Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Valentine's Swap (continued...)

My parcel made it all the way to the Netherlands and she loved it! Phew! Here's what I made and my recipient's blog entry (Click here). Thank you Lisa  for organizing such a great swap...when's the next one?:)

P.S. I was inspired by Donna Downey and used her products to make this - she is my she-ro! (Donna's site)

Friday, February 11, 2011

NoodleBubble's Valentines Swap!

Craft swaps are so great:). I feel like I've been so absorbed in day-to-day stuff lately that I just haven't managed to sit down and make anything for ages. So, NoodleBubble's Valentine's "heart" swap (details here) came just in time to force me back into my zone :).

My gift was made by the very talented Very Berry Handmade, (completely coincidentally from my place of birth, North Staffordshire in England!) arrived a week earlier than expected and is just adorable. I've stolen pictures of my treasures from her blog (here) since her photography skills are also far superior to mine :)...

And the goodies were just to die for...

Thank you so very much - I love my new gifts!!

For my part I really struggled to get creative and I think I spent more time on this project than anything I've ever made before. I just couldn't figure out what to make, which colors to choose, fabrics, anything really. I spent more than a couple of nights sitting on the floor just lost in a sea of buttons and ribbons. Am I the only person this happens to? Anyway, in the end I came up with an idea and I am actually thrilled with the result! I hope my recipient (Kitty Ballistic) loves it half as much as I hated to part with it! I think it may be the prettiest thing I've ever created with my own two hands...

So, now it's done, packed with some goodies, wrapped and in the mail to the Netherlands. I'll show you what I made when I know it has safely arrived and Kitty has seen it. More to come!