Happy New Year!
Blogging friends know that I enjoy swaps. I think it is fun to have a crafty "assignment" with a deadline, assemble treats, and meet new creative bloggers. There are currently two for which I am signed up.
Cathy of Treasured Heirlooms has put together the Amour Valentine Swap. This is Cathy's first time hosting a swap but she is no stranger to beautiful things. Visit Cathy's pretty blog or shop(s) and you will recognize her from all of the awesome and well-deserved press she receives for her whimsical creations and beautiful home and garden in magazines like Romantic Homes. I have actually looked through saved magazines and found pictorials: That's Cathy!
Fun fact about Cathy: Look for Cathy in the March issue of Romantic Country.
I am also participating in Heather of Speckled Egg's Petite Inspiration Box Swap (PIB). I was part of this swap last year and not only was I introduced to creative bloggers but to using materials I had never used before, like ledger paper (it's true). Heather is a Silver Bella gal which attributes to my being enamored of her and her talents.
Fun fact about Heather: (Re)introduced me to the wonders of embellishing matchboxes. My first experience was the make-your-own dresser idea pamphlet from the Sunshine Family doll set at about age 10. Does anyone remember these?
This was a box I received from one of my three PIB swap partners last year, Jennifer. If interested, here is my post about it.
Before even knowing about these swaps, I was asked by my friend Bethany to instruct a craft night at our local library in February. This box is what I made to be the example. I think it will be fun.
Fun fact about Bethany: First person to tell me she had a blog. Yep, thanks to Bethany I have discovered this whole wonderful world!
Not sure if the swaps listed above are still accepting participants but if this sounds fun to you, keep your eyes open to posts about swaps and consider signing up. They really are fun and worthwhile.
Oh, I am supposed to be taking ornaments off of the tree. Gotta go!