Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Swaps..... Sensational Works of Artful Presentation

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

go wild!    

                 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

                       A blank notebook, adorned with a bit of "foof" and bejeweled pen        
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 

tickled me!

                                              Tiara Swap

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!!


  1. Love the bag you created and all the Audrey-inspired items you placed inside! So fun to see photos from the event...

    1. Stephanie.... thanks so much! And it was fun coming up with all the ideas! Initially, I start out with panic. Then, once I begin it slowly falls into place. I just love how swaps give you a reason to stretch yourself!

  2. I loved seeing all this eye candy! I hate I was not able to go this year. My daughter got married that weekend.

    SOOOOO glad you had a wonderful time!


    1. Hmmmm... wedding or the event. I think you made the right choice, LuLu, with your daughter's wedding!! LOL After all, there is always next year, right? and you were missed!