In October of 2011, I signed up for my first craft swap. It was something that I wanted to do for ages, but was always too afraid of. The particular swap I joined was the "Jar of Whimsey" swap. If you have never heard of a Jar of Whimsey, it is typically a mason jar or other container filled to the brim with trinkets, small supplies, and other fun items. It was a very easy introduction to craft swaps since the crafting requirements were pretty low.
|Here are a couple of the Jars of Whimsey I received in my first craft swap!|
|And here are a couple that I sent in the second Jar of Whimsey swap I joined.|
I have been in a total of 23 organized craft swaps on Craftster so far, and I don't foresee myself backing down anytime soon. On occasion I also do private swaps with friends for some extra special crafty goodness.
There have been way too many amazing craft swaps to choose a favorite, but here are some crafts that I sent to other crafters, and the treasures that people have made in return:
|I sent this little guy who resides in his very own solar-powered garden lantern for a shrine swap.|
|And received this amazing hand-built nature-inspired shrine|
|This was one of my favorite crafts I've sent, which was for a decorative pillow swap - a needle felted fox on upcycled sweaters.|
|And I received this lovely deer head applique pillow that still sits on my couch with four other handmade pillows.|
|Another hard one to give up - I sent this wood-burned Doctor Who spoon for a Make-a-Friend swap along with other items.|
|And I received this very truthful hoopla (decorative embroidered hoop).|
Next week I'll be receiving yet another amazing package of handmade gifts - this time with a whimsical woodland theme. I can't wait to share what I receive and to see how my craft swap partner likes what I've sent!