Friday, October 30, 2009

Sweet & Sinister Swap

With Halloween just a day away, I figured it was time to share the wonderful goodies that I received in the Sweet & Sinister Swap. This is the third year I've played in Kari's wonderful swap, and it always promises to be fabulous!

This year I was partnered with Carola from Germany. She did SUCH an amazing job! Everything was packaged SO beautifully, all in black and white with spooky silhouettes. Waaaaaay too pretty to open!

Inside this gorgeous packaging was an owl pendant that Carola soldered, as well as some dangling prisms. And this amazing set of vintage jewelry!!!

She sent a ton of other goodies as well! Thick and wonderful crepe paper, lots of paper decorations, a handmade mask, magazines, ribbon, ephemera, framed silhouettes, a vintage candlestick... SUCH a wonderful swap! Thank you so much, Carola! You went above and beyond what I imagined! :)

Here are some of the handmade goodies that I sent her. I altered a paper mache egg in a Halloween theme and filled it with artsy goodies. It turned out pretty cute, but difficult to photograph. The vintage paper circle look like eyeballs. Heehee.

I also embellished a little frame ornament. This black and white bracelet was a lot of fun to make... I need to make one for myself!

And some purchased goodies; a ceramic pumpkin, a little feather tree, and spooky crow.

I am off to my Little One's school party (wearing the lovely owl necklace that Carol sent)!
Back tomorrow with some gorgeous Halloween ornaments from some bloggy friends!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Just for me

When I signed up for Natasha's "All About Me Swap" last month, I knew exactly what I was going to make. Her idea for this "swap" was wonderful ~ to create something for yourself and share it on your blog. I love participating in swaps, but I rarely make things just for me.

I found this vintage case at a yard sale for $1 earlier this summer. I had been looking for something to use to carry my supplies for classes at Silver Bella. This was perfect!
A little foof... and it's ready to go!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sumo Snowmen???

My first attempt at paper mache... since elementary school.
A little army of snowmen (sumo guys?) heading for the oven to dry.
I'm hoping that with some paint, glitter, and foof they won't look so "sumo-ish"!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A little sale

All of the German Scrap Foils and Borders are on sale!
Scoop some up HERE.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sweet & Sinister Peek

Here's a peek of the goodies that I sent to Germany for Artsy Mama's Sweet & Sinister Swap.
I'll post more pics when this sweet lady gets her package. :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Bag Lady

Hi Friends! It has been a while, huh? Things here have been very busy! Busy in a good way ~ school activities, ballet, soccer, birthday parties, apple picking. Enjoying the Fall with my girls. Good stuff! I pinkie-promise to get back to regular blogging though!

I thought I'd share a few of my new favorite things. I just adore a cute bag. And these totally fit the bill!

For my birthday back in July, my best friend took me to 1154 Lill Studio on Newbury Street. I got to design my own purse!!! It was SO much fun to play with all of the gorgeous fabrics. I had such a hard time choosing what to do! I finally made up my mind, and a few weeks later this lovely custom-made purse arrived at my door. No sewing on my part required! Phew.

It was such a fun experience. You can play with their online tool to design your own purse here. Or if you have a shop near you, it would make a great girls' day! They even host purse making parties!

I also just had to have this beautiful ruffled tote! The ruffles had me at hello. It was made by Jeanne at A Bushel and a Peck! I loooove it! Jeanne will be vendoring at Silver Bella, and I just can't wait to see what she'll be selling!

And finally here's a little peek at some gifts I've been working on for some special Bellas! I can't believe that Silver Bella is just a few weeks away! SO exciting! I need to get busy!