Saturday, October 6, 2012

Summer swap

This is the gift exchange  Monique organized with some blog friends from around the world.
The theme was Summertime ~ Monique was my swap partner and this is the beautiful gift she sent to me.
A cute Bretagne house {love all the pretty blue} and postcard from where she spent her summer holidays over in Brittany, France. Also what was lovely is the hydrangeas shown in the postcard, they are a favourite flower of mine so had to show it alongside my pretty hydrangea I have growing in a terracotta pot.
Thank you Monique ~ I love it and will look so lovely on my memory board.
Now here is the gift I made and sent to her - a cushion with seashells.
I used a heavy  linen upholstery fabric for the cushion with seashells all over and then I copied some shells from a download  that Martha Stewart was kindly offering on her website and then embroidered the words on it.

And finally here is the scarf that I knitted for our Son - helps to keep him warm when riding his scooter in the cooler weather.
 Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.
And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking.
Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
~ Steve Jobs

 Creativity is contagious, pass it on
~ Albert Einsein

Just want to say thank you, to all my blog friends, new followers, for all the inspiration you share, your beautiful blogs, creative ideas, the kind comments and support you give.
Have a happy weekend


  1. So true Carolyn, well stated. Such sweet gifts you gave each other :) and I like the scarf you made for your son!

    have a great weekend!

  2. What wonderful swaps, love both artistic gifts. Beautiful scarf too!


  3. Hi Carolyn...lovely gifts ye swapped! The scarf looks great also. Hope you are enjoying the weekend:)
    ~Anne xx

  4. cute post!

    ps. we are now giving away 10 times a $5 giftcarfd of Dino Direct!

  5. Hi Carolyn,
    I love your cushion ans the gift you received in your swap.
    Those inspirational quotes are so great , I pick up some many creative ideas from all the lovely blogs I visit. I have just picked up knitting needles again after a break of about 20 years!
    Sarah x

  6. What a lovely swap!

    Your son will treasure his scarf made with love!

    So true, Carolyn, creating feeds my soul. I truly enjoy it and would be lost without it!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I can't sleep, anticipating today LOL


  7. Dearest Carolyn,
    This activity must be one of the best one in the blog land♡♡♡  And I feel like I could know your wonderful talent with hand works(^_^)v  Oh, how much I wish to be able take after my late mother's dexterity, she was good at these and not me haha. Your cusion looks so summery and wonderful embroidery!!! Bretagne house and the card you received are so well matched with your hydrogen, really beautiful♪♪♪ Happy for the relationship between artistic minded people.
    I hope you are having wonderful weekend.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  8. What a wonderful idea, darling!
    Love the Einstein quote :)


  9. I LOVE IT! I have yet to make it up north to this part of France, but the little cottages are so bright and happy.

    You must be enjoying your SUMMER! We are now in full swing into autumn here!

    Wishing you a happy day my dear Carolyn! Anita

  10. How lovely, Carolyn! You both swapped beautiful gifts. I really love the pillow and that scarf is gorgeous :) xoxo

  11. Hi Carolyn,

    Such a cute idea you had!^^
    It's very sweet!
    And the scarf you did is very nice! well done!
    Have a great we! :)


  12. Hi Carolyn!! This is a lovely post!! The gifts that we exchange are wonderful!! I like your pillow very much!!!
    And I'm happy that you love my gift!!
    Have a nice sunday!

  13. So nice post !!...nice the swap....i have that beautiful heart from you....hanging above my nice !!..i am verry happy with it....lovely weekend

  14. Such a nice summer exchange. I love your postings and all you share......
    Blessings my sweet friend.
    Love Jeanne♥

  15. Oooh dearest Carolyn, really wonderful handicrafts went from here to there! The little house that you got, is delightful, and also your pillow looks sooo beautiful - pure summer! Your son will be certainly also happy with his warm scarf (at least on cold days :o))
    Today I had to think of you, because today was NOT a fall day here in Austria, today it felt like SPRING, as in NZ! Warm and sunny and birds were singing - it made me happy! :o))
    xoxoxox Traude
    PS: I'm not sure if google translated my previous posting correctly - the kitchen with a yellow fridge was in my former apartment in Vienna, where I lived until 2002. I showed the kitchen because I still like the white cabinets. Meanwhile, however, I have no more yellow fridge in the kitchen (it is in the cellar of our hous, now) :o))

  16. Dear Carolyn,
    hope your weekend is a beautiful one,- with sun and good weather.
    What sweet gift you recieved,-the little home is so cute, and the pillow you made a lovely summer reminder.
    Your son will love wearing the scharf you knitted to him, so lovely warm.

  17. Dear Carolyn,
    What lovely gifts you have shared with each other... You do beautiful work.
    Thank you so much for wandering over to meet my little mice. So happy you received pleasure from viewing.. Yes, it is alot of work to apply the fur, but so rewarding when finished.
    Bless you,

  18. Hello, Carolyn! What beautiful gifts! I love your embroidery. And the scarf looks quite warm and lovely. Hope you've been well! xoxo

  19. beautiful scarf and thankyou for commenting on my blog :D **New Follower via GFC**

  20. Darling Carolyn!

    Oh how nice it is to see you come to visit my post.....I am having fun using paper to make art. I bet you are enjoying the new season of spring! WE ARE LOVING OUR AUTUMN! It is so colorful.

    Peace and love to you my friend! Anita

  21. Hello Carolyn! What a lovely light blue house! Nice gifts.
    Happy week!

  22. Have a lovely week...I have not been able to read plan in effect. see you soon.

  23. Você disse uma grande verdade:
    "a criatividade é contagiosa", devemos espalhá-la porque faz bem.

    Bom domingo!
    Boa semana!

    °º✿Beijinhos do Brasil.
    º° ✿♥ ♫° ·.

  24. How nice these gift swaps are, Carolyn. The scarf you knitted for your son is wonderful and made with love. I love the quote especially, and it reminds me of my son who is still searching for just the right job. I will have to show him it. Have a lovely Sunday.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  25. Lovely Carolyne, such a fun swap! Love the jobs quote too - he knew, what he was talking about.Hope your weekend is lovely!

  26. Dear Carolyn
    Both gifts are cute and lovely!!!!!!
    I don´t know that part of France but I'm looking foward to visit

  27. I hope all is well with you...
    Enjoy your day Carolyn !


  28. Dear Carolyn,
    whart lovely gifts you swapped!
    It is always so nice to do such little swaps, isn't it?
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful new week!
    Sending love and hugs,

  29. What a sweet gift exchange idea. Your little house is just too cute. And the little pillow you made is just lovely. I'm sure she loved it. Wishing you a wonderful new week.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  30. Hi Carolyn,

    There is nothing like a hand knitted scarf. I'm sure your son treasures it. It is lovely! The quotes are so very true, I believe every one of them.

    Have a happy week my friend.
    Warm hugs ~ Jenn

  31. i love to see all of your wonderful creative creations!

  32. What a fun swap. The little fabric house is so cute. And your pillow is lovely as is the knitted scarf. Hope you are having a wonderful week. Tammy


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