As a quilter you mostly swap pieced, stitched or appliquéd quilt blocks, fabrics, sometimes embellishments but rarely something finished that you could put on your table or hang on your wall the moment you receive it. Only very few of the quilt blocks I had swapped during my years of an enthusiastic quilter made it into a finished project. Often the blocks didn’t match too well or I had been busy working on other quilts. When they had laid around for months or years I often had lost interest in sewing them together because my taste of colors or style had changed by then.
When you swap with friends who love mixed media and altered arts, it is different. You do not only receive amazing treasures to use for your creations but also beautiful artwork to decorate your home or yourself with :-). The swaps with
KAREN of ”Some Days are Diamonds”
JODIE of “everything vintage”
had been no exception.
Today I show you pictures of my swap with Karen. At first the goodies that she had sent me.
A box decorated with lovely flowers
Pretty ribbons, laces, charms, jewelry pieces and buttons
A beautifully embellished notebook
with adorable pink vintage rhinestone buttons
I love embellished bottles and was very excited to see that Karen had made this cute pink one for me. The sweet wallpaper in the back and underneath the bottle had been a gift from Karen as well.
More pretty velvet ribbon, lace and a wonderful vintage French book
Thank you, Karen! The box and the sand dollar are decorated on one of our living room window sills. Your pretty journal and the lovely bottle went onto my studio shelf. All the other treasures are wonderful additions to my stash :-).
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This is what I made for Karen. She had sent me a couple of pictures of her Mom to use in one of the gifts and I decided to make a fabric book.
On the left pages I had created pockets to put in some real pictures or maybe a letter or note written by Karen’s Mom.
Then I made this heart for Karen. If you hadn’t known by know, I’m a lace addict. Here are more evidence to proof it, lol.
Stamped clothes pins and some of the embellishments, buttons, ephemera etc. I had sent
Karen collects cups and saucers. I chose this demitasse because I thought she would like that cute size, the flower pattern and the gold. A name tag for her to wear maybe at the next art retreat.
If you have never participated in a swap, I can only encourage you to do so. It’s not just the fun and excitement to receive a package from a swap partner. I also enjoy thinking about what to make, finding out what my swap partner might like and finally creating the gifts and putting the goodies together!
In my next post I will show you what I have swapped with JODIE.
Until then, have fun creating!