Thursday, October 11, 2007

follow the links ... to your interests and swaps

Now sweet friends, I not only have this blog to keep you up to date on what I am doing but also to share with you what you can do, too. If you are interested in my blog beyond just being nice and checking in with me, be sure to follow the links in my messages to further interests and instructions. The blogging program allows us to make a word highlighted and, thus, a link. That way you can see for yourself what I am going on about. Once you do this a few times, you'll be able to figure out where how to search for blogs where your interests lie. Following the favorites on other sites might lead you to food blogs, photography, scrapbooking, knitting, homeschooling, etc. It's not just crafting but all kinds of interests.
Regarding the swaps, well, come on, don't you want to get in on those, too? It's so much fun, maybe a little distressing, but it gets your game on and encourages you to learn and practice what you love. Also, you get matched with someone to trade with or to pass on to and get to find out what is up in their corner of the world. Be sure to read the rules and dates due; you want to be able to keep the promise. I have two new ones to tell you about:
The first is a Christmas Postcard Swap hosted by a gal in Australia. She seems pretty cool. She is involved in a lot of sewing projects with Burdastyle, a web site that offers great clothing patterns that you can tweak to your own style. Anyway, the postcard swap is for postcards embellished with recycled materials (I guess paper, fabric, yarns, etc.) with a Christmas theme. Look here at this postcard gallery. That sounds easy, right? It's an international swap, as well, which I think can be exciting.
The second is the GaGa For Garlands Swap. This will be great. You can make a banner, a garland, or a wreath out of fabric or paper, etc. Check out the Martha Stewart holiday craft section, for ideas on these items. Also, the GaGa site has some links to other garland crafters. I picked up Better Homes and Gardens' Christmas Ideas magazine today at the bookstore, and there are several garlands and wreaths in there.
Here is a great and practical reason to participate in these swaps: If you make two or more of the item you are sending away to a swap friend, you'll have the extra for gifts or for decorating your own place. You won't feel sorry to send your great project away, as you will have more on hand, AND you will be getting back a complete surprise in return!
A way to find your own swap interests: Check out SwapDex to see what is coming up next.
If you do decide to swap, let me know, too, and send pictures of what you send and receive.


Michelle Frae Cummings said...

I said I was not going to do any more, but I signed up for the post card AND wreath swap! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

I'm having a demo party on my blog now, hope you can come and play!