Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cath's pages for me in the first month's color swap

I wanted to show you the lovely things I got from Cath in Cyprus for my first color swap. I continued with rust, but included white in the mix for this round, since this swap is all about color.

Look at the beautiful package Cath sent me. She remembered that I sent a package to her that was filled with postage stamps at Christmas.

I am in love with those bunnies. I was so impressed with the envelope, it took me a day just to open the package.

But open it I finally DID. Now you know why I always insist upon a new envelope when people send in their swap items. I can't seem to ever open the packages correctly. But you can see all the wonderful goodies that are inside the bubble wrapping that is still on the package back. Fortunately, I didn't try to unwrap it from the front where all the stamps were.

Inside were some wonderful goodies, including a book on Ottoman/Turks, playing cards, and tea blossoms.

In case you missed the tea last Tea Tuesday, here is a closeup of the instructions, which also suggest you place the blossom in a wine glass to watch it open. But the other lovely treat and surprise was how nicely Cath decorated the packages she sent the gifts in.

My pages are A4 size, or about 8.5 X 11 if you live in the States. The first page was tucked nicely in this beauty, which is decorated with gold and brown paints and mulberry paper.

Inside was this gorgeous girl, whose skirt I lifted slightly to inspect the entire piece. The background was more of that incredible mulberry paper over the results/remains of a rusty wire Cath used for coloring the background. A rusty lace bodice over a rusty cotton skirt made up the ensemble. Rusty looking hair, wild and perfect for the doll, was the ideal topper. White gems grace her hands and neck, too!

This page was made using the same rusty wire Cath used on the previous page. She cut letters for the words that signified the colors of my pages and attached them. It is very, very clever!

The second page was tucked into this beauty. It included the same material as before.

Inside was the most gorgeous bouquet of flowers you will EVER see. Cath started with white pearl spray ink through a flower stencil (you might have to enlarge the photo to see the true details). The flowers are a combination of rolled rusted zippers and white seed beads over rusty lace, all on white pipe cleaner stems. All of the stems are captured in a "container" Cath sewed to the page. The dragonfly's body is made from the pull part of a zipper, decorator pins, and, according to Cath, "silk worm cocoons."

More rusty fabric graces the back of this page Cath sewed into three pockets. The gorgeous tags inside contain the definition of "rust" and "white," along with Cath's sign in tag.

Talk about impressed! I am overjoyed! And PLEASE check out Cath's blog post for a better explanation of these two incredible pages.

15 thoughtful remarks:

sandra de said...

What a wonderful bag of goodies ... plus bunny stamps. I love Cath's rust work and she has added some lovely details like the zipper flowers. Looking forward to seeing more pages in this swap. Thanks for the offer of sequin waste. I had tried to get it at a recycle shop no luck then I gave in and bought it online. Now I have offers from generous woyww's truly amazing. Pat Bluebeard for me.

see you there! said...

That's an amazing package both inside and out. Funny, it is the second time this week I've seen something using zippers. What fun!


La Dolce Vita said...

great stuff! love the rusted pockets!

Halle said...

Lovely pages and extra goodies! These pages remind me that I still need to find something that rusts!!

voodoo vixen said...

What stunning pages, they are so different! Zippers seem to be appearing everywhere, I love the idea and the work put into these and to have the gorgeous extras of the tea flowers and bunny stamps is even better!

Cath said...

I am so glad that you like them. The book is about some of the buildings where I live, and I hope you enjoyed the Turkish Delight.

Terri Kahrs said...

Wow! What a beautiful assortment of goodies! It would be very difficult to pick a favorite creation - Cath's work is creative and stunning. I'm off to check out her blog! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Tammy Freiborg said...

I love the flowers and how cool is that butterfly!

~*~Patty S said...

Brilliant pages, those zipper flowers are the bees knees ;)
and so many lovely extras too!

Lynn said...

What wonderful gifts! Lucky you!!!!

Amy said...

i love cath.

i seriously totally do.

she's "the stuff"


Helen said...

What a wonderful parcel to receive and open - and share with us too!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff! I love the way she packaged it all and the mulberry papers she used for protection are every bit as much ART as the actual pages! Beautiful work!

Steph said...

I love the rabbit stamps!!! they're adorable....great pieces..E..enjoy!!!

Marilyn Rock said...

Love what you got from Cath!