Spring Basket Swap

I participated in Rhea's Spring Basket swap.
The baskets were to be created using a small yogurt cup,
and be accompanied by 5 small gifts.

Here are the baskets I created for my partners.

My basket for Rhea

My basket for Mercedes

This is the basket Mercedes created for me.

She used the sweetest soft blue fabric, and added a beautiful
vintage ribbon and jewelry piece to the front.

Lots of lace around the basket, and the most
beautiful vintage flowers and butterfly on
the handle. She also added soft, whispy feathers.

It's just dreamy!

She included sweet little birds, beautiful vintage laces,
vintage sheet music, a vintage tea napkin,
and the sweetest little tea cup canvas.

Thank you Mercedes, I love everything!

Poor Rhea has been having medical problems
and has not been well. I will show her
basket when she is up to finishing.


Boîte D' Allumettes Swap

We had a beautiful matchbox swap
in the Marie Antoinette mail art group.

My partner was the talented Terri Heinz.

It took me awhile to open, and wander through
the beauties she sent me. Everything was
wrapped and presented so beautifully.

I love this little jointed Marie paper doll. The
colors and details are so dainty and pretty.

The matchbox is a true treat for the eyes!
The colors are perfect and I love the papers
and lovely embellishments she used.

There was even a mini matchbox inside.

And all the sweet goodies....oh my!

Terri, I am thrilled beyond words to have
this beautiful creation from you.

Thank you, thank you!

This is the matchbox I created for Terri.
I used vintage papers, laces and flowers.
Then added some bling!

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful (dry) spring week!


Sorority Rush

Today, we are having a
Bloggerette Sorority Rush.

Our Rush project is to create something
using the beautiful image above, and
to share a little something about ourselves.

I love decorating matchboxes so that's what I chose to create.

I'm afraid of heights,


and scared to drive in the snow.

I love peanut M & M's,

diet coke,

and the color PINK!

My favorite TV shows are

Law & Order (all of them),

and Criminal Minds.

I love creating,                                           

                        spending time with my family,

                                Christmas morning,

the middle of the night,        

and meeting new blogging friends.             

(wow! does this sound like an ad for a dating site?)      

Thanks for visiting me today.

Have a creatively sweet week!

You can see other fun sorority projects here.


Beautiful Charms

We had a beautiful charm swap in the Marie Antoinette group.
Everyone was to create 25 charms, and would receive 25 charms in return.

Long story short, I never received my charms.
According to the postal service, they were delivered.

But, they were never received.

How very nice, and very much appreciated it was,
when my sweet friend Terri sent me
25 beautiful charms that she had created.

Here are the bracelet and necklace I created with those charms.

Thank you Terri. What a blessing it is to know you.

I also appreciate the sweet offers I received
from other MAMA friends to send me charms.

I love my blogging friends! And appreciate all of you
who take the time to visit my blog
and leave your sweet and encouraging words.


Domino Mini Book

In the Marie Antoinette group we swapped
mini books made using dominoes for the covers.

I had never made these before and
they are so fun, and addicting!

My partner was the wonderfully talented Terri.

Terri's book for Me

Terri also sent me this beautiful
little china pendant. I love it!

Thank you Terri for the beautiful
domino book and pendant.
I will treasure them!

My book for Terri

Then, our sweet hostess Holly, surprised
each of us with the sweetest tiny domino book.

Thank you Holly for this beautiful, tiny treasure.


Mother's Day Vintage Brooch Swap

 Linda at A Swap for All Seasons hosted
a Mother's Day Brooch swap.

We were to get our partner a special brooch
and present it in a fun way.

 I was so excited to be partnered with Kathy
from Kat Collects. I've swapped with her
before, and she's a fun partner!

I was thrilled when my beautiful brooch arrived!

It is a Crown Staffordshire flower brooch
and I am in love, LOVE!

I actually have a small collection of these brooches.

The brooch was attached to a sweet fabric ribbon
tied around a bundle of beautiful ephemera.

Look at that sweet little baby! eeek!

Kathy, I am so happy to have had the chance
to once again swap with you!

Thank you so much for my beautiful gifts!

I wanted to do something really special for Kathy
because I think she is such an amazing lady.

I created this fabric heart that ties together
and opens up to a full heart.

I chose this sweet image for the center
because Kathy has two children,
a son and a daughter.

The flag brooch was an extra, because
she is the mother of a U.S. soldier
currently stationed in Iraq.

The brooch in the center is the one
I chose as her gift brooch.

Thank you Linda for hosting another beautiful swap!

You can visit Linda's blog to see more beautiful brooches.

Wishing all of you a wonderful and happy
Mother's Day
surrounded by those you love!