Thank you so much for your nice comments about my sachets. You know how it is when you try something new...you have that bit of insecurity and it was nice to hear your support.
Here is the next batch...
This was a hard one. This woman likes birds and collections, calligraphy and strange writing, postage stamps, and the "real thing," like mother of pearl buttons. After a lot of looking, I found this wonderful graphic (this was pure serendipity). The graphic has a heart of broken china superimposed over calligraphy (hooray!). Above the heart there is a little bird (hooray!) and a postage stamp (can you believe it?). I put five mother of pearl buttons underneath and a folded vintage hankie on the bottom because it picked up the colors...and she liked nature, too :-).
This is for the daughter of the woman I went to camp with as a twelve year old. One of her favorite things was Jane Austin. I think I had most fun with color with this sachet. I love the pink ribbon around the picture. Kat and Jud found me a wonderful box of old lace and ribbon at an estate sale one day when I wasn't feeling so good. Talk about something that cheered me up! The ribbon around that is old velvet. Nothing like it. So much more plush than our velvet today! The lace at the bottom is old but very well-preserved. It is actually white and very delicate!
And this one is for my dear friend, Donna (who will be my roommate). We have known each other since we were twelve but became very good friends in college. When we were in college, we fell in love with the work of an artist named Sulamith Wulfing. Her paintings are very transparent and spiritual. This one shows a young child who appears to be a young deity and is illuminated. I knew this was the one! I put some rhinestones at the top and scatted a few through the lace on the sides. The two rows of lace on the bottom are beautiful old pieces that were in the box of magic from Jud and Kat. I hope she will like it. I wonder if she will recognize the picture and painter!
This is the last. This graphic is a little hard to see but is the most incredible Art Nouveau picture of "under the sea," one of the swappee's loves. I tried to make everything "wavy" and show a lot of motion. The ribbons were from a gift from Jud years ago, the Trim and Treasure Monthly Club at Flight of Fancy Boutique. Now keep in mind, I wasn't really doing much of anything with fabric at the time. I just loved the trims because they were beautiful! Kat found me a great sequined piece to use as sort of a "treasure box" in the lower left hand corner. Well, I lost it. We all looked for it for days. I was sick. It was perfect. Finally I used a piece of gold mesh, a gold-edged shell, a rhinestone and some pearls and created my own treasure. I was pleased and forgot the other piece...which never showed up! The bottom lace snagged a lot in the washer and dryer (not nice to do with vintage lage but perfect for this one. It almost looks like netting, though it is hard to see that in the photograph).
So, that is all. My gift boxes are huge and the sachets sort of "rest" at the bottom. Somehow I still don't manage to get all my ducks in a row. I know the swap hostess will have a huge laugh. She was the one that made the seven inch rule. If I bend over the bottom lace and trim, they are seven inches :-) . Luckily she is a good friend!
I will have to share my Upcycled Treasures necklace tomorrow. It is very close to done! Then, of course, I will have to share all of the fun of Silver Bella!