Earlier this year I took part in a crafting blog tour and decided my post would be a call for crafters to take part in a swop. I had interest from lots of really talented craftpeople from jewellers to patchworkers to painters. And they work with such gorgeous different materials too including wool, vintage silk, felt and glass.
Today is the story of two crafters from two Celtic nations very close to my heart - Glasspirations from North Wales and Stitchers Anon from Ireland.
|Christmas tree glass dish by Tracey for Gaynor|
Gaynor said she loves anything made from the heart and this little trinket dish certainly fits that brief. Tracey had to do a number of firings to create this beautiful dish - I just love the sparkly green of the tree and the fine gold garland.
I think it really works with the red and white candy cane background and the little gold flecks are like a golden snow storm.
Gaynor just loved her glass dish and I know how she felt. I bought myself some of Tracey's glass last year - a black and white soap dish - and I can honestly say is is beautifully created and arrived so nicely packaged.
|Glasspirations Butterfly Coasters|
You'll find loads of lovely gifts for yourself or a loved one on Glasspirations website - I just love these stunning butterfly coasters.
And if you want to find out more about how Tracey creates her fantasic pieces, have a look at the Glassy Lady's blog. You can also find Glasspirations on Facebook and on Twitter.
|Christmas Runner from Gaynor to Tracey|
For the return swop Gaynor from Stitchers Anon made this beautiful Christmas wall hanging or runner for Tracey.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Tracey loves cats and green and gets her inspiration from nature.
Gaynor pulled together some gorgeous christmassy prints to make this stunning patchwork piece. The centrepiece is a lovely green Christmas tree on a strong red and green background. I love the way Gaynor has added the nordic style borders - they frame the centre beautifully and the trees and leaves add to the nature theme.
Tracey was thrilled with her gift, which can be used either as a table runner or as a wall hanging - Gaynor cleverly added two triangular pockets on the back for a wooden rod or wire hanger. And she popped a cute crochet robin too in the parcel too.
Gaynor is talented in loads of different craft areas - she loves to knit, cross stitch, embroider, quilt, sew, draw and paint, write and now designs cross stitch charts. Wow! You can see just some of her creations from 2013 on Stitchers Anon blog as well as find some gorgeous ready made Christmas stockings for sale.
And if you or someone you know loves cross stitch, you can find lots of designs on Stitchers Anon blog or Facebook page.
Many of the charts are free for personal use although Gaynor also sells some patterns such as this lovely Christmas scene. They would make fantastic Christmas gifts. A percentage of each sale goes to cancer support and research charities.
I'm sure you'll agree that both Gaynor and Tracey both designed and created fantastic swop gifts for each other. And I'm just really amazed that they both came up with a Chritsmas Tree design withought knowing the other was doing the same. Obviously perfect swop partners.