Jamie is one of my favorite blog girls. She cuts paper and thinks in maps and lives in a desert scape of branches and motorcycles and furry friends and nowls. Her designs are unique and her photos beautiful. And when she wrote last week during the swap, saying "You know flight path diagrams?!" and explained how she pictured "all those little packages like a flight diagram," and said that she would MAKE ONE for FIRST MILK, for the SWAP, I had to grab something heavy so as not to float away.
You can see the results of her lovely, detail-oriented designer's heart above. Valentine-carrying fowl, delivering love from one blogger to another to another to another all week. (Click to make it big and fabulous.)
Over and over again, I am amazed by the far reach of the Internet. I am amazed that something tiny like my wanting to live in a world where Valentine's Day doesn't suck results in so many pairs of hands packing up a bit of tangible love to send across the distance, nurturing community by post. In Jamie making a collective diagram of our tenuous, strong web. Thanks to each of you for helping me live in a world where Valentine's Day doesn't suck. And thanks to Jamie for having the sorts of eyes that see it so perfectly, render it in such clear terms.
Around the Internets, a few posts from swap participants, if you're interested in such things. I'll add to the list as time allows and as swap posts appear this week. For peeking, Peonies and Polaroids (sent, received); Life According to Celia (sent, received); A Desert Fete; Heart of Light; Privilege; The Avid Reader's Musings; kidchamp.net (sent, received); BigBANG Studio; Heart of Light; Dog-Eared; Bird for Bread (sent, received); A Girl's World; With Honey, Please; Hat and Feathers; Spirographs and Flying Fish; The Bee and the Bobbin; The Domestic Empress; Doux; That Cardboard Box (sent, received); Poppycock and Sunshine; bigger, better, best; first milk.