Saturday, September 19, 2015

NAME camping swaps

So one of my favorite things about my NAME membership is participating in the swaps.   You choose your scale (1", 1/2. 1/4 or 1/144) and then make as many items as participants.   

This summer's swap theme was "camping" because of the online "Dog Days of Summer" camping weekend event in August.  Luckily, right before the early July sign-up, I found an old Nutshell News issue (July 1997) with an article on how to make a hiker's backpack by Kitty Mackey!  And it seemed like something I could actually accomplish.  (Nutshell News noted the difficulty level as "easy.")

When I signed up on the last day, there were about 3 other people signed up for the 1 inch category on the swap database and I thought: "well, making 3 more backpacks is doable," but later that night, 3 others signed up.

So I spent many July evenings (we have some beautiful sunsets out in Long Island, New York) . . .

 . . .making hiking backpacks (and one for me and one more for my daughter - which is not pictured since I was still working on that one at the time of this picture)

I modified some of the instructions to use what I had on hand. 

I was super pleased with them, although they definitely look like they have been taken camping!  And off I sent them in the mail to the NAME swap coordinator. 

And then in August, I received my return swaps:

Everyone made such amazing things!  I think the water cooler (made out of soda bottle caps is particularly brilliantly done), but all the food looks professionally made as well. 

Someone also made this ladder ball game with such beautiful bright colors, the black grill with a top that is hinged, and a  green "food box" with food (apples, potatoes, star cookies and buns on a tray).

Next up: another camping scene - with the swap gifts!

Hope you are enjoying September!


  1. You've done an excellent job of the backpacks, they look fab! Great swap items too =0)

    1. Thank you. I wish Nutshell News still existed so I could write them to thank the person who created the project since it was such a great project.

  2. Great backpacks!! And such beautiful sunsets, most be inspiring making minis in that beauty =)
    You will have a nice camping scene now with all these beautiful minis =) Great swap!

    1. Thank you! I was also very happy with the swap items! I love the surprise element of swaps too.

  3. It is great that you made such a great assortment! They're all fantastic. Hard to believe it was rated "easy"

    1. Thank you! I hope whoever got the orange one likes orange! It wasn't too hard, but it did take time - especially to make so many!