Thursday, 19 December 2013

the Secret Penpal Scavenger Hunt 2014

Hello guys! Everything is ready for the Secret Penpal Scavenger Hunt 2014! Keep reading if you'd like to be a part of it!

 The rules are very simple:
1. You'll be assigned to one secret partner that you must keep secret, until a precise date when we'll all be revealing what we sent and received and who our partner was.
2. You'll have to find/create five object wrote down on a list (that will be available once the partners are assigned), and buy one surprise for your partner.
3. After max. 15 days from the revealing of the list, you'll have to send out your parcel and email me a picture of it for proof.
4. Once you receive your parcel from your "secret penpal" you'll have to make a blog post and share it on the set date.*
Some additional things you may want to know:
  • This project is completely free to join, the only condition is that you have to be an active blogger either on Blogspot, Wordpress or Tumblr, or even very active on Instagram. (read more about it below)
  • However, you can support it by donating, or sign up to be an 'angel'. (read more about it below)
  • All the objects in the list won't be expensive, on the contrary they'll be object that need to be literally "found" - in your stash, in the street and so on.. - or that you can create yourself.
  • Therefore, used things are an acceptable bargaining chip. However you must make sure that they're clean, in good condition, and not damaged.
  • Your address won't be shared to anyone except your "secret penpal" which will be asked to keep it secret.
  • Partners will be assigned randomly. So please be prepared to ship internationally.
  • However, on the sign up form you can express a preference whether if you'd prefer to ship outside your Continent or not, but it will be possible only depending on the participants.
  • This is a one time only penpal exchange, which means that after the swap you don't necessarily need to become penpal with your partner unless you both want to.
So, if this tickles your fancy, sign up by filling this form.  
CLOSED!! Thanks everyone for joining!
Read the FAQ's below before filling the form. It will help you not to encounter problems with it.

  • Sign ups close on the 23rd.
  • You'll receive your match on January 3rd.
  • Your package needs to be sent out by January 18th.
  • You'll receive a weekly email to remind you of all the deadlines.
Donations & Angels:

As I mentioned above, this year I'm introducing donations. Why, you may ask: well, that's because last year an handful of people ended up not receiving their package. As much as I'd love to be able to send them all something, I unfortunately don't have the means to do it on my own, so any amount I'll receive via donations will go towards a fund to be used in case of emergency.
However, donations aren't just that. To reward you for your generosity, you'll be entitled to the following:
  • You'll receive your match on December 26th, so you'll have an additional week to hunt.
  • You'll receive a postcard from me, as a thank you for being extra awesome.
Or, you can sign up to be an 'angel', that is showing your availability to send a package to whoever may end up empty handed.
Both those possibilities are obviously optional and completely up to you. 


In order to participate, as mentioned above, you're required to be an active blogger either on Blogspot, Wordpress or Tumblr, or even very active on Instagram. Last year I was quite permissive, but this time all the entries will undergo a more detailed check to prevent any flakers. I grant myself the right not to accept everyone unconditionally, so if I don't consider you eligible, I'm sorry but I'll have to keep you out of this round.
(to be updated as we go) 
  1. This swap will be a Round Robin (i.e. = A sends to B, B sends to C, C sends to A and so on); 
  2. The list of things to find, will be the same for everyone. It will be composed by 10 object BUT you'll have to find only 5 of them + a gift that you will have to buy based on your partner's preferences. The spending minimum for the gift is ~3€/$4/£2.50;
  3. If your phone number is too long for it's section, just write "000 000 000" and add your phone number to the "about me" section; 
  4. If the form doesn't accept your instagram, please write it in full:*username*
  5. The "about me" section has a limit of 200 characters, so please double check that your text won't end up being cut by the system. 
I really hope you'll like the idea! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions and I'll get back at you as soon as I can!

Have a nice day!

* you can also include it in the "incoming mail" kind of post, but please specify that it was part of this swap. Or if you don't have a blog, you can share it on Instagram or Tumblr.


Monday, 16 December 2013

PROJECT: Secret Penpal Scavenger Hunt 2014

Hello everyone! Long time no see, but I come with jolly news.
Do you remember the Secret Penpal Scavenger Hunt I hosted back in February? Well, a new edition is coming and I hope to see ya'll joining it!
If you're new or you just need a little reminder:
for the scavenger hunt you were assigned a partner that needed to be kept secret until the reveal day.
You had a list of 10 objects of which you had to find/craft at least 5.
Last year's list was the following:
the City Explorer's Kit: take a day off and collect little things of your city for your partner. Can include, but not limited to: maps, flowers & leaves, postcards, tiny souvenirs, photos, interesting newspaper's clippings & pamphlets, etc  - just don't grab a bunch of random junk within arm's reach, put some effort in it;
 Something that represent you: for example - are you an artist? Send your partner a little painting. Do you love to knit? Send your partner a hat.. and so on;
 A mix CD with your favorite tunes. (Pro Tip: create a cover for it);
 the Postal Freak's Kit: Can include, but not limited to: postal goodies such as address labels, used stamps, envelopes, stationery etc.
 the Bad Day Survival Kit: assemble a kit of nice things that may help your partner to feel better when they're having a bad day. (Ideas: your favorite candy, a poem/story, bubble bath, a list of  happy songs/movies etc);
 Something you can wear;
 Something not square or rectangular;
 Something shiny;
 Something with animal(s) on it;
 Something seasonal;

+ extra from the list, a gift(s) for your partner that you'll have to buy based on their preferences. The minimum spending/value is about 3€/4$/2.50£
The first edition was joined by 78 awesome people from 21 different countries (!),  do you think we can top that this year?
Anyway, meanwhile the fine print is being written (make sure to check future posts for updates), I would like to hear your suggestions about what you'd like to see in the scavenge list for this year, so please if you have any idea, leave a comment below, it would  be very much appreciated!

Much love,