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1  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: February 21, 2017 07:35:51 PM
This weekend we took Betty to see the Elwha River and Lake Crescent Smiley

The Elwha River, it made national news when they tore down the dam to restore the salmon runs. We wanted to get to the old dam site but the road was washed out by flooding. So we will try to hike up there in a few days.

Lake Crescent

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2  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: January 01, 2017 01:13:39 PM
We are still here. Morning sickness has been kicking my butt since Christmas though.
My lens fell out of my camera bag at a Christmas gathering and hasn't been the same since, so sorry if the color/sharpness is a bit off in the photos. A new one is on it's way.

Betty had a busy couple weeks. We had to replace all the signal flares on the boat so we lit off the old ones at the inlaws remote property so we could all practice using them and stay familiar with how they work.

We went to my Mom's for Christmas. Betty was helping check the turkey -

then a little tree climbing to check out the ornaments-

Then the last week of December we had to do a bit more crabbing before the season ended the 31st.
Betty checking out the crab in the tote we bring them home in -

and posing with one that kept trying to pinch her (don't worry, we kept her just out of reach)

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3  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wildfyre on: December 11, 2016 08:58:17 AM
Baranof brought so many goodies home! I'm so sorry it took me so long to get this up.

He even brought us our very own Nessie! My son was thrilled since he'd had a very hard time saying goodbye to Nessie when she left.

There was also a bag of gummy candy that was AMAZING, but it didn't make it to the photoshoot  Roll Eyes
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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: December 11, 2016 07:54:06 AM
Betty was very excited to be here for the first snow to hit Port Angeles in a couple years. Last year the snow level never made it all the way down to town (this is all so weird for someone from Alaska). Anyway, everyone in town freaked out, the schools closed, kids were ecstatic, it was a big deal since snow blanketed pretty much all of western WA Smiley

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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: November 26, 2016 06:31:37 PM
We've been pretty boring this week since everyone has been sick. But last week we took the kiddo to his cousins birthday party at Super Jump Party Zone  Grin He even took Betty down the slide with him -

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6  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: November 11, 2016 12:03:48 PM
Janwu is going to Baltimore/DC in January!


We took Betty hiking today Smiley

I was photographing fungi and she helped-

Next week she will get to go to Seattle!  Grin
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7  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 (SU 10/13 - 10/28 SO 11/02 and 03/01) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Wildfyre on: October 29, 2016 10:25:13 AM
Janwu will be headed out this time. I had to steal a photo from his visit with M&C in Hawaii -
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8  Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 (SU 10/13 - 10/28 SO 11/02 and 03/14) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Wildfyre on: October 13, 2016 08:57:08 AM
Gallery - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450626.0

We have changed some things, so whether you are new to this swap or have been participating for years, please read the ENTIRE post.

This is a LONG swap.

This cannot be your first Craftster swap; no exceptions.

To minimize flakers and keep everyone involved in the swap, good communication is a requirement. You must post in the gallery once every two weeks. Please think about this before signing up, this is a long swap and participants put months of effort into it. The past two rounds I've had a lot of complaints about participants disappearing until last send outs. What makes this swap so much fun is seeing your LV experience new ways of life, new locations, and making new friends. So frequent posts in the gallery and communication with your partner is a swap REQUIREMENT.

We reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have swap feedback that shows a history of incomplete swaps, late sending, ill-communication, lack of tracking #'s, etc., we may refuse you. We want this to be a flake-free swap!

*Participants who have sent more than two weeks late in previous little visitor swaps may not join this round.

Swap name: Little Visitor Swap Round 24
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wildfyre
Co-Organizer: Mountains and Clouds
Sign-up date range:   October 13 2016 - October 28 2016
Date to send out Little Visitor:  November 2nd 2016
Send Visitor Back Home: March 14 2017
Limited to a certain number of people?: 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional age requirement? 21

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 months: YES
- Has posted at least 30 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swap 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 21 years old: YES
- If within the US, understand 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:


You will send a Little Visitor (LV) to your partner by November 2nd.  You can send an optional biography (likes/dislikes/personality traits) if you would like to.

Here is a sample BIO from the one of the previous rounds:

You should work on finding/crafting/choosing your LV and writing his/her/its bio as soon as you are approved for the swap, since the send-outs are less than a week after partners are matched up.

Post a photo of your LV in the thread.

Once you are accepted into the swap you must post in the gallery frequently and communicate with your partner regularly until the end of the swap. If you are going to be away please let the organizers AND your partner know.

Once you receive your LV, show them around! You should visit at least 10 different areas/parts of town/activities so that they can get the real experience of your community.

You will be required to send at least 15 printed pictures in a scrapbook/journal type thing. Shutterfly (or similar) scrapbooks are great but please plan ahead so they arrive in time.

You are also required to send at least 4 souvenirs/ mementos from the LVs trip. The souvenirs can be crafted, bought, or both. Try to send souvenirs that are unique to your area!

Send your LV home by March 14 2017. It is a long time for the swap to go on, but we want to give the LVs as many excursions as possible!

IF YOU ARE MAILING WITHIN YOUR OWN COUNTRY, YOU MUST GET A TRACKING NUMBER when you send your own LV and when you send your partner's LV back home! If youre mailing internationally, you MUST KEEP YOUR RECEIPT! And we require a picture or scan of the postal receipts so we can verify the date that you sent, and that you did in fact mail your LV to your partner.

Here are some links to recent galleries:
Round 22:

Round 21:

Round 20:

Round 19:

To Reiterate:
* Post a photo of your LV in the thread
* Send your LV to your partner by November 2nd 2016
* Provide proof of mailing to your partner and the organizer
* Take your LV around town and show them the sights!
* Keep your LV clean and undamaged - if something happens please check with your LV's "parent" before repairing or running them through the washing machine
* Post photos of your adventures in the gallery once every 2 weeks minimum
* Communicate with your partner often
* Make the scrapbook/journal and make or buy some souvenirs for the LV to remember its trip by.
* Mail the LV, the scrapbook/journal, and the souvenirs back to your partner by March 1 2017
* Contact organizers when you send/receive - you MUST supply Tracking# or receipt EVERY time you post something.

Once you are matched up with your partner, please stay in contact with them! If you haven't heard from your partner in a while, please let us (organizers) know right away. I hope we don't have any flakers, but if we do, it's better if we catch them quickly.

THIS IS A COMPLICATED SWAP AND ITS LONGER THAN MOST. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read everything before you sign up, and make sure you can commit to everything.

- Small is better than large. Not only do you have to ship it, your partner has to ship it back! Also, small LVs tend to be easier to haul around town than large ones. ALL LV's must be UNDER 8 inches tall by 6 inches wide.
- Please make sure your LV is durable enough to survive when traveling around in someone's bag, pocket, etc.  We don't want any injuries!
- swaps arent perfect, and neither is the mail system. Please dont send something youd be heartbroken to lose. There have also been flakers in previous rounds.
- Your partner might have allergies, so its best not to send something your cat eats to cuddle up with or thats been sitting on a shelf next to your incense collection!
- LV doesnt have to be a stuffed animal, feel free to send some sort of a doll/plastic toy/stuffed animal/poppet instead!

If you want to participate, PM me your info (see below) AND post here on the thread.

Please put LV SWAP ROUND 24- Approval as the subject!!! Send your completed questionnaire to the organizer (Wildfyre). Failure to do so may delay your entry into the swap.

*Please note* We are no longer allowing people to pick their partners beforehand. I'm sorry, I know it was popular, but it made our job harder when sign outs ended because we had so few people to work with while assigning partners. The longer this swap goes on the more difficult it is to send LV's places they haven't been before while also respecting allergy issues etc.

Name of swap: Little Visitor Swap Round 24

Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address (as it would appear on a mailing label):

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your own country?

Would you prefer to ship to an address outside of your own country?

Please confirm that you are at least 21 years of age:

Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from exchanging your LV with smokers, pet owners etc.?

Do YOU have any FOOD allergies?

Is your LV from a home where people smoke?

Is your LV from a home with pets?

Name of LV:

Does your LV have a religious affiliation?

Does your LV have a political affiliation?

Would you like for your partner to include candy/foods from your area? (please look at your countries postal codes for sending/receiving food from outside of your country. Senders within the USA shouldn't have any problems)

Does your LV have any specific food restrictions (veggie/vegan/carnivore/cannibal)?

Does your LV have any phobias (heights, clowns, etc)?

Anywhere in particular (or any type of place) your LV would like to go? (I will try to match people up so that the LV will get to see something different from their home environment.)

Have you done this swap before? List previous partners/locations if you want your LV to go somewhere different:

Where do you live? (i.e. a rural town, a large city, etc...)?

What kinds of sights would you like your LV to see?

What kinds of sights will you take your LV to see?

Do you want your LV to come home exactly as sent, or can they experience the joy (and possible stress!) of body modifications while traveling? (ie piercing, tattoo, new hair style)

Are you of legal drinking age where you live? Is your LV?

What sort of creature/gender/species is your LV?

What size is your LV?

Any type of LV you would not like to host?

List here anything that might offend you or your LV: (ie, religion, politics, booze, food preferences, etc)

Do you have/have access to a camera?

Can you fulfill the 15 printed pictures requirement?

Can you send the 4 souvenirs/mementos? (these can be handmade or store-bought.)

Can you post a picture in the sign up thread of the LV you will be sending?

Anything else you would like to let your partner know?

Do you have a pinterest?

Send your completed questionnaire to the organizer (Wildfyre). Failure to do so may delay your entry into the swap.


Also, remember to read the swap Info Guide to find general rules about participating in a Craftster swap.


Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436346.0#ixzz3UajfTZFO


Approved Participants

wildfyre - Washington USA
Mountains and Clouds - Hawaii USA
Alexampersandra - Virginia USA
Eamea - Missouri USA
pookiemccool - Ohio USA
Inselaeffchen - Scotland UK
waterbaby - California USA
Smeddley - Kansas USA
seeuudee - England UK
whatthepuck - North Carolina USA
phoenixfiredesigns - Florida USA
RaraAvis - California USA


wildfyre- whatthepuck
Mountains and Clouds - Inselaeffchen
Smeddley - RaraAvis
phoenixfiredesigns - seeuudee
waterbaby - pookiemccool
Alexampersandra - Eamea
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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wildfyre on: August 03, 2016 01:07:59 PM
We had a very nice family day trip yesterday and Baranof got to see some very interesting and amazing large structures...

roler - take note for your visit!! Wink

First of all we went to the Falkirk Wheel - it's a structure built to connect the Union Canal and the Forth & Clyde Canal. The wheel replaced a stair case of 11 locks over a height difference of 35m.  It was opened in 2002. The Wheel only takes 1.5 kWh of energy to turn (same as boiling 8 kettles).

They've made a big fun area on the basin and around with water play for kids, water zorbing etc. We've yet to actually go ON the Wheel, but the structure is amazing as it is. Smiley

After the Wheel we went to the Kelpies, which are just about 10 mins drive away (or you could walk/cycle there - 6km).

They're named after the very strong water spirits which are said to inhabit the lochs and pools of Scotland and appear in horse's form (or human). The Kelpies in Falkirk are a monument to horse powered heritage across Scotland. The horse's heads stand 30m tall from the ground (that's taller than the sphinx) and have an underground structure of 35m more.

Both structures are absolutely amazing, and free to visit.

Today we're going into town as the Hobbitses need to have their pre-school eye testing done. And we're hopefully going down to the Harbour so my big sis can take some photos of lighthouses. Smiley

I love the Kelpies Smiley and that wheel is AMAZING!

We just got back from longlining. It's very fast paced and can be dangerous so I couldn't take photos while we were actualy pulling gear. I did get a few photos of some of the fish we caught and released-

a skate

and grenadier

and occasionally some deep sea starfish or brittlestars come up with the fish. I put them in a tin so my kiddo could look at them before we set them loose. Nessie checked them out too-

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10  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wildfyre on: July 24, 2016 12:38:11 PM
Omoigosh that play park looks amazing! My 4 year old is jealous of Baranof lol

We're stuck in port for a while waiting on a new autopilot thats being installed.

Meanwhile, we took Nessie for a walk through Totem Park https://www.nps.gov/sitk/index.htm

It was raining, but it usualy is here. That whole temperate rainforest thing  Cheesy

Indian River runs through the park. It will be FULL of spawning salmon soon

The trash cans around here are all bear resistant for good reason -

Then back to the boat. Hard to see but my son is holding Nessie up above his head for the photo-

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