Christmas In July Swap for 2018

Discussion in 'Swap Rules, Swap Proposals, Current Swaps' started by Lana, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

    Any Interest?

    The guidelines will be as follows:

    If you choose to participate we make the same ornament for all that has joined. In the past that has been 7-9 people. I would not ask people to do more than 12 items unless they totally wanted to, but at that time if we were over 12, I would swap packages around and you would not get one from everybody. Wrap the ornaments each seperately. PLEASE keep in mind that the ornaments should be something that you, yourself would like to receive. The ornaments can be made with any material of your choice. (material, paper, yarn, clay, plastic canvas, if glass PLEASE take extreme care in packaging, or etc.) If glass please wrap securely. In the past we have had them broken. Since I just repackage when I get them I do not see the shape they are in or what the item is until we all open them. In fact I don't open mine until I know all has been received by others.

    If we would get several to join we will see if we would like to do one for all.

    When you have the ornaments completed, you will send them to me and I will swap them out. On the wrapped ornament itself or the packaging be sure to include your name so the receiver will know who made it.

    Please enclose with your package a money order or check made out for the amount that it cost to mail the package inside a sandwich baggie. I am also asking that an extra $1.50 be sent per participate to help cover extra postage if needed. Boxes will weigh different when items are swapped out with the items made from different materials. IF any postage is due back to you I WILL send it with your ornaments. Should you choose to send payment in cash that is your decision. I have sent money back to people in the past, depends on what is made. IN THE PAST I HAVE HAD TO PAY FOR ITEMS (a couple times) IN THE RETURNING DUE TO THE MONEY PUT IN IS ONLY $1.50, I DON'T MIND PAYING THE EXTRA BUT NOT FAIR TO OTHERS. If your package cost $2.00 to mail to me (wish right?) then in your package or if you forget and send later I should receive $3.50. I am sorry if I am not explaining it correctly. I DO send all money back to you that is due! I ask for the $1.50 extra because if everybody would send heavier items and then when it is all together it could be more than the actual mailing of yours.

    ********Sign up is now open and will close February 28th, 2018. This will give everyone about 4 months to create their ornaments and get them mailed to me.

    ********Ornaments must be to me by the end of June. (June 30, 2018) in order for me to get them swapped out and to the post office for delivery back to you by the end of July. I would hope to have them out the first or second week of July on the way to you. Seems the post office takes alittle longer on stuff at times!

    ********Ornaments will be back to you by the end of July. (Should be)

    ********Please PM me if you are interested and include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. The information will not be shared.

    ********I will send you my information, upon receiving yours.

    Hopefully we will have a good turn out and get some new ideals for different ornaments we can make for Christmas. If by chance people do not follow through it is possible that you could receive 1 or more of your ornaments back. It would be unlikely but it could happen.
    To the BEST of my ability I will try to avoid that.

    If you do not follow through after signing up, it could prevent you from being able to join other swaps at MHH. We DO understand circumstances that come up that we have no control over. Please just notify me. If you need alittle longer on your ornaments just contact me please. We are all pretty understanding on lifes happenings.

    I will keep everybody informed of when I receive your ornaments and the date that I am mailing the package back to you. I even send reminders out to you.

    THANK YOU and I hope we have a good turn out!!!!!!!!!!

    After receiving all packages I will open them and repack to mail back out. As I mentioned with them being wrapped I will not see the contents so therefore will not know what is sent in or out until I open mine in July also. WE have alot of talented people in our MHH family so the swap should be pleasing.
  2. MrsSoup

    MrsSoup Well-Known Member

    I'm in! Sending my info to you now!
  3. GrammaDeb

    GrammaDeb Well-Known Member

    Me too! I sent you my info.
  4. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

    Have 2!

  5. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

    Up to 3----4 with me

    Miss JoDee
  6. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

    Bumping this up
  7. Lolwlias

    Lolwlias Active Member

    I have until next month to sign up? Let me stew on this a moment & come up with an ornament idea.
  8. piratemamaof3boys

    piratemamaof3boys Well-Known Member

    I want back in this year.
  9. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

    Laura would love to have you!

    Shannon, glad to have you back this year!

    So now it is

    Miss JoDee
  10. Lolwlias

    Lolwlias Active Member

    Okay, I decided what ornament I want to make. I bought the materials yesterday. I will do a practice run to see how I like it.
    Ack. I'm in. Nervous, but glad to be joining.
  11. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

  12. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member

    We talked a little last year about swapping ornaments that weren't made by us, but made by someone else, such as something you would purchase at a craft fair. Is that ok? Obviously, no mass produced, factory-made ornaments but something that is hand-crafted by someone other than the swap participant?
  13. MrsSoup

    MrsSoup Well-Known Member

    I vote yes. Sometimes you see something and think of someone here and I think it's fine as long as it's not from a chain store and from a craft fair or market
    PamelaG likes this.
  14. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

    Pam brought this subject up last year. I will let the you the joiners decide. If more vote for it then okay. I know there are a lot of GREAT ornaments out there but, I like the fact that they are made by us the ones we receive. Sorry----1 and 1 for now.

    Please put your two cents in on this, THANK YOU!

    Guess 2-1. 2 for 1 not.
  15. Lolwlias

    Lolwlias Active Member

    I absolutely LOVE hand made ornaments & for last Christmas I put a post on FB that if anyone wanted to get me anything for Christmas that I only wanted hand made ornaments. :)
    I do not care if we choose only made by us, or by an artisan at a craft fair. I think the requisite of being hand made is okay.
  16. Miss JoDee

    Miss JoDee Well-Known Member

    I would think it would be difficult to find handmade ornaments for a July swap. My vote is we make them. There are lots of simple one that can be made.
  17. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

    So far:

    Don't care Can Buy/Make Make
    1 2 2

    GrammaDeb and Shannon still out
  18. piratemamaof3boys

    piratemamaof3boys Well-Known Member

    I am ok with ornaments that someeone handcrafted. I will go along w/ what the others want.
  19. GrammaDeb

    GrammaDeb Well-Known Member

    I, personally, enjoy making them. Everyone here is so very talented - I would like to have something you all made with your own added loving touch.
  20. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

    Well as all can see, evidently it is tied. I was hoping to have it one way or the other.

    So, I think I will just say homemade by us. That is how I started this 8 or 9 years ago and I will stay with it. I AM so sorry if it offends anyone, I do not mean to do that. But in all the ornament swaps (there has been many--usually a couple a year since late 90's) I have been in the items are to be made by the swappers.

    Somebody could always have a swap later in fall when craft shows start and hold an ornament swap then too.

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