A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the swap! Despite the kinks this time around, I hope that everyone enjoyed the experience. There were so many beautiful, thoughtful gifts. So many handmade creations. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to send a May Day package off to a stranger. A stranger who became a friend or follower. In the end, the swap isn't about giving, or even about receiving. It's about the people you meet, the stories you hear, the connections you share between airspace and internets. In fact, there were 47 participants from seven countries (the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Romania, Italy, Spain, and New Zealand)! Thank you, all, and I hope to see you for the ornament swap in December!

P.S. Those of you who did not receive a package (for whatever reason that may be) should keep an eye on your mailbox. Expect a little something me as consolation. 

P.P.S. I do apologize for not being able to share photos of everyone's swap experience. I was not able to secure images for every person's gift. However, if you don't see your May Day swap gift here and want it to be included, let me and your respective partner know. I'm always eager to go back and add in a photo or two!

from Sarah L. to Anabel

from Anabel to Alice

from Emily to Tia

from Karm to Cynthia

from Tiffany to Heidi

from Heidi to Ioana

from Edi to Jessica

from Lisa H. to Heather

from Kelsey to Blaire

from Blaire to Michelle

from Leslie to Sacha

from Sacha to Sharon

from Mary to Anna

from Anna to Nicole

from Nicole to Seph 

from Seph to Franca

from Lisa H. to Twinkle

from Twinkle to Ayla

from Zoë to Ty (We each sent him a package, mostly for our own amusement. This package was, as Zoë described, a "mailable inside joke.")

from Zoë to me (A combined May Day basket/birthday present. There are kitten stickers, you guys. And glittery horses. GLITTER HORSES, I tell you. Also, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" is amazing and amusing and poignant and hilarious and full of curse words.)

from me to Sarah V. (The package included a wind-up rabbit, a ring I made from vintage buttons, magnets I made from vintage earrings and buttons, and a card designed by a local artist. I also sent her classic, old-time candy sticks, a handful of cookies, and a button/pin from Cordial Kitten.)

from Brielle to Kayla

from Kayla to Meagan

from Meagan to Sarah L.

And a few more things I sent out. To my co-hosts. To Sarah V. To Zoë. Just because.


  1. How cool to see all of the different packages sent! Thanks again for putting this together.

  2. What a sweet collection! I love every little treat here.
    Thank you for bringing together so many people in such a fun way.


  3. I love all of the stuff shown! This was such a great event. :-) I can't wait to do the next one. Thanks everyone for making it so enjoyable!

  4. This awesome!! I just loved looking through these photos and seeing what everyone sent and received:) This was such a wonderful experience, the thought and care that everyone put into their packages really warmed my heart this spring:)Special thanks to the ladies that made the whole thing possible! Looking forward to the winter swap!!
    Sarah L.

  5. Wow!! So many swappers participated! Thats amazing. Everyone did such a good taking pictures of what they got too!

  6. Everyone received such fun and thoughtful gifts. I love my items from Antonella! Thanks for organizing this Dawn!

  7. What a great post! Loved how you put the photos in round-robin order, just like the format of the swap. Thanks so much for organizing a wonderful event, too.

    Did Leslie not get a package? I didn't see a photo and it makes me sad to think that she was jilted after she extended her thoughtfulness to me. I did send her a thank-you note. :-)

    I blogged about my swap experience here: http://shouldhavezagged.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/may-day-springtime-swap-goods/

  8. I am really blown away by all these beautiful gifts! Everything is so pretty! Thanks for putting this all together, Dawn! xoxo

  9. Such fun to see all of the spring goodies swapped! I enjoyed creating papery treats for Heather, and I was delighted to receive all of Hilary's thoughtful gifts which traveled all the way from New Zealand to California! Her timing was perfect...her package arrived on May Day. : ) Thank you so much, Dawn, for coordinating this swap, & you can count me in for the ornament swap during the holidays.

  10. I've tried sending a comment on here a million times! Glad to have participated in this swap!

  11. Wowww so much stuff! so great to hear another swap went well for you!
    xo dana
    wonder forest


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