Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Getting into the EARLY Christmas mood...

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i know, i know...we are barely finishing up with summer and here i am talking about Christmas...My sis, Mary Ann ,and i have resurrected a swap we did a couple of years ago...dealing with delectable COOKIES!

i also know that i have a bunch of stuff on my plate but i just couldn't resist creating a new cookie recipe book, swap with someone new and continue my simple way of living by handmaking something sweet or giving away some of my neat stuff that i've been collecting for years...
so hence, the Cookie Swap 08 has been reborn. stop by here to sign up...only 24 participants and mail-out is between 11/29-12/06/08...

two years ago...i had a very sweet partner, Kumi of England. it was nice figuring out a simple book that Kumi can change from time to time...she showered me with sweetness too...i adored her leather bound portfolio + wonderful illustrations she created with her own hands! see more of Kumi's recipe book she gave to me here and all the neat goodies she sent too!!! here's a sampling of her swap goodies to me:



this is what i gave to sweet Kumi...

Cookie Swap 06

so, if this excites you like it does for me and my sis...stop by here to sign up...only 24 participants and mail-out is between 11/29-12/06/08...

ok...now on to this one...

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Vintage Christmas Stocking Swap 08

i had a blast creating this stocking last year for my swap partner.
but not sure if she enjoyed it since i haven't heard from her or received my stocking yet...things happen and i'm not going to dwell on the negative side of swapping but i truly enjoyed making my version of a vintage stocking and wrapping all the lil' surprises for my partner...
looking forward to doing it again but this time, i hope i get feedback and
maybe, just maybe...a stocking of my very own too! ;)

and finally, this last one:

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is being hosted by callieflowergirl, Bridget. we have to make 35 vintage Christmas itty bitty pages due 11.17.08...these itty bitty books are quite addictive...currently i have about 4 now and will be getting two or three more...my studio is filled with these adorable books...

for more info about this swap visit the Vintage Christmas Itty Bitty Book Swap 08

now...one more thing...i was surfing and came upon Pearl Maple (thanks so much, Pearl Maple!!!) who shared a link to a sweet blog enamored with all things Christmas, equipped with a Christmas Count down and sweet tunes to get you in the mood to create Christmasy goodies...
go check Whispering Christmas Dreams
and dream of a White Christmas to come...

until next time...

bonne nuit, xoxo jo ;)

4 comments:

Gina2424 said...

You guys are so ambitious. I'm a little swapped out at the moment. I think that is like tapped out, only more fun. I mentioned you and Mary Ann on my blog about the ZNE fat book.

Labour of Love said...

Hi, Sweet Gina!!! Thank you for stopping by...I know...we're totally nutz & boltz but this gives me (us) a chance to wake up those creative juices waiting to explode...

Thank you so much for always thinking of my sis, Mary Ann and myself...you're a sweetheart and I'm sending some CONGRATULATORY wishes your way on all of the tremendous awards and recognition you've been receiving lately...truly an inspiration to all! Looking forward to seeing more of your exciting creations! xoxo jo ;)

rachel whetzel said...

ooooh!! good idea for the flickr group... I'll have to think on that one!!

Gracie said...

Hey Jo

It's Gracie from flickr (and who knows where else lol) I somehow stumbled across your blog! And I'm so glad I did! I'm glad you finally have one now.

Those swaps sound great! I will have to sign up one day!

Gracie xo