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7041  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wishlist 8 Gallery! on: March 27, 2006 09:33:39 PM
I received a terrific swap package from Stifflersmom Smiley  She chose to fulfill my wish for a new craft journal, and she did an awesome job.  My new journal (which has a fear monster on the cover) looks waaaay better than my current one (which is plain, black...and boring...).  On with the pictures:

Yep, in addition to my lovely journal, she also sent me an ATC, a bunch of stickers and various bits of ephemera!  Here's a close-up of the ATC:

Thanks for the wonderful swap package, Stifflersmom!
7042  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Fabric Fat Quarter Swap? on: March 27, 2006 09:05:50 PM
What will happen if no one picks something off the thread and its stalled for a long time?

said person gets a reason to go to the craft store Grin

LOL, going to the fabric store would be a chore, wouldn't it Wink 

Seriously, that's why I thought about having people post a minimum of 10 8 options.  If we're stuck after a day or two, the last person should add a couple more options.  I think it's alright to post a variety of fabrics, as long as everyone honors the system that they should post fabrics that they would like to receive Wink

Question: Will there be a max # of claims a person can have out? Or will there be some rule to determine when you can claim again, say after you've shipped out and your partner has received or something to that effect? Or do these types of rules not really apply to the ongoing swaps as much since they are a pretty even give and take? Just curious...I really have no opinion on this particular area of the swap, I've just noticed a lot of other swaps have similar rules and wasn't sure how this would go.

I think I will adopt the system used for the ongoing wish swaps Smiley  A newbie can have one claim, everyone else can have two claims, and FOCs can make three claims.  When you have reached your max, you will not be able to claim anyone else's fabric offerings until one of your partners have received from you.  So basically, you cannot owe more than the number of claims you can make.  Did that make sense?  It's getting late  Undecided 
7043  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Design a Dream Wallet Swap Gallery on: March 27, 2006 08:50:22 PM
I got the fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts Smiley 
7044  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Fabric Fat Quarter Swap? on: March 27, 2006 06:40:14 PM
Yep, do you know how many we are going to post? Because I was think that I would post as many as we were required and then post others larger pieces that weren't my style and I didn't like.... are we allowed to do this?

As long as you post the minumum required, you're more than welcome to post extras Smiley

7045  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Design a Dream Wallet Swap Gallery on: March 27, 2006 06:24:11 PM
Thanks guys Cheesy  I'm really glad that luciabug likes her wallet Smiley 

The wallet is a one-of...and I forgot to draft a pattern when I made it.  It took me 2 tries to get things right (you don't wanna see the first one Tongue)!
7046  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Fabric Fat Quarter Swap? on: March 27, 2006 12:49:43 PM
Im back from my weekend getawayand I cant believe Ive missed out on the interesting discussions about this topic Tongue

I love the idea but does it have to be fat quarters? I NEED more than that for most of my projects. Can it be two fq's or 1 half yard? Can we post less, like 5 or 6? Sorry, I know I'm a pain sometimes.  Wink

Claiming either two FQs or a half yard piece would work for me! 

I would like to keep the post to a minimum of eight selections, be it FQs or half yard pieces.  That way, the swap should move along pretty quickly and not be idled by a lack of choices Smiley

This sounds like a very fun and easy idea!
I know that I have burnt myself out with some big shipping costs to the US in the past few months and I'm thinking the postage on 2 FQ's would turn out very reasonable Smiley

Good idea on letting the topic stew awhile, more people = awesomer ongoing swap.

Yes, thats what I was thinking.  I wanted something funwith reasonable shipping costs.  Think this topic has been sufficiently stewed over? Wink

I like the idea of doing this one with the option of choosing 2 FQs...or a full 1/2 yard piece if the person offering mentions it's available that way. Maybe we could list what we have and just specify the length of each. If we have a 1/2 yard we could just send that or cut it and send a FQ of that fabric and a FQ of another, whichever way it was requested by the person choosing it. I know when I purchase fabric I never buy less than a yard (I'm even purchasing full yards for the swap I'm in...1/2 yard for my partner and the other 1/2 for me). Crap...I AM addicted.  Undecided

To be fair (and to keep things simple, I think the person who is making a claim should not request for a FQ to be cut from a half yard piece.  It would kinda suck if someone was left with a bunch of FQs when she has offered lots of half yard selections to choose from!  Im glad to know that youre having fun with the Fat Quarters or 1/2 Yard Pieces Swap!  In case you didnt figure, Im a fabric junkie too Tongue

I KNOW that you can fit approx. 6 yards of fabric into a flat rate Global Priority envelope (before needing to use tape to keep it shut - which is a no-no!)
Considering that, I would think it would be a real waste to ship one half yard anywhere for $9.50.

When I read what this post was, I don't know why, but I imagined that it would work a little differently....
I thought that everyone would contribute x number of fat quarters.  They would all be sent to the organizer, and the organizer, in return, would ship x number of DIFFERENT fat quarters back to you. 
Everyone would have to send money for return postage to the organizer, it could be included with the fat quarters (or half yds, or whatever is decided), and it shouldn't cost anyone more than $10 (probably).

I also thought that each month there would be a theme.  For example, one month everyone should send pink fabric, the next month everyone would send batiks, and the next month they would send novelties.....
of course, you could participate one month, or every month, because the number of fat quarters you get will be determined by how many you send in, not the number of people involved....Does that make sense?

Oh, and to keep things moving, the deadline is the deadline.  Fabric should be received by the organizer by the 25th of each month (or whatever day....this is just for example).  There will be no extentions, not to be mean, but that way if one person flakes, the rest aren't waiting forever to get their fabric.

Just tell me to shut it if I am way off here!

Meghan, I like the idea of themes Smiley  Perhaps we could have a discussion on that for the proposed monthly fabric swaps.   

Okay, back to the topic at hand.  I am definitely not willing to organize a swap where Ill have to be responsible for distributing and shipping to all participants!  There are all kinds of potential problems with that (how to fairly distribute the collected fabric stash, having to account for how the funds were spent, etc.).   

I proposed an ongoing fabric swap for the following reasons:

1.  I wanted people to have the option of selecting and receiving fabric(s) they really, really like!
2.  I thought itll be nice to send FQs (or in this case, 2 FQs or a half yard piece) to keep shipping costs reasonable.
3.  There seems to be lots of folks who have fabric stashes in their closets and I thought they would like to refresh their stash by trading.   

I don't think that would work, what if the organizer flakes, I'm not saying she would, just that it's not a really good idea to do a swap like that just becasue of the things that could go wrong.

And also you wouldn;t get fabric you didn't care for....

Just my 2 cents...

Thanks for adding that you dont think I would flake Wink  Seriously, I would not even entertain the idea of doing a mass swap.  If I did, I would go nuts trying to figure out how to divide up and refund any remaining amounts of money.  Ick!

Now, I have a couple more questions for everyone:

1.  Should there be a restriction on the types of fabrics that may be traded?  Having organized a couple of fabric swaps, Ive noticed that people tend to ask for cotton fabricsand indicate that they would not like to receive fabrics that are difficult to work with (i.e. frays easily, really slick-type fabrics, gauzy fabrics, etc.).  Id love to hear from you, PinkMafiasince youve also organized a fabric swap in the past.

2.  If this swap gets organized, would it be fair to ask everyone to ship out within a week from the day someone has made a claim? 

7047  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Design a Dream Wallet Swap Gallery on: March 26, 2006 06:40:29 PM
Well done, Nesse! Smiley  That wallet is terrific!

I'm loving all the fabulous wallets I've seen so far Cheesy  Can't wait to see them all!!! 
7048  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fat Quarters or 1/2 Yard Pieces Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED ; MAIL BY 04/03/06 on: March 24, 2006 10:33:00 AM
I'm leaving for a weekend trip!  We've got tickets to see Madama Butterfly and I'm psyched!!!  I'm definitely gonna miss my Craftster time Sad     

nushy, I can totally relate to what you just said.  My mom's the same way whenever I visit her...and believe me, I'm waaaay past the age of being smothered by my mom Wink 
7049  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Design a Dream Wallet Swap Gallery on: March 23, 2006 06:38:17 PM
I think it's great knowing that the wallet was created just for you!  My partner, luciabug should receive my wallet any day now...and I'm still anxious about her reaction to the wallet that I tried to create for her.  On the flip side, I can't wait to see what she made for me Cheesy 
7050  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Design a Dream Wallet Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED ; MAIL BY 03/17/06) on: March 23, 2006 06:34:52 PM
I'm leaving for a weekend getaway and won't be back till Monday.  Hence, I will have limited access to Craftster the internet.  If you send me a pm and don't receive a prompt response from me, I wanted to let you guys know that I'm not ignoring you!!!  Cheesy
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