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28 February 2008

Calling all swappers!!!

We are pleased to announce the new swap. After many wonderful suggestions and ideas Rhonda, Lorraine and I have decided to do a shopping tote swap. We think this a wonderful way to participate and encourage the three gift challenge. We also encourage everyone to use fabric and material that they already have in their stash or to refashion something into a shopping tote. If you are interested in participating in this swap, let us know by March 5th. Please leave your name, email address, and a note if you are interested in swapping internationally (remember to spell out your email address to avoid spam). To help get those creative juices flowing, here are some wonderful websites and blogs that have shopping tote ideas:

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/02/market_bag_crochet_pattern.html
http://oohprettycolors.blogspot.com/2008/01/esthers-tote-tutorial.html
http://www.purlbee.com/the-un-paper-bag/
http://www.alteredcloth.com/blog/2007/07/top-7-tutorials-for-making-your-own-shopping-tote.php
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.msg1837265#msg1837265
http://pleasantviewschoolhouse.blogspot.com/2007/11/how-to-sew-cloth-shopping-bag.html

A "Partial Parade of Tea Cosies" photos will be posted in the next day or so. I have 15 photos so far and hope to get more soon-don't forget to e-mail me with your photo if you haven't sent it yet (cdetroyes at yahoo dot com). Happy swapping everyone!!!
Sharon

115 comments:

  1. I would love to join this swap. My email address is sunnycorner2340 at yahoo dot com dot au
    I don't mind posting internationally. Thanks.

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  2. Hello Rhonda Jean,
    I am so excited. I have a new pattern I made a few from this week.I would love to join in,
    Thanks,
    Elizabeth Quigley
    djquigley at sbc global. net

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  3. Hi Sharon, they're really good links. I'll be in this swap as I have a bit of time up my sleeve. I really like using what we have on hand and I hope a lot of our ladies (and men) join up.

    Thanks for organising us again.

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  4. I'm absolutely 100% in! I'm happy to do an international swap. Lisa x

    fitzgeraldsmt at bigpond dot com

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  5. I would like to join this swap and am interested in international swap. Cindy Rutledge

    cynthiamrutledge at aol dot com

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  6. Too fun. I'm interested in joining. International is fine with me. My email address is aubrey dot romero626 at gmail dot com

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  7. I had so much fun doing the last swap - I would love to do another!
    Mary
    rstrick1 at suddenlink dot com

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  8. I would also love to do a swap, international is great. grizzlykoala at gmail dot com annet

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  9. Hi there

    I was just wondering how long do you normally give to complete the swap as I'm a complete beginner.
    Thx
    Ciara

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  10. Hi everyone-so glad you decided to join the swap. Ciara-we give everyone quite a bit of time to finish a swap project so don't be worried!

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  11. Yes! Please count me in; not to be confused with the Tracy in Australia, above! I'm in hte US, and would prefer to ship within the US.

    unlessthelord at gmail dot com

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  12. Ooh, I've been eyeing off a beginner tote-sewing tutorial for a couple of weeks and I'd love an excuse to have a go. My email is john_and_julie (at) hotmail (dot) com. I don't mind posting internationally.
    Cheers, Julie

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  13. Hi there
    I was wondering how long you have to complete the swap as I'm a complete beginner.
    Thx
    Ciara

    ps been having trouble with my email so if you get this a few thimes my apologies

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  14. I would like to try this swap. I was in the apron swap and my partner never seemed able to send the apron but I am ever willing to try again as I enjoyed making the apron(s)as I made 2 for her.

    I would be fine with international.

    Thanks again for the fun idea.

    Jennifer
    penofjen at yahoo dot com

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  15. Count me in! I am happy to swap internationally. sfouilla at nmsu dot edu.

    Sarah Johnson

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  16. Jennifer-please e-mail me and I will try to figure out what happened to you apron. Thanks, Sharon

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  17. I'd love to be part of this swap, I am international (Dubai), and don't mind shipping anywhere in the world!

    sarahaha23 at gmail dot com

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  18. I would like to join this swap. My email addy is marnieh at optusnet dot com dot au
    I am in Australia and will post anywhere.

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  19. Hi Sharon

    Thx for that, then count me in. International is fine with me too. I'm in NSW.

    ciara dot oz08 at yahoo dot ie

    Looking forward to getting started. Was only introduced to your blog recently through my sister who did your tea cosy swap. can't wait to see her tea cosy picture.
    Thx
    Ciara

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  20. Hi Sharon & Rhonda Jean

    i would love to join this swap. Happy to go international -
    Sharon I will email photo tonight I promise - have had camera troubles. My email is rc at skymesh dot net dot au

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  21. Hi Rhonda & Sharon,
    Count me in for the swap. I really
    enjoyed the tea cosy swap.
    lizallen at westnet dot com dot au
    Kind regards from Liz

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  22. Hey, that's my little sister up there! Hehe. What a great place blogland is, you never know who you might meet!

    Sign me up for this one too, please. jean dot maples a tyahoo dotcodotuk

    Here's another link for making shopping bags, with a word doc, a pdf doc or an animated set of instructions to choose from:

    http://www.morsbags.com/


    (Ciara's my little sis so not sure if we should ask to not be paired up or just leave it to chance?)

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  23. Hello Rhonda

    Oh yes I would love to join this swap, I missed the last one :-(
    My email is
    dais_y81 at hotmail dot com

    Thanks Em

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  24. Yes, please include me skc240at aol.com international is fine

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  25. I would love to join in :D my email address it cilcwm at talktalk dot net and I would be happy to swap internationally! I have loads of fabric itching to be used in my drawers...

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  26. Hi Ronda and Sharon, What a wonderful idea. I would like to join in. My email address is kjalics@rocketmail.com. I live in Ohio and do not mind international mailing, in fact I would love it. Thanks for organizing these swaps!

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  27. Sorry, after I posted I noticed that everyone gives their email address in a non-clickable way. Why is this? And sorry I didn't if it matters.

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  28. Yes please, count me in! International post no problem. diana at blue hyphen earth dot co dot uk Thank you! x

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  29. I would love to join in the swap :)
    I would prefer to ship within the US.
    my email is kdirkin at yahoo dot com

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  30. I forgot to mention that I'm in the US. International or national shipping is fine either way.
    Aubrey

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  31. Wow-I am so glad that everyone is excited to join in! Lorraine (Chookasmum) and I will be working together again on taking care of the details of the swap and look forward to a very, very busy and fun swap. Kristi- it is done that way to keep the spam away! Jean- thanks for the new link! Sarahaha from Dubai-welcome to the blog and the swap!

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  32. oh rhonda jean! please count me in on this swap! i'm okay with an international swap too!

    have fun all!

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  33. Jayedee-could you give us your e-mail address-don't forget to spell it out so you don't get spammed! Thanks

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  34. I would love to join. I will do international also if need be, i'm in the USA. sweetrattle at yahoo dot com

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  35. Count me in!

    catmccall at yahoo dot com

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  36. Hello! I was hoping that a new swap would be soon. I think a cloth shopping tote is a wonderful idea. Sign me up. I will send anywhere.
    Karen at Iamnoimnt at yahoo dot com

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  37. I have watched two swaps go by and not dared to join in but I would love to join in this swap, please! I am a beginner with my sewing machine but would take care and do my best :)

    I am Anita, I live in the UK and would love to do an international swap.

    recycle_1971 at yahoo dot co dot uk

    Thanks you so much for organising this!

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  38. Hello Rhonda Jean,
    What a splendid idea for a swap, I would love to participate. My email address is clare at 1000 ft dot co dot uk. I will post internationally.

    love your blog.

    Clare

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  39. I forgot to add my email address. It's rhondahetzel at gmail dot com

    : - )

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  40. After Rhonda Jean's last post, I want to do this! I've always hesitated as I'm not that good of a seamstress... I'll give this one a shot! And they always sound like fun! I can do international too! My email is nunnhall at comcast dot net.

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  41. Please include me in this swap. I've enjoyed taking part in the apron and tea cosy swaps - sorry I haven't sent my tea cosy photo yet - I will do that now. I don't mind being paired with an international partner.
    My email address is ecotrace at yahoo dot co dot uk

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  42. I had so much fun doing the last swap and getting to know my partner, that I wopuld love to take part in this swap. Yes I will ship internationally. sboddington at optusnet dot com dot au

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  43. Rhonda Jean, you've convinced me to finally sign up for a swap! I've been watching these for a while now, and I always think that I don't have enough time or skill or the right materials on hand. Well, poo-poo to all that! I'm just gonna do it! I'm in a cold and snowy part of the US, but an international swap friend is fine with me.
    Thanks so much for the gals organizing this little bit of fun!
    ~Kelly
    kproschnkids at frontiernet dot net

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  44. Never done this before but sounds like fun, count me in. I hope we have a little time to get it done! Aussie swap please. sueredwards at gmail dot com

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  45. I am in. It is funny, every time I decide to try something new a swap for exactly that project comes up. :)
    US partners only please. Thank you.

    Maria

    quiltingpenguin at mariacherry dot com

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  46. Hi Rhonda Jean,

    Count me in, love these swaps! My email address is accrisantiatyahoodotcom.

    Coleen

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  47. I would love to join this swap, i was hoping we would do a bag swap soon. my email is han_ysic at hotmail dot com. With financial reasons I would prefer to swap within Australia, but would not be a huge problem to swap internationally.

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  48. I've been looking at swaps and thinking I would like to have a go for a while, this time I will so here goes. I am happy to swap internationally. My email address is emhemh at tiscali dot co dot uk.
    Thanks Eileen.

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  49. Please sign me up for this swap! I am in the US and will ship anywhere. sarahmctATyahooDOTcom.

    Sarah T.

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  50. Hello
    My name is Julie and I am a experienced seamstress but would love to participate in this swap.
    My addy is marchett at bigpond dot net dot au
    I would love to post internationally as well as within Australia.
    Thanks so much for the swap

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  51. Count me in Ladies!
    I'm in Oz, happy to ship anywhere :)
    flyinginoz04 at yahoo dot com dot au
    Is there a minimum size requirement?

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  52. Hi there,
    I would love to join this swap, I'm happy to do an international swap.

    thanks
    Phillipa Porter

    boondoggle13 at gmail dot com

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  53. I would like to join the swap. I have lots of fabric in my stash that I am itching to use. I also don't mind shipping international. My e-mail is dkhamby at msn dot com.

    Donna-USA

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  54. Hi Sharon, Lorraine and Rhonda, I would love to be part of this. I participated in the napkin and apron swaps and enjoyed them very much. I missed the tea cosy swap as I was very busy and didn't think I would get it done on time. I am happy to send anywhere.
    Debbie

    wildwils at iprimus dot com dot au

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  55. I forgot to ask this in my last comment - can my 17 year old daughter Lauren join the swap? She is 17 and a good sewer. For security reasons I would prefer to use my email for her. dkhamby at msn dot com.

    Donna-USA

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  56. Hi Donna- you can use your e-mail for your daughter- no problem at all. Sharon

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  57. Count me in this time! I am in the US and will ship wherever. My email is kimmmttATyahooDOTcom.

    Thanks,
    Kimberly

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  58. I loved the tea cozy and have used it twice. I like this idea too.
    cheapohmom at yahoo dot com.

    Amy
    Pennsylvania

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  59. Hello Rhonda and Sharon;

    Thank you for putting together another swap. I had a good time with the last one. So please count me in for this one.

    I don't mind shipping out of country.

    Maria S. in PA

    email address: riverhouse5 at gmail dot com

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  60. Love to join this swap.
    International swap is fine with me.
    michellesm26 at hotmail dot com

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  61. Hello Rhonda and Sharon, the other day I came out of the wood work at the ALS site after being a member for well over a year and I have decided it is now time to do the same here!! I love the blog and read it regularly. I would love to join the swap my email address is glenda at maxecommerce dot com
    cheers
    Glenda

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  62. Alright, I'm biting the bullet again and jumping in boots and all. :) Aaaarrrhhhhh. Email is lightening at lighteningonline dot com . Thanks.

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  63. Welcome Glenda. We are glad you decided to join the swap. Would you like to swap with a buddy internationally?

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  64. Lightening-I am really glad you joined up again!!

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  65. I'd love to participate, count me in. International is okay by me.

    Debbie
    debbie|at|pobox|dot|com

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  66. Hi Sharon,
    Just confirming that I'd love to be in this swap, thanks.
    Email is Athomestill at gmail dot com .
    Ann in Melbourne.

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  67. I would love to join the swap! I am in Scotland and will happily post international.
    Thank you for a very inspirational blog, I have been lurking here for a good while :-)

    Ania
    ania (dot) huxtable (at) ntlworld (dot) com

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  68. hi there and thanks for organising this. Im a beginner so im glad you give us time. starruby13 at gmail . com and i dont mind where i post to either.

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  69. Count me in too. I couldn't take part in the tea cosy swap as I'd already committed to another knitting swap. Can't wait to see the photos!

    beattiealison at hotmail dot co dot uk

    I'm happy to ship international.

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  70. I would love to join the swap.An international swap would be okay-but would prefer to stay in USA for cost saving. Thanks!~Amy

    mamabeanof4 at verizon.net

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  71. I would like to participate in this swap, I prefer to stay within USA for shipping simplicity and cost, also the ecological impact is greater when shipping internationally. dorayme at gmail.com.

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  72. I don't use aprons or tea cosies, but tote bags I do! I'm in! International is OK. Email is tamesonob at metrocast dot net

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  73. I'm interested in joining. It's kind of scary... it's my first swap and I've just recently started sewing but I'm brave and in for the fun.
    International is fine with me. My email address is vickie dot leblanc at usainteanne dot ca

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  74. I'm in! This seamstress has a roomful of fabric.

    Gardnwest at aol dot com
    International ok

    AMY! you've used your cosy twice? whhaaa....I have it on the pot on my table and go over to it once in awhile and rearrange it, and play with the buttons and retie the ribbons...I don't want to mess it up. OK, Sharon (big hugs to the maker), I won't be afraid to drip tea...maybe will use White tea!!!

    Whoa...looks like you all have hit the swap on the head...lots of swappers joining.

    Christine

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  75. I've never done this before but it sounds like fun. International is fine. My e-mail address is ksm_rdm at yahoo dot ca

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  76. I would love to join in this swap.

    My email address is: wyndesnow at yahoo dot com .

    I located in US and don't mind sending internationally.

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  77. I am a little nervous about this... I am not an expert seamstress but I do sew a little. I would like to be involved in the swap. My email address is
    chasburrell at tvn dot net
    Thanks a lot for this!
    I can ship internationally if I need to. Thank you!
    Chas
    http://www.homesteadblogger.com/chas

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  78. count me in.

    My email address is: nancyheb at yahoo dot com .

    I am located in US and don't mind sending internationally.

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  79. I just wanted to add this link from a list of reusable grocery bags on Craftster http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=180658.0

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  80. I am so glad there are so many joining in on the fun! There will be plenty of time and I am glad so many beginning sewers have joined us because it really is a great way to learn and practice new skills. If you didn't put down whether you wanted to ship internationally could you let us know-it makes the sorting a bit easier. This is going to be the biggest swap yet-and if you are lurking please join us, don't be afraid- get creative, have fun and meet new friends (with each swap I make a new friend or two or more!!)>

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  81. Please add me to your swap list. I am laurieandkarl at yahoo dot com. I am in Alaska, and can mail anywhere.

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  82. I would love to join again and will post internationally.
    iamschildkamp@xs4all.nl
    Than you,
    Ingeborg

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  83. Ok I have decided to join this swap as well - was undecided because I am not good with deadlines- but I just finished my tote so now it won't be a problem :O)

    I am in Canada and would prefer someone also in Canada if possible.

    k dot murray at sympatico dot ca

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  84. Ok, I'm in. I have a sewing machine but have never really used it. If that doesn't work I can sew it by hand... I promise to do my best!

    I'm in the U.S. I don't mind sending international. Emails is melinda at elementsintime dot com.

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  85. Hi Rhonda,
    I would love to join in the tote swap. It's great timing for me as I've been making bags lately. I am willing to ship international.
    Thanks,

    Deb

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  86. Ok, I've hemmed and hawed long enough as I've watched the last few swaps go by. Count me in as well. My email is kmangan33 at yahoo dot com. I'm in the US.

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  87. This is going to be a great swap! Thanks to all the talented sewers who joined, I hope you will all share your experience with those girls who are new to sewing.

    I am really proud of all of you who have joined after being a bit hesitant and unsure of the swap. Simple living is about chaging ourselves to fit a new way of being - learning to sew will help you live to your new values.

    If you have any questions about how to do something, just send Sharon or I an email, or add a comment, and between all of us we'll come up with answers and ways to help you. Don't be shy, just ask.: - )

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  88. I would like to join the swap. I would prefer USA swap partner as this is my first ever swap. My Email is Jbeane at ccpwireless dot com

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  89. Deb (homespun living) and Jayedee -could you ladies please give us your e-mail addys. Don't forget to spell them out so the spammers stay away!! I am truly amazed at the number of ladies joining the swap and if anyone has any questions or problems please feel free to e-mail Rhonda, Lorraine, or me and we will be more than happy to help.

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  90. I would love to join in and would love to swap internationally. Thank you!
    BlueAppleFarm at aol dot com

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  91. I'd love to do a totebag swap. My email address is sfchilds at hotmail dot com. I'm in the US. I'm open to shipping internationally, but would prefer shipping within the states.

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  92. Hi Sharon,
    I don't mind where I post to. I am in Sydney but would love to meet new friends anywhere in the world.
    thanks
    Glenda

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  93. Hello,

    I've been reading your blog for quite some time... and you are an inspiration! I'd like to join the swap-- my first one! email add:
    ryjendube at metrocast dot net. Thank you!

    Jen Dube

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  94. I've decided to join in too.
    littlejennywren at dodo com au.
    Thanks for organising it girls.
    I'm happy to post anywhere.
    Jenny

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  95. Hi Rhonda Jean,

    Please count me in for the swap too. My email is margaretc39 at aol dot com. I am in Maryland, USA. I am happy to swap with anyone anywhere. Thanks for all you share through your blog. It really is a pleasure to "visit" you.

    Love, Margaret

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  96. I'd love to join in!
    My email is stuart7588 at aol dot com
    Happy to post anywhere.
    Jo

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  97. Rhonda Jean,

    A great idea, I'm learning to sew and my first project is shopping totes :) Count me in. Willing to ship internationally. maggsdel at homtail dot com

    cheers,
    maggie

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  98. I 'found' you through Little jenny Wren's blog.......thanks Jenny.....and would love to join in too.

    I'm in Australia, and happy to post international.

    belleg9 at gmail dot com

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  99. I would love to join in--so excited since this will be my first swap. I am willing to ship internationally.
    Thanks,
    Gail
    tcupquilt at yahoo dot com

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  100. I'd haven't joined a swap here before but would love to take part in this one. I don't mind sending internationally. I'm in Australia. My email address is bel at spiralgarden dot com dot au.

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  101. Been following my mum swapping so have decided to join in myself this time! Don't mind doing an international swap.

    helen dot bland at tiscali dot co dot uk

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  102. I would like to join the swap. And I am happy to send international. My email is
    juanita dot richardson at whitireia dot ac dot nz

    This will be my first swap so I'm excited.
    Cheers, Juanita.

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  103. I am joining! I do not mind posting internationally, since I guess I will have to do that anyway, living in Norway. aloveablepreciousworldATyahooDOTcom
    åslaug

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  104. not sure if I have put my hand up for this!

    ann dot lynaghbland at tiscali dot co dot uk


    Ann

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  105. I would like to join!

    I would prefer to swap with a US resident for postage savings.

    vegan ruthie at yahoo dot com

    I am a beginner and don't mind being paired with a beginner!

    Ruthie

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  106. This sounds SO COOL!!!
    paula aatt paurian doottt com

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  107. Forgot to say I am in the US. I would prefer to do US, but if you need someone to do international, I would be willing to. :)

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  108. I would love to join the swap. My address is davejode at ncable dot net dot au. I would prefer to post within Australia. Thank you,
    Jodie

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  109. Hello...I would love to join in on the swap...would prefer to swap in Australia if possible...by email address is littlepaddy at adam dot com dot au...thanks Julie

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  110. hi there- I am being very brave and signing up for this, having read and re-read the posts here several times! The last thing I sewed was (I think...!) a pencil case made out of that funny material with the holes in it- when I was a Brownie- 25 years ago!

    Ros
    ros dot holland ATgmail dotcom
    PS I'm in the UK- will post anywhere....

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  111. Hello

    Please add me to your tote swap list:

    Karen Kerr
    karen802 -at- btconnect -dot- com
    http://blueprimrose -dot-blogspot -dot- com/

    I'm in the UK, don't mind posting internationally though.

    Thanks and Best Regards
    Karen

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  112. Hi,

    If i'm not too late I would like to join the swap. lisafrench at actrix dot co dot nz I'm in New Zealand and would prefer to be posting to NZ or Aussie.

    Cheers,
    Lisa

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  113. Oh, I think I'm just under the wire! Paula at Hearty Works sent me.

    I've been thinking about trying a shopping bag. I've exchanged Valentines, but never something like this!

    Count me in!

    U.S.A. only please.

    lane dot family at yahoo dot com


    God bless!
    Laura
    Happy at Home

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  114. I would love to join!!!! My e-mail address is flossie4him at hotmil.com

    my blog is www.homesteadblogger.com/flossie
    Would love to do an international swap
    Thanks
    Flossie

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  115. I mispelled my e-mail

    Flossie4him at hotmail.com

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