My creative juices start to flow when the fall colors begin their dance across the hills and valleys that surround this little town.
I am working on another bangle bracelet, while it is in the oven I decided to do a little house cleaning on my computer ..... I was attempting to downsize the number of photos in IPhoto when I ran across the hearts I made for a Heart Swap on Facebook. I signed up 2 years ago.... Yip, almost 2 years to the day, Sept 28, 2013.
The rules were simple, 10 hearts in each group and you could sign up for as many groups as you wanted. I had a lot of time on my hands and my Muse whispered in my ear "Sounds like fun, lets do 5 groups." Okay, why not, 50 hearts, I could do that. We had ample time to make the hearts, they had to reach the swap host by Feb 28, 2014. It was an international swap so I was excited. Yipee! hearts from artist around the world.
I planned to get mine done by the end of January.so I could take part in the annual "Thing A Day Challenge" on Polymer Clay Central. So I started making hearts. Got them done in plenty of time and mailed them off, I think it was the first week of February.
If you have ever taken part in a group swap you know not everyone gets their items mailed by the deadline plus this was a large swap so I knew it would take time for the host to get the groups organized. I figured it would be mid April at the earliest before they would be ready to mail.
Then things started to go wrong big time, folks weren't mailing their hearts, some were dropping out, some hearts were damaged when they arrived, the Host was trying to repair the damaged ones and make extras sets to fill in for the ones that didn't show up. Other folks in the swap offered to make extras, all that was going to take time. Okay, we'll just have to wait. Then the Host began to have health & family problems that complicated things.
Over the next several months some of the swappers got a little testy and to be honest I was getting a little impatient myself but I held my tongue..... just twiddled my thumbs and waited. Finally in Nov 2014 I did email the host telling her I assumed, because of all the problems, she would be unable to complete the swap, I expressed sympathy for her health and family problems and asked to have my hearts returned. She said "No" she could not return my hearts, they were already placed in groups and it would "mess up all the hard work" if she pulled them out. The swap would be done by the end of the month and the "auction" would take place in Dec. Her final words were "The nonsense with delays were out of my control. I would never steal anything from anyone." Please know I did not accuse her of stealing, really, that thought never crossed my mind.
That is the last I heard from her. I did see a post of Facebook, I think in April or May 2015 she stated she once again would be working on the swap in June & July.....
I am curious if anyone received their hearts? She did mention at one time she was combining the hearts with orders from her ArtFire shop to save on postage so maybe some of the swappers received theirs.
I know I am not suppose to post photos until everyone receives their heart..... After 2 years I have given up .... and I want to show you my hearts so here they are.
Group 1: Theme is the Pink & Silver colors.
Group 2: Theme Textured and Layered Hearts.