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Monday, May 10, 2010

My First Swap Ever!!

I never knew blogging could be so much fun! Thanks to Gina at theshabbychiccottage.net, I was able to participate in my very first swap! This one was a "Spring Supply Swap" where I was partnered with two other women who share similar interests.

About 5 pm last night, I saw the mailman walking up our path with 2 packages! I figured I'd take my time and savor the moment. Nope! I dove right in!

The first package I opened was from Michelle at afullcottage.blogspot.com.

Opening the box....

Box full of goodies!

All kinds of yummy scrapbook paper....

Different shades of white cloth doilies...

2 jars of shells and buttons....

I ADORE this fabric! Red is my absolute favorite color! I've got big plans for the vintage glass pearls too.

Wall paper border. Love the country look!

2 white candles that fit my new candle holder!

Vintage sheet music. I was actually searching for more of this!

Decorative balls with cinnamon sticks...

The whole lot!

Next, this is what I sent to Michelle. Like me, her favorite color is red. Originally, I started collecting anything red, but it soon turned into an Americana Theme!

Lots of red, white, and blue quilt squares and anything with those colors. The snowman was made from a wooden laundry pin. The white ceramic ornament can be painted or left as-is. You can open it up and put a little gift inside! There's also a hand-sewn gingham heart ornament.

More fabrics, ribbons, thread, and vintage eyelet trims.

This is a vintage hand-made stained-glass ornament I purchased at a Craft Fair years ago. Because it's a heart, it can be used all year long.

Red sparkly glitter and tiny beads.

Using knives and gouges, I carved a Santa Claus into a vintage spool.

What Americana Theme would be complete without American flags?!

That was too much fun putting together! Thanks Michelle!


  1. Love that candle holder! Looks like you got lots of loot!

  2. I hope you like everything the swap was so much fun and it was so nice to get to know you better. I am in the process of writing a blog post about the swap too. I have company coming this morning(so I have to clean the house)so maybe I will be able to post it in the afternoon before I go to work.

    :) Michelle