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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Interview with Jodie of Jelly Wares

Let's all meet Jodie, a BUSY mom from Australia. Visit her at her blog, Jelly Wares, and say hello after reading her interview.

SwapDex: Tell us a bit about you.

Jodie: I’m 28, I live on a 40,000 acre sheep and goat station in wester NSW, I’ve been married since 2005 and have 2 beautiful little girls, a 10 month old and a 3 year old….

I’m a stay at home Mum but am very active when it come to jobs on the farm, you’ll often see me out mustering with both my girls on the bike, driving a tractor and even working in the sheep yards, so I guess you could say that I’m a farmer too, technically… LOL!!!

I love all crafts!!! I especially love crochet, knitting and garment sewing, just to name a few….

SD: How long have you been swapping? How did you first learn about swapping, and what made you decide to start? Do you remember your first one?

J: The first swap I ever did was the DQS (doll quilt swap)… That was back when I started blogging in May 2007.

I ended up doing 2 rounds of that swap I loved it so much…

I started my own little washcloth swap in July of this year and have had 2 rounds thus far with another one for Xmas.

SD: What is your range of swapping? Do you stick to swaps hosted by people you know or are you likely to swap with anyone, anytime?

J: I like all types of swaps and will swap with anyone.

SD: What's your favorite swap you've ever been in or hosted?

J: I’ve loved all of the Swaps that I’ve been in except for 1, an ornament swap I did 2 Xmas’s ago, it really SUCKED (hope I can say that)…

SD: What do you do to make your packages special?

J: I like to add a little extra goodie for my partner, fabric or some lovely balls of yarn are always a hit…

SD: Do you have a good story about hosting or participating in a swap?

J: The dreaded lost mail is the WORST!!! I’ve sent a package overseas before that got lost.

I really dread that happening, thank goodness it’s only happened to me once…

SD: What do you think is the most challenging part of hosting a swap? Any advice for someone who is thinking about hosting a swap?

J: The most challenging thing about hosting a swap is getting the swappers to reply to emails and send their packages on time…

I like to keep my swap numbers fairly low, under 20 and that makes for a nice close personal swap which is easy to manage..

SD: Any exciting plans for the near future? Swaps, projects, new products?

J: DEFINITELY!!! I have a new swap on the cards for the end of the month, something Xmas related and have also been working on some new washcloths patterns so things are pretty exciting around here at the moment.

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