Do you remember back in March I sent out an invitation to the 3rd Handmade Joy Exchange?
Eight people decided to join me for this year's exchange:
Laura in England
Sharon in Wisconsin (yep, she's my mom!)
Danielle in Ohio
Judy in Massachusetts
Sarah in Vermont
Cori in Oregon
Laurie in Pennsylvania
Sharon in Colorado
(And then there's me in Wisconsin, now, too).
I had such fun creating my little bits of joy to send to Cori (I wrote about that surge of joy and love here). I follow Cori on Instagram and have some idea of her aesthetic. Because I know she likes vintage textiles and blues and greens, I decided to create a cuff bracelet for her with some vintage fabrics from my stash, a vintage doily and some vintage pearl buttons.
I love how it turned out.
I also wanted to paint a little something for her and had been thinking about the little joy journals that I made a while ago. They were such fun to make. Because I was in a cyclamen phase, it was easy to decide what to paint for the cover.
Somehow sewing with paper always gives me a thrill. Maybe that's what I liked so much about the joy journals.
I was very happy with how this one turned out.
While I was working on Cori's bracelet and notebook I was surprised when a package arrived for me. It was Sharon's contribution to the exchange (early!). I wanted to open it up right away, but I managed to restrain myself until I finished my bits.
When I was done I finally got to see what was inside the box...
The wrapped package and card were so bright and joyful. Inside that tissue...
was the sweetest patchwork bunny! Sharon wrote, "Name her whatever you wish!" in the card and a perfect name came to me right away: Miranda. Thank you, Sharon, your package totally brightened my day. And I love having Miranda hang out in my studio with me where she sits on my work table by my fabric scraps.
"Thank You!!!" to each of you who participated this year. I hope that the making and the receiving were equally joyful. It brought me joy to think about each of you creating something with an intention of joy, wrapping it up and sending it to someone far away.
I hope each of you reading this, whether you participated or not, take some time to visit the blogs/websites of the Handmade Joy Exchange participants. Each of these women is creative and generous and inspiring.