Welcome to Friday but only just! I'm fashionably late to my own blog party this week. I've been hanging out for Friday since about 6 am Monday morning so I'm really glad it's arrived. How sad is that? And to my boss, who sometimes reads my blog, I honestly love my job , but thank you for approving my summer holidays because I'm all over the idea of sitting on my bum doing nothing for 7 weeks. Seriously. And that's my segue way into Favourite Things Friday this week. Pretty lame huh?
There are always swaps going on in Blogland. Many of you participate , and some of you are even brave enough to host and coordinate them! I've never joined up to do a swap before for a few reasons which Im about to enumerate here.
1) I like to march to the beat of my own drum and do my own thing. I'm not really a group person . (Have we forgotten who got put in the naughty corner at the Kellie Wulfsohn workshop?)
2) I always worry that whatever I send my swap partner will be a disappointment to them. My stuff isn't perfect and what I like isn't always what other people like. Conversely I cant work on something that I dont love. If I sent something that some one hated I'd be mortified. I imagine that email would do the rounds of everyone on the entire internet proclaiming me to be the worst swap partner ever. Yeah Im desperately insecure -and have an over inflated sense of my own importance. Dont be surprised. It's not like I hide it.
3) Some people turn swapping into an Olympic sport. They have been in training for years to get the Gold Swap Buddy medal and will stop at nothing to attain their goal. So when the swap rules are for a specific crafty item and a little present those people go overboard and include 15 yards of fabric, 8 pounds of chocolate hand made by a tribe from the Amazon that hasn't been discovered yet , a hand made quilt that took them 4 months to finish, and new Mercedes Benz. I'm not one bit interested in having "Best Swapper EVER " put on my gravestone when I die. I'm also not overly competitive.
Anyway ...Kat announced she was doing a secret scrappy swap a month or so ago. She had rules that limited what you could send because she wanted it to be a low stress fun swap. I thought about it and decided with some trepidation to dip my toe into the swapping pool. I figured I love scraps, even I can make something little as a gift and I live in the land of Haigh's so the local gift was easy.
So I sent this to Cindy, who was the easiest going swap partner in the whole swap and is one of the nicest people I know. I had a lot of fun putting this package together for her. And I honestly didn't stress out at all!
And yes- I sent her Haigh's. You can see Cindy's photo of the package here
Tammi drew me as her partner and I received this parcel early this week. It was full of special little touches that thrilled me. Is that the cutest way to wrap a gift ever?
Scrappy Goodness and a gorgeous little vintage sheet purse!
Oh Yeah- Chocolate!
Thank you Kat, Cindy and Tammi for making this such a terrific experience. I may have conquered my swap anxiety particularly if I get partners and swap Mamma's like you next time!