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More swapping fun
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!
Here's a tutorial to make sweet baby Jesus ornaments: Materials: 3/4" round wooden balls blue felt like-sized small wooden stars flesh-colored acrylic paint yellow acrylic paint black permanent marker small button as star decor raffia natural excelsior "moss" silver thread or coordinating yarn candy cane You'll also need glue or a hot glue gun, paint brush and scissors Begin by painting the wooden balls with flesh-colored paint and the stars with yellow paint. When dry, draw two sleeping eyes on the ball. Meanwhile, cut small pieces of felt and make little rolls to represent the baby's body; tie with a tiny piece of raffia. Next, glue the wooden ball onto the top of the body roll of felt; if you wish, you can also cut a small wedge of felt to glue over like a little swaddled hood on the baby's head, but I think it looks cute without it as well. G
Earlier in the season Rebecca and I went to a craft fair at a local high school, and there was one booth with the CUTEST little jeweled, framed Christmas trees! The gal was nice enough to let me photograph them. Sorry it's kind of blurry, but it was dark in that high school gym! I know it's an older kind of craft (from the '60s and '70s) but she made them sweet -- not gaudy at all. We were both SO inspired. So, last week we made it happen. I brought a bunch of my old, broken vintage jewelry, some velvet, glue, old frames, and we sat in her dining room and made a forest of little trees! It was so simple: first, we took a vintage frame and covered the backing with velvet. We just glued it on. Then, we took our time arranging bits and pieces of jewels into a Christmas tree shape. When we were happy with the arrangement, we committed and glued the jewels down! I love this avocado green velvet! And then we did it again. We had so much fun playing
I indulged in some thrift shopping this morning, and was very happy with what I came home with for just under $5: This pretty runner, which I intend to take apart for its tatted middle I don't know why I felt I needed this veil -- but I did. It's new in the package. Just in time for Oktoberfest -- these tiny paper party hats! They originally had feathers attached, which I might replace since these came without. This extra large pad of hangman pages -- I thought it would be the perfect thing for hanging out with my son next week. We used to love to play that when he was little! Even though these transfers are intended for punch needle, I think I can just as easily use them for regular embroidery. Some handwritten letters, a prayer card, and an old postcard. Did you notice this under my pile of ephemera? I had to have it! It desperately needs cleaning... but it's PINK and I think it will be fun to craft with. This party centerpiece is incomplete, but I still like it -- e