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Spunky [userpic]
I am a terrible swappy partner
by Spunky (spunkymuffinz)
at June 3rd, 2009 (03:22 pm)

With many apologies to magicalspirit  I am posting my Go Fish swap that debbie put together for me. I could have sworn I posted a thank you! I think I uploaded pics to photobucket and then forgot to make a post here! Sheesh, I am so sorry! Here's my awesome MTG swap! 

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Rachel [userpic]
Swap Received! :D
by Rachel (sugarmaplelife)
at May 30th, 2009 (08:45 am)

The second box completing my May Book swap from willow_cabin arrived just before we left for vacation. I figured out the hotel wifi, so I wanted to tell you aaaaaaall about it. ;) I wrote in an earlier post about the arrival of that incredible giant family Bible sized book she'd sent with all of Jane Austen's novels--illustrated. I forgot to mention that the edges of all the pages are silver leaf. Or that there is a copy of Miss Austen's signature in silver on the rich blue cover. Gah! :D :D :D

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Rachel [userpic]
by Rachel (sugarmaplelife)
at May 27th, 2009 (07:35 am)

This month, I'm swapping with willow_cabin and she'd mentioned that my swap was arriving in two boxes. I'm leaving tomorrow for a week long vacation and wanted to post my impression of box #1 in case I didn't get box #2 before I left.

I have been doing mail swaps for about four or five years now. I've received some awesome things, clever gifts, new best friends, surprising choices, precious objects, priceless handmade treasures. In that proverbial "what I'd grab in a fire if I had time to prioritize my personal belongings" list, perfectly chosen or handmade gifts from swaps dominate the top twenty. I'm trying to say that I've been lucky in swaps--they always seem to exceed my wildest dreams for what they could be.

Still, in all this time, opening all these perfect packages, this is a first.

In this priority mail box, heavy enough to necessitate a panda to help carry it, as warned, was a gift that knocked all the air out of my lungs when I saw it. All I could do was gasp and gasp and gasp like a landed fish. :D

She sent me a giant, gorgeously bound, fully illustrated (color plates and in-text line drawings) ten pound silver leaf, blue hardcover, limited edition, complete book of Jane Austen's works. It's over a thousand (big!) pages. It is like an old family bible, needing its own dedicated stand in the living room to bear its weight. Daniel and I have joked (not kidding at all, of course) about having our nightly readings from it. It is the most incredible book I've ever seen in all my life.

And it is mine!

I think Jane Austen is perfect and I've only ever gotten her books from the library (over and over and over again) and now I have this? Seriously, I couldn't be more excited if it was in her handwriting.

I feel unworthy of it, to be honest, and the thought that a second swap box is coming? Oh, geez, totally unworthy of that generosity. My leeetle swap seems extra leeetle in comparison, now. Oh my word. How did something like this happen to me?

I'm in shock. I just keep patting the cover, randomly prying the giant thing open to a page to see the illustrations. How dear, how sweet, how incredible.

All my life, I never knew a book like this existed. What? What?? Oh, Goddess, this book! You've got to be kidding me. I feel almost light headed just talking about it again and this happened last night! Absurd. Incredible. Unreal. Exquisite.


I'm so grateful and humbled and shocked I don't even know what to say.

Thank you. Thank you!

Moon [userpic]
Packages Shipped? Deadline!
by Moon (mermaiden)
at May 22nd, 2009 (12:45 pm)

This is the last day to take your wee little boxes to the post office for the Bibliophile swap without penalty! Please post here when you've shipped your package!

I hope everyone ships out on time!! Good luck and have a great weekend~ :)

"Kawaii!" Swaps Received
by Rhiannon (rubymulligan)
at April 30th, 2009 (06:54 am)

dependonyou to trimiddew: here
mieru to scream_baby: ***
myfavoriteshirt to zaqurus: here
scream_baby to mieru: ***
trimiddew to dependonyou: here
zaqurus to myfavoriteshirt: ***

***mieru removed from community.
scream_baby's replacement swaps done by brown__eyes & aerialmelodies: here

Amie [userpic]
The Cute, It Shall Consume You
by Amie (dependonyou)
at April 29th, 2009 (02:50 pm)

This is what happens when you continually forget to post. You don't have access to all the information you need, nor the time to go dig it up. My wonderful swap partner (whose SN I will edit in later because I'm made of fail and don't recall it off the top of my head), trimiddew, sent me my package early. I've been sitting on it for... not quite a week now. Now I'm finally going to be a good girl, and rave about how beautiful it is! Because wow, it is full of unexpected awesome and win!

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Indecisive Loser-Hero Hybrid [userpic]
by Indecisive Loser-Hero Hybrid (earthdotprime)
at April 27th, 2009 (07:28 pm)

Because I am, in no particular order, a doofus, jerk, and grad student, I totally forgot to post about my swap recieved, even after Kari emailed me about.  D'oh.
Anyway! aura_lee chose my obsession with B movies, and brilliantly sent me the following:

Killer Klowns From Outer Space DVD
Teen Wolf/Teen Wolf 2 DVD
Flubbery/Blobby/Goopy stuff (that I gave to my friend's son, I am NOT TO BE TRUSTED with this substance!)
Hand knit alien
Hand knit alien AND Transformer washclothes!
and some bath gel to scrub the stink of these movies off of me. =)

Thank you, Kari!  I love it!

Swap Registration #21: Bibliophile
by Rhiannon (rubymulligan)
at April 27th, 2009 (06:13 pm)

Our category of geek for this month is: I'm Completely Random


Swap Registration #21: Bibliophile

This month hosts our "random" category and what's geekier than a big pile of dusty books? NOTHING, I say!

Books! Oh, for the love of books. Getting a new one and breaking the spine. Getting an old one and smelling that delicious "old book" smell. Browsing used bookstores and finding treasure upon treasure. Sharing books with friends and then talking for hours about what the story meant to you. Snuggling up with a cuppa tea and a blanket, a great book can be the most influential part of a well-spent evening. Live lives you've never dreamed of living. Go places you've never fathomed you'd ever see. Meet people you couldn't have imagined in your wildest dreams. Books take us places that rudimentary forms of travel can not.

The theme is, as always, open to interpretation. Have fun with it! If you are new to swapping and are having a bit of trouble getting started, please feel free to comment on the Swap Brainstorm Bank for help.

I will be posting a swap survey this evening as well, so be on the lookout for that. Swap surveys are a great tool, but you shouldn't rely solely on those. Emailing your partner and checking out their introduction post and/or user info work great, too. For now, just go to this month's (hopefully) prolific Swap Brainstorm Bank and contribute your ideas.

Here is your mission, should you choose to accept it: put together a swap box that follows the BOOK theme, keeping in mind your assigned partner's interests. As always, I suggest that you send a box with contents of at least a $20 USD value (this does NOT count shipping cost!). With handmade items, I know that's hard to judge, but do your best.

Anyone feeling bookish?

Anyone who would like to participate in this swap must respond in the comments section below with:
Shipping Address:
E-Mail Address:
Are you willing/able to ship internationally this month?:
Allergies and/or Product Restrictions?:

All comments will be screened so that only mods can see your personal information.

Swap #21 Registration closes Thursday, April 30th!
*Participants will be emailed their swap partner's information the following day*

The deadline to ship out your swap package is Friday, May 22nd.
Before committing to this swap, please make sure that your schedule will allow you to put together a swap box and ship it out within the three weeks allotted. This librarian doesn't like late returns! ;)

Any questions? Please feel free to contact me at rubymulligan@gmail.com.


ETA: Registration is now closed!

the girl with the dayglo heart [userpic]
Obsessive swap received!
by the girl with the dayglo heart (slfcllednowhere)
at April 20th, 2009 (10:01 pm)
Location: Seattle!
Mood: grateful
Music: Sloan - Seems So Heavy

First off I want to apologize for not posting this earlier--I was in the hospital and only got home a few days ago so I'm working on getting things caught up. Anyway, I got my fabulous swap from babymuffin!

OMG y'all words cannot express how awesome this swap is. babymuffin went with my obsession with Conan O'Brien. She made a bunch of stuff for me!: a really really cool letter-holder thing with the Late Night logo on one side and the Tonight Show logo on the other side (I always need stuff like this so I will definitely be using it a lot), a travel coffee mug (definitely will be using this a lot too!), a keychain and photo album, and Conan playing cards, OMG. Also included were a cool Irish fairytales book, an issue of Boston, and really cute shamrock boxes. Thanks so much babymuffin! I love everything. :)

Shel [userpic]
Swap from k00m
by Shel (aerialmelodies)
at April 18th, 2009 (05:20 pm)
Mood: thankful

I received a wonderful swap from k00m! Unfortunately, the post office here decided to cram one of the packages into my mailbox and the picture frame cracked. Post office, you stink! >:(

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