A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO PINKLEO (your super amazing co-organizer) for sending all those questionnarie PMs! I had a few people over for dinner tonight, and it turned into an Apples to Apples party, at EXACTLY the moment that the swap filled up! I wanted to make sure you at least had the names of your partners, but wouldn't be able to send your their questionnaires for a while. So of course, Pinkleo stepped up to make sure you all were not sad and pining for the last few hours! Three cheers for Pinkleo!
In other organizational news: You have all been broken up into either pairs, or groups of 5, based on the preferences listed in your questionnaires. As there are SO many of us in this swap, each pair or group "belongs" to a specific organizer. PLEASE check the first page to see where your group is listed, (either under "JennieIngram's Groups" or under "Pinkleo's Groups") and be sure to PM THAT PERSON when you send, and when you receive your bookmarks. Sending to the right person will save your organizers LOTS of time and confusion, I assure you.
Also, your partnerings were made based on a few main factors, including whether or not you were willing to ship to another country, and any allergy concerns present. With 59 swappers, I could not match everyone's literary preferences, but I did do my best to try to make everyone comfortable. If there is a major problem I missed with your partnerings, please let me know. If you have allergies to cats, and just noticed that ALL your partners have cats, that is certainly a reason to be concerned!
Finally, please feel free to PM myself or Pinkleo with any questions you may have. We're ALWAYS here to help!
How did everyone start their postcard collections? How many do you have?
I started a while back. I'd collect them as I would travel or ask friends to send me some when they are on vacation. Penpalling also got me a ton of them.
I also found postcrossing.com and signed up. It's so much fun getting postcards from around the world!!
i'm going to start a scrapbook for my postcards. Right now they are in a box.
I played with that last night, and signed up too! There's a pile of postcards in my mailbox right now heading to new homes in the world! (It helps that I found two whole books of stamps we bought when mailing our wedding invitations 2 1/2 years ago, that are no longer the correct postage to use for bills.)
Just as an FYI, thanks to so many of you either being flexible within your questionnaire, or offering to do either group/single option, we WILL be able to have a full 60 swappers, rather than some other odd number. Only 5 spots left!
In other news, DH and I have dwarf hamsters too. Well, we did have hamsters, now we have a single hamster. We got Tumbler and Highball when we moved from IL to NH. They are clearly the world's most awesome hamsters. I mean c'mon, their names are Tumbler and Highball! Poor Tumbler passed on last year. She was fine when we went to bed one night, but when DH got home from work at noon the next day he found she had a urinary infection and rushed her to the vet. They did their best, but she passed. At least the poor little creature wasn't sick long. For Highball this meant that he now has a Duplex, with a giant "yard" all to himself. He's now over 2 years old, and getting a bit blind, but is still clearly the world's coolest hamster.
I finally just watched the Hillywood New Moon parody. Funny, and with a stunning attention to detail again regarding set and costume pieces. (Seriously, I'm not sure if any one realized just how difficult and EXPENSIVE it can be to re-create a previously done scene like that. The costume designer might have chosen a shirt that looks old and worn, but in reality is selling in a boutique for $200, or the comforter on a bed can be out of stock, or only sold in Europe, etc.) I think I liked the Twilight parody better, mainly due to the pacing. The song was a bit too long on the second one, but still brilliantly done. Those girls really are talented.
Okay, my fault! And I don't "hate" those books I mentioned - I haven't read them so I can't hate them. I just have no desire to read them and feel a little bit alone in that. It seems everyone I know in virtual or real life loves them.
The initial question I posed was stemming from my feeling like the whole thread was going in one direction that I wasn't (something that was happening simultaneously on another swap thread I'm on). And it's happening again because as crafty as I am, I have hardly any craft books and can't remember the names of most I've checked out from the library and read. Not that I haven't been impressed with some, but I have a bad memory for titles and am usually not bowled over by them. Actually, at the moment, the only craft book that I can think of that I own and love is a beginner's guide to knitting, crocheting, tatting and embroidery. The reason I love it is because in the knitting section it gives tons of different stitch patterns that I can never seem to remember without a guide (aside from stockinette, garter and now the trinity stitch).
There's no "fault" here. Just wanted everyone to keep this in mind when posting. I'm big on keeping things positive, so as not to turn anyone off to swapping or even just sharing within the thread. And if you don't want to/can't remember any craft books to discuss, then feel free to post about something you do remember liking. We all like hearing about a good read.