I love creating things by hand, and I love that the Internet has allowed for virtual handmade communities, marketplaces, and sharing spaces to exist. I read about Swap Bot a while back – it’s basically an online community with different, specialized “swaps” that are set up by other users. I was excited, especially since I love sending and receiving mail, but didn’t have the greatest experience. Obviously it is luck of the draw on who you’re partnered with (although there is a ‘rating’ system that strives to keep people honest). I had two ‘okay’ swaps and then a third where I never received anything at all. Womp womp. I put Swap Bot on the back burner, but a month or so ago I saw on the C.R.A.F.T. blog that she runs a somewhat similar handmade swap every few months, Package Pals!