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RM: Fall/Winter Anything Goes Magpie Journal

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RM: Fall/Winter Anything Goes Magpie Journal
Swap Coordinator:USAFwife (contact)
Swap categories: Letters & Writing  Seasonal  Journals 
Number of people in swap:5
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:November 1, 2017
Date items must be sent by:February 6, 2018
Number of swap partners:1

Fall and Winter must be a magpie's dream come true! All of the bright and shiny lights, ribbons, papers - just imagine!

Fall and Winter have so many different holidays and observations. Let's record and share what we do! This will be a long-term and International journal swap. Partners will be assigned early on, and you will have until early February to finish up and send. This is a serious time commitment, and postage could be high, so please consider those things before you sign up. :)

If you don't celebrate much or observe any holidays in these months, you could just magpie those months (Oct - Jan). I thought of magpie's liking shiny stuff, and seeing all the foil lined deco's in the stores. But the swap isn't specific to holidays - just fall and winter.

Anything goes means you can create this journal however you wish. You may use a pre made book or you can make your own journal. Size should be no smaller than 4x6 in. You will need at least 30 pages for this journal.

So, what to do. One page of your journal should include the holidays or observations you and/or your family observe over the October, November, December and January time frame. You can either write the details in paragraph form, or in a list. Or, if you don't celebrate or observe anything during that time period, you can write about your thoughts of the season, if you like the weather, seeing others decorations - just something about the fall and/or winter seasons.

Choose 2 holiday observations and write more details - who is involved, what special foods do you eat, what practice do you observed, are there special decorations for that holiday. For example, our family observes Thanksgiving, and we really get into the 'giving thanks' idea of the holiday. One of the special foods I always make is sweet potato pie, so I might include that recipe and details about how and why it has become a tradition for our family. If you don't celebrate the holidays, write a bit about your observations of the holidays in others, in the media. What do you like or dislike about it?

That would be page 1 (at a minimum) For the remaining pages, you will include magpie journal items relating to these months and the holidays and observations for those months. You may include items for October holidays as well, even though partners will not be assigned until Nov 4th.

What to include? Bits of wrapping paper, ribbons, cards and envelopes from the holidays. Those shiny wrappers from holiday themed treats, brochures and fliers for holiday events. Holiday themed cartoon comics, etc ... You can cover the pages just with items, or add in some written entries. Maybe attach a favorite recipe and write a little bit about why it's a favorite. Or include a photo of the finished product. Share your fall and winter with us.


1 journal - store bought or make your own - 4x6 or larger with a minimum of 30 pages

1 page (minimum) listing the holidays and observations you have during the months of October, November, December and January. Or your memories or opinions of these holidays.

2 holidays or observances from the list with more details about the celebration (1 page minimum). Or your feelings or observations of these holidays

28 pages of magpie awesomeness (or written journal entries)

"Be warned" :) - I communicate with swap participants by email! I will send emails about the swap to the email address listed in your account. :)

Please let me know if you have any questions or if need to clarify anything. :)


TamiTam55 10/30/2017 #

I'd love to join, but my family lives so far away that there really isn't any holiday traditions that we celebrate. It's kinda lonely here

USAFwife 10/31/2017 #

@TamiTam55 - we don't have any family nearby either. Our holidays are traditionally very lonely. I'm going to be adding some holiday cards I get from pen pals, maybe some holiday themed wrappers. Add some recipes or a menu for what we eat, or receipt if we go out. You could do that. You could add your ideal holiday celebration, or a favorite memory of one years back.

TamiTam55 10/31/2017 #

Sounds good then!!

USAFwife 10/31/2017 #

@TamiTam55 - Remember, you can include October, too. I've had friends who celebrated the beginning of fall with a trip to the apple orchard and homemade candy apples, but didn't do the traditional Halloween/ Christmas stuff. I look forward to fall for lots of reasons, but especially the fresh apple cider in the grocery stores. :) Oh, and we don't carve Jack o' lanterns, but we buy pumpkins every year because my husband loves homemade toasted pumpkin seeds. :) Traditions could include raking leaves or preparing your garden for the winter, pruning back rose bushes, putting up plastic on the windows .... You know, the fun stuff. :) We tend to embrace the non-traditional here. :)

DaisyNY 02/ 7/2018 #

It would have been cheaper to have sent each page individually.

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