Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2019 10:21 am

rhyme + rune + riddance #2

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Swap Coordinator:NorthernBorder (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges 
Number of people in swap:18
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:November 15, 2009
Date items must be sent by:November 23, 2009
Number of swap partners:1

Hello, swappers. Here is a swap to share the creative and supportive energy of the swapbot community. You will be making up a slim packet of enchantment for your partner. This is a repeat of a swap from February 2008.

For this swap you will use your imagination and become magical for a moment. We all have magic within us -- this is what lets us fly in our dreams, imagine good things, avoid bad things, know what our pets are feeling, and sense the mysteries of creation.

You will have one partner and send her an envelope that (ideally) requires a minimum of postage. For USA swappers this would be a 44 cent stamp.

Inside the envelope you will enclose THREE written things as described below, and an assortment of magical ephemera from your collection: lace, ribbon, clippings, cards, sparklies, labels, shapes, feathers, tiny charms, doo-dads, tokens, trinkets, papers, postage stamps, stickers, what-have-you.


a rhyme: you can make one up or copy your favorite poem. I think expressing one's creativity is a way to stay healthy and happy, so extra points for homemade rhymes. Limericks are always fun and easy. Here is a simple rhyme from Ogden Nash to start your juices flowing: "Celery raw develops the jaw. Celery stewed is more quietly chewed." See? Magic. It's nonsense, and you smiled.

a rune: after looking at your partner's profile, write her a personal rune that is one sentence long. By "rune" I mean a verbal charm, a blessing, or as dictionary.com says: "an aphorism, poem, or saying with mystical meaning or for use in casting a spell." This simple rune is meant to benefit your partner uniquely. You can decorate the paper on which your rune is written.

a riddance: in a yin-yang sort of spirit, reflect upon your own life and choose something that you want to get rid of. I don't mean extra weight or a pile of old clothes. Your "riddance" may be a bad memory or something you feel guilty about (ala postsecret.) It may be an addiction, a fear, a sadness, a dread. Whatever IT is, write one sentence describing this thing you want to get rid of. Decorate the paper if you want to, but you don't have to. Fold up your "riddance" as small as possible, and seal it with tape, stickers, glue or what-have-you. Your partner will not open this "riddance."

Here is the especially magic part of this swap: when your partner receives your packet and finds the sealed-up "riddance" among the rhyme, rune and all the other charming little goodies, they will destroy the bad thing for you. For example, in my house we heat with wood, so I will put the riddance I receive from my partner into the fire. You could put the thing through a shredder, bury it in the ground, feed it to a hyena in the zoo, compost it, grind it up in the garbage disposal or drop it off the top of a tall building. Whatever you do, honor your partner by not opening her "riddance," and by destroying it totally!

Swapbot folks have extraordinary powers of generosity and care. Suspend your disbelief, participate in this swap, receive good blessings and cleanse your mind of something bad.

I hope this silly swap will have some powers of good for all of us who participate. All welcome to sign up, and I will review profiles carefully before accepting folks into the swap.


spin 10/ 8/2009 #

Oh I love the idea! Put it on my watchlist for now! :D

delavia 10/19/2009 #

What a wonderful, wonderful swap. I'm really thrilled to be a part of it!

revolutionoise 10/21/2009 #

I love this swap but im going to have to drop it then re-add this swap, because the partners arent assigned till november 15 and im at my 20 limit for swaps! oh no..

yelaklleps 11/ 7/2009 #

Sounds like so much fun! Great idea! I would love to swap a similarly magical/enchanted themed whimsy jar or matchbox sometime too!

revolutionoise 11/12/2009 #

yelaklleps, I think you should host that how cool! Im excited for swap partners.. Been waiting for this one to start for a while.

myrrhmaid 11/14/2009 #

I don't think this is a silly swap at all! Very creative, imaginative & positive! Thanks for kindling the good vibes!

grimmlynn 11/14/2009 #

What an amazingly cool idea!

studiomnivorous 11/19/2009 #

@yelaklleps if you do a themed swap, please let me know! That sounds like fun if I can manage =)

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