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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Paper crafting supply swap? (Signing up!) on: June 16, 2011 02:19:55 PM
I don't know about you, but I love paper! What I would really like is for you to just send me all your papercrafting supplies to play with, but since that's unlikely why don't we do some swapping?  Cheesy

I was thinking of something like last year's epic, painless and fun Altering Paper Crafts Supply Swap, thought up and organized by the delightful Casey1201.


This is an active swap now- please join us!
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Stone swap (rocks, crystals, stones, etc)? on: May 25, 2011 09:30:51 AM

Are you a rock fanatic? Do you come home from, well, everywhere with a rock or two in your pocket? Do you have to cut short hikes and creekwalks because you can't carry anymore? Will no one help you move anymore because you have "too many effing rocks"? Or has someone ever helped you move (just once, the sucker) and asked "What is this, a box of rocks?" and you had to grin because of course it was?

Well, my friends, I have a solution for you: GET MORE ROCKS! (Oh please, did you think I would tell you to get rid of them?) (Hmmm... on second thought, you should send them to me! Cheesy) Clearly the most sensible course of action is to swap rocks and rock crafts with your fellow Craftster rockhounds.

It looks like there was discussion of a rock swap back in 2009, but it doesn't seem to have happened. I'd be willing to organize if there was interest. So, who wants to play with rocks?
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Poetry Swap Gallery on: April 12, 2010 09:39:21 AM
Yay! Can't wait to see what everyone made!
Original swap thread.

Sent package
Received package
Sent and received package
Sending late with communication
Contact organizer immediately
Feedback received, my swap is finished



14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Rescue yourself stencilled tee on: March 11, 2010 04:01:51 PM
Because I like to drive myself crazy, I try new crafts for swaps. This was my first freezer paper stencil, on a t-shirt made for the delightful jungianwanderer for the Altered Fairy Tales Swap - 2.

All of the dragon was a stencil

as well as the bulk of the princess and the board

I painted in the very small detail on the princess- her face, the curliques on her hair- as well as the checkers because I forgot about them! lol And I free handed the words just because it was easier:
Unfortunately some of my lines aren't as crisp as I'd like- I was impatient and pulled the stencil off too soon and smudged a bit. I'm pleased with it overall though, and I think the dragon is so cute!l
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Celtic Dragon Altarcloth on: March 11, 2010 03:43:11 PM
I actually made this for a swap about three months ago, but I wanted to go into more detail than anyone really wants to read about in a swap thread!

I have a bunch of celtic cross-stitch patterns that a friend sent me years ago. They are copied from a book, but I don't remember which one!

My swap partner loved celtic things and dragons, so thought this was a perfect design:

The pattern called for the eyes to be empty/ the background fabric, but I decided to make them lime green (swappie's favorite color). I like that much better! If I made this design again, I would definitely fill in the eyes again!

I put the piece on one side of an altarcloth made of felt. I've never machine-sewn felt before and it's soooo easy to work with! I can see more felt projects in my future.  Please excuse the fold marks; I had everything all boxed up and then realized that I forgot to take pictures- doh!

and because I always have to make things complicated, I decided to make the altarcloth reversible. This is the flip side:

I love that batik fabric!!!
The tree is also felt, yay!, and it's freehand machine stitched on:

I have an unreasonable love for that little tree.

As always for me, it's not perfect, but I absolutely love this project. It was really hard to send it off to its new home!
16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Poetry Swap (Signups 2/21/10- 3/7/10, Sendouts 4/12/10) on: February 21, 2010 06:35:41 PM

Swap name: Poetry Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Dragonflywer
Sign-up date range: 2/21/10-3/7/10
Date to send item by: 4/12/10

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO

Additional Age requirement? None

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:
     Do you love poetry? Do you write poetry, perhaps? Or do you just read it, maybe memorize it; devour an entire volume in a night or sip slowly at the words over days? Are you inspired by the imagery, moved by the beat, or is it the message behind the words that sparks your imagination? Do you just think it would be fun to craft around a poem or three? If the answer to any of this is yes, then this is the swap for you!
     We will be crafting one medium item and two small items (thats 4 points total, if you use the points system) inspired by our partners favorites. Please send your partner at least 3 poems total by at least 2 different poets.
     Communication is important! Please be sure to keep in touch with your partner; the more you get to know them, the more fun it is to make things for them. You also need to either post on the board (or PM the organizer if youre not chatty  Smiley ) at least once a week.

Small Item = 1 point
Med Item = 2 Points
Large Item = 3 Points
For new swappers there might be a bit of a confusion as to what is a large, medium, and small item, so here's a handy guide:  

Small = By time, 2 or less hours of crafting. By $$$, $10 or less. By size, Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

Medium = By time, 2 or more hours of crafting. By $$$, $10-$30. By size, one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf

Large = By time, 3 or more hours of crafting. By $$$, $30 or more. By size, A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
This is not totally set in stone, but is a rough estimate of sizes described by time it takes to make package, by physical size and by cost.  

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Poetry Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (please write exactly as it should look on an envelope- different countries have different formats!):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval: (YES/NO)
Favorite poems/ poets? (Please list at least three poems and at least two poets for your partner to work with)(Optionally, you can include your own poetry here if you would like for it to be crafted)
Favorite style(s) of poetry?
Would you be interested in partnering with someone who likes the same style(s) as you or different ones?
Any style you don't like/want to do?
What are your favorites colors/ color combinations/ patterns?
Least favorite colors/ combinations/ patterns?
What crafts can you/ would you like to make?
What items would you like to receive (try to be at least a little specific, it helps your partner!)?
Are there particular themes/ design styles/ subjects that you would like to see represented?
Are there any items/ themes/ subjects that you would NOT like to receive?
Do you have any preferences as to fonts and handwritten v/s printed words?
Would you be okay if there were no words in your finished items, but only images inspired by your poems?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Anything else you want your partner to know?
Anything you want the organizer to know or take into consideration for partnering you? (This will be omitted from the questionnaire that your partner receives)


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

1. Dragonflywer
2. PureOath
3. Liralen
4. StrwbryMlkmmmmmm
5. Mellifluous
6. Staar84
7. Gigglygirl
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Poetry swap! Sign-ups OPEN! on: December 31, 2009 03:49:57 PM
I bought a new book of poetry yesterday and was thinking "I love poetry.", whcih started me thinking how fun a poetry swap would be. There is such vivid imagery in poetry that would translate to incredible crafts, I think.
I did a little research and there was an "Inspired by Poetry" swap back in 2007. The gallery is amazing!
So would anyone else be interested? I was thinking maybe one large or one medium and a couple of smalls. Probably sign-ups at the end of January or so and sendouts around late February/ early March.
Also, because this will be my first time organizing and I'm a little paranoid, swappers would be required to either PM me or post something in the thread and PM their partner once a week.
Thoughts, anyone?
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork / embroidered tree bag on: November 17, 2009 04:03:45 PM
I made this bag for a swap a bit ago but never got around to posting it separately. It consists of a lot of firsts for me: first try at patchwork, first handmade totebag, first try at freehand embroidery, and it was made for my first swap. I used this fusible stuff to line it which makes it water-resistant, and also largely impervious to needles: I broke six heavy-duty ones making it.  Roll Eyes
Without further ado:
Embroidered tree side.
Nine-patch side.
And a close up of tree, just because I'm proud of it!

I was heavily influenced by this project from my partner's wist. It's far from perfect, but I really love how it turned out! So much so that it was really hard to give away.  Cry My partner adored it though, so it was worth it in the end!
19  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Autumnal Mother Nature on: November 05, 2009 09:33:58 PM
Since I'm a total tree-hugger, I wanted to be Mother Nature for Halloween:

Hmmm, not sure what I'm proclaiming there, probably that happy hour should be 24 hours long. Wink
I made the dress and headpiece. I painted my face at 5 in the morning and these pictures were taken about 7pm- that's some resilient facepaint!
Mother nature was tired and kind of grouchy by this point. A demigoddess' work is never done!
I had green toenails and my feet and ankles had leaves painted on them as well, but I don't appear to have any pictures of that. Sad
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Soap storage bags on: July 28, 2009 03:59:16 PM
I'm not sure where to put this, so "Miscellaneous" seems appropriate.
I'm absolutely obsessed with this soap, and I keep it in my lingerie and pajama drawers because it smells so great. But it sometimes leaves soap residue on things, so I wanted to make little bags to keep it in.
Enter this fabric:

Isn't it gorgeous? I bought a remnant of it- only about a half yard, and didn't know what to do with it. While looking through my hoard for something else, I found the scrap and thought "oh, that's perfect!" So, without further blah, blah, blah:

Close up to show the opening for soap and more fabric detail:

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