Oh, the excitement of stalking the postie each day to see if a new card had arrived! Now that they're all here, I don't know quite what to do with myself.... Though the postie is thankful, I think! ;)
I didn't share images of the cards as they arrived, as I preferred to save them til today's 'big reveal'. I did however do my best to contact each sender to let them know (a) that I'd received one of their cards, and (b) that said card was now on proud display in the UK! I also posted a quick note on Facebook each time, and sent out a tweet. (I didn't hear back from all the recipients of my own cards, but it was such a thrill when I did get a message, and lovely to hear where they'd ended up, so I wanted to do my best to let my 'senders' hear from me!)
And now, at last, I can show you the cards that came my way:
Thank you, garden trellis - you make a great postcard display frame! And the withered brown stalks also visible show both how late spring is this year, and how poor a gardener I am!!
My first card was from William J Charlebois in the US. What a fun, colourful moose! And I love that he designed the 'b-side' to properly look like an old postcard, too :)
The following day I received this gorgeous photo of a messily artistic workspace from Renee in Oregon. The quotation on the back is perfect for a photographer :)
3 days running!! Another card landed on my mat; this one a beautiful painting by Linda from Norway, with an inspiring reminder on the back:)
After a gap of a few days, this fabulous photograph arrived from Alison (in Minnesota, I think...). As a photographer(ish) and a writer(ish) myself, this really appealed to me. Super Rousseau quotation, too :)
Another few days passed, and postie was getting jumpy again... Then Kat's lovely photograph and inspiring quotation turned up. I particularly love that she went to such effort with the colourful and personal message on the back :) (No link available, sadly, but I do know that she's in Virginia!)
Last but by no means least, my card from Kat herself reached me all the way from Oregon. What a beautifully dreamy piece! And - hang on - she's thanking me?! That's not right at all, I should definitely be thanking her for all her hard work coordinating this wonderful project, and for making it possible for me to take part :)
I've had such fun throughout - the creative process of designing my own cards, the thrill of receiving my work in printed form, the messy joy of decorating the envelope to send them off to Kat, the excitement of seeing my envelope featured on Kat's blog (mine's the one with the swirls), the anticipation while waiting for my share of the cards to arrive, the hope of hearing back from the recipients of my cards, and the delight of receiving the ones sent to me....
And now, of course, there's the chance to hop around some fellow-participants' blogs and see the cards they were lucky enough to receive! If you'd like to follow round too then the links should appear in the list after my final photo below. (This list will grow as people add their posts, so it's worth checking back later for links to more inspiring work!)
And my final photo? Ah, yes - I didn't have a photo of the back of my own cards to share when I first mentioned this project, so here it is now. I had a printed greeting - which is my message to all of you reading this now! - and I added a handwritten note to each card, too.
PS I'm definitely signing up for next year's swap - are you? :)