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« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2014 01:54:29 PM »

Agree completely with you Ludi - though I was upset lately when I had spent ages on a parcel (I am a fairly slow crafter anyhow - and the amount of new things I did made it even longer). The parcel I received was a lot better than the one I sent - but my partner made it fairly clear she was unhappy with what I sent. I sent her a pm apologising if she didn't like it - but she did not reply. I have had partners in the past who have sent better parcels, and those who have sent worse than what I have sent them - but I am still appreciative of everything I receive - because I appreciate people spending time making things for me even if it is not what I would have chosen myself. To me swaps are meant to be fun - i want my partner to enjoy themselves when they are making for me. I never am pleased with what I send - but I always make to the best of my ability. TBH I am now considering whether to keep swapping or not - as the feeling of not being good enough is awful.
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« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2014 03:13:43 PM »

Aw, Ratfinkz, don't give up!  Everyone here has different abilities and it's the trying and caring that counts!   Kiss
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« Reply #22 on: June 17, 2014 03:59:51 PM »

Ratfinkz...I am so sorry that you've had that experience with swapping.  I've been in over a hundred swaps, and I could count on one hand the times that I've been truly disappointed with what my swap partner sent (i.e.-no time or thought was put into the items that were sent, they were falling apart, obviously not my tastes, etc...).  However, I've NEVER told the partner that I was disappointed.  I think that is rude and it is more of a reflection on that person, rather than on you and/or what you sent.  I've seen your work on Craftster, and you are an amazing crafter.  Please don't let this experience sour you on swapping!  I guess it's just a numbers game, the more often you swap, chances are you are going to run into a few experiences that may be unsettling.  But the other side of that is that you more often make friends and receive swap packages that are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #23 on: June 17, 2014 09:20:21 PM »

I have quite a few swaps under my belt and I still have that feeling of not being good enough.  But I continue to swap because it makes me happy to create.  I love swapping online because even if my partner dislikes what I make, I will usually never know.  I know that I try my hardest when I craft for others but I also know that my likes and preferences are not always the same as other people.  So even though I am proud of my creations, I understand that others might not feel the same way.  As long as I hear a little thank you, that is satisfying enough for me.  I also have received items that are not my style but I appreciate the time and care that has gone into the package and let my partner know I appreciate it. That is what is the most important to me.  When I do not hear anything from my partner, I admit my feelings hurt but that happens less than the admiration and appreciation does.  Hang in there and don't let a few bad experiences thwart your creativity. 
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« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2014 11:17:33 PM »

That's terrible, Ratfinkz! I'm sorry that happened! Sad No one should be made to feel like that!
I also was not trying to complain about anything, just voicing another side of the "partners have feelings" debate. I still love swapping, and a lot of the things I really treasure have come from swaps!!
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« Reply #25 on: December 19, 2014 03:04:09 PM »

I always feel like this is a bit of a tightrope. I can get really into learning something new about my partners interests. I have huge chunks of free time. I can be really fast on things that I am good at. I hate to make my partner feel bad so I've been trying to just do what the swap requires with a little extra but then someone like LadybugsAndBumblebees  Wink knocks my socks off and I feel bad for not going overboard too. As long as intentions are good, they post pics and say what they liked or thank you in a timely fashion, I'm fine.
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