I'm celebrating today. Joyful about my Handmade Joy Exchange.
Do you remember it?
Back in March I sent out an invitation on my blog. Nine people took on the challenge of creating something Joyful to send to another one of the participants. We were a truly international group ranging from six US states, Canada, London, Italy and Saudi Arabia. I shuffled the names around and the ten of us were matched up each to one giver and one recipient.
As my contribution to the exchange I decided to adorn a journal with a fabric cyanotype I'd created last summer. I sewed it onto some canvas and attached it to the journal with spray adhesive. I'd never worked with spray adhesive before and I really enjoyed how easy it was to use.
I added a little message inside the front cover because I can't get enough doilies.
I also crocheted one of my popcorn stitch bracelets:
I sent off my creations to Karen and then I waited to hear from everyone (and watch my mailbox for a package from Saudi Arabia). It was so much fun to see what everyone was creating and know that there were all these packages of Joy on their ways around the world!
Two packages took two journeys on their ways to their recipients, hand delivered by friends in the end. One from the US to the UK to Saudi Arabia and another from the US to the UK to Italy! It really made me think about the postal service and how amazing it is.
I was thrilled to receive my package from Saudi Arabia.
Ishrat sent me some lovely crocheted (and crochet adorned) goodies. So sweet and fun! Her card even had the prettiest crocheted edge.
All in all, I think the exchange was a success even if it did take a while for everyone to receive their packages. Have you ever taken part of an exchange like this? Would you do it in the future? I think I would consider organizing another exchange. It was a lot of fun.
I do hope that you will take a minute to visit all of the players to get a better look at all of the creations and to celebrate with us!