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« on: August 25, 2008 11:07:53 PM »

GALLERY: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=277365.0

Swap name: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2008
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kishcrafts
Co organizer: superhooker
Sign-up date range: from 08/27/08 until 09/13/08
Partners will be posted BY 09/16/08
Date to send items by:
First send out date: Days 12-7 are due by 12/01/08
Second send out date: Days 6-1 are due by 12/08/08
If you are sending the entire 12 Days all at once, then your send out date is on or before 12/01/08

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

ORIGINAL THREAD DISCUSSION FOR THIS SWAP:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=255836.0

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

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 I consider it handmade and may go into the 75% handmade list. Store bought to me 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 2008

2.You must post in the original thread at least once a week! This starts once partners are assigned. That is only about 12 posts.

3.PM's must be sent to kishcrafts 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 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.

Recommendations from your swap organizer:

1. I would recommend that your days 12-7 be "small" items, days 6-4 be "medium" items and days 3-1 be "large" items. Less time intensive things should be made for the larger numbered days and more time intensive projects for the smaller numbered days. Smiley

craftsters guidelines for swaps are as follows:

By Time
-Big = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Little = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Big = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Big = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

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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« Last Edit: August 04, 2009 01:41:10 PM by kishcrafts » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2008 11:13:45 PM »

For anyone of you that filled out or saved last years questionnaire answers there are NEW questions. The NEW ones have an * next to them. There aren't that many new ones, and most just have different wording.

Name of swap: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2008
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?
What method of shipping are you planning on using: (USPS/UPS/FEDEX/ETC)

Would you prefer to RECEIVE: ONLY Christmas/Holiday themed items, ONLY Everyday themed items, or a MIX of both?
Would you prefer to CRAFT: ONLY Christmas/Holiday themed items, ONLY Everyday themed items, or a MIX of both?

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 BIG WISH for something you would REALLY like to receive, what would it be??

Please list 5 smaller wishlist things you would enjoy receiving:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

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?

Any allergies/things to avoid: (skin/internal)
Do you have pets in your household?

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?
*Are your ears pierced?

Favorite scents/smells:
Ones you do not like:

*There can be a gray area with these questions Wink nothing has to be black and white.
*Do you enjoy being in the kitchen/cooking or having someone else cook?
*Do you prefer going to the movie theater or staying in and renting flick?
*Do you prefer being outdoor/nature lover or do you enjoy the concrete jungle?
*Do you prefer sports or anything but?
*Do you enjoy working/having a garden?

Favorite movies:
Favorite HOLIDAY movies:
Favorite music:
Favorite type of Holiday music(carols, religious, classical, etc..):
Favorite TV shows:
Favorite HOLIDAY TV shows:
Favorite books:
Favorite HOLIDAY stories/books:
*Favorite Holiday ANIMAL(s):
*Favorite Animals in general:
*Are there any movies/music/tv shows/books/animals you do NOT like?:

Is there anything that you "collect"?
Your hobbies:

Will you be having a Holiday party this year?
*Would you like your partner to help you with decoration/invites/etc? (not guaranteed!)

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, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, etc....)

Is your Christmas in Summer or Winter?
Will you be away from home this Christmas?
Do you have to work during the Holiday or are you on "vacation"?

What rooms do you decorate with Christmas decorations:
Favorite Holiday Motif (like angels, Santa's, starts, etc..):
General Christmas decorations or themed?
Specific Colors used in decorating?
Do you like miniature things?
Favorite Christmas/Holiday Memory:
Best Christmas/Holiday Present you have ever received:

Would you enjoy receiving food items as your gifts? (cookies, candy, etc..)
If yes:
*Favorite Candies:
1.
2.
3.

*Favorite Cookies:
1.
2.
3.

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 you feel uncomfortable divulging this information, you may leave the sizes blank and only share them with your partner. If there is a particular thing listed you are NOT interested in getting, like a shirt or a headband,  for example, please note it here.
tshirt:
wrist:
finger:
preferred necklace length:
hips (where you would wear a belt):
head (around, like where you would wear a headband):
socks/shoes:

*WISTS link?
*Myspace/Facebook?
*Blog link?

*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?

Do you smoke or come from a smoking household?
Do you have a camera or access to a camera?
Can you post pictures?

Anything else you would like for your partner to know about you...
« Last Edit: August 28, 2008 11:31:27 AM by kishcrafts » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2008 11:17:26 PM »

It will take me a bit of time to go through your profiles and make sure you qualify for this swap so please don't panic if you don't see your name here instantaneously after sending in the questionnaire. Tongue

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE:

means feedback has been given

1. kishcrafts* organizer only
2. rira*
3. Kitten Wrangler
4. psyche
5. oldprin
6. MissDisney*
7. xx_Kellybean*
8. ccswch
9. Gomerriffic*
10. hellobint*
11. littlebiskit
12. hardyswanton01
13. 1boy1girl1kitty2
14. 2711*
15. serendipity_sarah
17. feelix
18. mcbenno
19. GothChics
20. DIY ho
21. mclianne
22. rainbow_storms
23. fiberartsy
24. superhooker*
25. KatyMai
26. ptarmic wumpus
27. ckchan
28. lairsa
29. Lunanne*
30. koalascout    
31. MommytheMaid
32. imafundork
34. iheartzb
35. mlookyloo1
36. misplacedhippie
37. TAOJ*
38. pinkleo
39. bluwave06
40. moonshae
41. yoyowa
42. tattooedcrafter
43. lukenlarry
44. Jenicat
45. FlashleyAshley
46. DropDeadSuzie*
47. beckster
48. Hollistercobabe
49. Silly
50. cuppiecakes83
51. Mamaphunk
52. Dreambelle
53. celticgoddess
54. SheridanLA
55. marcusandila
56. buckeyebeadgirl
57. mimiw
58. deadbathducky
59. boywonder
60. Therisa
61. kaymadben
62. missmoppet
63. sonjabegonia
64. Lootyaj
65. SewingLori*
66. onegroovyday
67. amazon.blonde <- edit feedback


Partners list:

fiberartsy - miss disney *
superhooker - lootyaj Flaked*
kaymadben - mommythemaid *
gomeriffic - katy mai *
dropdeadsuzie - kitten wrangler *
deadbathducky - moonshae *
]imafundork- hellobint *
mcbenno - 2711 *
boywonder - lairsa *
sewing lori - 1boy1gir1kitty2 *
nicolatte dropped out of swap- Homerof2 *dropped out of swap
TAOJ - lunanne *
beckster - gothchics *
ptarmic wumpus - psyche *
buckeyebeadgirl - rira *
iheartzb- flashleyashley *
hollistercobabe - oldprin *
silly (saramaureen) - xx_kellybean *
Therisa - yoyowa *
missmoppet - sonjabegonia*
rainbow_storms -amazon.blonde *
misplacedhippie - ccswch *
SherdianLa - lukenlarry *
dreambelle - marcusandila *
tattooedcrafter - DIY ho flaked*
bluwave06 - pinkleo *
littlebiskit- celticgoddess *
ckchan - serendipity_sarah *
jenicat -mimiw *
feelix (replacement partner) - mlookyloo1 *
hardyswanton01 - mclianne *
cuppiecakes83 - onegroovyday *
koalascout - mamaphunk *
« Last Edit: January 21, 2009 06:24:13 PM by kishcrafts » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2008 12:06:53 AM »

Oh wow, I've only just discovered swaps so I'm not eligible for this one, but I must say that it looks amazing! So much work but it must be so much more worth it at the end.

Have fun everyone and I'm definietly be in for next year!
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2008 05:57:42 AM »

Wow, I'm off on the wrong foot for following directions already!  Holyl cow! 

Sorry Kish, I'll resend my questions tomorrow.  I'm just too darn excited to get started!  *hops up and down*
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2008 06:04:25 AM »

I'm just so darn excited about christmas!
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2008 07:25:38 AM »

Oh man, this would be the ultimate endurance craft project right here!  I don't know though if I could handle the bigger numbers, 12 of something, 11 of something, etc.  And sadly, shipping gets really expensive these days . . . but its tempting to get so many cool things to open in return!

does a pair of slippers count as one item, or two?
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2008 07:49:58 AM »

Let the madness begin! I can't believe I'm signing up for this already!
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2008 08:01:11 AM »

Oh man, this would be the ultimate endurance craft project right here!  I don't know though if I could handle the bigger numbers, 12 of something, 11 of something, etc.  And sadly, shipping gets really expensive these days . . . but its tempting to get so many cool things to open in return!

does a pair of slippers count as one item, or two?

Not everything needs to be crafted, and 12 and 11 are small things, they could be magnets, note cards, stitch markers, things like that.  Those are actually the easy ones!  They could also be small spools of ribbon or other purchased items.  I think Kish said that you need to have about 75% crafted, so some of the small things can be bought, like supplies for your partner.

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2008 08:35:49 AM »

does a pair of slippers count as one item, or two?

I'm not sure... but if I had to guess I would say one because you can't use it unless you have both.  ? 

But I could be wrong!  Anyone know for sure? Smiley


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