Wednesday, 9 January 2013

My very talented friends...

Late last year four of us got
together for an "Angel" themed
swap for Christmas.

Above is a beautiful angel collage - many of
you will recognise it as the work
of our friend Suzy Quaife 
a very talented fibre and textile artist.
Please visit her blog to see more of her
amazing work.

Suzy used one of my favourite
 rennaisance  angel images
as the focal point of her collage.
Then she embellised around it
as only Suzy can,
with treasured pieces from her
lace doily and fabric collection.

Lilla created one of her lovely
paper dolls, embellishing her with
specially died muslin, lace, silk and
delicate golden gossamer wings
befitting a Christmas Angel!
Other special touches of a gold cross,
gold bead and a pearl and
threads of gold glitter to
hi-light her gown.

Lilla is well known to most of my followers
as I often refer to her in my posts.

She is the most generous person I've
met while blogging.
Lilla freely shares her collage,
book making and other techniques
with easy to follow videos on her blog

I've had the pleasure of meeting
Lilla in person on one of her
visits home to New Zealand.
She is a very fun person to be with,
a great shopper (bonus points) and
I learnt so much from her in
that one brief meeting - 
thank you dear Lilla!

You won't be disappointed when
you visit Lilla's blog and also her shop

My dear friend Rhonda of

was also in our swap.
She made each of us a mini lace collage with
the beautiful Guardian Angels image
a perfect addition to my tree.

Thank you to my three dear friends

for the precious gifts you sent me.

I'm sure my dear friend Dorthe of

needs no introduction either!

Before Christmas while reading her blog
I spied these sweet little angels,
hand made by Dorthe!
They were perfect to tie to the outside
of Christmas parcels going off to my
three granddaughters in France!

Dorthe sent them at supersonic speed
(thank you for your special effort dear Dorthe)
so the parcel arrived on the other side
of the world well in time to catch Santa's sleigh!
(and to the delight of the girls too)!

Also included in her parcel was a very
special present for me,
a Dorthe designed angel for my tree,
I'm so appreciative
thank you dear Dorthe - you're an angel too!!!

I just had to show you Dorthe's
beautiful Christmas wrapping tissue.
I wish our shops would source
something vintage like this!

Above is the address for Dorthe's shop,
she will be re-stocking it from time to time
but things sell very quickly so keep
going back for a look!!!!

Here's a very fun party to join!!!

If you haven't already heard about
Grow Your Blog Party
please click on the above link
(or the button on my side bar)
to read all about it.
Vicki is another of Blogland's
most generous and kind souls
who always looks after people.

Thank you
to all my followers
for visiting my blog
especially those of you who leave
me your lovely comments.
I'm looking forward to another year of blogging
and meeting and making
more like minded friends along the way!

Take care

be kind to one another
hugs and love


One of the angel collages I made for 
our swap
(I borrowed Suzy's photo!)


  1. What lovely creations from talented women. Thank you for sharing the photos and the links!

  2. Hi Shane,
    What a wonderful swap that looks like it turned out to be..aren't you always amazed with the loving and caring women out there
    that share so generously!
    Have a joyful week❤

  3. Dearest Shane,
    This is great that like-minded lace collage makers find each other through blogger!
    Lovely pieces and I do like that last angel very much with its tatted handkerchief robe and holding the anise seed star.
    Hugs to you,

  4. Dear Shane
    I did so enjoy being part of our Angel swap and to see them displayed so beautifully by you here is a lovely reminder of that!
    What dear little angels Dorthe created for your grand children and the one for you looks just gorgeous and I know how much you appreciate this little gift.
    The fires here are still of great concern even though today we have had some reprieve with the lower temperature.
    Love and sweet blessings to you dear friend,

  5. Shane, what beautiful creations! You were truly surrounded by Angels!

  6. Thank you for showing these beautiful collages made by your talented friends.
    They are so delicate and individual in style. x

  7. Hello Shane! Thank you for dropping in to see me, I love your blog! :) Sure here to stay! And arent these ladies so very talented and loving? Gotta love blogland! :)


  8. Dear Shane,
    what a wonderful swap between friends.Love what you made for each other:)Dorthe's sweet angels were the perfect gift for your grand daughters and yes, she is an angel herself.Have a wonderful rest of the week.

  9. what gorgeous angels by such talented artists-all of you! I will definitely check your links Shane.Merci!

  10. Oh dear Shane,
    thankyou for your so kind and loving words, I`m happy they could be send to your dear "children" and that you love the one for you.
    I`m also happy to be in such a wonderful compagny, -and all the most stunning angel pieces.
    Suzy is the most fantastic artist, so beautiful is her collage, and LIllas angel doll, so gorgeous.
    I also love Rhondas lovely piece, and the beautiful created one you made,dear friend.
    Hugs and love from me.

  11. What a lovely swap you where in to with your blogger friends. Every angel is a real treasure with his own style. And the angels from Dorthe for our grandchildren are adorable.

  12. Dear Shane, this is heartwarming! To see like minded friends coming together through their blogs, sharing each others gifts and talents through thus amazing medium! Lovely to see!

  13. What a great idea Shane and what lovely creations, hope you had a wonderful Christmas, heres to a very creative New Year....

  14. What gorgeous pieces you each made for this swap! Happy 2013 to you dear Shane, I hope it brings you all you hope and dream.


  15. Hello Shane
    What a lovely idea with angel-collage, they are beautiful everyone. You have wonderful friends.
    Hugs and love

  16. your angel swap was just gorgeous! loved them all.. and so nice to see summer!! your pics below warmed me up, so snowy here!

  17. How fun to have an angel swap. They are all so beautiful. I can just imagine your little ones in France delight when they saw their packages.

  18. Such beautiful creations! Thanks so much for the recent visit! Blessings, Tammy

  19. Thank you for your visit and leading me here to so much beauty. I have a collection of angels that I enjoy, especially during the Christmas season.

  20. oooo so much gorgeous creativity and eye candy!

    what a fun and fabulous swap

    so many links to explore...I'd better get a cup of tea :)


  21. Wow! What lovely collages. And the angel made by Dorthe is so pretty. I actually have one like that bought at a craft fair years and years ago. Wishing you a wonderful day. Tammy



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