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« on: July 17, 2011 11:05:49 PM »

I'm looking for some advice here from Crafster's who have husbands and boyfriends or wives and girlfriends they live with. You see me and my boyfriend may move in together very soon and I wanna explain Swaps to him but I'm not really sure how to explain them. I tried once but he didn't really understand it. Can you tell me how you explained it to your other half?
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2011 10:29:31 AM »

I'd just go with a slight variation of what's in the swap rules:

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Swaps come in many shapes, sizes, and forms, but the basic idea is that you make a great crafty package that meets the swap's theme and requirements and takes into consideration your partner's wishes and preferences. You send the package you created to them and they send the package they created to you! Swaps are lots of fun; they can motivate you to create something really great and it's often a fun challenge because there's a certain theme to follow. Plus, you get something original in return!

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2011 06:29:45 PM »

"Shut up.  You buy guns, go away with the guys, act like a Neanderthal and kill cute little furry things to relax.  I craft.  You like it when I am relaxed.  DON'T YOU???!!!  Angry Angry Angry"

In all honesty, DH understands that I am a ball of pent up repressed anger and rage, and if crocheting a stuffy, or beading makes me happy and keeps me quiet, he just leaves me alone.  He doesn't understand, but he also acknowledges that he does not need to understand, nor even want an explanation - and I am getting a craft room out of the deal.  The only thing he stipulates is that our home not look like something out of Hoarders.  And that occasionally if I make something cool, he gets an option too.

Like when I made a Jean Luc Picard shirt for a swap - I had to make him a Captain Kirk one.
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2011 11:23:59 PM »

No one in my home really got it until they saw the cool stuff I received in so many swaps....for the longest time it was always "you're giving that away?"  Now they just ask who I'm making things for Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2011 01:29:13 AM »

I just tell them I make stuff for strangers because they appreciate it more. Grin  Although I am super excited to say that after years of making soaps, lotions, etc, my brother finally started using something I made the other day (a bug bite salve) and he really liked it. Although I was a little peeved at how surprised he was that it works.
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2011 04:21:34 AM »

That's funny, Mare!
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2011 04:03:40 PM »

This seems dumb but for me, people seem to understand it more when I call it a "craft trade" instead of a swap. I just tell them that one of my nerdy craft websites puts up a bunch of themes and people sign up for a theme and we each make something of that theme and then we trade with someone else and then I give them an example of a past one I've done. I don't know why calling it a trade makes it more understandable but when I started using that word people were no longer confused. And even my friend's fiancee (who's a total guy's guy) always asks what kind of cool stuff I'm making for to my craft trades and sometimes even makes me bring my packages over to their house to open them lol.
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2011 07:11:18 PM »

My ex husband didn't get it for AGES. Even when I showed him what it was about. Even when I told him the premise as per the swap rules...EVEN WHEN I got kick-ass stuff from a partner!

When I told him that I made these things for friends, and that they were presents, he KIND OF got it...I told him it's like Christmas/birthday year round....I think that's the most it ever sunk in with him.
He'd just shrug & say ok... he accepted my oddities much as I accepted his.
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2011 07:13:18 AM »

hubby was indifferent until the awesome stuff started pouring in. (tardis wall quilt, the mythbusters hooplas, and my purple wristwarmers (that he stole) to name a couple he approves of Smiley) now he is all helpful and figuring out was he can get in on my projects (hence the increase in my use of light, sound and other computerized gewgaws)

in fact in my current swap he asked if he could make of of the items. and since its only a bit off what i was planning myself i  will let him run with it.

and oddly enough, all hes ever asked for out of it is any treats that may come in the package... and as swappers know... there are almost ALWAYS! treats... Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2011 10:26:10 AM »

haha, that's awesome sloth! He should sign up for his own account, we never have enough men around here!
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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2011 03:19:39 PM »

lmao! i told my girlfriend about this thread and she said to tell your SO 'you're gonna be broke honey but i'll be happy so its ok' ;-P
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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2011 06:45:11 AM »

I can't believe your SO's don't understand swapping...it seems odd to me. When I found this site and wanted to start swapping I explained it to him in like 2 minutes. I said they had themes you join and you get paired up. You then find out what they like and craft for them based on that and the theme. They do the same, you mail stuff out and get a package to open. His brother goes to swap meets though with games and everything else so Im sure that helped him understand. My first package was really great as well and he could even tell it was made specifically for me. He gets sad if there isn't anything for him now though.
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« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2011 05:59:06 PM »

lmao! i told my girlfriend about this thread and she said to tell your SO 'you're gonna be broke honey but i'll be happy so its ok' ;-P

LOL I love that one.

Thanks for the advice everyone I'm gonna give it a shot and let you guys know how it goes.
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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2011 07:38:48 PM »

If all else fails, just tell them "Its a crfter thing, you wouldn't understand" lol.
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« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2011 02:40:20 PM »

If all else fails, just tell them "Its a crfter thing, you wouldn't understand" lol.

Totally going to start saying that! Maybe about more than swaps....
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« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2011 09:24:22 PM »

If all else fails, just tell them "Its a crfter thing, you wouldn't understand" lol.

Totally going to start saying that! Maybe about more than swaps....

I find myself saying it quite often, its a lot easier than trying to explain why I carry a tape measure and fabric swatch book in my purse or why I'm at Hobby lobby every other day lol.
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« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2011 11:02:05 PM »

Well thank you everyone for your help! I think he's finally beginning to understand it but he has been with me every time I've been shopping for the newest swap I'm in.
If all else fails, just tell them "Its a crfter thing, you wouldn't understand" lol.

I actually did say that at one point lol.
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