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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Sea Life Swap? on: February 25, 2019 05:07:12 AM
The Sea Life Swap was one of several that I started and hosted back in the day when I was super active with crafting, now that I've caught the bug again, I'm thinking of hosting another round in the next couple months as we [hopefully] start rolling into warmer weather. I'll post about starting up rounds of other swaps I've hosted before after I get my feet wet again on running swaps again. Because this one only ran 2 rounds, I think it would be a nice one to reincarnate almost 10 years later!

Here's a link to each of the rounds I ran and their discussion threads, followed by a gallery link for an idea of how it went waaaaay back when Wink

Sea Life Swap (SLS) R1
SLS R1 GALLERY

SLS R2
SLS R2 GALLERY

Crafted item requirements can be modified to be less, this was a 5 point swap each round because I ♥ sea life  Grin Cheesy so I wanted to send and receive as much as possible!

Here's a couple other sea life-oriented swaps I found that were hosted after I had basically ended up taking a break from swapping for several years:

Sea Creature Swap
Sea Creature GALLERY

Sea Creature Swap R2
Sea Creature R2 GALLERY

Under the Sea Swap
Under the Sea GALLERY

Looks like the first round of Sea Creatures was 7 points, WOW, wish I was around to have joined that one! Second round of that went down to 5 points, and Under the Sea went with 1 large item only (3 points).

What do you think? Yes or no? Points to craft and send?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / PIC HEAVY - Enchanted Forest, Daisy, Irish Wedding on: February 19, 2019 09:28:15 AM
I'm a bit delayed in posting the rest of my crafted items I made as part of decorations for our wedding back in 2017!  Shocked LOL!

My husband's heritage is Irish, so we had a nod to that in his and his groomsmen's attire, as well as the colors I chose for flowers and my bouquet: green, yellow, white.

My favorite flowers are daisies and sunflowers, in keeping with our color scheme, I went with daisies and other flowers in the scheme. A little pic heavy, but I put thumbnails for most of the other crafted goodies other than my bouquet and headpiece, so hopefully that will cut back on loading time for this post!

Here's a good shot of my bouquet (and my rocking one of my cluster bracelets I had gifted to one of my bridesmaids several years back, so I 'borrowed' it for the day in keeping with the old/new/borrowed/blue tradition)


Here's a link to the post I made about my headpiece a couple years back: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452137.0

And here's a photo of me in it from the wedding


Did my own take on a 'shabby chic' meets enchanted forest with the various pieces I bought and decorated or made.

Bought these metal cages and other little things, filled with fake moss and decorated with ivy as well as those little LED fairy lights that are battery operated. Click each one for a larger photo!



Had the cards sign made from someone on Etsy, bought the large white birdcage to tuck cards into and decorated it with lace


Had the cake topper custom painted with our initials (from Etsy again!), cake stand came with another ribbon in it and I took it out and replaced with the Irish National Tartan ribbon


Between between myself and about 6 friends and 4 family members, we all pitched in and filled the mismatched vases/jars/pitchers with water and fresh flowers and set about 3-4 of them each on a wooden 'trivet' or stand that I bought about 15 of in various shapes (from TJMaxx/Marshalls/Homegoods) and sizes. Also set out stuff at the altar, around the stage, and on the various tables that would be setup for the bar and buffet and cake tables. Whew!! It was a LOT of work to decorate for your own wedding, thank goodness I had lots of extra hands helping out Smiley

Here's what I started with (well, this is about 3/4 of the items, I bought a few more here and there before the big day). All items purchased on the cheap from thrift stores in the area for .25-$1 each, or up to about $10 each on the pitchers and a few I bought brand new that I loved from other retail stores.


And here's what they became on the day-of!


Here's a shot of our memorial table. You can see some of my decorations I made in the background on the memorial table.


And our altar setup on the stage where we were married (more handiwork by friends and family filling up vases and setting out knick-knacks!)


And last, but not least, a crochet doily table runner on our head table that we sat at for the reception. Elvis, our mascot, keeping watch over things! Got him at Homegoods for $10 on clearance! YAY!!


It was a wonderful and beautiful day, and I'm so proud to have had a hand in making it that way with my crafts!

Questions and comments welcome! Enjoy!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fill a Flat Rate Box Swap? on: April 18, 2017 06:06:21 AM
I used to run a fill a box swap for the small size Priority flat rate box (way back when, it used to be just under $5 to ship...now it's $7.15 on the USPS website  Undecided ) and would be interested in running another swap with a choice of all 3 sizes: small, medium, large. 

Swappers would be matched up accordingly, smalls with smalls, medium with medium, etc. 

Boxes would be primarily supplies-oriented, can be small crafted items, too.

FOC would be allowed to send up to 3 boxes, non-FOC can sign up for 1 or 2.  Some of us have more ability to send to more than one person, so signing up for more than 1 box is not required but is an option!

This is kinda like a destash swap, except we all get boxes back...so...it's more like a trade-off, lol!

Prices are:  Small - $7.15, Medium - $13.60, Large - $18.85
Priority Flat Rate boxes are only available at these prices for shipment within the US, so this would be a US-only swap.
Boxes can be picked up at your local post office, or can be ordered in 10-box bundles at a minimum for free shipment to your house.  Shipping labels can also be printed directly from the USPS website for each of these because they are one single price to anywhere in the US, no matter the weight (I think they have a 50lb max or something...but, how many of us can really fit THAT much in a box? LOL!).

Any interest in something like this??

I'm up for hosting after May 1st, as I'm out of town later this week and all of next week on a road trip with my fiance.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Daisy Flower Head Wreath for My Wedding on: April 13, 2017 05:42:03 AM
Hi, hi, everyone!

I've been absent from this site for a number of years now, mostly due to 'life' in general, but I'm back on track to getting my craft on Smiley

In other news, I'm getting married on October 8th this year!!  Super excited!  I've been creating a few wedding crafts here and there, mostly just decorating some store-bought items like birdcages and lanterns.  We're doing a renaissance/medieval-inspired, Celtic-style wedding.  My fiance is Scots-Irish, and we're both heavily into the medieval time period for events, dress, and other aspects of our lives, so it was just a fantastic fit.  Decorations are mostly a whimsical-woodsy feel, lots of flowers and greenery, fairies, toadstools, gnomes, stuff like that.

I found this inspiration pin HERE and crafted my creation from these photos.

Here's the finished product!!  I'm VERY impressed with how it turned out.  I really didn't know exactly how I was going to construct it, but I thought about it for the last couple months and figured it out.



And here's a few of it on my head.  There will be a white chiffon 'veil', like this worn under it for the ceremony, and then it will be just on my hair for the reception like it's shown here now.





I think it's perfect!  I love the extra fullness that I created on mine versus the inspiration piece.  May swap the lace on the back for either white or sunny yellow satin ribbon, not sure yet.  Will have to try the piece on with my dress and decide later on.  Dress is being custom-sewn by a local seamstress in my town.  Because it will be handmade, I'll post it in the sewing board with the creator's permission if I'm allowed.

Thanks for looking, comments/questions welcome Smiley
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Beaded Blanket Stitched Holiday Ornament on: December 19, 2011 05:35:30 AM
I pinned a tute on doing a beaded blanket stitch a couple weeks back, thought this ornament was the perfect time to try it out! 



I made this for my partner in the Stocking Swap R7 along with several other handmade goodies.  It was one of my fave items out of the whole package (other than the awesome Teesha Moore stocking I made for her!).  Made with red felt, white felt, sequins with gold buttons sewn on to keep them in place, rick rack to decorate, and a tassle from home dec clearance a while back I've been hoarding.  The hanger is made from red, green, and white embroiderly floss braided and sewn in place.

I LOVE the look of the beaded blanket stitch, and will definitely use it again.

Thanks for looking, C&C welcome!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Teesha Moore Christmas Stocking on: December 19, 2011 04:31:46 AM
Happy Holidays, everyone!  If you're into stockings, then you've likely seen my Button Encrusted Christmas Stocking I posted last year.  It's been a whole year already almost and I still can't believe I made Best Of 2010 for it Smiley  Thanks for all your support!

So, in keeping with my holiday spirit each year, and joining the next round of the Stocking Swap (number 7 now!)...I have made another epic stocking for my partner, oneredboot.

I give you.....the Teesha Moore Christmas stocking!

 

This stocking was awesome to put together, 100% HAND SEWN for each patch and assembling front to back.  The only items that were machine stitched were the inside backing on the front and the back front/back pieces to make up the back side of the stocking.  All buttons and embellishments are hand sewn as well.  Front and back pieces were blanket stitched together with coordinating colored embroidery floss.

Here's a few closeups on the patches, click for a larger picture in my photo hosting:

               

Of course, my fave patch is the button Christmas tree, followed closely by the ornaments outlined in gold, the felt snowflake with seed bead detail, and the ribbons outlined in gold Smiley

Thanks so much for looking, C&C welcome!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R10 FOCR R10 GALLERY on: October 22, 2011 07:28:26 PM
Post pics of your 'prize' in it's new home here!

DISCUSSION THREAD: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391053.0

SENT
SENT AND RECEIVED
FEEDBACK RECEIVED

1. TheSapphireMoon
2. Hollistercobabe - sent on 11/2
3. imera
4. xperimentl
5. jillybeans
6. suereal
7. Onyxnox
8. tcmatteson
9. UntouchableFace
10. ChameleonHound
11. kwiltykate
12. Belladune
13. Homerof2
14.onegroovyday
15. coocoosnest
16. miknessevie
17. puzzler
18. camelama
19. A2K
20. erica_tattoos
21. Whistley
22. lacey0828
23. badpuppy
24. waggonswest
25. frosty772
26. goldfishpollywog
27. aisy - sent 10/29
28. nilmerg
29. guacaMolly
30. luckdragon
31. hockamama
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R10 FOCR R10 (Signups CLOSED Sendout 10/25) on: September 19, 2011 05:23:20 AM

GALLERY

The theme of this big round 10 will be Best Of.  This idea originally came from me, TheSapphireMoon and everyone else Smiley  Craft ONE MEDIUM item around this theme.  Check out the FOCR Ideas thread for more ideas on themes for the coming rounds, found HERE:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248558.0

GALLERIES
Round 1 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=253749.0
Round 2 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=263251.0
Round 3 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=277258.0
Round 4 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=290617.0
Round 5 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=302878.0
Round 6 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=310754.0
Round 7 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=328326.0
Round 8 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343462.0
Round 9 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371079.0


Swap name: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap (FOCR) R10
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: TheSapphireMoon
Co-organizer: TBD
Sign-up date range: 9/19/11-10/17/11
Date to send item by: 10/25/11
Limited to a certain number of people? NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?
Age requirement? Over 16 and ACTIVE Friends of Craftster ONLY, please

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/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO


Details of swap:

The FOCR is now 10!  YAY!  What better way to celebrate than a return to our roots and do a good ol' fashioned Best Of theme?  The goal here is to create one medium item in your 'best' style.  An item you make the best, or is your favorite (and therefore 'best') to make.  You could also opt to create a set of 2-3 small items in lieu of one medium.

FRIENDS OF CRAFTSTER ONLY, PLEASE!

Not a Friend of Craftster? Join here! Support the website that supports your crafting needs Smiley

https://www.craftster.org/subscribe.php

Items MUST be crafted and ready to go by the end of signups, as you only have 1 WEEK to send them out! So once you know you are approved, start craftin’!

If you have a ‘pre-made’ item, GREAT! This means you’re ready to go and we’ve barely begun, so post a picture and sit back and chat us up ‘til signups close!

Photos of all 'prizes' are DUE NO LATER than 10/20 so everyone has an opportunity to see what will be offered before the drawing and sendouts.  If you do not post a picture by this date or at all, it will be noted in your feedback, as this IS a requirement for this swap to be a success.

Drawing will be done on 10/21, PMs will be sent to the 'prize' creators letting them know who 'won' their item and where it should be sent to.

Swap is for: one (1) medium item (Medium = 2 or more crafting hours OR $10-$30 dollars) Can also be a pair/set of 2-3 small items to equal 1 medium. Please PM me if you have questions about your item offered.  

This will be a 'raffle' style swap. There will be 2 hats: one full of swapper's names and one full of the items made by these swappers (with the name of who made that item below it to avoid the creator 'winning' back their own creation!). A name will be picked, then an item picked, and that person gets that item drawn! An almost complete surprise...as photos would be posted of all items for all to see, so you can look and dream and wish for all the ones you like...then see what shows up at your door! Serious concerns will be addressed in the swap questionnaire (i.e.-Vegans receiving things made from wool and other animal-derivatives, wool/food/smoke/etc. allergies, etc.) so people don't end up with something they ABSOLUTELY cannot have around them or their family for health/lifestyle/etc. issues, and if it happens, then the name and item both go back in the hat and are drawn again until a favorable match comes up.

When a ‘winner’ is chosen, the creator of their ‘prize’ will get their address from the organizer in a PM. PLEASE try to keep this a SECRET if you DO figure out who you are sending to! This way the ‘winner’ will be surprised with their ‘prize’ when it arrives

Please communicate in the thread OR by PM to the organizer ONCE a week at a minimum so we know you are still out there and crafting for the swap. If I have not seen you posting in the thread, this will be reflected in your feedback.  I will check in with you when there is about 1 week left to make sure you are still in on a ‘prize’ for the drawing.

Delivery Confirmation is required for this swap.  For international mailings, please retain your receipt until your partner receives.

Please PM the DC to the organizer, me TheSapphireMoon, once you have sent so I can update your name on the front page and maintain my records. For any items that are lost in the mail, adequate time for the package to arrive or be returned to the sender will be allowed.  If it never arrives after a reasonable amount of time, a swap angel will be arranged to craft a comparable ‘prize’ for the ‘winner.’

Feedback will be given when your partner has received.  Please PM me when you send AND when you receive so I can keep my lists updated!

Negative feedback will be given if you have not sent out by 2 weeks past the sendout date, and an angel will be found for your ‘winner.’  Seeing as this is a ‘premade craft’ raffle, and you have to have a completed item posted before the drawing…I don’t see this happening for anyone…but you never know what life has in store for you from one day to the next!

I will post a gallery for ‘prizes’ so when the ‘winner’ receives their item and may have it displayed in their home/wearing it/put it to use in some way, they may post a picture or two for us showing off their great ‘prize.’

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap (FOCR) R10
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Are at least 16 years old (yes/no)?
IF NO TO ABOVE QUESTION, have you been swapping before the rule change & have swap mod approval to continue (yes/no)?
Read the Swap Info Guide and rules/guidelines for this swap (yes/no)?
Are you able to send to countries outside of your own, as this is an international swap (yes/no)?
Do you have any pets?
Do you or any members in your home smoke?
Any other allergens in your home?
Do you have any allergies? If YES, please list them.
Are you vegan or vegetarian (to make sure your name is not drawn to ‘win’ something made from animal derivatives)?
Anything you ABSOLUTELY would not want to receive for any religious/lifestyle/phobia reasons (clowns, violence/nudity themes, spiders, pagan themes….you get the idea…etc.)?
Anything else you would like me to know for the raffle, or that your ‘winner’ should know?

**Please put FOCR in the Subject of your PM so I can get to them quickly when communicating on this swap!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Featured Projects - 2nd Quarter 2011 on: September 17, 2011 08:53:20 AM
Jewelry and Trinkets Featured Projects - Quarter 2 2011

YIKES!  I'm behind the 8 ball on doling out kudos again this year Undecided  Sorry about that!  Without further adieu, here are the 2nd Quarter featured projects for April, May, and June!

Completed Projects: General

Wired wrapped jewelry has recently become a fast fave of mine, and this mixed materials Glass beads and clay button dangly creation by rangerbeth is one of my current loves.  



Jewelry boxes and holders seldom see their 15 minutes of fame, but this WONDERFUL Apple Jewelry Box by illegalcreativity truly deserves some mad props!  I love the 'bite' that holds necklaces and other long bits Smiley  Ingenious!



DawnsTrees has made some amazing pieces recently, and this Rose Necklace is no exception!  Poly clay can really be amazing Smiley



As a big fan of statement necklaces myself, this Circles All Around! necklace is right up my alley.  Anna Iv has made many adorable pieces all on this one topic, but hands-down the purple circles takes the cake for me!



Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Having long hair, I don't often wear it down as I run out of ideas for what to do with it.  These great Dyed Pistachio Hair Falls made by mieljolie are just my style.  Gotta love that recycled, hippie style!



Completed Projects: Beading

Adding another log on the pile of techniques I envy: beadwork!  This Purple Spiral Bracelet made by Obsessed Knitter is also in one of my fave colors, so double-fave Smiley



Mixed media projects are high on my list of loves, especially this Beaded and embroidered cuff by AnnaAnna.  I saw this when it was originally posted back in May and was inspired to create a cuff of mixed media myself Smiley  Thanks for the inspiration!



Thank you so much to all the craftsters submitting fabulous projects all year round!  
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / I ♥ LOVE ♥ Buttons Swap Round 3 GALLERY on: June 16, 2011 06:27:38 PM


Post your button-y goodness here!!!

DISCUSSION THREAD:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381599.0
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