Our Magical Card Exchange of 2020

Back in October 2020, we put the word out and asked if a few of you fancied joining in our SiP Card Exchange 2020. We must say that the response was incredible.

The Task

The task was simple. We asked participants to make a postcard design using their own photograph. Write a message on the reverse and then post it to the members in their nominated group.

To spread more festive joy, we also asked those who joined in to nominate a friend who would also receive a card. All we asked for the #sipcardexchange was the magic to be shared amongst others who were not expecting it.

The SiP elves lending a helping hand.

The previous year, I participated in the 2019 Card Exchange and loved receiving every card. However, 2020 was different for many reasons. The pandemic for one, had threatened Christmas planning. Forcing many people to alter plans at the last minute and some not being able to spend the festivity with loved ones. Therefore, I really did not know what to expect this year!

I chose a photograph that I had created last year for a project given by our dear friends at The LEGO Group… I didn’t send it last year and thought this Christmas it would make an ideal picture as I wanted to include a fun positive message.

Special Delivery

Each card was handwritten with a personal message for each receiver. At times this was a difficult task, simply because I didn’t personally know some of the recipients. However, I read between the lines, took onboard their reason for nominating a friend and kept updated in the conversation via our group chat.

We placed the cards into envelopes and sent them at the beginning of December. Without knowing how the pandemic was affecting the postal service. I was confident that the UK cards would arrive to their destination in time for Christmas.

“Have yourselfie a Merry Christmas”.

A Magical Christmas

Although some decided to wait to open their cards, I couldn’t wait. My first card arrived, and the feeling I had last year came flooding back. The excitement began and I opened the envelope, reading the beautiful handwritten message inside. Then another arrived, then another. This year was certainly beginning to top last year on so many different levels.

The power of peoples voices and those who become intertwined by a common interest became something special and unique. People whom I had never met, all of a sudden put good out into the world and you know what? Good came back to me in ways that I had never thought, nor anticipated. This act of kindness was so special to witness.

Farewell twenty twenty

Without further ado, we say goodbye to 2020 and regardless of how the year turned out. The magic of Christmas was restored. Cards arrived filled with amazing, heartfelt, creativity from all over the world. I have loved seeing and reading each handwritten message, my nominated friend has also loved receiving all the beautiful cards.

The SiP crew have all enjoyed spreading some positive joy to the world. And you guys certainly made 2020 card exchange very special indeed.

A Magical Special Delivery.

It’s a Wrap

We at Stuck in Plastic feel truly blessed with wonderful followers on our SoMe channels. Those of you who joined in our card exchange will completely understand how we are all feeling. These cards will live in a very special place within our hearts.

Overwhelmed by the love put into each and every special magical card. We thank you all for helping us spread the joy and making others smile upon receipt. Although it is only the beginning of a new year, we are looking forward to the next Card Exchange. Thank you all again for participating and “have yourself a healthy and wonderful 2021”.

From Us To You

Dear All

A most interesting year is coming to an end. It has been extraordinary in many ways. To some, it was a very busy year. Most everyone will have had to change their plans more than once. Others may say it has been a slowed down year with a low pace, less work (or none), and way too much social distance. We are all hoping for twenty-one to come along with more safety, more health, and more freedom than twenty did.

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SiP Card Exchange 2020

Christmas card exchange 2020

Summer is definitively gone and autumn has brought some rain and cold weather, even in the south of France. At this time of the year, I’m looking forward to Christmas (baking some Christmas cookies, reading my postcards, next to the open fire with a hot chocolate, etc).

Sadly, Christmas is in three months. It’s a long time from now, but not so much if I’m thinking of preparing my postcard for this year SiP Card Exchange.

Because we will do a card exchange this year, of course, we do!
When Boris asked innocently last week “do we do the card exchange this year?”, we ALL nodded with enthusiasm! After two years of participating in it, it’s for me a new tradition to add to my perfect Christmas.

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The Best of the 2019 LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

My experience with LEGO Advent calendars has been quite a disappointment in the past years. After regretting not getting a Star Wars calendar in 2014, I got one in 2015 and 2016. Then LEGO stopped including exclusive Christmas-themed minifigures in the Star Wars calendars, so I stopped buying them. While I’ve been tempted more than once by the City calendars, I had got one in 2014 and felt like there was not enough novelty for getting one again.

But this year, I decided to get two calendars: the new Harry Potter calendar, and for the first time the, Friends calendar. With not much left to do with SiPgoes53, much of my photographic effort has been focused on these two calendars.

So on this Christmas morning, I wanted to share my thoughts about the Friends calendar.

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The Gingerbread House

A few weeks ago, Boris told me about the opportunity to review a LEGO Creator Expert set part of the Amusement Park series. I was a bit surprised as these used to be released in spring, and after the Roller Coaster, I wasn’t expecting something else in that series.

Nevertheless, I decided to accept the challenge. I had no idea what the set was, and was afraid it would be another set too big to easily transport outside. But I thought that if that was the case, then it would force me to take some indoor studio photos for a change.

Fast forward one or two weeks later, I get a shipping notification from our friends at LEGO. Two hours later, once back from work, I see on multiple LEGO news websites the official announcement for the new Creator gingerbread house. So it meant the set that had just been shipped from Billund was actually the gingerbread house.

I was partly disappointed (no new amusement ride for my city) and partly relieved (no struggle finding a place a place for it in the city). I was also partly excited (winter is coming!) and partly scared… It will take a few weeks before the first snow comes here in the North. This meant I had no choice and would have to put my (rusty) indoor photography skills to the test.

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It’s that time of the year…

Soon it will be winter…

For some, it means staying cozy at home, waiting for spring and summer. For others, it means going out to take pictures because winter is the time of the year where the light is at its best.

Guess who’s waiting to rule Winter?

But it also means that soon it will be Christmas and the winter holidays. Time for many of us to be with their friends and families. And for us, it’s also a tradition to reflect on the past year and exchange some memories.

We used to exchange books. While they are valuable memories, a book exchange is also a big commitment. It requires time and energy. (And let us not forget it’s also an important financial commitment.)

So last year we came up with the idea of exchanging postcards instead. And we loved it…

So it’s time to start planning the 2018 postcard exchange.

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