Saucy was dreadfully remiss on a swap this summer. Truth be told, she struggled with getting it just right and in the end, her swap partner admitted the same thing. The theme of the swap was "crowns" hosted by Molly at Fleur de Bee. Thank you Molly for hosting this fun swap!
Saucy's swap partner was Heidi at Foxgloves, Fabrics and Folly. She is a talented designer and has the most wonderful Etsy shop. Saucy admits that it was a little intimidating coming up with something for such a partner. It had to be something so special. It was the actual making of a crown that bent Saucy's brain past the due date. The rest of it came naturally:
A special crown pendant for Heidi embellished with vintage type keys, vintage beads and coins from Europe: Francs and Six Pence pieces from the 1960's.
A working locket and two vintage timepieces - one of them a Seiko, it really works too.
The crown, however, was not as easy. Saucy had a vision and she wanted it to reflect Heidi's aesthetic of vintage golds, whites and neutrals. She wanted it to look like something straight out of the Renaissance.
What do you think? It is actually a little cage, the bottom swings open and will hold some sort of lovely treasure.
The Fleur-de-lis came from a vintage garden decoration. The Secret Weapon helped Saucy by reclaiming it and fastening it securely to the crown.
One lovely detail that is not overly noticeable are the rectangular black onyx stones sewn around the fur rim at the base of the crown.
A view from above. Between the vintage pearls dangle vintage crystal pieces in varying sizes and shapes. That's the thing when you are creating with vintage bits... there's never enough of the same thing, but the finished product is all the more beautiful for it.
Sprays of Swarovski crystals sprinkle extra sparkle around the entire crown. Photographs don't do this piece justice; it is very sparkly.
Saucy threw in some other treasures into the swap parcel including some crown tissues, bee lotion, and a lovely glass box to hold the necklace. She hopes that Heidi forgives her tardiness and enjoys these treats that were created just for her very much. It should be on her doorstep by now.
Tomorrow Saucy will share some of the delightful treats that Heidi sent all the way to Canada from sunny California.
You know, the swap thing might be getting a little old. Saucy feels horrible enough about sending Heidi's package out late, but in return she's still waiting for some swap parcels that should have made their way here in June or July. Do you think swaps are on their way out?