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Thread: Secret Santa 2019 Sign Ups

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    Moderator tlrnhi's Avatar
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    Talking Secret Santa 2019 Sign Ups

    Here you will find the rules to Secret Santa. It's easy and fun and no drama. Just follow the rules and all will be fine.

    READING AND SIGNING UP FOR SECRET SANTA MEANS YOU HAVE READ ALL THE RULES AND WILL ADHERE TO THEM.

    Here are the rules.

    I will be accepting names until October 11th. So, tell your friends, have your friends tell their friends and their friends tell their friends...you get the drift, right?
    You will receive your name/person by October 18th.

    I WILL NOT accept ANY late sign ups, so make sure that if you know anyone that wants to participate, that they sign up in time.

    **If I have forgotten anything, please let me know.**

    First...a bit of unpleasantness....

    THE RULES....

    1. Mail deadline is November 15th. That is a HARD deadline. No mailing AFTER this time. Since you have a montht to get the package out, there should be NO excuse for mailing late, unless you are incapacitated or 6 feet under. If that is the case, PLEASE let me know.

    2. ALL packages MUST have a DELIVERY CONFIRMATION when sent. (Most packages WILL HAVE a delivery confirmation. Ask the post office to make sure your package has one.) Last year there were too many packages that were sent late and a few that were not received. With a Delivery Confirmation, the package can be somewhat tracked when received. If the receiver HAS NOT received their package from you and you said you sent it, you will be required to PROVE your sending with a copy of the mail receipt showing such. The mail receipt will show that you paid for the Delivery Confirmation, along with the zip code that the package was shipped to. So, DO NOT toss the receipt or the Delivery Confirmation slip away UNTIL YOU HEAR THAT YOUR PERSON HAS RECEIVED THEIR PACKAGE!

    If you are sending overseas/Canada, delivery Confirmation is not needed.

    3. IF you cannot adhere to the rules and/or you receive a package, but do not send one, YOU WILL be banned from ANY further swap(s) I run AND I will also let other swappers know of your action in this swap. I will also post negative feedback for you and will encourage the person with whom you were to send to, to do the same.
    Last year we had too many "angels" step forward and send to people who did not receive from their Secret Santa due to people NOT sending.

    4. By signing up, means that you have read the rules and that you WILL adhere to them.

    5. DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT OPEN the package if you are unsure if it's from your Secret Santa. If you aren't sure, just send me a PM and ask me. I can tell you if it's your SS by the address.
    For those that will use another address (mom's, sister's, aunt's, etc), if you put maybe some stickers or even write Secret Santa on the package, that would help also.

    6. If you are sending overseas, you will be required to attach a Customs Form to the package. It sucks to have to do this, but it's required.
    DO NOT make the total of the amount on the Customs Form MORE than $20. Even if the package is worth $1000, DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT make the amount for more than $20. If you do, the receiver will have to pay Customs/VAT taxes on the package and we don't want that to happen.
    When you fill out the form, you can put ..

    Candy---$1.00
    Fabric---$5.00
    Cup---$10.00
    Total--$20.00
    This is just an example.

    I'm sorry if this sounds harsh, but there have been too many hurt feelings lately in swaps and people NEED to be held accountable for their actions.
    Please understand that if you are on the thread and chatting, that is fine, but not everyone will be chatting. DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT make snide/bad/hurtful remarks if you do not see the person you are sending to not chatty. If I see this happening, I WILL ban you from any of my future swaps. This is to be fun!!

    Remember, put a card in the package so the receiver knows who the sender is. If you accidentally forget to put the card in once your package is sent, just send the card separately with the same return addy you put on the package.

    Now, that the "ugly" is over....


    As in the past years, you will send 4 Fat Quarters and a gift(s) NOT to exceed $20. I know some in the past have sent MUCH more than the $20 limit and that cannot be helped. That is nothing to get mad about and nothing I can control. Some people are more generous than others. If you send home made baked good, those DO NOT count towards the $20 limit.
    There are people who wait all year for this swap and shop all year to get good deals on great things.

    You will get 1 (one) name and one name only.
    You cannot and will not be able to have 2 people to send to.
    The ONLY exception is IF I need a "Santa Angel" because someone has
    left the swap due to being ill, dead, or any other incapacitating illness or to just being a flake.
    I don't like when this happens, but it does happen regularly.
    You can sign up to be an "angel", but it doesn't mean you will.
    With "Angels", I try to fit them with the person that is closest to them.
    Usually when someone leaves, it's right when the deadline for mailing is ending,
    so I want to make sure the package doesn't have to travel a long way.


    ***I am also making an exception to joining the swap.
    Many people have Moms who live with them and enjoy the fun we have.
    If Mom wants to join, she has to sign up separately. (you can sign her up under your board name)
    She will get a name to send to and someone will get her name.
    The SAME rules apply to her. But...if Mom "flakes" out, YOU will be responsible and get the negative feedback.



    If you wish to participate, send me a PM with the following

    Please copy and paste the following and fill out. Send it to me in a PM.
    Be as specific as you can.

    **Please make sure you complete the list. Some will only give their name, address and maybe one or 2 things about themselves. This makes it hard for the person sending to them to figure out what the likes/dislikes, etc are. So, please be nice to the person who gets your name by filling out the entire question list.**


    Board Name:

    Name:

    Address (make sure it's a full address):



    Likes/Wants:

    Dislikes/Allergies:


    Will you send international?
    Canada
    Overseas (Europe, South America, Australia, Japan)


    Do you have pets?


    Do you mind sending/receiving from a smoker?

    What's your favorite color? Worst color?

    Fabric type - Batik, solids, floral, Civil War, 30's, other?

    Quilting style - traditional, modern, scrappy?

    Coffee or Tea?

    Chocolate - love it or hate it?

    Do you prefer homemade gifts or store bought?

    What's your favorite flower?

    Your favorite snack?

    What's playing in your sewing area when your there? T.V., music, book?

    The fabric color I am looking for is?

    Your favorite notion/fabric line?

    Least favorite notion/fabric line?

    Do you have an embroidery machine?

    Do you hand embroider?

    Would you like to receive gently used items (templates, patterns, appliquť book or any book having to do with quilting, orphan blocks, magazines)?

    The One thing I want the most is:

    Favorite candy/cookies/snack:






    When addressing your package, put as an example

    Santa, Santa's Elf, Jolly Man (just an example of what you can use)
    123 Main Street
    Any Town, AR 12345
    (the address will be YOUR address)


    Don't forget....if you have something that can be repurposed, that would be great too!
    Make sure it's NOT trash. That has been sent as a gift in the past.
    If you have a magazine that is torn/very worn, that IS NOT a repurposed item.
    Little baggies of scraps ARE NOT repurposed items. Try to be thoughtful.
    If you aren't sure if your person would like what you are sending, just think to yourself...Would I like to receive this package?
    It's as easy as that. This is nothing to stress over and if you are still having a hard time with it, just ask me. I can help you with it.


    This exchange is open to ANYONE. Those that are international, will get their information earlier to allow for extra time for packages to arrive to their destination.

    Just because you say you can ship international/Europe/Australia/Canada, DOES NOT mean you will ship to them and/or receive from them. I try to make it fair that if you do sign up for international/Canada, that you do receive from such, but sometimes the numbers don't work out. If I have 10 people that are international/Canada and 20 US people sign up to send, I cannot cut people in half to make it possible for everyone to get the same. Clear as mud?

    Sending overseas and/or Canada can be a bit pricey. If you sign up for overseas or Canada, please be advised of this. I WILL NOT TAKE YOU OFF THE LIST IF YOU SIGN UP AND YOU THEN DECIDE IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE TO SEND. YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SENDING OVERSEAS OR CANADA IF YOU SIGN UP FOR IT

    Once you have sent or received your package, please send me a message indicating that it has been sent and/or received.

    There will be a chat session, so everyone can come and we can open our gifts together. That date will be determined at a later time.

    Remember, this is SECRET. You won't know who is sending to you and the person you are sending to, won't know it's you until reveal day in chat.

    If you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to PM me and ask.

    Let's have a great time with this.

    I do need to add that those who are not in the US or that have names for outside the US, will have to mail early due to the time that it takes to get from one country to another, especially from the US to Canada. Seems it can take up to 4 weeks to get a package to Canada. Those sending to Canada OR overseas DO NOT need a Delivery Confirmation. Just holding the receipt for proof of mailing will suffice.

    ***If you have ANY questions, please DO NOT hesitate to ask me. Just send me a PM and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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    I might be the eager student as I've already sent my PM! Looking forward to all the fun!!
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    Mine is sent too
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    I've sent my PM! Can't wait for all the fun to begin.
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    have been waiting--sending PM

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    Iím in again this year will send the information ASAP.

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    I’m in for another swap, my favorite. My pm has been sent.
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    my super deluxe is sitting in the driveway & ready to go! Vroom! Vroom! Stealth mode coming up! I wonder who the culprit will be this year????
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 09-12-2019 at 07:55 AM. Reason: shouting/all caps

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    Yeah, been watching for signup day, Just sent my info, thank you
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    Ooh count me in, I loved it last year! I will send the firm in next few days

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    Ok - iím so excited, but also filled with fear and trepidation as i have never done this before 😵 read through the rules 3 times (yep, i did!) and have my info filled out, so iím ready to pm you with my sign-up info... except i just realized that i am not sure how one does that here? Help! Any and all clues appreciated 🤷*♀️

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    Update - finally figured out the pm... thank you for bearing with me. Pm sent!

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    I didn't get your PM.
    Make sure you get my board name right.
    it's .... t l (small L) r n h i
    no spaces.
    Sometimes I have to "spell" it out like that because some think the "l" is a capital i.

    Quote Originally Posted by AprilM View Post
    Update - finally figured out the pm... thank you for bearing with me. Pm sent!

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    Oh no!!! Maybe i dont have a handle on this after all!

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    Thank you for the tip on your name - i tried again... hope it worked this time! Sorry everybody!

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    AprilM to send someone a pm let click on their boardname. It show a box with view profile & private message on the left side. Click on private message and it will take you to the message page and you don't have to worry about mistyping anybody name.

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    Thank you, Queenbarbiej! I actually tried it two different ways last night. The first way was as you suggested (and in the help area of the board) and the second was as tlrnhi suggested.

    I did actually get an auto-reply email last night, although i canít be positive which pm actually did the trick! My guess is the one tlrnhi offered because of the timing of the email but i am only assuming.

    From what i can see, both ways make perfect sense and either one of them should have worked... but what do i know - iím the one who cant seem to accomplish this one simple thing! Although i am not new to computers, i am a newbie on the board (any board - this is my first experience with one). I am determined to get this figured out!

    I was wondering... do most of you access the board by a windows-based pc? Are any of you using an iPhone or iPad? I have been using my iPhone and i am wondering if that might be part of the problem? I think i may have joined here in June or July and since i have learned a lot of things! I have found that not only do i need to login (duh) but i also need to select the option of using the full site to have fewer problems. However, using the full site option has one drawback - teeny tiny print!

    My guess is that all of my detours are necessitated by using an Apple-based product. While i do have a windows-based laptop, i avoid using that like the plague - bought it in 2007 so its old and slow... i swear i could walk a letter to your house by the time it boots up! My husband hates computers so for home we went the Apple route as it seems to be a little more intuitive as far as he is concerned (which means that i have to respond less to ďflat tires on the information super highwayĒ at home - and hey, i guess as they say itís all about me???).

    Thank you all... for being so very kind and patient with me! I promise i am gonna get this one way or another. I realized last month that just because i post a photo - and it looks right side up to me - that may not be exactly what you see when i put it out there! So now i gotta work on pmís... but i promise you all i will get it, just hope you dont have to help me much more or i am really gonna feel like a burden.

    I am very excited to participate in this years Secret Santa! I very sincerely hope you all survive my efforts to get there!!! From the auto-reply email i got last night i think things got to the right place!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you (did i say thank you?)!!!

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    This is always so fun ! ! !
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    Missed this last year but I'm in again this year!

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    I got it!
    If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask. There's always someone on here that can help you out if I'm not around. This is alot of fun and everyone looks forward to it every year.
    I will tell you, if you see anything on sale that you think someone might like, go ahead and pick it up. Those fat quarters that you see that are on sale, go ahead and buy them, you never know ... your person that you get might like them. Check out the dollar store for fun little things to stick in the package. If you do a search on years past, you will see pictures of what has been sent. Mind you, you will see packages that you might say...that's more than $20. Yep, tons of those packages, but those are sent by people who shop year round for this. I have actually found some cute quilt patterns for $1 at some shops. I buy them up when I find them.
    But, don't be afraid to ask questions

    Quote Originally Posted by AprilM View Post
    Thank you for the tip on your name - i tried again... hope it worked this time! Sorry everybody!

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    Thank you tlrnhi - and everybody else! Cool, thatís the way i shop all year anyway so iím already with the program! WooHoo! Itís sounds like a lot of fun with a lot of very wonderful and fun people! Canít wait till i get my ďsecret personĒ!!!

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    I'm in again too and have sent my PM
    "Good friends are like quilts-they age with you, yet never lose their warmth."

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    signed up, love this swap and the dates are perfect as we have our one and only show where you can buy supplies on from the 7th to the 10th so I will be able to get my package in the post that weekend.
    LindaC

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    Yay! I have been looking for this. I'll fill out my form after work today and PM my official sign up!

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    WooHoo I logged on to see if there was any update to the Secret Santa and low & behold here it was!
    Send my info in.
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