Monday, July 19, 2010

Whimsy Jar Swap

I have just completed my latest swap which was Jessica's Whimsy jar swap. The idea was too fill a glass jar with suitable items that you knew your swap partner would appreicate.

We were given colours and likes and dislikes to go by. My partner was Ann who told me that she liked the colours Cream, white, ivory and brown. From her blog I found out that she was a keen gardener so armed with this information along with knowing from her list that she liked vintage lace, buttons/ribbons and anything home made I put together the following jar.

I had already seen this glass in the local charity shop and had decided it was ideal for my purpose. The only thing was it didn't have a lid. So I set about making one from felt .

I cut a round circle from carboard to fit the neck and covered in green felt then made a rose flower from cream felt and dabbed with yellow paint to get the two tone effect. Then added my secret ingredient the smell! Yes it smells just like a rose. The centre bud on the flower serves as the knob.

Next onto painting the glass. I chose a design from a silk embriodery book that I had and then

drew it in on.

I then mixed yellow and brown to get a lovely amber colour which I think compliments the colour of the lid.

Lastly I filled with goodies. I made a little bag from some rose patterned silk and filled with cream, white and brown vintage buttons. Also a small felt/silk pin cushion and a silk flower brooch.

I covered some button shapes in various coloured silks and found some polka dot ribbon that I thought Ann would like. Then I found some lace at least 20yrs old, some fancy glass beads and
a trowel and I love gardening trinket.

I can't wait to show you what Ann has sent to me.
I am going to enter this into the the following.
Wild Orchid Challenge #1 who are asking for Say it with flowers.


Jo in TAS said...

What a marvellous swap, you've put together a beautiful package for Ann!

Terry Oulboub said...

I just adore these jar swaps, Mrs. A. What a lovely idea to craft such a beautiful vase; love the lid and adding a smell - how cool is that?! Ann will really love her package, I just know it!

Sherry said...

What a lovely jar made all the more special by the hand crafted touches you've put to it! It's perfect, I bet Ann will love it.

Else Irene said...

Lovely jar you've made ♥ Thank you so much for participating in our "Say it with flowers" challenge at WOC ♥

Faye said...

You just amaze me with your creativity and you get such stunning results. You put so much thought and care into these gifts, they are so much more than a gift! xxx

Unknown said...

You are so clever, the jar is just wonderful, Ann is very lucky to receive such a fantastic gift. Congratulations on the new arrival to your family too - hope they are all doing well.
Georgie xx

Ann said...

And of course I did really really love my jar! Hmm, I'd just love to know your secret smell ingredients Valery - I sniff appreciatively every time I go near it!