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1  Re: Art Doll Swap 2019 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by thanate on: May 23, 2019 02:14:32 PM
Audio sent me a redcap!!

Here she is hanging out in my back garden.  (Some day I will remember to take landscape-format pictures, probably the week they fix photo rotation.)

back (look at all those curls!! I love it!!)

Thank you so much, Audio!  This is glorious! 
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2  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP- MAY 2019 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by thanate on: May 23, 2019 08:11:43 AM

Better picture! (though the glitter still doesn't show up in it)  Negotiations are ongoing as to whether this will end up in my collection or my daughter's.  Smiley
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3  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by thanate on: May 22, 2019 06:34:28 PM

This is the other sort of green, but I set up a keyhole garden bed and used up my large stack of cardboard shipping boxes (that my husband kept complaining about) as the bottom layer.  I'll be filling it up with layers of yard waste and whatever else comes up this year, and probably top it with dirt to plant in for next year. 
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4  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP- MAY 2019 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by thanate on: May 22, 2019 06:11:49 PM
Another from gozer (with a terrible night/still in the sleeve picture, sorry!!):

I think this guy looks a little worried that maybe it's misplaced its forest...
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5  Re: CLOSED-Art Doll Swap 2019 (SU: 3/24/19-4/2/19) Send outs: 5/13/19 in Craft Swaps by thanate on: May 10, 2019 10:37:21 AM
The cornhusk doll I made at age 12 or so is still in my cabinet:

Meanwhile, Audio's doll is glaring at me from the top of my sewing machine.  I think it needs a couple of accessories, & am just hoping it's the right sort of creepy. 
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6  Papercrafting with my embroidery machine (ATC edition) in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by thanate on: May 06, 2019 08:41:08 AM
These are all in the ongoing ATC swap galleries, but here's a random selection of machine embroidered ATCs, plus a couple extra things sharing pictures:

Fox in the Watercolors

Icon of Saint Vulpinus

Coffee, fox, cats

Bird v1 was lost in the mail (poor bird)

Bird v2 and friends (the trading cards have their own thread over here)

Bee, happiest rainbow, etc

cats of a different sort

dandelion fairy on mulberry paper

SPACE! (untrimmed)
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7  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP GALLERY -- April 2019 in The Swap Gallery by thanate on: May 02, 2019 10:59:04 AM

Maimun took my viking & historical textiles themes and ran with them-- she used a wire weaving stitch with string to make an atc and then added bonus wire woven jewelry for me & my daughter.   Shocked

(I'm pretty sure this is a legit nalbinding stitch-- that being what the vikings used instead of knitting to make similar work using a large wooden sewing-style needle and their thumb as a gauge.)  Cool! 
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8  Re: Re: How do you organize your embroidery patterns? in Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions by thanate on: May 01, 2019 08:48:46 AM
So I have a laptop dedicated to my business. I keep folders on my desktop and organize my embroidery files into them. Each file is labeled with a category: Fonts, Animals, Sports, etc. I have found this is the best way for me to keep stuff organized. I also have multiple thumb drives.

See, folders work up to a point.  They definitely help.  But then I am trying to remember a) what I actually have, and b) which folder I put it in (did this birds & flowers design go in "birds" or "flowers"?  Did the map go in "travel" or "light stitching, misc" because I filed it before I had a travel folder?)  Meanwhile, what I see while trying to choose designs on the machine is this:

Which is not super helpful if I don't know exactly what I'm looking for, and sometimes not even then.  Having a visual archive of clearly identifiable pictures I could scan through saved so much time selecting things to find out what they are and then waiting for the s l o w embroidery-machine brain to reload when they inevitably turn out not to be the thing I wanted. 
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9  Ongoing Wish Swap #154- May 2019 (SU & claims open until 5/31) in Craft Swaps by thanate on: April 29, 2019 05:50:24 PM
Ongoing Wish Swap #154
May 2019

("Play" ATC by craftylittlemonkey)

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: thanate
Sign-up date range: 5/1/19-5/31/19
Claim date range 5/1/19-5/31/19 (some claims made near the end of the month will have a ship by date in the following month)
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after the date of the claim

Limited to a certain number of people? Nope! Bring it on!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Everyone is welcome!

Swap Organizer herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

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

Details of swap:

This is an ongoing swap: Claim an item from the list of the last person who posted and post your own list in response. It makes a chain. When we get to the end of the month, the very last person to post a list will be the first person to post a list at the beginning of the next month.

Do not post in this thread until you are approved for the current round and ready to make a claim. All discussion needs to be kept in the discussion/gallery thread.

The size of the claim should be a medium item. This means 2 or more crafting hours (this is not cooking time, drying time, etc.. waiting around for something to set up.......it is craft time for the average crafter) or supplies worth at least $20.

For claims: 1st time swapper 1 claim (until package is in transit with proof). Regular Swapper 2 claims (until package is in transit with proof)Friend of Craftster 3 claims (until package is in transit with proof)

Its not required but highly encouraged to post regularly in the discussion thread. This is so we know youre still around and it can also be fun   Wink

Ongoing Wish Claim Limit:
Friend of Craftster: Three
First time swapper: One
Everyone Else: Two

If you are a friend of craftster you can have 3 unsent claims at a time and no more than 6 total claims open (open meaning in transit as well as not yet sent) no matter how many have been posted. As an example, You claim 3 times, send all 3 claims out, then claim 3 more times. Even when you send any or all of those 3 claims, you may not claim again until a claim has been received.

If you are not a friend of craftster, you can have at most 2 unsent claims and 4 claims total between unsent and in transit.

If this is your first swap, You can have at most one claim in transit and one claim ongoing.

Please keep in mind that DC#'s are required for all US to US claims and receipts are required for all international claims. If you can not provide a receipt and the item does not arrive you will need to resend the claim.


About Wish lists and Claiming:

Please include your claims status: How many claims you have made in total, how many are in transit and how many have been received.

Please start off with a quick introduction that includes your country and any allergies you have.

When claiming please pay close attention to your partners wish list and allergies, likes, dislikes etc.

Have your list including  10 medium crafted items AND 10 supply items ready before making your swap claim (the more you have, the better your chance of getting claimed quickly).... If the swap slows down and your list is up for a full week without being claimed please add a few wishes.



1)  PM the organizer when sending and receiving! Please include the name of the swap (including the round) and the due date of the claim.  
I.E.  Sally ----> Suzy for a pink pony saddle due out Jan 1

2) When you send to the person you have claimed, you MUST PM the organizer with the delivery confirmation # (within the US), or you must either PM the customs number on your shipping receipt or upload a copy of your post office receipt.

3) When you receive a claim, you MUST PM the organizer so she can update the main list.

4) Feedback will be given once all of your packages have been received.

5) Please post pictures in the discussion thread when you receive so you can make us all jealous and give thanks to whomever claimed you (this is just good swapping etiquette). If you will not be able to post pictures please let your claimer know asap so that they can take pictures before sending.

If you want to participate, information to send to: thanate
Name of swap: Ongoing Wish Round 154 (April 2019)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:

1. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (If not, please read carefully to be sure you do not claim someone outside your country)

2. Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

3. Do you understand that you are claiming for at least a medium sized item? For this swap a medium sized item means 2 or more crafting hours or over $20 worth of supplies.

4. Are you a Friend of Craftster?

5. How many claims are you allowed? (New swappers--this would be your very first swap ever--1 claim; those who have been in swappers before--2 claims; Friends of Craftster--3 claims) Please type 1, 2 or 3--->

6. Do you agree that you will PM the organizer when you send and when you receive, and include the appropriate proof of mailing when sending?

7. Tell me anything you want (I am the only person who sees this)

Any questions?


If you have questions, please PM thanate.

Previous rounds:
151: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457339.0
152: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457671.0
(153 took a hiatus)

Gallery & Discussion here:
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10  Ongoing Wish Swap 154- gallery & discussion for May! in The Swap Gallery by thanate on: April 29, 2019 05:49:36 PM

("Play" ATC by craftylittlemonkey)

Main thread:  Sign up and claim here!

Come chat with us & show us your presents!! Smiley
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