Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gifts from Blogland!

Here are some photos of the items I received from the swaps I participated in.  The first photos are from my Shabby Chic Swap and my partner was Marie from Australia.  Here is the link if you missed my part of the swap for her:

She sent coasters and key chain with doberman photos because she understands what Toocutecdobs stands for (two cute dobermans), a notebook with the rose cover, 3 napkins and a doily, 3 packs of sachet, 2 "baskets of roses" soaps, a pewter bookmark,a box of bookplates and one of her own pieces of art--the Victorian lady and horse decorated box.

If you would like to see more of Marie's work and her blog just follow this link:

My next swap was the Rosette Swap.  I signed up for this having never made a rosette but figured this was just the thing to inspire me.  If you missed my half of the swap just check out the previous post with tutorial of the rosettes I made.  I tried several styles but was only successful with the one shown.

This swap was different because we did not know who our swap partner was.  Jill at organized hosted this swap and assigned us to someone.  Here are the wonderful goodies I received.

Stevie from sent me these beauties.  A reclaimed necklace that she added the rosette to, a beautiful fun bunting with a rosette and ice cream theme, and a fabric wrap cuff with rosette and vintage lace.  At first glance I thought the cuff was far too tiny but it fits perfectly.  Pretty, pretty, pretty! I told Stevie this package made me want to host an ice cream party while wearing a vintage summer dress and the jewelry she had made for me.

And then I got this surprise package from Jana at  This was not even a swap just a fabulous gift from a fellow blogger!  Jana had been traveling a lot this summer but sent all these goodies to me when she arrived back home.

This is a German issue Burda (my first ever Burda!), two great pieces of fabric, a pattern, a postcard from her travels, and a note card from Jana.

The pattern is Butterick 5334-I like it! And the Burda had some really great shoes in this issue besides all of the other fashion stuff.

Here is a close up of the two pieces of fabric Jana sent.  The left piece is a stretch cotton and the right--well I don't know the fabric content but I like it.  It is an olive green with black running through it.  Jana is really talented at copying designer work and making her own version of it.  You should check out her blog when you get a chance.

My heartfelt thanks to Jana, Marie and Stevie for the great gifts I received. Thanks so much!


  1. Pretty, pretty, pretty! I love all of the beautiful things you received in the mail! Isn't it such a great feeling to get something special in the mail?!!

    Have fun with your issue of Burda! I have two issues myself that I still have not worked up the nerve to use. I will, one day! Also, those fabrics are gorgeous! Your friend Jan has great taste!

  2. Aww, you're so sweet. I'm glad you liked everything! I think the olive fabric is suppose to be a silk dupioni, but not 100% silk. Or at least thats my guess

  3. How exciting! What a great swap!

  4. Wow! What wonderful and beautiful gifts!

  5. You really rec'd some cool things in your swap!

  6. Oh what pretty rosettes from Stevie! Thanks for showing these off to to all the swappees!


  7. Happy Rosette got some really pretty gifts.


  8. Wasn't the Rosette Swap fun?! I had never made rosettes either until this came up...still practicing! :) The cuff is simply beautiful!

    Hmmmm....I just got the uncontrollable urge to have a bowl of ice cream.... ;)


  9. Very pretty rosettes! This was such a fun swap!

    Renee ♥

  10. Gorgeous Rosette!! My first time on making rosettes too...this was def a lot of fun!

  11. Oh my goodness so many pretties for you! xoxo


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