Friday, 10 May 2013

Liberate Your Art: the blog hop!

I mentioned back in April that I was taking part in a rather fabby and fun project run by the lovely Kat :)


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? :)

33 comments:

Snap said...

Oh, yes ... I'm definitely signing up for next years swap! I LOVE Mail Call! :D :D Lovely variety of cards.

Karen said...

Love what you sent and what you received. This was a lot of fun. I'm already thinking about next year!

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

What beautiful careds you received, Mel, and I love the way you have photographed and displayed them in this post! Lovely!

slsmyth said...

I'm definitely signing up again next year -- this was a wonderful experience.

seabluelens said...

Great collection! I love the way you displayed and photographed them.

twil123123 said...

Great blog, I'm so ready for next year. I adore the back of your card...super cool! Awesome job keeping the postcards a secret, I don't know how you did it! Here's to next year, I'm ready.

The Mann Fam said...

I will definitely be joining the fun again next year. It was great!

Miriam said...

Yes this was fun wasn't it. I saw your card on the blog hop, It made me feel all fuzzy!

Cheri said...

Yes, I'd definitely do it again!

Carola Bartz said...

Mel, I received your beautiful card - and I totally love your "Melsh". I looked around a little bit on your blog, I really like your place!

Natasha Papousek said...

Loved getting your card and happy that you got some cards that I got, too! The VA road is from Kathryn von Rooyen... she's delightful!

Looking forward to next year's swap!

Jennie Hart said...

What a fabulous project :) I'll definitely look out for it next time.

Missus Wookie said...

What a lovely artistic way to display the postcards. Another reason to want trellis in my next garden ;) Looks like it was great fun to join in with, tempting for the next house...

Sian said...

I've been hoping around admiring the results of this project on various blogs and I'm just blown away by it: the beautiful art and the time and care which have gone into making such a large effort such a success.

M said...

Yes, I intend to sign up next year too. It was such fun, and I learned a lot about what is involved in printing a nice postcard.

maccandace said...

All the cars you received are great! I plan to be back next year, too. This was my 2nd year.

Suzette Rothlisberger said...

Can't wait for next year...this has really been a treat. I love what you've received. Take care until next time!

craftingwithstyle said...

What a great collection - and you did a really nice job of documenting what you received. All lovely!

Ahayes1225 said...

Very nice post! This has been fun!

Amy said...

That is a fantastic array of cards Mel - it must have been wonderful to receive each one!

soulstorycoaching said...

Wonderful post about the swap and lovely artwork you received. I'm definitely gonna do it again next year.

Joanna said...

Great selection of postcards, love them ALL!

Michele Matucheski said...

I love how you've presented both the front and back of the postcards here. What fun to get these in the mail!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I'll definitely be back next year, too. YOu got some great ones! I especially like the moose, the painting supplies and the writer.
Rinda

Kat Sloma said...

I have a feeling your postie will miss your stalking! So great to have you in the swap this year. And yes, I must thank YOU, because without each and every one of you, there would be no swap!!

Sheila Hughes said...

Such beautiful cards you received! Love the way you displayed both the front and back. Looking forward to next year's swap already! Cheers! Sheila

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

such a great post. (I think you write quite well!) It was such fun to see and 'meet' fellow artists from all over. Your cards are wonderful.

alexa said...

What lovely cards and I love that Rousseau quote and the photographer's one too. Off to see your own work :).

Mandy Kopelke said...

Definitely signing up for next year's swap too!! Love the set of cards that you received, I just keep seeing that moose!

Prairie Jill said...

What a gorgeous collection! This swap was so much fun - both making and receiving cards!

Sheila said...

Lovely collection! I got a kick out of your dictionary!

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Hi Mel ~ I am just popping in to say hello and to tell you that I have been thinking of you and your sweet little family. I do hope all is well with all of you. Just wanted to let you know you have been in my thoughts! xo

Jennie said...

Just popped in to say hello - and to hope all is well with you and your family. This looks like it was a fun swap. J x