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1  UNITED STATES / Michigan / best Joann Fabrics in Detroit-area? on: July 07, 2011 07:42:22 AM
When I am in Detroit in a few weeks, I will be close to 3 stores: Allen Park, Taylor, and Madison Heights.  Is any of these better than the others?  Is there a different location I should consider?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Easter doll on: March 23, 2011 10:02:46 AM
I made this doll from the black apple doll pattern, for my toddler's Easter basket.  She chose the elephant fabric herself when I took her to the store yesterday  Grin

3  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Found: 1 angel needed for Invite Your Partner 17 on: March 15, 2011 09:23:52 AM
Swap Name: Invite Your Partner 17
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368594.0
Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371368.0
# of Angels needed: 1
spectrumsparksie - angel found; and original parcel arrived!
deadbathducky - needs an angel

We need an angel for the lovely deadbathducky!

The parcel sent to deadbathducky has gone missing.  I would like to find an angel who knits or crochets, if I can!  

The main part of the parcel was a pair of very special (squid-themed because squid are awesome!!!) convertible mittens that slingmomma made up especially for me (using my arm measurements to make sure they fit my odd arms) i have wanted some convertible mittens for a while so i can still wear them when i am working on the computer or using my phone, as my fingers can get pretty cold quickly in winter.

There was also some little miniature crocheted lemmings from my wists and some candy (because i am a foreign candy addict), but they were kind of extras, the mittens are the only things i really "need", so i dont mind if the angel just sends a pair of knitted of elbow length crocheted mittens  in purple and green (because those colours remind me of the joker) using my measurements

just under elbow-10.5 inches
wrist-6-6.5 inches
length from elbow to wrist-8.5-9 inches
finger length ( from wrist to fingers, going from pinkie to thumb)
-5.5", 6.5", 7",6.2", 5"

Please note that deadbathducky lives in Australia, please make sure you are comfortable sending internationally if you live elsewhere  Grin
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / painting in books/sketchbooks? on: February 12, 2011 07:42:06 AM
My 7 year old DD bought me a sketchbook for Christmas.  She was so excited to buy it for the project I am working on, so I'd like to use it if I can.  However, it's not really made for paint, so when I add acrylic gel medium, the page buckles somewhat.   

I can live with this, but is there any reason not to proceed?  Will it be less durable or anything?

Also, is there any way to minimize it - could I use something other than gel medium to prep the pages I'm going to paint?
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Invite Your Partner Round 17 - Gallery on: January 27, 2011 05:33:14 PM
Invite Your Partner Round 17

gatheredthreads' group:
Belladune - dharma_rebel
gatheredthreads - PosiTori
gatheredthreads - sophieangele
onegroovyday - sheepBlue
titaniumhip - LimeRiot
calluna - corduroy cat
jemimah - luckdragon
kwality570 - brielauren
calabaza - craftaddiction
schnerby - craftaddiction
Bexxer - princessacademy
mandys_momma - zcrafter
Megzy818 - DesignVigilante
sugaree (holding her parcel until her partner is ready) - redstar13
mimiw - UntouchableFace
mink_bikini - princesspimp81

Sent Received
Sent & Received
Sending Late   Contact Organizers Immediately
Feedback Given
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Three pendants on: January 01, 2011 09:13:43 AM
I made these for psyche in the Mini 12 Days swap.  The first two are gel medium transfers on wood, and the third is a tiny mini art quilt:

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / owl project bag on: January 01, 2011 09:11:05 AM
I made this bag for psyche in the Mini 12 Days swap.  I'm very happy with how it turned out:

I used the "Jiffy Tote" pattern from Pearl Louise Designs.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Journal Cover on: January 01, 2011 07:08:01 AM
I made this for psyche in the Mini 12 days swap.  I took royalty free stock photos, printed them on fabric with bubble jet set, then quilted it.  I'm so happy with how it turned out!

9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Invite Your Partner Round 17 (Sign-ups Jan 1 - 31st; Send-out by Feb 28th) on: January 01, 2011 05:38:13 AM

Discussion thread for IYP17
Gallery for IYP17!!

(Description shamelessly taken from previous IYP swap - thank you Goldfishpollywog and SuperHooker!!)

Heres how it works:

In this swap, you can contact anyone and ask them to be your partner. It's almost like a personal swap, but with a group, and a killer gallery! You will have to sign up with your partner. That is, you must contact your potential partner via pm and you both must mutually agree to be partnered together. Once you have a partner, each of you must pm me ((gatheredthreads and sweety28303))   with your information, and after doing all the necessary double checking, I will post you both together as participants and add this swap to your "In progress" feedback.

Swappers may have two partners this round! However, if you have any instances of 'poor swapping' documented in your feedback (such as 'no communication' 'did not craft in the spirit of the swap') or numerous instances of sending very late, I ask that you only craft for one partner. You may have no more than two partners.

As partners, you will choose if you want to have a theme, if you want to post stalk each other and be surprised, or if you want to request from each other things you have admired in the past. You should also agree on quantity. I would suggest one "large" (time consuming and/or valuable) item, and a couple of "small" (quicker to craft) items that you know your partner will like. Unless you choose otherwise. Feel free to start crafting for your partner as soon as you are both officially signed up!

If you want to participate, but you are a bit shy of just asking someone, you can PM gatheredthreads and sweety28303, and you'll be put on a list of "Potential Partners" in the next post, so people can choose from craftsters that are interested.

swappers will receive temporary negative feedback if:
- it is one week past send-outs and you are out of communication
- it is two weeks past send-outs and you have not yet sent, regardless of the communication with us and your partner.
- you cannot sign up for this swap if you are still currently late in any IYP swaps.

Even if you decide with your partner that you are sending late and she/he says its alright, you MUST send by two weeks past the send out date or this will be reflected in negative feedback. once you do send, you will have positive feedback again, BUT this late sending will be reflected in your comments even if you communicated.  


ONE NOTE: It is a little scary to ask someone to be your partner. Some people may have someone else already in mind, or they may not have the time or funds to participate right now, or they may just not be interested. We need to remember to be nice if we feel we need to refuse someone, and to not take it personally if someone else turns us down.

Here's what you need to do:

1. Contact your partner (make sure they're in good standing, swapwise), and agree to join together
2. Both partners must PM gatheredthreads, sweety28303 and each other with mailing information.  Please also send your mailing info to your partner.
3. Post in this thread so I can keep up with you!
4. Make sure you can mail on time, and provide organizers with a DC number when you do.
5. PM your partner and organizers when you receive as well! Your partner CANNOT get feedback unless you PM us. Thank your partner both in a PM and publicly in the gallery. If you are unable to post pictures, please let your partner know before they send to you. In this case, you still need to post in the gallery about what you received.
6. Lack of PMs to organizer and your partner will be noted in feedback!!!
7. Have fun!

Now, on to the good stuff:

Swap name: IYP17 Happy New Year
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: gatheredthreads
Sign-up date range: Jan 1 - 31
Date to send item by: Feb 28

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO, sweety28303 has offered to co-organize!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?N/A

Additional Age requirement? No

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 sweety28303
- Is at least 18 years old: 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


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer (gatheredthreads and sweety28303).

Name of swap: IYP17 Happy New Year
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
I have read all the rules, including ones for late sendouts:
My partner is:

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.Mark any PM's for this swap with IYP17 in the title, although you can specify reasons after that such as "IYP17 Sign-up" to keep communications less confusing.

Happy Crafting! *<><
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Invite Your Partner swap? on: December 10, 2010 11:39:38 AM
Anyone interested in another Invite Your Partner swap?  Here is the thread for #16 IYP16, and the gallery IYP16 gallery

I would try my hand at organizing if there is interest.  I was thinking signups in January, send-outs at the end of February?

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