After the great Bead Soup exchange, some of us signed up for a bead swap,not as large & no real rules,just get a partner & send them some beads.This was a whole different kind of fun! We did have some parameters, fill an old fashioned matchbox(large/kitchen sized) w/ a variety of beads & send them to your partner. No 'junk' beads, "stash not trash" as Lori put it! I gathered an assortment of gemstone nuggets, added a couple of Cindy Grimbrone lampwork beads & bought a while back , let go of some of my treasured snake vertebra, & polished up some horn beads. My original plan called for making little origami boxes to fit inside the matchbox, but that didn't pan out.Too much box & not enough bead As I started to cover the matchbox I realized I could just make one out of cardstock as easily. I fashioned some dividers to make little compartments & I was set.
My swap partner was Cathryn of Chile Cats blog in New Mexico. She sent a great mix, including findings, really nice polymer beads & some beautiful large gemstones that I cannot wait to figure out how to use!