Monday, April 1, 2013

Covert Robin!

More handmade swapping! This time it was organized by Imagine Gnats. It had international participants and we were asked to make a secret (covert) handmade gift for our assigned partner. It was a round robin swap. Round robin meaning someone else was assigned to make me something.

I don't know what is more exciting: crafting something for someone or getting a specially crafted item for myself. They are both wonderful!

I was assigned a lovely lady who lives far far far away in a beautiful country filled with rich and brightly colored textiles and food that is so scrumptious and delicious I craved it when I was pregnant with J. I craved it so much that I was reduced to tears on several occasions upon the realization that we do not have a restaurant within this county that would meet my craving demands.

INDIA! INDIA! I get to make & send to INDIA!

My partner has this delightful blog filled with exceptional handmade and beautiful creations.....After reading a few posts, I was feeling intimidated! So, I procrastinated, read some more posts, stalked her has much as I could before I decided what to make....still feeling intimidated....I got to work.

She likes to sew (like is mild, she is an expert sewer) and I decided to make a fabric basket. I used the Pink Penguin fabric basket tutorial as a reference for this. I chose fabrics from the Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. I bought a couple prints in 1/2 yard each and the charm pack from my local Forget-Me-Knots Quilt Shop. I was really pleased with how the basket turned out! It was very easy and fun. I think this will be added to my "go-to" gift list. I also made a little pincushion and put an assortment of charm squares in the basket too.

She has a little guy and I crafted him a little dinosaur just for fun. J loves the dinos. J loved this little dino and was sad to part with it.

For fun I punched a few paper gift tags, added some locally made cranberry jelly candy and saltwater taffy. Now, I just sit back and wait to find out if it makes it safely all the way to INDIA....and if she likes it.

What about me? Oh, yes, me! I received my covert robin gift too! Mine came across the country from Baltimore and was filled with an assortment of hand made natural products which included: scented waters to boil and fill my home up with sweets scents, laundry detergent (which smells so good), several pincushions, a hexie needle book, little sewn pouches, an embroidered adorable bookmark, some Old Bay Seasoning, and chocolate. It is a wonderful gift! I love it! Such thought and care was put into making it for me!

Did I mention that all the participants are invited to link up their blogs and then are eligible to win some goodies from the co-hosts for this swap? It just gets better, right? If you are a crafty person and have thought about joining swaps but haven't yet, I encourage you to do so! It is so much fun (you are not required to send internationally) and you connect with so many other crafty people it makes your world that much smaller!

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