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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Who Are You? Swap on: February 01, 2006 11:46:10 AM
I thought of a swap idea while I was driving to work this morning.  I got to pondering what (if any) celebrity I think I look like, and I started wondering if others see me that way.  So I got an idea...

You sign up and send your partner a few digital photos of yourself.  She ponders your face, surfs some celebrity websites, and chooses the celebrity that she thinks you most resemble.  Then she creates X number of crafts for you based on this; one of them has to be side-by-side pictures of you and your "celebrity twin."  (This can be two framed pics, a card with two pics opposite each other, etc.)

As for the other crafts (maybe 2?), she finds out a bit about the celeb and sends you a couple items as if you were that celeb.  (For example, if she decides you look like Meg Ryan, and she finds out Meg Ryan likes Siamese cats, then maybe she stencils a Siamese cat onto a journal for you.)

What do you think?  I think it needs some further tweaking in order to work, but it could be fun.  If it's too much, then just making a you + your twin collage could be plenty on its own.

If you like this idea, "steal" it!  I'm not territorial about ideas, and I tend to suggest more than I actually run.
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Cynical swap on: January 24, 2006 06:20:06 AM
I stopped by a "craft village" the other day and was reminded of why I always hated crafts - cutesy and country was in overabundance - wreaths made from all manner of shriveled sticks, big-and-tacky signs painted with dumb jokey slogans, lots of gingham and teddy bears.  While I love Craftster, I think we could up the "irreverence" factor with a cynical craft swap.  How about a swap of sarcastic/postmodern items?  Maybe create something in the style of a cheesey country craft but give it a hipster message.

I'm not into rude/sexy/suggestive, but I do like to poke fun at plain-old and old-and-musty.  For example, I was crocheting a soft gray scarf and realized the end looked like a fishtail, so I added some felt facial features and ended up with the Dead Fish Scarf.  (Appears in the December Swap Gallery.)

How about a swap of cynical/weird items?  "No tea cozies without irony!"  Back to the basics of Craftster!
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Seed beads in polymer clay? on: January 23, 2006 07:34:51 AM
I'm making a little trinkety box and want to press sead beads into the clay before baking.  Does anyone know if this will work or if it will melt/destroy the beads or cause other problems?
24  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / The Children's Home - denim quilts on: January 16, 2006 12:19:10 PM
I work out at Curves, and I read about a possible craft opportunity in the latest quarterly magazine.  They showed a woman displaying a qulit made from squares of old blue jeans, donated by Curves members who lost weight and bought smaller jeans.  This woman's group, Heritage Quilters of Wallingford (Connecticut), makes quilts for The Children's Home in Cromwell, CT.  They include pockets on some of the squares and tuck gifts like Beanie Babies, new socks, etc. and then give them to abused/neglected kids.

If you have old jeans you don't need or want to know more, you could try this link:

25  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Old bath towels on: January 10, 2006 08:25:10 AM
They're not stained, just too old/rough to use in the bath anymore.  I am saving them for use as rags/cleanup for a messy project, but I wondered if anyone had more creative/clever uses for them.
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Book Prop Swap on: January 05, 2006 06:18:18 AM
Just a concept, not volunteering to run it, so feel free to "steal"...

How about sending your partner a paperback novel and also crafting her an item mentioned in the book?  You could pick an important, much-described item (suppose there is a sought-after bracelet that is central to the plot; you would read all descriptions of it throughout the book and then re-create it), or if you find a one-line mention ("Lady Elizabeth reached into her beaded handbag"), you can create the item, using your imagination to create its look.  If you did choose an undetailed/undescribed item, you would just need to make sure it fits into the era/"world" of the novel.  That is, if "Lady Elizabeth"s story takes place in the early 1800s, you would make a beaded handbag appropriate to that era, not a modern-looking clutch with a velcro closure and a beaded image of a pinup girl.

Make sense?  Sound interesting?
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Have I been making reticules?? on: January 04, 2006 01:00:50 PM
No, I'm not suffering from amnesia.   Wink  Just have a question...

For months now, I've been sewing small-to-medium lined drawstring pouches.  I often put long drawstrings on the bigger ones for use as purses.  BananaAmbush named them "uberpouches," which I really liked.  I tried looking up the term "reticule" online today, and it appears that reticules and uberpouches are the same thing.

Does anyone know if that's right?  Is there more to it, some feature a pouch requires in order to be a reticule?  If so, can you describe?  I'd like to try my hand at an authentic Victorian reticule.
28  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Thrift store revamp on: December 29, 2005 06:51:30 AM
I'm in the midst of the Thrift Store Purse Revamp II and am enjoying it a lot.  Other people also loved doing the Thrift Store Picture Revamps.  And finally, there was the successful Thrift Store Clothes Revamp challenge.

I'd love to do another round of thrift store revamping as a challenge.  Perhaps it could be a generic "buy anything, make anything" assignment, like it was for the dollar store challenge.  Or we could focus in on revamping purses or pictures or something.
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / White Elephant/unwanted present swap? on: December 29, 2005 06:49:14 AM
This isn't really a craft swap, though it could consist of craft supplies, I suppose.  I was just thinking it might be a good idea to trade away the Christmas gifts that you received/don't want.

Full disclosure: I'm not up for running this one, as I'm running a supplies swap and doing some other stuff right now.  But I wanted to bring up the idea, in case someone wants to use it.
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Small, Quick US Supply Swap Gallery on: December 27, 2005 10:16:07 AM
The first package is already in the mail.  Pics and descriptions will go here.
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