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« on: April 01, 2010 12:18:44 AM »




Questions? Please post here in the discussion/gallery:

Swap name: April 2010 Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Sign-up date range:  April 1 - April 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 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.

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 at 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 thread:  

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 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 and receive . 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 have up to two claims at a time, unless you are an FOC or a first time swapper, and then you can claim again once your items are received (not when you mail out). New swappers may only have one outstanding claim; they may claim again after their first claim is received. FOC"s may have 3 outstanding claims at a time. Claims need to be made from the "crafted" and "craft supplies" sections of a person's list. The "extras" are just that--extra items you may want to throw in if you are feeling generous, but claims cannot be solely extras. Keep it crafty :-) (I'm asking that if you are sending mostly supplies, that you craft a little something for the bday babe.)

7. 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.

8. If it is 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.  You will not receive feedback until I hear from the other swapper that they have received a thank you card.

 9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.)

12. If you are sending late you must PM me 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.

13. *New Rule* 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 December Birthday Swap or something equivalent in the subject line on all communications. The most important thing to me is communication. Please PM me when you send and receive, and please reply to my PM's to you in a timely manner.  

If you format your pm's like this, I'll love you forever  Grin
Format for PM's:

Proper label:
"January Bday Swap" and either "Sign-up," "Claim," "Sent," "Received," or "Question"

When sending sent and received pm's 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!:

Send by March 14
MareMare to kittykill--handmade soap and lotion

Outstanding claims allowed:
FOC's: 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 (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 various themes, that more like one item for someone to choose, not ten. Having sewn, knit, crocheted, paper crafted, jewelry etc, various methods 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!


Name of swap-  April 2010 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?  Yes/No
Who and what do you claim for crafting? If you do not know yet/it's the beginning of the swap you have 1 week after being approved to claim someone:
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt.  Yes/No
I have already posted in the discussion thread and will keep up with that thread via "replies to your posts (you will not be approved until you do: 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 sendout after making your claim?

If it is NOT your birthday and you want to SEND TO A BIRTHDAY CRAFTSTER:

Name of swap- April 2010 Birthday Swap (Non-Bday Craftster)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name:
Mailing address, including country and properly formatted for shipping:
Chosen craftster and item (if you know):
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt. Yes/No
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:

Previous rounds of the Birthday swap:
March 2010 Gallery/Discussion
March 2010 Birthday Lists
February 2010 Gallery/Discussion
February 2010 Birthday Lists
January 2010 Gallery/Discussion
January 2010 Birthday Lists
December 2009 Gallery/Discussion
December 2009 Birthday Lists

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2010 12:46:54 AM »


(total claims/claims sent and in transit/claims sent and received)
DaisyTattoo FOC April 9 (1/0/1) 1 Gift coming
Haylie FOC April 20 (1/0/1) 1 Gift coming
missapril April 3 (1/0/1) 1 Gift coming

Noobina April 3 (1/0/1) 2 Gifts coming

Non-Birthday Swappers:

alwaysinmyroom FOC (1/0/1)
MareMare FOC (0/0/0)

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Send by Mon, April 19
Haylie to DaisyTattoo--something tree themed
missapril to Noobina--knitting roll
Noobina to missapril--stuffie and wisty surprise

Send by Tues, April 20
DaisyTattoo to Haylie--wisty surprise

Send by Thurs, May 13
alwaysinmyroom to Noobina--apron Card received

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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2010 07:20:54 AM »

 My name is April (yes, I was born in April) and this is my second annual birth-month swap!  I'm 26 (or as I call it, 4 years to 30) on April 3rd.  I live in Wisconsin with my gun-loving husband, hilarious 8 month old daughter, 2 crazy dogs, and got a new baby coming in August.

I'm in my last year of college for Art Therapy, I love knitting, crocheting, quilting/sewing (though I'm not too skilled yet), watercolor, scrapbooking and up-cycling for the most part.  And when I have the time mixed media, collages, jewelry making, found art/crafts.  

A few themes I generally love:
 (any kinds of crafts/supplies inspired by these would be cool!)


-Hello Kitty

-"Vintage" video games (Mario, Princess Toadstool, Tetris, etc..)

-Johnny Cash



-ABC inchies or ATCs!  An inchie for every letter of the alphabet, with no actual words used, but can use pictures that start with that letter (this is for my daughter, so it would have to be mostly appropriate) Wink

-Cloth pads (I have a snap press, so if you just want to make them winged, I can put snaps on myself)

-ANYTHING for the kiddo: baby leggings, embelished onesies (size 12 month), felt food, stuffies, etc. (Thank you Noobina for a Stuffie and something wisty!!)

-Fabric inserts for my mei tei.  I made this awesome mei tei in black, and the panels can be made with a fat quarter (and 2 strips of the soft side of velcro)

-Pregnancy goods, soft cloth nursing pads, tee-shirt extenders (about size L, really quick and simple from this tutorial any colors), etc.

-Long, tubular rice bag, with added lavender for scent

-Pin up girl hand towels (see wists for examples)

-Swiffer (Wetjet) covers! Cloth/knitted/crocheted, anything goes!

-Anything from my wists http://wists.com/apriljean


-"postage stamp" (2.5 inches by 2.5 inch) fabric pieces, as many as would be equal value  Huh

-India Ink

-paper punches

-Plastic pom-pom maker

-Any quilting instruction books/patterns, the more basic the better

-Undyed wool

-Poppet "skin" fabric, enough to make 1 Poppet

-Needle felting starter kit

-Ribbon rolls

-Circular knitting needles (I don't know what sizes I have, so any size, any length)

-There are a lot of ravelry patterns I would want, ones that cost, so if you add me there (username: aprilnight) my wished for patterns are in my "favorites"  if you have any to share, or want to gift any pattern, that would be sweet

-Black scrapook paper/cardstock

-A yard of "monster fur" type fabric

-Plastic bangles

-Army/Deployment/Baby Girl/Cheerleading/High school scrapbook materials

-Back issues of Knit.1 Magazine (anything after Summer 2007), Crochet Today (except Aug/Sept 2006), Bust or Mothering


-I never met a chocolate I didn't like

-Rice Krispy bars (even the generic brand!)

-Aero bars (I will love you forever!)

-Any Hello Kitty scraps of fabric or paper

-Nag Champa insence

Thank you and Happy Birthday everyone!!
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2010 04:55:32 PM »

My name is Jodi and I will be turning 28 this April 9th. I live in Illinois with my fiancee Mike, whom I've been with 7 years, my 5 year old son Devan, 17 month old daughter Samantha, and 6 month old daughter Sydney. We also have 2 dogs, my beloved geriatric German shep/Malamute Sheba, and our dufus of a Choc Lab/Pit Budford. I work at a vet clinic and keep fish as a hobby. I am an official "Fish Nerd". I love most colors but tend to find myself with browns, greens and similar colors. I have recently found a love of trees and all things tree themed.


*Tree themed wall art, wire tree sculptures, tree jewelry, heck...anything with trees
*3 journals, one for me to keep letters to each child
*Shopping cart cover-for my girls
*Make up bag
*lounging shorts
*t-shirt-Medium-Craft, tree, or fish nerd themed
*box/bag for bedroom items
*salt/pepper shakers
*anything from/inspired by my wists
*portrait of my dog


*Jewelry supplies
*Colored Thread
*Embroidery supplies(wanting to learn)
*latch hook kit
*cross stitch kit
*needle felting kit(also wanting to learn)
*mason jars


*Coloring books-Especially Lisa Frank-I looooove to color
*boxes of special crayolas(metallic, swirl colors, ect)
*HOT salsa(can't buy it around this area)
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2010 05:55:35 PM »

My name is Rachel and I turned 25 on April 3rd. I live in Texas with my boyfriend and a belgian shepherd/chow dog.

I love animals...my favorite are monkeys! I am getting a degree in teaching and I love video games. My favorite color is green, but I love just about all colors. Favorite color combos are brown and teal, black and yellow, and green and pink. I love reading, knitting/crocheting and stamp carving. I will choose cute over realism any day. My current love is anything owl/dinosaur/monster related.



- Knitting needle roll Thanks missapril!!
- Cards (thank you, thinking of you, missing you)
- Large T-shirts (maybe something with a pun, or animals)
- An apron
- Jewelry (necklaces and bracelets. I'm not much of an earring person)
- Stuffed animals
- A poppet!
- Wall art
- Dog toys
- Three fold wallet
- Purse
- Terrariums
- Star lap blanket
- Tissue box cover/tissue holder
- candles (none that smell like baked goods, please)
- picture frames
- a mug or tall drinking cup
- coasters
- Anything Team Fortress 2 (a game I play just about every day) related would be amazing. http://www.teamfortress.com/movies.htm


- needle felting kit
- pom pom maker
- yarn
- Felt
- Small safety eyes
- Stamp carving material
- Stamp mounting supplies
- Knit/crochet patterns/books
- buttons
- stitch markers
- beginner sewing projects


- White chocolate/reeses/cadbury creme eggs
- Tea (I love trying new flavors)
- chocolate covered popcorn
- ice molds
- Local goodies
- Anything to help me organize

Thanks in advance and Happy Birthday!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2010 08:31:04 AM »

Hello!  My name is Haylie, and this is my first Birthday swap!  I live in Michigan. I'm currently working on getting my teaching certificate (which with any luck I'll have this time next year) and planning my wedding to my wonderful fiance, Anthony, who is in the Army National Guard.  I'm an English major - not that you can tell by reading these sentences haha.  Anthony and I are working on finding and buying our first house or condo.  Although we haven't bought one yet, we're already filling it with pets!  We recently got a parakeet named Helo and as soon as we have a place we'll inherit a red-eared slider turtle named Jo.  My current favorite colors are blue, teal, white, and acu.


1. Something from my wist
2. Smittens!
3. A jewelry set - I like necklaces and earrings, not so much into bracelets, rings, etc.  I like things that are reasonably simple.
4. Garter(s) for the wedding! My wedding colors are dark blue/teal and off-white, or an acu/army one would be cool.  I was planning on making them myself, but it'd be fun to get it from a swap!  Then craftster would be part of the wedding. Smiley
5. Anything inspired by my sorority - Alpha Sigma Tau! Clothing, bags, jewelry... anything.  Our colors are emerald green and gold and our national symbol is an anchor.  My chapter's local mascot is a swan.
6. Safe bird toys
7. Purse, I really need a new one!  I like medium sized ones.  It'd be extra awesome if it had a spot for my cell phone.
8. Hand-carved stamp - turtle or C&H symbol (I can send a picture) for me to stamp wedding stuff with.
9. Coasters
10. Any fun wedding/bride related things


1. Cotton fabric
2. Fibers for spinning
3. Stamp carving material
4. Stamp mounting supplies
5. Smallish Crystals (clear, pink, teal) for wedding bouquets
6. Wire, any gauge or color
7. Pretty ribbon


1. York Peppermint Patties
2. Cookies
3. Anything from my non-craft wist

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