So here we are on day #10, and this lovely package is from Diane Cook who lives in Katy, TX. Diane is new to our little swap group this year, but I hope that she can continue in our group for years to come. Diane's beautiful blue gift box is hand stamped and embossed, and tied up with a gorgeous strip of Sari ribbon (fabrics used to make Sari's in India). She included one of her business cards as well as a full size postcard...I love the vintage photo Diane used of 2 women holding hands. It depicts the essence of our little swap group...sisters...friends...
Diane's ornament is actually a beautiful and romantic handmade tassel...comprised of a vintage thimble, chains, buttons, charms, laces, and long flowing strips of sari fabric. It is simply spectacular, and it's almost 2 feet long!
Diane added a strip of text to the thimble, denoting Christmas 2011
Here is a better view of some of the vintage buttons, laces, and charms that are in this tassel.
And the piece de la resistance is a tiny etched metal book, which Diane personalized with my name. The tiny book has text papers inside...and is tied with a sari ribbon closure. Diane has the metal etching technique perfected, as you can see for yourself!
Diane teaches classes on etching metal and she also teaches classes on making these romantic vintage tassels. You can see more of Diane's work and find out when and where she is teaching by visiting her wonderful blog.
I love the warm and rustic color scheme and the variety of textures Diane used in this tassel - these are definitely my colors Diane...how did you know?
And it looks beautiful hanging on my tree. However, when Christmas is over, you can be sure this little beauty will be out on permanent display - maybe even around my neck. It's stunning, Diane. Thank you so much! I am so glad you were part of our exchange this year. Have a blessed Christmas!