Typepad just ate my post. A LONG rambling post, like I tend to do, and with LINKS. Lots of links that took me an hour to do. I'm so sorry I don't have time to replace them, but I will show the photos with apologies to the artists who contributed.
This is the book I made for myself from the tags, and cards I got as gifts in the swap. Robin did this one, and it has a "K" stick pin on it, how cute.
Many people made extra tags for me, and I really enjoyed collecting them into a bundle. This one is from Susan Goffman.
Some were vintage tags tied to the packages, others were extras from the swap.
Then others were made up special as a gift! Like this one from Marilyn.
This is from Brenda.
For the swap, we were each meant to make 6 tags to share. I added my six to various books, (plus I made the 65 covers). So, I picked out 6 tags from the group to keep for my own book. but one of them, I kept out to tie to the key for my new cabinet. I saw this one from Andrea and scooped it up immediately!
Once, again, I am sorry that Typepad erased all my work in adding links to artists who made all of these. Tell you what- if you were in the swap, have a blog and are going to show photos of your books- please send me a link to the post and I will post the list of them all together so everyone can come and visit each other and see their work spread out into all these little tag books.
All of the tag books are assembled and sent! So, my table is now cleared, but here is the view I had for a few days, tags and booklets everywhere.
That is my new cabinet, found last weekend at my favorite second hand store for only $150. I'd love to redo the whole studio with "fancy" furniture.
Especially pieces like this that are so functional.
Plus, this one has space for display too.
This chandelier ($130) is from the same store. I'd had my eye on it for a while, and finally went back to get it, and the cabinet had just been brought in. So, I ended up with both. Happily!
The best thing about it, isn't the bouquet of porcelain roses, it is that it has SIX bulbs, and makes a huge difference in the lighting above my desk!! I can see!!!
Now the swap is over, the studio is illuminated and all cleaned up. I'll be excited about getting back to work. I've neglected my Boutique and Etsy shop while working on the tag swap. As soon as I get them re-stocked, I'll let you know.
But Sugarwings comes tonight, and we will need to do some coloring, that has to come first! She got the cutest crayon carry all from Ele. This weekend, we'll be playing with all the art supplies she received in the swap, thanks again, everyone!
That is, when we can get a break from these guys!
Here is a link for a short puppy video on Flickr. You know how I say, that Twinkle thinks the camera is always out just for her? Here you can see what I mean. And please ignore the dirty floor....
Also, all swappers are welcome to add any puppy love photos to our flickr group and everyone is welcome to look through the photos. I might have added more than a few myself.... I hope others add also!