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« on: July 06, 2013 10:23:13 AM »

Okay, I'm currently doing a swap in which my partner wants an item that I can't completely craft on my own, and I was thinking I'd buy said item and embellish it myself. What percentage of the item should be embellished vs. store bought to even out the fact that I didn't make the majority of the item. I've searched all over Craftster and can't find an answer so I thought I'd ask here. The embellishment would take a considerable amount of time, and the item is only a medium, so I'm pretty confident that it would meet the swap requirements, but I wanted to get a second opinion about whether or not buying something like this would be appropriate. It kinda makes me think of that cooking show Semi-Homemade where it's 60% store bought and 40% homemade ingredients?

What are y'all's thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2013 11:24:02 AM »

I suppose every item is different and without more info to go on (assuming so your partner doesn't stumble over here and ruin the surprise) I can only guess at the answer... But I'd say you're probably ok. I've seen a lot of embellished items in swap galleries that I would be happy to receive (or have happily received), some examples would be: a stenciled t-shirt/apron/tote bag/other fabric item, a painted jewelry box/picture frame, painted shoes, embellished candle, altered books...

I think as long as you put reasonable effort into the crafting portion, and if it's something you think your partner will like then you shouldn't worry. Everyone has different talents and levels of ability, that's part of the fun of swapping  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2013 06:51:50 PM »

I think it would be best to discuss it with your swap organiser.  That's the person that's going to make the call on whether or not the item is ok, it's hard for us to judge without knowing what the swap requirements are. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2013 08:54:16 PM »

I think I figured out a good way to make it work. I will check with the organizer though. Thanks for the help!
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