how to swap




Welcome to the somewhat annual FS swap.  I started the Swap about 4 years ago when we were posted to Southeast Asia and I was somewhat bored out of my mind.  Swaps are very popular in the crafty blog community so I hoped it would work within the FS too.  So far so good, I think?  This is the 3rd FS swap, both previous times I have had 50-60 odd people around the world signup.

The way this swap works is - you leave a comment on the blog saying - your name, current location and email address.  Or you can email that info to kennedyas@yahoo.com  Feel free to include your blog address if you want.  People may sign up on or before January 26th.  On the 27th I will match everyone up and send you and your partner each others details.  I will do my very best not to match anyone in the same country.  Also - to join, you or your husband or wife type MUST actually be in the FS.  Like on your first tour at the very least.  And I cannot take special requests - unless someone asks to only swap with labrador mad people who spend every free moment sewing, knitting, cooking and reading design blogs....then your MY swap partner.

Once your matched up - you swap emails back and forth to get to know a little something about your partner and maybe about their current post.  This, by the way, is an EXCELLENT bidding tool.  You will then start getting together a fun little package of goodies to send them.  If you happen to be lucky enough to be at a pouch only post, no worries, you can cram a lot in a VHS tape sized box or envelope.  You just have to be creative and we all understand, really we do.  If you are concerned about cost - then go ahead and email your partner and agree upon a budget.  What if your in DC?  Well, DC is, in fact, a post.  Go head and sign up!  The deadline to mail your package is February 26th - a whole month.

You can make this kid centric if you want - "See, sweetie, everyone has our couch" or not.  If you learn your partner lets her 3 year old swig Coke while playing X box all day, then really think before you send her those Montessori handbooks....she probably isn't interested.  If your in DC and your pal in Harare has bemoaned the lack of pretty cupcake liners - there you go - an idea!  Just be creative, have fun and don't stress.

Please help spread the word - the more people, the better the swap turns out to be.  I will have a blog button to send out this evening, if anyone would like one just let me know.  Also, if you have questions, just send those along too.

22 comments

  1. I want to play! Lisa @ What were we thinking? EFM, first tour, Tijuana, Mexico. http://polillo-family.blogspot.com/

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  2. I'm in! Thanks for organizing this again!!
    -Alix in DC
    alexandrakbryant@gmail.com

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  3. Thanks for doing this again! You are awesome.
    -Becky, DC till June; Taiwan after June; smallbitsfs@yahoo.com

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  4. I'm in too! Missed last year and so excited to participate this year! Julie in Jerusalem. Curtis_Juliet@yahoo.com

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  5. I'm racking my brain trying to figure out what I'd send from my current location (Conakry), as pretty much everything here is imported from somewhere else, but I can probably figure something out (and if not, I'll be in the states until right before the deadline and can pick up some American goodies), so count me in!!

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  6. I'd like to join this year from Hyderabad, India. stephanie.s.diamond at gmail

    Stephanie @ http://whereintheworld-stephanie.blogspot.com/
    SFFO, Bujumbura, Hyderabad

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  7. So fun! We are leaving Tijuana in the next week, and will be on home leave...in Utah and Washington State. Then off to Oakwood for awhile before we head to Sri Lanka.

    benily05@gmail.com

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  8. Sounds awesome!
    dluscioust@gmail.com
    Deana
    Ft. Lauderdale, Bangkok in July.

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  9. Count me in!
    mjperlman@me.com

    Jill - blogging at www.theperlmanupdate.blogspot.com

    NYFO, Muscat, Tel Aviv, Chennai, Iraq (ISMA in California), and current post is now DC ...

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  10. Count me in too! - Melissa
    csamto@yahoo.com
    csamto.blogspot.com
    NH, Baghdad (ISMA in NH), Jerusalem, Afghanistan in July 2012 (ISMA Jerusalem), ?

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  11. Me too! Last time was fun!

    Jessica in Manila, Philippines
    jessicamaesmith@gmail.com

    blog is: www.lindseymaesmith.blogspot.com

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  12. Buna ziua from Bucharest!
    emilyeschlink@gmail.com
    www.emlovesbeer.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh oh, me me! Me and mine are still sending packages regularly from last year, too fun!
    Denise @ beyondthecornfields.blogspot.com
    cdhoelscher@gmail.com

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    1. Oops....
      Bypassed MFO for Dhaka Bangladesh 2010, due HFO fall 2012

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  15. Me 15!

    ~Jen
    jdinoia(at)yahoo.com
    http://www.dinoiafamily.typepad.com/

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  16. I am in! nicoleatobin@gmail.com. I am currently in Yekaterinburg, yes that's Siberia, Russia.

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  17. I'd like to join if it's not too late - ejhickso(at)hotmail.com (that's a letter o not a zero). I'm currently in Warsaw, Poland.

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  18. Oh, man I missed it! Well, if you had any odd numbers and needed a fill-in, please include me. If not, see you next time!

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  19. Oh no! I just saw the swap notice today! I'd like to be involved again: Sara Roy, Costa Rica, sara(at)teamroy.com

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  20. This may be super late- but just in case: Megan Wright from Guangzhou megan(dot)wright22 (at) gmail.com

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  21. gah! did i miss this??? nuts - but please sign me up for next year - currently in DC headed to who knows where!

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