Friday, October 24, 2008

Winner #2

Thank you to all that responded on time (and a little after).

cookie cutter

The winner of the lovely Dough Press is.....

Laura in UT

Hurray! for Laura

Her lovely dough press will be on it's way shortly.

Now, everyone get busy figuring out what you want to do for your partner and then DO IT. :o)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Please Respond

I finished the last of the swap partner emails this morning. You have 48 hours (that would be till Thursday morning at about 9:00 a.m.) to let me know that you got the information. If I don't hear back from you, you won't be counted in the swap. I am fair and will try to contact you if I don't hear from you but I do need you to hurry up and check in. This lets me know that the channels of communication are working.

IF you get back to be by Thursday morning early, your name will be automatically entered into a drawing for a prize. What prize you ask?...... Well this prize.

cookie cutter

This is a cookie press from Dough Press at Etsy. It is several cookie cutters hooked together so you can cut several shapes out at once. Very Clever! The shop owner was thrilled to be able to participate in our swap and give one lucky swapper and cool cookies press.
Go check her shop out and spread some Etsy love her way.
Here is how the press works.
Cookie cutter 2

So please go respond to the email I sent you and let me know that you got your partner info. IF you don't have it please check your junk mail first. The emails included links to your partner and that triggers some safety checks.
I still need to hear from about 40 of you.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Keep It Secret, Keep it Safe!


It was just brought to my attention that I forgot to remind everyone that the Sassy Apron Swap is a SECRET SWAP. What is that??? That means that you are not giving to the person that is giving to you. It is a secret. So don't try to contact your partner.
When you send your package then you get to tell them who you are and all about yourself so they can communicate with you.
I am so sorry I left this detail out for the new Sassy Apron Swappers. And Thank you to the swapper that caught it.
So Swap on in secret until the big day. Ok?!?
Now back to sending you your emails. I am up to 80 sent now. Only 52 more to go. Hee hee. Good thing I like doing this.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

All Swapped

I finally have you all entered into the data base. There are over 130 of you this time. Whew!
I also have you all swapped and will be sending out letters tomorrow. I am too tired to do it now and would like to look at the list one more time before I send them out to you. I do make mistakes and this will help me avoid as many as possible.
So be watching your in boxes. I have to work in the morning so you won't be getting them before afternoon but should have them by tomorrow night.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Swap Closed

The Winter Sassy Apron Swap is now closed. I will be entering the last names into the blog list. If you entered and don't see your name there, Please contact me ASAP with a comment here or an email. I might have missed it in the shuffle or accidental deleted it with the 500+ emails I get everyday. Ones that are marked SPAM by my server sometimes get accidental diverted to the wrong file.
I will be entering all your information into a Data Base now and will start sorting and pairing you all up. That takes a few days. I like to triple check everything to eliminate mistakes. (I still make them but I make fewer that way.) :o)
So be watching for an email from me informing you of your partners by October 20th. I will post here that they are out in case you don't see one show up.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Time Is Running OUT

If you have been debating whether to join or not, now is your last call. The swap officially closes tomorrow night, Friday Oct. 10th.

Winter Apron Swap

If you have signed up for the swap and DO NOT see your name over on the side bar as a swapper then you need to get a hold of me ASAP. I have entered every name that I have found. There is a chance that a stray name has slipped into the trash bin with a ton of SPAM so please alert me now if your name isn't there.

Also it would appear that we are in need of some Apron Angels. There are some swappers that just aren't going to be getting an apron. If you are feeling generous and would love to help a sister in need, please contact me and I will get you paired up with a sad swapper that still doesn't have an apron. Don't panic about the list on the side. 14 of those swappers are ones that just haven't reported back to let me know they got their apron. Some of those on the list however have real swapping flakes for partners or their wonderful aprons have been officially listed as Missing and just didn't make it to their destination. This is so sad because I have seen several of the pictures of those that were sent and they were fabulous.

*** Word to the Wise Swapper***
Yes it costs a couple of bucks more to ship that way but it is SO worth the safety of knowing that your package was tracked and delivered.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Early Bird Winner

Thank you! to all of you that have registered for the swap early. I put all of your names into bowl and drew one. I actually used the most darling bird's nest bowl I got this weekend at the Farm Girl Fest BUT some little imp decided to run off with my USB cord for the camera so there will be no photos today. I am not tearing the house apart to find where he (or she) put it.
Yes it has been just that sort of week here at the Byrd house. Fun fun fun!

The lucky winner of the fabulous Pillow Case Pinny is.......

Tammy in NC.

I will send your information to Jenna Z. and you will be receiving your Pinny Pattern ASAP.

If you are new to this blog you have until Friday the 10th to turn your name in. I will be gone to Arkansas for a friend's wedding. I will be back on Saturday to start pairing you all up. :o)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Early Bird Giveaway

You have till October 10th to sign up for the Winter Sassy Apron Swap.
However, if you sign up before Monday, October 6th you get to be counted in the Early Bird Giveaway for signing up early and making my life easier. (I plan to reward those that make my life easy. hee hee)

So here is the giveaway. This is a PDF apron pattern designed my Jenna at The Make Do Mercantile at Etsy. I tried this apron pattern and it is fast, fun, and fabulous. What makes it even better is that it is a PDF which is fabulous for the ADD seamstress. You don't have to wait for and lose steam with a paper pattern.


This apron is so fast to put together. I love it. If you don't win you can go snatch up a copy and send some apron love to a fellow swapper. It includes three sizes, M, L and XL and can be made with one pillowcase or one yard of fabric

Jenna also has a club called the Make Do Marigolds. You can join in by purchasing her seasonal packets. I got the Summer packet and loved it! I earned my sunshine patch and just need to figure out where to put it. It was fun to do with my family. The packet is chock full of recipes, tips and even an apron pattern. So check it out.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Winter Sassy Apron Swap Sign-Up

Winter Apron Swap

Sing-ups open till October 10th. Partners will be sent out on October 20th. Apron packages are due for shipping on December 1st.

It is October 1st and time to sign up for the next round of the Sassy Apron Swap.

**** This is a holiday themed swap****

This is our final swap for the year. Who knows what next year will bring.
I thought and thought about what my favorite bits of winter are and couldn't come up with a theme. Then while I was making half a million cookies for our community's fall festival it hit me that one of my favorite things about winter and the holiday season is making cookies with my family. It is one of my earliest tradition memories and one that I still carry on today with my own children.
So the theme of the Winter Sassy Apron Swap is Cookies.
Here is how it at will work.

  • You will make a cookie/winter/holiday themed apron, full or half, be creative. It can be holiday related if you like. Please refer to your partner's preferences.
  • You will include at least one favorite cookie recipe. The is a great way to share a family tradition. I can't pick just one so my partner might just get a few cookie recipes.
  • You must include a cookie cutter.
  • You are free to include any other little treats you would like that relate to the theme such as favored sugars, sprinkles, specialty chocolate chips, etc.
  • Please include a had written note about your apron selection, cookie traditions, what ever. Just make it personal so your partner has a chance to get to know you. It will be fabulous!

Swap Rules:

  1. All aprons must be hand-made. If you can't sew well enough to pass 8th grade home economics, then buy one from one of the many etsy crafters.
  2. Your apron should be made of 100% cotton fabric that has been pre washed to prevent color bleeding and shrinking of the finished apron.
  3. You package must be in the mail to your partner no later than Monday December 1st.

Here are some more things I would like you to consider before joining this swap.To join in this swap you don’t have to be an expert seamstress, but you do need to be experienced enough to pull a nice apron off. I expect an apron that would pass in 8th Grade Home Ec. I don’t expect an A but at least passable.I don’t want to get too fussy here and scare anyone off. I love to see the work of new seamstresses and have had some as partners in swaps and have loved the work they do. It is fresh and full of enthusiasm. If you feel that your work isn’t good enough you can also swap an apron made by another crafter. There are many at Etsy worth buying from. Just be sure to give credit where it is due and honor the apron artist.

To join this swap you will need to send me an email at this address, with ALL of the following information:
(please don’t lump all your information together, it makes data processing so very difficult for me). It works best for me if you will please just copy and paste the list below to your email and just fill in the blanks.
1. Full name:

2. Mailing address:

3. Blog address:

4. Email address (just one please): (PLEASE include this it saves me so much time if you do)

5. Other swaps you have participated in (if you have not swapped with me previously):Preferences:

6. Give one color you like:

7. Give one color you dislike:

8. Fabric style you like and dislike (ie., pastels, brights, jewel tones, florals, batiks, etc):

9. What is your dress size? (with a full apron you need to be sure that all your bits are covered)

10. List anyone you would rather not get an apron from. (like your sister, mother, former swap partners, etc.)

11. How holiday do you want your apron to be? (a double sided apron can be Christmas and Winter themed) (remember that I do not require a double sided apron, just a suggestion)

12 Are you Willing to ship internationally or do you prefer within your continent.

Please try to remember that there is a THEME. This theme is a little more specific than the last ones have been. I debated what I should do here and decided to go with the holiday theme. I love Christmas and since this is my swap I will do what makes me happy. :o) I am sorry if this excludes anyone. Remember that there will be more swaps next year with many more themes.

If you have participated in my swaps in the past and have not followed through with your packages, I will not be able to let you play at this time. Sorry but it is only fair.
Thanks and I can't wait to see who participates this time.