"Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself."
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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Swap goodies!

I arrived home from my BirdSong retreat & had swap goodies awaiting my return! WooHoo! Presents are always nice to come home to! (like I didn't come home w/ enough stuff from BirdSong! The sponsors stuffed our goodie bags full!)

These first 2 swap packages were from a swap hosted by Heather @ Speckled Egg. Heather hosts frequent matchbox swaps...in assorted themes. The theme for this swap was Spring. And both my partners nailed the ambience of the theme! This beautiful box was made by one of my partners, Melissa @ Piney Rose .



And she over-filled that matchbox w/ goodies!!!!

A sweet seasonal tag, dyed seam binding & a mini-matchbox full of buttons.

Sequins & lots of lace....




bottle of beautiful glitter, lovely images, paper flower...

fabulous vintage earring...



butterfly lace appliques & a gorgeous pin.....




and a lovely, LOVELY umbrella pin. Thanks Melissa...you were a wonderful swap partner!



My second partner for the Spring Petite Inspiration Box swap was Cecily Cecily has a wondeful etsy shop...check it out! She crafted a beautiful box w/ this gorgeous fabric blossom...


and attached a sweet bird to it.



LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this paper!!!!







She included a swatch of antique linen, rolled "rose" & paper partridge. Doesn't the partridge look like the logo from the Partridge Family tv show? (yes, I realize that I am dating myself here but hey...w/ 5 grands y'all had to have already known that I was old LOL)




sweet bunny & embroidery floss (love that shade!)....



adorable Spring mini-canvas....



a stamped glassine envelope full of lavender buds...



a bottle of glitter , dyed seam binding & twine, wrapped around a clothespin. And my favorite....a tiny, wax stopper bottle full of wildflower seeds. Don't know if this will end up in a collage or on a piece of jewelry but I can't wait to use it! Thank you so much Cecily!



This next swap was hosted by Linda @ A Swap For All Seasons. My partner was Becky @ Don't Look Back. Look at all she treated me with! I LOVE how she used the pin cushion to present the Mother brooch. Great idea Becky!



And she also included some gorgeous stick pins! LOVE them! Thanks Becky!




Thanks again to all my partners...y'all were the best! And a special thank you to the swap hostesses...without y'all, these swaps wouldn't be possible.




I'm readying the first of several blog posts about my BirdSong weekend. Would y'all believe that Karla's Cottage was even more beautiful in person than it is in pictures? I wouldn't have thought that possible!




9 comments:

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

I'm so envious of all you Birdsong attendees. Then to come home to this mail! How fun! So many talented people in the world. And I'm looking forward to seeing you Birdsong recap. (Hoping too that someone will spill the beans on how to make the paper fringe tree. )

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

SO lovely! I'm thrilled that you had fun with the swap! :)

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

Such a fun swap - you're a great swap partner!

Miranda Chop said...

I'm still trying to wrap my mind around how you get all that stuff in a little matchbox! lol

Charlene said...

I can't wait to see your photos about your trip to Karla's. Jan has kept me a bit posted that you had a DIVINE time! GOOD FOR YOU! You so deserved this marvelous get away. I have so missed seeing you. And I'm sad we can't be roomies again at Paper Cowgirls. YOU WERE THE BEST! So whisper in the dark "Good Night Charlene" when you lay your sweet head down & I bet your roomie this year will think you are loco. But, know I'll be thinking of you while your there. Create your heart out. It makes you smile! HUS!
Charlene

Susanne said...

The Speckled Egg Spring swap was mine first, so much fun, can't wait for another change to swap again.
Susanne.

Hope said...

Oh I just love a good matchbox swap....your partners out did themselves! Miss you!
XO~Hope

Linda said...

I love all of your swap goodies! The pin cushion and brooch from Becky are adorable! And I ABSOLUTELY ADORE the mother-of-pearl "Mother" pin you sent me and its beautiful packaging!

Sarah said...

Hi there, visiting from the brooch swap and I really enjoy your blog. Am about to become a follower too! :-)