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7 June 2008

Its a NEW SWAP!

Hello all! Rhonda, Lorraine and I wish to announce a new swap. This swap will be a bit different than previous swaps in that you will be able to choose a project to swap. We have had many great suggestions for swaps, and have chosen two of these asour swap.

In keeping with our desire to simplify and green up our lives we have chosen to swap either pin cushions and a small sewing needle book, or a water bottle holder. Making the pin cushion and needle book reminds us how important the basic skills of sewing are today and each time you sit down to sew you will be reminded of your swap buddy. If you choose the water bottle holder, you will have chosen a green idea which encourages us to use a re-usable water bottle-either a plastic one or a metal one - but, please remember that many governments are now banning the old-style nagalene or plastic bottles that leech dangerous chemicals, so be very careful when you purchase a water bottle which you will be re-using!!

There are many great ideas out on the web teaching us how to make each of these items and I will leave a few links for ideas and tutorials at the end of this post.

We will have three months to complete and ship the chosen project-the deadline is the September 6, 2008, at which time we will announce a new swap for the holiday season.

I also wish to let you know that I will be off line for a couple of days and will be unable to respond to your comments until Sunday (US). I am having my computer repaired and it will take about 2 days to do the work. On Sunday, when I get back on line I will respond to all of you. Until then I am sure Rhonda or Lorraine will keep up with all the comments. I have added most of the tea cosy photos to our flickr group, so when you visit you now have many more photos to look at. I still have several tote bags and two tea cosy photos to upload.

When you sign up for this swap will you please give us the following information:
1. your name,
2. your e-mail address (spelled out),
3. your country,
4. whether you wish to swap internationally (many ladies still want to) and
5. which project you have chosen to make and if you would be willing to do either project just in case there is an odd number of swappers for a particular project, please let us know also ;).

The following are links for water bottle holders:

The following are some links to pin cushion ideas :

When you go to our flickr site, which is linked to on the sidebar of this blog, you can also type in a search
for photos of either pin cushions or water bottle holders and you will find hundreds of wonderful photos to give you ideas!! Have a wonderful week-end and happy swapping!!

101 comments:

  1. Please sign me up for the swap:

    christine

    libertystarfarm at yahoo dot com

    USA

    I would like to ship internationally

    Needlebook/pincushion only

    ReplyDelete
  2. Please sign me up!
    Kristi
    kdirkin at yahoo dot com
    USA
    I would like to stay in country
    Needlebook/pincushion only :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Please sign me up for the swap -
    Kris
    tkjtbair at verizon don net
    USA
    I would like to ship internationally
    Needlebook/pincushion only

    Thanks!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Please sign me up:

    Cindy
    cynthiamrutledge at aol dot com
    US
    International is fine
    pin cushion and needle book

    I will be willing to do either project

    ReplyDelete
  5. Please sign me up for the swap too

    Anne

    gaarthur@ntlworld.com

    UK

    will ship internationally.

    needlebook/pin cushion

    ReplyDelete
  6. Sounds like fun! Please sign me up

    Maggie

    maggsdel at hotmail dot com

    Canada :)

    Willing to ship internationally

    Needlebook / pincushion only

    Cheers!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I'm in.

    kmhedges at gmail dot com

    USA and domestic shipping only please

    I'd like to do the water bottle carrier swap.

    Kim

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm in, please!

    Diana

    diana at blue hyphen earth dot co dot uk

    UK

    Don't mind, international or uk

    needlebook/pincushion only

    Thank you! Happy weekend, everyone xx

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi Sharon, thanks for your work loading the photos and in this new swap.

    rhonda jean
    rhondahetzel at gmail dot com
    Australia
    I would like to swap in Australia
    pin cushion/needle book

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'd love to sign up for the swap please.
    Pauline
    paulinexyz at hotmail dot co dot uk
    Scotland
    Internationally or at home
    needlebook/pincushion please

    ReplyDelete
  11. I have been looking forward to the next swap, having decided I would join!

    Tracy
    gavtrac at tpg dot com dot au
    I would prefer to ship in Australia
    Needlebook/pincushion

    ReplyDelete
  12. Loved the tote swap, and ready for another!
    Aubrey
    aubrey dot romero626 at gmail dot com
    USA
    International or in country shipping okay
    Needlebook/ pincushion only

    ReplyDelete
  13. Count me in for a pincushion/needlebook!

    1. Mary
    2. catmccall at yahoo dot com
    3. USA
    4. I would be happy to swap internationally
    5. Pincushion/needlebook only - I don't use a water bottle holder...

    ReplyDelete
  14. Yes please.

    Tanja
    at_waterman at yahoo dot com dot au
    Australia
    Don't mind where I send to
    pincushion and needecase please

    ReplyDelete
  15. I've been lurking long enough at these swap thingies! I'll finally do one. Please sign me up:

    Kristin (Earthly Jane)

    just underscore me underscore kristin b at yahoo dot com

    usa

    I would like to stay in the country

    pincushion only

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi Sharon
    Thanks for all the hard work you do on these swaps! Please sign me up

    Lisa C

    flyinginoz04 at yahoo dot com dot au

    Australia

    would like to stay within oz

    water bottle holder only

    thanks :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. I am in for the pincushion/needlebook swap...
    Jennifer

    penofjen at yahoo dot com

    USA

    Anywhere is fine with me...

    *pincushion/needlebook*

    ReplyDelete
  18. I would LOVE to be a part of this swap. Thanks for organising it.:-)

    Violet
    vitay76 at gmail dot com
    Australia
    Swap within Australia please
    Pincushion / needle book

    ReplyDelete
  19. Flossie
    Flossie4Him at hotmail dot com
    United States
    I would like to swap internationally
    needlebook/pincusion

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hello everyone! It's lovely to see so many of you wanting to be part of this latest swap. Sharon has found some great links for us but if you know of any others, let us know.

    Kristin (Earthly Jane), I just wanted to clarify that the swap is for the two items - both a pin cushion and a needlebook, not just the one. As you still okay with that? :- )

    I hope a lot of you join in this swap. It does my heart good to see us working on handmade items that we'll use in our everyday lives.

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  21. Hello! I would love to join in the swap. I checked out some of those tutorials and I think even I could manage those lol! What a great way to learn new skills - thank you ladies. And here is a link to the needlebook I thought looked really easy:

    http://www.knitting-and.com/embroidery/needlecase.htm

    my details:

    tamara

    eliahn at aapt dot net dot au

    AUS

    I am happy to swap either in AUS or International

    Needlebook/pincushion only please

    Many thanks,
    Tamara

    ReplyDelete
  22. Thank you Sharon, Lorraine and Rhonda for these swaps. I would love to join in again.

    Robbie in Australia

    Needlebook/pincushion only

    rc at skymesh dot net dot au

    I would prefer to stay in Aust.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Please sign me up also!

    Amanda
    oakleydaisys at yahoo dot com
    USA
    I would like to stay in country
    Needlebook/pincushion only

    Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I would love to join this swap
    Marnie
    marnieh at optusnet dot com dot au
    australia
    within Australia please for shipping
    needlebook+pincushion

    ReplyDelete
  25. Please sign me up :0)
    Mary
    rstrick1 at suddenlink dot net
    USA
    I would like to stay in country
    pincushion/needle case only

    ReplyDelete
  26. Please sign me up for the swap...

    Tracie

    styan at optusnet dot com dot au

    Australia

    swap in australia

    Water bottle holder but I will do whatever if you need it

    ReplyDelete
  27. Please sign me up!
    Shelley
    sewilson at cull dot twcbc dot com
    Will make/ship whatever is needed to go where you need it - just let me know! I've been waiting for a chance to be in on one of these exchanges since I've been reading the blog. you guys rock! Thanks for letting me see your world. :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. I'd love to join in!

    1. Dani
    2. dani (at) thekitchenplayground (dot) com
    3. Australia
    4. national preferred but can do international if numbers require it
    5. would prefer pin cushion but will be flexible if numbers require

    ReplyDelete
  29. I don't want to join the swap but just wanted to let you know that I've collected 7 links so far regarding needlebooks, as I plan to make one for myself. Some are just beautiful pictures and some are tutorials. I will post them on my blog in case anyone is in need of ideas.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Oh,thanks so much, Sharon, Lorraine and Rhonda for the new swap - I'm in!

    Anita

    recycle underscore 1971 at yahoo dot co dot uk

    UK

    Don't mind about where it is shipped

    Needlebook/pincushion only

    Confession: I've never seen or used a needlebook in my life - I thought that's what pin cushions are for... :) and so would love to see links!!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I'd like to sign up for both swaps, only to Australia please.

    sewnup at hotmail dot com

    Cheryl

    ReplyDelete
  32. For those who have no idea what a needlebook is or who would like ideas, I have collected some links here: Needlebook Ideas
    (I am not entering the swap. I just collected them for my own use and thought I'd share.)

    ReplyDelete
  33. Rhonda,
    I didn't know what a needle book was, but I looked at the sites listed in the comment above mine and I'm sure I can swing the two of them. LOL.
    Put me down for a pin cushion and a needle book (whom ever gets mine....*sigh, it'll be interesting)
    I can't wait!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Me too please. Can someone clarify please, are we doing two items or one?

    Thank you.

    Sheryl

    sconranbrown@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  35. This sounds like a lot of fun!

    Amy
    greenplant DOT blog AT gmail DOT com
    USA
    international sounds fun
    needlebook/pincushion please

    ReplyDelete
  36. Please sign me up
    Debbie
    dlever at dodo dot com dot au
    Australia
    Oz or international
    And will make either whatever is easiest for your swap

    ReplyDelete
  37. catsister, if you're doing the pincushion and needlebook you would be doing two small items. If you're doing the water bottle holder, it's just the one.

    Just to clarify - a pincushion is a little cushion you have on your workbench beside your sewing to stab pins into as you take them out of your sewing. Usually your pins are kept in the cushion, although some sewers keep pins in tins or jars or other little containers. A needlebook is a foldover cover to keep needles - either to store them or to take them with you when you take your sewing out with you. Pins are also sometimes placed in a needlebook for the portable sewing of sewing circles, patchwork and quilting groups.

    It looks like we're building this into another healthy swap. :- )

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  38. thanks tamara and sabine for posting your links. :- )

    ReplyDelete
  39. Please include me

    Clare

    clare0311 at hotmail dot co dot uk

    I will ship internationally

    Needlebook and pincushion.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Hi, Many thanks for setting up a new swap.

    Stephanie Bond

    steph dot martyn at btopenworld dot com

    UK

    Happy to swap within UK or overseas

    Would prefer to do the pin cushion swap as we don't carry water bottles that much in the UK

    Many thanks again
    Steph xx

    ReplyDelete
  41. Hi Sharon, Lorraine and Rhonda,
    I'd like to do this swap.
    Ann.
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Athomestill at gmail dot com
    Swap anywhere is OK
    Needlebook / pin cushion

    ReplyDelete
  42. Please sign me up for the swap

    Elizabeth

    elizabethlloyd40 at btinternet dot com

    England UK

    I would like to swap internationally

    Waterbottle needlebook/pincushion - I don't mind - just happy to swap and meet like minded people.

    ReplyDelete
  43. I'll give it a go, but I am a swap newbie!

    Rinelle
    rinelle at tirtairngire dot com
    Australia
    Prefer to stay in country
    waterbottle only.

    Just to clarify, do we find out who our swap partners are so that we can discuss colour/size preferences, or is it a surprise?

    ReplyDelete
  44. I'm up for the swap!

    Kathy
    kathyann1@btinternet.com
    UK
    International is fine and I don't mind making either water bottle cover or needlebook/pincushion
    I'll post this on my blog (Meg's Mum's Muffins)and see if you get more from UK

    ReplyDelete
  45. Please sign me up.
    Tracy (sunnycornerfarm)

    sunnycorner2340 at yahoo dot com dot au

    Australia

    Will post in Australia or international

    Needlebook and pincushion only

    Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  46. What a wonderful idea ! :>)

    Please, sign me in for the swap :

    NADINE

    renauxnadine at yahoo dot com

    BELGIUM

    I'd like to ship internationally

    Needlebook/Pincushion only.

    THANKS and smiles from my little corner of the world !

    ReplyDelete
  47. I would like to be in the swap! :)

    Pincushion please

    Chas is my name

    I am in the US and I can ship internationally.

    chasburrell at tvn dot net

    http://www.homesteadblogger.com/chas

    ReplyDelete
  48. Hi, I'd love to join this swap!

    Fiona

    shevlinf at yahoo dot co dot uk

    Ireland

    Would like to swap in country or with UK if possible

    Needlebook/Pinchushion only please

    Thanks for organizing this swap!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Please sign me up for the swap!

    Pamela

    pamelamunsellataoldotcom

    USA

    anywhere is fine by me

    pincushion/needlebook only

    ReplyDelete
  50. Hi,

    I would love to sign in for the swap.

    Michelle
    moylefam at tpg dot com dot au

    I am happy to do either projects and would like to swap internationally

    Kind Regards Michelle

    ReplyDelete
  51. please sign me up:

    Jan
    jan at emurphey dot com
    USA
    I can swap internationally
    Needlebook/pincushion

    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  52. Hi. I would love to take part.

    Kim Cranson
    kim.cranson@tesco.net
    UK
    Internationally.
    Needlebook/pincushion or both if needed

    ReplyDelete
  53. I'd like to join.

    Kim

    k dot murray at sympatico dot ca

    Canada

    Would prefer within Canada if poss (Int if no other Canadians)

    Pincushion/needlebook only

    ReplyDelete
  54. Please add me to the list of swappers : )

    Bonnie

    bs nederlof at telus dot net

    Canada

    domestic or international

    Needlebook and pincushion

    ReplyDelete
  55. Sign me up!

    Kristina

    klech@yahoo.com

    USA
    International is fine.

    Needlebook/pincushion only.

    Thanks! Can't wait!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Ooh, new swap! Please sign me up!

    1. Lindsay
    2. cilcwm at talktalk dot net
    3. UK
    4. I don't mind shipping internationally
    5. I will make a the pincushion / needlebook.

    :)

    ReplyDelete
  57. 1. Sandra
    2. skc240 at aol dot com
    3. US
    4. international is fine
    5. needlebook/pincushion only
    Thank you for coordinating another fun swap!

    ReplyDelete
  58. I would love to participate in the swap. I had such fun in the tote bag swap.

    The needlebook/pincushion

    vickie dot leblanc at usainteanne dot ca

    CANADA

    I would be interested in shipping international (if possible).

    ReplyDelete
  59. I would love to join this. Please sign me up.

    Rachel L

    priorhill at xtra dot co dot nz

    New Zealand

    I would like to ship internationally

    Needlebook/pincushion only

    ReplyDelete
  60. I would love to have a go at this swap.

    Pippa

    ibbotson6 at btinternet dot com

    UK

    Love to swap internationally.

    Needlebook and pincushion only.

    ReplyDelete
  61. I would like to join.

    Jen

    jacullen AT yahoo DOT com

    I would like to ship internationally

    I would do either one, waterbottle or pincushion/needlebook.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Please sign me up for the swap
    Lynda
    lynda at domino-oaks dot com dot au

    Australia

    I will ship internationally or in country

    needlebook/pincushion

    ReplyDelete
  63. Please sign me up for the swap:

    Rose

    rosmar at 1earth dot net

    Australia

    Happy to send international

    Water bottle holder please

    Many thanks, I am newish to Rhonda's site.

    ReplyDelete
  64. I'm in.

    Lisa xx

    fitzgeraldsmt at bigpond dot com

    Prefer pincushion but am ok if you need another waterbottle person.
    Would like domestic Australian postage. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  65. Please sign me up:
    Teresa,UK
    andrew underscore charlton at hotmail dot com

    Would like to swap internationally.

    Needlebook/pin cushion

    Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  66. What a great idea. I would love to take part.

    Lindsey

    bobbinin at yahoo dot com

    UK

    Needlebook/pincushion please

    Happy to ship internationally

    ReplyDelete
  67. Hi Sharon,
    I would love to participate again.
    Will ship internationally.

    Love to do a
    Needlebook & Pincushion
    as I could do with these myself :)

    Email
    lizallen at westnet dot com dot au

    Kind regards from Liz

    ReplyDelete
  68. Please sign me up, this will be my first swap, how exciting!

    1. Wendy.
    2. robhan at hisabode dot freeserve dot uk
    3. UK
    4. International or UK
    5. Either, I don't mind.

    ReplyDelete
  69. Hi again Sharon,

    Oops
    Forgot to mention that I am in
    Australia.

    BTW, A BIG THANKS to you, Rhonda & Lorraine for organising these great swaps and the Flikr photos are an excellent way of grouping all the swap photos together.
    Thanks also for the links to some great ideas and patterns.

    Kind regards from Liz A

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  70. Hi
    Please sign me up for the swap

    Beth

    beth dot storey at yahoo dot co dot uk

    Ireland
    I would like to swap internationally

    Needlebook and pincushion only please.

    ReplyDelete
  71. This sounds like fun! It will be my first swap!
    Jill
    kjsuttles at roadrunner dot com
    I would prefer USA but I am willing to ship intenationally.
    Water bottle holder only

    ReplyDelete
  72. Jean

    jean_maples at yahoo dot co dot uk

    Ireland - but Germany by the time this deadline will be here, woohoo!

    Happy to ship internationally

    Would prefer pincushion/needlebook but can give the water botte holder a try if necessary.

    ReplyDelete
  73. I would like to join

    Donna
    dkhamby at msn dot com
    USA
    I will do either domestic or international.
    I would like to do the water bottle holder.

    Donna

    ReplyDelete
  74. Kristi Jalics
    kjalics at rocketmail dot com
    I will do either project and like international but it doesn't have to be that.

    Thank you so much for your work organizing these swaps.........

    ReplyDelete
  75. I would love to join this swap.

    Jonnine

    j dot boreham at bigpond dot com

    Australia

    Happy to ship national or international

    Needlebook/pincushion

    ReplyDelete
  76. I would love to join the swap

    Jennifer

    dbrown50 at bigpond dot net dot au

    Australia

    International is fine
    pin cushion/needle book

    ReplyDelete
  77. Please count me in!

    Alison

    alison08faz at yahoo dot co dot uk

    UK

    Happy to swap at home or internationally

    Needlebook & pincushion

    Thank you for organising this swap. Best wishes.

    ReplyDelete
  78. Yep, I'm up for this!

    Fiona

    either: fionabarnes at payne hyphon worldwide dot com (that's my work address) or fiona dot gazzardbarnes at yahoo dot com.

    UK, don't mind shipping across Europe but not so far as the States or Australia.

    Quite fancy doing the water bottle swap as my first choice, but am willing to change if needed.

    Looking forward to this!

    I'm going on holiday Friday for two weeks, back on 1st July. Just in case anybody tries to email and don't get a response!

    Cheers x

    ReplyDelete
  79. Oh great another swap! Thanks for organising.
    Jo
    stuart7588 at aol dot com
    England
    Happy to post internationally
    needlebook and pincushion

    ReplyDelete
  80. Cindi
    majormomof3 at msn dot com
    USA
    I am open for either shipping and any project

    ReplyDelete
  81. I would like to join the swap:
    Karen G.
    Iamnoimnt@Yahoo.com
    USA
    I will ship anywhere
    either will be ok

    Thank you for hosting another swap

    ReplyDelete
  82. this sounds fun!
    Loral
    loral15 at yahoo dot com
    USA
    International shipping
    Needlebook/Pincushion only :)

    ReplyDelete
  83. I'd like to sign up for the swap.

    Angie

    angieswindle at gmail dot com

    USA

    Will ship internationally

    This is my first swap so I'm not sure exactly how it works. Can I swap both projects?

    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  84. Hi Angie-you choose which of the projects you would like to swap-either the pin cushion and needlebook, or the water bottle holder. It is your choice.

    ReplyDelete
  85. I'm in!
    Amy
    theateam at internode dot on dot net (yes, it is dot "on" dot "net"!)
    Australia
    Swap within Oz (or to NZ - I'm a Kiwi)
    Water bottle holder only please

    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  86. I'm in for this one, needlebook and pincushion please and I would love to "meet" someone new internationally
    Kym (Canada)
    ksm underscore rdm at yahoo dot ca

    ReplyDelete
  87. I would like to swap with someone in Canada or the United States.

    Needlebook only please

    mrsmom497 at gmail dot com

    Thanks,
    Niki

    ReplyDelete
  88. Hi there, How great to join in another swap. Thank you for taking the time to organise it. I would like to do the pin cushion and needle case. I am happy to swap with anyone.
    emhemh at tiscali dot co dot uk.

    Cheers Eileen.

    ReplyDelete
  89. Please sign me up!

    1~Carolyne
    2~teagrrrl at hotmail dot com (yep, that's three R's)
    3~USA
    4~International or US
    5~*Pincushion/Needlebook*

    Thanks for organizing this wonderful group :-o)

    ReplyDelete
  90. I would love to join the swap for the pincushion:
    lea
    farmhouse_blessings@yahoo.com
    USA
    international is fine
    pincushion

    Sounds like lots of fun! I'm looking forward to it.

    Smiles,
    Lea

    ReplyDelete
  91. Hello ladies-wow there are so many!! Niki of rural writings and Lea of farmhouse blessings-the needlebook and pincushions are swapped together(two little items) not seperately -hope that is okay.

    ReplyDelete
  92. Ciara

    ciara dot oz08@yahoo dot ie

    Australia

    ship internationally

    Needlebook/pincushion please

    ReplyDelete
  93. Please sign me up:

    Mary

    cottonpatchquilts@msn.com

    USA

    I will ship internationally

    Needlebook & pincushion But will be flexible if needed

    ReplyDelete
  94. Please sign me up for the swap

    Mandy

    aurora at hebrides dot net

    Outer Hebrides

    Happy to swap internationally

    Needlebook/Pincushion

    ReplyDelete
  95. Please add me to the swap:

    Michelle

    heart2home at tampabay dot rr dot com

    USA

    I can swap internationally or domestically-it doesn't matter to me

    Pincushion/needlebook

    ReplyDelete
  96. Hi! I would love to join the swap.
    Debbie [homespun living]
    dadesign(at)rochester(dot)rr(dot)com
    United States
    I would enjoy swapping internationally
    pin cushion/needle book swap

    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  97. Me too.

    Hannah

    han underscore ysic at hotmail dot com

    Australia

    I would like to swap within Australia

    I would prefer to swap a hot water bottle cover

    ReplyDelete
  98. Hannah- the swap is for a needle book and pincushion OR a water (drink) bottle holder, not a hot water bottle cover. Let me know which one you would like to do. Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  99. I would love to join your swap. It is still June 12 here in the states. :)

    Debbie Scheunemann

    softh2o at cox dot net (ess oh eff tee ach two oh)

    I will ship anywhere

    Pincushion/needlebook

    ReplyDelete
  100. Please sign me up for the swap. I would like to ship internationally.

    Melanie--USA

    melanie.murry@cox.net

    Needlebook/pincushion

    ReplyDelete
  101. Louise

    le_lane70 at hotmail dot com

    Canada

    I would like to swap internationally.

    Needlebook / pincushion

    ReplyDelete

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