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221  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Flashdrive on: July 11, 2012 06:39:54 AM
 Shocked Very cool!
222  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Dragon hat ski mask on: July 11, 2012 06:38:01 AM
It's awesome! I want to see someone wear it for a picture. Smiley
223  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: on being very mismatched with a partner on: July 09, 2012 08:33:25 PM
Oh yeah, I got one of these in the mini art quilt swap. My partner made me a wonderful R2-D2 quilt and sent me a picture of it while I was stuck at the Omaha airport for 1 1/2 days. I was already weepy from the 1 1/2 weeks I'd spent back home (my MIL passed away) and seeing that little "face" on the quilt, made by someone who only knew me from email, and who had never made an art quilt before, well...it just about did me in.  Shocked

You're welcome! 

And you know what, I have received several package that have actually made me CRY, b/c of all the effort, thoughtfulness, and generosity that went into them, so you have that to look forward to as well!  Wink
224  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sparkly hat and free pattern! on: July 09, 2012 07:48:42 PM
That's really interesting looking yarn. I like it! Smiley
225  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: "Work Your Theme" ATC Swap Round 2 (SU 06/27 - 07/21;send by 8/21/12) on: July 09, 2012 07:18:12 AM
Awww pooo. I was thinking about wanting to try ATC's anyway and then I saw this swap. Smiley Sending in my questionnaire in a few min. Smiley
226  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Novelty Fat Quarter Swap 2? on: July 09, 2012 07:16:15 AM
Mare Mare, I loved the art quilt swap so much, I'd be down for this one if it goes on.  Grin
227  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Doctor Who Swap? on: July 09, 2012 07:14:52 AM
Frick yeah, count me in. I know I missed the last one. Smiley
228  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: on being very mismatched with a partner on: July 09, 2012 07:10:16 AM
Mrs Barbara and Onyxnox, thanks for the advice. I think you are both right on how to handle future swaps, because let's be honest...these swaps are addicting as hell! Smiley

Have a good day!
229  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: on being very mismatched with a partner on: July 08, 2012 10:49:58 AM
See, THIS is why I do the swaps...to learn or practice something new. I'm not a painter but I did a painting for a swap and I loved the damn thing and I'm my own worst critic. I want to be a better painter so that's why I chose that project to do.

I like being "mismatched"! But, I join swap as a personal challenge. I like to try new things and having a partner makes me work really hard to learn the new skill well and quickly. For my last swap I made a zombie quilt. That's something I NEVER would have dreamed up for myself, but it ended up being one of the coolest things I've ever made, and my partner loved it. I was proud of it because I went way outside my comfort zone to create the finished product.

Perhaps it would help you to think of your "mismatched" swap as a personal challenge. A way for you to grow as an artist in a different direction, a way to step outside your comfort zone? From personal experience, I can tell you it feels awesome when you succeed!
230  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: on being very mismatched with a partner on: July 08, 2012 10:47:53 AM
I'll be honest...I'm thinking I may be done participating in the swaps. I signed up on CRAFTSTER to do CRAFTING swaps, and I keep getting a ton of store bought items that I could buy on my own. Most of those bought items are kind of weird to send to an adult so I pass those onto my  niece. Plus, one recent swap included an item that was used (no big deal, as I'm into upcycling myself) but it was dirty and smeary and looked like wet, dirty fingers had been all over it and then dried like that.  Angry Even my husband looked at the items and said I got screwed.
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