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    Need help, I've been wanting to do this for a long time but always too late iam on my phone ,so I will use friends laptop to do my form, but I see everyone saying they are doing their boxs now don't we have to wait to see what our partner like to have,I never done this before I hope ido the sign up right ,I don't want everyone to be mad at me if I don't do the pm right or the form

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    Also my time is 330 am but on the post it says1230 so iguess I need to watch the deadline time

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    Havplenty, will miss you and will keep your sister in law covered in prayer.
    Louise you will also be missed. Praying for you to get that perfect job and fast!
    Stitchingpost, many of us stockpile little goodies to save up for swaps. Once we get our partners then we put in things that are tailor made for her or him.

    *sigh* I promised myself I was going to go on a fabric fast but ... the red dot section .... and just about everything else at Joann's was on sale this weekend AND DH is a veteran so we went to not one, but two Joann's yesterday. So ... NOW I am on a fabric fast. I'm going to start blogging about sewing through all my fabric before I die ... inspired by my upcoming 60th birthday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchingpost View Post
    Also my time is 330 am but on the post it says1230 so iguess I need to watch the deadline time
    stitchingpost you can go into your settings (see top of page) and change your time zone so the time will post correctly for you.

    and no one will be mad at you as this is a fun group of people. whatever questions you have just ask and there are many here who will help you. there are many things that can go in a package that are general things such as note pads or note cards, pens, sewing/hand needles, thread, notions, hand lotion, antibacterial hand cleaners, quilt magazines, etc. that don't necessarily need to be personalized. then there are things that we do personalize such as fat quarter colors, a special notion (i.e. purple thang), something your secret pal may collect (i.e. giraffes, glittered monkeys, shoes), a certain genre of book (i.e. romance, mystery), specific candy.

    think of your package as putting something together that you would like. check out the link that i provided to cas49or and starting at about page 30 or so, take a look at the packages others have sent to get a sense of what is included in one. that should help you with deciding what to include in your package.

    welcome aboard. and most of all have fun. there are no first timer gitters/worries here. just ask the ones who were first timers last month who are playing along this month. we are here to have fun.

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    p.s. for the template, copy the template on pg 1 over to your word processing software to complete it and save it to your computer. then open a pm to lori (click on her name on pg 1 and private message will pop up. click on it.) and copy your completed template into the private message to lori and send it to here. that's all you need to do to get started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna View Post
    Havplenty, will miss you and will keep your sister in law covered in prayer.
    ...NOW I am on a fabric fast. I'm going to start blogging about sewing through all my fabric before I die ... inspired by my upcoming 60th birthday.
    krystyna i have so many things lying around that i feel compelled to put together a package to rehome it all. i don't have the mental space to make anything but i have enough other stuff that i can put together a decent package and i think i will only do 1 this month though 3 is not sounding too bad. i still have some time to think about it.

    and about sewing through your stash, i am on a buying moratorium absolutely. i have NO more space to store anything, my car trunk is completed filled and i am riding around with a stuffed bag in my back seat, with nowhere to put it either. darn those estate sales, just darn them.

    i just found a stack of sewing machine needles i bought for this swap buried under a stack of remnants i forgot i bought that was next to a clothesbasket full of another estate/garage sale stash i bought. hmmmm.... yep moratorium in order here. i can't sew fast enough though i am trying.
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    As long as there are no people in any of the piles or baskets,you're ok Hav
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    Mary, I was just about to write to you about your dilemma ... mine is similar -- want a laundry basket? Good luck finding one that isn't filled with fabric and lace -- when my husband said, "You have a package ..."

    Here's what I just posted in the May thread ...
    I just received a box ... I can hardly write .... I am ... I don't know what I am ... for once I am speechless!
    When I recover, I will write a more sensible note, but for now, everyone who added to my wonderful 60th birthday surprise ... I'M FEELIN' THE LOVE!!! Saying thank you just doesn't say enough. You guys are the BEST.
    And now I guess I'm going to have to take very good care of myself so I can sew my way through all of it.
    Oh my goodness. Thank you, thank you, thank you ... and I haven't even gone past the cards!!!!
    This is the biggest and best surprise I have ever received. OK. I have to stop now before I start blubbering.

    As for Brenda, who pulled this all together ... I just told her that I think she has now earned her halo so she can go out and be very bad. I have never experienced such an incredible act of kindness.

    OK. Gotta breathe deeply and recover from the shock and awe or I will never sew through it all. I can't believe this. You are all so wonderful. Names and pix to follow. I promise!

    *clunk* (that was me passing out on the floor...)
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    I have so much fabric I will never be able to get it all sewn together. I refuse to even enter a fabric store right now but I would screach to a halt for just one really good estate sale for sure! I am having withdrawals I guess. My 94 year old mom is taking more and more of my sewing time...Oh well, I guess at 70 I am really lucky to have her even though she is so unlike the mother I knew. It is hard to realize she doesn't have the same wants and needs she had. I bought her a new handbag that she would have "killed" for and she gave it to a therapy nurse. I have to get used to the fact she is more like a child now. .. she is a sweet one most of the time. Gotta love her!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchingpost View Post
    Need help, I've been wanting to do this for a long time but always too late iam on my phone ,so I will use friends laptop to do my form, but I see everyone saying they are doing their boxs now don't we have to wait to see what our partner like to have,I never done this before I hope ido the sign up right ,I don't want everyone to be mad at me if I don't do the pm right or the form

    A lot of us are kind of compulsive shoppers (who me, I resemble that remark), so if I'm in a store and I see something quilty or sewy, even if I might not need it or use it, I'll pick it up if the cost is good. That way, I've got a good set aside of things to use for SP packages. You can throw in stuff like tissue packages in hand made holders, hand sanitizers, hand lotion etc.

    You can use either the priority mail envelopes or medium rate flat boxes, have to send with delivery confirmation.

    Lots of us love old or newer quilt magazines, so I usually throw a few of those in. I also have a lot of quilting books, all of which I've read, not all of which I want to keep, those are great too. Most of us will read them even if not keep them and then if you like you can pass them on.

    IF you are crafty and feel like it you can include something you make. Some have sent jams, etc, tho I worry about breakage the way the PO throws packages around, but so far no one has had that happen.

    You can enclose fabric yardage, fat quarters, small kits like pillow cases or handbag ones, patterns, free handouts from JoAnn's or other sources, thread, machine or hand needles...well those are the kinds of things I generally buy on sale or thru e-bay...I bought my last needles so long ago I don't even remember when it was...

    The main things I try to personalize are the candy requests, special requests (the one thing I'd like to have), hand made things, allergan problems (I once had a SP who was allergic to cats, so after checking with her thru Lori, I bought all new things and didn't bring them in our house, so far as I know it worked fine!)..
    relax and have fun that's the main thing. I suspect you'll get as addicted as the rest of us...

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    Quote Originally Posted by brenda21 View Post
    As long as there are no people in any of the piles or baskets,you're ok Hav
    ok so the never buy fabric again statement was a bit hasty. i do not have all that i need for the projects that i am working on but i have to tame what is here now. i haven't seen any little ole ladies hidden under any piles yet.


    krystyna i have 5, count them, 5 laundry baskets full of something other than laundry. the laundry sits elsewhere waiting on me to finish folding it.

    i did however stop at big lots and bought some of those bags that compress things once you suck the air out of them. i hope these help me to tame the beast. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Havplenty View Post


    i did however stop at big lots and bought some of those bags that compress things once you suck the air out of them. i hope these help me to tame the beast. lol
    oh yeah, that'll work....
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    It sounds like I'm not the only one who is having a control problem in their sew room. Every time I attempt to get in under control I loose something. I don't know at the time, but in about a month or so I'll need something and I know that I put it some place that at the time seemed logical, oh well, you know the rest of that story. I usually find it after I've gone to plan B or maybe even plan C. By then I remember that I needed it but I can't remember what for.

    Those bags that suck the air out are great, except it's a squeezed together and unless you open it you can't tell what's in it. They are great for saving space though.

    All I can say is "Good Luck'" I feel your pain.

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    miss lori just pm you my infor i never have done this before had to get help ,hope i did it right,would like to join,please let me know if you got it so i will know if iam in thanks

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    Thanks for all the information Mary! I just sent the info in the PM. This will be fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brenda21 View Post
    oh yeah, that'll work....
    brenda what a hoot. those bags were under a pile of fabric i had stacked on a table. i unearthed the big lot bags due to my franctic search for the battery pack to my cordless phone. i ended up taking the phone receiver to the store with me to get a battery pack. can you say 'reorganization needed badly' for me.

    i know i am in this situation because of all that is on my mind right now. i am working on it today though. phew!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenini View Post
    A lot of us are kind of compulsive shoppers (who me, I resemble that remark), so if I'm in a store and I see something quilty or sewy, even if I might not need it or use it, I'll pick it up if the cost is good. That way, I've got a good set aside of things to use for SP packages. ...
    yep this swap is exactly what i am gonna blame this mess i am experiencing on. i didn't shop like this before i joined this swap. who buys 10 packs of sewing machine needles or note pads at one time and for what????? yep this swap will make you a compulsive shopper. beware!!!!!!!


    btw i unearthed the needles today also under that large mound of fabric. who knows what else is under there. 20 yards of fabric i purchased at the $0.50-$1/yd sale from the uniform makers. but it all fits in one of the suck bags. yippee!!!! back to organizing.
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    OH MARY~Just wondered if you've seen that tv show...oh, what is it called again??....oh yeah....HOARDERS!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brenda21 View Post
    OH MARY~Just wondered if you've seen that tv show...oh, what is it called again??....oh yeah....HOARDERS!!!!!!!
    brenda OMG!!!!! LOL!!!! ROFLMHO!!!!! you are cracking me up here. some days i have to wonder. but i can still see floor space and i do not need to crawl over anything, there is still plenty of walking space. but if you asked me about wall space i would have to pause.
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    just learned under extream heat the sanitizing lotion will burst or leak,....shouldve known DUH..

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    I sent PM to Lori, this looks like a fun bunch to belong to so I am going to give it a try!

    When my kids were little we had a big bin that we called the birthday box. We were always putting cool stuff in it and then when they got invited to a party they would have so much fun digging through the Birthday Box... Maybe I need to start a Secret Pal box!
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    I'm back in for month two....this is so much fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by marytoddliz View Post
    I sent PM to Lori, this looks like a fun bunch to belong to so I am going to give it a try!

    When my kids were little we had a big bin that we called the birthday box. We were always putting cool stuff in it and then when they got invited to a party they would have so much fun digging through the Birthday Box... Maybe I need to start a Secret Pal box!
    Yep, that's what I have.....a huge box and shelves filled with different items for my Secret swap boxes. Also have shelves of different colors of fat quarters so I can just grab the colors my Secret Pal wants. I start building my box even before Lori sends out the names and once I have my SP name and their special wants, those are the last minute purchases I make. This is a lot of fun and makes me feel like Christmas or my birthday has come again every month when my box arrives. LOL

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    FYI Tuesday Morning Sale
    Jelly Rolls $3.99 notions .99 . I did some major shopping today for my secret pal bin.

    Krystyna Happy Birthday Hope it was a good one. (sorry i missed it, so much going on.)

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    Wandalou, will send prayers and hugs your way. This must be a difficult time and I"m glad you're participating. Krystyna I'll have a margarita for you today! Then again I won't stop at o ne! lol! Ok today is the day I tackle and set up my sewing room. We are expecting over 100 degrees here and its humid! So we're having a BBQ this afternoon and I will be enjoying myself! Like all of you I have a stash just for my sp and its much easier! Everyone have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day. Don't forget to keep all of our servicemen and women in prayer. My son is in Korea and he's doing well.

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    I am in, sending my PM to Lori now
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