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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Easter Egg Swap Gallery (send-outs: 4/9) on: March 14, 2011 01:15:27 PM

Please post your photos of your Easter basket filler here!
Swap info: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373860.0

(sent & received & feedback posted - orange)
Nikimac & Crafty Butterfly
PurplePaisley & Pupper
Hollistercobabe & Bobomom
AmandaBL & Sew-wannabe
PepperRose22 & taraston
Krizzle & NotKnit
mom2em & crazyda79
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Easter Egg Swap (sign-ups: 2/23-3/9, send-outs: 4/9) on: February 23, 2011 02:51:40 PM

Swap name: Easter Egg Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: nikimac
Sign-up date range: 2/23/11-3/9/11
Date to send item by: 4/9/11

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Yes due to time constraints
If so, which country? USA

Details of swap:

For those of us who have kids (or kids at heart!), I was thinking it'd be fun to craft one medium item (or two smalls) and then fill 8 plastic Easter eggs with a few small crafts, some treats, bought toys, etc.  Then our partners can add the gifts to baskets at home.  Well have 2 weeks to sign up and 1 month to craft & gather goodies.  Im limiting the swap to within the US so that we can all receive our eggs by Easter for sure.  If you and your partner agree to it, you can certainly fill more eggs.  Please make at least 2 tiny crafts for filling the eggs, but you can put food or store-bought items in the others.  PM me with any questions or suggestions.

If you want to participate, fill in your information and send to nikimac via private message:

Name of swap: Easter Egg 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:
If this is for a child, please answer for childs favorites and list their gender/age.
What are your favorite Easter designs/themes?
What are your favorite Easter animals?
What are your favorite colors?
What are your favorite candies/chocolates/treats?
Do you have specific decorations or toys or other crafts youd like to receive?
What crafts do you like to do?
Are there any crafts you don't like?
Would you like to receive anything religious?
Would you prefer to fill more eggs than just the minimum?
Do you have a wist?
Is there anything else youd like to add?

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Nikimac & Crafty Butterfly
PurplePaisley & Pupper
Hollistercobabe& Bobomom
AmandaBL & Sew-wannabe
PepperRose22 & taraston
Krizzle & NotKnit
mom2em & crazyda79

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / craft bazaars - any new ideas or proven bestsellers? on: May 24, 2010 12:01:04 AM
Do people still make things for craft bazaars other than Kleenex box covers and cookies in a jar?  I know I'm half a year early, but I'm thinking ahead and I'd love to make some fun unique stuff for local bazaars - stuff that would sell well.  I've been reading up and found that what seems to sell best is either for men, for children, or cheap, as there always are plenty of crafts for women and expensive crafts.  I have a couple fun ideas, but I'd love to hear more ideas, or learn what you've actually made that's sold really well (and perhaps learn what hasn't sold so well).  Thanks!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / military swap on: May 10, 2010 02:00:09 PM
My husband is joining the Army, and he's leaving for a lot of training in July.  He's really immersed himself in the Army culture and I know he'd appreciate any Army crafts when he's away or when he comes home.  He'd also love to see either of our boys in Army stuff or playing with Army-type toys.  Is anyone else in a similar situation and would like to do a military craft swap?  It could be care package items, or welcome home items, or stuff for the family.  Let me know if you're interested or if you have any better ideas for it.  Thanks!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Shower thank yous on: March 29, 2010 09:19:18 AM
I'm throwing my friend's baby shower in a few weeks and I'm sure I'm not the first to think of it, but I wanted to share my idea for thank you cards.  I'm having the women decorate and address their cards at the shower (which I've heard of before), but as she opens the gifts from the corresponding ladies, I'm going to write the gift on a post-it note attached to their cards, rather than on a main list.  That way when the mom-to-be goes to write thank yous, it saves her a bit of time with figuring out whose card goes with what gift. 
My only other crafty thing for the shower is that I bought a little piggy bank at the dollar store and I'll have the women doodle something or write a note or sign their names on it with porcelain pens and then drop in some spare change and make a wish for the baby.  Then when he's born he'll already have a little start on his savings, plus a lot of nice blessings and a reminder of how loved he is by everyone.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Easter basket filler swap on: February 27, 2010 07:43:38 PM
For those of us who have kids (or kids at heart!), I was thinking it'd be fun to craft one medium item and then fill 10 (8? 5?) plastic Easter eggs with a few small crafts, some treats, bought toys, etc.  Then our partners can add the gifts to baskets at home.  Is anyone else interested?  Are there any specific numbers of items/size items people would prefer?  Easter's April 4th, so to receive by the 2nd at the latest, we'd have to have sendouts by about March 24th.  If this gets a good response, I'll be glad to organize, but if signups are from the 1st-5th, then we'd have 2 1/2 weeks crafting time, so keep that in mind for sizes.  -Niki
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / a recipe for truffles on: January 13, 2010 03:27:59 PM
I was looking for a good recipe to use with my new Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Mint flavor, and I modified one from the Land O'Lakes website.  I thought you all might appreciate it too if you're looking for something yummy to make your valentine.  I'm sure if you're very crafty, you can shape the truffles into little hearts.

Chocolate Mint Irish Cream Truffles

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch of salt
2-2/3 cups chocolate chips, divided
4 egg yolks, beaten
1/4 cup Baileys Chocolate Mint Irish Cream
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

Heat whipping cream in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat until heated through (3 to 5 minutes). Stir in vanilla and salt.

Stir in half of chocolate chips with whisk until melted. Stir in egg yolks. Cook over low heat, stirring often, until slightly thickened (about 10 minutes).

Remove from heat; stir in Baileys and remaining half of chocolate until melted. Pour truffle mixture into medium bowl; cover. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Sift cocoa into medium shallow bowl. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of chocolate mixture into cocoa; roll to coat. Shape into balls; roll in cocoa again. Place gently on tray; refrigerate until firm (30 minutes). Store refrigerated.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Another Eat-o-Vision party on: December 10, 2009 09:19:05 AM
I already shared a Forrest Gump party I had in Eat-o-Vision, where I prepared and served all the food shown or mentioned onscreen to my guests.  Now for Christmas we are going to have another for watching Elf.  I just wanted to share in case more people were interested in doing one.  And also to get ideas for other fun food movies.
I will have the 4 food groups set out as guests enter: candy canes, sugar, candy corn, and syrup.  Then for the different scenes I'll serve these different foods.  (My order may be mixed up as I haven't watched the movie in a year - if you can straighten me out, please do!)
1.   when Papa Elf describes the jobs available to elves: Keebler Elf cookies
2.   when Buddy arrives in New York: big apples & caramel dip
3.   when Buddy eats the gum off the railings: "prechewed" bubblegum (wadded up gumballs)
4.   when the Gimbals Santa is revealed to be a fake: beef & cheese (summer sausage & cheese slices)
5.   at the doctors office: cotton ball marshmallows
6.   when Buddy talks about his travels: "swirly twirly" gumdrops
7.   at the dinner table: 2-liters of Santa Coke
8.   when Buddy gives his list of things to do with his dad: chocolate chip cookies and a gingerbread house
9.   when Buddy makes spaghetti: spaghetti with optional syrup, M&Ms, marshmallows, chocolate syrup, & Pop Tarts
10.   at the snowball fight: Snoballs
11.   when Buddy takes Jovie on a date: World's Best Cup of Coffee
After the movie we'll have a gift exchange and just hang out.  I'm excited!  So what other movies do you think would work for my Eat-o-Vision series?  (Ideas so far are Julie & Julia, Chocolat, Willy Wonka, and Napolean Dynamite.)
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Gift Exchange Rules on: November 09, 2009 10:23:44 AM
My husband and brother-in-law are proposing that their family does a Secret Santa gift exchange this year to save money and give/get much better presents.  I used to really think these were tacky, but now I'm gung-ho for it after the 4th year of getting store-bought scarves and shower gel from people who feel obligated to buy for me but have no clue what I'd enjoy.  I'm going to have everyone who wants to participate fill out a questionnaire (inspired by Craftster swaps!) and put them in a cute basket for us to draw from at Thanksgiving, but I'd like to have some set rules for the exchange.  Here's what we have so far:
   fill out the wish list questionnaire after dinner tonight
   fold up your wish list and put it in the basket
   draw a wish list from the basket before you leave
   purchase a gift(s) for the name you draw value must be $50-$75
   bring your wrapped gift on Christmas Eve to open together
   you may still buy for children separately, but do not feel obligated
   if you want to give more gifts, please do it separate from the gift exchange
Is there anything else I should add or clarify?  My husband's one cousin is very, um, shifty and has given gifts in the past that were 99% likely to have been stolen.  Is there any way we can include him but address that issue?  And the part about giving other gifts is a little tricky - how can we keep that separate like we'd like, since we'll most likely all be together at Christmas?  Do we even mention that since we're all adults and shouldn't feel grouchy if something's not fair?  Thanks!
PS: Here's what I have for the questionnaire:
Name: ________________________________________
Favorite colors: ________________________________________
Favorite smells: ________________________________________
Favorite foods: ________________________________________
Favorite hobby: ________________________________________
Favorite animal: ________________________________________
Pet information: ________________________________________
Allergies/diet restrictions: ________________________________________
Shirt size: _____________________
Pants size: _____________________
Shoe size: _____________________
Wish list:
1.   ________________________________________
2.   ________________________________________
3.   ________________________________________
4.   ________________________________________
5.   ________________________________________
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / How much would you pay for a set of twig crayons? on: October 19, 2009 03:32:38 PM
I made some twig crayons for two past swaps and they went over enormously well.  I had my husband saw down some already-pruned tree branches, then had my father-in-law drill a hole mostly through the 5" twigs, and then I filled the hole with melted crayon and sharpened the ends.  It takes a while, although I can do multiple batches at a time.  I really enjoy the finished product and I like feeling like the pruned branches aren't wasted, but how can I reflect the hard work in my price and still sell them well?  I figure I would do it on Etsy and offer them in groups of 3, with a bunch of color choices.  How much would you pay for that?  Should I offer different group sizes or a larger sized group (5? 10?)?  I can't really find them for sale anywhere else on Etsy and they seem to be about $2-$3 a piece from professional places online.
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