There are so many wonderful swaps out there in blogland... if you do enough hopping around, I bet you can participate in so many that you'll be at your local post office every day of the week! Danielle Muller of The Vintage Dragonfly just hosted a 'vintage bird' swap.
Each us of made both a nest and a bird collage. The collage came to me instantly but the nest was so much trickier. By the time I finally figured out the 'what' of the nest, I was running out of time to figure out the 'how'! I wanted to use a combination of shredded book paper mixed with snippets of vintage lace. It all seemed so simple but getting it to stick together was much harder than I'd anticipated. A couple tries later I got what I was looking for.
I have to admit, in this photo it just looks like a jumbled mess. It looked much better in person (I hope!) I glittered some styrofoam eggs and added a rhinestone-studded button along with some pearls.
The whole thing sits atop a pedestal I made from a candlestick and a dessert plate. I included a couple little flashcards for the recipient to use wherever she wants.
Whoever she is, I hope she likes it!