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1  Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 (sign up 8/6 to 8-17/16; s/o 11-23-16) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Helena Puck on: August 06, 2016 12:55:21 PM


It's 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.


Swap name: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2016
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Helena Puck

Sign-up date range: from 08/10/16 until 08/17/16
Date to send items by: November 23, 2016
Limited to a certain number of people: 30 (if more people join, I will need a co-organizer)
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 swaps
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 make 6 small items for days 1-6, for days 7-10 you will make medium items and days 11 & 12 will be large items. So that is 2 large, 4 medium and 6 smalls for a total of 12 days.

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

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:
2015: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441855.0
2014: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436673.0
2013 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429258.0#axzz395hlBFIq
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.

The RULES:
1. You must send ALL PM's to Helena Puck and all PM's must have the subject line: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2016.  

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.

3.PM's must be sent to Helena Puck 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 Helena Puck 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

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. I highly recommend that each of you put together a WIST or 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.  

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

AND AS A REMINDER:
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, 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.

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Questionnaire to PM to Helena Puck:

Name of swap: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2016
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:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Crafts I would really like to learn how to do:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

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

DIY Kits you would like to receive:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

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 wishlist things you would enjoy receiving:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

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, Yule, 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:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

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.
t-shirt:
wrist:
finger:
preferred necklace length:
hips/waist (where you would wear a belt):
head (around, like where you would wear a headband):
socks/shoes:

*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.
*Wist?
*Pinterest?
*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...

Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434923.0#ixzz4GVIoIVJ1
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2  Re: Common Ground Round 4 Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: August 03, 2016 11:38:19 AM


Check out the wonderful spoilage my partner DaphadillyArt sent me, FOUR HOOPLAS. We both share of love of hooplas and we had similar pinterest pins of different hoops. The constellation one is of Virgo my sign; the mountains represent Alaska, the state we share; the heart with the initials is mine and my husbands with est. 2004 across the bottom, the year we were married; and the airplane was a pin that makes the teacher me laugh :-)

Totally love everything! 

Thanks again!!!! They are going to look great on my hoopla wall.
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3  Re: Rainbows for Peace and Comfort in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by Helena Puck on: July 05, 2016 01:34:04 AM


Here is another square. I've seen some great designs on the facebook group and instagram.
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4  Wonder Woman in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: June 27, 2016 03:54:20 PM


I forgot to share this cross stitch Wonder Woman I made for my sister-in-law. I found the pattern in a booklet called DC Super Heroes Cross Stitch from Leisure Arts. It was a fun design but the metallic thread was a little touchy. I'm fairly certain I messed up somewhere around the lasso, but I'm not entirely sure. The metallic was supposed to look like the glow around the Lasso of Truth.
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5  Found my Stitching bug, Been Busy - (picture heavy) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: June 27, 2016 02:17:18 PM


After collecting a little dusk, I finally stitched this Shakespeare cushion kit by Sheena Rogers. I plan on framing it and hanging it in the classroom. It was a really fun and solid stitched design. The design includes all kinds of neat things related to Shakespeare: Hamlet's skull, Romeo and Juliet, the Globe, Stratford upon Avon, a crown, quilts . . . all kinds of fun things.



I made three Lizzie Kate designs: Live, Laugh, and Laugh, stitched on hand-dyed evenweave. I stitched the yellow for myself and the other two for friends. I like having the same designs in our homes. Lizzie Kate designs are fun, quick, and normally contain meaningful and/or inspirational quotes.





I also finished a couple of Dimensions kits: Dream and The Ugly Duckling. These are my favorites. The child's silhouette makes me think of my own little boys. Looking forward to having them both framed and matted.



Rainbow Butterfly - design by Climbing Goat Designs on Etsy
Stitched for the Rainbows for Peace and Comfort quilts for Orlando shooting victims
More information here



I also finished a free kit from The World of Cross Stitching magazine, adorable bunny card kit; however, since I wanted it for my hoopla wall, I stuck this fluffy bunny in a mini hoop.
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6  Rainbows for Peace and Comfort in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by Helena Puck on: June 27, 2016 01:57:35 PM


I recently finished one square of the quilt and banners which will be created for the Orlando shooting victims organized by Timothy and Kyla's  Rainbows for Peace and Comfort facebook group.

The group will be putting together two quilts made for the community and then smaller items for each individual. 

If you join the group, here are the specific guidelines: https://www.facebook.com/notes/1781475678738526/Quilts%20and%20items%20being%20made/1781830525369708/

Whether you want to make one square or a dozen for the Orlando Shooting victims, please join. There are free designs available to use for the quilt on the groups page or you can purchase the $4 Rainbow Butterfly design from Climbing Goat Designs on Etsy.
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7  Re: Three Tiny Movie Things Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: May 26, 2016 12:01:39 PM
Wow, such great things! I love the "little bitty living space" for the tiny thing swap, too funny. That Boba Fett bag is impressive.

I also received some amazing-ness this week from Spikefan. I apologize for the delay, crazy end of the school things goings-on and my phone is somewhat limiting.

First, a wonderful tribute to the great Goblin King.



Second, beautiful canvas art of the worm from Labyrinth with a mini stand.



Third, another beautiful canvas artwork of Gizmo on another mini stand.



I was just absolutely spoiled. As you can tell, they are already right at home on my shelves. I just love them all! Thank you SpikeFan!!!
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8  Re: Shamrock in Needlework Challenge Entries by Helena Puck on: April 16, 2016 11:44:41 AM
Here is a copy of the cross stitch pattern I created if anyone wants it.



I used 987 DMC thread.
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9  Shamrock in Needlework Challenge Entries by Helena Puck on: April 08, 2016 09:38:13 AM




Here is the Shamrock I designed and stitched. Originally, I was going to make a hoop but the fabric was so pretty, I didn't want to cut it, so as of right now, it is a little tablecloth which may become a chair or stool cushion later.
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10  Re: Common Ground 3 - GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: April 26, 2015 02:29:43 PM
I'm such a slacker. I got my package from suueedee on Friday but had a crazy weekend: my 2nd grade class was making their First Communion then I was chaperoning prom both events were on Saturday. I'm going to take a nap in a few minutes.

Anyway, without further ado

Here is how nicely everything was wrapped


Here are the goodies: A beautiful Hunger Games hoopla (BEADED, Btw) this is going in my classroom above the bookshelf, a seahorse banner (also beaded), and candies. Love the dandelion card too. We both share of a love of reading and seahorses.



Thank you so much suueedee!!!
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