November 15, 2007

Sarah: Swap

Ladies and Gents,
I'm excited to announce Two Loose Teeth's first Christmas ornament swap. Thanks for your interest! You'll find all of the details after the jump, but to get started, if you want to participate, send me an email with your information before November 20th. Please write "Ornament Swap" in the subject line of your email so that I don't miss you.
Tomorrow I'll post some ideas for ornaments to get your creative juices flowing, but I'm sure that you're all going to blow me away. Stay tuned!

The guidelines:

1. Sign up for the swap by sending an email with the following information to sarah at twolooseteeth dot com by November 20th.
- name
- address
- email address
- you website or blog (if you have one)
(Note that when you submit your information please submit it in this order with traditional capitalization - it makes things a little easier on our end!)

2. On November 21st you'll receive an email from me containing the addresses and email addresses of the other swap participants to send your ornaments to.

3. Design a handmade ornament that you can create multiples of and make your ornaments.

4. Package your ornaments well...especially if you create anything fragile.
Things to NOT include in your package: food or candy or any perishable items.

5. Send one of your ornaments to each person on the list of other swap participants by December 15th at the latest. Send a picture of your ornament in an email to me (sarah at twolooseteeth dot com) notifying me that you've mailed your contribution.

6. Sit back, relax and wait as you receive fabulous handcrafted ornaments in the mail!

7. Once people have received your ornaments, I'll post the pictures here, along with a link to your website, unless you request otherwise.

8. One last note: I'd encourage you to research the cost of shipping and take that into account when you design your ornament--lighter and more compact ornaments are cheaper to ship. I want this swap to be fun for all of us. This shouldn't be a financial burden, it should be a chance to craft and get to know each other a little bit.

Most Common Questions?

What sort of materials can be used?
Anything! Knit, sew, letterpress, gocco, paint, draw, sculpt, glaze, cut-out, glue, weave, blow glass, weld...go nuts.

Who are the other people I'll be swapping with?
The other people on the swap list you receive on November 21st.

Will my address be on the internet anywhere?
No. The only people who will receive your snail mail address and email are the people you are swapping with.

What about shipping costs?
You are responsible for shipping costs for your ornaments, just as others are paying to ship ornaments to you. Please check your local shipping rates ahead of time if you are wary of the cost of shipping.

What if I don't receive all my ornaments or I can't send my ornaments out on time?
This is why you will be given the other swappers' email addresses. Please email your group with any concerns directly. You may also post announcements on this blog entry or email me if you have any questions concerning your group.

Do I need to have a blog to participate?
No. If you have a blog, that is lovely, but absolutely not a requirement to join the swap.

Other questions? Email sarah at twolooseteeth dot com and I'll respond as quickly as possible.

(Thanks to Kathleen of cake & pie and Nicole of freshly blended for the template for these guidelines)

Posted by sarah at November 15, 2007 01:14 AM

How many people will we be sending ornaments to? / How many will we need to make?

Posted by: Gemini6Ice on November 18, 2007 09:48 PM

Gemini, Good to see you! You would only need to send one ornament to each member of your swap. Right now it looks like you'd need to make 7 or 8 ornaments, but it would definitly be no more than 10. Send me your info if you'd like to join.

Posted by: sarah on November 18, 2007 10:43 PM

I'm honestly afraid of making a commitment I will fail to live up to (right now I'm doing grad school part-time, working full-time, and job hunting), so here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to make an ornament and find out how long it takes me to make. Maybe I'll experiment with a few deisgns to find something reasonable to multi-produce but still pretty. Then I will be all set with an oranemtn plan in mind for next year.

So if you do not have a SECOND annual ornament swap, I will be very disappointed!

(Interestingly enough, I do not even celebrate/engage in Christmas; my interest in this is totally out of the crafts-swapping. :) )

Posted by: Gemini6Ice on November 19, 2007 10:19 PM

I totally understand being too busy to participate in the Swap, especially with such short notice. I hope we can have a swap each year, and that you'll be able to participate in the future. A lot depends on how this exchange goes, but I have nothing but high hopes!

Posted by: sarah on November 26, 2007 11:11 AM
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