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« on: November 11, 2006 11:33:40 AM »

I know there have already been several christmas/holiday themed swaps but I missed them. I was trying to think of a new holiday swap theme, and came up with the idea of a "Spirit of Christmas/Holidays" swap where partners would make several things for each other:

1.  a present for your partner
2.  a christmas ornament/decoration for your partner (tree ornament, xmas stocking, whatever)
3.  a present for your partner to give to someone else
4.  something your partner could use for a "random act of kindness".

Partners could make one big thing and three little things (or maybe, 1 large, 2 small, 1 small store-bought?). So, say for example I love to knit and need a tote bag, and I knit for charity, and I have a xmas tree, and a niece who loves the smurfs (are kids still into smurfs??), then my partner could make for me:

1. Present for me: Knitting tote bag (large item)
2. Decoration: tree ornament (small item)
3. Gift for someone else:  Smurf charm for my neice (small item)
4. Random act of kindness item:  fleece  baby hat for me to give to my charity (small item), or say a bag of christmas candy for me to take to work to share with my co-workers.

Interest? Suggestions? Ideas? Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2006 11:50:56 AM »

sounds cool.... wish I could join it, but I'm already swamped Sad Hope you get it off the ground though, sounds like a fun swap
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2006 07:59:37 PM »

I was also hoping for another christmas swap since I too missed the other holiday swaps and my last swap just ended and i LOVE christmas and could use the "act of kindness item" for the humane society i volunteer at. I just dunno about the gift for someone else b/c i tend to like picking/making that item out myself.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2006 10:00:53 PM »

Okay BlooCanoe, it's people like you who feed my swap addiction Grin
I think this is a great swap idea and depending on when it is, I would love love love to participate!
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2006 07:27:19 AM »

Okay BlooCanoe, it's people like you who feed my swap addiction Grin
I refuse to apologize!  Cheesy

I just dunno about the gift for someone else b/c i tend to like picking/making that item out myself.  Wink
Yes, I thought of that afterwards, because I like to make my gifts really personal too.  But then I started thinking that the "present for someone else" could be generic, like a set of handmade Christmas cards or Christmas gift tags, or fabric gift bags, or hand-decorated wrapping paper... stuff like that.  So it could still be used in a "gift for someone else".  Wouldn't that be awesome? I would love some handmade cards!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2006 10:26:30 AM »

This could be nice for my first swap, if Europeans can join.
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2006 04:13:57 PM »

Okay BlooCanoe, it's people like you who feed my swap addiction Grin
I refuse to apologize!  Cheesy

Haha!
Obviously you are thinking about starting this swap, soon if it is going to be for Christmas, right? Don't give me feedback for the Handspun Swap until this swap starts!  Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2006 05:51:06 PM »

But then I started thinking that the "present for someone else" could be generic, like a set of handmade Christmas cards or Christmas gift tags, or fabric gift bags, or hand-decorated wrapping paper... stuff like that.  So it could still be used in a "gift for someone else". 
Yeah hand made cards, tags or even hand made soap would rule.
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2006 06:02:35 PM »

We kinda did one like this last year, I was hoping there might be another one.  It was called "Craft my Christmas" and we swapped Christmas decorations and a wrapped present that you couldn't open until the 25th.  It was a lot of fun!
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2006 06:21:08 PM »

We kinda did one like this last year, I was hoping there might be another one.  It was called "Craft my Christmas" and we swapped Christmas decorations and a wrapped present that you couldn't open until the 25th.  It was a lot of fun!
Thats an a cool idea but i would have a horribly time time waiting till the 25th lol.
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« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2006 05:42:19 AM »

We always open our present on 24th.
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« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2006 06:33:30 AM »

We kinda did one like this last year, I was hoping there might be another one.  It was called "Craft my Christmas" and we swapped Christmas decorations and a wrapped present that you couldn't open until the 25th.  It was a lot of fun!
Hi ninja! *waves*.  Do you remember the long skinny scarf you made me for IYP#1? I have been wearing it ALL the time, I get compliments on it wherever I go (strangers will stop and tell me "great scarf!"). I just love it!  Grin

Er. back to the topic....  Cheesy I was trying to think of the Craft my Christmas one, but couldn't remember the name. I think that's what I was thinking of when I posted this.

you're right, lamamarco, we'd need to start soon to get it done in time for Christmas. I was hoping for some more interest though before I started signups... anyone else interested?  Undecided

This could be nice for my first swap, if Europeans can join.
Absolutely!
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« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2006 09:16:47 AM »

It would be a pretty short crafting time too, but if the swap was just for smaller things, nothing to intensive, I'd be game.  If signups started this week and went to next Tuesday or Wednesday, people could possibly get their partners before the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend, where we'd at least have a long weekend to craft. (fat lot of good that does everyone else, though   Tongue)  That would probably give 2 or 3 weeks of crafting, right?
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« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2006 10:32:51 AM »

That sounds about right... the last swap I ran I gave 2 weeks to sign up, and that was too long. I didn't really get many people after the first week.

I put something in my sig file to see if that would help to drum up more interest...
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« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2006 03:43:53 PM »

i would LOVE to do this! please post soon when signups will be!!! Grin
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« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2006 06:04:50 PM »

I'd love to join this swap! I love christmas and already have some ideas!
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« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2006 07:57:29 PM »

I hope this gets off the ground, i sure would love to add another present under the tree for me(miss being back home with big family gatherings Sad ).
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« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2006 09:38:25 PM »

I am new, and haven't done a swap before, but I've been signed up a month and have the minimum # of posts (So, I think I meet all the req's!)

I love following the Swaps... they seem great fun!!

I'd love to be involved.. when are signups?
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« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2006 07:21:47 AM »

I could start signups later this week... maybe in a couple of days?
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« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2006 10:27:22 AM »

awesome, sounds good to me!! Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2006 02:24:54 PM »

im so excited!
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« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2006 08:08:37 AM »

I know there have already been several christmas/holiday themed swaps but I missed them. I was trying to think of a new holiday swap theme, and came up with the idea of a "Spirit of Christmas/Holidays" swap where partners would make several things for each other:

1.  a present for your partner
2.  a christmas ornament/decoration for your partner (tree ornament, xmas stocking, whatever)
3.  a present for your partner to give to someone else
4.  something your partner could use for a "random act of kindness".

Partners could make one big thing and three little things (or maybe, 1 large, 2 small, 1 small store-bought?). So, say for example I love to knit and need a tote bag, and I knit for charity, and I have a xmas tree, and a niece who loves the smurfs (are kids still into smurfs??), then my partner could make for me:

1. Present for me: Knitting tote bag (large item)
2. Decoration: tree ornament (small item)
3. Gift for someone else:  Smurf charm for my neice (small item)
4. Random act of kindness item:  fleece  baby hat for me to give to my charity (small item), or say a bag of christmas candy for me to take to work to share with my co-workers.

Interest? Suggestions? Ideas? Smiley
So, I was thinking that since this would be shorter crafting time in order to allow time for delivery before xmas, what do people think of changing the crafted items to "4 small items" in the same 4 categories above, instead of the original suggestion of "1 large and 3 small"? We could call it the Happy Little Christmas Swap.  Smiley 

This might also help us get more people to sign up, since probably people are busier at this time of year making presents. What do you think?
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« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2006 08:12:50 AM »

i think that's an awesome idea! I already have some things in  mind and going to start soon as I can
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« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2006 08:13:48 AM »

I like idea of smaller items better!
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« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2006 08:14:26 AM »

I'm in for this.

The 4 small things idea definitely has some potential, and would probably attract more participants.

Bloo, you come up with the greatest swap ideas ever!
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« Reply #25 on: November 16, 2006 08:16:05 AM »

And yet again, Ms. Lamamarco and I are on the same wavelength.

Hi, Lauren! 
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« Reply #26 on: November 16, 2006 08:18:41 AM »

*waves* Hi Heather!
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« Reply #27 on: November 16, 2006 10:22:43 AM »

Bloo, you come up with the greatest swap ideas ever!
MC, you say the nicest things!  Cheesy

I'll try to post signups this weekend, if not before. I was hoping to do it tonight, but I've got that "starting a cold" feeling so I may need to hit the sack after work to head it off.  Tongue
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« Reply #28 on: November 16, 2006 11:22:35 AM »

4 small items is a good idea.
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« Reply #29 on: November 16, 2006 06:12:40 PM »

Posted signups! Smiley
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=133687.0

I did signups for a week, and sendout Dec 8th, are people okay with that? This is to allow delivery time before Christmas.
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« Reply #30 on: November 16, 2006 07:29:22 PM »

Wow do i ever hate how all(or 99%) of swaps say you need 2 swaps under your belt. I've just finished my first swap and i've also completed a personal swap but that doesn't have feedback so technically i've done 2.
Well I guess I'm out of this one. See ya on the forums!
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« Reply #31 on: November 16, 2006 07:32:43 PM »

No no no!
You only need to have participated in two to organize.
But you only need to have completed one to participate!

Please join! Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: November 16, 2006 07:38:50 PM »

No no no!
You only need to have participated in two to organize.
But you only need to have completed one to participate!
Please join! Smiley

You have go to be freaking joking me! You mean all this time it's been meaning 2 for organizing and not participating? Do you realize how many awesome Swaps i denied myself from b/c of my blondness(im actually brunette)? Dang I've gotten stupid-er. Okay consider me signed up.
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« Reply #33 on: November 16, 2006 07:57:43 PM »

Haha. It's okay. I think we all have those moments. At least I do if that makes you feel any better! Yay you signed up!
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« Reply #34 on: November 17, 2006 05:07:07 AM »

snowyangel, others have found this confusing too, you're not alone. It's the standard craftster wording, but maybe because there's so much text in the signup posts, it's easy to get confused.
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