Spooky Swap Time!!

It has been ages since I have done a swap online, and I have missed it oh so much!!! Swaps were the reason I got involved with having a blog in the first place. I think it was around 2008 when I started my first blog.  

This one was hosted by Jennifer Hayslip at Pink Ellie Photography and Jessi Nagy from Jessi's Beauty World. Two gals that I have had the privilege of knowing and being involved with in swaps since way back when. The theme was Ghouls, Ghost & Glamour Girls and we were to send along a piece of jewelry and maybe a few other spooky items after getting to know our partners.  

Once my partner Michelle revealed that she likes creams, lace, vintage etc, I had a flood of ideas that I could do for her. I went with a "witchy" theme.

When I was going through all of my scrap book papers, I came across these old photo prints that I had collected over time. Whenever I go into an antique store, I find myself sifting through the vintage photo bins. I have no idea why they intrigue me so much, but I always find myself having to purchase at least one. I guess one reason is that they are usually not too expensive, and I just love them, yet they do tend to have a creepy feel sometimes. They worked perfect for the wrappings in any case.

Goodies all wrapped up and ready to send off to Michelle!!

Goodies all wrapped up and ready to send off to Michelle!!

The first thing I got to work on was this beaded necklace. I searched through my stash of faceted baubles and creamy colored pearls and put together an extra long necklace complete with a tiny glass bottle filled with, of course, magic spells to cast!

The second item was a small pillow that I printed a vintage witch on and sewed on some lace scraps and bits.  

The most fun was gathering all the items that were discovered in a haunted house owned by two sisters that are witches (; A key to the potion cabinet, a frozen charlotte, unlucky numerals, lace from a maiden's dress, hexes for those who have betrayed thee, some extra glittery potions, and a photo of the two sisters:  Ingrid and Endora!!

I also had a small wooden sign that had been sitting in my studio for awhile, and I had no idea what to do with it. It ended up being perfect for the, "Something Wicked This Way Comes" sign.  After I crackle finished the base, I hand painted the words  and then glued on some random letters that were leftovers from other projects. Being painted all black and glittered pulled the odd letters together.  

Finally, I printed another vintage witch photograph onto a canvas tote to put everything in.

Below are the fabulous treats I received from my swap partner, Michelle Duke. Please check out her beautiful blog. There is so much inspiration!!! I loved all my goodies. Thank you so much Michelle!!!

The great thing about getting involved with a swap is that it kind of forces you to put on your creative hat and make something. It can lead to fresh ideas!!  PLUS, you get some goodies in return, and who doesn't want a box full of fabulous finds on their doorstep?!!!  

After making all these "witchy" items it got me thinking. What are your favorite themes to decorate with for Halloween? Do you decorate inside and outside? Do you stick with the traditional "orange & black" color scheme? Let me know in the comments section!