Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Good Evening Ladies,..... I am writing this blog to all of you who are joining me in my Very Vintage Valentine Swap.....First of all, I want to "thank you".... & give you each a "big hug" for such a wonderfully enthusiastic response!....It is just lovely to have so many of you returning, from some of my previous swaps....as well as having so many new ladies participating for the first time! Thank you....thank you!!!! I couldn't do it without you!
O.K....now to get to the more serious reason for this post.....This is my 3rd swap...Most of you know, I began with the Very Vintage Halloween Swap & then followed it with the Very Vintage Christmas Swap.....The "Halloween" swap overall went very smoothly, with a only a very few ladies not receiving their swap boxes from their partners......However, the "Christmas" swap was riddled with an overriding amount of "flakers"!!!....many of us, including "me, the hostess"!....We made up well thought out & beautifully festive boxes for a partner that not only never confirmed she received it, but never even sent a swap box back!???? ..... This is simply UNEXCEPTABLE!!!....
At the beginning of each of the swaps I have been very clear....If for any reason you decide you cannot follow through, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.....A.S.A.P.!!!!.....I completely understand that sometimes we find ourselves in a situation that makes it impossible to continue with the swap.....but instead of "hiding" from your partner, "not answering e-mails" or "not posting on your blog"....JUST LET ME KNOW!!!!! I WILL UNDERSTAND!!!....What I will not put up with is "flakers"! When you sign up for a swap, you are promising to follow through....if not, then you at least need to let the hostess know...that is all I ask...If you do not, in my opinion, it is quite simply "stealing"....."flakers" & "stealing"......harsh words, but true. Again I will not have it!
Now some of you have noticed that a few swaps are now "charging" to participate!....A "fee" to join a swap?.....I have & am currently participating in one of these. I admire & respect the hostesses of these swaps & know that they feel they must charge a fee to weed out the "flakers", which I do understand....However, I LOVE putting on my "Vintage"swaps & want to continue to do so wothout charging a "fee". Please help me do this.....let's please be accountable.
So in this Very Vintage Valentine Swap" I have posted each of your names on the left side of my blog......I also have a list right next to my computer.....We each have till January 21st to send your swap box to your partner.....When you send your box, I am asking you to send me a quick e-mail telling me you have mailed it......& when you receive your swap box, please e-mail me again letting me know. I will be keeping track of everyone!.....Again, I know life happens....if you are running late just let your partner or me know....I will understand!......I will be politely contacting anyone who does not send their box, or does not receive one.....But if someone decides to "flake" on any one of you.....I will be posting their first name & blog on a final post, entitled..."FLAKERS"!.....I know this sounds a bit "mean", but like I have said many times....I will not put up with this disrespectful treatment of the honest, well-meaning women in my swaps!
I apologize for having to take such a firm hand with this situation...I do hope you all understand!....Thank you so much for your participating!...I so look forward to this lovely Very Vintage Valentine Swap!!!......Your friend, Heidi XO
P.S. Any questions about anything, please just ask!