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My chance to wonder about hand made things and tell the world about those I make, love and cherish!

Friday, 7 November 2008

Do you remember Swap Shop?

There is something new on my inspiration wall. I don't have a very big inspiration wall, its the bit between the utility room and the notice board ( you know what I mean by a notice board, its really important things like library opening times, pampered chef party invites, I know I bet that makes you envious of my social life, Boots vouchers and 50p off muesli!)
Can you spot what its is? Its a hand painted gift tag, just above and left of the light switch.
This may seem such an odd thing but I pass this bit of wall a lot in my day and each time I see this tag I feel a warm glow. It came attached to the most beautiful little painting that is now mine. I couldn't possibly put the painting on my wall as it is in the kitchen and needs a frame etc so its safely tucked away until that happens. In the meantime I can admire the tag and know that the picture is safe. How simple and idea to hand paint a gift tag but from now on all my tags will be hand painted!

The painting is a jar of spring flowers and was painted by Vanessa . She is a very talented painter and illustrator. Go and have a look. They are amazing and like me when I first read her blog you may realize you have one of her books. After I had made the pirates she asked if she could have 2. I tentatively asked if I could swap for a tiny scribble or sketch of hers but she offered me a painting, and so a swap was made. I feel that i have defiantly made the best side of the bargain!

Here are the pirates ready to set sail.

I am not the only one to benefit from Vanessa's generosity. Another painting went this way.I hope to do some more swaps soon as its so nice to receive a parcel with no credit card slip in!

PS Despite a very tired 4 year old, a sick 2 year old and bonfire night I managed to finish and send off my project for the One Yard wonders books so fingers crossed that they like it and will publish it.

5 comments:

Andy said...

just found your lovely blog via another, via another (oh the bliss of a lazy saturday with the children out!) I LOVE your pirates, do you have any for sale? I really hope so grace xx

Knit and Sew City Girl said...

I like your inspiration wall, I think I might get one as well.

The pirates are so cute.

Mary

two hippos said...

Adorable little pirates!

vanessa said...

Lovely post Joanna.................... thankyou so much................... And I love the tag on the inspiration wall...................

Beata said...

Those pirates are so adorable!!