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171  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / October MOH Gallery on: September 25, 2010 12:59:35 PM
Did you know that each month is dedicated to something... unusual?  October is National Roller Skating Month!  How cool is that!  There are also holidays celebrating Free thought, Menopause, Moles, Frankenstein, Funerals, Haunted refrigerators, and so many more than I could possibly list.  Go have a look! www.brownielocks.com
Did you know some of Craftster crafters celebrate them every month?

Original thread

Post your Odd Holidays' Goodies here ladies!
172  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / October Monthly Odd Holidays (MOH) (SOs Sep 22) on: August 30, 2010 12:29:03 PM

Swap name:    October Monthly Odd Holiday (MOH) Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Jexxican
Sign-up date range: August 30, 2010 September 8
Date to send item by: September 22, 2010
Limited to a certain number of people (optional)? : 25
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? No age requirement (other then Craftster requirements of 16 or  older)

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO   YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO  YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO   YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO  YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO  YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO  YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO  YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO  YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO  YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO  YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO   YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO   YES

Details of swap:
...Did you know that each month is dedicated to something... unusual?  October is National Roller Skating Month!  How cool is that!  There are also holidays celebrating Free thought, Menopause, Moles, Frankenstein, Funerals, Haunted refrigerators, and so many more then I could possibly list.  Go have a look!

This swap is to celebrate those unknown or unusual holidays. Each swapper will chose 6 holidays from the lists provided. Each partner will choose from those 6 holidays and craft 3 small items for their partner. A small item is defined as: by time-2 or less hours; by size-earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks, magnets; by price-$10 or less. U.S. packages MUST have a DC#, and international packages must have a receipt. Please provide both to the organizer when you ship. Shipping priority is suggested but not a requirement.

In order for this to be a monthly swap we MUST have a fast turn around time. Due to the fast turn around time, the organizer reserves the right to not add someone to the swap if there has been a documented history of repeated late sending. Please do not sign up for this swap unless you are prepared to send on time, if not early, and post pictures as soon as your package arrives.

Communication is a must! You must check in on the original thread and the gallery thread at least once a week. You also must check in with your partner once a week. Poor communication or lack thereof will be noted in feedback.  You MUST PM Jexxican with your questionnaire,  received, late sending, and any other questions or concerns.

When PMing the organizer please start pms with the following:  MOH October

For inspiration, see the following:
Februarys Swap Thread
Februarys Swap Gallery
Marchs Swap Thread
Marchs Swap Gallery
April's Swap Thread
April's Swap Gallery
May's Swap Thread
May's Swap Gallery
June's Swap Thread
June's Swap Gallery
July's Swap thread
July's Swap Gallery
August's Swap Thread
August's Swap Gallery
Septembers Swap Thread
Septembers Swap Gallery

Lists of Odd Holidays:

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
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)

Take a look at the lists at these sites for the month of OCTOBER. Please pick 6 holidays you will be celebrating/are interested in. There are holidays for the month, for a week, or for a particular day. Feel free to chose any type of holiday. Some holidays may be deemed as distasteful to someone. Some holidays may have religious/political connotations for someone. Please be aware of this when choosing your holidays.


Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (dogs, cats, smoke, ect.)?
What do you craft?
Anything that you really don't want to receive?
Anything that you'd really, really, really love to receive?
Do you have a wist?
Any other websites that your partner may find useful for stalking you?
What is your favourite colour/pattern?
What is your least favourite colour/pattern?
Anything else that you want your partner to know?

After being partnered:
Please understand that there are holidays that you may find distasteful or that may have religious/political connotations for you. You have 6 holidays to chose from for crafting 3 items.  The organizer does not have the time or mental faculties to look through each holiday and determine if "most" people would find that holiday offensive in any way. If you don't like a holiday your partner chose, then don't craft for it.


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


1. Jexxican
2. Najaorama
3. hawkeyes_girl
4. sloanlaw
5. frootiloopz08
6. crazyda79
7. squire_inaria

Round robin: najaorama ->jexxican -> hawkeyes_girl
sloan_law <-> frootiloopz08
crazyda79 <-> squire_inaria
173  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Roller derby, Odd holidays, and a dragonfly on: August 28, 2010 03:33:38 PM
This is everything I've completed since my first embroidery, found here

First up, for the 3rd package on the Make a Friend swap I embroidered the logo for the roller derby league my new friend is a part of. I had a hard time on the face on the face and the skates. Meh, I'm learning.

For the latest odd holiday swap (September) I embroidered some mushrooms on an apron for Mushroom month:

I don't know if I did so many French knots because I like them or if I told myself I would like them because I had already planned it that way.

And this is one of the things I made for Punctuation Day next month. It was a lot of fun!

And for my pen pal (whom I met through Post Secret) I made a very simple negative space dragonfly!

And I'm almost done with something for another swap I'm in but I can't post pics yet because I can't! AH! I like it, though. Be expecting something new (and totally awesome if I don't mess it up completely) from me in a few weeks!
174  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Well knock me down and steel muh teef! on: August 14, 2010 11:40:55 AM

Translation: "Well, knock me down and steal my teeth!"
This is my first ever embroidery! I made it back in June for the July Odd Holiday American Redneck Day. Sent it for a swap. Whadya think?
175  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dragon Castle Puzzle, Rawr on: June 16, 2010 07:59:52 AM
I think this should go here, just because I don't know where else to put it.
It's an altered puzzle.

I made it for the MYB 13: Themes swap. Each of the pieces was wrapped in the ball individually. The board, obviously, couldn't fit in the ball but it was still there in the box. She likes it.
It's mostly painted but I did cheat a little and use a sharpie on some of the tiles. What do you think?
176  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / What to do with these? on: April 24, 2010 06:36:30 PM
So I bought some yarn from the sheep shed studio, and I should have just gotten the whites but I ended up getting 1 lb browns and 1 lb blacks. This is what they sent me:

It's interesting, but not what I was expecting, but then again I didn't really know what to expect. The 1 lb grab bag is an entirely different story.
So here's my question: What should do with it? Should I draft it and spin it like normal on my spindle? I did about 2 oz of the black already and it came out pretty nice so I'll probably do enough of that to make a nice bag or something, but what else to do with it? Learn? Any advice? Any suggestions? Anyone have an epiphany while looking at these that they need to share?
177  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Artisan Bread -Challah on: April 06, 2010 06:54:00 AM

I bought the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and I love it! I never thought I could make such pretty bread! Lookit this! It's so pretty! I highly recommend this book to everyone!
178  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Family theme: Peter Pan on: November 02, 2009 07:49:47 AM
This is our 3rd year doing family themed Halloweens, and since it is our son's 3rd Halloween that makes sense, eh?
Considering I was pregnant with "Tinkerbell" up until 3 weeks ago, I didn't really get a head start like I am used to, but Hook is freakin' awesome.

We are going to use Hook as his RenFest costume from now on, sans hook. What do you think?
179  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cyclopses on: September 22, 2009 09:35:34 AM

This idea started as a gift for a swap but the evolution of craft took place and now I think they are better suited for my nephew who turns one in a couple weeks. They are made from an old sweater I had used the sleeves of for yarn for a toy net in my son's room. AND these are stuffed with the unraveled and shredded remains of said sweater. Hmm, maybe I won't give them to Connor either, maybe I will keep them for myself...
180  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Sargent Pepper the Elephant on: August 31, 2009 11:51:24 AM
I made this elephant for my friend's new baby. I was going to do the clothes black and white but then I learned the colors of his room and wanted it to match. First thing I thought when I put the vest on him was Sargent Pepper!  He is great. My son (modeling the elephant in the last picture) LOVED him so much I may have to make one for his birthday. I got the pattern out of an Annie's Attic pattern book and it is the first time I have ever made garments for anything. I am so afraid of garments b/c I am so lazy and don't like doing gauge swatches but I think this turned out nice. Sorry I don't have good pictures: I was trying to rush it so I could get him boxed to ship before I started dinner.

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