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Saturday, December 18, 2010

My stocking to Steph & Day 18 boxes...

Stephanie received my stocking to her (from the Joli Paquet Vintage Stocking Swap) the first part of the week so I wanted to share w/ y'all what I put together for her. I embellished a lace stocking w/ a wonderful cuff of vintage lace; adding crocheted snowflakes, rhinestone button, big lace bow & resin bobbles. We'll talk more about the bobbles on another day.

And inside I filled it up w/ a vintage brush & mirror set that I altered, millinery blooms, plastic rose shoe clips ( too cool...they feel like wax!), vintage seam bindings & assorted goodies.

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"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

I have collected vintage hats for years...I decorate my downstairs guest bath with them. Ever since I discovered Karla's blog (AKA the Hat Whisperer), I've been buying them w/ plans for deflowering them but never could bring myself to do it. But Stephanie has a thing for millinery blooms so it was time I bit the bullet. I'm afraid that no hat will be safe around me now. LOL Here's the little pile of blossoms I sent her; along w/ a rhinestone S.

I included a trio of bottle brush trees I bleached, painted & then dipped in mica flakes (Steph decorates in pastels for Christmas)....as well as a vintage pomander, appropriately adorned for the season.

But the pièce de résistance for this swap was the vintage, eyeglass holder bejeweled w/ rhinestones that I sent. I've told y'all before that I always include a "heart item" in my swaps. A "heart item" is a gift that makes your heart scream " NOOOOOOO...you wanna keep me!" It's good therapy for my hoarding nature plus, it ensures that every swapper gets a little piece of my heart. ;)

I had a lot of fun w/ this swap....thanks Steph! And thanks to Cerri & the others @ Joli Paquet for hosting!

Today's Day 18's adorable box was crafted by Bonnie @ Bonnie Lass' Art Cafe.

Inside is a tiny felt ornament...thank you Bonnie!

Inside my Day 18 box is another vintage earring turned into a magnet.

I am done, done, done, done, done with my shopping! WooHoo!!!! Maybe now I can get some crafting in. I'm not one of those crafters who craft ahead of the season, I like to do it in the throes of the festivities. Which means that I never have as much time but always realllly enjoy it when I do. ;)

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!


Christine Edwards said...

Cami, that is an amazing stocking, and you stuffed it full of wonderful goodies! Ever since I did the swap with you, I always add an item to my swaps that I find difficult to part with, and I tell myself that it's "what Cami would do". I bleached and dyed a bunch of bottle brush trees this year too. So much fun! I can see doing these for all different holidays. ;-) Congrats on getting your shopping done, it must be a huge relief and the added benefit of not dealing with last minute crowds. Have a great weekend (and do something fun for you)!

Sherry Edwards said...

Hi Cami, I received your matchbox number 19 which I love. Thank you and Merry Christmas xx

ps, I love your stocking!

Lisalulu said...

such beautiful eye candy... Wish I were there.. but I'll have to remember this beautiful stocking and gifts for next year!!