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1721  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 21 Summer Soiree Gallery on: July 16, 2012 06:52:55 AM
Oh, that ricrac is a great touch!
1722  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bento Swap Round 5 (SIGNUP 7/13/12-7/25/12 ; MAIL BY 8/22/12) on: July 16, 2012 06:51:10 AM
@Eclectic Dreamer: I sent out a "Hi- the swap's open" yesterday and see a couple of people made it over here after that. Hi, smittenheart and arcadian green!
I would try checking the stores around you again. Hopefully they've caught the bento bug Smiley 2 years can make a big difference!

Online I've seen All Things For Sale mentioned a lot on blogs and they were all positive experiences. Amazon has a bunch of bento stuff! Sometimes it pops up in places you wouldn't expect like http://www.modcloth.com/ (just search "bento").

I'm one of the lucky ones: There's a Daiso store right near me with a great, cheap bento section (there're some boxes around $6.00 and most everything else is $1.50) so I don't have any personal experience online bento-shopping.

ETA: Pottery Barn Kids has some bento products and their "Spencer" line looks very bento too.
1723  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bento Swap Round 5 (SIGNUP 7/13/12-7/25/12 ; MAIL BY 8/22/12) on: July 15, 2012 06:13:49 PM
Oh good! People are still interested. I was a little worried. Glad to have you aboard, ladies!
1724  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: bento swap??! on: July 15, 2012 04:03:40 PM
And sign-ups are open!

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411456.0 Smiley
1725  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bento Swap Round 5 (SIGNUP 7/13/12-7/25/12 ; MAIL BY 8/22/12) on: July 15, 2012 04:00:17 PM
1 Calabaza
2 mom2em
3 Eclectic Dreamer
4 arcadian green
5 Fullmoon
6 winter83
7 ShannonMN

mom2em <-> Eclectic Dreamer
Fullmoon <-> winter83 *puamelia is winter83's angel*
arcadian green <-> Calabaza
ShannonMN <-> Calabaza

Odd number of swappers = Organizer takes 2 Smiley

Ideas for handmade items:
Bands or belts for bento boxes
Bags for boxes, utensils, drink bottles...
Name tags to loop onto bags, bands...
Furoshiki (http://www.env.go.jp/en/focus/attach/060403-5.html for 14 different ways to tie)
Cloth napkins
Cookie cutters (Ive seen tutorials on how to make them)
Dishrag (to use when the box is washed Smiley )
Towel (ditto)
Soap (also ditto, or for hands to be washed before eating)
Stationary, like if your partner includes a note for her kid(s) to read at lunch Smiley
Recipe collection
Blank journal to record bento ideas
An apron to wear while making and packing meals

Feel free to suggest others!
1726  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Bento Swap Round 5 (SIGNUP 7/13/12-7/25/12 ; MAIL BY 8/25/12) on: July 15, 2012 03:59:33 PM
Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412895.0

Swap name:  Bento Swap Round 5
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Calabaza
Sign-up date range:  July 15, 2012 July 25, 2012
Date to send item by: August 25, 2012

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25 including me unless someone volunteers to co-organize

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

Additional Age requirement? No

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
I reserve the right to not accept a participant due to poor feedback.  

Photo used with permission from Ohayo Bento: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohayobento/with/7456315664/#photo_7456315664

Details of swap:
Whether you want to save money by bringing lunch from home, appreciate the practicality or eco-friendliness of reusable containers, are a hard-core traditionalist or want your kids to eat healthy and well at school and use up leftovers this swap is for you!

You do not have to make a gorgeous bento every day or spend hours carving cute carrot shapes to join this swap but thats great if you do! Im in it mostly for the easy-to-use containers and accessories Smiley Everyone is welcome!

This swap is for 3 points worth of crafted items plus 2 purchased items. Nice and easy for the summer. Youll decide how much to spend with your partner for the purchased ones. There is a question in the questionnaire about amounts and I will try to match according to the answers, but it might not work out perfectly. Be prepared to go lower Smiley

Herere some links I find helpful to jump off from:
http://www.ohayobento.com/ Tons of great ideas!
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2011/09/16/project-lunch-box-30-day-challenge/ 30 days of packed lunches.
http://pinterest.com/theladybug/i-heart-bento/ Lots of cute and practical pins.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/50806695@N04/sets/72157627560920125/with/6411051323/ Simple and easy-cute. Lots of breakfast ones too! Blog: http://www.meetthedubiens.com/search/label/bento%20boxes
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mslil65/sets/72157601755804789/with/1541532855/ Lunches made for a kindergarten/first grader. Click on the photos and roll over the food to see what it is! Heres one of my favorites making use of leftovers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mslil65/1541532855/in/set-72157601755804789/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1008228@N25/pool/ The cuteness factor is high here.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/367772@N22/pool/ Lots of different kinds of bento!
http://www.flickr.com/groups/627127@N25/pool/ Lots of variety here too.
Round 1 sign-up: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=209059.0
Round 1 gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=218357.0
Round 2 sign-up: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248414.0
Round 2 gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252121.0
Round 3 sign-up: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=334184.0
Round 3 gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337665.0
Round 4 sign-ups: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345128.0
Round 4 gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=349017.0

Helpful size-guide:
By points:
Large - 3 points
Medium - 2 points
Small - 1 point
By Time:
Large - 3 or more hours
Medium - 2 or more hours
Small - less than 2 hours

By Size:
Large - shawl, skirt, set of jewelry 4-5 pieces, purse
Medium - single necklace or bracelet, scarf
Small - earrings, stickers, wallet, pouches, bookmarks

By Price:
Large - $30 or more
Medium - $10 - $30
Small - less than $10

Because its always good to stay in touch, remember to post in this thread or the gallery (once its up) 1x per week and, as always, pm your partner and the organizer when you send and when you receive. Im not scary, I just want to make it a happy swap experience for everyone Smiley

Thanks to the previous organizers for the majority of the above and the questionnaire below!

If you want to participate, please PM the following questionnaire:

Name of swap: Bento Swap Round 5
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):
Mailing address including the country (as would need to appear for mailing):

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

What bento supplies to you currently own? (boxes, sauce containers, bag, etc. List any details you feel your partner might need to know.)

What bento supplies would you like to receive? (boxes, sauce containers, bags, etc. List any details you feel your partner might need to know.)
Anything you would rather not receive?

What is your bento style? (detailed landscapes, plopping things in, it depends on the day...)
What kinds of food do you pack in your bento?

Approximately how much are you willing to spend on the 2 required purchased items?

What crafts do you do?
Are there any crafted items you would you really like to receive?
Anything you would rather not receive?

What colors, patterns and themes do you like?
Any colors, patterns and themes you really dont like?

Do you have a wist, pinterest or similar?
Anything else youd like your partner to know?


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

Swap info guide: https://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html
1727  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 21 Summer Soiree Gallery on: July 13, 2012 08:30:51 AM
Nilmerg's a great interior decorator! That's so cool that you swapped for your kitchen decor. The colors look like they go well with the things you had out already! I especially like the bunting.
1728  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dieselpunk swap gallery on: July 13, 2012 07:41:54 AM
Those goggles look perfect to me! The spats are super-great too and the soap looks delicious Smiley
1729  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidering a shipping box, because why not? on: July 11, 2012 09:51:36 PM
Oh, cool! I must remember this. What a great idea!
1730  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Vintage swap Sign ups May 2 to May 30 Send outs June 30th on: July 11, 2012 09:08:49 PM
Oh, what a lovely package from Hawkeyes Girl. That stationary, that tin and that HAT! Awesome all the way around.

And thank you for your comment on the purse, fancybutch! Smiley
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