August 27, 2013

mug swap 2013

Hiiii.
I'm alive...but barely. I literally feel like I have been drowning lately...just too much to do, too little time. Just can't do it all.

But I did manage to participate in my very first {acuppakim}mugswap!
Actually this is my very first SWAP of any kind.
I'm always scared to do swaps becuase I'm so picky. I'm afraid I will not like what I get and I'm afraid I will buy the wrong thing for someone else. As my sister Jessica said, "It's a very serious business giving someone a household item". Lol.

My girl was actually pretty easy. She said she LOVED the starbucks city/state mugs.

So I went to Starbucks, expecting to have my pick of any city/state I wanted. Well. NO. That is not how it works. You can only buy your own city/state. Rude.

But it's kind of a thing. Apparently people get all excited trading these Starbucks mugs and collecting them when they visit another state.

I thought our Cali mug looked a smidge unfortunate, but Katy assured me that it would be special since it's from the state I live in.




Now these mug swaps are sorta a big deal and people like to wrap them all pretty. So I decided to make my own wrapping paper. Loriloo gave me the idea of gold dots .


Mmmmmm. Metallic gold paint. Looks so yummy I could lick it.


These sponge doohickies are called 'spouncers'. Bought them at Michaels.


Just about done!


Thought it needed a pom pom so I made one using this tutorial.

I am officially obsessed with yarn as ribbon and think I will wrap my Christmas with it. Cheap. Comes in any color. Big rolls. Win-win-win.

Also added some of my favorite candy from my hometown. People go crazy on these swaps and add ALLLL kinds of extra goodies.


Ready to be shipped of from Cali to Texas, yeehaw! My swap mate Tammy is super friendly and it was a joy getting to know her better!


The same day Tammy got her mug, I got my mug from my girl, Sara, at Hellomynameissara.com

I was stoked with my mug!
Except I got super confused and when I tried to thank Sara and tag her on instagram, I accidently tagged the wrong person...a girl in China called Sara.com.
Only I could be so awk as to tag the wrong person....from China no less. Gah!
But with the help of {ACuppa}Kim, I mangaged to hook up with my cute and super talented swap mate!
I had a lot of fun doing this swap! You should join next time if you are up for a little adventure.

23 comments:

  1. ok SOLD, I'm doing every present for the rest of time like this!! Yarn, which I'm guessing is what we call wool (the stuff you knit with?) and hand made paper tooo cute! I love wrapping stuff and Christmas is my jam so can believe there are going to be super cute presents under the tree this year:)Mug swapping is cute, maybe you want an RSA one?:)

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    1. how funny you call it wool!!!! yes, the stuff you knit with!

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  2. LOVE Dewars!!! and i am obsessed with gold currently

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  3. I would LOVE to do a mug swap - but like you were, I'm a scaredy cat.

    You now have me SOLD on using yarn for ribbon this Christmas....

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  4. Swaps are fun...I've done a few (but never a mug swap!) I could dig that. :)

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  5. When done right, swaps can be a ton of fun -- sounds like you got paired with some great girls! I seriously think I might have to steal the yarn idea for christmas, though -- how cute would it be with plain brown paper wrapping, and festive colored yarn ... homemade tags?! I think I need to shop now and start wrapping so I have time for it all! HA

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  6. you are HI-larious. so much fun! i always say i'm gonna sign up, & then forget. womp. SO MUCH FUN THOUGH! hand stamped wrapping paper? i mean. and you even got to meet someone from china! hehehasnort.

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  7. Yup, I secretly want to find that girl and steal her mug- shhh don't tell!:) also, Painting your gift? For reals!? So cute... Again love that shelf and love the cacti and love your globe and love your new mug and love your hair *deep breath* you get the idea.. Stop being so lovable!:)

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    1. aw you always make my day with your super sweet comments! love you!

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  8. Yes, agreed with Care, love it all. Very fun. I love your craftiness, I still think about that baby blanket you made a while back. So great. Take care,

    Shauna

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  9. Really like that wrapping paper!! Must try.

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  10. so glad we figured out the right sara.

    that packaging is amazing. love me some gold goodness.

    :)

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    1. thanks! and thanks again for hosting and for not making me feel silly over my mix up:)

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  11. i have never heard of the state mugs!? too cute!! and i think you got a great one back! fun :) and bravo on the paper ;)

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  12. I love my new Cali mug!! Thank you so much for being an awesome swap partner! So a little confession... as I was ripping through the wrapping like a kid on Christmas morning, I thought to myself "this is so pretty, and I should really stop and take a picture of it" :)

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    1. hahahaha! you were fun to have as a partner!!!!

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  13. Adding dewars chews to your package is brilliant. Why didn't I think of that?
    I've been wanting that hello mug, I think they're gone now. Tears.
    Lastly, tagging the wrong person is so something I would do.

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  14. love both the mug you gave and the mug you got! both so cute. :)

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  15. Your packaging was adorable! Love both the mugs too!

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  16. I'm sad I didn't do it and am TOTALLY doing it next year!

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  17. I'm sad I didn't do it and am TOTALLY doing it next year!

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