Trash To Treasure Swap Update

The swap box has been making it’s rounds. In the last couple weeks it’s gone from Michigan to Illinois and then to Minnesota where Jessica is having the time of her life foraging through the box ๐Ÿ™‚

She found a nice little stash of goodies to call her own.

Included some special gifts for BJ & myself ๐Ÿ™‚ What a sweetie she is. We luvs pressies.

Plus added some fabulous items for everyone to pick from.



Great Storage Solutions For Taking Your Clay With You

Do you travel to clay retreats and conferences or plan to in the near future? Or perhaps you like to take you clay with you on vacation. Storage can be a bit tricky when you travel with a pasta machine, 10 pounds of polymer clay and another 20 pounds of tool and accessories. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes I feel the need to take everything including the kitchen sink. LOL

I prefer travel cases with wheels for the heavy stuff. I have an older Crop In Style Stamp Store that has a nice size open compartment in the top and the front unzips to reveal the stacking drawers that also work as removable trays. This is perfect for storing my 2oz blocks of Premo and my various tools. The retractable handle is a real plus, too.
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To haul around my pasta machine and cases containing rubber stamps, various inks and raw canes I use an ArtBin Ultimate Solutions Tote on wheel. It has some handy pockets of all sizes around the outside for things like magazines, books, pens, small ceramic tiles, etc. I’m not sure if they even make this older model anymore. It doesn’t have the retractable handle, so I usually just pull it behind me.
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What I would love to have is the new ArtBin Solutions Cabinet. OMG would it come in handy to store raw canes, pens & pencils, paint, tools………….. So what if it doesn’t have wheels or a handle or outside pocket, I NEED one ! I really, really need this baby. hee hee I can already hear hubby “What the heck do you need with another storage case?” Men don’t get it.
artbin3 I’m pretty sure I forgot to mention they are STACKABLE ! WHoo hoo now I need 2 or 3 or maybe 4.

Another great looking solution is the Crop In Style Rolling Bead Organizer with all it’s removable plastic cases and pockets to put stuff.
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Also on my radar is the Crop In Style NaNavigator Rolling Tote. Lots of open space inside and many pockets for goodies. I bet you could get 2 pasta machine and a motor inside this puppy. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Don’t hate me LOL But both of these Crop In Style totes are on sale at www.joanns.com for $69.99. Use the code ACD89 and get free standard US shipping until March 30th.

More storage ideas:
ArtBinยฎ Easy View Tote – Measures 17-1/2″X9-1/4″X12-3/4″. Translucent tote for easy viewing. Includes three 4006AB Solutions boxes made of acid free, shatterproof, translucent polypropylene and are resistant to oils, solvents and most chemicals. Features include no-spill latches, sturdy hinges and dividers for additional compartment capabilities.
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ArtBin Sidekick XL
Made of sturdy plastic and features a large capacity lift-out tray (9”x14-3/4”x2-1/4”); substantial bulk storage area under tray (9-1/2”x15-1/4”x7-3/8”); in lid storage which include two dividers and a heavy duty secure clasp. This container can hold up to two 6803AB (not included). Overall measurements are 12-1/2”x17-1/2”x9-3/4”.
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The World Travels Of A Swap: Part 5 (Back In The USA)

The Round Robin Trash To Treasure Swap package has officially arrived back in the USA !!!!!!!!!!! Connie even let a message on my phone answering machine to let me know. So sorry I missed her call. Would have been a blast to speak with her. There may be pictures from Connie to share in the near futuure. I’ll post them if they become available.

The World Travels Of A Swap: Part 1

On a whim, I started a round robin called The Trash To Treasure Swap figuring I might get a few people who where interested in playing. Well, there are 27 swappers involved. ๐Ÿ™‚ 5 are located in the UK/Europe and the rest are all over the USA.

A flat rate priority box got filled to the top with both finished and unfinished pieces of jewelry, bits of this and that which were eventually supposed to turn into something and a few supplies or tools that I no longer needed. I also included a some stuff made by other artists to make it more interesting for the first few swappers. Each swapper will receive the box and take out a selection of items and replace them them with things they made or supplies.

I sent the box to Illinois to meet up with Valerie from Scotland, who was there visiting her mother. Valerie met up with Pam, who swapped out some of her items for contents in the box. The package made it over to Scotland on Friday, where Valerie swapped out her items. Tomorrow it will be on it’s way to Bettina in Germany.

I can hardly wait until the box makes it back to me so I can see the treasures that traveled around the world to reach my doorstep. I will post updates as the box travels around the world. Maybe I should create a map showing the movement. ๐Ÿ™‚

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