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Thread: Secret Santa Sign-ups 2016

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    Moderator tlrnhi's Avatar
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    In the middle of a mess...

    Secret Santa Sign-ups 2016

    Ok ladies and gents.

    Time for another fun round of Secret Santa.

    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.


    Here are the rules.

    I will be accepting names until October 15th. 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 17th.

    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 14th. That is a HARD deadline. No mailing AFTER this time. Since you have a month, there should be NO excuse for mailing late, unless you are incapacitated or 6 feet under.

    2. ALL packages MUST have a DELIVERY CONFIRMATION when sent. 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 ..

    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:


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



    Will you send international?
    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, appliqué 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?

    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.
    Last edited by tlrnhi; 09-12-2017 at 05:20 AM.

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    Super Member djmat's Avatar
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    I'm in!!!! Yippeee! will PM now

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    Super Member Quilty-Louise's Avatar
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    Ok I am in again this year.
    Will get my info sent off today.
    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    Senior Member Robinlee's Avatar
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    On the plains of the Dakota's
    I'm signed up..................one thing to look forward too. and Christmas break
    "We can never have too much fabric" and "May the Fabric Fairy always keep your stash filled".


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    Senior Member Plumtree's Avatar
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    I would love to join :-) I will send a PM right now. How exciting

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    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
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    Yea! It's time already. always my favorite swap of the year. pm will be on its way shortly
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    Super Member MizMelly's Avatar
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    I spent a good half hour filling out the questionaire and sending it in! Looking forward to another fun year in the SS Swap!!
    Outside of a book, a dog is a man's best friend.
    Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read -- Groucho Marx

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    Super Member buddy'smom's Avatar
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    Sorry I have to sit this one out, maybe next one.
    April's mom
    Tara's mom

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    Super Member Belfrybat's Avatar
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    West Central Texas
    I'm in again. Will fill out Q and send tomorrow.

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    Count me in!

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    Senior Member marietta's Avatar
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    First time for me....I'm in

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    Good evening!
    Last edited by happylab; 09-14-2016 at 06:12 PM.

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    Senior Member
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    Yippie! I'm in. Will go fill my form out before I go to bed.

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    Super Member ljdugas31's Avatar
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    I'm in will pm you!!!!

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    Super Member VickiM's Avatar
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    I'm in again...always so much fun. We are finally in our new house & unpacking. Can't use my sewing area right now, just starting to set it up. Needless to say, I brought most of it from the old house to this new one. Everything is so different in this house, so going to take awhile to set it up. I have the whole upstairs in this house! Good thing, cuz I didn't realize how much I had at the other house...it was spread out! This move thing is going to really take some getting used to...we are a new subdivision out in the "boonies"...no phone or internet yet (using a jet pack & not reliable; cell phone from Verizon. Direct TV.) So, probably won't do alot of posting, but will try as I can. I do love the secret santa every year, so much banter, & food that doesn't put on the pounds! Sent my pm. I see alot of regulars already signed up...thanks for doing this again Teri!

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    Senior Member Bilben's Avatar
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    I just sent my list off! How exciting!

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    I am not going to miss this year. Thanks to all of you that made sure I didn't miss it. I have sent my PM. Thanks Teri.

    Be kind to yourself, by being kind to others. When you help others you help yourself.

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    Senior Member Judylee2's Avatar
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    Oh boy, Oh Boy, Bouncy , Bouncy, wag a tail, wag a tail, wag a tail! I am back! Hello everyone, can you believe it is that time again! Nice to see you all back again!

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    Super Member Cindy60545's Avatar
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    WooHoo! Got my Super Deluxe broom all charged up & ready to go lurking! Let the fun begin!

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    Super Member m-fay's Avatar
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    I've Pm'd Teri too so I'm in. Its a lovely time of year, sewing, cooking etc. Anyone want orange marmalade? or lime & ginger? i've made both.
    "Good friends are like quilts-they age with you, yet never lose their warmth."

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    Super Member Lstew2212's Avatar
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    I'm signing up, sending my PM soon. This swap is so much fun.
    Happy Sewing, Lisa E.
    Don't Cry Because It Is Over, Smile Because it Happened, Dr. Seuss

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    Michie Tennessee
    Hello I want to join I am new, PM sent.

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    YEAH, I signed up, already sent my pm, hope she got it, thank you thank you

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    Moderator tlrnhi's Avatar
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    In the middle of a mess...
    Make sure you tell your friends.
    I try to get this out as early as I can, but some people do miss the sign ups.
    So....if you know someone who is wanting to sign up, let them know.

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    Quesnel, B.C. Canada
    yeah... its that time of year again ~ of course I'm in, and have already sent in my info.

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