Saturday, 16 November 2013

The Old Button Swop Number 2 - Beaded Bazzar and Pat (A Craftfest Christmas Blog Stop)

As Craftfest starts, it feels a little surreal to be the first stop on a Blog Stop again.  Earlier this year I was the Stop Number 1 Creative Crafting Blog Tour.  And here I am first stop on Craftfest Blog Tour. Not sure why I'm number one again - maybe I was the first to put my hand up, or maybe it was luck of the draw. It certainly wasn't alphabetical as The Old Button usually comes somewhat down that list. Whatever the reason, I'm delighted as I can tell you the story of the Old Button Swop journey. 

Logos of Blog Tours

My Creative Crafting blog stop in August was all about The Old Button Swop - asking if crafters wanted to be paired up to swop hand-crafted makes with each other. It was a great journey - I had lots of interest from some old crafting friends and some new ones, and in the end I had a few pairs of talented crafters all signed up.

Long blue and clear glass bead necklace with silver cats.
Beaded necklace by Joy for Pat
Not sure if it is coincidence or some very clever planning on my part, but one of the ladies featured in this Craftfest Blog Stop is Joy - who is the fabulous Craftfest Red Team Leader and I'm in the Red Team this time! 
Joy from Beaded Bazaar made this gorgeous necklace for Pat who lives in California. Pat loves anything British, cats, antique, Victorian things, pastels or darks.  

Well I think this Victorian style pastel necklace with beautiful beads and cute little silver cats sure hits the spot. And Pat thinks so too - she loved it. 

And just look at the pretty wrapping too. Beautifully gift wrapped.   

Beaded Bazaar on Wow Thank You

Of course as a Craftfest Team Leader, you'd expect to find Joy on Craftfest - where she showcases some of her necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and jewellry sets, including this fabulous Wood Paper and Acrylic Bead Necklace which is available for sale through Beaded Bazaar's Craftfest stall

Joy also takes commissions to create something based around your ideas.  You can see more of her work at Beaded Bazaar on Wow Thank You and you can find out what she's up to by liking her Facebook page or following her on Twitter.

Joy is a tireless promoter who supports lots of Craftfesters - newcomers and old hands alike - on the Creative Connections forum pages as well as sharing hundreds of pictures and links each week for many crafters on the Creative Connections Facebook page. I really don't know how she does it all.  

One snowflake and eight heart decorations
Christmas decorations by Pat for Joy

Joy's swop partner was Pat - one of two swop crafters from the US. Joy had said she loves surprises but if Pat needed inspiration, she loves traditional Christmas colours at Christmas. So Pat made Joy a lovely collection of hand made Christmas decorations in stunning red and white.   

White crochet snowflake with red seed beads
The beautiful crocheted snowflake is in really snowy white and is edged in tiny red seed beads - a perfect touch for Joy who loves beads. 

Red felt heart Christmas decorations

And the cute little red felt hearts have been decorated with hearts, dots, wreaths and little branches. 

Perfect traditional Christmas colours. And Joy was delighted with all her little decorations.

Pat isn't on Craftfest so I can't share any more of her hand crafted makes with you. But as you can see from these lovely gifts, she really enjoys her crafting.   

So two very happy ladies. Another very successful swop. 

Next time I'll be telling Tracy and Gaynor's story.

And earlier this month I told you the story of Kristen and Helen who swopped a pair of hand knitted gloves and an arts pastels carry case - you can read their story here - The Old Button Swop Number 1 - Pastelesta and Strombolitwo

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Old Button Swop Number 1 - Pastelesta and Strombolitwo

Earlier this year, I was the first stop on the first ever Creative Crafting Blog Tour which linked together a whole host of crafters on a 16 day non stop tour.

For my blog stop, I decided to host a craft Swop and invited crafters to sign up - I would pair people up and they would swop hand-made gifts - and I would share the stories and photos with you. You can read all about The Old Button Swop on my blog tour post.

There was lots of interest and in the end I received full details from 7 great crafters,and with me too, that made 4 pairs. So without further ado - here is the first of the swops!  Pastelesta and Stombolitwo. Two great names that sound amazing together - and I did do the pairing randomly, honest!

Fingerless knitted gloves for Helen from by Kristen
Kristen from Pastelesta made these fantastic fingerless knitted gloves for Helen.  Helen had said that she loves textures, natural & found, cats and wild critters, Islamic patterns, Istanbul and Italy, by the sea.

I love how Kristen combined some of Helen's favourite things into these gloves - the gorgeous sea-green colour and wave design combined with the lovely texture of the natural wool.  Helen was delighted with her lovely gloves - saying they would be very useful.

Pastelesta on Etsy

Kristen is a very talented artist and paints portraits of of pets or people in pastel or pencil. 

Helen's parcel also included a couple of Kristen's card prints - like this lovely print of a Siamese cat, which is available for sale at Pastelesta on Etsy.

As well as a range of ready printed cards, notelets and prints, you can also commission a portait of one of your loved ones or pets. You can find out more about Kristen's work by liking Pastelesta on Facebook.

Art Pastels Carry Case for Kristen by Helen
For her return swop, Helen from Strombolitwo made Kristen a brilliant art pastels carry case.

Kristen's thought her swop was beautiful and she loved the little roses, saying it was very thoughtful of Helen to think of making her a pastel carrier.

As well as recognising Kristen's passion for art, Helen also picked up some things that inspire Kristen - the lovely natural texture of the fabric and the retro style roses made from vintage kimono silk.
Strombolitwo on Etsy

Through Strombolitwo, Helen designs and makes exclusive and individual accessories for men and women from upcycled vintage kimono silk.

As well as beautiful cases and purses like this treasure clutch purse that is available to buy at Strombolitwo on Etsy, Helen's designs include necklaces, men's ties and mobile phone covers. 

You can find out more about Helen's work by following Strombolitwo on Twitter.

And you can also see more of Pastelesta and Stombolitwo at Craftfest - a virtual craft extravagaza  which you will find at Creative Connections between the 16th and 23rd November 2013.

I am so pleased that both Helen and Kristen both enjoyed making and receiving their lovely swop gifts. In my next post, I'll share the stories of swop partners Joy and Pat.