You might remember I recently took part in Lenna Andrew's (Creative Swaps) Mail Art Swap? Well, she divi'd them up and my return selection arrived yesterday in a beautiful envelope decorated by Lenna herself. I'm SO happy with the ones I received - Lenna worked hard to try and match the various styles with the participant (and there were over 50 participants so it was quite a task!). The big envelope in the picture with the butterfly stamp and pre-Raphaelite image is the one by Lenna, to the right of that is artwork I had particularly admired on Lenna's blog and is by Cynthia Zdanzukes - what a frosty wintery feel it has. Below that is Teri Calia's gorgeous envelope, with wonderful images, stamping and even journaling too (and inside were gorgeous tags, lovely paper cut outs and a card with an altered image of a cat). Lastly, but not leastly, is Linda's - she made the envelope out of an original vintage ledger sheet, and she's added super torn pages and sweet images (and she too had enclosed a vintage Bingo card and milk tokens). I love the stamped sentiment on the back which says "BE HAPPY EVERY DAY". I'm certainly happy today!
Lenna is now running another swap, this time it will be vintage cards. Why don't you pop over to her blog and see what it's all about? You might be tempted to join in........!
I popped in to the Charity Shop yesterday to see my dear friend Louise, and she had saved the 2 mad bunny knitted finger puppets for me. What can I say? She saw them and thought of me........! I had a rummage through the 4 for a £1 basket and found Scary Fairy. Look at the Little Madam expression on her face - you wouldn't argue with her would you?! I also found the wonderfully tacky Santa decoration, the green bell with rusty wire (I adore rusty wire), and also a pink sparkly bauble(not pictured) for Hope's room. The Santa and Snowman pots are to be turned into festive candles (if I stop talking about it and get on with them, that is, or they won't be ready 'til June).
I really didn't know what to get Louise for Christmas, and having been unable to get out and about (because of the snow) to get inspired, I made her this little postcard sized hanger. Louise has a wonderful dress style - she puts clothes together that no other sane person would and ends up looking great, very very quirky and absolutely great! We giggle about her inner granny trying to get out. I loved the image I found in an old book - what is the lady on the left, with the superb facial expression, wearing?! And it really shows how much I love Louise because I used a couple of the fab rusty suspender clips sent to me by Nathalie. Only very special people qualify for them!