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Topic: Little Visitor Swap 17 (Sign Ups Closed, Send Outs 09/30/2013)  (Read 21426 times)
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« on: March 09, 2013 09:58:31 PM »

We have a Gallery! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421885.0

This is a LONG swap. Please understand that I don't want anyone to go MIA, so you are required to check in and post in this thread once a week for the entire swap.  I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of incomplete packages, very late sending, ill-communication, lack of DC #'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap!



Swap name: Little Visitor Swap Round 17
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wildfyre
Co-Organizers: Mountains and Clouds
Sign-up date range: March 10th - March 24th
Date to send out Little Visitor and their contract: Monday April 1st 2013
Send Visitor Back Home: September 30th 2013
Limited to a certain number of people?: 20
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional age requirement? No

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 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, 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

PLEASE READ EVERYTHING BEFORE SIGNING UP!

Details of swap:
Round 10: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305650.0
Round 10 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307737.0

Round 11: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=324176.msg3741893#msg3741893
Round 11 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=324859.msg3750728#msg3750728

Round 12: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=346817.0
Round 12 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=347857.msg4053203#msg4053203

Round 13: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369131.0
Round 13 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369885.0

Round 14: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=382304.0
Round 14 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=382923.msg4532601#msg4532601

LV = LITTLE VISITOR

You will send a Little Visitor (LV) to your partner by April 1st, along with a BIOGRAPHY (likes/dislikes/personality traits) and CONTRACT. Your partner will sign the CONTRACT and send it back to you ASAP. The contract is so that they promise to love and care for your stuffy as if it was their own and to send it home when the LV visit is over.

Here is a sample contract from one of the previous rounds:
http://img97.imageshack.us/my.php?image=swapcontract2um.png
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzzHcTlycpcMWnU2STVfUlhkZVE/edit ( created by  Phoenixfiredesigns, thank you!)

Here is a sample BIO from the one of the previous rounds:
http://thestuffmaker.livejournal.com/11346.html


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 first 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 either this thread or the gallery at LEAST ONCE A WEEK the swap organizers WILL be checking this. If you are going to be away please let us AND your partner know. Failure to check in WILL be reflected in your swap feedback comments.

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.  Of course, the more places they visit, the better!  And be sure to take lots of pictures to send home with your new friend!

You will be required to send at least 15 printed pictures in a scrapbook/journal type thing. I know not everyone is a scrapper/paper crafter but please do you best to send something you are proud of.  I highly recommend sending any additional pics on a CD or even a link to your Flickr/Photobucket gallery of your Little Visitor.

You are also required to send 3 souvenirs/ mementos from the LVs trip.  The souvenirs can be crafted, bought, or both.  Try to send souvenirs that are unique to your area!  In previous rounds, craftsters have made their little visitors outfits or accessories, so you may do that too if you like.  Discuss how much you'd like to send with your partner.

Send your LV home by September 30th.  I know that's a long time for the swap to go on, but we want to give the LV's as many holiday excursions as possible!  If you'd like to send the LV back earlier, again please discuss it with your partner.

IF YOU ARE MAILING WITHIN YOUR OWN COUNTRY, YOU MUST GET A DC 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 (or other proof of mailing that is approved by me before sending)! And I require a picture or scan of the postal receipts so I can verify that you did in fact mail your LV to your partner and also when you have sent your LV back home.


To Reiterate:
* Post a photo of your LV in the thread
* Send your LV, his/her/its bio, and the contract to your partner by April 1st 2013
* Sign your partner's contract and mail it back AS SOON as you receive the LV.
* Take your LV around town and show them the sights!  Make sure they have fun, and stay safe!
* Post photos of your adventures in the gallery
* 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 Sept 30th 2013
* Contact organizers when you send/receive - you MUST supply DC# 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 me know!  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.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE CHOOSING A STUFFY TO SEND
- 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. We have had issues with LVs being too large to bring in a purse etc.
- Swaps arent perfect, and neither is the mail system. Please dont send something youd be heartbroken to lose. There have been flakers in previous rounds.
- For better photos, send a LV that is pose-able (this is just a suggestion, most will not be pose-able, and that is ok)
- Your partner might have allergies, so its best not to send something your cat loves 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 youre up for it, PM me your info (see below) AND post here on the thread. That way Ill know that youll get notification of anything I post here.

If you want to participate, please put LV SWAP ROUND 17 as the subject!!! Send your completed questionnaire to the organizer (Wildfyre). Failure to do so may delay your entry into the swap.
 
NEW ADDITION TO SWAP
If you would like to sign up with a partner, both people must submit a questionnaire.  You WILL NOT be added to list until both questionnaires have been received.  

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Little Visitor Swap Round 17
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 16 year of age:
Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from exchanging your LV with smokers, pet owners et.c.?
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. Swappers 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? (for example, I do not like clowns, so I would not enjoy hosting a LV that is a clown, *shudder*)
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 3 souvenirs/mementos? (these can be handmade or storebought.)
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 WIST/pinterest?
Blog?
Facebook/myspace? (please provide links)

Are you signing up with a partner?
If so, who?


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

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

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Swap Participants-

1. Wildfyre - Alaska, USA
2. Mountains and Clouds Hawaii, USA
3. phoenixfiredesigns Florida, USA
4. Alexampersandra Virginia, USA
5. koalascout Georgia, USA
6. halogenspock Texas, USA
7. Smeddley Kansas, USA
8. stefaniegk - Washington, USA
9. goldfishpollywog - Texas, USA
10. Natasjadreams - Belgium
11. KodaNRoxyDogs - Oregon, USA
12. MissSadieMae - Tennessee, USA
13. PaperBeau- Cornwall, UK
14. leather and lace- Iowa, USA
15. Anofeles - Czech Republic
16. dftba Virginia, USA
17. waterbaby - California, USA
18. cinnamon teal Tennessee, USA
19. whenindoubtsew
20. edenkitty
21. RaeRaggs


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PARTNERS

Wildfyre's Group

Mountains and Clouds - KodaNRoxyDogs
phoenixfiredesigns - Alexampersandra
Whenindoubtsew - Anofeles
Natasjadreams - goldfishpollywog
haolgenspock - Raeraggs

Mountains and Clouds Group

MissSadieMae - edenkitty
dftba - leather and lace
wildfyre - koalascout
waterbaby - cinnamon teal
stefaniegk - Smeddley
PaperBeau - wildfyre
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2013 08:54:30 AM »

It's here, it's here!!! Wheeeeeeeeee!!!!!

I'll be sending Alfred again (though it makes me nervous, after losing Dee, since he was given to me... ).  He had fun last time, and he's a natural traveler!



Did I mention "wheeeeeeeee!!!!"?

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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2013 10:55:01 AM »

I'm gonna have to think on this one. I've had not great luck in previous rounds.  I love showing my LV around though, and it gets me out of the house and exploring. Plus, we are taking a staycation for the first time ever, and plan on visiting some local places I've been really wanting to go ( waterfalls, new places on the coast, a wild animal park!) I'd love to have an LV tag along with me... Hmm. Well see how the next week goes...
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2013 02:29:09 PM »

Ohhh I had so much fun with the last round. And this swap always fills up so fast, so I want to join now... but I'm not sure if I should. I pretty much hit all the fun places for photos around here last round... Maybe I'll shoot for an international partner this round so it will be more speical for them? Smiley Hmmmm...
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2013 04:44:09 PM »

YAY I'M SO EXCITED!!!!! I've been checking daily for this to come up  Grin I loved the last round SO MUCH!



So did Anana, my pineappley friend! (I know, this is the introduction photo from last round. He still looks the same though...) He can't wait to meet a new crafter and go on adventures! And I can't wait to have adventures with my own visitor!
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2013 04:50:14 PM »

Oh I wanna play sent in Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2013 04:53:40 PM »

(I know, this is the introduction photo from last round. He still looks the same though...)

I used the same one, too, I was so excited to get signed up I couldn't possibly have waited to take and download another picture!  Good to see him back for another round - he's so cute, I love seeing his travel pics!
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2013 07:44:17 PM »

I have an adipose named Adi that I thought I would send, but he was made for me and Id hate to loose him. Plus he's alittle on the bigger size
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2013 08:13:19 PM »

I love LV! It's my favorite swap. I want to sign up too but I'm not sure if Giles will be going back out or someone else. I'm still waiting on Giles to come home as he ended up having transportation damage (his box label got removed) and so he got return to sender and he had to be resent to me. So I need to figure out who's going to go out.

*I'll put it out here too that I'm a crazy obsessed LV partner and if anyone else who REALLY gets into it and enjoys like a million pictures (seriously, I sent back 800 photos and videos last round!!) who wants their LV to visit Florida (beaches, Disney, theme parks, etc.) feel free to pm me about pairing up ahead of time. Since I love this swap, I'm always looking for a partner who also loves this swap to get into it like I do. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2013 09:37:01 PM »

Yeeeeaaaaaahhhhh Grin
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