06 August 2007

m. swap • no. 02

what do you find in your space. what's in your toolbox, on your desk, in your drawers, upon your shelves, pinned to your cork board. what items make life more simple. what are the supplies you stock up on. what inspires you. what do you love and cannot live without. what is sitting right there beside you while you work.

i'm hosting another little exchange shindig and you're all invited. the mellow+yellow swap was a big hit and a virtual partyland for me. thanks again. i hope you'll join in for a back2school swap featuring items that are found in your {work/craft/art} space. we all have our own tools of the trade and i hope you'll be willing to literally trade them, share them; expressing what office/art supplies help create and simplify your life.
it's as easy as abc.

{back2school basics} gather 3 items that are at once unique & useful. (useful to everyone, that is. not so specific that you'll send me knitting needles. i'm saving those for retirement. but yarn, sure, i'd definitely find a use for that.) be creative and practical. if you love them, then someone else will too. from postage stamps to rulers to ribbon to pencil cups. utilize the every day things. (i continue to tell my mother-in-law about my beloved double stick tape. it will change her life. and yours for that matter.) my favorite part of going back to school was the stocking up on supplies ritual. this year, why not swap some? pick simple items that will delight, no need for over-extravagance here. use your creativity and have fun with it.

{sign up}
email your details to marta{at}martacards{dot}com
the sign up deadline is monday, august 13, 2007.
• your name
• mailing address
• email address
• website / blog / flickr
must be involved with at least one of the above choices.
• tidbit about yourself / yourstyle / yourlife
please indicate if you are willing to ship internationally.

{swap} you will be paired with a partner for the swap exchange. your partner's information will be emailed to you shortly after the sign-up deadline. the delivery date is september 1. please have your swap parcels postmarked by then.

{back2school pictures} once the swapped package arrives, please post photos here for all to see (so we can ooh + aww). if you don't have a flickr account, simply email me a group photo of your goods and i'll upload them on your behalf.

i'm excited to glimpse into your spaces to see the tricks & tools of your trade. am already feeling the back2school bliss.

{in your space} inspiration via flickr:
the basics
sketching calligraphy
nyc street studio
fabrics & thread
books & colored pencils
stationery & stuff
moleskin & maps
loose letters
collection of postage stamps
paints & brushes
ribbon drawer
classic clutter of pens

jars of goodness
springtime hobby

{cut + paste} help yourself to a swap button for your sidebar. simply cut and paste this code into the “HTML/JavaScript” page element on your blog:

<a href=http://martawrites.blogspot.com/2007/08/in-your-space.html><img alt="swap"src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_WuFh8qL5dQA/RrOeB7Dc1PI/AAAAAAAACnc/Q25nnaGNAPs/s1600/swapbutton.gif" /></a>


kelly said...

i can't wait. i love back to school time simply becuase i love looking at all the new goodies. kerry and i just made a quick trip to target... they already have some of the back to school supplies out. it was so much fun to go up and down the aisles to see what's new! can't wait to play.

love.boxes said...

This will be sooo much fun! Thanks Marta!

Jo said...

wow, this sounds so good!!! and so much fun!

KELLY said...


i'm v excited that you're organising another swap marta...i loved the last one so : ) a back to school theme is right up my street. the ritual of the new pencil case + filling it with goodies was the best + it's great to play it out now as a grown up. count me in please! i'll email you shortly xxx

Quelly said...

Hooray!!! Hooray!!! Office supply and paperie stores are like Nordstrom to me - This will be so much fun!!!

Unknown said...

Fun, fun! Can't wait!

Mique (as in Mickey) said...

Ironically I was going to do my own back to school swap...so I guess I'll just join yours!:) Count me in. I will email the info.

Sarah said...

Oh yes this is right up my alley!

Anonymous said...

this is so good.

Traci said...

Oh I would love to join your swap. I have done a few before and they are sooo fun. I will e-mail my info.
Thanks for the invite.

Catherine said...

I used to love back to school supplies this sounds like such a great idea for a swap!

Raesha D said...

I would love to join in:) I'm off to email you right now:)

casey said...

sounds like great fun! thanks for organizing...

Sarah said...

How fun. Great swap idea. This may be the only place I'm not embarrassed to admit that I already have my children's school supplies packed safely in the backpacks for September 5th.

Virtuous said...

I am excited to finally be apart in one of your swaps!! :oD

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

I am pumped! Sign me up! :) paper is my obsession!

Wendi said...

Count me in!

Natasha said...

I found you through Kelly. I'm in - just sent you an email. My daughter actually started school here yesterday - 1st grade - can you believe how early we start?! This sounds like fun!

Unknown said...

I found the cutest thing for the swap yesterday!!!
SO excited!

Liz Snowden said...

What fun! Thanks for hosting. I am adding you to my favorite blogs list!

Jake said...


Is it too late to join in the swap? I just got back and want to be part of the fun!!!!

Jessie said...

Oh, no! Am I too late? I want to play, too!

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

Hi Marta, I wondered if you got my email with my info for the swap? :)

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