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Holiday Ornament Swap '09 hosted by freshlyblended

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Holiday Ornament Swap '09 hosted by freshlyblended
Swap Homepage:http://www.freshlyblended.blogspot.com
Swap Coordinator:freshlyblended (contact)
Swap categories: Crafts  Seasonal  Handmade 
Number of people in swap:253
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:November 7, 2009
Date items must be sent by:December 7, 2009
Number of swap partners:10
Description:

Welcome to the 4th Annual Holiday Ornament Swap hosted by freshlyblended! The swap has gotten so big that we've had to move to a new venue last year. The basic idea of the swap is still the same but a few rules may have changed so read accordingly.

GUIDELINES The guidelines are simple: 1. Sign up for the swap by creating an account at swap bot, you will be walked through the whole process making it very easy and quick to sign up for the swap.

  1. On November 8th you'll receive an email from us containing the addresses of 8-10 other swap participants to send your ornaments to.

  2. Design a handmade ornament that you can create multiples of and make your ornaments.

  3. Package your ornaments well...especially if you create anything fragile.

  4. Send one of your ornaments to each person on the list of 8-10 other swap participants in your group by December 7th.

  5. Sit back, relax and wait as you receive 8-10 fabulous handcrafted ornaments in the mail!

  6. If you would like to share photos of the ornaments you make and receive, you can dopost your images at our group flickr page here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1278358@N23/, you could have a chance to be posted on the freshlyblended blog!

*A note on international shipping. This year we do not have the ability to specify how many international addresses you will get so please plan for that. if you package your ornaments accordingly, shipping prices really aren't that much different considering the weight of your ornament.

Discussion

freshlyblended 10/30/2009 #

Happy Swapping to all!

Andi 10/31/2009 #

can a newbie join?

geekxnerd 11/ 1/2009 #

Ahh, one of my favorite holiday traditions! I'm so excited to be back for year four!

freshlyblended 11/ 1/2009 #

yes, newbies are welcome, this swap is open to all

kitkabbit 11/ 1/2009 #

Yay! I am so excited! Gotta start crafting!

fifthlampdown 11/ 1/2009 #

I am so excited! This is my third year, and I can't wait to get going!

camelama 11/ 1/2009 #

Huzzah! I am really happy it's this time again. Can't wait for the ornaments to arrive!

Sifin 11/ 1/2009 #

This is my fourth year, and I'm so excited. This has become a wonderful tradition!! :)

sighfoo 11/ 1/2009 #

My 2nd year. Can't wait for the handmade goodness!

SMichalek 11/ 1/2009 #

This will be my first year! I'm watching this swap until I have a space open to join!

db1920 11/ 1/2009 #

This is my second on. I know it will be fun!

Danielle00Thomas 11/ 1/2009 #

I am so excited!!! I have too many ornament ideas though...I need to nail it down! Anyone have any good sites for good/cost effective (a) Felt and (b) fabric?

Thanks!

Danielle00Thomas 11/ 2/2009 #

What I meant to ask was does anyone have any good websites for cheap felt and/or fabric?

Thank you!

tkittle28 11/ 2/2009 #

Yeah! This was really fun last year. Here's to another fun filled holiday season

ShinySuitcase 11/ 2/2009 #

4th year REPRESENT!!!! Quite excited to give and receive... let the crafting begin.

SMichalek 11/ 2/2009 #

Finished about half of my ornaments already! Can't wait to swap!

anatroccolo 11/ 3/2009 #

I love this swap!!! Third year, and still so exciting!!!

samuraijen 11/ 3/2009 #

I've had two really cute ideas for decorations, so I'm so excited about this!

dellamanodesign 11/ 3/2009 #

YAY! i've already started some of my ornaments...cant wait to start swapping!

kazza70uk 11/ 3/2009 #

I love this swap so much...this is my third year. Just made a start on my first ornament....excited!!!!!!

rumblegirl 11/ 3/2009 #

Won't this be a ratings nightmare if you're assigning different partners thatn Swap-Bot will automatically?

bettflow09 11/ 3/2009 #

Oh wow....if I decide to sign up this will be my first year in this swap!!! Sounds like SOOOOO MUCH FUN!!! The only thing is, there are no rating guidelines??? Everyone is welcome no matter what their ratings??? Oh my....how many flakers have there been in the past???

I will have to think about this one a day or two and decide whether or not I want to put so much work into making 10 ornaments just to possibly be flaked on by bad swappers. Hum.....sure sounds like fun though!!! Hope @freshlyblended tells me that there's some kind of rating requirements???

fairymagicmail 11/ 3/2009 #

This swap is the whole reason I signed up to swap-bot. I can't wait! : )

sricher808 11/ 4/2009 #

I have a similar concern to bettflow09's.Last year 3 out of 10 people who were to send to me never sent an ornament and it was very discouraging.I think in fairness to everyone there should be some kind of rating requirement,especially since the people you send to are mostly different from the people you are receiving ornaments from.

staceyb 11/ 4/2009 #

I can't wait! I discovered swap-bot tonight and signed up just for this. I promise i wont flake!

Calendula 11/ 4/2009 #

Can't wait! I've done this swap for the past two years, and it has been great. Only one person flaked, which wasn't too bad...

RedRobinnj 11/ 4/2009 #

I just sent out my last swap so I'm ready for a new one. I swapped last year with a different group with mixed results. I'm eager to give this one a try.

SMichalek 11/ 4/2009 #

Those who are worried about rating requirements need to know this. Many people sign up for Swap-bot ONLY to participate in this swap, many are followers of the freshly blended blog and do this swap and then let their account sit alone until the next year. Flakers should be down right ashamed of themselves, but that doesn't mean someone who just wants to send and recieve ornaments from this swap should be denied that privilage.

Saulute 11/ 4/2009 #

I would join, if there would be 3-5 ornaments. 10 is a lot both timewise and postagewise. Have fun! And thank you for the swap idea!

sricher808 11/ 4/2009 #

I understand some people sign up for Swapbot just to do this swap-I was one of those people last year,after doing the swap the year before not through Swapbot.I understand the need for openness so new folks can do this.It can be a very fun swap. What is not ok is if someone who is a current Swapbot member has lots of ones from not sending their share of a swap and is allowed to participate in this swap.Their potential to flake is very high.Several of the people who didn't send ornaments last year are still on Swapbot with lots of ones. When you put a lot of work into making 10 ornaments and paying postage for up to 7 international packages (I did this last year)you really don't want a high flake rate.I think there are ways to set up a swap to help filter out these people without excluding new folks who have good intentions. Thanks!

mollysmum 11/ 5/2009 #

I am new... I only joined to participate in this swap, I have already finished my ornaments.
I am no flaker!

Doucepoints 11/ 5/2009 #

I am still contemplating whether to join. I liked this swap better when it wasn't on swapbot, although I have come to like the joys of swapbot, and have joined a few swaps during the year. It is a good idea to add something about rating to the description.

karmologyclinic 11/ 5/2009 #

This will be my third year in this swap and I had only one flaker so far! It's been fun and I'll participate again. I don't care so much about flakers, boo to them etc but it's not the end of the (swap) world...

babekha 11/ 5/2009 #

if you are concerned about flakers - don't join, its that simple :-)

I am super excited for this swap! I love home-made ornaments, and collecting new ideas for my tree every year! Thanks so much for hosting!

firefaery 11/ 5/2009 #

This is my first year doing this. I saw it too late last year, to sign up. I am already making my ornaments and am hoping I get all those that are supposed to come to me! :) Will be so cool to see what people come up with.

lovindovah 11/ 5/2009 #

I just joined and I'm so excited!

mabrodeur 11/ 6/2009 #

This will be my second ornament swap. Thanks for hosting - I was afraid I would't find a swap like this this year.

TC 11/ 6/2009 #

Babekha, you are right. Since the host won't take the time to sort out people who didn't send in previous years' swaps, I've decided to back out of this one.

NatKing 11/ 6/2009 #

I've just found out about swap-bot and this swap so I don't have a rating, but I promise I won't flake. In fact I've already made ornaments for my own tree which will now be sent out to my swap buddies, so I'm one step ahead already. (Not all newbies are flakers.)

DosLittleMonkeys 11/ 6/2009 #

There's already at least one flaker in this swap. The host has been warned.

crescendo 11/ 6/2009 #

I agree with the comment above that if you are concerned about flakers don't join. As a starry eyed SB newbie last Christmas here, I found out the hard way that a lot of people come on to SB at holiday time just to receive, not to give, and if you are new it can be very disappointing.

I can tell you I know of at least one person who has joined this swap who is a flaker and has just now come back to SB to join this swap, not to make good on any of the 10 or so swaps she flaked on in Feb/March of this year. I have alerted the host, but it is unclear if there will be any profile checking or banning for this swap.

Just have fun making and giving your ornies, and if you prepare yourself not to expect to get all 10 of your ornaments, you won't be disappointed if you do not receive all 10. Then again, if you do get all ten, well, then it is icing on the cake!

jm1122 11/ 6/2009 #

Just signed up - so excited!

bckueser 11/ 6/2009 #

Yay. I just signed up. I haven't done this since the first year. So happy it is still going on. =)

magnoliagrace 11/ 6/2009 #

Just signed up! I participated a couple of years ago and it was so much fun!

bluecornflower 11/ 7/2009 #

I am dropping this swap as well. I just did a quick count, this swap has 15 flakers, and 86 newbies with no ratings (and no profiles a lot of the time). That makes nearly a 50/50 chance of not receiving ornaments in the swap out of the 200 odd swappers. I was in the swap last year and was lucky enough to receive all my ornaments, but only got ratings on 7/10 ornaments. Non rating was a big problem last year.

Nickel 11/ 7/2009 #

Has the host even adressed any of the concerns on this one... There are some swappers in this that are honestly in it just to get there items with no intensions of sending any out. Will the host have people angle for any of it. I know if "your worried don't join" And i have dropped after looking at profiles, allthough i have already made enough ornaments to send two per person. There is just to many flakers that have beem able to join. You can make a swap newbie frindley and still ban flakers at the same time. It isn't hard at all. If you know that people have joined swap bot just for this swap & have done it every year in then past and follow your blog then you let them in, but if they have been on swap bot for a while and have flaked on over 4 swaps then they should be banned. I love this swap and look foward to it. But with the rules here on swap bot I think stuff could have been a little diffent or at least addressed.. Hope you all have fun this year!! :-)

diane 11/ 7/2009 #

Since I have just joined and signed up to participate, I promise I am no "flaker!" I am so excited about this swap. I am in another swap on one of the prim forums and sent my 28 ornies out last week. =) Starting my ornines this evening for this swap. What fun!!!

crumbledot 11/ 7/2009 #

Hi every one! This will be my first swap ever. In Sweden where I live we do not have the tradition of swapping, I used to study and live in the Us for a couple of years and heard about swapping and then today I realised that it would be fun to join a swapgroup that will take international members. Iยดm really looking forward to making my group a traditional swedish ornament I will not "flake" you, I will send my ornaments out on December first so that everyone will have them in time for the best holiday of them all. Take care everyone

sleepingrover2010 11/ 7/2009 #

This is my first year and I hope to participate each year from now on. How exciting to see so many people participating in this swap.

racheljohnson 11/ 7/2009 #

Hi - I am one of Swap-bot's admins. It is so exciting to see so many people signed up for this great swap!

I just wanted to clarify how the partner assignments work for Swap-bot swaps. Sometime in the next week, freshlyblended will initiate the partner assignment process, the computer will then make all of the random assignments, and you will each receive an email letting you know that your partner info is now available. However, you must log back into Swap-bot and return to the swap page to retrieve your partner mailing info.

Also, at the end of the swap, you have the opportunity to leave feedback for each of the people who sent to you. SImply return to the swap page and choose the "Rate your partners" option. Honest feedback helps make Swap-bot a safer and more fun community.

Have fun! If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me at rachel@swap-bot.com.

Rachel Johnson
Swap-bot Admin

artesprit 11/ 7/2009 #

i have done this swap each year since freshlyblended started it. i always think it's better to give than receive... and enjoy it no matter what. thanks for doing this again!

Spiffie 11/ 8/2009 #

I am new this year,too. I host a recipe/ornament exchange at my home every year and in addition I make each guest an ornament as a gift from me. I thought this would be a great way to get ideas for future ornament crafts! Looking forward to it!

de1wynd 11/ 8/2009 #

Why does it say that it's the 8th?

samjowers 11/ 8/2009 #

Congratulations! You got 264 people to join your swap! that is so amazing and good job on being the number one swap for awhile! I cant wait to send out my ornaments. I too, have concerns about the flakers, but am willing to take my chances. I wish there was a way for flakers to be banned from the site. say 6+ 1's and you automatically get dropped with a review if you want to come back by the ones you flaked on...I'm just saying...:D

niecedenise 11/ 8/2009 #

The site runs on Eastern time since they now live in New York City-so itchanges the date for ev eryone at the same time-

ShinySuitcase 11/ 8/2009 #

I've participated in this swap 3 years in a row (as velleitypie) and this will be my 4th. Last year with the swap-bot change, I was disappointed in the flake outs and lack of accountability (it was fun to have our own little group) and that kind of swap negligence is the main reason I no longer do any swaps besides this one. Also I feel the quality and artistry of some of the ornaments fell when it moved to swap-bot. I wish it was a closed swap, to people who are only familiar with the blog and not open to just anyone on swap-bot. I love making the ornaments best but it so disheartening to get poorly made, lame or simply not even receive ornaments. If there are many flake outs this year, I'm not participating anymore.

TC 11/ 8/2009 #

Samjowers, the SB system is set to partially suspend a swapper if they have accumulated three 1s within 6 months. The partial suspension keeps them from signing up for new swaps. Once they have made good on their swaps and the 1s have been changed, OR 6 months have passed - which comes first - the partial suspension is lifted and they are free to swap again.

HOWEVER: Their rating is an indication to future swappers/hosts that the person may not be reliable. That's why it's so important that a host check ALL the participants in a swap and ban the ones who have a history of flaking.

TC 11/ 8/2009 #

ShinySuitcase, a private swap is an option on Swap-Bot, and you should recommend it to the coordinator on her blog.

samjowers 11/ 8/2009 #

Thanks, TC, I was also wondering, If I block someone, Does it keep me from getting that person as a partner? Esp if I have already been flaked on by that person?

niecedenise 11/ 8/2009 #

Nope! it only keeps them from pm ing you-

specialteacher 11/ 8/2009 #

When will the lists be sent to our email? I think I have checked my email 20 times today. I guess I am just too excited about this swap :) Just wondering.

freshlyblended 11/ 9/2009 #

Dear Swappers, Freshlyblended is aware of your concern of flakers and newbies in this swap. however each person in this group has an email address to each of their swap group participants. We believe in giving each person who signs up, a chance. if you are worried that you may not benefit fully from your group then please send out an email to your group members to see if they are fully and truly willing to be involved. if they are not then only send out the number of group members ornaments who are deserving and report this person to us so we can ban them next year. We have banned some members before assigning groups but we can not ban someone who is new to the swap, this would not be fair. This is the season for giving, this is why we do this swap but if you feel like receiving is just as important, then let your group members know so you can weed out the unwilling participants. happy swapping to all!

heidistitches 11/ 9/2009 #

This is my second year in this swap and it's just wonderful. Don't forget, there are lots of us willing to angel those who get flaked on. I think it's really cool knowing that something I made is in the hands of someone half way around the world. When it comes to the receiving, I feel very fortunate for each one I receive. I've actually made friends with other swappers because of this ornament swap. Don't focus on the negative, believe in angels instead!

redhange 11/ 9/2009 #

I'm so excited! I've got all my ornaments cut out and have begun sewing them too. This is my 2nd year participating, but my first time on Swap-Bot. :)

nmterrier 11/ 9/2009 #

As a newbie (and not a flake, promise) I am looking for examples of ornaments from previous swaps so that I can do something appropriate. Suggestions of where I can look? Very excited for this, looks like so much fun!

pettiskim 11/ 9/2009 #

I am so excited to be swapping again! This is going to be so much fun!

Tarabell150 11/ 9/2009 #

I am very excited about this! I have my idea down and am getting the supplies today. I will ship out ASAP. I am looking forward to receiving everyone's ornaments!

gypsygirl 11/ 9/2009 #

I don't mean to be simple - I got my notice to start swapping but I didn't get a list. Am I looking in the wrong place or did I misunderstand?

samjowers 11/ 9/2009 #

gypsygirl, When you look at the top of this page, on the right there is a box that has prompts. the second promt from the top says "see the people who you send to"..or something like that. when you click on it, a box will appear with your list of names.

samjowers 11/ 9/2009 #

nmterrier, Martha Stewart.com and various other craft sites have wonderful ideas that you can adjust to your special artistic style. just do a google search for "christmas ornament ideas" and they will give you something to start with.

nichole2203 11/ 9/2009 #

Awwww I missed it! I participated last year and loved it. I'm so bummed. :o(

lynny5 11/ 9/2009 #

hi all, I am very new to swapbot. My friend told me about this swap. She has been doing this swap for a couple of years and had a great time participating. She is doing it again this year and I decided to sign up. I signed up for this swap and on time. I noticed my name on the list on saturday and sunday but now my name is gone. :( I didnt realise that my email had not been verified. I clicked the resend for verification but still nothing. Then my friend liz told me to get another email address. So I did, now I guess its too late. :( I have made eight ornaments just needed 2 more to do. What do I do? Is it too late for me? Help!

vintagepaperparade 11/ 9/2009 #

I'm thrilled to be participating in this Swap. I too joined Swapbot just so I could join in. It's my first year! Looking forward to it :)

camelama 11/10/2009 #

Hey nmterrier (and any other new folks) - you can see 2 previous years here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/holidayornamentswap08/

http://www.flickr.com/groups/holidayswap07/

kitkabbit 11/11/2009 #

Here is the group for the 1st swap! http://www.flickr.com/groups/holidayornamentswap2006/

Tarabell150 11/11/2009 #

Oh I am definitely a tad bit more intimidated now that I looked at the previous years ornaments. I love my idea though and hope all my recipients will love it too!

Luv2Swap 11/11/2009 #

I'm trying to access the address to see who I send to. It's not coming up. Can someone please help. All the other tabs work except that one.

racheljohnson 11/11/2009 #

Hi all - Swap-bot Admin here. We have a few people who did not make it into this swap, but wanted to. If anyone who IS signed up feels that they cannot fulfill their obligations or needs to drop from the swap for any reason, please contact me. We may be able to switch out participants.

Thanks for your help,

Rachel Johnson
Swap-bot Admin
rachel@swap-bot.com

jhongosh 11/11/2009 #

I've just finished up my ornament prototype; that means I've only got nine more ornaments left to make! :)

akangarooo 11/12/2009 #

so sad! I missed the signup but was already working on the ornaments. Boo. If anyone drops please think of me to swap in!

lolirojo 11/12/2009 #

I am so sad I missed the sign-up! I would be happy to be notified if anyone needs to drop out, as well. Thanks so much.

Tarabell150 11/12/2009 #

Is Australia the only country who is picky about what they receive?

nikkidear 11/13/2009 #

Well I'm hoping mine are good enough, but so far I've completed 4. Need to pick up some more supplies tomorrow.

bluecornflower 11/13/2009 #

New Zealand is also picky about what they receive in the post - avoid wood, flowers, seeds etc

Tarabell150 11/13/2009 #

I don't want to give my ornament away but I am using a material for part of it that I guess you would say comes from a plant somehow. I am sending to Italy and Canada. I think the rest is in the US. I hope that is fine.

glacrtop 11/13/2009 #

Shoot! I missed the sign up! I've participated the last couple years and love it. I swear you should be able to sign up past the date!!! If this changes, I want in!

tamaradesigns 11/16/2009 #

For those of you who missed out on signing up, I'd be happy to side-swap. Just send me a message. Please note, however, I live in Australia, so please no seeds, pinecones, straw, flowers, etc.

samjowers 11/21/2009 #

All of you who missed...why dont you just put together another swap? Australia, is the seed, flowers pinecones etc thing about customs???

nikkidear 11/29/2009 #

I just finished my ornaments. Now just have to wait for the post to open tomorrow. I may use the 24 automated tonight and send out to the 9 US recipients if I decide to go out later. Then the last one to the UK in the morning.

jm1122 11/30/2009 #

My ornaments are on their way.

nikkidear 12/ 3/2009 #

All of mine got posted yesterday. :)

cemay 12/ 4/2009 #

Mine are on the way! I have so enjoyed all the ornaments I've gotten, and I hope the recipients of mine like them! :)

SpencerTwins2007 12/ 4/2009 #

Almost done! Will be sending on Monday!

tiffany719 12/ 4/2009 #

got mine out today! very exciting. my friend received THREE ornaments already. I have none :( can't wait. very exciting!

choci 12/ 7/2009 #

I am going to be late on sending mine due to some unforeseen circumstances... but I will NOT flake and hope to get them all out by the end of the week, if not sooner.

Really sorry for the delay.

traderkat 12/ 8/2009 #

I will be mailing mine on 12/9. I am so sorry for the delay but I had a short hospital visit. I am very sorry!

hollyhm 12/18/2009 #

Thank you to all, I received the most adorable ornaments this year. Can't wait 'til next year.

merry Christmas to all.

choci 12/18/2009 #

Better late than never, my ornaments finally went out today! Thanks for your patience, everyone -- I hope you like my "Christmas Frida"!

geekxnerd 12/21/2009 #

I know that it is better to give than receive during this time of year, but I cannot help feeling a little disappointed that I still have not received six out of ten or my ornaments. Out of those six, only one swapper has communicated that their ornament has been sent late. This is the fourth year that I've participated in this swap, and I look forward to it every year. Such disappointment this year!

jm1122 12/22/2009 #

Tenth ornament arrived today. This has been a lot of fun!

SpencerTwins2007 12/23/2009 #

I only received 6.

firefaery 12/25/2009 #

Did seriously only 4 people get my ornaments so far?? I sent them out in November. I don't understand how people could not get them yet, or else they did and they didn't do any ratings...

SpencerTwins2007 12/26/2009 #

Only received 6 :(

camelama 12/28/2009 #

Spencer, in past years sometimes ornaments didn't make it to me until January, especially if they were coming from overseas. Don't give up hope until at least mid-way through Jan!

nikkidear 12/28/2009 #

I received 8 before x-mas and one after so far. The one after was from overseas, so I have hope that the last one is still coming.

nikkidear 12/28/2009 #

I'd also be willing to angel if someone needs.

firefaery 12/28/2009 #

Can people please wait until January before rating a 1? I got rated a 1 by someone and I sent out the ornaments 2 weeks before the deadline! The postal system must have not sent things as quickly as they should have, but the ornaments were sent out, as can be seen by the people who already received and rated!

mollysmum 12/30/2009 #

I have received 7 ornaments and I am very happy... thank you so much! I have also rated those that I did not receive a 1. I can always change this, should the ornaments turn up late can't I?

nikkidear 12/30/2009 #

I have not rated a 1 for the one I have not received, and I'll hold off a few more days. I am concerned that I have not received ratings from 6 ppl yet, even though I sent all my packages out at the same time from the same postal office. I am a little concerned that some might be missing. If someone has not received from me yet please let me know, as they were all sent out on the 3rd of Dec. Only 1 was international.

karenzatom 01/ 2/2010 #

One of my 'senders' has been deleted from Swap-bot and I never received an ornament from her... I made an extra ornament and would love to exchange with someone else.

sleepsideways 01/ 3/2010 #

I feel the same I sent out all my ornaments and have only received 5 ratings. I went to my partners pages to see what was up and many of them had been partially suspended. :(

nikkidear 01/ 5/2010 #

Well I just left a message with the one person I didn't receive an ornament from. If I don't receive a reply I'll rate the 1. I still have not received 6 ratings, and no one has messaged me to say they have not received from me. What happens now? Does the coordinator do something?

openasthesky 01/ 9/2010 #

I will not be doing this swap next year. I have received one "bad" rating -- a 3 -- because the person felt that my ornament did not live up to being "handmade". Others, however, loved it, gave me a 5 and a heart. But that one 3 -- for making such an subjective call about my ornament -- has already prevented me from participating in other swaps on swap-bot. I'm so disappointed that someone would rate my creativity! Anyway, I'd rather stick with those who have an understanding of swap-bot procedures and policies than to have someone who doesn't interfere with my swap-bot enjoyment the rest of the yaer.

gingerkate 01/ 9/2010 #

I have to say that I am a bit disheartened by this year's ornament swap. I have participated for the last 3 years- The first year was amazing- I received all ornaments well before christmas, they were so creative, thoughtful, well-made- The following year (1st year with Swap-bot) was still good, but not of the caliber of the previous year. This year, I didn't even receive all of my ornaments, and some were late. The final ornament I received the day I took down my tree. I don't want to give up hope that there are great swappers out there that will continue to create fantastic ornaments, so I will probably participate again. I know that things come up, and delays happen. But there is a month from sign up to send date. I think that going forward it should be made clear that this swap is for dedicated participants because it IS a lot of work! I actually started designing mine in October for this reason, and sent as soon as I received the list since I had several international recipients. Also, I didn't receive many ratings- I just think it's really important to support one another & the swap-bot community with ratings (and THANKS to all who did!). That's all! Thanks for listening.

samjowers 01/11/2010 #

I agree with you gingerkate. I didn't receive two of mine, I put a lot of work into the ones I made and yes, I made them before the sign up, knowing that the international participants would want to get thiers in time for christmas. There seems to be a lack of concience with people or no one has taught just plain good manners. i will do this again because I love making ornaments. I just wish that people who have no intention of completing the swap just dont sign up! Why did the first year work and not the later one's here at swap-bot??? What was different?

nikkidear 01/11/2010 #

@openasthesky - I think that getting a 3 on quality is totally wrong. Even if I received something I wasn't in love with they still got a 5 for fulfilling the swap requirements. If I loved it they got a heart.

I just finally gave the 1 rating to the person I did not receive from, I tried contacting them, but to no avail. I also never received the ratings from 6 of my partners, and no one has tried to contact me. I wasn't sure if my ornaments were up to snuff, I actually enclosed 2 per partner just to be sure, so to get no rating really sucked.

staceyb 01/12/2010 #

Won't be participating in this swap next year as well. To quote @openasthesky: "Anyway, I'd rather stick with those who have an understanding of swap-bot procedures and policies than to have someone who doesn't interfere with my swap-bot enjoyment the rest of the year." She hit it my exact sentiments there. I'd rather have been in the MEGA ornament swap even though it had so many flakers, because the host actually cared what was going on with her swap in that one. Everyone was angeled and taken care of...not so much on this swap :P

nikkidear 01/13/2010 #

Yeah it is kind of crappy that the coordinator didn't step in and do anything. No angeling, or arrangements for it. I doubt I will do this one again, as there doesn't seem to be any real swap leader in this one.

printer 01/15/2010 #

I was flaked on by 1/2 of my partners, and not rated by 1/2. I won't participate again either.

frankie 01/17/2010 #

Im so sorry to everyone ho has not recieved anything i sent all my gifts and they all came back so i have resent them and they on there way to all of you...this is my first time and i was not very impressed how the was set up...but your ornaments are on there way and i hope they find a specal place in your heatrs...sorr to those i have upset...your gifts might tak a while as our postal system im SA is shocking... Candice

frankie 01/17/2010 #

Pls help ive sent my ornaments but where do i show that i have sent them...bit stupid sorry...mwah

nikkidear 01/27/2010 #

@frankie - I just changed your score from a 1 to a 5 as I just received your ornament. It was worth the wait. Thanks!

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