it was really sweet

little bits of tulle; soft and vintagey treasures...

today we share our photos of the things we made and found for ele's sweet tweet swap. i loved the theme, of course - all things bird and spring related. thank you for hosting this, ele:)

the first handmade project for ele, who ended up being my partner, was this nest in a tarnished old ladle. i really love how this turned out - and i want to thank the very creative barbara, over at treasures of the heart, for the inspiration for this! she has a wonderful blog, so full of pretty pictures and inspiration. thank you, barbara:)

a simple little bird nest made of yarn and shreds of burlap, nestled in a tiny silver favor basket.

i loved this soft pink doily. i layered it in an old raspberry crate (seen in one of the next few photos) and placed the gifts inside for mailing. the velvet bookmark with the charms was one of my favorite gifts for ele! this was the second time i created one of these for a swap...please see andrea's beautiful post for the inspiration for these. for those of you who have never visited her blog - prepare to set aside hours to browse...one of the most consistently beautiful and creative and "real" blogs on the web, in my humble opinion.

since ele lives on a farm, i was so thrilled to find this handmade charm for her!

the other side of the charm...and magnets made from scrabble tiles.

a chipboard bird that i covered and lightly distressed

and one of the old raspberry crates that i used as a container. i made an archival copy of this perfect old flashcard - another favorite from my stash.

i happened across this softly colored bookmark at barnes and noble, and had to add it to the collection:)

this is a swap package that was exceptionally fun to assemble...i truly made it a gift i would have loved to receive myself! i always try to do swaps with that "rule" in mind...


Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Looks wonderful and they are all MINE, MINE, MINE! HA! Thanks a lot Mary...loved everything! Thank you for posting also!

Shirl said...

Hello Mary, Happy Sweet Tweet Swap Day! Love all your beautiful things, so many pretty things here that you and Ele swapped!
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Floss said...

Oh that does look lovely, Mary. You put such effort into each detail, and I like the way you've let us know where your inspiration came from too.

debi @ life in my studio said...

What a beautiful assortment of gifts! Love how you packed them all into the little raspberry crate...wonderful idea!

Katie said...

Oh the whimsy of the pendant, just perfect for Ele! This was such a fun swap and I am so enjoying seeing all the goodies!

Penny said...

Hello Mary,
Love all the beautiful things you made and that you gave us links to where you got your inspiration

vivian said...

OH sweet!! I want you for a partner someday!

Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

What a beautiful package, Mary! You really are a generous swapper! :)

Piney Rose said...

Oh wow! I would love to have participated in that swap!

Christine Edwards said...

Mary, your swap package turned out wonderful...no detail overlooked...each item more perfect than the last. We're all very lucky to get you as a swap partner.

Laurie said...

Oh my gosh, what a lucky lady Ele is! Every bit of it is beautiful, but I agree -- my favorite is the bookmark you so sweetly personalized for her!

Andrea said...

what a pretty swap!

Elyse said...

GASP! what beauty!!! i am always awestruck by the generous creations for swaps. wow.


Lori said...

Mary, the swap gifts you made for Ele are so beautiful...i especially love the charm, it is so lovely!!!

Barb said...

Great job on your little ladle bird nest!!
And thanks for mentioning my name. =)
So glad to share ideas and help inspire others!!

I've now opened up a gift shop blog where i will list some of my things to sell, including my bird nests.
Of course you can make your own, so no sales there for me. LOL =0))

hugs, and blessings,
Barbara Jean

The Feathered Nest said...

What a beautiful gathering of goodies!!!! I'm in love with the nest in the ladle....just GORGEOUS!!! I know she just loved everything Mary ~ Hope your weekend is going great! xxoo, Dawn

ClassyChassy said...

Barbara is truly inspirational, isn't she? Great job on the ladle - very sweet items you pictured today!


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