Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 by numbers


  1. Well done, Karen! When I slow down enuf to think about it, I'm amazed at how easily you seem to run these swaps. They're a lot of work and I'm officially impressed. Thank you so much for doing them and I look forward to a 2014 full of mailing off envelopes to your house and eagerly awaiting the returns. All the best to you in the New Year!

  2. WOW! And also, Happy New Year! And last but most heartily, Thank You!!!!!

  3. WOW!!!
    I really love doing this with all of you wonderful artists, and am looking forward to a lot more in the year to come.
    Happy 2014 , and a great big THANK YOU to Karen for all you do!

  4. Wow! You facilitated an amazing amount of art swapping. Thanks!

  5. Two observations . . .


    If 125 artists participated in 2013, and this blog has 166 followers, then there are some followers who did not participate. Here's hoping that some of those "lurkers" will resolve, this new year, to try at least one card on at least one swap, especially if one has never swapped before. Give the swaps a try. They really are great!

    It really is fun to go to the mailbox, and even funner than seeing which decoder ring you got in the cereal box, largely because decoder rings are mass produced, and mail art is an individual thing.


    2,547 pieces of art swapped last year! My!

    If that number holds for 2014 (or even increases), then it becomes CRUCIAL that all us happy swappers include adequate postage and address labels every time.

    With 2,547 pieces of mail, Karen is handing the post office around $1,000 in postage each year, and though she's well invested in this community, I don't think she loves us quite that much to pick up the full tab. So, let's make sure we adequately foot the bill for 2014.

    Plus, 2,547 pieces of mail would be an impossible number of pieces to hand address if we forget the labels. Karen's art would tighten, shrivel and likely fall off if she had to write out that many, and then she'd have to do her art by holding brushes between her teeth. I'm not sure any of us would want to see her come to that.

    THUS: I would suggest that as we gear up for whatever our first submission will be this year, let's weight things in Karen's favor. Let's all include a few extra bucks in postage, and some extra address labels. That way, if we inadvertently forget later, she can pull from the January stash. And besides, this will make it easier on Karen AND her family by minimizing the time, stress, and expense on her end.

  6. Two of my favs -- the mini zine swap and the handmade envelope swap. But my own personal favorite was the postal ATC swap! Karen, thank you for all the hard work and time spent doing this - - it is a really wonderful thing to be able to swap art and you make it happen! happy 2014 to you -- and that is a good idea above to tuck in a little extra to help things along....

  7. Wow, that's quite an accomplishment!! Have a wonderful new year, Karen!

  8. Amazing! Karen, you are my hero!
    I think I might even try to organize myself a bit this year and keep track (and answer mail) better this year.

  9. Congratulations on a job well done, Karen! Thank you for all that you do...an unbelievable amount of work to coordinate that amount of mail art. Applause, applause!!

  10. Wow, wow, and wow, Karen. I admire your energy...handling all that stuff. Well done! I don't participate in all your swaps but thoroughly enjoy the ones that I do. Happy New Year!

  11. My goodness Karen! It's great to see the numbers and just how much work you've done and beautiful art you've shared with the world this past year. You are fabulous!! Happy 2014 and thank you!!