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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Giving early feedback on: March 17, 2009 09:56:28 AM
This is my first time organizing, so I hope this isn't an obvious question.  Do most organizers give feedback as soon as the swapper's package has been received?  Our sendout date is still two weeks away, but she has already sent, DC says it was delievered, and she is asking for feedback to join more swaps.  Pictures haven't been posted yet.  There are a couple of other things that are making me nervous (like going from one swap to seven in a span of two weeks), so I really rather wait until both sides of the swap are complete (i.e. she received from her partner and posts pictures).  Can I do that or should I give the feedback immediatly?  At a minimum, I won't do it before we see what she sent.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Garden Supply Swap 2009 on: March 10, 2009 05:28:30 PM
We have a early sender, so I guess we need a gallery  Grin

Original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294503.0

Color key:
still crafting
sent & received
feedback given
late with communication
contact organizer immediately

CamOovas <-> Odd_artist
Avian Flight <-> jca1982
h_pets360 <-> Lucinda879
SpencerTwins2007 <-> fusbdgt
anastrophe <-> momaAnn

Round Robin:
Goosegg1001 -> RubyTue[/color]
RubyTue -> pearsonchick
pearsonchick -> Goosegg1001
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Garden supply swap 2009 [Signup 28 Feb - 7 March; Send out 6 April] on: February 28, 2009 08:08:54 AM
Swap name: Gardening Supply Swap 2009
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: RubyTue
Sign-up date range:28 Feb 2009 - 7 March 2009
Date to send item by: 6 April 2009
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO (however, if you want to send/receive plants/seed, I will try to match countries because of customs regulations.
If so, which country? n/a
Age requirement: All ages allowed (over 13, of course).

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

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 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap: (some of this was graciously borrowed from rira, who borrowed from LovelyisLacey and irids3nt). Is everyone else missing getting their hands dirty? Then this is the right place for you, help push winter out of the picture with this swap. This swap is for big and little gardens and pots; flowers, edibles, herbs, or cacti!

Check out some of the previous gardening-type swap galleries!
2008 Garden Supply Gallery
Greenthumbs Round 2
Greenthumbs Round 1

This will be a point based swap, with each participant needed to craft a minimum of FIVE (5) points. Note: No more than 3 of your points can be from small items.
   Large = 3 points
   Medium = 2 points
   Small =1 point
If you and your partner want to increase or decrease this, then you can discuss it between then two of you.

Please PM me with any issues, concerns, problems, sending issues, etc, and post in the forum regularly. Also, let me and your partner know if you will be out of contact for any extended period of time. Make sure you have a DC number and you contact both myself and your partner when you RECEIVE and SEND.

I promise to check PMs at least once a day, but due to jobs and such, cannot guarantee being able to respond multiple times a day.  Not that I don't want to, its much more interesting that work Smiley  And I probably will check multiple times a day.  But I'm just throwing this in so no one gets upset if a PM goes unanswered for 12 hours.   

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

Name of swap: Gardening Supply Swap 2009

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 13 years old:

What proof of mailing will you use?

Do you have a camera, or a way to post pictures?

What type of garden do you currently have? (Example: Houseplants, outdoor garden, herb garden, veggie garden, or just itching to get one started? List all that apply)

Do you decorate your garden with anything more than plants?  If so, do you have a theme?

What would you like to received, and should it be SEEDS, PLANTS, CRAFTS, or ALL (or a random combination of two)?:

What crafts can you do?

What are your favorite colors/designs/motifs?

Least favorite colors/designs/motifs?

Is there anything you would NOT want to receive?

Do you have any allergies?

List your top 3 favorite plants or types of plants:

How many points are you crafting?

Do you have any pets/do you or anyone in your household smoke?

Any other information your partner should be aware of?

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


1. RubyTue
2. CamOovas
3. Avian Flight
4. odd_artist
5. jca1982
6. pearsonchick
7. h_pets360
8. SpencerTwins2007
9. anastrophe
10. Lucinda879
11. goosegg1001
12. mamaAnn
13. fusbdgt

CamOovas <-> Odd_artist
Avian Flight <-> jca1982
h_pets360 <-> Lucinda879
SpencerTwins2007 <-> fusbdgt
anastrophe <-> momaAnn

Round Robin:
Goosegg1001 -> RubyTue
RubyTue -> pearsonchick
pearsonchick -> Goosegg1001
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Garden supply swap 2009 on: January 25, 2009 11:06:25 AM
I looked around and didn't see one going for this year.  Maybe because its only January, but I know the cold will be getting to me come mid-Feb, which is only  afew weeks away!  Anyone interested?

2008 Garden Supply Gallery
Greenthumbs Round 2
Greenthumbs Round 1

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Poker swap anyone? on: September 20, 2008 07:56:14 AM
Is anyone interested in a poker themed swap?  My husband and I love to play (although we haven't found a good game since we moved Sad ).  We could expand it out to other card games if people want - I'm also a huge bridge fan, but its hard to find other bridge players my age - that is, under 60 Grin
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Pirate clothes for my nephew on: September 14, 2008 06:38:49 PM
I bought some skull fabric last winter intending to my curtains for my nephew.   Then my SIL said their rental doesn't allow curtain rods and they can't use a tension rod on their windows. Sad  So the other day, I showed her pictures of the fabric and asked why the nephew would like.  She said pajamas, piraterific pajamas.  Woo!  So I got busy with my favorite easy pirate costume pattern (McCalls M4952).

I'm extra proud of this project because it represents a few firsts for me:
(1) my first ever button hole with my button hole attachment.  I used the keyhole version for the drawstring
(ii) My first ever sewing with a fabric requiring a ball-point needle.  It wasn't quite lycra, but was close, and it took a couple missteps and test runs to figure out how to sew it.
(c) The first time I have actually completed a project from a pattern in under 4 hours!!

Unfortunatly, my nephew lives 3000 miles away, so I have no model pictures Sad

Here is the reversible vest:

Vest with sash (not the patten sash, who needs a pattern to sew a sash):

The pants (currently unhemmed, I need to know his hem length)

And a close-up of my button hole
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Results of reading this sub-forum on: August 25, 2008 08:40:16 PM
I rarely come in here, but last night I looked at all the sewing machine pictures and read a bunch of threads.  I came in here because my Kenmore is acting up and I still can't find a foot that lets me sew anything but a straight stitch.

So what do I do?  Start looking at craigslist.  And what do I find?

She is so cute.  $15.  37 miles away  *swoon*

Yet it solves none of my problems...

And I know I am totally in the wrong place to be talked out of it <grin>
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Uneven stitch length? on: August 24, 2008 05:00:58 PM
Something is up today, I cannot get my sewing machine to sew even stitches.  I've rethread the spool and the bobbin, adjusted with tension, adjusted foot pressure, adjusted stitch length, oiled, used dust-off, and changed needles.  *sigh*  I just had it cleaned and timing adjusted about 4 months ago.  But, in typing this all out, I guess that is the answer.  Anyone else had these issues, and what is usually the  problem?

I don't know if the picture helps, but this is what I mean.  Can you tell how its long on the left (what it was set on, 8 stitches per inch) vs short and bunched up on the right?  I was applying the same pressure throughout the length, and the machine was going the same speed. 

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Mailbox into garden tool storage on: August 16, 2008 05:18:10 PM
I picked up a new mailbox post off of craigslist, which gave me the motivation to buy a new mailbox.  So out by the street there is a nice, conservative white mailbox post with a green mailbox.  *yawn*  But Mr Ruby like the front yard to be fairly "traditional."  But now is where the fun begins.  My step-mother keeps a mailbox in her garden to store her pruners, gloves, etc.  Its great idea because it keeps the tools out of the weather, yet when you need them they are close by.  No more running to the house/garage/shed! 

Of course, since I'm "allowed" more whimsy in the  backyard, I had some fun with the old mailbox.   Grin  No before pictures, but imagine a well weathered wooden post and an old, faded black, vinyl mailbox.  I had a can of green spray paint for plastic, which I used on the mailbox.  Then I painted the post purple!  It still wasn't fun enough, so I busted out the acrylic paint. I doubt the paint is going to last outside, but I can hope.   My intent was just to do a little accent.  Oops! 

I love the little dragonfly on the flag

Showing its usefulness

And finally, a pic showing where it is.  Its in the back of the garden, near the cold frames

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / An apron from a vintage sheet on: August 10, 2008 07:00:05 PM
I made this for the FOC swap, but I am so pleased with how it turned out, despite my attempts to fail  Grin  I mistook my black thread for navy blue, and had to rip out a lot.  Then, I could *not* get it to gather.  I tried and my thread kept breaking.  I know I have made gathers before, so I don't know why I failed this time.  I ended up pleating it instead.

The fabric was a vintage sheet I found at Goodwill.  I totally love it!  The pattern was Simplicity 4987 view 5 (with a few modifications).  If I had to do it again, I might not round the corners.  That part was annoying.

Action shot:

Hanging from the clothesline

Close up of the butterfly

and the flower

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