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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: September 18, 2017 07:04:20 PM
Yes! Plus you can ask for items that you will use as gifts for other people in your life (as long as the packages arrive in time for you to re-wrap)! Whether you're quietly regifting or stating up front that you want things you can give to your family, coworkers, bowling league, etc., it is all good for this swap.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 Gallery on: September 18, 2017 06:47:40 PM
Omigod, the bunny, her Elvis mug, and how you've positioned everything about her...So great.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread on: September 16, 2017 10:03:07 AM
I'm closed for this week due to a pummeling week of work ahead! Must simplify to make it work.  Smiley
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: September 15, 2017 10:37:26 AM
I'm glad you're all excited about this, too!  Grin And JoyfulClover, you aren't rambling...If you were rambling, and it's about getting excited to craft for others, please ramble away!!  Kiss (Though you probably meant that you are busy right now and don't have time to write it all down; that's me at the moment, too.)
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Give the dog a bone... on: September 15, 2017 10:32:56 AM
I saw curled-up dog on front page, and had to click.   Grin

That is a great idea (and they look good, too) -- in addition to having it smell like human, the dogs I've met love having a cushion they can either curl up around or prop up a body part, and which is small enough for them to maneuver and carry around. And yay, durable denim being reused!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: STS Winter Market 2017 **Gallery** on: September 14, 2017 04:28:32 PM
Sold!


to RaraAvis: Sandia and Nopal ceramic tiles


to underthemountain: milagro sacred heart


to Mlsocci74: maracas



Thank you all!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: September 13, 2017 08:09:46 PM
Yay kayrun!  Kiss

So when you claim a person, you make either 2 smalls or a medium? From their posted list? I'm going to check the original thread again, and wrap my head around it.

Yes, that's pretty much it. You can go as large as you want, but I don't want the size/difficulty expectations to be a source of stress.  Smiley

It IS completely crazytown!  Cheesy

I agree with CLM, giving in secret is my favorite part! Usually there has to be some kind of exchange in an organized swap, even if it is just a thank-you note in the mail. One option would be to put up a very minimal wishlist, so you might just receive one item but send several. Who knows, it might evolve toward a Givers and Needers style swap!

You could also request things that are intended to be donated to charity or abandoned in public, which would lend to the experience-as-gift idea and the gift-giving spirit.  Smiley
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) on: September 13, 2017 03:25:12 PM
Awesome!!!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 Gallery on: September 12, 2017 08:40:49 PM
There is so much I love in this gallery! And since I haven't commented in a timely manner I don't want to start now and make it look like I'm neglecting all that came before.  Smiley In short, great job, all of you.  Grin
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: September 12, 2017 05:50:10 PM
I want to make this happen this year! It's normal Secret Santa in many respects, but you post your wishlist to the swap thread (like in OWS), and anyone can secretly claim you for something. You can take on as many giftees as you choose, and you may have numerous Secret Santas sending you things. Every claim is assigned a code name, and I, as organizer, keep track of which code names go with which person and claim, and I act as an intermediary if a Santa has a question for their giftee. It is sneaky, benevolent mischief, and I love it!  Cheesy

Here is the thread of the other round I organized, so many years ago:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=279836.msg3167910

Crafting and gifting would be for 2 smalls or a medium, and wishlists for swappers' family members are also welcome. Crafted items do not have to be seasonal/holiday-themed, unless that is what the giftee wants. Assuming all goes well and I don't get waylaid by life, sign-ups would begin in early November, and send-outs would be during the first days of December. International swappers more than welcome, as are first-time swappers, though there would be a limit on how many pending claims a new swapper could make at one time.

I would need a back-up organizer for emergencies, and to handle the claim of anyone who wants to be my Secret Santa.

I had so much fun with this swap and I know other people enjoyed the mystery of it too (as well as the loot they received)! Feel free to ask me any questions. Now I'm posting this, I'm accountable to all of you to follow through on  it!
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