Faith Hope and Charity Swapping – what I sent to my swap partner
Here are photos of the items I sent to my swap partner Linda at Vintage Hearth for the Faith Hope and Charity Swapping 2012 – Jubilee Special, which was organised by Lakota (who has a really fantastic blog called Faith Hope and Charity Shopping).
At least one item had to fit the jubilee theme, at least one item had to be thrifted/second hand and at least one item had to be handmade. The maximum spend was £12 (excluding postage). It was the first time I’ve been involved in this kind of swap and I really enjoyed finding things for Linda.
The most Jubilee-themed item was a Silver Jubilee mug from 1977. I found this in the Debra charity shop in Beeston. I particularly liked the fact that the reverse of the mug celebrated the 240th anniversary of Sharrow Mills in Sheffield. And of course a good mug needs tea to go with it, so I included a pretty tin of Twinings special blend for the Diamond Jubilee. (This was a freebie sent to me by PayPal)
On the weekend I signed up for the swap, I spotted lots of red, white and blue items in charity shops. But knowing that I had a total budget of £12, I restricted myself to getting just two of the things I spotted. The first one was a beaded handbag charm from the British Heart Foundation shop in the Broadmarsh Centre in Nottingham. I know that Linda likes beads, because she has blogged about making necklaces and handbag charms. The second item was a small crochet blanket from the Beeston Oxfam shop because I’m a firm believer that it is never possible to have too many crochet blankets! My son wanted to keep this crochet blanket for himself but I showed him the blankets we already have and persuaded him we could afford to part with one.
The final charity shop find for Linda was an linen nightdress case with cross stitch embroidery. I’ve seen pictures on the Vintage Hearth blog of Linda’s beautiful antique bed and bedspread, so I thought this would fit right in. This nightdress case actually came from a charity shop in Barmouth a few years ago. They had a basket of linens for 50p and I scooped up several items thinking I might use them for craft projects, but this particular piece of needlework seemed too pretty to cut up. So I was glad to pass it on to someone who might appreciate it.
Finally, I made Linda a little needlebook out of purple felt with a cross stitch butterfly motif on the front. This was because I’m rather partial to a bit of purple and butterflies.
This is what Linda had to say when she received her parcel from me:
So it sounds as though Linda enjoyed receiving her parcel just as much as I enjoyed putting it together for her. I will be linking this blogpost up with the Jubilee Swap Linky at Faith Hope and Charity Shopping and with this week’s Magpie Monday at Me & My Shadow.
I’ve also written a blogpost about the parcel of goodies Linda sent to me.