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Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Swap for All Seasons...a Mini Fabric Collage

I have not been able to participate in art swaps for a few months now due to personal health reasons.  I'm still being extremely selective as to what I choose to play in.  One major requirement for the swaps I do this year is that I do NOT need to purchase specific items to participate in the swap, as medical expenses do not allow that luxury.  Well, one swap I had to pass on due to my health was A Swap For All Seasons.  The holiday swap deadline was when I was unable to even sit at my art table due to the pain in my legs, so I had to pass on it.  The Winter Swap is a different story, however.  All the words in the swap title are interesting to me...Mini...Fabric...Collage.  What's not to like?

One thing I have lots & lots of is fabric.  My first buying job at Halle Bros. department store was as Buyer for Fashion Fabrics, Sewing Notions, Patterns & Art Needlework.  Be still my heart!  Buying fabric is an inherited family affliction...I have fabric & laces & buttons & all that from my Mom's stash.  I even have pieces of very vintage cotton fabrics that my Grandma purchased...she would buy 6 yards at a time of cottons...they were 36" wide at the time & she knew she could make what she wanted to from 6 yards.  I am lucky to have laces & buttons from Grandma, too...it all has been passed down through the females in that lineage...and I'm the lucky one now.  Of course, over the years I have added MY favorites to my stash..I mean I simply HAD to...it was "research" for my fabric buyer job...yeah, that's my story & I'm sticking with it!

So...I signed up for this swap right away.  What a delightful way to use some of my special stash...creating a mini fabric collage.  Sign-ups continue until January 15th...or until the limit of 100 swappers has been reached.  In less than a week, 55 of us have signed up...so if you are interested, the details are in the links above.  Linda, our hostess with the mostess, does a great job of organizing these swaps & matching us each up with a partner to swap with.  Thanks, Linda! 

I have all sorts of ideas floating around in my head...but the big fun of this swap is in getting to know your swap partner through emails & visiting their blog...then creating something you think they will like.  I'll wait until sign-ups are complete & I "know" my partner before I start pulling out inspiring bits & pieces to use for my collage.  I may post a sneak peek or 2 here as I go along, but the final piece will not be revealed until after I know my partner has received her package...I sure don't want to spoil her surprise.

I now return to dealing with medical bills & such...can't ignore that task.  See ya later, alligator.


  1. Good to hear that you´re back, sort of ... and I hope that 2011 will be a better year for your health!

  2. Thanks, Marion...here's to better health for all in 2011...and to a very CREATIVE year, too.

  3. Hey Swap Partner - I just sent you an email just it case it might end up in your junk mail. I'm pulling out some fabric today, too. :) Nancy

  4. Hey Nancy...I'm happy you sent an email...mine never got here from Linda, but I know she'll send it. I sent you an email, too. After visiting your blog, I figure I can't go wrong using PINK in your fabric collage...heheheheheee! Even though it's not my favorite color, I do have lots of pink.


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