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91  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / February Birthday Swap Gallery and Discussion on: February 01, 2012 08:16:40 AM

The Birthday Lists!

Post discussion and pictures here!
92  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / February Birthday Swap (Signup all month!) on: February 01, 2012 08:14:37 AM



Questions? Please post in the discussion/gallery:

Swap name: February 2012 Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Sign-up date range:  February 1-29
DATE TO SEND ITEMS BY:  2 weeks after you make a claim

Limited to a certain number of people?: No.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.
You must be 16 years old to swap.

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
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - 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:  This swap was organized so everyone can get something crafty for their birthday!  Please read the guidelines carefully.

1. This swap is list style, like the Ongoing Wishlist Swap.  However, it is NOT chain style. You can choose any birthday Craftsters list that is posted, rather than only being able to pick from the last one posted like in the OWS.

2. This is a medium item swap. A medium item is defined as a craft or recon, etc that takes you two hours to complete OR $20 worth of store bought items. (If bought from a thrift store, estimate what it would have cost new.) However, you may also substitute a few small items for a medium.

3. If your birthday is in swap's current month, you can post your birthday wish list for this month. To do that, you must first PM me with the swap questionnaire filled out and wait for approval. While you're waiting, be sure to post in the discussion/gallery thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403113.0

4. Once you have been approved, you may post your list of things that you would like to receive. This is the format for your lists: First post your location and a short bio of yourself, then a list of crafted items you would like, then craft supplies (if any) and lastly you can put a few extras that arent crafted, things like candy or tea. Remember, the more items on your list, the more likely you are to be chosen. The minimum of items to post is five.  Also including your wists, etsy favorites, etc. is a good way for people to get the idea of your likes and style.  If you have any allergies please type them in red in your bio section. Please see "Tips to Creating a Good List" below.

5. Please post lists only in this thread. Discussion can be done here in the combined discussion/gallery thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403113.0  Please be sure to post here so that you can be part of the discussion and receive. You will not be approved until you have posted in the discussion thread.

 6. Every birthday participant must make at least one claim. You may have up to two claims at a time, unless you are an FOC or a first time swapper, and then you can claim again once your items are received (not when you mail out). New swappers may only have one outstanding claim; they may claim again after their first claim is received. FOC's may have 3 outstanding claims at a time. Claims need to be made from the "crafted" and "craft supplies" sections of a person's list. The "extras" are just that--extra items you may want to throw in if you are feeling generous, but claims cannot be solely extras. Keep it crafty :-) (I'm asking that if you are sending mostly supplies, that you craft a little something for the bday babe, even if it's a handmade card.)

7. You may get claimed more than once, but your minimum amount to claim is one.  It is possible you may not get claimed at all. In this case you will not be provided a swap angel; angels are only if you get flaked on. However I do my best to make sure everyone gets claimed by keeping track of how many times each person is claimed. If possible try to pick someone who has been claimed 0 times versus someone who has been claimed 3 times.

8. If it is not your birthday but you would like to send a birthday present out you may do so.  Fill out the non-birthday swapper questionnaire and send it to me for approval.  Birthday swappers who receive a present from a non-birthday swapper must send a snail mail thank you card.  You will not receive feedback until I hear from the other swapper that they have received a thank you card.

9. When you choose to fulfill a birthday wish, PM both the organizer AND the chosen Craftster.  At that time, please request the address from the receiver for where to send it.  After that, you have 2 weeks to get the item out the door.

10. It is super important for everyone to keep good communication.  It is REQUIRED that you PM me when you've sent and of course, don't forget the DC#.  It is REQUIRED that when you receive, you PM me and publicly announce in the gallery (even if you don't have pictures).  If you do not send the appropriate pms you will receive poor communication feedback.

11. When one of your items is chosen, please cross it out so that it is easier for others to see what has been chosen. (It wouldn't hurt to thank the person at this time either.)

12. If you are sending late you must PM me and Troublet by your send-out date.  If your send-out date comes and goes and you dont PM me, you will receive poor communication feedback.  It should not be my job to hunt you down and find out what is going on.

13. *New Rule* If you are flaked on in this swap you will receive an angel, but only in the amount of packages to which you also sent out. For instance, if you send out 2 packages, and are claimed for 3 packages but are flaked on once, you will not receive an angel because you already received 2 packages, which is equal to what you sent. If you send 1 package and are claimed for 1 package and you are flaked on, you will receive 1 angel.

Please make sure to put February Birthday Swap or something equivalent in the subject line on all communications. The most important thing to me is communication. Please PM me and Troublet when you send and receive, and please reply to my PM's to you in a timely manner.  

If you format your PMs like this:  
Format for PMs:

Proper label:
"February Bday Swap" and either "Sign-up," "Claim," "Sent," "Received," or "Question"

When sending sent and received pm's include the send-by date, listed in the second post of the main thread, your user name, their user name and the item. Just copy and past the info from the second post if you want!:

Send by February 14
kaz814 to Troublet -- pretty purse

Outstanding claims allowed:
FOCs: 3 at a time
First time swappers: 1 at a time
Everyone else: 2 at a time

Become an FOC~

It seems that every month there is someone whose list languishes for a while. I want everyone to get picked so here are some tips for a well-round list:

--Make sure your items are actually mediums and smalls. Quilts are not mediums. Large painted portraits are not mediums. Hand knit sweaters are not mediums. This isnt to say that you cant have any large items on your list (some generous soul may have the time and the inclination to choose one of those!), but the majority of the list should be smaller items
--Listing A surprise plus a well filled out Craftster profile and a link to your wists (with a decent amount of items on it) is always helpful in getting chosen
--Make sure to post a variety of crafting techniques. If you list appliqud t-shirts in five various themes and count that as your required five items, that is more like one item for someone to choose, not five. Having various crafting methods (sewn, knit, crocheted, paper crafted, jewelry, etc.) is going to make it easier for people to choose you.
--Check out other lists in past Bday swaps and the Ongoing Wishlist Swap for ideas for things you never knew you wanted!



Name of swap: February 2012 Birthday Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name & Address (formatted for mailing):
When is your birthday?
Have you read and understand all of the rules to this swap?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
(If not then you will not be approved.)
Are you at least 16 years old?  Yes/No
Who and what do you claim for crafting? If you do not know yet/it's the beginning of the swap, you have 1 week after being approved to claim someone:
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt.  Yes/No
Have you posted in the discussion thread already? If you say yes and haven't I will not approve you. If you say no I will not approve you. Discussion thread found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403113.0
Quiz: What do you have to do if someone who is a non-bday swapper sends you a gift?
Quiz 2: How long do you have to send out after making your claim?

If it is NOT your birthday and you want to SEND TO A BIRTHDAY CRAFTSTER:

Name of swap- February 2012 Birthday Swap (Non-Bday Craftster)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name:
Mailing address, including country and properly formatted for shipping:
Chosen craftster and item (if you know):
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt. Yes/No
I understand that I will be getting a thank you card and not a package for this swap.  Yes/No


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Please make sure to post in the combined Gallery/Discussion Thread to keep up with updates:

Links to Previous Birthday Swap Rounds
January 2012 Birthday Swap Discussion and Gallery
January 2012 Birthday Swap Lists
December 2011 Birthday Swap Discussion and Gallery
December 2011 Birthday Swap Lists

93  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / PBW Featured Projects of 2011 on: January 26, 2012 08:11:55 AM
Here are the Featured Purses, Bags and Wallets Projects of 2011, as determined by the 'This Rocks' button and my personal preference.  Smiley  I did not include those fabulous bags, purses and wallets which are featured in the overall Craftster Best of 2011!

Congratulations, everyone!
94  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Snowman on: January 25, 2012 10:23:29 AM
I don't think I posted this here after December's challenge was over, so here's my little snowman.  I received a very cool needlefelting kit in the Stocking 7 Swap.  I had never tried needlefelting before, and I was a bit hesitant at first.  After all, you take a barbed needle and stab it into a very thin material.  How would I not injure myself?

Well, apparently I didn't have enough faith in myself.  After reading the directions on the website of the store that sold the kit (wildethymeart.com) and looking at Craftster's basic directions (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51271.0) I got to work.  Of course, I couldn't do exactly what the directions for the kit said.  I had to improvise.

And a side view, so you can see the 3-Dness of his little nose.

I've got some more wool left over and I might try my hand at another or use it for something else.  This little guy was a gift for my mom for Christmas.  I've recently purchased a set of small cookie cutters that I might use as templates to make some flat, needlefelted ornaments.  Yes, I know it's only January, but getting a start on Christmas gifts is never a bad idea!
95  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / February Birthday Swap on: January 23, 2012 08:48:41 AM
Calling all February birthday boys and girls!

The February birthday swap will be going up on February 1!  For those who haven't participated before, it's a wish list-style swap.  If you have a birthday in February, you are eligible to post a list.  For those who aren't February babies, you can still join and make a gift for one of our birthday girls or boys!  It is NOT an ongoing list style swap, so you can claim anything from anyone's list. 

Smiley  Any interest?
96  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / New scarf for ME on: January 02, 2012 08:03:11 AM
Using the utterly gorgeous handspun Romney I received from ariaya in the last Handspun vs Handmade swap, I decided to make myself a new scarf to wear - it's more an accessory to my outfits than a keep me warm scarf, which is just what I wanted!

Simple scallops that took hardly any time at all to do up - but I think it came out quite well and is a good start to the new year's crafting!
97  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Snowman on: December 17, 2011 09:22:19 PM
I just got my first needlefelting supplies in the Stocking 7 Swap, and they happened to be for snowmen which is as winter as it gets, so I thought I'd submit him for the challenge. Cheesy  Here he is, in all his (tiny) glory.  He's probably about 3" in height, total.

Apparently it's a bit breezy in Snowmanland since his scarf is flying!

And a side views you can see his little carrot nose:

Comments and constructive criticism are greatly appreciated!  
98  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / FOUND! 1 Swap Angel needed for Frugal Living 5 Swap on: December 01, 2011 06:32:58 AM
Swap Name: Frugal Living 5
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390975.0
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=392983.0
# of Flakers Missing Packages: 1

The Frugal Living 5 swap is in need of one swap angel since a package has gone amongst the missing.  I'm pretty certain that illysook lives in the United States (she just moved - if this is incorrect, I will let you know.)  I'd love a two week turn-around time, so sending by the third week of December would be preferred!  Please PM kaz814 if you're interested!  

What winter holiday do you celebrate? Christmas
Would you like to receive holiday-themed frugal crafts? I'm okay with it, but it's not my preference.  I don't have room to save stuff for future holidays.
If yes, what sort of holiday-themed frugal crafts would you like to get?  Reverently Christian, but cool...maybe something that could decorate my dreary apartment year-round.
What sort of holiday-themed frugal crafts would you not like to get?  candles.  My cat would knock them over and burn the place down.
What are your frugal goals for your household/yourself?  I want to save as much money as possible while I'm in Korea so that I can afford the extended job search when I go home next year, plus I'm paying down some debt.
Is there anything in particular you'd love to get? A box of oatmeal would be a real treat.  It costs the earth here in Korea. Warm gloves or mittens would be nice.  I've seen some cute Swiffer covers and I do have one, nice soaps, cat toys and treats, and since it's Christmas, homemade candy.
What crafts would you be willing to make? I like to make scarves and other knitted objects.
What crafts would not like to make? Jewelry, keeping track of all those little beady things annoys the crap outta me.
Is there anything you do not want to receive? Can't think of anything.
What are your favorite colors/patterns?  florals
What are your least favorite colors/patterns? things with weird characters or fashion items printed on them.  Like, I love shoes, but not on my handbag.
Are there allergies in your home?  I'm allergic to nickel.
Are there allergens in your home? I have a cat, her hair gets everywhere.

99  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Review: Singer 4166 on: November 28, 2011 09:42:42 AM
Brand: Singer

Model: 4166

Year: 2008

Cost: It was a gift, but I'd guess my mom didn't pay more than $150/$200 for it.

How long have you had the machine? nearly 3 years

Is it a basic sewing machine, serger, or embroidery machine? Basic Sewing

What are your favorite features?  It's a good, basic machine. It has 66 total stitches, including some nice decorative ones, and a needle up/down button.  It's a pretty sturdy machine, and theoretically, you can do free hand embroidery and quilting (which are not part of my talents.)  It's also not very intimidating and the buttons are pretty intuitive.  I watched the 'how to' DVD that came with it, but I probably could have figured out most of it myself.  It also has a needle threader, though I haven't used it often.

What are some of the unique features it has?  The decorative stitches are pretty nifty, really.  There are some pretty geometric designs and some flowers. 

How well does it run?  Pretty well.  You can tell when the bobbin well needs cleaning because it starts to act up.  For some reason, though, I can't figure out how to do button holes.  I attach the appropriate feet and it just keeps going straight.  I'm sure it's a user error, though I can't figure out why.

Has it ever broken or needed maintenance you couldn't do yourself?  No, but I've been tempted to take it in a few times.  If the bobbin well gets too dirty, your stitches will get funky. (Isn't that descriptive?)  Taking the plate off is a bit of a pain, but it's well worth it.  It came with a little vial of oil, too, and I've only had to oil it a few times.  Recently I did take the cover off and clean out the place above the needle, which also helped with how it was running.

Recently, it has had a glitch if I've used it for more than an hour/hour and a half where it keeps sewing, despite my foot being off the pedal/having pressed the 'stop' button.  To stop it, I've had to lift the presser foot.  Generally, letting it have a time out (possibly in a corner, while I glare at it) has helped.  I don't know if it's just gotten too warm, but this is one of the things that pushed me over the edge into looking into a new machine.

What are your least favorite features?  The instruction book is pretty thin, so it's hard to find out answers or identify some of the feet, as the feet aren't labeled and the pictures leave a bit to be desired (though this is probably not a problem for anyone with experience with sewing feet). I also can't figure out the buttonhole stitch (and it's supposed to be one-touch). It handles several layers of fabric (such as when you make bags) okay, though I've found I have to go really slowly. Also, if you don't thread the bobbin correctly for bobbin winding, it will wind around the post the bobbin sits on. Finally, it's a real pain to lower the feed dogs as it's really hard to raise them back up. 

Would you recommend this machine to a friend?  Yes, depending on their experience.  It's a good first machine, it's not intimidating and you can learn as you go.  Despite my 'least favorite features' issues, it has worked pretty darn well over the past three years.  It is still going and if I hadn't been taken in by the sales pitch of the lady at Joann's, I'd be using it still for several years. 
100  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / A Gnomie for my homey on: November 06, 2011 05:16:57 AM
Okay so that was bad, but I think my little gnome is rather cute!  My friend collects gnomes, so I thought this would be a perfect birthday gift!

He's made in a few pieces - hat/head/body, the bottom, and the felt beard.  He was great for using up some of my random scraps and he was a quick crochet, too!  I edited the pattern a bit because my safety eyes were larger than 6 mm and I thought he'd look bug eyed otherwise.

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