Monday, August 1, 2011

Do you Barter, Swap or Trade? You should!!!

This afternoon I went to the door to open it to let some air in and a big yellow envelope fell at my feet! It was from my adopted niece Jill at . She had made this little cutey for a surprise and a thank you. I sure love it!! I love Jill too. She has adopted me as her Aunt Frannie and I feel blessed. This little girl is a magnet and Jill knows I love cherries!! Jill is an amazing artist. Check out her post on the Halloween Mixed Media House she rocked out!! Oh my goodness it is amazing!! I went outside to take this pic and I put it on one of my rusty shovels on the side of the barn. It looked so cute!! A big hug and kiss to Jill!!

Here is what I altered with my Mystery Swap Envelope #2 I got from Vickie at I always forget to take pics of the stuff in the envelope before I start making them! I think I get excited. The Souvenir paper was half of another one that had a postcard on it. I had been wanting to make a jar for my beach glass and stones Sim and I always get on our vacations. I fancied this one up with some of the beach glass, some feathers, shells, etc. The ribbon and the button are from Vickie. I love the way this turned out and I even had more stuff left over to make this cool tag!! 

I just LOVE it and the way it turned out!! I had the little black bird and couldn't help but put him on the bike. She knew my favorite color is orange. Right now Vickie and I are bartering. When it gets finished I'll share it with you. I am still working on my book from before gluing pages together to make pockets. I have enough stuff left from Vickie to make an ATC card. I really like this Mystery Swap thing. And I really like the bartering. Trading, Bartering and swapping are alot alikeWith the way things are in our country right now, doing these things can lift our spirits. Kinda put us back to the way America use to be maybe!! My other good friend Lori at home schools her girls and gets together with other homeschoolers. Lori is teaching these young girls about bartering through American Girl books and other things. That is what kinda got me to thinking about it. I am praying for our country. So if any of you are interested in Bartering, Swapping, or Trading there are probably alot of people out there who will. Let me know if you want to. I know Vickie and I are really enjoying it!! Thanks! and Love ya XO Fran.


JenW!~ said...

LOVE the jar you made Fran. And you are correct with the way this economy is going you have to do what you can to save a penny or two. I would be up for a swap, if your willing that is.

Jo said...

I love the little girl magnet. It is so cute. I also love cherries, but you can tell that from the title of my blog. I am one of your followers. I'm going to make hang tags to trade. Would love to trade with you.
Have a blessed day.

Missouri's Lilac AJ said...

I agree swapping and bartering always puts a smile on my face. Love the jar. What a great use of the Mystery Envelope items. I am mailing your #3 envelope later today! Hope you enjoy it!

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

You've been busy!! Everything looks great. I wish I could get something done, but the heat is sucking all the fun out of everything!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE what you've done with my mystery 'stuff'.....this is a really fun swap!!! How cool is that jar!!! and the tag is awesome :D your niece did a sweet job on the magnet...
it's so much fun going to the mailbox and coming back with more than bills & junk mail :D

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Hey Auntie!

So glad you like your magnet and actually got it after 10 days!!!

I'm with you. Bartering is lots of fun, full of surprises, and is a great way to get new things without having to spend the money. : )

Love ya!

The Altered Paper said...

Fran I love your creativity! Both items put together from the Mystery Envelope Swap are Gorgeous!
I too love swapping, trading & bartering!
I do love receiving something new & different while in return giving something that is wanted by another! It keeps the cost down and makes both parties happy! Hugs,Tee

QueenBe said...

Wonderful blog Fran.. so glad you stopped by mine so I could find you! We are neighbors, too.... I am in Holly!

Diane Mars said...

Hi Fran, Thanks for your lovely comment, I will be adding the crows to my Shop , once they are completed. I am going to try and finish them tonight. Wow we have crows everywhere in our neighborhood, they can be a bit of a pest. They sure are loud too. Well you have a great day, Hugs, Diane

Jacqueline said...

Hi Fran...
Can you believe it? The word is out! Do you know what Jill did? She made this huge excutive decision and she split up the twins, I got one and so did you! She is such a big LOVE!!!! I was so delighted when I opened the thank you package!

I think you jar is amazing. I love your style and if I'm not careful I could totally dive into it and never return.

I have done a couple of gnome swaps and loved it but I'm on a mission to do some projects that have sat for too long in my happy room and they are begging to come out and be happy!

I'm doing much better. After the flu I tripped and fell yesterday. I had to smile, dust off my shorts and kick the devil in the butt. I keep praying and God's word never comes back void!

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