Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Swap - Prayer Flags!

Announcing Creative Swaps Prayer Flag Swap!
  • Create THREE Prayer Flags in exchange for the same amount in return.
  • All swap packages must be delivered to me no later than September 15, 2012.
  • Late entries will be returned.
Prayer Flags . . . They sound quite religious don’t they? Well, they can be religious in nature. Historically they are rooted in Buddhism. Read more about the history of prayer flags and view some current wonderful samples from The Prayer Flag project, here.

photo courtesy of Wikipedia
I have found through my reading that you can make prayer flags yourself, embodying a looser interpretation of the word prayer, if you wish. Many artists are making prayer flags with this in mind these days, although often with many of the same original intentions. For this swap, I would expect each flag to have a word, a prayer, a wish or a hope associated with it.

My first prayer flag
For inspiration, view a lovely blog post, inspiring blog banner and a beautiful prayer flag by Kim Tedrow, here. I also love this prayer flag by Jane LaFazio - a thing with feathers!

What Size for the swap? We will be making three 5" x 8" prayer Flags for this swap. Lots of ideas and instructions are included in the 10 page document you will automatically receive via an email and a download link when registering for this swap. The $10 fee to register for this swap also includes return postage for your Prayer Flags to you anywhere, including international postage. All Flags will be posted on this blog, with credit to you, as they arrive in my mailbox. See our previous swaps for examples of this.

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED 7/25/12. How to register: Go to the Registration page: - you will see the swap listed there. Click on the "Add to Cart" button, which will take you to a PayPal page. Note: You do not need a PayPal account to use this service. PayPal accepts all major credit and debit cards, eChecks and bank transfers. If you are unfamilar with PayPal and want to find out more about it, visit this page.

Registration is handled by e-junkie. You will receive your swap information as soon as your payment has cleared, at any time of the day, in any time-zone - no matter if I am at my computer or not! After registering you will receive an email from e-junkie to your pay pal associated address titled, "Prayer Flag Swap Purchase". This email will include a link for you to download my 10 page pdf file for this swap. Follow the instructions to download this file and then save the file on your computer (somewhere you will remember) or simply print the file out!! It will include the swap rules, where to send your prayer flags, any information, pertaining links and my lesson to get you started.

There will also be a second part to this swap! After all the prayer flags have been swapped and sent home, I will encourage the participants to snap a photo of their prayer flags hung up, so we can all enjoy seeing how they look. This string of flags will include the flags receieved in the swap along with any others the participant has made. Participants will take a photo, upload it to their own blog, website or photo site -someplace on the web with a link to that photo. I'll set up a Link Tool so participants can go to the creative swaps blog and leave the link. Then we can click on it and view your beautiful prayer flags, hanging in the breeze spreading their prayers and wishes!

Re-cap: Prayer Flag Swap
Make three 5x8 fabric mixed media prayer Flags for three in return.
* Delivered to me by September 15, 2012 *
$10 to register for the swap includes a lesson and return postage.
Registration is done via PayPal/Credit Card on the registration page of this blog. Note: Registration has closed. Hope to see you in the next swap! 
I reserve the right to close registration at anytime. If the participation grows too large, I may close the swap to new registration.
* Don't forget to come back here to enjoy each participant's prayer flags *

Thank you so much for your interest in creative swaps - 
Let's get creative and have some fun! 

This image below is from  Aren't Jane's flags so very beautiful and creative? It makes me want to go make some!!

by Jane LaFazio -
Any questions, please email me here.


Joanna said...

Mmmmm, what an interesting idea. I'm going to go away and think about this awhile before jumping in. Being fabric rather than paper it's right out of my comfort zone....

These prayer flags are such a lovely idea, Lenna.


Lenna Young Andrews said...

We would love to have you join us! Not too much sewing, it's pretty very simple, more concentrating on the idea of sending a prayer or wish or hope out to scatter with the wind . . . there is time to decide, not due till 9/15/12!

Joanna said...

I've had a think and I'm signing up. My stitching will definitely be SIMPLE :D


Lenna Young Andrews said...

simple is good Jo! I bet you will have a lot of fun working with fabric for this project and I am sure your prayer flags will be marvelous. We have a great group too - I am about to put a list up. I am sure you will love your returns ; ) thanks so much for signing up!!!

JansArtyJunk said...

I've just found this swap whilst blog hopping..and would love to join in to register :)
Jan x

Terri said...

Hello Lenna,
I hope you are having a great summer. I am totally in this one! Yay! I have already paid with Paypal.


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