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« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2015 05:03:01 AM »

I like extras... of any kind, both to receive and send.  But I am flexible about sending/not sending extras, especially as finances sometimes are tighter at times as DH is not consistently working.  I tend to have extra crafted items on hand because I may make more than what I need when crafting - extra cards, tags, extra pendents, bookmarks, ornaments, etc, so if I see that someone likes something I have made or something similar, I don't mind tossing one into the package to send with the main item. 

« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2015 05:32:42 PM »

I've noticed a small number of people just post pics but don't comment. It is nice to know what you liked about the items.

I've noticed this, too.  And some people don't even post pictures.  So, it feels a bit like crafting in a vacuum sometimes.  No acknowledgement of others crafts or conversation or anything.  I love swapping, so I will continue to do so, but the lack of participation is definitely a little disheartening sometimes. 

We're all busy people, yes.  But, everyone deserves a little kindness.  It only takes a few minutes to seriously make someone's day.
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« Reply #22 on: October 04, 2015 02:44:33 PM »

I tend to craft "extra" because I'm always worried what I craft isn't good enough/big enough/whatever enough, so I figure if I overdo it, I will certainly meet the swap requirements!

I don't care if I don't receive "extra" back at all - I swap because 1) I like sending people stuff, 2) making stuff for people makes me stretch my crafting muscles, especially when their interests are different from mine, and I like that, and 3) deadlines are preeeeeetty much the only way I get anything done, and the fear of a black mark on my swapping record motivates me like nothing else!
« Reply #23 on: October 07, 2015 06:22:04 AM »

Me too! I have to create a deadline for everything! Even my own personal projects have one, otherwise I end up with a collection of barely-started and half-finished stuff taking up space. I do things like saying, "okay, if I don't complete X project by this day, I can't go to my friend's birthday party." The one that's really effective is having to do whatever step of the project I'm on by Wednesday night or I can't go to church. That's a $300 fine right there. Very motivating! (No, it's not a wacky religion. Wednesday is meeting night for the motorcycle club I belong to.)

I carry a bag that says FREE KNITTING LESSONS on my daily transit commute, & give a little hands-on tutorial to anyone who asks. They get a starter kit with needles, enough cotton yarn to make a plain dishcloth and a set of instructions. Swaps/donations for materials welcome!
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