Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Vintage Jewelry Swap

I'm going out on a limb and guessing I'm not the only one who has an overabundance of certain crafting goodies and a piddly (did I just use that word publicly????) amount of others. Lisa (A Thing For Roses) kindly suggested that I try my hand at a swap, in response to my inquiry about trading crafting supplies with fellow bloggers. I promptly set to sorting through my massive collection of vintage baubles. So, if nothing else...many heartfelt thanks to Lisa for prompting me to start a mission of organization. What I came up with is 5 pound lot of miscellaneous jewelry: some broken pieces (perfect for crafting), but most is perfectly intact. I took several pictures to give you an idea of what you will be getting and will leave it up to each of you to choose what to include in your treasure trove.
Since this is my first try at doing a swap, please be gentle if I am a bit unorthodox in setting it up. If you are interested in being part of the drawing, please leave a comment, expressing your interest, on my blog. Next Wednesday (January 27, 2009), I will (for the sake of fairness) have one of my children select a name. I will post the lucky swapper here and we will exchange care packages. Since this seems too easy, I've probably forgotten some critical element. Please let me know, if that is the case.
Truthfully, I am more excited about connecting with you all, on a more personal level, than I am about what goodies I might receive. There are times when this world of blogging seems so vast and I'm always thrilled when someone takes the time to stop by and/ or leave a comment!

Baskets Galore!

During my last visit to my friend Melody's shop, "Once Possessed", I picked up a few vintage baskets in need of some T.L.C. I snatched those up, along with some gorgeous fabric remnants & lace doilies/ runners/ napkins...for a STEAL. Thanks so much, Mel! Both of my kids had friends over this weekend, so I was able to let my creative juices flow...in between laundry, refereeing small disputes & updating my resume. I was pretty pleased with the finished products, so I thought I'd share.

As I was perusing Lisa's blog, A Thing For Roses, I had an idea which I'm not quite sure how to execute. For those of you who are die-hard crafters/ artists, is there a forum for trading excess supplies? Lisa had mentioned, in her blog, that a friend gave her some broken, vintage jewelry that she needed for some projects. It dawned on me that I have an over-abundance of certain goodies (like vintage jewelry) and am sorely lacking other supplies (ribbon, trims, etc.). I'm fairly certain I'm not the only one who has an unbalanced stock of crafting necessities. Food for thought :-)