I have decided that this tender little heart of mine is just not cut out for exchanges. I love the gals who host them, and give them huge "kuddos" for doing so, however that being said, I just cannot deal with the time, effort, love, and let's be honest the expense that goes into it, from choosing the perfect pattern and materials to making sure that everything about it is perfect, from the stitching to the wrapping, and to have it vanish, once again, into the nothingness of the International Postal Service drives me nuts.
In honesty, I have neither the time nor the money to further endeavor my heart or my wind with such frivolousness, and so, I am done with all exchanges. I have learned my lesson and now know why so many of my stitchy sisters do not engage in them.
Now, on that note I would love to share with you, dear friend, my latest little Blackbird Exchange Round 7 gift that is floating somewhere among the mist of one small UK village....
|Blackbird Designs "Breath of Spring"|
Fun right? I thought so too!
Let me say in closing, that I have learned so much from my exchange experience, especially how to finish a project, and have met so many wonderful gals all over the world just through exchanging, but as a rules girl, I am almost "type A" about the exchange world rules and have, on more than one occasion, stitched another project for the one that was lost even before the rules state. It is just so sad when a gift travels to the land of nothingness. As I said, I just cannot deal with it.
So, from this day forward, I am adopting "Pa's rules of engagement" in anything online that has rules, and that is "Don't get involved in anything online that has rules." After all, most of us know from experience how these things usually turn out when the end product of our time and effort travels outside of our control.
And, there you have it dear friend, the reason for my snit. I am usually a very private gal when it comes to whining, but this was one time when the rules of "Fight Club" must be ignored, as I imagine many of you can commiserate with me as you have been there and done that.
On a side note, you may now be asking "Fight Club?" "What does Fight Club have to do with this blog post?" Well, those of you who know, please say it along with me, all together now....
"What's the first rule of fight club? Don't talk about fight club..."
"What's the second rule of fight club? Don't talk about fight club..."
Thanks for letting me get that off my chest, dear friend, and for still loving this girl even when she is whining while in a snit.
UPDATE....Apparently, though it takes a whole village to raise a child, it only takes one blog post to "raise" an exchange gift, so I am happy to report that my exchange gift did reach it's intended
I am still done. ❤