I've tried a couple of times to get into HoE. They are always full! So one of my favorite smalls freebie designers is now hosting a low-cost exchange - Tiny Treasures. There's a link on the left, under "Blogs I Read". It's hosted by Sharon M., XStitchHappy.
This is a great exchange because it focuses on the smalls, and not on the extras. Only one extra allowed, plus a postcard that represents your area of the world. It will be interesting to see different postcards from stitchers all over the world! Check it out if you are interested!