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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / July, August, September 2015 Birthday Swap! Gallery and Discussion on: July 23, 2015 07:44:47 PM
Birthday Lists


Come and celebrate all of the summer birthday's!!!  The last two rounds of this swap were awesome, so lets have another wonderful round!!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / July, August, September 2015 Birthday Swap! (SU through Aug 23) on: July 23, 2015 07:41:02 PM
Calling all July, August and September Birthdays!
Un-Birthday Swappers are also welcome!

Lets celebrate!
PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD IF YOU ARE NOT POSTING A LIST (WITH APPROVAL). THERE IS A SEPARATE THREAD FOR DISCUSSION; THIS THREAD IS FOR BIRTHDAY LISTS ONLY.

Gallery and Discussion

Swap name: July, August, September 2015 Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: BriannaB03
Craftster member who is coorganizing:
Sign-up date range: July 23-August 23
DATE TO SEND ITEMS BY:  2 weeks after you make a claim
Claim Time: July 23-Sept 7

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.

**You have ONE WEEK after being approved for this swap in which to make your first claim!**

1.   This swap is list style, like the Ongoing Wish 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 3 months posted, you can post your birthday wish list for this time period. 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: Gallery and Discussion

4.   Once you have been approved, you may post your list of things that you would like to receive.  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.  Gallery and Discussion

6.   Every birthday participant must make at least one claim.
     a.  New swappers may only have one outstanding claim at a time
     b.  FOC may have up to 3 outstanding claims at a time
     c.  Everyone else may have up to 2 outstanding claims at a time

7.   The "extras" are just that--extra items you may want to throw in if you are feeling generous, but claims cannot be solely extras.

8.   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.  Help me keep it fair!

9.   If it is not your birthday but you would like to send a birthday present out you may do so.  Fill out the Un-birthday swapper questionnaire and send it to me for approval.  

10.   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.  Again help me keep it fair!  Its only polite to thank the person who sent you a birthday gift!

11.   When you choose to fulfill a birthday wish, PM both the organizer AND the chosen Craftster.  Please include whether or not you are a birthday swapper or Un-birthday swapper.  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.

12.   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.

13.   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.)  You can do this by using the modify or edit option on your original post.

14.   If you are sending late you must PM BriannaB03 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. (Im not yo mama!  Wink)

15.   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.


Become an FOC Here

TIPS TO CREATING A GOOD LIST
I want everyone to get picked so here are some tips for a well-rounded list:

--Include a short bio and information such as favorite colors, likes/dislikes, and allergies.

--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 pinterest (with a decent amount of items on it) is always helpful in getting chosen.  Who doesnt like a surprise?!

--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.

--Include links, if possible.

--Check out other lists in past Birthday swaps and the Ongoing Wish Swap for ideas for things you never knew you wanted!

Gallery and Discussion

If you want to SIGN UP TO POST YOUR BIRTHDAY LIST:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER (BIRTHDAY SWAPPERS):
Name of swap: July, August, September 2015 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?
Are you at least 16 years old?
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#:
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt if needed.:
Have you posted in the discussion thread already?
What do you have to do if someone who is a non-birthday swapper sends you a gift?
How long do you have to send out after making your claim?
How many outstanding claims are you allowed at one time?

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap- July, August, September 2015 Birthday Swap (Un-Birthday 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#:
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt if needed.:
I understand that I will be getting a thank you card and not a package for this swap. Yes/no
How long do you have to send out after making your claim?
How many outstanding claims are you allowed at one time?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZER VIA PM AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

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: Gallery and Discussion

Links to Previous Birthday Swap Rounds
April, May, June 2015 Lists
April, May, June 2015 Gallery
Jan, Feb, March 2015 Lists
Jan, Feb, March 2015 Gallery
January 2014 Lists
January 2014 Gallery
June 2013 Lists
June 2013 Gallery
October 2012 Lists
October 2012 Gallery

PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD IF YOU ARE NOT POSTING A LIST (WITH APPROVAL). THERE IS A SEPARATE THREAD FOR DISCUSSION; THIS THREAD IS FOR BIRTHDAY LISTS ONLY.Gallery and Discussion

I reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who has a history of late sending or poor communication. This is a BIRTHDAY swap. No one should be flaked on on their birthday.

Special thanks to past organizers for the format and rules for this swap!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Weekender bag *PIC Heavy* on: April 25, 2015 10:24:09 AM
Well I finally attempted the Amy Butler weekender bag!  And am I glad that I did!  I learned a lot!
This bag was made for EdelC in the Geezer swap, and really hard to send off, but I know that it went to a great home!

Here is the completed bag!



The construction of the first panel and my first time sewing with piping!  After looking at many other reviews for the bag I decided not to make my own piping, and I'm glad I used the store bought kind.  The other piping would have been huge, and I think, taken away from the beauty of the bag.


The top and side panels.  I love the way that she has you put together the top panels with the zipper!  It is very easy and makes it look so professional!


The zipper works!



I love how the zipper hides into the pocket! 



Sewing the sides and the top and bottom was my least favorite part.  Getting the first side panel on was not too bad, but sewing the other panel on was rough.  But in the instructions she says to "go slow and be patient" so you know that any pattern/instructions that tell you that, it will be a tough one!


Here is some other angels of the completed bag, including the interior fabric.





All in all this bag is well worth trying.  I can't wait to try the variations that I have in mind.  This was the longest bag project that I have ever done. 

And I did change a few things.
  • I used store made piping
  • I used different interfacing than what the pattern called for.  I used fleece interfacing for the sides, pockets, etc.  and for the top I layered the decor weight stiff interfacing.  I also layered the bottom with many layers of both interfacings.
  • Another addition I made was adding lots of extra stitches to the bottom for added strength, as well as some parts of the sides and near the zipper.
  • I also changed the way that she has you sew the handles by sewing completely up and down both sides of the handles rather than just tacking them down.

So 14+ hours of construction time, and after many many many pin pricks I had a completed bag! 

I was able to fit a large box in it, so I know that it will be able to hold way more than what would be needed for a weekend trip!!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / April, May, June 2015 Birthday Swap! Gallery and Discussion on: April 19, 2015 10:15:19 AM

5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / April, May, June 2015 Birthday Swap! (Claims through June 5) on: April 19, 2015 10:08:02 AM
Calling all April, May and June Birthdays!
Un-Birthday Swappers are also welcome!

Lets celebrate!
PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD IF YOU ARE NOT POSTING A LIST (WITH APPROVAL). THERE IS A SEPARATE THREAD FOR DISCUSSION; THIS THREAD IS FOR BIRTHDAY LISTS ONLY.

Gallery and Discussion

Swap name: April, May, June 2015 Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: BriannaB03
Craftster member who is coorganizing:
Sign-up date range: April 19-May 19
DATE TO SEND ITEMS BY:  2 weeks after you make a claim
Claim Time: April 19- June 5

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.

**You have ONE WEEK after being approved for this swap in which to make your first claim!**

1.   This swap is list style, like the Ongoing Wish 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 3 months posted, you can post your birthday wish list for this time period. 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: Gallery and Discussion

4.   Once you have been approved, you may post your list of things that you would like to receive.  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.  Gallery and Discussion

6.   Every birthday participant must make at least one claim.
     a.  New swappers may only have one outstanding claim at a time
     b.  FOC may have up to 3 outstanding claims at a time
     c.  Everyone else may have up to 2 outstanding claims at a time

7.   The "extras" are just that--extra items you may want to throw in if you are feeling generous, but claims cannot be solely extras.

8.   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.  Help me keep it fair!

9.   If it is not your birthday but you would like to send a birthday present out you may do so.  Fill out the Un-birthday swapper questionnaire and send it to me for approval.  

10.   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.  Again help me keep it fair!  Its only polite to thank the person who sent you a birthday gift!

11.   When you choose to fulfill a birthday wish, PM both the organizer AND the chosen Craftster.  Please include whether or not you are a birthday swapper or Un-birthday swapper.  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.

12.   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.

13.   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.)  You can do this by using the modify or edit option on your original post.

14.   If you are sending late you must PM BriannaB03 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. (Im not yo mama!  Wink)

15.   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.


Become an FOC Here

TIPS TO CREATING A GOOD LIST
I want everyone to get picked so here are some tips for a well-round list:

--Include a short bio and information such as favorite colors, likes/dislikes, and allergies.

--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 pinterest (with a decent amount of items on it) is always helpful in getting chosen.  Who doesnt like a surprise?!

--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.

--Include links, if possible.

--Check out other lists in past Birthday swaps and the Ongoing Wish Swap for ideas for things you never knew you wanted!

Gallery and Discussion

If you want to SIGN UP TO POST YOUR BIRTHDAY LIST:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER (BIRTHDAY SWAPPERS):
Name of swap: April, May, June 2015 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?
Are you at least 16 years old?
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#:
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt if needed.:
Have you posted in the discussion thread already?
What do you have to do if someone who is a non-birthday swapper sends you a gift?
How long do you have to send out after making your claim?
How many outstanding claims are you allowed at one time?

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap- April, May, June 2015 Birthday Swap (Un-Birthday 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#:
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt if needed.:
I understand that I will be getting a thank you card and not a package for this swap. Yes/no
How long do you have to send out after making your claim?
How many outstanding claims are you allowed at one time?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZER VIA PM AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

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: Gallery and Discussion

Links to Previous Birthday Swap Rounds
Jan, Feb, March 2015 Lists
Jan, Feb, March 2015 Gallery
January 2014 Lists
January 2014 Gallery
June 2013 Lists
June 2013 Gallery
October 2012 Lists
October 2012 Gallery

PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD IF YOU ARE NOT POSTING A LIST (WITH APPROVAL). THERE IS A SEPARATE THREAD FOR DISCUSSION; THIS THREAD IS FOR BIRTHDAY LISTS ONLY.Gallery and Discussion

I reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who has a history of late sending or poor communication. This is a BIRTHDAY swap. No one should be flaked on on their birthday.

Special thanks to past organizers for the format and rules for this swap!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cerebral vasculature on: February 22, 2015 04:21:54 PM
I made this hoop for La Chapa in the anatomy swap a while back!  She loves the skull, teeth, and the skeletal and vasculature systems, so I created a hoop that involved all of the above!


*Thanks La Chapa for letting me use your picture.  I forgot to get a final picture.  I only had wip pictures.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Messenger bag on: February 20, 2015 10:40:52 AM
I recently made a messenger bag for gala_apples in the box of color swap.  I used this tutorial.
The bag went together very easily, and the tutorial is very easy to understand.



I made the bag a little larger than the tutorial suggests since gala was going to need it to hold a large water bottle, some snacks and a notebook.



I also added in a divider and some extra large pockets on the inside of the bag, and a small section for a pen or pencil for the notebook.



There is also a small pocket on the front of the bag.
This bag was very hard to send off, but I know it went to a great home!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / January, February, March 2015 Birthday Swap! Discussion and Gallery on: February 08, 2015 11:50:53 AM

This is the discussion and gallery for the January, February, and March birthday swap!

STATS:
BIRTHDAY SWAPPERS
LadybugsAndBumblebees (4/3) (4)
mistress_batty (2/1)(2)
sammylouise40 (1/2)(2)
BriannaB03 (5/3)(5)
kayrun (2/1)(2)
lindyv321 (3/2)(3)
calixita (3/2)(3)
kbrison (2/3)(2)

UNBIRTHDAY SWAPPERS
alwaysinmyroom (2/2)
greybird (3/3)

(Total number of packages or Thank you Cards received/Total number of packages sent)(# of times they have been claimed)
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / January, February, March 2015 Birthday Swap! (SU 2/8 - 3/8) on: February 08, 2015 11:45:41 AM
Calling all January, February, and March Birthdays!
Un-Birthday Swappers are also welcome!

Lets celebrate!
PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD IF YOU ARE NOT POSTING A LIST (WITH APPROVAL). THERE IS A SEPARATE THREAD FOR DISCUSSION; THIS THREAD IS FOR BIRTHDAY LISTS ONLY.

Gallery and Discussion

Swap name: January, February, March 2015 Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: BriannaB03
Craftster member who is coorganizing:
Sign-up date range: Feb 8-March 8
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.

**You have ONE WEEK after being approved for this swap in which to make your first claim!**

1.   This swap is list style, like the Ongoing Wish 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 3 months posted, you can post your birthday wish list for this time period. 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: Gallery and Discussion

4.   Once you have been approved, you may post your list of things that you would like to receive.  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.  Gallery and Discussion

6.   Every birthday participant must make at least one claim.
     a.  New swappers may only have one outstanding claim at a time
     b.  FOC may have up to 3 outstanding claims at a time
     c.  Everyone else may have up to 2 outstanding claims at a time

7.   The "extras" are just that--extra items you may want to throw in if you are feeling generous, but claims cannot be solely extras.

8.   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.  Help me keep it fair!

9.   If it is not your birthday but you would like to send a birthday present out you may do so.  Fill out the Un-birthday swapper questionnaire and send it to me for approval.  

10.   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.  Again help me keep it fair!  Its only polite to thank the person who sent you a birthday gift!

11.   When you choose to fulfill a birthday wish, PM both the organizer AND the chosen Craftster.  Please include whether or not you are a birthday swapper or Un-birthday swapper.  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.

12.   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.

13.   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.)  You can do this by using the modify or edit option on your original post.

14.   If you are sending late you must PM BriannaB03 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. (Im not yo mama!  Wink)

15.   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.


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TIPS TO CREATING A GOOD LIST
I want everyone to get picked so here are some tips for a well-round list:

--Include a short bio and information such as favorite colors, likes/dislikes, and allergies.

--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 pinterest (with a decent amount of items on it) is always helpful in getting chosen.  Who doesnt like a surprise?!

--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.

--Include links, if possible.

--Check out other lists in past Birthday swaps and the Ongoing Wish Swap for ideas for things you never knew you wanted!

Gallery and Discussion

If you want to SIGN UP TO POST YOUR BIRTHDAY LIST:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER (BIRTHDAY SWAPPERS):
Name of swap: Jan, Feb, March 2015 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?
Are you at least 16 years old?
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#:
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt if needed.:
Have you posted in the discussion thread already?
What do you have to do if someone who is a non-birthday swapper sends you a gift?
How long do you have to send out after making your claim?
How many outstanding claims are you allowed at one time?

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap- Jan, Feb, March 2015 Birthday Swap (Un-Birthday 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#:
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt if needed.:
I understand that I will be getting a thank you card and not a package for this swap. Yes/no
How long do you have to send out after making your claim?
How many outstanding claims are you allowed at one time?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZERS VIA PM AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

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: Gallery and Discussion

Links to Previous Birthday Swap Rounds
January 2014 Lists
January 2014 Gallery
June 2013 Lists
June 2013 Gallery
October 2012 Lists
October 2012 Gallery

PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD IF YOU ARE NOT POSTING A LIST (WITH APPROVAL). THERE IS A SEPARATE THREAD FOR DISCUSSION; THIS THREAD IS FOR BIRTHDAY LISTS ONLY.Gallery and Discussion

I reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who has a history of late sending or poor communication. This is a BIRTHDAY swap. No one should be flaked on on their birthday.

Special thanks to past organizers for the format and rules for this swap!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Birthday Swap on: December 29, 2014 06:03:12 PM


I was wondering if anyone would be interested in bringing back the birthday swap?!  I could organize.  Smiley

It looks like the craftster that used to organize these swaps has not been on in a long while.


UPDATE:
I will try to get sign ups posted by 2/7/2015 at the latest
The sign ups with be grouped as jan/feb/march brithdays and will be open for 1 month(per craftster rules)
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