Tuesday, April 6

Time for mail!

Oh, I love it when the clock strikes 3, that's when Santa comes by my house. When I say Santa, I'm talking about Mike, my mailman! When I see his little white & blue truck crawling down my street I get all excited. Like a little kid. I've got him figured out, if he pauses to a complete stop more than likely there is something good waiting in my mailbox. And if he puts the truck in park & gets out....well that means the kids get to see my Happy Dance!
But like you , I know it's as much fun to give as to receive.

So today I want to show you some of the wondrous stuff I gave & some I received!
I had such fun doing my first swap with Karla, that I signed up for another one right away.
This time with Heather at Speckled Egg. The last petite inspiration box swap she did blew me away! When I saw this one was a bird theme, I was in. In case you haven't seen it before, you alter a 5x3 matchbox.

So these are my boxes, I'm not going to say who is getting what. There has to be some surprise, right?!  I did each one different, trying to make it special for the recipient.  In one, I used a sheet of Jenni Bowlin scrapbook paper purchased from my much loved Anthologies. Added a letter that will be meaningful to my swap partner, & a little nest.
Then for another I made a transfer from an old book page, & turned it into a pin cushion.  And of course, you can't do a spring bird swap without some robin's egg blue - right?!

Then I went to work filling them up.

Oh, what fun I had rummaging through my studio picking out treasures.

Finding just the right goodies for each girl.

Some made by me.  Some not, like these sweet canvas sketches by Michelle Palmer.  You know how I love them, I've blogged about them about 3 times already! She made them just for my swap, so Nice!  I had a blast doing this cool swap, can't wait for the next one! These are one the way to my partners,  I hope they love them.
Then I arrived home from vacation, to find a box covered in international stamps sitting on my porch. I opend it immediatly, knowing what lay inside. Oodles of dried seeweed & driftwood from Denmark.  And of course some art from Dorthe herself.

I love it all Dorthe! I've had a project in the back of my head for quite sometime now that involves sea bladder as Dorthe calls it.   Can you only imagine what the USPS thought when this package went through the scanner?! Crazy!
Have a happy hump day friends!


Linda said...

Just lovely swap items- so fun to see!

TinyBear said...

Love your little bird boxes - they are all so special and pretty.
~ Tina

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Man, getting a package from you in the mail is just like Christmas!

Hey, I *did* tell you that I'm officially a Paper Cowgirl now, AND signed up for your class, right?



Dorthe said...

Hi dear,
can`t wait to see your boxes finished,Lisa, they are both so lovely,
and I bet they will be full of fantastic stuff.
Happy you recieved my little package, and that you like it.
Hugs, Dorthe

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

*gasp* Oh, how lovely!!

BellaRosa said...

Lisa amor...wait let me catch my breath....ok..now...oooh and aaaahhh and oh my stars and hmmm what else can I saw that describes how much I loved it all :) Your tiny lil boxes for the swaps are amazing! I love the artwork from Dorthe...she makes such beautiful creations! I LOVE that 7th picture...I am thinking, save that to my lil inspiration file in my head :) Hope you had a great day back and I have a ? My stars woman...did you do all these things since you got back or did you start it all before you left?? cause with 3 lil ones, a home to run after coming home from vacation and being creative...I am feeling quite inadequate lol Have a great week, talk soon :) Besos, Rose

peggy said...

thanks for sharing these lovely pictures. i really enjoy looking at all the wonderful projects.

Diane said...

I love reading your blogs with all of these detailed photos of wonderful treasures!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Lisa ~
Those are beautiful swap treasures ~ there is something so much fun about getting boxes in the mail and opening them up to gorgeous things ~

Janet Ghio said...

Love looking all all your boxes and stuff. Just yummy!!!!

Debby said...

EVerything is beautiful, great swaps. I was just going through my awesome egg cartons you made yesterday, oh they are so yummy!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Lisa, Your embellished boxes are so very beautiful! I love that you have embellished them indiviudally for each of your swap partners. I'm sure they will be thrilled!
Ah, sweet Dorthe has sent you some beach finds! Enjoy using those pieces in your artwork!

Tami said...

Beautiful art projects for your swap...fun!! What a wondeful box of drift wood and sea weed...love it!

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Rebecca said...

Hey Lisa Girl
What awesome stuff! You are too cool for words, just love it all! Where do you find the time?
Yes, I got your swatches, thank you-thank you but I did not get an email unless you are talking about the email enquiring about the prices which I answered before I left for RT??? Did you get the prices I sent?
Maybe we should talk :)
Have a wonderful day

Storybook Woods said...

Oh my I would say it was Christmas as your house. Lovely. Clarice

Anonymous said...

Lisa, I hope you hugged Mike the Mailman! ;-) Everything is just so absolutely gorgeous!

How come you're not my next-door neighbor?

Hugs and Blessings,

Miss Sandy said...


I adore the matchboxes! I did a Valentine swap using the same concept with Heather and it was so wonderful!

I have a link up to your blog in my post today. I made your Artist Class project yesterday and I wanted to share it. Thank you for the divine inspiration!

Have a sweet day!

Inspired-Simplicity said...

A new post....yipeeee. Glad your back in town. The boxes are adorable. That piece Dorthe sent was beautiful.

Martha's Favorites said...

How wonderful to get all those lovely gifts. I have always wanted to be a part of a swap. I just do not know how. Love all your boxes. Blessings, Martha

Jackie said...

Your boxes are simply gorgeous! Beautiful work! Jackie x

A Cottage Muse said...

Everything is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Carol-The French Curl said...

These boxes are so beautiful! I'm looking forward to taking your class and meeting you at Paper Cowgirl!

Lori said...

Lisa, what a lovely bunch of goodies came in your mail...i love when i hear my girl chugging down the road and i see her pulling into my driveway...you are having a lot of fun with your swaps...how wonderful:)

Pat Winter said...

What fun to see your treasures received and sent. Just lovely.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

be still my heart...one of those boxes is for ME!!! oh...i'm one lucky girl to have been chosen for your group. can't wait for santa to arrive! :)

Claudia said...

So pretty - you do such lovely, lovely work. Those girls are going to be thrilled.


Michelle Palmer said...

Each box a treasure! They are wonderful... the recipients will be thrilled!! You're so sweet to mention my canvas pieces~ hugs n' thanks!
Love your posts~ always make me smile!
Hope you have a nice evening~

The Feathered Nest said...

I love your swap goodies Lisa!!!! They turned out so gorgeous ~ I know they will love the treasures you tucked inside too! Dorthe is such a thoughtful angel....her gifts are beautiful! I just love the treasures you found at the old store, good grief, I would have been foaming at the mouth....hugs and love, Dawn

RACHELLE said...

well i would be excited for the mail to come too if i had that much lovely coming in!

My mail is mostly just bills!

sooo jealous



Katsui Jewelry said...

Your boxes are just incredibly beautiful...each and every one. I am just dazzled by the one with the pincushion. What a beautiful piece of art!

I also did three different ones because my partners all seemed so different. I have been waiting to publish them but I like the idea of publishing them without the name.

You have lucky partners!!!


Lovey said...

Such beauty! Congrats on such a great swap!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Lisa: Your matchboxes are wonderful! I can only imagine how tickled your swap partners will be when they see them.

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

I tell ya, that Dorthe is a sweetheart!!!! She totally spoils you with fabulous goodies!

Speaking of fabulous goodies, you loaded those matchbooks with the cutest little things! I love that "H" pin! wow!

You are going to be the swap mistress before long girl...ain't it addicting????

T's Daily Treasures said...

Your matchbox makeovers are FABULOUS and filled with so many wonderful little treasures. Michelle's canvases have the sweetest little bird images. And I've seen others post about the artwork of Dorthe. Just beautiful! Have a great rest of the week. :) Tammy

Erica@ZunkyChic.com said...

What beautiful treasure boxes! The next time you sign up for a swap, let me know. I'd love to create along with you!

Ticking and Toile said...

Wow you guys are so talented!!! I'm amazed seriously! Hope you are doing well!


oh btw, C & R book giveaway going on now! come by & enter! :)

cindy said...

LOVE the boxes too cute. And the sea weed is cool....

yapping cat

Madison said...

Those are exquisite!! I LOVE them!!! Winning giveaways and getting things in the mail just excites me soooo much!!!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What fun swappiness you've got goin' on over there. I love to see what you create.

Dumpster Decorators said...

Adorable box in the third photo!

Beth said...

I love the idea of altering a match box! Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures with us.

Maija said...

Absolutely incredible!! So many wonderful goodies in the most creative containers!!!