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1  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: September 05, 2017 10:00:06 PM
So this is why I've been absent. Here's Alby posing with our son who was born August 2nd.  Grin

Then it was back to fishing. We saw humpback whales bubblefeeding in Chatham Strait. I couldn't get a photo with Alby and the bubblefeeding though  Sad

Next a bunch of Dall's Porpoises followed us "bow riding" for about half an hour Smiley

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2  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: July 18, 2017 11:13:49 AM
We've been crazy busy fishing but Alby has been meeting all sorts of interesting sea life  Grin Here he is with a pyrosome. Pyrosomes have been all over the news here because they aren't usually found this far north but showed up this spring in enormous numbers.

And here is Alby watching the guys unload the fish hold. It was my 5 year olds first time helping with the actual unloading  Smiley
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3  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: June 11, 2017 08:56:15 AM
I'm so behind!
On our way up an earthquake damaged the undersea cables that provide our internet up here and it just hasn't seemed to get completely back to normal. AT&T has been "upgrading" data services at the same time which has led to a huge part of the local population being unable to use data on their phones at all, including me  Sad

But we are in town for 3 or 4 days now so I'll head to the library and get some more photos processed and uploaded as quickly as they will upload.

A friend of ours is a tour bus driver so we took Alby along on one of her tours last week. These are photos from our stop at the Alaska Raptor Center-

The flight center where Eagles who will be released are kept while they heal and practice flying again. The windows are heavily tinted so the eagles can't see the people, which makes it hard to get a good photo.

A couple of resident Bald Eagles who live at the center

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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: May 16, 2017 08:59:07 PM
Alby arrived in Sitka just in time for some amazing weather (especially considering this is a rainforest).

We've been walking the Sitka National Historical Park a lot. So we hope to get a photo of Alby with every totem pole Smiley

Looking back at Sitka and Mt Edgecumbe from the beach at the park

and of course, bear resistant garbage cans.. but this one had a neat picture of a bear on it.
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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: April 10, 2017 07:01:21 PM
Alby arrived a few days ago but it's been one rain storm after another so we haven't had many good photo ops. So today we took him down to see the boat he will spend the summer on. Hubby and son agreed to hold Alby on the bow so he didn't fall overboard Smiley

Once we get everything put back together he will get a tour of the inside, plus we haul the whole thing out of the water Thursday which always makes for fun photos Smiley
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6  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: March 22, 2017 10:11:46 AM
Janwu is home! And it looks like he had a great time!

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7  Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 (SU 03/16-03/29 SO 04/05 and 09/15) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Wildfyre on: March 16, 2017 05:46:00 PM
GALLERY! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451993.0

NOTICE: Due to issues the past few rounds with people who hadnt read this entire post, we are now asking a few additional questions in the questionnaire. I will be hiding a few Easter Eggs throughout this post and correct answers to the questions will be required in order to be accepted in the swap.

This is a LONG swap.

This cannot be your first Craftster swap; no exceptions.

To minimize flakers and keep everyone involved in the swap, good communication is a requirement. You must post in the gallery once every two weeks. Please think about this before signing up, this is a long swap and participants put months of effort into it. The past two rounds I've had a lot of complaints about participants disappearing until last send outs. What makes this swap so much fun is seeing your LV experience new ways of life, new locations, and making new friends. So frequent posts in the gallery and communication with your partner is a swap REQUIREMENT.

We reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have swap feedback that shows a history of incomplete swaps, late sending, ill-communication, lack of tracking #'s, etc., we may refuse you. We want this to be a flake-free swap!

*Participants who have sent more than two weeks late in previous little visitor swaps may not join this round.

Swap name: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wildfyre
Co-Organizer: Mountains and Clouds
Sign-up date range:   March 16 2017 March 29 2017
Date to send out Little Visitor:  April 5 2017
Send Visitor Back Home: September 15th 2017
Limited to a certain number of people?: 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional age requirement? 21

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 months: YES
- Has posted at least 30 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swap 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 21 years old: YES
- If within the US, understand 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

The state mammal of Alaska is the Moose


Details of swap:


You will send a Little Visitor (LV) to your partner by April 5th.  You can send an optional biography (likes/dislikes/personality traits) if you would like to.

Here is a sample BIO from the one of the previous rounds:

You should work on finding/crafting/choosing your LV as soon as you are approved for the swap, since the send-outs are about a week after partners are matched up.

Post a photo of your LV in the thread.

Once you are accepted into the swap you must post in the gallery frequently and communicate with your partner regularly until the end of the swap. If you are going to be away please let the organizers AND your partner know.

Once you receive your LV, show them around! You should visit at least 10 different areas/parts of town/activities so that they can get the real experience of your community.

You will be required to send at least 15 printed pictures in a scrapbook/journal type thing. Shutterfly (or similar) scrapbooks are great but please plan ahead so they arrive in time.

You are also required to send at least 4 souvenirs/ mementos from the LVs trip. The souvenirs can be crafted, bought, or both. Try to send souvenirs that are unique to your area!

Send your LV home by September 15 2017. It is a long time for the swap to go on, but we want to give the LVs as many excursions as possible!

IF YOU ARE MAILING WITHIN YOUR OWN COUNTRY, YOU MUST GET A TRACKING NUMBER when you send your own LV and when you send your partner's LV back home! If youre mailing internationally, you MUST KEEP YOUR RECEIPT! And we require a picture or scan of the postal receipts so we can verify the date that you sent, and that you did in fact mail your LV to your partner.

Here are some links to recent galleries:

Round 24:

Round 23:

Round 22:

Round 21:

To Reiterate:
* Post a photo of your LV in the thread
* Send your LV to your partner by April 5th 2017
* Provide proof of mailing to your partner and the organizer
* Take your LV around town and show them the sights!
* Keep your LV clean and undamaged - if something happens please check with your LV's "parent" before repairing or running them through the washing machine
* Post photos of your adventures in the gallery once every 2 weeks minimum
* Communicate with your partner often
* Make the scrapbook/journal and make or buy some souvenirs for the LV to remember its trip by.
* Mail the LV, the scrapbook/journal, and the souvenirs back to your partner by September 15th 2017
* Contact organizers when you send/receive - you MUST supply Tracking# or receipt EVERY time you post something.

Once you are matched up with your partner, please stay in contact with them! If you haven't heard from your partner in a while, please let us (organizers) know right away. I hope we don't have any flakers, but if we do, it's better if we catch them quickly.

THIS IS A COMPLICATED SWAP AND ITS LONGER THAN MOST. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read everything before you sign up, and make sure you can commit to everything.

The Hawaiian state bird is the Nene

- Small is better than large. Not only do you have to ship it, your partner has to ship it back! Also, small LVs tend to be easier to haul around town than large ones. ALL LV's must be UNDER 8 inches tall by 6 inches wide.
- Please make sure your LV is durable enough to survive when traveling around in someone's bag, pocket, etc.  We don't want any injuries!
- swaps arent perfect, and neither is the mail system. Please dont send something youd be heartbroken to lose. There have also been flakers in previous rounds.
- Your partner might have allergies, so its best not to send something your cat eats to cuddle up with or thats been sitting on a shelf next to your incense collection!
- LV doesnt have to be a stuffed animal, feel free to send some sort of a doll/plastic toy/stuffed animal/poppet instead!

If you want to participate, PM me your info (see below) AND post here on the thread.

Please put LV SWAP ROUND 25- Approval as the subject!!! Send your completed questionnaire to the organizer (Wildfyre). Failure to do so may delay your entry into the swap.

*Please note* We are no longer allowing people to pick their partners beforehand. I'm sorry, I know it was popular, but it made our job harder when sign outs ended because we had so few people to work with while assigning partners. The longer this swap goes on the more difficult it is to send LV's places they haven't been before while also respecting allergy issues etc.

Name of swap: Little Visitor Swap Round 25

Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address (as it would appear on a mailing label):

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your own country?

Would you prefer to ship to an address outside of your own country?

Please confirm that you are at least 21 years of age:

Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from exchanging your LV with smokers, pet owners etc.?

Do YOU have any FOOD allergies?

Is your LV from a home where people smoke?

Is your LV from a home with pets?

Name of LV:

Does your LV have a religious affiliation?

Does your LV have a political affiliation?

Would you like for your partner to include candy/foods from your area? (please look at your countries postal codes for sending/receiving food from outside of your country. Senders within the USA shouldn't have any problems)

Does your LV have any specific food restrictions (veggie/vegan/carnivore/cannibal)?

Does your LV have any phobias (heights, clowns, etc)?

Anywhere in particular (or any type of place) your LV would like to go? (I will try to match people up so that the LV will get to see something different from their home environment.)

Have you done this swap before? List previous partners/locations if you want your LV to go somewhere different:

Where do you live? (i.e. a rural town, a large city, etc...)?

What kinds of sights would you like your LV to see?

What kinds of sights will you take your LV to see?

Do you want your LV to come home exactly as sent, or can they experience the joy (and possible stress!) of body modifications while traveling? (ie piercing, tattoo, new hair style)

Are you of legal drinking age where you live? Is your LV?

What sort of creature/gender/species is your LV?

What size is your LV?

Any type of LV you would not like to host?

List here anything that might offend you or your LV: (ie, religion, politics, booze, food preferences, etc)

Do you have/have access to a camera?

Can you fulfill the 15 printed pictures requirement?

Can you send the 4 souvenirs/mementos? (these can be handmade or store-bought.)

Can you post a picture in the sign up thread of the LV you will be sending?

Anything else you would like to let your partner know?

Do you have a pinterest?

The following questions are to prove youve read the entire sign-up post-
What is the maximum size of LV we allow?
What is the state mammal?
What is the state bird?

Send your completed questionnaire to the organizer (Wildfyre). Failure to do so may delay your entry into the swap.


Also, remember to read the swap Info Guide to find general rules about participating in a Craftster swap.


Read more: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436346.0#ixzz3UajfTZFO


Approved Participants

wildfyre - Alaska USA
Mountains and Clouds - Hawaii USA
phoenixfiredesigns - Florida USA
waterbaby - California USA
Smeddley - Kansas USA
stefaniegk - Washington USA
Alexampersandra - Virginia USA
mandykaye - Michigan USA
Inselaeffchen - United Kingdom
Annchen- Sweden
RaraAvis - California, USA
Eamea - Missouri USA
NathanielM93 - Belgium
whatthepuck - North Carolina USA

wildfyre - waterbaby
Mountains and Clouds - stefaniegk
Alexampersandra -Audania1
mandykaye - Annchen
Inselaeffchen - NathanielM93
Smeddley - bec99
whatthepuck - RaraAvis
phoenixfiredesigns - Eamea

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8  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: February 21, 2017 07:35:51 PM
This weekend we took Betty to see the Elwha River and Lake Crescent Smiley

The Elwha River, it made national news when they tore down the dam to restore the salmon runs. We wanted to get to the old dam site but the road was washed out by flooding. So we will try to hike up there in a few days.

Lake Crescent

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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: January 01, 2017 01:13:39 PM
We are still here. Morning sickness has been kicking my butt since Christmas though.
My lens fell out of my camera bag at a Christmas gathering and hasn't been the same since, so sorry if the color/sharpness is a bit off in the photos. A new one is on it's way.

Betty had a busy couple weeks. We had to replace all the signal flares on the boat so we lit off the old ones at the inlaws remote property so we could all practice using them and stay familiar with how they work.

We went to my Mom's for Christmas. Betty was helping check the turkey -

then a little tree climbing to check out the ornaments-

Then the last week of December we had to do a bit more crabbing before the season ended the 31st.
Betty checking out the crab in the tote we bring them home in -

and posing with one that kept trying to pinch her (don't worry, we kept her just out of reach)

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10  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wildfyre on: December 11, 2016 08:58:17 AM
Baranof brought so many goodies home! I'm so sorry it took me so long to get this up.

He even brought us our very own Nessie! My son was thrilled since he'd had a very hard time saying goodbye to Nessie when she left.

There was also a bag of gummy candy that was AMAZING, but it didn't make it to the photoshoot  Roll Eyes
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