Announcement: Snail Mail Holiday Swap 2011

Don’t you just love getting parcels through the post? My pal Emma and I do, so we thought we’d let you join in a little plan we have to share the handmade love this Christmas. We are hosting a “Snail Mail Holiday Swap”.
The rules are simple. All you have to do is email us with the following information:
Your name and address, contact email and Ravelry / twitter name if you have one.
Tell us if you’re happy to post to UK /  Europe or worldwide
If you need to drop out for any reason, you must email us straight away so we can ensure no-one is disappointed.
By emailing us you agree to us sharing your address and email with your swap partner and post a hand made gift to your partner no later than 1st December (to give the recipient time to display it over the holidays and to ensure you don’t miss last posting dates.

Your “gift” should be hand made and fit into a regular A4 envelope. Nobody expects the expensive or the extravagant. Think simple and remember the by words: reuse, recraft, recycle. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of vintage or a bit of imaginative regifting!
I’m already thinking about what I’ll put it my parcel (and I’ll be partnered with one of you lovely readers, so I won’t give away too much).
If you’re “in” leave a comment on this post and send us an email. We’ll add you to the swap list and post regular updates and reminders.

Entries will close on the 30th October, so everyone has time to plan and make their gifts. I deliberatley haven’t included any photos, because I think it’s best to use your imagination when it comes to gifting
Any questions? Just email us*
And remember – everyone can take part, you  don’t need to have a blog or a website – just share our love for handmade gifting!

Happy swapping

Tracey and Emma


PS: If you aren’t familiar with Snail Mail Swaps, take a look at this post from Mousy Brown, which is where I first heard about this wonderful adventure last Easter Or this one, from Rattling On, who is my partner in Mousy Brown’s celebration Swap

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  1. Ali

     /  October 2, 2011

    OOOh I’m in!!….and excited!! Brain’s whirring already! Looking forward to it! Thanks for organising it all….
    Ali xx


  2. Sarah

     /  October 3, 2011

    Count me in Tracey! I have a few ideas bubbling away, can’t wait to put the package together!
    Sarah x


  3. Charlotte

     /  October 17, 2011

    Hi! Please can I join in?! Sent an email the other day! Charlotte :)


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