Friday, June 29, 2012

Speckled Egg's Petite Inspiration Box Swap: Birthday Edition!

If you follow my blog pretty regularly, you know that I like "collecting" or should I say "hoarding" vintage goods. Of course I like creating with vintage goodies and swapping them too! I love participating in swaps, and I particularly enjoy Heather Rowley's Petite Inspiration Box Swaps. In addition to hosting several of these swaps per year, Heather is known for her Speckled Egg Shop. If you are looking for a one-stop-shop with the most amazing, unique and beautiful vintage treasures out there, Heather's Shop is definitely the place. I am obsessed with the prize ribbons, her assortment of millinery, and of course the cutest, dainty little mushrooms you have ever seen.

The theme for this swap was "birthday." I was elated to discover that I was chosen to be in Heather's group. I was both excited and challenged to come up with something amazing for Heather. How could I possibly come up with something unique that could "wow" her personally? My other swap partner was the super talented Jennifer Morris of Amusing Provincial. She has a beautiful blog, sharing her insight and love of farm life.

One of the best parts of the swap is that not only do we make new friends, we are able to other's likes and adapt our box specifically to them. Heather loves pretty paper and ribbon & lace in an array of whites & neutrals. Living on a farm, Jennifer adores sheep & chickens. Her color scheme of choice is light blues & lavender.

When creating the boxes for my partners, I like them both to have a similar cohesive feel but adapting them to their individual tastes. For these boxes, I used some of the oldest, brittle velvet flocked wallpaper I think I could possibly find. Talk about fragile, it toget a feel of each ok me several attempts to get this wrapped neatly and safely around the matchboxes. As many of you are aware, I have been on a glittered trophy kick lately and wanted to incorporate that into my overall design. Recently finding these tiny trophies, I knew they would be the perfect size for the top. I covered the trophies in Martha Stewart's fine glitter and added some kraft krinkles in the top for the birds to nestle in. I created the little birthday party hats with kraft cardstock, vintage ricrac and pompoms. Using vintage seem binding with ricrac & waxed twine, I tied the darling wood banner pieces (My Mind's Eye) for the perfect finishing touch.

As you can see by the photos, I filled their boxes with lots of fun goodies. Heather's was primarily filled with lots of vintage laces, pearls & papers. Jennifer's was filled with lots of images of sheep & chickens just as requested. Look at the Martha Stewart sheep punch...how fun is that!

As for the boxes I received, you guessed it. I asked for everything in aqua and red. I was over-the-top excited upon opening my beautiful boxes. From appliqued samples and felted balls to the most amazing vintage trims and mushrooms, I am happily fulfilled. Not only will I be able to create with all the beautiful trinkets inside, the boxes are proudly displayed in my scraproom.

Thank you Heather & Jennifer for a wonderful swap, and thanks to all my supportive readers who have read this far! I am in hopes that Heather & Jennifer will post pictures of their beautiful creations on their blogs soon. To see lots of the other birthday boxes created, you can see a full gallery on Flickr: Speckled Egg's Petite Inspiration Box Swap.

Maybe next time you will join in the fun?
Amy

PS, If you want to check out my other box swaps for Speckled Egg, they are the Curiosities/Halloween Swap and the Flea Market Swap.

8 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are amazing! I loveeeeeeeeeee these!! LOVING the little party hats!!!!

JoAnne said...

Adorable! Nothing cuter than birds in party hats!

Lynn said...

What cute boxes, and the contents are swoon-worthy! I love vintage goodies too. Thanks for sharing with us at The Kraft Journal!

Jinny Newlin said...

What a fun idea! And your boxes are absolutely divine! Such great projects, too! I'm lovin' all the gorgeous trims and glittery details! Yum!

stephanie said...

I love the birthday theme. Have done a number of Heather's matchbox swaps in the past and I totally agree that they are so much fun! Your sweet tiny glittered trophies are adorable with that little bird nestled in...

As I adore sky blue and cherry red color combo, I am anxious to see photos of the boxes you received! They sound adorable....

~jan said...

What a thoughtful swapper you are, Amy! The boxes you put together are beautiful and Im sure very well received! Your glittered trophy is amazing that little bird with the party hat is simply the perfect finishing touch!

WillieburgScrapper said...

This is so amazing! Brooklyn has so many "vintage" and "flea market" places that sell things like typewriter keys for 5 dollars a key (!!!) so I look at mid western swaps with MUCH ENVY. This is a gorgeous collection and I love how you packaged it- getting a gift from you must be the best thing ever.

Sandy Michelle said...

Your recipients will be so lucky! I bought some of the trophies thanks to you.

Sandy xox