Comment: Wow - what an awesome, generous & beautifully presented swap package! I definitely am curious to see inside the challenge kits, but I will be good & not break into the packets & instead watch your blog for the preview. :) I will blog them for my own readers in another week or two, and probably create some kind of giveaway so that your kits find appreciative new homes. Thanks for a great swap! :)
Response: Yay! I am glad that you like them! I had a lot of fun with this one. Every parcel swap is another challenge in lovely packaging! Ended up posting early so that I can dedicate a full post to a giveaway when I receive both of yours, so if you're still interested... http://busyweekends.com/notes/2014/07/02/shop-promo-activity-kits/ :D I have a few tiny kits left too if you'd like me to send one along. Excited to see what's coming to me!
Comment: If I could give 5 stars then I would. That story sucked me in right from the beginning! I totally loved all the details. What a wonderful story. I sure hope that you will be participating in future rounds of this swap because I am really wanting to hear more about the people of Abellion. I loved the character of Abellio. I also love how their are different jobs within the society. Wonderful drawings too!!! Nice black envelope that you sent it in too!
Comment: your mini-zine is I think what a zine should be...publish it! so interesting and creative...I think now I know more about making one..thanks to you...loved reading it...makes me want more about Abellion! thanks so much
Comment: Thank you for the zines! They are very genre! ☺ You have a TYPEWRITER. I made the terrible mistake of giving mine to my brother, hoping he would learn to type. I have more zines if you want to swap.
Comment: Just loved the potion bottle, especially the most creative "advertisement"!!! I WANT some!!!! My sample was "cottony" so I couldn't give it it full test (the directions were most clear about that!) but I am sure it would work marvelously. Wonderfully fun, June!
Comment: I got your mail art challenge. I love how you made it like a postcard. Thanks a lot for the goodies. Interesting extras by the way. I did the fill it in minizine, it was for issue 2. Cool to share your minizine with me.
Response: glad you liked it, thank you :) let me know if you ever want to exchange mail art!
Comment: Thanks for the mail art :) I loved the musical sheet on it. You asked for suggestions-- my only suggestion would be to incorporate some more color/ephemera on the front of the card as that is always what people look at first. Thanks again!
Response: thanks for the tip! my idea was to make the front look like a postcard but i guess the ephemera is better appreciated there? i'll keep that in mind :)
Comment: So sorry for the late rating - I honestly thought I had already done it & had even archived the swap! Was an interesting beginning to your story; I love the idea of serialising a story like this - reminds me of Dickens! ;)
Response: it's okay :) and thanks, he's my inspiration ;) hoping to get issue 2 written this month!
Comment: Just an fyi, it was supposed to be of a god or goddess....but I love that you actually put time and effort into your card (which lately i've been getting stickered cards) so not only do you get a 5 but a heart. :] ----no your fine, no need for a resend :]
Response: Yeah I realized that after I'd sent it-- If you'd like I'll make you another that is more true to the guidelines :) I had a lot of fun with the phoenix but would hate to start your series with something that isn't a god/goddess. Let me know! :)
Comment: thx for your honesty and the second try you took ... the second shows that you learned a lot and tryed new things out ...for this you deserve a heart !
Response: Yay! I'm glad it got to you safely-- and that you liked it. I'm cutting back on swaps a little bit lately so I have time to work in an art journal and learn even more. I think (as I may have mentioned?) I am just not well practiced with using a lot of layers so it's hard for me to visualize and create something that an art journaller would. I am super keen on learning, though, and happy to have been able to start with this swap. :) Thanks again!
Comment: Wow, June...Have I mentioned how in awe I am of your sheer organizational skills and goals? Shooooot.
Psst....do you have pictures of Amelia?
Response: I'm glad that "organization" came across in that letter because sometimes I feel that I am anything but ;) I don't have many pictures of her, but a few character sketches I could scan if you're interested :)
Comment: Received it just today. I think you are a genius-- I love abstraction. So much less aggressive than pop images and perfect for decoration! I think I like them best with the green corners facing out, but I'll switch it up once in a while. I think they can be displayed flat, but I'm not sure if you intended them to be mounted on the little stand? I'm feeling a little dense about the stand =)
Response: Oh yay! Glad you liked them and that it got to you so quickly :D (But I guess since you live like an hour and a half away from me that makes sense :x) I included the stand in case you came up with some creative way to do that (also because it came with the set hehe)... Otherwise I'm sure you can find some way to use it or someone to give it to :)
Comment: Drawing on envelpoes is one of my very favorite things ever! I confess that I do not know anything about Mega man. But who cares! I love the envie anyway! It's very cool. Thanks for sending it to me and thanks for the blanks. :)
Response: Of course! I was happy to read that you do make ATCs and Inchies-- I was afraid of sending you useless things :P Not having the Internet is sad!
Mega Man was one of my favorites, doubly so because it was pretty much a "blue" game. At the very least, it's still fun receiving blue envelopes :)
Comment: Great ATC of my all time favorite roman thank you. I do agree with you that he got rather a bad wrap by some historians. Reading Caesars Journals he trusted Antony with his life...says alot more to me than Cicero's thought cause we know what happened to him. ;)
Comment: I have received your awesome zine...but am going to wait a couple days to read it as I am fracturing the same tale and still editing! One of my favorites of all time...
Added later--WOW!!! Glad I waited to read, as my retelling was comedic. Your story is absolutely amazing...psychologically so fascinating. Thank you!!!
Response: Awesome! I'd love your input when you're done :) It's one of my favorites as well !
Comment: Thank you very much! :) They arrived very quickly. I love putting stuff on my ETSY faves list then getting it as a surprise, it's often something I liked and then forgot about. These are very fun journalling pieces and glitter stickers, THANKS! Your stamps are on the way!
Response: Awesome, glad they arrived safely! :D And that I was able to send a couple things-- that's always a fun thing about buying from Etsy wishlists! Can't wait for the stamps!
Comment: Pretty awesome taste in music! We share a lot of interests. I love DMB, DCfC, Broken Social Scene, the Replacement, XTC, M. Ward, Snow Patrol, and Arcade Fire, especially, but enjoy nearly all the bands on your list. I will definitely check out some of the bands I don't know!
P.S. Expo '86 is one of my favorite Death Cab songs, too. And Third Eye Blind is a classic :)
Response: Glad you liked it-- you should definitely find music by The String Quartet, who did an album covering DCfC songs with, well, strings (obviously :P). It's beautiful! "Transatlanticism" is my favorite of the covers, it made me cry the first time I heard it!
Comment: Thanks for the original collection of ATCs - the presentation in mini book form is very awesome! :) (In answer to your PF question, the papers collaged on the cover are mulberry papers, although I think a couple of them - the thicker ones - are 'ordinary' handmade papers, too.)
Response: Ohh, thanks :D I haven't been back to check on the thread, but good to know. :D glad that you like it!
Comment: Fun zine and sounds like an interesting experience! Thank you for sharing. My only bits of advice would be to put perhaps a name/email address/website or something on the back of it, and perhaps a picture or two. Also, damn you for mentioning "The Cave" by Mumford and Sons because that song has been stuck in my head for about 4 days now and I can't get rid of it, even with super catchy songs.
Response: Thanks, the only reason I didn't was due to the sensitive nature-- er, I think if my zine-making ever became public enough I'd get fired from my day job for that. ;) I'm still learning! Glad you enjoyed it! I do have a stamp, so I should consider that for next time :)
Comment: Thank its gorgeous.Unfortunately I have wet weather here at the moment so its drying out :(. Grr postie couldnt get it in the mail box. Thank you.
Response: Aw I'm sorry to hear that! I put a couple layers of mod podge on it so I could send naked but I guess it still wasn't enough :x I'd be happy to send another drawing in an envelope if you want it for a collection :)
Comment: You have the soul of a poet! I loved your letter and the way it reflected your art. I love the two views of the woods and flowers and imagined fairy! BTW I read the winter view page first. I love the texture of your tree. Your letter beckons to be answered, and I will do so. I love the fabric - such cute patterns, especially the money one - never saw that before, and it's so soft...Thank you so very much for a PERFECT swap!!
Response: Glad you enjoyed it, and that it came to you all intact. :) Looking forward to the response!