Do you like totes? Well I do! I am nuts about nifty little tote bags. To transport all sorts of things and keep everything in its place. I have one to store the coloring books, art paper and crayons for my grandchildren. I have a special little one that holds just enough favorite dvds for a great weekend retreat. I also have perfect totes for scrapbooking supplies and totes for magazines to take with me in the car.
I made this little tote bag just the other day. I thought, why not swap this tote and make it a fall one at that. So. . . . . . .
I am announcing the FALL INTRIGUES SHABBY TOTESWAP Last year I hosted the fall intrigues "basket" swap. But this time I would like to make it a little bit more interesting.
****Here all the rules.
1) Make or decorate a simple canvas tote approximately 11" x 12" and put a shoulder strap on it.
2) Inside fill it with anything having to do with fall. Can be Autumn anything, Halloween, or Thanksgiving. Can be handmade, or vintage, or even brand new. Put things into it that you would love to receive. But please don't put lots of things in the box too, just what ever can fit into the bag. It can hang out of the bag, but not out of the tote. Keep it lightweight so shipping won't be to expensive.
3) If you are interested, you must email me by October 6th at firstname.lastname@example.org and put in the subject line "Fall Shabby tote swap" and I will let you know who your partner is by October 7th. Give me all your info in this original email. I need your name, address, and also your email and blog addresses. It is beneficial to be able to visit blogs and or flickr pages to get a feel for one's partner's dislikes and likes.
NOTE******Please do not go out and buy lots of stuff. The fun of these swaps is to use what is in your stash and also use your abilities and creativity. Also be sure to contact your partner before hand. Getting to know one another makes for a better swap too!
Here are some ideas for things to put in the bag.
2) scrapbooking supplies
3) vintage doilies
4) handmade cards
5) vintage ephemera
12) small candles
13) small books
14) small frames
15) craft supplies or kits
Some closeups of the tote that I will swap. I decorated my bag with vintage buttons, ribbons, and vintage crocheted lace.
I will put all the participants names on my sidebar by the 7th of October. And the shipping date for this swap will be October 19th, 2011 REMEMBER THIS IS A SHABBY TOTE
I am a Mother of 8, grandmother of almost 27 wonderful little people. Married to a wonderful man for 38 years. I am a published scrapbooker, have decorated wedding cakes, made wedding dresses, had a wedding business, taught baton twirling lessons to girls for almost 40 years, and love to decorate my home inexpensively. I have always been a 'make-due' sort of person. I love dishes, teacups, teapots, and have to be creating something everyday. I love to listen to beautiful uplifting music and watch Masterpiece Theatre and Jane Austen movies while I scrap, craft or sew. I have become addicted to quilting, and dream about quilt blocks now. I am still working on getting better at this art form. I believe that Creating things with your hands is a good outlet and keeps your mind alert, and has a way of helping one lose all the cares of the day and world, right in my own little studio. Therefore I will never become a digital scrapbooker. I think that those who do digital turn out some beautiful pieces of art and lovely layouts, but for me I need to cut and paste by hand!