The Christmas In July swap invitations have been sent out either by myself or by Stephanie. Thank you to those who have already replied to the RSVP. For those who still need to reply, please RSVP no later than the 5th of April. We've had a wonderful positive response so far. When replying to the RSVP please remember to include your: Name, Complete Mailing Address, including the country, your email address and your blog address. Once Stephanie and I have received all the names well put the list together and work on your partners. Stephanie's daughter has very kindly offered to design a swap button for us, thank you. Once we have all the swappers worked out Stephanie and I will do inspirational posts on alternating weeks.
Now you may be wondering why there are two hostesses. I've been thinking about doing another swap and thought that Christmas in July would be fun, especially for those who find that time around the holiday season is limited and are not able to participate in the Christmas swaps. From past swaps the numbers have been what I would describe as huge, and as Stephanie did such a terrific job on her Tea Swap she was the obvious choice.
Now I'd like to cover a few basics here. I know that many of you know these basics, but please continue to read on. I also know that these things have been covered on previous posts concerning swaps, but unfortunately many of them are still being ignored.
When your hostess sends you an email about the swap, please be polite and respond.
Please DO NOT mail before the due date.
Once your parcel has been mailed please make sure to email your hostess and let her know, so that she can let your partner know to expect a parcel.
Once you have received your parcel please email your hostess so she can mark it off her list.
Please email your swap partner and thank her personally. This seems to be the biggest problem we have, lack of thank you's. Manners don't cost anything other than a few moments out of your day to send an email.
Please use only quality fabrics, and construct an item that you would be happy to receive.
If you have pets, please make sure your item/items are free from pet hair.
If you smoke, please make sure your item/items have been washed before you send them.
If something happens and you know you are going to be late mailing please let your hostess know.
Finally this is a Secret Swap, so that means peeks are wonderful on your blog, but please don't reveal the entire item. Also the partner who is sending to you is not the same person who you are sending to.