This year I have discovered swaps. Who knew that you could sign up with other creative people, make some fun stuff and get fun stuff in return? The first swap I did was handmade envelopes. Then came the embroidered button swap. The first time I ever embroidered or made buttons. I also participated in a hand made card swap. My last swap was a May Day Basket. It was the biggest swap I had done. A decorated basket brimming with art supplies, little craft projects and chocolate! It is so much fun putting these things together and getting boxes in the mail in return.
I learned that there is a website dedicated to doing swaps. However, for the sake of my husband, kids and home I have made a great effort to stay away from this site. When I do a swap I think of nothing else and am completely preoccupied until it’s done.
At the beginning of June I signed up for a vacation themed swap from Jenny over at Everyday is a Holiday. I just had to join in on this one. It involved thrifting, crafting and chocolate! I am done and thought I would share what I did. My first thrifted item was an old binoculars case. It was brown and in pretty bad shape. But after a coat or two of paint and some little embellishments I think it turned out quite cute.
Here’s a close up.
As you can see I went with a beach theme. I love the beach. I packed it full of fun art supplies. She is a mixed media artist like me, so I am hoping she thinks they are as fun as I do!
My swap partner said she goes to the beach and likes to have picnics. When I found this blanket at the thrift store I thought it would make a perfect beach picnic blanket. I bought the blanket and a white braided belt. I cut the belt in half, sewed the d-ring on to it and sewed on buttons to make straps for the blanket.
I think it looks like an old man wearing spectacles. Can you see it?
For my last crafty thing I made a beachy bird nest in a bowl. That’s about the only way I can think to describe it. I think it turned out cute.
Now to pack it up and mail it out!