February 27, 2017

March Swap

After this past month. I guess I need to repeat myself. This month has been the worst this far, and I have been doing these for 3 years. You guys, I absolutely love connecting with you all. This past month has been crazy insane with no communication from you. I hate starting a new swap when I have so many people that haven't gotten things from the previous month. It's a lot of work for me to keep track of. I charge $2 for these swaps and use that money towards a package for people that don't get something. If you think about it. I NEVER can spend only $10. I usually spend around $20 and then pay shipping on top of that, which is around $10 sometimes more. So total $30. I have around 50 people sign up each month. So $100 does not go very far. My point is. I have SEVEN people from last month as of right now still haven't gotten anything that I know of, because there has been no commuication. My $100 isn't going to cover all those people. I can't afford each month to spend my own money. I just can't. But I want everyone to be happy and get something. Especially since they have taken the time and money to put something together. So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you can't follow these rules do not sign up. It's so simple. Either you can or you can't. From now on I am only going to give two days past the deadline. If you haven't sent something by then you will not be able to participate again.  Thank you to those who are super awesome and are so supportive. I REALLY appreciate you. But like everything, there is always a handful of those who like to ruin it for the rest. So before I get burnt out again I just want to just clear the air. 

Also, if any of you have ideas on how to make these better or more fun. Please let me know. I was kinda thinking about starting a Facebook group for the swappers. That way we can really get to know each other on a different level. If you are interested in the group please let me know. 

PLEASE do not sign up for these swaps if you are not willing or able to do the following:                                                          

Ship by the shipping date- I am usually pretty laid back and a few days is one thing, but NOT two weeks. I just don't have the time to chase packages around when I have already moved on to the next month. Also, just keep in contact with me. If something comes up I am completely understanding. 

 Post a picture of your incoming package on Instagram- I don't care if you delete it after the month is over, but it helps me a lot and it's also kind of you to post a picture to thank you swap partner.

If you are not wanting to make new friends- I had emails from ladies saying they had reached out to get to know their partners and had no response. That is so rude. I'm going to start telling them to not send anything unless they hear back. 

To the good stuff.... This month's theme is going to be Rainbows and Unicorns. I have had a request to do the Rainbow theme again. SO you send something of every color of the rainbow. I thought since it was March that would be a cute idea, but I had to throw the Unicorns in with it. You can either do something with Unicorns or not. Personally, I love them. :) Just communicate with your partner and see what they like. 

The Details:

The spending minimum is $10. You are more than welcome to spend more which I think most of us do, but please spend wisely. One GOOD useful item is better than a bunch of smaller items that might not be as useful. I hope that makes sense. So just keep that in mind when your shopping and putting together your package. Also, PLEASE be mindful when you are packing your items for shipping. Package them well so nothing is broken.

   Once you have signed up send your $2 to graceyloudesigns@yahoo.com through PayPal. Please check the box "I'm sending money to friends and family" Signups will stay open until the 3rd. On the 4th, I will send an email out to everyone who signed up requesting your shipping info. I will start emailing partners out on March 4th if I do not have your shipping info by this day you will NOT be able to participate. If you have paid I will refund your money at the end of the month. The shipping deadline this month March 17th.


  1. It seems like the "slackers" keep getting by. Too many of us that do follow directions don't like getting "fussed" at. Also, friendly side note - the sign up link has said "sigh up" as long as I've been doing these swaps.

    1. You know whats funny... Those that end up being the slackers are people who have done these for swap for many months. :( They aren't newbies. I also fixed the Sign up thing. Thanks for telling me :)

  2. Payment sent! Looking forward to this fun themed swap!!!

  3. So super disappointed in what the swap has turned into. My first four months were absolutely amazing even made friends that I continue to talk to then it happend I got people that were in just for the package. The last swap I did I recieved nothing that the partned spent money on super dinky package and they only used it to promote their business. Super heartbreaking when your looking forward to recieving your package, not to mention the one before where the lady was so rude And put me down because i didnt buy it all from one exact store. Truly hope for others sake they think before sending their package out and ask would I be happy recieving this?

  4. Thanks so much for organizing and putting up with all the crazies of the world. I know it's tough and frustrating at times but these swaps bring light to a world that's pretty dark and icky these days. It's such a novel concept to connect with strangers and extend friendship across state lines. I've been late before and I promise to try harder to not be "that swaper" again out of consideration for you and your time. ❤️❤️❤️


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