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51  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Thanks for Organizing Swap? on: August 13, 2005 06:20:33 AM
I thought it might be nice to have a swap that just includes those who have organized before.  As a thank you for the organizing work done in the past, you'd be eligible to swap with people who have already run a swap and therefore know the etiquette and are unlikely to flake or to fall out of communication.

Also, a swap like this might motivate people to organize.  I totally understand why people are reluctant to try it (I was, too), but once I broke down and started a swap, I was delighted.

As a former/current organizer, would you enjoy something like this?  (Theme would be decided later.)  Do you think it sounds too "exclusive," limiting who can sign based on anything other than age (which appears to be the only "offiical" swap restriction available)?
52  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Creative writing swap? on: August 08, 2005 06:00:04 AM
Are there other creative writers out there interested in swapping?  We could swap journals, pens, writing-related decor, magnetic poetry, maybe even original poems/etc. written for each other.
53  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Medieval/Renaissance Swap Gallery on: August 07, 2005 02:26:29 PM
Please post here when you receive.  (If you have a digital camera, please take a pic before sending, in case your partner doesn't have the capability to post pictures.)

Here are all the swappers, so that we can keep track of who has sent.  (Red = sent; Blue = checked in with organizer)

OnThinIce+Pegacorn (partner has received; swap feedback left)
Wasabipeasrule (both partners have received; swap feedback left)
Kiwitart (partner has received; swap feedback left)
Guinthegoodwitch (partner has received/swap feedback left)

Spaz2phreek (partner has received; swap feedback left)
Hawkwolf (partner has received; swap feedback left)
Duckie (partner has received; swap feedback left)
Quack (partner has received; swap feedback left)

Tinygoatstacker (partner has received; swap feedback left)
Gothmom (partner has received; swap feedback left)
Knitrrgrrl (partner has received; swap feedback left)
Writer78 (partner has received; swap feedback left)
54  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / I feel like a jerk on: August 01, 2005 06:20:45 AM
Last night I was trying to finish up a tee shirt recon project.  It was going pretty well, and I was nearly done.  It was about 9:30, and I was pretty tired and needed to go home.  (My mom's old sewing machine is at my dad's house, so I was sewing over there.)

One second, I'm sewing a sleeve.  The next second - and I still don't understand quite what happened - I have a broken sewing machine needle completely through my right index finger's tip.  It went in the nail and out the other side a good quarter of an inch, with thread in there and all.

I called my dad, who came home, examined my hand, and told me he could remove the thing and that it would be quicker than the ER.  So I let him, and he was right; it didn't hurt much, though I was scared silly.  After some tears and some feeling like a great big moron for "sewing my hand," I settled down and was able to joke about it a little.

Today it's very slightly swollen and sore, but I can type with it, and I'm sure it will be much better in the next couple days.

So the moral of the story is, when you're tired, stop sewing!!  The darn machine is more powerful that you think.  It's amazing how this can sneak up and get you out of nowhere.
55  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Little visitor swap on: July 28, 2005 06:05:46 AM
Have you ever heard of those grade school projects where the class makes a little paper "person" and sends him around to various cities, where friends of the teacher take pictures with him, write a letter about what he "did" on his "vacation," and said him back?  Sometimes celebrities agree to take pictures of the classroom's little paper guy in famous places or with famous people before sending him back.

I thought we could do something like that.  With the risk of flakers and delays, I don't think it would make sense to send one paper figure/critter around the world, but I do think we could do this:

- Make or buy a little stuffed animal and send it to your assigned parter

- Partner takes the critter (I think stuffed is better than paper) around town (hometown or a nearby big city, whichever they prefer) and takes pictures.  The partner then creates a mini scrapbook containing pictures of the critter in action, captions/notes about what the creature "did," and memoribila (ticket stubs, restaurant napkins, etc.) from the area where the critter "visited."

- The last thing the partner does before sending critter and book back is to dress the critter in an outfit based on the area visited.  This could mean sewing small clothes, or could mean buying doll-sized clothes and decorating them based on the city.  If you don't sew, it could mean attaching some small city-themed accessories to the critter.  (For example, if you live near Chicago, you could stitch a Cubs or Sox patch to the critter, or you could bind a little toy saxophone to its hands to represent the area's jazz musicians.)

- Partner then sends the decorated critter and the scrapbook back to the original sender.  The goal is to give you partner a feel for what your area is like.

This whole idea is a take-off on not only the classroom "visitor" idea but also on the "City Swap" idea that was punted around here a few weeks ago.

I think the drawback, here, is that this is kind of complex.  Perhaps the number of participants would be limited, or maybe there would be a requirement that you have successfully completed three swaps already.  Either way, just some ideas to help ensure that the swappers are really willing to do this amount of work.

56  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / An idea for students... on: July 25, 2005 07:17:38 PM
I'm not in school anymore, but I had a brain wave that I thought I'd share for those who are:

How about a "Help Me with My Homework" swap?  No, it wouldn't be actual homework help.  It would work like this: you'd tell your organizer which subjects you're into and good at, and you'd tell him/her which subjects you really struggle with.  You would be matched to a partner based on strengths and weaknesses.  Your assignment (or your "homework" - ha!) would be to make your partner a care package that attempts to make the subject they hate, seem more fun!  It could be a zipper pouch with math calculations embroidered on it; a binder to use in history class, maybe a pair of fun socks to wear to gym.

What do you think??  I'm far too old (my 5-year college reunion is in October - man, I don't feel 27!), but I would be thrilled to see what our clever younger craftsters could do with this!
57  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Medieval/Renaissance Swap - CLOSED - Send by August 17 on: July 07, 2005 06:21:29 AM
Swap name:   Medieval/Renaissance Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:   Writer78
Sign-up date range:   Starts July 7; ends July 13 OR when we have 12 members, whichever comes first
Date to send item by:   August 17

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  12

Non-U.S. participants allowed?  Yes

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  All allowed

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: Yes

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: Yes

Details of swap:  This swap is for anyone interested in medieval/renaissance times, from serious historians to those who just think castles are pretty!  I will match you based on the few criteria below, and then it is up to partners to PM one another and decide how many items to swap, what to make, etc.  My hope is that this will encourage more communication from the start and that this will drive down the likelihood of anyone flaking.

If you are a ren faire attendee or SCA member, I will try to match you to someone similar so that you can exchange costume items, if you wish.

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

Name of swap   Medieval/Renaissance Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
Are you a reenactor (SCA member, faire attendee, etc.) or are you simply interested in the time period?
Would you enjoy crafts based on: historical medieval/renaissance; fantasty medieval/renaissance (fairies, dragons, wizards, etc.); or both?
Please list any specific restrictions that you need your swap partner to respect (no animal byproducts, no religious references, etc.):


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


onthinice (+ Pegacorn) <-----> wasabipeasrule
kiwitart  <---------->  knitrrgrrl
guinthegoodwitch  <-------->  Duckie
spaz2phreek  <---------->  gothmom
hawkwolf  <----------->Writer78
quack  <--------->  tinygoatstacker

58  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fun with cowboy fabric - tote bag on: July 05, 2005 06:36:22 AM
I flipped out when I found this $2/yard clearance fabric at Hobby Lobby.  I bought four yards, and using a Sewing for Dummies/Simplicity pattern (and making lots of dumb mistakes along the way), I completed my first full-sized sewn bag:



I also made my first clothing item, using a simple pattern:


yippie-i-o!!  Ride 'em, cowgirl!!
59  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fun with cowboy fabric - skirt on: July 05, 2005 06:33:45 AM
I fell in love with this goofy fabric, so after thinking about it all day, I went back and bought 4 yards.  (It was on $2/yard clearance at Hobby Lobby.)  I bought a simple pattern for a straight skirt and came up with this - my first finished clothing piece!!


Of course I had plenty left over, so I bought a "Sewing for Dummies" Simplicity pattern and made this:



I made my fair share of mistakes, and I learned a lot, but overall, I don't think it's too shabby for a beginner!!
60  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / [ACCEPTED] Thrift store picture revamp on: July 04, 2005 05:49:37 PM
Some brilliant craftsters have pulled this idea into the crafting realm and have already held two swaps:



I would love to do this as a challenge - you still get all the fun of revamping and showing off, but you get to pick your own starter picture, and you don't have to do all the shipping.  (I was also worried that if my swap partner decorated a picture and I hated it, s/he would have gone through a high amount of expense and effort for nothing.)

So how about a challenge version?
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