I would love to do a Secret Swap of some kind!
I was in three Make a Friend swaps and I had a great time in the first two - but I was so pissed off with the last one I was in. First off, I sent my first package, and it appeared to have been lost, or so the receiver said. So I re-made and resent the package one items with the second package... I almost always send early, so I did not think about it, and my partner was in good communication, and said she was going to be late. Supposedly none of my package made it - despite tracking indicating otherwise, and my partner never sent. I put a lot of work and thought into my packages, with a variety of crafted goodies, extras, and a lot of care to pick fabrics and patterns she would like. Not only did I get flaked on, but then that person did not even bother to give me the satisfaction of knowing she got them, or liked them.
it's been years, and I don't even think that member is even on this site anymore. I have been flaked on before (my first swap at that!), but that one really angered me and almost ruined me for swapping.
that really sucks. I have had experiences like that too. Where I resent a package and it supposedly didn't arrive...twice?? Again that member is long gone from here. But it is especially horrible in the make a friend swap where it is all about you and your partner..rather than just the crafting. I have been flaked on a couple of times, once one of our craftster rockstars (also not on here any more) took over a year to hold up her end of a personal swap, and eventually sent stuff that was just thrown together...For that whole year I fumed everytime I saw all the love and 'you're amazing' comments from fans here.
But I gave up with the being cranky about it, one of my flakers sent me an amazing package in one of those FOCs second chance swap...she had just been having a really shit time. So I try to hold in my head that sometimes life happens and if someone flakes, maybe they are being put through the mill...having said that though, those people who claim something has never arrived.....hmmm
Anyway Onyx, you're an amazing craftster and I am so glad that it didn't put you off swapping.