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21  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Autism Asperger PDD-NOS Swap (sign-ups until Nov. 4, sendouts by Nov. 30) on: October 17, 2009 01:32:56 AM

Swap name:  Autism Asperger PDD-NOS Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: flower
Sign-up date range: Oct. 17 - Nov. 4
Date to send item by: Nov. 30

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20 people

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Additional Age requirement?  You must be at least 16 years old.

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 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:

The purpose of this swap is to celebrate & support autism spectrum disorders!  Are you or someone you love on the spectrum?  Then this swap is for you!  

Swap Size: This swap requires one medium and one small item or the equivalent.  I wanted to keep this swap low-stress.  You can craft more, but please ask your partner first!  

By Time
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Craft ideas: a special toy, therapy items such as weighted lap pads, I Spy bags, picture schedules, "fidgets" toys to keep little hands busy, etc., Autism awareness bag or t-shirt
a care package for an adult caretaker, puzzle piece jewelry, teaching aides such as communication boards.  Also, if you have any used books, your partner might be able like them!

Communication: Please spend time getting to know your partner and her wants/needs.  Autism is incredibly unique and items that are a god-send for one person might be completely useless for another person.  

Deadline to send is November 30.


1. You must send ALL PM's to flower and all PM's must have the subject line: Autism swap

2.You must post in the original thread or PM me at least once a week! This starts once partners are assigned. You must pm your partner and spend time getting to know her.

3.PM's must be sent to flower and your partner when you send and receive. If you are sending within the USA you must get a DC# and send it to flower and your partner. They cost an extra $.75 in addition to the postage price. If you are sending outside of your country, you must keep your receipt as proof of shipping and send a picture/scan of it to flower if required!

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

Name of 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(YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies?
What crafts would you love to receive?
What crafts would you prefer not to receive?
Please share a little bio sharing your particular situation as it relates to autism.  This will help your partner understand your needs.  


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

1) flower (sent & received)
2) RikaHeart (sent & received)
3) crystallized_art (sent)
4) puccaLOVE (sent & received)
5) selkie (sending late)
6) buttercup592007@yahoo.com (sent)  
7) ysmeine (sent & received)

1) ysmeine <----> puccaLOVE
2) crystallized_art<----> selkie
3) buttercup592007@yahoo.com ----> flower ----> RikaHeart ----> buttercup592007@yahoo.com

22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Autism & Asperger swap? on: October 03, 2009 11:40:43 AM


Anyone interested in an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) themed swap?  

Do you know a child with autism or a parent, teacher, or therapist that cares for such a child?  Then this swap is for you!  

Craft ideas for a child:
a special toy
therapy items such as weighted lap pads, I Spy bags, picture schedules, "fidgets" toys to keep little hands busy, etc.
Clothing - When I was searching the web for the image above, I saw a quote that said, "I'm not misbehaving.  I have autism.  Please be understanding."  That would go great on a t-shirt!

Craft ideas for an adult:
Autism awareness bag or t-shirt
a care package for an adult caretaker (after a rough day with my son, I want herbal tea, bubble bath, and chocolate!)
Puzzle piece jewelry
EDIT: I just thought of another thing.  If you have any used books to pass on to others, they might be greatly appreciated!
So what do you think?  Anyone interested?
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Quick & Easy Wicket the Ewok on: August 09, 2009 05:43:40 AM
My son just had his 4th birthday.  He is currently obsessed with Wicket the Ewok from Empire Strikes Back.  I looked around for toy options and didn't find many.  There is a cute crochet pattern somewhere on Craftster, but I don't know how to crochet.  The vintage ones on Ebay are ugly and overpriced and the one at StarWars.com doesn't ship until August 15, which is too late.  So, I made my own by revamping a $3 teddy bear from the Dollar General Store.

Here he is!


1) started with a teddy bear:

2) Use a seam ripper and removed the white portion of his face.  He should look like this:

3) Now that you have access to the inside of the bear, use garden pruners and snipped off his safety eyes.  They are HARD to get off!

4) Replaced the little eyes with larger doll eyes that looked more Wicket-like.  I only had creepy green ones, so I used brown nail polish and clear sealant to make them brown.

5) Now close up the huge, gaping hole.  Put a running stitch all the way around the hole.  Pull both ends of the running stitch like a draw-string purse.  Once you have closed the hole completely, tie off the threads.

6) Make a nose using felt and a little stuffing.  Sorry, I can't really give you any more guidance than that.  Just fiddle with it until you make something that works.  Hand stitch the nose to the bear.

7) Now for the mouth.  Take two rectangles of brown felt.  Roll each of them up to make the upper and lower lips of the Ewok.  Hand stitch them to the face.

Cool Teeth: Take two squares of white fabric.  Sew them right-sides together.  Turn them right side out.  Stitch down the middle to make two teeth.  Stitch the rest of the opening closed.  Glue or stitch the teeth between the lips. 

9) Cape: I'm not sure how to describe this.  I used two pieces of felt and shaped them around the head, cutting away fabric as needed.  Then I used embroidery floss to stitch the pieces together.


Total cost, including supplies: $5.50

24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / First microbe stuffies - red blood cell, white blood cell, platelet on: February 08, 2009 10:31:02 AM
I made these microbe stuffies for a friend.  My inspiration came from giantmicrobes.com.  This was my first time, so they are a little rough.

Patty the platelet
Robby the red blood cell
Willy the white blood cell

Comments & criticism appreciated.
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / The Big Bang Theory Swap? on: January 24, 2009 01:04:39 PM
Anyone interested in "The Big Bang Theory" swap?  I love this show!  However; I have never organized and I am terrified of the idea.   Cry 


Many of Sheldon's shirts from the show and Howard's belt buckles!!  Who doesn't love Howard?

Episodes online:

Craftster project (I love this):

26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bottle Cap Resin Magnets Galore! on: January 24, 2009 10:27:43 AM
I made my sister-in-law these bottle cap magnets and pushpins for Christmas:


She called me a week later and asked how to make them.  Here are her gorgeous creations.  My favorite are the word tiles.  She is a reading professor.  How appropriate!  I am so proud of her!

27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Monkey Pin Cushion Ring on: January 15, 2009 01:53:51 PM
I made this pin cushion ring for the OTT 20 swap.  I was inspired by the sock monkey pin cushion ring at dottyral.etsy.com.

I had fun making this and didn't spend a dime!

Supplies used:
scraps of a felted sweater
wiggle eyes
beading accessories (the eyelashes)
embroidery floss
beer cap (inside, in the bottom so you don't stab yourself with a pin)
an old adjustable ring.

Comments and suggestions always welcome.
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / embroidered bat t-shirt on: December 25, 2008 10:41:20 AM
I made this for my nephew.  I should have unfolded the shirt for the pic, but the gift is already wrapped.

sorry about the photo quality.  Sad
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / embroidered hand print shirt - easy grandma gift! on: December 24, 2008 05:56:34 AM
I made this for my mother-in-law.  I thought about the more traditional paint handprints, but 3 of the children are in another state.  Their mom traced their hands and sent them to me instead. 

EDIT: If I could do it again, I would have stitched the hands using the flower pot design here:

Comments & criticism are always welcome.  Thanks for looking.

30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / magnets & thumbtacks from glass beads, beer caps & resin on: December 24, 2008 05:48:17 AM
These thumbtacks and/or magnets are a great way to use up odds & ends glass beads. Here is how you do it:

1) sort beads by color.
2) cram as many beads of one color into the cap as you can
3) pour 2-part resin into the beer cap
4) wait for resin to dry
5) glue magnet or tack on the back
6) enjoy!

Sorry for the poor photo quality  Embarrassed

Comments and criticism are always welcome!
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