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on: January 01, 2014 09:41:05 PM 
Started by phnxreign99, Message by phnxreign99
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Calling all January Babies (and anyone else that wants to randomly give us presents!)

I know this is a little lengthy, but please read this post all the way through so we can have an AWESOME swap!


I reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who has a history of late sending or poor communication. This is a BIRTHDAY swap. Flaking on someone's birthday is just WRONG!  Cry


PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR LIST UNTIL YOU RECEIVE A PM SAYING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN APPROVED. YOU WILL NOT BE APPROVED UNTIL YOU POST IN THE DISCUSSION/GALLERY...JUST LIKE IT SAYS IN THE SIGN-UP FORM. ( Please bear with me ... it might take me a full day to get back to you with approval because of my work schedule!)

Questions? Please post in the discussion/gallery:  

Swap name: January 2014 Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: phnxreign99
Craftster member who is co-organizing: Will find one if for some bizrre reason we end up with more than 25 swappers.
Sign-up date range: Jan 1-31
DATE TO SEND ITEMS BY:  2 weeks after you make a claim

Limited to a certain number of people?: No.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.
You must be 16 years old to swap.

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
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy/scan/picture is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:  This swap was organized so everyone can get something crafty for their birthday!  Please read the guidelines carefully.

**You have ONE WEEK after being approved for this swap in which to make your first claim!**

1.  This swap is list style, like the Ongoing Wishlist Swap.  However, it is NOT chain style. You can choose any birthday Craftsters list that is posted, rather than only being able to pick from the last one posted like in the OWS.

2.  This is a medium item swap. A medium item is defined as a craft or recon, etc that takes you two hours to complete OR $20 worth of store bought items. (If bought from a thrift store, estimate what it would have cost new.) However, you may also substitute a few small items for a medium.

3.  If your birthday is in swap's current month, you can post your birthday wish list for this month. To do that, you must first PM me with the swap questionnaire filled out and wait for approval. While you're waiting, be sure to post in the discussion/gallery thread:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430501.0#axzz2pDatb1M2

4.  Once you have been approved, you may post your list of things that you would like to receive. This is the format for your lists: First post your location and a short bio of yourself, then a list of crafted items you would like, then craft supplies (if any) and lastly you can put a few extras that arent crafted, things like candy or tea. Remember, the more items on your list, the more likely you are to be chosen. The minimum of items to post is five.  Also including your wists, etsy favorites, etc. is a good way for people to get the idea of your likes and style.  If you have any allergies please type them in red in your bio section. Please see "Tips to Creating a Good List" below.

5.  Please post lists only in this thread. Discussion can be done here in the combined discussion/gallery thread:

Please be sure to post here so that you can be part of the discussion ... You will not be approved until you have posted in the discussion thread!

 6.  Every birthday participant must make at least one claim.  You may make up to two claims at a time (unless you are a FOC or first time swapper).  Once your items are RECEIVED (not just mailed out), you can make another claim.
 - *New swappers may have only one outstanding claim at a time.  They may claim again after their first claim is RECEIVED.
 - *FOC's may have three outstanding claims at a time.

7.  Claims must be from the "crafted items" or "craft supplies" sections of a person's list.  Let's keep is crafty!  Extras are just that ... extras!  If you are sending mostly craft supplies, at least craft a little something like a handmade birthday card!

8. You may get claimed more than once, but your minimum amount to claim is one.  It is possible you may not get claimed at all. In this case you will not be provided a swap angel; angels are only if you get flaked on. However I do my best to make sure everyone gets claimed by keeping track of how many times each person is claimed. If possible try to pick someone who has been claimed 0 times versus someone who has been claimed 3 times.

9. If it's not your birthday but you would like to send a birthday present out you may do so.  Fill out the non-birthday swapper questionnaire and send it to me for approval.  Birthday swappers who receive a present from a non-birthday swapper MUST SEND A SNAIL MAIL THANK YOU CARD!  Let's be nice! You will not receive feedback until I hear from the other swapper that they have received a thank you card.  I'm serious ... it's the least you can do!

10. When you choose to fulfill a birthday wish, PM both the organizer AND the chosen Craftster.  At that time, please request the address from the receiver for where to send it.  After that, you have 2 weeks to get the item out the door.

11. It is super important for everyone to keep good communication.  It is REQUIRED that you PM me when you've sent and of course, don't forget the DC#.  It is REQUIRED that when you receive, you PM me and publicly announce in the gallery (even if you don't have pictures).  If you do not send the appropriate PMs, you will receive poor communication feedback.

12.  When one of your items is chosen, please cross it out so that it is easier for others to see what has been chosen. (It wouldn't hurt to thank the person at this time either.)

13.  If you are sending late you must PM - phnxreign99 - by your send-out date.  If your send-out date comes and goes and you dont PM me, you will receive poor communication feedback.  It should not be my job to hunt you down and find out what is going on.

14.  If you are flaked on in this swap you will receive an angel, but only in the amount of packages to which you also sent out. For instance, if you send out 2 packages, and are claimed for 3 packages but are flaked on once, you will not receive an angel because you already received 2 packages, which is equal to what you sent. If you send 1 package and are claimed for 1 package and you are flaked on, you will receive 1 angel.

Please make sure to put "Jan Birthday Swap or something equivalent in the subject line on all communications. The most important thing to me is COMMUNICATION. Please PM me (phnxreign99) when you send and receive, and please reply to my PM's to you in a timely manner.  

Please format your PMs like this (it helps me stay organized!):
Proper labeling of PMs:
"Jan Bday Swap - Sign-up"
"Jan BDay Swap - Claim"
"Jan BDay Swap - Sent"
"Jan BDay Swap - Question"

When sending "sent" and "received" PMs include the send-by date, listed in the second post of the main thread, your user name, their user name and the item. Just copy and past the info from the second post if you want!  Example:

Send by Jan. 14
kaz814 to TroubleT -- pretty purse

Outstanding claims allowed:
FOCs: 3 at a time
First time swappers: 1 at a time
Everyone else: 2 at a time

Become an FOC~

It seems that every month there is someone whose list languishes for a while. I want everyone to get picked so here are some tips for a well-round list:

--Make sure your items are actually mediums and smalls. Quilts are not mediums. Large painted portraits are not mediums. Hand knit sweaters are not mediums. This isnt to say that you cant have any large items on your list (some generous soul may have the time and the inclination to choose one of those!), but the majority of the list should be smaller items.

--Listing A surprise plus a well filled out Craftster profile and a link to your Wists, Pinterest, or Etsy Favorites (with a decent amount of items on it) is always helpful in getting chosen.

--Make sure to post a variety of crafting techniques. If you list appliqud t-shirts in five various themes and count that as your required five items, that is more like one item for someone to choose, not five. Having various crafting methods (sewn, knit, crocheted, paper crafted, jewelry, etc.) is going to make it easier for people to choose you.

--Check out other lists in past Bday swaps and the Ongoing Wishlist Swap for ideas for things you never knew you wanted!

Fill in this questionaire to SIGN UP before posting a birthday wish list and send to phnxreign99:

Name of swap: January 2014 Birthday Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name & Address (formatted for mailing):
When is your birthday?
Have you read and understand all of the rules to this swap?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
(If not then you will not be approved.)
Are you at least 16 years old?
If shipping within the US, do you agree to obtain a DC#?
If shipping from outside of US, do you agree to provide a copy/scan/picture of your mailing receipt?
Have you posted in the discussion thread already? If you say yes and haven't I will not approve you. If you say no I will not approve you. Discussion thread found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430501.0#axzz2pDF0LVAi  (Yes/No)
Quiz: What do you have to do if someone who is a non-bday swapper sends you a gift?
Quiz 2: How long do you have to send out after making your claim?

(Then two weeks to send after claiming!)

If it's NOT your birthday and you want to SEND TO A BIRTHDAY CRAFTSTER, fill out this questionaire:

Name of swap- January 2014 Birthday Swap (Non-Bday Craftster)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name:
Mailing address, including country and properly formatted for shipping:

If shipping within the US, do you agree to send a DC#?
If shipping from outside of US, do you agree to provide a copy/scan/picture of your mailing receipt?
I understand that I will be getting a thank you card and not a package for this swap.  (Yes/No)


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
Please make sure to post in the combined Gallery/Discussion Thread to keep up with updates:

Links to previous Birthday Swap Lists and Discussion Boards:

September 2012 Birthday Lists - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=413680.0#axzz2pDbgc8gS
September 2012 Birthday Gallery - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=413679.0#axzz2pDbgc8gS
November 2012 Birthday Lists - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416233.0#axzz2pDbgc8gS
November 2012 Birthday Gallery - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416232.0#axzz2pDbgc8gS
Decenber 2012 Birthday Lists - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417430.0#axzz2pDbgc8gS
December 2012 Birthday Gallery - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417429.0#axzz2pDbgc8gS

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