Monday, March 14, 2011

Announcement: Spring Swap, Spreading Joy

I shared with you the sweet gift I received in the mail from Bethany, and last week I was surprised by another gift in the mail from the incredible and talented Kristine, who managed to send me the very thing I needed most to brighten my day.  The thoughtfulness of these ladies blew me away and made me want to give back, in fact I wanted everyone else to experience the happiness that comes from receiving a package full of love in the mail.  So, I've decided it is time to spread the joy through a Spring Swap!


What's a swap?  It's simple - I'll collect the names of all those interested, match them up and then everyone will prepare, send and receive a little something special in the mail.

What should go in your package?  Things that would bring someone joy: a much love book, a mixed cd, something you lovingly handcrafted, a beautiful shell you picked up on the beach, your favorite chocolate, prints of your best photos, the list of possibilities is endless.  Just remember, it doesn't have to be expensive, with a bit of creativity you can make someone's day.

A few years ago I participated in a swap and was matched up with the amazing Maegan of Madeline Bea and Creativity Bootcamp fame.  Thanks to Maegan I started exploring photography and began connecting with other bloggers.   I don't think it is an exaggeration to say being matched up with Maegan changed my life in a very positive way.  I hope everyone who participates takes the time to follow the blog of their partner, gets to know them a bit and at the very least makes a new friend.

To participate email me at: auroraforever (at) gmail (dot) com.  Send me your name, blog address and mailing address, and let me know if you are willing to ship out of your home country.  I'll accept participation requests until end of day Monday, March 21.  In a week or less I will have emails back out to everyone with the information on their partners.   You'll have 1 week to 10 days to put together your package of joy and get it in the mail and then you'll be able to start watching the mail for your package full of joy.

One last request - help me spread the word.  The more participants we get, the more fun it will be and the more joy we'll generate.  You can spread the word on your blog, send an email to your friends or post about it on Facebook or Twitter.  Feel free to copy and use the photo above in your efforts to spread the word.  Doesn't that red door make you happy - kind of the way you can't help but smile when you hear this song.



I'm trying to create a button to help spread the word but can't figure out the html code, so if anyone out there has any tips, please send them my way. Pin It

36 comments:

blue elephant photography said...

i love it! i love surprises and gifts lol. i will mail you in a bit with my info =)

Corinne said...

Just emailed you :)

Brooke said...

This is a great idea, getting ready to send an email your way!

Diana Joy said...

Fun idea Jamie...I won't participate in this one but will watch for it again in the future.

R Montalban said...

Love this, really love it and am already thinking of the things that I might just send to make someone laugh (wonder who I will be matched with, poor them, ha, ha, ha) Will spread the word today on my blog post :-)

Carolyn Phillips said...

What a fun idea, thank you for taking the time to organize it. I've got an idea forming in my mind already, depending on who I am matched with, so I will email you now.

Anika said...

Great idea! Nice way to start Spring off too!

Sam said...

What a lovely idea! I will email you now with my details! So exciting, I never get post!

~Kristina said...

YES! What a cool way to spread some cheer.

Krystal said...

I'd totally do it but it costs so much to send to Switzerland :( It's a great idea though!

Stephanie Faris said...

What a great idea!!! You're so generous.

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

Oh I love swaps! I'm totally down with this idea. Especially because i think everyone needs/loves joy!

Anna said...

Jamie, a sweet idea! Will send you an email :)

Marcie said...

Great idea! Count me in. I'm sending you an email...!!!

Courtney said...

This is awesome, Jamie! Very inspiring. I'm going to think about participating before jumping right in. But I will definitely help you spread the word. Let me know if you still need help with the button.

PangKatlyn said...

This sounds like a fab idea! I just named my blog last night and I'm looking forward to placing my thoughts down. :)
I would love to participate in this swap for sure!!!
<3

lisa said...

What a wonderful idea Jamie! Truly you are so sweet and so very thoughtful.

urban muser said...

what a lovely idea!

justine said...

what a great idea!

bicocacolors said...

what fun and great idea!

maureen said...

Yay! I love getting snail mail from flickr & blog friends. I'm in. Thanks Jamie, what a great idea.
xo

The Felix Family said...

Oh, this sounds so fun. I want to participate, but I don't have a clue what I would send...I'm going to have to think about this.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh yes, count me in. I think this sounds like fun!

Dagmar said...

Count me in..what a wonderful way to spread some joy.
Ox
Dagmar

Stampmouse said...

sounds fun count me in

Kate! said...

It's been a while since I've participated in a swap- I'm so excited!

Debby said...

I want to be in this swap. My computer is crashing and won't let me email unless it is a reply. I will try to email and see what happens. If not I hope you will email me at grammypetals@yahoo.com
Thanks from Debby at Cozy Blanket.

BEAR's Mom said...

sounds great...i'm emailing my info now =)
~victoria~

Gilding Lilies said...

I wanna swap Jamie. I think you have all my info, can you count me in please?

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Count me in!!

mosey said...

Absolutely LOVE this idea.

Cassiescuddles said...

Count me in, I love adding a little sunshine to someone's day :D I'll email you.

Amy said...
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Amy said...

Oh...just saw this today on Swapdex. I e-mailed you and am hoping I can get in on this tho' I am a day late. Best...Amy

http://knitterofhatsspeaks.blogspot.com/p/information-for-swap-partners.html

Melanie said...

I'm just catching up on my blogging and saw this today. I know I'm way late, but if there's somebody left over that you haven't matched up yet, I'd love to join in on the Spring Swap fun! I'm heading out on an overseas trip and would love to share the treasure that await!

Toodles...Melanie at ewehooo

Melanie said...

I'm just catching up on my blogging and saw this today. I know I'm way late, but if there's somebody left over that you haven't matched up yet, I'd love to join in on the Spring Swap fun! I'm heading out on an overseas trip and would love to share the treasure that await!

Toodles...Melanie at ewehooo

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