Between all the decorating madness and holiday preparations, I was pleasantly surprised when the always lovely, Carrie, invited some of her crafty friends to join in a holiday stocking swap. As you know, I am not much of a "sewer" so when Carrie said we could embellish an already made stocking, I was in! I LOVE to embellish!
Once our lists of favorite things were completed, Carrie randomly matched us up. My partner was Deirdre, who just happened to be my wonderful ride all around Dallas last year. It's great being partnered with someone you know, if only a bit. Turns out that Deirdre likes creams, taupe's, vintage, lace and is not a huge fan of jewel tones. I couldn't have gotten a better match.
I used all my best bits and pieces of lace and had the best time turning this sweet velvet stocking from Pottery Barn into a vintage lovely. We filled the stockings with pretties as well ~ of course, right?
I jumped on the "sleigh" of Mason Jar craze this year and made Deirdre my version of a shaker inspired by Anthropologie's darling snow globes. With a few tree dying tips from my friend, Karla, I was a bleaching maniac. I actually dyed this little pink tree using packets of Crystal Light Pink Lemonade. I had so much fun that I made them to use as place cards for an upcoming holiday party.
I wanted to include a piece of handmade jewelry for Deirdre as well. I made her a bracelet using my talented friend, Jamie's, wonderful layered bracelet technique that she taught us at a recent get together.