The bra swap was close to my heart (no pun intended!) because it involved embellishing an art bra, something I have done a few times before to promote breast cancer awareness. (As you may know, I have been taking breast cancer drugs after an extensive biopsy in 2006 showed pre-cancer, which puts me at high risk of developing breast cancer in the future.) The swap was hostessed by Natalie Hansen, who is fighting the disease; it was a one-to-one swap and I was creating for a woman named Shirl based upon her color choices, and the theme of courage, hope, and perseverance.
"The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise."I just loved the imagery of the phoenix, which rises from the ashes. To me, it was a representation of hope, and revival, and rebirth. It also reminds me of the pain of breast cancer and the fire of chemo and radiation.
My lovely bra was done by Anna Yates:
|My bra from Anna; that's Natalie to the left of me!|
|Another beautiful bra!|
|Anna made a beautiful cover for the bra!|
|A closeup of some of the embellishments -- vintage jewels and my favorite: buttons!|
|She put the bling in Blingy Bra!|
|Anna included a pair of pink dice in the little bag, held on by a beautiful vintage stickpin!|
Now, grab your coffee and take a gander at the gorgeous pieces of creative wonder I received in return:
All of the stitchers packaged their contributions in unique and beautiful ways! It was such a delight to unwrap each piece!Jami Miller; look at her pressed pansy tag!
Lisa Hajda made these -- that adorable little needle case with my initials on it that was included with her packaging!
Tami Stroh, who was one of the hostesses of this swap. All the details, all the textures and elements -- including a tiny pocket -- and mother of pearl button flowers!!
Kris Malone, created this multi-textured square with beads that remind me of eggs in a nest, all in beautiful blues. I cannot imagine how long it took her to make all those layers of stitches!
Michele Witchell -- I love the hearts and flowers and lace!
Peggy Lucas -- isn't it to die for? I want one full-sized!
Miss Lynn Lebsack, whose blog I've been reading and creations I've been drooling over since she inspired me with her Silver Bella journal/folder! Isn't that cone just amazing! And the attached heart was just a bonus! I actually thought the heart was the inchey, but later found it rolled up inside the cone...
a gorgeous, multi-layered/textured design! I love the colors!
Here I am with Tami and Kris! Thank you ladies, and all who participated in all the swaps, for such a wonderful start to Silver Bella!