Monday, November 3, 2008
Hi Friends!.....This post is for all of you ladies who are participating in my "Very Vintage Christmas Swap"!......I have just finished assigning partners to each of you! I have tried to pair you with someone who shared some of your same interests/taste!......Be sure & check your e-mails to make sure you have received your partner & your partners information sheet. I have tried very hard to keep good records & be very organized, but if you signed up & sent me your information, & do not receive an e-mail from me today, please let me know as soon as possible!
Now about your swap boxes...obviously, the name of this swap gives away it's theme!...."that being "vintage"!.....However, please know I am intending that to mean "vintage inspired"!....After receiving your partner & reading over her information, please e-mail each other, asking any questions you may have & really trying to get to know each other!...That way you will be able to put together a swap box that your partner will truly love!....
I have suggested a limit of $20-$30, sometimes I find I can make up a wonnderful box close to $20, but other times I need every bit of $30 to make it all come together! :)...Your box can be made up of many small things, or a couple more expensive pieces!....The items can be homemade, store bought or a combination of each!...Personally I often begin with a book(Amazon) I know my partner will love, a cookbook or a decorating book, then add little extras that compliment the overall theme!.....but you can do anything you wish!..& with this being a "Vintage Christmas" theme, just think of the possibilities!
The other aspect of making up "swap boxes" is this.....please put some time into making them "very pretty", a box that makes you partner feel special & shows her that thought & attention was put into it!....This doesn't have to be expensive!...wrapping items in lovely papers or cellophane bags & coordinating ribbons really can make your items look charming!
And one last thing......I LOVE putting together well-run swaps!....but in order to do that I need your help!.....If for "any reason" you find yourself unable to follow through with this swap, please let me know & I will contact your partner.....You have from now till DECEMBER 1st to plan, put together & send your swap box!.....That is almost a month!.....But again, "life happens" & if you find yourself running late & need more time, please let me & your partner know!...Also if you are unable to contact your partner or have any issues where you are having difficulties, please let me know right away!.....I will try & help you, & if need be reassign you a new partner!! I have already had many generous ladies offer to take a second partner, so let me know!.........That is all I ask!.....And even though I hope this doesn't happen,...If you find yourself with a partner who cannot be contacted or doesn't follow through in the end, I ask you again to please let me know! Those individuals will not be allowed in any future swaps of mine!
You should all know how honored I feel to have so many of you returning for my second swap!!...& to have lots of new ladies as well!....I want this Very Vintage Christmas Swap to get us all in the holiday spirit!... & be one you all enjoy & in the end remember fondly! Good Luck to you all!......Your hostess & friend......Heidi XO