Well, today's the day....the winner of my One World One Heart giveaway is....Vicki from 2 Bags Full. Congratulations Vicki! I'll be be sending an email to you soon to get your address. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and left comments...it was so much fun to hear from all of you. Once again I had a great time visiting your blogs, dropping in on old friends and "meeting" new ones. This is such a wonderful blog party! A big thanks to Lisa for organizing this event again and for having something just as fun up her sleeve for next year! See you then!
Linda dreamed up another swell swap for us this winter at A Swap for All Seasons...mini fabric collages. I've seen loads of these in all sorts of styles all over the internet and on some of my favorite blogs but I'd never tried one myself. My sewing skills have always been a little lacking but thankfully weren't taxed too much here. I've called this little piece Jolly Girl. I downloaded this photo ages ago and love the little smile on her face. When we exchanged emails my swap partner Liz told me that the colors yellow and orange always bring a smile to her face. So, I gathered some fabrics with those colors, added some canvas, some vintage dotted swiss (is that still made anymore?) some old buttons, orange pom pom trim and a little wire hanger and there she is....the Jolly Girl. I checked with Liz to see if she preferred being surprised or seeing photos of the collage ahead of time and she said it was okay to post photos. I hope she likes it! I had so much fun making this I think I may just have to make another! Thanks Linda for always dreaming up these great swaps for us. Be sure to stop by A Swap for All Seasons to see more of the mini fabric collages.
I loved making Valentines as a child and I still love it today. I didn't swap as many Valentines as usual this year...my own little art group hasn't been very active lately...but I joined in trading with Nancy of My Crafty Little Page and Sandy of 521 Lake Street who were part of the Dolly Dingle Valentine Exchange hosted by sweet Elizabeth of Bluebird Papercrafts. Be sure to drop by to see all of the beautiful valentines everyone made...Elizabeth will have links to all the participants.
This one is from Nancy. She used a vintage Bingo card as a base and add layers of images and trims and foil and flowers...I love it! Thank you Nancy for trading Valentines with me.
And just look what Sandy sent me...she recreated a vintage lollipop valentine...isn't that cute?! And she also made a Valentine tag and included a bag of Sweethearts. I almost hate to admit it but I've always loved these! Here's the other side of Sandy's tag...isn't that Scottie cutout adorable? Thanks so much Sandy!
Didn't that month go by quickly? I'm looking forward to seeing all the February Happy Homemaker tags. For my tag this month I've used images from a Child Life magazine cover and some more of that wonderful Modern Homemaker paper from October Afternoon. I love this paper...every sheet makes me smile! Here you see my starched soldier bringing a little flower and a card to his Valentine. I've also scanned in a two page Valentine spread from the magazine for you to enjoy. Be sure to stop by the new Happy Homemaker Tagalong blog to say hello to Elizabeth and see the rest of the February tags. I hope everyone has a sweet Valentine's Day. See you next month!