Tuesday, March 4, 2014

St. Patty's Swap

When Vivian announced a Secret Leprechaun swap I knew I had to be in, so I signed up first thing.  Then, I began to panic because I don't really celebrate St. Patrick's Day and I certainly don't have any decorations for it.

Once I settled down and started thinking about what I would make for this swap, I really had fun.  The person I'm sending this to doesn't know yet that I'm her Secret Leprechaun.  Here is a tag I made to send along with a couple goodies.

This little hanging ornament  turned out kind of sweet.  It measures approximately 5x7 and is a burlap "pillow" with a decoupaged sheet of music, an Irish girl, and some other embellishments on the front.

I'm happy with the way this banner turned out, and I hope I have time to make myself one just like it.  It was hard to photograph so in the picture below, I took a closeup of the letter L.

My Secret Leprechaun was Kim K.  Kim and I had swapped Valentine's a year or so ago.  She's a speedy Leprechaun and my package of St. Patty's goodness arrived over the weekend.  It was all so festively wrapped which is part of the fun!

This frame with the 3d Leprechaun is just the sweetest thing!  What a great idea.

She also made this cute Leprechaun in a cloche.  Don't you just love this?

Kim also included a fun shamrock necklace, some St. Patty's napkins and some gold coins.  Thanks Kim!  And thanks to Viv for hosting this fun little swap.  :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Spring Soiree

Bobbie hosted another fabulous Soiree at The Paper Crown this weekend.  I always feel like an excited  little kid again when I arrive to see the fun decorations she has taken so much time to prepare for our class. 

Cupcakes, candy, cake.  Oh yes - please!

 Of course, don't forget the name tags.  I have quite the collection now and they always make me smile.

This was the main project.  I signed up for the Soiree before I even knew what the project would be.  I knew there was no way to be disappointed and true to form, Bobbie outdid herself.  

Of course, as if the above project wasn't quite enough, we made these sweet "party favors".  Just precious!

It was a great day to celebrate Shelley's 40th birthday.  This was Shelley's third party and she had one more to go that night.  

As always, it was nice to hang out and visit with Nan.  I'm so lucky for my sweet, creative friends.  :)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

3 Inchey Swap

My friend Laurie came up with this great swap. Laurie and I know each other from several creative workshops we have attended, and I knew some of our mutual friends would be participating too!

For this particular swap, we were to make six three-inch by three-inch fabric blocks.

Here was my creation - which was sort of similar to the larger heart I made for Jennifer's swap, but shrunk down and placed on a fabric background for the 3 inch by 3 inch requirement:

Our talented friend Hope Ellington came up with this amazing block with a frozen charlotte enclosed in a dimensional heart.  She also included an extra little surprise in with her swap - a lovely heart necklace that says, "Be True".  She amazes me.

Just look at this block that was made by our friend Tammy. She managed to perfectly squeeze all that detail onto her block.  So pretty! I absolutely love the pinks.

When I took this colorful block out of the package, I knew who made this without even having to look.  :)  Our sweet friend Linda - this is SO her - and I just love it.  It makes me smile.

This pretty block was made by Lisa.  I haven't met her in person yet, but what a lovely piece of art she created, and I'm thrilled to add it to my collection.

Laurie made this precious block, and this one is so her, too!  I love the vintage fabric, lace, embroidery, and of course, a button.

 Jeanelle embellished this block so sweetly - with the key, beads, buttons, vintage lace and wool.  Just beautiful!