Hi friends! Elizabeth here. Kelly and I are so excited to share this new project we can all participate in together!
Have you participated in an online swap before?
I signed up for a Christmas/Holiday handmade ornament swap a few years ago and it was a blast! I liked it so much, I did it the next year too. Maybe this year I’ll have time for another one.
Anyway, this is what gave me the idea that hosting a Spring Swap would be fun to try in the Sewing In No Man’s Land “community”. Just a fun way to connect with new friends around the country–or around the world!
How much do you LOVE getting something fun in your mailbox?
So what are we swapping? Get creative! A spring gift for a new friend. We’re going to just keep this simple and simply partner up in twos and swap with each other. So, two people, each send the other one package, making two packages total between two people. Is this making sense?
Here are some items I thought of to get you started…
Fat quarters of pretty fabric. This is SEWING in No Man’s Land, after all!
Or vintage notions! Bias binding makes pretty ribbon, too.
I’m a HUGE fan of sweet little tags. So many ways to use them!
Jewelry is always fun to receive and usually pretty easy to ship.
Other ideas? So many possibilities…stylish office supplies, hair accessories, cabochons, wool felt in beautiful colors, stamps, all sorts of party supplies like paper straws and cute cupcake wrappers, bunting of some kind, vinyl decals (I’m OBSESSED with these), possibly a photo frame or an amazing vintage something or other…
And here’s an example of what I’d wrap up and mail to my partner:
Pretty paper goods (postcards, prints, stationery), washi tape (ALWAYS welcome at my house!!!), vintage gingham bias binding, and handmade kraft tags.
This brings up a second point–I think it would be helpful for your partner if you include three words to describe your perfect swap gift to receive.
Let’s imagine my partner had listed ROMANTIC, SHABBY CHIC, and PINK, for example. That’s what I was imagining when I assembled the package above.
Or what if your partner listed the words FRESH, STRIPES, and PARTY. Something like that. This is what I envisioned: So that we’re all on the same page with this:
Expect to spend around $10-15 on this. Make it something awesome without going waaaaaay overboard (unless you feel like it, I guess?) or underboard (which isn’t a word, but you know what I mean!).
Almost everything I pictured here happens to be from Etsy, but you can find beautiful little treasures in many different places, including stores like Target, TJ Maxx, craft stores, online, the mall, farmers’ markets, antiques shops. SO many options! And, obviously, handmade treasures are fantastic, too!
Please don’t send food. That might get messy, ha! : )
Package with care, of course.
And PLEASE mail your package within a reasonable time if not on the actual ship-by date. It would be so sad to sit around waiting and never get your gift in return!
In fact, that almost makes me not want to even host this, but, I’m going to have faith in woman-kind. I think we can do this, ladies! (Open to any of you male readers, too, now that I think of it!)
To join in the fun:
Email me (Elizabeth) at firstname.lastname@example.org beginning today and going for two weeks, until May 7. Hopefully that gives everyone a chance to sign up.
Please use the phrase “SPRING SWAP” in the subject line of your email so I can process these quicker, if you don’t mind. : )
Please specify if you are open to having an international partner or if you want to stay within the US (or other country of origin).
Don’t forget to INCLUDE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS! Kinda important! : )
Also, for best results, include THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL SWAP GIFT to receive. Give your partner a little heads-up!
I’ll begin emailing each participant their partner’s information starting May 14. Then, take about two weeks to get it together, and hopefully you’ll be ready to go by our SHIP DATE of MAY 28!
I’ve started up a flickr group for you to post photographs of what you give and/or what you receive. Or maybe your partner packaged your gift especially nicely and you’d like to share it with us.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what you do!
Just for fun– leave a comment with the three words you’d choose for yourself! I’ll go first!