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11  Re: OWS Gallery and Discussion Rounds 116, 117, 118 in The Swap Gallery by rscowtown on: August 14, 2015 07:52:45 PM
Received my barefoot sandals for my sister from LaChapa today!
along with lots of goodies...feast yer eyes on these ....

The barefoot sandals are crocheted with beads [i'll get my sister to take pix of them on her feet]. She also sent me 4 packs of metal stamping blanks, AND the round and square clay cutters I've wanted Smiley (insert squeeeeee here), and some yummies, but im not sure what they are (pm sent to her Smiley

Awesome mail day, thanks so much LaChapa, Lien will love the sandals!! They are so HER!!!

I recently got my hammer to use with the metal stamps i've been getting and now I just gotta make time to start making some fun stampings Smiley
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12  Mushroom and Avocado yarn bowl in CHALLENGE 109 ENTRIES by rscowtown on: August 12, 2015 10:52:33 PM
I would love to enter something I crafted for the OWS Round #115 and sent to StainedMushroom. OWS Round 115

She had a yarn bowl on her wish list, and I had been scouring thrift stores for wooden bowls that could be turned into yarn bowls for some time now and found this one and saw her wish and decided to go for it!

I purchased a coping saw, and a wood cutting blade thingy for my dremel (which I never took out of the package) and started sawing.

Of course her "handle" on Craftster told me she loves mushrooms and her info on her swap bio told me she also liked avocados so I figured I would combine the two on the bowl when I painted it. I also asked her if she was ok with sliced mushrooms as an image on the surprise I was making for her. I found a bunch of different mushroom varieties and the avocado image I had in my mind and the sliced mushroom image and painted them on, along with the background on the inside and out that are two of her favorite colors, then sealed it all with a clear sealer spray. It was a lot of fun to craft for StainedMushroom Smiley

Here is how it turned out...

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13  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces Gallery, Round 10 in The Swap Gallery by rscowtown on: August 10, 2015 05:09:04 PM
Here are the final 2 pieces to my puzzle -- they are from luvebuggy99 -- the humidity got to one and i will touch it up a bit.

and here is my finished puzzle!!

Thank you all so very much who made me red/white/blue pieces Smiley

Looking forward to the next puzzle altering round whenever it is Smiley
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14  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces Gallery, Round 10 in The Swap Gallery by rscowtown on: August 06, 2015 10:10:44 AM
Pieces just received from Hazelly!

Love them Smiley thanks so much!!
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15  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces Gallery, Round 10 in The Swap Gallery by rscowtown on: August 05, 2015 09:04:45 AM
Black ink that wouldn't dry well so I put clear embossing powder over the ink Smiley it was fun doodling on them for you too!

I received my pieces from rscowtown!   Smiley

These are great!  I really love the shiny little birds!  How did you make them shiny?   Is it embossed?  Thanks so much!   Cheesy
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16  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces Gallery, Round 10 in The Swap Gallery by rscowtown on: August 03, 2015 10:11:48 AM
just received Greybird's pieces for my red/white/blue puzzle...

Thanks so much Greybird!They are a great addition to the puzzle Smiley
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17  August 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by rscowtown on: August 01, 2015 09:20:24 PM

Please post discussions here on this page for the August 2015 OPS!

Main August 2015 OPS board is here.
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18  August 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by rscowtown on: August 01, 2015 09:13:10 PM

Swap name:  August 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  rscowtown
Co-organizer:  kayrun
Sign-up date range:  August 1st through 31st (2015)
Date to send item by:  2 weeks after claim

August 2015 Gallery and Discussion board is here.

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Additional Age requirement? No

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: affirmed
- 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: correct
- 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:
This is a Pinterest swap, meaning that your fellow Craftsters will claim you for something you have pinned on your Pinterest site.  If you don't have a Pinterest but are interested, go here www.pinterest.com to request one.  We recommend having at least 50 pins before you start a Pinterest Swap (so that others can get an idea of your likes & style wants)

(strikethrough doesn't apply to this round, since it's been a year since last round)
If you are late in a previous Pinterest swap, please do not sign up until you send. You will not be accepted. If you still have outstanding claims in any previous round, however, you can still join as long as you are not already late in sending. Also, these swaps are totally independent of each other so if you have maxed out your unreceived but not late claims in last month's swap, you can still make that number this month. Also, the swap organizer reserves the right to refuse participation to those C-sters that she does not feel can meet the requirements or that do not jive well with the group.

Also please note that this swap requires that you communicate with your partner and the organizer (+ co-organizer).  Please send a PM (including the month of the swap) when you claim, when you send, and when you receive.  People who consistently fail to communicate will be asked to take a break from the Pinterest swap and maybe try again in two months.
** for the August 2015 round, PLEASE be sure to include both kayrun & rscowtown on all communication

Please do not post in this thread until you have been approved by the organizer. This thread is for lists only. Only post once. If you need to change/add something, simply "Modify" your post. The discussion/gallery thread is located here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439845.0

FAQ: Please READ
How does this swap work?
You may choose from anyone's Pinterest board once they have posted a link and bio in this thread.  This is not a chain list swap; its more of a free for all swap.  However, when possible it is nice to claim from those who haven't been claimed or who have claimed more than they have been claimed for. You have two weeks from the date you claim to send your item on its way to the lucky recipient.  Remember to PM the organizer ( & co-organizer) and the recipient when you claim, send, and receive.
Please include the swap name and month in your subject line! Please make sure to include who you are claiming, sending to, or receiving from. You may have up to 2 outstanding (not received) claims. If you are FOC you may have up to 3 outstanding claims.  Everyone MUST make at least one claim.

What should my bio and link look like?
Once you have been approved, you may post in the list thread.  There is no one way to do this but please be sure your bio includes the following:
         - your location and a brief bio (include allergies in red please)
         - your Pinterest link
         - list of boards that are to be used for this swap, or simply say something like "all my boards are game"
         - whether you are okay with supply claims
if you'd like to see a sample, please check a previous round:

What do I need to send?
This swap is for either one medium or 2-3 small items for each claim.  A medium item is one that takes 2 or more hours, $10 - $30, some examples are a single necklace or bracelet or a scarf.  A small item is one that takes 2 or less hours, $10 or less, some examples are earrings/wallets/pouches/bookmarks.

How do the organizers ensure that claims are even?
We don't. But we do try.  One way is that we highlight your name when you have claimed more times than you have been claimed.  We ask that people claim from those that haven't been claimed yet or who have claimed more often than they have been claimed, but there is no guarantee that if you send 5 times that you will receive 5 items.  In fact, theoretically it is quite possible to not get claimed at all.  If this is a major concern for you and you know you would miserable if things were not always even, this may not be the swap for you.  However, I will say that for the most part this is not a big problem in this swap so far.

How closely does the item I send need to resemble the item pinned?
It depends on who you are claiming.  Read the bios carefully.  Read the pins carefully.  Some of us pin items for inspiration and are fine with items that are simply inspired by our pins. Others would like the item to look as close to the pin as possible.

What happens if I am flaked on?
If you are flaked on, you will only receive an angel for as many packages as you have sent.  If you were claimed for 3 packages and you sent 2 packages and one package was flaked on - you will not receive a swap angel.

What do I do if I'm not being claimed?
If you are not being claimed, it might be time to consider your pins.  Do you have enough variety?  Are there enough small and medium items?  Do you have items pinned that require a variety of crafty mediums (ex: knitting, crocheting, sewing, beading, embroidery, etc...)?  Are your pins realistically craftable?  You should shoot for at least 20-30 pins (this includes only those pins you want to be claimed); maybe more if most of your items are on the large side or primarily in one crafty medium.  We have some talented folks on here... but not everyone can do all crafts.  If you find you aren't being claimed...try adding more pins. Annchen posted a great reply about this in the December swap that I highly encourage reading if you are not being claimed.

I hear a rumor that there is a giveaway; is this true?
YES!  It is true.  Each month, there is a giveaway.  You get one entry into the random drawing for each claim you make.  At the end of the month, we'll use a random number generator and that lucky person will receive a crafted item or crafty supply.  We cannot tell you what the item might be upfront because we like to cater it to the winner's interests and needs.  Also randomly but not necessarily every month, there might be additional giveaways so make sure to stay up to date on the discussion thread so you don't miss out!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer + co-organizer:

Name of swap:  August 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Do you understand that a tracking # (within US) or copy of your postal
receipt (when sending from abroad to US) is required as proof of mailing?  YES/NO
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Your Pinterest link:  
Have you posted in the discussion thread?  (required in order to join swap)  YES/NO


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
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19  Re: July 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Gallery & Discussion thread in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rscowtown on: August 01, 2015 12:06:54 PM
Hi I am a fox basket that is going to make a trip to Bow and Sparrow's house, along with 2 of my small fox friends that Laurel is finishing up today. We expect to be in the mail on Monday!

I hold lots of stuff and am excited to make this trip to my new home!

Laurel is busy crocheting the other foxes tails so as long as she's left the laptop open, I might do some surfing and see what I can buy......

See you soon Bow and Sparrow!!!! Grin
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20  Re: July 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Gallery & Discussion thread in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rscowtown on: August 01, 2015 11:33:54 AM
Just received the tie towels from EastonsMommy this morning!

Love them! hubby says thanks too! I think I cropped out the dirty oven door enough so you can only see the beautiful towels and their bows to tie them on the handle Smiley

Thanks EM!!!
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