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21  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Box of Sunshine Round 2 SU-March 28, SO-May 3 on: May 01, 2016 03:03:23 PM

I pm'd you a couple days ago, please check your inbox. Thanks

*bites nails*
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Twilight Kusudama on: April 30, 2016 09:00:51 AM

And I am one of those people that you described that gets bent out of shape (pun intended) about the condition of books--I hate creases/bends in the cover/pages, damaged spines, staining, etc., especially when readers do it to library books that aren't even theirs!

Oh, I'd never do that to library books. My own books, sure, but never someone else's.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Washi Tape Case on: April 29, 2016 02:27:37 PM
That is an awesome box! I love what you've done with it, but I also just love the box itself. That little platform! Maybe I need to take myself to Target this weekend, to see if I can find something similar.

I love the tape design too. Smiley
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Misplacement on: April 29, 2016 12:22:26 PM
Resurrecting this very old thread because I have no shame! (And because I'm sure this is still an issue for many of us here today.)

My crafting supplies conspired together yesterday to trick me into tidying up a little bit! I got home, ready to do some painting, except my paintbrushes were not where I remembered leaving them. I tore the room apart looking for them, then pieced it back together so it looks slightly tidier than before. I didn't find all of my brushes, but I found enough to paint with.

And then I couldn't find the canvas/board I wanted to paint.

I had to tear everything else apart looking for the dumb picture I'd drawn the day before. I found it just as I was about to give up and sulk on the internet for the rest of the evening!

It's the actual worst, not being able to find what you specifically need. I'm surrounded by a veritable ocean of crafting supplies but never what I actually need!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Need a vent - craft demands on: April 29, 2016 12:14:57 PM

Projects you don't really want to work on should be chargeable at a rate based on a formula such as this:

Your before-tax wages at your full time job x 3
+ materials for the item(s) in question x 2
+ family and friends hardship fee (you won't be able to spend time with them if you're working on these items) $75/hour regular time or $250/hour for special ocassions
+ d-bag penalty 25% of total from above amounts

Based on:
 average US hourly wages of $21.33 x 3 @ 1 hour per tin $63990

Blank altoid tin on Amazon $4.19 = $4190.00
Miscellaneous decorations, paint etc. at $2.50 per tin $2500
1 hour per tin hardship fee $75000
D-bag penalty $36420

Her total cost to have you produce the tins for her convention is $182100.

It might be more if you have family gatherings in the time frame.  Grin

Whoa! I would spend three months crafting 1000 altar-in-a-tins if I were guaranteed $180000+! "Hey, work, yeah...sorry, I won't be coming in for the next three months...I got this really lucrative job offer and I'm gonna have to take it even though the person offering the job is kind of a jerk. Gotta get paid!!"

Then again, something tells me the lady in question would be one of those "You want HOW MUCH for this little thing? It's made out of garbage! I could make this myself if I wanted to. I'll give you $5, take it or leave it." kinds of people.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What to use to make perler designs more sturdy? on: April 29, 2016 12:09:58 PM
I don't know if most people do this, but I melt both sides of my perler designs. Once I've melted it on the pegboard, I take it off and lay it flat on the ground/table and melt the back of it too. I've never had any issues with any of them breaking.

Or you could glue them onto felt? It's fairly easy to cut through most of the time, and it's inexpensive. I wonder if self-adhesive craft vinyl (like for a die-cut machine) would work at all. It might not be supportive enough, but at least if the designs crack, the sticky vinyl will hold the snapped pieces together until you can et them home and melt them back together.
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2016 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: April 29, 2016 11:34:09 AM
This past August, I finally moved out of my dads' house and into my own place, which is awesome and exciting, but it means I don't really have frequent access to a yard anymore (I mean, I could always go back home to tend whatever tiny garden I wanted to plant, but...eh). Also, my apartment gets really beautiful light in the morning, kind of (there's a lot of trees on the complex: #problemsthatarentreallyproblems) but most of the rest of the time, the light is indirect, artificial, or nonexistent. I've toyed with the idea of getting a sun lamp so I can grow herbs or strawberries or something. I think I've also seen a little planter that comes with its own sun lamp, so you can bet I've added that to my list-of-wishes.

I think I'm going to have to sign up for the next round of this. Hosting the Unloved Creatures swap sucked up a surprising amount of my free time/creativity, but now that that's winding down (just under four days until I can start looking for angels!) and I find myself itching to make ATCs again.
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One Tiny Unloved Creature Gallery on: April 29, 2016 07:14:37 AM
I'm so glad so many of you like the little platypus. Smiley I hope it brought some cheer to crazyda79's day as well, but I'm not sure we'll hear from her for a little while.
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Undercover Fandom Gallery on: April 29, 2016 07:12:57 AM
grufflepuff that stag head rocks!


Thanks, you two! I have one more pendant left, so I'm tempted to make one for myself. Maybe this one I'll string with rainbow beads, though!
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pocket Letter Swap 1 (SU Apr 28-May 6 ; SO June 6) on: April 29, 2016 05:49:23 AM
I just sent in my (very very detailed) survey! I can't wait for this swap to start!
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