Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ever Get Burned on a Gift Exchange?

 One of the fun things about blogging is getting to know people all over the country and even the world.  I was so excited when Survey Junkie and Simply Stacie decided to host a Secret Santa Gift Exchange.  We were supposed to send the person we were matched up with a gift or gifts with a total value of around $15 and get it in the mail by December 1st.  Time got away from me and I didn't get it into the mail until December 14th.  Fortunately, it got delivered before Christmas.

Because the gift idea suggested to me was home decor, the gift I chose to send was a candle jar with a design etched into the glass by my husband.  It's a simple Nativity scene design and kind of hard to photograph, but it looks pretty cool in person.  I liked being able to send something with a more personal touch to it.

Christmas has passed and I haven't heard anything from my partner in the gift exchange.  That's always the gamble, of course, when you participate in something like this.  It's a bummer, but I'm not going to let it keep me from trying a gift exchange in the future.  I've seen a lot of blog posts by different people in exchanges for gifts, ornaments, cards, tatting, etc., and it looks like they usually have a lot of fun.  Anyone else have interesting experiences with a gift exchange?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Surviving the Christmas Chaos

This month has been a crazy one for me.  I loved the musical our students at Heritage did, but it ate up my precious free time.  Because I had Etsy orders to ship and some local orders to fulfill, they had to take priority over blog posts.  Add in some Christmas gifts that I wanted to make instead of buy and I was quickly swamped.  I'm glad I kept up on reading some posts on my favorite blogs because I discovered the perfect gift for my husband there.  I bought him a remote controlled Bigfoot (the monster, not the truck).  Photos are still on my camera and ideas are still floating in my head and I hope to share them with you now that the chaos is over.  You may have noticed some of the new items in our Etsy shop.  My dear Cricut Man made some very unique Christmas cards that have been very popular at live selling events.

I'm hoping to get on a more regular posting schedule for the new year.  If there are particular subjects that you want me to post about, please let me know.  My goal is to help other Etsy sellers to survive the madness.
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