November 2, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Handmade Gift Swap


I hosted a 12 days of a Christmas gift swap last year and it was a lot of fun. It's sweet getting little packages in the mail but takes some self control to wait open them starting Christmas day!  At least it was tough for me. I love the idea of gift giving, especially sweet handmade gifts. This year I wanted to so something similar, but have a group for beads and then a general gifts group too. I have been playing around with different ideas of how to go about the details and this is what I've come up with. I hope ya'all are excited!
Details:
* All US and International Participants welcome to enter. I am trying to do this early so that we all have ample time to get our gifts mailed and received.
* This gift swap will start Christmas day and continue for 11 days 
* This is a fun activity where 12 participants will create 11 gifts (either all the same or all different), mail them out to each of the participants, opening one each day starting Dec. 25 onward, and then chronicle the gifts you receive on your blogs.  Yes, you must have a blog to participate. Wanna start one? Buy my eBook and learn how!
* Please do not show pictures of your gifts beforehand so that we are all surprised!
* Gifts should be wrapped and labeled with a number for each day. Each participant will be assigned a number, 1-11 (the 12th will be you)
* You will be responsible for shipping to each of the participants. This could get expensive. I will make sure there are an equal amount of International vs. US participants. Think about shipping when creating or choosing your gifts.
* I will start a Flickr Group too, for you to upload your photos of gifts, after they've been revealed.

There will be 2 groups.  

Group #1 will be for Components/Pendants/Beads- You will create by hand ( no store bought beads/components please)  11 beads or components and for 11 days, you'll open each component, and chronicle gifted beads on your blogs.

Group #2 will be general gifts- Since we all love handmade gifts, I suggest you make these gifts by hand, but they can be in any genre you like. Ornaments, Jewelry, prints, potholders, whatever you desire!  Be creative and give gifts that you would love to receive yourself.

I need 11 participants ( I will be the 12th for both groups) for each of the 2 groups. That's 22 people!

Leave a comment on this post- be sure to include the following information:

Name:
Blog URL:
Location:
Email:
Group#1 Beads or Group #2 General

Please feel free to sign up for both groups. I will be picking the participants by random draw but it is not likely that you'll win spots in both groups.

I will announce the participants on Wednesday November 7th! Please check back here to see if you've been chosen!

It'd be cool if you could share this on your blogs using the button I've created for you, below! Just copy and paste the code into an html gadget on your blog side bar!


Lorelei's Blog

46 comments:

  1. Hi,this sounds like fun. Please enter me in both drawings.
    Sharleen Newland of Shaterra Clay Studio
    shaterraclaystudio.blogspot.com
    Groveport OH
    sharleengay@yahoo.com

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  2. I would love to participate if chosen, please enter me for both groups.
    Whimsy's Wonders: http://whimsyswonders.blogspot.com/
    Plainfield, IN
    Whimsyswonders@gmail.com

    Thanks for hosting.

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  3. Sounds like a lot of fun, please put in the drawing for both :)
    http://jumbledhutch.wordpress.com
    Janesville, WI
    kshutch@gmail.com

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  4. I would love to participate in group 2....
    Suzette Bentley of Ellie's Bijoux
    ElliesBijoux.blogspot.com
    Waxhaw, NC
    Suzette@elliesbijoux.com

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  5. Please enter me into both groups! How fun!

    Jodie Marshall
    Marshalljodie@aol.com
    Marshalljodie.blogspot.com

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  6. I would like to be in the bead group please.

    Marcy Lamberson of Studio Marcy
    studiomarcy.blogspot.com
    Atlanta, GA
    studiomarcy@gmail.com

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  7. Please enter me in both groups as well.

    Donna Millard (Donna Millard Art Glass)
    http://fyrebeadz.blogspot.com/
    Wisconsin
    (Willing to ship International)
    akravenlady@yahoo.com

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  8. Oh how fun. I love giving gifts. I would like to to the beads and components,jewelry
    Pamela ferrari
    ferrarioriginalsyahoocom.blogspot.com
    Volcano, Ca
    ferrarioriginalbeads@yahoo.com

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  9. I probably shouldn't but I can't resist. Sign me up for the Component group please.
    http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com/
    Washington State
    KristiBowmanDesign@yahoo.com
    Group #1 Beads
    Question can we include handmade components/beads from other artists?

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  10. This sounds like a lot of fun! I remember seeing your post last year and was hoping you would host it again this year. I am going to sign myself up for Group #1! I have been working on creating components, pendants and beads and this seems liker a nice way to introduce them to fellow artists!

    Name: Kathleen Lange Klik
    Blog URL: www.ModernNatureStudio.blogspot.com
    Location: Virginia
    Email: modernnaturestudio@gmail.com
    Group#1 Beads

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  11. I SO just said I was going to pass this year, but please add me to the list for the general (#2) group!
    Katie Nelson
    Blog: http://katieloveshandmade.blogspot.com/ (needs updating...eek...)
    Location: Houston, TX
    katienelson@swbell.net

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  12. Hi Lorelei,
    I would love to have a chance to participate in Group 2 please.
    Therese Frank
    http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
    Montgomery, AL
    theresestreasures59@gmail.com

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  13. Please enter me in BOTH group drawings! Group#1 Beads -AND- Group #2 General

    Name: Shelley Graham Turner
    Blog URL: www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
    Location: Virginia Beach, VA
    Email: shellsney @gmail.com

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  14. So excited!
    Amy Freeland
    Copperdiem.blogspot.com
    Copperdiem@gmail.com
    California
    General group pls!

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  15. Name: Andrew Thornton
    Blog URL: http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com
    Location: Ligonier, PA
    Email: ardenttie@yahoo.com
    Group #2 General

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  16. Sounds like a lot of fun! I would love to join Group 1 & make some glass beads to share!
    Carolyn Chenault
    http://carolynchenault.wordpress.com
    Oregon
    carolynchenault at yahoo.com

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  17. Somehow I missed this last year. I would love to play!
    Name: Erin Prais-Hintz
    Blog URL: http://treasures-found.blogspot.com
    Location: Stevens Point, WI
    Email:enjoytheday@tesoritrovati.com
    Either group is fine with me!
    Thanks for the fun opportunity, Miss Lorelei.
    Enjoy the day.
    Erin

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  18. I would love to play..
    Name: Stephanie Stamper
    Blog URL: http://skwds.blogspot.com
    Location: Live Oak, FL
    Email:stepha78@gmail.com
    I would like to sign up for both groups. :)

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  19. OH! I really feel the need to get in on this one! I hardly ever do swaps so I hope I'm one of the lucky!

    Name: Barbara Bechtel
    Blog URL: http://secondsurf.com/wordpress/
    Location: Merritt Island, FL
    Email:secondsurf@gmailcom
    Group #2 General

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  20. Would love to join this!

    Name: Kristi Jaro
    Blog URL: http://curiositiesbyk.blogspot.com/
    Location: Yukon, OK
    Email: curiositiesbyk@gmail.com
    Group #2 General

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  21. Great gift sharing idea...
    We would like to share your gift swap idea on a website that specializes in holiday gift exchange ideas.

    Name: Bruce Christensen
    Blog: http://albinophantblog.com/
    Location: McMinnville, OR
    partywedo@gmail.com

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  22. I remember how much fun ya'll had last year, so I'd love to join!
    Name: Shirley Moore
    Blog Url: www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com
    Location: South Carolina
    email: smooore81@sc.rr.com
    Drawing for both groups

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  23. Name: Renetha Stanziano
    Blog URL: Lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
    Location: Kettering, Ohio, USA
    Email: lamplightcrafts@msn.com
    Group#1 Beads

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  24. Put me in the draw for Group 2 please! Thanks Lorelei, sounds like fun!

    Name: Melissa Trudinger
    Blog: beadrecipes.wordpress.com
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Email: melissa_trudinger@yahoo.com

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  25. I hope I get in.

    Miranda Ackerley
    mirandack.com
    Liberty, NY
    mirandacc@gmail.com

    I'd like to enter for both groups

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  26. I hope I get in.

    Miranda Ackerley
    mirandack.com
    Liberty, NY
    mirandacc@gmail.com

    I'd like to enter for both groups

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  27. Día de Reyes!! This is a wonderful tradition in our Mexican-American home also! If destiny should have it, I will create colorful gifts for the fiesta! Haga el favor de apuntarse both groups.

    Gracias,

    TJ

    www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
    Toltec Jewels
    Orlando, Florida
    ToltecJewels@aol.com

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  28. I am trying so hard to resist but the pull is too strong. I m due in less than four weeks and am wondering if I could do this.

    Questions for those who did it last year. When did you all mail out your gifts? Did you send gifts already made or did you create gifts for this swap? Oh the temptation is great!

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    1. the deadline for mailing the gifts out will be probably no later than dec. 10 or so. I haven't really picked the date yet.
      You can send gifts in group 2 (general) that are handmade by you. please leave another comment if you'd like to try.

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  29. I'd love the chance to participate!

    Pam Farren
    http://www.re-maker.blogspot.com
    Newburyport, MA
    re-maker@re-maker.com
    Group#1 Beads or Group #2 General

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  30. Fingers and toes crossed!!! =)

    Lola Surwillo
    http://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.com
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    beadlolabead@yahoo.com
    Group#1 Beads AND Group #2 General

    Thank you!

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  31. I would love to play in Group 2, General! So nice of you to organize, Lorelei.

    Suzanne Reynolds
    http://suzannereynolds.blogspot.com
    sbibelots@gmail.com
    Group 2

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  32. Lorelei,
    What a fun idea! I would love to participate in Group 2. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

    Name: Valerie Norton
    Blog URL: www.hot-fused-glass.com
    Location: Tulsa, OK
    Email: hotfusedglass@gmail.com
    Group #2 General

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  33. Sounds awesome! Please enter me into the draw :-)

    Rebecca anderson
    Songbeads.blogspot.com
    Uk, Europe
    andersonrebecca@mac.com
    Group 2 (general) unless group 1 (beads) means I can send other people's handmade beads (I don't make my own) in which case, both!

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  34. Please sign me up for components!
    Karen Totten
    starryroadstudio.blogspot.com
    KY and NY, USA
    karen@starryroadstudio.com
    Group #1 BEADS

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  35. Please sign me up for components!
    Francesca Watson/Francesca Watson Designs
    www.francescawatson.com
    San Antonio, Texas
    francesca@francescawatson.com
    Group #1 - Components

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  36. This sounds like a lot of fun!! I would like to sign up for both, with the hope that I get in at least one.

    Gina Hockett
    http://www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com
    Snowflake, AZ
    ghockett88@gmail.com
    Group #1 (components) and Group #2 (general)

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  37. Name:Cheri Reed
    Blog URL:http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
    Location:Canton, Ohio
    Email:creativedesignsbycheri@yahoo.com
    Group#1 Beads and components

    Thank you for this opportunity!!

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  38. This must be full of fun. I really love to join but I need to fix my schedule first.

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  39. I would like to be in group 1.
    ingetraud.wordpress.com
    ingetraud1@gmail.com
    Inge von Roos
    Thanks!

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    1. I forgot to say I'm in California.

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  40. Lovely collection of christmas gifts...

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  41. So sad I missed this! I just saw the post today. Dang! Have fun all!

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  42. Oh, I missed this fun event! Got in the calendar for next year :)
    I'll be back to check the gifts!

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  43. How are people doing? What fun getting the little packages. I've gotten all but number 11.

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