A couple of months ago I was blog hopping. Somehow I ran across Marsha from The Tattered Chick
I became ecstatic when I saw that she was sponsoring a market tote swap. I immediately signed up. As I began reading the specifications and saw that the tote was just mini and should only be a 5 x 7 or 5 x 8 I wasn’t quite sure what you did with such a mini tote.
Then I discovered Marsha’s collection and read how wonderful they are for holding thrifting essentials, like money. lol!
I quickly started thinking of ideas for my swap partner, Kristen from Finding Joy in the Middle
This is what I came up with. Now normally I would show what I received first, but I’m afraid that if you saw how fabulous it was you wouldn’t even take a look at the one I made, seriously it’s that wonderful!
Using bits and pieces of fabric, vintage lace and old buttons & charm from my stash.
At first I put two different flowers on the tote. Decided it was just not anything to wow you. My SIL had seen this birdcage idea in a Somerset magazine and put it on a tag. I decided to stitch one on the tote. Finally, I reached something I felt was kind of cute. I tucked a couple of bird tags inside the card and off it went.
If you agree and think mine is kind of cute, wait till you see the tote(s) I received! Yes, I said totes.
Kristen sent me two absolutely darling totes. The first one is so fantastic. At first I actually thought she had bought it. Her work is so professional looking!
Just look at that upholstery fabric, the leather handles, the vintage looking tag, and the charms hanging down. There is a shovel, a watering can, and a flower. Hard to believe that this girl doesn’t know me, right?
The second one is just as unique and so cute! It is hand knitted.
Notice the card? She had me from hello!
I do not knit so this to me is truly a work of art. Look at the darling fabric lining. The cute scallop design is so sweet, and what’s not to love about a pearl button?
I definitely think I got the better end of the deal. Oh, she also sent me a sweet mini tea set. Two of the pieces got broken in the mail, but I will certainly display the rest.
Thank you Kristen for my darling treasures and
Thank you Marsha for the fun swap! If you want to see more totes, hop over and visit her!
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