Wednesday, May 5

My Long Distance Exchange!

I did a swap with a dear friend, who lives far away!
Can you see who it is??? I'll give you a couple of hints.  She lives by the Baltic Sea & I showed you her amazing gifts to me here.

I found this old wooden box, painted & grunged it up a bit. Then I used some of my favorite sheet music to fancy up the lid.  The best part was filling it up for her.

Have you guessed my swap partner? Julia at Vintage with Laces!
I'm very much into pockets these days, so I added this one to personalize her box.
What's a swap without beautiful creamy buttons, right?

And some pretty laces & velvet ribbon.

Some of my resin bobbles to use in her amazing art.

The only item Julia requested in this swap was an altered bottle. The colors on her blog, & in her art inspired it.  I never make the same bottle twice, so I always fret about wether or not the recipient will like it.  Thankfully, I think Julia does!

Here's a close up of the stopper.  You might notice the word white is used a few times.

Here's another look. Some of my favorite black beaded Victorian trim, black velvet petals from an old hat, sheet music, tattered ribbon & lots of lace.
I just loved doing this swap! I feel so much closer to Julia now; this is such a great way to get to know a far away friend. My dream is that someday Jodie & I will travel to Germany & get to meet her in person.  Then we'll rent a car & drive 200 miles to meet another dear friend, Dorthe!  A girl can dream, right?  Until then, I will be happy to visit her every day on her beautiful blog.
I wanted to show you this awesome giveaway I entered.
Lynn at Trash to Treasure Art is having an amazing giveaway.  I just discovered her blog & I love it! This girl makes some very cool art.
I would love to win this one, so many goodies to craft with.
One last thing;
 I've had some emails & comments regarding my Paper Cowgirls class. Unfortunately the class is full, but I've got some good news.  My friend Maureen, who owns Cottage Panache in North Richland Hills, is renovating her shop as we speak & will be hosting workshops very soon!  I'm going to teach my soldered bottles like the one I made for Julia & the ones here.


Linda said...

Lisa, your swap box for Julia is just beautiful! How much fun she'll have going through all those beautiful goodies!

A Cottage Muse said...

Julia is a lucky girl! Her blog sounds lovely ~ I am off to take a peek!

Maija said...

Totally delicious assortment of goodies you put together!!!!

Tami said...

Julia is getting a gorgeous treasure! Love it!!

Claudia said...

Oh my goodness. I truly have fallen in love with that box. I am not exaggerating when I say that I gasped when I saw it.

This is so, so beautiful, Lisa. I don't know how you do it.

I only know I'm going to go back and look at the photo of it again.


The Tin Rabbit said...

Lisa, This is box is utterly gorgeous! I know it will take her breath away...everything is so pretty with so much thought going into it! I love the pocket and the bottle is the best I've seen! Have a wonderful Wednesday~ Blessings! Ann


Lisa, I live pretty far away from you. Does that qualify for a long distance swap? HEHEHE Your creation is beautiful. I'm a big fan of that sheet music! So happy Maureen is providing class space so you can share the magic! ~ Angela

Janet Ghio said...

What a wondrful swap!!e

June said...

Lisa, darn you! You just keep creating more stuff for me to covet. I'm trying to be good, but this is so beautiful and I find myself being just a teensy weensy bit jealous of our sweet Julie over this one. She has got to be over the moon with this treasure box.
You know, I think your artwork is beautiful. I wish a little of you could rub off on me. It is everything that speaks to my heart.

I hope your Mother's Day is a special one. Special in everyway! Just like you!

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Woo hoo...we be goin' to Julia's!

What time do we leave for the airport?

Alrighty then, shall I pick you up or are you picking me up?

Did you find a good sitter for the chilllren?

Let's GO!!!!!

Seriously...that is a beautiful box and everything in it too!

Are you SURE you didn't get your "J"'s mixed up and sent it to Julia by accident? You know, Jodie, Julia...they do kind of sound alike ;)

She loves it. I know so because I told her if there was anything she didn't want (including the box), I told her to send it to me....
She gave me a long distance slap in the face so I'm taking that as a NO! hahahaha

Luv ya girl!
Your work is just to die's worth having enemies for! hahahaha!!!!

TinyBear said...

That box for Julia is SO beautiful Lisa and so are all the goodies tucked inside. What a great idea with the pocket - everything is so stunning.
xo Tina

TinyBear said...

oh - and bye the way - when you and Jodie are coming to see Dorthe - come by me too ;D

Faded Charm said...

What a beautiful box filled with even more wonderful goodies. I love it all!


Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Oh YES, I'm a very LUCKY girl!!! Lisa, I can't thank you enough for all the gorgeous gifts. They are still arranged on the coffee table and make such a pretty decoration. I will leave everything there for a while to enjoy. I've posted about your awesome package today as well.
When will you and Jodie arrive? I'm not sure if I can let Jodie in though. She might pinch all my goodies and escape to Denmark then ;-).
Have a great afternoon!
Big hugs, dear friend,

BellaRosa said...

WOW I am SPEECHLESS....Ha! Like that would ever happen :) I am totally with June and Jodie and if you wanna get Technical Jodie, my middle name starts with a J too, maybe it was supposed to go to me and she mixed up not only the state...but the country??? Just sayin :) And if you guys are going to see Julia...I am coming with! I am a shorty...I fold easily :) lol Lisa...your a wiz of beautiful shiz...that is what my daughter is supposed to be a compliment from me trying to sound like a "cool" mom :) lol Have a beautiful day...don't get sun burned :) Besos, Rose

ps...gotta go visit Julia now and plead my case for leftovers :)_

Dorthe said...

Hi my sweet friend,
Oh Lisa, I`m sure you made Julia, very,very happy with all this gorgeus things,you sent her, the bottle is fantastic dear,-and so are every other thing.-----I just startet making a necklace ,with one of the beautifull resin bubbles you gave me-I will show it when finished.(it`s a keep for myself)
Lisa you and Jodie just take of, and Julia and I will take good care of you....

How great that your class is filled to the brim,--and that a new one can soon start--if only I...............

Hugs and love from Dorthe

Cottage Panache said...

Oh my gosh, I love the box and all the goodies inside ~ as my daughter, now 15 would say ~ Well,
fo shizell mi nizell that's so cool! The elves still haven't shown up yet, so it's back to dissolving and scraping on the floors! I will not quit, I will not quit, .....where's my advil!?

Chani said...

This box is full of treasures! Wow! I love the special bottle you made. I'm really jealous of Julia ;)

Dumpster Decorators said...

Those are some serious treasures inside a lovely treasure box.

Debby said...

Julia is so darned lucky to have such an awesome swap partner. I just read Julia's post about your swap and everything is amazing. You are so darned talented. Gorgeous goodies.

Boxwood Cottage said...

Hi Lisa,
I'm just comming over from Julia's blog where I saw the fantastic treasure box you embellished and filled for her and I had to come over here and tell you what a great job you did! I can see how happy you made her and find that fabulous! I love everything you made and sent her! Your resin charms are so very pretty!!!
Sending you warmest Spring wishes
from Germany

Boxwood Cottage said...

P.S.: If you really will come over to Northern Germany and Denmark I'd be happy to meet you too!
My home town Bremen is a quite beautiful city with a market place and streets from mediaval ages, which you would surely love!

sissie said...

Lisa, Lisa, Lisa....your talent never ceases to amaze me!!! I wish I had just a touch of your creativity. The box you made for Julia is so pretty and all the goodies inside are 2di4!!!!
She's going to love it. And, yes, she is the sweetest person. I love her blog.

Great post sweet friend.


Mollye said...

Oh my gosh shw will adore these beautiful creations. Everything is so creamy, dreamy and lucious!

Ticking and Toile said...

Your swap box is too sweet! It is so beautiful & she is going to LOVE it!!!!


Lori said...

Lisa, the box you made for Julia is so beautiful...i love all the goodies you put in there for her to enjoy too...she is going to love everything...oooops, i see she already has it...and she does love it:)

Erica said...

What a lovely swap. I can't wait to get to one of your classes. I'll be nagging Maureen when I see her next week!

C'est Magnifique said...

Wow!!! That box and bottle are beautiful... not to mention all the wonderful goodies inside! Julia is a lucky girl!


Beth A. said...

Lisa, the items are ALL so beautiful. Julia is a lucky girl! I love your precious resin bobbles!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Lisa ~
Your box is so gorgeous !! I love everything that you create ~
I am thrilled that you are teaching at Maureen's !!! YAYYYY !!!

Rustique Gal said...

Lisa, what a sweet swap box you have prepared. I'd be so thrilled to receive such a lovely package! I think your European travel dream is perfect. What fun it would be to meet these friends! Have a great day...Sherry

Rochelle said...

Lisa...this swap box is so gorgeous!! How can Julia not like it - it is filled with so much eye candy I can't stand it! You are so creative and everything you do is so beautiful...keep up the good work!

nancy huggins said...

Julia is a very Lucky Girl..that box is worth it's weight in gold :)
You also gave me an idea for my next give away..Love your blog..I have you in my blog roll so I can see when you have a new post :)

Cindy Geilmann said...

Lisa, I love what you do, you inspire me so. I adore the box you made for Julia and the gift she made for you is amazing. I would love to do a swape with you, it would be sooooooo fun. What do you say?

Biggest Hugs

Katsui Jewelry said...

That is so beautiful. I know she will be just thrilled.

T's Daily Treasures said...

You my dear are talented and make the most amazing and wonderful creations. No wonder your workshop is booked. Your kiddos are so sweet on their pre-k graduation day ! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. And Happy Mother's Day! :) Tammy

Storybook Woods said...

Oh my, what an amazing box. Beautiful swap. Clarice