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. 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.
I need post type earrings, small ball, singles okay. I have a vintage metal Christmas tree lapel pin that had holes in it and was decorated with post earrings. Several holes need to be filled.
Dia de los muertos craft items. I like realistic style skulls, folk art style items, milagros, and small things for ofrendas.
Wool fabric scraps for penny rugs
Men's silk neck ties. Silk only to match on ongoing project.
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. I used to sell these at fairs but I can't do them any longer so I'm cleaning out my bin of inventory in exchange for sewing supplies. Needed are embroidery floss, good felt, wool fabric scraps, or just look at my list above for ideas.
** Felt handmade to-go size coffee cup cosies
** Crochet phone bags
** Small crochet bags
I don't scrapbook, make cards, collage, paint, or any other paper crafting. I wouldn't know what to do with them.
Religious items or cards.
Please do not send bits and pieces of papers, odd random stickers, single sheets of notepads, old stamps, and random postcards. These aren't "extras" if they can't be used.
I've received quite a bit of these from swappers even after asking specifically not to. I have no use for it.
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, cute chickens, crochet thread balls any color/size/vintage
D - dia de los muertos items
E - embroidery supplies earrings hoop style to crochet over
F - felt, floss, fun fur yarn
G - Gnomes, Gutermann threads any color, gum sugarless
H - hexie papers, hot chocolate, hankies, hoop earrings to crochet over
I - icicles for my 13" Christmas tree
J - jucyfruit gum sugarless, jewelry jump rings,
K - k-cups of coffee or cocoa (no lemonade)
L - lip balm, linen napkins vintage
M - mechanical pencils, milk glass, mug rugs
N - Needlebooks
O - ornaments for small table Christmas trees
P - Pentel gel pens, pincushions, playing cards, pins
Q - quarters as in fabric fat quarters
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, ties (as in men's ties), threads
U - umbrellas, small size
V - vintage velvet fabric
W - wool fabric, wool felt, washi, window gel clings
X - xactly, I can't think of anything either
Y - Yarn
Z - ziplock bag of supplies
Knit & crochet magazines
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.
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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