Our first attempt at a craft swap can likely be called a success!
We met at A Work of Heart, a beautiful, inspiring studio with drawings of fashion models and handmade paper dolls on the walls, pretty little supplies and trinkets for sale, and a room full of empty tables. They weren’t empty for long. Tamara brought hand-drawn signs made by her school typography students, labeling everything from paint to scrapbooking. The tables were soon filled with bits and baubles, fabric and yarn and stickers, and about ten of us loitered, shopping for free.
More than just the shopping, we traded craft ideas and tips, learned about upcoming events, and found local resources. We also found out about everyone’s hidden talents and unique skills.
Everyone had delightful supplies to donate: cards, scrapbook items and papers, stickers (a hit with the kids), beads, craft kits, magazines and books, tons of fabric (lovely brocade that walked away fast) and yarn, oil paints, gift wrap and bags, ribbon, markers, stamps, miscellaneous stuff (including pasta makers, trays and cork boards!) and so much more. We distributed about half the items, the rest awaiting the next swap (keep your eyes open for an announcement in February or March next year!).
Thanks to all for their support and helping make this exchange happen.