Friday, July 30, 2010

Inspiration: Fairy Gardens

While it might not be practical to send an actual garden through the mail, watch this cute video to find inspiration on how you could make a Fairy Garden for your swap partner!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Quotes to inspire you

Hello Swappers! We've received a few emails with partner concerns and we're working to get those all ironed out. In the mean time, here are some quotes from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" that might help inspire you as you put together your swap packages:

"Since once I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
That the rude sea grew civil at her song,
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres
To hear the sea-maid's music."
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2. 1

"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine."
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2. 1

"You spotted snakes with double tongue,
Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blind-worms, do no wrong,
Come not near our fairy queen."
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2. 2

"So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition.
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart."
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3. 2

What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3. 1

Out of this wood do not desire to go.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3. 1

Lord, what fools these mortals be!
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3. 2

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet
Are of imagination all compact.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5. 1

The lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5. 1

The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve;
Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5. 1

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5. 1

Monday, July 26, 2010

Midsummer Night's Dream Swap --week 2

Hello Sweet Swappers! We hope by now that you and your partner have exchanged emails and found out a little more about each other so that you can put together packages that you each love. If any of you have contacted your partner but have not yet heard back from her, please email us ASAP at so we can sort things out!

Monday, July 19, 2010

SWAP Closed!

The Midsummer Night's Dream Swap is now CLOSED.

Partner emails went out Monday evening. Please let us know if you did not receive it @

The Goodness Girls

Monday, July 12, 2010

Midsummer Night's Dream Swap Sign-up

Hello Swappers! Sign-ups are now open for our Midsummer Night's Dream swap! (Sorry for the delay--did you know you have to make an appointment at the Post Office to apply for a passport? Neither did we! Ugh.) For this swap we want you to envision a warm summer night with twinkling lights and soft sounds. Take your inspiration from Romantic Shakespearean style, glittering fireflies with gossamer wings, floaty gowns, laughing fairies, watercolors & wildflowers, floral garlands, green ferns, vintage instruments and poetry.

As always, Sweet Goodness Swaps require that you include one thrifted/vintage item, one handmade item and one sweet treat in your swap. Price limit is $20.00 not including shipping. You can always do more, of course. Make sure you get to know your partner. Read their blog. If they don’t have a blog, ask questions! There is a questionnaire at the end of this post that will help us partner you with someone with similar tastes and styles.

Partners will be assigned as soon as the limit of 40 participants is reached, and you will have your assignment by Monday, July 19. Mail out date will be Monday, August 9. That will give everyone a chance to handle their swap responsibilities before the real hustle and bustle of the end of summer and beginning of back to school time.  Plus, we want you to receive your Midsummer goodies in, well, SUMMER!

In order to participate in this swap, you must have swapped with Sweet Goodness Swaps before. Please, if you commit to a swap, follow through. If you cannot mail on time, please let your partner know as well as the Goodness Girls. If, for some reason, you cannot follow through on your commitment, please email the Goodness Girls as soon as possible so that other arrangements can be made for your partner.
***Sorry, only open to USA and Canada at this time. (we love our international friends, but shipping costs can be very prohibitive.)*** 

To sign up: Please send an email to: with the following information:

Blog address or website:
Are you willing to ship to Canada?

You MUST send all of this information in your email in order to be accepted in this swap. An “I’m IN” email isn’t enough.

What are you waiting for? Sign up NOW! It's going to be fun!

Friday, July 9, 2010

The swappers have spoken: the winner!

Thank you all for voting in our poll to choose the next Sweet Goodness Swap theme! And the winner is....

A Mid-Summer Night's Dream, submitted by Aimee Suzanne!

Sign-ups for this swap will begin on Monday, July 12. See you then!