Thursday, June 23, 2011

Charm Swap

I don't believe I have ever shared one of my charm swaps with you here on my blog, and I love these!  For this one on my MAMA group, you make and send in 25 charms and receive 25 in return.  The color scheme this time was Crystal, White, Pearl, Silver.  Ah, my favorite!  Technically you only have to send in 25 charms, but usually I do packages of 2 or 3.   This time I went a bit overboard because of my abundance of supplies in the color scheme.  (I have been waiting for a "with silver" swap to come along so I could use these pendant/bails I bought.)  Yeehee!

For this set I used a faceted Aurora Borealis bead from a necklace I got at a yardsale with some of my solid sterling spacers and bicones.  So shiny!

Another bead I have been waiting to use... my silver/rhinestone spacers.  They fit perfectly with the faux pearls I had (another yardsale purchase).

More faux pearls, these oddly shaped, with cute little clear beads.

Some larger beads with end caps to add some interest.

After I made these all up, I strung the charms on strips of satin and tied them onto cards with my name on the back.  Easy to see and kinda pretty I think.

Then baggied them all up to mail off to my amazing hostess, Rhonda.  I'll be sure to share my returns and my finished project (probably a bracelet) with you.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A kit for Melanie

Here is the kit I sent to Melanie for her to use to create her French Elegant Pouch.  I made six little 2.5"x2.5" square boxes to fill with her goodies.  Here is how they looked all packed up.

This is one of the boxes closed.

I wrapped the laces and trims around tickets which matched the cream, pale tealy blue and peachy pink color scheme and fit inside the bitty boxes just right.

I used coordinating scrapbook papers so the boxes even matched the kit.

The jewelry pieces and extra embellishments, plus some extra cream satin and grey silk.

This box fit four pieces of fabric rolled up all pretty.

More surprises.

An embellished salt shaker that I filled full of beads and cushioned inside the box with some wider nude-pink vintage laces.

Oh, I missed taking a photo of the flowers I sent.  I borrowed this one from Melanie.  They were my favorite part to make.

And a box full of cream goodies hopefully to dazzle and delight the lovely miss Melanie.

I have just the most fun making kits for my MAMA partners.  Something about gifting like this just makes my heart all full up.  :)  I was especially nervous to gather and pack this one up though, because Melanie was our dear hostess and I really wanted put something great together for her.  Thanks for checking it out, I can't wait to see what she makes.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A kit from Melanie

My Marie mail is always such happy mail.  Waiting for these packages to arrive from some of the most wonderful women around the country and world too, is one of my favortie things about the group.  (Okay maybe not the actual waiting, but the anticipation of such pretty mail is wonderful!  Like Christmas all year long.)  This box and the beauties inside came from Melanie who was the hostess for a kit swap with MAMA.  We sent our partners things to make an French Elegant Pouch, just look what she sent for me to create mine...

I love how she used the elastic lace to tie these heart boxes together.

Everything was packaged so beautifully.

So much fun to open.

These fabric images are so amazing. I can't wait to create with them.

I'm going to love using these trims and flowers on my pouch.

Jewelry pieces galore! Wheee!

The most amazing fabric lace trim pieces I have ever seen!  Thump thump thump... that's tiny heart palpitations you hear.

And the embellishments she sent were over-the-top gorgeous too!  I feel so lucky with my kit and so excited to get going on my pouch.  I love having a project like this waiting in the wings of my ordinary life.  It's delightful to day dream about the beauty and possibility.  Ahhhhh, bliss.

Tomorrow I'll share photos of the kit I sent to miss Melanie.  Ciao for now and lots of love!