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1  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 27 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: July 12, 2018 09:58:35 PM
Ok, trying this again... I haven't had the best luck at getting photos on here this month  Sad

So today we took Tuscany to the Alaska Raptor Center, a state of the art rehabilitation center for all types of birds from Eagles to hummingbirds Smiley

Close up of one of the eagles because there is someone in Tuscany's family that loves eagles -

My 6 yo loves to "help" with this swap. He bought a stuffed owl today and decided that it and  Tuscany are best friends. So here they are hugging in front of the eagles

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2  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 27 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: June 14, 2018 09:19:38 PM
We've done a fair bit of hiking the past few weeks. Here are a few of our favorite shots with Tuscany-

Hiking up to Beaver Lake, the kiddo's favorite part of the trail is where it goes between two large rocks. So he wanted to hold Tuscany for a photo

Up in the valley, hiking around Beaver Lake

Carnivorous plants have been an obsession of mine since I was 8. This is a teeny tiny native carnivorous plant called Butterwort (Pinguicula villosa)

Waterfall on the way down from Beaver Lake

Heart Lake
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3  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 27 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: May 05, 2018 08:35:03 PM
The squid have been hanging out under the dock near our boat at night, so my 6 year old scooped a few up for photos with Tuscany. Dont worry, we kept her from getting inked :-)

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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 27 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: May 05, 2018 06:04:55 PM

On our way to Sitka the ferry stopped in Ketchikan for a few hours. It was still pretty peaceful and quiet. The first cruise ship of the year hasnt arrived yet.

In Sitka weve been doing some hiking. Today we hiked the cross trail-

Bald eagles are everywhere this time of year- on every light pole, on our boat, in the trees, everywhere.
Here Tuscany is posing in the lounge at the processor we sell our fish too. An eagle landed on the poles of a boat that was unloading.

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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 27 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: April 02, 2018 06:11:32 PM
Tuscany arrived just in time for dying Easter Eggs Smiley
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6  Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 27 (SU 3/5-3/25 SO 04/3 and 09/20) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Wildfyre on: March 05, 2018 12:35:27 PM
Gallery - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454601.0

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!

Swap name: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 27
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wildfyre
Sign-up date range:   March 5th March 25th
Date to send out Little Visitor: April 3rd
Send Visitor Back Home: September 20th
Limited to a certain number of people?: 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional age requirement? 21
Note: You MUST have a valid, reliable mailing address.

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

Scotlands national animal is the Unicorn (no, seriously, it is!)


Details of swap:


You will send a Little Visitor (LV) to your partner by April 3rd 2018.  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 20 2018. 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 26:

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 3rd 2018
* 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 20th 2018
* 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.

British Columbias provincial mammal is the Spirit Bear

- 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 27- Approval as the subject!!! Send your completed questionnaire to the organizer (Wildfyre). Failure to do so may delay your entry into the swap.

Name of swap: Little Visitor Swap Round 27

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 provincial mammal?
What is the national animal?
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7  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: January 25, 2018 08:10:34 PM
We were in Alaska working on the boat for a week and as luck would have it, our second to last night there was the night Alaska was hit with a 7.9 earthquake. So we woke at 1:30am to tsunami sirens blaring and telling us to evacuate immediately. I have a six year old and a 6 month old so we rushed to dress them and run up the dock to the loaner truck we had from the processing plant and drive to high ground. Sitka has roughly 8,800 residents and the entire "highway" system is 14 miles from end to end. Only two roads go high enough off of that to be considered safe. So everyone is headed up those few roads to the same couple evacuation centers. It's pretty crazy. The truck the processor loaned us had bald tires and it had just snowed so we barely made it up the road. It was chaos. We sat there for hours while the sirens blared, waiting for either the tsunami to hit or the all clear to sound. It finally sounded around 3:30 am. Thankfully the quake wasn't the kind that creates a huge tsunami so the wave was very very small.

I only got one very fuzzy photo of Anana on the dash while we were stuck in traffic -

Before that we did some hiking-

Visited the swans that overwinter around Sitka -

We went to the National Historical Park, but -

We walked around and saw the totem poles anyway Smiley

A view of the harbor with Mt Edgecumbe in the background -

And snow..

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8  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: December 26, 2017 08:01:24 PM
We ran out the spit Saturday morning to get a photo of Port Angeles and were surprised to find a pod of Orcas in the harbor! They don't come into the harbor very often.
So I tried to get a photo of Anana with them, but it's kind of hard to tell what they are  Undecided Sorry about the truck door, I had to hurry before they went back down.

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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: November 09, 2017 07:59:35 PM
Election Day! Baranof came with me to the polling place and witnessed democracy in action:


Anana went sledding Smiley The way this winter is starting, maybe I should knit him a sweater!

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10  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 26 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: November 04, 2017 04:42:52 PM
Snow! I guess this is really early for WA, so everyone is pretty excited.
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