Yes,you should! Just get everyone's permission,edit it just a little-if someone doesn't want their part published,you just leave that paragraph out. Don't know where you'd send it.Print magazines do holiday issues months in advance;I don't know about online ones. Ideas,anybody? And email everyone a finished copy,please!
Should I have done a newbie swap for my first?It would've cut down on the her stuff is fabulous and I'm sending her THIS? feeling. But it would be a nightmare for organizers.I like the swap questionaires best,where people with similar interests are paired up.It's fun discovering stuff you have in common.It's a big help knowing your partner loves blue,glitter,& cats,for example.So even if the glitter blue cat you make isn't perfect,she'll still probably squee over it .What hooked me into my first swap-it was about something I adored,& I had to come play! Perhaps diving into a theme I loved was better than hunting out a newbie swap would've been.When it's your first swap,I think you'll be nervous no matter what.Everyone was wonderful,it all worked all great.And I learn more everytime.I make stuff/try out techniques for the first time to create something to please a partner.And my daughter reaps the benefits! Now that I've played with paper maiche to make a sculpture for a partner,I can make one for daughter,who really wanted it!If I hadn't had an idea for a swap item,I wouldn't have tried something new,and discovered I liked it. Now that I've made my first stitch markers,it'll be fun to make more for daughter,and the next batch will be better.This has got to be the friendliest,most welcoming board in cyberspace. Okay,someday I'll have shorter posts...
I do the same thing! I feel a bit inadequate because I can't knit or crochet, and I know my beginning crafting doesn't match up. So I try extra hard to do something my partner likes,look at wists,ect.,and I'll make more items than the swap calls for,to compensate. I do think a lot of sub par swap items can be chalked up to a beginning craftster doing their best,or good old swap anxiety. And I agree, post the pics and saying thanks seems the best response. At least they didn't flake!When you spend time making stuff especially for someone,anything's better than them dissapearing. Just pics and a thanks would mean more to me than getting a package in return. My first swap I was so stressed it was awful.Everyone made such wonderful things,and all I could think was "my stuff looks like crap! How could I send this?!" Then my partner and others posted wonderful comments. I felt so encouraged. I kept making things for myself,and even felt okay with participating in more swaps. My self confidence has gone up, the stress level in my life has gone down, and I'm having fun making stuff,not just reading about other's stuff. Someone asked where I bought a necklace I made! I walked on air all evening! I had a lot of personal stress in my life during my first swap.My DH was seriously ill,my girl had to stay with her grandparents while I was with him.And when you're by your husband's side in the hospital,you're not bringing home a paycheck!They had just come home,and I had just started back to work,and was running myself ragged.I think if someone had chastised me for the quality of my stuff,I would have been crushed.So I say give them the benefit of the doubt.If they went out and bought stuff(even though making it yourself is the whole point)maybe they thought what they made wasn't good enough,and wanted to send something.Maybe they did their best.I made myself mail that first package,and i'm glad I did,even if it was beginner work. Sorry for the long soap opera-ish post!
I just had a take out salad,lid clear # 6 plastic,shrinkable.Then I noticed the black plastic bowl also said #6,went "hmm..." cut it up,put it on a cardboard lined cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven just to see-after a minute and a half,took out and rotated ,cooked another minute and a half- It gets soft and melty,but doesn't shrink.And it stinks! Peeyou! I have the exhaust fan going.A few of the little bits are a bit twisty,but so not worth it.Either color the clear with black sharpie,or melt a record! The only way I would try this again is if I had a toaster oven and an extensive cord,so I could do it outside.
And more from Hollywood...George Lucas has admitted that his latest Stars Wars films have been pure crap.He practicly begged our little Tiffany for help.Well, the new film she wrote,starrred in and directed is so good,it's really making his other films look quite pathetic,poor boy! They've already awarded it the Oscar in advance.And little Tiffany still had time to lead her Brownie troop in cookie sales for the tristate region.Don't feel bad,Tiffany,next years cookie sales will be better.Sometimes we all need to slack off just an eensty bit.And we Johnson's think dear george has done a splendid job in his new career as lunch room monitor.
Old maps or travel brochures-especially cute with a car/travel type present.A pretty scarf.A travel mug with snap on lid for small items,maybe one that you can personalize.Really,using any box,tin,or jar as packaging is good-you can find unique ones at thrift stores.Glossy pages from a magazine-there are so many ways to go with that,you can tailor it to the person's interest.Swanky jewels & makeup,tabloid headlines,nature,ect.Use alternative items as ribbon and decorations too.Measuring tape,old necklaces and strings of beads,a garish brooch you wouldn't wear might make a cool bow.Shoelaces,ribbon.A cheap roll of old film as ribbon.Tiny cheap plastic toys.And yeah,kids love the sunday funnies!Heck,shiny aluminum foil-you could even emboss it. This would take some prep work,but try to imagine it.It's your house.You have a special present for someone.You position it where they will see it first thing-prominitly under the tree,on a table,whatever.And around your carefully chosen non flammable wrap is-wait for it-a plugged in string of miniature multicolored christmas lights for ribbon!It just came to be,for all I know it may just look hideously tacky.But if you're going for tacky... :)Hey,maybe with shiny reflectic foil wrap,hmm... You get the idea.