I was reflecting on this today as I struggled to finish my Controlfreaks Holiday Mini swaps, which, as usual, I had left down to the last minute. Hey! I was busy, what with one child going back to school in imminent need of shoes, having to actually do some work on my medical transcription course, and even cleaning the house, which was in dire need of it. So I was cramming a week's worth of work into two days.
How is swapping like canning? Well, for one thing, there are a lot of steps to it. You are always making multiples. At the beginning, it's a lot of fun coming up with a recipe. Then you have to use what you have a large quantity of, so you pick a recipe that will use that up. And then the tedium sets in. Wash the jars. Cut up the whatever. Measure the ingredients. Cook it, if necessary. Fill the jars, making sure to wipe the rims clean so they seal. Put it in the water bath and set the timer. Lift the jars out carefully and wait to see if they seal properly.
And just like swaps, you sometimes run out of something you need. Not enough lids! The rings are rusted, so you gotta run to the store and buy more. You need 2 cups of cider vinegar and there is only 1 3/4 cups in the jug. And the store didn't have the same thing you started with, so sometimes you fudge and use something else.
At the end you end up with a large quantity of jars gleaming on your shelves. That's what makes it all worthwhile. You feel like you kept back the night somehow.
When you're done making swaps, you feel almost the same. There they are, stacks of your beautiful cards, all waiting to be sent off or carried to your event and traded for other people's, hopefully equally beautiful and fascinating, swaps. It's especially satisfying if you put them in clear envelopes. It makes them look so FINISHED. So professional. Like canned tomatoes.
What does my swap for the Controlfreaks look like? Now, that would be telling, wouldn't it? And I can't do that or Lisa will cut off my thumbs. Well, maybe not, but that's the image I use to inspire me to complete my swaps, mail them on time and keep dah fambily secrets in dah fambily until it's time to let them out.
But I know youse guys want sumthin' to be goin' on wif, until I can reveal my fab Holiday Mini swap.
How about I show you my very last swap from convention? That's right, I had one more swap, that I was trying to finish up just before I left and I didn't quite make it in time to photograph it. I ended up finishing them at Wendy's house. Lookie:
Ingredients: (all SU!) Stamps - Simple Snowflake, Many Merry Messages; Paper - Kraft, Naturals White, Bordering Blue; Ink - Whisper White Craft, Bordering Blue; Other - Large Snowflake punch, Word Window punch, silver cord, silver eyelets, silver brad, Pretties Kit, paper piercing tool, sponge wedge
Yes, it's GOJUS!!! (YILM!) And it was very popular at convention; I always swapped out of this one FIRST the two days I was actively swapping. I like to divide up my swaps on and only swap half each day to make the fun last longer.
And Wendy's room was a really a great place to stamp. If you're not a demonstrator or if you are and you happened to miss the May 2009 Stampin' Success article about Wendy's fab room, then I can show it to you 'cause I took pictures!
And here's some great wall art of the Article in Stampin' Success...proving that I am not the only one who loves herself, LOL! Wendy SHOULD be proud, though...it's a cool room and it's so neat that she got featured in our magazine!
If there was a way of bottling it and bringing it home I would have. And I even contemplated asking Wendy to adopt me, so I could live there...but then I would have the problem of what to do with my husband and children, not to mention all my STUFF. So I just kept my mouth SHUT. Which isn't easy to do, if you ask my friends they will tell you.
Well, it's late and I need to toddle on my way. Don't be a stranger! Ta!