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1  Re: Prairie Schooler Fall Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: October 19, 2017 05:53:11 PM
Sorry for the delay! I received from Kittykill about a week ago. Been quite the slacker this month. Crazy busy with work and then, there was a delay in getting my supplies. Poor, itsmereba is still waiting on me but I promise I am stitching away. I bought an adhesive backing for needlepoint so once I get finished stitching it will be shipped away in a priority mail package.

Check out what Pam sent me!!!!! Isn't it absolutely amazing. She is absolutely amazing!

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2  Mini Perler Bead Holly Christmas Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Helena Puck on: July 27, 2017 10:16:13 PM

I made these earrings for the Christmas in July swap. I picked up a mini perler bead keep to try things out. I found that the mini perler beads melt QUICK. I barely had to touch the beads for a second or so before it was fused. I sort of estimated a pattern as I went, because I was just experimenting and did not expect it to work.

I found the beads when I was shopping with my son. He had to build a diorama for class on Charlie and the Glass Elevator. He ended up using a clear plastic container and building all the characters and the bed using perler beads. We have a lot of fun with perler beads at my house.
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3  Beaded Snowflake Ornament in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: July 27, 2017 10:09:12 PM

I made this snowflake ornament for my swap partner in the Christmas in July swap. I used the pattern I found in the book A Cross Stitch Christmas: A Heartwarming Holiday. After stitching the snowflake on the perforated paper, I mounted the square on a piece of felt, sewing the design in four spots. Last time I used glue on perforated paper, the glue went through the holes making the top of the design look fuzzy :-(

The beads make up parts of the snowflake design which got me on a bead kick. I may have to tackle one of those Mill Hill ornament kits now. This snowflake pattern was a good starting point.

The tacky bob bead holder was a godsend. I was able to stitch on the couch without losing all my beads.

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4  Re: Christmas in July Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: July 21, 2017 04:40:05 PM
I just received a wonderful package from stellato_escuro.

She sent a set of four beautifully woven snowflakes, nicely packaged in a shoe box which is great because this is how they will be packaged when they are not on my tree. These were pinned on my pinterest board. They are exactly what I wanted!!!

My son was so excited to see turtles, so he helped me open them. The box had pretty soap inside and four beautifully woven coasters.

The carton had a neat cupcake tree magnet inside - LOVE It! It is beautiful. I also really appreciate the packaging, perfect for storing without getting smashed.

The pez dispenser was from her trip to the Pez Factory which now the whole family wants to visit. I didn't mention this but I have a few pez dispensers in my curio cabinet, mostly smurfs, superheroes, and star wars and others in storage for when I was younger. I always loved pez dispensers. My son ran off with one she sent.

stellato_escuro, I hope you enjoy what I have sent as much I enjoyed your package! Thanks so much :-)
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5  Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2017 (sign up 7/18 to 8/4/17; s/o 11-25-17) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Helena Puck on: July 18, 2017 08:59:15 PM

It's that time of year again!  Time to sign up for the MINI 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS SWAP!!!!  It may seem a bit early to some, but I love knowing theres a long crafting time.  Especially since this swap is on the bigger side and the holidays can be hectic so, starting early just makes things easier and stress free.  

This is a swap for all you Craftsters out there who would like to do a Christmas/Holiday swap but, feel that the original 12 Days Of Christmas swap is too big for them.  Be sure to read everything through and that you understand it all. If you have any questions feel free to post them in this thread or send me a pm.

Swap name: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2017
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Helena Puck
Co-organizer: lindyv321

Sign-up date range: from 7/18 to 8/4/17
Date to send items by: 11/20 for international packages and 11/25 for US packages.  Please note the change!
Limited to a certain number of people: 30 (if more people join, I will need a co-organizer)
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
All ages allowed? 16 and over, regardless of your age make sure you have a way to the PO and the means to participate in this swap.
I reserve the right to deny any Craftster's entrance into this swap for any reason including the following...
-ANY "negative" feedback and/or comments
-poor communication in past swaps
-consistently sending late in past swaps
Note: I will also leave feedback reflecting your actual participation in the swap (good/poor communication, early/late sending, etc)

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
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps.  YES
- Does not have any negative feedback.  YES
- Has participated and received positive feedback in at least 1 other swap.  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:

The idea of this swap is to craft for your partner 12 items based on their interests, going along with the idea of the 12 Days Of Christmas song. The items that you make DO NOT have to be the items in the 12 days of Christmas song. The items sent/received can be BOTH everyday items and Christmas/Winter themed goodies. You will make 6 small items for days 1-6, for days 7-10 you will make medium items and days 11 & 12 will be large items. So that is 2 large, 4 medium and 6 smalls for a total of 12 days.

So, the break down will be:
Days 1-6 small
Days 7-10 medium
days 11-12 large

In the past round it was 75% crafted items & 25% store bought.
(extras are optional and are solely up to you.)

Below are Craftster guidelines for size requirements to help everyone. If you are having troubles with a certain size feel free to make an equivalent to the particular size. For instance, instead of a medium, you could look at the guidelines and substitute the 1 medium for perhaps 2 or 3 smalls. Just be sure to look at the guidelines and use your best judgment. Put yourself in your partners shoes and ask yourself if you think you would be happy with the equivalent of the items they choose. And, if in doubt, you can always send a pm to me and get a second opinion, and if youre still in doubt, ask another person in this swap. Here are the guidelines:

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

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

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse, DIY kits, blankets, bags, totes, cable knitted items, place mat sets, cable leg warmers, pretty knit socks, kitchen set of potholders/apron, set of embellished dish towels.
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf, wrist warmers, thread catcher, note card set, hats, magic yarn ball, embroidered pillow case, apron, stencil shirts.
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks, hand carved stamps, coasters, pot holder, key chain, dish clothes, decorated frames, journals, head bands, pincushion, heat packs.

Please note-these are just ideas of crafts to make.  I have potholders in the small category.  However, if you make an intricate one with lots of pieces or an embroidered one, it could also count as a medium, or if you make a set of 4 that could be considered medium too.  I just put it in the small category because I was thinking of one simple potholder.  So, please use your best judgment with sizes.  You can always ask my opinion or another swappers opinion if you want.  I think the most important thing is to put yourself in the receivers shoes Would you be happy receiving a simple potholder as a small item?  Would you be happy if your large item was a cabled scarf?  Anyways..

And the links to galleries for more ideas:
2016: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449869.0
2015: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441855.0
2014: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436673.0
2013 - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429258.0#axzz395hlBFIq
2012 - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=415601.0#axzz2Z3XTukvO
2011 - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395229.0                                              
2010 - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=364414.0#axzz2Z3lXMBx4

Note: In the past there has been slight confusion on how to label packages.  So just to make it clear the first package you want your partner to open, you label as #1.  Then for the 2nd package you want them to open youd label #2 the second and so on.  So, #12 package would be the last package opened.  You can also label them by dates, as in put 'DEC 1' on the first gift your partner will open then the last gift would be labeled DEC 12th.  Either way you want to label them is fine.  Just make sure that the small gifts are opened first and the last gifts opened are the large.

1. You must send ALL PM's to Helena Puck and all PM's must have the subject line: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2017.   Note: I am in Alaska, so the timezone will be different. If I am ignoring you, it is probably because it is in the middle of the night for me.

2. You must post in the original thread at least once a week! This starts once partners are assigned. That is only about 10 posts.

3.PM's must be sent to Helena Puck and your partner when you send and receive. If you are sending within the USA or Canada you must get a DC# / tracking # and send it to Helena Puck and your partner. If you are sending outside of your country, you must keep your receipt as proof of shipping, it will be requested if there are any problems! This is mandatory!

4. When you open each days package, you will then need to post in the gallery. I ask that you post pictures within a reasonable amount of time. I know that the Holiday season can be quite hectic, but please get them posted within 5 days of opening. Posting pictures is a requirement for this swap! If you don't have a digital camera and cannot get access to one, please ask your partner to take pictures before they send.

5. The following items are NOT allowed in swap packages:
- Anything that is illegal in the U.S. or wherever you are sending your package to or from.
- Any items that have a legal age requirement to consume in the U.S. such as tobacco, alcohol, pornography etc.
- Mixed CDs containing copyrighted music or similar, including copied software, CDs, DVDs, etc
If you are uncertain please check Craftsters guidelines as well as your local post office

6. If you are sending BAKED GOODS, please only send them if you and your partner live in the same country. I don't want anyone's package to go MIA with the lovely customs officials. Also, if you are sending baked goods, you may leave them out of your package and send them individually so they arrive in a timely manner and don't spoil or go stale.

7. I highly recommend that you wrap your items in a plastic bag/trash bag/ or some other protective wrapping INSIDE the box you are sending. Because of the time of the year packages can get WET due to the post office/ups/etc. leaving them on the doorstep AND some swappers have suggested that you also do this with anything you might send to a hot climate that might melt on your swap goodies.

8. Also, if you will be shipping to a partner that is in a HOT climate during the swap send outs, please do not include anything that might melt on their swap goodies. Think about wrapping them in a plastic baggie or something similar.

9. Here is some info from the USPS on the Flat Rate Boxes: these can be used for Domestic and International but the rates differ for International shipments. And if you purchase your postage online at usps.com or by paypal, com you get a small discount on the postage price. The Flat Rate boxes themselves are FREE (you still have to pay for postage ) from your local post office and also FREE if you get them online from the website usps.com, they will deliver them to you free of charge too!! Canada has some shipping envelopes that can be used within the country or region and prices will vary, but if you are sending something heavy they are a good choice.

10. I highly recommend that each of you put together a WIST or a PINTEREST. These are a huge help for your swap partner. They get to look through all the things you have put into it to get a feel for what you like.  

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

Please remember to keep in the holiday spirit.  Extras are optional-but quality is NOT optional.  I want everyone to receive nice items that were crafted/bought with them in mind.  So, in other words Please read their questionnaire over and over and make sure you are sending them something they will like, and not just random things thrown in a box.  Its never fun to receive a thought-less package, especially when they worked hard to make you crafty wonderful-ness from the heart.

Questionnaire to PM to Helena Puck:

Name of swap: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2017
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address: (Please take into consideration where you will be during the "opening of gift" time frame. Do you need the gifts shipped to an address other than your home address?)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your country?
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old.
Any allergies?
Any pets/smokers/allergens in your home?
Do you have a camera and can post pictures in the gallery?
Posting once a week in the thread is REQUIRED are you willing to do this?
Would you prefer to RECEIVE: ONLY Christmas/Holiday themed items, or a MIX of both Christmas/Holiday and everyday items, or ONLY everyday items?

Crafts I already know how to do:

Crafts I would really like to learn how to do:

I have tried and absolutely CANNOT _______________(fill in the blank)!

DIY Kits you would like to receive:

Supplies you NEVER have enough of:

Supplies you ALWAYS have enough of:

What types of crafting methods would you like for your items to be made from?

If you had 1 (or 2) BIG WISH for something that can be crafted, what you would REALLY like to receive, what would it be??

Please list 7 smaller wishlist things you would enjoy receiving:

Anything you absolutely do NOT want to receive:

What are some things you'd like to make for yourself but never have enough time to do?

Colors you like:
Colors you don't like:
Symbols/patterns you like:
Symbols/patterns you don't like:

Do you wear hair accessories?
Do you wear jewelry/other accessories?

Favorite scents/smells:
Ones you do not like:

If your wanting holiday themed items please answer the following questions.  If dont want holiday items please skip to the next set of questions.
Are religious symbols/items OK with you:
Is the Religious/Christian aspect of Christmas (nativity, church activities, etc...) a part of your Holiday celebration(s)?
Which Holiday Celebration(s) do you participate in? (Hanukkah, Yule, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, etc....)
What rooms do you decorate with Christmas decorations:
Favorite Holiday Motif (like angels, Santa's, stars, etc..):
General Christmas decorations or themed?
Specific Colors used in decorating?
Do you like miniature things?

Would you enjoy receiving food items as your gifts? (cookies, candy, etc..)
If yes, please list some of your favorites:

Do you have wrapping preferences or guidelines: ***For example, I prefer low maintenance wrapping and recycled wrapping (like comics or brown paper grocery bags that are decorated) without bows, etc...

*SIZES.  If youd like any clothing/jewelry items please list your sizes below.  If you dont want any of these items, you can skip this section.
preferred necklace length:
hips/waist (where you would wear a belt):
head (around, like where you would wear a headband):

*To help your partner be more intune to your likes/dislikes as well as particular items you would be thrilled to receive please post links to following below.
*any other wish lists & etc.?

*For the following questions, if you would like any of the people/pets to be in on the gift receiving please give as much information as possible so your partner doesn't have to ruin any surprises by asking you questions.
*Would you like your Significant Other to be included: (wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.)?
*Would you like your children to be included?
*Would you like to have your pets included?
*Any other friend or family member to be included?

Anything else you would like for your partner to know about you...
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6  Frida Kahlo in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: July 09, 2017 03:36:40 PM

I've been working on this mystery sampler by Cloudsfactory called Fabulous Women in History. Each month, I get two new ladies to add to my sampler. The month of July included Frida Kahlo and Amelia Earhart. Frida Kahlo was painting one of her recognizable self portraits, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, in her section of the sampler.

Since her birthday was around the corner, I figured a design of her would be an idea project to celebrate.

I decided to take the try to put the self portrait on a wooden pendant. I found a four pack of pendants at Joann's. I think it turned out quite well. I had to measure and alter the pattern very slightly as I could not fit the whole size of the canvas, but the important parts were there: her hair, the thorns, the bird, a thin border, her eyebrows. 
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7  Re: Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: April 22, 2017 10:46:17 AM
Mandit asked me to post of picture of what I sent. I imagine her little one was a lot like mine, ran off with the goodies before everything was taken out of the box. Unfortunately, I only snapped a picture of the cross stitch Quaker Easter Egg.

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8  Re: Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: April 22, 2017 10:33:59 AM
I received from Mandit. Here is a group shot. We decided to make baskets for the kids. She sent two tote bags, stenciled with their initials filled with goodies.

Along with candy and goodies, she made each of my boys handdrawn pictures frames including some of their favorite things. Simpsons, minecraft, Jubjubs from Neopets, and penguins.

The goodies included lots of fun things: a plastic dinosaur, a my little pony, mini block sets, kitten and puppy tattoos (my youngest LOVED it because he is currently obsessed with his cat), painting sets and wooden crosses to decorate, egg covers, and lots of candy.

She also made them each stenciled shirts: Mario and a penguin being carried away by a balloon.

Thank you Mandit! The boys loved everything! Sorry I didn't take better pictures. I had to snap them quick before the boys ran off with their goodies.

It was such a nice treat to come home to a great package for the boys after we found out my husband's cancer is completed gone!
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9  Quaker Easter Egg in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: April 16, 2017 11:01:20 PM
I finally get to share this and on Easter no less!  Cool

I stitched this one for the Easter basket swap. It is called Quaker Easter Egg by Bent Creek. I stitch it on evenweave which I just discovered I absolutely love and want to use for everything.

As you can tell in the picture, I took progress shots. I worked on it for four days straight. I love the little designs and shapes inside the egg, so simple while at the same time intricate once it is all put together. I like the mix of secular and religious. I plan to make one for myself too.
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10  Re: Rise of the Cougars Geezer Swap, Round 7 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: March 25, 2017 02:58:02 PM
Just got an amazing package from underthemountain.

She sent me a slouch hat that I had been wanting and included a great matching scarf. I am wearing them because I wanted to make sure everyone could appreciate of the shape. And, also, welcome spring!  Cheesy

And as added bonus, she sent some beautiful jewelry by Onyxnox. I love these. I can see myself wearing these every day, just my style. My husband especially loves the tree, said it matches my eyes.

Everything is absolutely perfect. Thanks again!
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