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!
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