Sunday, September 25, 2011

My First Swap Ever: Ready to Post!

       I recently "took the plunge" and entered my first swap ever.  It was a wonderful [international] swap, hosted by Cindy of Fluffy Sheep Quilting  Each participant was assigned two partners, for which we had to make a Mug Rug and a small Goodie.  There were about 69 participants-- many very seasoned, and quite a number of first-timers.  It was great fun-- sharing Flickr photos, reading the ensuing discussions (the ladies in the group had quite a sense of humor) and I stretched outside of my comfort zone to create items that I hope are of decent quality, and to my partners' liking(s).
    Here's Partner 1's package, ready to go:
It contains this "goodie":  ( a fabric covered notepad)

The idea for the fabric-covered notebook came from this magazine:

And this is the mug rug for the same partner: [shown in my last post]

I always like to include my "signature" personal touch: an origami crane with a bead, for hanging

Here's Partner 2's package:
with this "goodie"

and this mug rug (my very first):  [also shown in my last post]

and I attempted to color-coordinate the origami crane:
   I will send the packages off to my partners on Monday.  I hope they like them!  In the next few weeks, I can look forward to receiving my 2 mug rugs and goodies from whoever my partners are (and I am totally clueless about their identities).
Have a great Sunday, all!


Judith said...

Wow! I love those origami cranes - how talented you are. And to coordinate them too - v.clever! Your swap goodies are gorgeous - I'd be happy to have them land on my door mat! Jxo

Sarah said...

Gorgeous swap parcels, I'd be chuffed to bits to receive them :-) Love your origami too!

Cindy said...

What a great idea your cranes are! Well done! Your partners are going to be so super excited. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the swap and even happier that ours was your first :)

Amanda said...

These look wonderful, just lovely!

Your swappers will very lucky to receive such thoughtful packages.

The crane is such an adorable touch, I just love origami!

I love seeing all these swaps, they are such a great idea

ck said...

I *love* your origami cranes- what a wonderful idea! I don't have any idea who my partners are either, but I can't wait to start stalking the mailman at about 4:00 every afternoon later in the week ;-)

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

They are BEAutiful! Such lovely parcels, and the cranes are great! I love origami :-)

Z Any Mouse said...

I am happy to report that I am lucky Partner #1! Thank you for all the lovely gifts, everything is so beautiful. My daughter even fell in love with the strand of colorful yarn you wrapped the package with. The mug rug and notebook cover are even more stunning in person. Thank you so much!

Z Any Mouse said...

...and the lovely little crane has found a home on my antique sewing machine : )

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love all the swap items you've made and the handmade cranes are such a lovely touch! Glad you enjoyed your first swap!