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21  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / PUNK IT UP swap (Sign-ups: 09/07/2007 - 10/02/2007 Send out: 11/02/2007) on: September 06, 2007 04:42:06 PM
Swap name: PUNK IT UP!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kathleenalice
Sign-up date range: 09/07/2007 - 10/02/2007 (that's 07/09/2007 - 02/10/2007 in UK dates)
Date to send item by: 11/02/2007 (02/11/2007)

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages.

Swap Organizer 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

Details of swap:

Transport yourself back to London, 1977. When punk was proper dirty and proper noisy. Tartan, safety pins and binbags are where it's at - none of your pop-punk nonsense, your razorblade necklaces from Claire's accessories, your sit-down gigs. Time to bring it back, kids...real punk attitude.

God save the Queen.

Original post:


Some related galleries for inspiration:


For this swap you can ask for - and make - whatever you like. Punk doesn't have rules, man. Except, as a guide - it's one small, one medium and one large item. But don't let me hold you back - feel free to negotiate with your partner on this. Pop a note with your questionnaire if you want to do a particularly large or small swap.

If you're in, fill this in and send it to the organiser:

Name of swap
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?

Which bands make you want to jump up and down?
Which punk icons would you not kick out of the pit?
How do you define punk?
What can you make?
What kind of items would you like to receive?
Anything you'd flick two fingers at if it turned up at your door?
Any allergies?
Anything in your house someone is likely to be allergic to? (Cats etc.)
Anything else your partner needs to know? (Sizes, piercings, sizes of piercings...all that junk)


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

I am also burried deep in a 4500 word essay that I've not even started typing up and which has to be in on Monday, so I may be a bit difficult to get hold of for a couple of days. But I will be back and fully functioning by the time the swapping gets started - I promise. Does anyone know anything about James Joyce?!

22  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / New website, new name, new products...you name it! on: August 14, 2007 04:02:46 PM
10th June 2008

The original version's been replaced now but there's a shot of it here:


Hello ladies and gents.

I've recently (as in...this week) re-branded myself (from Crikey,Chief!), done myself a new website and have started trickling my stuff up onto Etsy. I've got a few things I'd really like some opinions on.

First - the website.

It's here:


Can you let me know what you think of the design in general? And what other sections you think I need?

I'm going to add more detail on custom items - a page showing all my fabric choices and some past designs I'm proud of , to start with.

Second - shifting the stock!

Instead of having a shopping cart on my website, I'm going to gradually get all of my 'in stock' stuff up on to Etsy - obviously I'll be paying for that but I got zero traffic and zero sales in nearly a year of having a shopping cart up on my site, so with any luck this will work better.

Third - new branches

Up until now I've been 99% focussed on clothes and bags, but I've recently become very very fond of jewellery making and have also got a fondness for making little journals. Since I've only sold a couple of bits of jewellery and absolutey no journals before, can you tell me what you think of the ones I have up on Etsy?

My Etsy is http://greeneyedmonsters.etsy.com

I'm hoping that these smaller things will stand me in good stead when I finally get round to craft fairs and maybe even getting up the guts to go round and sell to shops.

Fourthly - pricing

I know the pound is really strong against the dollar at the minute (I'm in the UK) so while I think the prices I've listed things at on Etsy are reasonable for a UK buyer, would they seem extortionate to someone in the US? How about the shipping - does that seem OK?

Finally - the name: Green Eyed Monsters

What do you think of it? It came to me at 3am a few weeks ago and I was jsut suddenly certain that this was what I wanted, but it'd be good to hear what other people think. Is it memorable? Does it make sense with the products?

Phew! I think that's it.
23  COOKING / Dessert / Birthday cake for myself...because I share my birthday with Harry Potter. on: July 31, 2007 01:40:04 AM

I'd forgotten how long it takes for a sponge to cool! I was up til about 3 making this thing. So I had to share!

I'm particularly pleased with how the silver balls do for potion bubbles.

The text reads "Prof. Severus Snape can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, stopper death...but not how to make shampoo."
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first attempt at chrochet - A little jacket. on: July 28, 2007 05:24:23 AM
I made this when I first got a set of folders full of some amazing 70s craft magazines called 'Stitch by Stitch' from a charity shop. It has tutorials starting from the very beginning on sewing, knitting and crochet. I have no idea at all how I managed to do so well on a first attempt and with no pattern. And it only took about 4 or 5 hours. I can only put it down to heredity - my great-grandma filled all of our houses with doillies, sofa arm covers, headrest covers, little baby hats...you name it, she crocheted it.

These photos aren't that great but I thought I'd share anyway.

Let me know if you want better pictures/a vague description of the method or anything, but I'm sure all you experienced ladies can pretty much guess.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The Easiest Ever Harry Potter Robe on: July 16, 2007 04:36:13 PM
I started this at 8pm and at 10:30pm I was all done bar the bottom hem - which I'm leaving til tomorrow because my sewing machine is completely up the spout and it needs to cool down! I had no idea this would be so easy or turn out so well. I do still need to decide what to wear underneath, but I'm leaning more towards the St.Trinians-esque pinafore and sash.

And the rough pattern for the curious...

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Mums and dads - I want to make a baby bag...help! on: June 21, 2007 04:18:44 PM
Hello ladies and gents!

We've just found out that my cousin's expecting a baby in December. We're a small family and breed very rarely -this will be my grandma's first great grandchild. I want to make something special but practical, so I'm not so tempted by making clothes - I want to make a really great bag for my cousin to carry around all her essentials in.

The problem is - this is the first baby since me. I've never been around babies. I have no idea what they need. So here's the thing...

What needs to go into a baby bag?

I have loads of time and I'm not too bad at drafting bag patterns, so tell me everything you've ever dreamed of your baby bag doing/holding. How big does it need to be? Should it be messenger-style or otherwise? What kind of compartments does it need? Do you have any good examples I could get inspiration from - or bad ones to tell me what to steer clear of?

Thank youuuuu!
27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / White fimo turning clear on: March 22, 2007 03:23:02 PM

I've just started playing about with fimo again for making plugs for stretched ears* but I've been using white for the first time and for some reason it goes clear when I bake it.

Am I doing something wrong?

The stuff I've made is on my site at:


Thank you!

*I know this has been hotly debated on here a couple of times before, but I've tried them out on my own ears and include care instructions on my website - it's a cheap way of getting really cute plugs to wear for a few hours at a time - I know they're not good for your ears in the same way that buffalo or titanium is, but they're fun.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Kitty Ear Hoodie (with paws too) on: February 01, 2007 04:17:40 PM

I've been needing a new, warm, casual jumper all winter. So now winter's nearly over, I've finally made one.

I couldn't stop at just putting ears on - I had to give it paws and a thumb-hole too.

I took the rough shape from a dress pattern (just so I got the sleeves right) but worked out the rest for myself. The main difference from a normal hoodie is that you have to have a 3-part hood.

I only wish I could've found a non-metal zip.

Any questions?
29  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Fabric & Trimmings in Manchester on: January 29, 2007 06:26:24 AM

I've only ever known of Abakhan (is that right?) up on Oldham Street. And while they are wonderful, I do often wonder if there's anywhere else. Particularly for snazzily*-printed t-shirt fabrics (skulls and stars and all those other childish things) and nice handbag handles.


*Which is a word.
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL: Bucket bags on: January 22, 2007 03:22:09 PM
Hello! Complete newbie here, so be gentle with me. I'm sure a million other people have arrived at this pattern, but I just worked it out last week after messing about with slouch bags for the last year. I've been refering to it as the bucket because - especially with only one strap - it looks like a bucket.

And some actual photos...

*edited now I've got 15 posts and can put up pics
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