Valentine Exchange with Dashasel Sews!

In case you missed it, this year I hosted a Valentine Exchange, for crafty mamas to exchange handmade Valentine gifts.  I had the pleasure of adopting not one but two Valentines this year.  Yes, I am a lucky girl. ;)

Today, let me show you what I made for Elaine of Dashasel Sews!  I have had a wonderful time getting to know Elaine!  I’m not sure if she knew it going in, but I really enjoy jewelry-making.  She has a growing family at the moment, so while I really wanted to make her a mother’s necklace, it’s difficult to predict just how things were going to go when her second child arrives.  So rather than pester her about names, and wonder just what birthstone I should go with, I settled on a design that would incorporate her whole family right now and in the future.

It’s hand-stamped in sterling silver.  I keep quite a few jewelry-making supplies on-hand, so I was proud of myself for using things from my stash.  (Though I did send a little chocolate – come on, it is a valentine, after all!)

I also made cards for both my Valentines:

I would loved to have sewn something for her – but for two reasons I avoided it: first, the sewing at her blog is beautiful.  I felt like an amateur compared to what she has to show off!!  And two – I was really short on time.  We were a bit of a late match, you see (though I am SO glad it worked out)!

Would you like to see what Elaine sent me?

First of all, the package was lovely before I even opened it, with a cute little ribbon and felt hearts.

I unwrapped it to find a cute little clutch (the fabric is printed with X’s and O’s), a beautiful Figure 8 scarf (I am in love with this fabric!) and an adorable felt Monster Crayon Tote for Miss Raya!

Upon seeing her beautiful work, I feel like a total amateur behind the sewing machine!  Seriously, this photo does not do proper justice to her work – if you’d like to see a little more, Elaine blogged about her handiwork yesterday.  Thank you Elaine!!

(And since I see other people braving the self-portrait to show off how awesome their Valentines are, I thought I’d suck it up and do the same.  Here’s the scarf – naturally gorgeous even if the smile is a little awkward, LOL!)

Stay tuned because tomorrow – I will show you what I received from Carlee at Ladybird Ln!

I link up to these great parties!
~ Adrianne


  1. Jean Davis says

    Love the crayon tote. What a cute idea! And monsters with crayon teeth are just awesome!

  2. Pieced Pastimes says

    Found you via the Linky hop and have become your newest follower. Hope you have a chance to visit and perhaps follow me back.


    GREAT blog! Found you on the hop! Following you now.

    XO – Jami
    Imagine Design Blog

  4. RJ says

    Hi! :D I found your blog through the Linky Follower Blog Hop and am a new follower! Hope you can check out my blog! RJ Does Books!

  5. Suzie HomeCaker says

    Blog Hopping – I've followed you via Linky Followers. Would love if you would follow me back.

    Thank you,
    Jeneen @ Suzie HomeCaker

  6. laxsupermom says

    Love the necklace! What a beautiful and thoughtful gift! Her sewn items are just gorgeous! How sweet of her to make something for Raya, too! Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest LF follower.

  7. Hopes And Dreams Studio says

    Love your blog! Following you back (Linky). See you later.

  8. Kelly says

    I love that necklace! How sweet of her to add something for Raya, too. I enjoyed participating in the Valentine Exchange and looking forward to doing it again.

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