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« on: August 14, 2012 04:32:07 PM »

ornaments i received in a sweat shoppe ornaments swap

Swap name: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2012
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Koalascout
Co organizer: TBD

Sign-up date range: from 08/14/12 until 09/6/12 or until full
Partners posted no earlier than:  09/11/12

Date to send items by:
First send out date: Days 12-7 are due by Nov 26th
Second send out date: Days 6-1 are due by Dec 6th
If you are sending the entire 12 Days all at once, then your send out date is on or before Dec 1st
Please know that this info and questionnaire are taken from previous rounds.
If you would like to send out more than 2 packages to your partner that is fine as well; as long as
everything is sent no later than Dec. 14th

Limited to a certain number of people: no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
All ages allowed? Or 18+? 18 and over

I reserve the right to deny any craftster's entrance into this swap for any reason including the following...
ANY "negative" feedback comments
poor communication in past swaps
consistently sending late in past swaps
Being a NEWBIE swapper (you must have successfully completed 1 swap prior to signing up for this one)

Swap Organizer 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

Details of swap:

12 Days of Christmas 2007 original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=195682.0
12 Days of Christmas 2007 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=195684.0
12 Days of Christmas 2008: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265354.0
12 Days of Christmas 2008 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=277365.0
12 Days of Christmas 2009: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319693.0
12 Days of Christmas 2009 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=330911.0
12 Days of Christmas 2010: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357808.msg4190741#msg4190741
12 Days of Christmas 2010 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=366426.0
12 Days of Christmas 2011: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390197.0
12 Days of Christmas 2011 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=397124.0

The idea of this swap is to craft for your partner 12 groups of items (78 items in total!!) based on their interests, going along with the idea of the 12 Days Of Christmas song. The items that you make DO NOT have to be the items IN the 12 days of Christmas song. The items sent/received can be BOTH everyday items and chtistmas/Winter themed goodies. I promise you won't receive 78 knitted christmas sweaters, mittens and scarves, unless you and your partner agree to do this! HAHA!

You will label the gift individually with the numbers 12-1, so that your partner knows which day is in which package(s). We will start opening the packages on December 14th with the #12 package. Inside would be 12 things. On December 15th you would open the #11 package and inside there should be 11 things. And on and on until on December 25th when you will open the #1 package.

Each day can have a "theme" if you want, but this is not mandatory. You could have day 5 be 5 crocheted granny squares, while day 6 could be a pair of earrings + a set of gift tags + a fabric headband + a tea towel + embossing powder and some handmade paper

I would like to see that the 78 items you send have the following stipulation:  75% handmade 25% store bought
This is approximately 60 handmade and 18 store bought or 59/19. which ever works for you.
If you buy an item from etsy.com, a craft fair, or any other handmade site that is handmade it is considered handmade and may go into the 75% handmade list. Store bought implies COMMERCIALLY manufactured, mass produced and/or supplies.

This is a pretty big swap commitment so if you are not sure that you can fulfill the obligations please do not sign up. This swap will end up taking a lot of time/money/resources, so please plan accordingly. Some of last years participants said they spent a large amount of $$ in shipping alone! Also, it is VERY IMPORTANT that the packages get sent ON TIME so please make sure that you can get to the post office.


1. You must send ALL PM's to Koalascout and all PM's  must have the subject line: 12 Days of Christmas Swap 2012

2. You must post in the original thread at least once a week! This starts once partners are assigned. That is only about 14 posts.

3. PM's must be sent to Koalascout (and the co organizer) and your partner when you send and receive.  If you are sending within the USA you must get a DC# and send it to Koalascout, co organizer and your partner. They cost an extra $.75 in addition to the postage price. If you are sending outside of your country, you must keep your receipt as proof of shipping and send a picture/scan of it to Koalascout!!! This is mandatory!

5. When you open each days package, you will then need to post in your mini gallery. More info on this will be given after your questionnaire is approved. I ask that you post pictures within a reasonable amount of time. I know that they Holiday season can be quite hectic, but please get them posted within 3 days of opening. All of your pictures will be posted in your mini gallery. Posting pictures is a requirement for this swap! No feedback will be give unless your mini gallery is filled with pictures of your 12 packages. If you don't have a digital camera and cannot get access to one, please ask your partner to take pictures before they send.  

6. There will be a halfway check in point and a one week to go check in point as well. I will send each of you a PM and you must reply back.

7. The following items are NOT allowed in swap packages:
- Anything that is illegal in the U.S. or wherever you are sending your package to or from.
- Any items that have a legal age requirement to consume in the U.S. such as tobacco, alcohol, pornography etc.
- Mixed CDs containing copyrighted music or similar, including copied software, CDs, DVDs, etc.

Days 12, 11, 10, 9 are EXTRA SMALL DAYS
Days 8, 7, 6 are SMALL DAYS
Days 5, 4 are MEDIUM DAYS
Days 3, 2 are LARGE DAYS

Our guidelines are going to be a little different from craftsters guidelines and are:

By Time (hours)
-Extra Large item= 5+
-Large groups = 3-4 PER ITEM
-Medium  groups = 1.5-3 PER ITEM
-Small groups = 30 to 1 hour PER ITEM
-Extra Small groups = under 30 minutes PER ITEM

By Size
Suggestions for size guidelines that came directly from YOU, the wonderful 12 days 2009 swappers  Notice that some things can be moved into the next highest category. Please use your swapping knowledge when it comes to deciding according to your crafting abilities where something fits in.

extra small:
marble magnets, basic earrings, address labels, basic hair jewelry, origami, needlebook, basic pin cushion, basic pendants, shrinky charms, tags, stickers, bookmarks, cat toys, simple note cards, sachets, basic magnets, cookies, small supplies, recipes, fingerpuppets

small handcarved stamps, coasters, decorated frames, bibs, felt food, journals, notebooks, ornaments, earrings, bar of soap, zipper pouch, resin pendants, coffee cozy, drawstring bag, potholders, grocery bags, embellished towels with a strip of fabric, simple stitch markers, hair notions, key chains, crochet dishcloths, small amigurumi, ATC's, DIY  kit with enough supplies to make 1 item

scarf, pajamas, baby quilts, bracelets, necklaces, t-shirts with iron ons or stencils, paintings, altered altoids tins, basic knitting stuff, thread catcher, set of notecards, poly clay trinkets, medium amigurumi, wrist warmers, hats, eye masks, candles, soap, intricate jewelry, basic purse, embellished jewelry box

blankets, quilts, ceramics, DIY kits with all the supplies needed to make 3-5 items, handspun yarn, sewn clothing, artwork, mosaics, intricate sewn or crocheted purse, intricate jewelry set, treeskirt, painted wineglasses, embroidered pillow cases or clothing, magic yarn ball, apron, weekender bag, day of the week undies, inchies collage, clock, anything knitted with cable

2. If you are sending BAKED GOODS, please only send them if you live in the USA and your partner does too. I don't want anyone's package to go MIA with the lovely customs officials. Also, if you are sending baked goods, you may leave them out of your 1st send out package and include them in the 2nd or send them in a completely separate package so they arrive in a timely manner and don't spoil or go stale.

3. I highly recommend that you wrap your items in a plastic bag/trash bag/ or some other protective wrapping INSIDE the box you are sending. There were a handful of swappers in previous years that received boxes from their swap partners that were WET due to the post office/ups/etc. leaving them on the doorstep and a winter rain/snow came through AND some swappers have suggested that you also do this with anything you might send to a hot climate that might melt on your swap goodies. Wouldn't it suck to have worked so hard on a crocheted lap blanket just to send it with some delicious chocolate that melts all over it!! EEP! Sad  

4. Also, if you will be shipping TO a partner that is in a HOT climate during the swap send outs, please do not include anything that might melt on their swap goodies. Think about wrapping them in a plastic baggie or something similar.

5. Here is some info from the USPS on the Flat Rate Boxes: these can be used for Domestic and International but the rates differ for International shipments. And if you purchase your postage online at usps.com or by paypal, com you get a small discount on the postage price.  Flat Rate boxes themselves are FREE (you still have to pay for postage) from your local post office and also FREE if you get them online from the website usps.com, they will deliver them to you free of charge too!!

   Flat Rate Boxes are available in multiple sizes and shapes to accommodate a variety of contents and shipping needs.

   Both Flat Rate Boxes, the shirt box size (11" x 8.5" x 5.5") and the shoe box size (13.625" x 11.875" x 3.375"), can be used for domestic and international shipping.  Please check out the post office website  usps.com for rates and other necessary info.  The Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box, (12" x 12" x 5.5") is 50% larger than the original Flat Rate Boxes.   The contents of the flat rate box must be neatly contained inside the box with adhesive packaging tape.  The box must close securely and retain its shape when taped with adhesive.  The shape of the box may not be changed or enlarged to fit its contents.

Some swappers last year did say that they had sent HUGE boxes to their partner and used UPS and got some good prices on shipping.

Flat Rate Boxes can be ordered free of charge from the usps here: https://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10052&catalogId=10001&categoryId=10000036

And if you are curious about the other shipping prices for regular priority/1st class/international you can calculate postage here: http://postcalc.usps.gov/

6. I highly recommend that each of you put together a WIST &/or Pinterest.  Either is a huge help for your swap partner.  They get to look through all the things you have put into it to get a feel for what you like. Visit WISTS.com for more info.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your packages and other details about participating in a swap.

« Last Edit: December 12, 2012 03:29:33 PM by koalascout » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2012 04:32:55 PM »

Name of swap: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2012
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address: (Please take into consideration where you will be during the "opening of gift" time frame. Do you need the gifts shipped to an address other than your home address?)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your country?
What method of shipping are you planning on using: (USPS/UPS/FEDEX/ETC)

Would you prefer to RECEIVE: ONLY Christmas/Holiday themed items, ONLY Everyday themed items, or a MIX of both?
Would you prefer to CRAFT: ONLY Christmas/Holiday themed items, ONLY Everyday themed items, or a MIX of both?

Crafts I already know how to do:

Crafts I would really like to learn how to do:

I have tried and absolutely CANNOT  _______(fill in the blank)________-!

DIY Kits you would like to receive:

Supplies you NEVER have enough of:
Supplies you ALWAYS have enough of:

What types of crafting methods would you like for your items to be made from?


Please list 5 wishlist things you would enjoy receiving:

Anything you absolutely do NOT want to receive:

What are some things you'd like to make for yourself but never have enough time to do?

Any allergies/things to avoid: (skin/internal)
Do you have pets in your household?

Colors you like:
Colors you don't like:
Symbols/patterns you like:
Symbols/patterns you don't like:

Do you wear hair accessories?
Do you wear jewelry/other accessories?
Are your ears pierced?

Favorite scents/smells:
Ones you do not like:

There can be a gray area with these questions nothing has to be black and white.
Do you enjoy being in the kitchen/cooking or having someone else cook?
Do you prefer going to the movie theater or staying in and renting flick?
Do you prefer being outdoor/nature lover or do you enjoy the concrete jungle?
Do you prefer sports or anything but?
Do you enjoy working/having a garden?

Favorite movies:
Favorite HOLIDAY movies:
Favorite music:
Favorite type of Holiday music(carols, religious, classical, etc..):
Favorite TV shows:
Favorite HOLIDAY TV shows:
Favorite books:
Favorite HOLIDAY stories/books:
Favorite Holiday ANIMAL(s):
Favorite Animals in general:
Are there any movies/music/tv shows/books/animals you do NOT like?:

Is there anything that you "collect"?
Your hobbies:

Will you be having a Holiday party this year?
Would you like your partner to help you with decoration/invites/etc? (not guaranteed!)

Are religious symbols/items OK with you:
Is the Religious/Christian aspect of Christmas (nativity, church activities, etc...)a part of your Holiday celebration(s)?
Which Holiday Celebration(s) do you participate in? (Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, etc....)

Is your Christmas in Summer or Winter?
Will you be away from home this Christmas?
Do you have to work during the Holiday or are you on "vacation"?

What rooms do you decorate with Christmas decorations:
Favorite Holiday Motif (like angels, Santa's, starts, etc..):
General Christmas decorations or themed?
Specific Colors used in decorating?
Do you like miniature things?
Favorite Christmas/Holiday Memory:
Best Christmas/Holiday Present you have ever received:

Would you enjoy receiving food items as your gifts? (cookies, candy, etc..)
Are there any foods you are not fond of or do not want included?
If yes:

Favorite Candies:

Favorite Cookies:

Wrapping preferences or guidelines: ***For example, I prefer low maintenance wrapping and recycled wrapping (like comics or brown paper grocery bags that are decorated) without bows, etc...

*SIZES (If you feel uncomfortable divulging this information, you may leave the sizes blank and only share them with your partner. If there is a particular thing listed you are NOT interested in getting, like a shirt or a headband, for example, please note it here.
preferred necklace length:
hips (where you would wear a belt):
head (around, like where you would wear a headband):

WISTS link?
Pinterest link?
Blog link?

*For the following questions, if you would like any of the people/pets to be in on the gift receiving please give as much information as possible so your partner doesn't have to ruin any surprises by asking you questions.
*Would you like your Significant Other to be included: (wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.)?
*Would you like your children to be included?
*Would you like to have your pets included?

Do you smoke or come from a smoking household?
Do you have a camera or access to a camera?
Can you post pictures?

Anything else you would like for your partner to know about you?


« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2012 04:33:37 PM »

Gallery:     https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416864.0


1.    koalascout = USA
2.    vixen72 = USA
3.    Bugaboo1 = USA
4.    purplepaisley = USA
5.    adrienne_bowers = USA
6.    Courtneyf = USA
7.    Casey1201 = USA
8.    Miss Barbara = USA
9.    meganlorraine = USA
10.  littlehajerika = USA
11.  quaggy = USA
12.  Kerrierou = USA
13.  beccas_song = USA


quaggy <=> Miss Barbara
Bugaboo1 <=>  meganlorraine
adrienne_bowers <=>  Casey1201
Courtneyf <=> beccas_song

koalascout <sends to>  purplepaisley  <sends to>  littlehajerika  <sends to>  koalascout

« Last Edit: November 16, 2012 07:47:18 PM by koalascout » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2012 05:41:06 PM »

This looks fun!! But I think I'm over my head already with the big Halloween and the mini christmas.  But I have to say that I really do like your swap pic  Wink

I absolutely love love quilts, do you think an afghan is a fair trade for a quilt? I'd love to swap!
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2012 07:02:12 PM »

i want to do this, but i have to get some feedback first:)


I love personal swaps!!
Message me...

Always looking to add to my hoopla wall...Wanna trade?
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2012 07:50:47 PM »

I so wish I could commit to something like this - it looks fun!

I am collecting cotton Hawaiian fabric scraps for a quilt if you wanted to send any my way!
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2012 06:07:43 AM »

I'm also waiting on a spot to clear and then I am signing up!

« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2012 06:17:38 AM »

Hahahah That's my pickle!  Cheesy  So funny to see him again Smiley  Good luck with this swap~ Look forward to seeing the gallery!

OMG! I should So make that
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2012 01:28:56 PM »

I was in the original 12 days swap and LOVED IT but every year since I have either been without internet, away or missed sign ups

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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2012 05:46:42 PM »

I'm really interested in this swap but I have a question. Can I partner myself if I convince one of my craftster buddies to do this with me? Smiley

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