Wednesday, 25 March 2009

My first swap!

Thanks to the lovely Ruth, I really enjoyed my first swap. We decided on a pincushion swap, surely there can't be too much that can go wrong there ;) And what a beautiful pincushion Ruth sent me! Some of my favourite colours are aqua and teal, so it was just perfect. Her sewing is great too, and the pincushion has already been well used!

Ruth was also kind enough to get some fabric packs from Amitie for me while she was on a trip to Melbourne, she picked me some fabulous packs :)

Ruth's lovely wrapping - this button has joined my button collection :)

The beautiful pincushion:

Ruth also included a packet of quilting pins, which I don't have - they have already come in handy when I was basting my d9p quilt together.

Miss M was most impressed by the pins, she loved how they all had different shapes.

And here are some pictures of the fabric packs Ruth sent to me.

So cute!

And what a beautiful mix of colours!

Thank you again Ruth for such a wonderful swap experience, I can't tell you how much fun it was to open your package! And I had a great time choosing fabric and buttons and ribbon for your pincushion, all the time not having to worry about whether I was getting in over my head in a scary swap LOL. I'm really looking forward to doing another swap with you :)

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Crafty goodness in the mail!

I have a wonderful crafty blogging friend, Ruth. We met through the EssentialBaby forums, and I liked her straight away - she is such a lovely, kind and generous person, and she is a very clever sewer, something I aspire to :) We have similar tastes in fabric and quilting styles, and it is so much fun to be able to share progress with someone! She took pity on my great fear of craft swaps and offered to do a little swap with me - a pincushion swap. I'd never been in a swap before, having heard so many horror stories and not having all that much confidence in my ability to send something that wouldn't disappoint my swap partner, but since I was pretty sure that Ruth wouldn't mind too much what I sent her ;) I wasn't too stressed. I bought a couple of fat quarters of my favourite Heather Bailey Freshcut and some ribbon and buttons and ummed and aahhed for ages over what on earth I was going to do with it all - I wanted it to be perfect so I didn't want to do anything that I wasn't sure I could pull off, and I wanted to highlight the lovely fabric as well. So in the end I did something very simple, and hoped that it wasn't just me that liked this fabric!

I will do a separate post for the lovely lovely pincushion Ruth sent to me :)

What, it's March already?

Ok, so it's becoming a habit to put up a calendar picture when the month is almost over. But my excuse this time is that I've been hoping that I'd have time to work out how to make my photos look prettier before I put any more of them up. Obviously I didn't have time, so here is one of my ordinary dull old photos! I did manage to get a photo of a butterfly in the background - looking for some tasty veges to lay eggs on no doubt.