Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ornament Swapping and Calendar Exchange

What better way to get into the holiday cheer.  Give a gift.

Calendar Exchange
First I signed up for an annual calendar swap sponsored by Design Crush.  They pair you up and you send a calendar to your exchange buddy.  My calendar buddy was Amy, a art director in NY.  How cool is that?  I was super excited about getting to know her especially because she has one of my dream jobs.  We exchanged some emails, then came the difficult task to pick the perfect calendar perfect for Amy.  Well, who knows if I found the perfect one, because honestly I fell in love with every other calendar.
The calendar I picked for Amy - found here
Amy picked a great one for me.  I really enjoy the illustration.  As soon as I got it, I put it right up in my room.
Amy picked out this calendar for me...
she knows I love the great outdoors
Ornament Swap
At first I wasn't going to sign up for the ornament swap from Freshly Blended, but after exchanging emails with Amy for the calendar swap I decided it would be a lot of fun to get to know more people.  This time I would be put into a group of 9 other fabulously crafty women from all over the country.  We would each have to create a ornament and send one to each person in the group.  At the end of the experience we would all have 10 (including our own) unique homemade ornaments for our Christmas tree.
What my swapping buddies didn't know is that ornament they got I didn't make, nor was it the ornament I intended to send.  I came up with this really cute ornament that looks like a snowball add a carrot nose and coal eyes and mouth (not a real carrot and coal, but clay) and now you have an awesome snowman.  My example was so cute, but when I took it into production things got ugly.  What I thought would take an evening to complete turned into a week.  As I neared completion my ornaments started to fall apart.  I had to abandon the snowman ornament entirely.  I was now over committed with no time to come up with a new idea and get them finished before I needed to mail them.  Luckily, I have great family who came to my rescue.  My mom and sister came up with a snowflake ornament and mass produced them for me.  I hope this wasn't cheating, but there was no way I could have finished the ornaments without losing a little sanity.
I forgot to take a photo of my ornament before it went out, but I took photos of everyone beautiful ornaments.  See for yourself.
Ornaments from my crafty new friends.

Sadly, this one did not survive the trip
I look forward to participating in the swaps again.

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