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1  12 Days of Christmas 2009 (CLOSED. Partners Posted; PMs coming tonight) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by kishcrafts on: September 02, 2009 03:36:23 PM
here is the url of the CHATZY room:

name of room: 12 Days 2009
http://www.chatzy.com/908731304609

password: craftykids

Please use your craftster screen name in the room.
I will be logged in most of the day so feel free to come in and chat about the swap and ask me any ?'s you may have.




Swap name: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2009
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kishcrafts
Co organizer: funthreads

Sign-up date range: from 09/02/09 until 09/06/08 or until full
Partners will be posted no earlier than 09/11/08

TENTATIVE DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Date to send items by:
First send out date: Days 12-7 are due by Dec 1st
Second send out date: Days 6-1 are due by Dec 8th
If you are sending the entire 12 Days all at once, then your send out date is on or before Dec 1st.

Limited to a certain number of people: yes, 32
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
All ages allowed? Or 18+? 18 and over

I reserve the right to deny any craftster's entrance into this swap for any reason including the following...
ANY "negative" feedback comments
poor communication in past swaps
consistently sending late in past swaps
Being a NEWBIE swapper (you must have successfully completed 1 swap prior to signing up for this one)

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

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 successfully completed at least one swap (this does NOT include any of the Ongoing Wishlist Swaps, Shop the Swaps, or any swaps where there wasn't an assigned partner where you were expected to craft at least a minimum of 1 medium and 2 small items) before joining this one. No NEWBIES Allowed!
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:

12 Days of Christmas 2007 original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=195682.0
12 Days of Christmas 2007 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=195684.0

12 Days of Christmas 2008: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265354.0
12 Days of Christmas 2008 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=277365.0

The idea of this swap is to craft for your partner 12 groups of items (78 items in total!!) 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 chtistmas/Winter themed goodies. I promise you won't receive 78 knitted christmas sweaters, mittens and scarves, unless you and your partner agree to do this! HAHA!

You will label the gift individually with the numbers 12-1, so that your partner knows which day is in which package(s). We will start opening the packages on December 14th with the #12 package. Inside would be 12 things. On December 15th you would open the #11 package and inside there should be 11 things. And on and on until on December 25th when you will open the #1 package.

Each day can have a "theme" if you want, but this is not mandatory. You could have day 5 be 5 crocheted granny squares, while day 6 could be a pair of earrings + a set of gift tags + a fabric headband + a tea towel + embossing powder and some handmade paper

I would like to see that the 78 items you send have the following stipulation:  75% handmade 25% store bought
This is approximately 60 handmade and 18 store bought or 59/19. which ever works for you.
If you buy an item from etsy.com, a craft fair, or any other handmade site that is handmade it is considered handmade and may go into the 75% handmade list. Store bought implies COMMERCIALLY manufactured, mass produced and/or supplies.

This is a pretty big swap commitment so if you are not sure that you can fulfill the obligations please do not sign up. This swap will end up taking a lot of time/money/resources, so please plan accordingly. Some of last years participants said they spent a large amount of $$ in shipping alone! Also, it is VERY IMPORTANT that the packages get sent ON TIME so please make sure that you can get to the post office.

The RULES:

1. You must send ALL PM's to kishcrafts and all PM's  must have the subject line: 12 Days of Christmas Swap 2009

2.You must post in the original thread at least once a week! This starts once partners are assigned. That is only about 14 posts.

3.PM's must be sent to kishcrafts (and both co organizers) and your partner when you send and receive.  If you are sending within the USA you must get a DC# and send it to kishcrafts,co organizers and your partner. They cost an extra $.75 in addition to the postage price. If you are sending outside of your country, you must keep your receipt as proof of shipping and send a picture/scan of it to kishcrafts!!! This is mandatory!

5.When you open each days package, you will then need to post in your mini gallery. More info on this will be given after your questionnaire is approved. I ask that you post pictures within a reasonable amount of time. I know that they Holiday season can be quite hectic, but please get them posted within 3 days of opening. All of your pictures will be posted in your mini gallery. Posting pictures is a requirement for this swap! No feedback will be give unless your mini gallery is filled with pictures of your 12 packages. If you don't have a digital camera and cannot get access to one, please ask your partner to take pictures before they send.  

6. There will be a halfway check in point and a one week to go check in point as well. I will send each of you a PM and you must reply back.

7. 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.

DAYS BREAKDOWN:
Days 12, 11, 10, 9 are EXTRA SMALL DAYS
Days 8, 7, 6 are SMALL DAYS
Days 5, 4 are MEDIUM DAYS
Days 3, 2 are LARGE DAYS
Day 1 (Christmas Day) is an EXTRA LARGE SUPER WONDERFUL WISH DAY


Our guidelines are going to be a little different from craftsters guidelines and are:

By Time (hours)
-Extra Large item= 5+
-Large groups = 3-4 PER ITEM
-Medium  groups = 1.5-3 PER ITEM
-Small groups = 30 to 1 hour PER ITEM
-Extra Small groups = under 30 minutes PER ITEM

By Size
Suggestions for size guidelines that came directly from YOU, the wonderful 12 days 2009 swappers Smiley Notice that some things can be moved into the next highest category. Please use your swapping knowledge when it comes to deciding according to your crafting abilities where something fits in.

extra small:
marble magnets, basic earrings, address labels, basic hair jewelry, origami, needlebook, basic pin cushion, basic pendants, shrinky charms, tags, stickers, bookmarks, cat toys, simple note cards, sachets, basic magnets, cookies, small supplies, recipes, fingerpuppts

small:
small handcarved stamps, coasters, decorated frames, bibs, felt food, journals, notebooks, ornaments, earrings, bar of soap, zipper pouch, resin pendants, coffee cozy, drawstring bag, potholders, grocery bags, embellished towels with a strip of fabric, simple stitch markers, hair notions, key chains, crochet dishcloths, small amigurumi, ATC's, DIY  kit with enough supplies to make 1 item

medium:
sacrf, pajamas, baby quilts, bracelets, necklaces, tshirts with iron ons or stencils, paintings, altered altiods tins, basic kntting stuff, thread catcher, set of notecards, poly clay trinkets, medium amigurumi, wrist warmers, hats, eye masks, candles, soap, intricate jewelry, basic purse, embellished jewelry box

large:
blankets, quilts, ceramics, DIY kits with all the supplies needed to make 3-5 items, handspun yarn, sewn clothing, artwork, mosaics, intricate sewn or crocheted purse, intricate jewelry set, treeskirt, painted wineglasses, embriodered pillow cases or clothing, magic yarn ball, apron, weekender bag, day of the week undies, inchies collage, clock, anything knitted with cable


2. If you are sending BAKED GOODS, please only send them if you live in the USA and your partner does too. 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 1st send out package and include them  in the 2nd or send them in a completely separate package so they arrive in a timely manner and don't spoil or go stale.

3. 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. There were a handful of swappers in last years round that received boxes from their swap partners that were WET due to the post office/ups/etc leaving them on the doorstep and a winter rain/snow came through 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. Wouldn't it suck to have worked so hard on a crocheted lap blanket just to send it with some delicious chocolate that melts all over it!! EEP! Sad  

4. Also, if you will be shipping TO a partner that is in a HOT climate during the swap send outs, please do not include any thing that might melt on their swap goodies. Think about wrapping them in a plastic baggie or something similar.

5. Here is some info from the USPS on the Flat Rate Boxes: these can be use 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. And as superhooker mentioned, the Flat Rate boxes themselves are FREE (you still have to pay for postage Tongue ) 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!!

   Flat Rate Boxes are available in multiple sizes and shapes to accommodate a variety of contents and shipping needs.

   Both Flat Rate Boxes, the shirt box size (11" x 8.5" x 5.5") and the shoe box size (13.625" x 11.875" x 3.375"), can be used for domestic and international shipping.
   Available to anywhere in the U.S. for $9.80
   One rate to Canada and Mexico for $23.95
   One rate to all other countries for $38.95
   *20 pound maximum for international shipments

   The Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box, (12" x 12" x 5.5") is 50% larger than the original Flat Rate Boxes.
   Domestic $12.95
   APO/FPO $10.95
   Canada/Mexico $29.95
   Other countries $49.95

   The contents of the flat rate box must be neatly contained inside the box with adhesive packaging tape.
   The box must close securely and retain its shape when taped with adhesive.
   The shape of the box may not be changed or enlarged to fit its contents.

Some swappers last year did say that they had sent HUGE boxes to their partner and used UPS and got some good prices on shipping.

Flat Rate Boxes can be ordered free of charge from the usps here: http://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductCategoryDisplay?catalogId=10152&storeId=10001&categoryId=13359&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=11820&top_category=11820

And if you are curious about the other shipping prices for regular priority/1st class/international you can calculate postage here: http://www.usps.com/tools/calculatepostage/welcome.htm?from=home&page=0061calculatepostage

6. I highly recommend that each of you put together a WIST. A WIST is a huge help for your swap partner. They get to look through all the things you have put into it to get a fell for what you like. Visit WISTS.com for more info.

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

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2  Twilight inspired book charms/earrings/stitch markers in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by kishcrafts on: March 26, 2009 06:14:01 PM
I am always carrying at least one of the Twilight Saga books with me so I thought why not WEAR the Twilight saga on my person as well! HAHA
Twilight & New Moon Earrings (my friend snatched Eclipse & Breaking Dawn)


Twilight Saga Earrings (all 4 book covers in 1)


Twilight Saga stitch markers for a knitting friend


And I had a Twilight DVD party last weekend and one of the prizes was thismy version of the Bellas Bracelet



Thanks for looking!



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3  Re: Alphabet ATC STU Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kishcrafts on: March 02, 2009 05:45:21 PM
here are the 3 cards I received this round:



S is for Sagittarius (when I hold this card up to the light I can see the "stars". The card has little pin prick so the light can shine through!)

T is for Treasure (the edges are burnt on this ATC. It looks like a real treasure map!)

U is for Umbrella Underwear. I must have had umbrella on the brain because of all the rain LOL (this one reminds me of the picture books I had as a kid!)

Thanks!
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4  Re: Beignet (fancy donuts) for Mardi Gras in Recipes and Cooking Tips by kishcrafts on: January 29, 2009 10:54:20 AM
Cafe Du Monde beignets

Look at all that powdered sugar
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5  Re: Twilight: The Movie Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kishcrafts on: January 17, 2009 11:31:12 PM

She had wisted an IQlight and they looked simple enough so I made a special Twilighty one.
[img width=500 height=375]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3011/3048122322_554b2790be.jpg?v=0


Finally my favorite part, which I have ALREADY gotten multiple requests for, THE BAG!
[img width=500 height=375]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3239/3048122496_2ecb18257f.jpg?v=0


I had no idea what an IQlight was but I googled it and I must say that Twilight IQlight you sent must look AWESOME assembled. *jealous*  Grin and that bag is to die for!

Fabulous gallery all around!
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6  Santa, Snowman & Gingerbread Kids Christmas Tree Ornaments in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by kishcrafts on: January 14, 2009 08:21:02 PM
I know you are all "christmased out" LOL but I haven't had time to post these last minute xmas tree ornaments I made on xmas eve. Hubby called and said a few more ppl would be attending  our xmas eve gathering so we needed some cute ornaments quick style. I made 4 Santa, 4 snowmen and 8 gingerbread kids. All of them were made in 2 hours flat!
I used cookie cutters for the shapes. They measured approx 3.5 inches tall Smiley Everyone enjoyed them Cheesy

Star shaped Santa:

Start shaped snowman:

Gingerbread kids:



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7  Re: I need new ideas!--please post your homemade Christmas ornaments in Winter Holidays by kishcrafts on: December 04, 2008 12:14:05 PM
as per a craftster rule, please do not quote images. Take out the [img] things. Smiley
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8  Re: IYP 10: The Craftster Cotillion Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kishcrafts on: November 13, 2008 03:29:08 PM
yay! so glad everything made it safe and sound! Glad to hear that DD is enjoying the foods and maybe she will let you play with them soon. hahahah

I sent Gomerriffic a bunch of clay foods. Mainly food prep boards:



all of the "wooden" boards are the size of a standard business card. Smiley

you can see closeups of each board here

I also sent a few plates of food:
peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese sandwich and a breakfast plate:


And for the lovely Gomerriffic, a Nintendo Piranha plant picture holder:
measure approx the size of my index finger



Thanks for a lovely swap! I look forward to the next round of the IYP, we always have the best and most creative crafts in here!
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9  Food Prep Boards:Thanksgiving Dinner,ChocolateChipCookies,XmasCake,Pumpkin Pie in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by kishcrafts on: November 13, 2008 03:22:17 PM
Food prep boards I made for my Invite Your Partner Round 10 partner and her DD.
All the wooden "boards" are the size of a standard business card.

Thanksgiving Dinner: turkey and stuffing, jellied cranberry, mashed potatoes and butter, peas and bread/rolls


Pumpkin Pie Baking:
1 pumpkin pie ready to go into the oven, bowl with extra pumpkin pie filling, 2 pumpkins and a piping bag of whipped cream


Chocolate Chip Cookies:
1 sheet with baked cookies, 1 ready to go into the oven, bowl of cookie dough, chocolate block, eggs and butter.


Xmas Cake:
swirl cake ready to go into the oven, extra frosting, a piece of cake being rolled out with a rolling pin and some fondant for making the christmas decorations for the top of the next cake


Crawfish boil:
crawfish, corn, potatoes on a piece of newpaper


Sushi:

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10  Re: IYP 10: The Craftster Cotillion Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kishcrafts on: November 06, 2008 05:30:22 PM
I got my package from gomerriffic!! I nearly jumped when the postal truck pulled up to my house and basically attacked my postman. LOL

I have to apologize for the horrific pictures. I will get some better ones when I can go outside tomorrow and use the natural light. My living room lamp is to yellow.

Mr.kishcrafts got a poppet sized replica of himself. I must tell you that he is head over heels for this little guy. Wink He is wearing a pair of jeans, a black sweater, a reversible vest and a pair of blue sneakers. He even has boxers but I didn't get a picture of those yet. Mr. kishcrafts loves the poppet goatee and shoes a bit too much IMO

The silver dress she already had but look at all the fabulous new clothes she received!
a red sequined dress (mr.kishcrafts has a matching scarf. makes him look like a frenchman!! Tongue )
a orange and black striped dress (matches mr.kishcrafts reversible vest)
a ribbon corset
a pair of hot pink fishnet stockings!!! (with a line up the back)
a pair of patent leather shoes
Oh! And a lovely black coat/jacket that didn't photograph too well in that light. Better pics tomorrow, I promise!






and last but not least! A few "extras" gomer whipped up. You spoil me girlfriend!!
Jack Skellington knit hat and a jack cuppycake. I LOVE IT ALL!!!


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