My first ever swap was a scavenger hunt (you get a list of words and have to find something that fits each one) and I really enjoyed it so I was really pleased to see another hunt swap. I received my package about a week before I'd even started thinking about mine (I'm a post partner assignment swapper as I like to really make it personalised, whereas some people have everything ready to send before partners are allocated).
The seven categories this time round were: Red, Key, Flower, Fairytale, Animal, Something Sweet, and Profile Surprise.
Above is my swap package - my partner included a small red notebook, a key necklace, a lovely pincushion covered in flowers, a card embellishment "WISH" as all fairytales start with one, some owl stickers (my favourite animal at the moment), some orange sweets (my favourite flavour!) and some measuring cups, which I somehow missed out of the picture, to help me cook the recipes in the edible New Orleans magazine she also included. Totally fab package to receive - I'm probably going to hoard the owl stickers instead of using them because I love them so much.
Here's a close up of the superb pin cushion - really good handiwork.
It took me a while to get my swap together - I had lots of ideas for some of the categories, but totally drew a blank for others. Here is what I sent my partner.
Red - Cupcake toppers (I got carried away with my previous swap!)
Key - A MonKEY KEYring (see what I did there?)
Flower - I didn't take a picture of this, but I found some flower fairy colouring in sheets (difficult ones, not childrens ones) and as my partner likes flower fairies (and painting), I thought this would fit nicely.
Fairytale - This was my experimental item - I found some fabric pens in town and decided to buy some hankies and add little fairytale pictures onto them. I'm not great at drawing so Ian helped out with this one a bit, it was good fun to do and I think they turned out pretty good.
Animal - my swap partner had owls and penguins listed in her favourite animals on her profile, and these card embellishments just jumped out at me.
Something sweet - I added in some skittles as I was worried any chocolate would melt.
Profile surprise - I think I really caused myself problems with this one, because I made everything else fit with her profile so I was out of ideas. I settled on some postcards from Birmingham (where I was staying when I sent out the swap) and included my rail tickets that I used to get to Birmingham as she likes things from the UK, so I hoped they'd be something she'd never gotten before.
I'm pretty pleased with how my swap turned out - hopefully she will be too!