So it’s the morning of Christmas eve and I don’t know about you, but I can finally relax and enjoy the holidays because all of my Christmas shopping is complete: the food, the presents.
Presents. Who doesn’t love presents? They can be thoughtful or funny, but either way it’s just nice to give and receive a little something. Jo from work was telling me about a gift swap that she had taken part in last year: Goody Goody Gift Swap. It’s a simple idea – sign up online and give 3 facts about yourself, wait to be matched with a swap partner via email and then when you receive information about your swap partner, get busy! A lot of the people taking part in the gift swap are creatives and crafters but it’s not compulsory to make something yourself – you could just buy something from an independent crafter or small business (think etsy or Not on the high street).
This year 780 people signed up! When the email came through on the 1st of December, I was partnered with the lovely Justine. The info she gave me was: ‘South African living in the UK, just bought a new home and I love pretty things! Obsessive tea and latte drinker!’ and her favourite colour: ‘Dusty pink’.
I was a bit stuck to begin with. My initial thought was to DIY sharpie a mug but I didn’t think that was enough (our budget was $20=£15ish) so I decided to make a little kit of hot drink accessories – mulled fruit tea, amaretto coffee, hot chocolate, mini marshmallows, chocolate stirrers, a long spoon and a mini tea infuser in the shape of a house.
I wrapped the tea bags, coffee etc in pink (Justine’s favourite colour) tissue paper and then brown paper too, before getting crafty with my blank canvas items: the mug, letter J and photo frame.
Using a sharpies I drew a pattern using different lines onto the mug and then ‘baked’ it in the oven for 30 mins to set it. The colours changed slightly and it’s a hand wash only mug now, but I was happy with the final result. I also used a sharpie pattern on the J(which I unfortunately didn’t have time to make so bought from Paperchase! But check out my DIY 3D letters tutorial if you have time) to match:
For the photo frame I wanted to design a little quote. I went for a play on a song from my favourite film ( Romeo & Juliet, the Baz Luhrmann version) You & Me by The Wannadies. Turn up your volume and listen to it here.
I used one of the watercolour textures that I created the other week as a background with the type cut out. I also created some little tags so that I could write on everything what was inside:
… and The hot drink lover’s treat box was complete! I packaged everything up and headed to the post office on the deadline posting date (17th December) with my fingers crossed that it would all arrive in one piece.
Justine let me know that her gift was on its way to me and a couple of days later it arrived:
I tore off the brown paper to find this amazing b&w tracing paper with a hint of my gift showing through:
A beautiful hand painted N on wood by Sophie Garwell! Thank you so much to Justine – it’s perfect! I would definitely recommend the Goody Goody Gift Swap to anyone who likes crafting/buying/giving gifts and you can sign up now in preparation for next years swap. Just check out the instagram feed of beautiful gifts here.
Did you take part in the swap this year? How did it go for you? Share your blog posts/photos!