Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A Bird in The Hand

Jen was gracious enough to do a little birdie swap with me and let me tell you, I am the lucky one of the two! Jen was overly generous with her crafty time and I am still just squealing with joy over the wonderful goodies she sent me. Allow me to now preface this with a disclaimer . . . I am a LOUSY photographer. The pictures you are about to see in no way show the amazingness of the items. Seriously.

First allow me to show you everything packaged. Not only was this shot hard to get because I was at work and the only choice for backdrop I had was a crappy table, I was hard pressed not to rip everything open greedily before snapping a shot.

People should pay Jen to wrap their gifts. She could wrap up a roll of toilet paper and make the receiver feel like they had the best gift in the world!

Here you can see the cutest take out box that contained this adorable wind chime! She attached a stamped paper to the end to make it fit our bird theme. I plan to hang this on my sun porch.

More goodness! A fan, the cutest birdie chop sticks, a little "pop out feeder," one of those adorable water bird whistles and a sweet wish necklace! It's a tiny bird on a little cord and you're supposed to make a wish and wear your necklace and when it falls off your wish will come true! I may have cheated. I wore my necklace yesterday but then took it off and tried to arrange it back on the card so you could see a picture. I am pretty sure my wish still stands though.

An adorable vintage hanky with a tiny dove embroidery! This is so sweet and delicate. I had to show you the box it came in, I think it's my favorite of all the wrappings.

Wonderful hand stamped envelopes! These will be reserved for special letters for sure.

A hand decorated recipe box! Now I seem to have lost the picture I took of the outside of the box, I promise to take another and share this week. It's so cute! (I also know I took pictures of the cute box of Martha seeds she sent as well but I can't find that one either hmmm . . .) Anyway, back to MY recipe box. I am always so touched when people hand write recipes as gifts. As I told Jen, I never do that for myself because I'm lazy. I think they are just so personal and sweet. And get a load of those cute recipe card dividers! Love it.

And my very favorite thing of all . . . . (I know you are thinking, "There's MORE??" oh yes my friends, I was totally spoiled)

Couldn't you just DIE? Yes, that is a home made apron. Yes, it is aqua and orange and YES those are the sweetest polka dot pockets and ruffle one ever did see. Sigh . . . I about fainted when I saw this. :)

So thank you, Jen, my dear friend, for making such wonderful things just for me. I am touched beyond belief.

You can go here and see what I sent her. :)

And remember my flower swap with Vallen? You can go here and see what I sent her. You'll notice that we both made the crocheted flowers from a recent issue of Interweave Crochet! How is that for coincidence? It just proves my point of how close our little family of bloggers has become. In my swap with Jen we noticed that we both sent stamped stationary, a piece of jewelry and an embroided piece. :)


Only a few more days to sign up for the Summer Fun Swap! We should have your partners out to you by the middle of next week if not sooner. Last count we were up to over 50 participants! It's takes a bit of time to get everyone sorted out so be patient with us. :) Also, we will do our best not to pair you up with someone you have previously swapped with but now that we have a lot of repeat swappers that could happen so you'll have to let us know!



Unknown said...

What a great haul!!

Sarah and Jack said...

Oh man the bird apron is to die for cute!

I was just reminiscing about those bird whistles at the picnic this past weekend. I used to go to the duck pond game over and over again because those were among the prizes there. How I loved those sweet little things!

flanthrower said...

what a fantastic apron! i wonder where she got the birdie fabric? it's awesome.

Jodi Ohl said...

I've checked out both of your personal swaps and looks like you have had a lot of mail love and have been one crafty momma yourself! Love the entire package but the birdie apron is a favorite, I haven't really seen that color combination much so maybe that's why it's so appealing.

You both put alot of love and care into your projects--what creativity as well!


Susan from The T-Cozy said...

Wow...now that's a terrific apron! Jen is an apron diva!

Jennifer W. said...

Hey you! Still loving all my birdie goodness over here! You are a super awesome swap partner!!

Unknown said...

Ohmygosh that APRON! Wow. Wow again. I luuurrrve that fabric so much!

I love what you sent to Jen--that little teacup nest is to die for!

Anonymous said...

Hello you darling girl :)
How is your back feeling? Gosh you scored with the birdy love in that swap! Such neat stuff!!
Speaking of windchimes, I sure wish I could find where mine are packed away at!

woof nanny said...

Ooh, love the apron! And I'm going to have to get one of those cute whistles! Jen is the swap queen! I love what you sent too.

Jennifer said...

I am loving your swap goodies - it's all great but I am seriously coveting the apron. I cecked out what you sent Jen and Vallen and I have to say that I was pretty impressed - I was blown away by the decoupaged egg - did you do it yourself? If so, you should give classes on that - seriously!


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