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complicious
06-08-2011, 07:30 PM
Due ~ August 10, 2011; internationals, mail by July 27, 2011

Withdrawal Date ~ any time; just communicate
Number of Cards ~ 3:3
Number of Participants ~ 30
Medium ~ Mixed! Have fun with materials of your choice

This swap is all about weaving, using paper, fiber, fabric, and/or a mix of all and more. The whole card might be woven, or you might feature weaving in a section, as in the sample cards below. I’d love to see what the creative minds and hands on this site come up with!

All cards must be standard 2.5 x 3.5 inches and on a sturdy background. Be sure all elements, especially threads, are securely and neatly attached. Let’s see your best work!

Fibers and fabric can be bulkier, but please make sure that your card fits into a plastic sleeve. All cards must be in a plastic sleeve.
On the backs include your user name and your location (state/province/country)

Postage:
US players: SASE with amount of postage used to send to me; be sure your username is on your return envelope somewhere

International players: I’ll cover postage. Please send an address label. Also, be sure to send by the international deadline listed; it takes up to two weeks from many locations to my little town.

Cards that arrive after the deadline may not be able to be swapped; if that’s the case, I’ll mail them back to you. Feel free to withdraw if things aren’t coming together!

PM me for my address. Be sure to leave rep points for the cards you receive, and i-trader for me will be appreciated. I leave i-traders as cards arrive.

Now get out there and weave up some magic! Who’s with me?
Purple means received

1. Jennie
2. Icraft
3. lafaver55
4. Ibus
5. Jensaz
6. catladybj
7. Nancy
8. Soto
9.Katelnorth
10. Cherie
11. Dilys
12. Sheala.draws
13. dsign49
14. mamamia
15. Rockinrobin
16. Ronya
17. maineatc
18. gail.orsted
19. ArtistPoetGirl
20. SeattleMeg
21. Jbunny
22. mariloupatch
23. Mrubyjean

memhill
06-08-2011, 07:49 PM
Ooh, looks like fun! I got a ribbon punch a week or so ago; may I play around with my stuff for a few days before I commit to the swap?

Jennie
06-08-2011, 08:01 PM
This could be very fun. May I play please

ICraft
06-08-2011, 08:46 PM
This sounds fun for sure - please sign me up!!!

lafaver55
06-08-2011, 08:55 PM
I love to weave.. count me in please

lafaver55
06-08-2011, 09:04 PM
resin coated acrylic stripes mounted on acrylic board

Ibus
06-08-2011, 09:37 PM
Sign me up please,I'd love to play. :)

jensaz
06-08-2011, 09:59 PM
Please sign me up for this too!! Have lots of stuff to weave with.

NancyL
06-08-2011, 10:58 PM
I guess if I were really taking a break from swaps, I would never look at them! Please add me.
I can ignore both theme swaps, its the technique ones that grab me.

Nancy
06-08-2011, 11:22 PM
This is new and different for me...A challange might be fun....May I join?

SOTO
06-09-2011, 04:39 AM
Looks like fun. Please add me.

SOTO

complicious
06-09-2011, 09:38 AM
Welcome all! Memhill, feel free to check things out first then join the merry band. Lafaver55, wowsers!!

Wil Opio Oguta
06-09-2011, 10:22 AM
This is a great theme. Please sign me up

complicious
06-09-2011, 03:20 PM
Welcome, Wil!

katelnorth
06-09-2011, 05:12 PM
Fun idea - I'll give it a try!

Cherie
06-09-2011, 11:56 PM
How did you know? I just did a woven paper ATC and it was so much fun! May I join, please?

complicious
06-10-2011, 09:27 AM
Katelnorth, come on in! Cherie, did I mention my ESP? Welcome to the swap

complicious
06-10-2011, 01:29 PM
Dilys, you are now officially part of the fun!

sheala.draws
06-10-2011, 04:41 PM
Count me in!

dsign49
06-10-2011, 10:17 PM
Add me to this one. Sounds like fun.

meej
06-10-2011, 11:47 PM
I did a woven paper ATC once and I've been looking for an excuse to try it again. Sign me up please!

complicious
06-11-2011, 01:01 PM
Welcome to your first swap, Sheala.draws! Welcome also to Catsie, Dsign49, mamamia, and meej! Baronessnz, hope you'll be back!

rockinrobin
06-11-2011, 07:20 PM
may I join?

complicious
06-12-2011, 09:34 AM
Welcome Rockinrobin and Ronya!

Ibus
06-12-2011, 01:37 PM
Since the forum was on a go slow, database error kick and I couldn't get on, I managed to more or less finish two of my cards and get a start on the others.

ruthyliz
06-12-2011, 03:07 PM
this looks fun can i play

complicious
06-12-2011, 03:54 PM
ruthyliz, welcome in! Ibus, I can't wait to see 'em--you do such beautiful work with fabric and fibres (lol : British spelling in your honor--uh, honour)

Maineatc
06-12-2011, 08:24 PM
Sounds creative. Please sign me up.

artsylola
06-12-2011, 08:58 PM
I love this. Please sign me up.

complicious
06-13-2011, 10:30 AM
Welcome to maineatc and artsylola! Ronya, I love the butterfly card, especially the woven text!

gail.orsted
06-13-2011, 02:54 PM
I would like to play, sounds like fun

SeattleMeg
06-13-2011, 04:56 PM
Aw, what the heck. I've got some gorgeous origami papers this would work with. Sign me up!
Meg

complicious
06-13-2011, 06:25 PM
More weaving adventurers: gail.orsted, ArtistPoetGirl, SeattleMeg!

lafaver55
06-13-2011, 06:27 PM
I am ready to send in my cards. I tried several different techniques so we'll see which ones turns out to be the favorite. May I have your address?

Thanks.

Gerry
06-14-2011, 07:53 AM
If there is still room I would love to join please.

lacemuse
06-14-2011, 10:16 AM
I'd like to play, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze!

wenrl
06-14-2011, 10:19 AM
Why did you have to have such a cool swap. I'm trying to cut back. Please sign me up!

Tronx
06-14-2011, 12:09 PM
I would love to be added to this swap sounds like fun.. I really enjoying using fabrics or yarn in ATC's...

Ibus
06-14-2011, 01:34 PM
Here's what I've made, I'm not sure which to send in as SR and I disagree on them.

74771 These are all fabric.


74772 This is woven paper, with machine stitching.

complicious
06-14-2011, 03:42 PM
Gerry, Lacemuse, Wenrl, and Tronx, you all made it in under the fence (one slot left as I type); welcome all! Ibus, I have to say that woven paper with stitching is so cool, but the fabric ones are beautiful, too. Which side do you come down on?

Ibus
06-14-2011, 04:08 PM
Both! There's one of the fabric ones that SR doesn't like at all and I'm not happy about. I made the paper one last night as an experiment (we'd been talking about stitching on paper in the Yap thread) and he liked it, so I finished it off.

By the way, is your address still the same? I haven't done any swopping for about eighteen months, so have no idea if my records are up to date!

complicious
06-14-2011, 06:10 PM
Elizabeth, my addy is the same as it's been (and hoping not to move till retirement):twitcy:

mrubyjean
06-14-2011, 06:52 PM
May I please have the last spot?

complicious
06-14-2011, 07:25 PM
Congrats, Martha, you made it in before the gate comes down!!

SeattleMeg
06-15-2011, 11:34 PM
Ok, here we go. I wove strips of Origami paper. :)
Meg

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/9692/1_img057.jpghttp://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/9692/1_img056.jpg
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/9692/1_img058.jpghttp://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/9692/1_img055.jpg

complicious
06-16-2011, 09:57 AM
Ronya, since it's larger all around, I'd suggest sticking to the standard size of 3 1/2 by 2 1/2: oversize atcs are difficult to collect and organize for those who use binders. Your ribbon weaving is exquisite!

complicious
06-16-2011, 09:58 AM
Seattle Meg, what beautiful, colorful cards! ArtistPoetGirl, those cards are super!

complicious
06-16-2011, 10:00 AM
And one more announcement, swappers: I'll be offline from Friday through Wednesday, so don't worry if you don't hear from me on this thread (or by PM). I'll be back online Thursday, with all updates!

wenrl
06-17-2011, 12:10 AM
Gorgeous cards going on here.

Ibus
06-18-2011, 07:25 AM
Lovely cards!

ICraft
06-18-2011, 10:28 AM
Beautiful cards in the forum - what a cool theme!

SeattleMeg
06-20-2011, 10:00 PM
my cards are ready to go whenever you return!
meg

complicious
06-24-2011, 02:04 PM
Wow! Busy little weavers while I've been offline. I've received cards from Lafaver55 and Gail.orsted: two lovely sets of cards you all can look forward to!

JBunny, I'll add you to a waiting list and let you know as soon as someone drops; I know what you mean about mailing across the world.

Also, SeattleMeg, did I PM you my address? Can't remember now!

SeattleMeg
06-24-2011, 10:06 PM
yup, they went out yesterday!
Meg

mrubyjean
06-25-2011, 03:28 PM
My cards are finished...hope they are what you are looking for ~

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_weaving1.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_weaving2.jpg

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_weaving3.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_weaving4.jpg

complicious
06-25-2011, 04:10 PM
oooooh, mrubyjean, did I mention I have a weakness for weaving plus text?? Your cards combine so many favorites. Great work!

mrubyjean
06-26-2011, 09:12 AM
Thanks!
Mailed my cards yesterday.

Ibus
06-26-2011, 10:36 AM
Lovely cards!

Gerry
06-26-2011, 01:11 PM
Complicious sorry but I have to drop out of your swap,:( hopefully you will be able to fill the spot from your waiting list.

Jennie
06-26-2011, 08:39 PM
Well here is my weaving. This was a challenge. I thought it was going to be simple
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/8902/small/1_Jen_Picts_6-26-11_036.jpghttp://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/8902/small/1_Jen_Picts_6-26-11_035.jpghttp://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/8902/small/1_Jen_Picts_6-26-11_034.jpghttp://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/8902/small/1_Jen_Picts_6-26-11_033.jpg

complicious
06-26-2011, 09:59 PM
Jennie, I'd say you met the challenge; these look yummy!

Gerry, thanks for letting me know; I'll contact our waitlist person.

complicious
06-27-2011, 03:29 PM
JBunny has jumped into the open slot and I received SeattleMeg's wonderful origami paper weavings today!

Ibus
06-27-2011, 05:34 PM
My cards left today as well.

Ibus
06-27-2011, 05:36 PM
Love the butterfly one Jenny and the circle one next to it is interesting. What did you use to hold the thread?

complicious
06-28-2011, 07:28 PM
mrubyjean's delights made it to my mailbox today.

Jennie
06-28-2011, 09:21 PM
The thread is held by tiny brads. I spray sealed it all so that it wouldn't shift. Thank you for liking them

NancyL
07-01-2011, 03:40 PM
I'm going to drop out....for a variety of reasons.

ICraft
07-01-2011, 07:07 PM
oooooh, mrubyjean, did I mention I have a weakness for weaving plus text?? Your cards combine so many favorites. Great work!

I totally agree - those cards are awesome - especially the one with the quotes! Hmm- guess I won't be getting that in the swap - haha!

complicious
07-01-2011, 09:15 PM
NancyL, we'll catch you on another swap, perhaps! Thanks for letting me know.

complicious
07-01-2011, 09:16 PM
Ibus's charming cards arrived today!

Ibus
07-02-2011, 07:38 PM
That's very clever!


Glad mine arrived safely.

ICraft
07-02-2011, 07:42 PM
Awesome cards Jennie - you really did a phenomenal job! Cool photo weaving too JBunny.

complicious
07-02-2011, 07:44 PM
JB, how cool! I was hoping someone would do photo weaving. I saw a demo on a crafts show, once, and just haven't trusted my precision cutting skills.:rolleyes:

complicious
07-02-2011, 07:45 PM
Jennie's witty woven cards arrived today.

dsign49
07-03-2011, 06:02 PM
Here are my Weave It ATC cards>

Ibus
07-03-2011, 07:31 PM
Oooh I love those, especially the one with the blue butterfly! :D

dsign49
07-03-2011, 07:52 PM
Thanks Ibus.

complicious
07-04-2011, 09:07 AM
Beautiful butterflies!

lacemuse
07-04-2011, 09:58 AM
I'm sorry, but I have to withdraw.

marilou
07-04-2011, 02:00 PM
I would love to join in! This is my first ATC and I am trilled!

complicious
07-04-2011, 05:29 PM
lacemuse, thanks for letting me know.

Mariloupatch, because some have had to drop the swap, I will be able to add you in.

complicious
07-05-2011, 06:22 PM
Mamma mia's terrific cards arrived today! At this point, I've heard from half of you already, with cards in transit or received; I'm impressed.

Also, check out the user galleries for Nancy and Sheala.draws: returns to dream of and drool over ;)

complicious
07-07-2011, 04:29 PM
Delightful cards in from Artistpoetgirl and Ronya.

complicious
07-08-2011, 04:37 PM
And more beauties arrived: cards from Sheala.draws and Soto!

complicious
07-10-2011, 09:24 AM
Latest mail call: JB's woven wonders have arrived!

ICraft
07-10-2011, 11:13 PM
My woven cards are finally done so here they are for sharing! Hope you like them. :D

jensaz
07-11-2011, 01:38 AM
So much fun. Mine are in my gallery. Computer too slow to re-post them here so I hope y'all will visit and see them.

They didn't photograph as well as I'd like, they have more metallic accent than shows in the pics.

complicious
07-11-2011, 10:26 AM
Icraft, those cards just speak "summer" to me, and I love the range of material, from cord to ribbon to paper! And, Jensaz, I know what you mean about metallics: I love my luminart paints, but it never looks good when I scan. That said, those cards are luscious. Great color palette!

Ibus
07-11-2011, 01:10 PM
My woven cards are finally done so here they are for sharing! Hope you like them. :D

Luvvvverly!! I especially like the one with the daisy. ;)

jensaz
07-11-2011, 02:03 PM
Okay, my computer decided to speed up..

Here are my cards
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7679776798

Ibus
07-11-2011, 03:17 PM
Ooh, they're nice. I love the way they're all (the cards pictured in the thread) so different.

complicious
07-11-2011, 03:33 PM
I know! These cards exceed my wildest dreams when I chose this topic; I think you're all going to enjoy those return envies! I was just researching how to do a swap gallery 'cause I'd like to showcase these.

Nancy's terrific contributions arrived today!

ICraft
07-11-2011, 11:56 PM
Okay, my computer decided to speed up..

Here are my cards
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7679776798

Awesome cards!!! I love all the different fibers - so pretty!

complicious
07-12-2011, 09:10 AM
We have a new player for the open slot we had: welcome, catladybj!

ICraft
07-12-2011, 09:53 AM
Thanks for your addy and compliment on my cards. I forgot to mention that on the flower ATC I did the weaving across a hole I punched out in both the ATC and the card back - the scan makes it look like it has a white background where the weaving is but it is actually an open hole through the card with the weaving done across it. Scanning the cards is great but of course it doesn't show everything so I thought a little description might help.:unsure:

ICraft
07-12-2011, 09:55 AM
Ooh, they're nice. I love the way they're all (the cards pictured in the thread) so different.

I agree - so many different ideas and creativeness going on - isn't it wonderful?!? Great work players!!!

ICraft
07-12-2011, 11:33 AM
So happy you like my cards - you totally made my day!

complicious
07-14-2011, 07:25 PM
Dsign49's lovely butterflies flew in today!

complicious
07-16-2011, 02:38 PM
...and from Belgium, Marilou patch's lovely cards arrived.

marilou
07-17-2011, 02:40 AM
Glad they arrived safe, and you like them. The atcs I have seen on this site
are just gorgeous!!!!! Can't wait to see the returns. This was my first swap
but certainly not the last. Thanks all :jiggy:

complicious
07-18-2011, 07:54 PM
:notworthy:ICraft's much-admired cards arrived today! Over half the cards are in, with 3 weeks to go!

ICraft
07-19-2011, 01:27 AM
Glad my cards have safely arrived.

katelnorth
07-19-2011, 05:42 PM
Finally had a chance to finish my cards - two have been woven for weeks, just needed to get two more done, and then decide what else to do with them. I decided to go with woven backgrounds, using a variety of papers and cards. The cards then have a frame, made from very thin aluminium and vellum (these were tags I had on hand) and a small, lightweight metal charm. The cards are still very lightweight and I don't think will cause extra postage, or be too thick for postal machines - it was nice to have a swap where I could mix media little more - many swaps (and I do understand why) are fussy about embellishments!

complicious
07-19-2011, 06:27 PM
Those are soooo cool! Lots of complexity in little space.

jensaz
07-20-2011, 10:28 PM
Mine went postal today...

Tronx
07-21-2011, 03:07 PM
I regret that I must respectfully withdraw from the swap. I apologize for any inconvince this may cause.

complicious
07-21-2011, 04:32 PM
Tronx, no inconvenience;thanks for letting me know!

katelnorth
07-23-2011, 04:26 AM
Complicious, my cards finally went into the post yesterday afternoon - should be with you in plenty of time!

complicious
07-23-2011, 01:36 PM
Great! Next Wed. is the 2 week point, which I think is the latest to send internationals, so you've got plenty of leeway. I'll be on the lookout.

complicious
07-23-2011, 02:41 PM
Looking good, Dilys!

Jensaz's great cards arrived today.

Ibus
07-23-2011, 08:20 PM
Those are nice, especially the sails and the sun!

katelnorth
07-24-2011, 04:47 AM
Great! Next Wed. is the 2 week point, which I think is the latest to send internationals, so you've got plenty of leeway. I'll be on the lookout.

Having mailed them this far in advance, they will probably take 4 days ;)

complicious
07-24-2011, 11:11 AM
Yep, Murphy's Law ;)

ruthyliz
07-24-2011, 12:43 PM
complicious, I am sorry to do this but I am withdrawing. I must have 8 - 9 half finished cards but nothing I would be happy to trade. It's shame because it's such a good theme.
sorry

complicious
07-24-2011, 05:29 PM
Thanks for letting me know, Ruthyliz. We've all been there in swaps, where the ideas just don't gel. If you wind up finishing those, put them in your gallery for trade!

Wil Opio Oguta
07-25-2011, 02:11 PM
I am not happy with the cards I made. Please withdraw me from the list. Sorry

complicious
07-25-2011, 03:54 PM
I understand, Wil. Thanks for letting me know!

Also, I'll be away Wednesday through Monday, and won't have internet access. My mail will be held, so I'll update that on Tuesday.

ICraft
07-28-2011, 01:47 AM
Sorry to see some players are having artist blocks - I know that is so frustrating. When I first started making my ATCs for the swap I had 1 done for the longest time and then it took me forever to get another idea but finally it came. whew!

wenrl
07-31-2011, 05:41 PM
I am sorry. I oversigned myself and need to withdraw. =(

Cherie
08-01-2011, 01:09 AM
Whew! My cards are finally...done! Could you pm me your address? Thank you! Everyone's work looks great!

complicious
08-01-2011, 08:19 PM
I'm back and happy to see lovely new cards posted! I'll be gathering mail tomorrow and will then update on what's arrived.

complicious
08-02-2011, 07:38 PM
In my absence lovely cards arrived from Dylis and Katelnorth [they got here quickly despite sending them in plenty of time, lol]!

About a week to go; I've heard from almost everyone and many cards are on their way, so I think there will soon be happy campers!

complicious
08-04-2011, 03:54 PM
Lovely cards in today from Maineatc!!! The P.O. swallowed her first set, but she was able to make more. I'm sure the first set will finally arrive the day I send out returns...:rolleyes:

complicious
08-05-2011, 02:57 PM
Cherie's nifty cards arrived today!

complicious
08-06-2011, 03:08 PM
Today's mail brought beauties from Rockinrobin!

complicious
08-08-2011, 04:22 PM
Cute cards from Catladybj arrived today!

catladybj
08-09-2011, 02:20 AM
thanks-glad you liked what I sent!

complicious
08-10-2011, 10:29 AM
And we are set!! All cards are in, so I'll be sorting and I hope to send out at the end of the week.

You all have been a gold-star, awesome-sauce group of swappers: generous, oh my my!; mindful of guidelines; oh so creative in your use of media and styles. It's been a pleasure!:jiggy:

complicious
08-12-2011, 05:08 PM
The cards are in the mail!

I have some photos of all the cards laid out before I swapped them, but forgot that I still need to download them to the computer. I'll post here and/or in my gallery soon.

Oh, and don't forget to leave rep points for your card-makers! We have a fair number of new members in this swap, and I remember how long it seemed to take to get more than one green square, so spread some love. For newbies, 'rep' refers to those little green squares. To leave rep, find a member's post in this thread, click the 'you rock' button on the right side, and type a little message of thanks.

ICraft
08-12-2011, 06:46 PM
Hooray - I can't wait for the cards and speaking for rep points/You rock here is a link to one of the easier ways to find players within a swap to leave those. It should be helpful for new players and maybe even for some others who've been doing it the hard way.

:idea:Link to an easy step-by-step way to find a player and leave rep points.
http://atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18439:idea:

It's a lot less time consuming than some of the other ways so I hope it helps players give and get more rep points! ;)

Nancy
08-15-2011, 05:43 PM
I am so pleased with the cards that I recieved today from Ronya, Catladybj and Artist poet girl. They are all so unique and very creative and I am proud to have them in my collection. Thanks for hosting Complicious..I think you stretched us all and I hope you will think about hosting a Weave It 2 before long.

complicious
08-15-2011, 07:55 PM
Glad to hear that cards are arriving; three cheers for the postal system (although it was naughty to at least one of us on the incoming side)!
And thank you, icraft, for the link; it really is an easy method!

Here's the whole lot of cards before I swapped 'em:

SeattleMeg
08-15-2011, 08:27 PM
Ooo, neat cards in the postie! Thanks for hosting, comp, I received cool cards from catladybj, rockinrobin, and Dilys! Off to leave points n' things.
Meg

dsign49
08-15-2011, 08:47 PM
My cards arrived to day. I received cards from Nancy, Ronya and Artist Poet Girl. Thanks so much. A big thank you to our hostess for a fun swap.

mrubyjean
08-16-2011, 02:48 AM
Lovely woven cards arrived from SOTO, JBunny and jensaz!
Thanks, complicious, for hosting this creative swap!

SOTO
08-16-2011, 07:14 AM
beautiful cards from jensaz, mrubyjean and JBunny - off to leave YouRock and iTrader. Thanks for a fun swap

Ibus
08-16-2011, 07:33 AM
My fabulous cards arrived today! Thanks so much to Complicious for hosting this swop and to Icraft, Jennie and Katelnorth for the beautiful cards!

complicious
08-16-2011, 08:37 AM
whoo hoo! Already across the ocean!

katelnorth
08-16-2011, 05:56 PM
My returns have arrived today as well - woven background with fleur de lis from iCraft; "Easter Basket" - woven spring-themed ribbons from Jennie; Tartan time - loose weave fabric with yarn and ribbon interwoven from Ibus. Great cards all, and thanks to Complicious for a fun swap.

ICraft
08-16-2011, 11:11 PM
Thank you complicious for hosting this awesome swap. I love the wonderful cards I received from Ibus, Jennie and mrubyjean they are all awesome.

Cherie
08-17-2011, 12:49 AM
I got awesome cards from mariloupatch, mammamia, sheala.draws. Just love them all.

marilou
08-17-2011, 04:27 AM
I could embrase the postman, great cards from Cherie, mammamia and sheala.
Thank you Complicious! itrader and reps will be added.

Jennie
08-17-2011, 03:00 PM
I got my wonderful cards today. Thank you complicious for this great and fun swap it was a lot of fun
thank you also to artists Icraft, Katelnorth, and Ibus all great cards

Maineatc
08-19-2011, 11:28 AM
Wonderful cards received from gailorsted, Complicious, and lafaver55. Thank you. Great swap Complicious

sheala.draws
08-19-2011, 12:53 PM
Still no returns. :(

complicious
08-23-2011, 06:21 PM
Any returns yet? There are 4 of you I haven't heard from...am hoping I made enough sacrifices to the postal gods to ensure safe passage! I'll leave the thread open till next week for updating.

Again, thanks to all for making this a wonderful swap to host and participate in!