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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Salvaging a botched drop spindle attempt. on: April 01, 2010 07:17:47 PM
I attempted to spin on a drop spindle a while back.. I wasn't patient and just completely winged it. Needless to say it's NOT at all what I want. Too loose/barely spun, seriously puffy in places..not really anything I'm remotely proud of ha ha. HOWEVER, the fiber is full of very vibrant beautiful colors and I want to try to redo it. Is there any way to ..well re draft I suppose it would be? I feel there should be an easier way to do it besides sitting there and twisting it by hand in the opposite direction. Maybe it's a lost cause? I tried searching a million variations of what I am trying to convey online but didnt find anything but I swear I saw something somewhere about how to fix it. Any advice would be super greatly appreciated!

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Can't decide on website design! on: February 22, 2010 04:24:16 PM
All right, so I have been on a design binge and have come up with a few different designs. They all have different feels to them and I understand that it depends on my feel but I feel like any one of them could represent varying parts of my personality. Just wanted your opinions. I'm obviously going to change and add content but just curious about the design elements (placement/color etc) So any input is greatly appreciated!

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3  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 Angel Needed for December Birthday Swap FOUND-thanks! on: December 30, 2009 08:25:14 AM
This is for a medium item at least.
ThreadOrYarn was claimed for absorbent kitchen towels and other kitchen goodies. If you can fulfill that claim that's great. If you cannot please take a look at her wishlist and see if there is something else that you can do! Please PM me and do not respond here

Swap link

ThreadOrYarn's Wishlist
4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Looking for one or two families with children in need of crafty goodness on: December 19, 2009 02:36:43 PM
So I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this, but I thought I would try any way. When going through my basement and my craft supplies I realized I had a lot that I dont use or need. I thought it would be nice to see if any body knew any families with children who made need or want some nice craft supplies for the Holidays. I have enough 1 large package to a child, two medium sized ones and possibly 3 small. I would really prefer to send to some families who really need some help from Santa. Keep in mind these are not all brand new, but are all in good condition. I would think that younger girls would appreciate them the most. Some of the supplies include.

*Plastic String, similar to gimp used for lanyard making.
*Unfinished wooden Coat posts for the wall, shaped as a flower, star, and circle.
*3 packages of colored pencils.
*Assorted Plastic Beads, many different kinds.
*Beads with words on them.
*Water Colors
*Mini Stapler
*Dog Bone Shaped Paper Clips

Just to name a few. Please feel free to PM me if you have someone in mind. I would really like to give all of these supplies to some deserving people. Thanks!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Input on 'COOL' items for young adults/kids on: December 17, 2009 09:36:32 PM
Hey you lovely ladies.
I've decided this year that I am way too poor to buy things for my family so I, like many others have decided to have a crafted christmas. Anyway, I have the grownups covered for the most part but I would really like to send some gifts to my niece and 4 nephews. They live in another state and we rarely get to see each other so it's a bit tough for me to grasp what they are into. Just curious if any of you moms or grandmoms or teachers or just crochet people in general think. You don't need to tell me what you think for all of them. I'm mainly concerned with the two older ones but I'll list their ages. If you can give me a bit of input or advice I'd really really love it.


Okay, oldest to youngest

Lilac- 12
Julian- 7

I was thinking of some fancy fingerless gloves for Lilac but that's pretty much where I'm at. I know that the adolescent/teenager range kids can be pretty picky I know I was so I wanted to make something a little more modern or hip I guess?

Anyway, help is SO appreciated!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone have their own sheep/alpaca? on: December 02, 2009 09:20:00 PM
I honestly don't know where to put this so feel free to remove if necessary. I've just recently really gotten into the idea of small scale farming or backyard farming or urban farming or whatever you want to call it. Essentially I'd like to have one or two sheep and one or two goats. I've tried looking online for information about starting up/care/supplies and more information about shearing your own wool and how to process it and whatnot and I haven't really come up with something that has solid information. I wish there was a good forum or blog and maybe there is so if anybody has any suggestions I'd really appreciate it. It's not an immediate plan considering I don't own my own home but it's something I'd really like to shoot for and I'd like to research as much as I can.

7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / DECEMBER Birthday Swap (Sign-up's until December 31) Lists ONLY on: November 26, 2009 09:23:35 PM
(Swap Format taken from previous birthday swaps.) Thanks Maremare  Grin


Questions? Please post here in the discussion/gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=329226.msg3801347#msg3801347

Details of swap:  This swap was organized so everyone can get something crafty for their birthday!  Please read the guidelines carefully.

1. This swap is list style, like the Ongoing Wishlist Swap, however it is NOT chain style. You can choose any birthday craftster’s list that is posted, rather than only being able to pick from the last one posted.

2. This is a medium item swap. A medium item is defined as a craft or recon, etc that takes you two hours to complete OR $20 worth of Store Bought Items. (If bought from a thrift store, estimate at what it would have cost new.) However you may also substitute a few small items for a medium.

3. If your birthday is in swap's current month, you can post your birthday wish list for this month. To do that, you must first PM me with the swap questionnaire filled out and wait for approval. While you're waiting, be sure to post in the discussion thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=329226.msg3801347#msg3801347

4. Once you have been approved, you may post your list of things that you would like to receive. This is the format for your lists:
Your location and a short bio
A list of crafted items you would like
Any craft supplies you'd like
And a few “extras” that aren’t crafted, things like candy or tea.

Remember, the more items on your list, the more likely you are to be chosen. The minimum of items to post is five.  Also including your wists is a good way for people to get the idea of your likes and style.  If you have any allergies please type them in red in your bio section.

5. Please post lists only in this thread. Discussion can be done here in the combined discussion/gallery thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=329226.msg3801347#msg3801347

 6. Every birthday participant must make at least one claim. You may have up to two claims at a time, unless you are an FOC or a first time swapper, and then you can claim again once your items are received (not when you mail out). New swappers may only have one outstanding claim; they may claim again after their first claim is received. FOC"s may have 3 outstanding claims at a time. Claims need to be made from the "crafted" and "craft supplies" sections of a person's list. The "extras" are just that--extra items you may want to throw in if you are feeling generous, but claims cannot be solely extras. Keep it crafty :-) (I'm asking that if you are sending mostly supplies, that you craft a little something for the bday babe.)

7. You may get claimed more than once, but your minimum amount to claim is one.  It is possible you may not get claimed at all. In this case you will not be provided a swap angel; angels are only if you get flaked on. However I do my best to make sure everyone gets claimed by keeping track of how many times each person is claimed. If possible try to pick someone who has been claimed 0 times versus someone who has been claimed 3 times.

8. If it is not your birthday but you would like to send a birthday present out you may do so.  Fill out the “non-birthday swapper” questionnaire and send it to me for approval.  Birthday swappers who receive a present from a non-birthday swapper must send a snail mail thank you card.  You will not receive feedback until I hear from the other swapper that they have received a thank you card.

 9. When you choose to fulfill a birthday wish, PM both the organizer AND the chosen craftster.  At that time, please request the address for where to send it.  After that you have 2 weeks to get the item out the door.
Note: Since I am starting this swap a few days before the beginning of the month I am asking that you only post your list after you are approved and wait to make claims until the first of the month. Thanks!
10. It is super important for everyone to keep good communication.  It is REQUIRED that you PM me when you've sent and of course, don't forget the DC#.  It is REQUIRED that when you receive, you PM me and publicly announce in the gallery (even if you don't have pictures).  

11. When one of your items is chosen, please cross it out so that it is easier for others to see what has been chosen.
(It wouldn't hurt to thank the person at this time either.)

12. If you are sending late you must PM me by your send-out date.  If your send-out date comes and goes and you don’t PM me, you will receive “poor communication” feedback.  It should not be my job to hunt you down and find out what is going on.

Please make sure to put "December Birthday Swap” or something equivalent in the subject line on all communications.  The most thing to me is communication.  Please PM me when you send and receive, and please reply to my PM's to you in a timely manner.  

Format for PM's:

Proper label:
"December Bday Swap" and either "Sign-up," "Claim," "Sent," "Received," or "Question"

When sending sent and received pm's include the send-by date, listed in the second post of the main thread, your user name, their user name and the item. Just copy and past the info from the second post if you want!:

Send by November 14
MareMare to kittykill--handmade soap and lotion

Outstanding claims allowed:
FOC's: 3 at a time
First time swappers: 1 at a time
Everyone else: 2 at a time

Become an FOC~


Name of swap-  DECEMBER 2009 Birthday Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name & Address (formatted for mailing):
When is your birthday?
Have you read and understand all of the rules to this swap?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
(If not then you will not be approved.)
Are you at least 16 years old?  Yes/No
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt.  Yes/No
Quiz: What do you have to do if someone who is a non-bday swapper sends you a gift?

If it is NOT your birthday and you want to SEND TO A BIRTHDAY CRAFTSTER:

Name of swap- DECEMBER 2009 Birthday Swap (Non-Bday Craftster)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name:
Mailing address, including country and properly formatted for shipping:
Chosen craftster and item (if you know):
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt. Yes/No
I understand that I will be getting a thank you card and not a package for this swap.  Yes/No


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

Please make sure to post in the combined Gallery/Discussion Thread to keep up with updates:

Previous rounds of the Birthday swap...
November 2009 gallery/discussion
November 2009
October 2009 gallery/discussion
October 2009
September 2009 gallery/discussion
September 2009
August 2009 gallery/discussion  
July 2009  
July 2009 gallery/discussion  

Swap name: December 2009 Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Lindsayrose
Sign-up date range:  Until December 31st
DATE TO SEND ITEMS BY:  2 weeks after you make a claim

Limited to a certain number of people?: No.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.
You must be 16 years old to swap.

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
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / DECEMBER Birthday Swap on: November 26, 2009 04:50:24 PM
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