The Creative Exchange – part 1

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.

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1st item

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gorgeous gold medallion stickers

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2nd item

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wooden beads and cord – cannot wait to make my own bead necklace

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3rd item

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cutest paperclip bookmark by Binky Bop Inc.

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4th item

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oops another layer

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and another…

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worth the suspense, this exquisite turquoise coaster by Bronys Studio Shop and Showroom

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5th item

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another layer

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darling mother of pearl buttons by East of India

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6th item

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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.

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7th item

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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.

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8th item

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hand cream, lip balm and soap from Rainforest Remedies, lemon myrtle – even my little unwrapping helper said, mum this smells so nice

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9th item

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this miniature loom – again Monica cottoned onto my passion for miniatures – although she did point out this would make a unique piece of jewelery.

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from the talented Creative Muster

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10th item

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DIY baubles from lovely Lincraft. Already have an idea brewing for this…

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the card – letterbook

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let’s just say it was 8 pages and is very special.

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Collectively

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Thank you just doesn’t cut it.

Overwhelmed to say the least.

 

 

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