Late winter, I saw that Tabitha of Creative Wings was hosting a Spring Basket Swap. I thought it would be so much fun and I was ready for some creative expression, so I signed up. That was just before the rug was pulled out from underneath us and our house was torn apart. Despite our huge construction project, having difficulty finding time and energy to create, and never mind just trying to locate any of my supplies up in my craft room - I did enjoy creating these cute little baskets and their contents for this swap.
I covered a little cup with crepe paper and wrapped a pink velvet bow. I used a gold pipe cleaner as a handle. Inside I included a sweet bunny embellishment and attached a little bling to the ear with a fun rhinestone crown button. I also made a little glass bottle charm, a bird on an embellished spool, and a little decorated matchbox with some fun goodies inside.
The basket below was made for me by Tabitha. I just love the bright pink crepe paper, flowers, and the cute NEST banner on the spun cotton handle. Of course, birds are always a favorite for me. Tabitha covered her cup with vintage paper and then turned another cup upside down to create a base for a taller basket. I never even thought to do something like that. She scalloped the edge of the paper on the bottom for a decorative edge. Inside were lots of adorable floral embellishments along with a spool containing beautiful floral ribbon. The goodies even overflowed outside of the basket - ribbons, flowers, buttons, butterflies, lace. - everything was so beautifully packaged and I can't wait to use some of those beautiful new embellishments.
The second basket I received in this swap was from my sweet friend Terri from The Junque Seeker. Terri and I exchanged our baskets last week while attending a class at The Paper Crown. Terri *always* goes above and beyond in everything she does, and this was no exception! I didn't take a picture of the box her basket was packaged in, but she even decorated the box with lovely wide ric rac and a cute spring embellishment that she made. The box was just a preview of the loveliness waiting inside. When I opened the package, I was so excited to see the basket she made for me! My picture just does not do this basket justice.
I didn't know what to look at first - the basket itself or those sweet chickies sitting on the edge. But then, my eyes were immediately drawn to the left side of the handle and the collection of gorgeous silk and velvet flowers that Terri attached to the handle. Inside the basket, she included a precious vintage hankie with little puppies (she knows my love of dogs!), some chocolates (yum!), vintage lace, crochet flowers, and a little envelope filled with little cards that spelled out "Spring", along with sweet little embossed vintage chickie embellishments. I've been completely spoiled. You'll want to check out her blog for much better pictures.
I just want to create a bunch of these little baskets now. Aren't they so fun!?!