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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Art Inspiration

I recently participated in my first ever "Petite Inspiration Box Swap." This one was hosted by Heather at
The Speckled Egg. I've seen lots of blog posts about these petite swaps like Heather's Valentine Edition so when I saw that this one was a
"bird-themed" swap...well...i just had to jump in and give it a try! The pressure was ON! These are some talented and creative ladies!
...these are the three boxes I received.....sigh....

The first box I received was from Lisa at Tarnished and Tattered. If the inside of this sweet box was HALF as beautiful as the outside...i was in for a real treat! And..let me tell you...i was NOT disappointed!

It was obvious that Lisa had spent a great deal of time and put a lot of thought into making this such a SPECIAL swap box for me. I was speechless to say the least!

She made these beautiful resin pieces with vintage images...sweet handmade clay buttons with hand stamped bird and nest images as well....

...lots of gorgeous lace, trims and beaded pieces...vintage buttons...
"Merci" Lisa from the bottom of my heart  for such thoughtful bits of inspiration for me!

The next box to arrive was from Melissa at Abigail's Pocatello. She decoupaged the outside of the box with a sweet bird image, a music page and created the tiniest nest with three petite eggs inside!

...it was filled with buttons, trims, flowers and glitter...

...rusty metal stars...scrabble tiles...bird paper cutouts....truffle tins...
...and 2 of the tiniest birds i've ever seen!
"Merci" Melissa for this sweet assemblage of inspiration for me!!

The next box to arrive was from our hostess, Heather at The Speckled Egg (I know...i almost died when i saw that I was in her group! This gal has been "around the block" if you know what I mean! I was nervous!) 

..her box just took my breath away! a tiny nest with pearl beaded eggs....lots of ribbon..buttons...trims...

...seam binding in every color imaginable...silver foil angel wings..tiny metal bird charms...gorgeous flower appliques...

...speckled eggs (no pun intended Heather)....feathers...victorian scrap bird images...lovely tags...

"Merci" Heather for creating a petite box of art that I will cherish and that will inspire me for a long time to come!
Thank you too for making my first Petite Inspiration Box Swap such a pleasure to be part of! I look forward to many more!

Avec Amour,

P.S. If you like any of the boxes you've seen...go on over to Haiti By Hand where some of them will be listed for sale real soon! All proceeds to benefit the Haiti Relief Fund!


  1. WOW WOW WOW WOW! That's a serious post full of beautiful treasures you've written today! Lucky Lady!!!

  2. Michelle,
    You are such a sweet & talented girl & I'm so happy this swap introduced us. I'm working on my post too. It should be up tonight. I loved my stuff from you so much, glad you liked yours too. I think we all did good. Lisa

  3. How fun! Lucky girl...everything is so beautiful. You can tell thoughtful time was put into each box! Enjoy!!

  4. Ooh, lucky you. What beautiful creations.


  5. All of them are lovely....I don't know if I could part with any of them.

  6. WOW!!! Amazing swap, they are all gorgeous and filled with such beauty.

  7. Hi Michelle your new banner is beautiful, wonderful job. I had seen this swap and was going to join but I wasn't able. Life kinda got a little hectic these past few weeks. Stuff happens maybe next time. You have received some amazing stuff. I am sure you will make something beautiful with it. Have a wonderful day.


  8. Wow Michelle - those boxes are SO beautiful. what a great swap. Lots of amazing goodies.I+m sure you´ll create something really beautiful.
    xo Tina

  9. BEAUTIFUL Items from your swap Michelle! you were right...just gorgeous!! I love your new banner. I picked up three cheap books to do that with just for me, but haven't gotten around to it yet. One of these days!!

  10. Oh!... Eeee!... Wow! I'm sputtering- these are so cute!! I thought I came by to say hello, but maybe I didn't...
    I fell upon your etsy shop the other day, and oh it's just bursting with pretty things. Your blog is lovely, and I'm so happy to have found you! You're full of inspiration. :D

  11. Hi, dear Michelle, These are a lot of wonderful treasures! What a great swap! I knew Lisa's beautiful matchbox would be filled with awesome goodies and the other two girls did a super job as well! Have fun playing and creating!

  12. Snap around your house anytime. So enjoyable to see everything. - Jane F.

  13. Hello! it's nice to meet you...i came here by way of Rhonda of a Little Bit French's blog!

    and I'm happy that I did! I'm your newest follower!
    not only are the gifts you received beautiful, but the one you sent to Rhonda was absolutely incredible! I love it! great stuff...from an obviousley generous and creative soul!

    it's funny, when I first started blogging, i had the same background that you have now...and I also Identify with Marianne Dashwood....2 cute..again..happy to have met you!

    come by and visit me at my two blogs...

    Creative Carmelina (my main one)
    and Conversational Carmelina

    hope to see you there...
    ciao bella


Taking the time to share your thoughts...your words...and your inspiration fills my soul....Merci.