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21  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / International Interests Swap (Sign-ups closed, Send Outs Aug. 17) on: July 12, 2009 06:11:31 AM
Swap name: International Interests Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: beadedbyamy
Sign-up date range:  July 12- July 22
Date to send item by:  August 17

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): yes, 25

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?

Age requirement? 13

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 Swderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: 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 13 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

Details of Swap:

Do you collect things from different countries? Want to start collecting something? Maybe you just want cool stuff from some other country? In this swap, you will swap the equivalent of TWO MEDIUM ITEMS. For the first medium, you will send non-crafted things from your international partner based on what they collect or are interested in. The second medium will be a crafted item that is either related to the non-crafted item(s) you sent or the country youre from.  This should be a fun and easy swap for everyone!

Heres a list of some things you may want to request for your non-crafted items:
things to collect: coins, stamps, t-shirts, postcards, snow globes, little tourist trinkets
other things that might interest you: food items, candies, patriotic fabric, craft supplies not found in your country, cook books, politically-related items (things depicting a president or monarch), patriotic or culturally relevant beads, common household items that might be very different in another country, books in other languages, CDs from musicians important to another countrys culture.

We will be using the craftster standard for what a medium is:
by time: 2-3 hours of crafting
by size: one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
by price: $10-30

If you would like to send more or less, talk to your partner and make sure they are agreeable to this. Your mediums can be more than one item. If you have any questions about what is and isnt a medium, please ask!

Communication is VERY important in this and all swaps. Please post here at least once a week, even if its just a quick note to let us know that youre still alive. Be sure to also pm your partner and keep that communication going. Poor communication will be noted in your feedback.

***SHIPPING INFORMATION: Please keep in mind that because this is an international swap, shipping costs will be higher than you may have spent in other swaps. Do NOT sign up for this swap if you are not able to pay for shipping or if you will not be able to get to a post office to ship your package on time.  If you are shipping outside of the US, as most/all of you will be, and cannot obtain a tracking number, you MUST hold on to you shipping receipt. Should your package go missing, a clear picture of this receipt (must say your partners city and country) will be required in order to avoid negative feedback.***

Please PM your questionnaire to me with the swap name and questionnaire in the subject line. You should also PM me (and your partner) when you have sent your package and when you have received a package. Again, please use the swap name and sent or received in the subject line.


Name of swap: International Interests Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name and mailing address (including your country):
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no):

Do you have an international collection of some sort?
What other kinds of things would like to get from a foreign country?
What kinds of things would you absolutely NOT want to receive?
Would you like to receive food items?
If you would like to receive articles of clothing, what sizes do you wear?
If you would like to receive jewelry, what lengths do you like?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?
Please list any stalking places (wist, blog, etc):

Is there anything else youd like your partner to know?

List of Participants: (limited to 12 US participant spots)

1. beadedbyamy, US (organizer)
2. cuppiecakes83, US
3. imafundork, US
4. amerigirl05, US
5. twistmysister, Australia
6. tickle-me-emo, UK
7. ohthat, US
8. lafrenteenalto, Chile
9. nicolatte, Canada
10. psyche, Canada
11. autumnkisses, Canada
12. ostera15, US
13. holistic knitter, UK
14. puffy, US

Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316869.0
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Kinda like "I don't have that in my country" international swap? on: June 26, 2009 07:35:14 PM
I don't know about you guys, but it seems like a lot of people collect things related to other countries or regions... magnets, t-shirts, stamps... I personally collect coins from all over the world (although I've only been to one country out of my own).  I thought it might be neat to do an international swap that caters to each person's individual collection or interest.

Here's what I'm thinking... everyone lists what they collect or would like to have from another country (stamps, coins, chocolates/candies, little dolls, random weird things, t-shirts, cookbooks, etc). Their partner sends the equivalent of a medium-sized item of that "category" and also sends a medium crafted item that relates to the things they're sending (like potholders with cookbooks, or a candy dish with candy) or relates to the country they're from... or both.

Ok, so one medium non-crafted item (or a set of things- that equal up to a medium) to contribute to your partner's collection/interest, and one medium item related to your partner's collection/interest or your country.

I'd be willing to organize this (it would be my first time, but I've been wanting to).

23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / French Beaded Butterfly Mobile on: June 01, 2009 06:50:31 PM
I know I haven't posted for a while. I've been feeling creatively blocked lately. However, I'm starting to get back into the groove of things and I'm excited about some upcoming projects.

The butterfly mobile was an idea given to me by the owner of the shop where a lot of my work is on consignment. I took the idea and RAN with it. The owner (Deb) was very happy with the result, and I am too. The only thing I don't like is that I can't do complete justice to it in photos because my light box is white and so is most of the mobile!

I used the inner hoop of an embroidery hoop (wrapped in a solid white and then sheer sparkly white ribbon)for the round support. The beads for the butterflies are all size 11, and the main color is rainbow crystal. There are three "secondary" colors- light gold, pink rainbow, and purple rainbow. The upper most butterfly has pink and gold, then the next one down is pink and purple, and the lowest is purple and gold. Each butterfly has a swarovski crystal for its "head." The other beads are glass pearl, swarovski, and a mix of other glass beads.

I know what you're thinking. Enough already! Show us the pics! Ok ok Wink Here you go. If you have any questions, comments, feedback, etc. of any kind, I'd love to hear it! If people like this one, I may make a "boy" version with shades of blue and with dragonflies. Oh! And as an important note-- *This is NOT intended to be in the reach of children! It's for decoration only!*

The whole thing:

Closeup of uppermost butterfly:

Closeup of middle butterfly (with lower butterfly in the background):

Thanks for looking! Smiley

Edit: I used crimps on jewelry wire stuff to secure the beads in their places. Is this secure enough? Can I trim the wire below the lowest crimp really short so that there's less pokey stuff? I'm not a jewelry-technique person. Tongue
24  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / How do you remove glass paint from glass? on: May 20, 2009 07:07:50 PM
When using glass paint, I guess I got a little on my hand, and then I got it on my sliding glass door. Now I have a blue streak that's driving my boyfriend nuts. What do I use to remove it? 

Thanks in advance!
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Bubbles and Butterflies bonsai, mini bonsai (3 pics) on: April 26, 2009 07:40:26 PM
I made some new wire bonsai wire sculptures. Smiley

This one is called "Bubbles and Butterflies." The butterflies are little swarovski crystals that glitter in the sunshine and really bring magic to this tree. It's mounted on a piece of slate that also sparkles just the slightest bit.

Close-up so that you can see the butterflies:

This one is made from brown copper wire and peridot chips. I knew I had to do something with this neat little river rock one day. I love the lighter brown stripe down the center.

Comments, critiques, or any feedback is always welcomed and heard. Smiley
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Swarovski Cherry Blossom Tree (4 pics) on: April 05, 2009 05:37:58 PM
I know I just shared 2 new trees (I feel like a forum hog! I'm so sorry!) but I just had to share this one. I hope you don't mind. I've been working on it slowly for over a month and will be entering it into the 2009 Fire Mountain Beading Contest.

Here's what it's made of:
26 gauge brown copper wire
Around 110 pink and white flower-shaped swarovski crystals
translucent green "Ming Tree" seed beads- size 11
Rainbow crystal and rainbow pink "Ornela" czech seed beads- size 11

...then it's mounted on a 3 lb rock covered with sheet moss, which is mounted to a moss-covered wooden base. This base holds a glass dome that fits over it (see pictures below).

While this is a contest entry and I can't change it, I would still love to hear any critique you have of it so that I can continue to improve in future works.

Edit: This tree has been selected as a finalist in the Fire Mountain contest and is now in the mail on the way to Oregon to be judged in person. I'm really nervous about it making such a long trip! I know I did everything I can to make it stable, secure, and well-packed... but I guess I don't trust postal workers. Tongue

Here it is!

With the glass dome on and lots of glare:

Close-up on the crystals:

The Roots:

27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / 2 new wire trees (pic overload) on: April 02, 2009 05:04:19 PM
I usually mount my trees on rocks, but I thought it might be cool to try mounting them on a mirror. They turned out kinda modern and fantasy-like. Here's the 2 I've made:

(1)This one was bought by the owner of my local bead store to be displayed in the store (and now I'll be teaching a class on it too!)

Here's how the roots look on the mirror:

Close-up on the beads:

(2)This one was made for the current Tree Swap for digital misfit:

Some of the beads:

What do you think? Comments and criticism is always welcome. I'm always looking for ways to improve!
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / I need to glue a 3 pound rock to a piece of wood... on: March 30, 2009 10:16:33 AM
What glue should I use to make sure it's really on there? Drying time is not a concern. I just want it to be stuck really well for a long long long time. The wood is finished.

29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / The first thing I've ever made for myself. on: March 17, 2009 07:24:57 PM
I've made tons of stuff, but it's never for myself. My style is so simple that my french beaded flower stuff just doesn't work for me. I have wanted something to wear when I'm teaching craft classes or going to a craft show or something like that where I want to show off some of my work, but I never had anything I really liked... until now!

I came across a full-size pattern for this flower (an anemone) in the WONDERFUL french beaded flower book by Donna DeAngelis-Dickt and fell in love instantly. The flower is gorgeous, but I think the french beaded version is even prettier, so I down-sized the pattern and put it on a headband! I used all 11/0 czech seed beads (rainbow pink, rainbow crystal, black, rainbow green), put a black AB swarovski crystal in the center, and wrapped the headband with black ribbon.

Enough of the rambling... here it is!

Close-up on the Flower:


Action Shot!

Comments and criticism always always always welcome! Smiley
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / I need your opinions on wire colors! on: February 23, 2009 07:55:38 PM
Ok, so I'm creating a cherry blossom bonsai tree for a very very important project. I'm using 120 pink and clear swarovski crystals for the flowers and I have the design ready to go, but I'm having a hard time deciding on the color of wire to use. Below are sample branches in the colors available to me. I've been staring at them so long that I really just don't know anymore. I need help!

Please please please tell me which color you like best for this project! Feel free to tell me why you do/don't like any of them, but don't feel pressured to. Also, I'm sorry that this isn't the best picture. Tongue

Thanks so much!

PS- if there's a category that would be better for this, feel free to move it. Tongue

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