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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Keep Me Warm Swap Round 3 Gallery on: February 09, 2018 08:08:38 AM

Swap name:
Keep Me Warm Swap Round 3

Sent and Received

geekgirl <--> LadybugsAndBumblebees
StudioANF <--> dharma_rebel
Bugaboo1 <--> fatewineroses
calixita <--> ChameleonHound

kansas96 --> momof2 --> zigg13pra --> kansas96
(Kansas sends to momof2, momof2 sends to zigg13pra and zigg13pra sends to kansas)
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Keep Me Warm Swap Round 4 (SU: 1/12-1/19; SO 2/21) on: January 12, 2018 06:29:42 AM

Swap name:
Keep Me Warm Swap Round 3

Previous Rounds:
Round 1: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368364.0#axzz2qDPTZcJd
Round 2: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402105.msg4726897#msg4726897
Round 3: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430748.0#axzz2qDMN9Gio

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: geekgirl1000100
Sign-up date range: Jan. 12-19, 2018
Date to send item by:  Feb. 21, 2018

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

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
- 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 swap will be a swap of items to keep us warm! Here is how it will work.

Each participant will send their partner items that fall into each of three categories, Hot Drink, Hot Drink Accessory, and Worn Accessory.

Hot Drink: We will be sending the monetary equivalent of one pound of gourmet coffee (about $10). This could be loose leaf tea, gourmet hot chocolate or coffee, or a soup mix. It is encouraged to buy local, but it is not required.

The next 2 items should be a total of 4 swap points in total (not each)

Hot Drink Accessory: This could be a reusable coffee sleeve, a mug cozy, chocolate dipped spoons, a mug, a bowl etc. This should be a crafted item.

Worn Accessory: This could be any worn item that is used to keep you warm. The possibilities are endless! This could be a scarf, mittens, hat, lip balm, socks, slippers, pajama pants, etc. This should be a crafted item.

The two crafted items should equal four points. The point requirements are as follows:

By Points
Large= 3 points
Medium=2 points
Small=1 point

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

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

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

DON'T FORGET to send your questionnaire to geekfirl1000100

Questionnaire to answer:
Name of swap: Keep Me Warm Swap Round 4

Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):
Do you have any allergies?
Are there any allergens present in your house?

Link to pinterest, website, etc.:

What crafts would you like to receive?
What crafts can you make?
Favorite colors:
Least Favorite colors:
Any sizes that your partner would need to know:

What hot drink would you like to receive?
In this section, only answer questions that apply to the items you would like to receive:
What are your favorite flavors?
Coffee-ground or whole bean?
Tea-bagged or loose leaf?
Hot chocolate-milk or dark chocolate?
Favorite soup mix variety?

Anything else you would like your partner to know?
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another round of Keep Me Warm? on: January 08, 2018 08:19:50 AM
Anyone up for another round of Keep Me Warm?

The details:
You will send items for three categories, Hot Drink, Hot Drink Accessory (crafted), and Worn Accessory (crafted)

Hot Drink: equivalent of one pound of gourmet coffee (about $10). This could be loose leaf tea, gourmet hot chocolate or coffee, or a soup mix.

Crafted Hot Drink Accessory: such as coffee sleeves/cozies, decorated mugs, spoon rests, a bowl, mug rugs, etc.

Crafted Worn Accessory: something that is worn to keep warm such as scarf, mittens, hat, socks, etc

Total of 4 points of crafted items

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Poppy Hoopla on: December 13, 2017 10:54:24 AM
I made this for dharma_rebel in the 12 days of Christmas swap.  I knew she liked poppies so I found a clipart of a poppy, enlarged it and used it as a rough guideline for my poppy shape.  
It is almost all satin stitch.  It used about 5-6 skeins of embroidery thread.
The center is black felt with straight stitches to hold it down and then the same in yellow for the very center.

(the creepy face in the background is the cover of a boardgame.  I didn't realize it was there until I uploaded the photo!)

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Winter Bird Hoopla on: December 13, 2017 10:53:24 AM
I made this for lindyv in the 12 days of Christmas swap.  I've been trying to improve my embroidery.  I saw this (or something similar) on her pinterest and decided to try it.  It includes satin stitch, french knots, back stitch

head shot

mistletoe closeup

tail feathers
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lots of bags on: October 18, 2017 04:33:34 AM
I recently participated in the Make a Purse and Fill it swap.
I don't have a ton of sewing experience and signed up for the swap as a way to make myself learn some new techniques.
I learned the following things: how to sew in a zipper, how to top stitch, how to make boxed corners, how to make straps, how to make an adjustable strap, how to make reversible bags.  I even improvised a pattern and pieced together 2 separate patterns to make one bag.

For one partner I made a cross over body bag with Beauty and the Beast material.  I had made this last as it was the most adventurous piece I made.
The bag with a zipper:

The back of the bag with a pocket - I inserted a piece of paper to show off the pocket better

Adjustable strap

coin purse - my first attempt at a zipper

And more pouches

A water bottle cozy with strap - my first time making a strap.

A reversible tote.  I loved this material.  I made another similar bag with pirate/skull theme but with longer skinnier straps.  I forgot to get a picture of it.

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / butterfly notecards on: July 25, 2017 04:15:15 AM
I love making notecards/greeting cards. In the Birds, Bees, Buterflies swap I made my partner some butterfly cards based off ones on her pinterest. 

I had a pad of brown cardstock and folded and rounded the corners of the cards and folded and stamped the envelopes.  It was fun digging through my paper stash to find 9 types of red, 9 types of blue, purple, etc.  It also made me realize I have a LOT of paper stash!

8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bee Locket on: July 25, 2017 04:06:31 AM
I was recently in the Birds, Bees, Butterfly swap and for the bee theme decided to make my partner a necklace.  My first thought was some sort of pendant and I had a vague idea in mind and went to the craft store to browse the jewelry making section and came across this awesome looking locket.  I didn't know what I was going to do with it but I had to buy it.  I ended up making a little bee scene and adding a bee charm on the outside.

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My First TM Patches on: July 25, 2017 04:01:52 AM
I was recently in the Birds, Bees, Butterfly swap and decided to make my partner bird themed TM patches.  She had an additional request of monochromatic.  Which I think made things easier for me because then I had less choices to worry about.  For whatever reason I was stressed out thinking about making them and I had a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that they didn't have to be perfect and it was ok for the stitches to be messy.  But by the 4th one, I was in the groove and totally see why they are addictive to make!

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Exploding Tardis Hoopla on: June 12, 2017 04:17:10 AM
I made this for curiousfae in the filled stitchery swap.  I don't embroidery much and thought this would be a good challenge.  This is the explosing Tardis scene from Doctor Who done in a Van Gogh-ish style.  I've painted this screen several times on coffee mugs and canvas.
Here is what it's supposed to look like: https://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Who-Exploding-Tardis-Poster/dp/B006BEC9HG
I embroidered just using a simple back stitch and used 6 strands at a time (just from pure laziness).  In some areas there are 3,4, 5 different color stitches on top of each other giving the piece a bit of a dimensional look.

And some close ups:

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