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81  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing Holiday List Swap Gallery Round Four on: June 05, 2012 05:35:48 PM
All discussion about the swap and pictures of swap goodies goes here!

Swap Link
82  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ongoing Holiday List Swap? on: June 03, 2012 01:36:53 PM
I'm wondering if there's any interest in a 2012 version of last year's Ongoing Holiday List Swap?

It works just like any Ongoing List swap.  The first person posts a list, and the person who claims them, posts their list.  And then someone claims them and posts their list.  Get it?

The only different thing about this swap is that it's to let you request gifts for friends/family/self for the holidays or holiday decor.  You could even do fallish themed holiday stuff, too!

Lists R. 1 - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388584.0 so you can see how it works.

Gallery R. 1 - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=389361.0
Gallery R. 2 - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391135.

Any interest this year?  I'd probably try to do one round each month beginning in July and ending with November, and you could join for one or more rounds. Smiley
83  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Bingo! on: April 04, 2012 10:23:11 AM
For the IYP swap, TroubleT and I exchanged language geek crafts.  

I machine embroidered this mugrug to go along with the mug I made which says: 'B-E-F-O-R-E, not B4.  We speak English, not Bingo.'

Each horizontal line was cut and sewn together, to help them match up a bit more.  I learned quite a lot about my machine with this project!  Smiley

And here's the mug: 

84  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Importance of Punctuation on: April 04, 2012 10:19:23 AM
For the IYP swap, TroubleT and I decided to exchange language geek crafts, so I made her this little hoopla:

The 'C' on his cape is machine embroidered, but I did everything else by hand.  Mostly back and split stitch, though the dots above the i's and the comma is french knot.  Cheesy 

And I used TroubleT's tutorial to finish the back (though it doesn't look nearly as good as hers always do!)
85  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Garden 2012 on: February 20, 2012 06:27:25 PM
What are your plans for your garden in 2012?

I've just planted the sugar snap peas in the containers on my porch.  I also seeded a couple containers with lettuce seeds.  With any luck, I'll have starts quite soon.  I hope it's not too cold ... but it's been nice and I've got some lids for the containers for when it gets below freezing (as, of course, it has tonight.)

In a couple weeks, I'll start my blue lake bush and golden wax beans, my basil, cilantro, and parsley, and my tomato and zucchini indoors.  I'll try to transplant those end of April/beginning of May unless it gets really nice out earlier (which with this winter, who knows!)

And I'm going to try to do a fall crop of more peas and lettuce and perhaps some kale.  We'll see how it goes!

What will your gardens look like this year?
86  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Review: Husqvarna Viking Topaz 20 on: February 20, 2012 01:23:51 PM
Brand: Husqvarna/Viking

Model: Topaz 20

Year: 2011

Cost: about $1990 (though it was on sale for 30% off, so the non-sale price was probably around $3000)  I also got some extras, so the final total was $2400 or thereabouts.

How long have you had the machine? Since November, 2011

Is it a basic sewing machine, serger, or embroidery machine? It's an embroidery and sewing machine.

What are your favorite features?  How easy it is to change the feet is one of my favorites.  I know that's silly to be excited about, but I love it.  They just pop in and out.  I also love the ton of different stitches it does.  There's a bicycle and a car and a little trailer!  OH and changing the bobbin is super easy, as is winding the bobbin!

What are some of the unique features it has?  It has an LCD (I think) display, and depending on the setting (different weights of material and different stitches), it tells you which foot to use, as well as which needle to use.  It has a USB, and came with some software for embroidery (though not the super fancy kind that lets you design or convert pictures), so that is really nice.  

One of the best things, however, is that it also came with an Owner's Class.  You take your machine and go to the store (I bought mine at Joann's - not sure if other places do this as well) and they show you how to use it.  This helped me IMMENSELY, even if I am still figuring things out.

How well does it run?  If everything is threaded correctly, it runs really well.  I've broken two needles, though, but I'm pretty sure both were through user error.

Has it ever broken or needed maintenance you couldn't do yourself?  I've only had it a few months, but no.

What are your least favorite features? The controls/buttons for the embroidery part are not intuitive for me.  Each time I try to embroider something, I need to have the instruction book open, and even then I just press buttons until I figure it out.  I've embroidered three or four times now, and the fact that I'm still staring at it blankly at times is really intimidating.  HOWEVER, I think that'll ease as I figure out what the heck I'm doing.

Would you recommend this machine to a friend?  If my friend knows something about machine embroidery, absolutely!  It's a great machine, I got a great deal, and when used properly, runs really well.

If my friend is new to machine embroidery, I'd suggest trying a cheaper machine first off.  My machine was an impulse buy because of the sale, something I've never done on that scale before.  As I said above, the buttons aren't intuitive for me, so working it all is a bit overwhelming.  I expect that to ease as I use it more.  For instance, I just got over the 'How do I center two lines of text since I can program them in at the same time' worry (which kept me from using it to make a wedding gift for a couple months - whoops) with the realization that it will show you on the fabric the edges of what you're going to embroider.  (You can also buy a computer program that will allow that, but I didn't want to spend any more.)

It is a great sewing machine, though!  There are some buttons that confuse me/I have to look up for that, too, but it's easier to figure out.  

The woman at the HV Gallery at Joann said this was an 'entry level' machine.  And that's true - for Husqvarna/Viking.  If you've never used one before, I would go for a cheaper one until you get comfortable with what the machines can do.  If, however, you can get a good deal on one and are just starting out ... we can learn together!

I give the machine an overall rating of B+/A-, but that's mostly because of user error and nervousness!
87  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / February Birthday Swap Gallery and Discussion on: February 01, 2012 08:16:40 AM

The Birthday Lists!

Post discussion and pictures here!
88  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / February Birthday Swap (Signup all month!) on: February 01, 2012 08:14:37 AM



Questions? Please post in the discussion/gallery:

Swap name: February 2012 Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Sign-up date range:  February 1-29
DATE TO SEND ITEMS BY:  2 weeks after you make a claim

Limited to a certain number of people?: No.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.
You must be 16 years old to swap.

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
- 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 feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:  This swap was organized so everyone can get something crafty for their birthday!  Please read the guidelines carefully.

1. This swap is list style, like the Ongoing Wishlist Swap.  However, it is NOT chain style. You can choose any birthday Craftsters list that is posted, rather than only being able to pick from the last one posted like in the OWS.

2. This is a medium item swap. A medium item is defined as a craft or recon, etc that takes you two hours to complete OR $20 worth of store bought items. (If bought from a thrift store, estimate what it would have cost new.) However, you may also substitute a few small items for a medium.

3. If your birthday is in swap's current month, you can post your birthday wish list for this month. To do that, you must first PM me with the swap questionnaire filled out and wait for approval. While you're waiting, be sure to post in the discussion/gallery thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403113.0

4. Once you have been approved, you may post your list of things that you would like to receive. This is the format for your lists: First post your location and a short bio of yourself, then a list of crafted items you would like, then craft supplies (if any) and lastly you can put a few extras that arent crafted, things like candy or tea. Remember, the more items on your list, the more likely you are to be chosen. The minimum of items to post is five.  Also including your wists, etsy favorites, etc. is a good way for people to get the idea of your likes and style.  If you have any allergies please type them in red in your bio section. Please see "Tips to Creating a Good List" below.

5. Please post lists only in this thread. Discussion can be done here in the combined discussion/gallery thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403113.0  Please be sure to post here so that you can be part of the discussion and receive. You will not be approved until you have posted in the discussion thread.

 6. Every birthday participant must make at least one claim. You may have up to two claims at a time, unless you are an FOC or a first time swapper, and then you can claim again once your items are received (not when you mail out). New swappers may only have one outstanding claim; they may claim again after their first claim is received. FOC's may have 3 outstanding claims at a time. Claims need to be made from the "crafted" and "craft supplies" sections of a person's list. The "extras" are just that--extra items you may want to throw in if you are feeling generous, but claims cannot be solely extras. Keep it crafty :-) (I'm asking that if you are sending mostly supplies, that you craft a little something for the bday babe, even if it's a handmade card.)

7. You may get claimed more than once, but your minimum amount to claim is one.  It is possible you may not get claimed at all. In this case you will not be provided a swap angel; angels are only if you get flaked on. However I do my best to make sure everyone gets claimed by keeping track of how many times each person is claimed. If possible try to pick someone who has been claimed 0 times versus someone who has been claimed 3 times.

8. If it is not your birthday but you would like to send a birthday present out you may do so.  Fill out the non-birthday swapper questionnaire and send it to me for approval.  Birthday swappers who receive a present from a non-birthday swapper must send a snail mail thank you card.  You will not receive feedback until I hear from the other swapper that they have received a thank you card.

9. When you choose to fulfill a birthday wish, PM both the organizer AND the chosen Craftster.  At that time, please request the address from the receiver for where to send it.  After that, you have 2 weeks to get the item out the door.

10. It is super important for everyone to keep good communication.  It is REQUIRED that you PM me when you've sent and of course, don't forget the DC#.  It is REQUIRED that when you receive, you PM me and publicly announce in the gallery (even if you don't have pictures).  If you do not send the appropriate pms you will receive poor communication feedback.

11. When one of your items is chosen, please cross it out so that it is easier for others to see what has been chosen. (It wouldn't hurt to thank the person at this time either.)

12. If you are sending late you must PM me and Troublet by your send-out date.  If your send-out date comes and goes and you dont PM me, you will receive poor communication feedback.  It should not be my job to hunt you down and find out what is going on.

13. *New Rule* If you are flaked on in this swap you will receive an angel, but only in the amount of packages to which you also sent out. For instance, if you send out 2 packages, and are claimed for 3 packages but are flaked on once, you will not receive an angel because you already received 2 packages, which is equal to what you sent. If you send 1 package and are claimed for 1 package and you are flaked on, you will receive 1 angel.

Please make sure to put February Birthday Swap or something equivalent in the subject line on all communications. The most important thing to me is communication. Please PM me and Troublet when you send and receive, and please reply to my PM's to you in a timely manner.  

If you format your PMs like this:  
Format for PMs:

Proper label:
"February Bday Swap" and either "Sign-up," "Claim," "Sent," "Received," or "Question"

When sending sent and received pm's include the send-by date, listed in the second post of the main thread, your user name, their user name and the item. Just copy and past the info from the second post if you want!:

Send by February 14
kaz814 to Troublet -- pretty purse

Outstanding claims allowed:
FOCs: 3 at a time
First time swappers: 1 at a time
Everyone else: 2 at a time

Become an FOC~

It seems that every month there is someone whose list languishes for a while. I want everyone to get picked so here are some tips for a well-round list:

--Make sure your items are actually mediums and smalls. Quilts are not mediums. Large painted portraits are not mediums. Hand knit sweaters are not mediums. This isnt to say that you cant have any large items on your list (some generous soul may have the time and the inclination to choose one of those!), but the majority of the list should be smaller items
--Listing A surprise plus a well filled out Craftster profile and a link to your wists (with a decent amount of items on it) is always helpful in getting chosen
--Make sure to post a variety of crafting techniques. If you list appliqud t-shirts in five various themes and count that as your required five items, that is more like one item for someone to choose, not five. Having various crafting methods (sewn, knit, crocheted, paper crafted, jewelry, etc.) is going to make it easier for people to choose you.
--Check out other lists in past Bday swaps and the Ongoing Wishlist Swap for ideas for things you never knew you wanted!



Name of swap: February 2012 Birthday Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name & Address (formatted for mailing):
When is your birthday?
Have you read and understand all of the rules to this swap?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
(If not then you will not be approved.)
Are you at least 16 years old?  Yes/No
Who and what do you claim for crafting? If you do not know yet/it's the beginning of the swap, you have 1 week after being approved to claim someone:
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt.  Yes/No
Have you posted in the discussion thread already? If you say yes and haven't I will not approve you. If you say no I will not approve you. Discussion thread found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403113.0
Quiz: What do you have to do if someone who is a non-bday swapper sends you a gift?
Quiz 2: How long do you have to send out after making your claim?

If it is NOT your birthday and you want to SEND TO A BIRTHDAY CRAFTSTER:

Name of swap- February 2012 Birthday Swap (Non-Bday Craftster)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name:
Mailing address, including country and properly formatted for shipping:
Chosen craftster and item (if you know):
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt. Yes/No
I understand that I will be getting a thank you card and not a package for this swap.  Yes/No


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Please make sure to post in the combined Gallery/Discussion Thread to keep up with updates:

Links to Previous Birthday Swap Rounds
January 2012 Birthday Swap Discussion and Gallery
January 2012 Birthday Swap Lists
December 2011 Birthday Swap Discussion and Gallery
December 2011 Birthday Swap Lists

89  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / PBW Featured Projects of 2011 on: January 26, 2012 08:11:55 AM
Here are the Featured Purses, Bags and Wallets Projects of 2011, as determined by the 'This Rocks' button and my personal preference.  Smiley  I did not include those fabulous bags, purses and wallets which are featured in the overall Craftster Best of 2011!

Congratulations, everyone!
90  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Snowman on: January 25, 2012 10:23:29 AM
I don't think I posted this here after December's challenge was over, so here's my little snowman.  I received a very cool needlefelting kit in the Stocking 7 Swap.  I had never tried needlefelting before, and I was a bit hesitant at first.  After all, you take a barbed needle and stab it into a very thin material.  How would I not injure myself?

Well, apparently I didn't have enough faith in myself.  After reading the directions on the website of the store that sold the kit (wildethymeart.com) and looking at Craftster's basic directions (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51271.0) I got to work.  Of course, I couldn't do exactly what the directions for the kit said.  I had to improvise.

And a side view, so you can see the 3-Dness of his little nose.

I've got some more wool left over and I might try my hand at another or use it for something else.  This little guy was a gift for my mom for Christmas.  I've recently purchased a set of small cookie cutters that I might use as templates to make some flat, needlefelted ornaments.  Yes, I know it's only January, but getting a start on Christmas gifts is never a bad idea!
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