Saturday, September 21, 2013

Love My Pretty New Hoop

A few weeks ago I signed up for a hoop exchange. A friend is raising money for her adoption fees and coordinated this fun craft swap. All I had to do was donate $5 on paypal, and give a little information about myself (and what I would want in a hoop). Then a week or so later, I was forwarded the information about my partner! The person I was matched with is different from the person who has me. Overall, the friend raised $1500 and we all had a fun project!

The person I was assigned liked Hawaii, because she was married there and California because she grew  up there. She has five children; four girls and one boy, and said she likes all things glitter and sparkly. So I went with that, sketched an idea, and started collecting my materials (I just used what materials I had on hand), and came up with this.

Saturday afternoon I went to the post office and mailed it along with a little card. I was just really hoping she liked it. On Monday I saw these posts that not only did she get it, she liked it and hung it up in her adorable home!

 I mean, she's so sweet right? And now I know a gal far away! My hoop pal :)

Monday through Friday I eagerly checked the mail, anticipating the hoop someone made for me! It's so funny too,  because a lot of people post the progress of the hoop their making or a picture of the completed hoop all with the same hashtag, so I was able to see some that I thought could be mine, and kept wondering if I would get them! Yesterday, after the gym, I got my special package:

 With a note saying she included a few extras.

 My hoop, and darling earrings, bookmark, and wristlet.
My beautiful hoop! I'm pretty sure it's vintage fabric,those darling lil' lemons!! And she embroidered one of my favorite verses "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." James 1:2

She's very talented and it just turned out so great! How fun this whole thing was! The gal who put this together is the sister of a friend at my church, and she has done another swap and hopefully will do many more, so if your interested, check out her blog!

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