I don't participate in many swaps anymore. But, since I am one of the Goodness Girls, I do participate in our swaps. Rebecca had the idea for a Vintage Christmas Corsage Swap, but we all got busy with the holidays and it never happened. So, we decided to have a Vintage Valentine Corsage Swap. I was paired up with Heather - who has a blog, but it is private. She is very talented! She sent me a box full of goodies, even though we only had to send a corsage and a sweet Valentine Treat. Thank you, Heather!
She made her corsage out of paper - lots of rosettes, flowers, buttons, baubles and even a wee bottle of glitter are hidden amongst the layers of flowers. She used music paper, colored paper, cardstock and other goodies - it really is a piece of art! I am not a corsage wearing kind of person, but I have it on display and just love it. She also included a box of German Chocolates, a wooden postcard, an ornament and that wonderful cloth covered box in the background. I loved it all. Thanks again, Heather!
I had a hard time initially trying to make a corsage. I couldn't come up with something that I liked and looked like the sort of things that I like to make. I gathered up a bunch of glittery picks, hearts and berries and added them together, but it still needed something. I added in the pipe cleaner spirals and it was starting to look more like me. Then it hit me - spun heads! So, I added in a little spun head couple complete with their Valentine finery. In the end, I think it turned out cute and Heather seemed to like it too. I also sent her some Conversation Hearts and Hershey's Kisses. I also bought her a Diamond Ring Ring-Pop, and I would have sworn I put it in her box, but just last night the cat came out from under the table wrestling a ring pop. Darn thieving kitty, anyway! (Sorry Heather)
I also received my box of goodies from Sarah's Heart to Heart Swap. I have been participating in this swap since the very beginning. Sometimes I think I should bow out and give someone else a turn and then I think - "Heck with that" - I like the goodies too much to stop now!
Here's a montage of all the fabulousness.....
A love banner.
Jane. She always makes a wonderful Valentine for this swap.
Love this elephant - reminds me of a kiddie Valentine from school. So cute!
Such a bad photo (I need some SUN for photo taking) - This squirrel says "I'm nuts for you". Love it!
Decorated Doily and a Valentine Collage Necklace. I can't wait to wear it - I hope I get to leave the house before Valentine's day!
Sweet sewn heart with felt flowers.
An embellished pocket made of book pages.
A decorated Chocolate box - WITH chocolates. Ingenious! And, yummy!
Sarah made these cute nut cups with birds and flowers.
A neatly crocheted heart - that took time to make 14 of those!
This little Post-It notebook is so sweet - it has inspirational saying stamped here and there on the pages. I am going to keep this one in my purse. Love it!
For my contribution - I made these glittery boxes. (Photo stolen from Sarah's blog :D)
Inside the box, I added a miniature deer, a bleached bottle brush tree and a wee toadstool.
The tag read, "My Dear" which tied it all together.
(Would it be weird to admit that I already have an idea for next year and I may or may not have already made a prototype to help me remember it when V day rolls around?????)
Last year I hosted an egg swap. I've had people asking about it and I have decided I will be doing it again, with a twist. Easter isn't until late April, so we have some time before I need to announce it. But, if you are interested - be ready!