Friday, May 20, 2011

Farmhouse Swap Sent

Cyndy from Crafty Stitchers and I were swap partners in the swap that Amy of Bumble Bee Lane hosted on her blog. I've long been an admirer of Cyndy's work and when I found out we were swap partners I was super excited.

So to try to get to know a little more about Cyndy besides that she makes awesome raggedy anns I went back and read through her blog. Cyndy said in a post that she was redoing her sewing room, so that's the inspiration that I used to create a Crafty Stitchers sign for her.

Then while looking around blogland and seeing all the cute salt dough ornies being made, I started thinking that maybe I could make some to go in her sewing room. I found a small button cookie cutter online, a spool and a thimble one as well and ordered them. I set about making the salt bowl fillers. Made a complete batch and only a few of the small buttons turned out well...I had issues with getting them out of the cookie cutter. So after sleeping on it, I decided I would try to make larger buttons and to rethink my approach to getting the dough out of the smaller cookie cutter. I am pleased to say that the final results turned out great. Here they are bagged.

So along with the button and spools salt bowl fillers, I made a set of beehive and bumble bees ones too. Amy had given us a list of themes to choose from to include and bees were on that list.

Here they are bagged. I had a lot of fun painting these up and they were so easy to make. Having said that when it came to the beehive, no matter what I did I had a beehive that was slightly puffy. After making 3 different ones and having mostly the same results, I picked the less puffy one to paint. Sorry about the Cyndy.

So while on a roll so to speak with the salt dough ornies, I made some blooms and naturally made some more bees to go with them. Sure hope Cyndy has a nice big dough bowl or trencher to display them in. Blooms were also on the list of themes to pick from.

And here they are bagged as well.

Also on the list was one item made from fabric. I wracked my brain thinking of what I could make with fabric. I remembered seeing these in a Create and Decorate last year and formulated a plan. I had even bought all the material last year...just never got around to making them. So found the correct issue of C&D and followed the directions as outlined. I think they turned out pretty good and plan on making a set for myself.

Also as a suggested theme was americana...cause what's summertime without the good ole red, white and blue. So had the hubby cut me a set of blocks and made the stencil for this americana set. I love, love how these turned out and will be offering them for sale in my etsy shoppe.

And one final thing I did for this swap was a set of sitter blocks with a bee theme. That way Cyndy can pair these with the bees salt dough bowl fillers. I sure had a blast making all for Cyndy and reading and getting to know her a little better.

Thank you to Amy for hosting this wonderful Farmhouse Summer Swap.

Until next time...


  1. Man ~ Cyndy is getting some great stuff! All your salt dough ornies look amazing & so do your signs!

  2. Wow! You sure made some Beautiful things. Love your signs and salt dough ornies. Cyndy is lucky.

  3. Wow, those are all gorgeous. Cyndy is one lucky lady! :)


  4. Oh dee love those bumble bees! Thanks again for joining in the fun.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  5. You did a great job Dee. Especially like all the salt dough ornies.


  6. You did a great job Dee. Especially like all the salt dough ornies.


  7. They are beautiful, Dee! Everything! You really put your heart into it! You are an awesome swap partner!
    Have a great weekend! :) ★Linda★

  8. Holy Cow!!! That's some swap package you put together!!! YIKES! She's gonna be tickled pink me thinks! Everything turned out adorable, Dee! I think you really dialed in on those little salt dough ornies!! She's gonna love everything! Smiles & Hugs, Robin

  9. WOWZERS!! Cyndy will LOVE all of these wonderful items that you made. She is a very lucky swap partner!!