This is the group of pages I received as a gift from the Nature Journal that Beth hosted at last year's Birdsong.
On Swap Night, I was regretting that I hadn't signed up to join in. I just KNEW how cool they'd be, and they were even better than I'd expected.
Imagine how thrilled I was when a few weeks later, the ladies sent me these pages for my own, special book!
So, generous, and so beautiful!
Since so many of the guests were part of last year's gathering, we thought it would be nice to have newbies to the event do a regular swap, with the complete book and cover, but last year's participants could simply swap additional pages for their existing books.
It has been very rewarding for me that so many of the people who came last year are returning this spring. Some are even bringing friends or relatives.
Of course, I am not anywhere near being ready for the upcoming festivities! I'm working on a banner that I needed to get painted for something else right now.
Its 13' x 8' and I tried to spread it out in the studio, but just didn't have the space I needed. Since the garage had to be cleaned out for Birdsong anyway, my son and I spent most of last Saturday clearing the room and making space to work on the banner. We brought the sewing machine out to the garage so I could hem the edges of the canvas, then covered the wall with dropcloths.
The material will go up over the dropcloths and will be ready to paint.
Can you tell the dropcloths have been used and reused a few times? Their las incarnation was as ghosts at the Halloween party, if you look closely, you'll see a couple of ghosty faces painted on them, one upside down and one sideways.
Now, the tricky part is to keep the garage cleaned until the end of April so I don't have to do it twice!
Last year, we used the garage as a shop. On Swap Party night, we had some shopping available for everyone, and that room was packed! This year, we'll be doing the same thing, but I think we found a way to make it easier for the shoppers, we'll have the cashier station in the breezeway so there won't be a line of purchasers backed up in that little room.
Don't ask me what I'll have for sale!!! I have no idea. I'll probably gather things up from around my studio as I clean the room up to arrange tables and get it set up for Birdsong. If I was smart, I'd have price tags in my pocket to slap on items I need to clear out of the way. That should be a good sized pile of stuff to sale! My studio is jam packed at the moment.
Swap Night parties are a highlight of any arty gathering for me. Even if I haven't joined in on very many, I love watching all the excitement and doing my share of oohing and ahhing as the creations are unveiled.
I did sign up to be in my pal, Laurie's swap, a banner to spell the word "sing". There is also a charm swap and a matchbox swap as well as Beth's Nature Journal. Thanks to all of the swap hostesses who are so gracious with their time!
Sponser gifts for Birdsong are still coming in! My friend, Tami stopped by and delivered these in person. It was so nice to have some visitors! Especially when they are bringing a big box of pretties with them.