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9931  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: Idea for improving the swap process? on: February 22, 2007 08:01:11 PM
I'm fairly new to swapping and this idea makes me very uneasy! I can understand how you might be disappointed if you don't get something that is as "quality" as you'd hoped (I participate in a Yankee Swap or a Secret Santa every Christmas, and once or twice this has happened), but, as has been mentioned, swapping should be fun! Somebody compared it to a grab bag- sometimes you get really cool stuff and sometimes you don't- and I think this is the best attitude to have. As a teacher, when I assign a project to my students, I always have a hard time giving a grade for "creativity" - I actually made a girl cry my first year on the job because of it  Cry  and I've changed the way I look at "creativity" because of that. To me, ranking swaps, even if they are just of the supply kind, would be similar. Somebody might have a favorite supply that someone else might think is awful!

I just did a swap and after AGONIZING over what to send (it was a supply swap), I realized that I could change things a hundred times and it still might not make a difference. If I think something is amazing and cool, someone else just might not, and that's just the way it is. I didn't send a bunch of junk just to get rid of it, I tried to match what people's interests were, but what if I was a bit off? I made an honest and sincere effort and if I was ranked low, I'd never swap again! Ranking the swaps would most definitely scare off new swappers!

The thing I like the most about Craftster is how wonderful everyone is about sharing ideas and information and helping out people who are new to certain crafts. It is usually a VERY supportive environment and when I read an occasional negative post, it throws me off- I would hate to see Craftster turn into a critical place- even constructive criticism can be hard to take sometimes!

And so, I am in agreement with several others: I think that the best way to avoid any 'swap trauma' for the sender and the recipient, would be to refine the swap questionnaire. The more information that is available, the better the swap experience should be. And, if on occasion, you still end up with the short end of the swap stick, maybe what you sent to your swap partner will make them recognize that they could have done a bit better, and so on their next swap, they'll improve- there is nothing better than teaching by example!  Wink
9932  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fill-a-Matchbox SUPPLY Swap (Sign-ups Closed, Send Feb 28) on: February 22, 2007 06:04:02 PM
Okay, my boxes are sealed in envelopes, ready to hit the PO tomorrow! Due to some unexpectedly high anxiety over this swap  Grin , I changed the contents of the boxes twice! So, after packing them for the 3rd time, they are done, for better or a teeny bit less better (I just hate to say worse!  Cheesy) !

So, I'll be mailing them out in the morning and then getting to the crafts that I didn't get to today! My vacation is almost over and I didn't even put a dent in my have-to-get-done-this-week pile!  Shocked
9933  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Grow-A-Bag (Bottomless Bag Challenge #11) on: February 22, 2007 02:33:47 PM
That bag is amazing!  I'm totally in love with the fabrics and the construction.  I'm not very good at sewing, I've only done very basic things, but maybe if you were going to make one to hold books and other heavy-ish items, rather than using buttons, try zippers if it isn't too difficult, and if it would be sturdier. 

Thanks! I had actually considered making it with zippers, but it's a pretty big bag and I didn't think I could locally (and cheaply) find large enough zippers. Plus, I wasn't sure how much I'd like the look of the zippers once it was unzipped. I may try it on a smaller bag, though. If I do, I'll be sure to post it!
9934  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Those fake credit cards that come in the mail... on: February 22, 2007 02:26:16 PM
Just go to a store you would normally shop.  Buy the gift card for yourself and use it for necessities.  I love target and the dog was a cute pic and just the right size.  The tie dye was from Wal-Mart.

Hmmm...I don't know why I didn't think of that! I recently bought a pizza place gift card for myself because it came with a coupon for a free pizza! Now I'll have to look at all of my regular "haunts" with a fresh eye. And, I might ask friends and family for used up gift cards (if the store doesn't keep them!).

Thanks for the tip!
9935  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need technical advice on felt molding on: February 22, 2007 02:16:59 PM
Would there be a way to put in some fusible interfacing after the shape was completed? I don't know much about felting, but it seems like once you were done felting the face, you could cut some pieces of interfacing and iron them in (carefully)...but would the heat from the iron cause the wool to shrink? Hmmmm...

And, if you put a lining on the inside (a nice stiff material), it wouldn't beat it up as much on the inside...

Now I want to see someone make one!
9936  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Those fake credit cards that come in the mail... on: February 21, 2007 06:51:44 PM
reese52- I love your presentation of the picks! What a neat way to give them! And, I've been eyeing gift cards at stores trying to figure out to get them out of the store without actually putting funds on them! Smiley
9937  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Undomesticated Goddess Swap (sign ups 02/12-02/26, send outs 03/19) on: February 21, 2007 06:44:26 PM
I'm no longer a 'housewife', I just gots me a job, am I still ok to swap?
oh no! (congrats!)

My feeling is this, every human being responsible for themselves, and maybe even a spouse or child or (gasp) both, is a housewife because someone has to pull the clogged, soapy hair out of the drain trap, someone has to scrub the toliet, someone has to discover, appreciate, and then trash the moldy ecosystems in the back of the fridge.  Which is what the housewife does.  The only people who don't do those things are people with housewives.  Whether or not you spend time in your day being appreciated by a wage because when you get home, guess what, you're a housewife.  That's the tragedy of it all.

Just don't go getting good at it, is all!

Whew! Thanks Vegbee! I didn't even consider the fact that I wasn't a "housewife"- it never even crossed my mind to consider it a requirement. I'm just a super duper extra crappy housekeeper! Thank goodness that's enough- I am so looking forward to this swap!
9938  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frankenteady aka the world build my bear Sign up 30 Jan 21 Feb Send by 1 March on: February 21, 2007 06:25:31 PM
I undid the pointyness of the nose by stitching a felt triangle on as the nose over the point so the point was hidden, if you know what I mean.
I have a feeling that only makes sence to me but it is quarter to seven in the morning to only making sence to me is as close as you can get.

Thanks Rosemary! I know exactly what you mean, and if I can't fix it (or find a plastic nose), then felt it will be!

I can't wait to make the official Frankenteddy!
9939  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: afghan question (I need outside input) on: February 21, 2007 09:51:03 AM
Thanks for the info Tenille! I guess I'll have to give joining things a try... Grin

And, looking closely at the detail pic, I can see the three colors- very nice! I may steal your color scheme for my cousin's afghan- who cares what her colors are? Just kidding...

9940  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Peep and Baby Duck - Img Heavy on: February 21, 2007 09:46:32 AM
Once again, cuteness rules in the crochet world! Peeps! Yay! If you do end up posting the pattern, it'll be added to the list! Adorable! Exclamation point overload!!!
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