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**7th Annual FOTESS Holiday Card Swap**

canyonwind
November 23, 2018

7th Annual FOTESS Holiday Card Swap!


It's that time of year again, when we get to celebrate with our FOTESS members by sending greetings and well wishes to All! As most of you know, Shirley (sjc48) initiated this FOTESS Holiday Card Swap 7 years ago. This holiday card swap has been very special to her. As well, I know that this swap has been special to the FOTESS group members, including me. Shirley has been unable to log on to HOUZZ and will be unable to host. Jayeanne (pinkiris) will be your hostess with the mostess for this December Holiday Card swap. I will be Jayeanne's elfie helper....ho ho ho!!!! :


As always, this is going to be a very simple swap: If you sign up, you will be sending a holiday card to 3-5 of your fellow FOTESS members who have been current active members since January, 2018.

If you would like to include a small gift in your card, you can, but make sure that the gift is small enough to fit in the card and mailed with just one regular stamp.


As well, since Shirley will not be able to join us in the fun, I thought it would be nice for each of us to send the host of this swap for the past 6 years....Shirley (sc48), a holiday card. I think Shirley would enjoy hearing from her FOTESS buddies.


GIFTIES ARE NOT REQUIRED. THE CARD IS THE IMPORTANT THING!


Sign ups will be held until Sunday, December 2nd. On Monday, December 3, Jayeanne (pinkiris) will email each FOTESSER that signs up, with the names of the FOTESS members you are to send to.


PLEASE KEEP THESE NAMES SECRET - PART OF THE FUN IS THE SURPRISE!


The deadline for mailing your cards is the end of the year. There is no theme this year, you can send in time for Christmas, the Solstice, New Year's, or any other holiday that takes place in December.


If you need addresses, contact Jayeanne (pinkiris) or Annie (canyonwind).


And please remember to write FOTESS on the back of your envelope, so no one confuses it with the other big swaps.


Merry Christmas.... December is a very busy time for all but I do hope that many of you are able to participate.


Thanks....


Annie

Comments (293)

  • pinkiris

    Amy and Annie ... your '12 days of Christmas' prize is going out tomorrow ...

    Love seeing all the photos of everyones beautiful Christmas cards

  • amybabyboy3

    Jayeanne, Thank you! I will let you know when it arrives. Super fun games and swap Month!!


    Beth, Thank you for the precious kitty and puppy Christmas card. I have all my cards displayed on my entry mirror and it looks so pretty.


    Hope you all have a Wonderful Christmas and that 2019 is the Best year Yet!! Take care, Amy

  • canyonwind

    Jayeanne, looking forward to my surprise!!!!!


    This has been such a great month! Thank you Jayeanne!!


    Shirley (sjc)....thinking of you!! We miss you!!


    Merry Christmas to all!


    Annie


  • xiangirl zone 4/5 Nebraska

    Margo, did you send that card special for me? Our church did a version of the Who-Ville Christmas story. When Announcement Guy got up to talk about it he said it was going to be so much fun to see Hooters Christmas. He meant Who-Ville. The pastor got 2 texts before announcements were done! A couple people laughed so hard they fell off their chairs. Announcement Guy never even knew he misspoke and the pastor told people it would take longer to explain to Announcement Guy than it was worth and asked us all to just move on. So that's one of our great holiday stories we love to tell! Heidi

  • ruthz

    Catching up on cards I've received. Thank you all. I love them.

    A beautiful handmade blue snowman card from Michelle

    A beautiful winter scene card with a red sparkly R hanging ornament from Jayeanne

    A beautiful candy cane with holly card with a little lucky extra tucked inside from Annie


  • pinkiris

    SWAPPING HOLIDAY Cards FOTESS style this month.....

    Annie - SENT 12/11

    Jeanne - SENT 12/8

    Faye - SENT 12/10

    Beth - SENT 12/12

    Jayeanne - SENT 12/11

    Michelle - must have mailed - ALL CARDS REC'D 12/19

    Margo - SENT 12/6, SENT 12/12

    Shirley - SENT- ALL CARDS REC'D

    Melinda - SENT 12/3 - ALL CARDS REC'D 12/8

    Maggie - SENT 12/11

    Ruth - SENT 12/11

    Heidi - SENT 12/6

    Amy - SENT 12/10

    Karen Holt - SENT 12/10

    Lisa

    Mandy - SENT 12/8



    CARDS ARE ARRIVING ....

    PLEASE POST WHEN YOU HAVE MAILED OUT YOUR CARDS, AND ALSO PLEASE POST WHEN YOU RECEIVE CARDS *** You may begin mailing your cards out anytime now, the deadline for mailing your cards is the end of the year.

    And please remember to write FOTESS on the back of your envelope, so no one confuses it with another swap, thank you!

  • PaperFinch

    All my cards are in the mail and should arrive soon! :)

  • Karen Holt

    Oh my gosh! I received the sweetest card from Urcoj (JDmomTX). I just loved the partridges in the trees. And then you sent the sweetest note with it. Oddly enough, I never go to Dallas anymore. Now my daughter in law does. Her family lives in one of the outskirts. Your note made me immediately think of the skyline, then the skyline during Christmas. I miss going through there at this time of year. I don't think anyone has Dallas's architectural buildings beat.

    Jayeanne! I received my gift today. Oh my gosh, how did you know I would love this? She gave me a gnome Christmas ornament! It fits perfectly with my traditions of a new ornament every year, one that reminds me of someone or something I love, and country themed. Lol. I told you I was all about traditions. :) Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and the ornament. I truly do live it and will always think of you and the fun I had doing this swap. Merry Christmas to you all. And thank you all for a truly sweet part of my Christmas.

    Oops! I meant to include a picture....

  • l1oness

    Not sure where all of my cards have gone... I mailed them at the post office directly. Hopefully they start to land soon!

  • Karen Holt

    L1oness, I understand mail us slow right now. Surely it will be soon.

    Jayeanne, I'm so sorry I completely forgot to thank you foir the second ornament! Shame on me. This one too is adorable. Although I'm not sure which I liked the best.... the note with A in roll tide red (adorable!) Or my initial in roll tide red. I love them both. I will get a pic soon and post th at one. You were just too sweet. Thank you.:)

  • faerygardener

    Mandy - Your card was one of the first - I mention it way up in the thread a week ago. It was lovely!!

  • jdmom78_8a

    Glad you liked the card Karen! the secrets out! Ive just now realized I've made a ton of blunders sending my cards out! so those are partridges, not cardinals. ha ha. i caught that about half way through... so if i didn't mention cardinals on your card, you can just ignore that part of the comment. (i was thinking of the chicagoan and missourian in me, although i see them all the time down here in dallas and i also see blue jays just about daily) i also wrote my name as jdmomtx on most when my screen name is jdmom78. fyi its the same ME. :) i tried to go back and correct some but that leads me to my next point... sorry for the mess ups on some of the cards. i also had a few helpers and i was trying to get through them asap with the kids having finals this week!!

    i love my FOTESS friends!

    p.s. one of you lives very very close to me so you guys can look forward to a FOTESS meeting sometime soon!

  • pinkiris

    SWAPPING HOLIDAY Cards FOTESS style this month.....

    Annie - SENT 12/11

    Jeanne - SENT 12/8

    Faye - SENT 12/10 ALL CARDS REC'D 12/22

    Beth - SENT 12/12

    Jayeanne - SENT 12/11

    Michelle - must have mailed - ALL CARDS REC'D 12/19

    Margo - SENT 12/6, SENT 12/12 - ALL CARDS REC'D

    Shirley - SENT- ALL CARDS REC'D

    Melinda - SENT 12/3 - ALL CARDS REC'D 12/8

    Maggie - SENT 12/11

    Ruth - SENT 12/11

    Heidi - SENT 12/6

    Amy - SENT 12/10

    Karen - SENT 12/10 - ALL CARDS REC'D

    Lisa SENT 12/20

    Mandy - SENT 12/8



    CARDS ARE ARRIVING .... LOOKS LIKE EVERYONE HAS MAILED OUT THEIR CARDS, WILL UPDATE AGAIN AS THEY ARE POSTED BEING RECEIVED.

    PLEASE POST WHEN YOU HAVE MAILED OUT YOUR CARDS, AND ALSO PLEASE POST WHEN YOU RECEIVE CARDS *** You may begin mailing your cards out anytime now, the deadline for mailing your cards is the end of the year.

    And please remember to write FOTESS on the back of your envelope, so no one confuses it with another swap, thank you!

  • nottougly

    My hand is raised!

  • Karen Holt

    I laughed reading the categories. I have a couple more. And my slice of pie for each.... Well January is a good swap month so I'll head over to national gardening site and start repurposing seeds.

  • faerygardener

    For the religious among us - Facebook post - link after pic if you want to share.


    https://www.facebook.com/empathsoldsoulsintroverts/photos/a.715820155246262/1150629588431981/?type=3&theater 

  • faerygardener

    Jayeanne - Thank you for the beautiful card and glittery ornament - so fun & festive!!

    Urooj - I love cardinals, beautiful card, thank you.

  • EricaBraun

    Urooj -- I received your Christmas card today. Thank you so much!

  • brittneysgran

    Urooj - Thank you for the Beautiful cardinal Christmas card. The cardinals are abundant here and I love them.

    Faye - Thank you for the Beautiful glittery Christmas card and also these seeds:

    Pink cockscomb and Kaleidoscope mix 4 0' clocks. I'm getting so excited about getting my seeds started next year.

  • brittneysgran

    Blake - Our second great Grandson:


  • pinkiris

    Lisa (paperfinch) thank you ever so much for the beautiful handmade 'owl' Christmas card, love it! and the tomato seeds 'orange minsk' have not grown this one yet, we love beefsteaks - will get these started here in another couple weeks. thank you Lisa! very much appreciated! wishing you and yours all the best and may you have many blooms in your gardens to bring you many smiles!

  • faerygardener

    So, who’s working winter sowing in with their holiday madness? I know Beth asked on the other thread. 13 jugs done and outside, 11 more to go, 5 of those today, hoping to squeeze in more tomorrow. Still waiting on one seed order to arrive (there were quite a few free shipping offers that tempted me over the last month!). Needed to rush all the Alpine climate columbines into the cold as soon as I could, have most of the Rudbeckias done (I like the large flowered ones).


  • amybabyboy3

    Jayeanne, Thank you so much for the adorable drummer boy card holder and double choice hybrid spinach seeds. Spinach does very good here in early Spring and my son Garrett loves it. He uses it to make a lot of different recipes. I am hoping to have a big box of spinach growing for him this year! Thank you again for a wonderful month! Merry Christmas! Amy


    Shirley, Your great grandson is so precious! What a little angel!!! Merry Christmas!


    Maggie, I am hoping to get started winter sowing soon. I know I saw a post from you about what to winter sow. I am going to try and find it so I have more successes than failures by just guessing. I didn't even know Rudbeckias should be winter sown so I am going to go thru my seeds and pull those out. Merry Christmas! Amy


    Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday and that this New Year is a really healthy, happy year for all!

  • brittneysgran

    Thank you Amy, we love him so, Merry Christmas to you.

    Jayeanne, thank you so much for the cute penguin card holder. I went shopping today to find one of these for my Mom's room in the nursing home. Needless to say I couldn't find one then came home and there it was in the mail. I thank you and Mom thanks you. She doesn't get that many cards so this is perfect. Also, thanks for the coleus seeds.

  • canyonwind

    Got mail....


    Jayeanne....I received your darling Santa Claus card and the most beautiful RED and glittery "A" ornament. LOVE...LOVE...LOVE!! Thanks so much!!


    In a seperate pink package from the the Pink Queen aka Jayeanne, I received my 12 days of Christmas prize....love that too...but I am going to keep my trap shut so not to spoil the surprise for the other winners. You certainly did not have to send me a prize. I simply enjoy playing games and never expect a prize. Thank you very much!


    Wonderful time this month Jayeanne. Thanks for all the fun....I learned lots of info. The 12 Days Of Christmas game was an exploration of sorts. Knowledge is a good thing!!


    Jayeanne, wishing you the best of times, with your family this Christmas. Happy New Year...We have our very important games on the 29th....my Notre Dame vs Clemson and your Alabama vs Oklahoma......Could it be that Alabama and my Fighting Irish will meet on January 7, 2019. Time will tell.....I have my hunch on what will be happening but I will once again keep my trap shut....LOL!


    To all my FOTESS pals, Merry Christmas!! Please be safe!! And may the New Year bring you peace, happiness, happy health and a wondrous garden.


    And Shirley (sjc)....thinking of you!!


    Happy weekend!


    Annie

  • nottougly

    I received mail this week.

    Pinkiris

    Sent a F ornament with a beaufiful Joy card

    Micrey

    Sent a very beautiful glittery card that looks like stamps

    Thank you so much. These lifted my spirits way up.

    Everyone have a Merry Christmas and an extra special 2019.

    Faye!

  • l1oness

    Margo (smitties) - thank yoo so much for the adorable Who-ville Christmas card and ornament - it reminds me of a dreamcatcher! And the Salsify seeds will be interesting - I've never heard of it, but it sounds like a useful root veggie, Thank you! I love trying new things, and that's one I would never have thought of to try myself. :)


    Urooj (JD Mom) - thank you for the lovely card with the night forest scene. It's beautiful - and it's cool to know that you've been near my hometown. We love it here. Lots of vineyards and fruit orchards - they smell lovely in the summer.


  • canyonwind

    Got mail....


    Lisa (paperfinch)....another darling card from you! Where in the world do you come up with your ideas??? So very clever and fun!! Happy wishes from her garden to mine....and Seeds Morning Glory Scarlet O'Hara.


    Lisa, Merry Christmas to you!! And may 2019 be full of joy, happiness and good things...the things that matter. Cheers to a happy garden!!


    Annie

  • sandlapper_rose

    Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to Shirley who celebrates today. We spent a few days in NC visiting my younger daughter and her family. A nasty, rainy day driving up there, but the drive back was much better.

    I received a card from Lisa (paperfinch) today along with a pack of seeds. Thanks so much, Lisa. Also, thank you to Annie and Jayeanne who did a wonderful job as hostesses for the swap this month.

    Jeanne

  • pinkiris

    Urooj (JDmom78) ... thank you ever so much for the absolutely beautiful Seasons Greetings cardinals card, love it! I switched to a different bird food for my birds a couple months ago and the cardinals are everywhere outside. I think it was somewhere around 40+ cardinals outside the other day when I lost count and they started moving around ... they must enjoy their new food as Ive been filling 3 feeders 2x-3x week. wishing you and yours all the best and may you have many blooms in your gardens to bring you many smiles!


  • smitties

    Merry Christmas my friends!!


    I too received one of the pretty cards from Urooj yesterday With a nice greeting inside. Thank you.

  • sandlapper_rose

    Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is enjoying this special day.

    Unfortunately it doesn't seem that anyone heard from Shirley (sjc48). I hope she received her cards from us and is okay. Shirley, we miss you!

    Jeanne


  • brittneysgran

    Jeanne thanks for the happy Birthday wishes. It was truly a wonderful day.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  • amybabyboy3

    Happy Birthday Shirley! and Merry Christmas to all!


  • Melinda Hagen

    Big thank you to Urooj for the lovely card!

  • amybabyboy3

    Urooj, Thank you so much for the Beautiful, Sparkling card! I love the sparkly birds. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Amy

  • nottougly

    Urooj, I too want to thank you for the beautiful card. Only I was calling the birds Cardinals. Thank you very much and I hope you and your family has the best holiday season ever. Faye!

  • ruthz

    Urooj, Thank you for the beautiful card.

    Shirley, Blake is such a beautiful baby. The red, green and white toboggan hat looks so festive. Did you make it?


  • sandlapper_rose

    I also received a lovely card from Urooj. Thank you so much! Receiving these Christmas cards is so much fun.

  • xiangirl zone 4/5 Nebraska

    this made me laugh! My husband plays Feliz Navodad on the guitar so I ran and showed it to him. Ive got an infected tooth and we are digging out from snow with icwunderneath. It looks like Christmas now! Thank you Lisa! N for thes eecstoo!

  • poisondartfrog

    Urooj, thank you for the beautiful jeweled card!

    I was surprised to receive a FOTESS card, and a little sheepish. I started to join this swap, but the instructions said I needed to have participated in a swap this year, and I'm ashamed to say, if I had, I couldn't remember it. I have not done much in the way of swaps this year at all.

    Hope everyone is having a great holiday, and again, thank you to JDMom78. I loved it!

  • sandlapper_rose

    Alana, you're welcome to sign up for a 2019 swap with us. We still have you on the membership list. Wishing you and everyone else a Happy New Year! It was a beautiful day here today with sun and warm temperatures, but we have certainly been getting rain and more rain the past 2 months.


  • brittneysgran

    Ruth thank you for the compliment on Blake, no I didn't make the toboggan. I'm thinking the photographer brought it when she went to take the pictures. I did make Blake a stocking but didn't have it finished in time for the photos. I have made everyone in my Family these stockings with their names on them. They pick the colors they want. Well thought I had a picture of his...will find it and post it.

  • pinkiris

    Kristan ... thank you ever so much for the 'mele Kalikimaka' wishes! I absolutely LOVE your Hawaiian Santa surfing card! wishing you and yours all the best and may you have many blooms to bring you many smiles!

  • ruthz

    I posted January Fotess swap and now it's not there??? Post again???

    I'm going to post again. Sorry if it double posts.

  • xiangirl zone 4/5 Nebraska

    I got another card! I think it was misfiled inside my.house for awhile. ohhhhh Christmas craziness! Dollar Tree put out gardening things this week!!! Heidi

  • jdmom78_8a

    hey everyone. i just received a cute card from Karen. the kids were delighted to receive mail from HAWAII, our first! So glad to know that you have cardinals down there :) and of course the chickens.... do send a pic of them roaming around. lol. thank you for the chili pepper seeds! I can't wait to plant them soon.

  • jdmom78_8a

    Alana, I'm so glad you liked the card. I didn't read if there was a rule about participating in the swap this month, I just decided to send them to everyone! I figured we all love surprise mail (as long as its not bills). i'm looking forward to the Jan swap... headed over there now.

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