As you know, I'm away at Karla Nathan's Birdsong 3 this weekend and have some photos of what I made for the swaps that took place Friday night:
First, we have the handmade rosette swap. The instructions were to sew your own rosette and decorate it with a vintage bird pin. It was all to be wrapped in a special way.
I used favorite vintage pink powder box as the gift box; it's decorated with a colonial couple sitting under a tree -- and there is a bluebird in there, too! I tied a vintage, rosy bridge tally card to it. We didn't know in advance who we'd be exchanging with.
I made the rosette by sewing together layer upon layer of vintage fabrics and laces. In the end, I gave it some crochet doily/lace "leaves". I searched high and low for a bird pin that I loved, and finally found one online. I sewed a pin on the back of the rosette so it can be worn.
I found this swap very challenging -- and therefore, fun! As I write this, I wonder who will receive the rosette and just hope they love it!
I got a little bit addicted to the whole sew-your-own-rosette thing, and so I made another as a package decoration for my buddy Suzanne's birthday gift! Even though she lives in Colorado, too, she's far away and I haven't seen her since her birthday in April; so, I'm bringing her gift with me to Birdsong 3 since I will see her there!
She's a fan of Tasha Tudor's, and so when I found this copy of one of the books illustrated by Tasha, it came home with me, for Suzanne.
Then, there was the matchbox swap! My partner was Gail Sell, and she loves Victorian style and roses. So, I created this box topped with a long-tailed bird in a nest!
I filled it with some special, tiny items that I thought she'd love -- many with the bird theme.
Take a gander:
One thing I bought just for her was an antique "g" printers' stamp -- that black item in the upper right of the photo.
Green is her favorite color, and I had this beautiful piece of sheer green ribbon I wrapped around a vintage spool.
I hope Gail loves it all!
I hope you're not tired of looking at bird-themed art yet, because once I get back from Kansas, I will be able to show you all the swaps I received in return. Plus all the art we made!