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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / The Four Elements Swap (Sign Ups 10/17/08 - 10/31/08 or until full) on: October 17, 2008 07:24:40 PM
Swap name: The Four Elements Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: the franz   
Sign-up date range: 10/17/08 - 10/31/08 or until full
Date to send item by: 12/08/08

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

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

Age requirement? If you are under 18 please get your parent's permission
Details of swap:
This swap is all about the elements: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire!  We will be crafting for this swap based on the point system for total of 8 points, each of the 4 elements must be represented and at least 70% of your items must be crafted. 
For some great ideas on what you could craft check out the preliminary thread here:

1 Point = 1 Small, 1 hour or less crafting time, purchased items less than $2.50 or found items

2 Points = 1 Medium, 1 - 3 hours crafting time, purchased items $2.50 - $5

3 Points = 1 Large, at least 3 hours crafting time, purchased items $5 - $10

The point system simply allows for flexibility in this swap, e.g. you've got a super awesome idea for fire but are having trouble with what to craft for air then you can devote more points to fire and less to air.  This also opens up the option of crafting for the fifth element: spirit, as suggested by craftster Ronda S.  Remember though to try to keep a good mix of different sized items and to communicate with your partner about how you are planning to craft your points, just don't tell 'em what your making unless both of you decide it's okay. 

You have to PM me and your partner when you both send and receive.  If you are sending within US you need to get a DC or tracking number.  If you are sending internationally you must have proof of shipment in either a receipt or customs number.

We want to see all your goodies so if you don't have a digital camera please get your partner to take pics for you.

Please keep good communication with your partner. 

There will be two check-ins that will be done via PM at half way and one week before send outs.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, concerns or something comes up.  And remember to HAVE FUN!

*NOTE* I work a full time job Monday through Friday so all communications and feedback updates will generally happen after 5PM EST during the week.

If you want to participate, please send your questionnaire and all other PMs to me with 4 Elements Swap in the subject line:

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)
Do you have any allergies or other restrictions that you would like note?
Do you have any allergens in your home (smoke, pets, etc..)?
Do you have a digital camera and will take and post pics of all your elemental goodness?
What is your favorite element?
Would you want to craft the element spirit?
What element do you feel the most in tune with?
Please note anything else you would like your partner to know here:

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

tvelez * Newbie Swapper *
the franz
little green dragonfly
Insane_Aktor * Newbie Swapper *
RondaS* Co-Organizer*

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Pimp Cup Swap? on: March 02, 2008 02:00:08 PM
Would anybody be interest in a "pimp cup" swap?  The basic idea would be to take a wine glass, brandy snifter, martini glass, etc.. and pimp it out.  You could pimp out the cup with rhinestones, polymer clay or whatever!  I actually have few "pimp cups" that I've purchased but I think it would be fun to make them  Wink...
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Noro Hat on: December 22, 2007 07:30:28 AM
This is my first Noro project and I really wanted see for myself how the colorway would knit up so made a simple little pom-pom hat.  It was knit with one ball of Noro Kureyon #188 with your basic-from memory hat pattern.  I just cast on 80 stitches on size 5 circulars and knit in K3P1 rib for about an inch, worked the rest in stockinette, decreased evenly and topped it off with pom-pom made from the left-over yarn.  Thanks for looking!

4  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Modified Half-Pipe Hat on: November 29, 2007 05:13:55 PM
Okay,  so I made the Half-Pipe Hat for myself to see if my boyfriend liked it all done up before I made one for him.  I used kinda cheapy acrylic/wool blend yarn so it would be washable and incorporated one of the charts from the Skull Isle Hat.  Instead of using plastic canvas for the brim I used the thin plastic from the side of a kitty litter container.  The result:  he loves it and I do too!  I started his yesterday.

*The white opaque plastic from the kitty litter box doesn't really show through under regular light conditions but it did with the camera flash*
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / bread machine recipes please! on: October 27, 2007 05:03:12 PM
I just got a Breadman bread machine for my birthday but all the recipes in the booklet are really boring.  Does anybody have any really good bread machine recipes (e.g.  onion dill bread, cheese bread, chili bread, etc...)?
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello from VA! on: October 07, 2007 07:32:15 AM
Hi! Nice to meet everybody.  I found this sight via some knitting blogs that I frequent.  I've always been crafty but during college I went through this whole exsistential crisis involving crafting and feminism but It passed.  I now am totally loud and proud about my love for traditional women's handicrafts.  I have taught muself how to knit, sew, do macrame, garden, cook and crochet.  I really suck at crochet thus far.  I'm pretty good at everything else although I've never knit a sweater because patterns scare me.
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