won a full-size, machine-sewn quilt for $150. I felt bad because I know how much work went into it and it was worth so much more, but $150 was all I could afford at the time. Plus, it was gonna go for $30 and I simply could not let that happen.

The only reason I thought I might try a steampunk necklace is because we have a lot of high schoolers participate in the Relay. I'm not sure how many actually make into the auction tent, but I thought it would be cool to have something the girls might want to bid on. And as long as I choose the right piece (i.e. one that doesn't have a lot of expensive charms), I won't feel too bad if it doesn't sell for more than a couple bucks.

I have noticed that some of the "older" women at auctions seem to love jewelry made with Swarovski crystals. So that may be another option, too.

Hmmm, thanks for giving me some great ideas, Calluna! (Especially the Peru shadowbox - I'm excited about the possibilities!)


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