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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Friendly Little Garden Swap Gallery! on: May 19, 2011 02:23:28 PM
Original swap thread:

Post 'em if you got 'em!
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Friendly Little Garden Swap, Mail by 5/20/11 on: April 19, 2011 03:01:24 AM
Ready to plant some flowers?
Craving fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and herbs? Looking for unique row-markers or a cute garden apron? If seed-bombing that little patch of soil by the corner mail-box is your passion, then this little swap is for you! Share your crafty talents, share a few seeds, and make some new gardening friends.

Link to last year's gallery:


Swap name: Friendly Little Garden Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: AlternaWidget
Sign-up date range: 04/19/11-04/26/11
Date to send item by: 05/17/11

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO, as long as customs regulations are followed regarding plant materials and seeds.
 Limited to USA so seeds may be legally shared between partners.

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

CRAFTING REQUIREMENTS: This is a 3 point swap, meaning one large or one medium plus one small, plus seeds. Other extras are strictly optional, and should be by mutual agreement with your partner. Communication is what makes this fun for everyone, so weekly participation (even a simple check-in) is required.
If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Friendly Little Garden 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 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Whats your gardening zone?
Find zones here:  http://www.garden.org/zipzone/
Please list the types of seeds you would like to receive: flower, herb, or vegetable?
Please list the types of seed you have to send: flower, herbs, or vegetable?
What kind of gardening crafts would you like to make and receive?

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My crochet for the County Fair on: September 07, 2009 11:12:59 AM
Hi! It's been a long time since I shared a project, and this one is very special to me. Here is my faithful recreation of Gourmet Crochet's "Suzette" doll:

I added her beaded necklace and bracelet after this picture was taken. I won 1st place with her, and 2nd place with my elephant:

This is "Grace the Elephant" from Roxycraft's Trio II, and another special project for me.

I still love our county fair, but I think it is slowly going the way of the horse and cart. Sad
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Crinkle Cotton Gauze - Probably a Dumb Question, but... :) on: May 26, 2008 08:41:44 AM
Hi Everyone! I have been sewing for eons. Really. That said...
I bought some lovely crinkly cotton gauze for a tunic. Washed and air-dried it. Lovely.
Now the question. I am drawing a blank on whether or not I need to iron this flat before I cut it out. I was very careful when I dried it to gently extend it out as flat as possible, but it is still crinkled.
Feeling very stupid here. Thanks in advance for your kind help. Smiley
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Lotus Map Book on: May 16, 2008 02:45:53 PM
And another one! This is my take on Gwen Diehn's "Lotus Map Book" from The Weekend Crafter Making Books and Journals book.

The cover is leftover artsy paper on recyled cereal box cardboard. Untie the red string at the upper right corner and open the 4 lotus pages made from genuine vintage travel maps (I can vouch - they were at my mom's house from WAY back in the 60s).

These are part of a gift, and I placed items in each lotus, such as old postage stamps of art and science, fancy stickers of animals, and old coins.

WHAT FUN this was to make! I'm planning another one using glossy "Birds and Blooms" covers instead of maps.

Thanks for looking!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Photojojo-type Collected Pages Journal on: May 14, 2008 06:37:45 AM
Feeling the need to make something special for a young friend, I spent the last week or so collecting, printing, and trimming pages for a journal of this type:


I purchased a few sheets of art paper, a pad of black and white card stock, some watercolor paper, and some vellum. The balance consists of repurposed single-side copies from our business, and other bits and pieces of a good size and texture, like graduation announcements and greeting cards.

I also (gasp!) created "scrap paper" images by printing old family photos fast and light on regular typing paper and cutting to size. The old faint images are a little spooky, but I love the effect. They're especially evocative under a vellum page.


I also included my own color photos of nature and animals, and a commercial color postcard as the back. The cover is my own photo taken at our local park.

The theme is "Science is Art", and her science is archaeology. This book is a sort of "contemporary dig".  I hope she likes it, and that it inspires her to create her own journals.   And I'm already collecting for another one!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sleep Masks from Burda Style on: March 22, 2008 04:28:23 PM
Hi! What to do with scrap pieces of fabric, fleece, and interfacing, ribbon, and a free pattern: "Marcel", Burda # 7997. Made these two in about 20 minutes.

This pattern is a keeper for a quick gift!
Each of these will be placed in a mug with herbal teabags, a nice piece of chocolate, and a pair of crocheted MaryJane slippers* for my girls.

Have a good one!

* Lydia the Strange's terrific MaryJanes:
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Doggy Pincushion on: February 22, 2008 08:07:51 AM
Crafting away my blues today AND working my way through my "must-do" list, and this is the first completed object of the day.
This is a pincushion for a fellow craftster/swap organizer who will probably be totally surprised to see it coming. I still want to drive out to meet her for coffee and a visit, but this will have to do for now.

The pattern and tutorial came from here:

The safety pin sticking out by the black thread spool will be tucked in after the FrayCheck dries.

This was a nice easy pattern and great therapy.

And I know another craftster made these too, but for the life of me I can't find her post. (sorry! pm me and I'll credit you for inspiring me!)

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bike Helmet Ear Warmers on: October 15, 2007 01:55:28 PM
Hi Everyone! Here's a quick and easy project I knit up for my husband, using less than 1 skein of Bernat Softy Chunky. I used a size 8 short circular for portability. The only change I made to the pattern was to use garter for the lower edges instead of stockinette.  If I make them again, I may convert the pattern to knit in the round on 2 circs or a set of dpns.

The warmers are 2 layers, very warm, and perfectly designed to work with the straps on his helmet. He loves them.

The pattern is by Amy O'Neill Houck, and available in pdf format:


10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Craft The Vote! / Inspiration for further crafty explorations on: August 17, 2007 02:02:33 PM
Hi Everyone! I found this cute Pez dispenser today:
Note his little string arms and legs...And oddly sad expresssion.  Undecided
And there was an elephant to match.

Very cute - but I bet WE could do better. Stuffie? Crochet? Knit? Fimo?

I will be off to my mad scientist lab to see what I can come up with.


Mary F
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