Thursday, February 12, 2009

Big Inspiration in Petite Packages

I just wrapped-up my very first blog-organized swap: The Petite Inspiration Box Swap. It was put together by Heather at Speckled Egg. Heather placed signed-up swappers into groups of four. We had to decorate the outside of sliding matchboxes, fill them with “artsy goodies” and mail them to our three partners by February 6.

I was in Group 9 and got to meet Kathy, Jennifer, and the coordinator herself, Heather! We sent emails to introduce ourselves and to share color and craft favorites.

I really enjoyed decorating the boxes to give and gathering treats to fill them. After looking at my swap-partners’ blogs and seeing their amazing talents, gulp, I hoped that they would be happy with their boxes from me. (I feel so new to all of this!)

Here is what I put together:

Here's what I got!

Each one is absolutely beautiful!

~ Inspiration from Jennifer ~

~ Inspiration from Kathy ~

~ Inspiration from Heather ~

Thank you so much to Heather for all of her effort and for the wonderful swap. Thank you again to my swap partners for the most wonderful treasure boxes. Consider me inspired!



Bethany said...

What fun goodies, yours and theirs. Really inspiring and fun. Great pics Elyse!

Wendy said...

How fun! Love the wonderful things they put in those tiny boxes!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I think your swap partners are going to be really happy with what they are getting! Those little boxes are beautiful!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Elyse, what a fun swap to have been a part of! Your match boxes turned out so sweet and and filled with treasures! The boxes you received are keepers to! What talent you have!


Tammy said...

Hey, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I had to check yours out, too...soooo cute! I love the boxes you gave and recieved. Kathy is a friend of mine, we live about 15 minutes from each other. She's a sweetie, and, girl (!) she made you a GORGEOUS box!

Lori said...

Elyse, what a fun swap...those little boxes are so beautiful...and they are all just filled to the brim with the cutest goodies!!!

Lisa Marie said...

omgosh, I love love those they are so beautiful. I think I'm going to put together some last minute Valentines for the girls just like that and fill with some goodies... So pretty thank you for posting this, hugs, Lisa

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Oh how Gorgeous Elyse! and yours are just beautiful too! there is so much talent out here! And what a fun idea, I have never done a swap, but how neat!!

Your boxes are simply perfect sweetie!! I love the middle one with the seed packet ( it looks like ) , it's reminding me of Spring, something I am so so looking forward to! Have a great weekend and a Happy Valentines day too! xox Cyn

C. C. said...

Hi Elyse!

What creative fun for you! I love your boxes as well as the ones you received. I bet that was fun looking for little bits to put in those!

C. C.

Cathy said...


What a great swap. Boy you raked in girlfriend. Aren't these just sweet, amazing ladies? I love them all and they are so talented. You got quite a stash!



SueLovesCherries said...

They are all so beautiful! I especially like the ones you made!

Bill and Mary Glidden said...

What a fun 3 boxes of goodies!! And such a great idea to use those match boxes! Gosh I wish I had thought about saving all those down through the years!

Happy Valentines Day!


Amy C said...

what a fun and sweet idea, yours looks perfectly adorable and all in time for Valentine's prettiness weekend.
p.s. thanks for the Bloom link - fun stuff

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful!! What fantastic goodies to receive - I'm sure you were grinning all day :)

And yours were spectacular, too. I still need to see what went inside.

What a great swap!


Unknown said...

I just love swaps; they are so inspiring!
You're all linked up at NE Bloggers!

Unknown said...

Those packages are all so lovely! THank you for sharing! :)

Unknown said...

Elyse-couldn't find an email for you and I wanted to be sure you were in my NE Bloggers contact list. If you don't feel comfortable sharing, that's fine.

KatCollects said...

As you know I love the box you made for me and all the fun treasures inside. This is a great post! I had so much fun with this swap and loved everything about it. I am so happy that we "met"

blog said...

I love your blog & your Etsy items! Why can't I follow your blog??

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Love all of your pretty boxes! what a wonderful swap!

xo Heather

p.s.- a while back you asked about the fabric on my post about the suitcase??? anyway... it is a shabby chic shower curtain. I use it as a cover on my ottoman. I love the fabric! sorry for not answering you sooner. ;))

Sweetina said...

My goodness how incredibly beautiful!You made the sweetest cottage style boxes!
Looks like you had lots of creative fun and met some wonderful new friends!
All the boxes that the 4 of you talented artists decorated are stunning and filled to the brim with so many pretties!
I really must try this!
Lovely post thanks Elyse!

Sweetina said...

Thankyou so much for the darling award! I will be so proud to have this on my blogsidebar! I am loving your blog and all your beautiful posts and creative art~so happy I found you out here in blogland!

Glitter & Bliss said...

I love all of these precious boxes. They would be cute as match boxes!! Very unique. I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. Leslie

Manu Demonti... said...

Hello Elyse!! I love your blog so much...and i put a button cottage in my blog!!

faithful love said...

Love your site, and your cute boxes. You should cover bars of soap that smell good and fill apothecary jars with them, it would be too cute!!