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January DDC Birth Bead Exchange?

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 

 

I’d really like to get this started! A little about Birth Beads... http://www.birthbeads.com/Birthbeads.html

 

From futuremamaheather: “The Dec 2011 DDC has organized a bead swap, you could look at those posts to see how to do it. Basically, it was just that people signed up, once the sign up was done each person bought one bead for every person in the swap (including themself) and sent it to a central person. The central person then strung the beads, included a list of which bead was from who, and mailed them out to everyone in the group. To make it easier for the central person, each packet of beads contained a self addressed, stamped envelope for the return trip.”

 

So as I understand it, the steps are:

 

1. Express interest in the exchange

2. Officially ‘sign up’ by PMing me so I can add you to the Google group.

3. At the end of the sign-up period, check the number of people on the list as seen on this thread. Collect the appropriate number of beads.

4. Send your beads PLUS a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the volunteer organizer. Because we have limited time, I think it might be best to begin collecting beads as soon as you know you are interested, (or keeping an eye out for them) in order to send within a week after the sign-up closes.

5. The organizer receives all the beads, divides them up among participants, and returns the newly exchanged beads to each mama in the envelope they provided.

6. We hope the mails cooperates for us!

 

(Here’s a link to the December DDC’s thread... as you can see they got started way early!: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1326966/birth-beads#post_16621157 )

 

I’ve taken the step of starting a Google Group for us to discuss the exchange. Let’s run a sign-up period until the end of Novemberish... let’s say the 25th, a solid two weeks to sign up. The sign up period is now over... time to collect your beads!

 

Please reply to this thread if you are interested. Send me a PM with your email address if you are certain you’d like to participate, and I will add you to the Google Group. Once you have PM’ed me and been successfully added to the group, I’ll add your username to the list below as ‘officially participating’. 

 

I would appreciate if someone in the US could volunteer to be the person to whom we send beads to and act as our bead organizer/distributor. Because I’m in Canada I worry that border-crossing could hold things up! ONLY the person organizing the exchange will have access to your mailing address. 

 

Thanks to montessorimama1 for volunteering! She'll be our 'organiz-a-trix/central bead hub' - we will send our beads and envelopes to her, and she will divide and redistribute them.

 

Participants:

 

1. cedarwoman (confirmed)

2. AfricanQueen99 (confirmed)

3. HardCoreMom (confirmed)

4. juneboymom (confirmed)

5. montessorimama1 (confirmed)

6. moonSnail (confirmed)

7. sarah_bella1050 (confirmed, email only)

8. Milly_P (confirmed)

9. hannabee (confirmed)

10. coldandsleepy (confirmed)

11. Psmythe (confirmed)

12. chiroinparadise (confirmed)

13. indigoscot (confirmed)

14.. L'lee (confirmed)

15.. waluso (confirmed)

16. HippieIncognito (confirmed)


Edited by cedarwoman - 11/26/11 at 4:17pm
post #2 of 36

I'm in.

post #3 of 36

i'm in, and i'll PM you.

post #4 of 36

I just PMed you!  Thanks!

post #5 of 36

I'm in.  I'll PM you right now.  And if you still need a volunteer to receive and mail the beads in the US, count on me.  I don't work, I'm always home, and I'm in major craft mode.  :)

post #6 of 36

Me, too!  Me, too!  I'll PM you!

post #7 of 36

awe yes, please! 

post #8 of 36


I'm in.  I loved doing this with my last DDC.  I made a bracelet out of mine and found it so comforting to look at while in labor knowing that there were so many other women taking the journey as I was.

post #9 of 36
Thread Starter 

If anyone has a Gmail address, those seem to work better in terms of getting added to the group! Please PM me if you have trouble getting in or would like me to exchange the original email address you sent along for your Gmail one.

post #10 of 36

I posted that my gmail account overrode my hotmail account (the one you were given).  Do you want to just delete my hotmail one and keep me with the gmail?  Your call.

post #11 of 36

One more thing...

 

In my last exchange we were given the option of either sending a SASE *or* a padded envelope with a book of stamps.  Sending the book of stamps was easier for the in country girls because it's so hard to judge postage and that way the organizer just knew how much to toss on the envelope, threw the extras inside, and then sealed before sending.  Just a thought.

post #12 of 36

same thing happened with me.  i'd prefer to use my AOL account over my gmail, but since i need to stay logged into my gmail all the time, i don't know if google will automatically revert to that identity whenever i try to use the googlegroup.  oh well.  i'm just happy to participate.  :)

post #13 of 36
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Originally Posted by HardCoreMom View Post

same thing happened with me.  i'd prefer to use my AOL account over my gmail, but since i need to stay logged into my gmail all the time, i don't know if google will automatically revert to that identity whenever i try to use the googlegroup.  oh well.  i'm just happy to participate.  :)


That's my issue.  I'm always logged in to google for work so I don't think it will let me use hotmail.  Funny how computers think they're smarter than people!

 

post #14 of 36

I got on immediately with the gmail address, so it's OK to just delete my hotmail one.  That way no one will get confused about the number of people.

Thanks!

post #15 of 36

yeahthat.gif  exactly!  word for word, my very response.

post #16 of 36

I did this in another due date club years ago and it was so fun! Count me in!

post #17 of 36

Also, I don't know how complicated it would be, but in the last ddc I did it in, we each printed out (or wrote out) why we chose that bead and then cut in strips (enough "explanations" for each bead/mama) and they went with the bead. OR, we could have a thread on the group that explains why...you just have to explain what your bead looked like for those receiving...

post #18 of 36

I'm in!  I've been interested in the idea of birth beads for a few months, and this would be cool!  Like sarah_bella said, it would be neat to have a reminder that other women are on the same journey...

post #19 of 36

I'm in! :)

post #20 of 36

I'm new to the whole idea of birth beads.

 

Is it just some random bead that catches your eye?  Is it a different bead for each individual person, or do you buy bulk of the same bead for everyone?

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