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11  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Make for a charity... unswap 'swap' on: October 31, 2008 12:01:23 PM
Well, I was just thinking, with all of these hats that I keep making I should donate them.  And I did.  But then I really started thinking and thought that it would be awesome to have a swap where no one got anything in return other then knowing that they helped someone else out.  (And to be that organization when they get many packages all at once from many different places!!)

I live in Wisconsin and mainly focused my searching for here, but just some ideas that I found pretty easily:
  • For the Wisconsin Humane Society:  Crocheted or knitted blankets in the following sizes:  12" x 12" for cats and small animals.  24" x 24" for medium dogs and other animals.  36" x 36" for large dogs and other animals
  • Newborns In Need http://www.newbornsinneed.org  Each Chapter collects new and handmade hats/blankets/clothing for newborns and preemies.  There are many different chapters.  (This one would be nice since it isn't just for knitted or crocheted items.)

I think that the organizer should be the decision maker on which charity the items can be sent to.  And that all items be sent directly to the charity. 

And proof of sending can just be a picture or scan of the shipping receipt or delivery confirmation number. 

What do you think???
12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / WHOA! I am a slacker! Trick or Treat in 3 days... EEK!! on: October 23, 2008 06:54:58 PM
Oh My!  Have I been busy.  Maybe just preoccupied with adult stuff.  I don't know, but Trick or Treat is on Sunday and I don't have costumes for my 2 boys.  (OK, I have 3, but I am not worried about the baby this year.  Thats bad I know, but we're down to the line here!!) 

I hate... no, HATE store bought costumes and if anyone has any quick and easy suggestions for two boys ages 8 and 4  please please please let me know! 

And I promise from this day forward on every October 1st (at the absolute latest!!) I will know what I am doing for Trick or Treat!

13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Swap Etiquette: Extra Items? Is this okay? on: October 23, 2008 05:45:26 PM
I am currently involved in a swap and am curious as to the etiquette involved with sending extra items?  I couldn't find any information on the subject and was just curious since this is my first swap and really don't want to cross any lines. 

Thanks Bunches!!
14  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southeast / WOW, we Wisconsinites must be too busy crafting!! on: October 13, 2008 07:11:15 AM
Just thought I would post a topic here as this board gets no love!!  I live in Greenfield and I am currently working on a Fall Scarf Swap for craftster here, and my yarn collection keeps growing faster then I can use it!  I have several other projects started right now too!

Where are you located and what is your current project?

15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Safety Pin Creations Swap? on: October 01, 2008 02:48:34 PM
Just an idea and I have no idea as to if this has been done before or if it should have a different title or not, but a swap where the inspiration comes from the beloved safety pin.  Items can be made from, of, or with safety pins.  Large, small, beaded, chained... seems like there could be some pretty creative items from a simple tool/accessory. 

Just a thought... what do you think???   Cheesy
16  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Fabric Tie Wreath on: September 24, 2008 06:04:04 AM
Inspired by: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=268586.msg3026574#msg3026574  I decided that I must have one of these, so I made myself one.  I am thrilled with the way that it turned out and will also be making one for Christmas. (Heck, maybe every holiday!)

Comments really appreciated!  This is my first project that I am posting to craftster.  YAY!!
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / HELP! I am allergic to blanket that I am making for my husband??? on: September 08, 2008 08:11:31 AM
I have been making a blanket for my husband on and off for the past couple weeks and I've come to realize that every time that I work on it, I sneeze a lot and my throat feels tight and somewhat constricted.  I don't know if this is just in my head or if the yarn could be the cause.  I had ordered the yarn from ebay many moons ago and have no information of fiber content or manufacturer.  Has anyone else experienced this?  I am hoping to finish the blanket soon (I am about halfway done) and then try washing it to see if that helps any. 

Other then that, I would gladly take any suggestions on this matter, as I have a lot of the same type of yarn left...  Embarrassed


This is the blanket that makes me sniffle... and not in the good "tears of joy" way either.   Wink
18  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / ACK! I have a big knotted mess. question on winding yarn into a ball? on: September 04, 2008 05:22:02 PM

Well, I purchased some beautiful hand-dyed cotton chenille yarn that was in a big loop (I am sure that it has a technical name, and that its not "big loop".  Is it called a "hank"?  Please let me know if you know.) and when I went to wrap it into a ball shape before I could use it, I got a HORRIBLE mess.  It is forming a massive, never-ending knot.  I have like 8 more "loops" that I would like to use and this 4+ hours of untangling is really starting to frustrate me.  (to say the least...)

I wasn't really sure of where to post this question, I hope this is the right place and that someone can help me so the next 8 go alot easier. 
19  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Craftster never asks "whats for dinner?". And for that, I thank you. on: September 03, 2008 01:04:04 PM

So, just yesterday, I was playing around with google and came across craftster.  Thank Goodness!!  I am loving this site and already contributed to become a FOC.  There is sooo much to look at and learn about that I am having a blast.  Thankfully, school started up again and I've got even more time to search this wonderful site. 

Just wanted to say hello.   So, "Hello There!"  I would like to find buddies and hopefully find some people locally to get crafty with.  (I live in Greenfield, WI.  Which is in Milwaukee County.) 

 Cheesy Grin
20  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southeast / Crochet/ Knitting/ craft groups? Greenfield, WI? on: September 03, 2008 06:46:05 AM
First Post!  I'm New to Craftster!!!
Hello Fellow Crafty People!  I am new to craftster and also new to message boards in general.  I look forward to doing some fun "swaps" with people here and hopefully meet some local crafty friends to create with.

I was wondering if anyone would be interested in starting a simple group or meet and greet at like Starbucks or something?  (I kind of like the idea of it being on neutral ground so no one feels uncomfortable inviting strangers into their home.  ya know?!?!)  I live in Greenfield but might be willing to join another group if its not too far away.

My craft of choice at this moment is crochet.  I also like to knit, and I have some scrapbooking stuff around here somewhere... haha.  I guess I have also tried my hand with cardmaking (last year's christmas cards were a hoot!) and I made my curtains. 

Even if you don't live near me or a meet and greet isn't an option for you, please introduce yourself and brag about your favorite craft!!   Wink
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