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Thread: October Secret Pal

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    October Secret Pal

    This is a monthly secret pal swap. There is a sign up every month, and you can
    choose whether or not to participate each month. You will get a different partner
    every month, and the person you send to will be different than the person you
    receive from.

    1) You Need To Send The Hostess A Private Message When You Mail Your Package To Your Secret Pal.
    2) Once You Get Your Package From Your Secret Pal, You Need To Send A Private Message To The Person Who Sent The Package To You Thanking Them And To Acknowledge That You Did Receive It.
    3) After You Have Thanked Your Secret Pal, You Will Need To Send Me A Message Telling Me That You Have received Your Package So That I Can Keep Accurate Records.
    Failure To Send These Three Messages Is Reason Enough To Be Banned From The Next Month's Swap.
    Packages need to be mailed out by October 15th, this is a Firm deadline (Not a suggestion). If you know that you cannot mail by that date, Please Do Not Sign Up. You can send your package as early as you'd like!
    If you are sending an international package it will need to be mailed by the 10th of October. Due to mail processing, our mail dates for international mailing has to be as early as possible! It can take many weeks to reach your SP so any delays in mailing can delay the start of the next month’s sign-up sheet being posted.
    For international mailing it is very important that you mark your parcel as a 'Gift'. Usually on the Customs Declaration there's a box you can check. Also, the value should be $10 only (even if you send diamond necklace, lol). I know that each and every time the wonderful generous gifts are far in excess of this amount, but if the true value is listed (and it's over the allowed 'Gift' amount) The person receiving the package is liable for Import Duty, Tax and a Handling fee. This can cost the person
    receiving as much as $40
    As an aside, padded envelopes are much cheaper to send compared to small boxes. I'm not sure if that's true for every carrier or not.
    Our International board members are welcome to join the swap.

    You must have a phone # or email to sign up
    Screen Name:
    Real Name:
    Address:
    Apartment number/lot number:
    City, State, Zip:
    Favorite Color(s):
    Least favorite color(s):
    The fabric color I am looking for is:
    Brand of sewing machine:
    Do you have an embroidery machine?
    Do you hand embroider?
    How long have you been sewing/quilting?
    What are you currently working on?
    Would you like to receive gently used items (templates, patterns, books having
    to do with quilting, orphan blocks, magazines)?
    Besides quilting, what do you like to do?
    What types of books do you like to read?
    Do you have Allergies (Smoke/Pets/Fragrance)?
    Do you have Allergens (Smoke/Pets)?
    If you have a pet what kind?
    I do/do not celebrate (Holidays):
    I like to collect:
    The One thing I want the most is:
    I would not like to receive:
    Favorite candy/cookies/snack:
    Least favorite candy, etc.
    Favorite beverage:
    Do you have a Keurig Coffee Machine, if so what flavors do you like?
    Tell a little about yourself &/or your quilting:

    Can you mail international?
    email address:
    phone number:

    There is a 10 dollar budget for this swap. Items from your stash or homemade items are not included in the $10 limit. Postage isn't included in the ten dollars. The most important thing to remember with the budget is to have fun, but please do not spend more than $10

    Sign ups will close the 30th of September, and names will be paired on the 1st of and sent out no later than the 2nd of October (I will try to have all names out on the 1st.)
    If your pal does not receive her/his package within a reasonable time (7 days max from mailing deadline for within the same country. Then I will need tracking information, 15 days for between countries. There are exceptions, but I must be notified of any delays in sending on your end). Failure to comply may result in the following: Being banned for the next Month.
    This is why it is imperative that you keep the hostess informed on any mailing issues.
    I collect Seraphim Angels

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    Yippee!
    Please sign me up again. I love this swap!
    Pm on the way.
    Linda ^i^

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    I want to play this month. PM on the way.

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    I will be sending my information shortly. Thanks for doing this again. BrendaK
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    Question time. I am considering joining this swap. I looked back at what people received in previous swaps. No way did the items sent add up to just $10. Is that because they already had them on hand, so it wasn't counted towards the $10? I want to be fair in what I send.

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    Hello wnd you will love this swap. There is s $10 limit, but some of us collect things all year long and we give out of our stash. Some also just spend the $10 and that is all. Then there is things that our secret pals send to us that we dont wanr or need and we pass it on to others.
    What is sent out of your stash does not count toward the $10 limit.
    Hope this helps you.
    verna2197






    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain View Post
    Question time. I am considering joining this swap. I looked back at what people received in previous swaps. No way did the items sent add up to just $10. Is that because they already had them on hand, so it wasn't counted towards the $10? I want to be fair in what I send.
    I collect Seraphim Angels

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    Come on and enjoy the fun! I think everyone has some bit of anxiety hoping their Secret Pal likes what they've put together and that it's 'enough'. But that is far overshadowed by the joy of receiving a gift, so meticulously put together, by someone you likely don't know that the thought of value or fairness never enters your mind. The act of kindness that comes through a $10 package - with or without additional gently used items - can be quite amazing! Come on and enjoy the fun - I think you'll like it

    Christine


    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain View Post
    Question time. I am considering joining this swap. I looked back at what people received in previous swaps. No way did the items sent add up to just $10. Is that because they already had them on hand, so it wasn't counted towards the $10? I want to be fair in what I send.
    Christine
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    I am going to step out and throw my name in this month. I've been away from swaps for almost a year, but I have a quiet month (finally) in October so this is a good time to join in. I've missed this group and the people in it!

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    Welcome back quiltingdragon. A Lot of the oldtimers on here are no longer here, don't know what happened but they have been absent for awhile. Sure would love to get them back the chatter was awesome then. Of course we have a lot of newbies too and they can handle the chatter pretty good too. LOL
    I collect Seraphim Angels

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    Hello Verna- I'm in and I just sent my info!

    Lilrain- please join! It is fun. You just never know what you will get. Some things are handmade, some are purchases and others are pass-alongs. No matter...putting together an imaginative package to send is much of the fun! I wish we would get more information on our swap person, but there is a challenge to it, too!

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    It's hard to get much info when the PM's are limited to 5000 characters! One way to find some things out is to look at your SP's started threads and comments. You can find that info on their profile page. Also see if they have a link to Pinterest/blog/etc in their signature. I will be sitting out for awhile, have a few other irons in the fire right now. Have fun y'all!

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    I have missed you all this month! I am back in for October. This month I was just covered up. Looks like lots of great packages were received this month. Sending info shortly.
    Happy Quilting!
    Cathy

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    Thinking about redoing the questions on the sheet everyone fills out. Do you have anything you would like to see added to the sheet? Let me know your thoughts on this please and thank you.
    I collect Seraphim Angels

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    Quote Originally Posted by verna2197 View Post
    Thinking about redoing the questions on the sheet everyone fills out. Do you have anything you would like to see added to the sheet? Let me know your thoughts on this please and thank you.

    If they have pierced ears, t shirt size? Our secret quilter forms for guild come out this month, I'll scan a blank one and post and see if it gives anyone question ideas

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    Awesome thank you quiltingdragon
    I collect Seraphim Angels

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    I added some questions to my info, you might take a look at it. I like the idea of pierced ears, and t-shirts to be added. I think I have socks/footies, candles, lotion, soap, those are a few I can think of off the top of my head.
    Happy Quilting!
    Cathy

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    Hey Catjo I was looking at it and you have some good things on there. Another question what on the present sheet do you think we don't need? This question is for everyone on here. Just trying to make it alot easier for your SP to buy for you.
    I collect Seraphim Angels

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    I like what Faintly said....snooping around previous posts, profiles and Pinterest pages. Lots of places to look for ideas!

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    Couldn't we put Allergen's and Allergies as one question? Least favorite candy I think is not needed, as you are most likely going to send their favorite. Just my thoughts.
    Happy Quilting!
    Cathy

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    Already did that Cathy LOL


    Quote Originally Posted by catjo View Post
    Couldn't we put Allergen's and Allergies as one question? Least favorite candy I think is not needed, as you are most likely going to send their favorite. Just my thoughts.
    I collect Seraphim Angels

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    I would like to join this month's swap also. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThereseS View Post
    I would like to join this month's swap also. Thank you.
    ThereseS you need to copy the info above and pm to me please
    Thank You
    verna2197
    I collect Seraphim Angels

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    I am in. PM sent.
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    Heard from Lori today, her sister is in nursing home but still not doing well, Marty still is not doing well and Lori just got over acute bronchitis.
    I collect Seraphim Angels

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    Hope all get on the road to a speedy recovery. Will keep them in my prayers.
    Happy Quilting!
    Cathy

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