Would anybody be interested in a crafty swap?

(126 Posts)

I'm thinking of something similar to a square exchange, but with any crafts? Like Xmas decs or jewellery or smellies or toys? I think it'd be lovely to send things out and in turn receive something lovely.

I was struck by a similar idea when reading the Christmas bargain thread and the poncing thread. I bet there are MNers who would happily make one or two extra whatevers and swap them for a something grin
It may be a little bit more difficult to post off a jar of mincemeat than a felt decoration but I think it's got merit and I'll happily join in.

Accidentallyquirky Wed 02-Oct-13 11:02:41

Oo can I join please?

I would be interested in this, for sure.

PolterGoose Wed 02-Oct-13 16:15:55

Me too

Yay! So glad people want to join in. I'm all a bit clueless about the organisation side, perhaps if we just pm the person before us?

Kveta Thu 03-Oct-13 14:29:23

a christmas ornament/decoration swap would be fab smile

whatdoesittake48 Thu 03-Oct-13 22:47:40

Count me in....what do I do now though? Got some lovely coasters or xmas decorations. Crocheted.

Bumping this smile
Will pming the poster above us work?

carovioletfizz Sat 05-Oct-13 13:53:02

I'm in! I make wooden stuff and would love to do a swap x

AngelsLieToKeepControl Sat 05-Oct-13 13:56:59

I'd be up for this too.

Maybe if everyone sends their name and address to the organiser, the names can all be picked at random and everyone on the list gets messaged with their recipient (if that makes sense) You would need a cut off date to get your name in by though.

Gatekeeper Sat 05-Oct-13 18:36:43

I would love to do this....count me in

cheesecheeseplease Sun 06-Oct-13 10:21:29

me too please smile

EustachiaVye Sun 06-Oct-13 10:54:48

Me too please - love crafty things like this! smile

AngelsLieToKeepControl Sun 06-Oct-13 11:07:39

If you need a hand sorting this out ThePig then I'll help if you like. This is a really great idea flowers

Ooh thanks Angel! I have no idea about organising, that would be fab of you smile
Do you think 2 weeks is enough notice in case people need to make more or get postage together etc?

AngelsLieToKeepControl Sun 06-Oct-13 12:13:11

That sounds like plenty.

People could get their names and details in by the 1st of November. It will take a week or so to message everyone the details of their recipients so people can post their items by the middle of November?

Would it be an idea to put a rough price guide so everyone is getting an equal(ish) value gift too? Or would it be better as a surprise?

carovioletfizz Sun 06-Oct-13 19:35:05

How about £5-10?

HorsesDogsNails Sun 06-Oct-13 20:40:53

I'd love to join in, is that ok?

Angel, you're all over this! Full control to you. Fab! I think £10 sounds fair? And November 1st means there's loads of time to get making and get more involved. The more the merrier grin

Bumpy bump smile

Mckayz Mon 07-Oct-13 20:00:20

I'm in! Sounds like a great idea.

DairyNips Mon 07-Oct-13 21:35:05

I'm in! I make jewellery smile

AngelsLieToKeepControl Mon 07-Oct-13 21:46:32

Ok, I think we have got this organised now.

If you mail me with your names, addresses and what you make. I'll message you all in the first week of November with your recipient.

Also if you sell on Etsy or Facebook and want to support other MNers in their businesses then send a link to your shop and I will mail a list of all of our sites too.

The gift should have a value of around £10 and should be sent out by the 15th November. Is that OK by everyone?

Well done ThePig this is a great idea flowers

Sounds great Angels, fair play to you and your organisational skills smile looking forward to this now.

AngelsLieToKeepControl Tue 08-Oct-13 17:28:56

There are a fair few names in for this already, and some really lovely gift ideas.

I'll be taking names up until the 1st of November and then get everyone matched up and the PMs sent out.

I had no idea there were so many different crafters on MN.

Bumpy bump! smile

Gatekeeper Thu 10-Oct-13 09:39:26

I'd still love to do this but am unsure about the £5-10 bit; I don't make things to sell- merely as presents for friends and family so not sure what to do now...

I don't make things to sell either gatekeeper, it's just something small to send and recieve. Don't be put off because you haven't costed your crafts smile

Bumping for the weekend grin

If it's not too late ,I would like to join in smile

Not too late at all atomik, great to have more on board. Pm angels for more info? smile

AngelsLieToKeepControl Sun 13-Oct-13 14:20:35

I am getting everyones PMs. I'm having a few internet problems just now so I'm having to use my phone which I can't work so if I don't reply don't worry I'll be able to get back to you in a couple of days (according to Virgin who never lie hmm ) . There are loads of people in the swap now and everyone has really great gifts.

Bump grin

Kveta Wed 16-Oct-13 18:03:54

Ooh, I've been away and forgot about this - must remember to message you angel!

Woolfey Thu 17-Oct-13 16:59:16

ooh I would like to join in, what a lovely idea. Have Pm'd you Angel.

roguepixie Fri 18-Oct-13 08:25:38

Angels - have PM'd you.

I'm on my phone so can't link, but there is a craft fair being organised by pistey for Winston's wish through woolly hugs if people would like to donate an item to that? The thread is on chat smile

plipplops Sat 19-Oct-13 14:29:43

Sounds like a great idea, I'm insmile

I'm in!

lia66 Tue 22-Oct-13 09:30:41

Hi, is it too late to join in?

Not too late at all, the more the merrier grin pm angels to sign up smile

sunnysunnyshine Wed 23-Oct-13 20:05:07

I'd like to join in too please... How do I pm angel? I thought I had to click on your name but can't seem to...

roguepixie Thu 24-Oct-13 10:04:57

sunny - up in the top right hand corner there is a purple tab "My Mumsnet" . Attached, but to the left, is a tab with an envelope. Click on that and you will be able to fill in the details to send Angel a PM. You need to make sure you get the name down correctly though. smile

Sunny, are you using desktop or mobile site or the app?

AngelsLieToKeepControl Thu 24-Oct-13 10:48:01

I PM'd you sunny, just to make life easier. I have been known to report posts rather than PM when I'm on the mobile site grin

sunnysunnyshine Sat 26-Oct-13 11:35:24

Thanks! I'm on my phone...will respond to the mail smile

focuson Thu 31-Oct-13 11:20:56

Hi can I join in... Love ideas like this .. Only problem do not sell stuff rather do sewing and quilting for friend but have an idea in mind .. Will read through post to work out how to pass my details smile

focuson Thu 31-Oct-13 11:21:52

Sorry what I mean is how to do a gift with a £10 value...

AngelsLieToKeepControl Thu 31-Oct-13 11:25:30

Yes you can join. Today is the last day to sign up for it and I'll start sorting the swaps out tomorrow. Just PM me.

I'll be sending PMs out in the next few days everyone. Can't wait grin grin grin

AngelsLieToKeepControl Fri 01-Nov-13 10:45:14

Lots and lots of names in for this, and lots of lovely gifts in too.

I'll be sorting it out over the weekend and hopefully PM everyone on Monday/Tuesday.

Looking forward sending my little crafty present out grin

Another thanks to Pig for coming up with the idea.

I'm actually really excited about this now grin And so glad that angels is organising it for me!wink
I think it's going to be fab when people start opening up parcels and posting what they've gotgrin

AngelsLieToKeepControl Fri 01-Nov-13 23:33:48

Maybe you could start a thread in Have You Seen This in a couple of weeks pig and we could all post pics? if I can figure out how to post pics

I might just do that If I could figure out how to do pics too

ScoutJemAndBoooooooooooo Sat 02-Nov-13 10:21:39

I am a papercrafter and would live to take part - I love wooden gifts, if anyone thinks we are a match please get in touch.

ScoutJemAndBoo Mon 04-Nov-13 19:11:38

When do we have to post our swaps by?

Exciting! Are we directly swapping with our partner, or am I sending something to person a but receiving from person y? smile

AngelsLieToKeepControl Wed 06-Nov-13 17:38:44

I'm hoping all the parcels will arrive by the start of dec at the very latest, so in the next couple of weeks for posting would be fantastic.

We are all giving and receiving from different people and (if I worked it out right) nobody will get a gift with the same thing they craft.

I can't wait until everyone receives their parcels now grin

ScoutJemAndBoo Wed 06-Nov-13 19:41:54

Wonderful, I have. Few days off work at the end of the month, will sort it out then, if not before.

Mckayz Fri 08-Nov-13 11:32:21

I got mine yesterday!! Had to wrestle it out of DDs mitts though. Can't wait to open it!!

Need to get cracking on mine!

Someone was quick off the mark!!

HorsesDogsNails Tue 12-Nov-13 21:48:56

I posted mine today and coincidentally I had a package arrive in the post when I got inform work.....

It is jewellery from Helen Hicks Jewellery - 2 boxes, beautifully tied with ribbon, a multi-coloured bead bracelet in one and a pair of silver earrings with a pale green bead in the other! Absolutely beautiful, thank you so much.

I don't know your mn name to message you personally, but thank you thanks

Focuson - I got your package today, spent a solid five minutes wondering who on earth Firstname Focuson was before I realised. You are AMAZING! I love love love my cushion. My daughter has already nicked it but it is definitely coming back to me when she falls asleep ;)

focuson Wed 13-Nov-13 20:21:57

Blotted so glad you like it I was strangely nervous that you would not like it but loved making it for you.. Definitely get it back from your daughter ASAP!

I posted mine today. The post office lady had me fill in a form that she stuck on the package so I hope that doesn't ruin it for my swap smile

Kveta Thu 14-Nov-13 23:09:55

Aaah, I need to finish and post mine off soon! Sorry not to have managed it so far, hopefully over the weekend!

whatdoesittake48 Fri 15-Nov-13 15:11:35

I am still waiting for my parcel - sent mine as soon as I got my name and address. can you tell I am on tenterhooks?

I got my parcel yesterday.

To the MNer who made my beautiful pale green bracelet and earring set - you are so clever. smile It is so lovely and the beautiful beads make it look so delicate. I have just bought a new sea green scarf and look forward to wearing my fabulous new jewellery with it.

Mine will be posted on Thursday.

Kveta Tue 19-Nov-13 10:23:55

mine is finished at last - just need to pack it up and post it now!

Mine is going into the post today. [excited]

I managed to get mine in the post today. I had an unexpected trip to the post office to put through some parcels for work so I posted mine too.

I hope my recipient likes it <worry>

Kveta Tue 19-Nov-13 17:46:36

I managed to post mine too - also worried it won't be what recipient is expecting, but hope it is ok!

carovioletfizz Thu 21-Nov-13 12:33:52

I posted mine today, and received one also! I'm not sure who sent it, but it's beautiful! A lovely crocheted hanging butterfly decoration! My DD(4) POUNCED on it and asked if she could please hang it in her room...I was going to put it in the living room but agreed, so it now looks very pretty hanging in her bedroom. Love it, it's really stunning, so thank you Secret Santa Mumsnetter! xx

Caro - yours has just arrived through my door, and they are so, so beautiful - thank you very much indeed!! You couldn't have chosen better for me - I love having hearts hanging up around the house all year round, and I collect christmas decorations to hang up too! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I notice we are not too far apart - perhaps you would like to meet up for coffee in town sometime?

carovioletfizz Fri 22-Nov-13 18:48:25

That sounds lovely sdtg and I am so glad you liked your things! Pm me and let's meet! smile

My swap is at home waiting for me, can't wait to get off work to open it grin
Thank you already to my swap person (swapper/swappee/swappess?!)

And look at this, people meeting up due to my swap idea too smile what a happy glowey feeling I have smile
I hope Caro and sdtg become best friends smile

HorsesDogsNails Fri 22-Nov-13 20:42:25

I posted mine over a week ago, I hope it's got there sad. It went from England to ROI - I have no idea how long it takes!

It's here HorsesDogsNails! It is the most beautiful honeysuckle scented candle in a vintage French coffee cup
I love it, thank you so much. thanks
My kids are amazed that you've made it, and so thrilled with all the bubble wrap grin
Now the swaps are arriving I'm even happier with the idea, and think we should do a spring one too if people are up for it?

Kveta Fri 22-Nov-13 21:47:21

nothing here yet, but I'm glad my butterflies landed smile

could we have a photo thread of the received crafts?

Here is the thread for all the pictures smile

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HorsesDogsNails Sat 23-Nov-13 10:52:08

Phew, I'm so glad it got to you and I'm so glad you love it! The Arcopal cups are gorgeous.....

The swap was a fab idea!

I will add photos of my two lovely items, when I have a moment or two to dig out the camera.

KristyThomas Sat 23-Nov-13 13:38:06

I got mine today! A gorgeous chunky infinity scarf (with a flower) and matching hand-warmers! They're lovely and warm and the colour goes perfectly with my winter coat (I actually opened the package at the sorting office and put them on straight away grin). Thank you very much to the person that made them for me! Will try to get a photo onto the picture thread.

I am a bit worried that nobody's posted about receiving the item that I sent - I posted it nearly 2 weeks ago now confused

That's from me Kristy grin

I'm so glad you like them. Thank you and thanks to Pig for the original idea and Angels for sorting out the logistics. grin

KristyThomas Sat 23-Nov-13 17:32:20

Aha - I'll make sure you get due credit when I post the photo. No, thank you - (and Pig and Angels too!) Would love for this to become a yearly thing!

focuson Sat 23-Nov-13 18:06:11

I think should not only be yearly but spring, summer and Christmas. Still to receive my crafty thing.. But loved doing it and shows the very special gift of making.. Also i bet very few of us ever receive handcrafted rather give so this is our time to receive,��

Yes focuson, that's exactly what k was thinking!
Anyone get anything else lovely to report?!

Kveta Tue 26-Nov-13 13:26:16

nothing to report here!

Gatekeeper Tue 26-Nov-13 20:09:31

I received a beautiful delicate silver bracelet with tiny red and green beads, or at least I think I did for about five mins as it has been nicked by dd !

Ah well <sigh>

whatdoesittake48 Wed 27-Nov-13 14:30:46

sad still waiting...

KristyThomas Wed 27-Nov-13 17:44:11

Gatekeeper - I made that! Glad you liked it - hope your DD at least lets you borrow it! smile

Yay more crafty swaps smile
Make sure and post the pics on out pic thread so we can all see the loveliness smile

Gatekeeper Thu 28-Nov-13 08:58:02

nobody has mentioned mine yet and I posted it two weeks ago <eek>

Me too gatekeeper. Perhaps postal services are very busy at this time of year?

Mckayz Thu 28-Nov-13 10:35:44

I didn't open mine as I was waiting for Xmas. But as everyone else has, I have now.

I got a lovely crochet placemat and coasters. They're lovely.

HelenHicksJewellery Sat 30-Nov-13 21:31:54

Hello, I've name changed for this but just wanted to say HorsesDogsNails really pleased you like your jewellerysmile. And I received mine, some fab patchwork (great inspiration for a project I'm starting!), and a knitted stocking which DDs have put on the tree today (and DD2 loved) Oh and I know it's still November, but DD2 was a bit poorly so we were housebound today and they needed cheering upgrin

Gatekeeper Sun 01-Dec-13 09:51:08

Hi Helen <waves> the patchwork and stocking was mine...glad its arrived smile

ooh I hope you all do this again and I can join. I am enjoying the photo thread as well and seeing all your beautiful creations.

focuson Wed 04-Dec-13 09:27:44

still waiting for mine - getting worried it has been lost in post but loving seeing pictures of all the lovely creations!

I posted a month ago today... Really thinking it has got lost. I might talk to angels to see who is still missing things etc.
I would definitely like to do another swap in the new year. I really enjoy waiting for a surprise in the post like a kid grin

JustCallMeBaldrick Thu 05-Dec-13 03:13:34

Glad you like the jewellery Woolybackswife smile

Mckayz Thu 05-Dec-13 06:01:30

I sent mine last week and I sent something else the same day which arrived. I'm hoping the person I'm sending too just hasn't had time to come and post.

It is fabulous Baldrick

I've just moved house. If I ever find anything a camera I'll post a picture on the other thread grin

AngelsLieToKeepControl Thu 05-Dec-13 16:22:07

Hi everyone, sorry I haven't been around, I'm having one bloody disaster after another at the minute.

Can everyone who hasn't received their swap PM me please so I can chase it up for you.

Glad so many of the swaps have worked out, I'm just about to mooch at the picture thread grin

Yay! Angels is on top of things smile

whatdoesittake48 Mon 09-Dec-13 11:07:32

hey Mckayz - glad you liked the coasters!

AngelsLieToKeepControl Mon 09-Dec-13 15:54:56

Can anyone else who hasn't received their swaps please PM me.

Anyone who hasn't or can't post theirs or who has posted in the last couple of days can you also PM me please.

whatdoesittake48 Fri 20-Dec-13 10:52:17

Oh dear - still nothing for me. Angels kindly offered to send me something instead. this isn't necessary, but it was a very kind offer.

I think we should all thank her and the other organisers for their hard work!

Christmas is all about the giving - not the receiving, but I was still looking forward to seeing what crafty Christmas gift I would get. I suppose there are still a few post days left....

JustCallMeBaldrick Sat 21-Dec-13 06:59:43

I think mine's arrived! I've got a mystery parcel from Switzerland, but as it's wrapped in Xmas paper my mean family won't let me open it until the 25th sad

JustCallMeBaldrick Wed 25-Dec-13 21:17:55

I opened it today! Thank you for my fantastic apron and the yummy Swiss chocolate smile

With absolutely no excuses at all, I am so very sorry to my recipient. I made your gift but it didn't survive the making process and I had to remake it which (for my craft) is time-intensive. I finished on Sunday and posted on Monday next day guaranteed before 1pm and tracked it all day on Tuesday praying it would arrive which I know it didn't.

I've just tracked it again and delivery was attempted today so it is with your local post office. Angels has the tracking number if you need it - please accept my profuse apologies, know that your gift was made with much love and I hope you like it even if it is so very late.

Hi, is there anyone left who didn't get a swap? I sent something in november(!!) and don't know if it's arrived?

focuson Wed 01-Jan-14 09:52:25

Hi I have not but been in touch with angels.. Will do swap thing again mind you. Had lovely day yesterday rearranging my sewing corner as got a lovely wooden chest from my best friend for all my fabric... And very large chest completely full!! Today planning my commission for 8 chair cushion pads and pottering in my corner if boys will allow.. Happy new year everyone

focuson Wed 01-Jan-14 09:58:07

Oh and posted pics of corner in arts and crafts pics as very proud at how neat it all lookssmile

Oh focuson maybe you were due to recieve from me? I shall pm you?

Focuson - I would love to send you something if you'd like to send me your address? I was so delighted with the present you made for me x

focuson Thu 02-Jan-14 20:33:00

Oh no blotted .. Have been in touch with angels but thank you so much for offer. I am however curious as to each other's crafts will pm you x

Kveta Tue 07-Jan-14 14:08:15

nothing here, but never mind smile I know my butterflies winged their way up north, so am happy they made it safely!

Mckayz Thu 09-Jan-14 09:35:12

I have no idea if mine arrived sad I hope it did.

whatdoesittake48 Thu 09-Jan-14 13:00:01

I never received mine...could have been the dreaded Royal Mail. I don't know who was supposed to have sent mine - but I am in Basingstoke, if that helps anyone work out if theirs might have been lost in the post.

Such a shame some of the swaps didn't turn up, I know I posted mine 2 months ago but don't know if my swappee has got it.
Are people interested in another swap?

focuson Sun 12-Jan-14 18:45:25

I am very puzzeled as to number not turning up as well as lack of feedback and thanks on site. If my one ever turned up would be delighted in showing it of and saying thank you.

Mckayz Sun 12-Jan-14 20:16:33

Focus, that's another problem. I think some people have never posted here so they might have received but we don't know about it.

whatdoesittake48 Tue 14-Jan-14 14:34:42

I would still be keen on another swap - it is all in the anticipation anyway! Plus i always have little projects on the go which have no home.

Anyone interested in another swap? New thread here

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