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Title: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on July 01, 2010 01:32:47 PM
This is a swap where you make a new craft for the first time!

Swap name: My First _______ Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: psyche
Sign-up date range: July 1, 2010 – July 8, 2010.
Date to send item by: August 10, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? No. If it goes over 24 participants, I will be seeking a co-organizer.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.

Additional Age requirement? Just the Craftster standard of 16.

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 indeed check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month.
- Has posted at least 15 times.
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time.
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps.
- Does not have any negative feedback.
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old.
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap.
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap.

Organizer reserves the right to decline a participant in the swap if their feedback reflects really late sending, terrible communication, or the like. If you aren’t sure, feel free to ask. I want a nice smooth swap. Craftster newbies welcome!

Details of swap:
Have you been meaning to try a craft forever but just haven’t gotten around to it? Do you have all the supplies for a craft you’ve never attempted? Do you want motivation to try something new?
If you answered yes to any of the above (or heck, even if you didn’t), this swap could be for you. In the “My First _______” Swap, you will send your partner a craft you’ve never done before. This could be a whole new area (like crocheting a hat when you’ve never crocheted), or trying a new branch of a craft you do (like sewing a bag when you’ve only made clothing), though try to keep it somewhat challenging. This swap isn't limited to any specific craft; anything goes as long as it's your first!

Your package should be 3 “points” in size. Large  = 3 pts, medium = 2 pts, small = 1 pt. Below are the guidelines for item size.

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

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

Frequent swappers might notice I left off "hours" in calculating item size. I figure with a brand new craft, all bets on time are off. After all, if it takes you 6 hours to learn how to knit enought to make a washcloth, it's still just a washcloth ;)

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: My First _______ Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):

What crafts do you want to make for the first time?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?

Favourite colours:
Least favourite colours:
Favourite patterns/themes/materials:
Least favourite patterns/themes materials:

Do you have any allergies or aversions that would affect what you would be able to receive?
Do you have any allergens in your household (eg. pets, smokers, etc)?

Do you have a wist/blog/facebook/etsy or other links you would like to share with your partner?
Any other information for your partner or the organizer?

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.

Participants
1. psyche
2. craftycakelady *new swapper*
3. darkladymajesta
4. stichesxstones
5. kayrun
6. schnerby
7. Keyzmasta

Green  = Sent
Blue = Received
Purple = Sent & Received
Orange  = Sending Late
Italics = Waiting on Receipt of Delivery
Strikethrough = Sent, Partner Received, Feedback Given

PARTNERS
schnerby <--> Keyzmasta
psyche <--> stitchesxstones
kayrun --> craftycakelady --> darkladymajesta --> . . .
(group of 3 - kayrun sends to craftycakelady who sends to darkladymajesta who sends to kayrun)

GALLERY: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356397.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356397.0)


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on July 01, 2010 01:34:30 PM
What the Participants Want to Try:
I'll be keeping this up to date with what crafts people want to try as more participants join. If you see anything you'd love to receive but it's not in your questionnaire, pop me a PM!
- lap/art quilt / wall hanging  
- microscope slide pendant
- polymer clay
- scrabble tile pendant
- resin
- needle felting
- crochet
- melt & pour soap
- mosaic
- bath bombs
- knitting
- jewellery
- coptic-bound journal
- fabric covered art journal
- fabric book
- mini scrapbook album for your photos
- candles
- bath salts
- glass painting (cups & candle holders)
- stamp carving
- embroidery
- hand sewing felt (eg. felt food, ornaments, flowers)
- tote bag
- pajama pants
- sewn wallet
- embellished journal made from antique book


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: schnerby on July 02, 2010 01:01:25 AM
I will sign up as soon as I can clear a spot. I've got 5 swaps open, 4 sent (last one going Monday) but I'm waiting on 2 angels... Will get that sorted soon.


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10,
Post by: craftycakelady on July 02, 2010 07:00:32 AM
I would like to participate but I have never done a swap before.  Is that okay?  I have several crafts I want to try-- melt and pour soap, knitting, making earrings.  Let me know if I can join in.  :)


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: kayrun on July 02, 2010 07:22:06 AM
I hope I'll have time to join this one!
My big want-to-try craft is stamp carving....
I'll have to think of a couple of others to give a selection~


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on July 02, 2010 09:20:47 AM
Craftycakelady, you're in! Scherby and kayrun, I hope to see you guys signing up soon. :)

(Hey this is my 4000th post! Geez....)


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: gamemom42 on July 02, 2010 10:45:49 AM
This sounds like fun!  I should have a swap spot open by the 8th, just waiting on one person to post pics so I can get feedback on one.


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: xcrafty_mommy on July 03, 2010 03:52:57 PM
DOH I keep missing out an all the good swaps this sounds like fun!! Have fun everyone!


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: darkladymajesta on July 04, 2010 11:08:51 AM
I sent in my questionnaire! Can't wait to see what my partner wants/likes :)

Edit: Yay I am in! It has been a while since I had a swap so I am looking forward to making some goodies :D


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: kayrun on July 04, 2010 02:11:54 PM
DOH I keep missing out an all the good swaps this sounds like fun!! Have fun everyone!

It's hard to wait when you are new, but soon you will be swapping away!
Hopefully there will be a 2nd round of this one so you can join then~


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on July 07, 2010 01:53:59 PM
We are having a slow signups for this fella! Kayrun, gamemom42, schnerby... you going to join us?


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: darkladymajesta on July 07, 2010 03:43:10 PM
Come on guys! Sign up :)


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: schnerby on July 07, 2010 04:16:38 PM
I'm in.

Expect a questionnaire within the next few hours...


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: kayrun on July 07, 2010 06:09:51 PM
same here -- working on it now....


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on July 07, 2010 07:45:35 PM
Ah, that's looking a bit better. Still not a giant swap, but a decent number of participants so far! I'll be closing this swap and partnering everyone up on Thursday at approximately 10:00pm EST.


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: stitchesxstones on July 08, 2010 03:25:59 AM
Yay! I'm in. My first swap. ;D But I am excited & can't wait to see my partners interests/likes.


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10,
Post by: craftycakelady on July 08, 2010 09:42:21 AM
I am sooo excited!!!  I can't wait to find out what my partner wants.  This is just the push I needed to get started on some things.   ;D


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signup: July 1, 2010-July 8 2010; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: kayrun on July 08, 2010 04:41:36 PM
This should be a nice cozy swap!
and I'm glad we have awhile to craft....I'm trying to get a large
out the door in a week, so it will def. be after that before I can
focus on this one~


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on July 08, 2010 08:32:31 PM
Okay, partners are posted and PM'd out. If you didn't get your partner's info in your PM box, let me know!


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: darkladymajesta on July 09, 2010 12:33:13 PM
Can't wait to get crafting! My husband is going to be gone all weekend :( so that means lots of craft time :D


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: schnerby on July 11, 2010 04:36:08 AM
I'm excited to get started. Tomorrow night I'll stop off at the shops after work and begin...


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: darkladymajesta on July 11, 2010 11:47:30 AM
I have been watching movies and surfing craftster and youtube. I am not entirely sure which project I am going to pick, I am a little nervous so I research to delay crafting lol  :P


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: darkladymajesta on July 16, 2010 10:55:32 AM
It is pretty quiet over here  ::) I finished one item that took me a long time. But I think I am still going to count it as a small item just because of the size. I will just have to craft some more now won't I? Where is everyone else at?


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on July 16, 2010 12:48:08 PM
It's veeery quiet. I haven't started on my package yet, simply because I've been working wild hours this week! I think I may actually get to sit down and start sifting through info & material this week, and possibly get started then too.


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: kayrun on July 16, 2010 03:44:54 PM
I contacted my partner & told her I would have to wait to start
until after the 20th (have 2 swaps due out Monday, and 1 more Tuesday -- whew!)
and THEN I can focus on this one~
glad there's plenty of crafting time for me to figure out this new _____!
LOL


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: schnerby on July 16, 2010 06:42:19 PM
So, I'm not going to send my very first attempt, on the grounds that it was a fail. I have new materials and I'm about to start again. I love where this is taking my skills, and will make some for myself once the swap is done.


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: stitchesxstones on July 17, 2010 07:50:09 AM
I have been up to my ears in custom orders for my shop, so I haven't started on my partners yet, but I plan to buckle down this week & get it done. I am excited to see the final results!


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: schnerby on July 24, 2010 03:19:57 AM
So, I started working with the proper material for my craft, and I'm quite pleased.

I think I'll have to make some for myself next.


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: darkladymajesta on July 24, 2010 08:20:52 AM
I love the weekend. It means more crafting time :D

ETA: Finished my crafted items! Now if only I could find some newspaper to wrap up the items, they were all out of Sunday papers at the store :/ Once I get some wrapping paper this cute little package will be on its way to the PO :D


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on July 25, 2010 07:51:02 PM
Sounds like you're moving along well! I have yet to really get going. (Yeah, I'm awful). But I will!


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: kayrun on July 25, 2010 07:56:20 PM
I took a deep breath, and started my first project today, and it's actually
looking "not too bad" so far   :)
I just hope that it won't wind up taking me hours on end to finish!
At least we have 2 weekends left to spend crafting 10-12 hours per day, LOL


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: stitchesxstones on July 26, 2010 09:22:49 AM
haha kayrun.

Mine is coming along.....this project is a lot different than the stuff I am used to sewing. It feels like a big accomplishment for me.  ;D


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on August 03, 2010 11:58:15 AM
I just popped a PM to everyone asking for a brief check-in to make sure we're all getting ready for the send date... a week today!


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: schnerby on August 03, 2010 03:04:47 PM
I'll be ready for sure!

This has been great. I've had an opportunity to learn something new, screw it up a few times, then get it right. Because it was a swap I stuck with it - and that helped a lot!


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on August 04, 2010 06:44:26 AM
Yay, we're all still around and working to completion. :D


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: stitchesxstones on August 06, 2010 05:41:32 AM
Done! Ready to go.  ;D


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on August 06, 2010 06:07:59 AM
I'm going downstairs to package!


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: kayrun on August 06, 2010 04:15:01 PM
wow!
you guys did great....sending early!
I'm still here, busily crafting away......


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on August 06, 2010 05:56:01 PM
I know, and I never send early! Lol. Maybe I'm finally becoming better at time management. Then again, it's not like I usually sent LATE. I just usually do things (like sending a swap package) at the last possible instant.


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: stitchesxstones on August 07, 2010 05:24:25 AM
Yay! Can't wait to get it! ;D I am shipping mine Monday.


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on August 10, 2010 07:49:14 AM
TODAY is the send date! PM me and your partner if you've sent or if you are for some reason unable to send.


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: kayrun on August 10, 2010 06:06:14 PM
Whew!  My first _____ project turned out to be MUCH
more time-consuming than I orig. thought it would :o
but I managed to finish today, so tomorrow will be mailing day~
hope my partner will like it!


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: schnerby on August 10, 2010 06:10:41 PM
Mine will go out this afternoon. I am going to send it via our work post system. We can send mail and get invoiced for parcels through our salary. The reciept will come tomorrow and I'll confirm the send and all that then.

Woo!


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: stitchesxstones on August 11, 2010 04:15:17 AM
Mine was sent out yesterday. They were tougher than I thought, but I think I did alright. I hope my partner likes them!  :)


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on August 11, 2010 01:17:18 PM
Keyzmasta, Darkladymajesta . . . .PM me ASAP! I'll be giving temporary negative feedback later tonight (that can be cleared up if you send) unless I hear from you by then!  


In other news, I leave for Cuba for tomorrow (Thursday) for a whole week. I'll be bringing a laptop, but I've heard the internet connection down there can be a bit spotty. I'll try to keep up with the swap as best as I can!


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: craftycakelady on August 11, 2010 02:29:17 PM
Is there going to be a gallery for this swap so we can see all the goodies? 


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: darkladymajesta on August 11, 2010 05:57:52 PM
Sorry everyone, I was having computer issues and couldn't get on :( I can't wait to check out the gallery!


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on August 11, 2010 07:22:03 PM
All right, we've got one left to pop me a PM before I have to give out a temporary negative! Keyzmasta: Drop me a line before I go to bed....

Gallery? Yes indeed! Newly started: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356397.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356397.0)


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on August 11, 2010 10:00:36 PM
Okay guys, this may be my last time checking in before I go to CUBA! As I mentioned, I'll have my computer, but there's no guarantee of internet access.. because, well, it's Cuba. I'm back Thursday August 19, and will definitely be able to respond then, but I will try to respond to any queries and adjust feedback while I'm away!


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: schnerby on August 11, 2010 11:38:46 PM
Have fun in Cuba! Stay safe


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: kayrun on August 12, 2010 03:06:52 PM
Okay guys, this may be my last time checking in before I go to CUBA! As I mentioned, I'll have my computer, but there's no guarantee of internet access.. because, well, it's Cuba. I'm back Thursday August 19, and will definitely be able to respond then, but I will try to respond to any queries and adjust feedback while I'm away!

Sounds like a neat trip!
I mailed at the APC (is that the right acronym?) where you mail it yourself
last night so it must have gone out today.
Hope craftycakelady will like it :)
I'll PM both of you with the DC#


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: schnerby on August 13, 2010 10:24:05 PM
I mailed just fine, but the package was returned 'insufficient post' - don't know how that happened  ???

So I sent it again.

I left something out. Oops.

It's only small and not integral, so I'll pop it in an envelope on Monday. Silly Silly!  ???


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: kayrun on August 14, 2010 02:06:01 PM
awww, schnerby  :(
good luck with re-sending....

on a happy note, my pkg arrived yesterday & it is so nice!
I'll have to take pics tomorrow (stormy right now, so kinda dim light)
and post in gallery~


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on August 14, 2010 06:31:56 PM
I'm actually on the internet from Cuba! That connection is really SLOW and sketchy though, so I'm just putting a response instead of a PM to anyone. Keyzmasta - I got your PM, and will change your feedback when I can (I will attempt it tonight!), kayrun - I see that you've sent  received!



Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: kayrun on August 15, 2010 02:24:59 PM
I'm actually on the internet from Cuba! That connection is really SLOW and sketchy though, so I'm just putting a response instead of a PM to anyone. Keyzmasta - I got your PM, and will change your feedback when I can (I will attempt it tonight!), kayrun - I see that you've sent  received!



cool!
hope you are having a great time~
nice hearing from you from afar  :)


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: craftycakelady on August 16, 2010 11:53:07 AM
I got my package today and it is really nice!  I am so excited.  Will post pics as soon as I can.  My mom is having surgery this week and the kiddos start school so my schedule is a bit hectic.  Promise to get to it though.  Thank you so much Kayrun!   :)


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: kayrun on August 16, 2010 03:08:53 PM
glad you like it!
it was one of those projects that kept growing & growing,
and ......
 ;D


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: stitchesxstones on August 17, 2010 07:32:28 AM
I got my package today!
I love everything!!! Thank you so much Jess! (Psyche) I can't wait to wear it all!
I will post pics this week.


Title: Re: My First ______ Swap; Signups: CLOSED; Send by: August 10, 2010
Post by: psyche on August 20, 2010 08:33:34 AM
All right! I'm all back from the vacation, and I've got the feedback updated that needed to be updated. Looks like we only have 2 packages left to be received, and one is mine (which may be at the post office depot... I'll see if I can get there today).

Can't wait to see everything in the gallery!