Saturday, September 29, 2012

An Even Exchange

I looked up the definition of SWAP and here's what it says:
1. to give in trade
2. to make an exchange

A few weeks ago I totally butted in to a Twitter conversation between Dana {Old Red Barn Co} and Faith {Fresh Lemons}. They were talking about QuiltCon and then the conversation went on to bag making and how Dana wanted an Anna Maria Horner Multi-Tasker Tote. She even said what fabric she wanted it made in, but she doesn't make bags. What she does make are the most beautiful quilts. She is also a soap maker and a fantastic mom, gardener and cook. 

I told her I like making bags and I would make her the tote. I never said anything more about it and a few weeks later I had it all made and shipped it off to her.
In my excitement to get it in the mail to her I forgot to take any photos of it, so these photos are from Dana's blog post.





It is made using two prints from Anna Maria Horner's new Field Study line of fabrics. The pattern was easy to follow and fun to make. It is a large, roomy tote, with lots of pockets. I think I would like to make one for myself now.

I met Dana at Sewing Summit last year and have since come to admire her not only for her talents but also for her generosity and especially her mothering. I wish we lived closer, we would be great friends because we have so many of the same values and like so many of the same things.

I thought my little surprise ended there, but this week look what arrived in the mail for me from Dana.



There are 6 bars of Dana's homemade goat's milk soap and 2 jars of her sugar scrub for hands and body. I am going to be the softest, best smelling person around. She also made me two washcloths and a beeswax heart. That would have been plenty, but she also included a jar of her Black and Blue jam that she makes from blackberries and blueberries picked from her garden, {I'm planning on eating the whole jar with a spoon, who needs toast?}, her favorite tea and a jar of local North Carolina spring wildflower honey.

These little unexpected swaps are fun. I hope someday soon, that I can meet Dana in person again, but in the meantime we will stay in touch through social media...our blogs, Twitter and Instagram.


Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

16 comments:

Susan Standen said...

I love Diana's soaps ever since I won some in your giveaway last year. Not only are they gorgeous to use but they last forever. I'd recommend them to anyone! Beautiful tote too, by the way.

Amy Friend said...

What a great swap! The bag is so pretty.

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Oh you are both so lucky and such good friends. :) What a lovely stack of goodies from Dana and I LOVE the tote you made for her. Such great fabric choices. Glad to hear that pattern is a good one. I haven't tried that one yet! Hope you're having a great weekend Di!

Danny Heyen said...

That's so sweet. I had wondered why she was sending you do many goodies! You are too nice!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

What a wonderful friend and you are both so talented :)

Katy Cameron said...

Looks like a fabulous swap! And this year you'll be the best smelling attendee at SS!

Flying Blind... said...

Oh that looks like a totally wonderful swap - perfect x

Patchwork and Play said...

Friends do lovely things for one another... just because! Great story Di, enjoy the sweet smell of friendship!

Tanyia said...

Oh I love doing swaps with someone that you find that you click with like that. It is so nice to make something for someone :)

Leanne said...

I really love the bag, I may have to check out the pattern. You did a beautiful job making it and what a lot of wonderful things came your way too.

needle and nest said...

This is such a wonderful story. What a wonderful friendship you must have!

suemac said...

I love Field Study. Great fabric. The bag looks great. I am sure she was happy to get it.

Annabella said...

Perfect swap and you know I like these swapos too!

Geri said...

Beautiful bag and beautiful swag for you! A great swap!

Geri said...

Couldn't find your tote on her blog - wanted to read what she wrote about it.

Chase said...

Wow... I love your bag! I think I am getting the AMH's field study. I love how swap goes beyond make something for someone and give! Very sweet!! Beautiful friendship~