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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Craft Room Re Do on: January 11, 2011 02:44:08 PM
My craft room had become the dumping grounds for everything in the house and I was sick of it.  I also wanted to move things around to make crafting and storing easier for me.  Here it is!

My Sewing Area



Fabric Stash behind my little scrapbook area - my yarn is in the bottom 3 crates and the black crates hold scraps and batting.



I don't have a place to display all my poppets yet so they are in a basket which is cool cause the kids like to play with them.  The blue basket underneath has all my recon stuff and the drawers have scrapbook paper, photos, office supplies, and shipping stuff. 


2  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Many Angels Needed for 12 Days of Christmas Swap on: December 11, 2010 07:48:33 PM
Our flaker may have returned...I will get back to anyone who has PM'd me

We have a flaker Sad  In the 12 Days of Christmas Swap, swappers open up a package everyday from the 12th day of Christmas to Christmas Day.  The first open day is Dec 14th.  

I would love for rlynn to be able to open some items during the swap time, but understand that she won't be able to participate on all days.  


I need angels for the following.

Baked Goods
Extra small items: 21
Small items: 24
Mediums: 15
Larges: 5
Extra Large: 1

By Time (hours)
-Extra Large item= 5+
-Large groups = 3-4 PER ITEM
-Medium  groups = 1.5-3 PER ITEM
-Small groups = 30 to 1 hour PER ITEM
-Extra Small groups = under 30 minutes PER ITEM

By Size
Suggestions for size guidelines that came directly from the wonderful 12 days 2009 swappers. Notice that some things can be moved into the next highest category. Please use your swapping knowledge when it comes to deciding according to your crafting abilities where something fits in.  If your package does not fit the swap requirements, you may be asked to resend and it will be noted in your feedback.  This is a HUGE swap and we wont tolerate people that get rushed at the end and send items that dont fit the requirements.

extra small:
marble magnets, basic earrings, address labels, basic hair jewelry, origami, needlebook, basic pin cushion, basic pendants, shrinky charms, tags, stickers, bookmarks, cat toys, simple note cards, sachets, basic magnets, cookies, small supplies, recipes, fingerpuppets

small:
small handcarved stamps, coasters, decorated frames, bibs, felt food, journals, notebooks, ornaments, earrings, bar of soap, zipper pouch, resin pendants, coffee cozy, drawstring bag, potholders, grocery bags, embellished towels with a strip of fabric, simple stitch markers, hair notions, key chains, crochet dishcloths, small amigurumi, ATC's, DIY  kit with enough supplies to make 1 item

medium:
scarf, pajamas, baby quilts, bracelets, necklaces, tshirts with iron ons or stencils, paintings, altered altiods tins, basic knitting stuff, thread catcher, set of notecards, poly clay trinkets, medium amigurumi, wrist warmers, hats, eye masks, candles, soap, intricate jewelry, basic purse, embellished jewelry box

large:
blankets, quilts, ceramics, DIY kits with all the supplies needed to make 3-5 items, handspun yarn, sewn clothing, artwork, mosaics, intricate sewn or crocheted purse, intricate jewelry set, tree skirt, painted wineglasses, embroidered pillow cases or clothing, magic yarn ball, apron, weekender bag, day of the week undies, inchies collage, clock, anything knitted with cable


Please send me a PM with what you are able to angel, I will PM you back to confirm.


Here is rlynn's info for stalking purposes:

Would you prefer to RECEIVE: ONLY Christmas/Holiday themed items, ONLY Everyday themed items, or a MIX of both? id prefer mostly everyday themed items, but wouldnt mind a few christmas items
Would you prefer to CRAFT: ONLY Christmas/Holiday themed items, ONLY Everyday themed items, or a MIX of both? does not matter to me

Crafts I already know how to do:
1. sewing
2. resin
3. jewelry
4. stenciling
5. stamp carving

Crafts I would really like to learn how to do:
1. crochet
2. book binding
3. encaustic painting
4. batik
5.

I have tried and absolutely CANNOT  _____create with clay________-!

DIY Kits you would like to receive:
1. book binding
2. i know how to carve stamps but id love a set of proper carving tools and some decent rubber blocks
3. silicone mold making kit
4. encasutic painting kit
5. batik

*I received a crochet kit in the DIY swap but if you have favorite beginner books you want to send that would be cool

Supplies you NEVER have enough of: FABRIC, sew in velcro, sewing notions, faceted czech glass beads, brass chain, semi precious beads, general jewelry supplies like head pins, etc...
Supplies you ALWAYS have enough of: uhm...?  i like supplies.  but i suppose i dont really do paper crafts so dont have much use for them, also dont need plastic beads as i dont really work with them.

What types of crafting methods would you like for your items to be made from? dont have a  preference, i love crafted goods, i have a little bit of everything on there

Please list 2 REALLY BIG SUPER AWESOME PRETTY PLEASE WISHLIST items
skully hat for aria (19.5 inches)  http://wists.com/Rlynn/hat/f045547909d821abaf7fb5d35f8d70b4?offset=0
this cuff http://www.wists.com/Rlynn/Jewelry/29788045fe0688f2415a6d8e6646e707?offset=0


Please list 5 wishlist things you would enjoy receiving:
1. this cuff http://www.wists.com/Rlynn/knit_crochet/1d02502b7f2304218ef90ea182d0c323?offset=0 or this one http://www.wists.com/Rlynn/knit_crochet/113d06e019a4cbb57f2cbbba00e1813b?offset=0
2. any tiny creatures to help make arias playtable http://www.wists.com/Rlynn/play-table
3. jewelry
4. embellished zip up hoodie
5. this jewelry organizer or something similar  http://jillianfrances.blogspot.com/2010/03/diy-jewelry-organizer.html
6.  wall art (painting, drawing, altered art, embroidery, etc...)

Anything you absolutely do NOT want to receive: anything religious, super girly, pastel or neon

What are some things you'd like to make for yourself but never have enough time to do? just about everything,

Any allergies/things to avoid: (skin/internal) aria has sensitive skin prone to hives, so if its for her, please nothing too perfumey
Do you have pets in your household? chinchillas


Colors you like: love all colors but prefer jewel tones or woodsy...love blues and greens, red and turquoise together, black and cream, black and brown
Colors you don't like: neon or pastel, please go easy on the pink
Symbols/patterns you like: dots, stripes, skulls,
Symbols/patterns you don't like: hearts, plaid, gingham, checkered, super cutesy prints unless its kawaii and/or for aria, tie dye (unless its just two shades of same color, i dont really dig the super bright rainbow look)

Do you wear hair accessories? snap clips, would love a set of decorated ones as i wear them everyday and the ones i have are plain
Do you wear jewelry/other accessories? my 2 old has put a damper on wearing jewelry but i start a phd program this fall and should have more opportunities, i love cuffs, hate chokers
Are your ears pierced? yes, prefer dangly though as studs and small ones get lost in my hair

Favorite scents/smells: lemongrass, verbena, baked goods smell, lavender, citrus
Ones you do not like: strong sweet flower scents, patchouli

There can be a gray area with these questions nothing has to be black and white.
Do you enjoy being in the kitchen/cooking or having someone else cook? some else cook please, i cant stand cooking.  thankfully my husband is a cook
Do you prefer going to the movie theater or staying in and renting flick? either is fine
Do you prefer being outdoor/nature lover or do you enjoy the concrete jungle? i love the woods and mountains but i love the city too
Do you prefer sports or anything but? ick.  unless crafting is a sport.
Do you enjoy working/having a garden? no.  love the idea but its not for me.  i love plants but they better take care of themselves as i have what is known as a black thumb

Favorite movies: labyrinth, bbc version pride and prejudice,
Favorite HOLIDAY movies: er...Huh, frosty and rudolph are cute cartoons (the island of misfit toys is too cute)
Favorite music: 70s punk, 80s new wave, old country
Favorite type of Holiday music(carols, religious, classical, etc..):i grew up on american movie classics watching bing crosby, fred estaire, and more croon on the screen
Favorite TV shows: stargate atlantis, firefly
Favorite HOLIDAY TV shows: none that i know of.  are there any tv shows that are holiday oriented only?  im not a huge fan of tv so i wouldnt know.
Favorite books: sandman, neverwhere, fables (comic), lucifer, abhorsen triology, his dark materials, howls moving castle, the books of amber, snowcrash
Favorite HOLIDAY stories/books: night before christmas
Favorite Holiday ANIMAL(s): reindeer, birds
Favorite Animals in general: mice, squid, jellyfish, birds in general
Are there any movies/music/tv shows/books/animals you do NOT like?: uhm... a lot.  i am not a huge tv fan so if its not listed i probably dont like it.  i cant stand reality tv shows, twilight, rap, pop country, pop music in general.
Is there anything that you "collect"? comics and fabric...heh.
Your hobbies: reading, crafting

Will you be having a Holiday party this year? no
Would you like your partner to help you with decoration/invites/etc? (not guaranteed!)

Are religious symbols/items OK with you: no. while i respect all religions, i am agnostic.
Is the Religious/Christian aspect of Christmas (nativity, church activities, etc...)a part of your Holiday celebration(s)? no.
Which Holiday Celebration(s) do you participate in? (Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, etc....) i grew up celebrating christmas.  i struggled as an adult whether i should celebrate it without being christian. aria will be taught thats its typically considered a christian holiday but she will learn about the diff ways people celebrate the winter holidays and we will put our own spin on it, focusing on compassion, family, and community.  when she is old enough i plan on going back to volunteer work and id love for her to help me with that.  but really once she can tag along and help out, i plan on doing volunteer work throughout the year so itll probably end up being a time to simply craft presents and enjoy family time.

Is your Christmas in Summer or Winter? winter
Will you be away from home this Christmas? no.
Do you have to work during the Holiday or are you on "vacation"? ill be on vacation from the phd program but not sure what type of break ill really have

What rooms do you decorate with Christmas decorations: dont usually decorate, but we put up a fake tree that resembles a lawn ornament...haha. i resisted the tree greatly.  but the husband bought it behind my back.  i decided this was okay when we realized it looks like a lawn ornament.  i would love a set of stockings for aria, phil, and myself
Favorite Holiday Motif (like angels, Santa's, starts, etc..): reindeer, birds, pinecones, any sort of nature/woodsy themes are good
General Christmas decorations or themed? it might be cute to have a woodland inspired set of ornaments
Specific Colors used in decorating? dont have one currently, but i like the foresty christmas tones best, cranberry red, forest green, etc...
Do you like miniature things? sure but dont have use for them unless they are for aria and her play table i have in the works...http://wists.com/Rlynn/play-table
Favorite Christmas/Holiday Memory: first christmas with my daughter.  my family is the definition of dysfunctional so theres something lovely and terrifying at the same time getting a chance to make aria's childhood different from mine
Best Christmas/Holiday Present you have ever received: sewing machine, craft supplies, my daughter (cheese)

Would you enjoy receiving food items as your gifts? (cookies, candy, etc..)
If yes: sure

Favorite Candies:
1. sour patch blue raspberries
2. anything chocolate w/ nuts
3. laffy taffy

Favorite Cookies:
1. sugar cookies
2. double choc chip
3. shortbread

Wrapping preferences or guidelines: ***For example, I prefer low maintenance wrapping and recycled wrapping (like comics or brown paper grocery bags that are decorated) without bows, etc...:   recycled is fine...i dont really care.

*SIZES (If you feel uncomfortable divulging this information, you may leave the sizes blank and only share them with your partner. If there is a particular thing listed you are NOT interested in getting, like a shirt or a headband,  for example, please note it here.

tshirt: typically women's M, bust 39 inches
wrist: 6 inches
finger: size 5 to 7 depending on finger
preferred necklace length: at least 18 inches, i hate chokers
hips (where you would wear a belt): 40 inches
head (around, like where you would wear a headband): 22.5 inches
socks/shoes: size US womens 7.5

WISTS link? www.wists.com/rlynn
Myspace/Facebook?  find me under rlynnbaker@gmail.com
Blog link?

*For the following questions, if you would like any of the people/pets to be in on the gift receiving please give as much information as possible so your partner doesn't have to ruin any surprises by asking you questions.

*Would you like your Significant Other to be included:(wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc)? he's impossible to craft for.  but if you want to make or buy kitchen items that you cant have enough of like pot holders or kitchen towels (he likes the flour sack kind) or whatever you think is a kitchen essential or your fav kitchen tool... go for it.  he likes kitchen stuff.
*Would you like your children to be included? would LOVE it.  if its clothing, aria is a solid 2T, but I would love things in size 3T so she could grow into it...EXCEPT pants.  please make those 2T, she has short legs.  her head measurement is 19.5 inches.  she loves astronauts, dinosaurs, pirates, cats, airplanes, and motorcycles.  she has no idea what a princess is and id love to keep it that way for a little while longer if possible.
*Would you like to have your pets included? nah. unless you have organic apple bark or hay laying around.

Do you smoke or come from a smoking household? no
Do you have a camera or access to a camera? yes
Can you post pictures? yes

Anything else you would like for your partner to know about you...i am usually in the ows as well if you want to check out my wishlist.
i also hate being uncomfortable and mostly refuse to wear pants or skirts that button and zip, they are too constricting as my waist is rather thick in comparison to the rest of my measurements (35 inches), i love the feel of fold over yoga bands for pants and skirts, i love empire waist shirts and dresses, shirts that are not boxy but fit loosely through the tummy area.  i like bohemian and steampunky pieces.  my tastes are like a mixture of gypsy and airship pirate. 
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / 12 Days of Christmas 2010 Swap Gallery on: December 03, 2010 12:13:28 PM
Hello there!  Everyone post your own mini gallery and then when everyone has one we can chatter Cheesy

Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357808.msg4190741#msg4190741


Sent
Received
Sent and Received
Feedback
CONTACT ME PLEASE

Group 1:
MommytheMaid -- montyfull
shelina -- dharma_rebel
edelc --
amylili
kitkatpro -- lunanne -- wewilltaketothesea

Group 2:  
ckchan -- rubies-pearls
rlynn--laura3850
encahntedindigo -- craftaddiction
edie22 -- 1watermonkey
 
Group 3:
sarahj2001 -- fluyffypants
celticgoddess -- PirateColey
leashhh -- rhapsody
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / 12 Days of Christmas 2010 First Send out 12/1 Second Send Out 12/8 on: August 26, 2010 11:16:24 PM
Gallery!!


Swap name: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2009
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MommytheMaid
Co organizer: ckchan and sarahj2001

Sign-up date range: from 08/27/10 until 09/10/10 or until full
Date to send items by:
First send out date: Days 12-7 are due by Dec 1st
Second send out date: Days 6-1 are due by Dec 8th
If you are sending the entire 12 Days all at once, then your send out date is on or before Dec 1st.

Limited to a certain number of people: no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
All ages allowed? Or 18+? 18 and over

I reserve the right to deny any craftster's entrance into this swap for any reason including the following...
ANY "negative" feedback comments
poor communication in past swaps
consistently sending late in past swaps
Being a NEWBIE swapper (you must have successfully completed 1 swap prior to signing up for this one)

Swap Organizer 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: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: 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 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES
 


Details of swap:

12 Days of Christmas 2007 original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=195682.0
12 Days of Christmas 2007 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=195684.0

12 Days of Christmas 2008: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265354.0
12 Days of Christmas 2008 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=277365.0
12 Days of Christmas 2009:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319693.0
12 Days of Christmas 2009 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=330911.0

The idea of this swap is to craft for your partner 12 groups of items (78 items in total!!) based on their interests, going along with the idea of the 12 Days Of Christmas song. The items that you make DO NOT have to be the items IN the 12 days of Christmas song. The items sent/received can be BOTH everyday items and Christmas/Winter themed goodies. I promise you won't receive 78 knitted Christmas sweaters, mittens and scarves, unless you and your partner agree to do this! HAHA!

You will label the gift individually with the numbers 12-1, so that your partner knows which day is in which package(s). We will start opening the packages on December 14th with the #12 package. Inside would be 12 things. On December 15th you would open the #11 package and inside there should be 11 things. And on and on until on December 25th when you will open the #1 package.

Each day can have a "theme" if you want, but this is not mandatory. You could have day 5 be 5 crocheted granny squares, while day 6 could be a pair of earrings + a set of gift tags + a fabric headband + a tea towel + embossing powder and some handmade paper

I would like to see that the 78 items you send have the following stipulation:  75% handmade 25% store bought
This is 60 handmade and 18 store bought.
If you buy an item from etsy.com, a craft fair, or any other handmade site that is handmade it is considered handmade and may go into the 75% handmade list. Store bought implies COMMERCIALLY manufactured, mass produced and/or supplies.

This is a pretty big swap commitment so if you are not sure that you can fulfill the obligations please do not sign up. This swap will end up taking a lot of time/money/resources, so please plan accordingly. Some of last years participants said they spent a large amount of $$ in shipping alone! Also, it is VERY IMPORTANT that the packages get sent ON TIME so please make sure that you can get to the post office.

The RULES:

1. You must send ALL PM's to MommytheMaid and all PM's  must have the subject line: 12 Days of Christmas Swap 2010. Please add to the title
"approval" for your questioneer
"sent" for your sending notification
"Received" for when you receive
"question" for any questions or concern

2.You must post in the original thread at least once a week! This starts once partners are assigned. That is only about 14 posts. Your feedback will reflect your communication.

3.PM's must be sent to MommytheMaid, your group organizer , and you partner when you send and receive.  If you are sending within the USA you must get a DC# and send it to MommytheMaid, your group organizer, and your partner. They cost an extra $.80 in addition to the postage price, although if you purchase Priority Flat Rate postage online it is free. If you are sending outside of your country, you must keep your receipt as proof of shipping and send a picture/scan of it to MommytheMaid and your group organizer!!! This is mandatory!

5.When you open each days package, you will then need to post in your mini gallery. More info on this will be given after your questionnaire is approved. I ask that you post pictures within a reasonable amount of time. I know that the Holiday season can be quite hectic, but please get them posted within 3 days of opening. All of your pictures will be posted in your mini gallery. Posting pictures is a requirement for this swap! It will be noted in your feedback if you dont post pictures in a timely manner. If you don't have a digital camera and cannot get access to one, please ask your partner to take pictures before they send.  

6. There will be a halfway check in point and a one week to go check in point as well. Your group organizer  will send each of you a PM and you must reply back.

7. The following items are NOT allowed in swap packages:
- Anything that is illegal in the U.S. or wherever you are sending your package to or from.
- Any items that have a legal age requirement to consume in the U.S. such as tobacco, alcohol, pornography etc.
- Mixed CDs containing copyrighted music or similar, including copied software, CDs, DVDs, etc.

DAYS BREAKDOWN:
Days 12, 11, 10, 9 are EXTRA SMALL DAYS
Days 8, 7, 6 are SMALL DAYS
Days 5, 4 are MEDIUM DAYS
Days 3, 2 are LARGE DAYS
Day 1 (Christmas Day) is an EXTRA LARGE SUPER WONDERFUL WISH DAY

Our guidelines are going to be a little different from craftsters guidelines and are:

By Time (hours)
-Extra Large item= 5+
-Large groups = 3-4 PER ITEM
-Medium  groups = 1.5-3 PER ITEM
-Small groups = 30 to 1 hour PER ITEM
-Extra Small groups = under 30 minutes PER ITEM

By Size
Suggestions for size guidelines that came directly from the wonderful 12 days 2009 swappers. Notice that some things can be moved into the next highest category. Please use your swapping knowledge when it comes to deciding according to your crafting abilities where something fits in.  If your package does not fit the swap requirements, you may be asked to resend and it will be noted in your feedback.  This is a HUGE swap and we wont tolerate people that get rushed at the end and send items that dont fit the requirements.

extra small:
marble magnets, basic earrings, address labels, basic hair jewelry, origami, needlebook, basic pin cushion, basic pendants, shrinky charms, tags, stickers, bookmarks, cat toys, simple note cards, sachets, basic magnets, cookies, small supplies, recipes, fingerpuppets

small:
small handcarved stamps, coasters, decorated frames, bibs, felt food, journals, notebooks, ornaments, earrings, bar of soap, zipper pouch, resin pendants, coffee cozy, drawstring bag, potholders, grocery bags, embellished towels with a strip of fabric, simple stitch markers, hair notions, key chains, crochet dishcloths, small amigurumi, ATC's, DIY  kit with enough supplies to make 1 item

medium:
scarf, pajamas, baby quilts, bracelets, necklaces, tshirts with iron ons or stencils, paintings, altered altiods tins, basic knitting stuff, thread catcher, set of notecards, poly clay trinkets, medium amigurumi, wrist warmers, hats, eye masks, candles, soap, intricate jewelry, basic purse, embellished jewelry box

large:
blankets, quilts, ceramics, DIY kits with all the supplies needed to make 3-5 items, handspun yarn, sewn clothing, artwork, mosaics, intricate sewn or crocheted purse, intricate jewelry set, tree skirt, painted wineglasses, embroidered pillow cases or clothing, magic yarn ball, apron, weekender bag, day of the week undies, inchies collage, clock, anything knitted with cable

2. If you are sending BAKED GOODS, please only send them if you live in the USA and your partner does too. I don't want anyone's package to go MIA with the lovely customs officials. Also, if you are sending baked goods, you may leave them out of your 1st send out package and include them in the 2nd or send them in a completely separate package so they arrive in a timely manner and don't spoil or go stale.

3. I highly recommend that you wrap your items in a plastic bag/trash bag/ or some other protective wrapping INSIDE the box you are sending. There were a handful of swappers in last years round that received boxes from their swap partners that were WET due to the post office/ups/etc leaving them on the doorstep and a winter rain/snow came through AND some swappers have suggested that you also do this with anything you might send to a hot climate that might melt on your swap goodies. Wouldn't it suck to have worked so hard on a crocheted lap blanket just to send it with some delicious chocolate that melts all over it!! EEP! Sad  

4. Also, if you will be shipping TO a partner that is in a HOT climate during the swap send outs, please do not include anything that might melt on their swap goodies. Think about wrapping them in a plastic baggie or something similar.

5. Here is some info from the USPS on the Flat Rate Boxes: these can be use for Domestic and International but the rates differ for International shipments. And if you purchase your postage online at usps.com or by paypal, com you get a small discount on the postage price. And as superhooker mentioned, the Flat Rate boxes themselves are FREE (you still have to pay for postage) from your local post office and also FREE if you get them online from the website usps.com, they will deliver them to you free of charge too!!

   Flat Rate Boxes are available in multiple sizes and shapes to accommodate a variety of contents and shipping needs.

   Both Flat Rate Boxes, the shirt box size (11" x 8.5" x 5.5") and the shoe box size (13.625" x 11.875" x 3.375"), can be used for domestic and international shipping.
   Available to anywhere in the U.S. for $9.80
   One rate to Canada and Mexico for $23.95
   One rate to all other countries for $38.95
   *20 pound maximum for international shipments

   The Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box, (12" x 12" x 5.5") is 50% larger than the original Flat Rate Boxes.
   Domestic $12.95
   APO/FPO $10.95
   Canada/Mexico $29.95
   Other countries $49.95

   The contents of the flat rate box must be neatly contained inside the box with adhesive packaging tape.
   The box must close securely and retain its shape when taped with adhesive.
   The shape of the box may not be changed or enlarged to fit its contents.

Some swappers last year did say that they had sent HUGE boxes to their partner and used UPS and got some good prices on shipping.

Flat Rate Boxes can be ordered free of charge from the usps here: http://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductCategoryDisplay?catalogId=10152&storeId=10001&categoryId=13359&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=11820&top_category=11820

And if you are curious about the other shipping prices for regular priority/1st class/international you can calculate postage here: http://www.usps.com/tools/calculatepostage/welcome.htm?from=home&page=0061calculatepostage

6. I highly recommend that each of you put together a WIST. A WIST is a huge help for your swap partner. They get to look through all the things you have put into it to get a fell for what you like. Visit WISTS.com for more info.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your packages and other details about participating in a swap.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 12 Days of Christmas Swap on: August 08, 2010 07:55:40 PM
Has there been discussion of this swap for this year yet? 
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Grocery Store Set on: May 23, 2010 11:34:40 PM
I bought the pattern from BuggaBugs on Etsy a LOOOONG time ago and just got around to finishing the set at 2 in the morning last night.  Just in time for my DD's b-day celebration today.  I think it was just a little more work than I wanted to put into it.  I didn't use all the interfacing the pattern suggests and I wish I would have.  It's a little floppy.  I also didn't make the handles from felt as I was feeling lazy and I really hate turning felt.  I used pipe cleaners and I like the sturdyness of them but I might go back and cover them with felt. 

All in all I am really happy that I finished it and it is really cute.



You can see more on my blog: http://mommythemaid.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/felt-grocery-store-in-the-making/
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / SteamPunk-a-saurus Poppet on: March 22, 2010 02:15:33 PM
I made this in the Dino Swap for SailorBonkGirl and have been SO excited to post it!




I made her goggles from poly clay after messing around with water bottle lids and almost loosing a finger with the utility knife. Roll Eyes

Close up of her waist belt/corset thing:

I did her hair with Soy Wool Stripes and LOVE how it came out.  Here is a back shot so you can see the hair and her plates that go down her back.


I had a blast making her and I know her new owner loves her very much.  Comments and constructive input always welcome.  Thanks for looking!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / I <3 to Sew Round 3 Gallery on: March 11, 2010 02:02:00 PM
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Contact me please

MommytheMaid -- onegroovyday
Metaly Vyxen -- starmumplus
hardcoremothball -- irish_chicky
dharma_rebel --
TheSapphireMoon
Glamis -- carmenmarie
margiej -- slyfox
julie0830 FLAKED -- lindsay614
maremare -- leighi123
deannalynn06 -- green r my tear$
southernstitcher -- jennilocker
ThePlaytipusProject -- imaafundork
fusbdgt -- eye_on_sparrow
pschyonmemphis -- lique
frosty772 -- rae-mazing
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Modern Day Pin Up Swap on: March 05, 2010 05:02:18 PM
Would there be any interest in a swap with a modern day pin up girl theme?  It would be focusing on accessories, clothing, purses, kerchiefs, etc., for us gals that like to be a little bit pin-up. 

I can't organize for a while as I am in 5 swaps right now, but I would be willing to organize say the middle of April? 

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Dinosaur Swap Rd 2 on: March 04, 2010 07:37:56 PM
We have a sender!!!

Post your goodies here Cheesy  I can't wait to see everything!

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Partners:

nostrum --- lilyday   lilyday flaked but we caught it before Nostrum sent out

6iggle ---  pumpkinbear

hahnasay --- sherettehippot

lindyv321 --- noobina

juliminusthee --- pkwj

sailorgirlbonk --- mommythemaid

ohiodiygirl
--- heath_face

turtleslovecabbage
--- mouser882
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