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If you've been following my other social media, you may have already seen my gift reveal, but I wanted to do a follow up post simply to share more pictures! Look for the official tag - #solsticeswap2020 - to see all of the other, fun gift exchanges and unboxing videos on YouTube.
But first, a shout out to Marion Brégier of the blog, Green Martha, who was my solstice swap! Marion makes the most gorgeous historical costumes, art, and illustrations, and her bullet journal pages are seriously amazing! If you don't already, follow her on Instagram @green.martha and on her Youtube channel. Prepare to be inspired...and possibly start bullet journaling if you don't already :)
Solstice Swap Gift Unboxing
My solstice swap gift came from the one and only, Kristen of The Victorian Needle blog. (She's also on Instagram @thevictorian_needle and Tiktok @the_victorian_needle, where you can find more of her crafts and hilarious #teachertok videos). She really surprised me - going all out with my favorite colors, which are blues and corals; including Pusheen (love that cat!); and making the most beautiful, handmade and historical treasures:
|Obligatory box photo...about to be opened!|
And here's the reveal - I still can't believe she managed to fit everything inside the box!
As for the particulars, there was a historical handkerchief from Burnley and Trowbridge: unknown by the sender, I actually had been eyeing this pattern for a while, and was thrilled to see this!
|Hand-beaded, punch paper sewing box and matching accessories!|
In case you were wondering what "punch paper" refers to, it is actually a heavy-weight paper with a grid of evenly-spaced, punched holes through which embroidery thread can be worked, much like modern day Aida cloth or needlepoint canvas. According to an article on "Perforated Paper Needlework" by Diana Matthews, "perforated carboard" was available by the 1820s, and "gained in favor over the decades to become one of the most popular craft items of the Victorian age."
"During its heyday, perforated paper was available in dozens of different colors and embossed patterns and was used for making a large variety of household items. Godey's Lady's Book, Peterson's Magazine as well as a host of other periodicals and books of the day regularly gave patterns for items to be made from this most innovative product. Needle cases, wall pockets, stamp holders, hair receivers and complicated ornaments could be fashioned from it along with the bookmarks and mottoes as it lent itself well to both flat and 3-dimensional crafts."
- "Perforated Paper Needlework" by Diana Matthews, Victoriana Magazine
I'm just in awe of all the time, talents, and thought Kristen put into her solstice swap gift...I'm honored to be the recipient and to call her my friend - thank you so much, Kristen! ❤️