You know, (or maybe you don't) but in the swapping world, it's almost a requirement that you "gush" over what you receive from your partner no matter even if you hate it! (Kinda goes against my "tell it like it is" theory in life, but what can I do?) Everyone's gotta play nice, I suppose! Problem with that is that when you do get something you absolutely REALLY love and adore, how do you express it? You can go on and on, and hopefully express your true joy, but what else? I wish I knew because last week was probably my BEST week of swapping yet! I got two really awesome things and you MUST see them! First off, I got a darling mini from "bouncypoodle" alias Patti for the STUD swap. Remember, she was the one who decided on Disney songs for the theme rather than just plain Disney? If you go back a few posts, you can see what I made her, but here is the marvelous beauty she made for me:
Check out that detail! Did you see the tail feathers on the birds? They are 3D! It is so amazing in person, that I am overwhelmed! This lady has only been mini quilting for a few months too. I actually had her call me on the phone for some tips! Too cool! And the label? Another piece of art, believe me! I usually just write something on the back. No fancy stuff for me.......but look at this:
Now, that was perfection! I should take lessons (although I probably won't!) My feelings is that the label is against the wall anyway, so why jazz it up, and besides, by then, I want to move on to the next project anyway! LOL
THEN, not only was that awesome, but I think I got the BEST mug rug in the whole swap this time on Saturday! I'm thinking it's maybe the best mug rug I ever got? I adore it and it's already hanging in my kitchen so I can see it everyday! I gushed up and down (in truth) when I thanked her and I hope she really knows how much I cherish this piece of art!! "Littleloops" alias Lynda, really went all out for me! When I first saw it in the Flickr swap, I was so impressed, that I couldn't get over the work she put into this little 8 1/2 inch square beauty, but then when it arrived at my doorstep and I had a chance to see it in person, I was more awed! True perfection!!
Check out the individual corners:
Did you see all the additional embroidery? Tons of work!! And what a beauty! I am truly blessed and hurray for my swap mama who gave me such a great partner. I wasn't too keen on what I had to make for my partner considering she wasn't nuts about raw edged applique, but I sure got a good one making for me!! Sometimes that happens! Now, I'm all raring to go again! For awhile, I really had my doubts about swapping.........but these beauties restored my faith! Thank you! Both of you! I LOVE them!