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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: December 01, 2017 09:13:11 AM
And it works even with Canada Post pre-holiday sending dates for US and Canada, for my fellow Canadian swapper(s?). Dec 11 for packages within Canada, Dec 12 for expedited packages to the US (we're already too late for Europe, but after Christmas presents are nice too!).
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: OOWYH Discussion Thread - December 2017 (Ongoing Offer What You Have) on: November 30, 2017 09:04:24 AM
Oh, nice. I'll go dig about my craft room.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 29, 2017 12:05:21 PM
Last night I was working away at a craft I used to do regularly but haven't in a while and I am so motivated and happy about doing it! In fact, I'm doing a run to Michael's tonight to get a few more supplies (I can't resist), and even do some family & friends Christmas gift in this style.

Still haven't finished that item for the swap package, but the supplies may also contribute well! I'm doing a THEMED package for this one, with smaller items rather than a more medium item.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap on: November 28, 2017 12:17:41 PM
I like the style of that coffee hoop! Is that stitching around the mug that almost looks like drawing?
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 17, 2017 06:23:09 PM
I had no idea how common this was!  I am being fitted with a special guard that I have to wear to sleep...I declined tranquilizing drugs but I will be eligible for medical pot...Grin...our state just passed the law on that. For now, a glass of wine and some knitting will have to do...and I have lots of knitting items to pick in this swap!!!  Tough to keep it at three!!!

I just recently started wearing a guard myself! I don't notice the grinding at night, and it wasn't at the ruined teeth stage, but my husband noticed it so I mentioned to the dentist - that said, it's worked wonders for the horrible jaw clenching I do at night! Much less jaw pain for me lately.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 17, 2017 11:49:35 AM
I'm back from a night away for work, and hoping to use my quiet Friday evening to get started on my first claim!

The wishlists all look like I want to make everything, and I've got a running "wish to make" list for everyone... but I'm so hesitant to make my second claim, as I'm not sure if I should "save" it for near the end of sign-ups (realistically, I'll only make 2 claims - I'm such a procrastinating crafter!). Hmmm. I'll have to figure out what I want to do. Or just jump on a claim!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 13, 2017 12:15:43 PM
I'm excited that so far we have two participants from Maryland and two from California, so when people receive packages from these states they can't immediately guess their Secret Santa by address.  Cool

And two from Ontario, Canada!  Grin

Oh wait, does that mean we don't include who we are in the package? And is there a certain time we're supposed to open them, or just whenever?
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2017 Handmade Holiday Gift List! on: November 10, 2017 07:36:34 AM
I'm hoping to try my hand at some cement & spray painted succulent pots, and gift to multiple people on my list (my dad, mother- & sisters-in-law, "adopt a family" mother)

My sister also had two ideal items for crafting on her list:
- a pincushion (will sew a round or full-out cactus shaped fabric one, and put it in a terracotta pot. With the additon of pins: a cactus!)
- a "thick and wooly" black scarf - I've been meaning to try arm knitting, so if my first project works, I'll do that!

Would still like to craft something for my husband (tricky because he's always home, so nothing too time-consuming) and my mom (maybe notecards again as I've gifted in the past and she's enjoyed - but maybe photo notecards this time?)
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap! (signup Nov 7-21, send by Dec 7) on: November 09, 2017 06:43:05 PM
Im Jessica. I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband (! of under a month!) and our two black cats. Im a Christmas celebrator, though I also enjoy some spooky stuff year round. Beyond crafting, I adore veggie gardening, writing novels, reading, travelling, playing piano, research & evidence (day job is in health systems research), craft beer, and making lists. No allergies, but Im diabetic, so if treats happen to be included, sugar-free/low-sugar is preferred.

Favourite colours: black, deep purple, teal, turquoise, bright pink, burgundy
Favourite themes: skulls, vegetables, maps, pigeons, bats, books & libraries, tea, typewriters & their keys, black cats, Super Mario, mushrooms & forest creatures (especially fond of antlers), famous writers (including Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Poe, Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie, Tolkien)
Favourite Christmas stuff: traditional and/or vintage overall; classic colours; greenery & trees, red berries, stars, brightly coloured vintage ornaments, deer

Im a Pinterest addict: https://www.pinterest.ca/psyche13. Some boards are more useful than others for a craft swap, but ignore the Crafting and Create boards - those are my tutorial collections. Craft Swap Wishlist, however, is probably a logical starting place.

Crafted Wishlist
  • Blank-inside notecards - not just my themes, as these go out in random gifts to all sorts of folks - do you take photos? Watercolour? Something else? Sounds nice!
  • A slouchy, burgundy knit or crochet hat. Must be big enough to fit my big fat hair bun, which I wear quite high. A few examples of hat styles are on my Craft Swap Wishlist board
  • Knit, crochet, or fabric headband that will keep my ears warm (and work with said big, fat, high hair bun).
  • "Lady art - i.e., art where a woman is the focus (see my Art board for tons of examples) - ATC sized is great as I am working on a little collection, but full wall sized is also great! I generally like more "low brow" styles.....If you feel the urge to make a custom full sized (omg!), the hubby and I had dreamed of a personification of our house address "Lady Twin-Six" (it's basically how you'd say our postal code - which in Canada is a combo of letters & numbers). We picture her as a Victorian/steampunk sort of lady with a pair of six-shooters.
  • Votive (or tealight) sized luminary candle holders - to be used mostly at Christmas so festive colours (green, red) or shapes (trees?) encouraged (e.g. something like this or this )
  • Stone or stone-like jewellery - favourite stones are amethyst, turquoise, pyrite, quartz; maybe things like rings with rough stones or a necklace with big beads
  • Fabric circle scarf in fabulous print, for example an interstellar print
  • Christmas tree ornaments - see my Christmas Decorating board for ideas
  • A lovely finished embroidery hoop - some of my favourites are on this board, but unique is great too! Though if youre in a Super Mario villain crafting mood, Id love accompaniment to my Chain Chomp, such as a Goomba or a Fire Flower
  • Stuff inspired by my aforementioned Craft Swap Wishlist board, or somewhere else on my Pinterest (etc)

Supplies/Etc Wishlist
  • Found any colourful vintage ornaments at an antique store or your basement? Im always on the hunt for more!
  • Awesome printed Fabric of many types. Of course I have a board for that too.
  • Lovely old or interesting paper ephemera
  • Ribbons, with interesting prints

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: NEW Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap? OOWYH on: November 06, 2017 11:24:08 AM
I would maybe also be interested - low stress! December would be fine.
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