Thursday, March 29, 2012

And Then There Were 8...

It seems our little Tucson Swap Queens group was reduced in number this month, due to one circumstance or another.  However, the 8 "eggstraordinary Queens" who participated certainly rose to the occasion!

Our theme this month was an altered egg box ~ the 6 compartment variety ~ the inspiration for which came from the lovely Cassandra.  We were "secret bunnies" to our recipients and stuck with a color theme of their choosing.

As we gathered at my home on Monday evening, once again I was blown away by the sheer genius, creativity, and artistry of each woman.  Three of our Queens were unable to attend and have not received their egg box as yet, so the only one I will identify will be mine.  So, sit back and enjoy the Easter Parade!


my creation 

and the inside

from my fabulous bunny

and the inside

Now I'll share the decor of the season with you and the little goodies I created for these marvelous ladies...
beginnings of a little egg basket

final product
and a special egg courtesy of Rosemary's tutorial
the place settings
And a peek at my Spring decor....

Finally, some altered papier mache' Easter eggs which I managed to finish...

Since this is a special "midweek post," I can share a little more with you.  Yesterday our sweet Melissa celebrated her 33rd birthday.  It was extra special for her since "3" is her lucky number, this anniversary is double 3's, and she was born on a Wednesday.  We went to Hub for a fabulous dinner celebration, made extra special since Beth, a special high school friend of the girls', was working and showered us with a royal birthday treatment.
that's me with our beautiful Birthday Girl
that's beautiful older sis with dear Dad

Well, that about wraps things up for me this week...As Monday begins Holy Week, I won't be posting again until April 9th.  I wish all of you a most beautiful and blessed Easter and Passover.

Paulie, Ron, Anna Marie ~ 1954 ~ Reading, PA

Karen, Mom, Erik, Richard ~ 1954 ~ Long Island, NY

Melissa and Amanda ~ 1984 ~ Tucson, AZ

Thank you so much for spending this time with me.  You make it happen!



JoAnne said...

What a delightful post Karen! I enjoyed every little bit of it.
I want to move to Tuscon and be a swap queen!!!

Terri said...

What a joyful post Karen! Happy Easter to you!
Your swapper party looks like it was absolutely wonderful! Wow! What fun you all must have had putting together your egg gifts. They all look amazing, as well as your table settings and decorations.

Wendy said...

OMG Karen i wished i lived closer ... this would make a great swap on blissfull art .. maybe you could host it next year.... and I grab your button for the blissfull ART blog hugs wendy

lynn said...

wow... i really love all the creativity you and your ladies did.. those eggcartons are gorgeous.. i havent ever seen one made before..
thanks so much for sharing.. and love the old photos.. its one of my things.. is pictures of loved ones :)
hoping that you and yours have a very blessed easter.. much love and hugs..
lynn l

The Paper Layer said...

Another Beautiful Post Karen!
Everything is just Gorgeous! Hugs,Tee

Fran. said...

Oh Karen love this post!! The egg cartons are so sweet!! Lucky lucky you!! Very sweet decorations. I am so behind that I have nothing up for Easter except two bunnies in my window I got from my Secret Sister from church!! LOL Instead I'm passing kidney stones! But yay!! I also like the paper mache' eggs especially that one with the brownish flower. I will miss you til the 9th but respect you and Holy week!! Keep on keeping on And Happy Easter Karen!! XOXO Love, Fran.

~*~Patty S said...

Absolutely delightful...what a fun bunch of creative souls you all are!!!
Happy Spring!