Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gifts I Made for Swap with Margaret

In late October Margaret of The French Bear & I did a private Fall Swap. I showed all of you the goodies that she had sent to me HERE but, I forgot to do a post to show you what I made for her. So, here are a few photos of the items I made/got for her. I made her three pairs of earrings all in Fall colors. I put them on a card I made with an image I got from Dawn of The Feathered Nest (THANK YOU Dawn). Also, I made her a necklace with a charm that could be hung from either side. The first side is again an image from Dawn. I love the image of the girls playing in the leaves. When I soldered this charm (which is fairly large) & used a thick & textured look for the solder.
And the beveled side of the charm was a Fall image (again from Dawn) that I thought was very pretty. I used natural stones & strung them in a long necklace so that the soldered charm would hang low on a pretty sweater. I loved the colors in the stones that hung on the bottom of the charm.
Next I did an apron for her. I used a poem that she had written called The Needlewoman & did an image transfer & stitched this onto an apron. I then used part of a cute hankie that I had been saving (that had sewing machine, needles, thread & all sorts of sewing items on it) which I put at the top of the apron. I did a pink breast cancer ribbon & put Margaret's sisters name on it (in memory of Karen).
For pockets I used two vintage doilies I had bought from my friend Pat of My Tattered Elegance (she has some of the most wonderful lace) & I then used some wonderful charms of sewing items & stitched them to the poem & pockets.
Here's a close up of the bottom of the poem with the sewing machine & scissors charm.
A thimble charm tied onto one pocket with black & white ribbon.
Next, a set of photo albums & a journal in beautiful Fall colors & tied with a pretty ribbon. Again, that same photo used for her charm with some cute glittered clothes pins (with magnets for the fridge to hold photos or reminders)
And being a seamstress & having read her blog I knew that Margaret loved buttons. So, I made her a button jar with this wonderful vintage image of a woman dressed in a bat costume (after all Halloween was during the time frame of the swap). I then ruffled crepe paper around the image & glittered the lid with BLACK glitter.
The finishing touch on the jar was a little sign which read "BATTY FOR BUTTONS" which was tied on with black netting.
Here's a few of her goodies all tied up in black netting & ready for the box for mailing. I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my hand made goodies & Margaret did say that she loved all her things. Postal Love is a marvelous thing. Right now I have a few more things sitting on my work table waiting to be finished & mailed. Have a wonderful week my dear friends.


The French Bear said...

Okay, the pictures you took are so much more clear then the ones I took. seeing everything again on the screen, makes me so happy!!!
I forgot I was going to take pictures of myself with the apron and the earrings!
Thanks again Charlene, I loved doing the swap with you!
Margaret B,xx

Coastal Sisters said...

Oh how lovely! I am sure Margaret was thrilled!

Hope you are doing well.


Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Oh my goodness Charlene ~ What an absolutely beautiful gift for Margaret ~ You are so very talented !

Anonymous said...

All so very beautiful, Charlene! Lucky, lucky Margaret!

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Charlene, each and every gift you made is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love your soldering technique ~ you make me want to solder now :) I hope she loves each and everything ~ I'm sure she will!! xxoo, Dawn

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Are you sure you mailed it to the right Margaret? Lovely


How amazing! So much beauty in one gift, and it's all so well done! Not sure yet if I'll be able to come to open house. I sure am trying to make that happen - everything looks so tempting. Take care ~ Angela

The White Bench said...

Really beautiful! I especially love your soldered charm and necklace with earrings. Fabulous!

*Ulrike* said...

I'm sure Margaret was delighted with her gifts! I know that I would have been since they are all pieces that I would love, I'm a fall color kinda gal!!

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