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Title: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on August 31, 2008 03:27:27 PM
you know you have something to say.......

Shop the Swap  18 sign-up thread  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266392.msg2994091#msg2994091

Shop the Swap 18 gallery  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266400.msg2994193#msg2994193

I thought I'd condense the swap explanation for anyone thinking of joining up (those 2 pages of rules can be a little intimidating....but it sounds much more complicated than it is)  Basically the Shop the Swap works like this:
-you need to be 18+ and have participated in 2 swaps with positive feedback
-this is a different swap in that you start with finished items.  Make a post in the shop thread with pictures of your 5 or more items and 4 supply items if you wish.  Thats your shop.  Each item must be marked with a point value from 1 to 3 points
-You get 3 points to start with when you first join, after that your points roll over from the end of the last round to the new one.  When you leave the swap you need to have 3 points to pay back this "point loan"
-Take a look around the shops and see what you would like to buy with your points.  You can "buy" from any shop that is open(check the top of the shop post). Send a claim (see the sign-up post for the format we use and who to send it to) and deduct the points from your total
-When someone claims from you, send your item out within a week (DC# required within the USA, save your postal receipt elsewhere)  You cannot spend the points (they are pending) until you have pm'd us that you have sent (and of course until you actually have sent!)  Once you've sent, add the points to your total
-Once your points are at 7 you have to close and go shopping (no point hoarding!)

This is it in a nutshell!!  Do read the signup post for particulars about the claim/send/recieve pms and other specific information.  If you have any questions please feel free to pm me :)


Outstanding Claims

STS 13    1 claims outstanding

phizzychick to pinkanddinky - worth the time sent april 22-resent July 3

STS 14     2 claims outstanding

Phizzychick to Miss violaceous - needle felted.... sent May 13 resend June 17, resent Sept 20
Phizzychick to penguino - math bunny sent May 23- resend July 3

STS 16   5 claims outstanding

alteredmommy to lapoli - under the sea, disco fever bracelets sent sept 15
atsuko to phizzychick - byzntine chain bracelet - sent ? resent Sept 27

phizzychick to miss violaceous - earrings small... sent july 7, resent Sept 20
phizzychick to miss violaceous - felted bead... sent july 7, resent Sept 20
phizzychick to lapoli - rowan midas touch sent july 7


STS 17       1 claims outstanding

Phizzychick to loves2experiment - 17 button blooms sent
           


                                 



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on August 31, 2008 03:32:07 PM
Wheeee!!!  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on August 31, 2008 03:38:10 PM
am, how long have you been organizing STS?  it has to be a year now, right?  i think i'm coming up on my year anniversary and you were already in charge when i took over. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on August 31, 2008 03:46:35 PM
Gads...if we're on round 18, that means the swap has been going on for 1.5 years :o


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on August 31, 2008 03:49:07 PM
It's a scary thought! But, true!



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Sansa on August 31, 2008 03:51:20 PM
Okay, I have a few new things and lowered a few prices from last month. Computer is up and running, I'll just have to get otganised. All my photos got dumped into a huge pile and aren't sorted by date anymore.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on August 31, 2008 03:52:35 PM
woo! bedtime now........


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: kitschkween on August 31, 2008 03:52:44 PM
it doesn't seem like it's been that long, but i guess so.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on August 31, 2008 03:54:25 PM
I've been in since round 1. Finally broke free from page two last round, lets see where I end up this time :)

ps. will be adding new stuff later tonight, after I make cookies :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on August 31, 2008 03:54:39 PM
I have a few new items but I just had a horrible sewing accident...I cut the tip of my finger off with my rotary cutter!  It isn't horrible and it was just the very tip but I can"t get it to stop bleeding so I am off to the urgent care place but will post my shop when I get back  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on August 31, 2008 03:57:45 PM
I have a few new items but I just had a horrible sewing accident...I cut the tip of my finger off with my rotary cutter!  It isn't horrible and it was just the very tip but I can"t get it to stop bleeding so I am off to the urgent care place but will post my shop when I get back  :)

OUCH!!  :o  I hope you get proper medical attention.  Our fingers are one of the most sensitive part of our body.   


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on August 31, 2008 04:00:32 PM
 :o  glad to hear it wasn't really bad, but fingers always bleed so MUCH! 


This month is my twelfth round of organizing the Shop the Swap, I took over from raynbow (the originator of this fabulous swap) in round seven!!  Wooo!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on August 31, 2008 04:01:28 PM
Yay! It's your anniversary! Is the first anniversary paper? 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on August 31, 2008 04:03:48 PM
Happy STS anniversary alteredmommy! :D

mimiw, I hope they take good care of you at the urgent care facility!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on August 31, 2008 04:05:09 PM
Woohoo! Right... time for bed :D

G'night all


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on August 31, 2008 04:12:24 PM
Yikes Mimiw!  I hope that your finger gets better soon.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: oneredboot on August 31, 2008 04:23:43 PM
quick Q: we can post our shops as soon as we hear from the organizers confirming signup for this round, right?  thanks!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on August 31, 2008 04:39:42 PM
Only new swappers need to wait for confirmation.  If you are continueing on from last round, once you send in your sign-up go ahead and grab yourself a shop spot.  The swap is already in your profile so I don't have to do any checking up on you :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on August 31, 2008 04:44:23 PM
My neighbor saved the day and got me all cleaned up  :)  She even had steri-strips so no need to run to the doctor!  It wasn't too bad but boy it sure did bleed a lot!!  It looks like I have a drumstick on the end of my finger though with all the padding  :D


My shop is up but I have to spend a few points so I can open!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on August 31, 2008 04:55:33 PM
We can go ahead and start shopping right? ... because I want that red hat lapoli has listed!  I think I might be in love with it and I am not a big hat person...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on August 31, 2008 04:56:20 PM
Mimi, I admire your dedication to Craftster... posting your shop before rushing to the urgent care!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on August 31, 2008 05:15:16 PM
Mimi, I admire your dedication to Craftster... posting your shop before rushing to the urgent care!

Priorities, right  ;)

lapoli, I love your new hats!!  If we end up moving (which we find out about tomorrow) I hope I can talk you into making another slouchy hat because it is my absolute favorite! 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: nosusanfx on August 31, 2008 05:24:02 PM
those hats are adorable! i almost grabbed the green one before reading it was for a large head. unfortunately, i have a little head for my little brain!! :D

i'll be updating my shop tomorrow with some new items. i'm gonna freshen it up with new or modified crafts. i'll be sure to post when i do. I LOVE THIS SWAP and love all the new faces.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on August 31, 2008 05:29:02 PM
Mimi, I admire your dedication to Craftster... posting your shop before rushing to the urgent care!

Priorities, right  ;)

lapoli, I love your new hats!!  If we end up moving (which we find out about tomorrow) I hope I can talk you into making another slouchy hat because it is my absolute favorite! 

I am on a hat-making kick, so I'll knit hats all the day long. :)  You won't have to talk me into it!

I'm going to work on that other hat pattern, too, nosusanfx.  I'm a bit bummed that it turned out as big as it did, but I'm going to try a couple of tricks to see if I can't get a more "normal-sized" hat.  It wasn't american-tale-fievel-big, but it wasn't as snug as it should have been, either.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on August 31, 2008 05:31:53 PM
Okay, back from a vacation in Maine. More of a business trip than vacation, but refreshingly different. Except the "mos-keeters" ate me up all over my neck and back and elbows.

ew mimiw! I can't tell you how many of my quilting friends have rotary cut their fingers! Hope it isn't too serious! Sending good wishes.

my new shop is listed, and stalk my old posts. Let me know if there is something you want added!

also I have a public photobucket, look around and see if there is something you might want:
http://s104.photobucket.com/albums/m167/sewknitter/

I WANT  NEED POINTS!!!
ALREADY WANT THE GOOD STUFF LISTED, LOL!!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on August 31, 2008 06:10:42 PM
My shop will go up in minutes, with a brand new supply item!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on August 31, 2008 06:12:46 PM
lapoli, I am friggin' in love with your hats. All of 'em. And I'm not a big hat person.

And, oneredboot, I want your legwarmers. And the purple handwarmers.

And sewknitter, I still need a couple more scarves for Xmas gifts.

And, and, and!!!   ;D

Well, my husband and I just got back from our anniversary trip, so I better get to crafting! I finished some scrabble notecards before we left, so those will be up tomorrow. Not sure what else to craft at the moment. Do people still put wishlists at the bottom of their stores?

And is anyone interested in some cutesy flannel? Mainly girly stuff (cupcakes, candy, etc) but I've got some boys flannel, too.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on August 31, 2008 06:27:52 PM
I'm still saving up points for the red scarf in sewknitter's shop.  I think I may have enough for this round. 

My shop for this round is up, but nothing new just yet.  I'm going to revamp my shop shortly.  I just wanted to get it up there for this round.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on August 31, 2008 06:42:08 PM
I've been crocheting scarves like a madwoman lately, if anyone would be interested.  They are all in lionbrand homespun, atm (trying to use up my stash of it).

And I LOVELOVE cutesy flannel (though now I am low on points...)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: hotty_blond2000 on August 31, 2008 06:55:45 PM
mimi glad your nieghbor could help. i hate bleeding fingers.

my shop is up. im planning a new item set just got to get materials it will be perfect for Halloween.

can't wait for all the shops to go up. i gotta try to find some xmas gifts soon!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: the_bees_knees on August 31, 2008 07:20:25 PM
So much great stuff in the shops already. *rubs hands together excitedly*

I'm currently wearing my red scarf from sewknitter, and it's great! If you have the points, Reese, definitely get one.

I just put up the same shop for the moment, but I'm planning to add some new items. Anything the art-loving crowd here would like to see from me? I'm always open to suggestions.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on August 31, 2008 07:40:21 PM
I'm always looking for art for my craft room, like crafty/sewing/crocheting themed art...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on August 31, 2008 11:25:05 PM
My shop is up  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: penguino on August 31, 2008 11:39:19 PM
I have some new stuff to add.  But my hand is burning right now because of cutting chile pepper.   :(  I will shop and add stuff and open store tomorrow.  Thanks.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 01, 2008 06:06:16 AM
i added a wet felting kit and a bag of roving!  :-*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 01, 2008 07:10:58 AM
penguino, I've done that before....once my hand started burning 6 hours after I cut the peppers (at midnight) and I had to soak it in a bowl of cold water for two hours because it hurt so bad. I still don't use gloves when I chop hot peppers though  ::)

I added some new stuff - apple pillows and fabric garland. I also dropped prices on stuff that has been in my shop for a long time.  The batik and clothing galleries are both negotiable in price, they are just more of a pain to edit.

Is there any interest in little carved cork stamps? I did an alphabet set some rounds ago.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 01, 2008 07:19:08 AM
apple pillows = soooo cute!!

what does a cork stamp look like?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 01, 2008 08:06:33 AM
ptarmac your siggy leads me to last months shop. Id not thought of using corks for stamps, i just assumed it had to be rubbers, good idea!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 01, 2008 08:16:44 AM
Please read this!!

A couple of things I would like to bring up.....first please make sure you send all 3 organizers a signup, especially if you have already posted a shop!  Every month I spend ALOT of time chasing down people I haven't heard from so this month I'm trying something different for swappers from the previous round. It is your responsibility to either sign up or let the organizers know that you would like to leave the swap.  

If I haven't received a signup/communication from you by the 15th of the month AND you have 3 points, I will be closing the swap in your profile with a notation about communication.  

If I have not heard from you and you have less than 3 points, the swap will be closed in your profile with temporary negative feedback until you contact us.  

If you have more than 3 points, it is still your responsibility to sign up and go shopping, so if I haven't heard from you by the end of the new round, the swap will be closed in your profile at 3 points and the extra points will go into the STS inflation fund.

I hope you all understand the need for this  (if you saw the BINDER full of lists I carry around for this swap), I'm really trying to keep on top of the feedback and communication.  Please let me know if you have been waiting for feedback and it hasn't yet appeared in your profile!!  As always please pm ALL the organizers with any of the above.

Also a couple of swap related items: if you are going to put things in your shop that were handcrafted by someone else please credit the maker by name.  Be aware that there is potential for hurt feelings if you offer swap items that you have received from people here on craftster-this swap has a high profile with ALOT of lurkers and it has happened in past rounds.  And please, please keep track of your points at the bottom of your shop, remembering that your TOTAL points are the total of CURRENT and PENDING points.  the biggest reason for this is so people can see if you are at 7 points, in which case you should be closed.   I do check thru everyone's shops/points every week or so to make sure we're all on the same page and there are quite a few totals that are out each time.  

Thanks everyone, have fun shopping! :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 01, 2008 08:30:19 AM
thanks for organizing AM!  :-* i think i'm up to date with my emails to you guys!!

just put up some new felties in my shop, including some xmas ones! more to follow later...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 01, 2008 08:54:42 AM
AM - you are the best!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 01, 2008 09:05:17 AM
AM, lapoli, and loves2experiment, I have a big tub of chocolate-dipped nut cookies for you!   :-*


This is the alphabet set that I made back in round 6:
http://decapod.home.silentsong.net/sswap85.jpg


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 01, 2008 09:08:09 AM
Lapoli: do you have any brigth red yarn that you can use to knit a hat for me?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 01, 2008 09:13:45 AM
Yes, I do.  I've got 100% wool in a bright red.  I'm trying to find a picture of it online so I don't have to take a picture..


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 01, 2008 09:28:24 AM
Well, that took forever and the picture I found makes it look darker, I think, than it really is:



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 01, 2008 09:32:39 AM
That looks perfect  ;)
Could you please knit me one of those flap hats in red? You dont need to put buttons on, because I want to make some of polymer clay to put on myself  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: pinkanddinky on September 01, 2008 01:36:05 PM
Thanks for all your hard work, AM, Lapoli, and Loves2experiment!

I have opened up shop and added lots of new things. Also, I marked those dressform card sets down to a half point.

Yay, fall is coming!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 01, 2008 03:31:14 PM
I just added a bunch of new stuff to my shop. Original photography notecards, handknit bracelet, scrabble notecards, scrabble nameplates - and I lowered prices on some goodies that really need a new home.   ;D

And, quilted, here is the VERY enjoyable result of your handmade pasta. I sauteed some cherry tomatoes in olive oil, added some feta cheese, tossed in the cooked noodles and... voila!




Mmmm, mmmm! The tastiest pasta my husband and I have had in quite awhile! Thank you so, so much for the lovely dinner.  ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 01, 2008 05:24:42 PM
That pasta looks scrumptious!   :o  I just got back from a family barbecue and even with a full stomach, I would still take a few bites just to taste it.

I'm still working on adding new items to my shop, but I did manage to finish this custom order for corduroy cat.

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=170405)

If anyone is interested in the same skull baby blanket let me know and I can make another one.  I even picked up a blue blanket for a little boy.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 01, 2008 11:34:33 PM
More goodies added to my shop  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 02, 2008 05:34:23 AM
Moonfairy,your latest batch of pendants are cool!

I browsed the shops this morning and there are so many awesome things up for grabs!  Gah, I need to setup my shop :P


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 02, 2008 05:36:15 AM
There's no better time than the present! ;)

I have reopened this morning.  I've got more knitting in the works and more cute little batts coming, too.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 02, 2008 05:58:15 AM
Don't I know it *grin*  I just need to get off my caboose and take some pictures! :)



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 02, 2008 05:59:36 AM
And l forgot to add that I'm definitely eyeing some of your batts lapoli! 

I bought a new toy to spin/ply yarns with this weekend *happy dance*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 02, 2008 06:19:17 AM
reese that blanket is friggin awesome! my friends will love it :)
you sure work fast!!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Cookies on September 02, 2008 06:35:54 AM
I totally forgot about signups!   ::)

But I'm here now.  Shop'll be open hopefully by the end of the day!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 02, 2008 06:41:49 AM
And I forgot to post in this thread! I just don't know where my head is at the moment! :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 02, 2008 06:51:32 AM
reese that blanket is friggin awesome! my friends will love it :)
you sure work fast!!!

Thanks!  I wanted to make sure that they receive it before the due date.  I wasn't sure where I was shipping it.  I knew you were in UK, and who knows how long that would take.  Anyway, I had one goal for the weekend and that was to finish your blanket.  I'm hoping to get it shipped out today since I brought it to work with me.  I'll run to the post office on my lunch break.  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 02, 2008 06:55:13 AM
I saw it in the gallery--it's really cute, reese52!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 02, 2008 07:41:30 AM
And I forgot to post in this thread! I just don't know where my head is at the moment! :D

Phizzy, you're obviously already on "vacation mode" *grin*  Lucky, lucky gal!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: kitschkween on September 02, 2008 07:51:13 AM
do you all think it would be ok to post some political goods?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: selkie on September 02, 2008 09:24:50 AM
Glad Labor Day is over and DS goes into 7th grade tomorrow - this summer vacation has been about 3 months too long...

Selkie - I'll open after school starts and I can breathe.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 02, 2008 09:50:31 AM
do you all think it would be ok to post some political goods?

I don't see why it would be a problem.  Let's just hope it doesn't start a political discussion.  You know what most people say:  Religion and Politics are a touchy subject w/o not knowing the other person's preference and enough sense for people to respect each other. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 02, 2008 09:57:29 AM
do you all think it would be ok to post some political goods?

Iv personally got no problem with political or religious stuff being in the shops. Because it is just offered in the swap and not forced on people so they can choose to ignore it if they wish then i dont see it should offend anyone.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 02, 2008 10:09:41 AM
do you all think it would be ok to post some political goods?

Iv personally got no problem with political or religious stuff being in the shops. Because it is just offered in the swap and not forced on people so they can choose to ignore it if they wish then i dont see it should offend anyone.

Good point and I totally agree.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 02, 2008 10:35:34 AM
New toy Loves2?  Did you get a wheel?? 

Love the blanket Reese!  And that pasta looks delish AQ!! 



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 02, 2008 11:03:56 AM
Okay, it's official - we are moving to the DC area  :)  Don't know time frame for me yet but hubby will be up there as of next month!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 02, 2008 11:26:38 AM
Congrats mimiw!  Can I hide in your moving truck?   :)



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 02, 2008 11:29:32 AM
ptarmic wumpus, roadtrip!!!  Swing by my place and we'll head off to DC for a long weekend to hang out with them DC girls ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 02, 2008 11:30:46 AM
Oooh!  Ooh!  I have a question!  Pick me!  Pick me!



So.  Is there a time limit between when a person would be approved for the swap and when they absolutely must have their shop up/open?  I'm just curious.  I have ALMOST enough items available where I would feel comfortable opening up a shop, but I don't want all 50 spots to fill up before I have a chance to get things set up!

So... is there a rule about that?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 02, 2008 11:31:14 AM
New toy Loves2?  Did you get a wheel?? 

:-X  atsuko, ya don't miss a trick, do ya ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 02, 2008 11:31:48 AM
Can I hide in your moving truck?   :)


Absolutely, but I'll probably put you to work since I'm not supposed to be lifting boxes ::)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 02, 2008 11:37:31 AM
For round 18, we're done away with the cap of 50 spots...just to see how things work out :)  So, no worries about snagging a spot in the swap!

Regarding the bit about the time frame for opening your shop, I believe it's as soon as you possibly can after you're signed up.  If not, I'm sure, ahem, the organizers might nudge you in that direction (Note to self: Set up and open my shop this evening :P). 

HTH!

Oooh!  Ooh!  I have a question!  Pick me!  Pick me!



So.  Is there a time limit between when a person would be approved for the swap and when they absolutely must have their shop up/open?  I'm just curious.  I have ALMOST enough items available where I would feel comfortable opening up a shop, but I don't want all 50 spots to fill up before I have a chance to get things set up!

So... is there a rule about that?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 02, 2008 11:47:08 AM
Thank you thank you!  I guess I'll hold off a couple days on starting then, just to make good and sure I've got enough stuff.



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 02, 2008 11:53:57 AM
Can I hide in your moving truck?   :)


Absolutely, but I'll probably put you to work since I'm not supposed to be lifting boxes ::)


No problem! I'm good at moving fabrics :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 02, 2008 12:10:34 PM
Moving is such a big hassle.  I have been to the DC area, but completely forgot about going during spring when they have the cherry festival.  It is so beautiful!  I may have to do that next spring and I heard the museums are free, no admission charges. 

On a different note, I just sent out the skull baby blanket and since I was shipping directly to corduroy cat's friends as a gift I wrapped it up as a present.  If anybody needs to send things out as a present let me know.



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Velvet Rose on September 02, 2008 01:40:31 PM
hi y'all

I've just rejoined this swap after an absence of nearly a year. Unfortunately life has got in the way of swapping. But I'm finally getting  it together and am ready to swap!

I have tons of vintage stuff - buttons, braid,  lace and knitting patterns -  ranging from the 1940s to 1980s. There are just too many to take photos of them all so please PM me if you're interested in something specific.

I only have a couple of Rapunzel scarves left, but I'm happy to custom make one for you - again PM me with any requests.

Ciao


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 02, 2008 01:45:58 PM
Welcome back Velvet Rose!!

Woot!  Mimiw, that's great!  I do hope that you manage to bring Ptarmic back here too. 

reese52, the Cherry Blossom fest is awesome.  I look forward to that and the Ren Fest every year.  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 02, 2008 02:01:00 PM
Welcome back Velvet Rose!!

Woot!  Mimiw, that's great!  I do hope that you manage to bring Ptarmic back here too. 

reese52, the Cherry Blossom fest is awesome.  I look forward to that and the Ren Fest every year.  :)

More swapper, yay!  I guess I'll have to definitely try and go up to DC this coming spring.  I love cherry blossoms!  You never know, I just might drive up there and maybe meet you IRL.  Wouldn't that be nice.  ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 02, 2008 02:11:30 PM
Reese, that would be awesome!!  I forgot to mention Crafty B*stard and the Holiday Heap.  The CB is in September. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 02, 2008 03:26:32 PM
Hi all :)

Just wanted to apologise for being so slow getting my shop open, im having trouble taking pictures, its just been one thing after another.... Batteries died, had no other ones at home, bought dud ones that lasted all of 2mins, tried to drive to store for more batteries, stopped at a petrol station, fuel cap broke, tried to drive to garage to fix it, they were closed, just managed to drive home before the car gave up altogether... so anywayz, tomorrow i will (hopefully) get the car to the garage, drive hubby to interview, then go get batteries and finally take the photos!

Hope yall are well :D

~Katy


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 02, 2008 04:17:19 PM
Its been that kind of a week so far for me too KatyMai, hope everything goes uphill from here!  I haven't had a spare minute to craft in weeks between vacations, getting 1 kid off to university (where he is in the 2nd year of a political science/religion degree-we joke that he'll never be able to talk to anyone in social situations....)the rest off to school, today has been non-stop appointments (right now my face is VERY frozen from the dentist) and I still need to clean my house from leaving 3 teens alone for a couple of weeks.

I think we should all go for a crafty visit somewhere ;)  How about a Shop the Swap sleepover?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 02, 2008 04:48:52 PM
Perhaps this is odd, but I just made my own laundry detergent! I've been thinking about doing it for months and tonight, despite having a laundry list (ha ha) of things to do, I decided to make some.  I've listed it in my shop, if anyone is interested in trying it out?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: pinkanddinky on September 02, 2008 06:00:19 PM
I have reduced a few items in my shop so there are now several things that are .25 each, including some supplies.

A sleepover sounds fun, AM! I'll bring the chocolate espresso cookies!! Yum :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 02, 2008 06:07:14 PM
AM and KatyMai,  hope the rest of your week goes smoothly. 

Crafting sleepover sounds like fun!  Not to mention the variety of snacks we can conjour up.  Craft or Art fairs are always a great way to spend a vacation. 



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 02, 2008 06:39:12 PM
Sorry about my delay in getting my shop up as well - I am hoping to post my shop tomorrow morning. I want to snap a few good pics in daylight. It has been a few rocky days, hasn't it? There is a soreness to my throat that seems threatening, but I am hoping to stave off sickness.

Speaking of laundry...just remembering I left a load in my parents' washer last night, yikes!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 02, 2008 06:46:10 PM
I finally revamped my shop a bit and opened.  Come check out the notepads that I've been working on.  Here's a teaser, but I saved the really big one for you to find in my shop.  LOL.   :)




Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: selkie on September 02, 2008 06:53:36 PM
For the sleepover - who's the bartender? (12 year old scotch anyone??)
NO KIDS ALLOWED, right???
I've got at least 30 pounds of chocolate I can bring...

Humor my delusions, they're all I have left...

At least DS goes back to school tomorrow.


Selkie


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 02, 2008 07:03:45 PM
Atsuko, those notebooks are so cute!  I can't wait see what else you have done w/ your binding machine.

Selkie, how about frozen mudslides?  I still have the mix here at the house.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 02, 2008 07:36:56 PM
You guys are always talking about food in here, I get hungry everytime I check this thread, now I have to go scrounge for snacks.

:o lapoli, homemade laundry detergent, I am intrigued.  does it work with the HE/front loaders?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: selkie on September 02, 2008 07:38:17 PM
 ;D ::)
Selkie, how about frozen mudslides?  I still have the mix here at the house.

Works for me...



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 02, 2008 07:48:55 PM
Zelda.Suicide - I don't have an HE to try it with, but everything I've read about Fels Naptha says that it doesn't suds a lot, so it's supposed to be fine to use with HE washers--based solely on what I read on a website that sold it.  I don't really think it's an impartial soap guru, though. ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Cookies on September 02, 2008 07:55:36 PM
Great notebooks, atsuko!  My tired brain is confused on the prices though...  Logan loves Pokemon, I may have to claim those 2 for him!


Can anybody help me with a Calorimetry?  Or maybe just make the whole darn thing for me?   :-\  I'd like something in varigated browns, or a plain medium-to-dark brown shade.  I tried it myself tonight...row 1 turned out fine.  Row 2...well, you're supposed to stop at the last 2 stitches, and I had 3...   :-\


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 02, 2008 08:19:18 PM
Yay for crafty sleepovers, chats, chocolate, etc. and oh, I'll help make the frou-frou drinks :D

For the sleepover - who's the bartender? (12 year old scotch anyone??)


atsuko, those are some awesome notebooks!  I really like the one with...hmmm, okay, it's a toss-up ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: penguino on September 02, 2008 09:41:00 PM
L2E - what type of wheel did u get??

We want to see your new toy.  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 02, 2008 10:00:48 PM
penguino, it's an old electric spinner...so it's probably not the prettiest contraption...but I'm excited anyhow ;D

And...my shop's open with a few tiny new items!  More items to come (when I take pictures of them) :D  *runs off to browse the STS shops and hopefully spend some points*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: penguino on September 02, 2008 10:05:12 PM
All wheels/spinners are beautiful.  A few of us spin at Border bookstore.  People are always amazed at the wheels.  Sometimes, they think we spin scarf with a wheel.   ::)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: the_bees_knees on September 02, 2008 10:24:18 PM
L2E: You and I may have to battle it out for spinning goodies. I just got my new wheel last week, and I haven't stopped spinning since. The few pounds of wool that I had in my apartment are almost all gone.  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 02, 2008 10:39:09 PM
All wheels/spinners are beautiful.  A few of us spin at Border bookstore.  People are always amazed at the wheels.  Sometimes, they think we spin scarf with a wheel.   ::)

True!  I'm just psyched about getting an electric spinner since I can't work with a regular spinning wheel :D  Hmmm...just think!  You gals are educating folks who shop at Borders...and you might even get to recruit some newbies who are interested in spinning ;)


L2E: You and I may have to battle it out for spinning goodies. I just got my new wheel last week, and I haven't stopped spinning since. The few pounds of wool that I had in my apartment are almost all gone.  ;D

Ready, set...okay...I give!!!
 
I'll even let ya have first dibs at the fiber goodies...but I think I'm not the only one who's gaga about spinning yarns in this swap, LOL!  It's not much, but I think I have at least 15 lbs of fiber in my craftroom AND I'm going to a local wine and wool festival in the middle of September :D  Yes, wine AND wool!  Great combo, non?  Oh...and one of my friends has two alpacas...and she's not a knitter or spinner :o  Crazy...but she's just keeping them as pets ::)  I told her I might be able to 'help her out' with getting rid of the alpaca fibers ;D 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: penguino on September 02, 2008 11:23:15 PM
L2E: You and I may have to battle it out for spinning goodies. I just got my new wheel last week, and I haven't stopped spinning since. The few pounds of wool that I had in my apartment are almost all gone.  ;D

What type of wheel did u get?  I am waiting for later this year to get a second spinning wheel because rumors have it that Majacraft and Schacht will have new spinning wheel coming out later this year.   I have four boxes of fibers right now since I dye fibers too.  I spend more time dyeing than spinning.  My natural fibers are almost gone, so I will start spinning soon.

L2E-We have recruited new knitters and spinners at Borders.  Eventually I think Borders will kick us out.  We occupied all the comfy chairs and more some day.  :)  I don't think I have 15 lbs of fibers, but I think I have about 8 lb.  We want to see handspun yarns.  Wool and wine festival is great.  Make sure you bring cash.  I find most fiber vendors don't take CC only cash or check.  Alpaca is nice.  They are so cute and fiber is lovely.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 03, 2008 03:28:38 AM
Great notebooks, atsuko!  My tired brain is confused on the prices though...  Logan loves Pokemon, I may have to claim those 2 for him!


Can anybody help me with a Calorimetry?  Or maybe just make the whole darn thing for me?   :-\  I'd like something in varigated browns, or a plain medium-to-dark brown shade.  I tried it myself tonight...row 1 turned out fine.  Row 2...well, you're supposed to stop at the last 2 stitches, and I had 3...   :-\


Cookies - I can probably make one for you, but I'd be happy to help you out, too, if you'd rather do it yourself!  The first time I tried it, I got all confused, so I just ripped out the entire thing and started over. :)

.. and I don't even want to talk about spinning fiber because thinking about how full my craft room is makes me feel sick.  Tomorrow is a dyeing day around here, perhaps carding, too.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 03, 2008 04:54:11 AM
:o lapoli, homemade laundry detergent, I am intrigued.  does it work with the HE/front loaders?

I buy home made laundry detergent and it is all I use in my HE front loader and I have never had any problems. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 03, 2008 05:58:55 AM
Loves2experiment - Your siggy still links to round 17.

Ok, car isnt fixed but i do have batteries now! priorities ;) So hopefully, whenn the sun comes back out, there will be photos!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 03, 2008 06:46:08 AM
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Perhaps this is odd, but I just made my own laundry detergent!

I've used homemade laundry soap before (my own soap grated fine & dried/borax/washing soda/essential oil) and find it does an excellent job as a pre-wash/soak for really grimey, greasy, filthy farm dirt (and stains).  For the final wash, I prefer a detergent that rinses clean.

Lapoli - is Fels Naptha a soap or detergent???

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(12 year old scotch anyone??)

Selkie - a girl after my own heart  (Single malt??)

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L2E: You and I may have to battle it out for spinning goodies. I just got my new wheel last week, and I haven't stopped spinning since.
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I'll even let ya have first dibs at the fiber goodies...but I think I'm not the only one who's gaga about spinning yarns in this swap,

Ya got that right!

When things settle down a bit (i.e. I'm not canning 100+ jars or fruit & veggies every weekend & get at least 100 lb of soap made), I'll be back in the fiber room making up my "Ugly Duckling" batts and will put some up in a STS. 


I probably have somewhere between 50-100 lb of fiber in all conditions, from raw to batts.  My mother just gave me 6 LARGE (i.e. 35 gallon size) bags of llama.  I've only peeked in a couple bags.  I know I'll have to sort it all.  There is leg & neck fiber as well as the prime saddle.

With giving up legal guardianship of our foster son, I have a spare room that will be turned into the loom room, I mean guest room (:snort:), giving me more room in my fiber room to organize.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 03, 2008 06:50:59 AM
Fels Naptha is a soap, soap. Not detergent.

50 lbs of fiber! When's the party!?

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Perhaps this is odd, but I just made my own laundry detergent!

I've used homemade laundry soap before (my own soap grated fine & dried/borax/washing soda/essential oil) and find it does an excellent job as a pre-wash/soak for really grimey, greasy, filthy farm dirt (and stains).  For the final wash, I prefer a detergent that rinses clean.

Lapoli - is Fels Naptha a soap or detergent???

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(12 year old scotch anyone??)

Selkie - a girl after my own heart  (Single malt??)

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L2E: You and I may have to battle it out for spinning goodies. I just got my new wheel last week, and I haven't stopped spinning since.
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I'll even let ya have first dibs at the fiber goodies...but I think I'm not the only one who's gaga about spinning yarns in this swap,

Ya got that right!

When things settle down a bit (i.e. I'm not canning 100+ jars or fruit & veggies every weekend & get at least 100 lb of soap made), I'll be back in the fiber room making up my "Ugly Duckling" batts and will put some up in a STS. 


I probably have somewhere between 50-100 lb of fiber in all conditions, from raw to batts.  My mother just gave me 6 LARGE (i.e. 35 gallon size) bags of llama.  I've only peeked in a couple bags.  I know I'll have to sort it all.  There is leg & neck fiber as well as the prime saddle.

With giving up legal guardianship of our foster son, I have a spare room that will be turned into the loom room, I mean guest room (:snort:), giving me more room in my fiber room to organize.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 03, 2008 07:09:16 AM
Wool and wine festival is great.  Make sure you bring cash.  I find most fiber vendors don't take CC only cash or check.  Alpaca is nice.  They are so cute and fiber is lovely.

Yep!  I can't wait!!!  And thanks for the reminder...I'm so much so a debit card sorta gal :P  Yes, the alpacas are lovely!  Silly faces and all...gah, so adorable!

Loves2experiment - Your siggy still links to round 17.

Fixed!  Thanks KM :-*  I knew I forgot to do something last night ;)

When things settle down a bit (i.e. I'm not canning 100+ jars or fruit & veggies every weekend & get at least 100 lb of soap made), I'll be back in the fiber room making up my "Ugly Duckling" batts and will put some up in a STS. 


I probably have somewhere between 50-100 lb of fiber in all conditions, from raw to batts.  My mother just gave me 6 LARGE (i.e. 35 gallon size) bags of llama.  I've only peeked in a couple bags.  I know I'll have to sort it all.  There is leg & neck fiber as well as the prime saddle.

The "Ugly Ducking" batts sound fun!  Can't wait to see them?  And wow.  50 - 100 lbs of fiber?!?  Wow. :o



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 03, 2008 07:13:32 AM
Thanks for the notebook love.  I owe it all to Reese!!  I am busy eating tons of tiny cereals so that I can make Lana's entire class little notebooks for Christmas, etc.  I've made 8 so far and I have many more to go.  I am still working on the piggy pouches.  She only has 11 classmates, but I'd like to make them for the other preKers too since they all play together.

Hehe, well I don't know how much fiber I have, but I know I have 7 sheeps worth (6 thanks to xladyluckx) and a few lbs that I got with my wheel.  I really need to try spin again.  I got it by mail, so never really new how to adjust everything.  I saw someone demonstarting the exact wheel at the Sheep Fest last year, but I have yet to try it again.  I need to card first to see if Ptarmic wants any.

Well today is Lana's first official day of school.  Yay!  She went off happily.  Hopefully she's having a fun day.
 



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 03, 2008 07:18:09 AM

Well today is Lana's first official day of school.  Yay!  She went off happily.  Hopefully she's having a fun day.
 

Heh.  Lana's probably doing just fine...how are you holding up ;) *tease*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 03, 2008 07:32:31 AM
Fels Naptha is a soap, soap. Not detergent.

'kay - word of advice for those wanting to use soap for homemade laundry soap  - a cup of WHITE VINEGAR in your rinse.  This will help cut soap film.

Like I said, I love, love, love it as a pre-wash to really cut the grime.  Works better than any other prewash I've used, but add the vinegar in your rinse.

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50 lbs of fiber! When's the party!?

I'd love to have you all over for a fiber party.  We can spread all the fibery goodness a foot high on the floor and roll around (then you can help me sort out the raw fiber and wash it, card/comb it, dye it ......and reorganize it!)



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 03, 2008 07:36:22 AM
The "Ugly Ducking" batts sound fun! 

They really turn into beautiful swans when spun - it always amazes me.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 03, 2008 07:37:00 AM
Loves2, Heehee, I'm fine.  :)  It's interesting how different these kids are from the ones at her camp.  The kids are really relaxed and nice at her school.  We were only there for 1 hour yesterday and I could already see that Lana was at home and busy making friends.  


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 03, 2008 08:02:37 AM
The "Ugly Ducking" batts sound fun! 

They really turn into beautiful swans when spun - it always amazes me.

*making a mental note to check out your shop for the appearance of said "Ugly Duckling" batts* :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 03, 2008 08:03:59 AM
Loves2, Heehee, I'm fine.  :)  It's interesting how different these kids are from the ones at her camp.  The kids are really relaxed and nice at her school.  We were only there for 1 hour yesterday and I could already see that Lana was at home and busy making friends.  

Ah...okay then.  I thought I was gonna have to bring out my good choccie stash to settle your nerves ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 03, 2008 08:50:26 AM
I was soooo anxious when my kids first went to school many years ago NOW I'm just anxious for them to go already ;)  Love them all dearly but I sure look forward to having my days back!  Example of my day so far:  get 13 year old princess who is currently not speaking to anyone (?? EVERY comment is met with the rolling of the eyes, heavy sighs and stomping-very entertaining!) ready for school while listening to a 1980's K-Tel record that my 16 year old insists I HAVE TO HEAR RIGHT NOW.  and discuss.  some mornings there isn't enough coffee in the world.........(or apparently Tony Orlando, Elton John and god knows who else)

Shop the Swap official bulletin
We've been discussing the cap on participants and realize that after 75 people we would need another organizer.  So the maximum participants will be 75 people and the first post will be changed to reflect this.

We've been having to do some point checking and I would like to ask that EVERYONE take a look at the first post about how to list your claims and point totals at the bottom of your shop.  The posted format makes it so much easier for me to figure out what you think you have (which hopefully matches to what WE think you have)  Please make sure that you are listing all claims as you make/receive them, have no claims in there from another round/or were withdrawn AND most importantly you are changing your point totals corrrectly.

The outstanding claims list for round 17 will be posted at the front of this thread by the end of the week (I'll wait for a few more to come in first)  We had 241 claims  last month!!  There are still a few outstanding for earlier rounds so please take a look through those as well :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 03, 2008 09:21:46 AM
I managed to get my shop up - it took me a few tries before I got it right, that is for sure! Much admiration for all your well-organized shops.

By the way, is anyone into Betty Boop? I was thinking of doing a couple of journals using BB fabric.



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 03, 2008 09:45:10 AM
My mother loves BB!  I would claim it as a present for her.  The holidays are right around the corner, not to mention her b-day in Nov.  That would just be an addition to a larger present.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 03, 2008 09:51:24 AM
Thanks for letting me know reese52. I am into holiday prep-mode this year, for sure - how else can you find such cool original stuff?

Also, I looked at my shop and noticed that I need to put more details about the journals - they are completely different sizes, but I have to get home to measure them first...which won't be for several hours.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 03, 2008 10:54:51 AM
My mom loves BB too, weird.  (But I don't need anything else for her Dec. b-day/Christmas, she always gets spoiled by me and I have more than enough already, haha)


I just added some new burp cloths (sets of 2) to my shop and I am going to check when my etsy listings expire and will probably add a few more things from there, if they are ending soon (if I remember correctly there should be several things ending sometime at the beginning of this month).  And there are some supplies I want to go through and list, I just need to get pictures.

Anybody interested in baby/toddler skirts/shorts? 
I have a bunch of already made, I have from sizes NB-4T... NB-6mos have matching onesies, and I can make matching onesies/tshirts to go with the bigger ones if you want, I already have the tshirts/onesies on hand...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 03, 2008 11:01:04 AM
Oh! 

Here's an overall shot of the bigger sized (12m-4T) shirts & shorts.






Any grab your attention?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: selkie on September 03, 2008 11:11:11 AM


Selkie - a girl after my own heart  (Single malt??)


Is there any other kind of scotch??? (insert sarcasm) Please do not insult me!!! (end of sarcasm!)

I've always been a "neat scotch" drinker, but I saw a program on Scotland and the Head of a Scotch company that makes Scotch says you should add the barest splash of water to improve the flavor - haven't had an opportunity to try that one out just yet.

My DS started 7th grade today - he was upset about how short the summer was. I didn't have the heart to tell him that this years summer vacation was about 3 months too long.

Selkie



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 03, 2008 11:14:21 AM


Selkie - a girl after my own heart  (Single malt??)


Is there any other kind of scotch??? (insert sarcasm) Please do not insult me!!! (end of sarcasm!)

LOLOLOL!!

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I've always been a "neat scotch" drinker, but I saw a program on Scotland and the Head of a Scotch company that makes Scotch says you should add the barest splash of water to improve the flavor - haven't had an opportunity to try that one out just yet.

One, just one, small sized ice cube (made from distilled water please) just to take it just below room temp for me.


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My DS started 7th grade today - he was upset about how short the summer was. I didn't have the heart to tell him that this years summer vacation was about 3 months too long.

My only child left at home has been in school for 2 weeks already.  Only 3 more years until all are out of high school!!  Hopefully #2 child will be out of college (he's a junior at IA State right now!)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 03, 2008 11:18:06 AM
Z.S your stuff is awesome!  I don't have any kiddies, just yet. 

All this talk about drinks, unfortunately I don't drink scotch.  It has to taste good to me if I drink it.  I had absinthe for the first time 2 months ago since it is now legal in the US.  I was awful.  :o


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 03, 2008 11:37:58 AM
Did someone mention scotch? Count me in for that round! :D

I've always been a "neat scotch" drinker, but I saw a program on Scotland and the Head of a Scotch company that makes Scotch says you should add the barest splash of water to improve the flavor - haven't had an opportunity to try that one out just yet.
I went round a whiskey distillery in Scotland a couple of years ago and that's what they recommended there too.

Whiskey is definitely one of those drinks that you get exactly what you pay for. You need to get the good stuff otherwise it can be terrible! :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 03, 2008 11:45:39 AM
.... iv never tried scotch, it smells horrible so iv never tasted it.

*hides from people throwing things*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: selkie on September 03, 2008 11:51:53 AM
You probably didn't try the good stuff...
Macallan's 12 year is my favorite
Glenfiddich 12 year Caoran Reserve
Glenfiddich 12 year
Glenmorangie 12 year

What's with the 12 year thing??? $50 dollars for a bottle...
I'm hoping to have a windfall and be able to try a 20 year sometime!!!

(Blended scotch is okay if that's all that's available or you want to have scotch and soda!)

Selkie
Katymai - I won't throw anything at you over scotch if you don't throw anything at me over gin and vodka!!!
;)



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 03, 2008 11:58:25 AM
Hehe, well my hubby loves the good stuff.  I've tasted it and I'd still rather drink a coke, so I don't think it's only a price thing.  And I've had 30 year old scotch too and didn't like it either. :)

KatyMai and Reese, let's go get an ice cream shake!  Anyone else wanna come? 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 03, 2008 12:10:12 PM
I haven't had a drink in over 5 years... and I'm trying to quit soda as of yesterday!  I'm just no fun at all!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 03, 2008 12:13:59 PM
Hehe, well my hubby loves the good stuff.  I've tasted it and I'd still rather drink a coke, so I don't think it's only a price thing.  And I've had 30 year old scotch too and didn't like it either. :)

KatyMai and Reese, let's go get an ice cream shake!  Anyone else wanna come? 

I'm all for that!  I love ice cream and products derived from it. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 03, 2008 01:03:58 PM
All this talk of drinks is makin' me thirsty! 

My vote's for frou-frou drinks with creative names ;D  Hmmm.  Speaking of which, why isn't there a drink named "The Craftster"?!?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 03, 2008 01:10:10 PM
KatyMai and Reese, let's go get an ice cream shake!  Anyone else wanna come? 

Id love to, but iv recently had to stop having ANY dairy at all *cries*
Minstrels, chicken tonight, and galaxy i shall miss you lol


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 03, 2008 01:17:39 PM
KatyMai and Reese, let's go get an ice cream shake!  Anyone else wanna come? 

Count me in for the ice cream  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 03, 2008 01:24:11 PM
Littlebiskit, that's ok.  Soda isn't good for you anyway.  Come have ice cream with us.  Reese and Mimiw, let's go!! 

KatyMai, I'm sorry to hear that.  Are you lactose intolerant?  :(

Loves2, ew, I can just imagine the strange things a craftster might add to his/her drink.  Yarn in your Fuzzy navel, anyone?   :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 03, 2008 01:39:48 PM
KatyMai, I'm sorry to hear that.  Are you lactose intolerant?  :(

I have no idea, the doc says she cant do the test on me because of other tablets im on. Its silly really, for years i thought it was normal to feel bloated and stomach pains after some meals, so i just ignored it. My husband noticed and we started keeping a food diary, figured out about 3weeks ago now that it was dairy causing the problem. So iv taken all dairy out of my diet and now never have stomach pains or bloating, iv lost weight without trying and feel a damn lot better in general. He fixed me :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 03, 2008 01:50:41 PM
Loves2, ew, I can just imagine the strange things a craftster might add to his/her drink.  Yarn in your Fuzzy navel, anyone?   :)

Tsk!  Where's your sense of adventure?!? ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 03, 2008 02:06:53 PM
KatyMai - have you ever tried non-homogenized dairy.  There are enzymes released when milk goes through the homogenization process that may be upsetting you.

If you lived closer, I'd let you try some raw Jersey milk.   YUM!!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 03, 2008 02:09:27 PM
My shop is finally open!

Its not fully stocked yet, i will finish it tomorrow, iv just spent so long on it today that im sick of it lol. But there is plenty in there now, mostly jewellery and a couple lower point versions of stuff thats lasted a couple rounds.

KatyMai - have you ever tried non-homogenized dairy.  There are enzymes released when milk goes through the homogenization process that may be upsetting you.

If you lived closer, I'd let you try some raw Jersey milk.   YUM!!!

Nope never tried it, i will keep an eye out for it, thankyou :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Nikkidear on September 03, 2008 02:13:28 PM
My hubby is lactose intolerant and he does ok on the lactaid pills, and really well with the lactaid milk. I have to admit I was skeptical about the lactaid milk, but it really does taste the same as my 2% in my cereal and instant breakfast. He uses the pills on the rare occasion that we have ice cream or shakes. Just a thought in case you are ever feeling adventurous.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 03, 2008 02:19:47 PM
Thankyou Nikki, iv never heard of those tablets, but i will definately get some and try them out :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: oneredboot on September 03, 2008 02:27:17 PM
KatyMai - have you ever tried non-homogenized dairy.  There are enzymes released when milk goes through the homogenization process that may be upsetting you.

If you lived closer, I'd let you try some raw Jersey milk.   YUM!!!

Mr. Boot and I did raw milk for a while and LOVED it!  Since then I've had to go off dairy for other reasons (recommended by my homoepath for my auto-immune condition), but I still think fondly of Wednesdays, when we received our weekly delivery from the Amish farmers and could have that first fresh glass of milk!  Homeopath says that one day I might be able to have goat's milk--we're planning to add goats to our flock as soon as we have a real backyard, so that we'll be prepared for that day!  I can't wait to make my own goat's milk yogurt...and cheese...!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: selkie on September 03, 2008 02:29:21 PM
KatyMai - we're looking at cutting out dairy in our house - 2 children with autism. Research suggests that it could help, but it's still only one factor in the big picture. Surprisingly enough, my husband read the book Dislogic Syndrome and came home and was listing all the changes we need to make. I'm usually the alternative one... I'm running with it before he changes his mind.

I'd say a craftster drink would need to include some kinda caffeine for those late night crafting emergencies...
Coffee would be my first choice, but there's always Mt Dew, Jolt... etc

selkie


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 03, 2008 02:34:31 PM
I can't wait to make my own goat's milk yogurt...and cheese...!!

Got some easy cheese recipes (http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/cheese) on my site (also 4 different suppliers of good rennet, cultures, molds, presses, et all)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 03, 2008 02:36:50 PM
KatyMai, I'm lovin' the hematite necklaces - very, very pretty!

I'm trying to get a little more "spunk" into my jewelry, as I'm usually pretty conservative. (Conservative sometimes means cookie monster earrings, but hey, a girl's gotta have fun, right?) That necklace of yours with the vial of sand? And the bumble bee bracelet? Both are so cool, but I'm not sure I could pull them off...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 03, 2008 02:39:33 PM
KatyMai, I'm lovin' the hematite necklaces - very, very pretty!

I'm trying to get a little more "spunk" into my jewelry, as I'm usually pretty conservative. (Conservative sometimes means cookie monster earrings, but hey, a girl's gotta have fun, right?) That necklace of yours with the vial of sand? And the bumble bee bracelet? Both are so cool, but I'm not sure I could pull them off...

The bumble bee bracelet would certainly add more spunk lol... but i personally think the sand and shell one is quite dainty and elegant, dispite being a bit odd :)

EDIT: If it helps with sizes, heres a (blurry) pic of an empty vial on an american quarter (same size as a british 10p)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Velvet Rose on September 03, 2008 04:20:05 PM
Anyone interested in me putting some "fibergasms" in my shop?

8oz of soft sensuous fiber which will fill you with tingling possibilities and take you to new heights of creativity and passion. (Who needs s_x LOL)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 03, 2008 06:25:44 PM
Anyone interested in me putting some "fibergasms" in my shop?

8oz of soft sensuous fiber which will fill you with tingling possibilities and take you to new heights of creativity and passion. (Who needs s_x LOL)

Not sure exactly what that means, but it sound wonderful  :)

I've recently updated my shop w/ more mini notebooks.  I had a couple of people who were interested in them so I decided to dig into my starbucks cardboard boxes.  I swear I'm addicted to that place.  Also 2 full size starbucks notebooks.

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=171285)

Some mini tea notebooks.
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=171286)
I've also reduced some of the food themed notebooks from 1 pt to .5 each.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: pinkanddinky on September 03, 2008 07:05:15 PM
I just did a MAJOR SHOP UPDATE!!!!

New items: cutesy signs for the bathroom door, a multistrand necklace, a ladybug drawstring bag like from a previous round...owl and birdhouse ponytail holders. And if you haven't been in my shop lately, there are lots of markdowns! Can you tell I need points, lol?!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 03, 2008 08:24:45 PM
sounds like my cup o' tea. haha

Anyone interested in me putting some "fibergasms" in my shop?

8oz of soft sensuous fiber which will fill you with tingling possibilities and take you to new heights of creativity and passion. (Who needs s_x LOL)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 03, 2008 08:28:05 PM
I just did a MAJOR SHOP UPDATE!!!!

New items: cutesy signs for the bathroom door, a multistrand necklace, a ladybug drawstring bag like from a previous round...owl and birdhouse ponytail holders. And if you haven't been in my shop lately, there are lots of markdowns! Can you tell I need points, lol?!

pinkanddinky, it might help if you update your signature to link to STS18. Takes me longer to see what you have. hint, hint, hint.  ::)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 03, 2008 08:29:42 PM
thats a good hint, hint for everyone ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Nikkidear on September 03, 2008 09:07:08 PM
I just did a shop update. In the last 24 hours I have added some hemp keychains, a bracelet, a crocheted calorimetry, and headbands.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 04, 2008 02:19:10 AM
Everyone has such awesome new things! Sadly I'm done buying now I think since I can't have things arriving whilst I'm away. I may have some inchies to list later on though as I can still send out ;D

This time next week I'll be hanging out at Chicago airport waiting on my connection to San Francisco ;D Bloke just phoned to ask if we'll be on an aeroplane this time next week...I had to say yes so he wouldn't get any clues! ;) He's so excited too. Apart from knowing we're meeting Rackycoo he still knows nothing about where we're going to! :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Velvet Rose on September 04, 2008 04:24:55 AM
I've added some more stuff to my shop, including some hand felted pieces and some new Rapunzel scarves.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 04, 2008 05:17:51 AM
Everyone has such awesome new things! Sadly I'm done buying now I think since I can't have things arriving whilst I'm away. I may have some inchies to list later on though as I can still send out ;D

This time next week I'll be hanging out at Chicago airport waiting on my connection to San Francisco ;D Bloke just phoned to ask if we'll be on an aeroplane this time next week...I had to say yes so he wouldn't get any clues! ;) He's so excited too. Apart from knowing we're meeting Rackycoo he still knows nothing about where we're going to! :D

Sound like fun!  I've always loved to travel.  Can't wait to see the inchies!  I actually have points to spend yay!  I totally missed out on the buddha heart that went to lapoli.   :-\  Oh well..........


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 04, 2008 06:09:45 AM
Everyone has such awesome new things! Sadly I'm done buying now I think since I can't have things arriving whilst I'm away. I may have some inchies to list later on though as I can still send out ;D

This time next week I'll be hanging out at Chicago airport waiting on my connection to San Francisco ;D Bloke just phoned to ask if we'll be on an aeroplane this time next week...I had to say yes so he wouldn't get any clues! ;) He's so excited too. Apart from knowing we're meeting Rackycoo he still knows nothing about where we're going to! :D

But Phizzy, if you are meeting Rackycoo, we can all send stuff to her, and all along your route. In fact I'd say order a bunch of my stuff, and make it mandatory to come visit me and have tea and shop our crafty specialty stores. . .


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 04, 2008 06:12:06 AM
Ha! Good thinking! ;) Just the lack of points stopping me now... :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Cookies on September 04, 2008 07:35:14 AM
Cookies - I can probably make one for you, but I'd be happy to help you out, too, if you'd rather do it yourself!  The first time I tried it, I got all confused, so I just ripped out the entire thing and started over. :)

Hmm...I tried the calorimetry 3 times yesterday.  First time, I managed to get to row three, and after a few stitches, realized that I'd screwed up my knits & purls on the row before and my ribbing was off.  Second time, I got to the end of row 2, and my stitch count was off.  Third time, I got to the end of row 1 and my stitch count was off!   :-\

This knitting thing is hard!!  And my arms ache...and my wrist is sore...   :-\

I'll probably be contacting you soon, lapoli!   ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 04, 2008 07:58:09 AM

Hmm...I tried the calorimetry 3 times yesterday.  First time, I managed to get to row three, and after a few stitches, realized that I'd screwed up my knits & purls on the row before and my ribbing was off.  Second time, I got to the end of row 2, and my stitch count was off.  Third time, I got to the end of row 1 and my stitch count was off!   :-\


It must be something in the air...I've been struggling with my stitch counts lately too. I had to abandon a project on the weekend because I couldn't for the life of me end up with the right number of stitches!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 04, 2008 08:10:39 AM
Iv just added a LOT more stuff to my shop, mostly earrings :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 04, 2008 08:43:01 AM
DCN DISCUSSION!!!

We've had a number of inquiries about the DCN requirement in the past couple of rounds so I thought I would clear this issue up as best I can.  First of all we do have to abide by Craftster swap rules within this swap which are as follows:

Mailing your swap item to your swap partner

You must use "delivery confirmation" (DC#) or package tracking of some sort when you mail your package. And you must send the tracking number to the swap organizer so that they can record it. This way if the package gets lost, you won't get Negative Feedback because you can prove that you sent the package.

There are two reasons why you might be allowed to skip delivery confirmation:

1. Some shipping places (like the US Post Office) won't do package tracking/delivery confirmation on packages that are too thin

2. If you are mailing to another country and adding on package tracking/delivery confirmation would be very expensive, then you can skip it.

If you must skip tracking, then for proof of mailing just keep the receipt you get for shipping the item. The receipt should have information about where the package is going to.

If you have a digital camera, you may want to snap a picture of your item before you send it. This way, if the person you send it to doesn't have a digital camera, you can still show it off in the "Swap Gallery" for this swap (after the person has received it!).


I have spoken to the swap mods about the DCN requirement for this swap as we have ALOT of packages flying around and the postage $$$ add up fast.  Their answer was that the DCN requirement stands for this swap as it does for every other swap on Craftster which is fair enough to my mind.

I did a little research on the USPS site and learned that the DCN costs 65 - 75 cents retail and if you are able to use on-line shipping labels its 18 cents.    Please make sure you are packaging your items properly-fragile jewelry etc should be wrapped in some kind of padding (I have had things come to me just stuck in an envelope in the past), poor shipping prep to dodge the dcn cost is not cool.  Do refer to rule 1 above in the case of too thin items (I'm thinking cards, other small flat things) BUT be aware you also can pad your thin envelopes with a little somethin somethin (grocery bag, bubble wrap whatever) to make it the required 3/4" thick.  A common practice in many swaps.

I realize that it may be kind of an (expensive) pain to have to add on 75 cents to each package you ship BUT this is my take on it living in Canada where my shipping (without DCN) is twice as much as the US-its the cost of swapping.  This is an international swap and everybody incurs postage fees that can be insane.  We all have to choose the postal budget that keeps us comfortable when swapping, in this swap if you have hit your limit you can always close your shop for a bit.

loves2experiment does keep track of dcn's on the spreadsheet and we will be keeping an eye on that.  While there is no penalty that I know of for not using a dcn, a rule is a rule and we will take it up with the swap mods if we have a problem with someone who consistently does not get a dcn for their swap packages.  I'm pretty confident that I won't have to do that with all the law-abiding swappers in our group (plus there is also the fear of the swapping gods smiting you.....) :)





Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 04, 2008 09:18:49 AM
A back of the envelope calculation estimates that I've spent at least $200 on DCNs alone since round 1....I'm not going to think about the total shipping costs...  :P 

I sometimes ship things in a plain manila envelope, unpadded - usually with things that are pretty indestructible, like felts (seriously, I had a felt once that I was trying to cut with a new sharp razor blade and the blade kept bouncing off).  Those plastic shipping bags are my favorite to use, I've been thinking about ordering some, but feel bad about all that plastic. Our mail delivery person does have a tendency to try and smash smaller packages into the tiny little apartment mailboxes, I find them wadded up and torn, mashed into the bottom of my box. At least big boxes get to hang out in the hallway where they are dry and warm.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 04, 2008 09:37:03 AM
I'm anal and always keep track of my shipping$ though I try not to add it up for the month because its kind of scary.  I will just say that my budget used to be $50/month and now appears to have crept up to $100/month.  and most of my swaps besides this one are mailart-chunky pages, ATC's etc, which are on the cheap side ::)  I've had to limit myself to 1 big one every couple of months because Canada Post has utterly ridiculous rates to the US, nevermind overseas.....

are you talking about the Tyvec envelopes ptarmic?  I like those too but apparently they aren't sold in Canada (I've seen them on Ebay though)  There's alot of art stuff I've seen using those, involving heat and paint.  I save all the ones I get, they come in handy to package things within a manilla envelope too.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 04, 2008 09:51:48 AM
I kept track for one month of my postage (when I was doing STS and the Ongoing Wish Swap, plus two others swaps and a few personal swaps). When I hit $150, I stopped keeping track. I really, really enjoy swapping and my husband whole-heartedly encourages it (though he does like to comment on the frequency of which I swap - that and my yarn stash) to keep me sane during the slooooooow winter months.

Plus, I don't know if I shared this story with you STSers, but I got a driveway job because of swapping. The postal carrier at my local post office called us for an estimate - he remembered me from my almost-daily post office runs last winter. So, my somewhat-obsessive-swapping got me a couple-thousands-dollar job.  ;)   See, ladies, you never know what you swapping may bring you in other aspects of life!

And anytime I feel a little "bleh" about shipping costs and DCNs, I just think of our poor, little Phizzy whose post office is apparently the worst in the world. You poor woman, the amount of mail that gets lost on your side of the world.  :'(


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 04, 2008 09:54:06 AM
Now shipping to Sevilla would definitely be a great time to have a tracking number!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 04, 2008 09:55:03 AM

And anytime I feel a little "bleh" about shipping costs and DCNs, I just think of our poor, little Phizzy whose post office is apparently the worst in the world. You poor woman, the amount of mail that gets lost on your side of the world.  :'(

I bet there is a postal worker in Spain who has a house full of crafts  :D :P


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 04, 2008 10:23:49 AM
I live in Wales which means i cannot have a DC tracking number thingy, we quite simply dont have it here. What i can get however is a reciept and 'proof of postage' sheet which has the address which it is going to written on it and is stamped by the post office. This costs me nothing and so is easy to do, however it does not allow you to track the package, it simply proves that it has been posted with the correct postage amount. Is this ok?

To go with a different company and get a tracking number will cost me a minimum of $7.43 but that is with just a letter, sending a package, the price jumps up wildly.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 04, 2008 10:37:29 AM
Hmmm.  You know you're spending too much time (and money) at the post office when

* you know the first names of all your local postal workers ::)

* your postal workers know that you're swapping, not ebaying :P

* your postal workers recognize names of folks that you frequently send packages too ;D

* your favourite postal worker always reminds you that you can save money by using first class and flat rate priority boxes

* you stop calculating how much you spend because it's scary




Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 04, 2008 10:46:31 AM

Hmm...I tried the calorimetry 3 times yesterday.  First time, I managed to get to row three, and after a few stitches, realized that I'd screwed up my knits & purls on the row before and my ribbing was off.  Second time, I got to the end of row 2, and my stitch count was off.  Third time, I got to the end of row 1 and my stitch count was off!   :-\


It must be something in the air...I've been struggling with my stitch counts lately too. I had to abandon a project on the weekend because I couldn't for the life of me end up with the right number of stitches!

Well, I'll tell you what I do. I'm knitting a baby surprise jacket. ALL counting, every row, but it supposed to be "easy." LOL.

Cookies, if I had knit row one, and had one EXTRA stitch, I'd have looked at the previous row and knit or purled two together to match the pattern. If I'm one short I'd have done a M1 (make one stitch).

You realize that the ends go in the back of your head, and if you have long hair, as I do, it won't show.   ;D

If your ends will show, mark one side the RIGHT side, and then do your increases/decreases to adjust on the purl stitch of the right side. Because the ribs squeeze up and become less visible, you can hide extra or missing stitches there.  ::)

I understand doing things "right" but you are supposed to be having FUN, not driving yourself insane! But this is just a way of lightening the pain. If you WANT to have perfect stitch counts, then just ignore me.  :P


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 04, 2008 10:48:40 AM
Well, unfortunately for me, my husband DID calculate it and I wish I never heard that number!  Though I will say, going part-time has me really keeping an eye on things. I've got to limit shipping somehow, so I will probably be strategically opening/closing my shop so I can control claims a little more.

... and I've been busy today dyeing two pounds of merino into 3-4oz bumps.  I'll be adding them in my shop as soon as they're dry!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 04, 2008 10:56:29 AM
Thanks AM!!  Just to make sure that I am absolutely clear on this: If your package does not qualify for a DCN you can skip it and save the proof of mailing.   Is that right?  Or do we have to pad it to use to make sure that we use a DC#?  Or is it a choice? 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 04, 2008 11:05:05 AM
Hmmm.  You know you're spending too much time (and money) at the post office when

* you know the first names of all your local postal workers ::)

* your postal workers know that you're swapping, not ebaying :P

* your postal workers recognize names of folks that you frequently send packages too ;D

* your favourite postal worker always reminds you that you can save money by using first class and flat rate priority boxes

* you stop calculating how much you spend because it's scary


hee, hee my postal ladies know I don't sew and always ask me who my latest purse is from :)  

KatyMai, a proof of postage sheet is just fine as you are international.  Over $7 for a delivery confirmation is waaaay above the call of swapping duty!  DCN's are pretty much a within the United States kind of deal.  I wish we could track all those packages sitting in some Spanish postie's home ;D

atsuko, as I read the Craftster rules, there is no requirement to pad a thin package to meet DCN standards (although like I mentioned, it is often done in swaps) so I see no reason to uh require that ya'll pad.  But like I mentioned before please make sure that you are packing fragile items properly so they don't get all busted up in transit.  Please keep your receipts until your item is received if you do not get a DCN.  If I am told otherwise I certainly will let everyone know.



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: oneredboot on September 04, 2008 11:40:53 AM
i just added a baby hat to my shop:
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=171501)
also known as the "umbilical cord" hat... 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 04, 2008 11:44:36 AM
... and I've been busy today dyeing two pounds of merino into 3-4oz bumps.  I'll be adding them in my shop as soon as they're dry!

Oh my!! 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 04, 2008 12:23:02 PM
... and I've been busy today dyeing two pounds of merino into 3-4oz bumps.  I'll be adding them in my shop as soon as they're dry!

Oh my!! 

;)  I just added two to my shop, though I've still got six drying. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 04, 2008 12:33:00 PM
mmmm.... bought some more roving from penguino.
I would like to make a confession though, i spin like a madwoman, have over 30 handspuns in my stash, and never knit a darn thing with them. haha
I am currently knitting the "spincycle thirdwave harf" from handspun revolution though with some of my 1st handspun. woop!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 04, 2008 12:57:03 PM
Am - thankyou for clearing that up for me :)

Lapoli, do you do custom batts? Its just my mums birthday is coming up and id love to give her some wool i spun myself as she is a kitting nut. She likes deep reds and browns mostly.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 04, 2008 01:02:56 PM
Cute hat oneredboot!

Yeah, I at least hope they're going some place nice rather than some post office dump somewhere :( I guess I need to get cracking on replacement things again, some of which I won't be able to replicate the original items, but I'll contact people about what they want to do. I already have plans to make up for P&D's missing inchies. And remember the cards that never made it to Penlowe all those years ago? Yep, they're coming in my case to be posted in the States! Surely they'll get there this time! ::)

Oh, and there's some inchies in my shop! ;D I'll let you guys choose them rather than sticking them in sets, though I can if they don't sell.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 04, 2008 01:07:20 PM
Am - thankyou for clearing that up for me :)

Lapoli, do you do custom batts? Its just my mums birthday is coming up and id love to give her some wool i spun myself as she is a kitting nut. She likes deep reds and browns mostly.

KatyMai - I certainly can do custom batts--just let me know what you're thinking about! 

Busy day around here! Don't you guys know i need to step away from the computer to knit!? How are all my IYP projects ever going to be finished ?!!?

Just kidding.. I love all my love mail.  And even the hate mails. I love all of them. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 04, 2008 01:41:23 PM
Thats great! Thanks Lapoli, i will send you a pm once i know what kinda thing i want :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 04, 2008 02:47:31 PM
Thanks AM!!  That's good to know.  I've been padding to use the DCNs.  :)

Lapoli, who is sending you hate mail?  Grr.  Lana and I will go all ninja on them if ya want. :) 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 04, 2008 03:22:34 PM
Hate mail? I will set my psycho bunnies on them  ;D I would set my dog on them too, but shes a woose lol.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 04, 2008 04:46:37 PM
Hmmm.  You know you're spending too much time (and money) at the post office when

* you know the first names of all your local postal workers ::)

* your postal workers know that you're swapping, not ebaying :P

* your postal workers recognize names of folks that you frequently send packages too ;D

* your favourite postal worker always reminds you that you can save money by using first class and flat rate priority boxes

* you stop calculating how much you spend because it's scary




Or, you learn the regulations better than the post office guy. Even the one who knows what he's doing. :-p


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 04, 2008 05:02:18 PM
Just kidding.. I love all my love mail.  And even the hate mails. I love all of them. 

Hey!  Where's MY hate mail?!? :P  That's it...no cotton candy for the naughty ones!



Or, you learn the regulations better than the post office guy. Even the one who knows what he's doing. :-p

Sounds like you speak from experience *wry* 
He should be thankful that you're not thinking of applying for his job ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 04, 2008 05:08:00 PM
Oh, c'mon! Who can send you and your cute avatar hate mail?

And I'm glad y'all have my back!  But... I don't think I get hate mail, really. :) I was just being dramatic.

Just to give everyone a warning, too, we're getting a storm here tomorrow, so there's a chance that I could not have power during parts of the day.  I will be on tomorrow AM to update points, but towards the evening and Saturday, it could be intermittent. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 04, 2008 05:16:13 PM
I'm pretty sure I know more about  international shipping than most of the people at my post, but it is a contract postal unit, not a 'real' post office.

lapoli, hope you don't have to eat all your ice cream at once! My parents lost power for a week after Isabel, which was only a tropical storm when it reached them...  Ike could even head your way next week, although there is a lot of model spread (from narrowly recurving in the Atlantic to drifting south of Cuba and smacking into New Orleans.  The ECMWF model really has it in for NO this year).


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 04, 2008 05:16:58 PM
Gee thanks.  I guess I'll have to update my avatar with my mugshot ;D

I got your back lapoli!  *wields a bottle 'haters-b-gone' spray*

Hopefully, the storms won't affect you too badly!  That's no fun at all :(

Sorry for the silliness!  I've had a lotta coffee, Nerds candy, and two venti green tea lattes today  ::)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 04, 2008 05:35:49 PM
Eek!  Stop scaring me lapoli!  I hate hate hate storms and have been trying to forget about Hanna, so that I wouldn't have an anxiety attack about it all week.  I sure hope we don't lose power, I don't know if we even have any candles or where our flashlight is. 
Unfortunately I have to go to SuperTarget tomorrow too, so hopefully it won't be a madhouse (we NEED diapers).



I am going through my etsy right now, a bunch of stuff apparently expired yesterday, so I am about to list most of it on here, yay!  Including some more onesies, some toddler tshirts, and some coffee cozies (quilted fabric ones).


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 04, 2008 05:43:13 PM
I don't think it'll be so bad.  "They" are predicting that it'll be fast moving and we'll see gusts of maybe up to 50mph, but that's livable.. though Super Target may not be.  ;)

I am more worried about Ike--that sucker's no joke!  Category 1 hurricanes are like living through a 24 hour thunderstorm. Luckily, we still have a week before we need to worry about that one.

Good luck at Target tomorrow, though!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: DropDeadSuzie on September 04, 2008 05:48:33 PM
wowzers.. 4 days into this round and already 19 pages!? you gals are nuts!!

Stay safe lapoli, you are tiny enough that 50 mph gusts of wind could probably topple ya!  :P  ;D

Finally got my shop opened up for this round so if you were eyeing something from last round you can go snatch it up.. annnd im adding new stuff tonight.. woo!  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 04, 2008 05:55:37 PM
I hope it won't too bad down in NC.  My friend is planning on going to the Outer Banks with her hubby and 2 small kiddos on Sunday.  We were telling her that she might want to call ahead to make sure that they have electricity, etc.  I guess after making all those plans she wants to go hell or high water.  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 04, 2008 06:02:02 PM
I swear the weather casting has been so over dramatic.  It keeps changing course.  Even after all that, I'm still keeping an eye out for it.  ;)

L2E, love the new avatar. 

DDS, trying to keep up w/ the discussion on every round is a task in itself.  Believe me I try.  I hate missing out on the convo or new items that may be listed in the shops.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 04, 2008 06:02:12 PM
Heh, another attorney in town is supposed to be getting married on the beach in the outer banks... on saturday. She does have a backup plan!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 04, 2008 06:29:50 PM
I just listed a bunch of new stuff (everything I mentioned earlier) and I lowered the price on my adult tshirts (1 pt now instead of 2, please help them find a new home!).


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Sansa on September 04, 2008 07:05:15 PM
lapoli, hope you don't have to eat all your ice cream at once!
This is bad why?

Okay everyone, I'm currently uploading some pics of new fabrics you can have custom made into wristlets or crochet hook rolls. I also quite open to remaking anything of a similar size and difficulty. Feel free to ask if there was anything I made in a previous round that you'd be interested in. I have made knitting needle rolls. they'd probably be a two point rather than a one point one if you wanted all the different levels.

To clean out some of my old stock, I'm going to have another 'Fill An Envelope' sale. At Miss Violaceous' suggestion, it will be 2 points for up to 200g. All qualifying items will be purple with the weight beside them.



As to requests, my dd is a Gryffindor fan and she'd love a Gryffindor bag for Christmas.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/929430103

Pattern is a free Ravelry download.

I'm also adding this to my OWS list, so anyone in that swap can be prepared.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: DropDeadSuzie on September 04, 2008 07:18:46 PM
this is kind of random.. but I thought some of you might like it.. Im in school right now for graphic design and have been working on some free print your own stationary sort of things and I thought maybe some of you would like to print some for yourself! They look pretty cute even in black and white if you don't like to use up your color ink.

http://dropdeadshop.net/free/stationary1.pdf

You can click on that and check it out.. if you guys like them i will post some more for ya! :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 04, 2008 09:13:44 PM
DropDeadSuzie, that stationary is cute :D  Thanks for sharing it with us!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 04, 2008 09:14:21 PM
I realize this is probably bad form, but I'm going to do it anyway:

There are a few things I've whipped up in the last week or so in this post:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267255.new#new (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267255.new#new)

Would anyone be interested in things like that if I put them up in a shop?  I can do some custom work, changing out keys and such, I've got 3-4 boards worth of keys.

Yes/No?

I'm just dyin' not having a shop up, there are so many cute things up right now!!!  *antsy*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: hotty_blond2000 on September 04, 2008 10:52:19 PM
love the stationary! more more


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Nikkidear on September 05, 2008 01:40:00 AM
I just updated my store with a cute little crocheted bluebird stuffie. Let me know what you guys think.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266392.msg2996461#msg2996461


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 05, 2008 02:01:04 AM
i adore the <3 bracelet
and the pg up/down ones are pretty clever considering that microsoft just copyrighted them.

I realize this is probably bad form, but I'm going to do it anyway:

There are a few things I've whipped up in the last week or so in this post:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267255.new#new (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267255.new#new)

Would anyone be interested in things like that if I put them up in a shop?  I can do some custom work, changing out keys and such, I've got 3-4 boards worth of keys.

Yes/No?

I'm just dyin' not having a shop up, there are so many cute things up right now!!!  *antsy*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 05, 2008 05:22:55 AM
I have a whole keyboard taken apart, but never did anything with them.  I may just put them up on my sts shop as supplies.  If anyone is interested let me know.  I have black and white keyboards.

DDS, love the stationary and I guess we have something in common.  I'm also in school for graphic design.  I'm only taking one class per quarter since it's an employee benefit.  I love free classes! 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 05, 2008 05:28:56 AM
I hope all this bad weather doesn't affect anyone too badly. I hate hearing about it for you. I've been lucky enough to never really experience bad weather. Yet, I guess, you never know!

Would it be better if I arranged my inchies in sets of 9 so you can see how they'd look rather than leaving free choice? Or is there just no interest :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 05, 2008 05:40:31 AM
I have a whole keyboard taken apart, but never did anything with them.  I may just put them up on my sts shop as supplies.  If anyone is interested let me know.  I have black and white keyboards.

Heh, obviously I would take them once I'm up and running, reese.  Though I might just be setting myself up for having a lot of silly jewelry I can't get rid of, but they're fun to make!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 05, 2008 05:43:54 AM
I hope all this bad weather doesn't affect anyone too badly. I hate hearing about it for you. I've been lucky enough to never really experience bad weather. Yet, I guess, you never know!

Would it be better if I arranged my inchies in sets of 9 so you can see how they'd look rather than leaving free choice? Or is there just no interest :D

Would you be willing to have a points worth of inchies?  Maybe 4 since I'm still thinking about getting the Yule heart.  Then I would spend only 2 points for some inchies and the heart.  Let me know what you think.  I would claim them and you can hold on to them until I meet you IRL in Atlanta on the 19th. 

LB, when you do you think you'll haver your sts shop listed?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 05, 2008 05:51:52 AM
I just sent in my questionnaire about 3 minutes ago.  Hopefully I'll have it at least partially up by tonight.  I've got some supplies I need to take pictures of tonight too, so it'll be updated often at first.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 05, 2008 05:54:10 AM
Sure can Reese, I did do that in the past, I don't know why I didn't think to do it now ::)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 05, 2008 07:16:50 AM
LB, when you do you think you'll haver your sts shop listed?

I'm up with bare bones stuff.  Please let me know if anything looks wonky in my shop!  I'll be posting photos of the supplies tonight or tomorrow morning.

Thanks guys!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: kitschkween on September 05, 2008 08:09:42 AM
I just did a major update in my shop; reduced prices, lots of new jewelry, ninja bunnies, and i put my vintage pink clutch back up for grabs.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 05, 2008 08:49:57 AM
Oooh, that ninja bunny is too cute!  I have way too many stuffies on my desk (both home and office) it is starting to look like a little girl's room.  My DH is always teasing me about it.  I don't have children yet, but I have all these cute (some gloomy/goth) things hanging around.

LB, your shop layout looks fine.  You did a great job on those keyboard items.  I think I will list mine as supplies tonight.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: kitschkween on September 05, 2008 08:56:52 AM
i have a lot of keboard buttons. would anyone be interested in those?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 05, 2008 10:06:25 AM
without having to look through all the shops cause i'm lazy, who is making zombie dolls? i need one :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 05, 2008 10:21:54 AM
without having to look through all the shops cause i'm lazy, who is making zombie dolls? i need one :)

bhean had them last round, but I don't know if she's signed up for this one, I haven't seen her.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 05, 2008 10:29:23 AM
thanks, that's what i was looking for! :) hope she signs up....


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: quilted on September 05, 2008 12:41:59 PM
OMG Phizzychick is so frickin' amazing! Check out the Frolicking Donkey she made with my vintage pin!

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266392.msg2995139#msg2995139


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 05, 2008 12:56:47 PM
Yeah, I saw that earlier when I claimed a few of her inchies and the yule heart.  She does amazing work.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 05, 2008 01:10:43 PM
Aw *blush* thank you both! The donkey was totally the star in that one! ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 05, 2008 01:33:05 PM
That donkey art is fantastic!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 05, 2008 03:11:42 PM
I am in a creative rut. who wants what? give me some inspiration here.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 05, 2008 03:52:26 PM
I am in a creative rut. who wants what? give me some inspiration here.

I hate creative ruts. Maybe give yourself a few days off then hopefully you can come back to it fully charged with ideas?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 05, 2008 05:06:35 PM
I've got to run to the theater for opening night (yay, i will actually get some free days next week!), I have a few random interjections:

I've been wanting to try gyotaku - fish printing- but don't want to ruin a fish, even if I could find a good one here. Who knew that they made rubber fish replicas for printing? I think I might order a multi-fish pack :)

Also, how cool are these fractal octopi?
http://www.pinktentacle.com/tag/cephalopod (http://www.pinktentacle.com/tag/cephalopod)
(there are some other cool things on the same page, including an edible squid postcard and octopus slides, plus cool japanese illustrations). I love botanical style illustrations, esp early period ones - I'm sure I'd snatch up any art or papercraft that featured them :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: aeronberry on September 05, 2008 06:31:57 PM
I've got to run to the theater for opening night (yay, i will actually get some free days next week!), I have a few random interjections:

I've been wanting to try gyotaku - fish printing- but don't want to ruin a fish, even if I could find a good one here. Who knew that they made rubber fish replicas for printing? I think I might order a multi-fish pack :)

Also, how cool are these fractal octopi?
http://www.pinktentacle.com/tag/cephalopod (http://www.pinktentacle.com/tag/cephalopod)
(there are some other cool things on the same page, including an edible squid postcard and octopus slides, plus cool japanese illustrations). I love botanical style illustrations, esp early period ones - I'm sure I'd snatch up any art or papercraft that featured them :)

I've used the replica fish for printing!  Kinda creepy, actually, but I guess more humane/less wasteful  ;).  We also had a starfish and some shells.  Great for kids' projects too.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 05, 2008 07:12:13 PM

I've been wanting to try gyotaku - fish printing- but don't want to ruin a fish, even if I could find a good one here. Who knew that they made rubber fish replicas for printing? I think I might order a multi-fish pack :)


at first when i read this it didn't ring any bells and then when i read aeronberry's comment about synthetic fish being humane it brought back a horrible memory: a few years ago I was part of a youth volunteer program in British Columbia and we had volunteers working at a salmon hatchery. The whole group attended the hatchery's Salmon Celebration Day and our friends were put in charge of fish painting with the kiddies. The fish were still flopping...it was pretty gross.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 05, 2008 09:13:40 PM
I don't think I've ever heard of fish painting/printing.  It sounds... unpleasant.  And this from someone who loves to fish!

I've got pics of my supplies up, and a couple new small crafted items.  My points are pretty negotiable, since I'm still pretty iffy on what I should be asking per item.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 05, 2008 09:46:58 PM
That is so cool Ptarmic!  I had no idea that someone made rubber fish replicas.  Hehe.  I've done gyotaku, but only with the real fish.  There are lots of good Hawaiian fish...Big eye is great...a cute red fish with a small body, but great big eyes.  The largest I was asked to do was a swordfish that my friend caught with his crew.  I was so into it after taking a class on campus, that I taught everyone in our genetics department how to do it.  Good times.  I still have prints that I made on cloth squares that I planned to make a cool wallhanging with, but of course I haven't gotten around to it. Hehe.  Maybe I could take a pic tomorrow when I'm done with my chores??

The fish were still flopping...it was pretty gross.
Ew, I didn't know they did it with live fish.  I guess they thought that it was humane?
 
I don't think I've ever heard of fish painting/printing.  It sounds... unpleasant.  And this from someone who loves to fish!
I'm not a fisherman and yeah it was unpleasant until you got going and then it was pretty cool. 



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 05, 2008 09:50:48 PM
Looks like I'm going to have to look into it!  Lord knows there is no shortage of fish around here!  :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 06, 2008 08:27:53 AM
To my regular section, I've added "Add-Ons" for the yarn in my Supplies section. If you claim Knitting Service alongside the yarn, I will knit it up into a largeish project for you. Knitting Kit is an add-on to include tools and a cheat sheet for the project of your choice alongside the yarn.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 06, 2008 08:56:40 AM
MV your link still points to sts 17  ;)
*goes to look at new pretty stuff in MV sts 18 shop.....


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 06, 2008 09:03:11 AM
Whoopsie!

Also, that is a lot of points to claim all at once... if you want to break it up, claim the knitting first so I can get started!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 06, 2008 09:48:08 AM
hmm.. would you be able to make these you think?
http://www.helloyarn.com/mushroompulsewarmers.htm


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 06, 2008 10:44:52 AM
I don't see why not, although that would be separate from the knitting I have listed in my shop as I don't have the yarn for that on hand. We could negotiate points. If you wanted some colors other than the sample it would be cheaper (as I could just buy one skein of yarn and dye the two contrasting colors myself... but black is verrry tricky with icing dyes.) They're tiny so it wouldn't be much or take long.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: quilted on September 06, 2008 10:51:38 AM
Can you give us some ideas of things you would be okay knitting? As a mediocre knitter, it's difficult for me to appreciate what constitutes "large-ish"  ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: DropDeadSuzie on September 06, 2008 10:52:08 AM
Just added two realllly pretty makeup pouch/pretty zippered bags/whatever you want to call them to my shop! One is red and brown themed with flowers and the other has stripes and birds! :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 06, 2008 11:00:25 AM
Can you give us some ideas of things you would be okay knitting? As a mediocre knitter, it's difficult for me to appreciate what constitutes "large-ish"  ;)

Well, the 3 points of knitting is intended to be using up 3 points of yarn... the Callista makes the lace shawl pictured out of the five skeins (which are 3 points all together). I'd be willing to look for a different pattern for the Callista if you don't like that. I want to keep the five skeins together for now, maybe later I'll break them up. As for the Quellon, it's 1 skein for 2 points or both for 3, and they are 100g skeins as I recall, so 3 points worth of knitting to use up both skeins would make something useable... a drapey wrap, or maybe a bolero/shrug with long sleeves. Whatever it is has to take into account that the yarn is completely inelastic (as is the callista). I made a clapotis (link (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v472/Msviolaceous/Craft%20Projects/finishedclapotis.jpg)) using about four skeins and it's huge. Huge huge huge.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 06, 2008 11:07:45 AM
P.S., for people who like green I still have some beautiful dark-ish green Cascade Quattro worsted weight wool yarn. Quattro is four different shaded strands plied together for a look that is somewhat heathered. If you like green or know someone who does, PM me your pattern that uses 220 or fewer yards of worsted-weight yarn, or tell me what you're looking for and I'll find something. I made a great Mary Jane Pithy Hat (the openwork lacy style) for another craftster a looong time ago out of some purple Quattro.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 06, 2008 11:45:10 AM
Not sure if anyone will know the answer or not but i will give it a try anywayz...

My link in my toolbar to this thread takes me to the first page everytime, is there a way of making it take me to the last message posted instead?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 06, 2008 11:54:47 AM
I usually just hit the blue button on the left that says "Replies to your Posts"  and that takes you to the first unread reply in any thread that you have posted to.  If it doesn't you may have to go into your profile and look at the left hand menu so you can check that function on. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 06, 2008 12:50:46 PM
Thats great, Thankyou AM :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 07, 2008 02:52:19 AM
I`ve updated my shop with more goldleaf rings, monsters and pumpkins  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 07, 2008 03:02:30 AM
Aw, your monsters are so cute! I mean scary! ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 07, 2008 03:28:39 AM
Sounds idyllic Moonfairy! Have a great time!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 07, 2008 06:17:27 AM
Thanks Phizzychick, I sure will  :)

Ok, bye bye everybody... I`m leaving now  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 07, 2008 07:01:56 AM
Enjoy your time away Moonfairy :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 07, 2008 11:43:23 AM
I`ll be closing my shop later today since I`ll be out of town for several days. The shop will be open again thursday or friday  :)

The kids and I are going to my parents who live on the country side. Mighty rivers and mountains, beautiful huge forrest (wich my granfather owns the most of) with wild blueberries, raspberries and cloudberries... I cant wait   ;D

My parents have a big garden were they grow strawberries, and they have so many visiting squirrels and birds that they feed daily. I`m hoping to see maybe a fox or two also... or some of the cute bunnies that also like to visit the garden.

I`m taking my sketchbooks with me since I hopefully will get loads of inspiration  :D

Sounds like so much fun!  I hope you take photos to share w/ us.  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: aeronberry on September 07, 2008 11:54:28 AM
Sorry there's nothing new in my shop yet this round, but I'm working on some Day of the Dead pillow covers!  Maybe ready tonight or tomorrow - we'll see.

Can't really think of much in particular that I'm looking for.  A few supplies:
- double fold 1/2 bias tape, any color, at least one yard each piece
- Berroco Jasper in Copper Silk
- Berroco Keltic, not too picky on the color yet

Thanks!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 07, 2008 12:00:55 PM
Sorry I haven't been around much. We had that tropical storm yesterday, and I've since clean and reorganized my craft room and our office.

I did manage to snap pictures of two more merino rovings that are in my shop, too, but I hope to have more knit stuff up in the next week.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 07, 2008 01:01:25 PM
we've had a squirrel visiting our backyard lately and he's looking to bury nuts.... absolutely adorable and he doesn't seem to mind people much. it seems that keeping the back a tangle of weeds and overgrown plants is a draw for wildlife, first we had the fox family now a wee squirrel! should i leave some nuts out for him do ya think?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 07, 2008 01:33:52 PM
Moonfairy, sounds wonderful!  Enjoy!! 

Corduroy cat, Hehe, reminds me of the time that John gathered a bunch of chestnut burrs that fell from our neighbors tree into our backyard.  He left them outside our back door in a plastic bag and forgot them until the next morning.  The squirrels harvested all the nuts and left him a bag of the empty burrs.  :) 
Yes, feed them!  We have chipmunks that we love to feed sunflowers seeds too.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: aeronberry on September 07, 2008 01:41:51 PM
Moonfairy, sounds wonderful!  Enjoy!! 

Corduroy cat, Hehe, reminds me of the time that John gathered a bunch of chestnut burrs that fell from our neighbors tree into our backyard.  He left them outside our back door in a plastic bag and forgot them until the next morning.  The squirrels harvested all the nuts and left him a bag of the empty burrs.  :) 
Yes, feed them!  We have chipmunks that we love to feed sunflowers seeds too.

I want to see the chipmunks!  We only have squirrels (and possums, raccoons, armadillos, etc) here.  I've never seen a chipmunk that I can remember  :-[.  We did have a baby rattlesnake in the front yard too once, but it's not a good idea to feed them...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Sansa on September 07, 2008 01:47:33 PM
We have possums, but no racoons or armadillos. We do have emus, kangaroos and the odd echidna though.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: aeronberry on September 07, 2008 01:59:59 PM
We have possums, but no racoons or armadillos. We do have emus, kangaroos and the odd echidna though.

Sansa definitely wins for the best backyard wildlife - echidna are so cool!!  Do you have koalas around too?  That'd just be too much.  And lorikeets?  I love them too.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Velvet Rose on September 07, 2008 02:24:57 PM
I live in urban Australia so no kangaroos or koalas, but lots of lorrikeets, galahs, cockatoos, rosellas and lots of other beautiful birds. We also have ring-tailed possums - which although they are cute, are a pain in the neck. They have decided to use our roof as a home and are wrecking all our new insulation. We can't work out how they are getting in so don't know where to block it off.

I have been innundated for requests for fibergasms, but my shop is closed until I do some shipping and spend some points.

For those of you who love roving I've started a thread for a Magic Roving Ball round 2 on the New Swap ideas board. This is a really fun swap - you get to swap some of your stash with someone else plus find little gifts as you unwind the roving..


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 07, 2008 02:33:30 PM
We had to have a family of raccons live-trapped earlier this summer. We would have left them, but they were living under our deck and weren't afraid of me or the dog. And our dog is so docile, the babies could have easily taken her out.

Now, we've got a skunk. I think we've managed to block him out from under the porch, but the other night he was digging in our yard. Sigh, I need to remember to go buy some tomato juice for the inevitable skunk spray on our dog. She's so quiet, she could probably walk up to him without him even knowing.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Sansa on September 07, 2008 02:42:26 PM
Rainbow Lorikeets will be hear in a few more weeks to eat the mangoes. We get the Black Cockatoos then as well. The white ones are here all year on and off.

We see the odd koala as well, but to be honest, they aren't very exciting. They are nocturnal so its unusual to see them doing anything but sleeping. They stink and if you try to touch them, they violently attack you, apparently. Of course, so do emus, but they are much bigger so you get a good look from a safe distance. Full disclosure. The emus are on the farm, not our actual backyard. Hubby sees them at work.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 07, 2008 02:58:56 PM
here i sit picking acrylic yarn out of my provisional cast on and renewing  my hate for synthetic yarns... blech! seems even more a shame since I am knitting a lovely harf (hat/scraf combo....seriously) with silk/merino handpsun!
oh yes....I am also uploading pictures of the new jewelry that I made a few days ago:D

EDIT: yarn and jewelry up in my shop!!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: aeronberry on September 07, 2008 03:56:27 PM
I love lorikeets - it's hard to believe that they just hang out there like boring doves and stuff do here (doves are pretty, don't get me wrong, but not nearly as interesting).  I would just sit outside with nectar cups all day and feed them  ;D.
I can imagine that wild koalas would be mean, but they're still too frickin' cute.  One of my dreams is to hold one (and try really hard not to steal it).  And wombats! 
Ok, if either of you want to put some Aussie animal stuff in your shops, you know who will claim them  ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 07, 2008 06:07:02 PM
here i sit picking acrylic yarn out of my provisional cast on and renewing  my hate for synthetic yarns... blech! seems even more a shame since I am knitting a lovely harf (hat/scraf combo....seriously) with silk/merino handpsun!
oh yes....I am also uploading pictures of the new jewelry that I made a few days ago:D

EDIT: yarn and jewelry up in my shop!!!

I clicked on your signature and didn't realize that it was still pointing to round 17 shop.  I'm off to look at your round 18 shop.  I'm hoping to have new items in my shop soon.

We have the usual squirrels in our backyard.  I do see an occasional deer since there are wooded areas further back into our yard.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: pinkanddinky on September 07, 2008 07:10:39 PM
we've had a squirrel visiting our backyard lately and he's looking to bury nuts.... absolutely adorable and he doesn't seem to mind people much. it seems that keeping the back a tangle of weeds and overgrown plants is a draw for wildlife, first we had the fox family now a wee squirrel! should i leave some nuts out for him do ya think?

It sounds like everyone has much more interesting critters around than I do. Corduroy Cat, when I was little I used to go with my mom for her regular exercise walks at the park where there were tons of squirrels. To keep me from getting board she would load me up with peanuts to feed them as we walked. They got used to me, and some cute elderly folks who did the same thing, and after a while would almost take them from our hands. They would get up to about a foot away from my hand before they would get too spooked and give it up. It was a lot of fun for kid...but actually, I still think it would be a lot of fun  :). I did happen to see a deer the other day that not only had antlers, but the fuzzy kind. Pretty cute. He was just grazing on the side of the road.

I added something to my shop. Here's a preview:


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 07, 2008 09:34:59 PM
I know there are foxes and coyotes in Rockville - I've seen the foxes, and we used to get notices at work to beware of coyotes in the parking lot when I worked in Gaithersburg. My parents have had coyotes, deer, and a big snapping turtle in their driveway, and they live inside the beltway.   Now we sometimes get memos to beware of bears and mountain lions in the parking lot at work  ::)

I've got a mask form on order that I'm hoping is sturdy enough to use as a form for wet felting. I'm not sure how successful anything that I try will be, but with Halloween coming up, are there any types of felted masks that anyone might be interested in? I want to start with a few things that are closer in form to the human face before trying anything more complicated....


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 07, 2008 10:35:32 PM
WHOOPS! I need to fix that soon!

here i sit picking acrylic yarn out of my provisional cast on and renewing  my hate for synthetic yarns... blech! seems even more a shame since I am knitting a lovely harf (hat/scraf combo....seriously) with silk/merino handpsun!
oh yes....I am also uploading pictures of the new jewelry that I made a few days ago:D

EDIT: yarn and jewelry up in my shop!!!

I clicked on your signature and didn't realize that it was still pointing to round 17 shop.  I'm off to look at your round 18 shop.  I'm hoping to have new items in my shop soon.

We have the usual squirrels in our backyard.  I do see an occasional deer since there are wooded areas further back into our yard.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 08, 2008 02:07:11 AM
awh it's so fun to hear about everyone's wildlife! i agree that the aussies win for cool animals though :) in california i had possums, coyotes, racoons, skunk and green parrots (there's a wild pack that flies around the los angeles area, lol). i loved the possums but my mom thinks they are evil cause of their sharp teeth and glowing eyes, teehee.

ptarmic if you need some examples of masks i think one of my felting books has some.

also, i forgot to mention i have a couple halloween things in my shop now, including a felted zombie finger :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 08, 2008 06:03:02 AM
Ptarmic, what about all the cute little bunnies in Rockville?  Lana has been watching a funny couple--a squirrel and a 1-eared bunny that are best friends.  They meet each morning in our neighbor's yard and sit together.  It's very cute.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 08, 2008 07:37:53 AM
Iv never asked a question in here that noone has been able to answer, so excuse me if i pick your brains once again  ::)

If someone flakes on you in a swap, there is an angel service to make up for it.... What if someone flakes on a personal swap, do you have any comeback at all?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 08, 2008 07:40:38 AM
Unfortunately there is no recourse for personal swap flakeage.  Thats why personal swaps are not officially condoned by Craftster.  I'm sorry if that happened to you KatyMai, it really sucks to get flaked on :(


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 08, 2008 07:50:55 AM
Bah, I'm sorry to hear that! I got flaked on in a personal swap this year too, it sucks! :( If I came across them in an organised swap I'd ask not to be partnered with them, but other than that there's not really anything that can be done.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 08, 2008 07:55:23 AM
KatyMai, I hope you didn't get flaked on.  I still dig personal swaps though I've been flaked on several times.  Maybe if you give them an out they'll come thru in the end. 



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 08, 2008 08:12:04 AM
Yesterday I spent the day shopping with my teens (thats a horror story best left untouched  :o) but we also found time to go to the Body Worlds exhibition.  WOW!!!  It was really cool, a little unsettleing at times -I had problems with the plastinates (as they call them)looking at me, but I learned much more than I thought I would.  I was surprised to see how many people brought very small children though....   You can check it out here    www. bodyworlds.com

My son was contemplateing buying a button-up shirt for $70 with a black and white sugar skull print (I think its Alexander Henry) so after my comments on how pricey that was and I was sure it wouldn't be hard to make  uh.....I'd better learn how to sew more than a straight line soon.  and get over my fear of button holes.  and collars........

If anyone has phonebook pages in other languages I would certainly claim some.  My husband is leaving for Russia next week so I've been schooling him in the collection of ephemera but I think the "borrowing" of phone book pages may be too much for him!



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 08, 2008 08:13:44 AM
If I came across them in an organised swap I'd ask not to be partnered with them, but other than that there's not really anything that can be done.

Whoa.  You mean there are folks who know they have flaked on personal swaps and still have the b*lls to take part in regular Craftster swaps? :P  Wow.  


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: oneredboot on September 08, 2008 08:16:17 AM
i was gone for the weekend, but i see today that y'all were busy!!  so many fabulous new things in the shops.  i love phizzy's stickers, KatyMai's gorgeous jewelry, edud's Venice journal, and...and....  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 08, 2008 08:19:55 AM
Yesterday I spent the day shopping with my teens (thats a horror story best left untouched  :o) but we also found time to go to the Body Worlds exhibition.  WOW!!!  It was really cool, a little unsettleing at times -I had problems with the plastinates (as they call them)looking at me, but I learned much more than I thought I would.  I was surprised to see how many people brought very small children though....   You can check it out here    www. bodyworlds.com

My son was contemplateing buying a button-up shirt for $70 with a black and white sugar skull print (I think its Alexander Henry) so after my comments on how pricey that was and I was sure it wouldn't be hard to make  uh.....I'd better learn how to sew more than a straight line soon.  and get over my fear of button holes.  and collars........

If anyone has phonebook pages in other languages I would certainly claim some.  My husband is leaving for Russia next week so I've been schooling him in the collection of ephemera but I think the "borrowing" of phone book pages may be too much for him!




AM -  I don't have any phonebook pages in other languages, but I do have an entire book about Marx in Russian. :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 08, 2008 08:25:42 AM
that must be some big book lapoli :)  I do have lots of books in other languages but have recently become obsessed with finding telephone book pages.  not that I have any yet........


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 08, 2008 08:31:32 AM
If I came across them in an organised swap I'd ask not to be partnered with them, but other than that there's not really anything that can be done.

Whoa.  You mean there are folks who know they have flaked on personal swaps and still have the b*lls to take part in regular Craftster swaps? :P  Wow.  
Yep. Sometimes I think it just slipped their mind that they received stuff from me and they forgot to send, but then I come to my senses and realise that they couldn't forget if what they made me was still sitting there ::) There's only so much reminding you can do before you feel like a fool and give up.

I know I forget things sometimes if I agree to do things at a future date because I don't have the time at that point to do it. So that is easily done. In fact I now ask people to remind me at a certain point so I know I can't forget :D

AM, I saw that exhibition in London, I thought I'd feel terrible seeing it but it was so interesting and very educational!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 08, 2008 08:34:09 AM
My son was contemplateing buying a button-up shirt for $70 with a black and white sugar skull print (I think its Alexander Henry) so after my comments on how pricey that was and I was sure it wouldn't be hard to make  uh.....I'd better learn how to sew more than a straight line soon.  and get over my fear of button holes.  and collars........

Kwiksew 2935. Convertible (easy) collar and rtw construction techniques   :)

atsuko, I classify rabbits in with squirrels and rabbits as varmint-rodentia.  We didn't have many rabbits downcounty, although there were a few neighborhood roosters....there is even a statue for Roscoe the rooster in downtown Takoma Park, erected after he was hit by a car.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 08, 2008 08:40:31 AM
There was a weird collectible shop where I used to live (it's gone now though), that had old magazines, ads, books and some toys.  They also had a big section that was just phone books, from all over the world and as far back as you could imagine.  Maybe you can find an antique shop or collectible place that might have some (they were rather inexpensive from what I can remember), and there's always eBay...


Also, collared shirts are hard.  I just finished a button down collared shirt for my son's 3rd birthday (it's Thomas, he LOVES Thomas).  It's wasn't my first collar, as I had very poorly put a collar on a PJ shirt (from a pattern) that did not go well at all.  This went much more smoothly, but the directions are still very vague and annoying.  I have had fabric for 2 button down collared shirts for my husband for like 2 years and keep putting it off, I used this shirt for my son as practice.  I think one more for my son and I should be ready to make one for my husband...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 08, 2008 08:43:09 AM
I'll have to keep an eye on for you on my travels next week AM, you never know! I've not seen a phone book over here at all, I don't know where they're hiding them all :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 08, 2008 10:59:02 AM
the phone books probly live with your mail Phizzy ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 08, 2008 11:01:49 AM
the phone books probly live with your mail Phizzy ;D

Scary...but that was what I was thinkin' too...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 08, 2008 11:39:30 AM
Ha probably! In some little arty grotto somewhere... :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 08, 2008 11:56:07 AM
True!  You might very well find your missing items at a little place named "The Phizzychick Gallery" :P  It's aggravating that the packages go MIA and are unaccounted for :(

Yep. Sometimes I think it just slipped their mind that they received stuff from me and they forgot to send, but then I come to my senses and realise that they couldn't forget if what they made me was still sitting there ::) There's only so much reminding you can do before you feel like a fool and give up.

That's still not a nice thing to do :(  Hell, I'd  be totally embarrassed if I forgot...  Hmmm.  Let me have their email addresses? ;)  I'll send them a note:

Dear Ms. Does-Not-Play-Well-With-Others,

You'll be smited by the Craft gods/godesses and you can expect 13 (or more...depending on the number of forgotten personal swaps) years of bad crafting mojo unless you make good your personal swap obligations!  You have 3 days to make amends!

Tick-tock, tick-tock,
Automated Bad Karma Generator


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 08, 2008 12:09:01 PM
Thanks for the answers, i didnt think there was anything i could do but i wanted to check.
I shall just chalk it up to experience and only do personal swaps with people who have a good swap history from now on.

Anywayz on to a brighter note, i just threw out a LOT of old board games, but i kept most of the playing pieces, cards, etc. problem is i cant think of one single thing to make with them. Anyone interested in some if i stick some of it in my shop?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 08, 2008 12:19:15 PM
Phizzy, I could whip up some personalized voodoo dolls for your bad swappers.  :)

KatyMai, sadly even good swappers flake.  Still I find that for every flaker there are lots of good swappers out there so don't give up. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Cookies on September 08, 2008 12:21:13 PM
Hey everyone!  Guess what this is (and guess who made it!):

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v206/Angie76/calorimetry.jpg)

I finally figured the calorimetry out!   :D


And there's a new hankie in my shop!  These are good for more than just blowing your nose, girls.  Use 'em to clean your glasses, wrap stuff up in your purse so it doesn't get lost or scratched, wipe the sweat off your face in the summer, etc, etc, etc.....


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 08, 2008 12:29:14 PM
Well done Cookies! 

Your calorimetry (I have a totally different definition of that word in my mind :P) looks great :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 08, 2008 01:22:02 PM
Congratulations Cookies, it looks great!! ;D

KatyMai, don't let it put you off. Like atsuko says, there's plenty of good swappers to balance those who flake! ;D

Though that said, I was an angel for someone recently and they received a few days ago and I've heard nada from them. Don't know if they liked it or not. I had to PM the organizer to see if they had received :-\ I think that's got me down more than the personal swapper.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 08, 2008 01:27:07 PM
I've done a fair amount of personal swaps over the past couple years, and recently things have gone downhill. It's to the point that I even have a line in my siggy about it. So, I only swap with those I've swapped with before. (I used to just say people who had good swap history, but I had someone flake on me recently that I *thought* was a good swapper. However, even with two reminder pm's, she still hasn't sent me anything.)

Luckily I've swapped with a lot of Craftsters, so I've still got a big pool of potential personal swappers. ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 08, 2008 02:13:46 PM
I've only done one personal swap and it was a recent partner from an organized swap.  We only swapped materials not actual crafted items.  The sun bottle caps were from her and I sent her items for soldering microscope slides.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 08, 2008 02:32:53 PM
How can a person remain on a board that has flaked on someone??

I've not done too many personal swaps on this board, but I've swapped with folks online for over 5 years and haven't had a single flake ... guess my day is coming, eh? 

I did win an ebay auction for a beautiful table loom for a super low price that had a shipping of $30, only to have the sellers turn around and tell me it would be $160 to ship!!!  No way!  I turned them in to ebay but didn't get anywhere.

I had a busy weekend - canned up a bushel of peaches (21.5 quarts) and sliced & dice a bushel of sweet peppers to freeze.  Only 1.5 bushels of sweet peppers left.  Those will be dried, then ground and combined with dried onions and garlic AND/OR I will be canning some too. 

Made 20 LB of soap over the weekend too - ones I've been out of for a couple months - Lavender and a Mother Earth.  They should be appearing in STS 19 ...

I may be offering some llama fiber on STS 18.  mother gave me 5 or 6 huge bags of raw.  None if it is sorted, there is white and some pretty brown.  There is some VM, probably some 2nd cuts and a combo of prime and leg/neck/belly fiber. 

I have to find make some time to do an initial sort and remove the leg/neck/belly fiber and then offer it for a low-low point value if there is any interest.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 08, 2008 02:44:43 PM
Ooh those soaps sound good, and the peaches!

I've been on here 3 years or so I think and only had 1 flaker from an organised swap (in over 60 swaps!) and one personal flaker so I think that's a pretty good record. Plus the angel for that organised swap sent me some fantastic things that I still treasure so it's all good. Karma has a way of working stuff out.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 08, 2008 02:45:08 PM
People forget about the Invite Your Partner swaps! Use that for your personal swaps, where you and a partner sign up together and mutually agree on what to make, except it is an organized swap so there is feedback and an angel if someone flakes.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 08, 2008 02:58:11 PM
yup, IYP is the way to go.... by the way Round 10 is in signups right now!

I've a question to ask you gals who make soap, how do you make liquid hand soap?  I assume its probly as easy as shaving bars of soap and mixing it with water.  I'd like to have some thats made of more natural kind of ingredients.

Awesome job on the calorimetry Cookies!  That pattern confuses the crap out of me :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Sansa on September 08, 2008 03:11:51 PM
Plus, the gallery makes the IYP swap more fun. I did an organised swap and only two of us signed up. It was fun, but after posting the parcel, there wasn't anything to do while you waited for the parcel to arrive. The gallery was very small.

I should troll for a partner here. I really want the Gryffindor Fair Isle bag for my dd. Anyone here interested in anything I make?

I've had one flaker and my angel flaked too. Mostly my swapping experiences have been good.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: selkie on September 08, 2008 04:39:50 PM
Cookies -You're caloriometry looks great!

I made a caloriometry for sewknitter - I found the pattern extremely frustrating - I think I ended up knitting it three times and it was still too big...

Selkie


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 08, 2008 04:42:34 PM
Cookies, yay! I'm so glad you finished it!!! It turned out beautifully! ;)

A lot of people on Ravelry have commented that the calorimetry turned out really big--there are a lot modifications around.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: DropDeadSuzie on September 08, 2008 04:50:30 PM
I went through a spurt of being flaked on a few times in a row..  but I've also been very fortunate to have some seriously stellar partners so i guess it all evens out!


People forget about the Invite Your Partner swaps! Use that for your personal swaps, where you and a partner sign up together and mutually agree on what to make, except it is an organized swap so there is feedback and an angel if someone flakes.

I got flaked on in an IYP SWAP! She used to be here in the STS swap too and  we became pretty good online friends and would exchange a lot of emails on here so I was stoked when she asked me to be her partner a few iyp rounds ago.. then Poof! she dissappeared - it honestly makes me sad because I really think she might have died or something. She seemed really dedicated to craftster and would always volunteer to angel in any swap.. she lived alone too so I really think that something bad happened to her and now I'll never know. :(


ok.. that was kind of a downer right there.. Need to go spend some points to cheer myself up! :)



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Sansa on September 08, 2008 05:05:17 PM
Hmm, that's bad about the Calorimetry. I want to make the Owlorimetry but the pattern assumes that you are familiar with Calorimetry first.

Further to our discussion about Australian birds, there is a tapesty kit in my shop to make your own Rosella. I bought it for the wool becasue I was having trouble finding Worsted Weight here. I'm currently in a sock yarn mood so I haven't touched it yet.



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 08, 2008 05:07:24 PM
I could make that Owlorimetry. I found a pic by googling but not the pattern.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 08, 2008 05:08:13 PM
I saw the Owlorimetry the other day--it's really cute!

If the calorimetry is too big, you may want to try looking around on Craftster for the panta pattern that's here.  It is specific about the size of your head, so there's more guarantee that it will fit at the end. :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 08, 2008 05:12:01 PM
It's here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=169294.msg1727262 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=169294.msg1727262)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 08, 2008 05:19:45 PM
I saw the Owlorimetry the other day--it's really cute!

If the calorimetry is too big, you may want to try looking around on Craftster for the panta pattern that's here.  It is specific about the size of your head, so there's more guarantee that it will fit at the end. :)

You can also custom-fit a too-big calorimetry that you've already finished by using two buttons instead of one and buttoning both ends, doubled over underneath your hair. That's what I did with the chunky green one that was in my shop.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 08, 2008 05:49:48 PM
All this talk about flakers is crazy.  I can't believe people wouldn't just feel horrible!

I went on a house hunting marathon today!! 13 houses in 6 hours and we have 15 to see tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed we find something!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 08, 2008 06:47:15 PM
DDS, sorry to hear about your friend.  I had that happen to me too...this lady was really very nice and made tons of things for Lana, but then she moved and left Craftsters completely. It was such an abrupt end.

Mimiw, woot!!  I hope you find a great house soon.  *fingers crossed!*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Cookies on September 08, 2008 07:36:37 PM
Yeah, when I was frustrated with the calorimetry, I searched for the panta patterns here on craftster.  But they looked even more confusing!!  Then I found a blog where the girl said 120 stitches was too much, and she used 80-something stitches for a 22 inch head.  Having a big head, I thought 100 would be good, and it turned out perfect.   :)  It helped A LOT that I put a stitch marker right in the center, so I could go back and count every time I got distracted or thought I screwed up without having to start counting from the beginning.   ;D  And I did have a semi-major screw up, but I don't think it's noticable, especially when I'm wearing it...



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 08, 2008 07:42:25 PM
Yeah, when I was frustrated with the calorimetry, I searched for the panta patterns here on craftster.  But they looked even more confusing!!  Then I found a blog where the girl said 120 stitches was too much, and she used 80-something stitches for a 22 inch head.  Having a big head, I thought 100 would be good, and it turned out perfect.   :) 


i made my Calorimetry with 80 sts instead of 120, and it turned out to be a great fit. until i lost it. grrr...!

i have a pile of pads half-sewn up and a bunch of journals half cut-up, but there is a load of family stuff going on right now. oh crafting, you make me feel so good, but you make such a mess in my apartment.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 08, 2008 10:25:30 PM
DDS, sorry to hear about your friend.  I had that happen to me too...this lady was really very nice and made tons of things for Lana, but then she moved and left Craftsters completely. It was such an abrupt end.

Mimiw, woot!!  I hope you find a great house soon.  *fingers crossed!*

That's unfortunate that you have no idea what happened to your long time on-line friend, DDS.  I would wonder too if I had someone who never flaked on me and suddenly no trace of her on craftster. 

House hunting can be exhausting, but at least you are at the advantage since it is definitely a buyer's market.  Way too many houses for sale in my area.  Not sure if that's the case with everyone. 

I just added a few more things in my shop.  Black keyboard parts in the supplies section, sun bottle cap magnets, and recycled drink cartons into coin purses.  I love recycling projects, but not sure if anyone is interested in them.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 09, 2008 01:54:54 AM
I'm sorry to hear that DDS. :(

I hope my family know to post on here if anything happens to me, I know my bloke does :D

Sending good wishes your way Mimi for finging the perfect house! House hunting is fun! ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Nikkidear on September 09, 2008 02:40:10 AM
All this talk about flakers is sad.  :( I was flaked on in my last 2 swaps here. Both in the sweatshop swap and in a superhero swap. Luckily an angel stepped in for the latter, and he was great.  :)

Moving on to a happier topic I just finished another bird stuffie. This one is an evil crow. What do you guys think?



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 09, 2008 03:13:17 AM
Eep (or should that be EEK!) so cute!

I didn't realise that flaking was quite so prolific either, it's really sad.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 09, 2008 04:43:24 AM
I've a question to ask you gals who make soap, how do you make liquid hand soap?  I assume its probly as easy as shaving bars of soap and mixing it with water.  I'd like to have some thats made of more natural kind of ingredients.

That's one way to do it George, but you'll end up with a gloppy mess of soap.  Bar soap is made using sodium hydroxide (NaOH), liquid soap is made using Potasium Hydroxide (KOH).  It's a whole other ball game.  I made liquid soap a few times years ago, but didn't like it.  To make it less akaline, you have to use borax, which can irritate the skin.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 09, 2008 05:45:38 AM
oh crafting, you make me feel so good, but you make such a mess in my apartment.

Oh I hear you.  I made so much of a mess with all my crafting that my husband gave me the guest room to do with as I want.  As long as the guest bed stays, which isn't a problem.

Problem is that I wanted to put up shelves, so we did that over the weekend, just brackets with (melamine?) boards.  The studs didn't line up with where I wanted to put my shelves so we just used big wall anchors.  It looked so good!  Then I started loading up one of the shelves and it came out of the wall right into my arms!  OW!  I just wanted to cry.

Oh well, back to the drawing board for the organization aspect of my room! 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 09, 2008 05:49:26 AM
With our foster son no longer here, I have an extra bedroom!!!  DH thinks it will be a guest room (and it will ...) but it will also be my Loom Room.    WOOT!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 09, 2008 06:22:44 AM

If anyone has phonebook pages in other languages I would certainly claim some.  My husband is leaving for Russia next week so I've been schooling him in the collection of ephemera but I think the "borrowing" of phone book pages may be too much for him!



My phone book is partially in english and partially in welsh. Mostly english though, dont know if you'd be interested in that? Which bit of a phone book is it you want? the adverts, the numbers and addresses?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 09, 2008 06:40:44 AM
I like the red glowing eyes on the crow :)

mimiw, hope you aren't having too much sticker shock on your house hunt!

Nnngh, I have to go off to work now....but I'm taking tomorrow off to sew!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 09, 2008 07:46:00 AM
haha i love the evil crow! (i think all crows are evil, but they are so cool to watch!)

my 2 cents about swapping and flakers...
i was on swapbot for a year or so and although the first few swaps there were good, my last 5 partners flaked on me. so i came back to swapping on craftster. it's so frustrating to spend a lot of time customising things for people and then have them flake and not even say thank you! :P  i've had good luck with personal swaps though, and plenty of great partners on craftster so i think it's worth it in the end.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 09, 2008 07:49:38 AM
Well i managed to send my items but i had to brave thunder storms and floods to do it  ::) So much for late summer, more like mid winter from the weather.

Thanks for telling me about IYP, thats a great idea, i think i will do all my personal swaps through that from now on :)



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 09, 2008 07:52:21 AM
I haven't had a LOT of swap experience, I was only introduced to it earlier this year.  The only flaker I've had was in an organized swap where the organizer also flaked.  (Talk about bad luck!)  But my angel was fantastic, and I made sure to angel once just to continue the karma.

Really the thought that bums me out the most about flakers is not that I wouldn't be receiving, but that I might not know if they liked what I made them.  A thank you really is all I need to keep me happy!  But I understand, especially for those of you who are really gifted at this sort of thing, not having any sort of feedback or return when you've made something so special... I can't believe that flakers stick around!  At least the two I know of haven't been on craftster (at least under their original user names) since they flaked.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: quilted on September 09, 2008 09:41:43 AM
Hi all, I have a bunch of pretty x-mas scraps left over from a tree skirt I made my MIL. I also made some extra patchwork blocks that I didn't end up using. I'm pretty darn Jewish, and certainly won't use any of this stuff for myself. Any suggestions of things I could make and put in my shop? What do all you Santa-lovers need?  ;)

BTW, as a kid we *sorta* celebrated Christmas in an effort towards assimilating (didn't work ;)). My parents didn't really get it.... we would wake up on 12/25 to find chocolate santas in the fireplace. Kinda morbid. Even funnier is that on Easter they did the same thing with Chocolate bunnies. They must think that fireplaces are some sort of home-based-shrine for Christians.  :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 09, 2008 09:57:21 AM
They must think that fireplaces are some sort of home-based-shrine for Christians.  :D

Ah, quilted, you can always make me laugh. ;D 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 09, 2008 10:25:55 AM
Quilted, I laughed out loud and my cubemates came over to see what was up so now there are at least 6 more people that know your Christmas/Easter traditions!

Littlebiskit, I think sometimes people forget how much a simple thank you can mean to the other person.



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Nikkidear on September 09, 2008 10:51:03 AM
BTW, as a kid we *sorta* celebrated Christmas in an effort towards assimilating (didn't work ;)). My parents didn't really get it.... we would wake up on 12/25 to find chocolate santas in the fireplace. Kinda morbid. Even funnier is that on Easter they did the same thing with Chocolate bunnies. They must think that fireplaces are some sort of home-based-shrine for Christians.  :D

I know what you mean. My Mum is Jewish and Dad was Christian; it made for interesting holidays. My Mum would set up a X-mas tree and decorate it in blue/silver/white calling it a Hanukah bush. Then she would get 8 gifts for me, and wouldn't let me open them til the 25th. She would also fill my stocking with chocolate coins and dredels.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: oneredboot on September 09, 2008 11:20:29 AM
I just posted some new slouchy legwarmers made with bulky yarns:  autumn spice (a lovely heathery pumpkin color) and apple green (a cheerful bright green):
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=173315)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 09, 2008 11:28:29 AM
Hmmm, I just found out that there is a symposium for my thesis advisor in NYC at the end of October. It is Friday/Sat morning, if I went, I could go to the garment district Saturday afternoon and schlep around on Sunday.  Now I just need to decide if it is worth the ghastly hotel fees.....Phizzy, you've probably already made reservations, but I was sent a list of low(er)-cost hotels, hostels, and dorm guest housing if you are still looking.

Oo, I should go shopping while I still have time on lunch....


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Nikkidear on September 09, 2008 11:43:03 AM
I'm stuck in the SFO airport waiting on a flight to NY. We have been delayed for bad weather there.  :( We were supposed to leave at 10am not it's been pushed back again to 2:30pm. Grrrrr!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 09, 2008 11:59:04 AM
Oh no poor you! Darn weather! I hope we can make our connection okay on Thursday ::)

Thanks for thinking of me PW, I'm sorted now though after my struggle :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Cookies on September 09, 2008 12:57:29 PM
I'm stuck in the SFO airport waiting on a flight to NY. We have been delayed for bad weather there.  :( We were supposed to leave at 10am not it's been pushed back again to 2:30pm. Grrrrr!

...is jealous you're in SF, even if it's just being stuck in the airport...

Hope you brought a project to work on!   :-\


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 09, 2008 02:22:35 PM
They must think that fireplaces are some sort of home-based-shrine for Christians.  :D

Quilted,

Yes, I'm a Christian and I have to tell you








this cracked me up and I'm still chuckling out loud reading the rest of page 32 and all of 33.


Thanks for making my afternoon!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 09, 2008 02:40:50 PM
man, this thread is too much to keep up with!
haha


i sewed some mini, felt sushi today to distract myself from cleaning. BUT i did clean a bit which was good for my "fill a flat rate box" partner, cuz i found all KINDS of cool stuff. man
I am still dreading putting clothes away :/


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 09, 2008 03:28:42 PM
 >:( I am so annoyed right now.

I went to morrisons (a big supermarket chain for any internationals)
I picked up some dohnuts that didnt have any allergy advice on them and asked the man in the bakery if they had any dairy in them. He went away to check, came back and said "No there is definately no dairy in them". So i went about the rest of my shopping, but as i did i couldnt help think that doughnuts are usually made with some dairy, so hubby went and asked someone else just so as to shut me up, and they said straight away "oh yes there is definately dairy in ALL of the doughnuts we sell from the bakery".
Do they not realise that lying about something when you dont know the answer could kill some people??! So rather annoyed i went to the customer service desk and complained, only to get a snotty nosed woman saying "well he did nothing wrong really, so nothing will be done about it"

This mistake could have put me in pain for hours, but if done to someon else it could have killed them, Yet they just couldnt care less.

Sorry, needed to rant...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 09, 2008 03:57:18 PM
Oh my goodness, that's terrible! I would have thought that stores (especially such large ones) would have made sure that department staff know that kind of information, or at least have someone they can go to for allergy assistance :-\


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: aeronberry on September 09, 2008 05:53:23 PM
just put two Day of the Dead pillow covers in my shop  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 09, 2008 06:16:01 PM
aeronberry, the pillows are awesome!  I'm sure they'll be gone in a second! :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: aeronberry on September 09, 2008 06:20:27 PM
aeronberry, the pillows are awesome!  I'm sure they'll be gone in a second! :)

Thanks!  I got to use my new favorite tool - I bias tape presser foot!  Best invention ever.  Everything in my house that's not bolted down is getting bias taped  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 09, 2008 07:08:01 PM

Thanks!  I got to use my new favorite tool - I bias tape presser foot!  Best invention ever.  Everything in my house that's not bolted down is getting bias taped  ;D

What is a bias tape presser foot?! I just picked up 8 packages of bias tape for a buck - I need a bias tape presser foot!

*rushes off the stalk the shop*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 09, 2008 07:10:45 PM
Mmmmmm a bias tape presser foot...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: aeronberry on September 09, 2008 07:25:40 PM
I got a generic presser foot for my Janome on ebay for about $10.  It's not the BEST quality, but it works.  The different sewing machine brands have their own, but they're more expensive.  Anyway, it's like a regular presser foot with a piece of plastic stuck to it that you feed the bias tape through.  You can adjust it according to the size and where you want the stitches to hit.  So it holds the tape open, you feed the fabric through, and it stitches it perfectly.  Awesome!  Takes a little coordination, but compared to the fiasco that usually results from me sewing bias tape, it's pretty easy  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 09, 2008 07:31:51 PM
As i didnt understand any of that bias tape foot convo i will assume my sewing skills are even worse than i thought  ::)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 09, 2008 07:48:14 PM
Okay, question in re: bias tape foot:

So, I have this quilt that I've done... well, almost done.  It's pinned and ready to be quilted.  But I'm terrified of binding it.  Would this mystical bias tape foot help me not ruin my quilt do you think? 

(Seriously... that quilt is what got me into the rest of this unholy mess that is Craftster/swap addiction... lord help me....   ;))


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: pinkanddinky on September 09, 2008 08:44:06 PM
Hi all. Just added some wooden bracelets that have vintage ribbon trims on them.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 09, 2008 10:48:39 PM
Please take a look!!!

Here's the updating outstanding claims list, if any of these have been received please pm us!  I've had issues with my labels this month and lost a whole bunch of pms, I'm sorry if you have already pm'd me on any of these :)  the list can always be found on the first page of this thread.


Outstanding Claims

STS 13    1 claims outstanding

phizzychick to pinkanddinky - worth the time sent april 22-resent July 3

STS 14     2 claims outstanding

Phizzychick to Miss violaceous - needle felted.... sent May 13 resend June 17
Phizzychick to penguino - math bunny sent May 23- resend July 3

STS 16   5 claims outstanding

alteredmommy to lapoli - under the sea, disco fever bracelets
atsuko to phizzychick - byzntine chain bracelet - sent ??

phizzychick to miss violaceous - earrings small... sent july 7
phizzychick to miss violaceous - felted bead... sent july 7
phizzychick to lapoli - rowan midas touch sent july 7


STS 17       22 claims outstanding

alteredmommy to Beadbrain - fortune tag book  sent sept 5
AsphaltQueen to penguino - knitting patterns   sent Aug 26
bhean to ptarmic wumpus - nevermore, greenman "I"  sent sept 1
hotty_blond2000 to rubytuesday - earrings sent sept 5
                       to alteredmommy- zombie pinup  sent sept 5

la_chrystelle to oneredboot - bird necklace  sent ??
lapoli to sewknitter - love shack batt, together in the ...batt sent sept 9
lapoli to phizzychick - felt tags  sent aug 28
loudxmouse to dropdeadsuzie - blacklight sent aug 14
                 to la_chrystelle - wool and silk  sent aug 20
                 to lapoli - keropi sent ??
Miss Violaceous to la_chrystelle - peppermint smoothie  sent aug 27

oneredboot to atsuko - comic books  sent aug 26
Phizzychick to reese52 - whimsy  sent aug 18
                to dropdeadsuzie - cecilia skull, Mr Philip skull sent aug 21
                to loves2experiment - 17 button blooms, typewriter LOVE  sent aug 27
                to KatyMai - stamp block love sent sept ?
                to lapoli - 17 button blooms sent?
                to Miss Violaceous - Gorey Kwongdzu  sent  ?
pinkanddinky to penguino - set of coasters sent aug 28

Sansa to Miss Violaceous - filled envelope sent aug 26
the_bees_knees to Phizzychick - 8 greeting cards sent ?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 10, 2008 12:39:53 AM
man... my car got broken into tonight and my ipod and grandma's GPS got stolen :(

anyone want to put a new window in their shop for me...or at least something cuter than the cardboard and packing tape? I would also like a new ipod :/


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 10, 2008 12:53:30 AM
Oh man, I'm sorry that happened to you loudxmouse! There sure are some sad people out there, I hope karma sorts them out for ya!

AM - I'm working through replacements for those that have gona astray and have contacted penguino (replacement artwork) and Miss V (remade and resending all 3 today) so far. The whimsy artwork for reese52 will be delivered next week since it came back to me! (not had one of those for a while ::) ) Grr! Unfortunately I've just run out of time before my hols so the rest will have to wait until I get back. I'm so sorry for my shoddy mail everyone...I'm begining to think I should just give up on this swap before someone sets up a free-Phizzy gallery somewhere! ::)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: RubyTuesday on September 10, 2008 01:04:26 AM
Aw loudmouse that sucks  >:(  I hope they haven't damaged the car too much

We have several windows here given that my teenage sons drives  :-\ -he's due back on the road tomorrow now that we have paid the $5000 insurance *gulp*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 10, 2008 04:02:02 AM
I'm sorry to hear that loudxmouse!  :(


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 10, 2008 05:45:05 AM
I'm sorry to hear that loudxmouse!  :(

Same here, I've had mine and my DH's car broken into plus 10 other cars in my old apartment complex.  One guy even left his car unlock, but they still broke is window.  Is that covered by car insurance since the ipod and gps system (not to mention the cost of fixing the broken window) maybe covered.  Mine wasn't since we were still both in school and had the very minimum covered.

Oh man, I'm sorry that happened to you loudxmouse! There sure are some sad people out there, I hope karma sorts them out for ya!

AM - I'm working through replacements for those that have gona astray and have contacted penguino (replacement artwork) and Miss V (remade and resending all 3 today) so far. The whimsy artwork for reese52 will be delivered next week since it came back to me! (not had one of those for a while ::) ) Grr! Unfortunately I've just run out of time before my hols so the rest will have to wait until I get back. I'm so sorry for my shoddy mail everyone...I'm begining to think I should just give up on this swap before someone sets up a free-Phizzy gallery somewhere! ::)

I really hope you don't quit the swap.   :'(  I'm already thinking about claiming some of your stickers, but I am going to wait until it is 7 days before we meet in Atlanta.  Since you will be delivering the whimsy artwork in person, I may as well claim just in time for you to hand deliver the stickers.  I love your products!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 10, 2008 05:49:28 AM
Okay, question in re: bias tape foot:

So, I have this quilt that I've done... well, almost done.  It's pinned and ready to be quilted.  But I'm terrified of binding it.  Would this mystical bias tape foot help me not ruin my quilt do you think? 

(Seriously... that quilt is what got me into the rest of this unholy mess that is Craftster/swap addiction... lord help me....   ;))

I wouldn't recommend using that foot to bind the quilt, but someone else might know different. You will do fine by yourself. I used the instructions from this book and it turned out great:

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Quilting-Gardens-Creative-Collection/dp/0696218569

Quilting totally got me into crafting too, although I've only made one and it took several years...are you going to quilt it yourself? By hand or machine? I ended up taking mine to a professional quilter - she did a queen size by hand in less than 10 days.

and on another note - sorry to hear about the bad-news break-ins. yuck.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 10, 2008 06:12:47 AM
Thanks Reese, I've shut up shop now as we travel to the UK tonight...but I'll bring some with me ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 10, 2008 06:32:33 AM
Quilting totally got me into crafting too, although I've only made one and it took several years...are you going to quilt it yourself? By hand or machine? I ended up taking mine to a professional quilter - she did a queen size by hand in less than 10 days.

Okay, this is going to be more than you needed to know, but:

When I was home with my daughter one day about a year ago, I was watching public TV (I have no cable) and there was a quilting show.  Ordinarily I wouldn't have stopped on that show, but I think I got distracted by Lily.  They started showing this simple block, and how you could make a dozen quilts with this one block, just repeated.  I think the analytical side of my brain got hooked.  So I asked for a sewing machine and quilting stuff for Christmas, and here I am!  That's what started it all. 

So here is the quilt top I've got done. 



I've got it all pinned together, and have quilted two straight lines through it, but am really terrified of the rest of the process, so it's been on hold for several months now.  I'm going to be machine quilting it "in the ditch."  And I mean, I can probably get through that part, but the binding has me scared to death.  It would be terrible if I put all this work into the quilt and then totally botched the binding, you know?  (And I do not quilt by hand!  LOL.  I don't have the patience for that.)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 10, 2008 07:11:46 AM
your quilt is so pretty littlebiskit!  Have you tried practicing on scrap to get the hang of the binding technique? (I always have to do that with any sewing I do ::))  good luck with finishing it up!

Sorry to hear about your breakin loudxmouse, thats a horrible thing to come out to.  RubyTuesday I can't believe your insurance bill :o, my 16 year old still hasn't got his license and I'm kind of wondering how much our insurance will go up when he does.  Guess it'll depend how tired I am of driving him around...

Safe trip Phizzy!!  How exciting!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 10, 2008 07:17:54 AM
Oh and I'll be marking off the outstanding claims from the list at the beginning of this thread.  If you haven't taken a look, please do!!!  These months with alot of claims seem to take forever to finish up.......



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 10, 2008 07:30:56 AM
littlebiskit - in my opinion the actual quilting process is way more terrifying than the binding so if you aren't scared to quilt it - go for it!!  Once it is completely quilted you can put on double fold quilt binding with the raw edges together and a 1/4" seam.  there are plenty of tutorials for doing the corners.  Seriously, it is the easiest part of the entire quilting process so don't be intimidated by it!

By the way, I would make sure you have a walking foot if you are planning on quilting in the ditch.  It makes it much easier.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 10, 2008 07:38:13 AM
Loudxmouse, sorry to hear about the break in.  

Wow, that's a ton of outstanding claims.  Bad postal system!!  It just failed me again.  :(  I sent a ton of fabric to Ptarmic and somehow it got lost in the mail.  Ugh.  Thank goodness we have time to replace it.

Mimiw, I need help with my quilting foot.  It doesn't like me.  Maybe I should use thinner batting?  I ended up quilting with my standard foot.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 10, 2008 07:49:02 AM
Mimiw, I need help with my quilting foot.  It doesn't like me.  Maybe I should use thinner batting?  I ended up quilting with my standard foot.

PM me and I will see if I can help  :)


Well, I am finally back home from the marathon house-shop-a-thon!  We looked at 28 houses in 2 days and I found 1 I like (and can afford)  :D  I am putting in a offer today so keep your fingers crossed because I don't have a back up plan!  Plus, I am making an offer on a house before my hubby even sees it  :o

I am going to make it to the PO today and come back to hopefully do some shopping!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 10, 2008 07:55:40 AM
Congrats on finding a house, mimiw - hope you get it!

atsuko, I wonder if the mail carrier went awol with my mail sometime last week - I am waiting for a bunch of forms from my bank that should have been send around the same time and have never arrived. (somehow, someone managed to steal my debit card number on an atm/bank card that I never used as a debit card and buy stuff on the internet, and now I have to petition for my money back  ::) )

I have a binding foot, but I don't use it much.  On clothing I sometimes self-bind, but usually with fussy fabrics that don't work well in the foot.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 10, 2008 07:58:29 AM
I forgot to mention that the house is in Gaithersburg and it has an 1100 square foot basement that would be a perfect crafting utopia!!!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 10, 2008 08:27:23 AM
Ack, that's awful Ptarmic.  I hope that gets resolved soon.

Mimi, hey that's great!  I have a good-sized basement too...it would be my crafting utopia, but Lana has taken over most of it.  Good luck keeping it once your son arrives.  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Nikkidear on September 10, 2008 08:35:46 AM
I was thinking of putting some more crocheted stuffies in my store. What do you guys think? Are there any requests?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 10, 2008 09:16:44 AM
if phizzy is still around, i just saw this in a crafter's signature... "There's not much in this world that can't be improved by either chocolate, bacon or glitter." lmao!

nikki i love amigurumi, how about a yeti or zombie or a black cat? :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 10, 2008 09:25:27 AM
nope, it wasn't covered. i may sew something pretty to go there for a while. haha
They buggered the frame up pretty bad when they broke the window out (for no reason). here's hoping the GPS shows up in a pawn shop with MY address in it. bastards

thanks for all the well wishes and bad juju sent to them.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: panul on September 10, 2008 09:29:49 AM
Littlebiskit, maaaaaybe you could ask the person who taught you how to piece the quilt to show you the binding process, too. I can almost guarantee she would do it.
Just sayin'.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Cookies on September 10, 2008 10:44:34 AM
if phizzy is still around, i just saw this in a crafter's signature... "There's not much in this world that can't be improved by either chocolate, bacon or glitter." lmao!

The other day I was flipping channels on the tv and came across a guy wearing a t-shirt that said "Bacon is meat candy."   :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 10, 2008 11:36:17 AM
Littlebiskit, maaaaaybe you could ask the person who taught you how to piece the quilt to show you the binding process, too. I can almost guarantee she would do it.
Just sayin'.

AHH!  I'm being stalked!  LOL

I know I know I know!  But I already asked you like a billion questions, and I'm just dense!  Plus, it's tough to get the time to get together!  (Obviously!)  And and and!  Alright, I'm out of excuses.  When's your next free weekend?   ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: drrubina on September 10, 2008 11:40:09 AM
i like the quilt very much . in which swap you are in . I have send pic of my crafts in the photo gallery . with my user name drrubina.
i have been approved in a swap group and if you are in that then i want to claim your quilt.
please answer me.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 10, 2008 11:45:08 AM
nope, it wasn't covered. i may sew something pretty to go there for a while. haha
They buggered the frame up pretty bad when they broke the window out (for no reason). here's hoping the GPS shows up in a pawn shop with MY address in it. bastards

thanks for all the well wishes and bad juju sent to them.

loudxmouse, we had stuff stolen from our car, not covered by CAR insurance, our agent said those things are covered by HOME OWNERS insurance. lol, who would have guessed? Would that help you?

littlebiskit, wow!!! love the quilt. I've seen simpler binding. You do two parallel sides first, then the final two sides, tucking the raw ends in before attaching. I'll try to find the directions for you. Rather than actually mitering the corners, they are sewn to "look mitered." If that sounds less intimidating, I'll find it for you.



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: hotty_blond2000 on September 10, 2008 01:08:15 PM
loudxmouse: sorry to hear about the break in. just glad you weren't in the car when it happened.

mimiw- hope the house deal works out.

i'm working on some coffin shaped Halloween gift boxes. i just gotta decorate them. would there be any interest? would be precut, but not fully folded. would include guide for folding. i'll post pix when i get em decorated.

im gonna make some for work too. plan to out together 'ghost suckers' to put in em.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 10, 2008 01:11:46 PM
that is weird, i will talk to my dad about it!
thanks!


fortunately i had a knitting project on me, so while i called the cops i did a soothing albeit tense few rows.... ha

loudxmouse, we had stuff stolen from our car, not covered by CAR insurance, our agent said those things are covered by HOME OWNERS insurance. lol, who would have guessed? Would that help you?




Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 10, 2008 02:51:32 PM
:o  Just added a bunch of new stuff to my shop!  :o


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: rackycoo on September 10, 2008 05:56:23 PM
i like the quilt very much . in which swap you are in . I have send pic of my crafts in the photo gallery . with my user name drrubina.
i have been approved in a swap group and if you are in that then i want to claim your quilt.
please answer me.

drrubina, you have signed up for the Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266707.10). You will be swapping with those people.  :) If you have any questions, please pm the organizer of that swap, gavagai or one of the swap mods.  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Velvet Rose on September 10, 2008 06:13:39 PM
Here's the bad news.....
I am no longer selling Fibergasms as I need the roving for a new project. If it works out I might put some of the finished items in my shop.

But there's some good news....
I have reduced the price of my Rapunzel scarves - 2 scarves for 3 points - and added quite a few new ones to my shop. Now you can get one for you and one for a friend - or just keep them both ;D

Feel free to put in an order for a custom Rapunzel scarf. I have a huge stash of yarns in just about every color and also have ric-rac, lace and ribbon to add some texture and variety. The price for 2 custom scarves is 3 points.

Also you can undo the Rapunzel scarves and use the yarn for freeform knitting/crochet projects, add it to your hand spun or use it to embellish wet felting projects. There's about 40 pieces of 10ft yarn and between 20-30 different types in each scarf.

  


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 10, 2008 06:37:06 PM
Hmmm...what new project?  Is it a secret, or are you gonna provide us with more hints and/or details?  *curious...as usual*  Can't wait to see them :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Velvet Rose on September 10, 2008 06:56:03 PM
I'll let you know what it is if it works out LOL.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 10, 2008 07:37:36 PM
LOL.  I can respect that! 

Here's wishing ya success with your oh-so-secretive-yummy-fibers-project :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: pinkanddinky on September 10, 2008 07:59:48 PM
that is weird, i will talk to my dad about it!
thanks!


fortunately i had a knitting project on me, so while i called the cops i did a soothing albeit tense few rows.... ha

loudxmouse, we had stuff stolen from our car, not covered by CAR insurance, our agent said those things are covered by HOME OWNERS insurance. lol, who would have guessed? Would that help you?



Sorry to hear about your car...glad you are ok.

Sewknitter, I had a carfire when I was in college and everything in my car was destroyed. My parents' homeowners insurance would have paid for everything but the value of what I had in there wasn't as high as the deductible.

I have added some covered button thumbtacks that come in cute matching canister to my shop. And I reduced the mult-strand necklace to one point...a deal considering how long it took me to make it!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: pinkanddinky on September 11, 2008 05:09:20 AM
And some cute retro barrets!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 11, 2008 07:53:16 AM
Here's the bad news.....
I am no longer selling Fibergasms as I need the roving for a new project.

Awww, will have to find (or make) other roving for yarn for the Baby Surprise Jacket.

Oh Lapoli ....


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 11, 2008 08:20:19 AM
Ha ha! I know, I know.

I have a bunch still up in my shop, and I have that other lb or so slated for your hands. :) Surely there is SOMETHING in that bunch that would be good for a BSJ.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 11, 2008 08:44:56 AM
Okay, I'm out of points again, so other than roving, what are you all looking for?

I let my IYP10 partners have all my points and go on a shopping spree. (I had 6 points, so I gave each of them 3 points.) they had so much fun. I did too!

So I need points. . . lol.

Did you all miss the two purses I have showing?
1 point and I'll embroider just your name or your monogram, with a really fancy design.
OR
Custom embroidered purse 2pts -- choice of lemon or lime. Simple zipper style bag with cute rings handle. dimensions: top of bag/zipper is 11", bottom of bag is 7.5 inches, 6 inches deep. I can put flowers, animals, birds, monograms, owls, fish, phrases, Jacobean designs, thousands of designs to choose from.

Note: if you choose just a simple monogram or simple design, I can lower the points to 1 pt.
(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m167/sewknitter/STS/lime.jpg) (http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m167/sewknitter/STS/lemon.jpg)



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 11, 2008 10:01:52 AM

I have a bunch still up in my shop, and I have that other lb or so slated for your hands.

I'm looking for muted, fall-like, neutral colors, no glitter or glitz.  Maybe browns/tans/undyed with punches of of orange, yellow, dark green??? (7-8 oz)??

o-o-o-o-o  I just realized, I'm back to 6 pts with VR not having the fibergasms and sewknitter making another claim!!!

suh-weeeeet!



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 11, 2008 10:46:33 AM
Just a reminder for all of you fiber addicts, I have lots of fluff for custom roving claims (including a lot of fluffy merino), and if I dye it up and you don't like it, I'll keep it and refund the points or have another go.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 11, 2008 11:10:41 AM
hmmm, off to stalk MV's shop.

Is your roving dyed with food coloring also???  How does it hold up?  Any problems with fading or washing out??


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 11, 2008 11:15:46 AM
I really really want to have a go at my first bag, but i have no patterns and i think my first time should be following one. Does anyone have the pattern to a sachel type bag that they could photocopy and stick in their shop for me?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 11, 2008 11:50:24 AM
hmmm, off to stalk MV's shop.

Is your roving dyed with food coloring also???  How does it hold up?  Any problems with fading or washing out??

Yes, I use a combination of Wiltons Icing Dyes, food coloring and kool-aid. I make damned sure things are colorfast before I send them out. I haven't had any problems with things fading over time but I haven't really been in the game that long. Anyone have some of my products (yarn or fiber) and can address this?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 11, 2008 11:51:01 AM
I really really want to have a go at my first bag, but i have no patterns and i think my first time should be following one. Does anyone have the pattern to a sachel type bag that they could photocopy and stick in their shop for me?

KM, have you checked out this mega list of tutorials available for bags and what-nots on Craftster? 

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=175550.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=175550.0)

They have a lotta yummy patterns, so you might be able to find something that appeals to you :)

Oh, and here's another cute pattern to consider:

http://www.ottobredesign.com/fi/kaavat/pdf/purse_EN_5-07.pdf (http://www.ottobredesign.com/fi/kaavat/pdf/purse_EN_5-07.pdf)

I just finished two of these for a swap :)  If you have questions, I'll try to answer them :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 11, 2008 12:13:36 PM

KM, have you checked out this mega list of tutorials available for bags and what-nots on Craftster? 

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=175550.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=175550.0)

They have a lotta yummy patterns, so you might be able to find something that appeals to you :)


 :-[ I cant believe i didnt even think to look there, i can be so dumb sometimes lol. Thankyou Love2 :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 11, 2008 12:22:37 PM
I make damned sure things are colorfast before I send them out.

very cool, good to know!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: oneredboot on September 11, 2008 12:37:13 PM
new fuzzy neckwarmers in my shop!  in latte or apple green. 
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=174024)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 11, 2008 01:15:34 PM
Those are beautiful ORB!

Where do you find the time???


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 11, 2008 02:34:17 PM
oneredboot, I looooove your knitting! The wristwarmers I got last round are gorgeous.   ;)

I've added a bunch of yarn to the supply section of my shop. I've got lots more to add, too, but I don't want to overload the supply section too, too much.   ::)  So, if you're in the market for some chunky grey wool, some cream thick-and-thin cream, or some rayon "ribbon" yarn, let me know!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 11, 2008 02:54:43 PM
I'm always on the lookout for chunky yarn... is the grey the chunky grey in your photo hosting?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 11, 2008 03:02:15 PM
oh man... I want all of your yarn AQ...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 11, 2008 03:10:01 PM
I'm always on the lookout for chunky yarn... is the grey the chunky grey in your photo hosting?

Yep. ;D

I've got 5 skeins, 54 yds/1.75 oz each. 100% wool. Their gauge is 10/11m x 14/15p = 4". (I've got no idea what the "p" stands for, though - yes, I was educated in an American school.)

And I think I have a pattern around here somewhere where you can make a cute sweater vest using 5 skeins of this yarn. I'll double-check if anyone's interested.


ETA: I'd probably ask 2 points for the 5 skeins. I think the yarn was $6.50 a skein and I got it for 20% off.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: penguino on September 11, 2008 03:41:33 PM
hmmm, off to stalk MV's shop.

Is your roving dyed with food coloring also???  How does it hold up?  Any problems with fading or washing out??

Yes, I use a combination of Wiltons Icing Dyes, food coloring and kool-aid. I make damned sure things are colorfast before I send them out. I haven't had any problems with things fading over time but I haven't really been in the game that long. Anyone have some of my products (yarn or fiber) and can address this?

I claimed a few of MV fiber.  They are fine.  I haven't spun them up yet because I am saving them for something special.  Anyhow lots of people (including myself) use kool-aid and food dyes.  I used food dyes because I don't want to have delicated pot for dyeing.  I haven't heard anyone talked about the wool fading. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: quilted on September 11, 2008 03:59:12 PM
Hi All! What with starting a new job, I haven't made anything new (all spare time is going toward my dissertation). However, I just reduced almost all my prices. Come check out the goodness, if you dare   8)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: oneredboot on September 11, 2008 05:21:52 PM
oneredboot, I looooove your knitting! The wristwarmers I got last round are gorgeous.   ;)

Aww, thanks--you guys are making me blush!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Sansa on September 11, 2008 07:13:12 PM
Seems like this year is my year for getting sick. I suspect it has something to do with my youngest being in Kindy. Anyway, it took forever due to brain fog, but I have a knit string bag in my shop now.

(http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2736533620068655104xXMGFN)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 11, 2008 08:26:10 PM
Just added two new color scarves:

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m167/sewknitter/handwoven_scarves/mauve-lace.jpg) (http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m167/sewknitter/handwoven_scarves/rose-grey-mix.jpg)

mauve-sage mix & rose-grey mix!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 12, 2008 05:49:53 AM
sewknitter - those are gorgeous!!!

Thanks penquino.  I know a lot of folks use food dye, but I've never heard how well it stands up.

I'm sending back a Jumbo flyer for my Sonata (Susan's (http://www.susansfibershop.com) helper sent a clear & I need a walnut.  (In the meantime, I bought a WooLee Winder), so I'm sending it back for 2 lb of various Louet Northern Light rovings.  (which doesn't mean I am done buying/trading for fiber!!! no-no-no!)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 12, 2008 08:11:15 AM
sansa that string bag is awesome!!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Velvet Rose on September 12, 2008 01:26:28 PM
Anyone interested in doing a Yarn Swap for Rapunzel scarf Round 4?

You send 6 pieces of yarn to 5 partners and get 30 different pieces back in return that you can use to make a Rapunzel scarf.

It's a great way to de-stash your smaller pieces of yarn and is a low cost, low stress & low commitment swap.

Check out the thread in the New Swap Theme ideas if you want to find out more.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 12, 2008 01:41:24 PM
Anyone interested in doing a Yarn Swap for Rapunzel scarf Round 4?

You send 6 pieces of yarn to 5 partners and get 30 different pieces back in return that you can use to make a Rapunzel scarf.

It's a great way to de-stash your smaller pieces of yarn and is a low cost, low stress & low commitment swap.

Check out the thread in the New Swap Theme ideas if you want to find out more.

Sounds fun, thanks VR!

Anyone out there a wood worker?  Want an easy project? I'm looking for another, larger navajo spindle. PM me for dimensions! Thanks!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 12, 2008 04:59:21 PM
Thanks to some recent yarn sales, I've got more space in my shop.   :D

I put the chunky grey wool yarn up for sale, plus a link to the free vest pattern.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 12, 2008 05:11:11 PM
*heads to AQ's shop ASAP!*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 12, 2008 05:23:26 PM
Golly gee, my yarn destashing has certainly been successful!  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 12, 2008 05:24:07 PM
Eek!  I just spent on my points!  :P


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 12, 2008 05:25:09 PM
Shame on you, AQ, taking advantage of the yarn addicts like that!

*whistles all innocent-like*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 12, 2008 05:31:48 PM
Shame on you, AQ, taking advantage of the yarn addicts like that!

*whistles all innocent-like*

Yeah, you wouldn't know anything about that...  ;)  **wanders off to check all the lovely Miss V handspun in my stash**. 

Actually, I am hoping to knit up the booze bag we talked about before. I've got weddings coming up this fall and I think that'd be a great gift with a nice picnic basket and a bottle of wine.

And, thanks to lapoli, I now have amazingly, droolingly wonderful roving, drop spindles and a how-to book. We're going to have a rain day tomorrow, so I'm hoping I may find time between paperwork to try my hand at spinning. Good lord, just what I need... more fiber in the house! ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 12, 2008 05:37:01 PM
Of course you need more. It's nearing winter and what better insulator than wool?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 12, 2008 05:41:10 PM
Of course you need more. It's nearing winter and what better insulator than wool?

Ya can't argue with lapoli's logic *grin*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: penguino on September 12, 2008 06:27:28 PM
I agree and also you need wool to knit scarf, hat, socks and ... to keep warm.  No wool means cold cold winter.   :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 12, 2008 10:27:01 PM
Just a teaser, this is a pile of pre-felts that I am working on:


or more like not working on, as I've got to be at the theater Thurs-Sun this week... ;)  Some might end up in my shop in the next week or so.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Nikkidear on September 12, 2008 10:47:00 PM
I just reduced a lot of the items in my shop. Making room for new stuff to come.  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 13, 2008 05:06:12 AM
i love your felting PW!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 13, 2008 07:34:12 AM
I`m baaaaaaack  ;D

We had a wonderful time at my parents. I took a lot of photos, I`ll upload some of them later ;)
 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 13, 2008 08:28:06 AM
I did some shopping and I'm back open!

I think the coil yarn in my shop now would work in a booze bag with a black background, maybe more sparkle?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: MandyLikesPie on September 13, 2008 10:55:49 AM
Howdy guys! I just opened my first ever STS shop--very exciting! Please do check it out. Right now I have earrings, a scarf, some perfume that smells like dirt  :D, some awesome craft books, and perler beads, and more to come.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 13, 2008 11:48:48 AM
Howdy guys! I just opened my first ever STS shop--very exciting! Please do check it out. Right now I have earrings, a scarf, some perfume that smells like dirt  :D, some awesome craft books, and perler beads, and more to come.

Welcome to STS! 

I`m baaaaaaack  ;D

We had a wonderful time at my parents. I took a lot of photos, I`ll upload some of them later ;)
 

I can't wait to see the pictures.

I'm having to work this weekend and probably won't have anything new in my shop.  Great overtime, but no time left for crafting.  However, I did have time to go to another concert.  I saw Indigo Girls and only had to drive an hour away to Hilton Head, SC.  I have always liked their music but never had a chance to see them live.  Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera.  I still had a great time.  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 13, 2008 11:59:41 AM
welcome mandy likes pie! (great name :))

so i'm in disbelief... at the beginning of may i ordered a couple prints off the lovely strawberryluna on etsy, and they never arrived :( she sent me another set so it was no big deal, but guess what came in the post today... THE FIRST SET! :O i've never actually received an item the seller had to resend, so imagine my surprise that they actually arrived. the thing that REALLY bugs me is that there is absolutely no explanation of why i didn't receive it until SEPTEMBER!!! there's a red sticker on it that has reasons listed of why it was undeliverable but the f'n royal mail didn't check any of them. seriously folks, my postwoman is a zombie. i guess it explains why the guy who delivered it today looked so sheepish and guilty :P (and i thought it must have been my funky 8am bedhead :))
i'm so gonna phone them monday and give them what for!
for now i'll just have a moscow mule (i dont even drink but they keep advertising it on tv so now i want one, lol i'm a sheep to the ad industry :P)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 13, 2008 12:54:11 PM
Welcome Mandylikespie!! 

Ptarmic, love those leaves!!  :)

CC, that's cool.  I'm glad your mail arrived albeit late.  LOL. It gives me hope that somewhere out there my box of fabric is floating around.  :)

Big news: Lana has taught herself how to swim in our inflatable pool.  She loves to lie down in our bathtub and hold her breath underwater so I knew she'd get the hang of swimming easily.  Don't worry...we always supervise her...ALWAYS!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 13, 2008 01:31:20 PM
I managed to make it to the post office between raindrops (I was going to say deluges, but in deference to my Houston, TX relatives and our coastal Craftsters, I thought better of it). And then I had myself a mini-shop the swap shopping spree!  ;D

So, I'm back open with more yarn. I've got alpaca blends, some bulky and some super-bulky yarns. (*Hint, hint to whomever purchased MandyLikesPie's Twinkle big knits book.)    ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 13, 2008 01:32:53 PM
hey mandy! love that dirt perfume!
haha

I have some points to spend and way too many shops to look through! eep!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 13, 2008 01:40:24 PM
Hey, jewelry makers! Can anybody make something like this?



Actually, I'm pretty much in love with almost all the bracelets and necklaces in this person's etsy store - anything anyone can do?
http://www.wists.com/asphaltqueen/e71e3a7d2a7fd6095e96c007a086aa37?offset=20 (http://www.wists.com/asphaltqueen/e71e3a7d2a7fd6095e96c007a086aa37?offset=20)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 13, 2008 02:08:53 PM
I can!   :D  If you don't mind waiting until the next round AQ I will make it for you!  I'm busy with IYP and a personal swap ATM.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Sansa on September 13, 2008 02:15:41 PM
I'm pretty sure Atsuko can make something exactly like that in every way shape and form.

Check out the IYP 9.

Whether she wants to is another matter. Iget bored making the same thing sometimes.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 13, 2008 02:18:22 PM
I can!   :D  If you don't mind waiting until the next round AQ I will make it for you!  I'm busy with IYP and a personal swap ATM.

Heck yeah, I'll wait! Woo-hoo!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 13, 2008 04:18:12 PM
I've put in a couple of new notebooks made from some nifty old hardcover books AND everything else in my shop is 3 for 1 point right now.  Not that theres alot in there.....but I'm working on that today :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 13, 2008 04:37:12 PM
I can!   :D  If you don't mind waiting until the next round AQ I will make it for you!  I'm busy with IYP and a personal swap ATM.

Heck yeah, I'll wait! Woo-hoo!

:)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 13, 2008 04:59:20 PM
I lowered prices on a lot of my crafted items, plus added two scrabble-tile journals.

I've got a lot of scrabble tiles, so if anyone has requests/ideas, feel free to let me know!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Avian Flight on September 13, 2008 09:43:05 PM
I just sent in the questionnaire to join you gals. =)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 13, 2008 10:12:11 PM
Welcome back, Avian Flight :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 14, 2008 06:05:38 AM
We went back to Charleston for the weekend and I got to go actual fabric shopping for the first time since we moved away!!  How fun is the teapot print?!  And the forks?!!!  I am in love!!!!!  I can't wait to start making stuff with all of it!



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 14, 2008 06:29:49 AM
We went back to Charleston for the weekend and I got to go actual fabric shopping for the first time since we moved away!!  How fun is the teapot print?!  And the forks?!!!  I am in love!!!!!  I can't wait to start making stuff with all of it!


That fabric looks wonderful! I love the teapots. I went shopping on Friday in the fabric district in Hamilton, Ontario, but was a little bit down and didn't have enough stamina. I will have to go back again later. I did, however, see my first genuine Amy Butler print, which I felt was a rite of passage of sorts.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 14, 2008 07:01:08 AM
Ooooh, lovely fabrics mimiw!!

My local shops are not fulfilling my fabric cravings either...thank goodness for the internet!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 14, 2008 07:31:22 AM
Aaaaaaaah teapots  :o
I so want that fabric


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 14, 2008 07:54:09 AM
Great fabrics mimiw!  My fabric stash is mostly brown suitings, fun to pet but not very pretty :)

I love fabric shopping, the little jobber down the street was my catharsis in grad school.  I really really wish there were fabric stores here aside from big chains (ok, there is one high-end indy, which is great when you want some Armani wool, but too spendy for casual shopping fun). Joann fabrics just makes me frustrated and angry.  >:(

I'm hoping to have some time today to get those prefelts finished up!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 14, 2008 08:15:00 AM
I've been up since the crack of dawn this morning... making homemade, vegan cinnamon rolls!



... but, we're still waiting. The dough was slow to rise and we have another hour or so until they're edible.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 14, 2008 08:20:00 AM
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

**wipes drool off of keyboard**


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 14, 2008 11:24:37 AM
OH GOD
i just woke up and those cinnamon rolls.... shdfksdk

i am off to find something to fulfill my craving


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 14, 2008 12:25:53 PM
Mimi, I adore that fork fabric. Now that would make an uber-cute utensil roll.

I've added a bunch more stuff to my shop. There's a Happy Buddha bracelet, a gorgeous red and black bracelet, and some fun scrabble gift holders - perfect for the somewhat-upcoming holiday season!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Avian Flight on September 14, 2008 01:26:52 PM
I posted my shop items! Happy shopping.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 14, 2008 02:03:50 PM
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

**wipes drool off of keyboard**

Talking about food is one thing, but when I see pics it's definitely harder to resist.  I'm probably going to grab some and from the store just to satisfy my hunger for cinnamon rolls.  :o


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 14, 2008 04:38:29 PM
I put up reusable pads in my shop - sorry it took so long. I'm actually kind of impressed that I got them up as early as I did, life has been crazy in this little town.

If anyone has any questions about reusable pads, feel free to pm me or ask - it sounds like there are a few users on here. I looked quickly online but all I found were links to companies that manufacture them.



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 14, 2008 05:18:46 PM
Iv thought about using reusable pads, as i love the idea of cost cutting (why are shop bought ones so damned expensive??!) and its great to have less waste going to landfill... but... are they really very hygenic? and how long do they last?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 14, 2008 06:37:25 PM
Iv thought about using reusable pads, as i love the idea of cost cutting (why are shop bought ones so damned expensive??!) and its great to have less waste going to landfill... but... are they really very hygenic? and how long do they last?

good questions. i still use the first ones i bought in 2000, although i did have to replace a snap. for my shop, i've imitated the style that wore more durably, using both terry cloth and flannel.

as far as hygiene goes, there are several ways to use and clean them. you can hand-wash with hand-soap thoroughly after each use, so they are almost spotless before you throw them in the washing machine (the shower works well for this!), or you can throw them directly in the wash. the wikipedia article has a bit about this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloth_menstrual_pad (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloth_menstrual_pad)

i've been on reusables for 8 years now, and i find that i feel more hygienic not throwing all that waste into the garbage.




Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: DropDeadSuzie on September 14, 2008 09:42:34 PM
mimiw.. so jealous of that fabric, the forks are my favorite!

Finally got a moment to spend down my points so I'm open again and just added this cute lil guy:

(http://img374.imageshack.us/my.php?image=acorneq6.jpg)

He is a little acorn and im kind of in love with him :)

I also reduced a bunch a stuff that I will let linger in my shop a little bit longer until i clear it all out to make room for a whole bunch of new stuff!


Night gals!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 15, 2008 01:19:30 AM
yah, i love my cloth pads! nothing like letting your downstairs breath rather than sticking a plasticy pad there. :(
I feel crafty, i am sure there will be new stuff in my shop soon!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 15, 2008 08:12:53 AM
That acorn sure is cute, DDS!

I just found out that the hardware store that houses the contract postal unit next to my work is closing this weekend  :(  That is where I ship most of my sts packages. Once they close, I won't be able to ship as quickly - there is another cpu across from my house, but they have limited weekday hours so I can only go there on Saturday.  My zipcode doesn't have a post office with a full service office (you can only pick up held packages, no shipping or mailing). Maybe I will try to figure out how to do shipping from home...

On a crafting note, I did get some felting done yesterday. I'll have some felted leaves for my shop tonight, and at some point some felted pillow cases.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 15, 2008 08:20:25 AM
Maybe I will try to figure out how to do shipping from home...

I just, for the first time, used the usps website to ship priority packages from home. I ended up dropping them off at the post office (since I had one other package that I didn't know the weight of), but I saved something lilke $1.50 - $2.00 per package. They give delivery confirmation for free on priority packages if you print the postage online - that adds up quick with all the packages I send for the STS!

I'm planning to buy a scale so that I can do all my shipping from home. I suggest you give it a look-see, PW.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 15, 2008 08:27:06 AM
I already have a good digital kitchen scale, but it seems like you can only send priority and not first-class with click-and-ship?  I try to ship first-class when I can.  I'm sure there is mail pickup at work where I can send out packages if they are already paid for.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 15, 2008 08:45:31 AM
Fabric!  Mimiw, those forks are great!! 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 15, 2008 09:05:32 AM
Yay for fabric love!!  I am still just staring at it trying to figure out what it all wants to be...

However - I GOT A HOUSE!!!!!  I am so relieved right now!!  And it looks like we will be able to move by November!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 15, 2008 09:24:32 AM
Congrats on your house mimiw!  Now where is that 'green with envy' smilie?  :D 

If you want a fabric adventure outside of G-Street (which is in Rockville), I can send you a list of interesting places in Langley Park.  Lots of wacky jobbers and ethnic fabric places, plus tasty food :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 15, 2008 11:05:12 AM
If you want a fabric adventure outside of G-Street (which is in Rockville), I can send you a list of interesting places in Langley Park.  Lots of wacky jobbers and ethnic fabric places, plus tasty food :)

I will totally take you up on that...however, maybe I should wait a little bit considering I just committed to buying a house and my husband hasn't even seen it yet  :D 

I need him to get over the shock of that one before I add anymore to his plate!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 15, 2008 01:09:37 PM
Heehee.....you'll need lots of fabric to decorate your new house tho!  And the jobbers are a lot cheaper than G-street, if you don't mind wandering in the dim formaldehyde-scented warrens of fabric....  :)


I might have just made a major score of six free raw fleeces on craigslist....saw the offer over lunch and emailed, figuring I'd be too late. But I just got an email saying I was the first to respond....it is a bit of a drive from here, but Hobby Lobby is along the way and I was going to go there this week anyway....  Crossing my fingers that I hear back again and get to pick them up tonight!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 15, 2008 01:26:47 PM
Woot!  Good luck on the fleeces Ptarmic!  I still have mine in bags...cleaned, but not carded.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 15, 2008 03:56:57 PM
Yay for fabric love!!  I am still just staring at it trying to figure out what it all wants to be...

However - I GOT A HOUSE!!!!!  I am so relieved right now!!  And it looks like we will be able to move by November!

Congrats on locating a house.  I hope your move goes smoothly.  Speaking of fabrics, I visited the fashion design bldg (I work at SCAD, art college) and saw that they have a machine that actually takes your own design and prints it on fabric.  Can you imagine the possibilities!  :o


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 15, 2008 04:02:43 PM
Wow - that machine sounds divine!

I am hoping to be able to get some crafting done by the end of this week...hopefully I will have some new stuff to add!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 15, 2008 04:32:00 PM
I went to a great outlet today (only open a few times a year) that is mostly childrens clothes (I did get some cute stuff for my little guy) but I mainly went because they also sell their past seasons fabrics... mmmmm, so awesome.  Everything was 2 yd cuts starting at $4 up to $12.
This is what I scored.... everything on top is knits (I am going to make myself some cute pants for lounging) and the bottom is just cottons.  I am thinking about making some cloth grocery bags with them, especially the magenta floral fabric since it's a heavier weight (would anyone be interested in those)?



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 15, 2008 04:53:02 PM
Lots of yummy fabrics posted lately :D Its making me want to get better at sewing!
Well today was my 25th birthday, and to be honest iv spent it thinking about all the things iv wanted to achieve before becoming 25 and how little of it iv actually done... its a good thing really, might give me the kick up the butt i need to get doing more stuff! Is this a "everyone goes through it when you hit that kind of age" type thing?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 15, 2008 05:28:50 PM
Is this a "everyone goes through it when you hit that kind of age" type thing?

Well, I did it at 30 years old, but sooner or later, everyone takes stock of their life. they decide what was worth doing, what you still want to do, and then there's the old "what was I thinking?" one. The last one is the most fun sometimes.

 (My hubby reminded me that I told him I wanted 12 children, because I had so much love to give. I don't know what I was thinking . . . but never had any of my own, so I love/play/cherish those of my sisters'/brothers' & friends'.)

I think, KatyMai, you might have been jump-started sooner, because of seeing your sister? When my sister died of cancer so young, I went through a re-evaluating my life, too.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 15, 2008 05:39:34 PM
That's true Sewknitter.  I did that when my dad passed away. One of my biggest regrets is not having Lana sooner.  He would have so enjoyed her. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 15, 2008 05:43:44 PM
Well today was my 25th birthday, and to be honest iv spent it thinking about all the things iv wanted to achieve before becoming 25 and how little of it iv actually done... its a good thing really, might give me the kick up the butt i need to get doing more stuff! Is this a "everyone goes through it when you hit that kind of age" type thing?

Happy Birthday, KatyMai!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 15, 2008 06:38:47 PM
Well today was my 25th birthday, and to be honest iv spent it thinking about all the things iv wanted to achieve before becoming 25 and how little of it iv actually done... its a good thing really, might give me the kick up the butt i need to get doing more stuff! Is this a "everyone goes through it when you hit that kind of age" type thing?

Happy Birthday, KatyMai!

Hope you have a great b-day.  My employer considers your b-day as a holiday.  You don't have to take the actual date off, but you have a whole calendar year to take the day off and it doesn't count against your vacation days. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 15, 2008 06:57:38 PM
Is this a "everyone goes through it when you hit that kind of age" type thing?

I totally did.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 15, 2008 07:19:26 PM
Oops, I forgot to wish you a happy Bday KatyMai.  HAPPY BDAY!!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 15, 2008 07:28:43 PM
Happy Birthday KatyMai!

Zelda.Suicide, those are some great knits :)  Nice knit prints are so hard to find!

My fleece acquisition was extremely successful. I picked up two giant bags and one half bag from a nice older couple who have a farm with sheep and chickens. They showed me the sheep that the fleeces had come from :)  There were three white sheep, two black sheep, and one variegated sheep, mixed breeds (part Dorset).  It'll take a while to get the fleeces cleaned up, but I'm sure some of them will end up in the shop later on. 

Anyone know if there is any reason why I shouldn't put the skirtings from the fleece (the really yucky bits that you don't want) on the compost heap?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 16, 2008 04:39:40 AM
Awesome score Ptarmic!!!  Good luck on the cleaning.  Dawn detergent and hot water worked well for me.  I bet you'll get yours carded before I ever do.   ::)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 16, 2008 06:15:24 AM
Thankyou for the happy birthdays :)

I think your right, its not just the birthday but seeing my sis-in-law so ill so young thats done it too. I just feel like iv wasted so much time and for no real reason, just excuses and lazyness, but that will change now. Anywayz sorry for moaning so much, and thanks for listening :)



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 16, 2008 06:22:46 AM
Anyone know if there is any reason why I shouldn't put the skirtings from the fleece (the really yucky bits that you don't want) on the compost heap?

my instinct is that hair is already dead and will take a long time to break down further, possibly becoming stinky in the process. but a quick google search gave me this quote: "You,of course,have also skirted off the entire edge of the fleece all of the belly wool and yucky lay--down- on-the-ground stuff is gone into a pile that is destined for the dump or compost." so it must be all right after all.

speaking of spinning, I want to make it a fall goal to take a lesson from the local spinners guild. it never interests me until right around this time of year when it gets cold.



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 16, 2008 07:09:38 AM
, some perfume that smells like dirt 

I have soap that smells like dirt. 

First made it 7 years ago when my youngest was 9.  When he headed in for a shower, always had to remind him to use soap.  When he told me he smelled like a girl, I made him his own Dirt Soap.

I found a couple of different suppliers for a dirt/earth fragrance oil.  There was one that smelled like fresh turned garden soil and another that smelled like the rich soil from the woods.

I used to have a candle that was scented with a dirt FO.  I loved burning it in the winter when I was missing my garden.

Happy Birthday, KatyMai!  It's always good to take stock and re-evaluate your dreams and goals.

re:fiber skirtings and compost.  I like to use the skirtings as mulch.  It is an excellent weed barrier.  Make sure your compost pile is HOT and it will decompose just fine.

There was a great article in the last Spin-Off magazine about cleaning fleeces.  I've always skirted well, then go lock by lock to remove the 2nd cuts and the majority of the VM and to open up the tips.  Then off into hot water to wash.  I'm going to try the suggestion of doing a cold water soak and using the natural suint, which is a natural potassium salt (i.e. detergent!)



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 16, 2008 07:43:30 AM
Dirt soap... what a brilliant way to get a young lad to wash! Great idea!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 16, 2008 09:29:10 AM
speaking of printing your own fabric, i found this site the other day... so tempting! they also have a flickr group showcasing people's fabric!
http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: DropDeadSuzie on September 16, 2008 09:29:26 AM
Lots of yummy fabrics posted lately :D Its making me want to get better at sewing!
Well today was my 25th birthday, and to be honest iv spent it thinking about all the things iv wanted to achieve before becoming 25 and how little of it iv actually done... its a good thing really, might give me the kick up the butt i need to get doing more stuff! Is this a "everyone goes through it when you hit that kind of age" type thing?

I just turned 25 in July and can totally relate to how you are feeling.. I've suddenly started to really dwell on what I don't have or things I haven't accomplished and it can be a total downer. Here in Utah people tend to get married really really young and start families super young ( i know people my age with 3 or 4 kids!) and it can sometimes be difficult to look around and be like.. man, i'm not there yet!

I try to remind myself that I can't compare or envy other peoples lives and successes because while I may not have a similiar life to a lot of people my age, I've gotten to do some pretty fun stuff and see a lot of stuff that other people haven't. I've traveled and lived all over the country, run my own business.. I've spent the last 5 years really just rockin' to the beat of my own drum and here I am.

Just remember the things that you HAVE done and accomplished and use those feelings to motivate you to do more :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 16, 2008 09:40:36 AM
DDS,  I totally agree!  I'm 33 and been married for 8 years next month.  We still haven't taken the plunge on having children.  I've already chosen a career (IT professional), but still in school for graphic design.  I just went to my 2nd NIN concert and still live like a "typical" college student.  I love to travel and was fortunate enough to visit London back in 2005 and hopefully visiting Italy later this year.  Ran my first marathon last month (started w/ 5K=3.1 miles) and scheduled to do another next month. 

It all depends on what you think is important and at what level you would like to accomplish it.  It's not necessary to follow what other people's expectations (family or friends).  If you are satisfied w/ your life, that is all the matters.  If not, it's all in your hands to make things happen.   ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 16, 2008 10:22:00 AM
Why is it that it's always raining and overcast when I want to take pictures of stuff to list!!?!?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 16, 2008 11:06:22 AM
new to my shop, a halloween sculpture..... (the black thing is a cat, and the devil bead is mexican and made of clay)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 16, 2008 12:30:33 PM
Just a quick note to tell that I`ve lowered the points on many of my shop items  :)



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 16, 2008 02:40:55 PM
I FINALLY added some supplies (for cheap too!), some yarns (I know, I know, I just bought yarns, haha), stitching kits and beads...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 16, 2008 03:32:42 PM
In crafty news... I'm not doing anything.  Well, that's a complete lie. I did card up some delicious and beautiful batts last night but they weren't for me to keep, but I make make some more for my shop soon.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: oneredboot on September 16, 2008 04:28:21 PM
SALE on neckwarmers and legwarmers in my shop!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 16, 2008 05:36:48 PM
I'm going to go spend all my points now ;D 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: selkie on September 17, 2008 04:37:50 AM
I've been knitting some hats and torn between posting them and saving them for yule gifts...
Any interest in 100% wool peace fleece hats? I have a dark teal and red one at this point. If there's interest, I'll post pictures.

Selkie


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 17, 2008 07:07:09 AM
AM that's definitely an inspirational story for me cause i'm always thinking i can't do things or go places cause of my health.  :-*


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 17, 2008 08:29:34 AM
I don't think I'm going to get all this wool off of my porch before it starts snowing (in my defense, snow in September is pretty common here, and nearly definite in October).  I'm working on the variegated fleece first in little batches in my enamel Big Pot (50 qt). I wish I had a wool picker.....my mother has one, but I am 1750 miles away.  ::)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 17, 2008 09:09:21 AM
PW - are you any type of woodworker??  I have picker plans ......


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 17, 2008 11:27:13 AM
mullerslanefarm, I probably have enough skill to make a picker, but not equipment. I know someone with a farm down the street who has a whole separate studio building just for processing wool, I might ask to bribe them for use of a picker....or spend a lot of time in front of the tv with hand cards/flicker. I wonder if I could make a mini hand picker thing with some nails and wood and clamp it onto something. Hmmm. Probably I should wash it all before I start messing around with that....


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 17, 2008 01:37:37 PM
just did a big clean out in my shop, nearly all items are HALF their original points!!

i need some points so hopefully everyone will come take a look and shop  ;D

(i might even include a cute kitty as an extra gift!) *lies to get business


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 17, 2008 01:50:31 PM
speaking of kittens i sewed some sushi for you:


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 18, 2008 06:31:58 AM
Gratuitous wool photo:

That batch will be flicked and washed again (already washed twice). Since it isn't stinky any more, I might flick it backstage. 

Our theater production closes Saturday night, after which there is a brief window  where I have a lot of free time. If you had talked with me before (last month) about some custom sewing, now is a good time to remind me again....   


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 18, 2008 07:00:43 AM
Gratuitous wool photo:
http://decapod.home.silentsong.net/wool1.jpg
That batch will be flicked and washed again (already washed twice). Since it isn't stinky any more, I might flick it backstage.   

nom nom!

Did you see the article about washing fleece in the latest Spin-Off??  I'm going to set up a tub to cold soak my fleece.  I generally just go through it, then scour.

I did find out that if I took the time to flick the tips before washing, it usually comes out clean (tips and all!) after just one scour!

 I love the bully breeds so I'm loving all the bully pictures!  My best friend has an ABD (American Bulldog - often confused with the "pit" bull) that was a rescue.  The only thing deadly on him is his tail that will beat the hell out of you when he's happy (which is all the time!)

I added a couple items in my shop.  A new needlepoint kit and new Festive Kitty stocking kit.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: rackycoo on September 18, 2008 07:26:54 AM
Yes, please keep on topic of crafts. Thanks, everyone.  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 18, 2008 08:09:56 AM

Did you see the article about washing fleece in the latest Spin-Off??  I'm going to set up a tub to cold soak my fleece.  I generally just go through it, then scour.

I did find out that if I took the time to flick the tips before washing, it usually comes out clean (tips and all!) after just one scour!


I've read about soaking it....I've got a second batch soaking right now so I can compare :)  I tried working it by hand without the flicker (the batch in the photo) but the tips are still gunky.  I'll try pre-flicking it on the next batch. We have super scalding hot tap water in my apartment building all the time, so I'm hoping not to have to do this outside on my portable electric burner. The 50 qt enamel pot is great (I also have an aluminum wash tub for cold baths) but too heavy to fill up and move anywhere at all. I'm in a second floor apartment so I can't just dump the water outside, it has to be lugged around in buckets and dumped in the tub.  There is a drain on my porch, sort of, but it doesn't work right and any water spilled on the porch runs off onto the downstairs neighbors porch, and I don't think they want stinky sheep water in their illegal bbq grill...

I'm going to do the variegated fleece first, then one of the black fleeces. If there is any interest in any of the fiber, at any stage of processing, let me know and I'll put photos in my shop.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 18, 2008 08:28:00 AM
wow that sounds complicated! you should just move to a farm :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 18, 2008 08:45:53 AM
wow that sounds complicated! you should just move to a farm :)

Haha, no, I want to live in the city. You just need a den or studio for crafting. I know I've seen some art/craft workspaces with rental or shared membership in some city areas, like DC and Boston.

Now I am reminded that a few decades ago, my undergrad college had a big basement area full of art and craft equipment that you could pay a small fee to use. I think they had a whole woodshop and ceramics thing and sewing machines and everything. Of course, it was closed up in the 80s or early 90s, before I went there, but I heard about how great it used to be....


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 18, 2008 08:52:33 AM
wow that sounds complicated! you should just move to a farm :)

Worked for me!!! ;) LOL!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 18, 2008 09:31:40 AM
i'd seriously consider moving to a farm and having a couple sheep :) i've only ever lived in big cities but i've always thought living in the county sounded great! my DH wouldnt like it though, he goes out a lot and would get bored of the peace and quit :P oh well.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Avian Flight on September 18, 2008 10:47:34 AM
I'm having a sale! All poly clay and more are half off! Plus I added some super cute crochet apples - perfect for the fall!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 18, 2008 11:33:54 AM
Wool!!  Nice shot Ptarmic!!  My hubby keeps asking me about my bags of wool.  Hehe.  Maybe I'll get around to it next year!  My main energies went into cleaning all the fleeces and then I ran out of steam.  Yeah, I know that was months ago...maybe even a year ago.  LOL. :)

Man, I am feeling old today.  I just did my presentation after pulling an all-nighter...well, not even an all nighter I did get 5 hours of sleep.  Tonite I have to attend a teachers presentation for Lana's school and I need to go make friends with Lana's classmates' parents.  HELP!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sweets4ever on September 18, 2008 01:04:18 PM
Off-topic photos and posts have been removed from this thread.  As Racky said, please stay on-topic.

Thanks!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: kitschkween on September 18, 2008 01:25:17 PM
I've marked down a couple things in my shop. sorry i've been MIA lately, but my grandmother's in town. We may be moving back to San Francisco or Raleigh soon, so I want to get rid of as much as possible.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: oneredboot on September 18, 2008 03:44:22 PM
just added tons of striped hats & striped handwarmers to my shop! here's a teaser:
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=176144)

...also a "pretty puffy slouchy hat" and some supplies (including a yarn harlot book and sublime stitching viva las vegas pattern).


oh, is there any interest in striped legwarmers?  perhaps some combination of brown / green / white?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 18, 2008 07:05:25 PM
I love your sugar plum handwarmers oneredboot, but im trying to find some that go a bit further up the hand to cover the next knuckle, is that something you could do? I have loads of trouble typing in the winter as the cold gives me arthuritus problems in my hands, too many years of staff and sword training  ;)

Im having a BIG clearout and tidy of my craft/computer room so expect a bunch of supplies in my shop soon!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: oneredboot on September 18, 2008 07:16:51 PM
staff and sword training? that's awesome!

do you mean fingerless gloves that actually have separate individual half-fingers?  or fingerless mitts that are just a bit longer to cover more of the fingers?  either way i can work on it! 


I love your sugar plum handwarmers oneredboot, but im trying to find some that go a bit further up the hand to cover the next knuckle, is that something you could do? I have loads of trouble typing in the winter as the cold gives me arthuritus problems in my hands, too many years of staff and sword training  ;)

Im having a BIG clearout and tidy of my craft/computer room so expect a bunch of supplies in my shop soon!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 18, 2008 11:28:04 PM
oneredboot: I would love stripy legwarmers, and brown/white or green/white sounds wonderful :)

I`ve lowered the rest of the points in my shop. Nothing cost more than 1 point now :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 19, 2008 06:26:40 AM
I mean the fingerless mitts type, the ones with seperate fingers i find get in the way a bit too much :)

I started collecting weaponry at about 12, not guns, i hate guns, but swords and staffs and knives. Most are only pretty display ones but i got interested enough for a while to get some training in using them. Now im not fit enough to do it lol

staff and sword training? that's awesome!

do you mean fingerless gloves that actually have separate individual half-fingers?  or fingerless mitts that are just a bit longer to cover more of the fingers?  either way i can work on it! 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 19, 2008 07:36:12 AM
atsuko i hope you made friends with everyone in lana's class! :)

katymai that's so cool! too bad it gave you arthritis :P are you sure it's not just the cold british winters? ;)

oneredboot i love the handwarmers too, i might be claiming some as autumn sets in...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 19, 2008 07:55:18 AM
Corduroy Cat, hehe.  Well I tried to make friends.  There wasn't too much time to talk to the parents.  They had long presentations and there was so much to do.  They had their artwork, pictures, etc. up and I had to scramble around to see it all.  :) But I did get a chance to volunteer to bring treats in.  Yay!

Katymai, ooh my hubby would love to see your collection.  He wanted a sword, but I told him that we just didn't have the room.  :)



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Avian Flight on September 19, 2008 10:45:22 AM
Added a laptop bag and put some more items on sale.
Teaser pic: (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=176342)

Would anybody be interested in a burda messenger bag for 3pts? I have that first bag's fabric and more, if anyone's interested I can make it an item with different fabric choices.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266239.0




Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 19, 2008 11:21:11 AM
Hey Avian Flight!!  I didn't know you were in Brooklyn.  My sis works out there and will be joining her fiance once they get married.  Cool!!  Nice bag BTW!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 19, 2008 01:53:51 PM
Added a laptop bag and put some more items on sale.
Would anybody be interested in a burda messenger bag for 3pts? I have that first bag's fabric and more, if anyone's interested I can make it an item with different fabric choices.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266239.0


Yes!  I would love the first one (black and white fabric).  I would definitely claim that.  What other fabrics do you have?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 19, 2008 02:02:45 PM
okay, this is very weird, but I typed a post yesterday and it never got posted.

I got a bounty today! Velvet Rose's fibergasm, Cyndi Mullers' soaps, girlwithsixarms neckwarmer, and aliciasjoy's craftbooks. It feels, smells, and looks so good here!

Now a request. I have a swap project that needs a small, TINY amount of fimo-type clay. I only need a pea-sized amount of WHITE. Porcelain white.

If anyone can mail me a tiny amount, I'd be so appreciative! I could swap some tatted flowerettes!



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 19, 2008 04:12:19 PM
Sewknitter, i have some white sculpey if thats any good? Id be happy to pass it along as every attempt iv made with it just ends in a big mess and lots of fustration lol. Pm me if it would be ok, but if it has to be fimo i dont have any sorry.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 19, 2008 04:35:30 PM
KatyMai thank you! I'll PM you momentarily!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 19, 2008 07:48:39 PM
Hey ladies! I am updating from my fancy new blackberry because I am excited I can browse craftster on the go and also because I spent all day shopping and I am inspired to make a billion things that I saw in shops and couldn't convince myself to buy. I am terrible at shopping, I just end up saying 'I could make that for cheaper!' Expect new hair things from me soon!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Avian Flight on September 19, 2008 09:06:29 PM
Added a laptop bag and put some more items on sale.
Would anybody be interested in a burda messenger bag for 3pts? I have that first bag's fabric and more, if anyone's interested I can make it an item with different fabric choices.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266239.0


Yes!  I would love the first one (black and white fabric).  I would definitely claim that.  What other fabrics do you have?

I put the custom bag and fabric choices up in my shop.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 20, 2008 12:50:40 AM
Well i was supposed to be tidying the craft room this morning, and i told hubby it would be all clean and tidy by the time he got back from the shop..... instead he walked in to find 3 new necklaces, a needlebook and a pin cushion and of course the same mess that was here when he left  ::)

Good job he has a good sense of humour, he just laughed, rolled his eyes and went back to the pc lol

Anywayz, there will be supplies in my shop soon, really there will, as soon as i tidy this room up  :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 20, 2008 03:32:15 AM
DH and i are off to the seashore this weekend (which is surprisingly sunny for the uk) :D havent been on holiday since november so we're soooo happy! be back monday night!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 20, 2008 06:16:04 AM
Well, I'm in Atlanta and meeting Phizzy and Racky in about 2 hours.  I arrived last night and have been visiting w/ a dear friend of mine.  Then off to have dim sum with my brother for dinner.  I love dim sum!  Yum  ;D.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 20, 2008 06:25:46 AM
I am terrible at shopping, I just end up saying 'I could make that for cheaper!' Expect new hair things from me soon!

I have the same problem, especially clothes shopping, and in the end I have no clothes, storebought or handmade, because I never get around to making anything.  I used to love clothes shopping, since I started sewing and am now aware of how much it actually cost to make something, I HATE it... it just depresses me.  :(


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: selkie on September 20, 2008 07:01:10 AM
I just added a bunch of vintage knitting patterns and needle craft magazines.
ONLY 1 POINT for ALL of them...
(Just want them out of my house!!!

Selkie


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 20, 2008 07:20:13 AM
Have a great time, reese52 (and Phizzy and racky too!)  :)  mmmm, dim sum....I am going to try and make some shu mai this morning for the cast party after strike tonight.  Nom!

I used to love clothes shopping, since I started sewing and am now aware of how much it actually cost to make something, I HATE it... it just depresses me.  :(

There is no going back! But fabric shopping is way more fun than clothes shopping anyway  :)

I'm off to work on the flower girl dresses for atsuko today, after I hit up the grocery store, my garden, and the thrift shop this morning.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 20, 2008 07:49:33 AM
Have a wonderful time CC!!  It's sounds awesome and relaxing!! 

You too Reese52, Phizzy, and Racky!  I bet you guys are going to have a blast!! 

Thank you Ptarmic!!  I can't wait to see the flower girl dresses!!!  We're coming down to the wire and panic is setting in.    ;)

Have a great day everyone!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 20, 2008 08:01:10 AM
I am cleaning and packing today and since it is the last day I will have the hubby around I have to get all the work out of him that I can  ;)

I am planning to go through my fabric stash at some point so maybe inspiration will hit and I will make some stuff!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 20, 2008 09:50:58 AM
Hey, all you "I love spiders" people, check out this latest post:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=269740.msg3042217#msg3042217

Can we get kabidesigns in this swap? you'll love them!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 20, 2008 01:13:30 PM
I just got back from meeting Phizzy and Racky.  It's nice to meet fellow crafsters IRL.  We also went to an art festival less that a mile away from our meeting place.  The weather is perfect for outdoor event.  It's starting to cool off down here.  :)

SewKnitter,  I've made a few bead spiders for a swap before.  Here are some photos.  Would you be interested in them?

 



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: DropDeadSuzie on September 20, 2008 01:23:56 PM
I would definitely claim some spiders! Im totally sad that LaughingLark isn't still in the STS.. last year around this time she was making tons of the most amazing beaded spiders and felt Day of the Dead skulls.. and im totally jonesing for some more!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 20, 2008 01:27:31 PM
Hey Mimi!!  Can't wait till you get here so we can meet up!!  :)

Sewknitter, those are cool.  She's taken the spiders to a whole different level! 
Anyone out there wanting spiders?  With Halloween around the corner I feel like a little beading!!  :) 

Anyone want tea?  Lana's is setting up for a tea party and can set a place for you if you want to come.

ETA: Oops, I didn't bother reading the other posts when the message came up saying that there were others.  Reese52, cute spiders!!  Mine's are a bit different...more like LLs, though I did add my own touch to their construction.  I want to make some that are like Souldier's!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 20, 2008 02:24:50 PM
I'll take some tea!  I am super parched from cleaning out drawers!  I did manage to find some fabric I must have hidden away and forgotten about  ::)

Atsuko - not much longer!!  I will be moved in as of the 15th of October!!  Maybe we can have a craft-room-setting-up party!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 20, 2008 02:27:11 PM
 :-[ :-[ :-[

Okay, I just thought those spiders were really fascinating. Kabidesigns started making the beads better and better, and I knew there were spider lovers here, so I gave the link.  :-[ :-[ :-[

I don't like spiders, I swat them with my trusty flyswatter faster than they can say, "Oh no RUN!!! Its HER!!!"  ;)



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: calluna on September 20, 2008 08:01:35 PM
Hi everyone,

I just joined; this swap has been tempting me for a long time! Please forgive any newbieness on my part; I've been studying SwapShop-ology for a while but I haven't followed the discussions so I have to catch up on that. I was away from Craftster most of the summer and I'm getting settled in a new town so...yeah, kindly let me know if I can make any changes/improvements in my new shop!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loves2experiment on September 20, 2008 08:20:17 PM
calluna, welcome to the STS swap :)  You have a lot of cool items in your shop!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 20, 2008 08:38:31 PM
Atsuko,  I like your spiders much better.  It has a much classier look to it.

Calluna, great shop and hope you enjoy STS as much as I do.   ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 20, 2008 10:28:53 PM
hey there calluna!!! don't be surprised if you see some of the stuff you sent in the fill-a-box swap popping up in my shop! I have been having a blast digging through  it all!
the fightclub crosstitch is AMAZING.  seriously.
when i saw the book covers in my package I got all kinds of great ideas. I have taken a number of book arts classes and I love it entirely. If you put bookcloth in your shop I would love you forever. haha


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 21, 2008 12:43:32 AM
Welcome Calluna!!  I'm glad you joined us!  FUN!!!

Reese, your spiders are great!!  I think I'll have to copy your style to make some tiny ones for Lana and her friends.  I tried making them with the longer pieces and they look funny.   ::)

Ok you knitters.  Guess what I did?  I learned how to k2tog back loop and yo (yarn over).  We're making baby gifts for 2 new babies and I had to give up my spot as the hat maker and was assigned the mitts.  :)  It's not much, but I am soooo happy!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: oneredboot on September 21, 2008 08:32:34 AM
moonfairy, i love paper dolls!  i'd love to see some in your shop!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: wwrich on September 21, 2008 09:59:15 AM
Some of you probably don't keep up with all of the old STS threads, so may not have seen this.

From the Shop The Swap 5 thread:

I know this is a really old thread, but I read a post asking about Fun4Bambi:

Fun4bambi hasn't been logged in for a month - I hope everything is ok with her.  Sad

I wanted to let you all know that Fun4Bambi, AKA Kimberly, died in January of colon cancer.

I know it's been a long time, but I wanted to say that she loved this group a lot and she got so much enjoyment from the swaps...She was like a little kid when the packages arrived...

Mad Morf, AKA Mr. Fun4Bambi


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Velvet Rose on September 21, 2008 01:51:52 PM
OMG I am in shock! How sad.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 21, 2008 02:51:40 PM
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: selkie on September 21, 2008 05:53:49 PM
I sent a pm to him - I did a personal swap with her.
Selkie


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 21, 2008 06:06:33 PM
Oh no, how terrible  :'( :'(


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 22, 2008 12:55:14 AM
I`m so sorry for your loss Mad Morf, my thoughts goes to you and your family.

I lost my grandad after a 7 years long battle against cancer last year. I still cant believe he`s gone.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 22, 2008 01:14:03 AM
Btw, I don`t think I`ll be able to join the next round (or any other round the rest of the year, to much stuff to do), so if there`s anything you want from my shop you have to claim it soon.

Hopefully I can join at least the next round, but it doesn`t look possible at the moment  :(

I`m working on a few paper dolls (halloween themed) at the moment. I hope I will have them up in my shop tomorrow. It`s a lot of work with them, so they will cost 2 points.

Oh, and if there`s anyone who wants the paper doll "Lilly Sue had the flu" just let me know and I`ll put her up in my shop.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 22, 2008 08:44:54 AM
Added a couple more milk soaps that essential oil blends to my shop.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 22, 2008 01:16:33 PM
Your dolls are lovely Moonfairy!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 22, 2008 01:55:35 PM
Your dolls are lovely Moonfairy!

I agree!  I used to make my own paper dolls when I was in elementary school. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 23, 2008 02:04:56 PM
Well thank you ladies  ;D

I`m working on a doll with three dresses at the moment  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Velvet Rose on September 23, 2008 08:31:45 PM
I've just given my shop a complete overhaul.

Sadly, international postage from Australia has just gone up to a minimum of $9 per package and I have just quit my job, so I can only afford to send flat things from now on.

I've listed a whole lot of handmade cards so please take a look.

I also have a huge stash of vintage buttons, trim and  knitting patterns which is just too much to photograph & list, but PM me if you're after something specific and I'll trawl through my stash.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 24, 2008 06:07:33 AM
moonfairy your dolls are way cool! could you make a siamese twin one? :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 24, 2008 06:13:09 AM
Moonfairy,  I love the pantaloons on her.  Is that even the correct term for the underwear?  Too cute!   ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 24, 2008 07:21:52 AM
does anyone bring their lunch to work, put it in the fridge and then some *!"$*! goes and steals it? my DH is having a problem with it right now (as are others at his work) as there is apparantly a ham and cheese burgler there!  >:(
i was trying to think of ways that he could "lock" his refrigerated items so the thief will have to go buy their own food, but i'm drawing a blank.
any ideas or ways to sew a moistureproof lockable lunchbag?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 24, 2008 07:24:35 AM
Someone sells plastic sandwich bags that are printed to look like the food inside is moldy, think that would work?   :D

http://boingboing.net/2008/09/16/sandwich-bag-has-fak.html


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: selkie on September 24, 2008 07:25:44 AM
Caribiner clips?
I'd say zip ties, but that wouldn't be a very green solution.
Selke


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 24, 2008 07:47:48 AM
Hmm, how about writing a note that says, "This sandwich was licked by me.  Enjoy!"


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 24, 2008 08:09:10 AM
moonfairy your dolls are way cool! could you make a siamese twin one? :D

A siamese twin would be so much fun to make  ;D
Do you want one with movable parts like Eufemia (1 point), or one with several outfits like Penelope (2 points)


Reese52: yes I think they are called that, I would really like some pairs for myself also  :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 24, 2008 08:21:02 AM
littlebiskit those are hilarious!  :D

moonfairy i'd love one with moveable joints!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: KatyMai on September 24, 2008 08:26:38 AM
Years ago i was working for a company that had the same sandwich thief issue, a couple peope got together to stop the thief and used two different ideas.
Day one- They put numerous lunches in the fridge with things like 'ham sandwich' written on them and then packed them full of chilli peppers, that weeded out one thief as they were throwing up for the next couple hours.
Day two- Someone still worried for their lunch hid behind the Staff room door each time someone went in there and eventually took a picture of the remaining sandwich thief. That photo was mailed to everyone in the company and posted up around the office. The person pictured quit through embarassment and no-one else stole any food so it worked.

Im not saying they are good ideas, but they worked for that office.

On a crafty note does anyone here do decopage? I have a bunch of sheets of it that came with other things that i will never use and am happy to put in my shop.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 24, 2008 08:32:57 AM
littlebiskit those are hilarious!  :D

moonfairy i'd love one with moveable joints!

I`ll start working on one tonight  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 24, 2008 08:35:07 AM
Its sure has been quiet around here this week....  

I am going to Houston for a week Sept 30-Oct 8, so I think sign-ups for the next round may start on Sunday Sept 28 so I can get the majority of them out of the way before I leave.  No idea whether I will have internet access so any new sign-ups will have to wait until I come home on Oct 8 if they haven't signed up between Sept 28-30.  Once we get all organized regarding a start-up time I will post on this thread to let ya'll know.

Just a reminder for all the new kids, a sign-up must be sent in for every round.  I do use the same swap spot and update the comment section for each round.  It is your responsibility to let us know that you are either continuing on (by sending in a sign-up) or wish to leave the swap (by sending a PM TO ALL ORGANIZERS telling us so).  As our mind reading abilities are nonexistent, please communicate!!!    To keep up with the feedback I will be closing out anyone that has met all the requirements to leave and that have NOT sent in a sign-up/pm saying they want to leave by midmonth of the new round.  A "poor communication" notation will be left in the comments.

Feedback will be given once all your outstanding claims have been received.  If you have more than 3 points you can join just to spend down to the required 3 points to leave.  Please spend your points down to 3, as any above that will go into the inflation fund once the swap is closed in your profile.  

Just a FYI- you may notice that the link for STS in the swap feedback slot leads to STS 7/2007.  That is because I use the same spot for everyone in the swap (whether you joined 10 rounds ago or this round).  When leaving feedback organizers have to put in all the information exactly the same each time or it won't update (and will make duplicate feedbacks and all kinds of other craziness)  This swap has over 40 people every month and logistically trying to keep track of who gets what date would be a nightmare.  So you all get the same date in the link BUT in the comment section there is always an updated record of all the rounds you participated in.  For stalking purposes I have included links to all the future rounds in the STS 7 post.  

Let us know if you have any questions!  Now everyone go shopping...... :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 24, 2008 09:29:44 AM
Years ago i was working for a company that had the same sandwich thief issue, a couple peope got together to stop the thief and used two different ideas.
Day one- They put numerous lunches in the fridge with things like 'ham sandwich' written on them and then packed them full of chilli peppers, that weeded out one thief as they were throwing up for the next couple hours.
Day two- Someone still worried for their lunch hid behind the Staff room door each time someone went in there and eventually took a picture of the remaining sandwich thief. That photo was mailed to everyone in the company and posted up around the office. The person pictured quit through embarassment and no-one else stole any food so it worked.

Im not saying they are good ideas, but they worked for that office.

On a crafty note does anyone here do decopage? I have a bunch of sheets of it that came with other things that i will never use and am happy to put in my shop.

I love the ideas used to catch a thief.  I think it's a same someone would stoop so low and steal lunch. 
Bring your own lunch, darnit!!

Phizzychick does a lot w/ paper crafting.  I do some, but i have way too many in my stash already.  I recently met her IRL this past weekend and found out that her area in Spain has no crafting shops w/ paper products (ex. scrapbooking supplies).  She even suggested I put some of my paper stash in my shop and she would claim it.  I plan on sending her some ephemera and paper supplies since she gave me some stickers and extras w/ my claim from STS 17. 

Alteredmommy (and of course the co-organizers)  thank you for all the work you put into this swap. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 24, 2008 10:51:03 AM
That's too funny KatyMai.  I like the chili peppers idea.  :)

Yeah!  Three cheers for AM, Lapoli, and Loves2!  You guys are doing a great job!!!  Thank you!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 24, 2008 01:01:56 PM
I can't seem to get away from making recycled cardboard boxes into notebooks.  Here's a few more I've added to my shop.

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=177729)

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=177728)

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=177730)

I Also started a new cassette tape coin purse.  It has the identical fabric and color of tape with the one pictured below except it has Guns and Roses Aerosmith  (I got it confused with another project) on the tape.  I figured out how to sew every part of it even the cassette to the fabric.  I despise using glue on everyday items that may wear off.  I have one more side to finish and it's going to be in my shop.  I hope 2 points isn't too much to ask for the item.  It is taking more time than I thought and some parts had to be hand sewn.

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=122382)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: loudxmouse on September 24, 2008 02:05:18 PM
those bags are amazing!

i would say have your hub put up a note that says "please stop stealing my sandwiches, my wife has our dog lick them especially for me" or something equally gross "who is stealing my horse meat and cheddar sandwiches?!?!"


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 24, 2008 03:04:59 PM
Hello lovely ladies, I have a huge favor to ask!      :-\

The 12 Days of Christmas swap will be taking over my life for the next few months, and due to that, I need to be able to close my shop.  Right now I've got 2 points, so I need to try to get up to three.  I've marked everything in my shop down by half.

Pity claims are welcome, and thank you in advance!!!    :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Sansa on September 24, 2008 03:27:48 PM
Lucky you, joining the 12 Days of Christmas. I was really tempted, but wussed out when my FIL got sick and I thought I might have to start work early. Even though I'll be working next year, I might stock up before hand (that's what I said this year) on some suitable things.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 24, 2008 05:57:26 PM
Just pray that Kish organizes again next year.  She got a little overwhelmed this year (tiny bit of drama) but she's a fantastic organizer, and I got a spot on partner.  Just enough the same, just enough different... wonderful!   ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 24, 2008 06:32:24 PM
New yarn up! It took me a looong time to get this one right... nothing was as I expected! But it's great. My camera broke so I'm using my husband's older camera, so the picture's a bit sketch... but I think it's accurate enough.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Velvet Rose on September 24, 2008 08:31:37 PM
I've just put some buttons & hand made paper in my shop.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: DropDeadSuzie on September 24, 2008 11:57:39 PM
so quiet in here!

I just went on a mad shopping spree so Im open again!

I've gotten most everything cleared out of my shop because I'm wanting to start fresh next round. (I've got soo much awesome Halloween stuff to put in my shop!!) but i went ahead and made a big bundle of necklaces and keychain charms and pins  - its a lot of stuff for just 1 point. So if any of you are interested in that for sure go check it out :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: DropDeadSuzie on September 25, 2008 12:33:40 AM
oh.. wow. that paper doll is seriously amazing!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 25, 2008 12:38:27 AM
Ok, so it looks like I maybe can join the next round (crossing fingers, arms, legs and eyes here). If I do join, what sort of stuff would you be interested in this round?

I was thinking about custom movable paper dolls, paper halloween decorations (like scary pumpkins with movable arms and legs, ghosts, witches etc). Maybe also some christmas/yule related stuff.
If you have ideas/wishes please let me know  :)
I`ll mainly work with papers since that wont cost that much to mail.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 25, 2008 12:40:17 AM
oh.. wow. that paper doll is seriously amazing!

Thank you  :)
It was so much fun making them. I have a thing about twoheaded siamese twins like these.  :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: selkie on September 25, 2008 04:10:04 AM
Moonfairy - Witches would be great!
BTW - I finally got a frame for the selkie picture I got from you however many rounds ago!
Selkie


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 25, 2008 04:41:43 AM
moonfairy you rock! i LOVE the doll :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 25, 2008 05:31:43 AM
I`m so happy that you like her  ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 25, 2008 05:39:02 AM
Moonfairy - Witches would be great!
BTW - I finally got a frame for the selkie picture I got from you however many rounds ago!
Selkie

I`ll certainly work on some witches if I join next round  :)
I have a bunch of paintings and prints that needs framing myself  ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 25, 2008 07:46:46 AM
Would anyone be interested in a set like this next round (minus the eggs/carton)?
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15329911 (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15329911)
I just finished one for the COWS and it turned out really cute (I plan on making one for my son for Christmas as well, he was very upset to find out that this one was not for him).
I think I would do it for 3 pts, just because it's pretty time consuming (well mostly the bowl is) and involves crocheting in the round so I actually have to count rather than watching TV while I do it.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: quilted on September 25, 2008 08:28:05 AM
Hi All... I haven't been around much lately. Now that I'm working full time, I just can't seem to keep up with the threads, etc.  :P For a while I'm going to close my shop.... at least until I get some more work done on my dissertation.

Love you all!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 25, 2008 08:38:55 AM
Hi everyone. I have a busy weekend crafting for the IYP10 partners.

You are all doing amazing things! No time to shop, and I have 2 points!

I'm going to give fair warning here. I'm tired of the things in my shop, and I'm going to pull them ALL down Monday night.

Putting up knit and paper goods only. Maybe some embroidered snowflake name scarves/pillows.

So if you want something that is there, PM me to hold it for you, or order them now!



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 25, 2008 10:30:17 AM
As an end of the month/round special (and effort to clear out some stuff and get points for shopping!) everything is BUY 1 get 1 of equal or lesser value FREE!  YAY!  Shop your heart out.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 25, 2008 11:15:38 AM
Thank you Zelda.Suicide!!  I hope I got those adorable onesies.  They'll be perfect for some upcoming office showers!  Me and the gals are knitting away furiously on the baby sets.  I finished my mitts!!  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mullerslanefarm on September 25, 2008 01:50:05 PM
Got pictures of Mother Earth milk soap and Cafe Au Lait milk soap (finally) up.

Lowered the points on the yarns too.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: kitschkween on September 25, 2008 02:52:08 PM
it's official. we're moving to Raleigh, NC! PM me if you live in the triangle. Craftster craft night!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: lapoli on September 25, 2008 02:53:40 PM
it's official. we're moving to Raleigh, NC! PM me if you live in the triangle. Craftster craft night!

Woo! We'll be neighbors, practically! :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: kitschkween on September 25, 2008 02:57:08 PM
yay!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 25, 2008 03:49:10 PM
Yay for Raleigh!  I'm there too!


And yay for BOGO sales, you guys are awesome at helping me clear out shop!

And now I am off to look at mullerslanefarm soaps, because they sound like the smell divine. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: purpleone on September 25, 2008 04:02:53 PM
Sale on and new fabric in my shoppe. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266392.msg3039712#msg3039712) :)

Argh there's so much wonderful stuff in everyone's stores this round I'm finding it hard not to spend all my points!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: pinkanddinky on September 25, 2008 05:25:45 PM
Hi All... I haven't been around much lately. Now that I'm working full time, I just can't seem to keep up with the threads, etc.  :P For a while I'm going to close my shop.... at least until I get some more work done on my dissertation.

Love you all!

Oh, I'm glad that's done! Good luck on yours, quilted! Hang in there...it is such a good feeling when you've turned in that final draft and you know you can put it all away :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 25, 2008 06:08:14 PM
you gals always amaze me with working, school, crafting, babies!!!  It makes me tired just thinking about all of it :D   Good luck quilted, hope we see you back here when you finish up!  Lucky you kitschkween, moving to another craftster hotspot....I'm still waiting for someone to move up here (its the snowmobile capital of Alberta!!!  deer, moose and bears in the front yard!!!  Over 6 pages of jobs in our town paper!!!)

So because I'm heading off to Houston on Tuesday (yayyy!!) we will  be starting Shop the Swap round 19 early.  Sign-ups will be open Sunday afternoon and because I am not sure about my internet connection in Houston I won't be able to process new people to the STS between Sept 30-Oct 8.  Once I come home I will do feedback right away.  Like usual I will post all the new threads here once we're done setting up :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: DropDeadSuzie on September 25, 2008 06:17:34 PM
i would move to canada in freakin' heartbeat! I love canada!

Im all alone here in utah.. the only person I know on craftster is actually a friend I had in real life and then one day we both realized we were on craftster.. pretty funny.

I keep missing the good day light to take pictures of all of my new stuff.. its goooood stuff and i want it in my shop!

Have fun on your trip AM! :)



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 25, 2008 06:30:12 PM
LOVE the new avatar DDS!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 25, 2008 06:30:24 PM
I live in Hampton Roads, so not to far from the Carolina folks.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: kitschkween on September 25, 2008 07:07:35 PM
I live in Hampton Roads, so not to far from the Carolina folks.

I lived in both Norfolk and VA Beach! Believe it or not, I'm not a military kid.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 25, 2008 07:38:37 PM
Good luck on your move Kitsch!!

AM, have fun in Houston.  We lived there for several years and loved it!  It's too bad Galveston is a mess now....it's really fun over there...there is this super interesting shop that has all kinds of neat finds.  Try to go over to San Antonio if you can.  It's really nice!

I'm busy making some Shinky dink robots like the ones that Luna1375 made here:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=246856.0
Mine is turning out super cute.   I got to break out and finally use my good colored pencils.  They are really fabulous in terms of the color!  Let me know if you're interested.

AQ, I haven't forgotten about your bracelet!  I'm gathering the pearls.  I have some, but I need a little more.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: pinkanddinky on September 25, 2008 08:10:37 PM
That is so cute, Atsuko! You'll have to show us when you are done :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 26, 2008 05:32:47 AM
AM sounds like you live in a beautiful place! i'd like to visit NC too, i have a friend there and it looks really nice! how are you gals affording to move in these crazy times??

atsuko i love the robot :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 26, 2008 06:14:24 AM
Ours is a corporate move so hubby's company pays for the whole process except for the house.

I am thinking I will have my shop open for the first 10 days or so of next round but then will have to close up while we move.  Hopefully I will get unpacked quickly and be able to open up again before the end of the month!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: kitschkween on September 26, 2008 06:21:22 AM
AM sounds like you live in a beautiful place! i'd like to visit NC too, i have a friend there and it looks really nice! how are you gals affording to move in these crazy times??

atsuko i love the robot :)

it's because of these crazy times that we have to move. My SIL is putting us up until we get back on our feet.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: LaughingLark on September 26, 2008 07:38:52 AM
Good morning everybody! :)

 I didn't mean to disappear for so long. I ended up having a pretty crazy month, and didn't get much crafting done. At the beginning of September, I got involved in politics. Well, I've always been involved in politics to some extent, but now I'm canvassing voters and stuff like that. I am a very, very shy person, but I just don't like what is happening in America right now, and I ended up volunteering in a big way for the first time in my life. My son is into it this year too, he is seventeen and can't vote, but last night we had a "Rock the Vote" event in our town where his band played and we registered some new voters.

I won't discuss politics here; this is a safe-haven from that craziness and it's crafty heaven to boot. ;) I should be on board with a shop in October. I need to take a break from the nuttiness and just make some things. And I need retail therapy! My shop will be smallish till after the election though.

Does anyone still want spiders? If somone else is making them now, I can do something else. If not, I still have some half-done. 

I just now caught up on the thread. I was worried that something bad had happened to Kimberly (Fun4Bambi) after she stopped logging in last autumn. She was so much fun, and I miss her.  :'(


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 26, 2008 07:45:54 AM
Kitsch, sorry to hear that.  Thank goodness you have family to rely on.  :)  We'll be sending good wishes your way.

Hey LL!  Good to hear from you.  Your spiders rock!! :)

Thank for the robot love guys.  I only wish I had created him.  :)  I should be able to take a pic of the robot tomorrow morning if I can get some decent light!  




Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Moonfairy on September 26, 2008 08:36:41 AM
I`ve put all my leftover items in a "you get all for 1 point" category. Well everything but the Susie painting and the Penelope paper doll that is  :)

Please help me get rid of all these bits and bobs  ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: edud on September 26, 2008 09:09:53 AM
I came into this swap because I saw so many things that I thought would make super Christmas gifts...now all I am doing is shopping for myself! penguino I love that purple fuzzy handspun...just want to get my shop sorted out a bit more first, I'm too nervous to spend all my points...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 26, 2008 11:30:56 AM
I'm guilty of the shopping for myself instead of for gifts for others too, next round I need to do better...


Just got back from the PO, sent 7 packages ($30+)... only 2 of them were not from STS.  I think I got all the DC #'s sent out...

Now I have some serious shopping to do, after I put the kiddo down for a nap and watch a movie (I need a break, turn my brain off for a bit).
Thanks everyone who took advantage of my sale!  I promise I will open back up tonight after I go shopping and leave the sale going until the new round starts (Sunday is what I keep reading...)

Though I won't be around tomorrow as we will be making a daytrip to Chesapeake, VA (3hrs there and then 3hrs back) to pick up our new car!  It's the new VW Jetta Sportwagen, YAY!  Can you tell I am excited!?!  My husband has been on the phone for the past 2 weeks tracking one down, it's been insane people keep snatching them up, but we put a deposit on it so it's OURS!  YAY again!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 26, 2008 11:40:42 AM
Congrats on your new car ZS!!  Sounds fun!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: oneredboot on September 26, 2008 12:28:30 PM
new striped legwarmers and handwarmers in my shop! also some mark-downs on supplies and some new everyday food magazines.

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=178301)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: DropDeadSuzie on September 26, 2008 12:57:58 PM
oohh gotta go check out those new hand/leg warmers.. the colors looks fabulous!


and.. im going to shamelessly promote the halloweekend swap im organizing! Sign ups last all day today and weekend swaps rock.. its almost like instant gratification :)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270345.msg3050664#msg3050664

 ;D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 26, 2008 01:03:31 PM
I was looking at your halloweekend swap DDS, if I didn't have to get ready for my trip I'd be all over that one-the gallery from last year is awesome!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 26, 2008 01:11:28 PM
wow i cant believe how much cool stuff was crafted in one weekend!  :o i'm a bit skeptical i would be able to do such a good job or i'd join...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 26, 2008 01:13:15 PM
Mmmmmm what lovely legwarmers!   I have shopping to do in a bit... which color should I choose...


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: AsphaltQueen on September 26, 2008 01:41:01 PM
In craft-related news, is anyone interested in some melt-and-pour Halloween soaps? Bats and such? I'm giving myself the weekend off and am hoping to do some crafting. Since my jewelry isn't a hot seller right now, I figured I'd go the Halloween route.

In non-craft related news, some of you may have heard that Extreme Home Makeover is in Michigan to rebuild a house for a local family. (Well, you probably only heard that if you're in the southern portion of Michigan, but it's been all the talk around here.) It ended up being a family here in Holt, and my asphalt company got to be a part of the excitement in helping this deserving family. 

We actually completed our portion of the project this afternoon (they announced to the family at 9:00am this morning that they had been selected and we were in the area two hours later with our equipment). We installed a crushed concrete parking area for the show's staging area. What a lot of fun it was trying to install a parking area between semi truck deliveries... (that was sarcasm for anyone who missed it).
 
And, no, none of us saw Ty Pennington (or anyone famous for that matter), though I did get some spectacular photos of a pretty nice crushed concrete lot. :)

My interesting Extreme Home Makeover tidbit that I'll share with you? The show gets 7,500 applicants - every day.



Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on September 26, 2008 01:55:48 PM
7,500 applicants a day!  GEEEZ!


I just went on a shopping spree and my shop is back open again!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 26, 2008 02:27:43 PM
that's cool that you were a part of helping a family! with that many applicants i wonder what the criteria is for choosing the family?! sounds like you'd be better off playing lottery :P

btw i've been eyeing your necklaces but since i'm mostly home sick i've nowhere to wear them :(


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: DropDeadSuzie on September 26, 2008 02:51:18 PM
7,500... a DAY!?  wow.. I figured a ton of people applied but thats like.. a lot.

I would definitely claim some halloween soaps, I have a bunch of halloween stuff I will be putting in my shop the next day or two and would love to see more halloween stuff in shops.. i love halloween :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: penguino on September 26, 2008 06:39:20 PM
thanks edud.  I am glad that you like purple fuzzy. 

I went shopping.  I am open now with a new natural dyed black walnut roving.  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 26, 2008 06:59:46 PM
I finished the robot necklaces.  Come check them out.  My shop is on page 2.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Avian Flight on September 26, 2008 07:46:41 PM
oh my, those are super cute robots! i would totally buy one.. but i ran out of points. =/


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Sansa on September 26, 2008 07:58:55 PM
I finally finished something out of the numerous projects I started. It is an over the arm rest organiser. Made using the embroidery kit from Miss Violaceous. So look closely at the embroidery if you are picky. My photos are sideways. I try again tomorrow.

Also, I originally cut blue and red binding before realising that it didn't really match. I'm thinking of doing another with the flowers in red. Let me know if there's any interest.

(http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2683412070068655104uOCIWK)

(http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2926929760068655104hJEFGb)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Miss Violaceous on September 26, 2008 08:05:44 PM
That's soooo beautiful Sansa! I love the colors and the way the whole thing goes together!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Sansa on September 26, 2008 08:28:32 PM
Thank you.   ;D

It's not an original pattern. It's from a magazine. One of several I have which prompted me to want to learn embroidery. Sometimes just a small amount can really lift a project.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: purpleone on September 27, 2008 04:03:02 AM
Sansa that's beautiful.

Calluna I love how you find such awesomely random titles! My local thrift stores only ever have old copies of Harry Potter and 1970s cookbooks :D

I have space in the supply section of my shop; anyone looking for fabric? I need to de-stash a bit; mainly quilting cottons.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 27, 2008 06:49:34 AM
oh my, those are super cute robots! i would totally buy one.. but i ran out of points. =/

Heehee, thanks!  Don't worry.  I'm sure you'll earn some points soon.  :)

I'm thinking of making some scrabble tile pendants with the images on them for the next round, once I finish AM's bracelet!!

Happy Saturday everyone!!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: aeronberry on September 27, 2008 07:54:40 AM
Sansa that's beautiful.

Calluna I love how you find such awesomely random titles! My local thrift stores only ever have old copies of Harry Potter and 1970s cookbooks :D

I have space in the supply section of my shop; anyone looking for fabric? I need to de-stash a bit; mainly quilting cottons.

purpleone, I've been eyeing your crocheted earrings, and I can always use some more fabric  ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: purpleone on September 27, 2008 08:00:58 AM
Have added some Michael Miller, fishes and vintage roses fabric (pg 5 of the thread.) :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: LaughingLark on September 27, 2008 08:29:44 AM
Calluna I love how you find such awesomely random titles! My local thrift stores only ever have old copies of Harry Potter and 1970s cookbooks :D

 Vintage cookbooks can be a goldmine of fun, though. Maybe if you find a spectacularly awful recipe, make into altered art or something? I have this card I found at a yard sale with a pie that looks vaguely menacing, and here's a picture of it. Sorry it's not a better pic; my batteries were dying and I never got around to taking a new one. I'm using this card as a bookmark right now, till I decide what to make with it.
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g116/LaughingLark/Emotionally%20Scarring%20Vintage%20Foods%20and%20Crafts/scarypie.jpg)


Have you seen Lilek's Gallery of Regrettable Foods?  :D
http://lileks.com/institute/gallery/index.html

Some vintage recipe art for the kitchen would be a blast to make. Since I'm nervous about going out to canvass voters in a few minutes (I'm really, really a bashful person IRL), I'm feeling rather silly right now. I am picturing a 1960's-1970's molded Jello salad framed with random flashing multicolored diodes added for effect... ;D How hard would it be to make something like that?  :D





Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: purpleone on September 27, 2008 08:34:30 AM
Hey LL! You may well be onto something; I'm thinking ageing cookbooks would be a great kitschy swap theme!

P.S. Good for you canvassing voters :) Over here in the UK we're watching the (seemingly never-ending) US presidential election with fascination.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 27, 2008 10:12:21 AM
we're in election mode here in Canada too, they called it last month and we vote on Oct 14.    I don't know if that makes any difference in voter turnout but think I would be so tired of the whole deal if I had to be immersed in it for months and months and months......

I'm hoping to get a little crafting done today (well ALOT of crafting) and finish up my IYP package for Penlowe-I might be able to meet her in Austin next week to exchange!!  Anyone have any good ideas  of crafty/arty/fun places to go in Houston or Austin(we'll only be there for the day) let me know!  I get a few picks since I have to put time in with my best friend at the Galleria ::)   

Remember shopping for this round will be closed at noon EST tomorrow.....


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on September 27, 2008 11:50:14 AM
Anyone know where to find those extra big clear glass globs for magnets and stuff? I can only find the small globs at Michaels, maybe I need to try Hobby Lobby or the big Michaels the next town over....  I only need a few, so if anyone has extras and wants to offer them in your shop, I'd claim some!

If I can find a good color merino in my stash, I'm going to try out some nuno this weekend, small pieces that might end up in my shop if they turn out :) 

I'm also testing out recipes for a dinner party next weekend. Fennel salad = bad, but the caramel pecan cakes are up next :)  I'll have extras to share!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: mimiw on September 27, 2008 12:41:56 PM
How big of glass globs PW?  I have some that are about 1" - 1.5" that I got at the dollar store I think. 

I am in Charleston visiting my brother and wishing I still lived here.  I have dragged him all over town eating already  :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: littlebiskit on September 27, 2008 12:42:40 PM
Anyone know where to find those extra big clear glass globs for magnets and stuff? I can only find the small globs at Michaels, maybe I need to try Hobby Lobby or the big Michaels the next town over....  I only need a few, so if anyone has extras and wants to offer them in your shop, I'd claim some!

I find mine at Michaels and Target.  (Though Target is MUCH more expensive.)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 27, 2008 01:02:30 PM
i FINALLY finished the little felt mascot for reese52!

sorry it took so long, i'll list it now! hope you like her :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: sewknitter on September 27, 2008 01:08:34 PM
Anyone know where to find those extra big clear glass globs for magnets and stuff? I can only find the small globs at Michaels, maybe I need to try Hobby Lobby or the big Michaels the next town over....  I only need a few, so if anyone has extras and wants to offer them in your shop, I'd claim some!

ptarmic wumpus I have some, will throw in with your socks. Tell me how many you really need.


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 27, 2008 01:43:39 PM
i FINALLY finished the little felt mascot for reese52!
sorry it took so long, i'll list it now! hope you like her :)

She's adorable!  I'm naming her after my cat Azula.  She already has a spot on my desk.  Now to claim her before this round ends.  :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: calluna on September 27, 2008 02:21:42 PM

Have you seen Lilek's Gallery of Regrettable Foods?  :D
http://lileks.com/institute/gallery/index.html

 I'm feeling rather silly right now. I am picturing a 1960's-1970's molded Jello salad framed with random flashing multicolored diodes added for effect... ;D How hard would it be to make something like that?  :D


Amen to the Gallery of Regrettable Foods!  :D

I would imagine that the blinking jello salad would be very do-able, with the only possible trouble being if you wanted the diodes suspended mid-jello--they might sink to the bottom (or the top, as it would turn out with the mold being upside-down).  :) I like the idea, though, as well as the description of any food as "menacing"!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 27, 2008 02:42:31 PM
Hiya! I'm back from my travels, though depressingly tired! I awoke at about 4pm today and am already tired and it's only just gone 11.30!

I seem to have missed most of this round and all the goodies made and bought, but I hope to catch up with some new stuff for next round! Reese52 can vouch for how many new supplies I bought! :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 27, 2008 02:56:03 PM
welcome back phizzy we missed you! :)
are you planning on doing anymore gorey illustrations for next round?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: reese52 on September 27, 2008 05:15:59 PM
Hiya! I'm back from my travels, though depressingly tired! I awoke at about 4pm today and am already tired and it's only just gone 11.30!

I seem to have missed most of this round and all the goodies made and bought, but I hope to catch up with some new stuff for next round! Reese52 can vouch for how many new supplies I bought! :D

I definitely can say I saw the items and new goodies she bought.  I can't wait to see what you come up w/ those items.  It was great meeting you.  I hope you start feeling better.  I wonder if you are still adjusting to jet lag and having too much fun.  ;)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: underthemountain on September 27, 2008 06:03:11 PM
AM, My hubby recommends the Houston Gallery of Modern Art.  He says the surrounding area has fun stuff.  The Galleria is wonderful!  I loved shopping there!!  Be sure to hit up Fiesta grocery store for those lotteria cards!

Ack, Ptarmic I wish I had known about you needing glass globs when I was sending to you.  Next time I send you a flat rate I'll ask!  And after talking with my hubby I have to say that you are right about boxes over 13oz with only stamps on them going as surface mail instead of priority.  Today he mailed another of my boxes covered in stamps (this time in MD) and the po person put a 0.00cent metered strip on it.  So she knew what she was doing. Just thought I'd share that so that others won't suffer like us!

CC, that little cat rocks!!

Phizzy, welcome back!!  I just sent off your replacement bracelet today!!  I hope it makes it to you soon!!  :)

Man, I'm beat!  Lana had a Bday party today and then I had to go to the last day of the sale for those Transformers.  ACK!  Tomorrow we're off for NY (just for the day) to go to my sis' bridal shower. 


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: DropDeadSuzie on September 27, 2008 06:16:35 PM
that sounds like a full weekend atsuko! I would be a little jealous of all the fun stuff you are all doing but i had my fun last weekend when i flew out to boston for a few days to see a friend and some family.. always a good time!

Since last week was so hectic I decided to take this weekend easy... just working on some work stuff and crafting. These types of weekends are my favorite :)

I finished two adorable owl wallets last night that im excited to put in my shop.. I made a couple of mess-ups trying to get my pattern and dimensions right but it was so worth it because they are awesome! They open up and have the regular fold area for cash and pockets for business cards/credit cards/whatever.  Pretty neato! :)


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 28, 2008 02:03:13 AM
welcome back phizzy we missed you! :)
are you planning on doing anymore gorey illustrations for next round?
Thanks corduroy cat! I can definitely work on some, are there any of his that you prefer?

I definitely can say I saw the items and new goodies she bought.  I can't wait to see what you come up w/ those items.  It was great meeting you.  I hope you start feeling better.  I wonder if you are still adjusting to jet lag and having too much fun.  ;)
Yeah, it may be a little of both :D It was great meeting you too! That art fair was really cool!

Phizzy, welcome back!!  I just sent off your replacement bracelet today!!  I hope it makes it to you soon!!  :)
Thanks atsuko!


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: corduroy cat on September 28, 2008 10:40:00 AM
wow, quiet today!

phizzy i like all his weird creatures!  ;D

everyone ready for round 19?


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: Phizzychick on September 28, 2008 10:41:05 AM
Yeah, I'm far too eager for 19! :D


Title: Re: Shop the Swap 18 discussion thread
Post by: alteredmommy on September 28, 2008 10:46:34 AM
your wish is our command.....

shop the swap 19 SIGNUP thread:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270957.msg3058617#msg3058617

DISCUSSION thread:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270954.msg3058590#msg3058590

see ya'll there!! :)