Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Summer 2015 Handmade Gift Exchange.

So what exactly is a Gift Exchange?

It is an event run by the lovely Linda over at Craftaholics Anonymous. Go and check it out (after you've finished reading this!)

The idea is that you sign up and are then assigned an exchange partner. It's a great opportunity to make a friend as well as a gift.

I was paired up with a lovely lady who lives in Berlin. We messaged each other and chatted to get to know each other's tastes and interests. Then, knowing a little bit about my partner, came the challenge of making a gift for her that I thought she would like. 

I knew that she was in to bright colours and modern patterns as opposed to anything shabby chic, so I made her a silk fusion piece using a wet felting technique and framed it in a simple wooden frame

This was the first time I had ever taken part in an event like this and I have to say I found it very exciting. Packaging up the parcel and posting it off to her was like having an extra Christmas in the year.

Silk fusion piece in simple wooden frame

A little while later a very exciting package arrived at my house. It had come all the way from Berlin! I tore it open and was delighted to find my gift inside.

My exchange partner had crafted 2 very funky bookmarks and 2 little felt cats with the cutest faces. Needless to say I was thrilled with them. It was a very lovely thought that someone had taken the time to make this gift and that it had been made especially for me!

Bookmarks and felt cats

If you like the sound of the Handmade Gift Exchange and fancy getting involved in the fun then check out the following link and sign up to join in the next one in December. You'll be glad you did.

Hand Made Gift Exchange logo
Click here to find out more
 With many thanks to Linda for hosting and to Mirjam my exchange partner.

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