CLOSED: Christmas Swap Sign Ups, Page 2

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Is it me, or has the past year flown by? I can’t believe it’s already time for our Christmas exchange! Thank you so much, LK, for volunteering to Co-Hostess

Among the suggestions of gifts below are several clever ideas many of you submitted. When you sign up, pick TWO categories by the numbers you’d like to RECEIVE and also let us know if you’re allergic to any foods or scents. Also mention the type of decorations you like or don’t like. Your Secret Santa may choose to send more than the two categories you pick.

1. Receive a Stuffed Stocking, either bought or homemade.

2. Receive an Ornament, a decorative Santa, Snowman, or Snow Woman. It’ll be up to your Buddy to choose which one.

3. Receive a minimum of six bows along with a plain wreath, homemade or bought. You as the recipient will be able to change the bows during the coming months and decorate the wreath to your liking.

4. Receive a new decorated Red or Green Garden Trowel or another new decorated gardening tool you can display inside or out. Again, it’ll be your Buddy’s choice.

5. Receive a small artificial tree decorated with traditional or non-traditional items. Non-traditional items could include shells, mirrored tiles, pine cones, feathers, sprays of flowers and leaves, or a combination of these or other items you have in your craft stash or imagination. It’s totally up to your Secret Santa how your tree will be decorated.

6. Receive food or non-food items. A few food items could be cookies, cakes, brownies, chocolates, pickles, and jams. Non-food items could include soaps, potpourri, fuzzy socks, or dish towels. Just for suggestions. Your Buddy will surprise you with their choice(s).

7. Receive a Glass Jar Candle with the scent of your Buddy’s choice.

8. Receive a regional cookbook OR several recipe note cards OR a magazine, new or used, that features Holiday recipes. Again this option will be left up to your Buddy.

9. Receive a mystery gift that begins with First Initial of YOUR User ID.

10. Receive a Large or Small garden flag OR Wind Chimes…your Buddy’s choice.

As always, our goal is to have fun as we celebrate another Christmas together and enjoy each other’s company! Put your thinking caps on, use your imagination, and brighten someone’s day with a box of gifts whether they’re on the suggested lists or not.

Fine print…..

If you have not participated in a swap I’ve moderated, prior to posting, please D-mail me your name, address, phone number and email address for my log.

All participants need to ensure your subscription is paid through January 31, 2012.

The value of the gifts you send should be around $20, excluding Priority Mail with a Delivery Confirmation Number.

Sign-Up ENDS Saturday, November 6th, and you’ll receive your Buddy’s name shortly afterwards in a D-mail from either LK or me. Reveal your Secret Santa when you receive your package. Please Priority Mail your package with a Delivery Confirmation number no later than the week of December 5th. Keep your receipt handy or D-mail the Delivery Confirmation number you used to either LK or me, depending on which one of us assigned your Buddy. NEVER post tracking numbers directly on our threads.

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Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

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1234dottie / Dottie -- > #2 I love ornaments. Snowmen are my favorite. #4 Any kind of garden tool. #10 I do not have any kind of garden flag, I also love windchimes. Would love to have Surprises.

AmandaEsq / Amanda -- > I like all the choices but prefer #1 and #9.
I love smiley snowmen for Christmas. How can I list all my favorites and likes?! Chocolate, coffee, peppermint, golden oreos. Pink, purple, green and orange are my favorite colors but not really Christmas-y. Old fashioned traditional stuff reminds me of my Nana. Don't really care for perfume-y things, but vanilla/orange is a yummy combination. Love critters, flowers and candles.
No allergies. Have plenty of garden tools and supplies, but could use a truckload or two of mulch. And some anti-wrinkle cream. :D

Bettypauze / Betty -- > absolutely no preference. Cannot receive plants or food across the border.

Carolyn22 / Carolyn -- > I don't like vanilla scented things, but love cinnamon. Would like a stocking stuffed with homemade items or things such as gardening tape and seeds. The other ideas all look good too.

ClanCampbell / Chris -- > #2- I like Santa Clauses best, I guess- really, no preference here
#10- don't really do flags that much, but everyone knows how much I love windchimes :-) (hint,hint) :-)
No allergies, but I don't like food smelling candles (like apple pie, etc) - would rather have something scented like flowers or vanilla (hmm, guess that might be food scented) I once found a victorian rose/vanilla candle that I LOVED.. and they quit making them LOL.

Crit / Patti -- > #6 is first pick. Second picks would be:
#2 I like snowmen/women
#5 Up to my buddy
#8 I love cookbooks and other people's recipe's that they like
#9 I'm a C. If you opt for cactus, I like unusual hens/chicks, odd cactus like living rock, etc. I'm not especially "asking" for cactus, just wanted to throw that in, in case. It is ALL up to my buddy
#10 Would like to start getting yard flags, but don't have any of the holders that they go on. I also love windchimes.
No allergies. Love food, chocolate, jams and clay thingy's. (hint hint. And that's a C! ) Don't care for cinnamon type scents. Use scentsy warmers more than candles. Like scents like Thunderstorm, Enchanted Mist and Rainforest...or for Christmas Poinsettia Pine.

Cville_Gardener / Carole -- > #4 and #10
I don't care for santas, elves, reindeer, angels, stockings, holiday ornaments and so forth. We don't put up a big tree.
Not allergic to anything but not wild about a lot of overpowering scents. Cinnamon, vanilla and citrus are my faves.
Do like small decorated trees (the funkier, the better), yard art, gardening items of all kinds, mobiles, stained glass, dark chocolate, soup fixins, pastas, and coffees/teas (especially organic).

deejay9 / Susie -- > I Would love any of these #2, #3, #6, or #9 but truly anything for my new home. Love rainbow colors. I have a small white tree so I have my hands up for Mini oddball ornaments for my tree from any one :) Love crafty people.

froggies_girl / Julie -- > My preferences are #6, 9, 1, 4, or 5 (I'm collecting New Orleans Saints items and their team emblem, the fleur de lis). Hyacinth, paperwhites, or other bulbs are fine. Buddy, I'm putting specifics but I'll love whatever you send. And I'd love a book that the children and I can record favorite Christmas traditions. Can be handmade or bought.

FruitOfTheVine / Susan -- > I'm picking #9 and #10 but would be just as happy with Surprises. Also love dark chocolate, jarred candles, and homemade jams or jellies. Don't send me a, and I can't stand Chocolate Covered Cherries.

happgarden / Joyce -- > #2 and #9 Anything is ok with me. I am traditional bright red/bright green/and white Christmas person. Love surprises & homemade jelly.

irisluvr0252 / Debbie -- > Sorry, I can't pick just 2!
#2, 6, 8, 10...out of these 4 I think I would go with #2 and #8 but would definitely be happy with anything my buddy chooses!

jab91864 / Julie -- > I will be easy, whatever my buddy wants to send. No allergies or major dislikes.

joeswife / Debra -- > Surprise me.

lizrainey / Liz -- > #6 and #10 -- No rose smell, no coconut or cheese.

mandy97 / Mandy -- > I think I'd like #6 and either #1 or #8 - buddy's choice. I'm not a fan of floral scents, but do enjoy fruit and cinnamon scents.

Mud_Elf / Kris -- > First choice would be # 5. I would like the mini-tree as it can be our Christmas tree for this year. I would love a cowboy or beach themed one.. The cowboy is for the long suffering Ralphie. My second choice is #10 as I can always use more yard art.
Need to say we are in a tiny place so any types of scents over power us so no candles or anything like that PLEASE. And we are on restricted diets so food is out too.

purpbutfly / Cindy -- > I would rather be totally surprised. Let my buddy decide what she wants to send me. No candles though because I make candles myself. Would like to have a butterfly tree.

ridesredmule / Char -- > #5 and #9 and #10. I can't stand smelly candles. I'm not a candle lover. Can't even go into one of those perfume places. Lord help me around those cinnamon brooms that almost take my breathe away.

Robynznest -- > #2 and #6. I love snowmen. I am allergic to oranges and most citrus fruit. Even the smell of an orange makes me sick. Other than that I'm pretty easy. A snowman and loads of dark chocolate will pretty much make me a very happy camper.

rouxcrew / Joy -- > #6 and #9

taters55 / LK -- > No specifics, just what ever my buddy wants to send.

warriorswisdomkathy / Kathy -- > #10 (would adore windhimes, hint hint) #5, if possible a traditional (it's been 5 years since I've had a tree and most of my lights and ornaments were aquired by my daughter and family. Love various Santas and or #6. I didn't see anything about any elves, if my trade partner has one to spare that can dig and plant I would forever be grateful.

Staying to chat...

rvnsbrk / Neener

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(Joy) Hempstead, TX(Zone 8b)

Made it

(Debra) Derby, KS(Zone 6a)

me too!

Victoria Harbour, ON

Up and at it, should be in Buffalo by 8am..visit to the Christmas Tree store on my agenda and am hoping to find some items for this swap even though I don't have my name, after I get my name if I don't think it's something my buddy will like then I'll keep the pretties for myself. Will keep that in mind while shopping.

Will be traveling stateside Nov 4th for the weekend and also Nov. 11th..must check when we get our names, might be able to post from your side of the border..

Best I get a move on..nothing like being on the road in the middle of the night. Lol. What women don't do for shopping excursion.

Enjoy your day.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

I'm here. ^_^

Pittsburg, MO(Zone 6b)

I'm here too. Betty, you must be a little on the crazy side to leave in the middle of the night to go Christmas shopping in October. lol I like it, something I would do.

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7b)

Looks good from behind, Froot. ;)

(Chris) Des Moines, IA(Zone 5a)

I made it :) And here are my choices finally!

#2- I like Santa Clauses best, I guess- really, no preference here
#10- don't really do flags that much, but everyone knows how much I love windchimes ^_^ (hint,hint) ^_^

No allergies, but I don't like food smelling candles (like apple pie, etc) - would rather have something scented like flowers or vanilla (hmm, guess that might be food scented) I once found a victorian rose/vanilla candle that I LOVED.. and they quit making them LOL.

Have a great's sure going to be pretty here today. They're saying 69 today and 73 tomorrow..woohoo!

Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK(Zone 7a)

Made it.... I'm here!

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Hey Everyone Taters55 / Lk / Linda has entered a contest on FB. Please go like her entry so she has a good chance to win!!

Ohh,, and I am here!!

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Barnesville (Charle, GA(Zone 8b)

I'm here. Charley is pawing in anticipation.....

Athens, PA

I am here as well. This looks like so much fun. Can't beleive we are thinking about Christmas already.

I was just thinking this morning, that I really should be taking a week off each October just to get caught up and cleaned up!

(susie) Hastings, MI(Zone 5a)

Late again but i'm here :)

Victoria Harbour, ON

Waving to all as I skip out. To the city to work on 3 Christmas quilts at fabric the Christmas bug for sure....

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

I am here.

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

We are going to be in the high 70's so hard to think of Christmas, I am skipping out to play in the yard!

Ocean Springs, MS

Oh, I am definitely in the mood for Christmas, but like you said, it's in the 70's here too and will be in the 80's later this week!

love you all, julie

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

We have a new participant!

1234dottie (Dottie) will be joining us. I know you all will give her a warm welcome.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Hi Dottie. Glad to have you. This is lots of fun and I hope you enjoy it. ^_^

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Hello Dottie! So glad you joined us! Is this your first swap?

Victoria Harbour, ON

Welcome Dottie, great bunch of ladies here..

Barnesville (Charle, GA(Zone 8b)

Hello, Dottie. Nice to have you with us.

(Debra) Derby, KS(Zone 6a)

Hi Dottie! Welcome to Daves and you are gonna love this bunch of friends!

Pittsburg, MO(Zone 6b)

Hey Dottie, welcome to the swaps. Your name will be easy to remember it was my moms nickname.

(Debra) Derby, KS(Zone 6a)

have ya all noticed we are all in different states? I think that is cool.. Canada too! YAY!

Morgantown, WV

Yes I am new to this. It sounds like fun to me. Christmas this year has to be smaller here. I go way overboard with my grandkids this year I will not do it. This will give me something to think about besides my spoiled grandkids. lol I am guilty of spoiling at christmas time. I have 4 ages 7 - 3. I will look closer at the list and put the things I like. I do like getting surprises.

Morgantown, WV

2 I love ornaments. Snowmen are my favorite.
4 Any kind of garden tool
10 I do not have any kind of garden flag, I also love windchimes

Now for me I am a pretty good baker. Any one want Christmas cookies?
You know with the icing lol.

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Dottie, We're all so glad you found us. One of these gals is gonna make sure Christmas this year is special just for you.

What a great observation, Debra. Betty's just across the border, but I would have never noticed we all live in different states. Neck of the Woods de ja

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

Ohhh, I love Christmas Cookies, my nephews and nieces use to come over for a weekend in December. I would makes tons of cookies and icing and have them ready for when they came over. On Friday night when they were small we would see Santa and then go to resturant and have dinner like grown ups, then Saturday we made cookies and presents and I catered to their every whim and had a ball, we ate all the bad stuff, watched Christmas movies until everyone fell asleep, got up the next morning and started over again. Don't know if that made an impression on them but it is my fondest memory. The first cookies they made because I had all colors of icing, sprinkles and everyone had their own decorating tubes probably weighed about a pound a piece...rofl. My DH being the sweetie that he is and having a sweet tooth actually ate the cookies the kids gave him.They did this until my nephew was 17 if you can imagine that. I ask one year how long they would come and they told me they were coming even after they were married.....well like all good things, kids grow up and now it is a fond memory. I should probably start it with my Grandniece and Granddaughter but honest I don't know if I have the engery anymore.....;)

Ocean Springs, MS

Cookies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My kids say I have CAD (cookie addiction disorder)!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

I can't wait to start shopping for this swap. Gonna be so much fun! love, julie

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

STOP torturing me with the cookies,,,,whaaaaaaaaaaaaa

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Cookies? Who does not like cookies?

Morgantown, WV

Geeze cookies get a big response lol. I too have many memories of making christmas cookies with my kids. I know of at least five families that continue what started lol. Now people just want to eat the finished product and don't want to do all the work involved. I have had flour and sugar covering everything in my kitchen. While decorating cookies.

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Christmas makes me think of all kinds of cookies, especially Gingerbread...yum!

Wonder if we could find a cookie recipe for you, Elfie, that doesn't have butter or sugar? Is that possible?

hayward, CA

lol susan dont forget gingerbread french toast

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Liz, I've only had gingerbread cookies and cakes, and regular French toast with maple syrup. Sounds yummy though. How do you make yours?

Hey all you Elves, Two months from tonight is Christmas Eve!

hayward, CA

just bake the gingerbread as it states, then the next day
slice it up, dip it in egg after its done i sprinkle with powder sugar
geeeez now im starving lol

Kiowa, CO(Zone 5b)

Ooooo, can I get in on this trade, (should be done planting by then, lol.) I just love Christmas. I bake cookies galore, I am trying to teach my grandkids that there are cookies other than choc. chip, lol. I just love Belgin Christmas cookies, they are my fav.. I believe I'd like: #10 (would adore windhimes, hint hint) lol. #5, if possible a traditional (it's been 5 years since I've had a tree and most of my lights and ornaments were aquirred by my daughter and family. Love various Santas, of course, lol. and or #6. I didn't see anything about any elves, if my trade partner has one to spare that can dig and plant I would forever be grateful. LOL!!!!!! Pix is a watercolor that I did for my daughter's family last year (30"x36"). Later all, Kathy.

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(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Kathy, that is so cute! Love your talent!

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