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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / holiday altered matchbox + mystery matchbox swap? on: October 21, 2017 04:08:28 AM
It has been ages since we've had a matchbox swap!
What's better than sending/receiving one matchbox for the holidays? 
Erm, how about two matchboxes?  Grin


Matchbox #1 (i.e. the altered matchbox) could be...
- a holiday ornament (free standing or with a loop for hanging)?
- holiday themed artwork?
- a mini shrine?
- anything your heart desires...as long as it involves altering a matchbox in some form!



Matchbox #2 (i.e. the mystery matchbox) could contain...
- a bunch of whimisies?
- an inflatable rubber duckie?  Roll Eyes
- cookies? candy? cash?? (kidding, just kidding...unless you really want to do that)
- anything your heart desires...as long as it fits in the matchbox!



To keep things interesting, yep, just 2 matchboxes...no extras, please.
The mystery matchbox doesn't have to be decorated...it can be wrapped up as a present for your partner to unwrap...or left unadorned Wink
If there is interest in this swap, I would like to start this up pretty quickly so that we'll have ample time to craft Cheesy
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Jar of Whimsies Halloween 2017 - Gallery of Goodies... on: October 14, 2017 01:55:49 AM
Link to Swap Thread:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453221.0



Partners:
Witchhippie   <--->   SonjaBoo
RaraAvis   <----->   thanate
Rosie1981   <----->   loves2experiment


Sent
Received
Sent AND Received
Late with Communication
Contact Organizer ASAP
Completed swap requirements...thanks for swapping!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Two Wristlets for Fall 2017 on: September 22, 2017 03:30:08 AM
Instead of lugging a purse, sometimes all I really need is my phone, ID, cash and favourite tube of lip balm Roll Eyes
I've been searching for suitable wristlets to purchase...ones which are large enough to accommodate the size of my phone.
Nope, no luck.  On to Plan B! 
After digging through my stash of fabric scraps and drafting a couple of patterns, I came up with two wristlets.

The first one has a strap that is attached to a swivel hook.  The swivel hook clips onto the split key ring that is connected to the main body of the wristlet. 
In a pinch, I can remove the strap and throw the zip pouch into my regular purse.



The second one has a zip gusset in the back for my phone (for easy access). 
It is roomier than the first wristlet and can hold a few more items (if I need them). 



Thanks for checking them out Cheesy

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Jar of Whimsies Halloween 2017 (signup 9/22 - 9/28; send by 10/14) on: September 22, 2017 03:02:55 AM



GALLERY: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453392.0

Swap name: Jar of Whimsies Halloween 2017
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: loves2experiment
Sign-up date range: 9/22 (Friday) to 9/28 (Thursday)...or until swap has 24 participants
Date to send item by: 10/14/2017 (Saturday)

Limited to a certain number of people? 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? No


Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
 - Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: Yes
 - Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Yes
 - Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: Yes
 - Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Yes
 - Is at least 18 years old: Yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
 - Has been a member for at least one month: Yes
 - Has posted at least 15 times: Yes
 - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: Yes
 - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: Yes
 - Does not have any negative feedback: Yes
 - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: Yes
 - If within the US, understands that a tracking number is required for this swap: Yes
 - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: Yes




DETAILS OF SWAP:
This is a swap where you will fill a container (glass, plastic, wood, cardboard/paper, metal, fabric, whatever your heart desires Cheesy) with little trinkets, bits, and baubles you think your partner will love.  The more creative the better!
Requirements are as follows:

1. A decorated container filled with approximately 2 cups / 1 pint (by volume) of whimsies.
2. A minimum of 1 small crafted whimsy (if you're feeling extra crafty and wish to make and send more crafted whimsies, that's okay too!!).
3. The majority of items in the container should be Halloween themed or be of Halloween colors (black/orange/red/white/purple/green).  
    It's okay to include some non-Halloween items you think your partner would like, but let's try to send a bunch of Halloween goodies Smiley
Note: Extras (i.e. things outside the container) are optional - discuss with your partner.

If you need inspiration, check out the galleries for previous rounds of Jar of Whimsies swaps:
Round 12: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422637.0
Round 11: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410210.0
Round 10: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=392430.0



If you want to participate, information to send to swap organizer (that would be me, loves2experiment Wink):

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER
Name of swap: Jar of Whimsies Halloween 2017
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (yes/no)

Favourite Halloween color(s)?
Favourite Halloween motif(s)?
What crafts do you do?
Do you have a pinterest account, website, etc?
Is there anything that you would absolutely love to see in your container?
Please list anything you would prefer NOT to receive (includes allergies, religious symbol preferences, etc.):
Do you have any allergens in your home? (dogs, cats, cigarette smoke):
Anything else you want your partner to know:

Disclaimer: By signing up for this swap, you agree to get a tracking number as per Craftster swap rules (or a receipt for international mailing) and PM it to the organizer and your partner.  You also agree to maintain good communication within the thread and with your organizer and swap partner.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.



 
Participants:
1. Witchhippie
2. RaraAvis
3. SonjaBoo
4. Rosie1981
5. thanate
6. loves2experiment

* = needs to post in swap thread



Partners:
Witchhippie   <--->   SonjaBoo
RaraAvis   <----->   thanate
Rosie1981   <----->   loves2experiment


5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wee Kindness Monsters! on: September 08, 2017 02:10:29 AM



Be silly!  Be honest!  Be kind!
This mantra was in my mind as I knitted a batch of kindness monsters for the art abandonment swap.  
I wanted to spread positivity in my art abandonment pieces, and I hope this does the trick!
Here's a link to the pattern I used for the monsters: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-little-kindness-monster
The original instructions call for worsted yarn, but I figured itty bitty was the way to go Wink
Each monster has its own fun personality, and it was a hoot to see them develop.


Amlie - She loves creating banners and all things crafty...and yes!  Buttons!!!




Casper - Candy corn beanie dude who tries to look cool while secretly coveting all things Halloween and of course, candy!!!




Peyton - Kite flying enthusiast who has a passion for blue skies and spreading positive vibes.




Joss - Who doesn't love micro glitter and sparkle?  It's the gift that keeps giving... Tongue




Maxine - She's a bit of a feminist who has no compunction when it comes to speaking her mind Wink




Chase - Adventurous parachute adrenaline junkie who is happiest when he's in flight.




And if you've made it this far, here's a picture of another wip wee monster to give you an idea of size Smiley





6  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / STS Winter Market 2016 - One Angel Needed...Found!!! on: November 15, 2016 01:59:55 AM
Swap Name: STS Winter Market 2016
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450138.0
Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450139.0
# of angels needed: 1



Hello!  
We're looking for a swap angel for sheepBlue Smiley  
The swap angel package is for a 2 point/medium item and needs to be sent by Nov 30, 2016.

sheepBlue's original claim was for 12 handmade stoneware clay glazed buttons.  
In lieu of that, her list of medium wish items are as follows:

- stained glass art
- sun catcher similar to this
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/220606081725816981/
- handmade socks (scrappy is awesome too)
- handspun yarn (favorite colors - teal blue, leaf green, plum purple, orange yellow)
- needle felting kit
- shower cap
https://sites.google.com/site/hoppobumpo/Home/shower-cap-tutorial
- soft fingering weight yarn or approximate weight - at least 500 yds - any sort of animal yarns
- crochet patterns:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bistro-shawlette
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/autumn-leaves-shawlette
- crochet hooks any size except L with a thick handle to help with hand soreness


If you are interested, please post in this thread and send me a message via pm.  
Thanks so much! Smiley
~ loves2experiment
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Spam Musubi (non-edible) on: April 01, 2016 02:03:42 AM




While on vacation in Oahu last month, we noticed that spam musubi was available...everywhere.   
It consists of a slice of cooked spam on top a block of rice, bundled together with toasted seaweed.  Yummy!   
The above spam musubi is not meant for consumption.  It's actually a prototype of something I am planning to make for my friends...as a memento of our crazy holidays Wink
After some thought, I came up with spam musubi hot & cold therapy packs Grin  Quirky and functional.  And most importantly, easy to construct.  After the pattern pieces were created, I decided on anti-pill fleece fabric for the spam and rice component coverings.  The nori wrap is made with some black silky fabric I had in my stash.       





Deconstructed, we have the rice block (with flax seed pack insert), slice of spam (with cold pack insert), and toasted nori (with Velcro fasteners to hold everything together). 





Close-up of 'rice' cover and flax seed pack:





Close-up of 'spam' cover and cold pack:





And if you've never tried this flavor of spam, you should.  Just for bragging rights! Wink

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mini Altered Tin Swap Gallery on: June 16, 2014 02:00:35 PM
Link to original swap thread:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433803.0#axzz33XSbs0pL


Not yet sent
Sent
Received
Sent & received
Late with communication
Missing in action with no communication...please contact me ASAP!
Feedback left


PARTNERS   
loves2experiment <---> .:dollface:.   
Onyxnox <---> SonjaBoo   
Alexampersandra <---> tapestrymlp      
rackycoo <---> vincentvanbuck      
Luvebuggy99 <---> blupaisan      
goatgoddess <---> geekgirl1000100      
Ramona Q <---> DragonChilde      
PinoPal <---> grasshopper      
Mountains and Clouds <---> Killam Creative
felicitybaby <---> cackle      

9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Mini Altered Tin Swap (Signups Closed...Sendouts 6/30) on: June 02, 2014 07:45:40 AM
Altered tins...done on a small scale!  


Swap Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434041.0#axzz34pxmgIaU





Swap name: Mini Altered Tin

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: loves2experiment

Sign-up date range: 06/02/14 through 06/12/14 (or earlier if the swap fills up! Grin)

Date to send item by: June 30, 2014 (Monday)

Limited to a certain number of people? 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Nope! Please note that by signing up for this swap you are agreeing to ship internationally if your partner lives outside of your country!

Age requirement? Swap participants must be at least 18 years old!

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: Yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: Yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Yes
- Is at least 18 years old: Yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: Yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: Yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: Yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: Yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: Yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 18 years old: Yes
- If within the US, understands that a USPS tracking number is required for this swap: Yes
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: Yes



DETAILS OF SWAP:
Based on your partners list of favourite themes, you will work on altering a mini tin and send it off to your partner (and why yes, youll receive an awesome mini altered tin in return)!  Partners will be matched to the best of my ability (no favouritism here!) Cheesy
Now, lets talk about the size of the mini tin.  We will use the dimensions of a mini altoid tin as a guide, i.e. your mini tin should measure approximately 1.5 by 2.25.  Feel free to use your creativity and whatever method you like to make the mini altered tin fabulous!  Do your best work Cheesy  Looking for inspiration?  There are numerous examples (Pinterest is a good resource for eye candy!) of what may be done with altoid tins in general, and yes, there are even examples of altered mini tins to be found online.  Ah, the possibilities!  

Other housekeeping details and what-nots
1.  I reserve the right to refuse anyone who has a history of multiple instances of poor communication and/or late sending.
2.  You need to make at least one post in this thread (per Craftster swap requirements).
3.  Check the swap thread regularly.  Feel free to talk about what youre doing with your tin, post teaser pictures of your work-in-progress, ask for ideas, etc.  Anything that relates to altered tins and crafting for your partner is good talk.
4.  Communication is essential!  If youre having issues with the swap, or if youre sending late (for whatever reasons), you must contact the organizer.  Poor communication will be noted in your feedback Sad            



QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Mini Altered Tin
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name and mailing address (including the country):
Please confirm that you are at least 18 years old! (Yes/No)
Have you posted in the swap thread? Wink
Three Favourite Themes (feel free to describe things in detail):
1.
2.
3.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.



LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
1.   loves2experiment
2.   .:dollface:.
3.   Onyxnox
4.   Alexampersandra
5.   tapestrymlp
6.   rackycoo
7.   vincentvanbuck
8.   Luvebuggy99
9.   SonjaBoo
10.  goatgoddess
11.  Ramona Q
12.  PinoPal
13.  geekgirl1000100
14.  DragonChilde
15.  grasshopper
16.  Mountains and Clouds
17.  blupaisan
18.  felicitybaby
19.  cackle
20.  Killam Creative



PARTNERS         
loves2experiment <---> .:dollface:.      
Onyxnox <---> SonjaBoo      
Alexampersandra <---> tapestrymlp      
rackycoo <---> vincentvanbuck      
Luvebuggy99 <---> blupaisan      
goatgoddess <---> geekgirl1000100      
Ramona Q <---> DragonChilde      
PinoPal <---> grasshopper      
Mountains and Clouds <---> Killam Creative      
felicitybaby <---> cackle      

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mini altered tin swap? on: March 24, 2014 01:52:45 PM
Anyone up for a round of mini altered tins?  The large tins are fun...but anything on a small scale is uber adorable! Wink



These adorable mini altoid tins measure approximately 1.5" by 2.25" and *gasp* have a nice flat surface...perfectly suited for whatever we have in mind Grin

As for themes, I am open to suggestions.  Or we could list our top three favourite themes in swap questionnaires and have our partners go at it Smiley
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