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41  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Thing Swap - CLOSED (you guys are wicked-fast!) on: October 05, 2005 05:53:17 AM
Swap name:   One Tiny Thing Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:   Writer78
Sign-up date range:  October 5-October 10 OR 12 people, whichever comes first
Date to send item by:  October 20

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  12 (it's all I can commit to wrangling - if you miss out, PLEASE don't hesitate to start a Round 2)

Non-U.S. participants allowed?  Yes

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  All ages

Details of swap:
The idea is to make one (just one, no more, no less) tiny craft item.  It should be physically small (miniatures are encouraged) and should be something that you can craft with a high level of skill.  Even if it is a fairly simple/easy item for you to make, please embellish or perfect it so that it best represents your skill.  (For example, if you wish to make a coin purse, I encourage you to embroider, add beading, or take other steps to make it a really special piece.)
You will receive only one partner.  You may only send that partner ONE tiny craft - "extras" are not allowed in this swap.  (Partly because it can be embarrassing to receive more than you sent, and partly because this will force you to put all of your creative energy into make one really stellar, tiny craft.)  The idea behind this swap is to give you a simple, low-pressure craft swap that won't stress you out or cost a lot to ship.

How do you know if your idea is "tiny?"  Examples:  A coin purse is tiny; a clutch purse is not.  A pair of earrings is tiny; a necklace, earrings, and bracelet set is not.  A trinket box is tiny; a pencil box is not.  An ATC (artist trading card) is tiny; a full-size drawing is not.  A pair of small barrettes is tiny; one large barrette is tiny; a selection of barrettes is not.  (If you're not sure if your idea qualifies as "tiny," ask me!)

DETAILS OF FEEDBACK:  Because this is a very simple swap, I am giving you just 10 days from partner assignments to mailing.  You may very well finish early and want to send right away.  ANYONE WHO HAS NOT PM'ED ME TO CONFIRM THEIR SHIPPING BY OCT. 20 WILL GET NEGATIVE FEEDBACK ON OCT. 21.  Once you do come through after 10/20, I will change to Positive, but I expect to be out of town that weekend, so you could be stuck on Negative for the whole weekend if you have not sent by 10/20.

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

Name of swap   One Tiny Thing Swap
Craftster username 
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?

What kind of tiny things would you like to receive?  (Please list as many as you can think of, but please also note if there is one that you especially hope to receive)

What kind of tiny things can you craft?  (Please only list crafts that you know you can accomplish with a high level of skill.)

What else would you like to tell you partner?  (Please be sure to include any restrictions, such as no animal byproducts, religious symbol preferences, etc.)


SWAP DUOS: (If your name is in red, you have sent and are awaiting delivery; if your name is in green, your partner received and you have positive feedback)
Writer78 <-------> CraftyZary
cortag04 <--------> radioactivecrafter
ttchica78 <-------> Flareon
The Meow Wont Purr <------> Nushybum
sporkx71<---------> aliciasjoy
loves2experiment <---------> starpiste
princessandthebead <-------> fidget

Swap gallery is here:

42  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One Tiny Thing swap? on: October 04, 2005 01:37:10 PM
I've been feeling commitment-phobic after doing a bunch of swaps.  (I'm very blessed - I've had nothing but positive swap experiences - I've just done a lot in a short period and got tired out from having a constant "to do" list and lots of boxes/packets to ship.)  So I'm on the prowl for easy swaps.  I think I'm spoiled by the awesome Unconditional Swap, wherein I've been able to hand-pick my recipients and give them single, simple gifts.

My idea is along the lines of the Instant Swap, but perhaps even simpler - you just have to make and send one small gift.  Could be a pair of earrings, a decoupaged Altoid tin, a ball of hand-spun yarn, a tiny piece of artwork, a brooch/pin, a polymer clay figure, a felt stuffie, whatever you make that is small in size and relatively easy to make.

The rules would be simple - you can only send one small gift.  That way, it doesn't become a matter of, "I'm adding goodies to your package!" and then the other person feels obligated to add to theirs.  (Or you send off one thing, and you receive a "surprise" of five tiny gifts, and you feel like a jerk for not sending more.)  Also, it cuts down on the time that the swap will run, and hopefully it cuts down on flaking, as it's just one thing and not expensive to ship.  And since you only have one thing to make, you can put your attention into making it the best it can be.

The other rule would be that you have to make the gift - couldn't be a craft supply.
43  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Conservative Republican swap? on: October 03, 2005 12:43:27 PM
There was a "make a political statement" swap a while back, but from what I recall, it was all liberal democrat causes/slogans.  Since it would be awkward to try to get your partner to help you make a statement s/he is completely opposed to, I think it makes some sense to have a swap just for conservative political statements.

Any interest?
44  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Clue weapons on: September 14, 2005 06:20:53 AM
I bought a used Clue board game from Goodwill so that I could decoupage with the cards.  To my delight, the game was complete, which means I now have a set of the six metal/plastic weapons pieces.  What should I do with them?
45  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Choose an Old Theme Swap? on: September 13, 2005 08:31:28 AM
This is just a brainstorm I had.  I don't have any plans to organize it, so it is available if you want to use it.

Each person signing up would go through the Swap Galleries and choose a few previous themes that they like - perhaps swaps they missed or swaps they did and would love to see happen again.  The swapper's partner would then be given this list of themes and would craft for the person based on one of the old swaps chosen.  By using only the Swap Galleries for ideas, the swapper ensures that her partner will have a thread with pictures to look at as a reference point for making new stuff.

If you like the idea, please "steal" it.   Wink
46  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Inexpensive fabric samples on: September 13, 2005 07:16:27 AM
If you go to www.denverfabrics.com, you can order $2 fabric swatches.  (You need to order from their Designer Fabrics, because those swatches are 9"x9"; they sell swatches of other fabrics for $1, but they are 2"x4", which is probably not usable.)  I have not tried it yet, but I am browsing.

I like this opportunity because you get a cheap sample in a usable size, from a company that sells to crafters and therefore might be of interest to you in the future.  Also, since you're paying for your sample, there does not need to be any concern over whether this is an honest thing to do.  (We hashed that over for a long time in the Free Stuff thread.)
47  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Jousting pillow! on: August 28, 2005 06:40:57 PM
Okay, the pillow doesn't joust, and I don't joust with it, though those thoughts bring fascinating images to mind...

Anyway, I bought this polyester shirt on eBay, and it didn't fit right at all.  (Which I realized is a good thing, since polyester feels so horrible to wear.)  So I trimmed out the image, sewed a piece of dark blue flannel on the back, and stuffed with a pre-made pillow.  Voila!  Funky '70s jousting throw pillow that clashes wonderfully with any and all decor!

48  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mosaic footrest on: August 28, 2005 06:38:47 PM
I took a two-session mosaics class a while back through the community college.  It was a lot of fun.  I didn't like my other items so very very much, but this one came out nice.  It's a little wooden footrest decorated with pre-cut glass squares.

49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two tee-shirt recons - my first on: August 28, 2005 06:34:59 PM
For my first tee recon, I started with this horrible orange tee that I got as a freebie at this year's Iowa Summer Writing Fest:

After much sewing (and a horrible sewing-related injury that involved blood and will not be recounted here):

Emboldened by this success, I remade this shirt, which I got at the '04 writing fest (and liked much better than the "traffic cone orange" one):

And here is my awesome new sleeveless top:

50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Revamping fridge magnets - easy how-to on: August 26, 2005 06:31:45 AM
I don't have a digital camera, so I don't have a finished item pic, but I can describe what I did:

- Start with a rectangular magnet.  (This is the kind that is often sold as a souvenir; you can also find them at gift shops with cute/touching phrases on them.  They are about 1 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" long.) Here's an example:


- Sand the top lightly.  This will create a scratchy surface, easier for glue to adhere to.  If you overdo it, you'll scrub straight through the shiny plastic overlay and end up shredding the paper of the original image, so you want to do this lightly.

- Trim the image that you want to use so that it is about a half inch too large in each direction.  I used an image from a calendar.  An image on thicker paper is better, if you have it.  I really like to use an image/painting that has a lot of figures in it and then zero in on background figures.  It's like you're creating a whole new art piece by focusing in on supporting characters that are there but are not the focus of famous paintings.  Below is the image I used - the red box shows the piece that I used for my magnet.

- Brush a layer of Modge Podge onto the sanded surface of the magnet.  Place the oversized image on the modge podge.  Roll a pencil slowly and firmly along the image like a rolling pin.  This will smooth out the pockets of modge podge under the surface.  Use a Q-tip to wipe away the excess from the edges.

- When the modge podge has dried, use a craft knife to trim away the overlap edges of the image.

- To dress it up a bit, you can add craft jewels/pearls/beads to the four corners.  I used tiny half-pearls (got 'em in a craft supply swap - thanks, tickle_me_ally!).  You want something that is flat on one side, rather than round beads.  You can glue these on with modge podge; let sit for a while until dry.

- Finally, add one layer of Modge Podge over the whole image and the pearls to seal the whole thing.  I managed to promptly drop my magnet on the floor, and the pearls did not come off.)

Voila!  (That would probably be a more effective ending if I had a picture of my magnet.  I'll take a regular film shot, and then once I get it developed, I'll post the results.)
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