Gift Swap

Christmas in July

This past month I signed up for the Christmas in July gift swap hosted by the amazing Alyx. She paired me up with Noël for the swap, and let me just say, how appropriate is my swap partner’s name for this? Haha. We traded emails and mailing addresses and vague gift ideas, then went to town. Head on over to Noël’s home on the web to see what I sent to her. Below is what she sent to me.

My package from Noël.

The cheerily wrapped goodies, and a nice note.

Fun gifts from my swap partner

She got me: two books I haven’t read before (yay!), a polka dot scarf, polka dot earrings, and some yummy smelling lotion. The books are now on my to-read list, and I’ve already been using up the lotion (though, funny story, since the bottle says ‘body creme’ I wasn’t sure at first if it was lotion or body wash, but after a test run I determined it was indeed lotion).

I was very happy with my surprise package, and have made a new bloggy friend. 🙂 Always the best outcome you can hope for from a mystery gift swap.

In other Christmas in July type news, my shop will be participating in Danielle’s huge Christmas in July sale this coming Thursday and Friday. A whole bunch of shops have signed up to offer special deals – everything is discounted and with free shipping. You’ll need to be a fan of her Facebook page to see all of the cool items shops have offered up, and to get in on the shopping action. My shop specifically will be up on Friday the 27th.

ALSO (I know, there’s more!) you can get 20% off ANYTHING in my Etsy shop with the code XMASJULY, now through August 15th. That includes custom orders, so don’t miss out!

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June Foodie Pen Pal Box

This past month I participated in a new-to-me gift swap called Foodie Pen Pals, run by the fabulous Lindsay. It works the same way as a normal gift swap, except that the items being swapped are all edible – fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats. Here is the box I received from my foodie pal, Jennifer.   Contents Almond Butter. I had never had this before, and wasn’t sure how to eat it/what it goes with, so I just substituted it for things I normally use peanut butter for. Verdict: pretty good, though I still like […]

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Send Something Good: The Package

This spring I participated in a gift swap called Send Something Good (much more popular than it’s lesser-known counterpart, Send Something Mediocre 😉 ). It’s run by Gentri, Kristy and Kaitlyn. It was a mystery swap, so the person you were sending a gift package to was not the same person you were getting one from – quite fun! We each did a get-to-know us likes & dislikes post awhile back so our mystery person could get some idea of what to send. This is the package I sent off to my assigned blogger, Elisha: The person assigned to send […]

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Send Something Good: The Essentials

As part of the Send Something Good gift swap, today all participants are linking up with posts to let their secret swap partners know a little more about them and the kinds of things they like. So, here are the essentials about me: I am not religious, vegetarian, married, or a mother. I am a graphic designer, screenprinter, college graduate, bookworm, homebody, girlfriend, sister, daughter, movie addict, dog mama and lover of good food. I live in Austin, Texas, though I am originally from the cold northlands known as Ohio. I’m currently 27 years old. I’m not too much of […]

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Happy Love Day! Vday Round-up

Why should Valentine’s Day be just about lovers/significant others? This Vday I thought it’d be fun to show some appreciation for fellow bloggers & crafters while at the same time supporting the handmade community, so I came up with the Be My Valentine Gift Swap. You can read about it here, but basically everyone who signed up had to create an Etsy treasury with items under $20 they’d like to receive, and their swap partner picked one to send to them for Vday. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun with it, and I certainly plan on hosting it […]

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Be My Valentine Gift Swap 2012

I had such fun with both the Cold Hands Warm Hearts gift swap, and the holiday gift swap through Etsy Texas Crafters, that I decided to organize one of my own! So, introducing the Be My Valentine Gift Swap! Why should Valentine’s Day be just about lovers/significant others? This Vday I thought it’d be fun to show some appreciation for fellow bloggers & crafters while at the same time supporting the handmade community. My idea is for everyone who wants to participate to create a Vday wishlist treasury of items on Etsy, and then the assigned swapper picks something from […]

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