Saturday, November 6, 2010

Better To Receive!!!

Yes I know the old saying "Better to Give Than Receive" and I do subscribe to that sentiment most of the time.....but in this instance I have to say I was way more thrilled to receive!
Last week I got my 5 art squares from the Swap sponsored by Jillayne @ a wonderful fabric artist whose work I admire. I was so excited to be a part of something I had never done before and I am so glad I did! As much fun as I had making my 5 squares for the swap I have to say receiving back 5 squares from various artists was WAY more exciting!!!

Being a consummate artist Jillayne made these lovely gift purses to hold our 5 treasures! A beautiful card and precious little cloth heart was included!
And now onto the other gorgeous creations .......
This lovely quilted bird was created by Lucille, a dear friend of Jillayne's who hasn't joined the blogging world yet but I am so looking forward to when she does. Aren't the buttons and topaz colored jewel for the eye a wonderful touch? Lucille also took the time to quilt this beautiful piece! I love the colors, subtle and Autumnal perfect for this time of year!
This amazing artist is named Genevieve and note how the center of this piece is 3 dimensional! It's like looking through a window at two friends exchanging gifts. She added a rich red velvet backdrop that just shouts Christmas to me and sets the holiday mood! The detail on this piece is unbelievable!
What can I say, this is so precious! Who doesn't love a sweet little girl with her crown and magic wand at the ready to bestow happy holiday wishes on everyone? This wonderful artist is named Marie and her art work is such a treasure.....note the glitter on the wand and the music sheet in the background, it is a piece of fabric! There are vintage buttons added for a homey Christmas feel. As soon as I saw this little girl I thought she should be named Charlotte!
Imagine how excited I was to see this little cutie....I love birds and this little fella looks like he is going to come flying right at you. Appleshoe I had never owned anything felted before and now I can see why it is all the rage! I love the texture and dimension, the bright red berries add such a wonderful punch of color! I love the shiny filament around the edge as I am a big fan of anything that sparkles. This little guy's label says he is a Tufted Titmouse! I love the little black bead eye as it seems he is looking right at you!

And finally the last Holiday treat is this fabulous piece by Michele who has a lovely blog with her mom where they create beautiful vintage pieces that speak of a time when family was all you needed to make a holiday special.
The background is a music sheet "Home Sweet Home" appropriately with a sweet picture of grandma reading to the little ones in front of a fire. The special touches that Michele and her mom added are a little wooden boy in a lovely gauze bag adorned with a rusty jingle bell! A sweet bit of vintage green lacework runs along the side! Wow!

I can still not believe the work everyone put into this swap! I am so honored to have been a part of it and again I have to say ..thank you Jillayne, for all the work you put into it (and it was a huge amount of work) for your help and patience. Getting to know you and all these lovely artists was the real prize! I am so looking forward to devising the perfect way to display my precious squares for the holidays and for many years to come whenever I bring it out for Christmas I will be reminded of all you wonderful ladies and your very talented hands!

Sweet yourself a favor and please do visit the wonderful blogs of all these lovely ladies, it is well worth the time!
Tina xo



  1. Wow, you have some talented people in your swap group! I like the little bird, it's so very sweet!

  2. Oh how lovely Tina! My everything is sooooooo pretty.I would love to know more about the quilted Bird by lucille.I adore anything with birds as most of you know.I would love to see if she has more of them.Please find out for me....many thanks.

    Have a lovely sunday!

  3. You sure received some great swap pieces! Wasn't this just the nicest swap?

  4. Once again I'm sitting here admiring and am in awe of the talent and creativity of others! Everything is really lovely!!

    PS: I've heard nothing from Doris's daughter...

  5. I'll never never stopped being amazed!!

  6. WOW....these pieces are gorgeous and all so unique. Great swap!

  7. Christmas is coming and this really made me feel it for the first time this year. Very lovely post.

  8. What a great swap! I bet it was fun, you received some beauties!
    Thanks SO MUCH for your beautiful post today! ♥

  9. What a great post Tina - I am so glad you like your goodies! I agree with you, it was a lot of fun and we all received some pretty stunning artwork. It's too bad we couldn't have got one from each partcipant, but I expect we would still be creating if that was the case. Thanks for taking part in it; your paintings were just beautiful and even though they looked the same, you quickly realized they weren't quite. Beautiful idea!

  10. Oh Tina they are beautiful, what talent, Yep, I sure would like to receive them!


  11. I love those art pics, and really love the christmas girl one with Lovely... I adore your blog, so inspiring, glad to be a new follower..

  12. What an amazing swap, you are very lucky to have received such beautiful artwork. Swaps are always alot of fun.


  13. Hi Tina,
    What a great swap this was! I received one of your squares and it's so beautiful! How fun to see that you received one of mine too! I laughed when I read that you named the little girl Charlotte. My two year old granddaughter is named Charlotte!!

    It's so nice to visit your blog!


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Tina xo