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81  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing Holiday List Swap Discussion and Gallery Round Five on: July 01, 2012 07:42:54 AM

Please post pics of your awesome goodies here!  
82  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / What challenge would YOU like to see? on: June 09, 2012 12:59:39 PM
We're looking to post a PBW challenge here within the next few weeks, but we need YOUR help in deciding on a challenge theme!

Please comment HERE in the new challenge board for PBW with your thoughts!
83  Category Challenges / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Challenge Entries / Purses, Bags and Wallets Challenge Ideas on: June 06, 2012 07:50:23 PM
What sorts of challenge ideas would you like to see (and participate in!) on the Purses, Bags and Wallets board?

Please share your ideas!

We've recently done:

Crafty Carryall
Based on a Book
Showcase Your Talent

Other Ideas ....

Wristlet/Clutch Challenge - small purse that holds the necessities!
This Purse is SO Me - a purse that shows off your personality and is perfect for you
Teesha Moore Inspired
Bigger On the Inside - fandom (any) inspired purse/wallet
Cryptid/Cryptozoology - purses/wallets/bags featuring cryptozoological animals (Sasquatch, Loch Ness, etc.)
84  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Ongoing Holiday List Swap - Round Four (S/U until June 28) on: June 05, 2012 05:36:31 PM

Swap Info
Swap name: Ongoing Holiday Gift List Round 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Sign-up date range:  June 5 - June 28, 2012
Date to send item by: 2 weeks from claim
Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes
You must be over 18 years of age.  

Organizer Notes
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
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old
- 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

Welcome to the Ongoing Holiday Gift List Swap! Round 4

We know it's early, but it's never too soon to start thinking of holiday gifts!  This the place to help your fellow Craftster narrow down their holiday gift lists.  This swap welcomes every winter holiday including Christmas, Hanukah/Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, etc.  If you want a handmade holiday for your friends and family, this is the place to get help on your list.  From grandma to your own kids, your lists can include almost anyone in your life that you might need a little help crafting for - even yourself!.   Please read through this initial post carefully before joining and PM me with any questions.

How it works:

This swap will work in an ongoing format.  The first person in the swap will post a list of handmade items that they would like.  The participants then look through the list and if they can fulfill that particular wish, they claim that person for that item and post their own list for the next person to claim them.  This works like a chain.  Person A is claimed by Person B, Person B is claimed by Person C, etc.  You must claim to be claimed and only one person can claim another at a time.  

Each FOC can have up to 3 outstanding claims at a time.  A non-FOC craftster gets two claims at a time.  A new swapper can have 1 claim at a time.  Once one of your claim is received and the organizer is notified, you may claim again.  

What is on the list:

Each participant can post as many size medium requests as they would like in their list.  Please try to post a minimum of 10 items you would like so there is a variety and a better chance of not stalling the swap.  You may post larges or smalls as well, but please realize that to fulfill the swap requirements, you are only required to claim and send a medium.  This swap will be for handmade items only.  Organizing your list by crafting medium is a good idea to help other participants find something on your list that they are good at, but is not required.  Please note that because these are holiday wishes we are filling, items should be your absolute best quality.  

How to make your list:

Please format your list to have an introduction that lets us know a little more about you, such as your name, your general location, etc.  Please format your wishes so that each participant has a clear idea as to what you are looking for.  Posting links is highly advisable.  It is also a great idea to provide participants with as much relevant information on the gift recipient as possible.  Here is my suggested way for formatting each wish:

<item> <recipient> <preferences> <link>

Doll dress for my daughter.  She prefers pink floral fabric with a velcro or button closure.  Here is one she likes http://URL GOES HERE
Allergies:  Smoke

Including allergies right underneath of each wish keeps the allergies in focus.  This is such an important part to consider when claiming someone.  If you format your wishes like this, they will be clear and you are more likely to be claimed quickly.

Making a claim:

Once you make a claim, you must PM the participant that you are claiming for their address and to discuss the item you have claimed to make for them.  Once you make a claim, you are committed to making that item.  Remember, you only have two weeks to complete the item and ship it.  If you choose to send extras, they do not contribute to the size of the claim.  A medium is technically either between 2-3 hours in time, or $20-$30 in supplies/value.  To claim the person who is currently available, respond to their post with I claim <username> for <item claimed for>.  For example, if I were to claim myself to make socks, I would write, I claim kaz814 for a hoopla.  Within that same response, you then post your own list so someone can claim you.  

Send Outs:

Just like other ongoing swaps, you will have two weeks from the date of your claim to send out your item.  There are no exceptions.  DC#s will be absolutely required.  If you do not provide a DC#, it will be noted in your feedback.  If you do not provide a DC# and your package gets lost, you will be required to resend.  You must PM the organizers with the DC#/customs# when you send!

Qualifications to Join:

Anyone is free to join under standard Craftster Swap Guidelines.  Due to the time constraints on claims, I reserve the right to deny any Craftster that has a history of lateness.

Receiving packages:

Please PM me as soon as you receive each package.  This is so I can keep track of claims.  Pictures in the gallery are also appreciated.  Some of your fulfilled wishes might inspire other wishes for other participants.

Other important info:

You do not have to message me when you claim a person.  You only have to message them for their address.  Please PM me however when you send your questionnaire, when you send your claim, and when you receive a claim with the title: OHLS 4: questionnaire, OHLS 4: sent!, etc.  Also, Please PM me with any questions you have.

Please do not claim a person until you have been approved for this swap and it is listed in your profile!  Please do not claim a person once one of your claims has been received until the person receiving from you verifies your package arrived and is exactly what you claimed them for. (Unless you have open claim spots, of course!)

Sometimes, a person's list will stall the swap.  When your list has been up for more than 18-24 hours without someone claiming you, please try to add more items to your list so you have a better chance of being claimed.  Remember that it is possible that not all of your items will be claimed.  

There will be a discussion/gallery thread in the Gallery area.  This is an area to give us updates and discuss this swap.  

At the end of the month, whoever is the last on the list will be first on the list for the following month/or the organizer (me!) will be the ending claimer.  You will have to sign up for each additional round that you choose to participate in.  You must be current in the previous round to be accepted to the new round.

This swap is open to international swappers, as well as new swappers.

I reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who is late in previous rounds of this swap.  This is a holiday swap and should be fun!

If you want to participate, here is the information to send to the organizer.  Please have the title of your PM be the name of the swap.

Name of swap: Holiday Gift List Round 4
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Your mailing address:
Have you read the Swap Guidelines and understand how this swap works?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
Are you willing to ship outside of your country?

IMPORTANT: Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6553.0



Come chat with us during the swap and let us know how you're progressing on all of your projects.  You can find our discussion thread here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=409643.0
85  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing Holiday List Swap Gallery Round Four on: June 05, 2012 05:35:48 PM
All discussion about the swap and pictures of swap goodies goes here!

Swap Link
86  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ongoing Holiday List Swap? on: June 03, 2012 01:36:53 PM
I'm wondering if there's any interest in a 2012 version of last year's Ongoing Holiday List Swap?

It works just like any Ongoing List swap.  The first person posts a list, and the person who claims them, posts their list.  And then someone claims them and posts their list.  Get it?

The only different thing about this swap is that it's to let you request gifts for friends/family/self for the holidays or holiday decor.  You could even do fallish themed holiday stuff, too!

Lists R. 1 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388584.0 so you can see how it works.

Gallery R. 1 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=389361.0
Gallery R. 2 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391135.

Any interest this year?  I'd probably try to do one round each month beginning in July and ending with November, and you could join for one or more rounds. Smiley
87  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Bingo! on: April 04, 2012 10:23:11 AM
For the IYP swap, TroubleT and I exchanged language geek crafts.  

I machine embroidered this mugrug to go along with the mug I made which says: 'B-E-F-O-R-E, not B4.  We speak English, not Bingo.'

Each horizontal line was cut and sewn together, to help them match up a bit more.  I learned quite a lot about my machine with this project!  Smiley

And here's the mug: 

88  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Importance of Punctuation on: April 04, 2012 10:19:23 AM
For the IYP swap, TroubleT and I decided to exchange language geek crafts, so I made her this little hoopla:

The 'C' on his cape is machine embroidered, but I did everything else by hand.  Mostly back and split stitch, though the dots above the i's and the comma is french knot.  Cheesy 

And I used TroubleT's tutorial to finish the back (though it doesn't look nearly as good as hers always do!)
89  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Garden 2012 on: February 20, 2012 06:27:25 PM
What are your plans for your garden in 2012?

I've just planted the sugar snap peas in the containers on my porch.  I also seeded a couple containers with lettuce seeds.  With any luck, I'll have starts quite soon.  I hope it's not too cold ... but it's been nice and I've got some lids for the containers for when it gets below freezing (as, of course, it has tonight.)

In a couple weeks, I'll start my blue lake bush and golden wax beans, my basil, cilantro, and parsley, and my tomato and zucchini indoors.  I'll try to transplant those end of April/beginning of May unless it gets really nice out earlier (which with this winter, who knows!)

And I'm going to try to do a fall crop of more peas and lettuce and perhaps some kale.  We'll see how it goes!

What will your gardens look like this year?
90  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Review: Husqvarna Viking Topaz 20 on: February 20, 2012 01:23:51 PM
Brand: Husqvarna/Viking

Model: Topaz 20

Year: 2011

Cost: about $1990 (though it was on sale for 30% off, so the non-sale price was probably around $3000)  I also got some extras, so the final total was $2400 or thereabouts.

How long have you had the machine? Since November, 2011

Is it a basic sewing machine, serger, or embroidery machine? It's an embroidery and sewing machine.

What are your favorite features?  How easy it is to change the feet is one of my favorites.  I know that's silly to be excited about, but I love it.  They just pop in and out.  I also love the ton of different stitches it does.  There's a bicycle and a car and a little trailer!  OH and changing the bobbin is super easy, as is winding the bobbin!

What are some of the unique features it has?  It has an LCD (I think) display, and depending on the setting (different weights of material and different stitches), it tells you which foot to use, as well as which needle to use.  It has a USB, and came with some software for embroidery (though not the super fancy kind that lets you design or convert pictures), so that is really nice.  

One of the best things, however, is that it also came with an Owner's Class.  You take your machine and go to the store (I bought mine at Joann's - not sure if other places do this as well) and they show you how to use it.  This helped me IMMENSELY, even if I am still figuring things out.

How well does it run?  If everything is threaded correctly, it runs really well.  I've broken two needles, though, but I'm pretty sure both were through user error.

Has it ever broken or needed maintenance you couldn't do yourself?  I've only had it a few months, but no.

What are your least favorite features? The controls/buttons for the embroidery part are not intuitive for me.  Each time I try to embroider something, I need to have the instruction book open, and even then I just press buttons until I figure it out.  I've embroidered three or four times now, and the fact that I'm still staring at it blankly at times is really intimidating.  HOWEVER, I think that'll ease as I figure out what the heck I'm doing.

Would you recommend this machine to a friend?  If my friend knows something about machine embroidery, absolutely!  It's a great machine, I got a great deal, and when used properly, runs really well.

If my friend is new to machine embroidery, I'd suggest trying a cheaper machine first off.  My machine was an impulse buy because of the sale, something I've never done on that scale before.  As I said above, the buttons aren't intuitive for me, so working it all is a bit overwhelming.  I expect that to ease as I use it more.  For instance, I just got over the 'How do I center two lines of text since I can program them in at the same time' worry (which kept me from using it to make a wedding gift for a couple months - whoops) with the realization that it will show you on the fabric the edges of what you're going to embroider.  (You can also buy a computer program that will allow that, but I didn't want to spend any more.)

It is a great sewing machine, though!  There are some buttons that confuse me/I have to look up for that, too, but it's easier to figure out.  

The woman at the HV Gallery at Joann said this was an 'entry level' machine.  And that's true - for Husqvarna/Viking.  If you've never used one before, I would go for a cheaper one until you get comfortable with what the machines can do.  If, however, you can get a good deal on one and are just starting out ... we can learn together!

I give the machine an overall rating of B+/A-, but that's mostly because of user error and nervousness!
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