I did my first charm swap. It was fun. Actually it was great fun. In fact the only thing that could possibly have made it more fun would have been if everyone had just given me their money for me to do all the choosing myself... (if that would interest anyone... seriously... call me) but no, really, it was great fun.
I took loads of photos, these are
the ones in focus my favourites.
Yes, I had a little helper. A little helper that just HAD to help, whether I wanted it or not. A little helper that probably took up far too much of my time shifting her... That big centre picture is my favourite one of all, as that is after I had picked her up off the charms and shoo'ed her away about a dozen times... Quite the persistant little fabric addict. (Hmm what is it they say about pets and their owners?!)
I had thought these would have been arriving at their new homes today, but no. Tomorrow hopefully!
Would I do it all again? Of course, I've learned all the tricks now... why let that go to waste?!
One thing I have learned, a tip for swap participants and or hosts, to do with posting.
Posting, and price of posting, (in the United Kingdom) is all about the thickness.
How's that for a difference in two different charms?!
To put it as simply as possible, and to make things as easy as possible for the host AND participant, I'd say the following is the safest guide.
On the left, small envelope, ziplock bag just over 5" square. Expect to mail as small parcel. Currently £2.70.
On the right, we have a plastic envelope and ziplock back to fit 5" by 10" minimum - that way the single charm pack can be split into two piles. If this can be done, and the charms flattened out good (the zip lock bag helps!!) the parcel can then be thin enough (and still under A4) to be posted as a large letter, and hopefully much cheaper! You can get a cardboard size checker thingy from the post office if you ask. The kind lady explained to me that it is not a matter of "can I flatten my parcel and get it through the size slot". She told me that the new sorting machines are apparently quite fussy. If your parcel doesnt drop easily through the slot with NO HELP, its too big - the machine will jam.
Plastic envelopes are best by far. Good air-tight ziplock bags are essential. Posting isnt always particularly gentle. Or weatherproof...
I should probably have found all this out before I ran a swap. But, there you go, I've learned something new...
And finally... my #quiltphoto number 3. "on the floor"
Dont know whether to call this "I hate hoovering" or "R.I.P. supersoft fluffy deep pile carpet" either way, I'd kill for a tiled / wooden floored sewing room! (Or a cleaner.)