Saturday, August 8, 2009

My swap with Margaret of "The French Bear"

Well...I received my swap goodies from Margaret Bouwmeester Of "The French Bear" & I have to say I squealed like a little kid when I unwrapped the wee rabbit below. Margaret, the love & attention you put into our swap overwhelmed I mentioned to you earlier, I really did get tears in my eyes when I saw how much work you put into our swap. I love my wee rabbit...he is perfect in every way. I also want to Thank-you for all the other goodies...the little blue mouse needle-punch cushion, the antique photos, buttons...everything.
I really had a lot of fun taking part in this swap with you...but most of all I really enjoyed getting to know you through our chats back & forth, commiserating about life...& finding that we have so much in common.
I hope one day we can meet in person...
Thanks again Margaret...for making this so special for me!
Warmly, Susan

Margaret is an avid blogger & a wonderful artist...please take the time to give her a
visit at "The French Bear" She has great posts & lots of interesting things to peruse.
"The French Bear"

Below are a few of things I put together for my swap to Margaret. I made a little notebook for her which I covered with a wonderful flowered paper...I then added a vintage style label & stamped her name on it. I antiqued the booklet by sanding all the edges...I then buffed it with Walnut Briwax to give it an aged look . Most of the pages in the booklet have been stamped & inbetween the pages is a collection of ephemera. Last but not least a little wee bow to hold the ephemera in place.

When I began this swap for Margaret I recalled her mentioning that she would love a rabbit with a cream colored jacket...well that is what I created for her.
When I finished the rabbit I decided to put him on a couple of small tuffets. I then attached the whole piece to a paper-mache box onto which I pasted the same flowered paper. I then finished the piece by placing a small collection of buttons into the box.
I really enjoyed this swap & I truly believe that this is one of the best things we artists can do to enjoy & explore each others work.


The French Bear said...

Susan, thank you again for the wonderful swap, I think you need to make your mice and rabbits into needle punch patterns for me!!!! I can't get enough of their cuteness!!!! Have a fantastic weekend and I am on to more sewing, you have inspired me so!!!
Margaret B

Draffin Bears said...

What a delightful blog you have and I enjoyed my visit here.
Your work is beautiful and loved the swap gifts you and Margaret shared.

Enjoy your weekend

WoolenSails said...

You both made wonderful gifts for each other. A lot of thought and love went into them all.


Juels said...

Your work is so wonderful! Mice and rabbits... how clever.

Unknown said...

Your blog is so cute. :) I love mice as well. If you want to see some I have made, I have lots of pictures on my blog. :)


Brenda said...

Oh Susan, they bunny is fabulous - you are a lucky girl, but I love your little mouse pin cushion, I'm sure your partner was equally thrilled. Isn't it nice to get such nice treats!



Uncanny Festoon said...

looks to me like a trade made in heaven!

PEA said...

OMG, what a wonderful swap on both parts. The book and rabbit you made are darling little pieces. Lucky girls is all I can say. Now I am off to dream to creations coming to live with me like that.

Theresa said...

Wow what a great swap...both pieces are fantastic. Really both of you ladies out did yourselves.

Beedeebabee said...

I loved seeing what you and Margaret swapped. All of the goodies were just fantastic!!! Hugs, :o)

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