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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "A Day in the Life of" Swap on: October 28, 2004 12:34:28 PM
So I thought I'd actually be presenting a new idea, but I see that a swap like this has already happened (guess there really isn't anything new under the sun).  But I was wondering if there would be sufficient enough interest to start another one.  What the heck am I talking about?  This:


But as a summary: send your journal (handmade or purchased)  to the next person on the list (you'd always be mailing to the same person) and they fill in ____ pages (depending on how many would be available for each person) with events from their life, pictures, art, comments from friends, whatever!  It would continue in a circle until you got your journal back.

Any takers?
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Minimum Requirements (inspired by the What's Your Forte thread) on: August 16, 2004 10:36:30 AM
So there were several comments in the aforementioned thread concerning the cost of crafting supplies (try a new type of project, buy a ton of new stuff to accomplish it).  We all know if we look in a book or at a website that talks about the craft, they will list everything in the world and the financial and spatial outlay becomes overwhelming.  Therefore, I thought it would be handy if we all listed what would be the minimum of stuff needed for a newbie trying a craft.  I'm mainly thinking supplies, but if there are really good books or websites for techniques (or for purchasing supplies), then by all means, please share!!!!

I guess I'll start.  I don't really have a forte, but at least at the moment, I'm big on making cards, so I'd suggest a newbie rush out and buy a pack of cardstock with a wide color assortment, a rubber stamp set of letters, a set of the primary color inks, a set of mettalic inks, the glittery gel pens, and some stencils or stickers that catch your eye.  I've also been extremely fortunate to have a computer program that has a bunch of clip art of all types on it.  There are a lot of patterns and pictures that I can enlarge or shrink and then glue on or cut a shape out of  and it's like having an endless supply of patterned paper at my fingertips!

Let the supply list commence!
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My first drawing on: July 23, 2004 11:28:27 AM
I drew this one a couple of years ago and finally got it framed.  It was my first attempt at anything other than doodles or geometric designs. 

14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fancy Thumbtacks on: July 09, 2004 12:21:10 PM
Ok. This is probably a case of "everyone's made these" but I hadn't until the other night and I enjoyed it immensely, so now I'm showing you!  (cross-posted, therefore apologies to those of you who also read craftgrrl on LJ.)  If this should be moved to a different header, please let me know and I will move it!  So... what happens when you combine hot glue, a dream, and these?

Apparently, this!

I just put a little dot of glue on the back of the gem and then pressed the head of the tack into the glue. 

Impressed by my skill, I boldly mixed these:

And derived these:

These were handled the same way except, after the glue dried, I pushed the prongs tight under the head of the tack for extra security in case the glue failed.  I tried making some with the prongs flattened against the gem itself and then gluing it, but it didn't seem as stable. 

Anyway, lots of fun, lots of simple and lots of cheap.  What more could a girl ask for? 
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Product Use Liabilities on: February 25, 2004 01:05:43 PM
I'm considering starting a business and selling, among other things, soap and bath salts.  I'm concerned that somone will use them and have an allergic reaction and sue me (maybe over-dramatic thinking, but the thought I had nonetheless).  I intend to list the ingredients on the website so they'll know beforehand.  Would that sufficiently release me of liability?  Also, how detailed do I need to be?  For example, do I need to list every ingredient in the fragrance?  Thanks in advance for all your help!!!!
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