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1  Sweet and Easy Valentines Day Swap Round 4 (signups Jan20-25; sendouts Feb5) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by kayrun on: January 20, 2015 01:28:02 PM

Swap name:  Sweet and Easy Valentine's Day Swap Round 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  kayrun
Co-organizer:   n/a
Sign-up date range:  1/20/15 to 1/25/15
Date to send item by:  2/05/2015

Limited to a certain number of people? 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Yes, US only this time

Additional Age requirement?  age 16 and up

Swap Organizer 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: TRUE
- 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
- - If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES

Special thanks to previous organizers:
Round 1 organizer: barbolot and Co-organizer: sweety28303
Round 2 organizer: kayrun
Round 3 organizer: green r my tear$

Details of swap:

Ahhhh, the holiday of LOVE is upon us!   Do you LOVE the thought of making crafty goodness for someone -- handmade cards, hearts, birds, flowers. . . . ?  And who doesn't love receiving handmade crafty love???  Join us in this Sweet and Easy Valentine's Day Swap!

check out some previous galleries Smiley  note that I've lowered the size requirement this time,
since we don't have as much time to craft, but you can always spoil your partner  Smiley



VERY IMPORTANT. . . Please read before signing up:
Because this is a small swap with a short crafting period (a little less than 2 weeks) it is very important that you are positive you can commit to the cost and time for this swap before you join.  No one wants to be flaked on, especially on Valentines Day!  Also, since this is a small swap, make sure you can craft the loveliest, sweetest valentine package to the best of your abilities, in the amount of time given.  If you arent willing to do this, please do not sign up.

Now, for the nitty-gritty details:

** This swap has 3 parts:
a small (1 point) crafted item......since we have a short crafting time this round, make at least 1 small to medium-ish item for your Craftster Valentine, and spoiling is encouraged if you have the time!  
For more info on how to evaluate points, please visit http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229624.msg3712343#msg3712343

** You will craft a handmade Valentine. . . it can be crafted from whatever medium you choose (paper, felt, fabric, clay, etc.)

** You will also send some treats/sweets for your Valentine.

Additional requirements:

**DC#s are required for US swappers.
**PM both your partner AND organizer (thats me!) when you send AND when you receive.
**I highly recommend photographing your swap package before you send, just in case your partner cant post photos in the gallery.
**Post photos of your goodies in the gallery when you receive them from your partner.  I try to give speedy feedback once swap requirements are met, so the sooner you post, the sooner I give feedback!
**I would like for everyone to post in the thread at least once a week so I know you are alive, kicking, and crafting.  This constitutes good communication and makes the swaps more fun for everyone!
**First time swappers that meet Craftster swap requirements are welcome!

*****Please label all PM's to the organizer as VALENTINE SWAP.*****

If you want to participate, fill out this information to send to organizer, with VALENTINE SWAP QUESTIONNAIRE as the label:


(before sending this in, BE SURE to post in the swap thread, as this must be done in order to be
approved to join~)

Name of swap: Sweet and Easy Valentine's Day Swap Round 4
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?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: YES / NO

Do you have any allergies? (food, pets, smoke, etc.)
Do you have any allergens in your home?
If we have an odd number of swappers, would you mind being in a round robin group? A --> B --> C --> A

What crafts do you like to do?
Favorite valentine style / design (Victorian, retro, modern, cartoon, etc):
Favorite valentine phrases or sayings, if you have one:
Favorite valentine symbols or icons:
Favorite color (Valentine and/or otherwise):
Least favorite color:
What crafted items would you most LOVE to receive?
What would you NOT want to receive?
Favorite candy, treat, scent and/or flavor:

Please share links to your pinterest, wist, blog, or other site where your partner can see more about you!
Is there anything youd like to share with your partner?  Be generous, so your partner can create a very special package, tailor-made for you!

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap:

green = sent
purple = sending late w/communication


1.  kayrun
2.  lindyv321
3.  CuriousCoffee
4.  SonjaBoo
5.  stillatthetop
6.  brandyk
7.  mom2em
8.  kbrison
9.  sarahelise
10.  CraftyMamaBee
11.  gigglygirl
12.  sweety28303
13.  quaggy

blue = rec'd
strikethrough = feedback left

kayrun == mom2em
lindyv321 == SonjaBoo
CuriousCoffee == sarahelise
stillatthetop == quaggy
brandyk == kbrison
brandyk (2nd partner) == gigglygirl
CraftyMamaBee == sweety28303

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2  Re: Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kayrun on: December 23, 2014 07:30:26 PM
so I couldn't resist any longer & went ahead & opened!
Got an adorable little button tree ornament and some minty smelling bath fizzies....
great job, slovakiasteph!
thanks so much  Smiley

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3  Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! in New Swap Theme Ideas by kayrun on: November 10, 2014 10:04:20 AM
those undies are hilarious, LxM!

and the scenery is stunning, but even cuter are baby M and Mr LxM  Smiley

Brandyk, I'm hoping to get your 2nd bag done by tomorrow evening --
RaraAvis, I'll PM you, bec I'm nearing the finish line on the boot cuffs  Roll Eyes

oh, is anyone interested in needle felting?
I found this in my stash:

I also just took pics of some crocheted birdies and an assortment of old keys~
guess I need to get 'em posted!
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4  Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! in New Swap Theme Ideas by kayrun on: November 03, 2014 08:16:39 AM
oh, RaraAvis, here's a scan of part 1 of your request....

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5  Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! in New Swap Theme Ideas by kayrun on: October 23, 2014 08:27:54 AM
the market bag turned out approx. 8 in high by 9 in wide (laid flat)
is that the size you had in mind?

also, for anyone browsing....I added Hello Kitty packing tape, mini canvases & graphite sticks to my Other Supplies area:
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6  Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! in New Swap Theme Ideas by kayrun on: October 19, 2014 12:44:57 PM
RaraAvis, the dandelion necklace is so cool!
My final point is promised for a custom claim, but if I reload
my shop & get more points, I'll plan to buy one
(if they don't get snapped up before  Smiley

I just came across this cute idea for decorating your kitchen for winter:

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7  Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! in New Swap Theme Ideas by kayrun on: October 18, 2014 03:25:31 PM
added head wrap/ear warmer thingy and ruffly wristers (both items are wool)

shop here:
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8  Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! in New Swap Theme Ideas by kayrun on: October 15, 2014 10:39:18 AM
I'm in the process of adding orange fleece & some orange+pink fingering yarn
to my shop --
sB, was it you who wanted fleece?

eta: also working on some ornaments like:

would there be any interest in an iPhone or iPod cover similar to:

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9  Re: STS Winter Market **Shops** (SU to Oct 10; closes Nov 24) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by kayrun on: October 10, 2014 06:54:42 PM
~~Kayrun's Shop~~
closed for business  Smiley....thanks for shopping with me!

I am Karen G from GA, and am almost exclusively a knitter (I am trying to crochet a bit, and sometimes do papercrafts or hand sewing).  I have a lot of yarn, so feel free to ask about custom colors for any items displayed, and I'll see if I can accommodate you!
Thanks for shopping with me  Smiley
(non-smoking home with dogs)

Handcrafted items:

Boot cuffs - 2 points.....claimed by RaraAvis; thanks!
Acrylic/Wool blend
on hold for RaraAvis

Market bag = 1 point  claimed by brandyk, but can whip up more upon request~

custom for brandyk.... yellow market bag (1 point) & blue market bag (1 point)

happy to make more of these -- have a variety of colors; your choice!

Head wrap -- 1/2 point
custom for A2K....claimed!   can whip up more for anyone browsing  Smiley lots of color choices

knitted to 14 inches (very stretchy....will stretch to 21+ inches)
approx 5 inches wide
(happy to discuss custom making more of these -- your color selection)

Brown scarf = 1 point reduced to 1/2 point
made this awhile back -- not sure what yarn, but I believe it's wool
(hand wash, drip dry)
seed stitch throughout (masculine look, imo) -- measurements:  5.5 in. wide by 46 in. long

ruffled wristers = 1/2 point
100% wool (not superwash, so cold wash drip dry)
pretty purple -- laid flat, they measure approx. 7 in. by 3.3 in. (they will stretch to over 4 inches flat, so maybe up to 8-ish inch wrist?)

Crocheted Birdies = 1/2 point for the trio
size: large= 4 in. tall; small = 2 in. tall
received in a swap, but can't remember who made them

Baby hats -- 1/2 point each  claimed by RaraAvis -- thanks!
choose from Cabled
Alfalfa (looks like this when worn:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alfalfa-baby-hat

These are both made of superwash wool

Washcloths -- 3 for 1 point reduced to 1/4 point each
100% cotton yarn; these are examples & may not all be available,
but I will match your request as closely as possible & knit to your specifics

OR I am happy to custom make cloths for you --
samples of my work:

Windowpane Scarf -- 1 point(reduced to 1/2 point)
acrylic yarn for easy care....size  7 in. by 54 in.

Knot Style bag -- 1 point reduced to 1/4 point
reversible -- lined with cute owl fabric (could be reversed)
received in a swap on Ravelry.... I believe AuntyM made this one
size = 12 in. by 11 in. (body only  -- not including handles)

Paisley Drawstring bag (unlined) -- 1/2 point reduced to 1/4 point
Zellspin on Ravelry made this
size = 10 in by 13 in

Dish mat  -- 2 points  reduced to 1/2  pt
made by Maurer
18 in. by 24 in.
(white backing may be fine terry, or perhaps bamboo velour?)
wonderful item....love this fabric, but never used (just admired it, and I'm sure
it would be happier in a home being used regularly~)

Smocked baby boy outfit -- 2 points reduced to 1 point
made by my mom
(disclaimer -- 2 buttons missing in back....I had plans to sew some on & sell
on consignment, but never followed through  Roll Eyes
measured garment laid flat:  across chest = 11 in., shoulder to hem = 17 in.


Needle Felting Mold == FREE with any purchase
hedgehog + mushroom....cute!

Sheets -- 1/2 point each (take all 3 for 1 point) ** reserved for Abbeeroad**
2 flat, 1 fitted


Cotton Flamme yarn = 1/2 point
by Crystal Palace....color 0027 (off white)
50gm = 96 yd

Rowan Chunky wool yarn = 1 point  claimed by sheepBlue
Colourscape Kaffe Fassett color#433
100gm = 175 yd

Light green encore yarn == 1/2 point each
(one is missing ball band, and has been knitted a little, then ripped out -- all yardage is there)
color #801

Green encore Chunky yarn == 1/2 point  claimed by the lovely A2K
color #054

Orange Chroma fingering == 1 point   sold to LxM
color Smoothie

Pink Cascade 220 superwash == 1 point  sold to A2K -- thanks!
color #9867 (superwash paints)

Brown variegated cotton yarn == 1/2 point  sold to SkyWookie
Plymouth Fantasy Naturale
color#9420, fall colors

2 balls Bernat Cashmere Natural Blends -- 1/2 point each  claimed by sheepBlue
(acrylic-nylon-cashmere blend); color = Earth

Other Supplies:

Assortment of old keys = 1 point claimed by sheepBlue

Hello Kitty packing tape = 1/2 point each

mini canvases = 1/4 point each
I can post sizes if needed....range from 2.5 in x 3.5 in down to 2 in x 2in

pack of mini sharpies = 1/4 point
pack of graphite sticks = 1/4 point

Orange Fleece == 1 point reduced to 1/2 point
1 yard (still in plastic from when I ordered it)

Pack of Sharpie Markers = 1 point sold to A2K
New in pkg, 12 count, variety of colors

Plastic containers -- 1/2 point for bag of 20 sold to SkyWookie
capsule size is 2 inches
lids are red, orange, or silver (variety pack)

Claims I have made:
brandyk to kayrun  –  handmade hot process soap - 1 point (rec'd)
spikefan to kayrun -- pair of daisy towel holders - 1 point
ptarmic wumpus to kayrun -  1H.indigo dyed vessel (round) = 1 point (rec'd)
sheepBlue to kayrun:  TM Bag 3 = 1 point sale (rec'd)
sheepBlue to kayrun:  Ugly sweater xmas postcards = 1 point (rec'd)
A2K to kayrun:  CUSTOM OVEN MITT (1 point) (rec'd)
RaraAvis to kayrun:   DANDELION NECKLACE + 2 pr earrings = 1 point  (rec'd)
artsycandice to kayrun:  Tatted lace doily (1 pt) (rec'd)
underthemountain to kayrun:  custom chain maille tree - 1 point
Grab a Coffee to kayrun:  sheep ornament = 1 point
lindyv321 to kayrun:  Set of 3 animal note cards .5 point (sale) +
Metal Heart charm (.25 pt) + Silver Charms, Doctor Who Themed, Tree of Life, and Birds on a wire (.25 pt) = total of 1 point
iota1617 to kayrun:  Infinity Scarf  - 2pt (Watercolor City + a freebie...Watercolor Circles!)
RaraAvis to kayrun:  GLASS GLOBE NECKLACES WITH GLASS BEADS (.5 pt) + winter bunting (.5 pt) = total 1 point
Abbeeroad to kayrun:  Custom Claim: Tan Scissor Scarf - 2 points
                                 plus freebies: Stamped Anchor Scarf - 1 point; Kid's TieDye T-shirt - 0.5 point (spiral orange/pink); Beaded Bracelet ~7 inches with clasp - 0.5 point

Claims made from me:
kayrun to RaraAvis -- Cabled baby hat and Alfalfa baby hat (1 pt) (rec'd)
kayrun to A2K -- Sharpies & pink Cascade yarn (2 pt) (rec'd)
kayrun to A2K -- red headwrap + green Encore chunky (1 pt) (rec'd)
kayrun to sheepBlue: 2 balls Bernat Cashmere Natural Blends (1 pt) (rec'd)
kayrun to brandyk:  Market bag - 1 point (rec'd)
kayrun to LxM:  Chroma yarn - 1 pt (rec'd)
kayrun to SkyWookiee - Brown variegated cotton yarn == 1/2 point, Plastic containers -- 1/2 point for bag  (1 point total)
kayrun to A2K:  2 custom headwraps = 1 point total
kayrun to Abbeeroad:  2 flat sheets + 1 fitted = 1 point total (rec'd)
kayrun to RaraAvis:  boot cuffs = 2 pt (rec'd)
kayrun to sheepBlue:  keys (1 pt) + Rowan chunky yarn (1 pt) = 2 points (rec'd)
kayrun to brandyk.... yellow market bag (1 point) & blue market bag (1 point) = 2 points

Current: 1  (started with 3, spent 16, collected 14 & add pending for grand total) 
spent:  16
Pending: 2
Total (current + pending ) = 3

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10  Re: STS Spring Market 2014 !! (sign up March 15 - April 5/14) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by kayrun on: April 04, 2014 02:03:35 PM
~~Kayrun's Shop~~

Glad to be back among the shops!
I am Karen G from GA, and am almost exclusively a knitter (I am trying to crochet, and sometimes do papercrafts or hand sewing).  I have a lot of yarn, so feel free to ask about custom colors for any items displayed, and I'll see if I can accommodate you!
Thanks for shopping with me  Smiley
(non-smoking home with dogs on weekends)

Handcrafted items:

Gray striped baby top -- 2 points  reduced to 1 point
this is wool, and machine washable -- measured flat = 9 in. tall by 7 in. across chest (very stretchy with the ribbing)
here we go:  http://www.woolybaabaa.com/jarbo-garn-raggi-print-sock-yarn-15110.html

Baby hats -- 1/2 point each
Acrylic yarn for easy care
choose from Olive/white (5.5" at brim x 6 in. tall) or Blue/black (5.5" at brim x 7 in. tall)

Cowl -- 2 points
bamboo, wool, angora blend.... measured lying flat = 8 in. tall by 12 in. (so approx 24 in. circumference)

project notes here:  http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kayrun/a-noble-cowl

Washcloths -- 1/2 point each...reduced to 1/3 point each
100% cotton yarn
choose from Dalek, Shades of Green, or Blue/White/Green
OR I am happy to custom make cloths for you --
samples of my work:

Cosmetic makeup removers -- set of 2 = 1/2 point
crocheted from 100% cotton yarn

Green baby top -- 1 point  sold to LxM
this is a wool/acrylic blend (Cascade Pacific yarn); machine wash, tumble dry
measured flat = 12 in. from shoulder to hem x 9 in. across chest


Marathon North Pole yarn (1 point):
fingering wool blend

Shibui Knits Staccato yarn (1/2 point each):
skeins have been caked at yarn shop, no tags -- I worked about an inch of fingerless mitts but changed mind & frogged
one black or one purple available
here's my pic (flash washes out purple):

here's a pic of another yarn but the shade looks like mine:

Felting kit for coin purse (1 point):
One kit makes up to 3 coin purses (green, blue, gold yarn to felt)
....mfg by Pick Up Sticks:  http://www.pickupsticksonline.com/

2 balls + partial blue yarn:  (1 point takes all)
cotton/merino blend -- yarn is slightly darker than this pic

Plymouth Suri Merino Paint yarn:  1 point each  reduced to 1/2 point each
2 available (pink + gray #8825)

Malabrigo Chunky yarn:  1 point  sold to LxM
1 available #259 Charrua
this was wound by my LYS & for full disclosure, I can only find the skinny dark tag with the color name & number on it, not the wider white tag

Claims I have made:
A2K to kayrun:  Bird Seed Bag Tote (1pt.)
squidget to kayrun:  Tree Clutch/Yarn Bag (1 pt)

Claims made from me:
kayrun to loudxmouse Green baby top -- 1 point & Malabrigo Chunky yarn:  free! (1 pt total)
kayrun to Acadian Driftwood - Marathon North Pole yarn (1 point)

Current: 3 - 1 - 1 + 1
Pending: 1
Total:    2

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