So when we get paired up do we get paired up with people from the same house or another house. I ask because something I'd like to make takes me a little longer than the allowed swap time but I'd love to make it anyway..... so if I knew which house to make it for I could get started.
If they didn't like/need/want something like that I know I could find someone else who would I just wouldn't mind getting started early.
There are a great many factors that go into partnering. Shipping Internationally and Allergies top the list. Next comes swap and crafting experience, and sometimes age.
Further along in the partnering process I do take some requests into consideration such as "I'd like to swap with another Hufflepuff", etc., but they are not the only factors involved.
If you are seriously interested in making something you've dreamed up, I'd recommend making it for yourself. That gets the crafty urge out of your system, allowing you to move on to other things. Then when you eventually get partners you should be able to focus on their interests and create something personal, something just for them. I always find it's best to allow yourself to be inspired by your partner because you get some of the most creative crafts that way.