Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Handmade U Swaps


Time for more photos from Handmade U Fall 2012!  The last workshop I attended was Silver Bella in 2009.  I was so new to the whole thing, I didn't participate in any swaps.  As I watched people doing their swap exchanges, I was very envious and sad to miss out on all the fun.  So this time I participated in all three swaps at Handmade U.

Small Ephemera Bundle Swap

We had a Small Ephemera bundle swap hosted by Michelle Gellar of Hold Dear. It was a bit of a challenge for me since I have a small collection of ephemera but not enough for 16 bundles.  Etsy certainly helped with that-I hope that's not cheating!  I forgot to photograph my bundles, but I used vellum sheets to stitch envelopes and filled them with just about everything I had.  It was worth it though.  Look at what I got in return!!

All my loot!

Sandie Jensen and Me

One of the first people I saw when I arrived at Handmade U, was Sandie.  I started following her blog about a year ago through Where Bloggers Create.  We had exchanged some messages, and it was so nice to meet her in person!  Sandie hosted an ATC swap-another first for me! Sadly, I somehow missed the final count on cards and only made six. They still let me trade, and I got some beautiful cards in return.

The cards I received

My ATC's made with pattern paper, ribbon, buttons and of course, some stitching!


Our final swap I've saved for last on purpose.  It was an Ephemera Box swap hosted by Mollie.  Each person was to choose a favorite color or color scheme and then was given a swap partner.  Here are all the boxes lined up on the table before swapping time:

There was one box that particularly caught my eye.  It had the look of an old brown leather suitcase with a leather handle.  I thought someone would be very lucky to get it--runs out that lucky someone was me! Lisa gave me this fabulous case.

I just love how worn it looks.  At this point I have no idea what I will do with the box, but I would like to leave the outside as is and maybe do something to the inside using old lace and ribbons....
The box was filled with lots of lovely ephemera in pastel colors and a very pretty pink handkerchief.  Pink is probably my favorite color if I'm forced to choose just one. :)

I gave Lisa a cigar box filled with her chosen colors, blue and pink.  That was a fun color combination to collect!  The cigar box is only about 15 years old, but it has a Romeo and Juliet scene that seemed to go well with the color scheme.

The inside of the box I gave to Lisa-I love these colors!

1 comment :

  1. Oh -- ephemera HEAVEN!!! Gosh, I love that suitcase, too! What fun!