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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Single's Unite! Gallery on: July 23, 2006 03:22:53 PM
I got my stuff from shelikesstars (a million years ago...I've just been totally lame in posting about it).  She was super prompt and sent some fun stuff...some of which still has me giggling.

What she sent was:

-a green tote bag with "If you're vegan, then I'm single" written on it
-a 3 ring binder w/silly legal papers about dating resumes, forms to sign before physical contact, sheets to track your dates, etc.  Hilarious.
-a book about being single
-2 cds...one for singles, one for couples
-vegan recipes for one
-a framed collaged mosaic heart
-yummy smelling foot bath stuff...hmmm...maybe now would be a good time for that...nothing like soaking your feet when you are having a heat wave, right?

Fun stuff, fun trade!  Thanks!!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: cute little shrinky dink girl on: November 08, 2005 12:53:00 PM
Brilliant idea to use as tags!  I love it!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Bottle caps on: November 08, 2005 12:48:01 PM
Congrats on being successful with resin.  I have tried four different times (using different kinds of resin even) and they have never hardened all the way...although I'm gonna try that freezer suggestion!

For inserts...what I've done is pick up children's books for Goodwill (the kid picture dictionary rocks!) and cut out the circles with a 1" circle paper punch.  The possibilities are endless once you have one of those punches...mine is currently on the kitchen counter and nothing is safe!

Getting bottle caps at bars is usually super simple!  The generally have a bucket behind the bar that catches them so just ask and I'm sure you'll have more than you need in no time!  Some of the older caps you can get off eBay (and I've found many at Goodwill) have cork on the inside which means the picture is up a lot closer to the top of the cap which makes for an interesting look.  Also a great thing to do is put glitter all along the edge of the inside with glitter glue before pouring the resin.

Way to go!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / PEZ Shrine on: October 13, 2005 12:53:28 PM
So I have a good friend who is an aspiring filmmaker and she took a class on making a documentary.  The topic that her and two of her fellow students chose was a woman who collects PEZ candy dispensers.  The movie turned out great and was shown at a local theater with the other student films to a sold out crowd.  I was super proud of my friend for challenging herself to do something new and for putting her all into the project.  I also really enjoyed the film as I'm a bit of a pop culture enthusiast. 

To congratulate my friend on her film I made this PEZ shrine as a gift for her.  It took longer to finish than I would have preferred but that was fun because by the time I gave it to her the drama around her film had died down a bit so I think I totally surprised her.

The entire shrine was made from 100% salvaged materials (I live in Portland which has the best Goodwill outlet store ever where you buy things by the pound right before they send it to the landfill) including the paint, the glue, the PEZ dispensers, the frame, the little tiny camera, etc.  I started with a small 4" wooden shadow box frame that someone had done something with and then abandoned.  I took out the glass and painted the frame yellow on the outside and off white inside.  I used an order form from a PEZ package that had a picture of a bunch of dispensers to cover the back of the inside with little images of Garfield, The Simpson's, etc. and I used a little plastic Barbie size movie camera as the focus point.  I used magnetic words to write out "A Pez Film" under the camera.  My refrigerator is full of word magnets that I have salvaged from Goodwill so that was easy enough to do.  The "pez" word was from a Spanish set and apparently means fish.  The name of her movie is "Sweetly Dispensed:  Inside the Heart of a Pez Collector" so I used these old cloth tabs from a discarded office supply set to write out Sweetly Dispensed on the frame.  I put the little edges from negatives inside on the edges to look like film and added some glitter on the inside edges as decoration.  On the outside (which you can't see on the photo) I collaged a bunch of different colors and pieces of the candy wrappers on three edges as decoration from a side view.  The name of their film production is "Triple Chicks Productions" because three women worked on the film so I glued three pedestals from PEZ dispensers on the base to represent each of them and added a clown head from the top of a dispenser because he fit so well with the colors and is wearing a hat that says PEZ.

This project was a blast to make and to give away!  My friend inspired me by making the film and hopefully someone will be inspired by seeing the shrine I made to pass on a good deed to someone else.  Sorry the photos are crappy, my camera is a cheapie.

Yay!  I got my stuff yesterday and it was like I went shopping for myself and sent myself a package!  Good stuff!  Thank you whichwitch!  I'll post pics soon!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: vegan/ veggie swap!!! on: October 04, 2005 12:42:56 PM
I agree that the stuff aspiring got sounds great!  A want an altered book titled "To Hell with Hunting!"  and a tshirt with Lisa Simpson on it!  Super cool and inspiring...gonna make my own!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ziploc Swap 2 Gallery on: October 04, 2005 12:39:04 PM
All these swaps look fantastic!  This is a great idea to swap extra crafty supplies we don't need...everyone has em, right?  My coworker and I have swapped stuff as well.  What is junk to one is treasure to another!  Way to go folks...the stuff looks great!  There should be a follow up swap with crafts that you make from the ziploc swap items!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shrinky Dink Swap on: September 28, 2005 12:50:01 PM
I'm totally up for this!  For those that like to recycle/reuse I find barely used sets at Goodwill all the time so you might check there...

* zipper pulls
* pet id tags
* back pack tags
* key chains
* jewelry
* gift tags
* book markers
* laynard charms

The possibilities are endless.  I also noticed at a craft supply store recently they are marketing shrinky dink plastic specifically for ink jet printers in case that interests anyone.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Charlie Brown , Snooopy and The peanuts gang? on: September 28, 2005 12:45:35 PM
I would do this one...and possibly organize it too if enough folks want to do it.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: vegan/ veggie swap!!! on: September 26, 2005 09:55:23 PM
Wow!  All this stuff is so great...I want to do it again! 
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