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#1 of 161 Old 03-25-2007, 09:49 AM - Thread Starter
 
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According to my calculations, if I'm due Sep 27 and finished the first tri on Wednesday, we should ALL be done by now!!!
I just feel like it is such a miracle that I have made it this far... (yeah, I have to change my ticker SOON now!)

I remember someone saying she could host this, and I definitely can't bc I'm in Canada.

But I want to celebrate this trimester with BEADS!

SO... where do we do it? How do we get started?

Beads, beads, beads!!!
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I am ready to get started too!

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I said I would host it.

Be back later to discuss! YAY!
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Hi guys,

I would also luuuuurrrrve to do the bead swap but I am in the UK. Any chance??:

Go4it....we have the exact same due date (for all it's worth....them babes make it up as they go along!!), how exciting though....!!

How does this thing work then?? I have a client due who has a string of birth beads....she wears it all the time. Would be neat to have something to draw strength rom, knowing that women are doing the birth thing everywhere, with the same triumphs, struggles, powers ect!

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Debs, there's another thread farther down that explains how it works. Just scroll down a page or two and you should find it.

Being in the UK shouldn't be a problem because you provide a postpaid envelope to the mama who's hosting. (or send postage via paypal - I hope - for those of us who don't have access to US stamps).

I believe, basically, you buy enough of the same kind of bead for every mama in the swap, then send them ALL to the host mama. She then uses your postpaid envelope to send you one of EVERY kind of bead that the other mamas have sent in. She doesn't string them, but we all have to choose beads based on a standard hole size so they'll all fit together.

Then, when they arrive, we make a necklace or whatever we want out of them and swap pictures of our beautiful shared-birth-power creations!!!

Hope this makes some sense.

PS - don't I know it about due dates... ds was 10 days "late", dd1 was 6 weeks "early" and dd2 was my closest at 3 days "early". Quotation marks ("inverted commas" to you brits!) because I believe every baby arrives in God's good time. :-)))

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ok, I want to be in this bead swap!
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I'm in!

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I would love to participate! I'm also in Canada but would of course make sure hostmama got the proper postage.

4 kids under 10
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I'm in. By the way, my first child was due on Sept. 27th and decided to show up on Sept. 8th!

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Count me in!!!

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I wanna play!!

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me too! me too!

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i'm in!


i'm so pumped!
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I'm new,also due in September. This sounds extremely interesting.

Count me in as well.

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Oh good, I've been waiting for this to start up! I'm going to go out and hunt some nice beads.

Please count me in - we'll figure out a way to get the postage arranged!
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I guess those interested need to pm me so we'll have an official count and I'll send you my address.

Do we need a cut off for signing up?
We probably need to have a cut off date for getting the beads to me.
Be sure to include an envelope w/ postage for me to return your beads! For those outside the US we'll figure out something. I do have paypal.

Mamas that have done this before...anything else???
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I didn't post on the original thread, but I am definitely in!!

Do we want to set up a yahoo group or move it to TP?

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whohoo! I, being the impatient type, have already started making the beads.
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I guess we would need to close it at some point so that we know how many beads to send, no?

4 kids under 10
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I'd like to participate!
And, as I sid in the last thread, I'd prefer TP to Yahoo! (probably wouldn't do it if it was Yahoo -- have no idea how Yahoo works, and since we're all from MDC, it just seems to make sense that we'd make use of it's Trading Post -- and I think everyone has the minimum posts to participate...)
Thanks for volunteering to organize & I'm waiting to figure out how I'd do the $$ issue from Canada... learning new things everyday!
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How many posts are need to utilize the Trading Post? I am not quite there....I am sure....just need to know how many more posts I need.

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The Trading Post and its subforums are community service forums for members of MDC. You must meet the criteria of being a registered member for more than 60 days and have posted a minimum of 50 posts to the MDC boards before you may post to sell or arrange a swap or co-op.
To see if you meet the criteria, just try to click on the forum itself here... if it lets you, you are IN to WIN!!!
(if you don't meet the criteria I guess it'll give you a message saying you're not allowed to view the forum...)

I would prefer to do it on the TP if everybody has access. I don't love Yahoo, and why NOT do it here?
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subbing... I'm still interested.

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I would prefer to do it on the TP if everybody has access. I don't love Yahoo, and why NOT do it here?
The only reason I think yahoo would be easier is that you dont have just one long continous thread. You have databases, files, folders, separate messages etc. I think it would be much easier to organize (a database for addresses, who has sent beads, whose beads are received, etc). Everyone has access to yahoo, it only takes seconds to set up. But, I am not hosting, so I am fine with wherever it goes.

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Has anyone volunteered to host? I think yahoo is much easier as well and if you aren't the person hosting all you have to do is read your email. If no one else has volunteered I wouldn't mind.
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I said I'll host it.

I don't mind it being on here. I'm pretty sure I can keep up with it all. (I'm on here way too much ) We have pm's so I could keep in touch that way if we needed something, etc.

No one needs any addresses except for me. You could just be sure to send that with your beads or you could pm it (whatever way you want). That would keep it simple.

As far as sent/recieved I think I could keep up with that.

Just let me know.

Also~ We do need to set a date to close the sign up part. Also a date for getting the beads out. Suggestions??

Quick question...Do the beads need to have a certain size hole??? If so, what size? TIA!
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Great Stacy! We can always have a boost your post count thread for those who need to get up to the minimum for the TP. I would say that maybe by April (sometime) to get everyone signed up and then May for sending? That way everyone should get their beads by June and will have plenty of time to do what they want with them by the time baby arrives. About string size I think they should be big enough to string on some sort of standard jewelry string like tiger tail. Just my thoughts.
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Sounds great to me! I think April deadline to set up and May to send beads is very reasonable. I am so excited!

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