And as much as I love sending them, I love receiving them too. It doesn’t happen a whole lot, but every once in a while someone will paste together some post-its and construction paper and send it my way. Blows my mind. I can’t tell you how good it makes me feel. Over the years, I have built up a small circle of people who exchange valentines with me. None of us are sweethearts, we just like making valentines and appreciate the token of kindness.
So, this year, now that I have a blog, I am widening the circle! I’ll bet there are at least a few people who read this blog who would like to join the club. Are you in?
In a nutshell, this is what I propose:
You send three handmade valentines to total strangers = You will receive three handmade valentines from total strangers.
Sound good? Who wants to join in the fun? I need at least three people to sign up in order for this to work, but I’m aiming for 30 participants. You in? Send me an email with your address: firstname.lastname@example.org subject “valentine swap”…it’s easy!
- You make three handmade* valentines.
- You send me an email with your address before 5pm CST on Monday Feb 7.
- You receive an email from me on Tuesday Feb 8 with the addresses of three total strangers.
- You send one valentine to each address you receive, no later than Feb 10.
- You receive three valentines sometime around Valentines Day.
Please Keep in Mind…
- This exchange is open to anyone, anywhere, any skill level. No one is expected to buy anything except stamps (heads up: people who read this blog are scattered around the world, so we all might need to double up on stamps!)
- You are welcome to include a note inside your valentines with information about yourself, your blog/website/etsy business etc…but it is not required or expected.
- This is not an advertising opportunity. This is just a simple way to exchange random acts of kindness and send some love out into the world. No Debbie Downers, please 🙂
- If you feel weird disclosing your name and address, I assure you I will not compile and use this information for any other purpose besides sending you valentines! If you are concerned, feel free to use just your first name, or an alias. Sometimes I like to use my bellydancer name (shampoo name + the color of your toothbrush). If anyone gets a valentine from someone named Pantene Aqua Sparkle, well, you’ll know it was from me 🙂
***Update: Y’ALL ARE AWESOME! This post has only been up a few hours and I have gotten more than 30 responses. Keep them coming! New goal is to have valentine representation from every major continent. I’m talking about YOU, Australia!