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Old 02-13-2018, 07:37 AM   #6781
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I was actually thinking $8 so we could use the small flat rate boxes that are priority mail and can be tracked as well.
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I usually use priority envelopes, which I guess is the same difference.
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Should we up it to 7 as a new policy to accommodate rising costs?
I totally agree, and am on board with the $8.

I agree with Gemme, sometimes it does get more costly if a project (s) is outside parameters. I will be sending Lyte a couple extra dollars, too!

Matchboxes...in all shapes, sizes, & colors...whoohoo....
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Thanks y'all for your kind words re: my twinchie. I am glad y'all liked them. I did not set out to make anything so elaborate! I crafted my arse into a corner when I added the "flowers." How do I ship it in such a way that the flowers don't get crushed? Great... now my crafty bit needs a crafty carrier! lol SMH Which... I hear didn't fully do it's job and at least one of you has received a tripod moose.

So... apparently... there was another screw up by yours truly ... everyone should have one cute lil wrapped package with a monkey on it! I've just learned that a group member received two of them. Please let me know if your package is minus one and I will remedy the issue. Sorry and thanks!
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Thanks y'all for your kind words re: my twinchie. I am glad y'all liked them. I did not set out to make anything so elaborate! I crafted my arse into a corner when I added the "flowers." How do I ship it in such a way that the flowers don't get crushed? Great... now my crafty bit needs a crafty carrier! lol SMH Which... I hear didn't fully do it's job and at least one of you has received a tripod moose.

So... apparently... there was another screw up by yours truly ... everyone should have one cute lil wrapped package with a monkey on it! I've just learned that a group member received two of them. Please let me know if your package is minus one and I will remedy the issue. Sorry and thanks!
hey Lyte....I wouldn't beat myself up so badly! Really, at one time or another, we have all had "our moments" as well...we just rectify the situation, and move on along. It will happen...again..again...again...human frailty!

Personally speaking, I LIKE my package and EVERY.SINGLE.PIECE inside them. There is "character" in each one.
NEXT....lol...

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This may be the single best stone that knocks out the most number of birds!

If all agree to a fixed box size this is control the size if the crafts and the cost of shipping. It will also eliminate the need for the wrangler to figure out how to reship the finished crafts. if everyone uses the same (similar) small flat rate boxes then the resorted crafts could reship in the same box for the same cost. I particularly dig using the USPS small flat rate boxes because the boxes are free!


P.S. ... Matchboxes??

P.S.S ... The magnet on my twinchie will only hold itself up. lol

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Well, I am an envelope kinda girl unless I deem the project needs a box so hopefully we can have some flexibility. Priority envelopes are free too.

Glad everyone is on board with matchboxes. They tend to produce some of our best work imho!

Who wants to wrangle is the other question? Just promise us you won't leave town with everyone's 8 dollars
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Who wants to wrangle is the other question? Just promise us you won't leave town with everyone's 8 dollars
I promise not to! Besides, I am "commited" to present space for the next 11 months!
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I think we should do the small sized filled matchboxes, where you fill the inside of the box full to the brim with tiny treats. Any ideas for themes?

I always have the same worry with matchboxes though with too many people joining and making it a project that's difficult to produce. But I know I'm the only one who likes caps on numbers.
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I have an idea for the theme...
What if we tailored each matchbox for each person that participates?

Like we could each post a blurb about listed about 10 things we like, or are into, or collect, you would have ideas of what to put inside the matchbox.

Mine mght say:
nanners: the color purple, cats, traveling, cooking, baking, rainbows, tulips...you get the idea...

Then you could choose one or more of those to expound on for my matchbox.

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Oh, and I agree we should all try to do the same size, the small ones like matches come in.

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I have an idea for the theme...
What if we tailored each matchbox for each person that participates?

Like we could each post a blurb about listed about 10 things we like, or are into, or collect, you would have ideas of what to put inside the matchbox.

Mine mght say:
nanners: the color purple, cats, traveling, cooking, baking, rainbows, tulips...you get the idea...

Then you could choose one or more of those to expound on for my matchbox.

Thoughts?

Oh, and I agree we should all try to do the same size, the small ones like matches come in.

I like it!
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I'm going to be a Debbie Downer for a second. This is where my concerns for dong individualized matchboxes for say 10 people, which is about average here. Finding and buying all those disparate different things to fill the matchboxes with could be difficult and costly.
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That was exactly what I was going to post.

While a great idea on paper, to personalize, I know I can NOT afford to buy different things for even 5 people, or more, as we always have a big signup for this project!

So I am in agreement here with you, CCB! Good point....

Maybe do a St Patty's Day theme? Just some food for thought.
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you were both right, it does sound good on paper but to buy all those things would be costly. What if we turn it around to be the things that you personally like? So in each match box it will contain only things that interest you or that you like. Then everybody will get a taste of your personality, or the things that you like.
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you were both right, it does sound good on paper but to buy all those things would be costly. What if we turn it around to be the things that you personally like? So in each match box it will contain only things that interest you or that you like. Then everybody will get a taste of your personality, or the things that you like.
That would be fun. You could put all the same stuff in the boxes and I'd love to see what everyone picks out to represent themselves.
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P.S. ... Matchboxes??

P.S.S ... The magnet on my twinchie will only hold itself up. lol
Matchboxes.

You can find examples on Pinterest or YouTube.

As for requiring specific packaging, I'm not a fan. I'm not going to require a flat box when we do crafts that will easily ship in padded envelopes. That's additional expense for nothing. My vote is that we package our goodies according to their size and bulk and to take that into consideration when sending money to wranglers. Some already do that and send extra when their goodies are bigger and/or heavier than most.


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I think we should do the small sized filled matchboxes, where you fill the inside of the box full to the brim with tiny treats. Any ideas for themes?

I always have the same worry with matchboxes though with too many people joining and making it a project that's difficult to produce. But I know I'm the only one who likes caps on numbers.
Nope; you're not the only one. Matchboxes are far more time and cost intensive than the average project so the list should have a cap to manage those. The only way I'd vote for not having a cap with this project is if we wound up getting twice the time to do it.

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I have an idea for the theme...
What if we tailored each matchbox for each person that participates?

Like we could each post a blurb about listed about 10 things we like, or are into, or collect, you would have ideas of what to put inside the matchbox.

Mine mght say:
nanners: the color purple, cats, traveling, cooking, baking, rainbows, tulips...you get the idea...

Then you could choose one or more of those to expound on for my matchbox.

Thoughts?

Oh, and I agree we should all try to do the same size, the small ones like matches come in.

This is such a cute idea!

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I'm going to be a Debbie Downer for a second. This is where my concerns for dong individualized matchboxes for say 10 people, which is about average here. Finding and buying all those disparate different things to fill the matchboxes with could be difficult and costly.
You have a point but don't forget that not all matchboxes need to be filled with 'things'. Some simply have images or drawings inside, like your own personal mural. That would easily be doable and would absolutely be able to accommodate ideas like nan's and also be very cost effective.

I'm down for matchboxes. I'm down for a cap on the project but it wouldn't be a deal breaker for me if we get more time to work on the project. I'm not down for a holiday theme but personal themes sound good to me. If no one is up for it, I'd be down for wrangling. Now, this IS that type of project that really needs those shipping boxes, so I'd recommend $8 per participant for shipping.
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That sounds reasonable to me.



Matchboxes.

You can find examples on Pinterest or YouTube.

As for requiring specific packaging, I'm not a fan. I'm not going to require a flat box when we do crafts that will easily ship in padded envelopes. That's additional expense for nothing. My vote is that we package our goodies according to their size and bulk and to take that into consideration when sending money to wranglers. Some already do that and send extra when their goodies are bigger and/or heavier than most.




Nope; you're not the only one. Matchboxes are far more time and cost intensive than the average project so the list should have a cap to manage those. The only way I'd vote for not having a cap with this project is if we wound up getting twice the time to do it.



This is such a cute idea!



You have a point but don't forget that not all matchboxes need to be filled with 'things'. Some simply have images or drawings inside, like your own personal mural. That would easily be doable and would absolutely be able to accommodate ideas like nan's and also be very cost effective.

I'm down for matchboxes. I'm down for a cap on the project but it wouldn't be a deal breaker for me if we get more time to work on the project. I'm not down for a holiday theme but personal themes sound good to me. If no one is up for it, I'd be down for wrangling. Now, this IS that type of project that really needs those shipping boxes, so I'd recommend $8 per participant for shipping
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Yes to our own individual "art" for these......am sort of "over" "holiday themed" projects for a bit...

Yes, to $7 fee to send items

NO to "flat rate boxes, as these do get expensive to ship, and most always our projects have fit the manila envelopes...much cheaper to ship back out.

Yes, to adding few extra $ if ours is bigger, heavier, bulkier.

My adding "Do not bend, spindle, fold, or mutilate"...PRICELESS and is a "clay thang"...lol
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A box or envelope is fine by me. I ditto'ed the use of the small flat rate box from USPS for a few reasons... the postage is just 'bout $7 ... and... the box is free... and... a box stands up better to being handled by our beloved USPS... and... a box can't be folded and/or shoved into a mail box.

Sending extra dough is great... but... I have a sense that the extra sent may not always extend sufficiently to cover the extra postage and the extra packaging for all of the participants. Larger, heavier or oddly shaped pieces means postage and packaging on all the packages is increased.

If we don't want to create any max/min standards at this time, that's cool! The points I mention above are clearly on my mind right now! If for no other reason, I'm glad I was wrangler on this twinchie project so no one else had to deal with my getting carried away! lol


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As for requiring specific packaging, I'm not a fan. I'm not going to require a flat box when we do crafts that will easily ship in padded envelopes. That's additional expense for nothing. My vote is that we package our goodies according to their size and bulk and to take that into consideration when sending money to wranglers. Some already do that and send extra when their goodies are bigger and/or heavier than most.


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NO to "flat rate boxes, as these do get expensive to ship, and most always our projects have fit the manila envelopes...much cheaper to ship back out. Yes, to adding few extra $ if ours is bigger, heavier, bulkier. My adding "Do not bend, spindle, fold, or mutilate"...PRICELESS and is a "clay thang"...lol
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A box or envelope is fine by me. I ditto'ed the use of the small flat rate box from USPS for a few reasons... the postage is just 'bout $7 ... and... the box is free... and... a box stands up better to being handled by our beloved USPS... and... a box can't be folded and/or shoved into a mail box.

Sending extra dough is great... but... I have a sense that the extra sent may not always extend sufficiently to cover the extra postage and the extra packaging for all of the participants. Larger, heavier or oddly shaped pieces means postage and packaging on all the packages is increased.

If we don't want to create any max/min standards at this time, that's cool! The points I mention above are clearly on my mind right now! If for no other reason, I'm glad I was wrangler on this twinchie project so no one else had to deal with my getting carried away! lol



Another huge point to using the flat envelopes is that some folks do work, so aren't home during day, and we have a set rule to "NOT send anything requiring a signature" for any parcels sent.

That said, also not everyone will have a mailbox to accommodate "boxes" and sometimes can't have things left outside their doors....so those are considerations for sure!

I have a very small "box" in a bank of mailboxes on the wall in a secure building. Luckily our mail arrives while manager is on duty, and will call us to come down & get a package that will not fit in the small boxes.

Just my "priceless" two cents worth...
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Excellent points and def priceless!


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Another huge point to using the flat envelopes is that some folks do work, so aren't home during day, and we have a set rule to "NOT send anything requiring a signature" for any parcels sent.

That said, also not everyone will have a mailbox to accommodate "boxes" and sometimes can't have things left outside their doors....so those are considerations for sure!

I have a very small "box" in a bank of mailboxes on the wall in a secure building. Luckily our mail arrives while manager is on duty, and will call us to come down & get a package that will not fit in the small boxes.

Just my "priceless" two cents worth...
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