So, I've decided that I'm not doing any swapping from now on. I spent a lot of time and some real effort in my first one, to make nice things for someone and to send them something that was decorated in a way that followed one of their interests.
We had a set date for the mail out, and so I went and mailed out my package. Its been 2 weeks now, and the person hasn't contacted me AT ALL. No return package, no thank you, no "something has come up and it may take a while before I can get something sent out back to you", NOTHING.
Now, I don't care so much about not getting something back. I really do like making items for people, and I thought that swapping here would be tons of fun. But first this, and now my second swap partner has just gone silent. Thankfully, I haven't sent that package out yet, but still. It's quite a waste of time to do lots of work on items you're making with a specific person in mind.
I hate to complain publically, but if you're a new user and you want to begin swapping, don't assume that just because someone is a "veteran" swapper that you'll be treated kindly in return.
I don't have much time now, anyway - I am getting married in September and have LOTS to do before then. I'm working on some centerpieces now, and next week, my hairpiece and veil! :D