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91  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / September 2012 Ongoing Pinterest Swap on: September 01, 2012 05:08:58 AM

Swap name: September Ongoing Pinterest Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Jexxican
Co-Organiser: ?
Sign-up date range: 1 September 2012 to 30 September 2012
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after claim
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):NO
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: NO
- 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: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO
- 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:
This is a pinterest swap, meaning that your fellow raftsters will claim you for something you have pinned on your pinterest site.  If you don't have a pinterest but are interested, go here www.pinterest.com to request one or PM the organizer your email address to request an invite.

If you are late in the August swap, please do not sign up until you send.  You will not be accepted.  

Also please note that this swap requires that you communicate with your partner and the organizer.  Please send a PM when you claim, when you send, and when you receive.  People who consistently fail to communicate will be asked to take a break from the Pinterest swap and maybe try again in two months.

Please do not post in the thread until you have been approved by the organizer. This thread is for lists only. Only post once. If you need to change/add something, simply "Modify" your post. The discussion/gallery thread is located here. Post as soon as possible after signing up so we know you have found the thread and that you are getting updates.

FAQ: Please READ

How does this swap work?
You may choose from anyone's pinterest board once they have posted a link and bio in this thread.  This is not a chain list swap; its more of a free for all swap.  However, when possible it is nice to claim from those who haven't been claimed or who have claimed more than they have been claimed for. You have two weeks from the date you claim to send your item on its way to the lucky recipient.  Remember to PM the organizer and the recipient when you claim, send, and receive. Please include the swap name and month in your subject line! Please make sure to tell me who you are claiming, sending to, or receiving from. You may have up to 2 outstanding (not received) claims. If you are FOC you may have up to 3 outstanding claims.  Everyone MUST make at least one claim.
 
What should my bio and link look like?
Once you have been approved, you may post in the list thread.  There is no one way to do this but please be sure your bio includes the following:
         - your location and a brief bio (include allergies in red please)
         - your Pinterest link
         - list of boards that are to be used for this swap, or simply say something like "all my boards are game"
         - whether you are okay with supply claims

What do I need to send?
This swap is for either one medium or 2-3 small items for each claim.  A medium item is one that takes 2 or more hours, $10 - $30, some examples are a single necklace or bracelet or a scarf.  A small item is one that takes 2 or less hours, $10 or less, some examples are earrings/wallets/pouches/bookmarks.

How do the organizers ensure that claims are even?
We don't. But we do try.  One way is that we highlight your name when you have claimed more times than you have been claimed.  We ask that people claim from those that haven't been claimed yet or who have claimed more often than they have been claimed, but there is no guarantee that if you send 5 times that you will receive 5 items.  In fact, theoretically it is quite possible to not get claimed at all.  If this is a major concern for you and you know you would miserable if things were not always even, this may not be the swap for you.  However, I will say that for the most part this is not a big problem in this swap so far.  

How closely does the item I send need to resemble the item pinned?
It depends on who you are claiming.  Read the bios carefully.  Read the pins carefully.  Some of us pin items for inspiration and are fine with items that are simply inspired by our pins.  Others would like the item to look as close to the pin as possible.

What happens if I am flaked on?
If you are flaked on, you will only receive an angel for as many packages as you have sent.  If you were claimed for 3 packages and you sent 2 packages and one package was flaked on - you will not receive a swap angel.

What do I do if I'm not being claimed?
If you are not being claimed, it might be time to consider your pins.  Do you have enough variety?  Are there enough small and medium items?  Do you have items pinned that require a variety of crafty mediums (ex: knitting, crocheting, sewing, beading, embroidery, etc...)?  Are your pins realistically craftable?  You should shoot for at least 20-30 pins (this includes only those pins you want to be claimed); maybe more if most of your items are on the large side or primarily in one crafty medium.  We have some talented folks on here... but not everyone can do all crafts.  If you find you aren't being claimed...try adding more pins.  

I hear a rumor that there is a giveaway; is this true?
YES!  It is true.  Each month, there is a giveaway.  You get one entry into the random drawing for each claim you make.  At the end of the month, we'll use a random number generator and that lucky person will receive a crafted item or crafty supply.  We cannot tell you what the item might be upfront because we like to cater it to the winner's interests and needs.  Also randomly but not necessarily every month, there might be additional giveaways so make sure to stay up to date on the discussion thread so you don't miss out!
 

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFO TO THE ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE:

QUESTIONNAIRE:
Name of swap: September Pinterest
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Your Pinterest link:  

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
92  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Kenya's birthday cape on: August 25, 2012 11:29:33 AM
The kids were invited to the neighbor girl's birthday party which is today and guess what I realized we don't have for her yet? After pancakes (nom nom nom) I decided to make her a present. Using some satin, some Kona purple, and some reverse applique, here's what I got:


After I cut out the K I decided I should zigzag around it so the satin wouldn't fray. Love how it turned out.
But then I thought "that's not enough!" What will she need to complete this outfit? A scepter!


Maybe I should have stuffed it with polyfil but I'm lazy and just slipped it around a piece of PVC pipe. As long as she doesn't bring it over here and smack my kids around it with it it's not my problem, right?
93  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / 17 August 2012 Fiber Friday on: August 17, 2012 01:25:46 PM
Yay I'm a llama again!

~60 yards, 2oz, N-plied llama

And just for fun:

I made another wall hammock. The other one holds my hand-spun yarn in the living room, this one holds my fiber in the bedroom. Well, some of my fiber. I should make another one.
94  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / August 2012 Ongoing Pinterest D&G on: August 01, 2012 02:17:34 PM

Welcome back and Welcome aboard! Talk it up/post goodies here.
Bio thread
95  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / August Ongoing Pinterest Swap on: August 01, 2012 02:08:15 PM

Swap name: August Ongoing Pinterest Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Jexxican
Co-Organiser: ?
Sign-up date range: 1 August 2012 to 31 August 2012
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after claim
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):NO
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: NO
- 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: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO
- 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:
This is a pinterest swap, meaning that your fellow craftsters will claim you for something you have pinned on your pinterest site.  If you don't have a pinterest but are interested, go here www.pinterest.com to request one or PM the organizer your email address to request an invite.

If you are late in the July swap, please do not sign up until you send.  You will not be accepted.  

Also please note that this swap requires that you communicate with your partner and the organizer.  Please send a PM when you claim, when you send, and when you receive.  People who consistently fail to communicate will be asked to take a break from the Pinterest swap and maybe try again in two months.


Please do not post in the thread until you have been approved by the organizer. This thread is for lists only. Only post once. If you need to change/add something, simply "Modify" your post. The discussion/gallery thread is located here. Post as soon as possible after signing up so we know you have found the thread and that you are getting updates.

FAQ: Please READ

How does this swap work?
You may choose from anyone's pinterest board once they have posted a link and bio in this thread.  This is not a chain list swap; its more of a free for all swap.  However, when possible it is nice to claim from those who haven't been claimed or who have claimed more than they have been claimed for.  You have two weeks from the date you claim to send your item on its way to the lucky recipient.  Remember to PM the organizer and the recipient when you claim and send.  Also send a PM to the organizer and your sender when you receive.  You may have up to 2 outstanding (not received) claims.  Please include the swap name and month in your subject line!  Please make sure to tell me who you are claiming, sending to, or receiving from.  If you are FOC you may have up to 3 outstanding claims.  Everyone MUST make at least one claim.
 
What should my bio and link look like?
Once you have been approved, you may post in the list thread.  There is no one way to do this but please be sure your bio includes the following:
         - your location and a brief bio (include allergies in red please)
         - your Pinterest link
         - list of boards that are to be used for this swap, or simply say something like "all my boards are game"
         - whether you are okay with supply claims

What do I need to send?
This swap is for either one medium or 2-3 small items for each claim.  A medium item is one that takes 2 or more hours, $10 - $30, some examples are a single necklace or bracelet or a scarf.  A small item is one that takes 2 or less hours, $10 or less, some examples are earrings/wallets/pouches/bookmarks.

How do the organizers ensure that claims are even?
We don't. But we do try.  One way is that we highlight your name when you have claimed more times than you have been claimed.  We ask that people claim from those that haven't been claimed yet or who have claimed more often than they have been claimed, but there is no guarantee that if you send 5 times that you will receive 5 items.  In fact, theoretically it is quite possible to not get claimed at all.  If this is a major concern for you and you know you would miserable if things were not always even, this may not be the swap for you.  However, I will say that for the most part this is not a big problem in this swap so far.  

How closely does the item I send need to resemble the item pinned?
It depends on who you are claiming.  Read the bios carefully.  Read the pins carefully.  Some of us pin items for inspiration and are fine with items that are simply inspired by our pins.  Others would like the item to look as close to the pin as possible.

What happens if I am flaked on?
If you are flaked on, you will only receive an angel for as many packages as you have sent.  If you were claimed for 3 packages and you sent 2 packages and one package was flaked on - you will not receive a swap angel.

What do I do if I'm not being claimed?
If you are not being claimed, it might be time to consider your pins.  Do you have enough variety?  Are there enough small and medium items?  Do you have items pinned that require a variety of crafty mediums (ex: knitting, crocheting, sewing, beading, embroidery, etc...)?  Are your pins realistically craftable?  You should shoot for at least 20-30 pins (this includes only those pins you want to be claimed); maybe more if most of your items are on the large side or primarily in one crafty medium.  We have some talented folks on here... but not everyone can do all crafts.  If you find you aren't being claimed...try adding more pins.  

I hear a rumor that there is a giveaway; is this true?
YES!  It is true.  Each month, there is a giveaway.  You get one entry into the random drawing for each claim you make.  At the end of the month, we'll use a random number generator and that lucky person will receive a crafted item or crafty supply.  We cannot tell you what the item might be upfront because we like to cater it to the winner's interests and needs.  Also randomly but not necessarily every month, there might be additional giveaways so make sure to stay up to date on the discussion thread so you don't miss out!
 

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFO TO THE ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE:

QUESTIONNAIRE:
Name of swap: August Pinterest
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Your Pinterest link:  

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
96  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / 27 July 2012 Fiber Friday on: July 27, 2012 12:51:10 PM
So I ordered $100 worth of Alpaca (from the past 2 years' birthday money from my aunt) and it arrived this week. Now Bella, I know you're allergic, but it doesn't hurt to look at it, does it?

I think this is my favorite hand-spun-by-me ever. It is so nice. I mean, I could honestly see this on a store shelf. I am so proud of myself! 2-ply, ~230 yards. Even the 2 bobbins came out even, 1 had only about 1 yard more than the other. Sweet!

And this one was from a Phat Fiber sample that had Alpaca, angora, Shetland, amd Llama:

~1oz, ~25 yards, plied with cotton Serger thread, just for fun.
97  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The [7 year old] Brat on: July 21, 2012 03:11:43 PM
That's right., this brat has taken me over 7 years to finish. Got the pattern and Hobby Lobby gift card for my 21st birthday and from there is was a rather long story that I won't bore you with. Suffice it to say: I am NOW done, today, 7 years and 22 days later.

She's about 13" x 9" and made with too many colors and stitches for me to want to count.

There are beads in her wings. Those were fun as I've never used them in stitching before.

The floss was mostly DMC but the shiny stuff is something else and the hair on the imp is hand-spun thread from Dragonfly Lotus. Super awesome stuff, Merino and silk... My husband asked when I will learn to spin that thin and I just had to laugh. It is amazing, though.

And the eternal question: what to do with it?
98  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Conversation stones (mature?)(FAT) on: July 17, 2012 09:38:34 AM
Inspired by this lady I felted and stitched some stones. So when I joined the Make a Friend (MaF) swap and decided I wanted to be partners with RubyLynns she told me "Only if I get one of those felted rocks!" And it eveolved, went through stages fitting all 3 boxes, and ended up being the project for the third box. So without further ado, here's the lot of them:

My favorites:




But wait! Turn them over and you can include them in conversations!
 
to change your image viewing settings please click here
At first I was thinking "Ah crap, I'm making something else that's just form, no function" and then while having a "conversation" with my husband with my kids around I realized I could cuss without my kids hearing it. If you know me, I LOVE to cuss! ...just not so much in front of my kids. I want them to think I'm better than I am, what can I say?
How to use these rocks: Speak as usual but instead of saying the bad word, hold up a rock. Some examples:
 
to change your image viewing settings please click here "Shut the ____ up!"
 
to change your image viewing settings please click here"I'm sick of your ____."
 
to change your image viewing settings please click here"Your mother is such a _____."
 
to change your image viewing settings please click here"That is a ____in' car!"
 
to change your image viewing settings please click here "____ smack..."
 
to change your image viewing settings please click here"My ___ itches!"
I need to take a ".
" it! You're burning the quesadillas!"
 
to change your image viewing settings please click here heeheehee...


And just for fun: every time I see MaF it reminds me of my BYU-I days where we didn't cuss, we just initialized each word we weren't supposed to say. (Yes, I'm a baaaad Mormon, shoot me) So MaF to me comes across as "Mather Fucker" So the "MaF swap" has always been, and always will be, the "Mather fuckin' swap" which makes it that much more awesome.

Also, I am so glad my kids can't read yet.
99  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday the 13th! of July on: July 13, 2012 11:36:33 AM
Too bad I don't have any creepy yarns, eh?

I did spin yesterday, though. As much as I would love to participate in the TdF it ain't happening. But I did get this spun:

It's Organic Merino. I don't think I like using Organic Merino. It's kind of foamy feeling and doesn't join very easily.
Also, I managed to get my singled tangled while they were still on the bobbin. How'd I do it? I dunno.
It's about 100 yards, 4 oz, and n-plied.

Also, Look at the grass! I have grass in my yard! I HAVE GRASS IN MY YARD! Isn't that exciting!
100  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / July 2012 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Discussion and Gallery on: July 02, 2012 01:26:28 PM

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