Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The SECOND ever Trade Trade: Signups

Hey there. Howsabout we have another Trade Trade? I was happily surprised with the buzz the first Trade Trade received and was highly encouraged by many people to have another before Christmas. So here we go!

This Trade Trade's theme will be: jewel tones!

Oooooh, aaaaaaaah!

 This means you Trade Traders can create something with jewel colors in mind. These include blue, purple, green, and red (sometimes a rich yellow or orange too, maybe even fuschia). Don't feel limited to just those colors, but the concept of jewel tones needs to be in there somewhere.

I have created a Pinterest board here for color inspiration. Feel free to check out the swaps from round one here and here.

Here are the rules and guidelines:

To participate, you must contact mail me at by November 13th. Please provide me your name (first and last), your mailing address (where you want to receive the Trade Trade), and a lil something about yourself you wouldn't mind me sharing on the blog.

Once I receive all participant names and information, I will use my random name generator to assign partners. Then, I will email each of you to let you know where to send your Trade.

Again, let's keep the budget to $10 or less for any new supplies, and please incorporate items you already have.

Last time we had three weeks to craft, but with Thanksgiving right in the middle of this round, I've added another week for everyone. The deadline this time will be December 18th. This means your trade should be in the mail no later than that date, on its way to another Trade Trader.

I am really excited to be hosting a second round of Trade Trade and I cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Happy Trade Trading!


Friday, October 18, 2013

Trade Trade Success, Part 2!

Thank you for your patience, all you Trade Traders and TT Watchers! Here are some more of the Trade Trade items I wasn't able to share with you the other day.

Owl Charm Bracelet by Necia
Amigurumi Owl by Corine!

There are two other items that I don't have pictures for at the moment: an awesome Owl Tote by Megan and Owl Necklace by Eva (I know! She made two Trade Trades; she is amazing!). Hopefully I can get those pictures and share them with you.

I have received a lot of positive feedback, both here and on the Facebook page. People are asking me when they can sign up for the next Trade Trade. I'm thinking mid-November, to cover Thanksgiving, with an early December deadline so we can beat the big Christmas rush (if you're not in that already!). I'll "post sign-ups" (via Facebook, email, in person, here on the blog) after we roll into November, if that is okay with everyone ;).

I'm so happy with the results of the first ever Trade Trade! Thank you Corine, Eric, Eva, Jennifer, Jillian, Kristi, Megan, Necia, and Sheila for being the TT Pioneers. I am looking forward to the next round!


Friday, October 11, 2013


Wow, who would have guessed that I was going to lead a craft swap one day... My defining moment! I think the Trade Trade went extremely well. It was great to see how original and unique each trade item could be.

After my recent interview with Chris at, I was inspired to start the swap and was happily surprised by 9 participants! Everyone signed up within one week, and then we had three weeks to swap a handmade craft.

Here are some glamour shots of some amazing Trade Trades by amazing Trade Traders!

Applique Pillow by Jennifer and Molly
Scrabble Tile Necklaces by Jillian

Couch Buddy by Sheila

Upcycled Owl Frame by Kristi

Pincushion by Yours Truly

Embossed Feathery Owl Bookmarks by Eric
I will post more pictures of the remaining Trades! I haven't received all of them and some pictures are being difficult.

Thank you all Trade Traders for particpating: Corine, Eric, Eva, Jennifer (and Molly!), Jillian, Kristi, Megan, Necia, and Sheila!

I did receive a lot of positive feedback on this experience, so keep your eyes peeled for the next Trade Trade announcement (probably in a week or two).


Thursday, September 12, 2013

First Ever Trade Trade!

I'm going to host an art/craft swap!

Or as I like to think of it, a Trade Trade...

Get it? Skill, creativity, art: trade. Swap, interchange, substitute: trade.

I would like to see some volunteers join me in trading a trade that is trade trade trade. Just kidding, on the extra use of that word. But not kidding on the actual trading of said trade.

Here are the rules and guidelines:

To participate, you must contact mail me at by September 18th. Please provide me your name (first and last) and your mailing address.

Everyone will craft something OWL themed.

This could be a scarf sewn with an owl print, a crocheted owl beanie, an owl decorated picture frame, owl scented candles! Actually, I don't recommend the last one... I can just imagine my daughter Elisa dissecting an owl pellet and reconstructing a rodent skeleton in a shadow box though... Just be creative!

I don't want anyone to break the bank on this; I encourage you to use your supplies and found art pieces from your stash, but if you do buy any supplies, the budget limit is $10. I recommend searching for coupons for all of your favorite craft/hobby/fabric/art supply stores.

The deadline to mail your trade item will be October 9th, giving everyone at least three weeks to craft something owly.

Also, please take pictures of your trade and email them to me, post them on Facebook, Tweet them (#TradeTrade), Instagram them, or Pin them!

We we we we so exciiiited! (Anybody know what that's from? If so, you get special bonus points!)

I can't wait to trade! -Monica