This evening, I am sitting here at my computer, blogging with you . . .
You see, I know where my priorities are!!!
First, I have to tell my favorite peeps bye bye first, then go wash all my clothes, pack my art supplies, print my flight schedule, and then finally pack once my clothes are all clean! :)
I am the Queen of Last Minute...you already knew that though ;)
Let me ask you...do you remember this post about me buying a $70 something dollar quilt and cutting it all up? If not, you can read about it here, but don't freak out on me when you do read it.
In that post, I promised you that before I left for Savannah, I'd show you the full details of what I did with the quilt and why.
Well, I was in a swap specifically for P&P hosted by Rosalyn~Sue. We were to make anything we wanted and we had to make 20 something of them. (I don't remember the final total) She would in turn, make a bag for us that contained 20 something gifts from other women attending the event who were participating in the same swap also. There were no rules...it was left up to our imagination. Wow...I love it when there is NO RULES!!! Sooooo.... I started by cutting up my brand new quilt...
I went to Lowe's and bought 20 something .34 cent tumbled tiles.
I came home and stamped them with the music background and Savannah * GA 2010.
I printed the graphic logo for the Petticoats and Parasols event and I image transferred them to the tumbled tile (in a ghostly~Savannah~ kind~of~way)
I inked the edges for an aged look.
I sprayed them with acrylic clear sealer.
I measured the tumbled tiles (4x4) and made cute little envelopes out of the quilt that I cut up.
I embellished them with some spare lace, tassels, and buttons.
I added cork board to the bottom of the tumbled tile so they wouldn't scratch the furniture.
I wrapped each newly decorated tumbled tile with printed parchment paper that says:
"A Coaster for your Creative Nest...
May the memories we share in Savannah be the Best!
Made with Love,
I tucked each wrapped and decorated tumbled tile coaster in it's very own quilted envelope.
I inserted a moo card in each envelope.
And last but not least, to make each and every one of them personal, I made cute little tags.
On the front is the same logo of the Petticoats and Parasols retreat and I added my blog information.
On the back is a printed envelope personalized with the recipient's name.
Each tag is attached to the lace rosette by a jump ring.
I then bundled them all up in a priority box and mailed them to Rosalyn~Sue about a month ago. She has worked diligently in preparing this wonderful swap for us, along with hosting a Sugar Bar upon our arrival at the hotel in Savannah!
So now do you see why I'm so excited about leaving tomorrow? And why I have to gather my clean underwear and jump on the plane?? ;)
Theresa of They Call Me Ganky and her sweet husband will pick up Karen and I at the airport and shuttle us to our hotel. Isn't that just the sweetest offer, EVER??? All the while, we will be hugging and squealing at each other as we have never met each other in person. Theresa is not attending the event (unfortunately) but she is passing through the area while taking her husband away for a sweet get~away weekend to Tybee Island, near Savannah. This is a prime example of being at the right place at the right time :)
AND...to add to the excitement of it all, we have reservations at the highly recommended restaurant, The Olde Pink House! While there, we will be blessed with another sweet blog friend, Kim of The Victorian Parlor, (the mother of my favorite nephew cat, Kramer of the beloved Kramer Chronicles) who will drive in just to meet us there too! So around the table, we will be four blog friends who feel like we've known each other FOREVER, yet we will all meet in person for the first time!!! Like in real life!!! Isn't that unbelievable?
I'm so excited!!!
Let me go start the washer, throw some clothes together, find my scissors and glue and pack my camera...
I have a big day tomorrow!
Now you KNOW my number ONE rule when I travel right?
DO NOT HAVE FUN WITHOUT ME!!!
And don't you worry, you know I'm going to take you with me like I always do...(that's rule #2) tee hee
I'll be back next week...I'm gonna miss you!