They are off! The first mailing of the Liberate Your Art 2013 Postcard Swap has been dropped into the post box. With the help of five lovely volunteers, we finished in record time. I’m so grateful for their help!
The final number of artist participating this year is 215. 216 if you include me! That’s 1290 pieces of art that will be liberated into the world over the next few weeks. I love this part!
If you weren’t following along on social media yesterday, here’s the photo story of swap day…
Step 1: Lay out the envelopes (already checked in) with the right mix of US/international so everyone gets one from a country other than their own. Maybe two!
When Step 1 is done, there is a line of envelopes snaking all around my house. In order to keep things organized, our poor dog was relegated to the garage for the day. The postcards would not survive her enthusiasm.
Step 2: Remove postcards from envelopes and distribute them to the five neighbors to the right. Labels and stamps stay with their original envelope.
Doing this step right is crucial, or things can get royally messed up. My friend Rainie came earlier than the other volunteers to help me. There would not have been enough room for more than the two of us in some of these tight spaces! The space was a bit tighter than usual, because our family room is blocked off for construction (we are having skylights installed) and all of the family room furniture is squeezed into the bedrooms. That meant all remaining floorspace in our house was lined with envelopes!
Step 3: The rest of my lovely volunteers arrived ~10am to help with the longest part – sticking on the stamps and labels. After a short training session, they were off and running. The volunteers (from left to right): Rainie, Jeannette, Iris, KC (front) and Katy.
A huge thank you to you all!! In no time at all the finished stacks were growing.
Having done most of this myself the last two years (asking my husband to help when he was available), I was amazed at how quickly this went. Right around noon we finished up, which means that about what would have been 12 hours of work on my own was accomplished in 2 hours with the 6 of us working together. The saying “Many hands make light work” is very true!
The reward for the volunteers at the end: Looking through the postcards. I know, you probably think that we look at the postcards as we work, but if we stopped to look at the postcards as you stamp and label, we would never get done!
So there you have it. Swap Day accomplished in record time, along with a record number of artists participating.
The art in the first mailing is liberated. Fly, art, fly!