One thing that I really like about this swap is that it isn't really organized around what a recipient wants/needs/likes but what the person entering wants to make and actually has already made when the "start date" arrives!
Most other swaps start with a list of likes/dislikes, prefrences, favorite colors etc. from the participants and you know who you are crafting for. I love the raffle aspect of making something, putting it out there and see what is drawn. I wouldn't want it to change so that things are more customized. I like the general outlines of this one (i.e. care taken to avoid people's allergies and "hard line" preferences like vegan etc.) and think that's a good compromise while not making it overbearing on the organizer, and making it a pretty easy swap to participate in.
For that reason I support keeping themes pretty general and at the discretion of the organizer. The color theme and houseware themes both seem pretty cool and the "make something you are good at" theme of this swap was a great idea and certainly reuseable down the road!
Ditto! If it becomes too prescribed, it won't be nearly as much fun. One of my favorite things was making up a list of items for me to keep and then figuring out who would be a great recipient for the other items! Of course, I wanted to keep almost everything, but there were a couple of items that were "perfect for X."
Yay! It's so exciting to see what everyone is getting! And, I have a list, too So far, the item I really, really would love is still out there! But, there are so many awesome items, I'm sure I won't be disappointed!
And, there was one item I had no idea what to do with, but then I thought that it could make a good gift for my sister... and her birthday is this week!
I have a question that might seem kinda dumb... I am going to make these because I make gocco cards and would love some envelopes to go with them, but I can't quite figure out how to seal them. If I were mailing them, I would just use a glue stick or something, but if I want to make someone a set of cards so they can use them, how do I manage that? Are there such things as strips of envelope adhesive or a way to do the old lick'n'stick method? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
You could make your own envelope glue- there are recipes (even on here, I think!) using Jell-o powder and water, mostly. Then you just paint it on and let it dry. You could Google an exact recipe.
My package is all set to mail out tomorrow! I stuck in a couple of postcards and a magnet (made it to the visitors center right before it closed).
As for trying to keep the mystery a little longer in the next round, maybe it could be a rule that, for the duration of the swap (once you've signed up until you've received), you have to remove location info from your profile. I realized after we were assigned partners that my city and state are listed. But, I didn't think of it until people said they had stalked to find out their partners
So, I'm hoping that my package will arrive by Thursday!
I'll be sending on Saturday, I think. I'm hoping to pick up a "souvenir" on my way home tomorrow. Hopefully, the place will still be open when I get there. Otherwise, I'll have to see what the little shop in the center of town has...