CLOSED: INTEREST THREAD FOR A 'Christmas/Holiday 3-item Swap'

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

OK, I am going to take the plunge and have tried to consolidate several holiday swap suggestions into one swap and still keep it manageable. This swap would be for 3 Christmas/Holiday items for your swap partner. You can state what your preferred Holiday decorating theme is (such as trees, snowmen, nutcrackers, snowglobes, sleighs, gingerbread items, santas, candy canes, angels ... however you decorate for the holidays ... or just ask to be surprised). The 3 items would be:

1) 1 Ornament (homemade, hand-decorated, or store bought),

2) 1 handwritten recipe for a favorite holiday dish,

3) 1 small garden-related item with a Holiday/Christmas/New Year's tie-in, if possible. This can be bought or homemade (perhaps something like a green trowel or garden implement with a holiday bow tied around it, red and green gardening gloves, seeds of something red and green, magnets, small painted rock (since we're into that now), note cards, recipe cards -- whatever strikes your fancy. It doesn't have to be red and green necessarily ... swappers can state their holiday decorating color preference along with the theme, if they want to.

Price is up to you but I would say we could do this easily for no more than $20. Thirty lashes with a wet noodle if you go way too far over that, but kudos if you pull it off under that amount. The idea is to be creative and have fun. :-)

If there is enough interest, I will start a sign-up thread around the middle of October, partners to be assigned by November 10th and mailing no later than December 1.


Leesburg, VA(Zone 7a)

Works for me Carole.

We don't do Christmas here really. But I love snowmen, penguins and things like that. Please no angels or other religious items. Pinecones, trees, snowflakes, whatever. Just basic winter stuff.


(susie) Hastings, MI(Zone 5a)

I Can deal with # 3

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Looking good, Carole :)

No religious ornaments for me either please. I'm not into cutesy very much but do enjoy the more primitive and woodsy type ornaments. Themes I use are trees, candles, nutcrackers, wreaths, snowflakes, candies, birds and bird nests along with a few snowmen and santas. Over the years, we have collected a few State ornaments in our travels and would enjoy having one from the State my buddy lives in. We'll have a live tree again and traditionaly I ring the bottom perimeter of it with silk Poinsettias. A small flag with a New Year's theme would be good in the gardening category too since I don't have one yet.

Edited to add colors which are green, burgundy, purple, gold, and white.

Round two Edit: Back to the recipe thing, I'm a lousy baker and don't have the gadgets to even justify trying, so dear buddy would you instead send a recipe of your favorite casserole dish, soup, stew, one pot meal, or fudge (that's not really baking, is it?)

Keep my goodies sweet & simple and I'll be happy!

This message was edited Sep 29, 2010 4:57 PM

(Di) Seven Mile, OH(Zone 6b)

Hey Carole,

This sounds like fun so count me in. Heavens... I wonder if there is a swapaholics 12 step program somewhere for people like us.
#1 Get out of the Group Trades, Swaps and Round Robins not go there, don't even add it to your watched forums, don't think about it.
#2 Stop looking at everything you see as a possible swap item
#3 Stop thinking about ideas for swaps in the dead of winter when you can't trade plants from your yard
#4 Stop thinking about all your plants as possible swap items in the spring and summer

(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

Sounds like fun. :) Definitely interested.

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Hey Di, I Googled swapaholics a while back and couldn't believe the results. Let's just say we're not

Kansas City (Joyce), MO(Zone 5a)

I am in.
Traditional Christmas red, green, white. I decorate everything, every room. Love Christmas. Love Santas in airplanes, I have a pretty big collection of them. Would love things for the garden for Christmas.

janaestone, in the 12 step program could we have a swap?

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

LOL, Happ, I was a social worker in CA and facilitated many a support group ... so I could start one for us all ... now wouldn't that be a bit like the blind leading the blind?? ;-) I see Di has some basic guidelines going for already. :-D))) Maybe call it "The Guilty Pleasure Support Group"?

We don't do a lot for Christmas anymore either but I enjoy some simple holiday decorating.

Warner Robins, GA(Zone 8b)

I'm in. Our tree is red, white, and silver, but any color is fine. I decorate everything. May add another tree this year. Nothing religious please.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Welcome Pony, I don't think we've met. But I lived up your way in Renton for two years. Loved it there. :-)

I was going to ask what you are doing up at this hour, Maggie ... but, oh yeah, new baby. ;-)

Looks like we'll probably have enough interest to post this as a swap come the middle of Oct.

(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

Nice to meet you, Carole. I am new to this particular forum- there sure are a lot of fun swaps, I hope to participate in at least a few. :)

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

It's a great place, Pony. Everyone here is friendly and a lot of fun. There are all kinds of swaps. But I am warning you now, these swaps are like Lays Potato Chips ... "bet you can't eat just one"! LOL. Seriously, they are addictive but loads of fun. And it's a fairly harmless addiction.

Wow, you are really up early out there. :-)

Warner Robins, GA(Zone 8b)

Auntie C, I suppose I'll get plenty of sleep when I'm dead. As for now...I'm awake and trying to be patient. Husband out the door at 5:30, 13 yr old out the door at 6:30, daughter out the door at 7:30...and today was her picture day. Had to fix her hair cute. 4 year old sleeping (thankfully!), and a gassy, crying all night baby. I wouldn't trade my family for the world, I just wish I could get rid of the bags under my eyes! :)

Victoria Harbour, ON

Count me in...not 2 square inches not decorated at Christmas time, have about 50 boxes waiting to come out so no special request, if it's to do with Christmas just send it my way..Santa's Village, where Santa lives year round is a few towns north of me so I drop in from time to time, I'll have to tell HIM about your swap, maybe he'd join in..on the other hand, think maybe Mrs. Santa should be the one I approach!

Leesburg, VA(Zone 7a)

Maggie you are a saint for sure. All Mothers have to be. That's why I never was. :0)

A 12 step program wouldn't work. I don't have a life except my Dave's buddies.

Fruity it finally dawned on me the other day (this will tell you how slow I am) that you don't do cutesy. Kind of got that impression at the ceramic store, but it just sunk in. I have to get that in my head, because I live and breath cutesy. :0)) As if that is a surprise to anyone.

Warner Robins, GA(Zone 8b)

Oh I'm not a saint by any means of the word!!!! I just adore these little people and I brought them into this world...they're mine to love and care for. When I was young, I never wanted kids...or a husband. I just wanted ME! Somewhere alone lifes road, that changed. And I'm glad it did.

I won't even think about a 12 step.....let alone attend! I LOVE DG! :)

Warner Robins, GA(Zone 8b)

I didn't even know cutesy was a word. Can someone define for me so I dont send that in a swap. :)

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

LOL -- Betty I'll bet your lovely home decorated for the holiday season is something to behold!! I mean that in the best way.

Neener -- you would relapse anyway. ;-) Hubby's cousin is named Juanita so maybe I'll call you that, like gee, it's your name ... but will anyone know who I'm talking about??? I think it's fast becoming my life too. But with DH chronically ill, it makes a wonderful place for me to "get out" and visit new friends.

Yeah, but there's cute and then there's cutesy. Beeg difference, IMHO. ;-)

Baggie Maggie ... now there's a name. ;-) Patience is a virtue, thus saith Auntie C.

Looks like we'll have enough to post this swap for sign-ups in a couple of weeks.

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

You made me laugh out loud, Betty!

Some cutesy is ok, Neener, just not into having bunches of it around me. Maggie, Picture a cartoon bunny. That to me is cutesy when compared to a real rabbit. If that makes sense. Do you get to take a nap sometime during the day?

Gotta run to an appt. Later Ladies.

Warner Robins, GA(Zone 8b)

Oh my goodness!!! I'm so excited! My VERY DEAR friend, Terri, joined DG last night! My smile is so big, my cheeks hurt! I guess I talked about it enough that she just HAD to see what all the excitement was about! If you have a free minute, please welcome her and invite her to any swaps. I'll do the same. :)

Thughes82 (Terri)


Warner Robins, GA(Zone 8b)

Then I guess I like some cutesy....some. I love antiques with some country/cutesy.

Leesburg, VA(Zone 7a)

You all aare too funny. I just came back from errands which took me around town and of course to a few fun stores. Everything I picked up had swap written all over it. But you know, when it is the dead of winter and there is nothing else going on making things for swaps is fun, fulfilling way to spend some time. At least for me it is.

Warner Robins, GA(Zone 8b)

"Baggie Maggie". That's me FOR SURE right now! These bags are awful! If I leave the house, I need 5# makeup and a putty knife to apply it! O-well!

Boerne new zone 30, TX(Zone 8b)

I'm in. I decorate with blue/white/silver and snowflakes. BUT please no snowmen/women.(lots of people think that it is the same as snowflakes but it doesn't work) Or anything garden/woodsy like. I'm into nature. Would love healthy recipes if possible. And please also nothing religious as I'm christian but my sister that lives with me is Pagan and I try to keep things on an even keel. I love christmas and LOVE looking for things for other people.... this will be fun.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Welcome, Renatelynne, glad to have ya. I will be posting the official sign-up thread in about two weeks so check back often and chat with us.

I agree, Neener. :-) I get cabin fever in the winter.

I think Renate makes around 10 so far on the interest thread which was the number I had in my head to make the swap an "official" one. BUT WE'D LOVE TO HAVE MORE AND THERE IS PLENTY OF TIME.

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Back to the recipe thing, I'm a lousy baker and don't have the gadgets to even justify trying, so dear buddy would you instead send a recipe of your favorite casserole dish, soup, stew, one pot meal, or fudge (that's not really baking, is it?)

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

I don't bake much either. Good idea to state your recipe preference.

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Just pasted the recipe deal on my original post, Carole. Might be easier on my buddy that way instead of having to scan multiple notes.

Warner Robins, GA(Zone 8b)

I'm no Betty Crocker, but I'll try anything. Homemade breads are my favorite (no bread machine).

Marilyn Glen st. Mar, FL(Zone 9a)

Oh please add me to this one. Next to RWB, Christmas is my favorite time of year! (isn't it everyone's?) :)

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Hey Girlfriend! Been missing you like crazy.

Marilyn Glen st. Mar, FL(Zone 9a)

Hello Fruity!!!!! I have missed you all too! have been 'laying low', and didn't want to bring anyone down, so just been lurking. :)
How is Elfie????? I do hear from Chris through FB, but haven't seen her on the forums much here, but then I don't check all of them. Lurk on the Birthday thread, and then that Rock Painting swap REALLY caught my eye, so I've been lurking there.:)
I am doing better and now that my son is better, I am much better. Was so worried about him. But things turned out great. no chemo had to be done, and that was really good news. He's back healthy again, and a yearly check is all that is needed.
It's great to 'talk' to you. hopefully will be able to again soon.

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

That's fantastic news and can feel the relief in your voice miles away. Still thinking about another one of your sons who's going for regular treatments. And don't you have another son in Service overseas? And I think there's one more for a grand total of four? Forgive me if I've missed any. I can hardly keep up with what I did last week so that's the first clue why we never had kids.

Marilyn Glen st. Mar, FL(Zone 9a)

Grand total of 5 Fruity. :) Yes one son still overseas, around 5 months to go now. and the youngest is still at home but now has a the paper has been being left turned with the rental section open,,,lol,,,he thinks he's too old to live with mom. :)

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Welcome, Marilyn, is it? Glad to have you. You can wait to state your preferences on the sign-up thread, if you want or put them here. It's up to you. I will put the link for this thread on the sign-up thread also.

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Oops, didn't mean to leave out your baby.

Rushville, IN(Zone 5b)

hey guys include me I like anything that has to do wiith Christmas
and I really like angels I hope I do good for my buddy

This message was edited Sep 29, 2010 1:39 PM

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Welcome, sissy70. Nice to have you. I'm sure you'll do just fine for you bud. :-)

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

You will, Sissy. I can say to the group firsthand that your crocheting is beautiful.

I still can't do anything except chain and single crochet. Did you get a kick out of that, With any luck I'll finish a few knitting projects begun last Spring, poor things are stuffed in a basket, and there's a bunch more I want to do. Mickey can always use another sweater. One of my favorite knitting projects in Winter is making afghans, the longer they becomes the warmer my knees get :)

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