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« on: October 04, 2005 01:37:10 PM »

I've been feeling commitment-phobic after doing a bunch of swaps.  (I'm very blessed - I've had nothing but positive swap experiences - I've just done a lot in a short period and got tired out from having a constant "to do" list and lots of boxes/packets to ship.)  So I'm on the prowl for easy swaps.  I think I'm spoiled by the awesome Unconditional Swap, wherein I've been able to hand-pick my recipients and give them single, simple gifts.

My idea is along the lines of the Instant Swap, but perhaps even simpler - you just have to make and send one small gift.  Could be a pair of earrings, a decoupaged Altoid tin, a ball of hand-spun yarn, a tiny piece of artwork, a brooch/pin, a polymer clay figure, a felt stuffie, whatever you make that is small in size and relatively easy to make.

The rules would be simple - you can only send one small gift.  That way, it doesn't become a matter of, "I'm adding goodies to your package!" and then the other person feels obligated to add to theirs.  (Or you send off one thing, and you receive a "surprise" of five tiny gifts, and you feel like a jerk for not sending more.)  Also, it cuts down on the time that the swap will run, and hopefully it cuts down on flaking, as it's just one thing and not expensive to ship.  And since you only have one thing to make, you can put your attention into making it the best it can be.

The other rule would be that you have to make the gift - couldn't be a craft supply.
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2005 02:05:28 PM »

Sounds like a good idea.  This fits my style, abilities and attention span.  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2005 02:39:07 PM »

I like this idea! Cheesy Especially the idea of not having to feel obliged to add all the "extra surprises", which are nice to receive and to give, but also puts a lot of pressure on all involved. I'm not cheap, I just don't like peer pressure.

A cool alternative: Send as many items you want as long as it fits into *this* small box/bag/envelope!
Like an Altoids tin, a small zip-lock, the smallest Jiffy, a C5 envelope... or something of equally "universal" measures.
(That could actually be a fun challenge!?)

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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2005 04:47:23 PM »

I'm actually starting to get pretty revved up about this one!  It would be so simple, and it would have a short turn-around time, so it wouldn't drag on for weeks.

In mulling it over, I've thought of a few more things:

- I would list examples of "tiny."  The item would have to use skills that you have developed, so that you can send something very good.  A marble magnet would not be enough effort/skill.  A coin purse would be fine, but you would be encouraged to embellish it and make it the sort of coin purse that makes people stop and say, "Wow."

- I might rename is "Tiny Treasure Swap" so that people realize it's got to be something really well-made.

- I appreciate the "fill a small container idea," but since it's been done before, I would prefer to stick to "just send one thing" for this one.  I find myself wondering how I would take one tiny craft and make it extra fabulous; that would be the real challenge.

Let me continue kicking this around, and I may just start it as an official swap.
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2005 06:34:39 PM »

I'm all for this!
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2005 06:37:29 PM »

- I might rename is "Tiny Treasure Swap" so that people realize it's got to be something really well-made.
Tiny sounds like the swap is for miniatures.  How about "small" instead?  Just a thought...
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2005 06:38:52 PM »

Well, would, say, a long, very skinny scarf count?  Or, ,say, a tiny clutch?  A mini notebook?
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2005 06:43:25 PM »

This sounds like a terrific idea!  I'm a new swapper and I'd like to start off easy.  I'll have to keep an eye on this so that I can sign up! 
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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2005 07:27:51 PM »

Great idea...count me in.  Piglet ("a very small animal") would be proud.

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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2005 07:31:53 PM »

I think this is a great idea.  Shipping costs would be easier too. 
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« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2005 07:42:04 PM »

Great idea...count me in.  Piglet ("a very small animal") would be proud.



Yes, he would.  This would be a very Piglet-type of swap  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2005 07:47:35 PM »

Well, would, say, a long, very skinny scarf count?  Or, ,say, a tiny clutch?  A mini notebook?

I find myself leaning toward encouraging miniature items.  I like your mini notebook suggestions, and I think a coin purse would work, but I'm not sure about scarf.  (Admittedly, this is just my very quirky way of judging what is "tiny!"  I wouldn't be a swap nazi and try to force people into making something other than a miniature item.)

HEre are examples I brainstormed:

A coin purse is tiny; a clutch purse is not.  A pair of earrings is tiny; a necklace, earrings, and bracelet set is not.  A trinket box is tiny; a pencil box is not.  An ATC (artist trading card) is tiny; a full-size drawing is not.  A pair of small barrettes is tiny; one large barrette is tiny; a selection of barrettes is not.


How do people like this idea so far?  If you check out hte Unconditional Swapper gallery, you can find the embellished coin purse that somebody made - it's a regular coin purse from a pre-printed fabric, but she embroidered and added beading, and it really "wowed" everyone.  That's the kind of tiny/elaborate/well-done that I have in mind.

Just got off a long phone call with my best friend, who announced her surprise engagement, so my head is still reeling - not sure if I'm making sense!!   Shocked
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« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2005 07:48:59 PM »

i like the idea. Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2005 07:50:28 PM »

You've made your case, Writer78.  I'm definitely interested in participating in this swap if it happens Smiley 
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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2005 07:52:16 PM »

I like this idea, I know how you feel with the whole to-do list thing.
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« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2005 07:53:06 PM »

You've made your case, Writer78.  I'm definitely interested in participating in this swap if it happens Smiley 

 Kiss  Thanks, babe - I think I need to go to bed and let this best-friend-sudden-engagement thing sink in!!  I'll be thinking straight in the morning (let's hope!), and then I'll likely get this swap off the ground.
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« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2005 07:54:19 PM »

I wish there were a button to press so this would show up in my little list when updated. I don't think I can do the swap, as I could never make it to a post office so I am limited to envelopes. Wah. But it's a great idea.
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« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2005 07:59:26 PM »

I would love to be in this swap, you should totally start it!  As soon as I finish my first swap I would volunteer to organize it if no one else wants to.
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« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2005 08:01:24 PM »

I wish there were a button to press so this would show up in my little list when updated. I don't think I can do the swap, as I could never make it to a post office so I am limited to envelopes. Wah. But it's a great idea.

Since you've made a post on this topic, wouldn't that automatically appear when you click on the "Show new replies to your posts" link?  You should still consider participating.  Heck, if the criteria is for "one tiny thing", you could make something that fits in an envelope, no?  I can tell this will be a fun one  Wink  Note:  I am in no way affiliated with the potential swap organizer of this swap.  I'm just psyched that this swap might happen  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: October 04, 2005 08:10:27 PM »

I wish there were a button to press so this would show up in my little list when updated. I don't think I can do the swap, as I could never make it to a post office so I am limited to envelopes. Wah. But it's a great idea.

Since you've made a post on this topic, wouldn't that automatically appear when you click on the "Show new replies to your posts" link?  You should still consider participating.

Yep. That's why I commented, with absolutely nothing constructive to say. ^_^

I don't know. What's the procedure? How heavy can something in an envelope be? Will they weigh it and be like "NUH UH I DON'T THINK SO MISSY, NICE TRY"?
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« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2005 08:19:37 PM »

Sammie, do you do art?  You could create a tiny art piece.  Or a very lovely bookmark.

I'm probably going to limit sign-ups, since huge swaps freak me out; I've only done one swap, and I had 12 people, so that sounds about right.  (Also, it's a super easy swap to duplicate later, if there is interest in more rounds.)

I will very likely post this tomorrow; I'll put a link here so you guys know to look for it.
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« Reply #21 on: October 04, 2005 08:22:27 PM »

That's great!
I won't be in Round 1, (I need to finish my 1st swap) but I'm sure there'll be a Round 2 at some point in the future.
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« Reply #22 on: October 04, 2005 08:30:36 PM »

I hope the sign-ups are for a little while,  I'm just waiting for my first swap, I already sent the package.  I guess I might just have to wait until round 2.
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« Reply #23 on: October 04, 2005 08:35:37 PM »

I wish there were a button to press so this would show up in my little list when updated. I don't think I can do the swap, as I could never make it to a post office so I am limited to envelopes. Wah. But it's a great idea.

Since you've made a post on this topic, wouldn't that automatically appear when you click on the "Show new replies to your posts" link?  You should still consider participating.

Yep. That's why I commented, with absolutely nothing constructive to say. ^_^

I don't know. What's the procedure? How heavy can something in an envelope be? Will they weigh it and be like "NUH UH I DON'T THINK SO MISSY, NICE TRY"?
Haha, I think when they hold it up and the bottom rips out, it means 'too heavy'. I think I have gotten away with pretty heavy envelopes otherwise. Not that your object would need to be heavy. I think it would be a great swap for you to join! Being limited to an envelope could help you come up with some pretty creative things. Flat things: bookmarks, postcards, broaches, ATCs, collages, coasters, etc.,. That actually sounds like a pretty fun swap in itself.
This swap sounds sooo fun!! I hope I can get in tomorrow--I will be on the prowl for sign-ups!
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« Reply #24 on: October 04, 2005 08:51:37 PM »

Ahhh soo many amazing swaps so little money. Although this is a swap designed around that so I might be able to justify signing up, but I know I shouldn't, and I had been doing so well at staying away from the new swap section.
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« Reply #25 on: October 04, 2005 09:04:25 PM »

I really,really like this idea, I may be in on it if my first swap finishes up before sign-ups end. ^_^
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Yep. That's why I commented, with absolutely nothing constructive to say. ^_^

I don't know. What's the procedure? How heavy can something in an envelope be? Will they weigh it and be like "NUH UH I DON'T THINK SO MISSY, NICE TRY"?


I might be wrong, but if you choose not to comment by post, you could also hit the "Notify" button at the bottom page of the topic.  That way, you can still keep track of what's going on Smiley

With regards to the envelope issue, I'm notorious for cramming envelopes!  I believe the guidelines state that first-class mail can weigh up to 13 oz (http://www.usps.com/all/shippingandmailing/letterscards.htm).  I usually tack on extra stamps when I don't know the actual weight of the contents and I write "Thank you Mr. Postman!" on my envelopes if in doubt Wink
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« Reply #27 on: October 04, 2005 10:07:16 PM »

Just got off a long phone call with my best friend, who announced her surprise engagement, so my head is still reeling - not sure if I'm making sense!!   Shocked
I'm liking the idea of wee, little things.   Congrats to your friend!
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« Reply #28 on: October 05, 2005 03:31:44 AM »

I've told myself I've got to limit the swaps but something small like this would still be perfect. When the sign-ups are posted I;ll decide though.

I already have so many potential ideas.
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« Reply #29 on: October 05, 2005 04:20:47 AM »

How bout an iPod case.  Tiny?  Not? 
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« Reply #30 on: October 05, 2005 04:40:24 AM »

I'd love to be part of this!
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« Reply #31 on: October 05, 2005 05:45:05 AM »

This could be fun and not horribly time consuming.
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« Reply #32 on: October 05, 2005 05:45:12 AM »

How bout an iPod case. Tiny? Not?

Yes, I think that's tiny.
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« Reply #33 on: October 05, 2005 05:55:29 AM »

Here's the sign-up:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=56639.0

I've limited to 12 people.  If you miss out on this round, please don't be offended; I expect that this one is simple enough that it could spawn a round 2.  If you qualify for organizer status, please feel free to "steal" the idea, as it should be a pretty uncomplicated one to run for a first-time organizer.


Don't forget the official swap rules:

To participate in this swap, you must meet these qualifications:

- Been a member for at least 1 month
- Posted at least 15 times
- If your first swap is currently marked "In Progress," you are not able to participate - you must complete your first swap and gain "Positive" before you can sign up for more swaps (but once you have your first "positive," there is no limit to the # of swaps you can be in at one time)
- Mustn't have any negatives in your feedback

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« Reply #34 on: October 05, 2005 06:24:52 AM »

Yay! I'm so excited that it's open!
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Yep. That's why I commented, with absolutely nothing constructive to say. ^_^

I don't know. What's the procedure? How heavy can something in an envelope be? Will they weigh it and be like "NUH UH I DON'T THINK SO MISSY, NICE TRY"?


I might be wrong, but if you choose not to comment by post, you could also hit the "Notify" button at the bottom page of the topic.  That way, you can still keep track of what's going on Smiley

With regards to the envelope issue, I'm notorious for cramming envelopes!  I believe the guidelines state that first-class mail can weigh up to 13 oz (http://www.usps.com/all/shippingandmailing/letterscards.htm).  I usually tack on extra stamps when I don't know the actual weight of the contents and I write "Thank you Mr. Postman!" on my envelopes if in doubt Wink


I actually laughed aloud when I read this. That's splendidly funny. And I never noticed a "notify" button! How useful.
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« Reply #36 on: October 05, 2005 01:42:47 PM »

Okay, if I do this one, it'll be my first swap. How soon can I get feedback on my profile thing (or... 'tever)? I also want to do the (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=53188.0) <-- letter swap.

Should I just choose between the two or could I manage to finish this one in time to do the other? (It's supposed to start "mid-October", it said.)
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« Reply #37 on: October 05, 2005 01:47:55 PM »

Sammie, you're better off choosing one of the other, I think.  I only give positive feedback once the sent item has been received by your partner.  So to get feedback from me, you'll need to complete your detailed tiny craft, send it, and give it a few days to arrive (more time, if sending out of country).  Since we're just sending one thing in this swap, I wouldn't want to see anyone feel rushed to finish.  Assuming everyone is on time with sending, this one will be done and feedback given by the end of October.

You might want to PM the other organizer and see if she's firm on a start date; sometimes starts are delayed or can be extended to accomodate new swappers.

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