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11  Re: Box of Sunshine Swap (SIGNUP 2017 Jan 27-Feb 4 ; MAIL BY Feb 17 2017). Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: February 20, 2017 02:03:50 PM
Received my box of Sunshine from gigglygirl. Check at all the bright and sunny amazingness.

She included a flower hoopla, flower seeds, gardening gloves, daffodils inside a teacup, fairy statue with fairy house, a fuzzy duck, handmade plushy rabbits, a small flower painting, a bird's nest with eggs, lip balm, nail polish, tea cup with roses on it, glass rubber duckie beads and other strands of glass beads, buttons, M&Ms, sugarbabies, lemon hard candies, stained glass butterfly, a book of cross stitch birds, candles, facial pads, notepads, ribbon, juicy fruit gun, and a vintage flower pin.

Love the flower theme

Now the Easter decorations are up!
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12  Mockingjay Valentine in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: February 07, 2017 11:51:58 PM

Here is what I made for my swap partner for the Valentine Swap.

I designed the pattern using a graphic I found on pinterest and the PCStitch Program. The fabric is black 18 count aida and I used DMC thread 666 Christmas red.
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13  Re: I Love Valentine's Day Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: February 04, 2017 12:38:28 PM
Just received from my wonderful and talented partner, dinkime.

Here is all the goodies: a Conversation Heart double Hoopla, a book of vintage punch-out Valentine cards, a altered art valentine wall hanging, a vintage valentine stand up, a beautiful vintage embellished card, a bag of peanut butter hearts, and two bags of candy for the boys with a drawing of their favorite things- Mario and a penguin. Everything was nicely package in little frog bags.

Here is a close up of the amazingness that is this double hoopla.

Here is the back. Such a interesting and creative design.

Already on the wall.

Glittery Vintage Valentine stand up

My little one is very excited about his special bag. Becky even included his favorite, skittles!

Thanks Becky! I hope you get yours' soon! You totally spoiled me :-)
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14  Ribbon Candy Ornament in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: December 26, 2016 01:12:03 PM

I made this ornament for my partner in the mini 12 Days of Christmas swap. This pattern is called Ribbon Candy Ornament by Calico Crossroads. I customized the colors to make it her favorite colors.

The project is neat, but if you ever get it, I highly recommend reading the stitching instructions. Evidently, there is a special stitching pattern they want you to follow to make the front and back look the same. Unfortunately, since I already knew how to stitch, I just started stitching right away. While the back looks neat, it does not look like the front, so the folds make the back visible.

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15  Christmas Ornaments in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: December 26, 2016 01:04:26 PM
I made these two ornaments for my partners for the Mini 12 Days of Christmas swap.

The rabbit came from The World of Cross Stitching magazine. It was from of the free card kit that shipped with the magazine. I love that magazine. I have a new surprise project in the mail every month.

I am not great with mounting and the backing, so I attached the aida to the green felt with scrapbook eyelets.

The other ornament, magnet, or broch is my own design, a zombie gingerbread man. He is stitched on perforated paper. I used PCStitch Pro to create the pattern.

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16  Gingerbread House in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: December 26, 2016 01:00:08 PM
I made this gingerbread house for my partner in the mini 12 Days of Christmas swap.

The pattern came from the book Cross-Stitch Christmas Creations: Festive Perforated Paper Designs. It is made from perforated attached to foam board.

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17  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2016 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Helena Puck on: December 11, 2016 02:09:37 PM
Hello everyone! I am certain everyone is anxious about getting those packages open. Day 1 is just around the corner :-)

Here is what is under my tree! Deadbathducky's package all the way from Australia made it in time for the opening day! I am so excited. She filled that entire owl bag with all kinds of goodies. I cannot wait . . . but I will, of course. My sister-in-law's gifts and my mother's came in as well, so under our tree looks pretty amazing.

Day 1: Origami Crane ornament balls

Looks beautiful on my tree! :-)

Here is a close up

Day 2: Beads, charms, and a dragon elastic bracelet. Cannot wait to get started on some fun bead work with these seed beads.

Day 3: Bear needlefelting Kit! (Great minds think alike. Once you get your package in, you'll notice that we were thinking similarly. Sorry you are still waiting on things from me.)

Day 4: Embellishments and sisters with Snowman and Gingerbread (perfect for card making)

Day 5: Pretz and cake mix. I am really excited to try them both. I have never seen anything like them.

Sorry for the delay. We went into town for the weekend to watch Rogue One. Also, I discovered that the owl bag rolls up and snaps shut, taking up very little room, a perfect tote to roll up and carry with me when I go shopping. I used it this weekend for my projects at the hotel.

Day 6: Handmade paper. I really love these. I think I am going to mount some completed cross stitch projects on them, or put calligraphy writing on them and shadowbox it, or put a fun quote mounted on top of it with eyelets. So many possibilities. I would love to hear more about the creation process. They look fun.

Day 7: Catbutt coasters! LOL I love it! They even look like our kitties we had to leave with my dad when we moved up North.

Day 8: String art cards!!! I cannot wait to show my students. I taught them how to do string art but nothing like this. Maybe these cards will inspire a couple of them to do an advanced project.

Day 9: A package for my little one- a Mario watch, pac-man container filled with candy, and the neatest little custom gameboy ornament. My boy is all old school, loves all things vintage gaming.

Day 10: A package for my husband- Star Wars bottle cap opener and DC Posters. He LOVED it!

Day 11 A package for my other little one - Minecraft Cookie Cutters and a portrait of Fluffy, his beloved Neopet. He absolutely loved it. He asked me to hold the watercolor for him until we can get a frame. Looks like we will be making minecraft cookies this week while we are on break.

Day 12 - MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  Grin Grin Grin
5 skeins of Wool yarn, a beautiful multi-colored wooden crochet hook, and a hand-stamped heartshaped necklace, inscribed with Robin + Hilary

I need to share this beautiful piece of artwork that my partner sent. It is the cat painted across a book page which I have framed and sandwich inbetween student artwork and a framed card that hangs above my board in my classroom. I wanted to share the photo once it was in its new home.

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18  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2016 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Helena Puck on: November 25, 2016 06:55:58 PM
Received from lindyv321

All the packages look absolutely beautiful under the tree.

Day 1: Advent calendar filled with charms for a Christmas charm bracelet!!

Bracelet close up! Just in time for Christmas Spirit day at school.

Day 2: Goodies for my boys: a container of bean boozled, baseball peg game, a reindeer candy dispenser (looks like he poops candy LOL), perler bead kits, gingerbread cookie, and a monster tissue holder.

Also day 15 of the Advent Matchbox Calendar had another charm for my bracelet.

Day 3: Goodies for my other little one: his peg game was solitaire. Sorry for the delay. I thought I posted yesterday when I got interrupt. That is what I get for posting at work. Now that I am on break, not that much of issue now.

Day 4: Deminsions Santa Kit (Deminisions makes the best kits. Love them), set of cards with my initial (perfect for those  after Christmas thank you cards), and another ornament kit.

Day 5: Handmade shelf curio filled with vintage goodies. I JUST LOVE IT!!

Sorry for the delay. We went into town for the weekend to watch Rogue One

Day 6: Birdie and bird house. It looks good on my windowsill with the vintage curio.

Day 7: Hand stamped ornaments, a crystal necklace, and earrings

I had a hard time taking a close up of the earrings. They are this beautiful orange pattern inside a close ball.

Day 8: Nativity Plaque.  Grin I absolutely love it.

Day 9: Snowman Top Hat . . . wow, things keep getting better and better with each passing day. The top hat looks so great as our treetopper.

Day 10:
Snowflake Hoopla

Doesn't it look awesome on my wall?

Day 11:
ooh, two goodies in this one. A Santa Snowglobe and a snowglobe tree ornament. They are so clever and unique. I love them!

Day 12: Merry Christmas!!!  Grin Grin Grin
Three wooden painted trees

oops, a little late but here was the pin that was in the advent calendar.

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19  Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2016 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Helena Puck on: November 12, 2016 07:29:42 PM

Post your goodies here:

Original Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449869.0


lindyv321 ---- Helena Puck
mlsocci74 ---- KarenLouiseM
EdelC ---- RaraAvis
Onyxnox ---- whats_her_name
FiberAlchemist ---- rantyhippie
Deadbathducky ---- Helena Puck
gala_apples ----   Thimbles71

sent and received
sending late with communication
p.m. me

Remember, we start with day 1 on DEC 14th.

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20  Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2016 (sign up 8/6 to 8-17/16; s/o 11-23-16) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Helena Puck on: August 06, 2016 12:55:21 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 2016
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Helena Puck

Sign-up date range: from 08/10/16 until 08/17/16
Date to send items by: November 23, 2016
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:
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 14th' on the first gift your partner will open then the last gift would be labeled DEC 25th.  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 2016.  

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 2016
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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