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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 (sign up 7-26-17 to 8-10-15; s/o 11-23-15) on: July 26, 2015 03:11:19 PM
Santa's Good Little Girls and Boys

Audania1 - https://www.pinterest.com/audreynh/christmas/
CabinArts - https://www.pinterest.com/eninha/christmas-swap-2015/
lindyv321 - https://www.pinterest.com/lindyv321/christmas-wants/
chughes225 - https://www.pinterest.com/chughes225/christmas/
edelC - https://www.pinterest.com/edelc/christmas-craft-ideas/
bunny1kenobi - https://www.pinterest.com/deannalaw/deck-the-halls/
geekgirl1000100 - https://www.pinterest.com/carleedise/
gozer - https://www.pinterest.com/gozerthecat/christmas/
Onyxnox - https://www.pinterest.com/onyxnoxn/christmas-ornaments-and-decor/
Whistley - https://www.pinterest.com/whistley/12-days-of-christmas-swap/
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 (sign up 7-26-17 to 8-10-15; s/o 11-23-15) on: July 26, 2015 03:10:47 PM

Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015

Its that time of year again!  Time to sign up for the MINI 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS SWAP!!!!  It may seem a bit early to some, but I love knowing theres a long crafting time.  Especially since this swap is on the bigger side and the holidays can be hectic so, starting early just makes things easier and stress free. 
This is a swap for all you Craftsters out there who would like to do a Christmas/Holiday swap but, feel that the original 12 Days Of Christmas swap is too big for them.  Be sure to read everything through and that you understand it all. If you have any questions feel free to post them in this thread or send me a pm.

******  DUE TO THE SIZE AND NATURE OF THIS SWAP I WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING FIRST TIME SWAPPERS OR PEOPLE WHO REGULARLY SEND LATE. I will be checking everyones swap history to make sure that projects are going to be sent ON TIME. Nobody wants to receive a Christmas swap package in January. Even worse, nobody wants to be flaked on and it would be ridiculously hard to find a SWAP ANGEL at this time of year. I am going to be VERY firm on this so please do not send in a questionnaire if you have sent late more than 2 or 3 times in the last 2 years. If you feel you still want to try and send in a questionnaire that is ok, but just know that I may veto it and not accept you in this swap.

Swap name: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2015
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Audania1
Crafster member co-host for this swap: CabinArts
Sign-up date range: from 07/27/15 until 08/10/15 (if we reach 30 swappers well close signups early)
Date to send items by: Monday, November 23, 2015 (This is the Monday BEFORE Thanksgiving. Please plan to ship accordingly!)
Limited to a certain number of people: 30
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
All ages allowed? 16 and over, regardless of your age make sure you have a way to the PO and the means to participate in this swap.
I reserve the right to deny any Craftster's entrance into this swap for any reason including the following...
-ANY "negative" feedback and/or comments
-poor communication in past swaps
-consistently sending late in past swap
-I am NOT accepting first time swappers
Note: I will also leave feedback reflecting your actual participation in the swap (good/poor communication, early/late sending, etc)

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
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps.  YES
- Does not have any negative feedback.  YES
- Has participated and received positive feedback in at least 1 other swap.  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
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

The idea of this swap is to craft for your partner 12 items based on their interests, going along with the idea of the 12 Days Of Christmas song. The items that you make DO NOT have to be the items in the 12 days of Christmas song. The items sent/received can be BOTH everyday items and Christmas/Winter themed goodies. You will be making 2 large, 4 medium and 6 smalls for a total of 12 days. This is a bare minimum of larges and mediums. If you wish to make more larges and mediums than smalls, that is perfectly fine as long as you consult your partner. It stinks is you work super hard on your projects and all you receive is a lot of smalls in return so PLEASE dont do that to yourself and just talk to your partner!

A really nice way to do it is start with smalls and then lead up to the larges. Also, its worth noting that if you are sending food items then maybe they should be opened the first couple of days so they dont go bad.

So, the break down can be:
Days 1-6 small
Days 7-10 medium
days 11-12 large

You are not relegated to this particular order if you want to change it up. This is just how it has been done in the past. If you are making large wearable item, you may also want to have them open it early so they can use it through the season.

In the past round it was 75% crafted items & 25% store bought.
(extras are optional and are solely up to you.)

Below are Craftster guidelines for size requirements to help everyone. If you are having troubles with a certain size feel free to make an equivalent to the particular size. For instance, instead of a medium, you could look at the guidelines and substitute the 1 medium for perhaps 2 or 3 smalls. Just be sure to look at the guidelines and use your best judgment. Put yourself in your partners shoes and ask yourself if you think you would be happy with the equivalent of the items they choose. And, if in doubt, you can always send a pm to me and get a second opinion, and if youre still in doubt, ask another person in this swap. Here are the guidelines:

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

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

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse, DIY kits, blankets, bags, totes, cable knitted items, place mat sets, cable leg warmers, pretty knit socks, kitchen set of potholders/apron, set of embellished dish towels.
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf, wrist warmers, thread catcher, note card set, hats, magic yarn ball, embroidered pillow case, apron, stencil shirts.
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks, hand carved stamps, coasters, pot holder, key chain, dish clothes, decorated frames, journals, head bands, pincushion, heat packs.

Please note-these are just ideas of crafts to make.  I have potholders in the small category.  However, if you make an intricate one with lots of pieces or an embroidered one, it could also count as a medium, or if you make a set of 4 that could be considered medium too.  I just put it in the small category because I was thinking of one simple potholder.  So, please use your best judgment with sizes.  You can always ask my opinion or another swappers opinion if you want.  I think the most important thing is to put yourself in the receivers shoes Would you be happy receiving a simple potholder as a small item?  Would you be happy if your large item was a cabled scarf?  Anyways..

And the links to galleries for more ideas:
2013 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429258.0
2012 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=415601.0#axzz2Z3XTukvO
2011 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395229.0                                             
2010 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=364414.0#axzz2Z3lXMBx4

Note:  In the past there has been slight confusion on how to label packages.  So just to make it clear the first package you want your partner to open, you label as #1.  Then for the 2nd package you want them to open youd label #2 the second and so on.  So, #12 package would be the last package opened.  You can also label them by dates, as in put 'DEC 14th' on the first gift your partner will open then the last gift would be labeled DEC 25th.  Either way you want to label them is fine.  Just make sure that the small gifts are opened first and the last gifts opened are the large.

1. You must send ALL PM's to Audania1 and all PM's must have the subject line: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 with either "questionairre", "sent", "received" in it.

2. You must post in the original thread at least once a week! This starts once partners are assigned. That is only about 10 posts. I know some people dont like to post/check in. So Im going to make it fun for everyone. As every Monday I will post a simple question. It may be "What is your favorite Christmas song?" Mine is "Mary, Did you Know?" by the Pentatonix. All you do is answer the question and say one of the following: a) still crafting, b) done crafting or c) mailed items

3.PM's must be sent to Audania1 and your partner when you send and receive. If you are sending within the USA or Canada you must get a DC# / tracking # and send it to Audania1 and your partner. If you are sending outside of your country, you must keep your receipt as proof of shipping, it will be requested if there are any problems! This is mandatory!

4. When you open each days package, you will then need to post in the gallery. I ask that you post pictures within a reasonable amount of time. I know that the Holiday season can be quite hectic, but please get them posted within 5 days of opening. Posting pictures is a requirement for this swap! If you don't have a digital camera and cannot get access to one, please ask your partner to take pictures before they send.

5. The following items are NOT allowed in swap packages:
- Anything that is illegal in the U.S. or wherever you are sending your package to or from.
- Any items that have a legal age requirement to consume in the U.S. such as tobacco, alcohol, pornography etc.
- Mixed CDs containing copyrighted music or similar, including copied software, CDs, DVDs, etc
If you are uncertain please check Craftsters guidelines as well as your local post office

2. If you are sending BAKED GOODS, please only send them if you and your partner live in the same country. I don't want anyone's package to go MIA with the lovely customs officials. Also, if you are sending baked goods, you may leave them out of your package and send them individually so they arrive in a timely manner and don't spoil or go stale.

3. I highly recommend that you wrap your items in a plastic bag/trash bag/ or some other protective wrapping INSIDE the box you are sending. Because of the time of the year packages can get WET due to the post office/ups/etc. leaving them on the doorstep AND some swappers have suggested that you also do this with anything you might send to a hot climate that might melt on your swap goodies.

4. Also, if you will be shipping to a partner that is in a HOT climate during the swap send outs, please do not include anything that might melt on their swap goodies. Think about wrapping them in a plastic baggie or something similar.

5. Here is some info from the USPS on the Flat Rate Boxes: these can be used for Domestic and International but the rates differ for International shipments. And if you purchase your postage online at usps.com or by paypal, com you get a small discount on the postage price. The Flat Rate boxes themselves are FREE (you still have to pay for postage ) from your local post office and also FREE if you get them online from the website usps.com, they will deliver them to you free of charge too!! Canada has some shipping envelopes that can be used within the country or region and prices will vary, but if you are sending something heavy they are a good choice.

6. I highly recommend that each of you put together a PINTEREST. These are a huge help for your swap partner. They get to look through all the things you have put into it to get a feel for what you like.  If you do not have a Pinterest account, please pm me and I will send you an invite so you can get started sooner than the 2 day wait or whatever it is now.

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

Please remember to keep in the holiday spirit.  Extras are optional-but quality is NOT optional.  I want everyone to receive nice items that were crafted/bought with them in mind.  So, in other words Please read their questionnaire over and over and make sure you are sending them something they will like (not just something you like to make), and not just random things thrown in a box.  Its never fun to receive a thought-less package, especially when they worked hard to make you crafty wonderful-ness from the heart.

Questionnaire to PM to Audania1:

Name of swap: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2015
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address: (Please take into consideration where you will be during the "opening of gift" time frame. Do you need the gifts shipped to an address other than your home address?)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your country?
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old.
Any allergies?
Any pets/smokers/allergens in your home?
Do you have a camera and can post pictures in the gallery?
Posting once a week in the thread is REQUIRED are you willing to do this?
Would you prefer to RECEIVE: ONLY Christmas/Holiday themed items, or a MIX of both Christmas/Holiday and everyday items, or ONLY everyday items?

Crafts I already know how to do:

Crafts I would really like to learn how to do:

I have tried and absolutely CANNOT _______________(fill in the blank)!

DIY Kits you would like to receive:

Supplies you NEVER have enough of:

Supplies you ALWAYS have enough of:

What types of crafting methods would you like for your items to be made from?

If you had 1 (or 2) BIG WISH for something that can be crafted, what you would REALLY like to receive, what would it be??

Please list 7 smaller wish list things you would enjoy receiving:

Anything you absolutely do NOT want to receive:
What are some things you'd like to make for yourself but never have enough time to do?
Colors you like:
Colors you don't like:
Symbols/patterns you like:
Symbols/patterns you don't like:
Do you wear hair accessories?
Do you wear jewelry/other accessories?
Favorite scents/smells:
Ones you do not like:

If your wanting holiday themed items please answer the following questions.  If dont want holiday items please skip to the next set of questions.
Are religious symbols/items OK with you:
Is the Religious/Christian aspect of Christmas (nativity, church activities, etc...) a part of your Holiday celebration(s)?
Which Holiday Celebration(s) do you participate in? (Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, etc....)
What rooms do you decorate with Christmas decorations:
Favorite Holiday Motif (like angels, Santa's, stars, etc..):
General Christmas decorations or themed?
Specific Colors used in decorating?
Do you like miniature things?

Would you enjoy receiving food items as your gifts? (cookies, candy, etc..)
If yes please list some of your favorites:

Do you have wrapping preferences or guidelines: ***For example, I prefer low maintenance wrapping and recycled wrapping (like comics or brown paper grocery bags that are decorated) without bows, etc...

*SIZES.  If youd like any clothing/jewelry items please list your sizes below.  If you dont want any of these items, you can skip this section.
preferred necklace length:
hips (where you would wear a belt):
head (around, like where you would wear a headband):

*To help your partner be more intune to your likes/dislikes as well as particular items you would be thrilled to receive please post links to following below.
*any other wish lists & etc.?

*For the following questions, if you would like any of the people/pets to be in on the gift receiving please give as much information as possible so your partner doesn't have to ruin any surprises by asking you questions.
*Would you like your Significant Other to be included: (wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.)?
*Would you like your children to be included?
*Would you like to have your pets included?
*Any other friend or family member to be included?

Anything else you would like for your partner to know about you...

And just to show that you read this mammoth questionairre and instructions..... what is my favorite Christmas song and who sings it?  Wink

Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425960.msg5072159#msg5072159#ixzz3h12AmIPH
23  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 7 (S/U CLOSED; S/O Sept. 17 or 21) on: July 25, 2015 06:20:08 PM
I got a quarter of one day done today. All I can say is that I am very pleased with how it turned out and I am looking forward to completing the other 3 parts! Yay!
24  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 7 (S/U CLOSED; S/O Sept. 17 or 21) on: July 24, 2015 10:01:30 AM
Ludi, those were hilarious!!! lol Grin
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: July 23, 2015 11:10:48 AM
Audania1 - that is a beautiful nightgown!  I'm not surprised your niece loves it.  My daughter has a flannel one similar in style and she keeps wanting to wear it - even when it's still 70F at night Tongue

Haha! I want to make more of these in flannel but I'm afraid that is exactly what my kids would do also! I think I am sticking to the cotton for now... it keeps them fairly warm in the winter but, man! The summer heat! Ick!

Here is something I made for the One Awesome Harry Potter Thing Swap and it is entirely from stash! I was so happy!

And here are a couple of my favorite patches:

I had bought a bag of "scraps" from the thrift store about a year and a half ago for $2.50 for about a 10 lb. bag! The scraps were beautiful fabric examples of textiles from Macy's and J.C. Penny's and such and were perfect for doing small 4" hoop projects. I also had all the little beads, figures, charms, etc. as well as the star fabric that I bought a few years ago at my fabric-addict store because "I thought it was pretty and I needed it". The strap was from curtains I bought from our first house that we don't use anymore and I'm forever using up 6 84" panels of. I'm so happy to have been able to use straight from stash!

And I think that covers July's prompt: blue for the lining and it is definitely abstract  Cheesy
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One Awesome Harry Potter Thing (OAHPT) - Round 2 Gallery on: July 23, 2015 10:26:41 AM
Ooohhh! I love that rug!! I feel like Mrs. Weasley really sent it to the wrong place as I know it belongs in my living room ....  Wink Roll Eyes Grin
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: on: July 22, 2015 10:04:52 AM
Oh my gosh that fabrics anonymous is too funny! And the mug organizers are super cute!  My kids are in VBS this week and there is a thrift shop just up the street that always has awesome craft stuff and fabrics. It's been a tough couple of days NOT stopping in for *just a peek*.

I haven't gotten much stash busting done this week. I'm helping my brothers fiance with wedding stuff and I'm embroidering 3 bags for the flower girls. She had a very specific color for the bags so I had to buy that but the floss is entirely from my stash. Hardly worth counting though.

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28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: on: July 21, 2015 01:15:19 PM
Haha that is too funny! And actually funny in a sad way..... I've too many boxes of fabric to count yet I want more!

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29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: on: July 21, 2015 07:58:10 AM
This is most definitely a fun swap! I really hope you both decide to join!

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30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: July 19, 2015 09:00:52 PM
Ok, I've decided to join in! Yes, yes I do realize that it is the middle of July but I don't care! My stash hoard is huge and it needs to be managed!!
I have tons of fabric, patterns, notions, yarn, embroidery and misclaneous things like tile, corks, beads, stuffing, buttons, jewelry findings, stamping, silk flowers, canning jars, ribbon, crochet thread, glitter, and all sorts of things, things, things! It needs to be used. I swear, I get ideas and then I go out and buy the stuff to make it and then it doesn't happen.

Well, dang it, it's gonna happen! My goal for the rest of this year is to use 80% stash items to 20% new in each project. More stash use, if possible. The only reason I have the 20% is for when I run out of thread or need elastic to finish a project.
I just cannot continue to justify purchasing more product when I have a ton of stuff at home.

To begin this de-stash I have made my niece a nightgown! This was from a king sized flat sheet that I purchased at our local thrift shop. I originally bought it because I wanted to make a cute halter dress for myself out of it. Alas, such is the way of things that it sat in my closet for months. Over Thanksgiving, my sister, mom, and I went to the Charles Dicken's Christmas Fair in San Francisco and my two girls were sporting homemade nightgown's with their hair in braids looking the picture of Christmas children awaiting Santa. My niece loved the nightgown's so much that she made several comments throughout the last few months that she wanted one too.
Well, I only had a pattern that went to a size 6 and she is turning 8. Instead of buying a new pattern, I took the time and traced the old one, scaling it to an 8 year old kiddo. I grabbed the fabric I already had and whipped this baby up in 2 afternoons!

This is my daughter sporting it. I did have to buy the lace trim, but I already had the fabric, elastic, thread and button for closure so I feel like it's a win! And my niece LOVES it! Even though it's the dead of summer she wears it every time I've come over (4 times in the last 2 weeks).
Looking forward to more de-stashing!
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