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Try Something New- GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT! #2

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Try Something New- GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT! #2
Swap Coordinator:shinywen (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Crafts  Art 
Number of people in swap:22
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:April 21, 2010
Date items must be sent by:May 26, 2010
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

This is #2 in a series of swaps designed to give each other a chance to try something new, something you've always wanted to try but just haven't had the motivation or confidence to try. It turns out lots of us are nervous at trying our hand at new craft projects we haven't practiced with before.

SO- for this swap you will have one partner, and for that partner you will make one thing. The "thing" is YOUR CHOICE. It could be an ATC. A postcard. A matchbox. A dotee. An embroidered piece. WHATEVER!

  • THE FIRST RULE IS: It must be something you're not already practiced and good at. (Last time I tried making a mandala. It wasn't perfect, but it was awesome experience!) So the key to this first rule is to put fear aside and GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT! Your "best shot" means that you spend time and effort in working with this craft, not that you lazily put a sticker on a piece of paper and think "Wow, look, I've made my first ATC".

  • THE SECOND RULE IS: Since this is sender's choice, be prepared to receive something very different in style or even value than what you sent. If you send someone a glazed pot you made in pottery class, and you receive a small ATC in return, that is fair game in this swap. The point is to congratulate and appreciate someone taking a step forward in their creative development, NOT to receive something of equal monetary value, or usefulness, etc.

  • THE THIRD RULE IS: Along with your swap item, include a short note describing the experience. Was it frustrating? Did you give up at first? How do you feel about the process now? Also be sure to include whether or not you WANT constructive criticism/feedback from your partner. If you say no, then NO judgement should be made about the quality or aesthetics of the swap item. Simply put-- if they made something, and it got there on time, they get rated a 5. If they have asked for criticism, you could leave some in your rating or message them privately to give them some POLITE and helpful feedback.

We are all in the same boat here to some degree, with a craft we haven't played with much. But who knows, someone else in the swap may know ALL ABOUT how to unjam a glue gun, or sew doll arms together. So in the comments section of the swap, feel free to share frustrations or questions about the process you're working with. Either here or on the forums. Maybe someone will have the answer!

RATING RULES REMINDERS: If you got a product and a note and they arrived on time, rate a 5. If your package was missing something or late, a 3 is appropriate. A "1" is appropriate ONLY if you have not received anything by the time Swap-Bot notifies you you can use that rating. Do try to get in touch with the person first though to see if something happened-- this is supposed to be an all-around supportive swap. HEARTS are lovely ways of expressing your appreciation for what your partner sent you. Use your own discretion as to whether your partner deserves a heart of not. If you're unsure, message me and I will try to help you determine if the situation sounds like a heart is in order.

Newbies are welcome to this swap as long as they have a COMPLETELY filled out profile and at least one snail-mail swap under their belt. Participants with recent no-sends will be asked to explain their circumstances so we can be sure nobody will be flaked on. Although this swap is more about the creating than the giving-and-the-getting, it still stinks to be flaked on.

Any questions, please leave a comment here or message me privately. Let's get to learnin'!

Discussion

user2637 04/ 8/2010 #

Love this idea. Not sure I have time now, but I see it's a series, so I hope it keeps going. :)

shinywen 04/10/2010 #

Yup, I'll be doing it a few more times yet :)

BetsyPreston 04/10/2010 #

This is a super idea!!!!

It's working already - I made my item this morning. I got a new crafty book months ago but just couldn't get myself to try any of the projects. Now I've made two of them in one day. Yea!

I'm definitely interesting in doing it again. Hopefully #2 will be followed by more!

kittykatmomma 04/11/2010 #

what a great idea for a swap!!

shinywen 04/12/2010 #

So glad you guys are into it! Please PM me if you have any questions.

shinywen 04/20/2010 #

Hey all you watchers: If you need more time to decide about participating in something like this, consider joining the really fun group Rainbows and Rainclouds and then joining the New Craft?? Swap. It's very similar and you have until April 29 to sign up.

wackywallflower 04/21/2010 #

hey guys, I'm a noob, but this sounds fun! If you get me as a partner, just tell me what you want me to try to make for you, haha. I knit and collage already, but pretty much anything other than that I'm willing to give a go at.

LavenderLizard 04/21/2010 #

A friend of mine makes jewelry out of soda cans...I think I will give that a shot! Maybe she'll teach me!

trekaroo 04/27/2010 #

I sent my entry today- April 26, 2010.

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