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3291  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Winter Postcard Swap ( Sign Ups Nov 20-27, Send Out Dec 7 ) on: November 20, 2007 05:59:55 PM
I need to finish up oooone more swap, and then I'll sign up...My postcard quantity has proliferated since the last postcard swap I was in.
3292  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Sword of Truth? Oh the possibilities! on: November 20, 2007 12:23:05 PM
i'd be up for a sword of truth swap.  it's been awhile since i read the books. 

Awesome...If you do want to do a quick reread, pick one of the books before "Pillars of Creation"; the later books do include a lot of summarization of previous books, but the lengthy orations and philosophizing in these can be rather distracting from the story itself. And the Chainfire trilogy would just be a confusing place to start.

If you don't have time for rereading, here's a handful of relevant reference links:

Now all we need is a pattern for making someof those sexy Traveling Pants...  Tongue
3293  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 2008 Handmade Calendar Swap Gallery on: November 19, 2007 08:02:01 PM
Nothing yet...But let's see the page you kept for yourself!
3294  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 2008 Handmade Calendar Swap (Sign Ups 10/6/07-10/19/07, Send Out 11/26/07) on: November 19, 2007 06:36:55 PM
I know all about that swap anxiety, especially reading all the hard work you're all putting into each one.  Not that I haven't worked hard, just that you all sound so creative and good at not getting glue everywhere.

Lol, there's glue EVERYWHERE here!
And let me reiterate (or just iterate, in case I haven't mentioned it in this thread), I have no job, no life, rarely leave the house, and get joy out of little else than crafting and my dog...So I hope you aren't talking about me!  Wink
3295  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Will there be a post-holidays explosion of swaps? on: November 19, 2007 05:57:21 PM
I wasn't on Craftster much before this year, and I'm wondering whether we can expect a profusion of new organized swaps to begin right around December 27th. Did this happen in previous years?

Every potential swap-in-the-making I've looked at here lately (I haven't looked at too many, I admit) comes to the conclusion that it would be best to start after the holidays. So are we all going to end up opening these new swaps at once? Or worse, setting parallel dates for closing/send-out?

If you're set on organizing an upcoming swap, please share here the rough timeline you intend...Maybe we can find a way to space them out to lessen the potential crunch of new swaps and participants may be able to pick which ones to sign up for with the knowledge of what's coming up; it would be too easy to max out on swaps with some of the ideas I've seen rolling through here!
3296  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Buy Nothing Swap Gallery on: November 19, 2007 05:29:26 PM
I got my package from midori_sour this afternoon!  Grin[happy dance] I got very lucky; she stuffed the envelope with a lined fabric shopping bag (made with denim and a retro-looking bird-print fabric), two t-shirts (one feminist-themed, one environmental-themed), postcards, a Pound Puppy pendant made from clay (too cute! I love the Pound Puppies), and some gel-pens.
And lamentably, I do not have photos today to share all this goodness with you!  Cry I will take my film to get developed tomorrow, and if it doesn't get done by tomorrow I will ask the lovely midori_sour to post the pics she took.

Many thanks to a great swap partner!
3297  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: BUY NOTHING SWAP (signups 10/23-10/30 by NOON; mail by 11/14) on: November 19, 2007 05:22:33 PM
Yech...ingrates.  Roll Eyes
Neither my mom nor I celebrate the holidays anymore after too many years of them, and we lost my grandmother a few years ago too, which is the other big reason. I mean, we didn't LOSE her--she died. (Lol, "We left Grandma behind at the grocery store when we couldn't find her...") My gift-giving this year is pretty much confined to craftster-people, whom I have never met.

It's one thing to buy a cheap gift and hand it over to someone for cultural ritual's sake, but it's just not worth creating something handmade and from-the-heart when the value of one's work and giving of oneSelf are not recognized as the true gift by the recipients. But, because the crafting itself is enjoyable, we still find people to unload our wares upon...Thank goodness for Craftster swaps.  Smiley

Sorry for my lengthy posts...I don't blog. I need to start keeping a journal again to get some of the stuff out of my head.
3298  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 2008 Handmade Calendar Swap (Sign Ups 10/6/07-10/19/07, Send Out 11/26/07) on: November 18, 2007 11:25:25 AM
Wow, scanning these pages is a much bigger job than I'd anticipated! They're just a bit too big for the scanner, so they need "photo-stitch" software to merge them together. Thank goodness for that, because the images turned out very well in the end and they don't look like they've been doctored.

It's a really odd thing - I keep deciding to put this project aside for a few days to take a break and come back to it with fresh eyes...and then when I think I'm taking that break, I realize I've actually been sneaking little embellishments onto pages here and there and actually making some good progress. Somehow I'm doing better when I don't focus on it.
3299  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 27 Gallery on: November 16, 2007 03:59:55 PM
Back with ANOTHER package, this one from kittykill! I am utterly in awe; !b's yesterday and kittykill's today have to be two of the most amazing assorted packages I have ever received (I get almost as excited over supplies as finished crafted items, because supplies hold so much potential...)
I'm so excited about all this stuff that I'm queasy now (in a good way, mind you).

Two sets of vintage tropical fabric, which was either just a really lucky guess or some quality stalking, because my mom's house is obscenely vintage-tropicalized and classic tiki-ish prints are perfect:

There's also the book "Altered Art" by Terry Taylor, which is exactly what I need!
And finally--drum roll--a gorgeous sarong in blue and rust colors:

it's something that will be on display wherever my next housing arrangement is because it's just my taste!

Wow, amazing stuff. I am so fortunate! Many thanks!
3300  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Buy Nothing Swap Gallery on: November 16, 2007 03:38:45 PM
Yep, especially after today's round of packages, and *2* swap packages I received from other swaps, I feel ever so humble...That is such a great assortment of goodies, AND a lovely little model!
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