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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: I have a disease swap *SIGNUPS 1 AUG-10AUG* on: August 03, 2006 09:59:48 PM
I sooooo want to join this, but I just moved two days ago, and I'm worried that I'll get to involved in too many projects and not do this as well as I would like to... I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with though!!
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Book Swap Jun-July on: July 24, 2006 10:40:58 AM
I'm absolutely snagging psyche's "Linea: Bag Attitude". ^_^ I've had a few new tote ideas in the works and I think some new design ideas would be great inspiration.

I combed my bookshelf for things I don't use anymore or that I've read 5-6 times already that deserve a fresh set of eyes, and here's what I've got to offer:

1. "Culture Jam" by Kalle Lasn (founder of ADBUSTERS)

2. "Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America" by Ann Powers

3. "Dude, Where's My Country?" by Michael Moore (hardback)

4. "Western Seeker, Eastern Paths" by David Pond

5. "Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft" by Raymond Buckland

6. "Glue" by Irvine Welsh

7. "Mindkiller" by Spider Robinson (hardcover edition)

8. "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss (hardback)

9. "Artist's Manual: A Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Material and Techinques"

10. "The Cure: 10 Imaginary Years" (the official Cure biography from 1988)
(http://www.plainsong.net/bibliography/ <-Blurb about it about 1/3 of the way down this page - rare item that's long out of print.)

I also have issues #1 and #2 of 'Gloomcookie' from Slave Labor Graphics, still in their plastic sleeves. (http://www.serenavalentino.com/gloomcookie/).  As long as it doesn't go against the swap rules, I'd be happy to consider the two issues as one item, since they're much smaller and less valuable than the books.
3  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Re: new craft group in Silver Spring! on: July 24, 2006 06:16:40 AM
I'm moving to Silver Spring on August 1st and would lovelovelove some people to get together with!!
4  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / Re: Craftster Meet-Up on: July 24, 2006 06:14:48 AM
I will be moving back to the DC area (Silver Spring, MD to be exact) as of August 1st, and would absolutely be interested in having other craftsters to get together with. SmileySmiley
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: my mary jane slippers on: July 22, 2006 07:25:08 PM
These are absolutely adorable!!

I really have to sit down and complete some of the projects I've been planning so I can get to new ones like this. ^_^
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: 41 lbs of pop can tabs! on: December 28, 2005 03:38:29 PM
For some reason, I feel like you should build some ridiculously elaborate sculpture out of them.  Grin
Maybe a huge fish or something, with pop tabs for scales?

I just think it would be awesome to make one huge something out of that many at once!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Tons & tons of empty water gallon jugs!! Help. on: December 23, 2005 08:13:00 PM
My pleasure! Smiley
Definately post pictures of your projects!!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Sporks? on: December 23, 2005 06:55:58 AM
Aaaand, I really don't know what you could do with them, but it's extremely fun to flip plastic sporks inside out.

Foons! hahaha

But ummm... keychains? rearview mirror decorations? xmas tree ornaments?
String tons of them together and make a spork 'beaded' curtain?
I'll have to think some more on this one.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Places to recycle Christmas Cards?? on: December 23, 2005 06:50:45 AM
St. Judes may be all stocked up, but I'll bet there are hospitals/schools/outreach programs in your area that would welcome the donations as well.

I saw someone suggest using the front pieces as recipe cards for holiday recipes.

Also, if you have any that you really really love the pictures on, frame them! Insta-art.
Or, cut out the images and use glue/decoupage to attach them to any surface you want to decorate, including gift packaging.

10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Tons & tons of empty water gallon jugs!! Help. on: December 23, 2005 06:31:44 AM
Oh man, those things are craaaaaaaaazy useful. Here's a bunch of ideas to get you going.

Make a bird feeder. Cut a hole in two or three sides of the jug. The holes should be 2 or 4 inches in diameter, depending on the type of birds you want to attract. For perches, make smaller holes below the feeding holes. Push wooden dowel rods through the holes so they poke through the opposite side. Fill the feeder with seed to weigh it down,  then top the sand with bird feed and hang from a nearby tree. You may want to poke a few small holes in the bottom for rainwater drainage.

Cut the bottoms off and use them as plant saucers.

Make luminaries by cutting off the top of the jug, filling the bottom with 2 or 3 inches of sand, then placing a votive candle in the sand. Line a walkway or garden path with the lights.

Organize the refrigerator. Cut the tops off several plastic jugs and use the bases to conveniently store grapes, kiwis, pear tomatoes, cheese, lunch meats and other small items in the fridge. Make shorter containers for the storage drawers and trays. Works for other drawers as well!

Cut the bottom from a plastic jug just under the handle, and use the top part as a funnel for liquids, powdered dry goods, flour and more.  Leave the cap on (tightly) and you've got a scoop!

Cut a large hole (big enough to put your hand through) in the top corner opposite the handle, and use them to store things in, such as craft odds and ends, votive candles, or anything else smallish.

They're also great for storage as they are. Wash them out (hot water and a little soap, cap, shake like hell, and rinse really really well), leave them upside-down to dry, and then use to store bulk dry goods. Better than plastic bags, and easy to pour.  Also works as a pitcher of you want to make a gallon of juice/tea/etc to keep on hand.

Loose change jar!  Just cut a slit in the top corner opposite the handle and feed your loose change in. When it's full, roll the change and put it aside! It adds up really fast, and makes a great "fun fund" to use towards vacations or goodies for yourself.

Don't forget to decorate them and jazz them up, so they aren't just plain ol' plastic jugs anymore! Paint, decoupage, markers, ribbons, whatever strikes your fancy.  And post pictures of what you decide to make! Smiley

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