I love swaps! Recently I requested to join a fall swap that was being hosted by Karen at Some Days Are Diamonds, which is a lovely blog and I encourage each of you to visit and see for yourselves. Karen was my swap partner and a wonderful partner she was! The idea of the swap was to take a cigar box, any kind, any size, alter or decorate in a fall theme and put as many fall goodies into it as it could hold. Oh, what fun it was to plan, decorate and fill that cigar box for Karen. Last week I received my box from Karen. What a delight to unwrap and explore what was in it. Let me share what she sent me! This is the top of the box. Isn't it lovely?
Upon opening the box, this lay inside, just waiting to be revealed. There was a small pile of ephemera bound by a black tulle bow with the cutest vintage owl pin EVER! Can't wait to wear it! There were old stamps, a vintage playing card, fall K& Company stickers.
Then there were two antique wooden clothespins with ribbon wrapped around them, as well as an old wooden thread spool with more ribbon and a dainty little nosegay tucked into it. A wooden tile with my initial stamped upon it, as well as a metal rim tag initialized, too.
So now you have a glimpse of why I love to participate in swaps. Not only do I have the opportunity to create something to reflect my personality for someone who lives in a different part of the country, but it delivers wonderful surprises in return. But, as I have stated before, the very best part is making friends with other creative, imaginative women who may live very far away, but who have so much in common with me. Making new friends is my favorite part!
So thank you, Karen, for letting me be a part of the swap and for such a wonderful gift. I will treasure it and your friendship for a long, long time.