Friday, May 10, 2013

Liberate Your Art Swap 2013

Once again it was a joy to go to the mailbox each day in anticipation of receiving MORE ART!!!  Thanks to Kat Sloma for hosting such an awesome event!  This is my second year participating and I am looking forward to 2014 already.  Thinking - first year I did separate postcards of original artwork; this year a favorite photograph I took out my kitchen window.... humm - time to think and create to see what 2014 brings!

2013 Liberate Your Art
Each card came with special hidden meanings attached.  The first card was from Jo in New Zealand!  Oddly, my step-daughter was in New Zealand at that very same time.  In fact, when I first saw the card I thought it was from her.  Isn't that cosmic!  The scene is sooooooooo peaceful and Jaimie (said daughter) says the entire countryside is just like that - peaceful and beautiful.  Next came the beautiful photograph of a felted art piece by Caroyn, all the way from the UK - I love the water and felt the wash of the ocean as I held her piece.  love it!  Then  a soulful flower from Cindy in Phoenix, AZ.  I had been trying to find some flowers to photograph up close and personal for a painting - wha-lah - got it!  I am not sure if it is pollen dew or fairy glitter on the flower but love its softness!  From Amanda - and at this moment I don't know from where (again I procrastinated in contacting her to thank her for this wonderful piece), the island of Paradise.  Now, for any of you that visit regularly you know I am an island girl!!!  Key West is my personal paradise and I so hope to someday live there on a houseboat!  This card could not be more perfect for me!  Then a bouquet of tulips to light up my day!  These are from Deb - also from AZ, Chandler.  I see that she is just returning from what looks like an incredible trip to England!  Anyways the cosmic connection here besides my love of flowers is the name of her blog:  paperturtle!  I love love love turtles...I try to photograph them, watch them and had a small collection at one time.  They just mesmerize me!  So, double bonus!  Then, of course the serenity of Kat's postcard.... It is like meditating when you look into it!  absolutely LOVELY!

This is the postcard I sent out, he is a critter that visits our bird feeder on a regular basis - he just cracks me up!  I hope it made the recipients smile too!


The quote on the back is:  Life is short, make sure you LIVE it!  That is my mantra for this year and I close each post with it!
cheers and enjoy the hop!  Thanks Kat!
dana

30 comments:

Snap said...

This was my first year to participate and it was so much fun to see what treasure I would find in the mail. You received a lovely variety. Looking forward to 2014! I love the card you sent. I have some friendly squirrels who visit me daily. Cute little pesky critters!

JansArtyJunk said...

Wonderful post...Love your postcard..your cute little critter put a smile on my face.....and what wonderful art you got in return!.. I'm enjoying hopping around all the blogs to see what lovelies everyone else got in their mail :)

slsmyth said...

You're the photographer with the cheeky squirrel! Love it -- and you received some gorgeous art in return!

twil123123 said...

Squirrels are so fun!!! Great capture! Love the art work you received!

seabluelee said...

I love your squirrel - I saw it on another blog and it made me laugh. This is my third year in the swap. I love the way every card seems to connect with the person who receives it in a special way.

Diane said...

it's great to see who sent out artwork that we're seeing in other posts -- I can see why that squirrel cracks you up! Cheers.

sherrygaley said...

The squirrel girl. Yay for you! And so neat about the hidden meanings you found in the cards.

The Mann Fam said...

Nice post. The swap was such fun and now seeing and reading how and where the the art was received is a treat.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

What a fun post, Dana. It was also fun to see my postcard in your mix, and to read your sweet words about my blog and love of turtles. :o)

Jo Murray said...

Great to see everyone's cards...:)

Miriam said...

This was my first year too, I loved it. I saw your squirrel too, popping up all over the place ! he is so lovely.

M said...

What a great mantra for the year! And I adore your little squirrel friend. The background is really interesting too.

Suzette Rothlisberger said...

Oh! So you're the fabulous person who captured that little rascal...I love that postcard. Anyone receiving it must have had a smile on their face. I'm looking to find my postcards and where they landed...none are with you. The cards you received are priceless!

Candace said...

I've seen that cute squirrel on other blogs, he's going to become famous! The cards you received are great, too.

Kat Sloma said...

Your postcard really made me smile when I saw it! And still does, when I see it on the video. So great to have you in the swap again this year!

craftingwithstyle said...

lovely cards. lovely display!

Ahayes1225 said...

Looks like you got some nice cards. I like your critter.

Jo Murray said...

There are SO many different cards...it's amazing. Great fun.

Mandy Kopelke said...

What a great variety of art work we all shared, lovely to see the cards you received, and the fab photo you chose of the squirrel :-)

colorpoems said...

I love your postcard. This was a fun swap and hop. Looking forward to next year.

Joanna said...

Aw, I love that little squirrel! You received such super postcards in return. This was a fun swap!

Beverly Dyer said...

I got a squirrel!! Thanks, Bev
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CatieAn said...

I loved this swap--more than any other kind I have been in. The art you received is so beautiful but I loved this one you sent out. I saw it on someone else's blog--they had received it and I thought oh how darn cute is that.
We have lenny the squirrel who shows up in our back yard from time to time as well.
Have a wonderful day.

Sheila Hughes said...

Oh your little fellow put a smile on my face for sure! Love all the beauty you received back! xx Sheila

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Stacie said...

Love the squirrel, what a cute little dude! Beautiful collection you received, isn't it interesting how the little messages show up?!

Prairie Jill said...

I love your squirrel card, and all the cards you received. Like you, I can't wait until next year!

Jez said...

Lovely cards to receive - I expect your postman enjoys coming to your house with all the lovely mail you get. Your photograph of the little squirrel makes me laugh, he's so cheeky.

K8 said...

thanks for your little critter! so cute! :)

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