Friday, February 22, 2013

Pink Saturday Mail out for Easter Egg Carton Swap

Today is the official mail out day for a group of Facebook friends who are swapping vintage egg cartons. Not really “vintage” in the true meaning of the word, but vintage because they’re  like the old cardboard cartons of yesteryear…first, I had to FIND the 3 X 4 row size I wanted…
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ETSY to the rescue! Just what I wanted for my partner, Louisiana girl, Tonya. She is also an English teacher! She has had a pen-pal in France since she was in middle school and loves everything related to Paris and France! We decided to swap Easter in Paris…her favorite colors are reds and browns…mine are soft greens and blues.
First I covered the carton with a coat of gesso. Then I decopagued layers of a beautiful napkin in her chosen colors…
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A bright red tassel and a gilded knob  tops the lid and another layer of designs highlight the bottom…
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I started adding French language bits of paper and washi tapes to the eggs that would hold the Easter treats.
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The inside lid has a vintage look map of Paris so Tonya can find her way around when she fulfills her dream to visit the City of Lights.
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Each of the half dozen eggs holds an Easter surprise…
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White doves…
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Brown glitter doves…
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a collection of tiny crosses for Tonya to use in her own Easter card making…
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Three little wooden rabbits and vintage flowers…
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and spools of fibers and washi tapes mingled with gilded eggs… and one of my very favorite additions, matchbox drawers covered with the map and filled with punched die cuts…
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using vintage sheet music and dictionaries and beautiful papers I cut crowns and birds and butterflies and tea pots and tea cups…I would love to get a package like this.
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I filled the egg carton and the rest of the contents spilled out into the box…rolls of ephemera…a 1900’s ledger sheet,  a French newspaper from the 1920’s, pages from an antique French grammar book. A few antique Easter cards, seam binding, some beautiful  Victorian Easter  scrap. And I tucked in a few containers of that beautiful Martha Stewart fine glitter in reds and golds and browns.
I love swaps…a little imagination, a few vintage finds, and someone else’s perspective on a common theme.The swap was organized by my Paper Cowgirl friend, Sarah. Talk about a talent; she and I have been swap partners before, and she knows how to fill a carton!  Next week will be super exciting as I wait for Tonya’s package to arrive. In the meantime, I’ll head over to Beverly’s How Sweet the Sound blog for Pink Saturday and all the lovely posts. And you have a Pink Week!


dana said...

HOLY THAT's a swap!!! So cute and SOO many details!! I'm majorly impressed, LaVerne!!!

Hope you are having a great weekend and a terrific PINK SAT!!!

L, Dana

LV said...

A lot of time and work went into this gift. I am sure you friend will be most pleased. You did an excellent job.

Christina said...

What a delight! Love the re-use of the egg cartons!

jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Hi LaVerne, I am astounded at all the lovely things you did to make your swap special. It is all so thoughtful and beautifully done. This is a wonderful art display. Well done.
xo, Jeanne

Lorraine said...

I was in an egg carton swap last year, it was so fun!! Yours is lovely, your partner will love it.
Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

Carol Z said...

This is fabulous. I'm in awe of what you've done and not half creative enough for this swap.

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