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Title: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 02, 2009 05:44:03 PM
STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)

Swap name:  Shop the Swap Community Holiday Appreciation Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: oneredboot
Co-organizer:  AsphaltQueen
Sign-up date range:  11/02-11/06
Date to send item by: 12/07

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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 month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:
This Secret Santa-style swap—open to all current and former members of STS—is a chance to build some STS spirit, express our appreciation for this great community, and have a little low-stress holiday fun—for whatever winter holiday you celebrate!  

This is a low-stress swap:  we will be swapping one medium and two small items.  According to Craftster, medium and small items are equivalent to the following:
MEDIUM  = 2 to 3 hours, $10-$30 (a set of notecards, a scarf, a simple bag)
SMALL  = less than 2 hours, less than $10 (earrings, a wallet, a bookmark)

Extras and spoiling are fine—just keep in mind that since this isn’t a “partner” swap, there’s no way to ensure that you will be equally spoiled!   Whatever you send, be sure to wrap your items in a holiday fashion.
  
This swap is all about the secret.  Your partner won’t know who you are until opening your package.  In turn, you won’t know who will be sending to you until you receive.  That means that when you receive your partner's info, you will stalk her in silence.  You must NOT contact your partner and let her know who you are!  And be careful when posting in the STS forum!  

You may reveal yourself in the package you send, or if you prefer, in the gallery thread after your partner posts photos of your package.  As STSers, we might recognize one another’s addresses, so revealing yourself in your package is probably the way to go.  

As for revealing your partner to the group in the forum:  

When you receive, WAIT UNTIL DEC 14 (one week after send-outs) to name the person who sent your package in the thread.  

Or, if you (as a sender) didn't identify yourself in the package you sent, you can reveal your identity in the forum after the 14th.    

In the meantime, feel free to post gallery photos of the package you received.  It's also fine to chatter about who might have sent which package!


As in STS, you must agree to send internationally.  You may not have to, but as in STS, we want to make this an inclusive community!  Since this is a small swap, shipping should not be expensive.

Throughout the swap, you will be expected to:
* PM your group leader (either oneredboot or AsphaltQueen) when you send and when you receive.  Remember NOT to PM your partner!!     If you are sending within your own country, you must have a DC# (delivery confirmation number).  Include the DC in your “package sent” PM.  If you are sending outside of your country and cannot get a tracking number, you must keep your receipt as proof of shipping.
* When you receive, post photographs in the gallery

If you want to participate, PM oneredboot and AsphaltQueen with the following information.  We're keeping the q'nnaire short since most of us have swapped multiple rounds of the STS with each other--and also to keep the swap low-stress!

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap  STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name and mailing address, including the country (formatted for mailing)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (YES/NO)
Are you willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (To join, you must be willing):  
Have you read the swap info (in this post) carefully and commit to follow the rules of the swap? (YES/NO)

In which rounds of STS have you participated?  (You only need to list at least one round so that we can verify your participation in that swap!)

URL for your wists:
URL for your blog (if you’ve got one):

Do you have any allergies?  
Any allergens in your home?

Which winter holiday do you celebrate?
What are your favorite holiday traditions?  
Is it OK to include one or more holiday-themed items in your package?  

What are your favorite colors, materials, or themes?  

For specialized items:
Shirt size?
Wrist size?
Waist measurement?
Foot measurement from toe to heel?
Head measurement?

Anything else you'd like your partner to know?  


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide (https://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html) to find other rules about participating in a swap.

LIST OF APPROVED SWAPPERS:
 
1.   oneredboot
2.   AsphaltQueen
3.   A2K
4.   ptarmic wumpus
5.   sheepblue
6.   Zelda.Suicide
7.   TwiztidBlood
8.   lapoli
9.   corduroy cat
10.  superhooker
11.  sin esperanza
12.  loves2experiment
13.  pseudo_pix
14.  alteredmommy
15.  freestyle
16.  atsuko
17.  Nesse


ONEREDBOOT's swappers (please PM oneredboot when you send / receive):
A2K  SENT / REC
AsphaltQueen SENT / REC
corduroy cat SENT / REC
lapoli SENT / REC
Nesse SENT / REC
pseudo_pix SENT / REC
sheepblue SENT / REC
superhooker SENT / REC
Zelda.Suicide SENT /REC


strike-through = feedback left

 GALLERY  (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326608.0)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 02, 2009 05:45:52 PM
AsphaltQueen's group (please pm me and only me when sending and receiving)


strikethrough - feedback left

alteredmommy - SENT/REC
atsuko - SENT/REC
freestyle - SENT
loves2experiment - SENT/REC
oneredboot - SENT/REC
ptarmic wumpus - SENT/REC

sin esperanza - SENT/REC
twiztidblood - -SENT/REC


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: superhooker on November 02, 2009 06:07:23 PM
Ooooh, looks like fun!!!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: freestyle on November 02, 2009 06:19:59 PM
I just sent out a swap package today via priority. Hope it arrives and I get feedback before this closes!! Super-awesome idea ORB!!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 02, 2009 06:34:40 PM
Yay!  This is going to be fun!  :D  Filling out my questionaire right now!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on November 02, 2009 06:40:43 PM
Yay!!  Thanks so much for organizing ORB and AQ!!! 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 02, 2009 06:51:48 PM
Yay! I can't resist!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 02, 2009 07:00:09 PM
Yay!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: alteredmommy on November 02, 2009 07:15:41 PM
oh geez, I was on a self imposed swap fast until I got some stuff around here done......I'll see how my week goes because this sounds like FUN!!!!!! :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 02, 2009 07:28:07 PM
Well, that was thoroughly exhausting to fill out, haha.  I think I got everything in there.   ;D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 02, 2009 07:35:59 PM
oh geez, I was on a self imposed swap fast until I got some stuff around here done......I'll see how my week goes because this sounds like FUN!!!!!! :)

C'mon, AM, you gotta join! All the cool kids are doing it! (Besides, it's a smaller swap, so it really won't take all that long!)

You, too, superhooker!

I think we've already got about half a dozen sign-ups in the last two hours. Woo-hoo!

Can you tell I'm addicted to STS and my STS friends? Between this and Vegas, I'm STOKED!!!! ;D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: alteredmommy on November 02, 2009 07:41:15 PM
being in canada I would have to send to the US by December 1 to guarantee christmas delivery so I have to determine if I can get something done early.  for once ::)  





Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 02, 2009 08:48:21 PM
Im about to sign up, and this will be my 100'th swap! I think this swap is a fab way to celebrate!!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sin esperanza on November 03, 2009 01:22:57 AM
wow twiz... you rule!  I'll work on my questionnaire too.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: lapoli on November 03, 2009 04:55:15 AM
I sent in my info this morning. :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: pseudo_pix on November 03, 2009 06:12:26 AM
I am awaiting feedback on the Eastern Religions swap but when that comes I'm all in :)



Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 03, 2009 06:14:36 AM
If you sent us a sign-up PM, you should see this swap in your profile!  


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 03, 2009 06:33:33 AM
i'm in! ;D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 03, 2009 06:55:20 AM
Im about to sign up, and this will be my 100'th swap! I think this swap is a fab way to celebrate!!

100 swap?!?  WOW!  You are a swapping machine!  I've only done 39 swaps (and then these 2 in the pending)... and I have been swapping since Jan. 2006!  I used to swap a lot more... back when Q actually took naps and stuff, haha.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 03, 2009 08:25:35 AM
Ive been swapping since july 06, and organized or co organized 42 of them hahahaha, im out of my mind.

Im excited to get my secret person!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: superhooker on November 03, 2009 08:58:22 AM
I just sent my info!  This will be my 115th swap!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: alteredmommy on November 03, 2009 09:09:15 AM
**bows to the swap goddess**  wow.....


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 03, 2009 09:38:24 AM
oh man, so many talented crafters in this swap! can't wait!!!!!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 03, 2009 10:22:49 AM
oh man, so many talented crafters in this swap! can't wait!!!!!

I know!  This swap gallery is going to be the most wisted ever!  :D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 03, 2009 11:13:05 AM
So do we open our packages on arrival?  :D I always have the hardest time waiting  ::) lol


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 03, 2009 11:27:57 AM
I was just about to come ask the same!  With my birthday 2 days before Christmas it's super hard to wait when I have even more packages sitting and taunting me!
But I will if I HAVE to...


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 04, 2009 05:39:23 AM
This sounds like a lotta fun :D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 04, 2009 06:02:36 AM
We're up to 12 swappers!  :)

As for when to open...I know that I can't wait.  NO way.  I'm opening my package as soon as I get it!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 04, 2009 06:51:40 AM
can my partner just post themself to me so i can keep them as my craft minion?? ;D i promise to feed and water you, and give you plenty of hugs! and i know that a craftster is for life, not just for christmas!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: pseudo_pix on November 04, 2009 07:04:32 AM
I just sign up!^^


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on November 04, 2009 07:47:41 AM
can my partner just post themself to me so i can keep them as my craft minion?? ;D i promise to feed and water you, and give you plenty of hugs! and i know that a craftster is for life, not just for christmas!

Heehee!  Sounds like a grand vacation to me.  :) 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 04, 2009 09:16:43 AM
Well, if you get your secret person posted to you, I want mine posted to me too!
I never remember to water the plants, or feed the fish, but I promise to try harder! hahaha


I want sign ups to end now, hahaha. Ive never done a secret santa


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: superhooker on November 05, 2009 08:50:22 AM
Hey!  where's the famous STS chatter?  I thought for sure this thread would be 20 pages long by now!!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 05, 2009 08:55:37 AM
OK, here's a chatter-starter:

What crafty plans do you guys have for the holidays??

I'm sure everyone already knows this, but I made socks for everyone on my Xmas list this year!  I'm planning to spend one day during the Thanksgiving holidays packing them all up (they'll be wrapped in screenprinted bags that rangerbeth made!) so that I can ship on Dec 1.  Goal, not likely reality.  :)

I also try to send xmas cards right after Thanksgiving.  Last year I made them all in January, so they are ready to go!  I was thinking of using print-out address labels this year, but I think it's more trouble than it's worth.  Maybe not in the long run, but since my dissertation has taken over my life this year, maybe this isn't the year for it...what do you guys do?   Hand write or print out?   

What else do you plan to do between now and the holidays??


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 05, 2009 08:59:22 AM
Hey!  where's the famous STS chatter?  I thought for sure this thread would be 20 pages long by now!!

I'm wondering about that as well ;)  Once I find out who I'm craftserstalking and sending to, you won't hear a peep from me...or you might hear me chatter non-stop, just to mix things up a bit and to keep my partner guessing ;D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 05, 2009 09:08:22 AM
I usually work on my holiday cards in November and mail them out the week after Thanksgiving as well!  Since I only send out ~ 60 to 70 cards, I write everything by hand (no form letters for moi!) :D 

As for gifts, I do a mixture of small handcrafted items and store-bought gifts (i.e. each recipient gets a handcrafted something along with a gift or giftcard). 

Last but not least, I plan to stay calm and not get overly stressed out by the holiday mayhem :D 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 05, 2009 09:33:27 AM
Arg... this Christmas will sadly not be as crafty as the past 2-3 years have been (last year 90% of my gifts were handmade, almost all by me)... I usually got my list started in August/September and was mostly done by Thanksgiving... I have a whole lot of nothing done this year.  I have lots of gifts made by you guys so I am sticking with the handmade pledge.  There are things I would like to make, but I just don't see them coming together in time and that makes me sad.  But everyone will understand as they all know I have spent the past 2 months throwing up more than anything else.  There will be lots of baked good gifts this year I have a feeling, haha.  We will probably get our Christmas card picture taken over Thanksgiving (while we are in VA Beach with the inlaws) and I will try to get them mailed out within a week or 2 after Thanksgiving... the ones that will go to the Grandparents and Great Grandparents will have ornaments that Q will be painting in them (just plain wooden cheap ones).  We don't send many Christmas cards, like less than 20, so it's not really a big deal...

I am really looking forward to getting our Christmas tree up though!  And displaying all the cool video game themed ornaments you guys have made for us!  (I still need more!)  And my birthday doesn't always suck... though my husband is threatening to be in Kansas City for it (he almost was last year, he got home at 3am on my birthday)... he and his dad want to go to a Chiefs game (at home), so yea... Booooo that, they should have done it last year when I wasn't pregnant (I will 24 weeks on my birthday).


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 05, 2009 09:40:41 AM
Since I only send out ~ 60 to 70 cards, I write everything by hand (no form letters for moi!) :D 


Wait...ONLY 60 to 70?  I send out 30!!  But then, I'm a poor grad student....  :) 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 05, 2009 09:49:40 AM
Since I only send out ~ 60 to 70 cards, I write everything by hand (no form letters for moi!) :D 


Wait...ONLY 60 to 70?  I send out 30!!  But then, I'm a poor grad student....  :) 


See why I have to get them started in November? :P  And that's not even counting the cards I include in gifts when I get together with friends for a holiday meal...but those don't really count because they don't need to be mailed ::)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: freestyle on November 05, 2009 09:50:21 AM
Lol, I think I win the award for least cards sent out. We send 3- one to Jeff's grandparents, one to his mom, and one to his uncle.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 05, 2009 10:35:35 AM
Haha, that's how we used to be freestyle, one to each of the 3 sets of grandparents and that was that, then we would give the same cards to all our parents, when we saw them in person for gift giving and such... but with our friends finally getting married and such they have started sending out cards so I feel like we should send them back... and now that the husband works from home and doesn't see any of his coworkers he likes to send a card to one or 2 of them... I made a couple baby things for one of them last year (she was due like new years or something), so cute... she's probably the coworker he works closest with (she requested pictures of Q the other day, haha).
We don't send a letter of what's being going on for the last year or anything like that with them though... the blog (that I don't update often enough) and emails (plus the husband sends 2-3 letters with pictures throughout the year) take care of that. 

Anyone have any suggestions for my brother's gf and my BIL's gf?  They are both 20, in college, one I get along a lot better with than the other (and see a lot more often)... one is adorably nerdy and I am not really sure what the other does... :/  the brothers/BIL are not helpful in this matter.  They both will be receiving a cupcake bathbomb and that's as far as I have gotten...


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 05, 2009 10:44:20 AM
I love the idea of sending out cards, but I feel funny writing about "well this is how my year was, merry christmas!" Most of the people I would be writing to anyway would already know all the stuff going on anyway. I am determined one holiday eventually to do it though. I am pretty good about sending thank you notes after christmas - not so much when i was a kid though  ::)

I finished most of my Christmas gift gathering thanks to the help of you guys! Which is the whole reason why I don't feel too guilty joining this swap  :D I am sad though that this will probably be my last swap for a while since I'll be swamped with school work. I'll miss all the STS chatter for sure.

Also I think the reason why it's been so quiet here is because there's still tons of chatter on the STS discussion thread lol. I'm sure it'll pick up here  ;)

ZS - when is your birthday? Mine is the 29th. My parents have always been really good about having a separate day to celebrate my birthday. Although having parties when I was a kid was always a bummer since I'd usually have to wait until April or May just for better weather and because kids were always gone on trips during the holidays.

For the 20 yr olds maybe a cute pouch like you make  :D with some jewelry inside or something? For my boyfriend's brother's gf I'm giving her a scarf, bathbombs, and jewelry (I think...I can't remember if there's anything else LOL).


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 05, 2009 11:01:33 AM
ZS - when is your birthday? Mine is the 29th. My parents have always been really good about having a separate day to celebrate my birthday. Although having parties when I was a kid was always a bummer since I'd usually have to wait until April or May just for better weather and because kids were always gone on trips during the holidays.

For the 20 yr olds maybe a cute pouch like you make  :D with some jewelry inside or something? For my boyfriend's brother's gf I'm giving her a scarf, bathbombs, and jewelry (I think...I can't remember if there's anything else LOL).

Mine's Dec. 23... it was awful as a kid... we usually had my party (some kind of craft party) with like 5-10 gfs 2 weeks before (so that school was still in so no one had left for vacations yet), but my parents were the worst about combining my gifts... even still my dad does it... my inlaws though have always kept it seperate which is nice. 

I wonder if they would like any of AQs jewelry... good idea!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: alteredmommy on November 05, 2009 11:06:09 AM
 I've put on my rose coloured swapping goggles and decided that I can get everything done that needs doing around here.....I will be sending in my signup later.  so is anyone else thinking of signing up?  I don't want to make the swap numbers uneven  :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 05, 2009 11:17:08 AM
You should definitely come play with us am!! :D  I don't think you have to worry about "making the swap numbers uneven" because (and swap organizers, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!) I think the person you're craftsterstalking won't necessarily be the person who craftsterstalks you?   Having said that, it would be pretty creepy/hilarious if a pair of swappers did end up craftsterstalking each other ;D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 05, 2009 11:18:02 AM
get in here you! *drags AM to signups

i send out about 4-7 xmas cards, mainly to family. atsuko made mine this year, i can't wait for them to arrive! :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 05, 2009 11:30:44 AM
get in here you! *drags AM to signups


LOL.  Ahem.  Perhaps it's easier to entice her by scattering a bunch of rusty bottle caps, skeleton keys and interesting bits of paper scraps? ;)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on November 05, 2009 11:36:32 AM
I love getting cards and handwritten notes are so great!  I hope my crafty friends will send some my way!  *hint, hint*  We'll be sending ours to get made into photo greetings soon.  Lana will be sporting Ptarmic's dress.  :)

Lana and I plan to make simple felt ornaments and candy reindeer.  The ornaments will be added as decorations on packages for her teachers.  We'll also do lots of baking!  I got an excellent gingerbread cookie cutter house set from Kayrun that I'm dying to try!  There is sooo much to do especially since Lana has so many teachers and friends from all of her various classes.  My head is spinning trying to think about all of it!

Thank goodness I have a talk to worry about instead. ;)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 05, 2009 11:46:42 AM
hahahaha! actually, that would be a good way to lure me somewhere as well :D

get in here you! *drags AM to signups


LOL.  Ahem.  Perhaps it's easier to entice her by scattering a bunch of rusty bottle caps, skeleton keys and interesting bits of paper scraps? ;)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: superhooker on November 05, 2009 11:50:57 AM
I have a giant christmas knitting list this year, but I'm steadily working on it, so I'm still optomistic!!

We generally send out quite a few cards.  My mom's family is HUGE so I have lots of aunts and uncles and cousins.  I usually send them out the day after thanksgiving.  This year, though, my mom's family is having their big "christmas" party the week before thanksgiving.  ::) ::) ::) (looonnnng story with that one)  Sooo, I plan to just give them their cards in person and save on stamps!!

Oh, and I'm using AQ's Peru cards as xmas cards! 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 05, 2009 12:10:22 PM
Yeah, I think I've figured out how to recruit you and am...think that would work for Phizzy as well? ;D  cc, for you, I'd even throw in a bunch of fiber to sweeten the deal ;)

hahahaha! actually, that would be a good way to lure me somewhere as well :D

get in here you! *drags AM to signups


LOL.  Ahem.  Perhaps it's easier to entice her by scattering a bunch of rusty bottle caps, skeleton keys and interesting bits of paper scraps? ;)


I have a giant christmas knitting list this year, but I'm steadily working on it, so I'm still optomistic!!

You can do it!  I've seen you produce knitted items in record time...which is frickin' amazing by my standards :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 05, 2009 12:52:00 PM
goodness, I only send like 10'ish cards. I do send mostly to gals here on craftster. Ill make sure you get a card rox haha

I need to start thinking of what I want to make for in them and start thinking what I want the cards to look like.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: freestyle on November 05, 2009 01:00:18 PM
I love getting cards and handwritten notes are so great!  I hope my crafty friends will send some my way!  *hint, hint*

Hehe- you'll know what mine will look like since you're making them.  :D

The package I sent out is getting delivered today!! With a bit of luck I'll have feedback before the signups close! It's going to be tight. I pre-filled out my questionnaire just in case.  ;D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 05, 2009 01:01:44 PM
im sure the lovely organizers will wait for you!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 05, 2009 02:09:20 PM
I used to send out 20 - 30 Xmas cards, but only sent out about 6 last year because no one seemed to send me cards in return. Wouldn't you know it, that's the year everyone decided to send me one? And of course, by the time I got mine, it was too late to mail out to them without it looking like I felt obligated.

This year, though, I'm ready. I made my Xmas cards last night (woot!) and am entering all the addresses for people I need to send them to into a Christmas planner I got from mlsocci. (That planner is great, by the way. You track Xmas cards by the year and have spots to enter all your gift planning information.) My goal is to send to my family and craftster friends just after Thanksgiving.

In the Xmas crafting front, I've got my list made. Lots of jewelry this year - I found a deal on some freshwater pearls, so a lot of the ladies will be getting multistrand necklaces of those. I'm also going to do some knitting (wish me luck - I'm a slow knitter!) and I'm making fleece blankets for my nieces and nephews. And I did some glassblowing yesterday and need to do one more session to finish up my glass gifts.

superhooker, let me know if you need more peru cards. I can easily make some up and send 'em your way! (I'm super geeked someone's actually mailing my cards to someone other than a craftster.) That gets me thinking... I've got xmas cards in my STS shop now, but I should make up some "fancy" ones with my black and white tree photography. The photos are from the Grand Canyon during winter and would make awesome Xmas cards. Hmmm...

Oh, and zelda, if one of the girlfriends is geeky, she might dig the steampunk jewelry. Both atsuko and I have some in our shops (and both of us can do a lot of different things if you don't see something ready-made in our stores). Otherwise, a stenciled tshirt might be cool. Even a simple one, with a sparrow or cherry blossoms or owl or something pretty generic.

There - was that chatty enough for you all? Ask for chattiness and you know I can take care of it!  (sneakily looks around for moderators to see if they're checking this sorta-STS thread for off-topic chatting, too - KIDDING! ;D )


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: superhooker on November 05, 2009 03:37:55 PM
Ahem, technically all talk of christmas IS on topic, because it is a christmas-y swap.


Start talking about valentines day, however, and your ass is grass! ;D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 05, 2009 04:06:20 PM
haha!  I've missed you superhooker!  :D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on November 05, 2009 05:30:04 PM
Freestyle, I'm sorry that I haven't posted them to you yet.  They're done.  Just having a tough time with my presentation and haven't made the time to mail them out.  I'm sorry.

I really hope I can join this swap.  It's always a blast with this group!!!



Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 05, 2009 05:34:35 PM
Start talking about valentines day, however, and your ass is grass! ;D

Does that mean you're the mower?

And to stay on topic - santa, stockings, tree, presents, angels, krumpus, elves, star... ;D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: alteredmommy on November 05, 2009 06:38:49 PM
I'm in.....so where are the rusty bottlecaps? ;)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 05, 2009 06:45:27 PM
wooo! now what to do about phizzy? ;) maybe bottlecaps and BACON?


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 05, 2009 06:55:15 PM
I'm in.....so where are the rusty bottlecaps? ;)

We'll find you the rusty bottlecaps (and then some!) in February ;)

wooo! now what to do about phizzy? ;) maybe bottlecaps and BACON?

She's being pretty quiet, isn't she?  *grin* 

I'm getting pretty psyched about this swap!  Can't wait to find out who I'm crafting for *fidgets impatiently*



Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 05, 2009 08:19:17 PM
me too! I cant stand suprises!!!! Give me my secret swapper hahaha


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: lapoli on November 06, 2009 06:49:29 AM
This swap is perfect for me as I sometimes have trouble remembering to respond to PMs. :)

ORB - With the swap ending this evening, do you expect to have partners tonight or tomorrow?? (I'm not rushing, just curious!)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 06, 2009 07:11:53 AM
the signup list is so awesome! i'd love to craft for any of you :D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: A2K on November 06, 2009 07:24:56 AM
I don't know how I missed this thread -- forgot to bookmark! 

I send ZERO Christmas cards.  Isn't that terrible?  I quit several years ago and don't feel in the least obligated! 

I'm ready to get all stalkerish! 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 06, 2009 07:26:23 AM
This swap is perfect for me as I sometimes have trouble remembering to respond to PMs. :)

ORB - With the swap ending this evening, do you expect to have partners tonight or tomorrow?? (I'm not rushing, just curious!)


AQ and I decided that we'll do partners tonight, so you can expect a PM with your partner's info either tonight or tomorrow AM.  :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 06, 2009 07:38:47 AM
Woooooohooooooo!  This is going to be so much fun!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on November 06, 2009 07:39:44 AM
Yipee!!  Just sent in my info!  :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Nesse on November 06, 2009 08:14:21 AM
I'm off to work right now but I am so in!
don't close it without me!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 06, 2009 08:30:08 AM
yay!! partners!!!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 06, 2009 08:54:02 AM
Whatever you send, be sure to wrap your items in a holiday fashion.

*gulp*  I'm gonna have to work on my gift wrapping skills :P  While I have no problems packing an item to make sure it gets there in one piece, I have a hard time making it look pretty as well ::)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 06, 2009 08:56:41 AM
They make colored bubble wrap!  :D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 06, 2009 08:57:49 AM
Whatever you send, be sure to wrap your items in a holiday fashion.

*gulp*  I'm gonna have to work on my gift wrapping skills :P  While I have no problems packing an item to make sure it gets there in one piece, I have a hard time making it look pretty as well ::)

I'm planning to make a drawstring bag!  I KNOW that you can do that, loves2exp, because I've claimed some from you...  :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 06, 2009 09:00:59 AM
eep! nicely wrapped eh? i can barely write my name legibly! maybe if i don't do it in a rush (as per usual) it might turn out nice? ;) i might try decorating fused plastic grocery bags and using that as giftwrap just to keep it crafty.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: superhooker on November 06, 2009 09:03:01 AM
Are people planning to send the types of stuff they have in their shops?  Or is everybody wanting to do something totally different?

I've been on a serious spinning spree...maybe I'll get to send some handspun. (obviously, as long as my pard would actually want it!)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: lapoli on November 06, 2009 09:04:16 AM
That's a good question, superhooker. I think I'm just going to have to wait and see who I get partnered with to know what types of things I will be sending. :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 06, 2009 09:41:38 AM
I'm *trying* not think about that until we get partners... but there are just too many ideas to make them stop!  ACK!  Maybe that's what's causing my "vertigo", all those ideas making my head spin!

After getting a message from atsuko about shrinky dink ornaments for my video game tree she totally gave me the idea to instead of getting the wooden ornaments from Michael's for Q to paint, to have him make some (and hopefully use up) with the shrinky dink paper I have (it's been in my stash for ages, I got some regular rough and ready kind and then some ink jet kind and only used the ink jet kind).  YAY!  Off to print out some ornament shape templates!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 06, 2009 09:44:17 AM
Is it just me or has anyone else been craftster-stalking everyone to kill time before partners?  :D I'm adding some new stuff to my wists at the same time - you guys have killer wists to steal from lol


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 06, 2009 10:16:23 AM
Hmmmm...drawstring bags are definitely doable :D  Thanks for the reminder oneredboot!!! 

I'm tryin' my best not to craftsterstalk yet because it'll only serve to drive me crazy :D  But once I find out who my partner is...ha!  I'll be craftsterstalking like a maniac :D




Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 06, 2009 10:18:23 AM
must get partner.....


Im glad Im not the only one who steals from the STS'ers wists. Heck, thats what I'll do, Ill go steal from wists haha


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: freestyle on November 06, 2009 10:42:53 AM
Freestyle, I'm sorry that I haven't posted them to you yet.  They're done.  Just having a tough time with my presentation and haven't made the time to mail them out.  I'm sorry.

No problem at all! Take your time- I won't send them out until mid-December anyway.  :D

I'm in!! MareMare is the best for getting me feedback in record time!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 06, 2009 01:55:31 PM
Are people planning to send the types of stuff they have in their shops?  Or is everybody wanting to do something totally different?

I don't know what I'll be sending yet; it'll be catering to my secret partner so who knows LOL. I like swaps because they make me stretch from what I might typically feel comfortable making and accomplish new things  :)

Today has been the slowest Friday at the bank ever! I have to work the long Saturday tomorrow but thankfully I can full-on stalk my parter and start making plans....evil plans...muwhahahahahaaaa!!! *looks around, and then backs away slowly*


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on November 06, 2009 02:46:25 PM
I'll get them out soon Freestyle.   ;D

Me too.  I'll be catering to my partner.  If I have something already in my shop I'll probably add that as a little extra.  :)

Having fun adding a few new things to my wists!!  :)

Can't wait for partners!



Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 06, 2009 02:49:43 PM
so how ya gonna pick partners? out of a hat or ?
 :-*
 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 06, 2009 02:56:28 PM
so how ya gonna pick partners? out of a hat or ?
 :-*
 

first accounting for allergies, then...yeah, pretty much out of a hat.  :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 06, 2009 03:42:11 PM
so how ya gonna pick partners? out of a hat or ?
 :-*
 

first accounting for allergies, then...yeah, pretty much out of a hat.  :)

or out of a boot!  :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Nesse on November 06, 2009 04:40:21 PM
my questionnaire is in!
I love getting into swaps last minute, cause I don't have a whole lot of time to be anxious about partners hehehe.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 06, 2009 04:42:06 PM
speaking of which...

STALKEES! STALKEES! STALKEES! 

I'm ready to haunt your ever cyber-steps like a mo' fo'!

(sorry got all gansta on you guys)

*waits patiently*


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 06, 2009 04:57:53 PM
my questionnaire is in!
I love getting into swaps last minute, cause I don't have a whole lot of time to be anxious about partners hehehe.

you just made it!  :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 06, 2009 05:07:03 PM
Q and I made shrinky dink ornaments today, helped take my mind off getting partners... soooo when do we get partners?  hehe.  j/k
*waits patiently*

I had forgotten how much they really shrink and even though I made the ornaments quite big (bigger than I thought I should) to begin with they still ended up super tiny!  Q was actually kind of upset at first because they got so little, but then once he watched them shrinking he thought that it was pretty cool.  Usually he burns out on a project pretty quickly, but he's actually been really good about finishing up all the ones I traced for him to color.  I am kind of impressed.  Of course none of them are in Christmas-y colors, haha (he really likes the pink/green combo and the orange/brown combo).


YAY Nesse!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: freestyle on November 06, 2009 06:48:32 PM
*hopping up and down in excitement and anticipation*

 ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 06, 2009 06:59:59 PM
partner PMs are being sent out as we speak!  you should receive a q'nnaire tonight.  Let your swap group leader know if you haven't received a PM within an hour or so.  (See the front page for which group you're in.)

I keep using the word "partners"--but don't be deceived!  This is round robin, so you could be receiving from anyone!!  Only AQ or I (well, and racky) know for sure ....hahahaha


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 06, 2009 07:05:55 PM
Alrighty, everyone in my group should have received a pm with who you'll be crafting for! Just a reminder, if you're in my group, you only pm me when you send and receive. Don't pm oneredboot and don't pm your partner. ;)

Happy stalking!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: alteredmommy on November 06, 2009 07:10:16 PM
yay!!   :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 06, 2009 07:15:14 PM
Yayayayayay partners!  I will be getting into the real stalking tomorrow, but the person I am sending to has an amazingly inspiring wist!  So excited!

So is the person who is sending to us also in our "group"?  (sorry, I am terrible about getting surprises... much better keeping them, promise)

Also, heartburn is stupid and hurty.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 06, 2009 07:27:36 PM
Yeah!  Partners!  Thank you oneredboot and AsphaltQueen for organizing and assigning partners so quickly!! :D

I was soooo excited to find out that I'm crafting for oneredboot, AsphaltQueen, A2K, ptarmic wumpus, sheepBlue, Zelda.Suicide, TwiztidBlood, lapoli, corduroy cat, superhooker, sin esperanza, pseudo_pix, alteredmommy, freestyle, atsuko, Nesse *grin* 

Okay, not really...only person from the above list is stalk-worthy ;)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 06, 2009 07:33:44 PM
Yay, decent Thai food and partners in the same night! :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: freestyle on November 06, 2009 07:37:33 PM
Dangit, PW you need to move back to the DC area so you can tell me the best places to get good Thai food!!

On an unrelated note, I am in Full On Stalk Mode! Hereby known as FOSM.  ;D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 06, 2009 07:45:04 PM
Yay! I have my stalkee :)

Off to check her wist


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 06, 2009 07:45:48 PM
freestyle, I mostly only know maryland side places (the vienna area/Eden Center in nova has good asian though). For thai, you want Wheaton - Nava Thai or Ruan Thai - near the metro.

Now I can commence fabric shopping (also need fabric for holiday things for relatives). :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: pseudo_pix on November 07, 2009 02:13:38 AM
Yay. My partner has an amazing wist and I already have too many ideas for what to make. I think I might have to do a swap with her another time - if she want to of course - so I can make some of those bigger things on her wist^^

I'm really happy this is a smaller swap as I have a TON of stuff to do before my christmas fair and christmas it self.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 07, 2009 04:39:59 AM
Yay! I'm so excited that I get to stalk my partner to wile away the boring hours at work today hehe. I have a couple of ideas for what to do already!  ;D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: lapoli on November 07, 2009 04:40:45 AM
Stalking has begun here, too!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on November 07, 2009 06:30:36 AM
I'm gonna have to do some major stalking too.   :D :D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 07, 2009 07:12:32 AM
yay! i woke up to a partner :D she's a great one too, woohoo!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: A2K on November 07, 2009 07:43:56 AM
yay! i woke up to a partner :D she's a great one too, woohoo!

Likewise!  :D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 07, 2009 01:58:17 PM
I just used my yarn swift to wind a ball of yarn that is perfect for my partner!  I'm super excited to cast on for this project.  Mr. Boot even commented on the yarn--it's particularly nice! :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 07, 2009 04:31:05 PM
Arg! I was planning on starting a project for my partner but we have since discovered that our apartment is slowly being taken over by ants  >:( We have been running around town to get cleaning supplies and ant traps and have been cleaning for the last hour. So much for a productive evening...bah!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: superhooker on November 07, 2009 04:46:17 PM
Oh, that sucks sheepBlue!  It always seems like ants attack when the weather starts getting cold.  We are expecting for some to try to get into our house soon.  I think they should have to help pay the gas bill!

I did a bunch of stalking this morning, and I've been considering options all day.  I haven't started on anything yet, because this weekend I'm working on xmas presents.  (Right now I'm knitting a lace shawl, a huge sweater for Hubby, 2 pairs of socks, a pair of legwarmers, and a hat... :-\)  I know I'll be crafting for my awesome stalkee soon, though!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: lapoli on November 07, 2009 04:52:42 PM
Sheepblue - There are a ton of natural ant remedies you can try.  I've heard of using borax but that seems poisonous.  This site (http://www.thefrugallife.com/ants.html) has a lot of different ideas.. maybe one can work for you!

I've had a crafty kitchen day today but haven't really accomplished anything else.  I did take a nice, hearty look through my partner's Wists and I'm formulating some ideas... but then got distracted in the kitchen again. :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 07, 2009 06:00:16 PM
sheepBlue, my mom swears by a line of cinnamon to keep ants out. However, it does seem to discolor whatever it touches over time.

You guys rent, right? If you have a true infestation, call your landlord.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 07, 2009 07:24:38 PM
Thanks for the suggestion guys! Chris doesn't think its a horrible infestation - I tend to exaggerate because I don't want those buggers in my home! We got some vinegar and wiped down all the areas where the ants have been found. We tried calling the after-hours emergency maintenance line but our issue wasn't "classified as an emergency" so we have no choice but to wait until Monday to try and contact the front desk.

*sigh* So now I'm seeing ants out of the corner of my eye. I'm not a bug person  :-\ Even if it is just ants.

Anyway back on topic: had some fun crafting at work today. Didn't get a whole lot done but it passed the time and I think my partner is going to get a kick out of what I came up with  ;)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 07, 2009 08:10:35 PM
We have an ant problem too... we had gotten rid of them and then our dishwasher broke so we had dirty dishes everywhere and they came back.  My brother swears by peppermint, but I haven't tried it yet.

We ended up spending the day running errands (picked out carpet, yay!) and then I went with Q to hang out at the inlaws while husband went to hang out with a friend.  So I haven't gotten to do much stalking.  I have been working on a wishlist to post to my swapblog, which I should be able to get tomorrow (so keep a look out for it partner!).

YAY!  I am so excited about this swap!  Thanks ORB for having such an awesome idea!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 07, 2009 08:19:33 PM
stalking. stalking. stalking.

Ohhh, was that a little bit creepy?  ;D


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Post by: sin esperanza on November 07, 2009 10:49:33 PM
I have a stalkee!  Best news all weekend.  Heh.


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Post by: A2K on November 08, 2009 07:08:46 AM
stalking. stalking. stalking.

Ohhh, was that a little bit creepy?  ;D

Not if you sing it to the "rollin' rollin' rollin'" tune!  :D  It's from some ancient western tv program.  Hi-O! 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: lapoli on November 08, 2009 07:19:10 AM
Oh, it's from Rawhide!

I am still stalking and planning.   I have a tendency to go overboard so I'm trying to think things through before jumping in.  (Don't worry, my dear, secret stalkee.. you'll still be spoiled!)   I DID cast on one thing last night but didn't make it past the first row.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: A2K on November 08, 2009 07:22:47 AM
Oh yeah, Rawhide! :D 

I have casted on and am knitting up a storm, partner!  Or should I say "pardner?"  :D


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 08, 2009 08:00:22 AM
I just had the most brilliant flash of inspiration for what to make my partner! This is going to take a lot of planning but I think it'll be awesome  ;D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 08, 2009 08:13:04 AM
Im still in the stalking process, Im not sure which directions I want to go.

Also, how many of you are sending extras? haha


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Post by: underthemountain on November 08, 2009 08:19:51 AM
Had a great day of crafting yesterday!  I am stoked and I hope my partner will be too.   Only halfway done, but I think it's really pretty.  I am getting all geared up to do some good spoiling!  

To my partner: I'm sorry for my pathetic wists.  Unfortunately I have a dialup at home so I wasn't able to add much to my wists, but I'll do that soon!  


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 08, 2009 08:22:01 AM
Twiz - In the case of extras I always just kinda craft with the point requirement in mind and then if there's any extras or things that I can pull off before the send-out date that I know my partner would love I usually go crazy LOL. Who doesn't love to spoil others?  ;D


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Post by: superhooker on November 08, 2009 08:51:05 AM
I'm just going to start crafting, make sure I get the minimum done, and then just keep going until time runs out!  My stalkee is totally rad, so spoiling is pretty much going to be rampant.


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Post by: wwrich on November 08, 2009 09:24:44 AM
Gads you are a scary lot.  All this stalking going on!


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 08, 2009 09:31:56 AM
i have a question in general... would it be ok to use something that my partner made in one of my gifts to her? (for example, knitting a sweater out of yarn she spun? -obviously i can't knit, it's theoretical  ;D)


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 08, 2009 09:51:10 AM
Wow, y'all are fast with the crafting!  I have a huge list of ideas to trim down, but I need supplies before I can do anything....


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Post by: superhooker on November 08, 2009 11:51:51 AM
I'm getting a crapload of christmas knitting done this weekend!  I'm watching episodes of The Office on netflix...they have the first 5 seasons.  I had never seen it before, but its really funny!


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Post by: A2K on November 08, 2009 01:59:16 PM
i have a question in general... would it be ok to use something that my partner made in one of my gifts to her? (for example, knitting a sweater out of yarn she spun? -obviously i can't knit, it's theoretical  ;D)

I think that is a totally awesome idea! 


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Post by: oneredboot on November 08, 2009 02:02:17 PM
i have a question in general... would it be ok to use something that my partner made in one of my gifts to her? (for example, knitting a sweater out of yarn she spun? -obviously i can't knit, it's theoretical  ;D)

I think that is a totally awesome idea! 

me too!


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 08, 2009 02:41:32 PM
superhooker, The Office is one of my favorite shows. The first season was the best, but they're all funny. (You're watching the U.S. version, right?)

I had a charity auction today for my women in construction group. We made about $3,500 for our scholarships and civic projects, which was our goal. However, I am now completely bushed. I have a knitting project picked out for my stalkee that I'm taking up north to work on. For now, though, I think I'll be searching websites for an image I need for a project. (Ohhhhh, what could that be? Is it for you? Or you? Maybe it is!)


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Post by: lapoli on November 08, 2009 02:43:58 PM
Wow, that's wonderful, AQ!

I cast on something yesterday but have subsequently frogged it so I'm back to square 0.  I did something else but if I went into detail, the surprise would be ruined.  :)


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Post by: Nesse on November 08, 2009 10:03:23 PM
extras: I've got a bunch of ideas for what to make, so I'm just gonna [try] to do all of them haha. prepare for some spoil-age secret madame!


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 09, 2009 04:50:14 AM
i started my main item last night ;D i can't wait to see hw it turns out,lol!


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Post by: loves2experiment on November 09, 2009 05:33:41 AM
I still have to purchase my materials before I can start crafting...but I'm anxious to get started on it :D


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Post by: underthemountain on November 09, 2009 05:47:52 AM
Great job AQ!!!   :D :D

Almost done with goodie #1!!!  I'm having a blast crafting for my partner!! ;D ;D


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Post by: A2K on November 09, 2009 06:47:06 AM
Wow, that's wonderful, AQ!

I cast on something yesterday but have subsequently frogged it so I'm back to square 0.  I did something else but if I went into detail, the surprise would be ruined.  :)

I frogged the same item twice.  :D  First time for size, second time just because I didn't like the fit.  I have changed to size 4 needles from size 6 and I am liking the result.  :D 

Nice work, AQ!  I am in a community choir that raises funds for music scholarships. The fun thing about that is, our ticket fee is our money, so we just sing to get paid!  Our holiday season concert is this next Sunday.  We are doing bits from the Messiah along with some obscure holiday pieces. This isn't my favorite music selection, but it IS still early in the holiday season, so singing well known Christmas stuff might be odd. 

I'm headed home today.  I've had such fun here in Massachusetts, though.  We visited the American Textile Museum Saturday.  That was so GREAT!  The looms they used!  The spinning machines!  The vintage clothing!  Lovely experience.  I bought some towels woven at the museum.  I'm anxious to get home, though.  I miss my dog.  And my dh.  :D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 09, 2009 07:32:48 AM
You guys are some serious over-achievers!  :P
I haven't gotten started... haven't even made a list of things I might like to make... just oooohhed and ahhhhed over the wist and done a little minor stalking (computer died on me when I tried to get more involved, haha)... but I have big plans for today, lots of list making (my husband thinks I am such a weirdo with all my lists, like he doesn't make a list to pack for a trip).  I can't wait to see the gallery, it's going to be good!

And I didn't get a chance to get my wishlist on my swapblog yesterday but that will go up today. 

I am going to try to pull this off without having to buy anything... we'll see how that goes!  I shouldn't have to, you could probably go shopping in my stash and not realize you weren't in an actual store.... that's sad.... no wonder I can't find somewhere to put it all away!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 09, 2009 07:41:03 AM
seriously, i'm gonna try and do that too! my stash has now taken on a life of it's own! :P


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: alteredmommy on November 09, 2009 08:39:09 AM
I'm still stalking and thinking.   This is the first "secret" swap I've done and I'm finding it very challenging not to chat with my partner.  and ask a million questions ;D 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 09, 2009 08:47:09 AM
I know--me too!  We 're so used to chatting about specifics--it's fun to have to do it differently! 


organizer note
Just a reminder--please send swap-related questions ONLY to your swap leader (EITHER me or AQ, not both!).  We're trying to keep an element of surprise for the organizers, as well!   Thanks for maintaining our fun!!  :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 09, 2009 08:51:03 AM
I ran out to the store this morning to see if I could find the perfect thing for one of my items but no such luck. I was half thinking to use materials I already have on hand anyway which would be great because I would be destashing and saving money, but requires a lot more work. Ended up not finding that perfect something so I'm toiling away, grooving to some tunes and crafting up a storm.

Everything else I have planned so far I already have the supplies for as well (well minus a few small things that would only run me a couple of bucks)  ;)


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Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 09, 2009 08:59:13 AM
In all honesty, I havent had to shop for a swap package in like a year hhaha. My supply room looks like it blew up and then exploded haha. I go shopping in there daily

AM - its killing me not to talk to my stalkee either!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 09, 2009 09:09:16 AM
Yeah, it's really weird not being able to check in with my partner.  Having said that, I think my partner's Craftster posts have given me a pretty good idea of what she would like to receive.  This swap would've been much tougher if I didn't already know all you gals from the STS swaps :D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: lapoli on November 09, 2009 09:11:38 AM
I think, to help my partner (just in case!), I'm going to post a list at the end of my STS of some random wishes. :)


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Post by: freestyle on November 09, 2009 09:13:23 AM
Ooo, if everyone could do that it would be awesome!! I've having a bit of trouble figuring out what to make for my partner.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 09, 2009 09:16:41 AM
Excellent suggestion lapoli!  I'll have to work on a list soon...and I hope my partner will do that as well (darnit, I can't tell you who you are or I'd definitely be giving you a nudge in that direction ;)).


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: superhooker on November 09, 2009 09:25:16 AM
Nice work, AQ!  I am in a community choir that raises funds for music scholarships. The fun thing about that is, our ticket fee is our money, so we just sing to get paid!  Our holiday season concert is this next Sunday.  We are doing bits from the Messiah along with some obscure holiday pieces. This isn't my favorite music selection, but it IS still early in the holiday season, so singing well known Christmas stuff might be odd. 


Is the concert open to visitors?  How far are you from Detroit?  I LOVE christmas concerts. 

I'll make a little list of random wishes and put it in my profile...I don't have a current STS shop, so stalker, if you need any suggestions, I'll try and get something posted in there tonight!


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 09, 2009 09:25:41 AM
Here's a random wishlist, though I'll be more than ecstatic with anything my partner makes me. Seriously. This is just a guide IF you need it.

- anything knit or crocheted (scarf, shawl, socks, animals, whatever)
- artwork (any medium, any size)
- jewelry (especially earrings and necklaces and rings (size 7 or 8), I don't really wear bracelets)
- screenprinted tees
- anything off my wist or etsy faves (I've got hundreds of items on those)
- handmade candy or baked goods
- anything that would brighten up my office (funny, cheery, beautiful, whatever!)
- anything for Snort (except treats)
- anything for Greg (but good luck with that one, he's hard to craft for)
- anything you're especially good at doing
- your favorite easy-peasy recipes (especially crock pot recipes or casseroles or one-pot-meals)

Hopefully that helps my stalker if they need it! Which I can't imagine they do as I'm certain I'm the easiest person in the world to craft for. Right?   :D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 09, 2009 09:26:56 AM
I am in the process of getting my wishlist up on my swapblog (I will post a link to it in my miniwishlist in my STS and here too!)... it's taking longer than I thought to track down links and such.

The multitasking of stalking isn't helping, haha.  Oh man... I want to make EVERYTHING on my partners wist!  
I have a general question though... when you receive something off your wist... do you remove it?  How will I know if you already have what I want to make you!  ACK!


I think I might have a soup addiction.  I just got a recipe email with a link to like 100 soup/stew/etc recipes and I am printing out like half of them, haha.  Mmmmmm soup.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 09, 2009 10:06:15 AM
I have a general question though... when you receive something off your wist... do you remove it? 

My wists are usually very updated. I delete things I've received within about a week of getting them.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 09, 2009 10:08:32 AM
ooh, I'll have to get a wish list up soon. I was thinking of including that in my app but completely forgot before sending it in lol.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 09, 2009 10:10:24 AM
some of us have really extensive wish lists posted in previous (or current) rounds of the Ongoing Wish Swap...that might be a good place to stalk your partner! 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 09, 2009 10:59:33 AM
Here's my random wist list  ;D

- screenprinted tees; longsleeve would be cool since its getting colder (I love snarky humor, or random funny prints)
- a cool vest to throw over tees
- handspun or scraps of colorful yarns for my insane multicolor blanket that I'm working on
- artwork for my blank walls  ;D
- an hoodie in a unique print like argyle or houndstooth
- a big bag like a messenger bag in a cool print for when I start school and have to start lugging around books
- cute earrings

And of course anything you might specialize in or are inspired by my wist  ;)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on November 09, 2009 11:13:59 AM
Great idea!!  I'll try to add some ideas to my STS wishlist.  
Just want to second what AQ said: please do whatever you do best and enjoy making!  :)  As some of you might have guessed I'm Lana-centric so you know that if you craft for her you get 2 birds with 1 stone.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 09, 2009 11:45:25 AM
I never update my wists....they are more general things that I like and not specific items that I want, anyway.  Bad me!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 09, 2009 11:51:21 AM
Heh.  At least you guys have wists...I never got around to getting one done :P  Sorry about that swap partner :(  I'm working on my wishlist and will post it in my bloggy...soon :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 09, 2009 12:04:16 PM
Oh boy.  I have pretty much spent my day not getting anything I was supposed to do done.  No dachshund purses sewn, no laundry done... no clean kitchen... ack.
But I did get some serious stalking, list making and plan starting done. 

And I got my wishlist up and it's WAY longer than I thought it was going to be, haha...
http://swaphappyamy.blogspot.com/2009/11/wishlisting.html (http://swaphappyamy.blogspot.com/2009/11/wishlisting.html)
But just because it's not on there, doesn't mean I won't totally love what you make!  This is an amazing bunch of swappers, and I know you guys are good stalkers and will catch the things I missed that I would love. 

And you better speak now or forever hold your peace if you don't want me to put candy/baked goodies in your package. :P


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 09, 2009 12:21:13 PM
I go mental every few months and add a bunch of stuff to my wists.  I have some ideas for my partner but need further clues.  keep talking people ;D

I'm supposed to be finishing up my random swap stuff for poor patient A2K but its been one crisis after another this morning.  geez.


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 09, 2009 12:23:24 PM
mmm candy/baked goods....

i think i have things on my sts wish list already, so i hope my partner has a lot to choose from!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 09, 2009 12:28:32 PM
Whooo, been _______ing for the last 3 hours and almost done! (The dirty side in me thinks that sentence can go so many directions hehe).

Back to crafting...


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Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 09, 2009 01:18:10 PM
Ill make a little wish list for my stalker tonight. My wists are always up to date, if I have it, I take it off, except if I want more. For instance, SB sent me awsome little pie magnets, but I want more so I kept it on my wist haha


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Post by: Nesse on November 09, 2009 02:13:57 PM
I'll make up a list later. right now I'm filling my Sheep Shed shopping cart with loooads of wooly goodies. ;D I might buy a bulk thing of glycerin as well. I was thinking of switching from lye to glycerin soap making if I like it.

wists: my wist is mostly updated, but I'll go through tonight and add/delete things.

you can also check my favourites on etsy. but that's mostly fiber stuff :D


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 09, 2009 02:19:11 PM
Oh yea... I always forget about etsy favs... I have LOADS of stuff fav'd on etsy... though a lot of it is patterns that I want or fabric or things along those lines... and ART, lots of art....


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 09, 2009 02:48:02 PM
And you better speak now or forever hold your peace if you don't want me to put candy/baked goodies in your package. :P

i'm staying very, very quiet...  ;D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on November 09, 2009 03:26:26 PM
Yay!  Just added my wishlist to the end of my STS shop!  The anticipation is killing me BTW.  I am not the kind that can wait for surprises.  :)

I'll have to check out how to put in etsy favs.  :)

I am really happy right now.  I took some ibuprofen and my headache is finally gone. I had it all day, since I didn't have any access to drugs.  Ack!

Ok, off to do some homework with Lana.  :)



Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 09, 2009 03:56:50 PM
I just finished putting together a little folder, that's right, an actual real life folder (not on the computer) full of swap partner information, pictures of things I really liked and could make from the wist... patterns if anyone of them had patterns... etc... my husband thinks I am crazy.
I am having so much fun deciding what to make!  This might be my favorite package that I've ever made!  Prepare to be spoiled partner!  I need to go back and look at the swap requirements again...

On a completely unrelated side note I am enjoying a tasty breakfast sandwich that was made entirely in my new toatster.  My husband knew what he was doing when he bought it.  It has an egg steamer pan, as well as slots for 4 whole eggs to "boil", and a little tray for meats as well, and then the toaster slots.  Genius.  Mine is a Canadian bacon, egg, and cheese on an english muffin.  MMmmmmmm.
(Yes, food IS all pregnant women think about.)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Nesse on November 09, 2009 04:57:52 PM
wishlist!

-zippered case for my 13" macbook pro. padding is super important cause I'm VERY clumsy. something like this (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33691900) (I really like the zipper being on three sides.) something knit / woven / felted would be awesome too.
-books about felting (wet or needle) / art yarn spinning / freeform knitting, weaving or crocheting.
-home accessories! like pillows (they don't need to be stuffed. I have tonnnnns of wool that can be used to stuff things haha) and wall art :D I have an embroidery hoop wall art collection started, that sure could use some add ons ;)
-some sort of organizational project bag would be cool. with different compartments for yarn, needles, scissors, small notebook. doesn't need to be too big cause I mostly make small projects.
-handspun yarn and fibers are always welcome!!
-natural dying techniques/books/supplies (ah! I just realized how awkward that sounds. I'm talking about FIBER dying...)
-a little sewn bag to hang from my spinning wheel, for little things.
-anything wist or stalker (haha) inspired.

oh and baked goods are always good in my book :D


ETA, what kind of toaster can do all that ZS?? I want one!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 09, 2009 05:29:29 PM
It's the Back to Basics Egg-and-Muffin Toaster... http://www.amazon.com/Back-Basics-TEM500-Muffin-2-Slice/dp/B000B18P96 (http://www.amazon.com/Back-Basics-TEM500-Muffin-2-Slice/dp/B000B18P96).
The only thing I don't like about it is that it's not nearly as cute as our old toaster... http://www.amazon.com/Hello-Kitty-Toaster-KT5211/dp/B00021HBU4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1257816288&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Hello-Kitty-Toaster-KT5211/dp/B00021HBU4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1257816288&sr=1-1)  :D


I am really having a hard time... narrowing down what to make... there are currently 7 things on my list... and they all kind of sit right between the small and medium designation... and I want to make them all!  ACK!  I guess I could start by making sure I have the stuff for each item in my stash and narrow it down that way... you guys need to stop liking such cool stuff that I want to make! 


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 09, 2009 07:33:31 PM
I got a good chunk of crafting done today.  ;D The rest of it is going to be really fun to think up and assemble. I can't wait until my secret person gets it; I think she'll really love it   :D Methinks its time for bed now. Night ladies!


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Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 09, 2009 08:10:11 PM
ahh, I finally have my list of what Im going to make my stalkee!

Heres my little list of ideas:
Funky scarf
little bag to hang on my spinning wheel for goodies ( yep nesse, I stole your idea haha )
toaster cozy ( just a regular 2 slice toaster )
goodies for my new kitchen
handspun yarn
jewelry
cowl
socks
anything you are good at


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: loves2experiment on November 09, 2009 09:30:12 PM
And you better speak now or forever hold your peace if you don't want me to put candy/baked goodies in your package. :P

Candy, you're sending candy?  Oh boy... :D

I've posted my mini wishlist in my bloggy :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: A2K on November 10, 2009 05:42:44 AM
I'm returned from Boston!  Had a GREAT time!  I was able to keep up with conversation, though I didn't post much over the weekend.  I'm trying to develop a wishlist for my partner.  Here is what I can think of so far:

stenciled tee size large tall for my son using this image (or close-up crop):  http://www.hensonfoundation.org/index.php?nav=welcome
notecards for swapping, no envelopes required!
artwork of any kind
embroidered pillow cases
homemade goodies of any kind!!!
handspun (YES!) especially fingering or sport weight, but ALL handspun welcome!
sock yarn
fat quarters or any cotton fabric; all prints, solids and batiks welcome!
I love pins of all kinds - the kind you wear, the kind you use for sewing and quilting, the kind you use to keep your kilt closed, etc!  I love pins!
I love pincushions!  I have a nice collection going; most from pink and dinky, but I have a darling apple from laughing lark, a needlebox from spectrumsparksie, and a lovely cushion/thread-catcher combo from Sansa!  I love pincushions!
I love tea!  I especially love black teas, but also like mint and other herbal blends!
I love pottery!
I love elephants.  This is a new love . . . I've only collected a couple of elephants.  My fave is from ThreadorYarn.
I wear earrings and prefer leverback earbob thingys (I'm so articulate). 
Sort of related to earrings - stitch markers!  :D
Glass!  Glass work is so awesome!
I would enjoy a pair of handknit socks -- I make them all the time and do keep many pair, but it would be fun to have a pair from someone else.  Shoe size = 8!  I also love mittens.  Especially love the fiddlehead (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fiddlehead-mittens) and anemoi  (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/anemoi-mittens) mittens. 
I will love anything you love making! 

I'm enjoying this swap, especially all the talk about wanting to talk!  :D 




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Post by: freestyle on November 10, 2009 07:43:09 AM
I keep my wists pretty up to date, but I'll do a quick run through just to be certain.

I'm working on a list of wishes- will post them hopefully later today or tonight.

I'm finishing up a *massive* swap package this weekend, and then will be focusing on this one!  :)


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 10, 2009 08:28:29 AM
i just thought i'd mention i have a ton of newborn girls dresses in my etsy faves at the moment, but that's for my friend, not me!  :o (i dont think i'd fit in them, teehee)

oh! and if you are a stamp carving type, i'd love some background images for my ATCs, just general shapes or lines to create layering.

thanks! :-*


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 10, 2009 02:48:41 PM
ORGANIZER'S NOTE FOR ASPHALTQUEEN'S GROUP

I'm heading out of town tomorrow morning, so if anyone has a swap-related emergency, you'll need to pm oneredboot. Remember, she doesn't know who the partners are in my group, so if you need an answer to a specific question, you'll want to post it in the discussion and ask everyone to answer it. (Please don't pm oneredboot and ask her to ask your stalkee the question.) Alternatively, you could find a craftster NOT in this swap to pm your stalkee and ask them the question - just make sure they know not to tell your stalkee who you are!

Happy stalking and crafting, everyone! I've got my knitting project for my stalkee all packed up and ready to go up north with me!


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Post by: superhooker on November 10, 2009 03:46:38 PM
Ok, I've been thinking about it all night, and here's my little wishlist!
(Stalker, just so you know, I add to my wist all the time, and it should be up to date!)

1. some cool magnets.  I need the really strong kind, though, because I use them to hold stuff up, not just for decoration.

2. a set of cool placemats.  I have a whole bunch of them that I like on my wist.

3. sheepy/spinning related ornaments for the tree.

4. fibery goodness.

5. a hoodie...I would go crazy for one with a spinning wheel stencilled or screened on it.

6. something that you think is AWESOME.

7. an art doll, or other cool form of art. 

8. something else that you think is awesome.

9. a shirt or some other sort of paraphrenalia about homesteading/anti-commercialism.  I love this shirt: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34224213
or anything about canning...recipes, books, whatever!

My wist is gigantor, so I'm hoping that all together this will give some ideas?  I will be soooo happy to get whatever you decide to make, I'm so excited about this swap!!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 10, 2009 04:59:55 PM
Here's my wishlist!!

-embroidered/stencil tees godzilla or Totoro
-dress/jumper for Lana
-sewn monster messenger bag
-cotton zippered pouches
-sterling silver findings (headpins, chain, bails etc.)
-would love some handspun/handdyed yarn--red and turquoise for my Kikaida love
-handknit socks -- Lana 13 kids
-if you love making it, chances are that I will love it! 


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Post by: lapoli on November 11, 2009 05:38:53 AM
I just posted a list @ the end of my shop.  I'm going to try to add to it later, too. 



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Post by: superhooker on November 11, 2009 07:41:04 AM
Hey guys, I've got a christmassy question...does anybody have any good gift ideas for a 9-10 year old boy?  I'm having a hard time coming up with good ideas for my kiddo this year.  He is so in between age groups right now.  I look at etsy gift guides for inspiration, but it seems like everything is either for babies, girls, or teens.

I knitted him a sweater, and I'm planning to knit him an outdoor set (hat, scarf, mittens), but aside from that, I'm stumped.  I think I'm going to buy him a star wars lego set, because he is crazy creative with legos, but I don't want to give him many store bought things. 

He really loves handmade stuff, so that isn't a problem.  He also hasn't developed the "thats not cool mom, I'm not wearing it." thing yet. (yay!!) 
Any suggestions at all would be awesome!!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 11, 2009 08:06:28 AM
Hi Superhooker!!  Funny I was just thinking about this myself.  How about making some sort of science set for him....things to make Gak, magnets, model of the planets, density experiments, etc.  I can send you links for the Gak and the density expt if you'd like.

If you find some good ideas for Lana please send them along!  I'm stumped too.


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Post by: oneredboot on November 11, 2009 08:11:26 AM
I think that Amanda Soule's new book, Handmade Home, has some things that might work for boys.  I think one of her boys is about that age (though maybe he's more like 7/8).  Things like these letter satchels (http://www.soulemama.com/soulemama/2009/08/handmade-home-ezras-letter-satchel.html)...   Also, there's The Dangerous Book for Boys (http://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Book-Boys-Conn-Iggulden/dp/0061243582).  :)


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 11, 2009 08:15:27 AM
you're on the way to teenageland where crafting becomes more and more impossible....I'm limited to jewelry and teeshirts. maybe a duct tape wallet once in awhile.  If I could craft some $$$$ to put in it I would be the best mom ever ;D


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Post by: Nesse on November 11, 2009 09:50:32 AM
I don't understand why it's illegal for civilians to print money. the government prints truckloads of the green stuff, with no intention of paying it back. soon our money wont be worth squat. especially when england's money becomes the national currency. ahhhh I hate politics.

I loved all those science kits when I was younger!! silly putty was definitely a favourite.
what about making him some school supplies? like a backpack/messenger bag, pencil case, reusable lunch/sandwich bags.
how old is Lana?


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Post by: superhooker on November 11, 2009 11:32:01 AM
Oooh, I bet he would like that letter satchel, ORB...he loves keeping his little notes and drawings.
He is kind of a weird one, he doesn't like things that are too messy.  I think it is a lot because I told him he has to play with messy stuff in the kitchen (we have a big countertop with barstools and such, perfect for messy play.) but he likes to play in his bedroom.  He has oodles of playdough, and that magic sand stuff, and paints and other art supplies, but he doesn't use them much.  He draws with pencils and markers, and he builds and creates with legos.  He also plays with pipe cleaners quite a lot.

Is that Dangerous Book for Boys actually good for little boys?  My SIL bought it for her 25 year old boyfriend, who loved it, so I didn't know if that was a misleading title...

For anyone else with kids, I recommend pipe cleaners.  Alexander plays with them all the time.  He builds elaborate nets to trap things, and he adds extra arms and legs onto action figures!  Our trees in the backyard have strange fuzzy neon spiderwebs all over them.
Also, if your kiddos can read, the game Apples to Apples is really fun.  It has a kids version, and a junior version, and expansion packs.


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 11, 2009 11:57:38 AM
I don't really have much of a list, because I am pathetic, but I managed to scrape this up:

wall art
warm socks, womens size 9
smallish stuffed computing rack (ours look like this: http://rdhpcs.noaa.gov/boulder/)
autumn color throw pillowcases (I have pillow forms in lots of sizes)
shirt with "real men use vi"
reconned wall clock of some kind
stray bits of felty things - small pieces of feltable yarn scraps, open weave fabrics, weird fibers

good themes: cats, trees, ferns, weather
shirt sizes:  misses fitted size L, unisex size M.  long sleeve types fit better in mens or unisex.
recycled/repurposed stuff is great!


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Post by: Nesse on November 11, 2009 12:14:40 PM
hehe my beau's name is Alexander and he grew up playing with pipe cleaners, now he's this super cute artsy music guy ;D his dad makes wire sculptures so I can imagine a mini Lex playing with pipe cleaners to be just like his pops. aww!


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Post by: A2K on November 11, 2009 01:31:33 PM
How about a bird identification guide and stuff to build a bird feeder?  My son was a lego freak and loved this present when he was Alexander's age.  (He is 27 and still loves handmade things. --His favorite vest is one that was knitted for his dad by his great grandmother!)  I LOVE that science kit idea, atsuko!  My kids flipped over books.  Still do, actually.  :D


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Post by: oneredboot on November 11, 2009 01:35:04 PM
How about a bird identification guide and stuff to build a bird feeder?  My son was a lego freak and loved this present when he was Alexander's age.  (He is 27 and still loves handmade things. --His favorite vest is one that was knitted for his dad by his great grandmother!)  I LOVE that science kit idea, atsuko!  My kids flipped over books.  Still do, actually.  :D

And to go with the bird guide (and binoculars?), maybe a set of nice art paper and pens so he can draw the birds he sees?  I also remembered that Mr. Boot's littlest brother (who is 11), LOVES the Bone comics (http://www.amazon.com/Bone-1-Boneville-Jeff-Smith/dp/0439706408/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257975240&sr=8-8)--we get him a new one for every holiday.  :)


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Post by: underthemountain on November 11, 2009 01:37:45 PM

how old is Lana?
Lana is 5!  ;D ;D

Ah, I can totally see Alexander wanting to do things in his own space.  Lana likes to do that too. She really into all that geeky stuff--ant farms, growing crystals, butterflies, growing bacteria, etc.  I'm just running out of fun things for her!  Any ideas?

Thought I'd share a pic of her density expt since it's really pretty!  She was really proud that she got to do this all by herself!



   


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 11, 2009 02:15:34 PM
Superhooker - I know when I was a kid I had a great time when my parents bought me a microscope. You don't have to get a top of the line one to still have fun and then Alex can find things and examine them up close and draw them and such. It opens up a whole new world lol.

Also I had another thought for my stalker; I've been using an old "krinkle sticks" box (some sort of chip in stick form - it tasted as weird as it sounds) to keep my tampons in at work and finally realized that I could be much more stylish if I actually had a tampon wallet or container (typical tampon size) LOL. My asst mgr the other day saw it as she walked by and said "you still have that box after I gave it to you last year?" I think she assumed the sticks were still in it too LOL.



Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: freestyle on November 11, 2009 04:05:03 PM
I have been wracking my brain like crazy trying to come up with a wish list. Here's what I have so far.

- Anything wisty! I checked and they are up to date.
- An advent calendar!
- Knitted mittens, gloves, or fingerless gloves. I have short, chubby fingers.  :P
- A wallet- my current one is falling apart
- Anything fibery (roving, batts, yarn, etc.)
- Anything for my doggies (toys, treats)
- Fabric headbands
- A cool, funky coffee cup to use at work
- A shirt like the ones Adam wears on Mythbusters
- Anything tech geeky
- Anything!  :)

ETA: I just thought of something I'd love, but it's probably too big for this swap. I'd love a set of 4 small decorative stockings in coordinating colors- one for me, Jeff, Jax, and Milo.  :)  They wouldn't need to be big or hold anything- just look cute to hang up somewhere in the house.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 11, 2009 05:11:07 PM
So I'm stuck on the couch right now not really able to move or craft anything since my headache is causing me to be rather nauseated right now (weird my headache isn't as horrible as it can usually get and yet I can't really move around to much lest I throw up) so I'm stalking my partner to the 10th degree (creepy right? lol) and I thought of a question:

Would shipping out tomorrow be to soon?

Hypothetically speaking of course hehe... ::) ;)


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 11, 2009 05:53:04 PM
That's how mine usually are sB... I have what I have self diagnosed as "Migraine Induced Vertigo"... basically, I get migraines, they cause equaliberalium issues and that causes my nausea... (I often feel like I am both drunk, ie- the room is spinning, and also hungover).  Super lame.  You should invest in some seabands.  They are just wrist bands that use a little plastic ball for accupressure that helps with the nausea.  I love them.


And you can't possibly be serious about shipping tomorrow!  You are a crazy woman! 

I am trying to get these dachshund purses out of the way (they are taking over my desk/craft space), when they are done I will have made 13 of them (6 regular sized ones and 7 smaller/pencil sized ones)... so I can finally get started on my package for.......... OH! You didn't really think I was going to spill the beans, did you!  :P


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 11, 2009 05:58:38 PM
I wasn't serious about shipping out but I tend to be a fast crafter so I worry sometimes that I'm too fast. I haven't received any complaints yet though...that's just the way I roll hehe. I still have about half way to go at least on my projects and I'll probably get a decent chunk of that done on the weekend.

I feel suddenly tempted to take a hot shower for the headache which is odd because I usually crave all cold things to sooth my head. Hmmmm...bit close to bed but I might just do it anyway and then go to bed right after.


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 12, 2009 06:53:44 AM
hope you're feeling better sb!

i thought my item was progressing nicely but now i think i'm going to make something better (hopefully) and make this item one of my smallerish ones. i'm pretty undecisive still. my partner has such awesome taste it's hard coming up with things i feel she would like, lol!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 12, 2009 08:31:54 AM
I am done with item 1!  :)  And got everything together for item 2!!  :)
I too have a wonderful bunch of things to choose from for my partner and I'm having a blast!!   ;D

Now if this darn talk would go away I'd really be enjoying myself!   ;D


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Post by: loves2experiment on November 12, 2009 08:36:48 AM
I'm working on one item for my partner while waiting for supplies to arrive for the other item.  I hope my order comes in pretty soon, or I might be cutting it close :-\


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Post by: superhooker on November 12, 2009 09:36:50 AM
Right now I'm finishing up some other projects, so I haven't started crafting for my stalkee yet, but I have been plotting and scheming like crazy!!  I have a whole list of stuff I want to make.  Hopefully I should be able to get started after the weekend.


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 12, 2009 09:40:20 AM
I hope to start after the weekend too....I'm working on getting A2K's random pkg out the door today.  Tomorrow is my 6th rebirthday so in true 6 year old fashion I'm having a pirate dress up party ;D  Unlike most 6 year olds, I still need to clean the house, make grogg and grub before I can enjoy myself....


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 12, 2009 09:48:23 AM
woo! a pirate rebirthday! hope you have an awesome time :) *hugs*


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Post by: A2K on November 12, 2009 10:27:29 AM
woo! a pirate rebirthday! hope you have an awesome time :) *hugs*

Ditto, what she said, matey!  :D


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 12, 2009 10:31:04 AM
Yay!  Happy ReBirthday AM!
Sounds like lots of fun (well minus the having to clean up part)!

I am still having a hard time narrowing down what I want to make!  ACK!  Especially since they posted their wishlist and none of the things on my list where on that list, but so many more cool things that I would also like to make were... so it just made my list longer!  Double ACK!  Stop being so cool, partner!   8)

I need to finish my online maternity shopping already so I can get some alone time in my sewing machine (while Q is nicely watching TV and brother is painting)... did I mention I hate shopping for clothes, doubly so for maternity clothes and it's especially annoying because they are sold out in my size in many of the things I want (including the coat I wanted but still have to purchase one today because the 50% off sale ends today and I refuse to spend more than $50 for a coat I will only be wearing for 1 winter)... grrrrrrrr.


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Post by: loves2experiment on November 12, 2009 10:44:33 AM
I hope to start after the weekend too....I'm working on getting A2K's random pkg out the door today.  Tomorrow is my 6th rebirthday so in true 6 year old fashion I'm having a pirate dress up party ;D  Unlike most 6 year olds, I still need to clean the house, make grogg and grub before I can enjoy myself....


Happy 6th rb-day alteredmommy :)  A pirate dress-up party sounds perfect! 


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Post by: freestyle on November 12, 2009 11:19:58 AM
rebirthday? This is a new one for me.


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 12, 2009 11:30:08 AM
Have a great pirate party, AM!  I went to a pirate wedding once (on a ship in Baltimore harbor) and it was lots of fun!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 12, 2009 12:38:23 PM
Happy Re-Birthday AM!!  ;)


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Post by: freestyle on November 12, 2009 01:16:34 PM
I don't know what it is, but happy re-birthday AM!!  :D


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 12, 2009 01:37:06 PM
While I should've been doing other things, I started one of my projects for my partner... just cut out the pieces... it's smaller than I wanted it to be because I couldn't find the bigger piece of "material" that I thought I had, so I had to use the bag of scraps that I found, but it will be just as cute (if not more cute) an inch smaller...
Now to do some designing for it on graph paper...


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 12, 2009 02:00:38 PM
freestlye - from alteredmommy profile (I'm now half man via a stem cell transplant for leukemia Nov 13 2003)


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 12, 2009 02:14:38 PM
tomorrow is the 6th anniversary of my stem cell transplant....hence the "re-birthday" (its one of those insider things among transplant peoples) ;D   I was told that I had a 20% chance of making it to 5 years with a transplant (well and zero percent chance without one) so I always have a party on my anniversary date!  and I'm going to be 6, wooooo!


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 12, 2009 02:15:52 PM
that's awesome AM! Party on  ;D


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Post by: freestyle on November 12, 2009 02:16:51 PM
That's awesome AM!!! I love it!!! Have an amazing re-birthday!!!


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 13, 2009 08:55:20 AM
What are people's favorite candies? Holiday colors? Themes?  ;) It's a little too quiet in here on a Friday lol.

I'm about to run off to a store to see if I can find a perfect something for a certain someone. So mysterious  ;D I'll be crafting away this weekend since our cable is out (Comcast needs to be cast to the furthest rings of hell I swear).


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Post by: loves2experiment on November 13, 2009 09:11:57 AM
Favourite candies...gotta answer this one ;D  Anything but black licorice :P  As for holiday colours, for the longest time, I went with blue/silver but I've also tried gold/silver and lavender/silver (can you tell I'm not a fan of the traditional red/green/gold combo ::)). 

Yes, it has been awfully quiet in this thread.  I've been crafting and I'm just about done with one item.  Still no sign of the supplies I ordered for my 2nd item...so I might have to move on and start the 3rd item once I finish the first one.  Geeze, it's exhausting...not being able to let on what I'm working on for my partner *fidgets*



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Post by: underthemountain on November 13, 2009 09:24:59 AM
Mmm, I love black licorice!!  Milk chocolate is probably my favorite though.  :)
Hehe, I am a fan of the red/green combo.  I was into red/silver and blue/silver too, but now I'm enjoying the more kitsch colors...probably because of Lana.  This year's tree will be filled with gnomey elves from Ikea and felt ornaments that Lana and I will be making. :)

It is tough keeping a secret!!  But it's fun being all stealthy.  I can't wait to start working on my 2nd item.  I'm all set...all I need is some quiet time!


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Post by: superhooker on November 13, 2009 09:27:18 AM
I'm not a giant candy fan, but I do like PIE!  (Everyone else in my family LOVES candy, so if my person was planning to send some, it will be very much appreciated!)  In the winter I become obsessed with soup.  It is my favorite thing to eat, any time of any day!

For colours, we don't do the traditional christmas red and green either...we use pretty much the normal colours of our house...avocado green, golden yellow, burnt orange, bittersweet red, chocolate brown, and cream.  We use fall colours all year round because we love them so much....in the holiday season we just opt for more shiney and sparkly stuff.  and we add a lot of silvery stuff to the mix.  I like my holiday decorations to "go" with my normal house decor, becuase I'm not one who takes down all my regular stuff and puts up a whole houseful of christmas stuff.  (too lazy!)
And as far as themes go, we like really natural-y stuff.  and also stuff with a sense of humor.  and glitter and sparkle in with that is awesome too.  For instance, I have a flocked reindeer statue who's antlers are covered in glitter...and he sits on my mantel at xmas.  Our stockings have skulls on them.  
I do LOVE garlands and wreaths.  They make me so happy!  I like them to be a bit on the unusual side...AQ sent me a knitting wreath last year, and it rocks...it is going in my living room again this year!

Oh!  and the christmas station is already back!  I found it last week!  I thought it didn't go on the air until around thanksgiving time.  Woo!

Sorry about the giant outpouring.  I love to talk about christmas, but my family is a bit sick of it right now.  They say, "what is the date right now, Heather?  Isn't it a bit early for that?"   NOOOOOOOO!


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Post by: freestyle on November 13, 2009 09:34:00 AM
I don't eat very much candy- I'm more of a salty snacks kind of girl.  :)  But I like all kinds except for licorice and salt water taffy.

My Christmas tree is decorated with blue/white/clear lights and blue/white/silver ornaments. I love snow/winter themes and have a major soft spot for Rudolph.

Oh! I can't believe I forgot this in my questionnaire! Jeff and I aren't religious, so I'd really appreciate no nativity scenes.  :)


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 13, 2009 09:39:51 AM
oh man, don't talk about chocolate when there's a PMSing woman on the thread!  ::) i love all sweets (a bit too much probably), cakes, pies, cookies.... i might ask my mom to send some fancy choccies from california (See's http://www.sees.com). ack! now i went to their website. be back after i drool ;)

i have an eclectic tree, all kinds of stuff on it. none matches :) most of you probably don't want to see the topper i made, it's kind of .... odd.


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 13, 2009 09:54:21 AM
MMmmmmmmmm candy.  I like candy.  Fruity, chocolately... I like it all (though lately I have had to enjoy it in smaller doses since baby just wants CHICKEN, haha) as long as it does not contain aspartame (which will cause my throat to close up)... I have been avoiding the Christmas candy section in the store with Q because he LOVES candy canes, been asking about them for months.  I would offer some suggestions of specific candy I don't like but seeing as how I devoured the Whoppers (Malted Milk Balls) Q got trick or treating and I have NEVER liked them before, that pretty much throws all previous likes and dislikes out the window... pregnancy hormones are so weird, you wouldn't really think they could alter the way things taste to you, but they do.  

Hmmm... Christmas colors/themes... Well, since last year was the first year we'd had a tree since we got married (never had the space) we're still building on what we like/dislike, colors, themes, heck we hardly had any ornaments last year... I am really looking forward to our video game tree though, it's going to be a lot of fun!  (Need more ornaments for it)
I hate to admit it but I am usually kind of a grinch, years of my birthday and Christmas being ruined because of eachother kind of makes it hard to get over how awful they were when I was a kid, but I am trying since the inlaws (and husband) LOVE Christmas and for Q.

I am slowly making my way through my first project, I hope it turns out as cute as it is in my head.  It's going to be 3D, but I have it drawn up in pieces on some paper and Q somehow figured out/was able to visualize what it's supposed to be... that blew my mind that his mind is already able to think that way.  

It's making me crazy not to be able to really talk about what we are making too! ACK!


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Post by: freestyle on November 13, 2009 09:59:59 AM
Oooo, malted milk balls! I haven't had those in ages! They are soooo good. *drooling*

I have this evolving idea in my head and really need someone to hash it out with me. Maybe I'll PM another STSer not in the swap and ask for feedback.  :D


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Post by: underthemountain on November 13, 2009 10:03:24 AM
oh man, don't talk about chocolate when there's a PMSing woman on the thread!  ::) i love all sweets (a bit too much probably), cakes, pies, cookies.... i might ask my mom to send some fancy choccies from california (See's http://www.sees.com). ack! now i went to their website. be back after i drool ;)
Mmm, I love Sees!!  They had one in the mall closest to my home back in HI and we'd go there and buy their sugar sticks and eat chocolate samples.  I am so addicted to their molassas chips.  Thankfully they have kiosks here during the holidays!!!  I can't wait!!  I love their lollipops too.


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 13, 2009 10:07:23 AM
Whoa when you chat you seriously chat LOL

Though I already knew this lol Just getting kinda funny having to hit the Post button multiple times to try and get a word in edgewise.

Oooh SH you brought up the p-word. I LOVE pumpkin pie. And apple. Every year I have a struggle within me whether to have pumpkin pie first or apple pie a la mode. Sooooo good. Of course both must be consumed at some point to make it a complete holiday.

Growing up my parents weren't HUGE decorators; a simple wreath on the door, a Christmas tree with ornaments either made by us or passed down through the family, and stockings. Maybe a couple of holiday art pieces put out on the tables. My grandmother always went all-out with a more traditional style of decorating. Chris' parents are a lot like that too. But since we've gotten our own place we pretty much have nothing in the way of decorating - but honestly I'm not huge on the decorating aspect. I love the holiday, but just not all the stuff you have to put out and then clean up and put away lol. So I guess I'm a grinch haha. I still love presents  ;D


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 13, 2009 10:08:42 AM
I have this evolving idea in my head and really need someone to hash it out with me. Maybe I'll PM another STSer not in the swap and ask for feedback.  :D

This is the biggest problem I am having!  You guys are usually my go to group for crafty advice!  I can't even ask on facebook because I am facebook friends with so many of you, haha!

*resist urge to google Sees, resist urge to google Sees, resist urge to google Sees*


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Post by: A2K on November 13, 2009 10:21:45 AM
 I can't think of any candy I don't like!  :D  I like traditional Christmas colors as well as blue (which is an Advent color).  I love nativity scenes and always put up at least one.  I have a Rudolf and Santa that I put on my hearth every year as well.  My favorite decoration has to be the needlepoint Christmas lights garland I put on my mantle!  Also, I love our Christmas stockings  They were made by my mother -- I recently found the pattern online!  http://ruthlessknitting.ruthlessediting.com/vintage-santa-stocking-pattern  I was so excited to find it because I charted it and made up a version for my brother-in-law, but now I have the real thing to knit for my future son-in-law!  Our ornaments are a collection of 30 years worth -- all sorts of things + the traditional round glass balls.  I love them in all the traditional colors!  (No pink, please.  :D)


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Post by: loves2experiment on November 13, 2009 10:28:24 AM
Sees!  Of course!  I usually bring some home with me when I visit my folks out west :D  I can eat their lollies all day long :D


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Post by: freestyle on November 13, 2009 10:41:54 AM
Dangit! I clicked on the Sees link and found out they are selling candy not 5 miles from my house. Starting today. Literally starting today. I may be able to resist temptation... unless they sell petit fours. Then I am not accountable for my actions or my waist line.  ;D


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 13, 2009 10:46:09 AM
Our ornaments are a collection of 30 years worth -- all sorts of things + the traditional round glass balls.  I love them in all the traditional colors!  (No pink, please.  :D)

That's funny, my mom had been saving a ton of ornaments to hand down to me... most of which were pink glass balls :P  My tree last year was mostly pink!  (But I love pink, so that's ok)


You guys are terrible influences... I just googled Sees... and it appears that they will have a kiosk/temp store in the mall that is like a mile from my house, and it opened today... did I mention I was headed over that way today?  :P


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Post by: freestyle on November 13, 2009 10:51:20 AM
Same here Zelda! And I'm heading to that mall tomorrow to do some shopping. Aiyiyi- if anyone has a Sees candy preference, let it be known now as I will likely be unable to stop myself from browsing.  ;)


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 13, 2009 11:31:07 AM
lmao! man, i should get free choccie from them for advertising :D if you like peanut brittle, theirs is so awesome. (although probably not as awesome as i imagine superhooker's to be)! i had totally forgot about their toffee lollies and sugar sticks! those were total staples during the holidays at my elementary school ;) i don't think they sell petit fours though, the best place for those is Solvang, CA or holland itself, of course! (mmmm i had the BEST creamy, cakey strawberry petit four in amsterdam)


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 13, 2009 11:33:25 AM
I like toffee and those really dark godiva truffles. And salt, salt is good (salt and vinegar utz, chex mix with extra worcestershire, port wine wispride processed cheese food product), yum. And puddings/flans/other things that are rich and creamy and not that sweet.

I don't really decorate that much, because I always travel out of town (11th year in a row this time, makes me *crazy*) and the cats think everything is a special toy for them. I have a ~4 foot silver west elm wire tree that acts as a big cat toy display  ::)  so anything breakable gets hung on my big grape wreath over the fireplace.  I used to put lights on the porch, but it is too much hassle to take them up and down, although it looks nice when you turn them on under snow and the whole porch rail glows. Maybe I will get more lights this year anyway.


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Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 13, 2009 02:54:08 PM
for christmas we do a multicoloured tree with tons of lights, and garland. As well as all different coloured ornaments. I also decorate the house, just enough.


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 13, 2009 03:25:21 PM
Oh!  I meant to update with this... I didn't know my maternity shirt size when I was filling out my questionaire... but after much maternity clothes shopping, I am a size M in tops (and size S/4 in bottoms), so if my partner wants to make me a super awesome maternity tshirt now you know what size for sure (the ones at Old Navy are only $10, I should've bought a few more, haha)...

Mmmmmmm toffee...

I have to remember to get a little pink Christmas tree this year at the end of the season (I meant to last year but the smaller ones sold out so quickly, I want one that's more table top sized, not as tall as me)... so I can have a cute little pink Christmas tree with crafty ornaments on it in my craft space.  That would be awesome.


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Post by: freestyle on November 14, 2009 12:57:41 PM
I found the Sees booth... partner, you will be getting some yummies.  ;D  Now if only you knew who you were.  :D

Went to Micahels today and they had 100% wool yarn on sale 50% off! I stocked up. I also picked up some supplies for the large I want to make. Then I came home and made mulled wine. It's delicious and made my house smell divine- double bonus!


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Post by: lapoli on November 14, 2009 01:02:48 PM
I love mulled wine, freestyle! I was only introduced to it recently, within the last year or two, when we attended a New Years gathering at one of my friends whose husband is German and had mulled wine as a tradition.

I'm slowly putting together some ideas for my partner but haven't finished (or started) anything yet.  I think December 7th is going to come too soon!


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Post by: superhooker on November 14, 2009 01:18:15 PM
How do you make mulled wine?  (sorry if thats a dumb question...I've never had it...)


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Post by: lapoli on November 14, 2009 01:21:11 PM
I always warm it like I'd warm apple cider, but I add some brown sugar, cinnamon and put cloves in an orange and let that simmer with it, too.  Basically, you just forget that you're mulling wine, not cider and do the same thing. :)

It's delicious!!


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 14, 2009 01:25:37 PM
Ooh that sounds so good.

I'm taking a break from my craft table. I'm having a lot of fun but my body feels like I've been working hardcore for the last 4 hours. My poor back and head lol. The thing I'm working on today I had originally ruled out because I didn't think I'd have enough time or energy to put into it to do it properly but I decided to do it anyway haha. It's coming together slowly but when its finally put together it will be too awesome  :D I really hate not being able to be more specific lol.

I crave candy right now but that probably wouldn't be the best thing for my head. Hmmm....wonder what's in the fridge.


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Post by: freestyle on November 14, 2009 01:56:00 PM
lapoli, I'll have a cup for you.  ;)

I simmer a bottle of red wine on the stove with a blend of mulling spices (cinnamon sticks, cloves, infusions of orange and brown sugar, and vanilla), a bit of sugar to taste (I start with a couple tablespoons and add more as needed), and a cup of juice (I used apple this time but orange works well too). After 15 min. of simmering, I strain it and serve warm. It's delicious and my perfect fall drink.  :)


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 14, 2009 02:04:26 PM
i make the swedish version called "glug/glogg" which is a bit more hardcore,lol - http://homecooking.about.com/od/beveragerecipes/r/blbev14.htm

think i'm almost done with one item! woo :)


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Post by: A2K on November 14, 2009 04:03:35 PM
i make the swedish version called "glug/glogg" which is a bit more hardcore,lol - http://homecooking.about.com/od/beveragerecipes/r/blbev14.htm

think i'm almost done with one item! woo :)

YUM!  I'm up for glug!  :D  Let's add those booze soaked raisons and nuts to tomorrow's oatmeal, too!  :D

I had an adventure today!  I took a watercolor painting class.  It was delicious fun!  I loved it!  :D


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Post by: underthemountain on November 14, 2009 07:10:15 PM
Yum!  Love all the delicious smells coming from your homes!!

Had a change of heart for my #2 item and ran out to get more supplies.  :)  I am envisioning something very beautiful for my partner!  :)

Score Freestyle!   ;D ;D


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Post by: wwrich on November 14, 2009 07:33:52 PM
i make the swedish version called "glug/glogg" which is a bit more hardcore,lol - http://homecooking.about.com/od/beveragerecipes/r/blbev14.htm

think i'm almost done with one item! woo :)

Glug was a traditional part of the holiday party where I used to work.  I was in a chemistry department.  Somehow, glug without the huge round bottom flask in the hood is just not the same.....


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 14, 2009 11:25:55 PM
I spent the whole day recovering from last night's party which was fabulous fun, almost everyone came dressed as a pirate ;D  too much pirate punch though.   waaaay too much punch.

so to join in the conversation my favourite candy is chocolate, especially bernard callebout belgian chocolates(to die for!)...canadian rocket candies....the occasional lollipop....pop rocks.  I don't really eat a whole lot of candy, being more of a salt fiend (hickory sticks are my current obsession)

I love to decorate for Christmas and have 2 sometimes 3 trees up.  I have a white tree that I loooove and do different themes like pink and black/red and silver/nightmare before christmas/pink and lime green/ black and silver.  I have ALOT of decorations.  lots of wreaths and garlands and lights.  My deepest desire is for a black christmas tree but the only one I found last year was $400 so I'm still waiting.  I'd like a pink tree too.  I also co-ordinate christmas dinner table decorations with the current theme and make personal christmas crackers for everyone.

what is everyone's favourite holiday movie?  How many of you put santa hats on your pets/small children?






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Post by: sheepBlue on November 14, 2009 11:39:03 PM
AM - Have you ever thought of spray painting a regular tree black? I'm not quite sure how feasible that would be, but it would be the craftster way  ;)


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 14, 2009 11:57:15 PM
I have and think I might give it a try next summer (its way too cold to spray paint here now) :)


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Post by: A2K on November 15, 2009 04:49:15 AM
I bow to your tree savvy, AM!  I am a huge Tim Allen fan and love "The Santa Clause."  I also enjoy "Miracle on 34th Street", both new and old.  And who doesn't love A Christmas Carol? :D


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Post by: underthemountain on November 15, 2009 07:24:34 AM
The Santa Clause is a cute movie!!   ;D ;D  In our house The Nightmare Before Christmas is our favorite movie.  My sis just got Lana the soundtrack (thank goodness for ebay) and she's been singing it nonstop.

Gals, if you see any nice toys at the dollar stores please give me a shout out here.  I offered to pick up some small toys for the kids at Lana's hula school for Santa to hand out at the holiday party.  I already looked at Oriental Trading Company and I do have a few options there.  The kids range in age from a few months to 16 or so.  Usually they give the same gift to everyone---for the past few years it's been a stuffed animal, but I'd like to change it up a bit.  The kumu's wife has already purchased huge candy canes to go along with the toys.


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 15, 2009 07:39:34 AM
My votes are for BlackAdder's Christmas Carol, and the "Noel" episode of West Wing.  My mother is on a mission to own every film version of Christmas Carol, and watches all of them every year, but I can only stand BlackAdder, and Scrooged.

wwrich, I used to work in a fire research lab, they had a potluck party in the Large Fire Building every year. There was a furniture calorimeter in that building, and they would put up a tree there with some empty wrapped boxes around it, and at the end of the party there was the tree lighting...with a blowtorch. Whoooomp!! 

I've got almost all my supplies ready for this swap now, but it is moving day at the theater, and snowing stupidly to boot. So I am going to slog out to the stupid slow sunday bus service soon, and we'll see if I have any energy for crafting when I get home.


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 15, 2009 07:43:50 AM
damn that's cool! fire research lab!? flaming xmas trees?! i am in awe!

only xmas films i like are the old stop motion tv ones like rudolph and the little drummer boy!


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 15, 2009 10:07:37 AM
We have already started the christmas movie rotation.  My absolute favourite is A Christmas Story followed by Nightmare before Christmas then Scrooged, National Lampoons Christms Vacation, Its a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol after watching all of these a few times I have to resort to all the holiday tv movies.   and yes I put little hats on my little dogs.  they are not fans of the little santa hat.  We all wear Santa hats the last week or so before Christmas ;D


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Post by: freestyle on November 15, 2009 10:24:52 AM
Oh man, I haven't seen any of the movies mentioned! I'm not a big movie watcher.  :-[

Lol, Jax and Milo would be adorable in santa hats, but I'd have to take pictures very fast- they'd have them off in no time flat. And would then proceed to chew on them.  :D


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Post by: underthemountain on November 15, 2009 11:56:35 AM
Jax and Milo would be adorable in them.  :)  I picked up some at a dollar store a few years back so that our Blythe girls could wear something festive for the holidays.  :)
Lana loves wearing hers...in fact she was wearing it today.  :)


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 15, 2009 02:25:48 PM
Today has not been as productive as I hoped. Chris was getting pretty sick yesterday and woke up me up when his fever was really bad. We never got around to buying a thermometer so I ran out to the drugstore at 1:30am (would you believe I actually had to wait in a line at 1:30; albeit there was only one guy on the register, but still!). He had a decent fever and it really worried me because he doesn't have medical insurance right now and has an ongoing throat issue that flares up every now and then. Thankfully we managed to get his fever down, and I've been taking care of him all day.

I have managed to work off and on on my spontaneous project, which is almost there. I'm having a hard time pushing through the home stretch, but I should be able to finish it up tonight or tomorrow.  :)

Oh and favorite xmas movies that come to mind are NBC and The Grinch (the old school animated version). I haven't seen a lot of the old Christmas movies, and I always kinda though that It's a Wonderful Life was really kind of depressing - though I haven't seen it in a long time and maybe I'm just remembering the depressing parts.


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Post by: wwrich on November 15, 2009 02:41:41 PM
wwrich, I used to work in a fire research lab, they had a potluck party in the Large Fire Building every year. There was a furniture calorimeter in that building, and they would put up a tree there with some empty wrapped boxes around it, and at the end of the party there was the tree lighting...with a blowtorch. Whoooomp!! 

Gotta love the Christmas traditions!!


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Post by: oneredboot on November 15, 2009 04:40:07 PM
Favorite xmas film:  The Long Kiss Goodnight.  Misanthropic, action-packed, and totally awesome.  :)

Also, I'm a huge fan of Olive the Other Reindeer.


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Post by: Nesse on November 15, 2009 05:31:33 PM
favourite candy: almond joy, dark chocolate, werthers hard candies, jelly bellies.

decorations: I like folk art type things and fall colors. no red/green/gold/silver. we don't put our tree up til very last minute cause I guess my housemates cat likes to torment the tree haha. and the other two kittens will most likely learn from him and it will end up an xmas tree massacre. we don't exchange big gifts so unusual stockings for my boyfriend and myself would be neat. (I saw one the other day that had hidden pockets all over it. loved it!)

movies: I'm not a big movie buff. but I love all the claymation xmas movies.

sorry I'm not more talkative, feeling kinda down lately :/


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 15, 2009 05:36:45 PM
I love Olive (but I am a sucker for J. Otto Seibold)...
Husband's family loves Christmas movies... so if it's a Christmas movie we watch it at some point between Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas/New Years... that includes but is not limited to Die Hard, It's a Wonderful Life and Scrooged...
I personally love Elf and could watch it a million times... <3 Will Ferrell.

Pretty quiet here today since it was SO nice out... but I did manage to get some work done on the 2 doxie purses I have to ship tomorrow (one is done, the other I will finish up after breakfast)... and this morning I worked some more on my first project for my "partner"... it's slow going so I think I am going to start on the second one too, so I can feel like I am making more progress.

Tomorrow we go for our 20 week ultrasound, sooooo excited!


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Post by: A2K on November 15, 2009 06:23:43 PM
I'm thinking pink for you Z.S! 

I haven't gotten one thing done today!  Well, I guess I worked a little bit on my secret santa project, but I'm just tired.  I think I need to get more exercise.  Not working does have it's drawbacks (walking around the school, looking for children who were up-to-no-good was a lot of exercise, and entertaining as well!).  I took Haily for a walk on Saturday and it turned into a cry-fest.  It was NOT fun.  She was there, running along the lake and then she wasn't.  All I could think is that an eagle snatched her when I wasn't looking or a coyote jumped out of the woods and ate her.  What really happened is she jumped up onto the bank and when she came running back towards me, she took a wrong turn and went to Albuquerque.  Or however you spell that.  I was a wreck.  I did eventually find her, but I was exhausted and we were both covered in swamp mess and I was crying and she was sheepish (a fibre reference to keep it crafty -- ha ha).  That's my exercise story.  So I haven't gone for a walk today and I haven't done any sewing and only a little knitting.  I think I might be down in the dumps, too, nesse! 


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Post by: freestyle on November 15, 2009 06:35:27 PM
Oh no- Nesse and A2K, feel better!!! Being in the dumps is no fun at all.  :(

Zelda, you better let us know how things go tomorrow!! I'm about to die of anticipation and I'm not even the one pregnant!  :D

On a crafty note, why can I not find a large _____ that's the color _____ and the texture _____??? Hours of online shopping, hundreds of items viewed, and none of them are right. It's very blankety-blank.


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Post by: pseudo_pix on November 16, 2009 07:13:58 AM
ARGH! Evil evil secret santa! I received a letter with no senders address on it today teasing my curioucity >_<
I think the stamp says Detroit. I'm not sure though as it's a bit hard to see. But Secret Santa might be really sneaky and had it mailed from a different city. Also it might a person who wants to hide who she - as if I already know her - as it could look like she wrote the card with her left hand *ponders ponders pseudo sherlock* XP

Hehe. It was the cutest card though. Little bunnies doing gymnastics and spelling out 'Merry xmas'^^ This years first Christmas card also!



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Post by: corduroy cat on November 16, 2009 10:21:07 AM
i'm really happy with the new ___ i made for ______!! :D i also got some goodies of the chocolate kind to include. this is so fun!! i might be able to post out next week, woooo!


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 16, 2009 11:06:41 AM
Was there any kind of official decision about whether packages should be opened immediately when received, or wait til a certain date?  If some people get their packages a lot earlier than others, the people to get their packages last will probably easily figure out who is sending to them beforehand...


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 16, 2009 12:39:46 PM
I already posted in the STS thread, but I will post here too!  IT'S A GIRL!  YAYAYAYAY! 
So let the girly crafting begin!  Send as much pink as you want, partner!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 16, 2009 05:32:44 PM
Yay!!  Congrats Zelda!!! :)  I'm so happy for you!!  Girls are tons of fun!! and there are sooo many cool things that you can make for her!!  ;D ;D  :)


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 16, 2009 08:41:45 PM
I just got back from up north and got caught up on this thread (STS discussion will be saved until tomorrow - I'm pooped after my 10 hour drive). Nesse and A2K, hope you feel better soon! A2K, I'm so happy you found Hailey. When I started reading your post I felt a little sick to my stomach. Glad you found her safe and sound!

Congrats, zelda! Guess I should work on finishing that pink baby cardigan now. ;)

sheepBlue, hope you and Chris are feeling better! I'm making a run out tomorrow to run errands, so you should have a package heading your way that may help your headache. ;)

Uhhh, what else? Oh, candy. I love anything and everything. Seriously. If it's sugary and you send it to me, I'll love you. ;D  Christmas colors - anything is fine. I usually go somewhat traditional in the living room with burgundy and green, but anything is terrific as long as it's not neons. And Greg loooooves sparkly things. Not that you have to do anything holiday themed for me and not that you have to do sparkly things - just trying to help out if you need it!

I think that was everything people asked for. If not, someone remind me. :)


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 17, 2009 11:10:34 AM
And Greg loooooves sparkly things.

That makes me giggle (in a happy way).  I don't think my husband would ever admit to liking sparkly things...


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Post by: A2K on November 17, 2009 11:31:09 AM
And Greg loooooves sparkly things.

That makes me giggle (in a happy way).  I don't think my husband would ever admit to liking sparkly things...

Yeah.  Mine either!  :D

Thank for understanding my Haily story, AQ.  I am quite recovered now, but the whole thing kind of knocked me off my game.  I haven't taken her for a walk without the leash since. 

Glad you had a good trip home, though that is a haul.  The area you visited is only 6 hours from here, but it feels like FOREVER, so 10 is over the top!

I am making great progress on my items for this swap!  It genuinely gets harder not to talk about specifics as I finish things!


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 17, 2009 11:37:43 AM
I am making great progress on my items for this swap!  It genuinely gets harder not to talk about specifics as I finish things!

I think my husband is quite annoyed by this secret swap!  He's the only person around for me to talk to about it, so he's been getting an earful and is starting to getting quite bored with it.  He's also not very helpful with the "should I make this or do you think this would be better" question... arg.

I think the only hints that could be gotten away with is fiber/yarn stuff... we are a bunch of fiber junkies so it could be for anyone! haha. 


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 17, 2009 11:41:15 AM
I think the only hints that could be gotten away with is fiber/yarn stuff... we are a bunch of fiber junkies so it could be for anyone! haha. 

Haha! I was talking to Twiz the other day about how cool it would be to do an altered journal and pass it around to all the STS peeps, but I then admitted that it might be a challenege to get people involved since everyone is so fiber-centric LOL


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 17, 2009 12:09:09 PM
Yea, paper crafting/drawing/painting, etc... is not stuff I do... I just can't get into it... I used to draw/paint, etc a lot but I have't really done anything like that since HS... I also don't write anymore which makes me sad, I used to want to be a writer but since I married my husband I haven't written a thing... that's oddly enough when I started sewing... guess it just took over as my creative outlet.  And then came crochet/knitting and the take over of my space with yarn, mwhahahahaha.  (it always come back to fiber!)


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 17, 2009 12:52:39 PM
muahahahaha. ever heard of a fiber or fabric journal?? :D same as the paper ones only the page is made of felt or fabric!!


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 17, 2009 01:18:59 PM
I'm sold.  Let's do it!  :P


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 17, 2009 02:30:22 PM
*watches as the hook snags and begins to reel in the fiber addicts*


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 17, 2009 02:50:17 PM
Well, I just had fun clearing out one of my bookcase bins to fill with all the items for my partners package (I need to have everything in one place or I go nuts and often lose things)... there are going to be lots of extra goodies (some I already have, some are on their way, some are still yet to be determined)... and I have most of the supplies (the stuff I could readily find in my stash) in there for each project I have yet to start, even a little baggie with all the stuff I am going to use to make the card!  I am excited, can you tell?!?   :D

I hope to make some serious progress tonight on the project I have started (hint- it's mini and has a christmas theme to it ;))... and tomorrow I am going to try my hand at something else that I have only attempted once before (and it turned out pretty good that time, so I am hoping it will this time too).  YAY! 


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Post by: A2K on November 17, 2009 06:21:36 PM
I have not been very successful with papercraft, either, ZS, but AM sent me an altered journal and hooked me up with YouTube videos and I was late for a meeting this morning because of it!  I can't wait to get started!  This woman (Teesha Moore) was AWESOME!


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Post by: Nesse on November 17, 2009 07:06:41 PM
fiber journal?
*swoons*


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 17, 2009 09:43:41 PM
yay, hope you have fun with it A2K!!!  I've watched those videos a couple of times, teesha moore is very inspiring!  I really like her squeeky voice too :) 


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Post by: A2K on November 18, 2009 05:14:27 AM
yay, hope you have fun with it A2K!!!  I've watched those videos a couple of times, teesha moore is very inspiring!  I really like her squeeky voice too :) 

She's great!  My sister's name is also Teesha (except she spells it "Tesha.")  I haven't met many people with that name so it was surprising.  I like how relaxed she is.  I'm hoping to play with this when I return from a viest to my parents!


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 18, 2009 05:52:52 AM
AM why have i heard her name before? is she really famous in the papercrafting world?

oh and just for kicks.... http://fabricartjournals.blogspot.com/


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Post by: A2K on November 18, 2009 05:56:55 AM
AM why have i heard her name before? is she really famous in the papercrafting world?

oh and just for kicks.... http://fabricartjournals.blogspot.com/

Quite famous, actually.   And she's a friend of mine, just in case you need a moment of jealousy to spice up your life.  :D

Those fabric journals . . . OMG!



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Post by: alteredmommy on November 18, 2009 07:59:32 AM
Teesha Moore is very famous collager/journaler/inventor of zetti  check out the video series she made on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLHuN8uso44  she goes through making the journal-painting-collage-penwork-layering....yummy!


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 18, 2009 08:12:56 AM
right, i thought she might be the zetti artist. :)


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 18, 2009 08:39:07 AM
I'm kind of over the zetti thing myself but I like her process :)

New snoopy vague questions.....what are your favourite words or quotes?    Favourite colour.....most hated colour?

I'm going to get started on some small stuff today after I tussle with my craft room explosion.  I'm still moving into a new space and everything is piled in the middle of the room.  everything.  its not pretty in there.....


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 18, 2009 09:07:38 AM
Colors: I love bright bold colors, black, jewel tones, just about anything pretty  :) (not helpful I know); I am not a fan of pastels neons, or a lot of pink, or grayish faded colors unless they're appropriate (not sure if that makes sense). Take a page from my monster mash blanket of color. I loves it  :D

For quotes or words I have a hard time pulling quotes off the top of my head. I do love thoughtful, snarky, funny quotes and lines though. Sometimes boardline innappropriate for some audiences  ;D

I feel like I am making no sense, even to myself lol

Anyway, in crafty news I feel like I am almost there  :D I'm really excited to see everything come together and I think my partner will have a lot of fun going through all the ________ that I included hehe. At least I hope.


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Post by: oneredboot on November 18, 2009 09:21:13 AM
Is anyone else obsessed with crafty holiday garlands?  Or is the correct term bunting?  Anyway, I keep seeing them on blogs and in catalogs, and it's getting to me!  They are so cute--maybe because so many of them this year are natural or "scrappy" materials.  Here are my favorites so far:

scrappy trees (http://sadieandlance.blogspot.com/2009/11/tutorial-christmas-tree-bunting_3645.html)
felt leaves and felted balls (http://www.geekxnerd.com/2009/11/perfect-day.html)
hats and mittens  (http://www.garnethill.com/jump.jsp?itemID=14487&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1,2,5,5430,9597&iProductID=14487)
felt and tiny pine cones! (http://redbirdcrafts.blogspot.com/2009/10/tiny-pine-cone-garland.html)

Any others that you guys have seen and love?  I'm collecting ideas!!


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 18, 2009 09:33:10 AM
Good questions!
This thread will be great for future stalking of any of us as well, haha!

I don't really have any favorite words... as for quotes... I don't really know... I am a sucker for lyrics from Death Cab for Cutie songs, I could easily pick one line that I love from every single one of their songs...
Fav color = pink
Most hated color = toss up between yellow and purple

Arg.  Anyone have any suggestions for getting a 4 year old to not talk back and to do what he's told and that when he's told NO that that's that?  We are having a time with Q lately. He's gotten this very annoying teenage like independent streak in him.  Husband says no spanking and I don't like the yelling.  Nothing else we have tried works... he laughs at time out, bribing for good behavior doesn't work, punishing/taking things away for bad behavior does't work... talking reasonably doesn't work.  It's really stressing me out.  I swear the kid is bipolar.


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Post by: underthemountain on November 18, 2009 09:46:46 AM
Hmm, for quotes something smart from Oscar Wilde!
Love most colors
Allergic to glitter...not really, but since Lana got some in her eye as an infant we've have a no glitter policy in the house, but we love sequins!!

Zelda, I think it's normal at this age...trying to fight for his independence and all that.  We just talk with Lana when she does something like this and explain to her why this isn't nice and tell her that our role as parents is to help her so that she can be a good person and that we're not trying to boss her around.  Then we give her a big hug. 

So partner, today I played hooky for just long enough to try out an experiment for you and to make sure that it would work.  I think you're gonna love it.  I love it too....maybe I should keep it for myself. Just joking.  It's for you!!! ;)


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 18, 2009 10:10:34 AM
Favorite colors: water colors (blues, greens), jewel tones, black/white/grey, deep red.
Least favorite colors: neons, yellows (though it depends what it's for)

Quotes: I don't really have any favorite quotes. But I like all the snarky housewife ones. Oh, and I also like "Not all who wander are lost."


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Post by: pseudo_pix on November 18, 2009 10:17:15 AM
Colorhates: neons *exclamationsign* babycolors combined, pastels
Colorlikes: many colors! blues, greens, pink-green combo...sea-forest tones combo. I love Kaffe Fassett's colorways

Talking of Fassett ... guess who is going to work for him in the next summer vacation!?!! :D *SUPER JOY*


Is anyone else obsessed with crafty holiday garlands?  Or is the correct term bunting?  Anyway, I keep seeing them on blogs and in catalogs, and it's getting to me!  They are so cute--maybe because so many of them this year are natural or "scrappy" materials.  Here are my favorites so far:

scrappy trees (http://sadieandlance.blogspot.com/2009/11/tutorial-christmas-tree-bunting_3645.html)
felt leaves and felted balls (http://www.geekxnerd.com/2009/11/perfect-day.html)
hats and mittens  (http://www.garnethill.com/jump.jsp?itemID=14487&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1,2,5,5430,9597&iProductID=14487)
felt and tiny pine cones! (http://redbirdcrafts.blogspot.com/2009/10/tiny-pine-cone-garland.html)

Yes these are awesome!

Any others that you guys have seen and love?  I'm collecting ideas!!

Yes! I love them! I have been eyeing your little flag thing in your STS but as I'm buying Christmas gifts for my points these days I don't have much to my self...


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Post by: Nesse on November 18, 2009 11:08:49 AM
*added garland to wists ;)*

I like all sorts of different color combinations. earth and jewel tones. I love the addition of a funky bright color to muted/earth tones. I love these (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20057707) colors (minus the pink) and I love mustard-like tints like this (http://www.wists.com/VanessaYvonne/e55d09a14b7bc93584e97fa3ab6cb510?offset=80) and my wists has a pretty good representation of different color combos I like.

I don't like too much pink, pinkish-purple, black, white, or neon colors. but I like these colors in relation to other colors. like a purple & brown roving yummmm.
I think my favorite color is brown right now haha. everything I've bought lately is brown (curtains, bed sheets, clothes... even my new kitten is brown haha)

I'm not big on quotes, mostly due to my horrible memory. but I do enjoy a lot of M.C. Escher quotes like;
"We adore chaos because we love to produce order."
"Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it's in my basement... let me go upstairs and check. "
“Order is repetition of units. Chaos is multiplicity without rythm.”


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 18, 2009 11:25:33 AM
I don't like pink, or pastels.
I love yellow-toned greens, golden-y yellows, and red-orange. (plus more, but those are favorites).

Quotes....are hard. I'd have to think about it...


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Post by: lapoli on November 18, 2009 12:23:56 PM
Sorry, Secret Santa, I'm late in responding:

what are your favourite words or quotes?   

"Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it."

-Confucius.

 Favourite colour.....most hated colour?

Favorite - Green.  Hated - Pink.


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Post by: loves2experiment on November 18, 2009 12:41:18 PM
Hmmm, let's see.  I do not care for neon/fluorescent colours, but other than that, all colours are great (but favourites atm include browns, blues, limegreen, and strangely enough, orange ::)).  As for quotes, that's a toughie.  If the quote demonstrates wit and/or sarcasm, I could probably learn to like it ;)


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Post by: A2K on November 18, 2009 01:07:19 PM
Colors:  love blues, greens, browns.  I like complementary color schemes  - blue/orange, pinks/greens - yellow/purple -- and variations thereof.  Also love monochromatic or tonal schemes.  

Quotes:  Six impossible things -- of course.  
Also like "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" (Eleanor Roosevelt).  
"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. "  Robert Frost
"As I get older, I just prefer to knit."  Tracey Ullman


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 18, 2009 01:12:41 PM
LOL, you should totally own a shirt that has that last quote and wear it all the time  ;D :D


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Post by: oneredboot on November 18, 2009 01:22:38 PM
I've been interested in the color wheel lately. There was a great article (http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/09/color_theory_for_yarnies_matching_the_mismatching.html) in craftzine recently about choosing colors for knitting stripes, and it got me thinking about my use of color.  Do you guys use the color wheel at all in your crafting?  I'd love to find  vintage color wheel to hang in the craft room!  I know what "looks good" when I see it, but sometimes I have trouble moving out of my color comfort zones.  I'm feeling overrun with scraps lately (fabric and yarn) and would love to be more adept at putting them together in new combinations.  Any thoughts on how to stretch with color?


Colors:  love blues, greens, browns.  I like complementary color schemes  - blue/orange, pinks/greens - yellow/purple -- and variations thereof.  Also love monochromatic or tonal schemes. 




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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 18, 2009 01:38:51 PM
You guys are some serious pink haters :P
It's ok though, I get it... I might just be the least girly girl that loves pink.  

Been working quite a bit on my started project and it's finally starting to come together... I am hoping I can finish it this week finally.  Though there are a few little detail bits that I am not sure how I am going to work out... probably the easiest way to make them is not a craft that I do (or can afford to put any money into atm).  So it's going to be time to get super creative, haha.


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Post by: Nesse on November 18, 2009 02:05:05 PM
You guys are some serious pink haters :P
It's ok though, I get it... I might just be the least girly girl that loves pink. 

I don't haaaate pink. I just don't like a whole lot of it. Unless it's in my hair. mmm pink hair.

ORB, I get stuck in my color-comfort zone as well. have you tried looking at photographs for inspiration? nature, vintage, modern, people, whatever. observe the color scheme in the photograph and use those colors for your project. or you can grab a handful of fabric without looking and make something from all the pieces (quilting?) but you really gotta promise yourself to use them even if you don't like the combination haha.

and with fabric/yarn you can always over-dye them ;)


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 18, 2009 02:09:49 PM
I took a color class at a quilt store that used to be across the street (I was the only non-quilter). It was a year long, each month you were supposed to make something for the assigned color 'thing'. So one month was complements, one was triads, one was luminescence, etc. It was an interesting challenge.


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 18, 2009 02:33:36 PM
i'm same as most people, no neons or pastels. i do like a sky blue/chocolate, or pink/chocolate combo though. fave colours are lime green, chocolate, turquoise, orange, mustard, silver, black,red.

my fave quote is "Un-Mutual" but i like any snarky stuff or rude humour.



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Post by: freestyle on November 18, 2009 03:37:02 PM
I've started carrying around a little notebook to write down possible color combinations for fiber blends. I have a terrible memory, so if I don't write it down at the time I'm inspired, I will have forgotten by the time I get a chance to play with my fiber.  :P

Color loves: I love all shades of blue and green; any color combos that remind you of spring, water, fall, or something nature-inspired; chocolate brown with pretty much anything; black with bright colors

Color dislikes: neons (always); pastels (most of the time); pink by itself (small amounts combined with other colors is ok)

So I have a couple of questions to throw out there: what colors are dominate in your kitchen? You living room? Your craft space?

My kitchen is china blue (think a deep, bright blue) with white cabinets and chocolate brown accents. My living room is chocolate brown with cream and blue accents (some black and white in there too). My craft room is light green with turquoise, cream, and brown accents.


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 18, 2009 03:47:01 PM
My kitchen will (once I finally get around to it) be a nice bright blue with white cabinets, stainless appliances and greens/blues/blue-green accents and a touch of pink (since my kitchenaid stand mixer and kettle are both light pink).

My craft space is obviously magenta, with an off-white wall, white trim and white furniture.  Any colors that look good with magenta and white are welcome.  I need to finally pick out a fabric to make a cover for my chair, it will probably be something very colorful with a bit of magenta to tie it all in (I am thinking polka dots).

My living room/den is yellow and none of the furniture matches, I claimed some really cool pillow covers from someone a few rounds ago (mommy brain is in full force, so I am lucky if I can remember my own name, I couldn't remember Q's birthdy at the Ped's office yesterday...), but I haven't gotten/made pillows for them yet.


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Post by: lapoli on November 18, 2009 03:51:15 PM
Kitchen - Browns, Greens, (dark) Reds

Living Room - Brown, Green, Orange

(am I really that boring??)

Craft Space - Red and Tiffany Blue, though I have enough crap that almost any color matches.


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Post by: Nesse on November 18, 2009 04:05:35 PM
My kitchen is china blue (think a deep, bright blue) with white cabinets and chocolate brown accents. My living room is chocolate brown with cream and blue accents (some black and white in there too). My craft room is light green with turquoise, cream, and brown accents.

can I come live in your house? I love all those color combos :D

kitchen: fleshy colored walls (yuck) and off white everything else
living room: wood grain paneling on walls, mix-matched furniture.
craft space (corner of my bedroom): white walls, white cabinets, lots of dark natural wood colored things, very mix-matched, slanted ceiling - so not a whole lotta wall space. any amount of color is welcome! (I'd like to add more browns, blues, greens and tans)

my apartment is rather boring looking. I share it with 4 other people and 3 cats, so decorations are very minimal. but now that I've moved in I'd like to add some color to this place!


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 18, 2009 04:06:42 PM
 
The only colours I don't like are neons and all those 80's decor colours like forest green, burgundy and dusty rose. 



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Post by: underthemountain on November 18, 2009 04:43:05 PM
So I have a couple of questions to throw out there: what colors are dominate in your kitchen? You living room? Your craft space?

Hmm, all of our walls are white, except for some yucky faux wood panelling that we have in the basement.  One of these days we are gonna fix that!
wood cabinets and almond kitchen appliances--one of these days we'll redo the countertops
living room has royal blue couches and lots of plants
craftspace=dining room black framed pics of Lana all over


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 18, 2009 05:10:34 PM
Kitchen: deep red (kind of burgundy, but not as much plum) and sage green

Living room: deep red, orange, tan (our walls are tan and the accessories in the room are mainly reds and oranges)

Craft Room: I'm changing rooms and new room is tan and kind of a periwinkle. Not very much wall space in there at all, though.


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 18, 2009 05:16:48 PM
I rent, and did not choose these colors.
Kitchen: dark wood cabinets circa 1970 and horrible 70s green formica, tile, and enamel sink (ew)
rest of house: beige carpet, white walls, white plastic vertical blinds, one wall in the living room is dark bricks


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Post by: freestyle on November 18, 2009 05:17:45 PM
Whoops- forgot the quotes question. I love Mythbusters, and adore all the sayings on Adam's shirts. Some of my favorites:

Keep out of direct sunlight.

Controlled destruction is sexy.

Well, there's your problem.

Absolute favorite: http://www.zazzle.com/physics_its_the_sudden_deceleration_that_kills_mug-168354308721022053


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 18, 2009 06:15:34 PM
lol PW, we're the same way. plus i collect so many things there's no way i can stick to a colour scheme! so if you want to craft me house-stuff no need to worry about coordination ;)


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Post by: oneredboot on November 18, 2009 06:49:56 PM
house colors!
kitchen: all over the place.  we rent a house built in the 1960s, so the counters are yellow.  i try to keep towels, aprons, and other kitchen linens to natural colors, with some red accents.  my many appliances are mostly stainless steel.
living room:  natural blues, greens, browns, greys, with "muslin-colored" curtains
craft space:  multi-colored! like lapoli, so much craft crap means that any natural color goes!    


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Post by: A2K on November 18, 2009 07:02:52 PM
living room adjoins dining room and kitchen - very open floor plan.  paint is a peachy neutral tannish color.  we are getting a faux wood floor in the kitchen and dining room and a brown speckled plush carpeting for the living room.  there are no curtains.  we live in the woods so in the summer lots of nice green sunlight comes in and in winter we have the trunks of tree, snow, and birdies galore!  when we moved in 15 years ago, everything was either white or cream.  we're slowly moving into color!  i love my "office" - the color is called "oriental blush" -- it's a tangy pumpkiny color.  LOVE IT.  my husband painted his office the most obnoxis green color -- think summer grass color on steroids!

I am more and more interested in color and would like to use the color wheel better.  i love those decorating shows where they use objects to represent the color from a vacation or something and then use the wheel to talk about what other colors to add.

AM, you crack me up -- start over indeed.   (showed my mom and dad the journal you sent me and my mom came up with some cool things to share with you -- look for a little surprise in the mail from my mom:) )


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Post by: superhooker on November 18, 2009 08:33:10 PM
Sorry I'm so late to the chatter, stalker!

My whole downstairs (living room, kitchen, study, dining room) are all done in coordinating colors on purpose, so for all of those rooms anything in fall colors would be awesome.  Think burnt orange, mustardy yellow, chocolate brown, yellowy greens, and cream/oatmeal.

My craft room has yucky beige carpet and the walls are all either covered with yarn, or assorted awesomeness that I've received from craftsters, so any colors are fine!

As for color likes in general, I like most colors, especially if they are bright, and a little bit "off" of the normal shade.  I wear mostly black, but for accessories I love things that are crazy bright.

As for quotes, right now (well, for the past 20 years, really!) I'm pretty obsessed with the Talking Heads, and especially these songs:
Naive Melody: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/talking_heads/this_must_be_the_place_naive_melody.html
Life during wartime:
http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/talking_heads/life_during_wartime_live.html

I've got about a billion other favorite quotes, but my mind is all blank right now!


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Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 18, 2009 09:23:49 PM
my favourite colours are nature colours. greens, browns, oranges, blues etc
I dont care for pink

Our new kitchen will be brown and black, with greens and reds
our new living room will be brown and blue. With wood, and nature colours
dining room will be white, blue and orange
craft room is white and brown, with purple curtains. It will have blacks and woods in it, lots of baskets etc
our bedroom will be brown and white, with tans and blues
our bathroom is white, green, and brown


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 19, 2009 04:39:17 AM
House color scheme: Well, there is none really lol. We're renting an apartment right now so its your standard beige walls, beige floor everything. I love color because obviously it pops off of all the boringness  :D I have a fire engine red tea pot if that gives you an idea lol



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Post by: lapoli on November 19, 2009 04:45:38 AM

AM, you crack me up -- start over indeed.   (showed my mom and dad the journal you sent me and my mom came up with some cool things to share with you -- look for a little surprise in the mail from my mom:) )

Doh! And this is why people like me should be careful with their powers. I totally meant to quote her and pretend like I had made her an entire secret package full of dusty rose house accessories that I would have to chuck out the window... and instead, I DID quote her... but on her post and replied to it as well (in her post, too!).  So, the "crap, i have to start over!" was actually me trying to be funny.  And failing.

(Does this make sense?? I'm without coffee this morning)


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Post by: A2K on November 19, 2009 05:21:50 AM
Now I'm really cracking up!  What a bunch we are!


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Post by: lapoli on November 19, 2009 05:22:46 AM
Yeah, well, that would explain why I had troubles quoting AM last night when I was typing a reply!  Tsk, tsk.


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 19, 2009 06:31:20 AM
all this has gone over my head!  ::) maybe i need coffee.... and yummy treats...


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 19, 2009 07:52:20 AM
lapoli accidently modded my comment while trying to quote me :)  I couldn't figure out what A2K meant by "the start over" comment, so I went back and had a moment of huh when I saw a comment made by me that I totally didn't write :D 

kitchen- butter yellow with 50's turqouise blue/red accents
Living room- horrible pinky taupe wall colour that is screaming to be painted RED!  no other colour scheme to speak of
Craft Room- my new room is a mossy grey/green with pink and black accents.  Though like everyone else, I have so much crap in there I just need to spin around for my own colour wheel.  someday soon I hope to get my stuff organized and put away in there...we just dumped everything in a huge pile on the floor.

I like colours.  the only colours I dislike are neons and all those 80's decorater combos like forest green and burgundy, dusty rose and seafoam green. 

A2K that is so nice of your mom :)


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Post by: loves2experiment on November 19, 2009 08:24:10 AM
All the walls (and ceilings) in my house are painted antique white by choice, but everything else in the house has a good dose of colour :)


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 19, 2009 08:32:58 AM
it took years to talk my husband into colour and now that I have I get a jones every once in awhile to paint everything white and have one of those airy, beachy looks going on.  it freaks him out.


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Post by: loves2experiment on November 19, 2009 09:07:57 AM
it took years to talk my husband into colour and now that I have I get a jones every once in awhile to paint everything white and have one of those airy, beachy looks going on.  it freaks him out.

LOL.  The white bit or the having to repaint everything bit? ;)

I did think about painting the walls a warmer neutral colour, but meh, the antique white is a good background for everything.  And I totally admire you gals who opt to paint your walls all sorts of colours (because I'm too fickle to pick or stay with any colour choices ::)).


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 19, 2009 09:27:40 AM
Oh man... I don't think I could deal with so much white (I hated living in apartments because of that!)  I love love love color!  When we are done painting there won't be any "white" left other than closets/ceilings and the hallways.  It will quite possibly make our house very hard to sell, but whatever, I will enjoy it while we are here. 
I will have to post a picture of husband's office color (he's moving his office out of our bedroom and back downstairs), it's Behr "Vintage Orange"... I decided we needed more warm colors in the house when I picked it... it seemed nice and more subdued than most oranges on the paint chip but BOY is it BRIGHT!  Haha.  I hope it doesn't give my husband headaches... hehe.  But it looks really great and his best friend (who loves orange) is very jealous.  And it will look different with the new carpet and all his furniture back in there...
I have picked some really bold colors that people have been quite weary off when they saw what I picked but it's all worked out really well once it went up on the wall... Q's bathroom was probably what everyone was most scared of and it looks great in the deep dark blue (almost purple blue) that I picked.  Makes me happy.  One day I will get my flickr updated with before and after pictures of all the different rooms in the house... one day... ;)

I have been working working working on my first project and made LOTS of progress last night (while catching up on House)... I am so excited about it!  Q keeps bugging me as to when it will actually become what it's supposed to be rather than just pieces of itself that need to be "built"... he is anxious to see how it turns out too.  Hopefully he doesn't think it's for him.
And now that he's off with his Grandpa to see "Where the Wild Things Are" and then go hang out at his house I am going to finish my lunch and get over to the sewing machine... yay!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 19, 2009 10:07:53 AM
Hi all!!  Ptarmic asked before about whether we are waiting to open our presents together.  I didn't see any responses so I thought I'd bring it up again.  I think we should so that we don't blow the surprise for those that receive late in the game.  What do you all think??

Hehe, I wish I had the skills or time to do color, but I do like white walls.   :)

Ooh, tell me if Q likes the movie.  I made a WTWTA hat for Lana.  There is a cute tute here on Craftsters.

I am 99% done with my last item!!  Yay!!  I can't wait to get home to finish it!!   I'm really close to being ready to send, but I'll probably think about how to spoil my partner a bit more.  :)



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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 19, 2009 10:39:46 AM
Whooops, I'm still here, not sewing yet, trying to get motivated (my mom messaged me on facebook so I was chatting with her about coming to visit tomorrow, she's going to bring all Q's old clothes that we kept and were storing at her house, she's been wanting to get them out of her closet and now that we know it's a girl we can get rid of what I don't want to keep for sentimental reasons, yay!  hopefully the next ultrasound won't reveal that the tech was wrong, yikes!)

I think waiting would be fine.  Would we wait until Christmas actually? or should we set a date before that, since if it gets too close to Christmas people might be too busy to post pictures... won't keeping track of who's sent/received in the thread tip off people as it is... man... secret swaps are confusing!

I can't believe you are 99% done with your last item!  I'm not even 99% done with my first item (which I am considering a "small" (it's mind numbingly time consuming, but more than likely because I am doing it in the least efficient way, haha, but it's feels like a small to me, meh)... and then I have my "medium" to work on over Thanksgiving, as well as a few "tinies" and the other "small" I am hoping to get started this weekend (I need to pick something up for it, though maybe my mom has some she can bring up with her tomorrow...) as well as another "tiny" or 2... lots of little extra crafted goodies... I can't stop... I am addicted to extras!

And now I will drag myself away from this machine to get a load of laundry started and get some puppies sewn!


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 19, 2009 10:43:40 AM
can we open our pressies and not tell anyone except our group leader?  ;D  oh and are we supposed to message our partner that we rec'd?


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Post by: loves2experiment on November 19, 2009 10:51:10 AM
We're up to 12 swappers!  :)

As for when to open...I know that I can't wait.  NO way.  I'm opening my package as soon as I get it!

Ah, I thought I had read a response (though not necessarily a swap decree?) somewhere from one of our lovely organizers.


Hi all!!  Ptarmic asked before about whether we are waiting to open our presents together.  I didn't see any responses so I thought I'd bring it up again.  I think we should so that we don't blow the surprise for those that receive late in the game.  What do you all think??

My two cents.  I'm terrible at waiting (goes with my impatient nature) ;D  And I will be travelling to see my folks during the holidays :-\  So I'd prefer to open the present when I receive it from my swap partner (if it arrives before I leave *fingers crossed*), or I'll probably have to wait till January 2010 (geeze, that sounds so far away, though it's not!) to thank my partner! :P     


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Post by: underthemountain on November 19, 2009 11:09:43 AM
Ok, I guess it's only a problem if people are sending very early and people sending overseas send at the end of the deadline. 

Hehe, Zelda! I am an obsessive crafter so once I get something in my head I can't rest until it's done.  I'd been stewing on this last one for a week plus so I was raring to see it all finished.  :)

Sometimes it's just darn hard to tell.  My friend had sons that were both thought to be girls.  :)  With Lana I had amino so there was no mistake there and I could go pink crazy!  :)



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Post by: corduroy cat on November 19, 2009 11:41:09 AM
ack. i'm nearing the end of one of my items and i suddenly looked at it and thought, oh god! this looks like something from the 70s, and not in a good way! :(
this is when a critique would come in handy. off to message a friend!


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Post by: superhooker on November 19, 2009 11:43:28 AM
Well I know that I won't be sending early.  I am pretty much planning to work up until the deadline!

Oh, and I forgot to say, I have pics of most of my downstairs in my craftster photo thingie...so stalker, if you need to see, they are in there. (you may have to dig, but they are there!)


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 19, 2009 12:06:05 PM
We could also just not say in the thread/gallery who the sender was when you receive, and have a reveal after everyone has received.  This would likely only have limited usefulness, since I think everyone here has some general idea of what everyone else crafts, but there maybe could be a little uncertainty?

In grad school, I ran a 'mystery poster session' at a department retreat, we had people submit a single sheet of paper that in some way illustrated their work, and you were supposed to match up people with their posters. It was actually really hard, the person who won correctly identified about 10 posters out of ~50.


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 19, 2009 12:15:21 PM
hmmm some people would be easier to guess than others methinks (not that i'm planning on making another felt taxidermy head ;))! having said that i'm not the type to try and guess who my partner is anyway, i like surprises ;)


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Post by: loves2experiment on November 19, 2009 12:45:43 PM
So, are we all planning on including names when we mail the swap packages, or are we gonna let our swap partners try to figure things out based on the items we send them?  Thoughts?


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 19, 2009 01:18:28 PM
There are definitely some people that I can easily pick out their handiwork... but I am sure there will also be a handful that will be hard to figure out.  Mine actually might be one of those, I am not making anything that is really something I make (not new crafts for me, just something I don't normally do)... though one of the items I am using might end up being the dead giveaway ;)
It's funny because I can even tell certain peoples pictures when they post... like lxm posted a picture of a swap package she received... and I knew it was her just by the way the photos were taken/the lighting in them...

I think it might be fun to reveal after the package... but either way would be fine with me... you can reveal in a note and just tell me to open that last... so I can try to guess as I am opening everything.


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 19, 2009 01:26:25 PM
I kinda am a bad waiter (both the service kind and the not patient kind lol), so I am all over opening right away.

I guess we could always just leave our packages blank and let everyone try to guess who made what, but I think half the fun is reading the cards and stuff that gush over how fun everything was to make, etc. That's just me. The last mystery swap I was in, we went ahead and announced who sent to us when we got our packages, and even for the last people it was still fun (or at least I think it was - they never said otherwise).


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Post by: Nesse on November 19, 2009 02:10:51 PM
we could just hold off on posting pictures until everyone received. that way all us impatient peeps are happy, and we don't ruin any one else's surprise ;D

I like the idea of having our SSSTSer (super secret sts-er) guess who sent to them, and have a little note at the bottom of the package saying who you are.


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Post by: freestyle on November 19, 2009 02:28:23 PM
Lol, but I think I'd guess most of your addresses having sent/received to most if not all of you!  :D  And I'd be too worried not to put a return address on, just in case they needed to send the package back for some reason. Maybe I am just a worry wart.  :P

My favorite part is crossing people off the list of possible senders, and trying to guess who is sending to me. So I'm fine if people want to say who their partners were before I receive.  :)


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Post by: freestyle on November 19, 2009 02:31:06 PM
Scouring the internet for a large ____ the color ____ and with a ____ texture didn't work, so tomorrow I'm going brick and mortar shopping! I'm looking at it as a crafty scavenger hunt- with one item.  ;D


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 19, 2009 02:35:27 PM
I'll pm oneredboot and we'll figure out how we'll do the reveal, etc. ;)


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 19, 2009 02:35:44 PM
I didn't even think about the addresses!  At the very least I recognize everyones names... but most addresses I would probably recognize as well... hmmmm.... this just keeps getting trickier!


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Post by: Nesse on November 19, 2009 02:46:13 PM
lucky for me, nobody knows my new address muahahahaha!! :D ;D


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Post by: freestyle on November 19, 2009 02:49:13 PM
lucky for me, nobody knows my new address muahahahaha!! :D ;D

Ah yes, but I do believe you are the only STSer living in New York.  :-X


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Post by: Nesse on November 19, 2009 03:15:06 PM
but I AM only 30 mins away from the PA/NJ borders ;) I WILL go to a different state to post if I have to! :D


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 19, 2009 03:18:58 PM
I could ship when I am in ABQ next week, but I don't think that would disguise my location, since I don't think anyone is within 750 miles of me  :P 


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 19, 2009 03:22:47 PM
but I AM only 30 mins away from the PA/NJ borders ;) I WILL go to a different state to post if I have to! :D

that is serious commitment LOL. Now we'll all be on the lookout for and packages coming from NJ/PA. haha.


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Post by: freestyle on November 19, 2009 03:30:57 PM
but I AM only 30 mins away from the PA/NJ borders ;) I WILL go to a different state to post if I have to! :D

Lol, well played Nesse, well played.  :D


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Post by: Nesse on November 19, 2009 03:45:39 PM
I know, I'm good. hold your applause. haha

oh! I've finally narrowed down my choices! although I guess I never really read the swap details cause I thought we were making one large and two mediums haha silly me... so I may not ____ those _______ and I might ____ some more ______ instead if I run out of time :D


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 19, 2009 03:50:33 PM
I have pretty much memorized everyone's name and address so good luck surprising me ;)  and as I am all alone up here I don't think I will be much of a surprise either....


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Post by: Nesse on November 19, 2009 03:59:11 PM
don't worry AM, I think most anyone would be a surprise to me cause I have a horrible memory and don't remember where anyone lives. unless you're SML or lapoli haha


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 19, 2009 03:59:43 PM
Yay! I finally finished the one simple thing that I've been meaning to do all week and for some reason have kept putting it off. Go me  ;D It turned out really good too though maybe a little messier than I would have wanted. But the effect is kind of growing on me.


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Post by: lapoli on November 19, 2009 04:19:46 PM
don't worry AM, I think most anyone would be a surprise to me cause I have a horrible memory and don't remember where anyone lives. unless you're SML or lapoli haha

LOL! Oh good to know I'm on your short list! :)

I see everyone's addresses daily so I don't think I can be easily surprised.


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Post by: freestyle on November 19, 2009 04:47:13 PM
Oooo, what if I put the address of one of my family members on it?? Then you'd never guess! And if needed, the package could be returned to them! Oooo, sneaky. Though that wouldn't take care of the pesky postal stamp with it's pesky location info...


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Post by: oneredboot on November 19, 2009 05:25:04 PM
organizer note

Just a reminder from page one about revealing yourself to your partner:


You may reveal yourself in the package you send, or if you prefer, in the gallery thread after your partner posts photos of your package.  As STSers, we might recognize one another’s addresses, so revealing yourself in your package is probably the way to go.  


As for revealing your partner to the group in the forum:  

When you receive, WAIT UNTIL DEC 14 (one week after send-outs) to name the person who sent your package in the thread.  

Or, if you didn't identify yourself in the package you sent, you can reveal your identity in the forum after the 14th.    

In the meantime, feel free to post gallery photos of the package you received.  It's also fine to chatter about who might have sent which package!


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Post by: oneredboot on November 20, 2009 11:17:06 AM
Does that make sense? 

Are you guys OK with that? 

Any thoughts? 

The silence in the thread today is freakin' me out! 


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 20, 2009 11:19:25 AM
So we can post pictures, just don't reveal who the package is from until after the 14th?

I think that sounds perfectly reasonable.

It is rather quiet today... eerily so...


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 20, 2009 11:20:37 AM
That sounds fine with me. There's going to be a whole lot of tongue biting going on though lol. This should be fun. Maybe we could do a poll once all the packages are received to guess who made what, before actually revealing the creaters (a la PW poster contest idea). Just an idea  :D


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 20, 2009 11:31:10 AM
i had to scrap that project cause it was decided it was too kitschy. so i'm looking for a nice ___ for a new project and then i think things will be back on track!


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Post by: oneredboot on November 20, 2009 11:31:48 AM
So we can post pictures, just don't reveal who the package is from until after the 14th?


Yep, that's the idea!

Maybe we could do a poll once all the packages are received to guess who made what, before actually revealing the creaters (a la PW poster contest idea). Just an idea  :D

Sounds fun!


I am dreaming of knitting projects while working on job application letters today.  It must be influencing my writing, b/c in my research statement (i.e. description of what I plan to study and write about for the rest of my life), I'm actually incorporating artists who use weaving, knitting, and other kinds of craft processes in their art...  my worlds are colliding!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 20, 2009 11:32:33 AM
Yay!  Thanks ORB!

Yeah, it is eerily quiet here today.  What gives?  

I was going to start wrapping up my presents last night, but then I had a moment of inspiration and so I'll be crafting a bit more.  Heehee!!  FUN!!  


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Post by: pseudo_pix on November 20, 2009 01:27:43 PM
I finished ten small things that I'm concidering them as one of the small items. I have another one I want to make this weekend...but I can't seem to find the thing-a-bob I need. Rather frustrating! ^^


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Post by: freestyle on November 20, 2009 05:27:43 PM
*sigh* I went to 5 stores today looking for a suitable ____. Nada. I'm going to check out 2 more places before resorting to a Plan B. As soon as I come up with a Plan B.  :P  Oh well, at least I picked up some fun extras for my partner!


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 20, 2009 05:30:34 PM
That sucks, freestyle. Isn't it frustrating when you know what you want to do but can't find just the right ______?


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 20, 2009 05:37:33 PM
I think you guys may have inspired me to be crafty and do up a few holiday cards this year just for the fun of it. Wonder what I should do  :D


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Post by: freestyle on November 20, 2009 05:58:58 PM
That sucks, freestyle. Isn't it frustrating when you know what you want to do but can't find just the right ______?

Yep- it's driving me nuts. Especially since what I'm looking for isn't unusual- it's just finding the right style that's a problem. I've decided to look at a couple more places tomorrow. If I can't find it tomorrow I'm going to scrap the idea and go with something else. Time's a-wastin!  :)


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Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 20, 2009 06:30:47 PM
Im finished a nice sized item! woo, finally


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Post by: superhooker on November 21, 2009 01:08:58 AM
I casted on my largest item today and made some good progress!!  I'm really happy about it!  It is something I've been wanting to make for a long time, and I finally have someone to make it for!


Now, just to be sure, everyone is cool with being spoiled, right?  Nobody is going to be sad if they get extras?


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Post by: Nesse on November 21, 2009 01:17:42 AM
ok who in their RIGHT MIND would be against spoilage?! ;)


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 21, 2009 05:39:04 AM
i would be soooooooo sad if my partner spoiled me. ;)


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 21, 2009 07:39:33 AM
Haha!  Clearly we don't get the meaning of a low stress (1 med./2 smalls) swap... I don't think I have ever sent a package that didn't go overboard...

Heading to my mom's town today (about an hour away), Q and I are going to hang out with her at her house and husband will be going with a friend to look at rental properties... he wants to find a place for cheap to start brewing his beer (he's so cute when he gets excited over a business plan).  I am hoping to get out to the baby consignment shop so I can finally buy something pink!  (I sent the "proof she's a girl" ultrasound pictures to my dad to get him to confirm that she's a girl, he is a retired OB, and he said it's pretty obvious!  YAY!  I wanted to be doubly sure before I give away all these little boys clothes...)
I am taking a portable project with me so *fingers crossed* I can get my first item done today!  And I am going to grab something I need from her house (that she forgot to bring me yesterday), so that I can get that project done before we leave Wed. morning for Thanksgiving!  Woohoo for finally feeling like I am making progress!

On a completely unrelated note, did stores just completely forget about Thanksgiving this year?  Everything went straight from Halloween to Christmas and I am a little disturbed that my love for turkey dinner is not getting the love it deserves! 


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 21, 2009 08:16:45 AM
they don't even sell turkeys here until after dec. 8! lame! (i guess the brits don't care about americans thankfullness lol)
last year i did a roast chicken, but this year i'll try for a frozen turkey breast if i can even find one :P

ZS you can always alter or dye the clothes so they are more appropriate for a girl? ;)


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Post by: underthemountain on November 21, 2009 08:35:16 AM
Yikes!  It never occurred to me that turkeys would be hard to find over there CC. 
They did seem to gloss over Thanksgiving this year.  I guess with the economy the way it is they have really been pushing the Christmas sales.  Anyone going to the after-Thanksgiving sales?

I have something big to share--my little sis is pregnant!!  She's 2 weeks along!!  :)  I am beyond thrilled and can't wait to start crafting for her.  I will use my extremely limited knitting skills to make her a blanket!  :)  Would you guys recommend wool or a soft synthetic for it?  Lana received 2 wool blankets when she was born and sadly didn't use either of them.


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 21, 2009 06:03:00 PM
Congrats, atsuko! I would recommend whatever is soft AND machine washable. There are some nice soft cottons that are machine washable and synthetics are a good bet, too. Some of the superwash wools would work, but I don't think they'd be "baby soft."


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Post by: pseudo_pix on November 22, 2009 01:23:25 AM
I went downtown yesterday and found the perfect materials in the perfect colors for my next little project^^ Also for the second. Yayness.


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Post by: underthemountain on November 22, 2009 08:37:04 AM
Thanks AQ!!!  I'm gonna find some good white cotton and start!  I'm going to do something just a little challenging to me first....http://www.whattoknitwhen.com/2009/09/like-honeycomb.html
If I can pull it off then I might try some fun stripes or something.  Maybe by then I'll know what the sex of the baby is and can do something other than white.  :) 

Still chugging away on my partner's little extras!  Chugga, chugga, choo, choo!  I am getting all excited knowing that Christmas is coming!!

Whatcha guys doing today?   


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 22, 2009 08:52:52 AM
I am making lists of stuff I need to take to ABQ. A few years ago we threw out all the decades old spices and frightening packages of food from the cupboards at my grandparents house, so now I need to bring any seasoning other than salt with me. My Thanksgiving cooking assignment (turkey, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes) is easy, but on the day after I plan to cook a bunch of other stuff up to bag and freeze for my grandparents. I need to pick out recipes, last year the Vietnamese curry was a hit, so maybe I will make another curry.

Then I need to run a few errands, finish cleaning up my garden plot, and work on swap packages and holiday presents the rest of the afternoon. Yay!


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 22, 2009 09:55:23 AM
I am soooooo close to having my first item complete!  Of course when I got out of the shower this morning it was missing, Q was playing with it in his room... he didn't hurt it though, so that's good.  I just have to finish up the detail work (I got some neat little dodads and such from my mom for it and found that she has quite a beading stash, all sizes/colors of wire and loads of beads/findings, not sure how I missed that happening) and it will be complete... that means breaking out the glue gun, haha!
I also have what I need to get the next project started (I actually remembered to get it from my mom), so I will be getting that cut out and ready to go today too!  Tomorrow they are installing our new carpet in the 2 downstairs bedrooms so I will be upstairs sewing away on it, I can't wait (hopefully I will be able to remember how to get it to work out without it just making me want to hulk smash my desk)!

I need to start on my lists too... we are leaving super early on Wed. so I will need to get busy on the laundry and deciding what all we will need to bring (I should probably also hit the grocery store for snacks and breakfast/lunch food for the cabin).  I didn't think adding an extra day to the trip would stress me out more, arg.

Congrats, atsuko!  That's so exciting!  Hooray for babies!


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 22, 2009 10:19:22 AM
I just had the most amazing idea and have almost everything I need.....  Good thing I don't have to worry about turkey dinner this week and can finish some crafting up for this swap.  Though I do envy ya'll eating turkey on Thursday.

how many people are spending Christmas elsewhere?  All of my family will be home so we are staying right here and enjoying each other's company.  After spending the weekend shopping, I'm starting to get excited for the holidays :)


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Post by: A2K on November 22, 2009 10:29:04 AM
I've hit a snap in one of my projects, but think I can work it out.  I have also been losing things lately (I miss my mind the most.  har har) and somewhere in my wanderings lost a ______.  Now I will have to make a replacement!  Sheeeesh! 

We will be home for Christmas this year.  We have stayed put for the last 24 years and my extended family has traditionally come to stay with us, but that tradition has collapsed and, for the second year in a row, Christmas will just be us.  It's awfully weird.  I also don't have many people to do gifts for -- that should make me feel less stressed, but somehow, it just makes me feel sad.  I'm awfully glad I have this swap package to work on! 



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Post by: loves2experiment on November 22, 2009 10:49:31 AM
Progress report.  I'm done with my first item and about 50% done with the 2nd, which means I'm right on schedule with time to spare (for making extras for my partner) ;D  This is so much fun!!  Not being able to discuss things with my swap partner it making me a tad nervous though...hopefully she'll be please with what I craft!

I'll be away for Christmas to see my family.  Most of my family's out west, so that's where we gather for the holidays :) 

Yeah, I'm getting excited about Christmas as well!  This year, I've decided to decorate my office (my boss isn't really into Christmas ::)) so this should be fun :D



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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 22, 2009 11:04:20 AM
I have returned from errands with needed crafty supplies. Time for lunch and tea, fun with chemicals, then lots of sewing.

I will be in DC (well, less than a mile from DC) from the 21st-25th.  If anyone wants to meet up for coffee or whatever prior to Christmas, let me know - I won't have a car during the day, but I can get anywhere there is metro and places in the downtown Silver Spring area easily.  This will be the 11th Christmas in a row that I have traveled, along with 9 of the past 11 Thanksgivings. I am very, very tired of traveling at the holidays, but I have no choice until I move out of here.  :P


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 22, 2009 11:34:25 AM
I've been packaging up STS claims, cleaning off my craft desk (my craft room has exploded, there's no other way to put it), and I made a couple of extra, extra smalls for this swap. I'm heading out to grab lunch for me and Greg, then I'll be back home to work on the knit ________ for this swap. Oh, and I did some online research last night for another project for this swap.

We travel non-stop for the holidays. I finally cut back a few years ago - we were doing 5 Christmases in 2 days and I wasn't enjoying the holiday at all. Now we "only" do three - one on Christmas Eve with my mom, Christmas morning with my dad and christmas evening with Greg's family. Luckily everyone is within a couple hours of each other, so there's no long-distance travel involved.

A2K, I'm really sorry to hear your Christmases aren't the same as they used to be. I miss going to my grandma's when I was little, staying overnight trying to listen for reindeer noises on the roof (I found out later that my dad and/or grandpa would get on the roof and walk around and I thought it was santa and the reindeer and would run into bed and pretend to be asleep so they would leave me my gifts), and waking up at grandma's house to homemade hot cocoa and presents under the trees. I enjoy our "new" traditions, but it's never quite the same, is it?


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 22, 2009 12:20:19 PM
Sadly I haven't been able to make it back home since I moved out to Michigan due to the cost of airfare (are you kidding me?!?) and the fact that my work schedule has never really allowed it. I've kind of gotten in the habit of visiting a month before or after the holidays (so early Nov or Jan usually) and that seems to work out all around. It's definitely not the same as when I was a kid; we'd always have our family Christmas early early in the morning (because me and my sister couldn't sleep any more hehe) and then by about noon head over to my dad's mom's for Christmas with that side of the family. Then in the evening we'd go over to my mom's mom for xmas with them. But even before I moved, a lot of family moved out of state so Christmas has definitely changed a lot.

Now Chris and I just go over to his parents for Christmas after having a little gift exchange ourselves. He doesn't have too many relatives in town so its usually a quiet afternoon with the folks, games, food, and then we're back home. Nothing too stressful. I do kind of miss the big family gathering though like when I was a kid.

I feel really proud of myself; I actually mailed out all the xmas and birthday presents (I swear everyone has their birthday in Dec) yesterday. I HATE the PO in december when everyone is trying to mail out packages.

My swap package is looking awesome (in my opinion). I really hope my partner likes it!!!


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Post by: freestyle on November 22, 2009 04:21:01 PM
Jeff's family lives about 25 minutes away in Arlington, VA. We have Thanksgiving dinner at his grandparents, and Christmas dinner at our place. We used to have it at his mom's, but last year we had it at our house and that went over well so we're doing it again this year. It's a low-key affair- just us, his mom, his grandparents, and his aunt and uncle.  No one in my family celebrates Christmas.

Congrats atsuko!!! Lana's going to have a little cousin to play with!

PW, I'd meet up with you! I'll be working every day except Christmas if you wanted to meet up somewhere in DC for lunch.


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 22, 2009 09:04:25 PM
Yay, lunch! I think my plane gets in late-ish on Monday, but the rest of the week is wide open.

I wish we could post photos of what we are working on, I just finished a really fun item :)  I also have some extra materials and would be happy to make more of certain items to put in my shop, but I guess I shouldn't until after this swap ends...

eta: I think that STS needs a logo or something to use so we get a thumbnail in the thread listing :)


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 23, 2009 04:52:01 AM
oooh great idea! someone design us a logo!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 23, 2009 08:03:39 AM
I'd like to see you too Ptarmic!!  :)  Can I crash your lunch with Freestyle?  :)  I'm still sad that I missed you the last time. 

It's gonna be strange going to Thanksgiving at my brother's this year.  I won't have any leftovers.  :(  But it will be fun to kick back and relax.  John and I have hosted every Thanksgiving and Christmas forever.  Christmas this year is up in the air.  Usually everyone comes to our place since I have the biggest place, but with my sis being pregnant (and not wanting to travel) we are still trying to figure it out.  We might just have a quiet Christmas separately and then visit later.

On the crafting front I finished a small, small.  :)


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Post by: alteredmommy on November 23, 2009 08:07:44 AM
I've been keeping an eye out for an appropriate STS pic to use in our thread but a logo would be even better!  not my forte so if anyone is fooling around sometime feel free to work something up  :)


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Post by: Nesse on November 23, 2009 08:11:33 AM
I could whip up a STS logo after this semester is over ;)

I've got to pick up some _____ today so I can work on my biggest item this week. I've got an hour drive to my aunt's for thanksgiving, but I dunno if I can really _____ in a car. we'll see!


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Post by: freestyle on November 23, 2009 08:22:53 AM
I'd like to see you too Ptarmic!!  :)  Can I crash your lunch with Freestyle?  :)  I'm still sad that I missed you the last time. 

Please do!!!!!

I'm swinging by 2 more stores tonight after work in a last ditch effort to find a suitable ____. Should that not happen, I shall be quite cranky. I shall also be resorting to Plan B which is mostly worked out.


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Post by: A2K on November 23, 2009 08:28:33 AM
I could whip up a STS logo after this semester is over ;)

I've got to pick up some _____ today so I can work on my biggest item this week. I've got an hour drive to my aunt's for thanksgiving, but I dunno if I can really _____ in a car. we'll see!


Nesse, no ______ing in the car!  Unless you are not driving.  In that case, go ahead and give it a try!  :D  We live 2.5 hours north of my sister's so I will have plenty of knitting time in the car.  

It seems quite strange to me that December is upon us -- if I was working, I would begin to pull my hair out this week because the children begin to get a bit flakey around Thanksgiving, especially those whose families do not have the resources to celebrate the holidays.  Our community and local churches do a great job of identifying and helping those in need, but on top of monetary concerns, so many children live with dysfunctional family relationships and substance abuse issues which seem to flair at holiday time.  If you're the praying sort, lift these families up!  If you're not the praying sort, send out some good karma!  

In crafty news, I am still plugging away on the lost object!


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Post by: TwiztidBlood on November 23, 2009 08:36:33 AM
Im getting great headway on my package. Things are moving right along now that I now have down exactly what I want to make.

Christmas is quiet for us now, just a nice dinner with my mom. We used to have lots of people over, but it just became to much.



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Post by: underthemountain on November 23, 2009 08:46:06 AM
I'd like to see you too Ptarmic!!  :)  Can I crash your lunch with Freestyle?  :)  I'm still sad that I missed you the last time. 

Please do!!!!!
Yay!!  Though I guess I shouldn't celebrate till I've heard from Ptarmic too.  :)

A2K, that's awful.  I can only imagine the extra stress these families must feel during the holidays.  We do the donated toy thing, but it really can't repair all the damage that goes on year-round, can it?




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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 23, 2009 08:58:12 AM
Yay lunch!


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Post by: Nesse on November 23, 2009 09:05:50 AM
Nesse, no ______ing in the car!  Unless you are not driving.  In that case, go ahead and give it a try!  :D

this can be interpreted in so many ways LOL.


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 23, 2009 09:44:51 AM
Hah!  Definitely no _____ing in the car unless you aren't driving!

I was going to suggest Nesse come up with our logo, funny!  As my FIL would say "we all have our jobs" (ie- my younger BIL breaks electronics and ruins Christmas, the BIL my age ruins Thanksgiving starting this year since he is bailing on us... mine is to make awesome stuff, my FIL's words, haha).

*distracted by opening awesome STS packages, haha*

I am having fun with my project today!  I can't wait to see how it turns out!  I hope my partner loves it!  I think she will love the color/fabric combo I am working on first... the second one I am a little unsure about, we'll see how it comes together though. 


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 23, 2009 01:47:21 PM
Oh man!  I have had a great crafty day!  The project I started turned out awesome!  I have enough fabric in the color combo I loved that I could make 2, so yay!  I still might make another 1 (or 2) in the other color combo if I have time after Thanksgiving.  I hate hate hate not being able to show them off!!!! ARG.
I also got a few teeeny tiny extras done... as well as the card, which almost turned out as cute as I had hoped (and I used something from another STSer on the card, hehe)!  YAY for a productive day!

I was supposed to get my friend's purple dachshund purse sewn today, so hopefully my productivity will keep up (need to figure out what to make for dinner too)... AND we have new carpet in the 2 bedrooms downstairs and it's awesome (feels so nice) and looks really good with the colors we just painted the rooms! 
Sorry, everyone else seems to be having a crummy day... I am just using all this excitement to pretend I am not catching a cold again (stupid compromised immune system).


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Post by: corduroy cat on November 23, 2009 02:19:02 PM
i finished the _____ and it came out nicely i think :) i was slightly bummed cause the _____ i wanted for the _____ was sold, but i got a different one that should work just as good.

we might actually have turkey on thursday, i found some at the store over the weekend, so gonna go tomorrow and hope they have some still!


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 24, 2009 07:21:43 PM
So I'm having a conundrum (technically it's not a conundrum, I just felt like using a 10-cent word). I want to make something for my stalkee that I think she'll like, but I can't remember if she claimed anything like this from me in the past rounds of STS. (Truthfully, I can't even remember if I offered it in STS.) So now I've gotta decide - do I go back through all 20-something rounds and see if she claimed it, do I forget it, or do I throw caution to the wind and just send it to her?


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 24, 2009 07:48:54 PM
I would do the crazy thing and go back through 20 some rounds of STS... I say that because I actually have done that, for this swap... it didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would... haha!   ;)

Got my craft bag all packed with everything I need to mostly finish up my package, so excited!  YAY!


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Post by: freestyle on November 24, 2009 07:53:07 PM
*chants* Send It! Send It!  ;D  Seriously, your stuff is awesome so even if said person claimed one from you in the past I'm sure she could use another!!  ;)


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Post by: Nesse on November 24, 2009 09:30:04 PM
agreed! but really, you only have to look on the first page of swap to see if she claimed it from you ;) shouldn't take THAT long :D

I decided my medium was more like a large and I don't think I'll have time to finish it (taking into consideration all the times I know I will mess up, cause I haven't ______ in a while) SO I'll stick with the small I have started and turn it into a medium (37% done!) and add a few more smalls ;) make sense? haha


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Post by: A2K on November 25, 2009 05:39:28 AM
AQ, I say send it with the caveat (MY ten cent word) that she can re-gift it without a pang of worry if she already has this item! 


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 25, 2009 05:56:07 AM
This (8 am) might possibly be the earliest I have been up and about in a long time... that's sad... my husband has been so great about getting up and taking care of Q in the mornings. 
I am officially sick again, stupid head cold congestion drainage hurty ears nonsense.  At least I am on top of it this time with juice and meds.  Hopefully it won't drag out for 2 weeks like last time.
My sciatica has almost rendered me unable to function, I could barely walk last night and I had so much I needed to get done with packing (much of which involved stairs and lifting things which probably just made it worse)... I have already spent 15 mins writhing in pain on the floor this morning, so things are not looking good... at least heat makes it feel a little better while it's on it, so I have a heating pads, the disposable heat wraps and our car has heated seats... so *fingers crossed*  (and yes I called my dr this morning, waiting for a callback)

In case we don't have internet at the cabins, even though we are supposed to, everyone have a great Thanksgiving and weekend and I will be back on Sunday (hopefully with a 90% finished package for my secret partner).  I am really looking forward to getting started on this next project this weekend!  YAY!


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Post by: superhooker on November 25, 2009 06:05:51 AM
I'm sorry you feel so yucky Zelda!!  I hope it subsides soon!

I, too, have the horrible congestion/hurty ear syndrome.  I have been taking mucinex d for it the past couple of days, but I think that is just making me feel sicker (it helps with the congestion, but it gives you the icky sicky feeling).

I am about half way done with my biggie big item.  I've got a couple of littles done, and I have to get to Joannes sometime soon to pick up something for another item.  I hate having to drive across town to get some items that total up to about 3 bucks.  I'm dreading joanns a little, because I have a whole crapload of coupons, but no money...I hate it when that happens!!


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Post by: sheepBlue on November 25, 2009 06:11:49 AM
Ever since I joined Joann's mailing list I have like a million coupons I could use, but if I did I'd be out hundreds of bucks! It's so horrible how tempting it is to run down to the store to skip down the aisles but no - I must remain strong. lol. Though maybe this weekend when they're having insane after-Tday sales I might if I get bored hehe. Oh crap, I have to work. Scratch that.


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Post by: pseudo_pix on November 25, 2009 11:07:36 AM
Yay I made a signature item for my package today in the most amazing yarn^^

Now..off to make a little Christmas present for a friend^^


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Post by: oneredboot on November 25, 2009 11:10:17 AM
I finished my last two little items last night!  I'm looking forward to wrapping everything and writing a little note for each item this weekend...

Of course, I might still decide to add yet another item before I send!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 25, 2009 02:44:30 PM
just packaged up my main item and need to ____ the other main thing and then i can wrap it up too :) i think the box i chose to send everything in is now too small, lol!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: freestyle on November 25, 2009 04:12:14 PM
I DID IT!!! I *finally* found a suitable ____! 7th store's the charm!  :D  Whew, what a relief! Now I can get to crafting!! I should have most of the weekend to work on this package. I have all the items planned and all but 1 of the supplies purchased. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I will be ready to send or very close to it!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 26, 2009 03:12:37 PM
Just sneaking online for a bit to check it... got my "medium" about 50% done (give or take), it's coming along nicely, sitting on the couch and cranking away at it (started it on the carride)... the resting has been good for my sciatica too, so double yay!  I also have gotten 75% of 2 teeny tinys done (I can't finish them completely here, since I didn't bring everything I need for that).  I am quite pleased with my progress!  Woohooo! 
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving... I ate as much as I could... sadly I didn't get so far as to be able to enjoy any pie, but oh well, I had my fill of turkey and such.
Have a good weekend (and good luck to those who will be venturing out tomorrow in the madness, I will be staying here, and resting, because walking and me aren't getting along atm)!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 27, 2009 06:10:25 AM
gah! stay away from the shopping riots everyone :P

just officially finished my package and wrapped most of it up! woo! i wont be able to post it until tuesday though so i'm just getting it in before the int'l xmas post deadline.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 28, 2009 02:03:33 PM
*crickets*

How's everyone's weekend, holiday or otherwise, going?

Chris is on steroids for his throat and I told him Thanksgiving is the best holiday to be on steroids because apparently it makes him want to eat everything and the napkins. We had a nice day over at his parents, watched a movie, played some games (I totally kicked a$s at Scene It), and pretty much ate all day long.

I am definitely not one for Black Friday shopping but on Monday when I'm off I'm tempted to scope out Joanns. I have a million and one coupons - I really shouldn't since I really don't have anything I need to buy for projects and whatnot, but I'm thinking of this as one last visit to my favorite store before having my bank account under lock-down once school starts. I vow however not to buy anything that isn't discounted though!

My package is...lovely  :D Can't wait to start seeing what everyone made! Its so hard to resist not gushing over the things I made because I really love them, but all in good time hehe.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 28, 2009 08:20:31 PM
I managed to get a few rows done on the main project today between cleaning and visitors. I just realized I've only got about a week to get this and the other goodies finished up. Time to get crack-a-lackin'!

Everyone getting their holiday decorations up? I'm sitting in front of the fireplace right now looking at our stockings and enjoying the light from the Christmas tree. Nice and relaxing...


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 28, 2009 08:45:23 PM
I need to figure out where I put my decorations. I thought they were in my basement storage unit, but they weren't in an easily accessible place when I went looking last week. Tomorrow I will investigate further, and maybe get some new lights at Michaels.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: alteredmommy on November 28, 2009 09:49:39 PM
I'm working on stuff right now (after my little craftster break)  I still have to go pick up my kid from his job at WalMart, they're in full holiday hours till midnight right now. 

I must be way behind on the holidays, I'm hearing about all kinds of people who are decorating this weekend.  we're pretty much without snow right now which is making it hard to get into the christmas mood....I did get the outside lights up.  and bought another tree that has the lights already on it.

oh man only a week left till send out.  I better get back to it ;)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on November 29, 2009 06:13:02 AM
we are picking up our tree today!  we usually take a few weeks to fully decorate it--we'll put the lights on, and then every evening we'll make one or two ornaments for the tree until it's filled! 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 29, 2009 06:17:38 AM
Ok this is random but..I had a dream that I received my package and it came from Connecticut. Totally no basis for this dream but yeah, wouldn't it be weird if it came true LOL

(the dream ended there by the way - I never opened the box! bah!)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on November 29, 2009 07:21:47 AM
I can't wait to decorate!!!  We are finally going to hang some lights outside the house.  Yay!!  Have to go shopping for that this week.  Last night we cruised through our neighborhood in search of lights.  Usually the neighbors are really good about getting their lights up right after Thanksgiving....not this year.  We cruised around for 15 minutes to find 10 homes with lights.  ACK!

The talk is 80 percent done.  YAY!!

And my hubby is going to help do some crafting for my partner today.  :)  Hehe.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: freestyle on November 29, 2009 10:19:37 AM
We put up the tree after Thanksgiving dinner, and yesterday I put on the ornaments and other decorations. I love sitting in the evenings with a hot drink, a fire in the fireplace, and the lights twinkling on the tree.

I've made a couple of extras for my partner, and made some progress on the large. Just need to figure out what to make for the smalls. Hmmmm.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: AsphaltQueen on November 29, 2009 10:27:52 AM
Congrats on the speech progress, atsuko! When is that again?

sheepBlue, I don't think we even have any STSers (let alone STSers in this swap) from Connecticut. But I could be forgetting someone?

atsuko, we had really mild weather here for the last few weeks and everyone took advantage of it to put up their Xmas lights. So most of my neighbor's lights have been up for awhile. We decided not to do exterior lights this year. I used to weave some on our front porch and it looked really pretty, but there are only three houses on our street so no one really sees 'em except us and we're not worth the effort. ;D


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Post by: underthemountain on November 29, 2009 10:30:56 AM
Thanks AQ!!  I have to give my seminar on Dec 1st.  Ack!  I am just hoping that I can squeeze it all into 45 minutes, though if I do run over then that will definitely limit the questions asked.  :) ;D



Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 29, 2009 10:51:11 AM
Good luck, atsuko! I'd tell you to go home and not work on Sunday, except I had my predefense (more important than actual defense, since it was when your committee and everyone else would rip apart your work and could send you back to the drawing board for your whole thesis) on the Monday after Thanksgiving and worked the whole weekend except for Thursday evening...


I just put lights up on my porch rail, no one can see them except folks in the apartments across from me.  But they only take 2 minutes to put up :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on November 29, 2009 10:57:48 AM
Thanks Ptarmic!!  This whole experience has made me realize how old I am.  I tried several pathetic all nighters, but could only last until midnight.  Sad.  And being cafeine insensitive doesn't help either.  Maybe fear will get my adrenaline going?? ;D

I love looking at lights on houses, but have been too lazy to put them up before now.  We're doing it for Lana.  She loves all the lights and is really getting into the holiday spirit... looking forward to baking and making gingerbread houses and trying to ice skate....all that good stuff.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 29, 2009 02:15:41 PM
Home at last... and thoroughly exhausted.  Not looking forward to unpacking/laundry and then getting Q moved downstairs this week.  We have to get all the stuff we moved out of the 2 bedrooms we just painted and got new carpet in before we can get our tree (since it's all where the tree will go, bleh). 

Had a productive long weekend.  Got my first project DONE (just had to finish up the little details)... got 2 tinys mostly done (they needed the sewing machine for finishing up), also got my "medium" mostly done, just a little more "stitching" and it will be done!  Spent a lot of time on the couch trying to rest, since moving is still rather painful, so I had plenty of time for working on stuff.  I even managed to get 1.5 things done for my STS shop, yay!

Alright, now to catch up on the STS thread and whatever others... and then call my mom. 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sin esperanza on November 29, 2009 07:27:06 PM
I am done with my medium and one small... really don't think anyone is going to manage to stick to the swap limits!!  My partner is terribly awesome and easy to craft for!!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: alteredmommy on November 29, 2009 07:43:49 PM
Unbelievably I have pretty much spent the day talking.....first I had company in the morning for coffee, set up the new round of the STS, talked on Skype for 4 hours, then talked to one best friend, talked to my husband and am thinking I might as well call my other best friend and finish off the day ::)  But on the bright side (sort of) I'm cancelling my trip to the city tomorrow because of the freezing rain that is currently falling.  Although I can't get a few of the supplies I was thinking of, I can get some crafting done.  if I turn off the phone.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 29, 2009 07:54:42 PM
All that talking sounds exhausting!  I hate talking on the phone...

Q and I made plans to watch movies tomorrow, so I can rest on the couch (and do our vacation laundry)... which means I should be able to finish up my medium, yay!  We are going to watch the Tale of Desperaux (that's probably not spelled right) and maybe Totoro... we are going to pretend like we are at the movies and make popcorn and everything, he's very excited, hehe.

On a completely unrelated note... the cutest thing happened this weekend.  Baby Z is finally kicking hard enough every once and a while that it can't be felt on the outside and I let Q feel her kick, he thought that was "sooo cool"... I almost started crying, haha.  He's really getting into the whole baby thing.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: pseudo_pix on November 30, 2009 02:30:49 AM
After sleeping the day away (quite litteraly) I got up to be productive. Which I was so I didn't really see it as something strange when I started sweating like a pig :P I was after all running around being active. Though when Oliver came over to hug me he was all frightened. Apperently I was really cold. It was sooo weird. It's been ages since I've had a fever that was more than barely noticeble.

Well this means a day home from school on forced flue-timeout. I feel okay, just au in the lungs and such. But doctors orders! I can feel that I shouldn't do much active stuff so I'm gonna sit on the couch watching tv and crafting a little something for Zelda's little Zelda^^

I just hope this goes over soon. We're having a reeeeaaally cool project at school atm....


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on November 30, 2009 07:05:06 AM
ugh, feel better soon pseudo!

ZS my other friend delivered on the 20th, a little boy named casey. i made them a cute rattle, i'll post a pic somewhere soon.

and for the best news.... i have a package on my lap that i'm posting tomorrow!!  hope my partner will receive soon :D


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on November 30, 2009 08:15:42 AM
Hope you feel better soon Pseudo!

Ooh Zelda!!  How exciting!!  Q is gonna be a great big brother.

I'm coming into the home stretch on my talk now.  ACK!  I am gonna celebrate big time afterwards and concentrate 100% on my little extras for my partner.  Hopefully I'll be able to send a few days before the deadline.  :)

Happy crafting all!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on November 30, 2009 05:46:56 PM
I received!! ;D ;D ;D Thank you Secret STS Santa!!!

EEK!!  I think I just received!!  It's not marked, but I'm not expecting anything so it must be it right???  I haven't opened it yet (saving it so that I can enjoy it and give it the proper attention when I am done with my talk!...still stressing, just got home!).  One thing I can say about it is that it is HUGE!  It's probably the second largest box I've ever received.  Oooh, I wanna open it. It's also from Silver Spring and I know that none of you live that close to me.  Argh.

I am busy analyzing the hair sample that I found...a single brown strand of hair...if the root is intact I will run it through my database and compare it to the DNA that I have on file for all of you.  Till then knowing it's brown rules some of you out...unless it's a plant.  :)  Next handwriting analysis.  Hmm....

Thank you so much Secret Santa for this awesome agony!  :)



Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on November 30, 2009 06:24:50 PM
Ack!  I can't believe you've already RECEIVED!  Such a sneaky partner... maybe I will send from Chapel Hill, so my partner won't know whether it came from me or lapoli, hehe.

I know I have said it before but, oh man, this gallery is going to be epic!  :D
Your talk is tomorrow, right?  Good luck!  What a great treat for doing an awesome job (we all know you are going to kill it)!

I am hoping to send by the end of the week.  I have a few things I have to pick up to finish off the package (like tissue/wrapping paper, haha) and I have a few last minute things to finish up... so it shouldn't be a problem, yay!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on November 30, 2009 06:45:11 PM
Lucky!! We all can't wait to see all the goodies! hehe I'm so excited for this swap.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on November 30, 2009 07:01:47 PM
I am busy analyzing the hair sample that I found...a single brown strand of hair...if the root is intact I will run it through my database and compare it to the DNA that I have on file for all of you. 

And the thing is, I think you could actually pull that off.... :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: A2K on December 01, 2009 02:45:11 AM
I am busy analyzing the hair sample that I found...a single brown strand of hair...if the root is intact I will run it through my database and compare it to the DNA that I have on file for all of you.  

This cracked me up!  Good luck today, atsuko!  We will be waiting here with a nice frosty beverage (or warm if you prefer -- I know one of us can probably mix a great toddy) and some pretzels or sushi or something, ready to hear all about your big talk and your awesome package!


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Post by: corduroy cat on December 01, 2009 06:30:03 AM
no clue where silver springs is, so i suppose you've ruled us int'l peeps out ;)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: pseudo_pix on December 01, 2009 07:04:25 AM
I'm finishing a few things up today^^ I'm having a pretty nice package after all. I would have loved to put more energy in to making more things but this flue has put a stop to it.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on December 01, 2009 11:36:18 AM
Wahoo!!  Thanks for all the good wishes on my talk.  I think it went pretty well.  Phew!  I get really bad stage fright usually.  I think I said about 95% of the things that I wanted to say.  Eep!

Anyhow I am going to go home and celebrate!  Of course I will go dig into my huge box and see what goodies await me.  :)  Hehe!!  I can't wait to see them!!  I am hoping that I have the willpower to wait on opening them until after we get our tree up!   Hopefully this weekend.  I can't wait to set everything up all nicely and take a fun Christmas pic before I open them.  Maybe I'll even wait a bit longer.  :) I promised Lana that we'd celebrate my talk with ice cream and some serious hanging out.  Her daddy has been spending alot of 1:1 time with her these past few weeks and she misses me.  :)

Ah, so relieved.  :)



Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: corduroy cat on December 01, 2009 11:46:26 AM
yay atsuko! glad you did well :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on December 01, 2009 12:35:48 PM
Yay, congrats atsuko!  Now go take a break :)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: AsphaltQueen on December 01, 2009 01:31:37 PM
Congrats, atsuko!

I'm enjoying a wonderful bout with the flu (no idea if it's H1N1 or the seasonal flu, but it sure does suck). This is the first time in about 48 hours that I've felt semi-human, so I'm hoping I'm on the downslope. I'm going to do my best to keep on top of pm's, but if you don't hear back from me right away, I promise I'll get back to you as soon as I can.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 01, 2009 03:21:56 PM
YAY! ATSUKO! WOOOOHOOOO!!!

I was able to find some suitable frames today (I think they are perfect for it and are totally not what I had originally envisioned), so I have that item totally finished (and I love them, they might be my favorite thing I have made in 2009), as well at the tiny ones I started at the beach... just have to finish up my medium (hopefully tonight, but if not, tomorrow during our Christmas movie marathon with my FIL) and my original list of items is done, YAY!  So I may actually decide to crank out another little bitty or two just for fun.
I also picked up some tissue and wrapping paper so I can actually wrap my items, haha.  We don't even get a newspaper so I didn't even have that to work with...
I was feeling pretty overwhelmed thinking I might not get everything done, so I am quite pleased with my progress.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on December 01, 2009 05:36:06 PM
I opened my huge box and all I can say is O-M-G!!!  Ok, before I torture you all with pics I wanted to respond a bit to the chat.

Dang, Zelda, you're partner is gonna love what you made if this is the best thing you've made in 2009.  You've made some incredible stuff.

AQ, sorry to hear you got the flu.  It's crazy how it wipes you out completely.  Take care and rest.

Ok, prepare to drool....

Top box shot! 


All the presents laid out.  :)  Everything is wonderfully squishy.  :)  The furry one was open a bit so I took a peek.  Eek!  I'm not telling you what it is though.  :) Note says open last.


My Secret Santa told AQ that I should open the tiny yellow bag because it was something perishable.  She was right.  As soon as it was opened it perished....right into our tummies!  Yum!  Kinderegg.  The toy is a cute transformer.


Lana was begging me like crazy to open all the presents, but seemed happy enough to wait after helping consume the Kinderegg.

Thanks so much for all the wonderful goodies Secret Santa!! 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 01, 2009 06:04:28 PM
YAY!  I'm with Lana, open those presents!  :D
Mmmmmmmm Kindereggs...


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: ptarmic wumpus on December 01, 2009 06:57:43 PM
Maybe you shouldn't open the presents until you open up the serger box, atsuko :)
(I still need to break out the screenprinting kit, probably I shouldn't talk...)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 01, 2009 07:19:12 PM
Haha, I had a screenprinting kit... I got it for Christmas from my mom in 2004... I never used it and gave it to my brother last summer, he opened and used it within a week, haha.
SET THE SERGER FREE!
I need to get mine back out and whip up some babygirl stuff... I just went on a wisting spree for baby girl stuff, it was fun... I need to go to the BabysRUs and see what they have...


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Post by: corduroy cat on December 02, 2009 04:44:59 AM
teehee ZS you're gonna have the best dressed little baby girl ever! :) have you thought of names yet?

oooh those presents are tempting atsuko! you're waiting til xmas to open??? :P


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: underthemountain on December 02, 2009 05:32:18 AM
Oh boy.  Wait until I open my serger?  Don't you guys ever wanna see what I got from my Secret Santa?  Hehe, I kinda hope to wait to open until more of us receive.  At home we all sit together and take turns opening each gift and I was hoping to do the same with my STS family.  :)

Yeah, I'm corny like that.

I've finished up a few more smalls for my wonderful partner and will be able mailling out soon.  :)

Have a wonderful day all.  Off to squish and shake my packages!! ;D ;D  I love the anticipation!!


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Post by: superhooker on December 02, 2009 09:39:30 AM
I'm mostly done, just waiting for a couple of things to set.  I think I'll be sending on Saturday, cause I have another swap to send out, so I'll be going to the post office anyway.

I had totally forgotten about wrapping up my stalkee's gifts!  I'd better get busy!!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 03, 2009 02:35:50 PM
teehee ZS you're gonna have the best dressed little baby girl ever! :) have you thought of names yet?

Actually we are thinking Zelda for her... I always wanted to name a little girl that because I am a such a nerd.  We'll see though... it will make things confusing online for me, haha.


I just finished up my medium (well this afternoon, after having to make a run to a shop to pick up a last minute little bit of something I ran out of... I didn't even get a shower first, haha) and then of course I decided to go ahead and cut out a few small little smalls... got one of them done and have 2 ready to go (won't take me but a half hour to finish them up)... and then I will be wrapping up my packages... I think I am going to wait until Monday to send because I want to bake something to send with it and I just don't see that happening tomorrow... but maybe... we'll see. 
I'm excited!  I can't wait until these packages start rolling in!  :D

The deal was that we can open, post pictures and chat about our packages, but we can't reveal who they are from until the 14th... right (or am I remembering wrong... did that ever get added to the first post?)


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Nesse on December 03, 2009 06:46:34 PM
hehe that would be super cute if you named her zelda.
I'm sending monday as well. so much to do this weekend!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: oneredboot on December 04, 2009 06:35:36 AM
The deal was that we can open, post pictures and chat about our packages, but we can't reveal who they are from until the 14th... right (or am I remembering wrong... did that ever get added to the first post?)


Yep, you are correct.  Thanks for the reminder, ZS!  The guidelines for revealing your partner are now posted on the 1st page. 

Three days til send-outs!!! 


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: freestyle on December 04, 2009 07:53:27 AM
I picked up the last supplies I needed, and will be crafting today and Sunday! All the extras are ready to go, and half the crafty stuff. I'll be sending on Monday as well.  :)


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Post by: alteredmommy on December 04, 2009 07:58:24 AM
I'll be sending on Monday too.  Since I didn't get to the craft store for some supplies I needed, I have mcguevered my original idea into something else with what I have on hand ;D    I plan on doing a few things in the kitchen this weekend to add to my package.


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 04, 2009 09:05:26 AM
Finished up the last non-edible thing for my package and got everything wrapped (Q did all the taping and picked out which paper to use for each item, he LOVES wrapping presents)... and I found 2 recipes I'd like to try last night, so I am hoping to make those tomorrow/Sunday since the weather is supposed to be cold and wet (they are calling for snow, but I don't buy it, it's too early for snow in NC). 
Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed everything will fit into a box, together.... haha.  When I laid it all out to get pictures before wrapping I was surprised how much I had actually managed to both make and how many extras I had gotten (or dug out of my stash).  I am sure when my husband saw it all out he was just thinking about how much it was going to cost to ship, haha. 


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Post by: TwiztidBlood on December 04, 2009 10:32:45 AM
Im gonna be sending on Monday too.

Im finishing up a bunch of stuff and then I shall start wrapping! Im hoping to get the rest of the crafties done by tomorrow


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 04, 2009 12:28:44 PM
ACK!  I just tried to fit everything into a large flat rate box and only was able to get a little over half of the items in it... if I had wrapped things differently it might have worked better but oh well... I managed to get everything into a bigger box with just enough room to spare on top for edible goodies.  YAY!

Of course in searching for recipes of things to send with my package I came across several others to make for us to pig out on and also a few that might be good for gifting...
I am definitely making these this weekened and then promptly eating them all.
http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/peanut-butter-whoopie-pies (http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/peanut-butter-whoopie-pies)
Sorry partner, Martha says to store them in the fridge so I won't be including any in your package... :(
But don't worry there will be other equally tasty things in it!


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Post by: underthemountain on December 04, 2009 02:48:57 PM
Yay!!  I can't wait for everyone else to receive.  I have my presents sitting on a chair in our bedroom.  It makes me smile every time I see them....sometimes I even go over and give them a squeeze.  Hopefully we'll be able to get a tree this weekend and then I can put them in their proper place!!

I'm getting all revved up for Christmas.  I'm busy organizing our office's holiday party!  Today I set up the Kid's Gift Exchange.  Santa will be coming in and distributing the gifts and reading stories to the kids.  I'm thinking of making a bunch of candy cane reindeer for him to pass out.  I have my batch of glue sticks at the ready.  :)  Unfortunately Santa is only available next Friday so things are a bit rushed.  After that we have to cram in a joint baby shower for 3 co-workers before the year is over.  HELP!

Ok, pizza time!  I was lazy tonite and John was busy playing in his leaf pile so I took the easy way out.  :)

Happy crafting all!!





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Post by: Nesse on December 04, 2009 03:16:29 PM
I might get thrown into a last minute craft fair tomorrow :O so tonight I will be making little crafted things like a mad woman. sooo it's safe to say my partner might receive more extra little extra thingies! muahahehe


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Post by: sheepBlue on December 04, 2009 10:40:09 PM
I love excedrin. I hate that it won't let me sleep sometimes.

I went to a local craft show tonight and successfully managed to not spend the entire contents of my wallet (yay go me!). It's ridiculous how much I love ceramics and pottery - I got two giant mugs with beautiful glazes on them. It makes me that much more excited for when I can start taking ceramics and scuplture classes hehe.

I also saw one vendor that actually painted tiny scenes on empty thread spools - very neat! I should have snapped a picture with my phone's camera but I didn't even think about it.

I can't wait for everyone to get their packages hehe! I'm super excited for the gallery.

I decided to do stockings for Chris and myself (more so for Chris - he's more of a grinch than I am but I know he appreciates when I get him stuff). But I'm trying to think what the heck I could make/buy for stocking stuffers for him? I already got candy covered lol, and I have a few smallish things. Any ideas ladies?


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on December 05, 2009 02:05:44 AM
Any ideas ladies?

Seriously? You're gonna give me an opening like that? You aren't tired of all my crazy talk? Alrighty, you asked for it...

penis cozy    ;D

On a serious note, I saw a cool idea on Martha Stewart's website for map drink coasters. Take a map of someplace you've been together or a place you want to visit together someday (that one is all my thinking, not Martha's), cut it and some cork out in circles, use some modge podge to put 'em together and seal 'em off and, voila! Map drink coasters.

Greg and I are both fans of cheesy dollar store crap. Something that makes us laugh or go WTF?

And homemade treats are cool, too, though you did say you had the candy covered.

And, these are cheesy, but they're fun. One of those coupon booklets you see everywhere. I did one once where I used an old prescription bottle, wrote a prescription to my then-boyfriend on the front, and filled the bottle with rolled up pieces of paper with coupons on 'em - foot massage, dinner out, homecooked dinner, etc. You can make 'em spicy or not.  ;)

And that is the last of my late-night brainstorming. After a somewhat productive night of crafting (one project failed gloriously so I have to go out tomorrow and buy replacement supplies, but three other projects were successes), I am going to crash. (My body is waaaaay off schedule from sleeping for two days with the flu. Nothing like going to bed at 5am.  ::) )

Have a terrific weekend everyone! Happy crafting and wrapping - don't forget the send-out date is Monday!


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Post by: A2K on December 05, 2009 02:40:59 AM
I am excited about the gallery, too.  I can't believe atsuko is holding out -- I'd have long since ripped those wrappings! 

I could see the thrust of the conversation headed into banana land almost before sheepBlue had finished her request for ideas.  (sorry for the puns -- had to go there)  BUT, you redeemed yourself AQ with your brilliant suggestions so you don't have to be grounded this time.  :D 

I finished a project that has been making me crazy last night (it has been one of those work-on-it-rip-it-start-over kind of projects).  I'm going to start wrapping today.  I'll look around at our community's annual "Christmas in the Village" craft show today before I work at our church table.  I took some of my teacup tea purses in for the sale and I guess the ladies all bought them already!  I'll take in more this morning. 

I am still quite under the weather.  I should have gone to the doctor yesterday, I guess.  I'll go in on Monday if I do not start to improve.  Today makes 8 days of symptoms. 


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Post by: superhooker on December 05, 2009 07:09:20 AM
A2K, I told you that those teacup wallets are like crack!!

Lets see...boy stocking stuffers...I got Brandon one of those battery powered toothbrushes (cause he's a nerd) and some PJ pants.  I got my PJ pants at Kmart or something, but people who aren't afraid of their sewing machines could totally make those. 

Does he have a favorite program or band or something?  You could stencil a shirt with a good phrase or lyric or the name of it. 

I don't know why boys have to be so hard!  I think that anyone who wouldn't be happy with a pincushion or yarn is just being fussy.


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 05, 2009 08:30:34 AM
I don't know why boys have to be so hard!  I think that anyone who wouldn't be happy with a pincushion or yarn is just being fussy.

 :D


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on December 05, 2009 08:45:44 AM
I am still quite under the weather.  I should have gone to the doctor yesterday, I guess.  I'll go in on Monday if I do not start to improve.  Today makes 8 days of symptoms. 

A2K, I was feeling better (from the flu) and last night my throat started to really hurt again. Does this year's flu go in waves or something? This makes 7 days for me. And, as an FYI, my MIL is a doctor and informed me that you can be contagious for up to a week after you recover from the flu. Seriously? WTF? I can't stay quarantined for that long, I'll go crazy. Interestingly, CDC says 24 hours from when your fever breaks (but maybe that's the seasonal flu and not H1N1 and since I don't know which one I have...). I'll be smart about it and not touch people, etc., but I don't know if I can go for two weeks.

A2K, I'm not at all surprised your tea wallets sold out. I love my doggy treat one. (Works perfect for work!)


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Post by: sheepBlue on December 05, 2009 09:27:05 AM
I did already get some bedroom accessories *cough* for him (/us hehe). I have been tempted to get him some new boxers since his are so worn out, though he hates when I get him stuff that he feels he should buy himself. At this point I think I might be beyond caring anyway.

SH the stenciled shirt idea is great; so great in fact that I got him 2 for his birthday, and I have 2 more for his xmas presents lol. I think at this point he might be shirted out.

I asked him if he'd like a scarf since that's the only real thing I've mastered in crochet thus far (must be more adventurous!) and he said that guys don't wear scarves or they shouldn't at least unless they're posing for a JCPenneys catelog! Silly boy.

I'm thinking maybe a movie (the one I know he wants doesn't come out til the week before xmas so I'm not sure if I'd be able to get it shipped fast enough - not really common so I'm doubtful I could find it in local stores). Music has been done over and over. I have been thinking of maybe framing a really nice picture of us, but it would be pretty hard to be inconspicuous at taking the picture. Also naughty pictures have been done already lol.

Hmmmm....so annoying that he doesn't like jewelry or purses or something. Geeze LOL.


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Post by: corduroy cat on December 05, 2009 10:14:38 AM
lol my hubby won't wear scarves or hats either :P shame cause he's look sexy in them ;)
i want to cross stitch him something for his desk at work cause he has NO pics or toys or anything but work stuff on it! the nerve! it needs to be cheeky but still work safe. maybe something from one of our fave old tv shows "father ted". i also wanted to make something for my 13r old nephew's room but i'm kind of blank on ideas for him. teenagers :P


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Post by: superhooker on December 05, 2009 11:12:07 AM
Last year I made felted soap for all of Brandon's friends.  They all really seemed to like them.

Ooh, I made brandon some stencilled pillowcases last year too.  I just stencilled on the opening side, not the part where your face goes. 
Have you tried looking at Etsy?  When I'm stumped for boy gifts I look through their "gift guides".  They have a whole ton of them now, with christmas coming up.


I am super lucky because Brandon and Alexander both love handmade stuff, and they love scarves and hats and mitts.  The only crappy thing is that Brandon loves sets of things.  He wants his scarf to match his hat.  But by the time I'm done knitting his giant scarf, I'm sick of the pattern and the yarn, and I want to do something different!!


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on December 07, 2009 12:16:09 AM
I finished weaving in ends at 2:00am and just finished packing everything into a box. Stalkee, I swear it all looked very pretty when it went into the box. But I just crunched it so much trying to get the box closed... well, the wrapping will probably be a little wrinkled.  ::)

I'm mailing out tomorrow, here's hoping it wings it's way to you quickly!


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 07, 2009 06:48:10 AM
Got up earlier today than usual (though not as early as I had intended... it was nice though because both my husband and Q decided to sleep in this morning so I got to sit in quiet eating my cocoa puffs), so I can get my package over to the PO before lunch time.  Hopefully I will be able to manage my partners much larger than anticipated box as well as several smaller packages and a 4 year old... that parking lot is the worst!

Spent yesterday afternoon making a HUGE mess in the kitchen, Q helped quite a bit with that (he was decorating sugar cookies with bright red frosting and sprinkles, needless to say they are everywhere), he was also quite helpful with my baking though, I was actually pretty impressed... and now my partner will have some yummy treats!  YAY!

ACK, I can't wait until my partner receives!  I think I might go crazy if she decides to wait until Christmas to open her packages though, hehe! 

Is anyone else picturing AQ sitting onto of her package trying to scrunch everything inside?  :D


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Post by: oneredboot on December 07, 2009 07:10:52 AM
organizer note
send-outs are today!  exciting!!
please be sure to PM your group leader (either me OR AQ) when you send.   
and remember, contrary to the usual swap ways, don't include your partner on the PM!!!


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on December 07, 2009 09:12:45 AM
Is anyone else picturing AQ sitting onto of her package trying to scrunch everything inside?  :D

I wanted to do that, but I may or may not have included one of my glassblowing pieces, thereby maybe or maybe not making that not such a good idea. ;)


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Post by: alteredmommy on December 07, 2009 09:17:19 AM
I need to find a box...its -30C and I'm not so sure I want to go digging in the unheated garage right now.  I'm still putting the finishing touches on a few things, but have a bit of time since the mail truck doesn't hit town until 5 pm :)


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Post by: pseudo_pix on December 07, 2009 11:40:32 AM
I've finished all but one item. I'm working my way on it now and it will be done in a half an hour or so^^ I'm pondering doing a little last minute but I don't know if it's stretching the sendout deadline too much. The thing is I could actually do it and send out tomorrow morning first thing. Here it will be the 8th but in the US it would technically be the 7th. Oh should should not?


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Post by: sheepBlue on December 07, 2009 01:09:06 PM
Gah! I hate waiting and its even worse when you have no idea even when your package is shipped! So maddening lol.


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 07, 2009 01:15:29 PM
I was just thinking about that... we don't get a DC# to compulsively check over and over again to see if our package has moved, haha.


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Post by: underthemountain on December 07, 2009 04:19:27 PM
Hehe, it won't be long now!!  :)

Lana and I just finished making a batch of fruity candy cane reindeer for her hula friends.  John is going to get us some peppermint ones tomorrow.  She's finally getting old enough to be a good crafting buddy.  :)  On Wed I'll start baking shortbread cookies for the band members in the halau, one of whom is John's ukulele teacher.  Lana's hula teachers are getting bee steampunk pins and those are all wrapped and ready to go!

I've been brainstorming a cute way to wrap up all the awesome monster cloths that Zelda made for Lana's classmates.  What I've decided to do is wrap the monster cloth so that the face is showing around a small bar of soap and then tying it with a ribbon.  Cute and earth friendly!  Lana will be making the MP soaps with me in a couple of weeks.

Everything is coming together!!  Yay!!  Who knows we may even get a tree soon.  I finally picked up some lights for the outside of the house and got to learn about gutter hangers.  :)


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Post by: sheepBlue on December 07, 2009 04:48:20 PM
It just occurred to me today that I have no way to wrap my presents without chris being around! Bah, I swear I can't think of a time he's not really around the house with me. And I don't really want to try when he's sleeping because he's a light sleeper and all the noise will definitely wake him up.

hmmm....I'm tempted to just bring everything to work with me.

Hmmmmmm....


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 07, 2009 05:07:44 PM
Send him out on an errand for you... luckily my husband just hides all day in the bedroom (his office atm) so I can wrap presents without worrying about him seeing them... unless I happen to leave his present sitting out or open the box that I am hiding it in when he is standing right there (like I did... so he knows what it is, but not specifically)... :-\

I managed to add 3 more things to my "to make for Christmas gifts list" today... ugh.  At least I am not going anywhere this year, though my husband is, so I won't have him to watch Q while I get in some serious sewing machine time.  I'm going to have to convince my mom to come up and stay with us for a day or 2 so I can actually get it done.


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Post by: corduroy cat on December 08, 2009 07:29:41 AM
i could wrap something while sitting next to DH on the couch and he probably wouldn't even realise, lol!


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Post by: alteredmommy on December 08, 2009 07:33:24 AM
me too.  probly because he would more than likely be snoring beside me......  Actually we have been giving him the same stocking stuffers every year for the past few years.  Most of the stuff he doesn't open and just puts in on his bedside table.  So in the spring I gather it up and put it away for another year ::)


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on December 08, 2009 07:38:40 AM
......  Actually we have been giving him the same stocking stuffers every year for the past few years.  Most of the stuff he doesn't open and just puts in on his bedside table.  So in the spring I gather it up and put it away for another year ::)

That's a riot! My dad still does a stocking for all of us kids - he goes to the dollar store and buys a bunch of random crap, sticks in an orange from the fridge, and tosses in a couple scratch-off lottery tickets. It's a blast to see all the random crap (most of which goes to goodwill, but occasionally there's a gold nugget in there) and we love driving my stepmom crazy shooting all the dollar store nerf guns around the house. ;D


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Post by: alteredmommy on December 08, 2009 07:49:45 AM
yeah, stockings are big for our family.  Every year theres a toy that they are all obsessed with (nerf guns sound like fun  ;)), last year it was those noisy magnets that you throw in the air so they stick together.  drove me nuts.



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Post by: corduroy cat on December 08, 2009 09:29:39 AM
just decided i'm not gonna have a tree this year, it's too crowded in my flat as it is, and i dont wanna clean up needles. instead i put up some lights and tinsel in my living room, miss the pine tree smell though :(


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 08, 2009 10:56:05 AM
For the 3 years we were living in apartments we didn't have a tree for the same reason, just not enough room, but we also never spent Christmas there... but it never really felt like Christmas either, but we didn't do any decorating so that didn't help. 

When I lived with my 3 guy roommates, I used to do up all the holidays for them, including stuffing GIANT stockings full of junk from the dollar store... they were instantly transformed from 20somethings to 5 year olds on Christmas morning, haha. 

Is anyone else having a hardtime avoiding Threadless' $9 tshirt sale?!?  Arg.  Though I did find a shirt I am going to have to eventually make everyone we know, because it works so well for all of them... it's the one that says "If you can read this: Make Me A Sandwich"  haha, love it.


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Post by: A2K on December 08, 2009 11:23:46 AM
Ha ha!  That's great . . make me a sandwich.  :D 

Stockings are a big deal at our house.  I hadn't thought of nerf guns.  I'm going to look for those!  I really love that your rewrap your hubby's  goodies every year, AM.  You give living green an interesting perspective!


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Post by: alteredmommy on December 08, 2009 11:43:16 AM
I'm just waiting for him to finally recognize something ;)  We're strange like that, one Christmas my Dad had a bit too much Christmas cheer on Christmas Eve so we gave him my mom's present to open.  Receiving a nightgown did not phaze him....though the next day was pretty funny when he saw his "present"

I'm going to check out Threadless now....


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Post by: freestyle on December 08, 2009 12:02:47 PM
Lol, you guys are cracking me up!  :D  I bought Nerf guns for Jeff last year. I have no idea what to buy/make him this year. There aren't any video games out that he wants, which is usually what I resort to getting. Of course, we said a couple months ago when we got new cell phones that we'd count that as our Christmas gifts to each other and not exchange gifts on Christmas Day. But does anyone actually follow though on that? Methinks not.  ;D


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Post by: underthemountain on December 08, 2009 12:55:33 PM
Nerf guns are fun!  I got some for Lana last year.  We had fun shooting the ugly panelling on our walls.  :)

Free, why not something silky for you to wear for Jeff.  :)

I love stockings too, but only Lana has one.  I sewed it for her first Christmas and Santa usually fills it with small toys and candy for her.   Maybe I should make one for John and fill it with good beer?  :)



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Post by: corduroy cat on December 08, 2009 01:29:12 PM
oooh that's actually a really good idea atsuko!!! i think i'm gonna steal it :D (idea, not the beer!)


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Post by: freestyle on December 08, 2009 01:37:12 PM
Free, why not something silky for you to wear for Jeff.  :)

Oooo, that's a good idea atsuko. I may have to make a stop at the mall on the way home tonight.  :)


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Post by: sheepBlue on December 08, 2009 03:19:51 PM
I am a super ninja in hiding - I brought all the gifts I got Chris so far to work and wrapped them all. Only drawback is that I'm realizing about half the things I have as stocking stuffers probably won't be able to fit into the stocking (oops). Must regroup on that front. He's probably going to hate me for getting him all this (though secretly love it I know haha) without telling him. I just heart him  ;D

I'm tempted to do something mushy for him like a love letter or a mug with our picture on it (or maybe both) to put in the stocking too. He's definitely not a lovey-dovey kinda guy (he shows it in his own way though) but I think he'll like it. I could have sworn that kinkos does photo stuff on mugs and shirts and stuff but I couldn't find anything. I looked at the walmart site briefly and saw they actually do puzzles which is interesting. Dunno that Chris could sit through putting together a whole puzzle though haha.


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Post by: A2K on December 08, 2009 04:18:25 PM
Shutterfly does a great job with mugs.  I am drinking tea out of one with my doggie's picture on it.  It's the picture I use here on craftster.  I just love that one!


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 08, 2009 06:26:19 PM
I have the problem of buying things for Q that won't fit in his stocking (I have a plastic frying pan that I got from the Target $ section that I KNOW is not going to fit, haha)... his stocking is pretty tiny though... next year I will be making us all coordinating much larger stockings since I will have to make one for BabyZ anyway. 


Is anyone else going crazy over here waiting for people to start receiving (and for their own package) or is it just me?!?  ACK!  *anxious anxious anxious*  You guys must just be playing cool...  ;)


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Post by: alteredmommy on December 08, 2009 06:41:43 PM
I just try not to think about it....

Since we love our stockings so much and usually the whole family adds stuff to them, years ago I made stocking "bags"-giant patchwork bags that don't look anything like stockings :D  its amazing how much stuff will fit in those!


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Post by: A2K on December 08, 2009 08:15:18 PM
I just try not to think about it....

Since we love our stockings so much and usually the whole family adds stuff to them, years ago I made stocking "bags"-giant patchwork bags that don't look anything like stockings :D  its amazing how much stuff will fit in those!

We do something similar -- Christmas themed gift bags.  We put our stockings on the floor with the bag open behind it so we know which bags and stockings belong together.  It's tons of fun!


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Post by: pseudo_pix on December 09, 2009 08:37:05 AM
The stockings sounds soo cozy ^^

We have two different kind of smaller giftgiving thingies here in Scandinavia. The problem is the english name for one of them is the danish name for the other one >_< confusing!
We have advent calenders, one little thing every day until Christmas - we call those Christmas calenders. And then there is the advent gifts. One a bit bigger all four advent Sundays. We usually do that while eating a good breakfast together and lighting the proper amount of candles in the advent rief.
In my family we never had tradition (or money) for advent calenders. But my mom really likes doing the little advent gifts. These days it's mostly for our cats though as she loooves cats and my dad is allergic to them.


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Post by: ptarmic wumpus on December 09, 2009 08:46:09 AM
We used to have a giant stocking, maybe 7 feet tall, that would get used to block drafts from the stairway. 



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Post by: underthemountain on December 09, 2009 09:06:46 AM
Gah, if we had a stocking like that I think Lana would be trying to sleep in it.   Hmm......

Tonight's the night!!!  We're getting a tree on the way home from work!!  Yipee!!


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 09, 2009 10:29:18 AM
Hehe!  Awesome sounding stocking pw!
I was sent home from the hospital on Christmas Day in a stocking, and granted I was a tiny baby, that stocking was 2-3ft long, it was pretty awesome to have the biggest stocking out of everyone in the family.  I don't use it anymore though, I made stockings for us like 2 years ago that are all about the same size so Q can't complain... plus nobody puts anything in my stocking anyway.

Spent the morning shrinking ornaments from atsuko, only ruined one of them so far... and it was the test one, HAH!  I got all the ones that would fit in my toaster oven done and was waiting for the dishwasher repair guy to finish up so I could finish up the rest in the regular oven *fingers crossed I don't ruin anymore of them*  Now I just need to go out and get some spray sealer for them and they will be ready for the tree!  Q has been begging for days to put ornaments on the tree, poor kid.


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Post by: sheepBlue on December 09, 2009 10:44:06 AM
I think my stocking is going to be pretty empty this year lol. I need some face moisturizer and a new fancy razor (the cheap ones suck badly so I'm not going to be so cheap this time har har) so I'll probably just stick those in my stocking to fill it up. Still need to work on more ideas fo Chris' stocking. I'm cursing myself now for getting rather large ones lol. Of course not large enough for all the stuff I got him so far. Figures.

I was half-tempted to save my secret santa stuff for xmas so that I could have stuff to open with Chris (that I wouldn't know in advance what it was already lol). But I sorely doubt that I could wait that long.  ::) I am getting a personal swap package from Twiz - maybe I'll save that for my xmas day pressies  :D


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Post by: underthemountain on December 09, 2009 10:49:08 AM
Zelda, good luck to your shrinky dinkying!!  Can't wait to see your tree!!


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Post by: TwiztidBlood on December 09, 2009 11:02:05 AM
Ill make darn sure the postal people rush your package when I send it out on friday! So, you can open it on christmas :)

I want my secret santa package now!!!


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Post by: superhooker on December 09, 2009 01:09:53 PM
I got mine today!!! wooooo!!!  I'm not going to open the packages until the 14th....but there may or may not have been some unavoidable yummies in the top of the package...and I may or may not have eaten 4 of them for lunch....


Thank you soooo much secret stalker!!!  (my package is DELICIOUS so far!!)




(that's what she said)


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on December 09, 2009 01:14:14 PM
  (my package is DELICIOUS so far!!)


(that's what she said)

Oh, superhooker, you make me laugh. ;D


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 09, 2009 01:41:24 PM
Haha!  YUM!

FIL came over this afternoon to put lights on our house, so now we have a pretty house!  YAY!  And he got me a remote for them so I don't even have to go outside to turn them on or off.  I will get a picture of them tonight once it starts getting dark. 

Ornaments are shrunk, only ruined the test one, and their clear coat is drying... hopefully we will be able to decorate the tree tonight!  I will definitely post millions of pictures of the tree as well, you guys have made my tree this year!


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Post by: sheepBlue on December 09, 2009 03:12:04 PM
I was cruzing my local favorite thrift shop and saw these!!!



It instantly reminded me of ZS. They're only about a foot tall and sell for $1. Too cute lol.


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Post by: underthemountain on December 09, 2009 03:32:46 PM
Yum Superhooker! 

Zelda!!  Pics!!!

We got our tree finally!!  Now if we just had some space....



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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 09, 2009 04:54:51 PM
Ack!  I have been looking everywhere this year for pink trees and haven't had much luck (no one seems to be carrying them this year)!  *jealous*

Didn't get a chance to put ornaments on tonight, so that's what we will be doing tomorrow, a little a time, between cleaning bathrooms and sewing. 


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Post by: alteredmommy on December 09, 2009 04:57:56 PM
I saw pink trees last month at Micheals.  I'm torn between a pink tree or a black tree for my craft room.


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Post by: wwrich on December 09, 2009 05:02:00 PM
Pete's family has done stockings for as long as I have been a part of the family (almost 30 years now!).  Pete's mother knit everyone fancy stockings some years ago.  She did one for Elsbeth the year before she was born.  They are pretty big, but we have found that we need to put name tags on everything, because a lot of stuff ends up on the floor right below the stockings.

We try to get two things for each person's stocking, plus a couple more for your own children and spouse.  It has been challenge, mostly because there are 15 people.

We get a lot of those little "put the ball in the hole" games.  Little puzzles are popular.  Last year, we all got flying monkeys.  Squishy balls are always popular, as are smaller nerf-like shooters.  Small cosmetic things, like chapstick, soaps or trial size lotions are good.  Fun office supplies are always welcome.

This year I found some bubble wrap things at Walmart in June.  They are supposed feel like you are popping bubble wrap, but you can do it "forever".  They only had like 5 of them, so it's one for each family.  I got 6 or 7 of the glue dot things from the scrapbooking aisle the other day.  I get small toys - like Barbie shoes, or littlest pet shop animals for the kids.  


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Post by: freestyle on December 10, 2009 08:51:44 AM
*antsy antsy antsy*

Anyone else doing reverse package stalking?

*antsy antsy antsy*


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Post by: Nesse on December 10, 2009 09:32:36 AM
I have sooo much going on right now that I don't have time to be antsy and await my package haha. and I'm surprisingly serene about it. I might even wait until xmas to open it :-P

ok... off to finish my term paper. I think after finals I might make my manpet and I stockings. they're so much fun and I miss having one ;D


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 10, 2009 09:49:35 AM
I am definitely with you on being antsy!  It doesn't help that those who have received aren't opening their packages so we can ooooh and ahhhhh over their stuff and it might help us with waiting for ours!   :P 
(Mail lady just came, no packages today, booooooooooooo)

I am super busy trying to get things finished up that need to be mailed, as well as trying to clean the house (which has not been properly cleaned since... you know what, I am not going to tell you how long it's been, haha) for my dad's visit this weekend, and I still haven't even cut out the bags for my "stepmom" which I would like to have done for their visit so I don't have to mail it... and I will probably be seeing my oldest friend (we've been best friends since we were 3, and we are both named Amy, her's is spelled Aimee though) next week (she's been super busy in grad school and even though she's only like an hour or so away we still hardly get to see her since she's trying to get her thesis done), so I need to finish up her gifts too.  ACK!  I am just pretending that Christmas isn't in fact 2 weeks away so I don't completely FREAK OUT!  I think I might call my brother and see if he will come up and hang out with Q and help me clean the kitchen/wash dishes so I can get other stuff done... he and my mom have been sick (strep throat, first time either of them had ever had it), but hopefully they are germ free now.  After all it is his dad coming to visit too... (not that my dad wouldn't understand that my house is a mess because of this pregnancy, since he's a retired OBGYN).

*ramble ramble ramble, better get back to my lists*

I think my point was even though I am super busy, I do NOT have Nesse's patience, haha!


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Post by: freestyle on December 10, 2009 10:17:10 AM
Lol, I was sooooo busy yesterday I didn't even get to check craftster the entire day. But today I'm waiting for them to finish a system deployment so I can test and the free time is making me antsy. I can't wait to find out what my partner thinks of her package, and I'm really hoping she isn't going to wait until Christmas because I will totally explode from pent up anticipation.  :D

ZS, check this out- someone sent a 3-ft. pink Christmas tree to their swap partner!!!
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=328989.msg3817556#msg3817556


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 10, 2009 10:19:18 AM
I know I just saw that, so JEALOUS!


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Post by: underthemountain on December 10, 2009 10:54:23 AM
Hehe.  Patience is a virture, isn't it?  :)  But seriously, part of the reason that I can wait is that I asked my partner to craft for Lana so those presents are probably not for me.   :D

Tonite we are going to do some cleaning and then get our tree set up!  Lana is getting more and more excited by Christmas.  We're going to be making a wreath out of the cast off branches we collected yesterday when we got our tree.  :)   Then we will bake several trays of cookies.   


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Post by: corduroy cat on December 10, 2009 11:39:45 AM
man atsuko, do you ever stop? you make me tired just reading all the things you do in a day!! :)


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Post by: superhooker on December 10, 2009 12:57:03 PM
My giant christmas party is this Saturday, so I've been totally frantic getting ready!  There's supposed to be about 40 people this year. 

I'm waiting to open my pressies because I want to be able to enjoy them!  If I opened them right now, I'd have to tidy them away immediately...which is no fun!  I consider them my reward for making it through this weekend.


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Post by: loves2experiment on December 10, 2009 01:34:46 PM
Pfft.  Patience is a virtue?!?  I guess that means I'm bad :P  As soon as I receive from my partner, I will be tearing into things and taking pictures :D   


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Post by: sheepBlue on December 10, 2009 01:42:07 PM
Boo. I just texted Chris who is at home to see if anything came today and he said nothing.  :'( I don't want to wait any more.


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on December 10, 2009 03:20:51 PM
We have a few international shippers, but most of us are U.S., so I'm expecting an explosion of pms in another day or two that people are receiving. And since there appear to be a lot of us that don't have the patience of others, the gallery will probably explode soon, too. ;D

oneredboot and I are also updating the front page with who has received packages. That way you can track if your partner has received (just in case they don't post in the gallery or discussion that they received and are waiting to open).


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 10, 2009 03:58:15 PM
Woooo!  My whole group has sent, so I am going to stalk the maillady even harder, haha!  Poor thing, I work her hard with all the packages I have for her to pick up.  Can you give mailcarriers gifts for Christmas, like baked goods?  Or is that totally off limits now, she might think I am trying to poison her or something...


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Post by: sheepBlue on December 10, 2009 04:05:47 PM
ZS I don't think we're limited to only receiving from our group, but I am with you on the excitement!  ;D ;D


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 10, 2009 04:28:47 PM
really?
I think I asked about that in the beginning but never did get an answer...
Still excited!  HAHA!!


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on December 10, 2009 05:03:16 PM
partner PMs are being sent out as we speak!  you should receive a q'nnaire tonight.  Let your swap group leader know if you haven't received a PM within an hour or so.  (See the front page for which group you're in.)

I keep using the word "partners"--but don't be deceived!  This is round robin, so you could be receiving from anyone!!  Only AQ or I (well, and racky) know for sure ....hahahaha

Found this for you ZS  ;)


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Post by: Nesse on December 10, 2009 05:09:47 PM
I got a STS package from PW today that I completely forgot was coming. so I got super excited that it was from this swap... and it wasn't haha. but I still love it PW! the sheep is bigger than I expected ;D *goes to upload pictures*


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 10, 2009 05:25:54 PM
I just took that to mean we wouldn't be receiving from who we were sending to... (even though that's obvious).


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Post by: freestyle on December 10, 2009 05:30:58 PM
Me too. I've been obsessing over AQ's group trying to figure out who's sending to me. Like staring at a list is going to do me any good.  ::)


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Post by: underthemountain on December 10, 2009 06:01:26 PM
man atsuko, do you ever stop? you make me tired just reading all the things you do in a day!! :)

Haha!!  I wish I didn't have to keep going, but have if I'm gonna make all the deadlines.  I didn't get the wreath made because Lana's homework took a bit longer than I had planned.  But we did do enough cleaning to get the tree up and partially decorated, the cookies are done, and Lana is asleep---so all is good!  I'm just waiting for the weekend to be over so that I can start focusing on getting things done for my family.  I still have to craft something for Lana and I have no idea what I am getting for anyone else.

Good to hear most everyone should be receiving soon.  I swear the mail is already starting to be crazy.  I just received a claim from Zelda and a gal in my SSS sent out two days before her and I still haven't received it.


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Post by: alteredmommy on December 10, 2009 07:36:43 PM
I hate to make you all jealous but I got my package today!!!!  In the spirit of solidarity I will refrain from opening for a few days....I'll hide it in my craft room where I'm sure I won't be able to find it again without a major search :D


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Post by: A2K on December 10, 2009 07:45:42 PM
I hate to make you all jealous but I got my package today!!!!  In the spirit of solidarity I will refrain from opening for a few days....I'll hide it in my craft room where I'm sure I won't be able to find it again without a major search :D

Oh you lucky!   I don't know how you can stand it!  I would have the wrappers off already!


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Post by: loves2experiment on December 10, 2009 08:10:21 PM
All these gals with strong will power...oy vey :P  Rip open the packages and set the crafted items free!!!


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Post by: AsphaltQueen on December 10, 2009 08:12:12 PM
let us live vicariously!!!!  ;D


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Post by: alteredmommy on December 10, 2009 08:41:31 PM
I'll likely only make it till tommorrow....oh who am I kidding I'm sure I'll be peeking tonite ;)


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Post by: freestyle on December 11, 2009 08:09:36 AM
Dear post office track & confirm,

You are being frustrating and unhelpful. Please cease and desist.

Regards,
freestyle

 :P


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Post by: loves2experiment on December 11, 2009 08:27:36 AM
LOL.  freestyle, you're too funny! :)  I know what you mean though...I'm terribly anxious about this swap as well :P


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 11, 2009 09:17:48 AM
Arg!  The maillady is running late today!!! 

Not that I don't have a million other things I could be doing instead of staring out the window waiting for her... haha.


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 11, 2009 10:27:59 AM
She was like an hour and a half late... but I think she brought my package!!!

I am going to resist the urge (and Q yelling at me that I have to open it right now so he can see what's inside), until I get these last 2 purses finished and in the mail (I have until 4:30, ack... good thing I am almost done).  I don't want pseudo thinking I am a liar... and I don't want her sister and mom to not get their pups before Christmas.
Now if that's not some serious motivation, I don't know what is... haha.


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Post by: underthemountain on December 11, 2009 11:28:42 AM
Ack!  I can't believe that you are going to resist the urge to open your package Zelda!  :)

I just won some free tickets to go the National Zoo's lights!  Yay!  Lana is dying to see some lights and now she gets to go!!!   Of course the tickets are for tomorrow which is also her hula party.  ACK!  Oh well.  Guess being tired is part of the holiday thing.



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Post by: corduroy cat on December 11, 2009 12:00:06 PM
and you're always winning stuff too! :) i've decided i'm going to live vicariously through you and lana's insanely busy world.


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 11, 2009 12:25:51 PM
Seriously though, atsuko must be the luckiest person ever, haha!

It has been very hard to resist the urge, however I did get the pups sewn in RECORD TIME!  HAHA!  They are all packed up along with 2 other packages and I am about to jump in the shower because no one in the post office line is going to want to stand near me otherwise.  Don't worry, that package will be open before I eat dinner!  :D


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 11, 2009 01:40:45 PM
I have opened... the box, haha... wrapping paper still in tact, edible goodness not so much... I figure it was such good motivation to getting the purses sewn that I would use the presents on the floor begging me to open them as motivation to get the kitchen cleaned.

So off to scrub the kitchen... pictures later tonight...


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Post by: alteredmommy on December 11, 2009 02:49:36 PM
I took pictures.  Maybe I'll put them in the gallery :D  totally AWESOME package!!!!


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Post by: sheepBlue on December 11, 2009 03:06:05 PM
I just got mine!!! Whoooooooo!!!

I actually waited to take off my coat and gloves and whatnot. But its all torn up now  ;D

I'd take pictures right now but the only good lighting is in the bathroom where the boy now is taking a shower. Tonight!

Thank you thank you thank you STSS!! (sts stalker)  ;) ;D


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Post by: Nesse on December 11, 2009 03:24:35 PM
this is so exciting!!!! hehehe
I'll have to stop by my mum's tomorrow after work to see if mine came.
off to make cookies! (and THEN dinner ;))


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Post by: underthemountain on December 11, 2009 06:07:00 PM
CC and Zelda, thank you!   I'm not so much lucky as persistent.  I enter these things often.  There are always free movies, DVDs, etc for this area and usually I can't play because they are always for Sat morning when Lana has hula.  I was just happy this time that it was something at night! ;D ;D

Had a fun time at our office party.  The kids loved Santa and getting their gifts from him and the adults had a blast doing the White Elephant Exchange.  :)  I just got the last batch of cookies in the oven.  Wee! :)


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Post by: loves2experiment on December 11, 2009 09:27:14 PM
I received from my lovely secret santa this evening and I can't wait to share pictures of everything :D  See ya at the gallery!


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Post by: TwiztidBlood on December 13, 2009 08:18:23 AM
I RECEIVED!

and I dont have the paitence you ladies have....I opened it in the car...all of it!!!!!!!

I was spoiled rotten :)


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 13, 2009 09:36:23 AM
Haha!  That's awesome that you opened in up in the car!  :D


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Post by: corduroy cat on December 13, 2009 09:39:39 AM
GO TWIZ! lol, i love surprises but it's fun to just rip into things right away ;)


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Post by: loves2experiment on December 13, 2009 01:57:14 PM
For me, the surprise bit was not knowing who's stalking your Craftster posts ;) 

Can't wait to see what you received Twiz!


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Post by: TwiztidBlood on December 13, 2009 04:13:24 PM
haha I was on my way to another town to help them set up for a craft sale they were having at the crafts place I belong to.

I opened the box and said " do I put these aside and wait until the 14? " then I said YEAH RIGHT and started opening everything lol

Ill be taking pics tonight.

I wore a necklace and earrings set, and a steampunk butterfly to the 5 year olds birthday party I went to today.


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Post by: underthemountain on December 14, 2009 07:24:04 AM
Ok, well after seeing all the lovely goodies being posted we finally dug into our packages last night!  All I can say is that it was beyond awesome and definitely worth the wait!  We were spoiled rotten! 
Lana was so jazzed afterwards that she had trouble getting to bed.  :)

Thank you sooo much Secret Santa!!!!

pics tonite!


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Post by: pseudo_pix on December 14, 2009 09:16:02 AM
WEEEEE!

I just got my package today ^^ ....and I might have guessed who it is Grin I didn't open yet though. Just going off to post pics of the (unopened) packages now...see ya in the gallery girlz!


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Post by: TwiztidBlood on December 14, 2009 04:35:58 PM
so, its the 14th, can we say who sent to us?


Title: Re: STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap (Signup 11/02-11/06; SEND 12/07)
Post by: sheepBlue on December 14, 2009 05:58:33 PM
Yeah  :D


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Post by: oneredboot on December 14, 2009 06:00:36 PM
so, its the 14th, can we say who sent to us?

go ahead!

i opened my package and it's soooo gorgeous!!!!  i took tons of photos and will post tomorrow.  But I still don't know who my SS is!!   


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Post by: superhooker on December 15, 2009 05:05:47 AM
I opened my package last night (from the wonderful ZS!!!).  Oooooh, its soooo good!!!  It was dark when I opened, so I'm waiting for some sun today to take pics. 

Thank you sooo much ZS!!!  wowza!!!


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Post by: Zelda.Suicide on December 15, 2009 06:50:55 AM
Yay!  I'm glad to hear you liked everyone, I had so much fun working on your package!  I was excited to get the one person who wasn't currently in the STS too because I could do some shopping for you there for extra spoiling!   ;D


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Post by: corduroy cat on December 15, 2009 09:50:39 AM
MY BOX!!!! it came today!!!!  :o it was literally bursting with gifts! i took pics of the lovely wrapped parcels and read the card. and i totally know who it is, but i'm not telling until after i open everything. which i'm off to do now.... (i'm already feeling spoiled,lol!  ;D)


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Post by: underthemountain on October 03, 2012 02:41:03 PM
Sign up for Round 4!

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=415049