Tuesday, January 29, 2013

White Inspiration

I recently hosted a
 Winter Whites Inspiration Matchbox Swap
 in my flickr group.
Create a frosty matchbox for your partner and fill it with lots of white inspiration.
I ended up with two partners as one of the group members asked to participate after the swap closed.
Lucky me.... double the lovely returns!
These are the boxes I created....
and I had such fun filling them with wonderful white confections...
glitter vials, bleached bottle brush trees, mother of pearl buttons, laces, florals, beads...
and the almost mandatory frozen charlottes!
Sandi created this beautiful box for me. So difficult to capture how truly beautiful it is in all it's sugared sweetness.
And all the wonderful whites and silvers inside....
I thought the feathers were an especially nice touch!
This is the box I received from Michele.
Stunning with it's flap closure, pearl feet and many embellishments.
Here's a top view...
just a glorious mix of textures!
And loaded with tons of inspiration
in frosty silvers, whites and ice blues.
There's nothing like swapping with blog friends!
If you can't get enough of whites, follow my link to
hosted by Becky at Timewashed.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

More Valentines....More Whites

I am loving working with a neutral palette these days, so was thrilled when Kimberly announced her
 I'm Dreaming of a White Valentine Day Tag Swap.
I started with a gesso background, then layered with an image of a lovely victorian lady in white standing alongside a white heart, layered with scrumptious ornate lace.
The tags were each finished with a pearlized white heart surrounded by a pouf of tulle and creamy fabric flowers, then accented with icicle stickles.
These were very difficult to capture by camera.
Wish I could send one to each of you!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Valentines a la Marie

My tags for a swap in the
Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group
(click on picture for more detail)
I added lots of fussy little touches for a soft, romantic feel....
as any self respecting French tag
 needs to have!
I'm linked with Beverly at
Pink Saturday.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Wintery Whites

My offerings for our Winter Flower Swap in the
Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Last of the Holiday Gifts

I certainly was blessed this holiday season with many lovely gifts and giveaway wins from my beautiful blogging friends. I've shared them in the last several posts and these are the final few.
One of the sweetest friends I've made is Katherine of
Her blog is full of love and inspiration so if you haven't visited already you have something special to look forward to!
Katherine sent me this precious handmade card
packaged in a sheer handmade envelope.
And knowing my love of Christmas and the many trees I decorate,
she also made me this stunning ornament.
Thank you Katherine!
I've long been a fan of Shari's art. Her blog,
shows her unique style and diverse artistry.
I fell in love with her altered winter bottles and was fortunate to win this adorable snowman bottle.
And it's a plus that he fit perfectly into this existing vignette.
Thanks Shari!
Another giveaway win made it's way to me all the way from Australia
 and the talented hands of Suzy, of
Her collage work is perfection and I adore this piece more than I could ever express. If you love textile collage and mixed media as I do you will get lost in Suzy's blog for endless hours.
Thank you Suzy!.
To these women and all my blog friends who were so kind and generous to think of me this holiday season, I offer my heartfelt gratitude.
Your beautiful gifts are cherished and each has a special place in my home as well as my heart.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Sharing Some Valentine Love....New Swap!

Don't you love blog inspiration? I am always in awe of my blog friends' ideas and talents.
One of the very first blogs I ever visited was
 Many of you are already familiar with Lynn and her beautiful creations. Not only is she super talented but also super gracious. When I stopped by for a visit earlier today and saw her newest valentines I immediately emailed her asking permission to use her images and host a swap in my flickr group (where she's been a long time member). Not only did she respond with an enthusiastic yes, but she was also the first to sign up for the swap!
By the way, all of these gorgeous spoolies are available for purchase in Lynn's etsy shop.
Sign-ups are now open in my flickr group. You have to be a group member to participate. To learn how to do that follow this LINK and directions for joining are on the group page.
Come make and swap a Valentine Spoolie!