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Crafty Witches Matchbox

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Crafty Witches Matchbox
Group:Crafty Witches
Swap Coordinator:takaratown (contact)
Swap categories: Themed 
Number of people in swap:2
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:5.00
Last day to signup/drop:February 10, 2012
Date items must be sent by:February 29, 2012
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

For this swap you will have one partner ( this is an international swap). You will send your partner one small size matchbox ( 1-1/4" wide x 2" long x 7/16" deep) that has been decorated in a witchy or pagan theme. Then you must fill it with witchy or pagan stuff!

The matchbox can either be a real matchbox ( the little pocket size ones) that you take the matches out of and decorate, or you can make it yourself with this handy template:

Click here for handy template

I like to make them myself ( it really easy!), but sometimes a cool vintage matchbook with some decoration added to it ( instead of totally covering it up) can look really wonderful too.

I also found this chick on etsy selling little blank ones if you don't want to use the real ones, or make your own:

Click here for Etsy Shop

So what can you fit inside a teeny tiny matchbox anyway?

I like to pretend I am making a care package for a tiny witch that lives in a mushroom! Just like the picture I used here, I like to put an assortment of teeny tiny magical items, as opposed to just one thing. I love the dividers, but those are sorta difficult to make, so you can either do something like that or just pack everything inside neat and tidy so it looks pretty when you open it up.

Here are some ideas:

  • some herbs in a pretty teeny tiny pouch ( otherwise they all fall out during shipping)
  • crystal(s) or magical stone(s)
  • a tiny spell written out and tied up in a scroll
  • a magical piece of jewelry
  • sample size vial of essential oils
  • an itty bitty handmade spell book either blank inside or with spells -an amulet
  • an incense cone, or powder ( like dragons blood ) -a peice of resin like sandalwood or amber -frankincense and myrrh
  • coffin nail -a tiny bit of earth or sand from a spiritual place -a tiny goddess statue -a pendulum

And what about the outside:

The outside should reflect the way you feel about your "craft". Nature based themes are great, and you can always incorporate pieces of nature as well. Try building a tiny mosaic out of moss and bark, or itty bitty seeds!

You could make a tiny painting or drawing on it if that is more your style. Or make a drawing then make a border with seeds, or pebbles.

Other items like beads, cabochons, and lace make great establishments as well.

A writer? Perhaps covering the box in elegantly written witchy poetry on faded parchment would be nice.

The sky is the limit, but I think as with any swap you should send what you would like to receive. You should spend a little extra time creating it, and really putting some good energy into the project.

The idea is not to print out a picture, glue it on, and dump some old dried herbs inside....that would be bad. Really put some care into it. Make something your partner will covet for years to come.

Because I want you guys to put some extra time into making it this is not a profile swap. This means that you can start working on it as soon as you sign up. This also means that you get what you get. It will be witchy and/or pagan themed, and there are no requests as to what you get. If you are bummed out by this, please comment and let me know and I will do another one for folks who want a more specific theme, or who want it to be profile based.

Happy Swapping.

Oh, and New Member Rules apply!

Discussion

Itti 01/27/2012 #

Ooooooh how exciting! I'm ordering some materials already! :)

katara 01/27/2012 #

Unfortunately I don't have a perfect rating so I can't join in the fun...

takaratown 01/27/2012 #

Hi Itti, thanks for signing up, this is my first time hosting a swap, and I am super excited about it!

takaratown 01/27/2012 #

Im sorry about that Katara, I will try to do another one soon with less harsh requirements. Thanks for letting me know how you feel about it.

sultrypeacock 01/27/2012 #

I am overbooked through February, so the timing on this one just doesn't work for me. I do hope you'll run it again!

takaratown 01/27/2012 #

thanks sultrypeacock, I will try and do that!

ArtHarpy 01/30/2012 #

I'm in the process of getting some projects done before I commit to anything new... I've got it on my Watch list!!! I hope to sign up before the deadline!

takaratown 01/30/2012 #

art harpy! The first time I made one of these, I thought it would take forever, but I guess since it is so small it really goes very fast. I hope you get your other projects done in time to join..thanks for watching!

takaratown 01/30/2012 #

Welcome Maggie 249 :) I love your profile! Some funny things in there too...especially in the start where you mention your dog. Welcome to this swap, and thanks for joining!

Shadowspun 01/31/2012 #

I'm with sultrypeacock. Way too busy right now but I'll definitely sign up for the next one!

takaratown 01/31/2012 #

Good to know Shadowspun. I will be sure to do another one next month.

takaratown 01/31/2012 #

I could also extend this into late Feb. if enogh people are interested? let me know if you would rather me extend this swap into the end of Feb.

Itti 02/ 4/2012 #

You could make another swap the same in March? I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd sign up a second time! ;)

takaratown 02/ 7/2012 #

haha. I know Itti, it might just be me and you this time. Yeah I am gonna make another one for later in March... wait for it...!

takaratown 02/ 9/2012 #

Itti, Options: I could extend this swap into March in the hopes that more people join, or I could just do another one.....just a thought...!

Itti 02/ 9/2012 #

I have enough supplies to fill two matchboxes. Could do it either way :)

Itti 02/ 9/2012 #

(Or will have - I have an order arriving in the next day or two.)

takaratown 02/11/2012 #

Okay I just assigned partners!!!

takaratown 03/26/2012 #

I am too swamped this month to host again right now....does anyone else want to take the reigns...you can use my exact description if you want!

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