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« on: July 31, 2012 08:24:33 AM »



It’s that time of year again!  Time to sign up for the MINI 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS SWAP!!!!  I know to some it may seem a tad early, but I love knowing there’s a long crafting time.  Especially since this swap is on the bigger side and the holidays can be hectic so, starting early just makes things easier and stress free.  
Anyways, this is a swap for all you Craftsters out there who would like to do a Christmas/Holiday swap but, feel that the original 12 Days Of Christmas swap is too big for them.  Be sure to read everything through and that you understand it all. If you have any questions feel free to post them in this thread or send me a pm.

Swap name: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2012
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: missmoppet
Sign-up date range: from 07/31/12 until 08/14/12 (if we reach 24 swappers we’ll close signups early)
Date to send items by: November 28, 2012
Limited to a certain number of people: 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
All ages allowed? 16 and over, regardless of your age make sure you have a way to the PO and the means to participate in this swap.
  
I reserve the right to deny any Craftster's entrance into this swap for any reason including the following...
ANY "negative" feedback and/or comments
poor communication in past swaps
consistently sending late in past swaps
Note: I will also leave feedback reflecting your actual participation in the swap (good/poor communication, early/late sending, etc)

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 month.  YES
- Has posted at least 15 times.  YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps.  YES
- Does not have any negative feedback.  YES
-Has participated and received positive feedback in at least 1 other swap.  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
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES



Details of swap:

The idea of this swap is to craft for your partner 12 items 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 Christmas/Winter themed goodies. You will make 6 small items for days 1-6, for days 7-10 you will make medium items and days 11 & 12 will be large items. So that is 2 large, 4 medium and 6 smalls for a total of 12 days.

So, the break down will be:
DAYS BREAKDOWN:
Days 1-6 small
Days 7-10 medium
days 11-12 large

In the past round it was 75% crafted items & 25% store bought.
(extras are optional and are solely up to you.)

Below are Craftster guidelines for size requirements to help everyone. If you are having troubles with a certain size feel free to make an equivilant to the particular size. For instance, instance instead a medium you could look at the guidelines and substitute the 1 medium for perhaps 2 or 3 smalls. Just be sure to look at the guidelines and use your best judgement. Put yourself in your partner’s shoes and ask yourself if you think you’d would be happy with the equivilant of the items they choose. And, if in doubt you can always send a pm to me and get a second opinion and if you’re still in doubt ask another person in this swap. Anyways, here are the guidelines.

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

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

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse, DIY kits, blankets, bags, totes, cable knitted items, place mat sets, cable leg warmers, pretty knit socks, kitchen set of potholders/apron, set of embellished dish towels.
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf, wrist warmers, thread catcher, note card set, hats, magic yarn ball, embroidered pillow case, apron, stencil shirts.
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks, hand carved stamps, coasters, pot holder, key chain, dish clothes, decorated frames, journals, head bands, pincushion, heat packs.

Please note-these are just ideas of crafts to make.  I have potholders in the ‘small’ category.  However if you make an  intricate one with lots of pieces or an embroidered one it could also count as a medium, or if you make a set of 4 that could be considered medium too.  I just put it in the ‘small’ category because I was thinking of one simple potholder.  So, please use your best judgement with sizes.  You can always ask my opinion or another swappers opinion if you want.  I think the most important thing is to put yourself in the receivers shoes “Would you be happy receiving a simple potholder as a small item?  Would you be happy if your large item was a cabled scarf?”  Anyways…..

And the link to last years gallery for more ideas.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395229.0

Note:  In the past there has been slight confusion on how to label packages.  So just to make it clear the first package you want your partner to open,  you label as #1.  Then for the 2nd package you want them to open you’d label #2 the second and so on.  So, #12 package would be the last package opened.  You can also label them by dates, as in put 'DEC 14th' on the first gift your partner will open then the last gift would be labeled DEC 25th.  Either way you want to label them is fine.  Just make sure that the small gifts are opened first and the last gifts opened are the large.

The RULES:
1. You must send ALL PM's to missmoppet and all PM's must have the subject line: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2012.  This makes it so much easier on me.

2.You must post in the original thread at least once a week! This starts once partners are assigned. That is only about 10 posts. I know some people don’t like to post/check in. So I’m going to make it fun for everyone. As every Monday I will post a simple question. All you do is answer it and say one of the following: a) still crafting, b)done crafting or c)mailed items

3.PM's must be sent to missmoppet and your partner when you send and receive. If you are sending within the USA or Canada you must get a DC# / tracking # and send it to missmoppet and your partner. If you are sending outside of your country, you must keep your receipt as proof of shipping, it will be requested if there are any problems! This is mandatory!

4.When you open each days package, you will then need to post in the gallery. 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 5 days of opening. Posting pictures is a requirement for this swap! If you don't have a digital camera and cannot get access to one, please ask your partner to take pictures before they send.

5. 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
If you are uncertain please check Craftsters guidelines as well as your local post office

2. If you are sending BAKED GOODS, please only send them if you and your partner live in the same country. 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 package and send them individually 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. Because of the time of the year packages can get WET due to the post office/ups/etc leaving them on the doorstep 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.

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. The Flat Rate boxes themselves are FREE (you still have to pay for postage ) 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!! Canada has some shipping envelopes that can be used within the country or region and prices will vary, but if you are sending something heavy they are a good choice.

6. I highly recommend that each of you put together a WIST or a PINTEREST. These are  a huge help for your swap partner. They get to look through all the things you have put into it to get a feel for what you like.  

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

AND AS A REMINDER:
Please remember to keep in the holiday spirit.  Extras are optional-but quality is NOT optional.  I want everyone to recieve nice items that were crafted/bought with them in mind.  So, in other words “Please read their questionnaire over and over and make sure you are sending them something they will like, and not just random things thrown in a box.  It’s never fun to receive a ‘thought-less’ package, especially when they worked hard to make you crafty wonderfull-ness from the heart.



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Questionnaire to PM to missmoppet:

Name of swap: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2012
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?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old
Any allergies?
Any pets/smokers/allergenes in your home?
Do you have a camera and can post pictures in the gallery?
Posting once a week in the thread is REQUIRED are you willing to do this?
Would you prefer to RECEIVE: ONLY Christmas/Holiday themed items, or a MIX of both Christmas/Holiday and everyday items, or ONLY everyday items?

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 (or 2) BIG WISH for something that can be crafted, what you would REALLY like to receive, what would it be??

Please list 7 smaller “wishlist” things you would enjoy receiving:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

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?
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?
Favorite scents/smells:
Ones you do not like:

If your wanting holiday themed items please answer the following questions.  If don’t want holiday items please skip to the next set of questions.
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....)
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?

Would you enjoy receiving food items as your gifts? (cookies, candy, etc..)
If yes please list some of your favorites:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Do you have 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’d like any clothing/jewelry items please list your sizes below.  If you don’t want any of these items, you can skip this section.
t-shirt:
wrist:
finger:
preferred necklace length:
hips (where you would wear a belt):
head (around, like where you would wear a headband):
socks/shoes:

To help your partner be more intuned to your likes/dislikes as well as particular items you would be thrilled to receive please post links to following below.
*wist?
*pinterest?
*any other wish lists & ect?


*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?
*Any other friend or family member to be included?

Anything else you would like for your partner to know about you...

Do not reply to your questionnaire here, please PM it to missmoppet
« Last Edit: August 05, 2012 09:01:31 AM by missmoppet » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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-Currently crafting.....A Weasley blanket.  I'd love some squares made from fellow Craftsters.
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2012 08:26:53 AM »

Our lovely group of swappers:

1.   missmoppet
2.   raewolo
3.   misskohaku
4.   Helena Puck
5.   cherry_blossom55
6.   Mountains and Clouds
7.   gotgrey
8.   crazy4bags
9.   quaggy
10.  margiej
11.  texscrapper
12.  redstar13
13.  mama24boyz
14.  Breegy
15.  Alliekat914
16.  smashu
17.  gigglygirl
18.  pearljam94
19.  adrienne_bowers
20.  Eiseldora
21.  Thimbles71
22.  PurplePaisley
23.  Miss Barbara
24.  cursive_queen

Whoo-hoo for partners!

green-you sent
blue-your package has been recieved
purple-done and feedback given
red-contact me immediantly



1.  cherry_blossom55 ~ pearljam94
2.  marjiej ~ quaggy
3. mama24boyz ~ crazy4bags
4.  Eiseldora ~ raewolo
5.  gotgrey ~ Helena Puck
6.  Alliekat914 ~ smashu
7.  Thimbles71 ~ Adrienne Bowers
8.  Gigglygirl ~ PurplePaisley
9.  Miss Barara ~ texscrapper
10. cursive_queen ~ missmoppet
11. misskohaku ~ Breegy
12. Mountains and Clouds ~ redstar13
« Last Edit: December 30, 2012 08:07:32 AM by missmoppet » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2012 08:27:39 AM »

saved in case
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raewolo
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2012 09:38:25 AM »

Sent mine in! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2012 10:57:19 AM »

Haha oh no!  I really want to do this, but I have to make sure I can pull it off.... Thank goodness for the long crafting time. ... I might just have to fill out the questionnaire!
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2012 12:40:36 PM »

I think I'll be in for this one. Haven't done a swap in a long time and I just love crafting holiday gifts Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2012 01:05:41 PM »

I don't have a spot quite yet but I should very soon.  Gonna go work on the questionnaire hoping that I'll be able to get in in time!!
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2012 02:30:33 PM »

Haha oh no!  I really want to do this, but I have to make sure I can pull it off.... Thank goodness for the long crafting time. ... I might just have to fill out the questionnaire!

I was thinking the same thing!!

I can't say no to a chrismas swap!! AHHHH such a huge questionaire to fill out- off to procrastinate from homework and fill it out! Wink
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2012 03:35:00 PM »

Ya!  Four swappers already joined!  For those thinking of joining.....we're waiting for ya'll! Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2012 04:01:03 PM »

I suddenly got scared that this swap was going to fill up and sent in my questionnaire!  I guess I'm in!
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