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Vicki Z
12-24-2011, 10:18 AM
Spring Equinox / Celebration of Spring - Due March 9, 2012

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Spring Equinox / Festival of Ostara / Celebration of Spring - Due March 9, 2012
Swap Due Date: March 9, 2012
Signup/Withdraw Date: March 9, 2012
Number of Cards: 3 for 3 or 6 for 6
Number of Participants: Unlimited


Returns Mailed 3/11

Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara, Lady Day or Alban Eiler (Druidic), occurs in the middle of March, and is habitually held on the Vernal Equinox. It is a time of perfect balance, when light and dark are in perfect harmony. and the time when days and nights are of equal length.

It marks the beginning of Spring. The Pagan Goddess manifests as Ostara or Eostre with her basket of eggs. She is accompanied by the Hare or Rabbit, a which symbolizes the manifestation of the God. The color green has been sacred to this day since ancient times, because it represents the greening of the land with vegetation. This is a festival of new life, new growth, and eggs (another symbol of new life).

To celebrate Ostara, prepare egg dishes and share them with friends. You can organize egg games, such as egg hunts. You may want to decorate your home with spring flowers and sprouting greens or pots of perennials you can grow indoors to break the spell of winter, then move outside for color and fragrance next year.

Wear green clothing as an affirmation of new growth within yourself and Nature. Bless any seeds you plan to plant in your garden. Begin a new project. Make a growth charm out of a hard-boiled egg -- decorate it with symbols, write on it the quality you would like to manifest more fully within yourself, energize it, and then eat it.



* This is a 3 for 3 or 6 for 6 card trade. Make 3 or 6 cards and receive the same number back.

* All mediums and styles are welcome. All I ask is that you send in your best work. Something you would not be disappointed in receiving if it was sent to you.

* If you are unsure about mailing ATCs, or just may want to pick up some good tips for shipping, here is a great link.
http://atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?t=909

* If you are inside the U.S., please include a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope 4 by 9 1/2), or a mailing label with your address and loose stamps in the amount of 45 cents (or one "Forever" stamp) for a 3/3 trade, and 65 cents or two "Forever" stamps if sending in 6 cards, or if your cards are thick or extra heavy. Please put your Username and Swap Name on your mailing envelope, return envelope, if using, and on all cards. And please write clearly on everything!

* International participants, I will cover your postage. Please include an addressed envelope 4 by 9 1/2, or a mailing label with your address. Please put your username and Swap Name on your mailing envelope, return envelope if sent, and on all cards. And please write clearly on everything!

* Cards are due in my hands by above date. Please allow sufficient lead time for cards to get to me, particularly if you are an International participant. itrader ratings will be given when I receive your cards. Returns will be mailed approximately one week after the due date. Late cards will be returned as it is unfair to those participants who always have their cards in early or on time.

* Remember: We all want to be able to know who to give rep points back to. So, do not forget to put your username, swap name, and card title on the back of each card!

* An extra ATC in this theme is appreciated but not at all expected!

* Thanks for considering this swap! If you already have my address, it has not changed. If you are new, or have not been in one of my swaps for a while, I’ll PM you with my address when you sign up!

* Above all ~Have fun!!!

* Here is some additional information on the Spring Equinox Festival of Ostara


Wheel of the Year
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_the_year

Vernal Equinox
http://www.naturalistsalmanac.com/0320vernal.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox

Ostara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_bunny


Current Participants
Spring Equinox / Festival of Ostara / Celebration of Spring - Due March 9, 2012

*1. LilacDragn - it - Cards Received 1/07
*2. papersaga - it - Cards Received 1/06
*3. okwiccan - it - Cards Received 1/09
*/. DenaCottrell - WITHDEW
*4. lea67000 - it - Cards Received 1/07 * FRANCE
*5. patgel - it - Cards Received 3/05 * IRELAND
*/. jiliyan - a * CANADA
*6. Phoenix - it - Cards Received 3/09
*7. Rogalaca - it - Cards Received 1/24
*8. HiddenTreasure2010 - it - Cards Received 1/24 * CANADA
*9. ArtDuJunque - it - Cards Received 1/13
*10. TxCat - it - Cards Received 3/05
*11. Tambilina - it - Cards Received 3/05
12. eangelle - it - Cards Received 2/25
*13. Vicki Z - it - Cards Received 1/06
*14. MadLou23 - it - Cards Received 2/25 * ENGLAND
*//. suzieq77 - NO CARDS NO COMMUNICATION


* INTERNATIONAL

LilacDragn
12-24-2011, 11:51 AM
Me! Me! I'd love to do this one! :)

Vicki Z
12-24-2011, 12:17 PM
Welcome LilacDragn, both to this site and to my Swap.
I have signed you up.
If you have any questions, please ask.
We are a friendly group, and love to help.

Vicki Z
12-24-2011, 04:18 PM
Welcome papersaga.
I have signed you up.

okwiccan
12-25-2011, 03:57 AM
can i join, thanks

Vicki Z
12-25-2011, 11:36 AM
Welcome okwiccan.
I have signed you up.

DenaCottrell
12-26-2011, 05:52 AM
Please add me to your list.

Vicki Z
12-27-2011, 05:48 PM
Welcome DenaCottrell.
I have signed you up.

lea67000
12-28-2011, 10:59 AM
Count me in please!

Vicki Z
12-28-2011, 12:42 PM
Welcome lea67000.
I have signed you up.

patgel
12-28-2011, 04:02 PM
Sign me up please

Vicki Z
12-29-2011, 01:23 AM
Welcome patgel and jiliyan.
I have signed you up.

LilacDragn
12-29-2011, 01:29 PM
This is so much fun, but I've now realized that I cannot draw a rabbit to save my life!

Vicki Z
12-29-2011, 02:12 PM
First off, I have to disagre with you!:yes:
Your little drawn Green Guy that you made for the Asymmetrical Eye Swap makes a pretty good rabbit if you would add some rabbit ears.
So, you CAN draw a rabbit.

Second, this is an all media swap, so if you don't like my (above) suggestion, you can collage rabbits, or chicks, or other signs of Spring, to make your cards.

Besides, if this is so much fun, don't give up now!!!!:D

LilacDragn
12-29-2011, 03:53 PM
LOL! Not giving up! Never! :) I just want to make the best cards I can, so I second guess everything. I'm having a lot of fun with the theme. Maybe I'll shoot for 6 for 6 this time. :) I completely forgot about being about to collage. My nemesis! Will post pics soon.

Vicki Z
12-29-2011, 04:21 PM
Always REMEMBER!!!!!!
Hosts have permission to pick on their participants. . . .
You give me an opening like you did, and you should expect a response.
Witty, whimsical, or just plain crazy.

Glad to see you are not giving up.
Glad to see you are making the best cards you can.
Glad you are having a lot of fun.

Now, get to worok!!
Before I call out the Bobbies :policeman::policeman:
6 for 6 will keep you busy!

LilacDragn
12-29-2011, 08:14 PM
I would expect nothing less. :) *running back to crafting table*

Phoenix
12-31-2011, 02:11 AM
Here I am...sign me up please!

Vicki Z
12-31-2011, 05:19 PM
Glad to see you here.
I have signed you up.

Vicki Z
01-01-2012, 02:31 AM
It is just past midnight, and the fireworks are in full swing.
Happy New Year to all, and wishes for a safe, healthy, prosperous, and all the best, in 2012.

lea67000
01-01-2012, 04:10 AM
My Spring Bunnies are ready to hop to you:

http://i43.servimg.com/u/f43/13/83/92/86/dsc02423.jpg

Happy New Year!

LilacDragn
01-01-2012, 06:41 AM
Lea, those bunnies are adorable!!!

Vicki Z
01-01-2012, 09:52 AM
I agree.
Adorable!!!

rogalaca
01-01-2012, 02:39 PM
I would like to sign up if I may. thanks

Vicki Z
01-01-2012, 02:44 PM
Welcome rogalaca.
I have signed you up.

HiddenTreasure2010
01-01-2012, 11:06 PM
I would love to join your swap?

Happy New Year to All...

Vicki Z
01-02-2012, 08:33 AM
Thanks for the heads up, papersaga.
I will watch for your cards and let you know when they arrive.

Vicki Z
01-02-2012, 08:34 AM
Welcome HiddenTreasure2010.
I have signed you up.

LilacDragn
01-02-2012, 11:40 AM
My three so far....

Phoenix
01-02-2012, 02:43 PM
Love your cards, LilacDragn!!

LilacDragn
01-02-2012, 06:22 PM
Last one....3 for 3 and a hostess card. Maybe 6 for 6 next time. :)

LilacDragn
01-02-2012, 06:23 PM
Thank you Phoenix!

ArtDuJunque
01-02-2012, 06:29 PM
I may not be able to balance an egg but I can definitely get into this swap, sign me up!

Vicki Z
01-03-2012, 07:41 AM
Welcome ArtDuJunque.
I have signed you up.

LilacDragn
01-03-2012, 03:50 PM
Mailed cards today!

Vicki Z
01-05-2012, 09:14 AM
FAB cards, LilacDragn.
Thanks for letting me know they are on their way.
I will watch for them.

ArtDuJunque
01-05-2012, 02:25 PM
It's a start. Will edit this post as I go...

TxCat
01-05-2012, 05:26 PM
I'm in again. I enjoyed the last one so much!

Vicki Z
01-06-2012, 07:56 AM
Good to see you again, TxCat.
I have signed you up.

DenaCottrell
01-06-2012, 02:58 PM
Vicki,
I'm so sorry but I must withdraw from your swap. I feel terrible about it, but I have health issues that make it impossible for me to work on my art for a while. Hopefully if you do this next year I can join then to have a complete set of the wheel.
Thanks,
Dena Cottrell

Vicki Z
01-06-2012, 03:57 PM
I am sorry to lose you, but your health comes first.
Take care of yourself, and get better.
I will withdraw you.

Vicki Z
01-08-2012, 03:08 AM
Welcome Tambilina.
I have signed you up.

Vicki Z
01-08-2012, 05:46 PM
FAB cards received from papersaga.
FIRST cards receied for this swap.
Thank you so much for the extra postage.

Vicki Z
01-09-2012, 07:50 AM
FAB cards received early from LilacDragn and lea67000.
Thanks to each of you for the hostie card.

Vicki Z
01-09-2012, 03:07 PM
AWESOME cards received from okwiccan.
Thank you for the hostie card and the extra postage.

Vicki Z
01-09-2012, 03:36 PM
Hi, Vicki

I would like to join this swap. I am new to ATC swaps, but want to give it a try.

Thanks,
Elizabeth "Libby" Angelle

Welcome to eangelle who signed up via pm.

Vicki Z
01-10-2012, 10:24 AM
eangelle,
Please post a comment to this thread when you get a chance.
It makes it much easier for people to leave "You Rock" points when they receive one of your ATCs in their returns, if you post a comment to each thread in which you participate.

Thanks!

MountainsAndClouds
01-10-2012, 10:51 PM
Lurking here too....

Vicki Z
01-11-2012, 02:34 PM
Lurkers welcome, MountainsAndClouds
Hope to see you back.

HiddenTreasure2010
01-11-2012, 04:42 PM
May I have your addy please. I am ready to send. Many thanks! I will post pics to the thread shortly.

Vicki Z
01-11-2012, 05:32 PM
Addy coming via PM.

Vicki Z
01-14-2012, 11:22 AM
FAB cards received from ArtDuJunque.
LOVE all the many and varied images you used on each card.
I am amazed at how different the colors are in real life than on your scanned images.
Thank you for the hostie card and the extra postage.

Vicki Z
01-24-2012, 08:24 AM
FAB-U-LOUS Spring cards are arriving, and they are so very much appreciated!!!!

We have been having a warm, dry winter, breaking repeated records for warmest day this late in the season, but today it is cold and yesterday it snowed, with "black ice" for the morning rush hour, plus the dampness makes it feel colder.

Brrrrrrrrr

ArtDuJunque
01-24-2012, 09:12 AM
I have been freezing for two days V. It has been alternating rain/snow with high winds. It always feels colder when it rains. The cold just seeps into your bones and stays.

Or I could just be getting old..

Vicki Z
01-30-2012, 12:59 PM
FABULOUS cards received from HiddenTreasure2010 and rogalaca.
Thank to each of you for the hostie card.

Vicki Z
02-04-2012, 11:07 AM
It melted a lot yesterday, then got really cold, so now the humidity is up, and this morning everything is covered with dainty, delicate, frost tatting. It is on every twig, every branch, every tree. I am taking pictures until I run out of film.:D

Just BEAU-TI-FUL!!!!!!

Phoenix
02-06-2012, 06:17 PM
Maybe the groundhog saw whatever he/she was supposed to see. We've been having a few lovely days here too....here's hoping!!

MadLou23
02-14-2012, 05:28 PM
sign me up please...full of ideas already!

Vicki Z
02-14-2012, 05:33 PM
Welcome MadLou23, both to this site and to my swap
I have signed you up.

Should you have any questions, please ask.
We are a friendly group, and always eager to help.

MadLou23
02-14-2012, 08:11 PM
Thanks! Am really looking forward to getting stuck into this one tomorrow!

Vicki Z
02-18-2012, 07:10 AM
Did you have a chance to get started, MadLou23?
Again, if you run into any problems, or have any questions, please ask.

MadLou23
02-20-2012, 05:23 PM
Thanks Vicky. I managed to work on them tonight. ready for posting tomorrow! Can you PM me your address? thanks :)

Vicki Z
02-20-2012, 05:26 PM
Just sent to you via PM.

Vicki Z
02-22-2012, 02:50 AM
I have signed you up suzieq77.
For this swap everyone sends their cards to me.
Please read the rules on the first post on the first page.
I will send you my address and additional details via PM.

Vicki Z
02-26-2012, 10:47 PM
FAB cards received from MadLou23.
Thank you for the hostie card and the papers and bits.

Vicki Z
02-27-2012, 01:06 PM
There is less than 2 weeks until cards are due in my hands for this swap.
Do not mail them to me in the last day.
Please mail your cards to they arrive no later than March 9th.
As of today, I have not heard from several of you, so I am send you a reminder, and my address again, in the event that you have misplaced it.

Vicki Z
02-28-2012, 12:41 AM
Gorgeous!
Thank you for posting pictures.

TxCat
02-29-2012, 08:27 PM
Going out in tomorrow's mail! Mine are a bit different, though, because here in Florida it's already warm and we dance the May pole now, while it's still cool enough to work outside. This is also the time when our Maiden has her first liaison with the Green Man. At Beltane you'll see early summer veggie harvests and the blessing of the garden from me. We BBQ. Now, it's picnics and spring flowers :)

Vicki Z
03-01-2012, 03:40 AM
The seasons do slide and merge and change in different areas of the country, depending on weather and climate.
Can't wait to see what you created.

Vicki Z
03-05-2012, 03:09 PM
AWESOME cards received from Tambilina, TxCat, and patgel.
Thanks to each of you for the fabulous hostie card.
It is a good thing I have the rest of the week to decide what to keep.
All the cards are fantastic.

Phoenix
03-06-2012, 10:15 PM
I finally got up the guts to share my cards here; they are already in the mail. They are Equinox Eggs.

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/6688/small/1_Equinox_Egg_1.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=288740) http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/6688/small/1_Equinox_Egg_2.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=288741) http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/6688/small/1_Equinox_Egg_3.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=288742)

ArtDuJunque
03-07-2012, 12:40 AM
You're going to have to make some more to unhypnotize me phoenix!

Vicki Z
03-07-2012, 12:57 AM
These are all wonderful, Phoenix.
You should not have been so worried.
The first egg looks like the egg is full of tiny suns, surrounded by many, many moons, FAB symbology for the Equinox.
Did you plan that, or does it just look that way to me?

Vicki Z
03-07-2012, 12:49 PM
well.. I was watching this one hoping to get my act together to get enough done... but there is no way I can get cards in on time... some great cards in this swap! next year for sure :)


Thank you for the compliment on the great cards.
There is very definitely some wonderful art.
Hope to see you next year. :0)

If you are interested in the Pagan Festivals, there is a Beltane Swap, and not due until April 20th, that you might wish to fit into your schedule of card making.

Phoenix
03-07-2012, 01:42 PM
These are all wonderful, Phoenix.
You should not have been so worried.
The first egg looks like the egg is full of tiny suns, surrounded by many, many moons, FAB symbology for the Equinox.
Did you plan that, or does it just look that way to me?

You caught me, Vicki, I planned it that way! I'm glad you could see it, I didn't want the symbology to be too obscure. Cool.

Vicki Z
03-07-2012, 01:46 PM
They were not in today's mail, and I am anxious to see them in person.
Scans do not do the cards justice, and I could see diferences even in your card pict I pulled from this thread, and the card pict for the same card in your gallery.
I will probably have additional comments and questions when they arrive.
I am always curious as to symbology and technique.
I hope you take my inquiries as a complimet of interest.

Phoenix
03-07-2012, 01:56 PM
Oh absolutely, I'm tickled you found the suns and moons! Without seeing that I think the card is rather blah. I love that you ask questions, and you know me, I'll yammer on and on in response :)

Vicki Z
03-09-2012, 04:07 PM
FAB cards received from Phoenix.
These are even better IRL.
You did a wonderful job, particularly since you had a banged up hand.

Thank you for the extra postage.
It is always greatly appreciated

Vicki Z
03-12-2012, 06:23 AM
Returns have been mailed out.
Please give itrades to your host (me) and You Rock! points to those fellow players from whom you receive cards.
Everyone likes to know where their art is now living.

Thanks to all for participating.

rogalaca
03-16-2012, 06:49 PM
cards arrived yesterday. Love .... Love them.
thanks to LilacDragon, Art Du Junque, and lea6700 and thanks to our host Vicki Z

MadLou23
03-17-2012, 07:35 AM
wow!! They've just arrived! Big, big thanks and hugs to Vicki Z for hosting such an amazing swap (roll on Beltane!) and fab artwork from Lea6700, HiddenTreasure2010 and Eangelle. Gratitude to all :)

Phoenix
03-17-2012, 11:18 AM
Love, love, love my returns!

Thank you mad lou 23 for the magical and hopeful #3 Egg Tree, HiddenTreasure2010 for "As Spring dances in their heads"...so sweet! And thank you to Art Du Junque for "Rebirth"...I love the egg/earth/night imagery!

And as always, thank you to our wonderful hostess :notworthy:

lea67000
03-17-2012, 11:21 AM
Beautiful cards received today!

Vicki Z
03-17-2012, 11:29 AM
I am glad to see that returns are finding their new homes, and folks are pleased.

Have you been out today for your
White Chocolate Mocha with dark chocolate sprinkles and nutmeg?
Caribou Coffee is serving FREE Green Whipped Cream on all their beverages today.
Happy Spring!!
and
Happy St Patrick's Day.

ArtDuJunque
03-17-2012, 09:38 PM
Got my returns!!! Yay! Thanks to Vicki Z for hosting and to Eangelle for "Ostara/Spring", Tambilina for the nifty metallic/riveted flower, and to Phoenix for Equinox Egg 1!!! Fab swap, now on to Beltaine!

LilacDragn
03-19-2012, 11:03 PM
Received my wonderful returns today! They are very beautiful additions to my collection! Thank you so much Vicki Z for hosting and to madlou23, rogalaca, and patgel for participating! Leaving reps now!

Vicki Z
03-22-2012, 06:18 AM
Everyone has confirmed receipt of their returns, so I am closing down this thread.
Thanks to everyone for participating.