I only do regional U.S. swaps only because of the cost of postage. Before I mail swaps I take a picture of the swap and of the mailing label with tracking. Especially with stocking stuffer swaps I worry the gift can get separated from my gift tag so a picture can straighten it out.
I rate fairly and accurately. I send nice swaps, and I also expect everyone to read and follow the swap descriptions if they want a good rating.
I'm a gracefully aging grandmother with a happy lifestyle. Kids and grandkids all grown up and moved away. San Diego native born and feel quite the lucky gal because of it! I've been sewing since I was 5 and learned embroidery, knitting, quilting and beadwork. These days I focus mainly on knitting, crochet, and felt items.
I joined a local Textile Study Group to surround myself with other hand stitchers and expand my skills. What a treat to take classes from such skilled artists in forgotten arts.
I live in a small place so I tend not to collect things that won't be put to use or consumed. My exception is Starbucks Christmas ornaments. So many things are pretty and will make me smile but I just have no where for them to go!
Someone had the wisdom to say this so I do this:
Never try to teach a pig to sing. It only annoys the pig and wastes your time.
You should never try to convince somebody to your way of thinking. Not only will you most likely be unsuccessful you may damage the relationship with the person at the same time.
I don't argue, or have discussions with argumentative and disagreeable people.
Ever changing items, always quality, but here's a few
Hand stitched reverse applique purse
Wool small sewing bowl and scissor keeper
Felt bird ornaments
Knitting and crochet item
Craft, knitting, crochet magazines (old is good - love 50s-70s stuff)
Soaps (tomato, rose, carnations, honeysuckle, and lilly)
Favorite colors: silver, pistachio green or avocado green.
Kitchen colors: Orange, harvest gold, avocado green and white. I love the contrast of white pottery, dark wood and silver.
I like dark roasted coffee, fine grind for pour over or even K-cups for when I'm rushing.
Diabetic diet so no sugar K-cups please.
Favorite snack: I eat on a diabetic diet so sugar-free cookies, gum, candies are appreciated.
Things to do with hand sewing, embroidery, knitting and crochet.
Dia de los muertos craft items. I like realistic style skulls, folk art style items, milagros, and small things for ofrendas.
Different looking buttons, vintage, and metal buttons
Metal buttons kits or refills for making covered buttons - any size.
I also knit bird nests for orphaned birds for Project Wildlife. They request cotton yarn so even tiny balls of scrap cotton is used up.
I'll set up private swaps for these items.
** Felt handmade to-go size coffee cup cosies
** Crochet phone bags
** Thumb pincushions
I DON'T DO PAPER CRAFTS - don't send scrapbook and card supplies. No ATCs, note cards etc. I wouldn't know what to do with them except to throw them out.
No Religious items or cards.
I've received quite a bit of these from swappers even after asking specifically not to.
I did an A-Z scavenger hunt swap and loved the challenge. Now I see the lists on profiles and thought I should try it again.
A - antique hankies
B - buttons and covered button sets, birdies
C - coasters for coffee, cocoa packets, coin purse, crochet thread, Christmas tree pins,
D - dia de los muertos items, well made Dotee dolls
E - embroidery supplies
F - felt, floss, fun fur yarn, flags (post it type)
G - Gnomes, Gutermann threads any color, gum sugarless
H - hexie papers, hot chocolate, hankies
I - icicles for Christmas tree
J - jucyfruit gum sugarless
K - k-cups of coffee or cocoa (no lemonade)
L - lip balm, linen napkins
M - mechanical pencils, milk glass, mug rugs
N - Needle books, needles called sharps
O - ornaments for small table Christmas trees
P - Pentel gel pens, pincushions, playing cards, pins, post its
Q - quarters as in fabric fat quarters, quilting items
R - roses
S - stickie note pads and flags, sewing notions, Skeletons small for day of dead (realistic style)
T - troll dolls with the wild hair, threads
U - umbrellas, small size
V - vintage velvet fabric
W - wool fabric, wool felt, wool yarn, window gel clings
X - xactly, I can't think of anything either
Y - Yarn, yarn needles
Z - ziplock bag of supplies
Knit & crochet magazines like Annies Crochet Newsletter. Workbasket etc
Soaps and lotions in floral scents.
I love books with corny jokes!
Sometimes people get popcorn seasonings (like butter, ranch, cheese etc.) in gift packs and they don't like them - but I do!
Thank goodness the list isn't long but I think people should know. All were contacted, but I never received from them.
Flower Inspired Dotee Doll - Kathy821
Swap Watcha Got - USA - cfroggie
Felt Sleep Mask - tynkabell
Dish Cloth #6 libertyfarmquilter (the host) This was graciously angeled by drmeaie
Crochet Lip Balm Holder - elizaramey
Send Anything Inter - ouroboros - Recently angeled by babyamy!
Mala 1 : Prayer Bead Swap - International - 2 partners who flaked: dontcallmedotty and Inspirazione
For what ever reason these are the swappers who didn't rate me for my swaps sent.
Upcycle Challenge - Starbucks Green Splash Stick - bluecrayons
Spend Save Give Jars - TheZaftigLatina
Coffee & A Mug - catchahug, she answered pm and said Thanks, loved it, hearts - but wont rate.
Crazy About Knitting - panderan
Odd Ball Yarn - aallen66
September Birthdays Swap - Lucky12324
Bead Swap - ohnayam
Food Pincushion - valeriehope
Lonely Mailbox Swap- USA only - yvonne1968
Lonely Mailbox Swap- USA only - endiahna
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