Thursday, April 12, 2012

~Easter Swap Reveal~

Yes, I know Easter is over and most of you have already put away your decorations but I so wanted to share with you my recent Easter project.  Recently, I threw my name into the hat for the Vintage Easter Swap over at It's A Very Cherry World.  It was lot of fun getting to know my "partner in crime", Erica of Golden Egg Vintage.  We are years apart in age but have so much in common with our interests and collections.  In fact, some of the things we swapped were much along the same lines.  You'll see in a minute. :)

 I painted an Easter basket a light shade of blue (one of Erica's favorite colors) and went on to decorate some paper mache eggs.  I thought I would try decoupaging strips of spring like fabrics...

 but I was disappointed in how they turned out.  It was very hard to even see the fabric that I had already applied.  On to plan B.

 I found an old book at an antique/junk store.  Normally, I love to collect old books but the pages in this particular one were so brittle and falling out so I didn't cringe at the thought of using them for craft projects.  I took several pages, tore them into small strips and decoupaged onto the eggs.  I knew it was going to be kinda messy and so glad that I opted to wear some disposable gloves.  Still, I had problems with the glue sticking to my fingers and pulling a bit of print off the pages.

 I should have taken a better close up picture of the eggs but you get a good idea of how they turned out.  I applied a final coat of Mod Podge and love the way they turned out.  Oh, the Easter basket....I decided it was too blue and applied a white wash with some watered down white paint.  I just used the little acrylic paints sold in craft stores.

 I decided to add the ducky Pez container and candy along with some adorable cupcake liners and finished the decorating with a big bow of crinkled seam binding.  Little did I know that Erica had taken a course in French Pastry Arts in NYC and she loves to bake.  How cool is that?

 I found this little Easter bunny at a thrift store.  She was a bit dirty and her outfit was a bit outdated.  I brought her home, gave her a bath and proceeded to redress her with this pretty soft blue-gray fabric.  I couldn't remove the outfit so I had to sew around her using a basting stitch with embroidery floss.

 I added some vintage buttons for earrings, some crochet lace for a collar and a bow made of some more of the crinkly seam binding with another vintage button.

I think she turned out quite well, don't you?

I apologize for the quality of this picture but it was the best I had in this series. :/

 I have a small collection of vintage postcards and decided to frame one in the small picture frame that I dressed up with some white paint and crackling glaze.  I found some coordinating scrapbook paper from my stash to create a type of mat.

 Erica loves to collect vintage items...girl after my own heart :)  but I couldn't find an actual vintage plate to give to her.  I spotted this one at Hobby Lobby.  I loved it and prayed she would love it, too.

Aren't the graphics adorable?  Reminds me of the story of The Little Red Hen.  This is my Easter project for Erica.  You can find out what she thought in her post HERE.  Okay, my turn....

 These are all the little treasures that Erica sent me.  I thought I had died and gone to heaven!!!  Oh my goodness, look at these.  I swear that Erica could hear me shriek all the way to Minnesota.

This little bundle of fabric is just too cute.  I told Erica I can't decide whether to cut into it or display it.  And the vintage sewing items.  Oh my.  I lost my mother 25 years ago and one of the few things that I have that belonged to her is her sewing basket.  She wasn't much of a seamstress but there were several different sewing notions such as snaps, binding, scissors, thimble and such that she used and I will always cherish. I plan to refurbish the sewing basket and will share it with you one of these days.  Erica didn't know about the sewing basket but adding these items to my mom's treasures will be such a joy.  Did you notice the price of the rickrack?  Eight cents!!

 Erica creates card tags and sent me several little paper items to create my own along with my very first tag!  I  don't know if I'll ever have the time to create my own card tags.  I do want to start collecting a few though and what better way to display my first one but with the scrabble tile attached to a mini clothespin.  A vintage flower and a children's wooden block with my initials.  See the vintage card on the right?  Remember, I sent her one, too.  I thought it funny that we were thinking along the same lines here.

                                                          Too, too cute!

I oohed and aahed over these little gems.  I have a collection of vintage kitchen utensils above my kitchen pantry.  I know Erica didn't know this.  The pastry cutter with wire blades is one item I don't have.  I was ecstatic.  And the little bunny mold?  Goodness!!  I felt like a child at Christmas.

And, of course, no Easter is complete without a little basket and some chocolate.  She's definitely a girl after my own heart!  Thank you, Erica.  You are a sweetheart.  I'd love for you to stop by her blog, Golden Egg Vintage, and say 'hey'.  She's a new blogger and I'm sure she would be thrilled with your visit.  Tell her I sent you her way.

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My Vintage Mending said...

What a sweet treat.. I love what you received and gave...These are the joys of swaps..smiles...Renee

Kerin said...

Good Morninig Velma.
What a lovely swap! You certainly received some lovely things, and gave some lovely things too.
That bunny... she turned out adorable! You are a genius to re-work the bunny the way that you did!

Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day :)

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Those eggs are wonderful but oh how I love that Easter plate. That is too darling.

vintage grey said...

LOve your eggs!! Great idea!! What a sweet treat from Erica!! How fun and what treasures!! ;) xo Heather

Cindy said...

Hi Velma,
You received some really sweet little treasures. What fun to find someone who has a love for the same things as yourself. I have found that over and over again. If nothing else, the internet has allowed us connect with like minded, even like spirited women. I'm grateful for that.
Hugs, Cindy

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, Wow, You girls gave and got fabulous gifts, know one knows what we love like a fellow blogger does, and usually the gift wrap is fabulous too! I did some decoupage eggs too....What a mess!! That rabbit mold is to die for!!!


Country Dreaming said...

Very much fun. Cool goodies.


Debbie Kay said...


You had a gem of a swap partner, what a sweet gal. So glad you were blessed by that swap.

Thank you for sharing,


TinaTx said...

Great minds think alike! You both did an awesome job of putting together a swap package.
I did the decoupage egg thing this year too - no way to do it without it being messy. (as far as I know)

Sam I Am...... said...

Vintage overload! OMG....that's amazing how talented you both are and that you really do have the same taste! I loved what you did with your bunny...amazing how cute he/she turned out. I would have never thought to "re-dress" him....great idea for the future. It was all so fun to see. I have an old pastry cutter that doesn't work anymore (it probably needs to be re-screwed like it looks yours is) so I use it above my sink for a towel holder upside down so the wooden part is where the towel sits. I may have to do a swap one day but I'm not as creative as you. In fact, I too tried to use ModPodge to decoupage some plastic eggs with vintage Easter paper and failed miserably! What a mess and it kept coming off and sticking to my fingers. You did great and how you did it I'll never know! LOL! I was a mess and so were the eggs...I gave up. Your bows look so pretty too...that's another thing I can't do....any tips? You can tell I need help, Velma...lots and lots of help! Ha! Ha!

~Betty said...

Oh many things to love here..I love those eggs, so vintage looking. Seems every new Easter egg I see becomes my favorite. I had better get busy for next year. I love the plate. It even looks vintage. I will go look for one of those for my friend who is always quoting from The Little Red Hen. I love the bunny mold. What a sweet treasure there. I also collect old kitchen things so I love that pastry cutter....I just love it all!

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

What a cute idea to do a swap. That was fun seeing what you made and what she sent you. The bunny mold was my favorite for sure.


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