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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / advice wanted - organizing stash swap for library program on: August 26, 2009 02:29:40 PM
hey guys,
i'm setting up a stash swap at the library where i work, and i'm looking for tips and pointers. i've never done a swap before, so anything you think i need to know in advance is great!

my plan is to have people exchange their stuff for tickets, with a predetermined amount/ticket (like 1 yd of fabric, 1 skein yarn, 3 partial skeins, etc.). then folks can use their tickets to purchase items at the swap. we're also exploring a way for people to purchase additional tickets by making a donation to our friends of the library group.

one major question is what to do with stuff leftover? do the owners get to take it home, even if they've used their tickets for other things? for example, i bring in 5 items, pick up 2, and no one wants my ugly old yarn -- do i get to take those 2 plus all my 5 home? that doesn't really seem fair, but i've never done this before. we'll also give people the opportunity to just donate their leftovers to us for our craft programs.

also, ideas for publicity outside of craft stores and local media outlets/meetup.com/here?

THANKS! any advice/war stories/questions welcome.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Summer dresses! Picture Heavy! on: August 10, 2009 07:37:02 PM
wow, i love the second one and the last one and especially love love love the yellow next-to-last one!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Peacock print dress...my first dress! on: August 10, 2009 07:34:59 PM
love the fabrics and the shape of the skirt! looks great.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Roomy jammies on: August 10, 2009 07:32:21 PM

Whipped up these roomy jammies this weekend for a new mom friend of mine -- the baby always gets tons o' gifts, and sometimes mom needs something cute but comfy to snuggle around the house in. Normally, I'd make a practice pair first to keep from making silly mistakes (like not flipping the bottom layer of fabric to make the prints line up ... I like to pretend it was on purpose so it looks like the chicks are marching up one side of the PJs and down the other), but I needed to get these in the mail quickly since the baby made his appearance at 11 yesterday morning.

Pattern is Simplicity 3571 and the fabric is Urban Farm for In the Beginning from Over the Rainbow fabric shop http://www.overrainbow.com, a great source for quilting and whimsical prints. I used this pattern for some flannel pajamas for my grandmother a couple of years ago, and it's definitely a great beginner pattern, but I'd forgotten some of the weird things about it. It calls for interfacing in the collar (seriously, how much stability does a pair of PJs need?) and the top is only 4 pieces (sleeve and torso cut as one piece) rather than with sewn-in sleeves so it's kind of funny.
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Magnetic bookmarks on: August 10, 2009 07:19:01 PM
I think I'll swipe this idea to make Route 66-themed bookmarks for my students.

I have a book of old '20s and '30s matchbook advertising cuts that would be just about the right dimensions for bookmarks like these. Might even make a good class project for teaching vocabulary or steps in the writing process or something -- the kids could decorate their bookmarks with the word or concept of the day.

great ideas -- i'd love to see what you come up with!
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Dark Green Day Sweater on: August 08, 2009 09:41:48 AM
I love it! I've been looking for a similar pattern for ages -- so glad you posted this one. You did a fantastic job.
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Button tree on: August 08, 2009 09:35:31 AM
Pretty! I love all the buttons. Very nice work!
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Heart of flowers on: July 21, 2009 04:59:11 PM
wow, that is absolutely beautiful! i'm in awe.
29  Texas / Texas: Central / Re: Craft club -- Harker Heights/Killeen/Ft. Hood on: July 21, 2009 04:58:13 PM

The library's moved, so we're now meeting the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6-7 p.m., at 400 Indian Trail. 254-953-5491 for questions, or reply here.

Thanks, and hope to see some new crafters. No reading necessary Wink

30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Makeup remover pads on: July 21, 2009 04:55:34 PM
Wow. Cute and eco friendly! How do you wash them? By hand? Also, since I couldn't crochet my way out of a paper bag, does anyone know of a good website for crocheting noobs such as myself?

I just toss them in the wash with my other cotton stuff, since they're made from washable cotton. I rinse them well after use. They get softer each time they're washed, too.
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