Thursday, 24 March 2011

Swaps and Makes

Well my wonderful morning turned into a wonderful day .
The  fabric I won in a giveaway from Traci at Handmadehappiness arrived in the post.
Don't you love those colours. Thank you Traci.

Then , on my way to have coffee with my friend Loopylou, I had to pick a parcel up from the post office. It was very difficult to wait until I got to  lou's house  before  opening it hence no before pictures-too impatient.  It was my Spring swap from Ali-at Magic making hands.

Well that's just what she has(sorry bad pun)
anyway, I just love these tiny flowers as did lou.

There is nothing like buttons, I just have to play with them with lots of oh's and ha's. These were at the bottom of the pretty box it all come in along with the chocolate mini eggs which of course didn't last long enough to be photographed.

These colours are positively delicious, reminds me of sherbet space ships from when I was a kid.
This has made it to my car keys.

Lots of lovely lace, I like the way it is wrapped around the pegs, I'm going to get more pegs and do this with all my lace.

Lou and I had great fun unwrapping all this, especially Lou as she is just about to start blogging and this has given her more enthusiasm.  All this excitement was watched by Fat Cat (real name Cleo) who was totally unimpressed.  The crochet cotton in the corner of the picture is a tiny part of a job lot Lou got at an Auction in the most beautiful autumn colours, loads of  it.

Some people just have the knack don't they

I've had a busy sewing month, although I'm not very happy with one make but still---

The first thing has to be Stanley of course using the pattern from Annie at Felt Fairy.
Mr T loves him so he has a permanent place in the lounge.

This is what i'm not that happy with. It is supposed to be part of the Charlie Harper quilt along (my first ) organised by Flaming stitches but plan A went horribly wrong, so I reverted to plan b and did it by needle felting.  

This is the original, sorry about the size.
I think there might have to be a plan c.

Any way here are some of the other thing I have made this month.
My first crochet cushion.

American style lunch bags made with oilcloth. Mine is the one with the houses, the other one is for Little one when she gets home from her travels.

The pegs are from Muddy puddle crafts.

 A little zipped bag for new great Niece/ nephew. 

 and a summer shoulder bag for me.

Sorry, It's turned out to be a long post hasn't it.

Keep well all of you.



  1. ooh lots of lovely goodies for you :o) Scarlett x

  2. Oooooh love love love the lunch bags!
    Jess doesn't like to take a box to school as it takes up too much room in her bag and they'd be perfect for Jack's picnics at the park or beach.
    Brilliant idea!

    B xxx

  3. WOW, WOW, WOW, Firstly, how lucky are you, winning that fabulous cloth, and those spring swap pressies are gorgeous, I love your American style lunchbags,and I love the fabric of the zipped bag, you have been very busy :)
    Sue Xx

  4. I adore the fabric and crochet flowers! You've made some lovely things, you're very talented :)

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  5. What a great post filled with the loveliest things. I really love your needle-felting - I`m off to buy some roving and a needle tomorrow to try my hand at it. Your crochet cushion is really lovely, Gill. You`ve done a good job on it. I love all your bags too, especially your own lunch bag. Can I ask where you got the house fabric? Have a good weekend. x

  6. Lucky you with these super giveaway and swap goodies! Those american style lunchbags are lovely - if sosmething is both functional and beautiful that ticks all the boxes with me!

    Love the crochet cushion as well, looks so cosy.


  7. Wow, you've been busy!
    So many lovely treats too - I love those buttons:)

  8. Lots and lots and lots of lovely goodies; lucky you. Love your Stanley, I really must get busy making mine lol!

  9. Super goodies!
    Re Charley Harper - Where did you get your image from? Google?? There seem to be several CH colouring books on Amazon - are these worth a look??
    Thanks for any comments you may have!

  10. Hi Gill,
    Hey, thanks for popping in this morning! How *do* you stop yourself from buying all that lovely Cath goodness?? I think I'd be flat broke all the time, my paychecks would go straight back to the gift shop, hehe...

    My, you've been busy! I loke everything you've made, Gill! I think my favorite though is the little zippy bag, that fabris is super cute!

    Hope you're having a marvelous day!

  11. Crikey - you are a bit talented aren't you? You make so many different things! I love the bag with the houses on it, and the knitted cushion with the little toggle - lovely!