Saturday, May 25, 2013

Happy Anniversary To Us

One year ago today I launched MMSA and announced the first two swaps.
I had no idea what a wonderful community would spring from this, and how active a group this would become.

I'm an avid list keeper, and I thought you might be interested in some of the stats from this first year.

Number of swaps: 41 (6 are still open)
Total number of pieces of art swapped so far: 1263
Number of people who have participated: 103
Number of different states we live in: 33
Number of countries (outside the US): 6
Most popular swap:  Pink postcards, with 41 swappers and 108 pieces of art

Top Ten Swappers:

                                  Name       # swaps    # pieces
Ellen            26            66
Corrine        26             65
Gina            19             66
Katie           17             72
Terrie          17              54 
Lynn           16             32
Currie         14              36
Marsie        14               30
Carlene       13              24
Leslie          13              29

I'm so thankful to you all - for the notes and emails you send me, for the little extras you tuck inside your envelopes, and especially for spreading the joy of art through the mail, both formally and informally.

Here's to more great swaps in the year ahead!


  1. O wow! I am new and have only done one swap but it was so much fun and I was shown so much love by participants! what a great community. Can't wait to do more with you all!!

  2. Wahoo that's alot of mail for one year, maybe we can double it for next year!!!xox

  3. Oh what fun!! It's only been one year? I didn't know that. Thank you for compiling these stats and for a great year.

  4. Congratulations and many, many thanks, Karen! Love the community you have created!

  5. Honestly, it has been the best year of my life! Thanks for opening up a whole new world to me!

  6. This is so freaking awesome!!
    And just so you know... I'm sending out 43 Red Postcards today.

    It is ON, Ellen!!!!

  7. Only a year... time flies when you're having fun. Don't remember how I found MMSA but so glad I did. Great job getting a bunch of fun artists into doing this so regularly, Karen. I think the frequency and variety of swaps is the key. There's *always* something to be working on.

    I wanna be further up the Top Ten list tho, so I need to get busy LOL. #compulsiveoveracheiver

    I've been busy sending to people from the informal swap list also.

  8. Yay Yay Yay! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Woohoo! I'm so glad that you started this and I am so glad to be part of this VERY cool bunch of Talented Artists! You all are AWESOME! Hugs to you all and a big special hug for you, Karen! Luv ya! :)

  9. As I've said before Ms. K - U R the Bomb!
    XO, G

  10. Congratulations! I am so glad I found your blog. I'm new to your group but have participated in two so far and will put the red swap in the mail tomorrow! Thank you for all your hard work organizing the swaps. You're the best!

  11. Has it really been a year already???? I can't believe it 's been that long! And hooray for compulsive list keepers - a woman after my own heart! Corrine is hoping for double mail this year (which I would love) but what a lot of work for you! You're just an amazing woman - full of ideas and energy and creativity - wish you didn't live all the way on the other coast! :)

  12. A great big thank you for all you do. Happy anniversary!