Sunday, October 2, 2016


Hello my lovely art friends!

You may have noticed my waning participation in the blog in the past year.  Not only did I stop hosting, but my posts have been infrequent, usually delayed, and with minimal information or "extras."

I haven't wanted to shut down the blog because you are all such a wonderful and active community, but I have diminishing amounts of time and energy to put toward it.

Enter Honi.  She was the one to volunteer her services as our first guest host, and she always asks me how she can be more helpful.  We have finally decided to shift responsibility of the blog over to her.  I've made her a blog administrator so that she can post, edit, review comments, create new pages, etc.  She's been getting her feet wet by posting the pictures from the bug ATC swap and it's gone off without a hitch.

I will finish up posting the pictures for all the blogs that are currently open since the hosts have already started sending me pictures of the art and it's easier to just keep going with those.  Going forward, Honi will be the person the guest hosts send the images to.  For most of you, this won't change a single thing about the way you've been doing swaps for the past year.  But it WILL breathe new life into the blog, and keep this awesome community vibrant.

I'm not disappearing entirely, and always welcome your emails, but over the next few months the lion's share of the blog responsibilities will shift to Honi.

She's promised an upcoming post introducing herself and sharing her art journey.  I look forward to reading it - guess I better subscribe to my own blog!

The four years of coordinating MMSA have been a wonderful experience.  You entrusted me with your art, my mailbox was filled with joy, and I got to know so many wonderful people.  

Right now my job, my family and my beloved doggies are keeping me hopping, and I haven't had a lot of time to create my own art, let alone share it or blog about it.  I hope to get back to that once the dogs aren't quite so needy.  In the mean time, I have the best snugglers in the world to keep me smiling.

See you in the mail!


big mamabird said...

Aw, Karen, what a cute picture of you and your dog! That's the second one, right? Well, you did good as our swap mistress and I thank you from my heart for that... May our futures all contain continuing art and friendships!

Kathie said...



Cynthia said...

Awww...don't go too far! I will miss you while at the same time I am thrilled that Honi is carrying on. Thank you both!

Patti said...

Love the happy dog picture.Thanks for all the hard work you put into this great blog, for so long.And for the creative way you have kept it going. Honi, Cynthia, JoAnne and all the other hostesses have done a bang up job and a big thanks from me too. You'll be missed. But you and your dog look so happy and you deserve some extra time with them and family.Come back when you can. We'll leave the light on for ya' ...Patti C.

FinnBadger said...

Thanks for all your hard work over the years, Karen. The fact that you have swappers interested in hosting and now managing the website is a testament to your devotion to this great idea.

Welcome aboard, Honi!

Pinkknitter said...

You are amazing for all of the time you dedicated to the blog and Mail Art. I hope you will now have some free time to create and participate in the swaps.

Anonymous said...

Karen, thank you so much for all the hard work you have done for us these past years. I have enjoyed doing most of the swaps you have put up for us. But, "...the times, they are a-changin'," and so, I hope you enjoy your life and can find time to relax and do some of your own art!!

And Honi, a HUGE "thank you" to you for stepping into Karen's shoes. Good thing they fit, eh??


Unknown said...

Hi Karen, I hadn't got to know you as I was a bit late to the party, haha, but I certainly appreciate this community and all the work you've done to keep it going for so long! I wish you the best and hope to see you later on. :) I have been warmly welcomed by Honi and she has helped me greatly in participating in the informal exchanges. Now that we've moved and I can concentrate on art again, I look forward to the swaps. Thank you Honi! Best wishes, Karen!

Anonymous said...

Karen, thank you from the bottom of my heart for MMSA. I've enjoyed it more than I can say.
Honi - thanks a million times over in advance! Thank you for taking this on. It means we can continue having MMSA fun.

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