Monday, May 23, 2016


Four from An:

Four from Beau:

Two from Christie:

Three from Cynthia Y:

Four from Dorothea:

Four from Ellen:

Three from Phillip:

Four like this from Susan:

Triangles and Flowers part 2

Four from Beau:

Two from Doris:

Four from Kathie:

Four from Nancy S:

Friday, May 20, 2016

Looking for hosts

Hi everybody,

Anybody want to host a swap?  We don't have anything on the horizon and I know you are all eager to keep creating.

Send me an email if you'd like to host.  And if you've sent me one in the last few months and didn't get a response please accept my apologies and send me another - my usual organizational abilities were focused 100% on work and many many other things fell by the wayside, but I'm feeling much more myself again.  (albeit a self covered in dog slobber.)

But back to guest hosting....
here's what you need
1.  an idea
2.  a willingness to put your address on the blog
3.  the ability to take photos of the art
4.  the ability to send those photos to me as email attachments

that's about it - you don't need any photo editing capabilities or fancy equipment.  

You'll get to see all this fabulous art arrive daily in your mailbox, and have the bonus joy of all the beautiful envelopes and notes and tidbits that go along with receiving the mail.  

It's fun - it's easy - I will coach you.

email me at

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Triangle and Flower ATCs

Four from An:

Four from Colleen:

Four from Diane:

Four from Dorothea:

 Four from Ellen:

Three from Jan:

Two from Joanne:

Three from Joyce:

Four from Judith:

Two from Leah:

Four from Lois:

 Four from Rose:

Four from Sarah:

Four from Susan:

Thursday, April 28, 2016

ALL THINGS CHICKEN Post Card Swap - May 23

And another swap guest-hosted by Honi C.  Make 1 - 4 post cards using a "Chicken" theme.  Possibilities:  hens, roosters, chicks, eggs, nests, barnyards, feathers, feed sacks, cooked chicken, etc. Scratch your imagination and doodle-do have fun!  Any media or technique allowed. 

Enclose your post cards with proper postage in an envelope, along with address labels for me to mail others' post cards to you.  (Thickly painted or glued collages should be separated by waxed paper to prevent sticking together during mailing.)

Post by Monday, May 23rd to:

Honi Chassin
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, NY  14065  U.S.A.


NOTE:  pictures of your post cards may or may not be posted to the MMSA site, depending upon Karen I.'s work schedule.  For confirmation when your PC's arrive,  enclose your email address with your mailing.

Thick or stiff post cards or envelopes may require "Unmachineable" postage, rates starting at  68 cents.  When in doubt, check with your Postmaster who will love seeing your art.

Monday, April 25, 2016


Here's the reason things have been extra quiet around MMSA lately:

Meet Lily.
She is a one year old hound/lab mix that we adopted a few weeks ago.
In addition to this being my absolute busiest time of year at work (and in addition to the giant work project I'm doing on top of my regular job), I am now a dog owner!

We are all completely in love with her, but she has a huge amount of energy, and was not terribly well trained in the first year of her life.  She's a chewer, and is very interested in chasing the cat, and does not want me out of her sight.  Needless to say, she requires a lot of attention and supervision - it feels a little like having a newborn again.

There is light at the end of the tunnel.  I feel like we're starting to establish a routine, and that she's becoming less anxious as she settles in.  Also, the huge work deadline is a week away which means I'll have a little more time to breathe when the project is done.

I have some other swap descriptions in line, and with any luck I'll get them posted in the next day or two.

In the meantime, check out the "informal exchange" list and keep sending each other great mail.

Flowers & Triangles - ATC Swap - mail by May 9

 Honi C. has volunteered to guest host an ATC swap  featuring  flowers and triangles.  Participants may  send in up to  4 pieces.  Options include flowers in  the shape of  triangles, triangle shapes filled with flower images, or  separate flowers and triangles.  (You may think of other  options.)  But both must be included  on each  ATC.    Calendars and gardening catalogs are a great source of inspiration.  Any medium or technique is allowed.
  Mail your ATC's to:
  Honi Chassin
  Post Office Box 142
  Freedom, NY   14065   U.S.A.
Post by Monday, May 9th, sending your ATC's in a  sturdy  envelope which may be reused to send ATC's back to  you.  Enclose postage and a large self-label.   OR, include a different (folded?) self-addressed envelope with  proper postage affixed.
NOTE:  pictures of your ATC's may or may not be posted to  the MMSA site, depending upon Karen I.'s work
schedule.  For confirmation when your ATC's arrive,  include your email address with your mailing.
Remember, US Postage rates have recently decreased, so  your  first ounce is 47 cents, your second is 21
cents.   Mailing rigid or bulky ATC's may require "Unmachineable"  postage starting at  68 cents.  When in doubt, check with your  Postmaster.  Forever stamps are usable as before.