Welcome to Favorite Color Swap!

My name is Nichole, and I'll be your hostess for this swap. Please check out the rules, sign up, and spread the word with a button! If you have any questions, please contact me. Thanks for stopping by!

The full rules can be found HERE

-Sign-ups close March 8th

-Matches will be sent by March 12th

-Packages must be shipped by April 12th

-Contact your pal at least once a week

Have fun!

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Package Received! Thanks Ariel:)

I received my package from Ariel -- pics are on my blog:)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Package received.

I want to thank my partner dressage57348 for the lovely package she put together for me.

I could not believve how many items were in my box.
She made some great choices, and I love it all.

I am adding a couple of pictures for you all to see.

Red, Pink, and Black!

Thanks to Ashley, who sent me an AWESOME package! The best part was everything that reminded me of my trip to Hawaii last year - Chocolates, a lei, and even some incredible Hawaiian looking fabric. I am going to have to find the perfect project for that.

I also received yarn, stationery, and just a box full of everything that was very thoughtful and sweet. Thank you so much!


Awesome Package!

Well, it turns out that my Favorite Color Swap 3 spoiler was my dear friend, Sheila, who lives 5 minutes away! LOL! She did a great job of keeping it a secret, including throwing me off by mentioning that it was difficult to shop for something vanilla scented for her swap partner (she knows I don't like vanilla scent). :)

She stopped by the house one day and asked if I'd gotten my mail for the day. I told her that Molly (my 8-year old) had already brought it in. She said that was odd because there was a package leaning against the post. One of the other kids ran out and got it for me. I didn't even notice the oddities in the label, like the fact that my name and address was taped over the name on the label. It appeared to be from someone in CA and the name didn't look familiar. But it was very heavy!!

Here is the whole shebang:

Now, the breakdown~

3 (really 4 as one more pack of black was sent to her late that she's bringing over soon) packages of luscious wool for needle felting. The camera doesn't do justice to the rich berry colored one in front.

A nice kitchen towel with a crocheted topper.

4 beautiful skeins of sock yarn in the most amazing colors. I love the way each pink/blue set complements each other!

Absolutely adorable stitch markers and earrings that look like miniature drop spindles!! She had no way of knowing that I had only recently been looking at those same earrings and considering them as a swap gift for another swap I'm in!! They are so cool!!

For goodies she included WW drink Mix-ins in Peach Ice Tea flavor, some WW dark chocolate raspberry bars (mmmmm) and a TON of Twizzlers. There are well over a hundred and fifty Twizzlers!! That was what made the box so incredibly heavy. LOL! As you would imagine in a house with seven children, it didn't take long for them to find out about my new stash.......

Hee hee....

So, thank you Sheila for a wonderful package. Also, thank you Nichole for hostessing this fun swap! I'm still working on my package, but it will go out on time. :)

** Cross posted on FC3 & Diary of a Mad Crafter

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Earth Hour Challenge

Hi guys,

Last year Sydney turned off it's lights for an hour. This year Earth Hour has gone global. I challenge you all to do it. Here is a You Tube link to the promo video and here is a link to the web site

You can also register for an official count as well.

I'm going to do it

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I Got My Package!

I got my package from Joanna!  Beautiful yarn and lots of other fun stuff!  Thanks, Joanna!

Waiting is hard..........

I just put my swap package in the mail and it should be delivered early next week. I sure hope my swap partner likes what I've sent. It was definitely fun looking for colors that I wouldn't ordinarily shop for.

*drumming my nails on my desk waiting impatiently for her box to arrive to her*

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Package Away

My swap partner has their package by now.
I had a blast finding items to fill it with.
I can't wait to see what everyone gets. :)

Friday, March 21, 2008

Gone Overboard contest...?

Hey swappers! I just realized that not all of you are on Ravelry and therefore you can't comment on my posts there. Doh!

I'm thinking of holding a contest on my blog for the Spoiler who went over the most. To be fair, I'll ask for entries to tell me what your spending limit was and what you spent. I'll subtract the limit from your overboard total and the one who went overboard the most, will win. To enter, you'll have to post a comment to my blog with the information. The final key is this: Entries would open on the deadline for mailing our swap packages (12 April 2008) and close on 1 May 2008---that will give you two weeks to enter.

Does this sound like fun for all you who spent too much? Can you drop a comment on this post to say you'll likely enter (or not), so I can see if there's enough interest? If there is, I'll announce the contest on my blog on the 12th.

What kind of a prize should I assemble? Suggestions? Hints? Ideas? Not everyone in this swap is a knitter (my main craft), so I'd like some ideas that will cross all craft boundaries, if possible. Maybe I can tailor the winner's package a little too, depending.



P.S. No, I won't be allowed to enter my own contest. *sigh*

Starstruck Cat Design

Hi, swappers! I thought I'd let you know about the awesome deal that Jill is giving us. She's offered to give all the FCS3 swappers 15% off in her etsy shop! Jill has also kindly donated a prize- a hand poured 19 oz. jar candle, in the winner's choice of scent! You can see all of Jill's great products ate her website, as well. Thanks so much, Jill!

You guys will be able to find all this info, including a link to the website, in the left sidebar.


Thursday, March 20, 2008

already got my stuff.................

owo, can u believe it! tks so much adelle!


Way over budget!

I am glad to see that I am not the only one with budget issues! I have everything but a few small things and I am so over budget but that is ok! I have so much fun spoiling others!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Staying in Budget

Well, I must be a freak. I, for one, am not having trouble staying in budget, because I happened to find some fabulous yarn at a GREAT price. That means I still have some spoiling to do!
Wahoo! The fun starts again. Thanks for organising this Nichole. It is a great way to meet new people and I am having a wonderful time coming up with ideas for my secret pal. On the other hand I have not heard from anyone who has me yet but there is still time.
Have a great Easter everyone.

Pins & Needles

Hi Miss Nichole, and thanks for the invite.
I agree that staying within budget is going to be difficult.
I am on pins and needles waiting to see if everything I ordered
comes in on time and looks as good in person as it did online.
The colors have been a blast for me as they are sililar to
what I like. This has caused me to buy two of some items.
I can't wit to have it all together so I can mail it out.

Going Overboard!

It looks like going over budget is the theme of the day! It's been so *hard* but I've had so much fun looking at things from a different perspective. I'd love to see some ideas for packaging---how are you all going to incorporate your pal's interests/colors into your package? Obviously, you can't say too much, so post suggestions---or links to any previous swap packages you've assembled! Please! (I'm so pathetic at wrapping presents. I need ideas!)



Greetings all!

Hello and thanks for the invite!

I'm having a blast looking at things for my partner! The colors are completely different than ones I've ever personally shopped for, so it's been an interesting challenge for me! Right now, I'm just getting anxious for the items that I ordered to come in so that I can be sure the colors will work for her. I love shopping for things on the internet, but I hate the waiting!

I'm also having a hard time staying within my budget, but I wanted to buy at least one or two "spoiling" items. Now I just need to find some interesting little extras - the funnest part, for me at least!

Hope everyone else is having a blast!

Hello Everyone

Thanks Nicole for inviting me to be a part of the blog! This is my first color swap and I also find myself having a nearly impossible time staying within my budget! I'm already over my budget truth be told but I don't mind. I have an only child and I tend to spoil her too.

Good luck everyone I hope you're having fun!

The Hunt Begins

Thanks, Nichole, for inviting me to contribute to your blog. I have done dozens of scrapbooking swaps but this is one of my first yarn-related swaps. So far I'm having a lot of fun picking out things for my swap partner. The hardest part is trying to stay within my budget - if I were to buy everything I want to buy, I'd have to skip my mortgage payment this month.

I can't wait to see what I get in the mail, and I hope I can assemble a package for my partner that she will love. This is so much fun!


Thanks Nichole for the invite to the blog - I'm here and racking my brains for how to please my color-swap-pal. I have to say, some of the ideas on the message board have been eye-openers for me - some folk are just so inventive!


Swapping Time!

Alright everyone! All the matches have been sent, as well as the questionnaires. If you still haven't gotten a match from me, please email me right away! I think most of the little issues starting out have been smoothed out.

Everyone should have done these things by now:

1. Contacted the person you are sending to using your SECRET email (if you need help with this, see the FAQs) and say hi.

2. Heard from the person sending to you.

3. Completed the questionnaire and either posted it on your blog or emailed it directly to your upstream (sending to you) pal.

If you haven't done one of these things, go do it NOW! Communication is important in a swap- how would you feel if your upstream pal never emailed to say hi?

"On that note, a few people were late in getting matches and emails, so have a little bit of patience. People who haven't made any contact with their pal at all and have not responded to my emails by FRIDAY will be promptly replaced.

Please, folks, check your spam folders, too! If my or your pal's emails go to your spam, add the email to your address book. This should keep them from ending up as spam.

Happy swapping! I'm going to go do blog invites right now!


Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Hi everyone! Life has been a bit hectic here, and matches are almost done. All the matches will be sent out tomorrow, Thursday, March 13th. Promise! thanks for being patient with me.


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Sign-Ups Are Closed

Sign-ups are now closed! I'll be getting the rest of participants entered and listed on the blog, weeding out any flakers from past swaps, and starting to make matches. In a few days, you should have your match, and an invite to this blog. You'll also be getting a questionnaire to post on your blog.

I'm excited to be swapping again! Since I like to play, too, I would love someone to volunteer to send me a package for the swap! You'll still have a secret pal sending to you, and I'll be secretly sending to someone, as well. The first person to volunteer that matches me (price range, etc.) gets the job! just email me at favoritecolorswap(AT)gmail(DOT)com, and put "volunteer" in the subject line.

If anyone has any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to email me, as well. I want everyone to have a great swap experience!

See you soon!