So early last month I signed up for The Creative Exchange. I had seen this early this year on Instagram and looked like a lot of fun. Well when the recent round was announced I was quick to register my interest. Sam Dunne, organiser behind this exchange explains the origin and aim here. It is a mystery swap, preparing between 4-8 gift items that will inspire your recipient to create. Whatever their passion maybe, or maybe even encourage them to try something new. I will be sharing the package I made for my recipient and as a little treat a little tutorial on one of the handmade items in the package.
But first the package I received, from the most thoughtful and generous Monica. I am going to let photos tell the story of excitement and delight. Monica ‘stalked’ me on social media, in the nicest possible way, and worked out exactly what I enjoy making, cooking and what I would probably like to try. She nailed it.
I have captured before and after shots, after all the brief was to wrap pretty. I had a little helper unwrap so I tested his patience by having wait during photo shots.
All these goodies arrived in a box with the prettiest address label. The light blue, yellow and white theme? Monica’s research results – she found out I was Argentinian and therefore paid homage to the Argentinian flag. Truly touching.
gorgeous gold medallion stickers
wooden beads and cord – cannot wait to make my own bead necklace
cutest paperclip bookmark by Binky Bop Inc.
oops another layer
worth the suspense, this exquisite turquoise coaster by Bronys Studio Shop and Showroom
darling mother of pearl buttons by East of India
a crack-a-mac macadamia nut cracker – came in handy for item#7
Monica tells me that the crocheted heart doily was made by a sweet 92-year-old woman – she made a dozen hearts for Monica’s wedding. I am honoured to have received this.
a bag of locally [Alstonville – Monica’s home town] grown macadamia nuts. Macadamia nuts are native Australian nuts. One of my favourite nuts. Monica picked up from my Instagram feed that I love to bake – I can’t wait to bake with these edible gems.
hand cream, lip balm and soap from Rainforest Remedies, lemon myrtle – even my little unwrapping helper said, mum this smells so nice
this miniature loom – again Monica cottoned onto my passion for miniatures – although she did point out this would make a unique piece of jewelery.
from the talented Creative Muster
DIY baubles from lovely Lincraft. Already have an idea brewing for this…
the card – letterbook
let’s just say it was 8 pages and is very special.
Thank you just doesn’t cut it.
Overwhelmed to say the least.