The Christmas in July swap was organised by Jazzi and the idea is to use recycled or found items so your only cost is postage.
Today I am just going to show you the items I received from Manu.
This is the first time I have ever entered anything like this and I wasn't disappointed. I was a little nervous on entering the swap but Manu is such a lovely swap partner and very easy to correspond with, especially with the help of Google Translate. I was so excited when I received a parcel in the post with stamps from Italy on it. I knew it was my swap gift from Manu and I couldn't get inside quick enough to open it. I think I just about trampled the dogs as I rushed in the door.
On unwrapping the parcel there inside was a beautiful little 'book' box with flowers, hearts and butterflies on it. Wrapped around the box was a ribbon with a lovely little flower arrangement. The box in itself was a wonderful gift and I am sure I can create a little scene to go inside it.
Along with the box was a lovely little note from Manu saying:
"Carissima Sharee, I send you this little thought hoping it will be to your liking. I looked at your blog often and love the precious things and you have a nice taste in your choices. And I was very pleased a swap with you. A warm hug. Manu"
On opening the box this is what I found:
Box and contents.
The most beautiful little towels edged with lace and with fine embroidery on them, including an 'S'. Such a lovely personal touch.
A game of Ice Cream Opoly. Manu must have known I'm rather fond of ice cream! It is complete with mini money, game counters and a little dice. The box is even divided into little compartments.
The most gorgeous fabric picture of Peter Rabbit's mother mounted in a frame that Manu said she made of resin.
Two wonderful cushions and a dainty pair of floral slippers.
I had seen Manu's lovely cushions on her blog site and I was thrilled to receive two cushions from her. They are beautifully made and have the most beautiful little decorations on the corners and each is finished off with a little bow. As a surprise she used images of art work by my sister, Karen Panton, on the cushions which makes them even more special. I've sent a photo of the cushions to my sister and she thinks they are great. I think she is hoping one of the cushions might find a home in the Selina Rose Gallery.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of this swap and it is lovely to have hand made items from another miniaturist.
How lucky am I? Thank you Manu.
A big thank you also goes to Jazzi for organising a great swap event.
In the next day or two I will write about the items I sent to Manu.
Manu - www.miniaturemanulab.blogspot.com
Jazzi - www.jazziminis.blogspot.com