Oh, George Harrison…[sigh] I had Beatles tunes running through my head a lot while working on my latest project.
A few weeks back, I decided to participate in my first organized swap on Craftster. I had always felt a little intimidated before: what if what I made wasn’t good enough and looked like the efforts of a dexterity-challenged preschooler? Some of the crafters on there are crazy talented, and fill a swap box like nobody’s business. The pressure!
When I saw the Box of Sunshine Swap open for sign-ups, I knew I had found my swap. This was to be low-cost and low-stress: five or six items, a few hours of crafting, nothing too outrageous. The only other guideline was that items – crafted or otherwise – should ideally be in warm, sunny shades of yellow and orange, so that the recipient might open a box of sunshine to cheer up a gloomy winter day. I could do that! And who doesn’t love getting cheery mail?
Although I dabble in a variety of crafts, longtime readers of this blog will know that needlework, and cross-stitch in particular, is my area of expertise (?). I spent ages trawling through Etsy (of course) until I found this design by Sewingseed. Whole stitches only, no backstitch? Yes, please!
I didn’t much care for the steel grey fabric used in the original stitched piece – but I get it, it’s to illustrate the sun breaking through a grey sky – and instead substituted some 28-count Summer Sky hiding in my stash. I also altered the colours oh-so-slightly, on “comes the”, since the original ultra-light yellow would have been lost on my fabric.
I love how this turned out! It’s the perfect harbinger of spring days ahead, and I had a lot of fun stitching something that I might not ordinarily stitch for myself or for someone in my usual circle of craftiness (although I do have more Summer Sky, so one never knows).
Have I opened a Pandora’s Box of swapping? Stay tuned…
Thanks for looking! 🙂