winning hand swap

I just finished participating in a Sweet Goodness Swap. Here is a sneak peek of the swap parcel I sent to my partner Roseanne in England:


The theme of the swap was "A Winning Hand" based on the four suits of playing cards: heart, diamond, club and spade. We had to include at least one handmade item, one vintage or thrifted item and a sweet treat. Above, you can see that I made a mini banner using vintage playing cards. I also sent a set of cookie cutters representing the suits.


Made by me: Ace of Spade earrings perched upon an altered art playing card. At this point I just want you to know I am pretty thrilled with my new camera.



I also include a mercury glass Christmas ornament that fit the theme of the swap, from my very own collection.


Lastly, I couldn't resist tucking in these sweet red vintage dice... just because they matched. The sweets I included were red cinnamon hearts and black licorice salty diamonds. I hope Roseanne enjoys all of it. I only do a couple of swaps a year but this one I found especially challenging. Card-theme goodies are hard to come by without looking a little Vegas-cheesy!

Reader, have you ever jumped into a swap and then realized it would be harder than you thought?

21 comments:

Just say Julie said...

That does look like a fun swap! I have yet to do one, I think I'm a little intimidated by the whole idea.

The Things We Carried said...

Oh yes, I have been in swaps that were tough. LOVE the glass ornament!

Janeen said...

I've only done a sock swap before. You had to buy womens socks and they had to be decorated theme (not just plain white). That was many years ago and it was fun and definitely not difficult.

I enjoy seeing the ones you participate in. Your always classy about your choices and they are very nice pieces, not junkie. And once again, this is a fabulous lot you are giving!

How many participated in this one? Did you have to do just 1 lot or if 6 ladies participated, did you have to do 6 complete lots?

bluemuf said...

Saucy...these items are amazing. All the little details you put into the items. Love the banner with the little heart eyelets. And the earrings on the altered vintage card are wonderful. And last, but not least...the glass ornament.

You really came up with some lovely unique items for a challenging swap.

Hugs Karen

Pam said...

yes...your zombie swap!!!
I loved it but I thought long and haed about what to make!!!

The Stiletto Mom said...

Those are so cute...as always!

I have never entered a swap because I know I would just disappoint the person on the other end! I wish I had just a teensy bit of creative talent....I'll just have to live vicariously through you Saucy!

Jane said...

WEll done! I love your mini altered card collages.

Amy said...

Are these the cards that Veto had? I think any swap you did your present would be a hit. You have such talent and put in such thought.

Barb said...

Very nice. So thoughtful and creative. I am sure she will love it.

Rosa said...

How fun! You make a wonderful swap partner!!

3rdEyeMuse said...

you did a better than fantastic job for your part of the swap - I am certain your partner will be giddy when she gets her tremendous goodies. :)

and yes. I do it ALL the time. my mom tried forever to remind me to slow down and think ... unfortunately, that advise never stuck.

Linda Crispell said...

I also love your playing card banner, you are so clever!!!!

Saucy said...

It was just a one-on-one swap so thank goodness because that stuff was hard to track down and I only had one of those tree ornaments to part with! I don't know how many ladies participated in this swap but it was nice just to do one package rather than twelve this time!

MJ said...

Great swap!!

Starshine said...

i've never even done a swap, but i love your creative ideas! I've always thought vintage-y red dice are so cool, and I much prefer them to regular white dice. :)

Megan said...

OH HAVE I!! I do love a good swap but I always bite off more than I should. Once I had to take a day off work to organize the ribbon swap I hostessed. Then I hostessed a charm swap - and had one entire suitcase full of charms to take on the plane and I was tracking people down to give them their charms. Then the amount I have spent at FEDEX because I have been a little late on mailing something. Just last year we did a paint can swap and I had to take it on a plane! More than once, I say what have I gotten myself into???

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

But how clever! Makes me think of my friend who is a nail artist and won awards for her casino themed nailwork.

blesstio said...

you looks creative.

Amanda said...

Never attempted a swap! Sure looks like fun. Mine wouldn't be half as creative/fun/pretty/good tasting as yours, though!!
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michelleb. said...

Whem I first started reading blogs, I participated in a Candy Swap that Super Eggplant hosted. My gurls helped with that. I beleive I participated in one other, but remember the theme.
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Christine said...

I cant say I've ever done a swap but that one does look tough! Either way it seems you did a really good job on it anyways. It makes me think of Casino Royale seeing all those cards lol.

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