I think I signed up for a record number of swaps over the festive period. I really enjoyed putting them together and it gave me the opportunity to make some lovely decorations.
You may remember last year I signed up for an Advent Swap and I enjoyed it so much I did it again this year. The idea was to send 25 small items and I loved choosing the little items and wrapping them. Of course I was equally happy to open a small gift every day through Advent! I was paired with Melanie, aka The Patchwork Robin, who sent me a lovely selection of items. I hung her gifts from a coat hanger to stop my children from opening them all.
Again like last year I also joined in with Faith, Hope and Charity Shopping vintage Christmas swap. We had to send our partners a mixture of items: something second hand, something handmade and something relating to a Christmas carol or song. I made my partner three felt decorations and received a brilliant parcel from Tracey who blogs at Single Married Mum. She used a vintage box as packaging which is a great idea. I also love the knitted donkey which looks perfect on our tree.
Craftaholics Anonymous organise two swaps a year and I’ve previously signed up to the Summer Handmade Gift Exchange. My partner for the 2012 Handmade Gift Exchange Holiday 2012 was Jenn who knitted me a gorgeous washcloth as well as a knitted sleeve for my takeaway hot chocolates!
Finally, I signed up for the 2012 Secret Santa Bloggers Gift Exchange. It was a secret exchange so I can’t tell you what I sent my partner but I received the perfect package from my Secret Santa. Gingerbread cutters, chocolate, a gingerbread man ornament and a lovely tin.
A few weeks ago, in a bid to boost my flagging crafting mojo, I signed up to participate in a pincushion swap, hosted by the House of Pinheiro
, as I love pincushions and think you can never have too many. I really wanted to combine my love of all things vintage with sewing so this post is called vintage pincushion or how to make a pincushion from a vintage egg cup.
The only rule of the swap was that you needed to make the item yourself and use fabrics and notions from your stash. This wasn’t a problem as my stash is so plentiful! I used a vintage egg cup and made a little fabric pincushion to fit inside. I had plenty of colours to choose from as the design of the egg cup was very colourful.
I had a lovely fat quarter called ‘Seed Head’ which was a reproduction from a patchwork coverlet, bought after visiting Quilts 1700-2100 at the V&A a couple of years ago. I made a simple ball which I then stuffed and placed into the egg cup.
A really simple pincushion mixing my two favourite hobbies – thrifting and sewing! My partner has a rather fabulous business making millinery and blogs at Of Millinery & Motherhood. She made me an exquisite miniature hat, decorated with a feather and red, white and blue buttons which I love.
I can’t quite believe it’s a week since my last Reasons to be cheerful post but we’ve been really busy and lots of stuff is going on:
I’m hoping we might have made progress with Little Sis and her colic and reflux problems. Our house looks like a dispensary with all the different products we’ve been trying. Lots of people have offered advice which I’m grateful for.
We’re having a good old de-clutter. You might think this is a strange thing to be happy about but with so little free time to keep on top of the household chores the general mess has been getting me down. I have heaps of baby clothes and a moses basket to go to a good home, and the house is beginning to be bearable.
I feel like I’m coming out of the other side of that new mum period and am coping ok. I knew if I could get through the first 6 weeks I would be alright. It has been hard work but I have an album full of photos which show we’ve not only coped but had a great time.
Love is in the air and I’ve signed up for a Valentine’s Day swap which sounds like a lot of fun. Can’t wait to get crafty again and make something that doesn’t involve painting with potatoes or drawing with crayons.
My blog has been put forward as a Family Blog that Sainsbury’s Love and I’ve been invited to become a member of the Sainsbury’s Finance Family Blogger Network alongside some of my very favourite blogs. I do love our local Sainsbury’s, especially their quirky seasonal produce!
And finally, I also heard about the Pin Addicts Challenge to make one item from your Pinterest boards each month. I love pinning and have tried lots of projects but think this will help motivate me more. More information can be found at Sew Scrumptious.
Pop on over to Michelle’s blog to see more reasons to be cheerful