I read about this traveling gnome and wanted to do something similar. I find it fascinating how ideas are spread around the world through blogs, and I thought it would be interesting and educational for my kids to see where this leads. None of the gnomes in our house are up for an adventure, so we decided that my son's favorite toy as an infant should go. When he was a baby he used to scold "Bad Puppy" for not taking naps or making a mess, and each night he would put him to bed with a tiny piece of cloth for a blanket. It's difficult to let this toy go out into the world because I fear he may not return, but that makes it more exciting. My husband thought the toy was too disgusting for other people to see. Yes, he's a little worn, but I don't mind embarrassing ourselves throughout the globe.
I need volunteers to receive Bad Puppy for his first trip; leave a comment including where you are from (just state or country), and I will let the kids pick his destination. When he arrives, please photograph him enjoying his trip; eating breakfast with your family, going to the beach, or standing by a local site. There is no need to make a special trip to a famous part of your area (unless you want to), this is just for fun. I set up a Flikr group here, so you can share your photos. Please keep him no more than one week, then post about his adventure on your blog and find a new place for him to visit. I would like to see him return in one year, so I may include a card with instructions and a sheet where you can record your location.
Also Hula Seventy is hosting a summer postcard swap; you can sign up through June 15th.
The summer photo week will be June 16 - 20. I will have post next week where you can sign up, but I wanted to give you time to get out and take some pictures of things that capture the essence of summer for you. I also thought it would be fun to include some childhood photos that remind you of summer, so look through your old albums.
I am working on my post for the book club; sorry it's late this month.
Don't forget to sign up for the giveaway, the deadline is Sunday.