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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Holiday Altered + Mystery Matchboxes 2017 - Gallery on: November 18, 2017 03:42:04 AM
Link to Swap Thread:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453582.0



Partners:
blupaisan   <----->   SonjaBoo
thanate   <----->   rockingbearranch
cabaute   <----->   Onyxnox
craftylittlemonkey   <----->   loves2experiment


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



2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Holiday Altered + Mystery Matchboxes 2017 (signup 10/29 - 11/10; send by 12/02) on: October 29, 2017 06:30:07 AM



GALLERY: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453740.0


Swap name: Holiday Altered + Mystery Matchboxes 2017
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: loves2experiment
Sign-up date range: 10/29 (Sunday) to 11/10 (Friday)...or until swap has 24 participants
Date to send item by: 12/02/2017 (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:
It has been ages since we've had a matchbox swap!
What's better than sending/receiving one matchbox for the holidays?  
Two matchboxes!!! Cheesy

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? :Cheesy
- 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!


For this swap, swappers will be sending just 2 matchboxes to their partners...no extras, please.
The mystery matchbox doesn't have to be decorated...it can be wrapped up as a gift for your partner to unwrap...or left unadorned.
You may use commercially produced standard sized matchboxes or opt to make your own matchboxes.  
Templates links:
http://blog.swap-bot.com/rachels-matchbox-template.html
http://www.templatemaker.nl/matchbox



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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER
Name of swap: Holiday Altered + Mystery Matchboxes 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 holiday motif(s)?
Do you have a pinterest account, website, etc.?
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.  It is a requirement to post in the swap thread so that you can keep up with swap-related announcements.  You also pinky swear that you will maintain good communication 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.



 
Merry Matchbox Makers:
1. blupaisan
2. thanate
3. cabaute
4. Onyxnox
5. craftylittlemonkey
6. rockingbearranch
7. SonjaBoo
8. loves2experiment

* = needs to post in swap thread!



Partners:
blupaisan   <----->   SonjaBoo
thanate   <----->   rockingbearranch
cabaute   <----->   Onyxnox
craftylittlemonkey   <----->   loves2experiment







3  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
4  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!

5  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

6  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


7  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





8  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
9  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

10  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


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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      

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