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Birth Bead Swap! UPDATE IN 1st THREAD

post #1 of 122
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UPDATE!!!

There are 5 people who (I dont think) have requested my address yet, so I sent them a PM today.

I have received beads from:

*Amy*
AmyGirl28
Beachbaby
Betheearth
Bucaye
Gratefulbambina
Kroonkles
Plagio
Samsmama
Willemsmama
Memorymaker
Flapjack (rec'd 9/12)
Meagen (rec'd 9/12)
RainCoastMama (rec'd 9/16)
Kavita (rec'd 9/27?)
Mamafern (rec'd 9/30)
SnuggleButter (rec'd 9/30)

Still waiting on mail from:

Cjbeach
gossamer
Gunter
s-kristina
Soggygranolamomma



I will update this thread as I receive more packages so you guys will know where we stand.

Thanks for playing!

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OK, I will coordinate the bead swap since I have some time on my hands right now (and who knows what is lurking around the corner :LOL )

Now the questions....

1. Do you want to participate?

2. Should we have the coordinator assemble the necklaces or just send the beads to the participants (so you can assemble your own necklace, bracelet, whatever...)? A nice way of doing this would be for each person to include a little note (one for each bead) with theirs so we know who sent which bead and how they picked it out. In that case, we might want to just have the coordinate sort and send, and assemble them ourselves.

I will go to Michaels this weekend and check out beads and strings so we can make sure we get on the same page as far as hole size (we had an issue with this at a Mother Blessing I attended). I am thinking we take sign ups for the next week and have everyone mail their beads by Sept 1. Does this sound ok?

So like someone else said if we have 20 participants, you pick 20 of the same bead, send them to the coordinator (me) and I will repackage them so each person gets 20 different beads. Then we can wear our birth necklace or bracelet during labor and think of our EC!

So who's game?
post #2 of 122
I'm in, assuming I can find a bead store in NYC (which I;m sure I can...) So I need an option to be out if I can't!
post #3 of 122
I'm in! Bensmom, shall we also send a few stamps or something? We'll all be sending just one package to you, but you'll be sending out a bunch! And 20 or so beads times 20 or so pacakages could get pricy at the post office...
post #4 of 122
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Yeah, I think you should send the stamps for however much it took for you to send to me. Does that make sense? Since 20 beads would be coming and going. I can't imagine it would be that much.
post #5 of 122
I'm in!

I know that in a crafting swap I was in once, we sent the coordinator prepaid Priority Mail labels (I think? I don't remember the details) and she was able to use some type of free box from the post office. Does anyone know about this?
post #6 of 122
im in as well!
post #7 of 122
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by snugglebutter
I'm in!

I know that in a crafting swap I was in once, we sent the coordinator prepaid Priority Mail labels (I think? I don't remember the details) and she was able to use some type of free box from the post office. Does anyone know about this?
I think for something small like beads, priority mail might be overkill. I think its a minimum of $3.85 and I can't imagine 20 beads would be more than $1 or so to ship. I will see what kind of cheap envelopes I can buy. Maybe at the Dollar Store or something.
post #8 of 122
Count me in. Are we concerned about colors at all, or just any bead with the right size hole?
post #9 of 122
Count me in too. I think the same hole size is a must. I love the idea of wearing the neckless or braclet to our birth.

~bensmom~ I think you assembling all the beads might be too much. I think you should organize and send us all our beads and tell us what size string or whatever to buy and we string them ourselves. Then we could decide if we want both or just the neckless or braclet. That's my 2 cents worth . . .
post #10 of 122
Im in...this sounds like such a beautiful idea & I think its great to feel like you guys will be in my corner seeing how we've been going through this together for 9 months
post #11 of 122
im in too. sounds like fun
post #12 of 122
I'm definately in!! Just keep me posted on the details!!
post #13 of 122
Sounds great. I would love to
post #14 of 122
I'm definately in. This is too cool!

I'd be up for assembling it myself - WAY too much work for 1 mama!

Also...wondering how the post would work for us internationals (Canada...some Oz maybe?)

Dee
post #15 of 122
count me in!

I'm up for each person assembling their own--easier on everyone plus it gives us time to look at each bead and think about the sender/message, etc. Good idea!

Thanks for coordinating, BensMom!
post #16 of 122
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by RainCoastMama
Also...wondering how the post would work for us internationals (Canada...some Oz maybe?)

Dee
Then maybe for the US mamas, they would include the correct number of stamps, but the Int'l mamas can just send me the correct amount of money for return shipping (paypal, would be easiest?)
post #17 of 122
Great idea! I have Paypal.
post #18 of 122
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post #19 of 122
DiD- compromise? I'll do the birth beads swop, if people will have me, but not the 3rd trimester (because the postage charges from the US to here are so high.) Besides, that way it's not as catastrophic if something goes wrong.
Paypal works for me
post #20 of 122
Ooooooooo I would love to participate in this!!!

Just let me know what I need to do!
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