i felt fortunate to get in on cathy's amour box swap ...it was the first time she hosted a swap, and it was wonderful! i loved the swap guidelines cathy specified...decorate and fill a beautiful box in the color preference of your assigned partner. in cathy's words: Create your "Amour box" with your imagination and your own particular style. It doesn't necessarily have to be a Valentine theme, but it has to be pretty and it has to be made with the color choice of your partner:

*Shades of Pink
*Shades of Red
*Shades of White
*Any color is fine

i chose white...no surprise there:) but what a pleasant surprise to find out that my partner was the gracious karen, from my desert cottage...it was such a pleasure to get to know her better. thank you, karen, for being my swap partner!

doesn't this look so elegant and appealing? i love the variety of textures; the key, the lace, the button, the sheet music - all assembled beautifully.

the handmade card

i love the card sentiment...written in karen's own lovely script

another view of the outside

and a close up

i'm sure i don't have to point out the beauty of each of the items - but i have to say that the old crepe paper just makes my mouth water

wonderful old bobbin, soft seam binding on a tag...darling little pearl frame...

little kraft writing book - so many possibilities! and look at the softly gleaming pins against the perfectly aged lace


another little hand decorated box:) and perfectly beautiful trinkets

oh - the softly hued old buttons! i love them!

and that brings me to the little old heart shaped tin, filled with buttons, that i sent off to karen in return. funny thing was - we both felt we wanted to stay away from a valentine theme, for the most part; we both filled little heart shaped containers with white buttons; and by chance we both wrapped everything in old sewing patterns:) it made me smile...

the box i sent to karen...

and the inside:) i'll let karen show you the rest over at her blog. and i'm going to link you back to our hostess cathy's post and list of other participants - i am having trouble posting the list here. happy valentine's day!!!


Melissa/Piney Rose said...

Oh my goodness - what a wonderful box of goodies! I love this. BTW, the crown paperweight you liked? - check out etsy shop:
5dollarfrenchmarket That's where I got it.

Cassandra said...

BEAUTIFUL! Such lovely treasures. Thanks for sharing. :)

Brynwood Needleworks said...

You girls really "got" each other. Perfect gifts from one to the other. They're both beautiful.
Happy Valentines Day!

Karen Valentine said...

Good morning Mary!! Ha! You are right... our posts are similar too! This sun, sun, sun! I'm off now to look at all the others!!!


Cathy said...

Wow, wow, wow.

What a stunning box of lovelies from your partner. You all did such an amazing job. I'm so thrilled that everyone had such a great time. I know I had a blast getting to meet so many wonderful friends.

Thank you so much for making my first swap such a wild success.

Happy Valentines Day,

xo Cathy

Lisa said...

Oh my! I do so love the whites! I really didn't think about white as I love red and pink so much but I have really enjoyed all the whites that everyone has done! What fun!! It was good to meet you!
Hugs, Lisa

Kath' said...

These were beautiful. I loved everything and enjoyed the fun doing this swap. Kath' at www.lilbitoldlilbitnew.blogspot.com

Vera said...

What a beautiful job you both did! They seemed perfect for the both of you!

Olivia Paige

Jayme said...

Love the box you made. Everything is just darling. Happy Valentines Day!

Shabby Shan said...

Your box and all of your goodies are so pretty...I love all of the whites! Happy Valentine's Day!

Shabby Shan's Cottage

Jessica Rodarte said...

Beautiful swap! And such a lovely presentation!

Karen said...

Beautiful stuff! My goodness - what a treasure load! Lucky you! Karen is such a sweetheart - you both did just perfect exchanges for each other's gifts.
Thanks for sharing! & Happy Valentines Day!
Some days are diamonds

sandy said...

Love your treasures in shades of white! So elegant! Happy Valentine's Day!
Hob Nobbers

Shirl said...

Hello, so nice to meet you! Happy Valentines Day! Wow your gifts that you received are just beautiful! I love seeing the different ways all the heart boxes have been decorated! Enjoy your day of visiting Valentine Amour Swaps, this was so much fun! A big thank you to our sweet hostess Cathy!
Have a Happy Valentines Day.
Blessings to you! Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Amore Artisan Boutique said...

WOW! What fun this was! I had a blast! Can't wait untill next year to do it again
Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!
hugs sassy gail www.thesassybeach.com

Secondhandrose said...

I really like the white theme.


Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Mary, IT'S ALL Fabulous!

The Feathered Nest said...

Mary!!! You and Karen were PERFECT swap partners!!!! I just finished looking at the beautiful things you sent her too ~ my goodness you would have thought she purchased them for herself!!! Enjoy your treasures, hugs and love, Dawn

Unknown said...

What a beautiful box you received! And, I love how you used vintage pattern images on the one you created...It was a fun swap, wasn't it?

Lori said...

What incredible whites!!! I so wish I could find the vintage papers in these parts! Your both incredible partners! Glad you had fun and shared your creations! Lori

Charlene said...

Karen & I have become very good friends & I think you two were perfect swap partners! Looks like you were both on the same wave link for sure! Enjoy your goodies! Charlene

NicNacManiac said...

WOW...such a beautiful box filled with the most gorgeous treasures! You guys were really well suited for each other!! Happy Valentine's day and have a fabulous week!
xOxO Nerina

Pam said...

What lovely boxes the two of made. You two certainly do have similar tastes. Both are wonderful. Love the vintage pattern themed box.

Unknown said...

Hi Mary! The box Karen created is incredible! So beautiful!!! And filled with all kinds of fun things!

And, of course, the box you made is so very lovely as well!!!!! How exciting for both of you to get something so special in the mail!! Fun, fun, fun...

Hugs ~

:) T

June said...

Hi dear one, I have missed coming over here to see you. The swap with Karen was amazing. I saw what you sent to her over at her place and now I know what she meant about the little tin with buttons. Serendipity! Every little detail of both your swap packages were just beyond beautiful.

Susie said...

I am so enjoying seeing all the exquisite Valentine swap goodies and now wish I took part in this wonderful event. I loved the one you received.
Susie, of The Polka Dot Rose

Ana said...

Hi Mary,
What a cute idea...the Amour Box Swap. What special things you recieved. Very beautiful...
It was nice meeting you too. Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Hope you come by again soon. Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs and Smiles,
♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

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