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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Woodturned swear jar on: September 28, 2009 06:57:01 AM
So, here is my turned swear jar. It's Australian River Red gum with Danish oil.

I made it for a swap, but figured I should post it to encourage other woodworkers to show their work! There must be plenty of you out there!

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It's braille on the side spelling out f***

I tagged it as mature just in case...
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / A week in the life of... Photo swap round 3: Gallery on: September 15, 2009 08:03:08 PM
Welcome to the gallery!

Original swap discussion thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319611.0

Please reserve a spot for your photos - even if you don't plan on using it.

How to use the gallery:
When your partners have both recieve please post 3-4 of your pictures. Feel free to put clickable thumbnails of more pictures if you like. Also, a link to a flickr/photobucket etc with the rest of your photos is welcome if you'd like to share them all - but still post 3 or 4 of your pics here for us all to see.

When you recieve it would help your partner if you tell them which pics you liked most. That way it will help them choose which ones to post.

Since these are pictures of your life they might be private. If you choose not to post any, that's fine. Just let us know in your reserved gallery spot.

When you post pics please also reply to the thread so everyone knows it has been updated! Many of us only check threads using the 'replies to your posts' button - so this is really helpful  Wink

I now declare the gallery OPEN!  Grin
23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / A week in the life of... Photo swap round 3 (CLOSED) - send by Oct 16 on: September 01, 2009 09:12:30 PM
Swap name: A week in the life of... Photo swap round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Schnerby
Co-organiser: mljohnston
Sign-up date range: 2 - 16 September 2009
Date to send item by: 16 October 2009

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

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

Age requirement? Just the 13+ Craftster requirement

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: NO,I'm not
- 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, if available.

Details of swap:
(plagiarised heavily in parts from the blurb from the previous rounds)

Please note: I'm not some hardcore control freak, so please excuse the demanding tone in this description!  Grin

Take 36 photographs over the period of a week. That is an average of 5 shots per day. Both film and digital are ok - as long as you get digital ones printed. The pictures should represent your life that week, whether it is extremely interesting or quite dull. Feel free to be artistic, touristy or to take family snapshots - it's your choice. You will need to make 2 copies of the prints to send to 2 partners (plus an extra if you want to keep them or possibly angel). Please take the pictures yourself (or have someone else take them if you're in them etc) rather than printing other people's images or using postcards. It is a photography swap!

Here are your options for swapping the pictures.
1.Send just the pictures with captions on the back (or numbered pictures with captions on slips of paper so they can be put in an album)
2.Send the pictures in a thin album with captions
3.Scrapbook your pictures. If you choose this option keep in mind that I might have to ask you to re-select if you are the only one.

You will be paired people who have chosen the same option.  

For example, I live in China and am therefore an international send to pretty much everyone. Also, I have to take all my stuff home to Australia when I go back early next year to do some study. Therefore, it's not practical for me to receive albums.

Please think seriously about making yourself available for international swapping. In this case just the photos can be sent out, so it wouldn't necessarily be that pricy. It would also be interesting to share your life with someone from a different culture and place, so ideally I would partner you with people from different countries. If you absolutely cannot send an international letter with 36 pictures in it I do understand, but I may have to put you in limbo acceptance to see if I can pair you. International sending will get priority!

You are free to share whatever elements of your life you feel comfortable with, but please adhere to Craftster guidelines about nudity/drugs/questionable things.

Also, since someone is choosing to share their life with you, it might not be appropriate to post the pictures in a gallery. Your partner may send pictures of themselves, their home or their family and may not want the world to see this. Therefore, please PM both me and your partner when you receive and the SENDER will post some pictures in the gallery. I will set up a gallery, encourage everyone to reserve a spot for their pictures and once your partners have received you can post some of your images. Also, if you want to share your pictures using an online album like flickr or photobucket I'm sure we would all like to see. If you really don't want to post any of your pictures on here that is ok, just please let me know.

Chatty swaps are happy swaps, so please make some contact with your partners and try to check in to the swap thread. Please PM me at the beginning and end of your photo weeks so I know you are on top of it. Also, please PM me when you send and receive. This communication is important.

I'm not going to enforce any posting once per week rule, but posting is appreciated. It is great to share in the process and helps things run smoothly.

Your partners have chosen to share their images with you, but remember that you keep the intellectual property rights for your own images. If you want to use the pictures sent to you for anything else you must get permission from the sender.  

OK, serious stuff over. Let the fun begin!

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

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

Which option would you like (1, 2 or 3) for sending pictures/album/scrapbook?
Do you agree to reserve a spot in the gallery when requested (even if you don't want to use it)?
Do you agree to treat the photographs with confidentiality if this is requested of you by your partner?
Do you understand that you maintain intellectual property rights over your own images, and if you want to use your partners images for any other project you must obtain their permission?
Do you agree to PM schnerby at the beginning and end of your photo taking week?
If I need a co-organiser would you like to be involved?
You pretty much have free reign photographing your week, but is there anything you would absolutely object to receiving? Remember, Craftster rules prevent anything too questionable.
Is there anything else you would like your partners to know?


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. schnerby (China)
2. mljohnston (USA)
3. piinkfeline (Germany)
4. Beki710 (UK)
5. Crafty_one (Australia)
6. Spunkybubbles (USA)
7. Edwards1 (USA)
8. Lilliepop (UK)
9. CervenaRose (USA)
10. chrispykreme (USA)
11. JadedJenn (USA)
12. Sandorfalot (Canada)
13. HarleyQuinn (USA)
14. ironic (USA)
15. edenkitty (USA)
16. cardboardrox246 (USA)
17. raesmom (USA)
18. Jillville (Germany)
19. Funkyskull77 (USA)
20. MeganMayhem (USA/Italy)
21. Nven (Canada)
22. Natasha38 (USA)
23. Mrs.LindsayLoo (USA)
24. Macnatalie (Canada)
25. CuriousCoffee (USA)
26. Jeniferpi (USA)
27. KiwiDragons (USA)
28. crafty minded (USA)
29. myklia (USA)
30. lvl0rg4n (USA)
31. PaleAngelLex (USA)
32. bente (Germany)
33. Hockamama (USA)
34. Avabrowneyes (South Korea)
35. amc- (Canada)
36. Monkeystuffer (USA)
37. Godfreja (USA)
38. Lunamione (Australia)
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Tips for posting to China on: August 15, 2009 10:13:17 AM
OK, I don't know if there are actually any other Craftsters in China, let alone any who swap. But, I figure this information might be helpful anyway.

China Post have been good to me, but there are some things that make postage go much smoother.
  • If you have the address in Chinese characters it helps the post get through quicker. If you can't write characters, get your partner to email his/her address in characters and stick it to the package. Even if you have to fill in a customs slip without the characters, they are mighty useful. Without characters someone translates along the line.
  • Also send the address in English or your relevant local language (at least write 'P. R. China'). The system for rendering Chinese using the Latin alphabet is called pinyin - an example is 'Beijing' representing the two characters 'bei' and 'jing'. This helps the outgoing country know where the mail is headed. Also, some countries freak out with mail that is all in Chinese except the country!
  • Package securely. That box/envelope is going to cop a beating. They ain't gentle with packages 'round here.
  • You can't send a package out of China without it being inspected thoroughly at the Post Office in front of all the customers. That means they will open zips on bags and squeeze things. Therefore, your partner cannot wrap things individually or be fussy about the packaging.
  • China Post workers package the boxes at the post office. You can't bring your own box. That means your partner has no control over how things are packaged. Generally they will add more packaging to keep things from breaking, but will stuff things in any way they see fit. Also, they think nothing of adding newspaper or toilet paper as padding. Just one of those things.
  • Smoking is legal, and common, everywhere. That means in the Post Office (and hospital) it is likely someone will be smoking. Considering your package will be packed in the post office, smoke and dust may be added. It is out of our control. Last time I posted a letter the clerk had a child sitting on his lap. It's just life here.
  • There is no tracking available on letters. You just pay and some guy chucks your letter in a box to be stamped later.
  • Tracking on parcels isn't available unless you use EMS, which is pricy. Shipping reciepts are available, but they are only in Chinese and French
  • They aren't too strict about what you post in except for political or religious items. It sounds obvious, but don't criticise the government, post a Bible/Koran/religious tract or send anything that might arouse suspicion. Foreigners, like me, who choose to live in China are observed and we want to keep our visas! Locals also have to be careful, so just think before you post.  Wink

I think that's all. Probably not something most of you will ever need to know, but you never do know. I am Aussie, so I know what it is to deal with strict customs laws!
25  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Language on: August 11, 2009 08:41:43 AM
The international boards all request us to write in English so you can moderate it. I totally understand this!

But... how do you find posts that aren't in English. I mean, to post addresses or something about where to find craft supplies I would have to post them in Chinese characters (or they would be useless to anyone here!). If you check for foriegn script my posts could go AWOL.

Just checking this is a human English-checker, not an auto-flagger that could take my posts down.
26  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / China? on: August 11, 2009 08:29:37 AM
Any craftsters in mainland China?

27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Country Details on: April 05, 2009 10:13:42 PM

It says on the questionnaire to put your address, including line breaks and country, as it would appear on the envelope.

Many US swappers forget to send me their country (WA means Western Australia to me, not Washington!) and plenty don't put line breaks. This makes sending packages so much easier and I feel like a bit of a dill asking people to resend their address with line breaks and asking them to confirm their country.

Is there some way of making this clearer so swappers do type their address EXACTLY as it would go on a package?

I am a different case as I send a jpg with my address in both English and Chinese characters to my swap partners.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wooden Biplane on: February 14, 2009 06:23:39 PM
This is my little wooden biplane I made to decorate my parents' house. It's made using pine and redgum, with some parts turned on my lathe. The propellar was shaped like a real propellar, but I covered it in too much araldite resin so it just became uniform shaped. Never mind...

The wheels turn and the propellar spins. Unfortunately, it doesn't fly.  Sad

29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted bag on: February 07, 2009 10:53:07 PM
Before I start, let me just say that this bag is sooooo not my style!

I got a pattern kit for my birthday and I simply made it from that. It is from Jemima's Creative Quilting in Melbourne, Australia.

It called for binding around the base (skipped... didn't think it would look good) and I cut out pockets for the inside but it was late at night so I forgot to sew them in!

Instead of a button I used a magnetic snap with a button sewn on for decoration. I think I will give the bag to my grandmother. The gathered handles have leather thong in them and they are surprisingly comfy to carry with the extra bulk of the gathering. The directions were wrong for cutting the wadding but I noticed when cutting so that was ok. Also, the fabric dimensions are given in cm (so you can decide which fabric goes where) but the cutting directions have no units. I thought it through a bit then realised they had to be in inches (they were) but this was sooo not clear. Not really a pattern for beginners, but anyone with some sewing experience would be fine. It has a circle base and the lining is just the same shape with no extra features (you can so wrk it out just from looking at the bag if you want to make one). Again, not keen on the fabric, but the bag design is ok.

Any questions, just ask!

30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Kimono to purse on: February 07, 2009 10:38:18 PM
This little purse is made with fabric saved form vintage kimonos. It's lovely stuff and sewed up really well. The zip is from an old skirt and the lining from an old velvet-like top.

I just wanted to hold cards and cash, so this little size was perfect.

The bird is an Andrea Zuill free design (check her stuff out!) http://zuill.us/andreablog

I added a button from my grandmother's stash and a little loop made from a hairtie that got too stretched. Phew, all that recycling!

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