Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Goodies Galore

Yesterday was a particularly good mail day for me, I received two of my swap parcels, and they are pretty awesome.

P9210019 First up is the Here Comes the Sun swap parcel, received from Lex (who I think has the Captain Plaknit blog, but that’s just a guess from some quick detective work on my part, please correct me if I’m wrong Lex). She sent me a very cool scarf made out of recycled wool, and a brooch also made out of recycled wool as well as a crochet flower. Well, I can’t wear wool anywhere near my skin, but I’m thinking that this “scarf” will take on another purpose in my new craft room, and I might have to make some more to go with it.

P9210020Next is the Colour swap, in the flavour of Turquoise (my fav colour), from Sheila. I don’t know much about quilting, but I think a lot of work has gone into these items, and they are gorgeous. The package included a shoulder bag, a little purse, a needle book, a fat quarter of swirly fabric (LOVE IT!), a vintage heart pendant, and some sewing bits and pieces - embroidery thread, metallic sewing thread, velvet ribbon and buttons.

It was my birthday in the weekend, and I chose to spend my birthday doing what I love. I don’t usually get the chance to go out at night, because I don’t drive and because I am needed at home. Every fortnight there is a Saturday craft night on at the local scrapbooking shop, bookem. I haven’t been since May, but I managed to make it to this one because it was on my birthday and Hubby was pretty happy for me to go out for a special occasion. Let me just say that having so many crafty ladies as friends is FANTASTIC, because every gift they give is amazing, even the cards were great!

P9210030I didn’t actually get a lot of things for my birthday from family, I got money (except for the early birthday present from my wonderful mummy, my fantastic sewing machine!!). So these were the only presents I got on my birthday, and I am so lucky.

P9210034This is what I did while there, made a whole pile of tags to put on the stuff I sell on Felt, and just for general gift giving. The great thing about going to these nights at Bookem is that they have just about every shape punch, stamp, tool….you can ever imagine, and you are free to use them while there. So for these tags I used my own stamps and ink, but used a couple of different sized circle punches from their stash.

P9210026Did you see the bag I made last week? Well I made another one, and a little matching purse/iPod touch case. I also made another one, not out of a vintage pillowcase, but a plain black pillowcase with some pleat/fold details, and it came out great as well. No picture, because it’s part of a gift for a friend, and she might see it on here before I give it to her.

I have been busy sewing gifts all day, but now I’ve hit a creative block, and I can not think of anything to make for the last person on my list. Why are there so many birthdays this time of year? And really soon I will have to start doing something about Christmas presents, because they will be handmade too. Last year it was gift baskets full of handmade jam, lemonade, chocolates etc. I really would like to make some kind of relish/chutney, but it has to be easy and cheap. If you have any great recipes please share.


I almost forgot about this totally awesome award. Leonie from Kiwi at Heart has passed this on to me, my very first blog award.

Now here are the rules:

1. Accept the award. (Post it on your blog along with the name and link of the person who has awarded it to you.

2. Pay it forward to 15 other bloggers whom you’ve recently discovered.

3. Contact the bloggers and let them know that they have been chosen.

Ok, so here’s my list:

1. Vintage Mum, Modern Child

2. Melly & Me

3. Beach Vintage

4. Troc, Broc and Recup

5. Vintagesue

6. The Yvestown Blog

7. The Wardrobe

8. The Clip Cafe

9. Squidgyums

10. Striking Keys

So I know that’s only 10, but that’s all I have time for right now. I’ll do another 5 later, and email everyone to let them know. Time to go grocery shopping with the famdamily, yay.


11. Spunkee

12. Punky & Me

13. Pencils and Pins

14. Moose & Bird

15. Magpie Chic


Ninotchka said...

Hi ya, man I'm so techno-challenged with the blogging thang - so sure how to add my email, but its notchka @ [the same mail serice you use] . com ha. I just read through your profile and laughed at the rubber stamp comment - that is sooo my world. It was your birthday recently and you like turquoise - I have something for you! Give us an email with your address please :)

chiterlekha said...

All small small patches are lovely....with lots of colors...

Floss said...

Congratulations on your award, and thanks so much for passing it on to me too! I'm really grateful and will blog about it today or tomorrow. I'll also have a look at your other nominees - I love finding new blogs! I adore turquoise too, and your gifts and creations look wonderful.

Kristin said...

Thats so sweet, thank you! I'll blog about it, most likely towards the end of the week :o) Happy Wednesday! x

moose and bird said...

Thank-you so much, what an honour. I hope your week is a lovely one. x

Beach Vintage said...

Congrats on your award and thank-you for passing this on to me. You are a sweetie, and thanks for reading Beach Vintage. I will add this to my award blog roll. xx

Anonymous said...

Yay for you receiving the award and thanks so much for sending one my way too - very appreciated :):):)

Angela Noelle of SK said...

How very sweet of you! Smooches!

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