07 February 2013

Swaps, Giveaways & A Challenge

Parcels have been crossing the globe and two special one's have found their way to my mailbox. Each quite literally coming from opposite sides of the world.  I just had to share them. First during Inauguration week(end),  I received a hefty package from Mini Dork in California.


This is just my second swap. (Here's more on my first swap.) I'm still a newbie and get very, very excited. Thanks again M!



Quite honestly, I only discovered earlier this week while perusing the archives over at The Shopping Sherpa (TSS) that part of the etiquitte of a swap is to open only one package in the parcel per day until there are no more left. TSS explained it all but I didn't know this until after opening up all this "green goodness" (that was our theme) to discover exactly what I'd received. Now that I'm more informed, I think I just might try to exercise some restraint on the next go 'round. But I'm curious to know just how many of you all open just one package a day upon receiving your swaps? Please do tell!

Next, I was quite surprised to learn that TSS decided to make it rain goodies from one of her favorite stationary shops called Typo. (At least, for everyone who commented on her blog post that day). Woohoo! I like receiving international packages. It's so fun thinking how far it traveled just to reach me.


I received this package of cool laser cut wood icons and one of TSS's postcards showcasing her mad photography skills. It read, "I can't wait to seeing what you make with these."


So I've decided to put out a quick and dirty small challenge. Design a scene around some holiday or observance in February (Valentine's Day, Wear Red for Women, Chinese New Year) you see where I'm going with this, right? I'll be publishing my reveal post next week on Valentine's Day (February 14th). Please try to post your own challenge reveal on (or as close to) February 14 as possible, then link back to this post. I'll add links for everyone who participates, as well. Everyone is a winner here as we add to our blog conversations for this month. Tell me, are you in?

16 comments:

Jazzi said...

I'm in! I have to unwrap everything when it arrives also!

Q said...

Admittedly I have never done a mini swap. but with all the quilting/sewing/doll swaps I have done it's all opened on the one day when it gets home :D

Mad For Mod said...

I do it all at once too...I just get excited! Your haul from Megan is awesome! I can't wait until she opens her shop.

The "Love" magnet reminds me of of a previous post that you had...

Minis-B-Happenin' said...

Ewwwee, you got some cool stuff! Can't wait to see what's in the other package, and how you use everything. I'm feelin' the challenge and I'm going to TRY!

Pepper said...

I tear open swap packages like my life depends on it. I have no patience at all when it comes to mini stuff and gifts =0)

Mandy Vlak said...

I open up everything immediately to! I might actually rip it out of the postman’s hands like a maniac! Ha-ha I’m in with the challenge!

Modern MC said...

Cool stuff! I didn't know there were rules to the swaps. Ha! I admit that I open swap packages all at once...and then I cry over them...
;)

Linda said...

Hahaha, I didn't know there was swap etiquette either. I open it all up at once! Maybe I'll try to restrain myself next time!

studioseven said...

It feels so much better to know I'm not alone. I'm so looking forward to the February mini scenes that everyone comes up with. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm. Beanie at Minis-b-happening has already gotten the party started. Head on over and check out her 2/10/13 post.Also, there will be more scenes featuring all that "swaps goodness."

Linda said...

I'm in. I posted my scene here: http://lkell00.blogspot.com/2013/02/valentines-day-scene-or-spring-break.html

modernist molly said...

I,m in and done mollymini.blogspot.com

studioseven said...

Molly and Linda thanks for keeping the party going. I'll be posting a round-up this evening (EST in the US) to give folks a bit more time to be included in that. Happy Valentine's Day to all.

Mandy Vlak said...

http://mandyvlak.blogspot.nl/
Here's mine!

studioseven said...

Here's the round-up of all the design challenge reveals-- http://miniaesthetics.blogspot.com/2013/02/february-design-challenge-round-up.html

Mini Dork said...

I think TSS was specifically talking about an Advent Calendar Swap she did with one reader, so opening one a day was the theme. I think most of us can't wait to get our grubby little hands on the goods and tear into everything in one day. I know I can't wait. :D

studioseven said...

That's a good point, perhaps so. Definitely agreed by the group....why wait?

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