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ORGANIZED SWAPS => ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED => Topic started by: vegbee on February 12, 2007 05:14:01 PM



Title: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 12, 2007 05:14:01 PM
Swap name: Undomesticated Goddess Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Vegbee
Sign-up date range: Feb 12-26 2007
Date to send item by: March 19 2007

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

All ages allowed? yes

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:

So, the only thing about your housekeeping that doesn’t suck is the vacuum.  You are not going to be nominated for Homemaker of the Year.  Your home always resembles the ‘before’ picture.  It’s OK, Martha has left the building (possibly in disgust).  Here is the place to embrace the fact that you are, indeed, too sexy for the dishes.  Come avoid scrubbing the tub and swap crafts with other crappy homemakers. 

We will be swapping a minimum of One medium item and two small items or one large item and one small item.   
If you want to swap more, discuss it with your partner. 

Crappy housewives of the world come craft, you have nothing to lose but your dishrags, mops, and probably the car keys!
   

original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140822.10
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If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Five words to describe the state of your home:
Do you have any anti-housekeeping heros or terrible housewives that you admire or identify with?
Are there any too perfect housekeepers that really get on your nerves? 
What would you like to make?
What would you like to receive?
Is there anything you do not want to receive?
Favorite colours?
Allergies, pet peeves, ethical issues?
More info?



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide (https://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html) to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Partners:

phantomssiren - GothChics
Muria - vegbee
retro-redux - Star217
craftADDchick - valsped
polaritygirl - Sophieangele
Kitten Wrangler - around
h_pets360 - bbonnn
lilgothkat - merricat17
RobynLisa - Amanelle

purple = has sent to partner
crossed = partner has received

Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157400.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157400.0)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: diannab on February 12, 2007 05:48:13 PM
YAY! ;d I can't wait to send in my info! :D


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: snowwhitesuicide on February 12, 2007 06:47:17 PM
oh...I'm thinking I might join this one!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: retro-redux on February 12, 2007 07:44:12 PM
WooHoo! Just sent my info:) Hello fellow pack rats and slobs:)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on February 13, 2007 04:42:42 AM
I just send in my information (ok, about 8 hours ago).  :)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: brideOFkniterstein on February 13, 2007 08:58:03 AM
i resemble this swap  ;)

one question: are we crafting "domestic" items? like washcloths and the like or are we crafting "anit-domestic" items... what that would be like, i'll need some help with


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on February 13, 2007 10:08:43 AM
Here's the original idea thread (there's some ideas on page 2):

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140822.10


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: brideOFkniterstein on February 13, 2007 10:12:36 AM
Here's the original idea thread (there's some ideas on page 2):

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140822.10

i just read it. had me rolling on the floor laughing. i see i'm not the only flylady failure!!! thank God i'm not alone.

i am so in. as soon as i get feedback from my first swap. i was going to do a martha stewart swap, but i don't think i'll get feedback in time.

i'm so happy i'm not alone


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 13, 2007 11:11:34 AM
thanx Muria, i forgot to link to the org thread


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on February 13, 2007 11:21:03 AM
You're welcome.  :)   Time to catch up on laundry? Nah... Time to find the original swap idea discussion?  Sure, no problem!  ;D

I admit, though, that I did tidy up one of the rooms in the house this morning, and cleaned up the kitchen sink area.  Someone must be coming over because every time I clean for no reason, a reason presents itself (without my asking).   :o


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 13, 2007 11:32:01 AM
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every time I clean for no reason, a reason presents itself (without my asking).   

ah, so that probably why no one visits me!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: TwistedRedhead on February 14, 2007 07:07:21 PM
I love the idea of this swap, unfortunately I am unable to participate at this time.  I am well qualified.  I have a magnet on my fridge that says "A clean house is the sign of a wasted life."


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: valsped on February 14, 2007 08:31:17 PM
I plan to sign up as soon as I get feedback from my 1st swap (mailed out yesterday).


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: CohesiveChaos on February 14, 2007 11:16:31 PM
:D I'm so excited about this!  The ideas are running through my head 100 miles per minute lol.  But I'm keeping sketches and notes and hope that I can work what I want to do around who gets me :)  But I'm open for just about anything!  I'm about as undomesticated as they come, but I'm one **** of a crafter ;)



Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Malina on February 15, 2007 06:53:15 AM
ooohhh, gonna have to seriously consider this one.  This is sooooooooo me.  Except I'm not a housewife any more lol  Probably had something to do with my cleaning aversion!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: brideOFkniterstein on February 15, 2007 09:02:37 AM
I love the idea of this swap, unfortunately I am unable to participate at this time.  I am well qualified.  I have a magnet on my fridge that says "A clean house is the sign of a wasted life."

i have that same magnet!!!!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: around on February 15, 2007 09:19:46 AM
I just sent in my info! I'm so excited about this swap. It's been a while since I've participated, but this deal looks like it's right up my alley. I can't wait!
I'm so glad to have another reason not to clean!!!
(never before have i used so many exclamation points.)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 15, 2007 06:11:51 PM
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Except I'm not a housewife any more lol  Probably had something to do with my cleaning aversion!

I have to laugh because I'm thinking about starting a small business so I have an excuse not to clean my house anymore.  Then my husband can share some of the work, which won't happen, though.  Still, at least people will say, 'oh, her house is so messy because she has her own business, works so hard, and doesn't have time to clean'.  Much better than what they say now: 'oh, her house is so messy, what exactly does she do all day?!'


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: kitschkween on February 16, 2007 08:56:02 AM
i so need to join this swap! i don't ever call  myself a homemaker, because it would be an insult to homemakers all over the world!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: ShaynaYasha on February 16, 2007 08:12:17 PM
I'm really gonna consider this one.  I made my husband get me a housekeeper because I LOATHE housework... except for a few days before that special time of the month  :P  I don't know what those hormones do, but I run around this house with my Comet like Mommie Dearest scrubbing everything....and then it's gone...   ;D  Long Live Peggy Bundy!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: CohesiveChaos on February 16, 2007 09:49:24 PM
I'm really gonna consider this one.  I made my husband get me a housekeeper because I LOATHE housework... except for a few days before that special time of the month  :P  I don't know what those hormones do, but I run around this house with my Comet like Mommie Dearest scrubbing everything....and then it's gone...   ;D  Long Live Peggy Bundy!

Love and Marriage Love and Marriage.  Long live reruns of married with children.  lol


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: h_pets360 on February 17, 2007 04:07:43 PM
Aw, hell's belles.  i totally wanted to sign up for this, but i work 7 days on, 7 days off, and my off weeks for the time frame of this swap are more chaotic than usual.
 :'(
Lemme think about it.  I might be able to pull something out of my... uh. 
"One medium item and two small items or one large item and one small item"

yeah, i can do it.  i can do it.  i have an hour lunchbreak at work!
i'm in.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Avian Flight on February 17, 2007 09:28:56 PM
This swap sounds so fun! I can't wait to see the results. I don't fit the description so I'm going to leave it to you gals.  :)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Kitten Wrangler on February 19, 2007 01:38:36 AM
So, ah... I live in a one bedroom apartment. That's one bedroom, one livingroom, an ensuite bathroom and a kitchenette.

It's not clean. It's not even close to being clean.

I like to blame my crafting. But honestly, it's more than that. I think there's something to be said for the fact that I'm conducting an experiment on my kitchen bench at the moment, involving cornflour, water, and the 34+ degree celsius heatwave we're currently having. I think the concotion is fermenting. It developed a lot of little bubbles. I can't bring myself to wash the dishes now, and destroy this example of science in the making.

Then there's the fridge. Containing jars of things that are at least 18mths old. Oh, and I scribbled all over it in a fit of pique at my exboyf (it's actually his fridge. But I've had it for the last 2 years).

The rest of the place is not much better. I have a small mountain of thread and fabric snippets in a corner of my living room, because it's easier to dump them there, than to carefully sweep them all up, and put them in the bin.

Things just get worse at assignment time. I end up with a collection of dirty dishes surrounding the laptop, and a floor covered in paper and pens and books and just general CRAP.

I so need in on this swap. Sending details now.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on February 19, 2007 06:54:55 AM
I have a small mountain of thread and fabric snippets in a corner of my living room, because it's easier to dump them there, than to carefully sweep them all up, and put them in the bin.

Have you considered just putting a trash bin in that corner?  I used to do shortcuts like that a lot until we got a dog.  And two toddlers. Now I have to keep the trash bin in the closet to keep the dog from knocking it over, or the babies from going through it.

I used to be better at our old house. Sure, there were still toys everywhere, but we had two recycling bins on the bench on the deck. I put all the paper stuff in one, and all the plastic/aluminum stuff in the other, so everything had a place to go.  There's no such useful spot here, so my recycling guilt produces large numbers of not-yet-recycled items (mainly in the garage) waiting to be taken to the recycling center.  Just thinking about it makes me depressed.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: craftADDchick on February 19, 2007 10:00:35 AM

I like to blame my crafting. But honestly, it's more than that. I think there's something to be said for the fact that I'm conducting an experiment on my kitchen bench at the moment, involving cornflour, water, and the 34+ degree celsius heatwave we're currently having. I think the concotion is fermenting. It developed a lot of little bubbles. I can't bring myself to wash the dishes now, and destroy this example of science in the making.
OMG! This sounds like I wrote it! I have actually left some things "molding" just to see what shapes they become (I know it sounds gross, but spherical mold colonies are actually pretty cool looking!). And, since childhood, the floor has been my favorite repository for everything (Of course I know where it is! It's on the floor!)...I really should work on that in case there is ever a fire- the poor firemen would never be able to navigate through the piles (I know exactly where to step...it's like a dance, I say).

Have you considered just putting a trash bin in that corner? 
And, Muria- I have done this and it works great until the bin needs emptying- I can empty them just fine, it's just putting in the new bag and putting the basket back where it was...

I do have plans to convert a bathroom cabinet into a laundry hamper- the laundry ends up in a pile in front of the cabinet, blocking the cabinet so I can't use it for linens, so it isn't really a waste of the cabinet if I convert it...

But, I am proud to say that as I write this, I am doing a load of laundry...and I swear that I will actually put the laundry away when it's done!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 19, 2007 06:00:51 PM
I never realized that cleaning out the fridge (every six months [or not]) until I was doing it with my toddler watching.  After we got through the "yuck!  Cover your mouth, don't breathe this in, and, damnit, definitely don't taste!" portion of the clean out, my daughter pointed out how 'ohhh, neat!' some of the shapes were.  It became a sort of learning experience and we wrapped bandannas over our mouths while we looked at the different molds, pointed out interesting colours and shapes, and tried to guess what they once were.  Since then we have become mold connoisseurs, and try to defend our little ecosystems from the ravages of the compost pile (which is officially outside, but it would be hard to know that from the typical pile in the bowl waiting to go out).

Okay, rereading that, I realize that things can get pretty gross around here.  I just know that I'm in sympathic company as I confess this.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Kitten Wrangler on February 19, 2007 06:41:32 PM
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Have you considered just putting a trash bin in that corner?

I could do that, I suppose, but then I'd have to aim for the bin when snipping threads! Plus, that corner has been reserved for a fourth bookcase. And when that bookcase is in, I'll have no spare wallspace anywhere.

I think, deep down, I don't mind mess. When I do get my place tidy, I get anxious and stressed about keeping it that way... and besides, at the moment I know where EVERYTHING is. Seriously, I do.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on February 19, 2007 08:55:59 PM
Quote from: Kitten Wrangler link=topic=152172.msg1528301#msg1528301
I think, deep down, I don't mind mess. When I do get my place tidy, I get anxious and stressed about keeping it that way... and besides, at the moment I know where EVERYTHING is. Seriously, I do.

Ah, maybe this is DD's reasoning for her room.  Like I said in my questionairre, I require a walkway. I loathe stepping over/around things.  Give me a walkway and presentable clothes to wear and I'm happy, though I'd love it if I didn't have to go through the clean laundry pile daily looking for matching (ok, "close enough") socks for two toddlers.  :)   Though I admit, as I've been getting older, I've been spending more time saying, "I JUST had it a minute ago! Where IS it??"  I need more pockets.  ;D

DH should have known what he was in for when my dorm room fridge (about the size of a file cabinet) was growing mold at the end of the semester. At the time I blamed it on 1)didn't know which things were mine and which were my roommate's, and 2) didn't have a disposal handy for the food garbage.  Neither excuse works now, and there's a beautiful plum mold specimen in my refridgerator (although I'm willing to stretch the roommate excuse since DH is the one who put it in there and forgot about it).  ;D


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: phantomssiren on February 21, 2007 05:32:36 PM
I never realized that cleaning out the fridge (every six months [or not]) until I was doing it with my toddler watching.  After we got through the "yuck!  Cover your mouth, don't breathe this in, and, damnit, definitely don't taste!" portion of the clean out, my daughter pointed out how 'ohhh, neat!' some of the shapes were.  It became a sort of learning experience and we wrapped bandannas over our mouths while we looked at the different molds, pointed out interesting colours and shapes, and tried to guess what they once were.  Since then we have become mold connoisseurs, and try to defend our little ecosystems from the ravages of the compost pile (which is officially outside, but it would be hard to know that from the typical pile in the bowl waiting to go out).

That sounds like a shared house I used to live in, after 21 months there we finally cleaned the kitchen (waste of time it flooded 2 feet deep a month later) and found a tupperware box full of 'blue and green cotton wool'. No one knew what it was, then someone knocked the box and the mold structure collapsed to reveal a bunch of birthday cake candles in the middle. It was half a cake from a party 19 months before. It looked like a Tribble, I wouldn't have been surprised if it had crawled out and made a dash for it across the kitchen floor.

Thankfully it doesn't get nearly that bad here, possibly because we're closer to disapproving in-laws LOL

I'm no longer a 'housewife', I just gots me a job, am I still ok to swap?


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 21, 2007 06:38:44 PM
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I'm no longer a 'housewife', I just gots me a job, am I still ok to swap?
oh no! (congrats!)

My feeling is this, every human being responsible for themselves, and maybe even a spouse or child or (gasp) both, is a housewife because someone has to pull the clogged, soapy hair out of the drain trap, someone has to scrub the toliet, someone has to discover, appreciate, and then trash the moldy ecosystems in the back of the fridge.  Which is what the housewife does.  The only people who don't do those things are people with housewives.  Whether or not you spend time in your day being appreciated by a wage because when you get home, guess what, you're a housewife.  That's the tragedy of it all.

Just don't go getting good at it, is all!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: craftADDchick on February 21, 2007 06:44:26 PM
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I'm no longer a 'housewife', I just gots me a job, am I still ok to swap?
oh no! (congrats!)

My feeling is this, every human being responsible for themselves, and maybe even a spouse or child or (gasp) both, is a housewife because someone has to pull the clogged, soapy hair out of the drain trap, someone has to scrub the toliet, someone has to discover, appreciate, and then trash the moldy ecosystems in the back of the fridge.  Which is what the housewife does.  The only people who don't do those things are people with housewives.  Whether or not you spend time in your day being appreciated by a wage because when you get home, guess what, you're a housewife.  That's the tragedy of it all.

Just don't go getting good at it, is all!

Whew! Thanks Vegbee! I didn't even consider the fact that I wasn't a "housewife"- it never even crossed my mind to consider it a requirement. I'm just a super duper extra crappy housekeeper! Thank goodness that's enough- I am so looking forward to this swap!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: kitschkween on February 22, 2007 08:41:35 AM
i agree with vegbee. i've been a sahm, ft worker, and pt worker. our jobS as women are never done! even if you are not a mother, there's still the biggest baby of them all we have to take care of. isn't it wierd how before we got the ring, THEY were taking care of US? I blame my undomesticalities on my hubby spoiling me before we had children. :)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 22, 2007 08:49:51 AM
I believe that my partner actually sabatoges me: last week he surprised me with a serger.  I haven't swept a floor since.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: bbonnn on February 22, 2007 03:19:20 PM
A serger? Lucky you! That's really cool.

By the way, I'm joining this swap. Working on the PM as we speak.

In researching a list of anti-housework heroes, I came across an older essay by NYC Redstocking Pat Mainardi: "The Politics of Housework"

http://www.cwluherstory.com/CWLUArchive/polhousework.html

Very interesting reading.

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A great many American men are not accustomed to doing monotonous, repetitive work which never issues in any lasting, let alone important, achievement. This is why they would rather repair a cabinet than wash dishes.

Add me (an American woman) to that list. The endlessness and perpetual undoing of housecleaning is what drives me crazy. I'm happy when the house is clean, but it never lasts. I might take issue with the statement about men never doing repetitive tasks (factories? pencil pushers? bean counters?), but I'm reminded that while some form of paid labor is mandatory for most households, housework is "optional" if we're talking bare survival, so it can more easily be dismissed and resisted. In our house, we both resist it mightily. Whoo boy.

... and ...

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Bear in mind what the worst jobs are, namely the ones that have to be done every day or several times a day. Also the ones that are dirty-it's more pleasant to pick up books, newspapers, etc., than to wash dishes. Alternate the bad jobs. It's the daily grind that gets you down. Also make sure that you don' t have the responsibility for the housework with occasional help from him. "I'll cook dinner for you tonight" implies it's really your job and isn't he a nice guy to do some of it for you.

I actually like doing dishes and cleaning toilets. Water is fun. It's the de-cluttering and trying to pare down possessions that make me pull my hair out.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: nat_attack on February 22, 2007 06:14:12 PM
man i love this! i wish i could participate but i work two jobs and i dont want to let anyone down by being late :(  i cnt wait to see what everyone comes up with!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Kitten Wrangler on February 22, 2007 09:03:18 PM
We're in drought at the moment, so I feel guilty using water just to wash things with.

Aaahh excuses. They're everywhere you look.

Having said that - rental inspection next monday. I'll be cleaning all weekend.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 22, 2007 09:55:28 PM
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rental inspection next monday. I'll be cleaning all weekend.

omg, I totally forgot about rental inspections!  We bought our house a few years ago now and since I've been living blissfully in my own filth with no one outside to judge me (or evict me).  Well, okay, there's the social stigma of having the largest unturned compost pit in the neighborhood and the fact that my MIL won't eat off our plates but at least no one's going to kick me out! 

I have suffered way too many 11th hour cleaning freak outs because the landlord was doing an inspection, or worse, the boss coming by when I lived in staff accommodations!  Can you imagine losing your home and your job all at the same moment when your employer/landlord remembers that the carpet was cream colour last time she came by, not grey.  Oh, and seeing that you stuffed all the dirty dishes in the shower and closed the curtain.  And your job is to clean stuff?!

Once again, I embarrass myself.

My mother used to put the unwashed dishes in the oven when company came over.  Until the day she forgot and preheated the oven full of tupperware  :o


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: h_pets360 on February 23, 2007 02:30:21 AM
rental inspections  ???  !!

i'm not a house-wife.  i'm the resident goddess of tools and occasional omelettes.  i'm sans kids, but cum (it's latin, i swear!) two kitties and one fiance who does the dishes.  badly.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on February 23, 2007 07:00:59 AM
When I first got married, my husband would hold the glasses up to the light to see if they were clean enough to use. After trying two or three, he'd rewash one. ;D 

I thwarted him on that, though.  I bought green glasses, and they're made with a design of leaves so there's really no way he can see dirt anyway.  :)   It's not so much that I want him to drink out of dirty glasses.  It's that I felt like a failure every time he would hold up the glasses, and one time he asked me if I was greasing my hands before I put them away because of fingerprints.  I didn't tell him I was running my hands through my hair  because it kept getting in my eyes when I bent over to get the glass out of the dishwasher.  I just bought cool green leaf glasses.  ;D

However, I do have the saving grace that I can cook. My grandmother had trouble with canned soup.  DH doesn't care for my mom's cooking (especially now that she doesn't cook as often), but he likes mine.  :)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on February 23, 2007 07:02:59 AM
And my mom once put her tupperware full of Christmas cookies in the oven to keep the cats away from them, and preheated the oven.  The cats have been dead for at least 5 years, and my dad still mentions it every now and then.  Dads are like that sometimes.  ::)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: kitschkween on February 23, 2007 08:01:05 AM
all i have to say is: Thank goodness for clorox wipes!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: craftADDchick on February 23, 2007 08:49:01 AM
From the swap description: "We will be swapping a minimum of One medium item and two small items or one large item and one small item."

Since I'm new to swapping, can someone give me an idea of what would constitute a "small," "medium"  and "large" item? I don't need specific examples for/from this swap, just something to give me a frame of reference. I have a list of things I might want to make, but I don't know where they fall in the "size" category.

Thanks!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: phantomssiren on February 23, 2007 09:38:05 AM
I was just looking up the item size info myself, there are guidelines here divided by object and time taken and price (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6553.0)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: craftADDchick on February 23, 2007 10:06:17 AM
Thanks, phantomssiren! That's about what I was thinking, but now I know for sure!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: lilgothkatt on February 23, 2007 10:24:47 AM
I'm limiting myself to swaps this year but I can't resist this one. I'm in.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 23, 2007 12:59:39 PM
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When I first got married, my husband would hold the glasses up to the light to see if they were clean enough to use. After trying two or three, he'd rewash one. 

Ha, my partner has a history too.  Before I met him, his roommate once beamed him over the head with a frying pan while they were doing dishes because he while he was drying he would throw back every second dish into the sink because his roomate didn't clean it well enough for him. 

But, and I'm so grateful, he was broken by his next roommate who would do the dishes, sometimes, but fill up a large juice jug with water and put all the utensils in it to 'soak'.  It was a permant part of their kitchen.  When the water level got low, evaporation or something, they'd top it off.  When they needed a fork or something, they would pull one out of this fetid, stank-ass water and rinse it off and actually use it to eat food with.  When I moved in, in an act of great courage, I plugged my nose and emptied the utensil jug into the sink.  Inside there was a wooden spoon, or it was at one time anyway.  It must of been sitting in the water for months because it had swelled to five times its usual size and was taking up half the room in the jug.   :P

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I was just looking up the item size info myself, there are guidelines here divided by object and time taken and price
thanks phantomssiren! 

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I'm limiting myself to swaps this year but I can't resist this one. I'm in.
limits...  I set limits all the time but I believe in ability to stick to them is a co existing characteristic of a bad housekeeper  :D


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: bbonnn on February 23, 2007 10:24:00 PM
Evidence of un-domestication #876:

Our kitchen sink has been clogged to the point of un-usability since Halloween.

Call a plumber? No way.

I'm not taking a day off work to deal with that.

I'd rather do dishes in the bathroom sink for 6 months.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 23, 2007 10:27:24 PM
bbonnn: you win  :D

A simple unclogging of a kitchen sink has cost me the same as a whole semester's of college textbooks.  Not lying.

Why didn't I take plumbing in school?


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: craftADDchick on February 24, 2007 07:25:05 AM
I tend to put things in piles all over the house and, quite often, those piles remain undisturbed for months. Yesterday, while looking for a crochet hook, I started digging through a pile on the couch and found that a mouse had been camping out on my couch (nestled in a piece of fleece) and munching on bird seeds (stolen from a bag I had sitting on the kitchen floor). On the upside, I did find my missing iPod  ;D

As I look around me now, I see tons of places for mice to hide and live quite comfortably! I could have a whole colony around me right now! Yikes!

Well, since Easter is at my house, I should take a few hours this weekend to start making a dent in the mess...mum is coming for Easter... :D


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: lilgothkatt on February 24, 2007 11:58:22 AM
That's pretty bad craftADDchick but I think I may have you beat by just a little.

             ZOMBIE MOUSE

 My mom is a crafty packrat and we noticed some chewed edges in her paper stock. It'd been about 20 years since the house was tented so we went ahead and got it tented.
 While it was being tented my mom got a call from my sister in AZ saying she had an emergency and needed mom there. So my mom left.  It was up to my dad and me to face a horde of dead mice and a mountain of paper.
 It took us almost a week to get through all the paper and filing cabients. we found a few mice the first few days and then after that we thought we had them all.
 The next day I move one of the last stacks of papers and behind it were three dead mice, lol. I yell at my dad to grab something for me to pick them up with. As I wait I stare at the dead mice. With his little glazed eyes and tiny angry fists. As if he would get revenge from beyond the grave. And then.....HE MOVES!
Slowly his stiff tiny body starts moving towards me! I scream ZOMBIE MOUSE! and jump back. he stops moving so I creep closer to check it out. then I notice his tummy moving. He was filled with Maggots. It took us so long to get through the papers that the flies helped themselves to some mouse.
It was hands down the grossest thing I've ever seen.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: craftADDchick on February 24, 2007 01:32:25 PM
lilgothkatt- EEEEEWWWWWW! I could NOT have dealt with that! Dead mice are bad enough, but dead maggoty mice...barf city...

I did have a dead, bug filled moving mouse beside my front walk once. I told myself that I'd leave it there as a science experiment to see how long it would take to be nothing but a little skeleton. But alas, my yard guys cleaned it up on me...


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: bbonnn on February 24, 2007 02:28:02 PM
Eeeeeeewwwww! Poor little disgusting maggotty zombie mouse.

On that topic: this is a bit of an Internet chestnut, but if you haven't seen it yet, it's worth a look. I hope none of our houses are THIS bad:

Crazy Packrat Mum (http://plonkmedia.info/crazymum/)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 24, 2007 02:52:31 PM
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As I look around me now, I see tons of places for mice to hide and live quite comfortably! I could have a whole colony around me right now! Yikes!

Keep cats for mice, dogs for floors, rabbits for kitchen scraps - that is my mother's mantra.  We have two cats, which are working cats (okay, also my sweetie wittle putty dats rescued from doom).  People on our block are having tons of problems with mice this year but we don't even have so much as a bug since our cats eat everything.  My mom's a bit of an animal hoarder though, which being me to:

Crazy Packrat Mum: Needs intervention!  Seriously, call Dr Phil. 
I'm sending the link to my neak freak MIL because it'll make her eye twitch (li'l bit of revenge)



Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 24, 2007 02:57:17 PM
Today I woke up, drank coffee, ate oatmeal and hemp hearts as I do everyday, and then my pod people alternate hatched and came to replace me.  Because after breakfast I jumped up and spontaneously moved the fridge to wash the floor under it.  Then I washed walls, cleaned out cupboards, windows, blinds and I've just come back from the store from buying oven cleaner - a first for me.  I don't know if maybe there is a little contamination in my hemp hearts or I need to take a pregnancy test, but I've been cleaning for almost 8 hours!  And no one is coming to visit!

My husband is so happy about it, its actually pissing me off.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: d on February 24, 2007 07:11:00 PM
Evidence of un-domestication #876:

Our kitchen sink has been clogged to the point of un-usability since Halloween.

Call a plumber? No way.

I'm not taking a day off work to deal with that.

I'd rather do dishes in the bathroom sink for 6 months.

A simple fix:
Bail as much water out of the sink as you can. Fill the drain with baking soda and pour plain white vinegar over baking soda. This will bubble so keep your face back. Pour a kettle of  boiling water down the drain. If this doesn't work, try a plunger (You may want to get a seperate one just for the sink) My brother is a plumber and he says, 'if more people knew these two things, he'd be out of business!' Most times they take the pipes apart to appear busy and justify their 'fees'(Don't tell him I told you  ;) )

BTW, if you have a double sink, put the plug in the other one before starting.

 8)d


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: bbonnn on February 24, 2007 07:41:19 PM
d - I'll try that. We've used a plunger and a drill-powered router, and poured nasty chemicals down the drain (I hate doing it, but nothing is working). Not knowing the layout of the pipes, it never occurred me to plug the other hole when using the plunger. Doy.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: sophieangele on February 25, 2007 09:57:40 AM
Hehe, count me in on this one! I'm so lame at housework, I'm always a bit embarrassed to have people round. Last week my friend Joe said to me "Sophie, whenever I come round you're 'just about to clean', and it was oh-so-tidy just yesterday. Funny that!"  ::)



Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 25, 2007 11:03:24 PM
ah, my cleaning frenzy crapped out today while I was moving furniture in my craft room (or, at least, one of the rooms I do my crafts in because I like to spread out  8))  So now my crafting surface is buried two feet in random stuff I didn't know where to put.  And now, instead of cleaning up or even sewing something like I would normally, I've spent an unhealthy amount of time on the craftster tonight seeing all the fabulous things other people have made and I am kicking myself for beginning to clean in the first place.  See what happens?!  Cleaning = bad.

Right.  And now on to my point:

One last day to sign up and then we're all going to get really serious about avoiding housework. 
 ;)



Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Amanelle on February 26, 2007 12:13:57 PM
I have to clean at least once every 2 months. I live in an apartment and bug guy comes the last Tuesday of every other month to put down gel. Since tomorrow is the last Tuesday of the month that means today has to be spent cleaning and not wasting time on the internet crafting.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Kitten Wrangler on February 26, 2007 12:43:24 PM
I think my rental inspection went okay. I hope it did. I even cleaned the bathroom floor.

Of course, when I say 'clean' I mean 'sprayed Spray 'N' Wipe all over the floor, then got out of the shower dripping water everywhere, scooped up some more water and threw it on the floor, then shuffled around while drying myself, and using the bath mat as a mop'


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: kitschkween on February 27, 2007 08:47:23 AM
i'm so sad i can't join this one :( maybe next time.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on February 27, 2007 08:56:25 AM
I'll be the first one to be pushy about this: so when should we expect partner information??  ;D


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on February 27, 2007 10:01:34 AM
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I'll be the first one to be pushy about this: so when should we expect partner information?? 
Ha!

Partners today, as soon as the wee one goes for her nap so I can get a moment to think things through.  I tried to do it last night just after Craftster came back on but it keep booting me out of the forum.  So patience!  pretend like assigned partners means having to do the washing up!

Okay, I'll shut up and start partnering everyone  :-*


We are a go! people.  Everyone should have their partner's info.  Let me know if there are any issues.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: h_pets360 on February 28, 2007 08:18:28 AM
Vegbee gets a gold star!
My partner is radness personified.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: d on March 01, 2007 08:48:36 PM
sorry I missed this one  :(  Will hope for a round 2.  8)d


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: sophieangele on March 02, 2007 04:30:55 AM
For all those with rent inspections:

"If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, 'Who could have done this? We have no enemies'."
- Phyllis Diller

I ought to try that out when the head scout comes round to inspect....


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: bbonnn on March 02, 2007 03:56:55 PM
Ha ha, I have to laugh. I just noticed this swap is going on at the same time as ours:

Martha Stewart's Good Things swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=150026.0)

 ;D

I'm insanely curious to see our crafty interpretations of different housekeeping styles.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: Kitten Wrangler on March 02, 2007 11:35:13 PM
I haven't heard anything from the real estate agents, so I assume that my place was suitably tidy for them. I think they mostly check anyway to make sure that I haven't destroyed the walls, or broken the taps or stuff like that - and there was only ever one house I was in where we did that...

Aaahh... share-housing... I've heard, seen and created some horror stories about them!! I was in one place once, stayed there for 2 years with a few other uni friends. By the time we left, the loungeroom carpet had threadbare spots (worn away by shoes, and by pulling furniture around), the backdoor had fallen off its hinges, the spindle (the bit that goes throught the door) of another doorhandle had snapped (we used an artfully inserted chopstick to open and close the door), someone had smashed the back window and every single tile had fallen off the bathroom wall. In the month before we left, I discovered that I can replace doorhandles, rehang doors and retile bathrooms!!! Go me!

This was the house where we had the Leaning Tower of Pizza. There was a pizza place just down the road, so takeaway pizza was often on the menu. We used to just stack the pizza boxes up... until they reached the ceiling. Then we started another tower.

You know what's strange? I clean best when I'm left completely alone. 3am is a great time for housecleaning. And even better than that, is cleaning a place that you'll never live in again. I always enjoy moving house, because I can do a proper clean - and as far as I know, it stays pristine forever. Believe me or not, but I've had landlords tell me that I've left residences in a cleaner state than when I moved in. I'm just lucky that they didn't come see me in the time inbetween!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: phantomssiren on March 03, 2007 04:39:15 AM
Believe me or not, but I've had landlords tell me that I've left residences in a cleaner state than when I moved in. I'm just lucky that they didn't come see me in the time inbetween!

LOL we've done that in the past too, once split red wine on the lovely lavander grey carpet, upon cleaning up the spill we discovered the carpet wasn't really lavender grey it was cream, the grey was a thick thick layer of dust. And it was the same carpet all through the house, so when we cleaned the living room carpet, the stair carpet looked bad, which made the bedrooms look bad. On the final inspection the landlord asked if we'd bought new carpet cos even he couldn't remember the carpet's original colour. Then again, you'd have to be insane to put cream carpet in a rental property.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on March 03, 2007 10:14:06 AM
Our first apartment had cream carpeting. We were there for two years, and the carpeting suffered from kool aid stains and a tipped over wok.  We rented a carpet cleaner, but it wouldn't touch the stuff.  I was really glad when our next apartment had brown carpeting. 

Naturally, our current house has beige carpeting (from the previous owners. I would NEVER put beige carpeting in a house).


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: valsped on March 05, 2007 05:50:34 AM
How's everyone else doing? It's been pretty quiet so everyone must be busy!
I spent all day yesterday cleaning up and organizing all my craft 'piles' so I could spend all day crafting today (minus the many 'interuptions' since the kids are always off school when I'm off work!) I plan to have one medium item done by tonight, and maybe a small one.  The other medium has to wait till I make another trip to the store.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: phantomssiren on March 05, 2007 05:58:29 AM
I've finally finished the planning stages, I'm about to go out supply shopping, tis about a two hour round walk. Hoping to get at least a medium item done by the end of the day :)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: sophieangele on March 05, 2007 07:51:49 AM
I've been waiting for supplies to arrive for ages now, which is very frustrating! This company usually sends out next-day, I wonder what the matter is :(



Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 05, 2007 12:12:10 PM
I'm just about done a medium item.  I keep giggling to myself whenever I think of it - I want to make another for myself because it cracks me up (in a good way  ;))

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I spent all day yesterday cleaning up and organizing all my craft 'piles'

valsped, I'm very disappointed in you: Cleaning!  Organizing!  What will the neighbors think?! 

Actually, I'm guilty of doing a wee bit of organizing myself.  When I tidied my craft area recently I found duplicates of all my essential supplies - clear rulers, measuring tapes, chalk, etc.  And I was just about to go buy more because I thought I didn't have any.  Little bit of money saved there.  Not that I won't lose them all again soon  :D 


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: CohesiveChaos on March 05, 2007 02:46:05 PM
I have everything cut out that I'm sewing and 1/2 of one thing finished.  I'm excited everything is going together very nicely so far :D  can't wait to see everyone's results


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: valsped on March 05, 2007 03:34:08 PM
I found duplicates of all my essential supplies - clear rulers, measuring tapes, chalk, etc.  And I was just about to go buy more because I thought I didn't have any.  Little bit of money saved there.  Not that I won't lose them all again soon  :D 
I'm the same way. Who knew that I had 6 pair of kids fiskar sissors??!! Being a sped teacher those are easy to come by and just right for in my 'hook case', which is really a pencil case and rarely holds most of my hooks!
Never fear, now my house looks worse than it did before the "cleaning" After all that work last night I decided to make a new recipie, which took several pots and TONS of other dishes. And in true Undomesticated Goddess style I burned the bajeebers out of it so badly that the kids wouldn't think of touching it and hubby only ate it cause he'll eat anything I make unless I take it away and say "It might make you sick"


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 09, 2007 09:10:34 AM
I discovered this morning, while trying to dig out my entrance for my friend who is coming over, that sliced dill pickles, when left alone for a significant amount of time, will dry into a pale, crinkly, flower sort of thing.  (Please don't ask why there is pickles - antique pickles - at my front door.)  It's quite pretty, actually, and would probably look nice in one of those dried flower arrangements or a decorative potpourri bowl.  Maybe I should email Martha and suggest it?
 ;D

Hows everyone else doing?


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: bbonnn on March 09, 2007 10:09:51 AM
Ha ha. And some kinds of mold are very soft and delicate and pretty looking if you don't know what they are.

On this swap, I'm a little behind. I'm getting to know my partner from PM and her profiles, so I'm taking longer than usual to make something I really hope fits her specific personality and interests. But I'm chugging along and I'm pretty confident it will get done in time. I'm glad we still have two weekends until send-outs.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: craftADDchick on March 09, 2007 12:17:19 PM
I keep coming up with new ideas of things to make! I have a huge list of things I could make, but what the final items will be is going to be determined by the actual amount of crafting time I have. I've actually been working on one item at work (hmmm...the kids are working on the computers, so I can do this and watch them at the same time- genius!).

I should have everything but the "large" item done by the end of this weekend. Then, I can work on the last item during the week and send on time!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on March 09, 2007 01:06:10 PM
I'm heading out to the fabric store to get supplies this afternoon, and hope to have a decent amount of it done this weekend.  I have plenty of ideas, but need to verify how many of them are possible.  :)   This is progress because I was having trouble with ideas there for a bit. 

I've also spent a decent amount of my time reading undomesticated goddess-type quotes, in case anyone thinks I'm slacking.  ;D  Does research time count in the crafted time? :D


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: phantomssiren on March 09, 2007 01:09:57 PM
If all goes to plan *touchwood* I should be able to send obscenely early...


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: CohesiveChaos on March 09, 2007 05:45:48 PM
I just need to do finishing details on a few of my pieces and then it'll be ready to go out sometime next week.  But I think we may have found a new house!  So I'll have a place of my own to creatively play in very soon!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: sophieangele on March 10, 2007 08:37:24 AM
Sent this morning! Go me!  ;D



Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: phantomssiren on March 10, 2007 10:18:21 AM
sophieangele: go you!

I sent this morning too :D


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 10, 2007 05:29:09 PM
wowee, guys, that was quick!  You must really be avoiding the housework!

Ok-tay,
gallery:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157400.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157400.0)

Link is also on first page.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: frix220 on March 12, 2007 10:09:18 AM
Too bad I didn't discover this thread earlier! Maybe a round 2 sometime..  :)  You ladies crack me up. Can't wait to see completed projects in the gallery!!!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 12, 2007 12:09:33 PM
Hello everybody

One week to send outs.  If there is any problems or you anticipate you may need an extra couple of days please let me know. 

 :)



Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: merricat17 on March 13, 2007 06:21:44 PM
ugh, i never posted in here even though i signed up.  my daughter got the thrush (which is nasty.  just nas-tay.) and i haven't finished yet, but i hope to get it out on the send out date. 
  on the subject, i saw all your posts about the molds...when i was growing up, we were destitute poor.  we were only not white trash because we lived in a house and weren't white. (half hispanic, half russian jew.) but our house was ancient, and didn't have a working sink in the kitchen.  my mom washed all dishes and laundry (for four kids) in the bathtub until i was 10, when we got a washing machine.  after the landers quake we had no hot water at all...for 2 years.  anyway, there would be dishes on the island in the kitchen that grew mold....and we called them mouse blankets.  one time my sister asked if there were mice sleeping in the dishes, because she saw one (she was 6) and the name stuck. ^.^  to this day i see an impressive moldy blanket and wonder if mice are keeping warm under there. 
  i no longer live in a dorothea lange photo, but my place is a sty.  i should include a pic in my swap.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 13, 2007 06:57:43 PM
Mouse blankets!  Wonderful!

(Your mom is a saint)

My animal loving self likes to believe that not cleaning my house is good for non-human creatures.  You know, feeding the wildlife has a sort of wholesome, earth friendly appeal.  If you don't bring up the fact that the wildlife is actually ants.  Actually, my compost (okay, hole in the ground I eventually throw the half rotten stuff off my cupboards into) does keep the neighborhood stray dogs well fed.  And the crows.  And probably skunks.  My neighbors hate me.

Of course, household cleaners are terrible on the environment.  The less of those used the better.   ;D  Just doing my part!

(The thrush sucks so bad - even worse when it passes over to nipples  :'()


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on March 13, 2007 08:11:19 PM
My complete sympathy on the thrush bit.  Try acidophilus (the active culture in yogurt).  I'm taking acidophilus capsules (cause I can't stand plain yogurt) for a recurring yeast infection. I think it was about to spread into the nipples (and on out to the baby, of course), but that seems to be returning to normal, happily. If you can get your daughter to eat plain yogurt (and she's old enough, of course), you can try that too.  The problem with flavored yogurts is that the sugar in the flavoring feeds the yeast.  You could try sweetening it with stevia, though, since I read stevia doesn't feed yeast.

It's speculated that I had semi-dormant thrush  for about 9 years (the gap between my 2nd and 3rd child).  It was definitely not fun a few days ago when I thought it was recurring (it's bad enough being itchy). 

To keep this more or less on housecleaning topics, I very rarely use household cleaners any more. I bought some microfiber car towels, and I spray things down with hot water, wait a minute or so, then wipe with the microfiber cloth.  Works great! (I even made some to fit the swiffer I bought with the idea that I might actually use it.)  Just as a side note, I don't do this on a regular basis (in case anyone wanted to disqualify me for cleaning.)  ;D


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 13, 2007 08:31:27 PM
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I bought some microfiber car towels, and I spray things down with hot water, wait a minute or so, then wipe with the microfiber cloth. 

I'm going to try that.  I have microfiber!  The mother in law is coming for dinner tomorrow!

Don Aslett (if you know who i'm talking about, more the pity on you) is a huge fan of the 'soak' method of cleaning anything.  He figures if you scrub it, you're wasting your time because anything you get wet, then leave for a minute or two, it will wipe up easy enough.

Of course, you could refer back to my mini-rant a few pages ago about my partner's ex-roomates method of utensil cleaning and you'll see how this can get out of control.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on March 13, 2007 08:40:23 PM
In fact, Don Aslett was where I got the hot water/microfiber cloth idea (yes, I've read every cleaning book in two different libraries and my house is STILL a mess).  :)  There are some things that don't respond well to the soak method (saturated fat, for example), but those respond well to baking soda (fat+baking soda = soap in a strictly chemical way). 

Good luck with your mother in law.  Whatcha making?  :)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 13, 2007 09:32:14 PM
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Good luck with your mother in law.  Whatcha making? 
Husband cooking.  We've learnt that this is the best way.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: CohesiveChaos on March 13, 2007 11:49:46 PM
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Good luck with your mother in law.  Whatcha making? 
Husband cooking.  We've learnt that this is the best way.
I only let my husband in the kitchen to clean it, when it comes to cooking he doesn't know the first thing. lol


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: merricat17 on March 13, 2007 11:51:45 PM
my mom only uses baking soda and vinegar to clean anything.  always, forever, its baking soda or vinegar.  to get stains out she uses cornstarch. 
  that being said, until about 4 months ago, i carried a canister of lysol wipes in my diaper bag at all times, and wiped every highchair, stall wall, changing board, and table that she might come in contact with, then waited until it dried.  restaurant employees always gave me pissed off looks, but when my bleachy cloth came up disgusting and gray and covered with food scraps from the last occupant, i was glad i had them.  no offense, anyone, but this is a filthy town.
  hehe, i am pretty lucky...my daughter doesn't seem to like sweets (refuses cookies and candies mostly, and sweet foods...except friut snacks, which are only super treats.  they're daddy's.) so she likes plain yogurt mixed with muesli.  this is the second time she's had thrush (i had it too last time.) and she's sooo much better now. (she lost 8 pounds the first time, literally all of her babyfat.)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 14, 2007 10:21:08 AM
aw, poor babe. 

Whenever I put my daughter in not quite clean public places (bus stop, omg, bus stops!), I think, "immunities, immunities", going with the theory that the more you are exposed to as a child, the healthier you are as an adult.

Hmmm.  Well, she's still here.

On a side note, the neat freak mother in law (coming for dinner tonight! - My husband just took the day off work to help clean!  That alone speaks volumes!) who's house is of mausoleum quality spent her childhood walking barefoot in manure back on the farm.  I believe there is a psychology at work here.   


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: around on March 14, 2007 06:35:17 PM
Hey y'all. I'm just about done.
But I had to respond to the immunities idea --
when my oldest was a baby, he ate everything on the floor. ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING.
One time we were at the mall and he was in a stroller, and we stopped in the food court and were figuring out where we were going to eat. We look down and he's eating someone's discarded food on a tray they left on a chair. We couldn't be sure, but it looked like it had been dropped on the floor and picked up. About that time, someone we knew walked up and my mom just looked at her and said - he's found a new way to build his immunities...
We all cracked up. (and promptly fed the boy his own food.) btw, He's now 14 and super picky about food.

another of our favorite sayings is - a layer of dust will protect the finish...

maybe my slovenly ways are hereditary.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 14, 2007 07:36:10 PM
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a layer of dust will protect the finish...

Must have a round two so I can get someone to needlepoint that onto something for me  :D


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: around on March 15, 2007 05:57:23 PM
maybe some nice person will make one for you for being such a great swap organizer...
you know, to avoid the cleaning.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on March 15, 2007 08:01:36 PM
I have a huge list of cool quotes that I'm sending her (last I checked, it was 7 pages, and I didn't even include the "If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen" quote I found here.  :)  There's a few variations of the dust one.  My favorite is probably:  "In my house, "dust" is a noun, not a verb."   Then again, I was an English major in college...  ;D


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 15, 2007 08:19:43 PM
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I have a huge list of cool quotes that I'm sending her (last I checked, it was 7 pages,

Right on, I'm very excited!  I think I may have to just learn needlepoint to make all the women in my family undomestic tea towels at christmas.  Messiness seems to have a strong genetic component.  (and I suppose my husband has just succumbed to peer pressure.)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: craftADDchick on March 16, 2007 12:22:51 PM
Muria- any chance you could share your list of quotes? I'm always looking for great quotes to explain/justify/legitimize my lack of housekeeping skills! Plus, I think my aunt and I share the messiness gene and I'd like to make her something appropriate for Christmas.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on March 16, 2007 02:38:04 PM
How does posting the list to the gallery after vegbee receives sound?  :)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: craftADDchick on March 16, 2007 03:16:17 PM
How does posting the list to the gallery after vegbee receives sound?  :)

Sounds good to me, as long as vegbee doesn't mind that we get a share of her goodies! ;D

Thanks!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: sophieangele on March 16, 2007 04:09:28 PM
How does posting the list to the gallery after vegbee receives sound?  :)

yay!

I have a sign on my door at home which reads "Why should I tidy my room when the world's such a mess?". That still makes me laugh!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 16, 2007 04:20:00 PM
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"Why should I tidy my room when the world's such a mess?".
;D


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: around on March 16, 2007 05:09:30 PM
that is hilarious!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 19, 2007 01:29:41 PM
hey folks,

today's the day!  Unless you have pm'd me saying you will be late or you have already sent out, I would like to hear from you within the next coupla days.  So, you'd better not be busy cleaning.

I will update your profile when your partner confirms the arrival of your package.

 


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: Muria on March 19, 2007 01:49:27 PM
DS is still throwing up, so I'm not going to make it out to the post office today.  Hopefully, he'll be better tomorrow, and I can hit the post office before the other one gets it. ::)  Sorry about the delay!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 19, 2007 01:56:44 PM
Sick kids always come first.  My own is running a temperature right now.  :P


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: bbonnn on March 19, 2007 02:37:40 PM
The package is sealed and sitting at the ready. Just need to get one piece of info about the address, and off it goes.

Cleaning? Heh. I did spend 40 minutes doing dishes this morning (in the bathroom sink, if you recall), but that's about par for the course when it only happens every week or so. :)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: around on March 19, 2007 03:30:53 PM
and i thought our kids had built up quite impressive immune systems...
(mine are just over the crud...)
hope everyone is feeling better soon...


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: h_pets360 on March 20, 2007 09:17:55 AM
I don't have kids that get sick.  My cats are healthy even.  I'm not though.   There's been a nasty cough going around that has decided to move up to my sinuses.  Hurray for nosocomial infections.  I think I got it from another nurse.

Worse timing ever.  I'm about to fly to Boise and help my mom move here.  I'm gonna do my damnedest not to spread my germies to the other folks on the plane.

I'm very lucky.  I hate doing dishes - my fiance does them.  He's not so good at cleaning the oven though.  Or the bathtub.  Or the floors, or the laundry ... 


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on March 21, 2007 12:11:08 PM
Hey you messy people,

I've been updating the front page but there are a few blank areas - could everyone please have a look and if your info is not correct pls pm me with your situation.

Thanks.

And, great kids book: Keeping House by Margaret Mahy.  Now my daughter finally understands why she lives in a trash heap.  And why the cupboards must never, ever be opened.  ;)


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: craftADDchick on March 21, 2007 04:29:39 PM
And, great kids book: Keeping House by Margaret Mahy.  Now my daughter finally understands why she lives in a trash heap.  And why the cupboards must never, ever be opened.  ;)

I just ordered a copy...and I'll keep it on the coffee table...if I can ever unearth the coffee table... ;D

And, all of those sick kids finally caught up with me. I'm taking tomorrow off sick from work. I may just have to sit on the couch (or a chair, actually since I'm not sure if there are still mice living in the couch) and craft all day.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: h_pets360 on March 22, 2007 11:19:56 PM
I've never been late on a swap before.
I feel rotten.


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: CohesiveChaos on April 06, 2007 12:15:31 AM
Hi :) I recieved my swap from phantomsiren and had PM'd Vegbee to let her know but I'm sure she's been busy :D  We're in the process of closing on the house which only makes my house an even bigger mess lol.  I hope to get photos this weekend of all the goodies that came :) have a great weekend everyone!


Title: Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (send outs 03/19)
Post by: vegbee on April 18, 2007 10:51:32 AM
Hey kids,

Everyone should have their feedback!

Can ya'll check your profiles and make sure the correct info is reflected and let me know if anything is amiss.

I'm officially closing this swap.  Thank you everyone, I successfully avoided a whole swack of housework!  (and I still suck at what little I did  :D)