A quick update on the Bunny-Hop-Bunny-Swap
So far 31 out of 40 bunnies have safely arrived and I have linked to each one I could - just click on the links to see the little critters in their new homes!
I have also uploaded some of the photos I have been sent.
Monda and what she sent to Saraeden
Kitty and Suzie Sews
Kitsch n zinc and what she sent to Diane
Moogsmum and Est
Lucy Locket and Rachel
Tillyboo and Trashalou
Hannah and Jackie
Joy Michelle and what she sent to Weirdbunny who no longer has a blog
Dotty Designs and Kae
Michaela and Working Mom Knits
Heleen and Jane
Annie from Fran who doesn't have a blog
Jennie and Dotty Cookie
Tantehilde and Lucy Locket
Kylie from Sandra
Levin from Sewtobed
Gigi has also received her parcel from Katy but does not have a blog to show hers.
I think you will all agree that these bunnies are absolutely gorgeous! It has been such fun seeing what everyone has come up with - thank you to everyone who has taken part.
Some others have arrived but haven't been blogged about yet
and there are still a few that I don't know about so if you could please email me as soon as you can to let me know what is happening (unless you have already done so) that would be great.
If you haven't yet blogged about what you have received then please do so if possible as that is the politest way to publicly thank your swap partner for the time and effort they have put into your gift.
If I have missed anyone out who has received their parcel and blogged about it then I sincerely apologise - it gets quite difficult to keep on top of it all!
Obviously as this is an international swap there is still time for parcels to be arriving across blogland - please keep me posted about when things arrive.
So that was my swap news.
What about the swap blues then?
I am having a few doubts about organising swaps. I love doing them (and have had the idea for the next one in mind for weeks) - but I am worried about whether I am doing the organising properly.
This is where you guys come in - I really need your help, advice and input please.
The concept of a swap is great - the idea of making new friendships and sending and receiving wonderful handcrafted gifts from people who actually "get" what we are all about - that is all wonderful as I'm sure you will all agree.
Where it gets less "wonderful" is when it doesn't go right
- when people don't receive their parcel at all,
- when they don't send what has been stated in the swap terms,
- when they don't thank their partner or blog about what they have received (unless of course there is a valid reason like not having a blog or having technical issues with cameras or computers etc),
- when the postal service just breaks down through no-one's fault and things just don't arrive.
To what extent is it my responsibility when things go wrong?
When I started out organising the swaps my view was that I was a "facilitator" - enabling the swap to happen, doing the admin, keeping track of who had received what, sending the odd reminder email to check things were going ok.
Is this enough?
And should I set much stricter rules (if I organise another swap) - like listing people on the blog who don't do their part (as I have seen done in other swaps), or not letting people sign up if they haven't done what has been asked in a previous swap?
Should I bother at all?
I'm sorry if this sounds really negative but I do feel a sense of responsibility when the swap doesn't go perfectly - although obviously 90% of the time it goes just as I planned and is lovely.
Does anyone have any advice, tips, suggestions, additional rules I should include?
I would be really grateful for any help you can give.
Have a lovely weekend, we were going to go to the allotment but it has started raining heavily so I think it will be a day at home crafting - shame!!!!