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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Shrinky Dink Swap on: January 31, 2005 01:04:10 PM
Back before the holidays, I idly mentioned that after new years I would host a Shrinky Dink Swap.  And just in time, too -- it looks like Shrinky Dinks are on the rise here on Craftster.  So, I'm posting here to see who might wanna play.  I can tell you that it probably wouldn't start until mid-February at least.

Any suggestions on specifics for the swap?  Ask for likes/dislikes?  Have a theme?  Anything goes?

12  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Featured Projects such a great thing! on: January 13, 2005 10:06:27 AM
I love the Featured Projects links!  I spend WAY too much time on here, yet I still miss lots of cool stuff.  I wouldn't have thought there were so many things I hadn't seen yet, but I just checked out the new Featured Projects, and wow, how did I miss them??

Never a shortage of inspiration and coolness on Craftster!

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / drawer liners? on: January 07, 2005 09:56:24 AM
I have acquired a dresser.  I don't love it, but I think it can be messed with and be okay.  A relative gave it to us, so it was free, that's the main thing!  Wink

It's got some yucky stains in some of the drawers, though, and a place or two where there is something old and gunked.  Blecch.  It's the kind of thing where even after I clean them, it will still be gross.  So, I want to line the bottom of the drawers, but I was trying to think of a creative way to do it.  Most contact paper is pretty ugly, and most of the drawer liner paper you can buy for clothing is not adhesive on the back, and I'd be afraid it would slip and slide out of place.

Anyone have any crafty suggestions?  I wouldn't mind gluing or something like that, as it's not really "heirloom" furniture.

14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / storing ephemera, scraps, bits, etc on: January 05, 2005 01:30:06 PM
I am constantly saving things to use in paper crafts "eventually" but I can't figure out a good way to organize and store them.  Does anyone here have a good system that they use?  I've tried boxes and file folders, but it's tricky to remember what's where and stay organized, especially when some things are just tiny and some are full pages (like from old magazines).

15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / LET ME MAKE YOUR CRAFT SWAP II (Signup CLOSED; Final Mailout Feb 28) on: December 29, 2004 11:34:13 AM
Swap name: Let Me Make Your Craft II
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: xmelinda (Melinda Hautala)
Sign-up date range: Dec 29--Jan 9
Date to send item by: After signups are finished, I will give everyone 10 days to mail out supplies (Jan 19).  Then, allowing for time it takes supplies to arrive to each crafter, everyone will have a bit more than a month to complete crafts and send them out -- final mailout date will be Feb 28.

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

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes, if enough people are willing to ship overseas

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  18+, please

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer has been a member for at least 1 month and will
make sure that every participant has been a member for
at least 1 month: YES

Details of swap:

We all have some craft supplies in our stash that are things you bought or picked up or saved because it just seemed like surely you could make something out of it.  But it's been in your stash for a while now, waiting for its chance to shine.  Gather up some of these random supplies from your stash and send them to your partner, whom I will assign.  That person will receive your supplies, make crafts out of them, and send the finished objects to you before the end of February.

When you receive supplies, you may make one thing using all or most of the supplies, or you may make a whole bunch of things.  You may add other supplies if necessary to complete a project, and you may have leftover supplies that you don't use.  Leftovers should be added to your own stash -- but please make every effort to use up as much as you can, as it's not really fair to just keep the supplies.

This is an exercise in broadening your creative mind and getting you out of a rut.  First, it's a challenge to come up with crafts from a set group of supplies, and Second, it's inspiring to see how others thought to use supplies you didn't know what to do with.  It's really very fun.

See here for ideas and inspiration, the gallery from the first of these swaps:

Please PM me if you have any questions!

Melinda  Grin

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?

**Are there any items you would rather not receive (i.e. you don't wear earrings or you live in Florida and don't really need mittens or whatever)? 

**Anything else you'd like me or your partner to know?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Let Me Make Your Craft PART TWO on: December 27, 2004 07:37:02 AM
Okay, I'm almost moved into my new house, the holidays are over, and I'm ready to begin signups for the 2nd "Let Me Make Your Craft" swap.  Are y'all ready to play?

If you weren't aware of the first one of these, here's what happens:  Gather up some stuff from your craft supply stash.  Ideally, this would be the stuff that you've been hanging onto because "there must be something cool to make with this..." but you've never gotten around to doing anything with it.  But feel free to include whatever -- for example, maybe you always see lovely yarn in the shop, but you don't knit or crochet.  You will send a box full of random supplies to someone else and that person will make stuff out of your supplies and send them back to you.  Everyone will have ample time, probably a month, to get inspired and make stuff.

Here's the gallery from the last time:

It's a really fun way to jump-start your creativity in new and different directions!

17  UNITED STATES / Kentucky / Lexington Craft Club? on: December 16, 2004 11:55:13 AM
Would any of you from Lexington or nearby be interested in a craft group that meets once a month?  I've thought for a while that I'd love to have a club that gets together to craft  -- kinda like how my mom used to have bridge club or some people have bunco club.  Kinda like a Stitch N Bitch, but for all kinds of crafts.

Because it would probably involve a bit of mess sometimes, I think it would be best to have it at someone's home, rather than in a public place like the SNB, and ideally it would rotate each month, so that everyone who is willing takes turns and one person is not always the host.  Though if it's only once a month, it could possibly have a permanent home, too.  It could be the kind of thing where members take turns giving tutorials on different crafts, or it could be just that people bring whatever they're working on and hang out together.

It would be a little while before I'd be able to start this up in earnest, after the holidays and new years, after I get settled in my new house, etc.  I just wanted to see if anyone here might be into it, just get some feedback.

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for Noro Silk Garden? on: December 16, 2004 10:04:40 AM
When I was visiting NYC a couple of weeks ago, I made a little field trip to Purl in Soho.  I wanted to buy some yarn, so I could make myself a sort of souvenir of the day, but I could only afford to buy a little bit.  I didn't know what I wanted to make, so I was having difficulty picking out something (SO much to choose!), and my sister convinced me to just buy the yarn I kept being drawn to, even if I didn't have a plan for it and it didn't go with anything I already have.

So I bought this gorgeous Noro Silk Garden, but could only afford 2 skeins of it.  I had thought maybe I'd make a little felted purse, but I didn't realize til I got home that it's a wool/silk blend rather than 100% wool (I didn't even read the label, I just grabbed it for the colors).

What can I make with only 2 skeins?  I don't want to make a hat or handwarmers, because the colors don't match my coat -- but also because I want to make something more sorta "special" than that.  I thought about making a light netty scarf, so that I could wear it with clothes, not just as outdoor wear, but I think it might be too warm and also might look weird (but I don't know).

I also thought maybe I could over time get a few more skeins to go with it -- I couldn't match the dye lot, but I could get a neutral color or something.

Last note -- I am a BEGINNER!  But I'm not afraid to jump into a pattern and try to figure it out, either.  Anyone have any good ideas?  I'd really hate to have bought this special treat splurge yarn for myself and then have it sit in a drawer for years.

19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Game Pieces Swap on: November 23, 2004 08:55:31 AM
Post pics here when you get 'em!

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / The Craftster Spirit, circa 1973 on: November 19, 2004 01:58:03 PM
Here is an ad from a 1973 Woman's Day magazine.  I just thought the text was right in line with the spirit of Craftster.  I'll type it out, since you probably can't see it in the picture:

"Arts & Crafts Today.  It's the gift of self-expression.  And that's a perfect gift for the girl in the difficult-to-find-something-for age group.  She'll get more out of each kit than we put in, like countless pleasurable hours learning a new skill and the fun of creating a beautiful finished product.  There are 22 kits in all, including Weaving, Cork Craft, and Needlepoint.   You don't even have to know her size, because Arts & Crafts Today fits all girls from 7 to 15.  Arts & Crafts Today.  Useful Skills Tomorrow."

I would only edit to say that Arts & Crafts fits all girls AND BOYS at ANY age!

Melinda  Smiley
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