It's been announced.... the date to sign up for an event! You've
marked it down on your calendar. Circled it in red. And you wait. The
day arrives and sitting at your computer, nose to the screen, you fill in
all the necessary paperwork hoping you haven't missed a thing. After all,
your fingers have been flying across the keyboard! Then, that magic
moment when you hit "Enter" and BAM!! you are officially headed to an
event that leaves you so over-the-top excited you can barely contain
yourself! Next comes the realization that it is six months away!
Six months is a long time to keep that enthusiasm at a fever pitch, right?
Not if you sign up for a swap, it isn't! And at Kim Caldwell's event, Affair
at Tiffany's, there were thirteen... count them... thirteen to choose from!
Some women had their creativity in overdrive and signed up for most of
them. Me? I signed up for two ~ the evening bag swap and the tiara
swap! Both were one-on-one swaps where you create something within
the parameters designated by the swap hostess and exchange with another
woman at the event. It's genius! What a fabulous way to pique my
interest in all things blingy, pearly, and oh, so girlie!!
Evening Bag Swap
The basic requirements were to purchase a vintage black evening bag,
embellish it, and place at least five items inside that Holly Go-Lightly
would probably have in hers. This is the one I found at an antique
store in Chagrin Falls, Ohio (on my day off from nursing my son and
his knee back to health~ it was either take a couple hours break or
turn into Nurse Ratchett!). I loved the shape as it had a flat bottom
and a rich, creamy satin lining. BUT. There was a slight issue with
it. When I got it back to my studio I realized it wasn't black... wasn't
navy but somewhere in-between. Eventually, I solved the problem
and embraced the variance in color by mixing midnight blue satin
with black. The result?
Isn't that lining gorgeous? I drooled! Next up... creating items to be
placed inside for a girl's night out on the town. I let my imagination
A mint tin covered in pearls... to freshen breath for that special kiss
A bejeweled compact... all blinged out
Her favorite perfume bottle embellished with lace, rhinestones, abandoned earring and pearls
Earrings from Tiffany's .... is there any other jewelry store??!!
A vintage hankie with the recipients initials in the corner
Did you notice in some of the photos that the items rested on a small
drawstring toile bag? That is how I packaged most of the gifts. And
on the outside I stitched a quote from Audrey Hepburn. That just
The recipient (Rochelle) requested all things vintage. Ephemera to
the ninth degree! I dug into my stash and used a brooch with pale
blue rhinestones, set on a vintage tart tin.... complete with a spot
of rust.... as the centerpiece. Surrounding that was an accordion folded
paper halo set off by lace edged with rhinestones. And of course, pearl
accents along with iced stems from Christmas decorations.
The side shows the use of bits and pieces of vintage laces in various
aged hues, more pearls and floral leaves covered with paint, text
from an old children's book and white glass glitter.
I learned from this creative endeavor that projects need time to brew.
To evolve. At least for me, they do. As I worked on it, I would step
back and think, "Done!". Within an hour, I realized not a chance! It
needed more depth, more oomph! Never having created a tiara before
I felt pleased with the final project.
Ok.... so the title of this post? Everyone did such an over-the-top job
in being so mindful of who they were creating for. Each and every gift
was truly a work of art and deserved the admiration they received. What
a party it was that night when we all exchanged with each other! That is
why I don't have photos to show you. I was caught up in the excitement
and wanted to be present. But trust me..... it was an amazing evening
that can't be duplicated! And yes ~ when the time comes, I will once again
have my nose to the screen, fingers primed on the keyboard, ready to
hit "Enter" and BAM! off again to another event!!