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3451  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Bookmark Swap- Rd. 2 SENDOUT DATE HAS CHANGED!!! IT IS NOW: 1/19/10 on: December 28, 2009 05:08:15 PM
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Swap name:  Bookmark Swap Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jennieingram
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap: pinkleo
Sign-up date range: 12/28/09 1/8/10
Date to send item by: 1/19/10
***Note:  This has been changed due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day being Monday, the 18th.  If the Postal Service is shut down, you certainly can't send out your bookmarks!***

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 60

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/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 yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
In this swap, participants will have two options.  
#1.To sign up to swap with a single partner.   (Send and receive 1 bookmark.)
#2. To sign up to swap in a group of 5.  (Send and receive 4 bookmarks.)

This swap is open to people in every country, and is a great way to try out swapping internationally, without a lot of cost.  To those of you who automatically say you do not wish to ship to a country outside your own, please consider it on this one!!! You will only be mailing an envelope and the costs would be much less than in a traditional swap.  Think about how much fun it will be to get international mail!  And think about how sad you would be as an international crafter, if no one ever wanted to swap with you!  I would also be happy to take into consideration those of you who wished to have only 1 or 2 international partners.  Smiley

Here are some postal rates, taken from the USPS.com postage calculator, for standard envelopes, weighing 1 & 2 oz, containing non-rigid, or rigid objects.  These are just here as a guide, not any sort of official price.

Australia 1 oz. non-rigid $.98
Australia 1 oz. rigid $1.18
Australia 2 oz. non-rigid $1.82
Australia 2 oz. rigid $2.02

Canada 1 oz. non-rigid $.75
Canada 1 oz. rigid $.95
Canada 2 oz. non-rigid $1.00
Canada 2 oz. rigid $1.20

United Kingdom 1 oz. non-rigid $.98
United Kingdom 1 oz. rigid $1.18
United Kingdom non-rigid $1.82
United Kingdom rigid $2.02

South Africa 1 oz. non-rigid $.98
South Africa 1 oz. rigid $1.18
South Africa 2 oz. non-rigid $1.76
South Africa 2 oz. rigid $1.96

For a wonderful swap experience, communication is always the key.  Please keep in touch with your partners and organizer.  If you are accepted into the swap, I will PM you, and add you to the participant list.  Once partners have been assigned, you may craft your bookmarks and send as early as you wish.  All swaps on Craftster, requires the use of DC#s, but this is not possible when sending letters or sending internationally.  Since you can't get a DC number for these, feedback will be based on if your partner received or not.  

For U.S. based swappers:  If your bookmark is not received after two weeks, you will need to re-craft and send another one to avoid negative feedback.

For International and US/International swappers:  If your bookmark is not received after two weeks, you will need to re-craft and send.

If you don't think you'll be able to make and send more bookmarks if your items are lost in the mail, please think about either doing option #1, or joining the next round instead.  As soon as you ship, YOU MUST PM YOUR organizer and your partner to tell them.  Please label your PM "SENT: Bookmark Swap - Round. 2".  When you receive, you MUST PM your partner and organizer again, please label this one "RECEIVED: Bookmark Swap - Round 2".

Here is the thread for the original Bookmark Swap Round 1
If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Bookmark Swap - Round 2
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval: (YES/NO)

Would you like to have 1 partner (make/receive 1 bookmark), or, be in a group of 5 (make/receive 4 bookmarks)?

What is your favorite book?
What is your favorite author or series?  
What is your favorite genre of books?  (mystery, historical fiction, romance, etc.)
What are some of your other hobbies and interests?
What are your favorite colors, themes, or motifs? (blue, nature, trees, etc.)
What themes would you not like to receive?

What kind of bookmarks do you like to make?
What kind of bookmarks do you like? (ie: paper, thong, stretchy...)  
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any pets?
Do you smoke?
Do you have special requests?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

***Note:  If we reach 60 swappers, I'll close sign-ups early, giving us more time to craft.***
3452  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Is anyone going to organize a smallish feel-good Valentine's swap? on: December 28, 2009 02:39:34 PM
I'd probably be up for that.  :-)
3453  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Bookmark swap? on: December 28, 2009 02:38:23 PM
I am interested. However, I have never participated in a swap. Secondly, I am having difficulty figuring out who is organizing this since the first post is from Nov. 2008. Will a new discussion be started when the swap actually begins?

Thank you for your help in figuring this out.

Hi CraftyDeJa.  Ditto to everything Pinkleo said.  There was a round of this last year, and people didn't realize the thread was so old when they started posting responses again this year.  But no big deal.  I'm not going to start a new interest thread, since we know so many people are interested already.  I'll post signups later tonight.  :-)
3454  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Bookmark swap? on: December 27, 2009 06:39:30 PM
Hi guys.  I'm just trying to finish up an Angel package tonight/tomorrow morning, then I'll post sign-ups tomorrow!
3455  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cheapest/Easiest Last min gift ever-Chocolate Toffee Pieces; "Christmas Crack!" on: December 23, 2009 11:33:01 AM
I agree with MareMare.

To tell you all the truth, though I've made many batches of this, and I always use a timer, and such, every once in a while one of mine comes out too soft too.  Just happens.  Most of them come out great.  I just make tons of it and shrug off the occasional soft batch.  Gives DH and I something to much on so we don't eat all the "presents" crack.
3456  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cheapest/Easiest Last min gift ever-Chocolate Toffee Pieces; "Christmas Crack!" on: December 23, 2009 07:54:12 AM
OMG I've made this a couple of times now... the first time it didn't make it past two days.  The second time I made it to give as gifts, but the toffee part would not harden.  It's kind of soft and sticky.  Don't get me wrong it still taste AMAZING, it just doesn't break up very nicely.  Any idea what I'm doing wrong?  Should I put more sugar or something?  Boil it longer?

You don't need more sugar.  The ratio is fine as it is.  I would boil it another minute or two, and leave it in the oven maybe a minute longer.
3457  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: vintage haberdashery wreath on: December 22, 2009 07:44:45 AM
Not so secret confession for you:  I have to admit I was terribly confused by this at first... At least about your title for the wreath.  Then I checked your profile and realized you were in the UK, and that the term must have two different meanings.  In the states "Haberdashery" refers to a dealer in men's furnishings, like shirts, ties, gloves & most of all men's hats.  As a costume designer and a teacher of fashion history, I've quizzed my students on that question many times, but never realized it meant something different in the UK!  I love learning little language differences between us.  Smiley  Anyways, adorable wreath!  And of course, a Happy Christmas to you!
3458  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Bookmark swap? on: December 20, 2009 07:03:24 AM
I haven't forgotten you guys, I promise.  I'm just crafting like mad to be done with everyone's gift in time for Christmas.  (I mean EVERYONE.  I'm making every single present for 18 people, and as some are super important, like moms and dads and such, some are getting multiple presents.)  I promise to do sign ups soon.  As far as style of swap, I'm pretty sure I'll do groups, and not something like a birthday swap. There's just too much headache for me in something like that.  I'm thinking of setting it up with two swap options.
Option #1
You could sign up to send/receive 1 bookmark (a good option for swap newbies looking to get their feet wet) where you would craft either in traditional partnerings, or in a round robin if there were an odd number of people.

Option #2
You sign up for a group option, where you make and send 3 bookmarks within your group.  If some more experienced swappers wanted to "sign up twice" for that one, so they were in two groups/making and receiving 6 bookmarks, I'd probably be okay with that, but I would reserve the right to refuse to let someone do two groups if their feedback had anything iffy in it.

Hope that keeps you all happy, or at least happy enough...  Ok, off to make crayon and crochet hook rolls!
3459  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cheapest/Easiest Last min gift ever-Chocolate Toffee Pieces; "Christmas Crack!" on: December 18, 2009 06:56:23 AM
There is a bunch of happy teachers and staff at my daughter's school today because I made them a TON of Christmas Crack.  Kiss for jennie

And  Kiss to you my love!
3460  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Bookmark swap? on: December 14, 2009 10:46:15 AM
I'll have to give the groups/size of groups some serious thought in the next few days to come up with a good solution that's easy for me to keep track of...

As for Sweat Shop vs. Partner Specific, I think it would be nice if the bookmarks were at least partially tailored to your partners interests...  Maybe you only like making crochet bookmarks... but you could still crochet each to their partners favorite colors, etc.
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