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3691  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS 3/18- 3/31, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: March 21, 2010 07:31:23 AM
anyone want to send to Australia?

I will join but not much point if no one can afford the postage.....

I just found a draw full of baby/little kids patterns.
We are cleaning out the garage and getting ready for a project car so loads of stuff had to go....most was rubbish because mice had gotten into it, how the heel they could when 2 cats sleep in there every night I have no idea.

Tanza, I put up a note at the beginning of the thread for Aussie swappers. Smiley  Hopefully we get some interested swappers!

Dang - I was going to bow out of swaps for a while but I could use some baby stuff...Why do I look & tempt myself like that?  Smiley

Yaaaaay donniesgirl!

I'll start working on my questionnaire tomorrow!  Cheesy This will be so much fun! *excited* I'm already in the Farmer's market swap 2 and this one matches great! Frugal/green/country living is sooooo me!!!

Woo hoo, morrigan_le_faye! Smiley  It's a great swap.
3692  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: How My Garden Grows Swap on: March 21, 2010 07:27:22 AM
Craftrica - want me to put a note that we have a potential S.African swapper and if any other S. Africans are interested to PM me?

Onyxnox - Yes, I think that'd be fine, so long as your partner agreed.  I'd think a plant would count for a small, though, if that would be okay.   (Hmm, feedback may be changed, if the second package doesn't make it - or maybe just delayed?  We can discuss if it becomes necessary! Cheesy)

holistic knitter - woo hoo!  Glad you can make it. Cheesy  I've put up a call out for other UK and European swappers for you. Smiley
3693  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: How My Garden Grows Swap on: March 20, 2010 08:42:36 PM
Ooh, thank you, icebyrd67!

mailing starts:
1) wrap the plant roots in damp newspapers with the foliage sticking out the top.
2) fold up the bottom of the newspaper, careful not to get the leaves wet as they will rot. 
3) wrap the wet newspaper in a plastic bag (like the kind you put your veggies in at the store).  DO NOT TAPE THE BAG SHUT.  the roots need oxygen!  just twist the bag loosely shut. 
4) Then put them in at least 3 (I like to use 5, any less than three will dehydrate the plants) normal plastic grocery sacks, each time covering the open end of the sack with the bottom of the next.  you can but several plants in the same sack for the layering of sacks (make sure the roots are all faced the same direction). 
5) then place the entire package into a box and mail.  make sure you do priority mailing as the plants cannot survive more than a few days in a box like this.

you may consider mailing the plants separate from everything else so it doesnt get crushed.

i hope this helps someone!

3694  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: How My Garden Grows Swap on: March 20, 2010 04:41:31 PM
Yay, pinokeeo!

And I hope you join us, Zombie_Queen.  Cheesy
3695  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Spring Gardening Swap? on: March 20, 2010 12:47:19 PM
In another gardening swap idea thread, I volunteered to start one so here it is if anyone here is interested!

How My Garden Grows Swap!
3696  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Spring is in the air, and my thoughts are turning to the garden..... on: March 20, 2010 12:46:31 PM
Here it is ...

How My Garden Grows Swap!
3697  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: How My Garden Grows Swap on: March 20, 2010 12:45:05 PM
Craft Ideas for the Garden ...

  • bath soak (for the evenings after a loooong day of gardening)
  • bird feeder
  • bug bite relief (perhaps homemade)
  • canning labels
  • citronella candles
  • decorated knee cushion
  • decorated pots
  • flower press
  • garden ATCs
  • garden bag
  • gardening apron
  • gardening books
  • garden decor
  • garden journal
  • garden tools w/ decorated handles
  • gardening tips
  • gathering basket
  • gloves
  • hanging bags for clotheslines
  • plant markers
  • old garden magazines
  • pressed flower stationery/bookmarks
  • preserves/canned yummies from previous garden bounty
  • recipes
  • refreshing drink mixes (for when it's hot out!)
  • seedling containers (though it may be a bit late for these)
  • seeds
  • seed packets (empty to use when seeds are collected)
  • soap (to wash off the dirt!)
  • spf lip balm
  • spray bottles with decorations (and perhaps recipes for organic bug killers?)
  • stakes
  • starts (How to send starts in the mail thanks, icebyrd67!)
  • suncatchers
  • sun hat
  • sunscreen
  • watering can
  • windchimes
  • vases

PM me to add ideas!  (All ideas were from the two garden idea threads!)
3698  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: How My Garden Grows Swap on: March 20, 2010 12:44:51 PM

1. kaz814 (US)
2. Aikibookworm (US)
3. holistic knitter (UK)
4. Onyxnox (Canada)
5. MamanTattoo (Canada)
6. dreadlocklove (Canada)
7. torilimcadle (US)
8. amymisha (US)
9. craftybeachgirl (US)
10. korok (Canada)
11. nessie (US)
12. when_im_sixty4 (US)
13. SnapsAndDragons (US)
14. morrigan_le_faye (Switzerland)
15. Strawberryh (US)
16. lilyella (UK) (first time swapper! Welcome!)
17. lydiaharper (US)
18. superhooker (US)


kaz814 <-> morrigan_le_faye
lilyella <-> holistic knitter
nessie <-> craftybeachgirl
superhooker <-> Strawberryh
lydiaharper <-> amymisha
torilimcadle <-> Aikibookworm
SnapsAndDrangons <-> when_im_sixty4
korok <-> Onyxnox
MamanTattoo <-> dreadlocklove
3699  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / How My Garden Grows Swap (sign ups CLOSED) Sendouts NOW BY MAY 10 on: March 20, 2010 12:44:27 PM

We have participants in ... the US, the UK and Canada!   UK/European swappers please join so everyone who has signed up is able to participate!  We also have an interested S. African swapper, if there are others!

Swap name: How My Garden Grows
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Co-organizer: ?
Sign-up date range: March 20 - April 2, 2010
Partners will go out on: April 3, 2010
Date to send item by: May 8, 2010  May 10, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A
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 within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

Today is the first day of spring and that means it's time to start gardening!  But what do you do if you can't find your gardening gloves?  Or if you've got several opened packets of seeds that you don't have a place to keep without them spilling together?  What if you've always wanted a gathering basket or a gardening apron?  Well, this swap can help you get all those crafty garden things!

Crafting Requirements:

The requirement for this swap is 5 points, which will translate to one medium and three smalls OR two mediums and one small (you'll need to discuss which with your partner!).  

For those who need a refresher, here's the Craftster guide to what constitutes each size:

By Time

-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Communication Requirements:

Checking in on the swap thread at least once a week is required so we know you're still around and crafting!  A quick note saying that you're still working is sufficient.  Also, communicating with your partner is also a necessity.  If you have consistent (and recent) dings on feedback for poor communication or sending late, I may not approve your application.  I will also note communication in feedback!

DCN are required for US swappers sending to partners in the US.  International swappers must keep the receipt.  Smiley

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

Name of swap: How My Garden Grows 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):

Are you an indoor gardener or an outdoor gardener?
Are you a container gardener, a square-foot gardener, or a 'I have several acres and it's all mine!' gardener?
Do you get full sun, partial sun, partial shade, or shade?
What type of soil do you have?
What do you grow?
What's your region?  (For US residents, check out National Gardening Association)
What things for the garden/gardener would you like to receive?
What crafts are you able to do?
What crafts do you dislike doing?
Are there allergies in your home?
Are there allergens in your home?
Can you take pictures before you send and post pictures when you receive?
Is there anything else that you'd like your partner to know? (Children, SOs, other preferences, etc.)


PLEASE NOTE THAT SENDING ACTUAL PLANTS OR SEEDS MAY NOT BE ALLOWED BY YOUR COUNTRY/STATE/AREA.  If you're unsure whether your partner is able to receive something, please check with him/her or look online.  If you can't find the information anywhere, it's better to be safe than sorry.  It'd be disappointing to realize that your lovingly crafted package was quarantined indefinitely by customs for having contraband heirloom seeds!
3700  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Spring is in the air, and my thoughts are turning to the garden..... on: March 20, 2010 12:19:56 PM
I'll probably regret this in, oh, a month or so, but I can organize.  (This is what I get from coming in from planting my seeds and being all YAAAAY garden!)

I'll see about getting something up this afternoon.  Smiley
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