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Old 03-03-2009, 07:29 PM   #691
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Okay - so this will be my first time doing a Fish Exchange, so I have a few questions that I don't think have been answered (I promise I have read this whoooooole thread...and several others)

#1: Whether you guys agree to do one-per-day or one-per-cruise, do the exchangers always label their gifts so you'll know who it's from? If so, how did you label/package your items?

#2: Do other people ever put things in your Fish Exchanger? I'm talking about from people outside of your pre-determined FE group?

#3: What was the best/most special thing you have ever gotten in your FE?

#4: What's the most unique thing you have received?

Thanks in advance!! I'm looking forward to learning more about this process...
I've been on three cruises so far and the last one was really organized. We had a HUGE disboard group so they broke the group up into "days". Some people got together and combined their money to get things like lip balm with our disboard cruise logo.
I usually do two gifts. One I give out on my assigned day, and another towards the end of the cruise. ( I like to make luggage tags ).
I usually take more than I think I will need as I like to gift strangers as well. Magnets are a really easy if you have an ink jet printer.
I would say the lip balm was my favorite, but I also love the CD's. The little matchbooks with the lifesavers were nice too. I think on the DISigns thread they have a template for those.
Hope this helps!!
Re: label your gift. Most people do depending on the size of the item. Most common is using your printer and return address labels. So it might say "Enjoy! Elderfam" "Have a Great Day! Elderfam" You don't have to do this. My first cruise I didnt, but I did like being able to know who to thank if I ran into them.
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:03 PM   #692
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We were given some interesting gifts when our group decided each person should use a gift representing the area they came from.
We received a airplane sized whiskey from Tennessee, Illini Gum (Orange and Blue) from Illinois, Goo Goo clusters from another state and my favorite was a bag of delights from a person of Asian decent it had tiny peanut candy, a paper fan magnet and other cute items. Another person created a music CD with some raggae and "party" music suited for the Carribean. People were very creative. A personalized bag of M & M's with "Disney Magic" on
red M's and "Tag You are it" on black M's. It was a lot of fun.
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:29 PM   #693
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Hi guys,

I love making FE and have one to give away. I made a Hannah Montana themed FE and was playing around with using the little gems. So this is my proto-type. I don't have an extra dowel to send with it though. The color is a little washed out in the photo. It's really very purple and pink! Three pockets.
Cynthia

Sorry guys, Someone as asked for it and I have given it away. I will post any extra FE's in the future that I will give away.

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Old 03-05-2009, 07:54 AM   #694
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Hi guys,

I love making FE and have one to give away. I made a Hannah Montana themed FE and was playing around with using the little gems. So this is my proto-type. I don't have an extra dowel to send with it though. The color is a little washed out in the photo. It's really very purple and pink! Three pockets.
Cynthia

Sorry guys, Someone as asked for it and I have given it away. I will post any extra FE's in the future that I will give away.

Cynthia, sent you a PM!!
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:47 AM   #695
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:15 AM   #696
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Old 03-05-2009, 04:48 PM   #697
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After several requests I have finally gotten around to writing the directions to how I did it. What I did is very similar to the directions on earlier posts so those provided great guidance.

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2 yards of fabric (two colors – one yard each)
Double fold bias tape
Dowell Rod
Iron-On Patches
1 Package of Iron-On Interfacing
1 Package of Heat-n-Bond No Sew Ultra Hold 7/8 in. hem
1 Package of Heat-n-Bond No Sew 1 Yard
Various Colors of Ribbon

1. Cut fabric to be used as the body of the FE to be 8 in. wide by 58 in. in length. When folded the FE will be 29 in. in length.
2. Cut fabric for the three pockets, cut each pocket 11 in. wide by 12 in. in length. When folded each pocked will be 6 in. in length.
3. On the inside of the FE body piece and each pocket iron on the interfacing. Once cooled completely I ironed on the sheet of Heat-n-Bond cut 8 in. by 29 in. to the inside of the body of the FE.
4. On each of the 3 folded pockets I made pleats so that the pockets were 2 in.-pleat-4 in.-pleat 2 in. To secure the pleats I used the Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold hem. This was done on the cut side so that the top edge would be folded and clean.
5. Next I used the heat-n-bond hem to add 8 in. strips of the double fold bias tape to the bottom of each pocket.
6. Next I lined up the pockets on the body of the FE starting 8 in. from the top and then about 1 in. apart. I market the spots with a pencil and secured the bottom and sides of the pockets using the heat-n-bond hem.
7. Once all cooled. I used the double fold bias tape for the perimeter of the body of the FE which again was secured using the iron on hem.
8. Once cooled I ironed on the patches to each of the pockets.
9. I then folded down the top of the FE about 2 inches and secured to the back of the FE by the iron-on hem creating a little opening to insert the dowel rod.
10. Using the multicolored ribbon I made it long enough so that the FE would hang approximately 7-8 in. from a hanger.
11. For our names I bough iron-on computer paper and printed the names on the computer. Then I cut and surrounded the paper with double fold bias tape attached using the iron-on hem. Finally I ironed on the name piece.

I think that’s all. I’ve never tried to write directions for anything like this before. Everything I used I bought from either Wal-Mart, Michaels, or Joann’s Fabrics.

Here's the picture again of the final result.
Love it, where did you get the embroidered characters??
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:28 PM   #698
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HI everyone! I have read about half the thread, whew!

Our FE group has several teenage boys, any ideas for little gifts for them?

Thanks!
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Love it, where did you get the embroidered characters??
I got them through Amazon. I can't remember the name of the store through there right off, but if you search for whatever character you are looking for with "iron on" or "patch" or some combination of that you should be able to find a few options.
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I got them through Amazon. I can't remember the name of the store through there right off, but if you search for whatever character you are looking for with "iron on" or "patch" or some combination of that you should be able to find a few options.
I have seen some of the "patches" at Joann's recently. I think they were iron on.
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:19 PM   #701
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Here are some FE that I have made:

Still debating which one I want to take, they are SO FUN to create!

Chip & Dale


Donald & Daisy


Mickey & Minnie Mouse


Still thinking of some characters to create...
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Oh -- VERY CLEVER SpeedFigure!!!!! Those are great! I love seeing things that are different from the norm!


I'm stuck on what to do for ours. We don't sail until Jan 2010 BUT we're in the process of getting set up as a foster home - with the goal of adopting a child. We won't know if we'll have another child to take with us on the cruise and so I don't know how many pockets to put on it. (I don't want to have an extra pocket -- just one for DH and me to share and one for DS... and one more if we have another family member by then.
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I'm stuck on what to do for ours. We don't sail until Jan 2010 BUT we're in the process of getting set up as a foster home - with the goal of adopting a child. We won't know if we'll have another child to take with us on the cruise and so I don't know how many pockets to put on it. (I don't want to have an extra pocket -- just one for DH and me to share and one for DS... and one more if we have another family member by then.
You could always do something fun like snap- or button-on pockets. You can have them attach at the bottom of one and the top of the other, overlapping a bit. Or even have them tie together, using buttonholes and ribbons threaded between the two. That way you can have as few or as many pockets as you like.

Does this make sense, or have I just confused the heck out of you?
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After making 3 other designs, I was finally inspired to make this:



I'm still looking for Lettering to put on "Magic" and our name. I'm so excited!!!
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SpeedFigure--

Now those are classy!

How did you make the little Mickey gloves?

I think our Mr. Potato has gloves like that. hmmm...I might have to steal them from Mr. Potato.
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