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Jayhawks thread on Quilts and more has some of us inspired to do either a Round Robin/Tag or a crafty swap. We were talking fabrics at first, but decided all different kinds of crafts would include more people and be more fun.
So If you sew, paint, knit, crochet, weave,scrapbook, stamping, do dried flowers... any kind of make it yourself craft youre invited to play. We'll have a short questionnaire so you can let everyone know your likes, dislikes, what you may be looking for, or have to get rid of, and what sort of craft you do.
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Wanna play? why
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P.S. If you know other Members who do crafts please tell them to come down and look!


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I think I'd prefer a swap, especially if different crafts particiapte. That way we can all be sure to get something we can use no matter who sends it to us.

I think it will go faster also.

How does everyone else feel? I'll be happy to go with whatever kind of exchange is chosen. clap


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I think any sort of exchange would be fun but my preference would be for a swap. That way, everyone's package can be made "especially" for them and if only one person paints, then that person will definitely get painting items. It would be sad to paint and find stuff for every other craft but that.

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The more I thought about it as I typed in here and in your quilts thread, I think a swap is better too.

Another question. I did a swap like this elsewhere, where we gave things we made as well as supplies for the gift recipients craft of choice. (with the intention of you could keep what your gifter made you or save it to give as a gift yourself) Do we want the option of adding something we made or just go for supplies, patterns etc??


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I WANNA! a craft swap is great....i think just a craft handmade for whoever we got, that way it is really special! sign me up! i can help you and jayhawk if you need it, but i don't know what i could do....LMK clap


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I think about that size box is good. Just remember to weigh it first and be sure a flat rate is actually saving you money. I dont think it should be a rule those. But a suggestion for about what size it is we're thinking of.
If someone wants to send something breakable the bubble wrap or whatever packing might need a bigger box than the flat rate ones.

If anyone isnt sure the Flat rate box measures 11" x 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Theres also a flat rate one thats flatter, like a shirt gift box shape. I dont have one here to measure. Again, depending on size & shape etc of what youre sending.

And you now can use priority boxes to mail out of country. I just dont know the cost difference or if flat rate applies.


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Originally Posted by Triss
I think that one would be up to the sender Wrennie if they wanna include a lil something handmade to go along with the supplies

Ok, sounds good. Anyone else?

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though I would suggest a gift other than crafting items not be the focal point.

Ya lost me here. The gift should be crafty or shouldn't be? why

Any way, yeah, up to the sender.


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ladies, count me in!!! But I will need rules & such.

I vote for a swap also. but I like to give as well.

Flat rate boxes are ok with me, but I would like the option to see if a regular rate box would cost less to ship. or did I misunderstand you Triss? were you referring to the size of the box, more than the cost??

I only ask because I ship a lot of things. my postmaster has me bring in 2 boxes. One flat rate & one not. She weighs and I ship the cheapest way.

Wrennie: I think perhaps Triss meant that the 'extra" gift should be just that-an extra item-- and the main focus should be on the swap items. Am I right Triss??

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Its more for size suggestion I think Carol. The box that is.
We were seeing if there was enough interest before making the rules. Any thoughts on them? pretty much just like the gift exchanges I would think.


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I think the rules would be pretty similiar to the gift exchanges, also. I am really happy to see this idea taking off. It's so great that others are wanting to participate, how exciting!


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I like the idea that we can send supplies and finished products.

It would really be special if we got something we can use and something the giver made! grin

This is going to be a lot of fun!!! clap


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Aww man!! I wish I could take part in this, but I have too much going on right now to commit to it. Hopefully you guys will have this again next yr and I will have made a few things by then.

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Triss, Pm me and let me know how this works!! Sorry I am such a newbie to all of this stuff. I may be able to join in after all!


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I think a craft swap is a great idea and I would love to participate, however, seeing as I'll be on crutches and won't be able to drive my car for a while I will not be able to join you on this. I will expect lots of pictures though.


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Ok, count me in on this then! Just let me know when things have been planned out.

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Wrennie!! Please add my name to the list.


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This sounds like a lot of fun!
So, please add me to the list Wrennie!!!!


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woohoo! i get to "craft" for someone!

k, here is a question....what if i get someone's name whose likes are totally opposite from stuff i know how to make....then what......just a goodie box of supplies for their craft?? why i can't sew worth *#@*, but give me a hot glue gun and i will make anything...

i know alot of you are into quilting, that scares me nervous


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Originally Posted by faerywatcher
woohoo! i get to "craft" for someone!

k, here is a question....what if i get someone's name whose likes are totally opposite from stuff i know how to make....then what......just a goodie box of supplies for their craft?? why i can't sew worth *#@*, but give me a hot glue gun and i will make anything...

i know alot of you are into quilting, that scares me nervous

Wendy, I may be into quilting, but I am far from proud of my stitches. blush lol

K, so is this how it would work??, we get a list from our 'swap" person----we get together a box of suppiles for them, that will come from said list. Then if we so choose, we can send them something that WE made as an extra gift. But the something we made will be on a smaller scale than what we are sending as the main swap item/s???

Help--I am new to this also & I will be needing guidance. grin


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Originally Posted by Triss
You got it Carol Jean!


Goody!! It is so wonderful when one pleases so easy!!! lol
and i do please easy!!!


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thumbupsounds fun! ill let ya know if i join or not thumbup


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Not sure here, it takes me forever to get to town to get the supplies then forever to get to the post office to mail it. lol Reason I've never joined a swap before.


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clap Yay, a crowd is forming. clap

Please when we get to the wish list part be as detailed as possible. Ie if you do stamping dont just say I like new stamps. cats? Expressions? bugs? Hard rubber ones, foamys?? No sense getting something you wont use.

Everyone who is saying no, keep an eye down here. We aren't even set on a date for it to start yet.

Anyone have a date to start prefrence? I think a difference between this and the gift game is we will need a little more time from when we get our name to when we have to ship by. So we can make something (if we are making something) specifically for our giftee instead of a sort of generic thing. (make sense?) ie If I want to make my giftee potholders but dont know her kitchen colors or if she likes modern or antique looks I have to wait till the day I get her name to start them. See?


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Gift swap rules tweaked to fit a crafty swap:
Please note what I added in red is not written in stone. Also the me in the rules is not ME, its the administrator moderator. In this case Jiffy said shed do it. Dont pm her anything yet till the dates are a 'done deal'.

Gift Swap Rules

If you would like to participate, please read the rules, then send me a pm with Craft Swap for the subject line, and your address (if I don’t already have it) along with your email address. Phone numbers are nice, but not required. Also the words "i agree to follow the rules" in the body. here are the rules:

1 - all members must be signed up by August 5 is this an agreeable date everyone?
2 – post your answers to the questionnaire in the next post. to follow
3 - names will go out by pm on or before to be determined
4 - all gifts must be mailed out by to be determined, approximately 2 weeks after you get your giftees name. Or is 1 week better? failure to do so will make you ineligible to participate in future gift swaps and could result in other penalties
5 - in the event of disaster striking you before you can mail out your box, notifying me as soon as possible will preserve your ability to play in the future. don't laugh, it could happen. we had 2 in another swap. please include the reason, even if it is just "i got snowed under and couldn't do it"
6 - gifts should be mailed with a tracking number when possible (even the post office offers that for only about 50 cents more) BUT...
7 - if you order your gift to be "direct shipped" please pm me when the order is placed, with the company name so i can post "so-and-so's gift has been ordered direct ship".
8 - finally - just like last time, that there is no specific amount, but please be mindful of other's budgets, and please make sure that you would be happy if you got what you sent out. if in doubt, $10-$30 VALUE is always a safe bet. and value is much more important than cost.
9 - post that you received your gift as soon as you get it, but at least within 3 days. pictures are great if you can!
10 - the administration of this board reserves the right to amend the rules as necessary.



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This is just a preliminary. Anyone else have any questionsthey'd want to know??

Gift Swap Questionairre

~ What types of crafts do you enjoy?
~ What is (are) your favorite color(s)?
~ Are you allergic to anything?
~ What is the decor in your home like? {{style, colors, remember my potholder example}}
~ Colors in the rooms (main rooms like kitchen, potty room, living room &dining room)?
~ Do you like knick-knacks? {{i.e. angels, bears, owls..things like that, indoors out in the garden?}}
~ Do you like T-shirts? what size?
~ please make a wishlist of 10 items you wish you had to do your craft;

in the wish list please be specific as possible without writing a novel. Ie I collect cat fabrics I want to make a quilt out of someday. They are all 100% cotton so if I got more I'd want 100% again. If you use craft paints are they oil or acrylic? Beads, glass, plastic, metal?

Please add your input dont answer the ???'s yet in case we add more.


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Also a space where we can let whoever gets our name know we would like
something they've made?!


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Here are a few questions that Glenda and I had thought up. I think most of them are Glenda's, actually, I just reworded them. Good questions, I thought, though!

What are your fabric pattern preferences, ie dots, stripes, animals, whimsical, solid, etc?
Are their any patterns, brands, or related items that you do not like? (i.e. I don't like red heart yarn or czech beads, or anything yellow with owls and green dots)
Are you working on anything specific that you would like extra materials for?
Is your crafting random or do you always follow a pre-set pattern?


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Originally Posted by Triss
Wrennie, I think we need longer than August 5th. That is only 5 days away and we do not know yet what Jiffy's schedule is and if she can run things so soon. Also gives us time to make sure everyone sees it. Maybe the 15th?

How about a question on if you are wishing you could start a new craft and would like items to get you going?

Also one about what were your last 10 craft projects you completed so we can all get a good idea about what each other really does.


good idea triss! i could let ya know if i could join by the 15th, that would also give us who have a hard time getting to the post office time to get to the post office, for the boxes
alls i have are bubble envolopes im savin for the seed tag n tammys seed swap.
i dont want to join unless i have the flat rate boxes already at hand, getting to the store is no poublem, i work right by wallmart, getting to the post office is another story,


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Gift Swap Questionairre

~ What types of crafts do you enjoy?
~ What is (are) your favorite color(s)?
~ Are you allergic to anything?
~ What is the decor in your home like? {{style, colors, remember my potholder example}}
~ Colors in the rooms (main rooms like kitchen, potty room, living room &dining room)?
~ Do you like knick-knacks? {{i.e. angels, bears, owls..things like that, indoors out in the garden?}}
~ Do you like T-shirts? what size?
~ please make a wishlist of 10 items you wish you had to do your craft.

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~If you are wishing you could start a new craft and would like items to get you going, what would they be?
~ What were your last 10 craft projects you completed? {so we can get a good idea about what each other really does.}
~Do you want a completed project from your secret gift pal?{{Also a space where we can let whoever gets our name know we would like something they've made?! Is that like what you meant Shirl? Remember if the answer here is yes it does NOT mean you have to make something.
~ If you use fabric in your craft what are your fabric pattern and material preferences, ie dots, stripes, animals, whimsical, solid, etc. cotton, blends, flannel, etc.?
~Are their any patterns, brands, motifs, colors or related items that you do not like?
~Are you working on anything specific that you would like extra materials for?
~Is your crafting random or do you always follow a pre-set pattern? {Does this mean do you use pattern books etc or do your own patterns or free form?}

these are good questions. Anyone else?


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shock wait 10 completed...uh-oh... do I have 10 complete projects? :LOL:


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The last question was more like, are you a perfectionist and prefer everything coordinated and matching or are you more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of person anything, matching or otherwise, will work for your projects. Does that make sense?


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so, like, if someone wants quilt fabric do they want any mish mosh of colors & patterns or do they want only colors & patterns that match or coordinate. why


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Well DUH! I copied it changed all the colors and forgot to add your name! Dumbdumbdumb! sorry. Don't boohoo I'll go fix it.


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Well since you're twisting my arm I guess you could all count me in! lol

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