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PostSubject: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Thu 18 Sep 2014 - 21:28



For those of you who are new to REAL, these swaps are a lot of fun! Please don't feel intimidated or think you're not good enough to participate! All skill levels are invited to join in, the more the merrier!! The time frame for this swap is going to be tight so please check out the deadlines before you sign up!

For this swap we're opening it to any kits, as long as they are under $50! So, when making the choices for your top 5 babies, the rules will still be no kits over 24”, no kits that are not already in production, and no critters!

By joining this swap, you understand that you may not get the reborn of your choice or by the reborner of your choice. You also agree not to put the baby you receive in the swap on eBay or any other source that would profit you financially for the reborn you receive. You may, however, give it away or donate it to a charity of your choice if you simply cannot bond with the baby.

There will be a few check points along the way. Anybody who fails to submit information requested at each check point, may be removed from the swap. This is to ensure that everybody who signed up stays on task and will be able to ship their babies out on time. If anybody is removed from the swap for any reason, contingencies will be put into place to ensure their original recipients will get a baby on time.

We realize that life happens and things occur. If at any point during the swap, you have an emergency, contact me by email or phone as soon as possible so we can be aware of any problems that may arise as a result and take steps, if necessary, to assist you in getting your baby delivered on time.

You also agree to do the best you can in making your baby the very best you possibly can. Everybody who joins the swap must include two photos of a current baby they've completed recently. One of the full baby, and one close up that will show the hair/head … whether painted, rooted or left bald.

You must also understand that not everybody is on the same skill level and should know that your baby has been made with a loving heart! I will, whenever possible, try to match skill levels as closely as possible.

This swap is really about the baby, and not the layette. Please try to limit your layette to the outfit your baby will arrive in and not more than two extra outfits. You may include a birth certificate, blanket, and any accessories you feel would complete your layette … such as bracelets, booties, hair bows, paci’s, etc.

All babies must be shipped no later than Monday, December 15th . You MUST send me via email only the tracking number of the package you send.

Box opening photos are highly encouraged and looked forward to by everyone!! If you’re not able to post pictures, you must post a public thank you when you receive your baby.

If you submit box opening photos to the forum, your name will be entered into a raffle for a great surprise!


Check points are as follows:

*Sign ups begin today until October 3rd at noon PDT.
*Receive your partner's information by October 7th .
*Kit choice by October 15th.
*First progress report October 29th status of kit – Ordered? Received?  Work started?
*Second progress report November 12th  --  first WIP photos (failure to submit at this point could result in removal!)
*Third progress report November 26th – layette pictures
* Final progress report  December 10th – finished baby pictures
*Shipping must be done between December 10th – 15th  !! You MUST email tracking information to me. (International shipping date should be no later than December 10th .)

** I will be sending out reminders for each check point and I will reply to all emails to let you know I received them. If you don't get a reply from me, please resend it or pm me so I can double check my email! **

If, after reading and agreeing to all this you still want to join in the swap, email me (NO pm’s!!) the following questions and answers entirely filled out to sharonskidsandkritters@gmail.com and put REAL baby swap in the subject line. Don't forget to include the two pictures of a reborn you recently made.

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1. Forum name (this is your name on this forum)

2. Do you have a nursery name?

3. Complete shipping name and address/country exactly as it should appear on the package!

4. Phone number (some shipping companies require it)

5. Email address

6. Are you able to ship Internationally?

7. Are you able to meet all deadlines? (if an emergency arises, you MUST contact me immediately! My contact information in case of an emergency … Sharon Richmond sharonskidsandkritters@gmail.com or call or text me at 916-215-1318)

8. Do you have problems emailing progress pictures to the event coordinators?

9. What are your top 5 sculpts? Remember, under $50, under 24”, in production now, and no critters! This time we're not limiting it to Bountiful Baby kits but your choices still need to be kept below $50. Please keep in mind that if you're basing your choices on a sale price, that it might effect things if it's no longer on sale when your partner goes to order. (Please keep in mind this may not be the baby you get but every effort will be made to choose one of your top choices!) If you have a specific look for the kit you love, please include that too. I know that when I look at how a particular kit is done, it’s amazing how some of the finished babies don’t look anything like each other!

10. Give us a little more information about what you like. Be as specific as possible if you have certain wishes or tastes.
a) Boys or girls?

b) Do you have a preference for your baby’s hair? Rooted, painted, left bald? If rooted or painted what color hair do you like?

c) Any size preference? (ex: preemie, newborn, etc)

d) Sleeping or awake?

e) Open/Closed mouth – smiling, yawning, crying?

f) Skin tone

g) Other Likes/Dislikes (such as fairies, ethnic baby, freckles, milk spots, spit bubbles, birthmarks, scratches, etc...)

11. What is your favorite color? For girls? For boys?

12. When it comes to your baby’s layette do you like simple or foo-foo frilly? Do you like handmade items?

13. Do you have any allergies which would be affected by the baby you receive? Smoke, pets, etc.

14. Do you have pets in your nursery?

15. Are there any other allergens in your nursery which may affect your adoptive mom?

16. Do you smoke/does anyone smoke in your reborn nursery area?

17. What are some of your other favorites? Animals, flowers, special hobbies, etc. Is there anything else that would help your partner personalize your baby even more? Please give details! One word answers are really of little help. lol

18. How long have you been reborning? How many babies (approx) have you made?

19. Have you participated in a previous REAL baby swap? If you have let me know who you’ve received from and I’ll do my best to mix things up!

20. As an artist, are there certain types of kits you love working on? Are there kits you avoid because you just can't bond with them?

21. Please add any other information or comments you'd like that will help your partner create a perfect baby for you.

(Please let me know if there's any typos date wise, etc.)
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Mon 29 Sep 2014 - 19:09

He-lllooo? So uh just wondering if anyone was signing up for this swap? IDK
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Mon 29 Sep 2014 - 22:32

I signed up! whoohoo whoohoo
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Tue 30 Sep 2014 - 0:07

I did too.
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PostSubject: RE:2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Tue 30 Sep 2014 - 0:37

I signed up too and was wondering if there were going to be any other people signing up???
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Tue 30 Sep 2014 - 3:29

Still more time to sign up! There are enough now to make it a fun time! bigsmile
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Tue 30 Sep 2014 - 11:23

Hi Sharon!

Is there no section for over sculpts over $50 this time?

Thanks! :)
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Tue 30 Sep 2014 - 18:01

Yay!! I'm in! I'll send my information before Friday. Thanks ladies for answering. This ought to be fun. I've done it twice now (Christmas and Mother's Day) and it was so much fun. Looking forward to it. whoohoo
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Wed 1 Oct 2014 - 3:27

Kristen wrote:
Hi Sharon!

Is there no section for over sculpts over $50 this time?

Thanks! :)

Not this time Kristen. I need to keep things as simple and easy as possible for this swap. Maybe for Mother's Day we'll go back to the under/over for the kit choices.
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Wed 1 Oct 2014 - 23:30

I was wondering the same. It's nice to keep it simple. It was easier for me to jump in last minute but I found it hard to find anything under $50. Bountiful Baby was the only place I found kits in that price range. Can I ask what prompted the change?
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Thu 2 Oct 2014 - 0:02

Doll Dreams and sometimes Dolls So Real have kits under $50, so you aren't limited to just Bountiful Baby.
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Thu 2 Oct 2014 - 0:06

Since I took over running these I've tried several different ways to "pick kits". At times the BB only was popular ... but I think the over 50/under 50 might always be pleasing to the most people. The problem for me as the organizer is making sure I have an equal number of people signing up for both categories.

The things I have to take into consideration when pairing up the partners isn't just what amount they want to spend on a kit ... but also who will ship internationally ... who is allergic to what ... ect etc. It really is a complicated process.

Right now, things in my personal life have me stretched to the max on what I can handle and keep track of. So, for this swap, the only way I can manage it ... is if things are as simple and easy as possible.

Next year (ie Mother's Day) we'll switch things up!
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Thu 2 Oct 2014 - 11:39

I've checked Doll Dreams, Dolls by Sandie, Dolls So Real and Creative before finally choosing BB. I didn't see anything. Even McPhearsons was $59.99. Only one for $49 and he was not cute. I don't choose to do a swap based on cost of kit. I just like doing it when I can so keeping it simple is nice. I also understand having a very active life. I have one so I know what your saying Sharon. Thanks for still doing this with your busy schedule. I was just curious bc this was quite different than the last time I participated.
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Thu 2 Oct 2014 - 11:50

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Kristen wrote:
Hi Sharon!

Is there no section for over sculpts over $50 this time?

Thanks! :)

Not this time Kristen. I need to keep things as simple and easy as possible for this swap. Maybe for Mother's Day we'll go back to the under/over for the kit choices.

Thanks so much for getting back to me Sharon. I understand, I was only curious if I had missed something somewhere. I'll wait to see what happens for Mother's Day then. thankyou!
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Thu 2 Oct 2014 - 13:24

Tiondra White Rapids wrote:
I've checked Doll Dreams, Dolls by Sandie, Dolls So Real and Creative before finally choosing BB. I didn't see anything. Even McPhearsons was $59.99. Only one for $49 and he was not cute. I don't choose to do a swap based on cost of kit. I just like doing it when I can so keeping it simple is nice. I also understand having a very active life. I have one so I know what your saying Sharon. Thanks for still doing this with your busy schedule. I was just curious bc this was quite different than the last time I participated.

I see what you mean, I just looked at Doll Dreams again and it looks like she's raised the prices.  She used to have about 3 pages of kits that were around $50 with many that were under.
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Thu 2 Oct 2014 - 14:48

I choose 2 kits from dolls so real because I fell in love with Sunni lechner.  I figure $10 either way is no big deal.  But that's just me. I can't wait to find out who my swap partner is. I'm so excited to get started!!


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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Mon 6 Oct 2014 - 18:04

This is probably a silly question but this is my first REAL swap. Will the person I'm making a doll for also be making mine? I saw where someone in the last swap ended up getting 2 dolls by mistake so I'm just curious as to how it works. Thanks! :) I'm so excited!
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Mon 6 Oct 2014 - 21:12

This is only my second swap but as far as I know, no we don't swap with the same person were making them for. They are really a lot of fun. Sharon tries to match us up pretty well.
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 REAL Christmas Baby Swap!!   Thu 18 Dec 2014 - 11:35

eek! Someone is in labor!!! My baby's mama should be delivered of her baby today!!!! I hope she loves her!
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