This summer, when I went on retreat in Minnesota at Gruber's, it somehow got started that everyone was trying something new--challenging herself to do something they'd never done before. One person was learning to crochet, another made something 3-D (a pincushion)... I mentioned that I had never been in a swap, and I wanted to try one. That led to someone proposing we do a swap amongst ourselves. I about squeeled with delight....Correction....I did squeal with delight! I couldn't believe everyone would do this for me!
We put our names in a hat and each drew a name. We were to make the person whose name we drew a little "happy" and send it off at the end of August. (A "happy" is a little gift for no other reason than to spread happiness to the recipient.)
We all fell a little behind. But we've all made our exchanges now, so people are starting to blog their "happies."
Terri drew my name and sent me this wonderful gift! It was tied up with a lovely ribbon, which I promptly stashed!
She included a lovely card. The envelope was addressed with such grace. I love it when people take extra care with stuff like this. I wish I thought to do it and was talented enough to carry it out like she did.
Here is the card. I could tell by looking at it that it was one of Terri's own designs. I am sure she silkscreened it herself. I've been reading on her blog about the graphic design classes she's been taking, where she's been challenged to make her own designs and silkscreen them (among other things). I'm a touch jealous of all the cool stuff she gets to do. This design and color scheme are so Terri!
There were so many lovelies in the package. First off, there was this totally adorable zipper pouch. I have oohed and aahed over Terri's design on these pouches before. She always has one at retreat. The handle is attached to the zipper. I love that. So, Terri said when she drew my name, she knew what to make for me. I am amazed at her thoughtfulness! I adore it and will probably use it for carrying handwork in.
And there is a beautiful lining, with Terri's own label inside. Adore this.
And Terri was so sweet to send me all the scraps leftover! She knows I'm trying to get more variety in my scrap pile. Again...so thoughtful!
And, finally, she included this adorable little house ornament! I keep wanting to make something like this, myself, but I haven't gotten around to it (what else is new?). So, I'm doubly appreciative for it!
Terri, thank you so much! I can't tell you how much you made my day when this package arrived. It's extra special to me because so much of your own design went into all the pieces, and because you were so thoughtful of the things I love.
If you like Terri's stuff, you might want to check out her pattern shop, her etsy shop, her graphic design site, and her fabrics on Spoonflower. She's pretty amazing. Where does she get all the time?!
I enjoyed this swap so much. I'm still too chicken to join a swap on Flickr or anything. But, recently, when I've blogged about my Sometimes I Really Miss Iowa art quilt, a lovely person named Cindy, who hails from Iowa, began commenting on my blog. I'm so happy to have met her. I've noticed from reading her blog, that she engages in a lot of swaps. We've gotten to chatting, and she was kind enough to offer to do a private exchange with me. I'm pretty excited. We've set a target date of November 20 for our exchange, so I'll be sure to show you the outcome! I'm really excited to do this swap with her!
How about you? Do you engage in swaps? Do you enjoy them?
Until next time,