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Spring Sewing Swap 2013

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I have really enjoyed the swaps I’ve taken part in. Shopping or making for someone else, who you don’t really know, is both a bit of a challenge and lots of fun!  Swaps are also a great way to get to meet other crafters. Oh, and you also get to receive some lovely goodies…

So far, in 2013, I have taken part in two swaps. My most recent was the International Craft Swap, organised by Rachel of House of Pinheiro. I made a few gifts for Jo of Sew Little Time and she made me a lovely wash bag. I’ve also swapped beads as part of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Hop with Jenny of Shyme Design (my make will be revealed soon). Those swaps are both over now, but after so much fun I want to do more!

Kerry of  Kestrel Makes is organising a Spring Sewing Swap. In her words:

” Who doesn’t love to receive a package of sewing items in the mail? And how fun is it to shop for someone who loves sewing as much as you do?”

The swap is based around sewing, but it is open to sewers of all backgrounds and abilities. I’m a beginner sewer (sewist?) and do indeed love doing everything Kerry mentions. I’ve signed up for this great sounding swap. If you want to know what is involved, you need to visit this post on Kestrel Makes.

Why not sign up yourself? You have until May 1st.

It’s Almost Advent!

Christmas is rapidly approaching. In many ways, that is daunting, but I am looking forward to the break.

As a kid I loved the build up to Christmas through Advent. I used to love having an advent calendar and opening a window every morning. I was probably about 10 when I progressed to a chocolate advent calendar. This year I’m doing something far more exciting!

When I saw Laa Laa was organising an advent swap, I just had to sign up! For what is involved see Laa Laa’s post.

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I have prepared 25 gifts for my swap partner. Some are handmade, some are to encourage her, as a relatively new crafter, to try new things and others are just Christmassy! On Christmas day she has a present to open that is a bit bigger/took more time to make. You’ll see!

Last month I made some labels for my gifts for the swap. I have wrapped my swap gifts in brown paper to match these labels. My wrapping isn’t that great, unfortunately. Hopefully my swap partner will be more interested in what is inside than the wrapping!

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It is impossible to show 25 gifts with all numbers showing! They all fit in a wine bottle box ready for posting.

Come December 1st, I intend to share what I’ve received with you guys and will also show you what I mailed to my swap partner. I hope she is as excited by it all as me!

Merry almost Christmas!

Secret Santa!

Don’t you just love shopping for presents? Particularly when it gives you a chance to nosey around craft shops, fabric shops etc? I’m really enjoying getting bits for my two swaps and am almost ready on both.

My Mum got my most crafty present last year – a copy of Kirstie Allsop’s Craft Book.

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I’ve dropped some serious hints this year, but will I get anything crafty? I’ll have to wait and see…

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When I saw Krafty Kat was organising a Sewists Secret Santa, I thought what a great idea! The maximum spend is £5, which should enable you to buy something worthwhile, without breaking the bank. You get to write a little bit about you which your swap partner would receive to help them choose something suitable.

You will of course have predicted by now that I have signed up! If you want to do so, or just want to read more about it click here.

All the small things…

Is it a bad thing that I sang the blog name of my swap for Lakota’s Christmas Swap? Unfortunately I guess it gives a clue to my age! If you don’t know the song I’m thinking of, click here to see it on youtube.

Just as a reminder, this is what I need to do for this swap:

  • You will need a regularly updated blog and be willing to post when you receive your items from your swap partner.
  • You should send your swap partner between 3 and 5 items
  • There is a maximum spend of £12 (or equivalent)
  • At least one item – though more if you can – should be second hand, and  sourced from a charity shop, car boot sale, jumble, estate sale, eBay or similar.
  • At least one item should be handmade (although it doesn’t have to be handmade by you!)
  • One item MUST relate to a Christmas carol or song.
  • One item could fulfil several categories. A home-made white fluffy pom-pom garland made from thrifted wool could count as handmade, second hand and represent ’Let it Snow’, for example.

Looking through my swap partner’s blog, I am very impressed with her collections. Finding some things to add to Kathryn’s  collection in a relatively short period of time will be a challenge. I will be on the look out for vintage pyrex, utility china and all sorts! Luckily for me it looks as though she is a fantastic cook too, so maybe I’ll head down that route. You (and she) will have to wait and see!

I strongly recommend a look around All the Small Things. To have a look at some of the other blogs participating see Lakota’s post linking all the participants. I’m off blog hopping!

This is Hannah’s lovely post on her surprise presents…

Handmade by Hannah

A few months ago now I joined the Surprise Pay it Forward and yesterday my lovely surprise from Mrs M. arrived in the post!

Mrs M. made me a lovely jewellery set that is exactly what I would have picked for myself…she knows me well! She had remembered that I had admired her colourful children’s necklace (amongst many other of her beautiful creations) so picked these beautiful and colourful beads:

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Christmas Swap!

I’m enjoying putting bits together for Laa Laa’s Advent Swap.  For that I have to put together 24 little gifts, 1 for each day of advent, and a bigger one for Christmas day itself. I’ve put together 13 so far, so I’m getting there! It’s a lot of fun thinking of ideas.

I caught up with the blogs I follow on my google reader on Sunday morning and saw that Faith Hope and Charity is running a Christmas swap.

This is how this swap works: (I have stolen some of Lakota’s words here – hopefully she won’t mind!)

  • You will need a regularly updated blog and be willing to post when you receive your items from your swap partner.
  • Bloggers are welcome world-wide but Lakota will try to assign partners within the same country/continent.
  • You should send your swap partner between 3 and 5 items
  • There is a maximum spend of £12 (or equivalent)
  • At least one item – though more if you can – should be second hand, and  sourced from a charity shop, car boot sale, jumble, estate sale, eBay or similar.
  • At least one item should be handmade (although it doesn’t have to be handmade by you!)
  • One item MUST relate to a Christmas carol or song.
  • One item could fulfil several categories. A home-made white fluffy pom-pom garland made from thrifted wool could count as handmade, second hand and represent ‘Let it Snow’, for example.

Doesn’t it sound fun? To sign up comment on Lakota’s post here.

Sign up will close on 28th October and she will assign partners on her blog soon afterward. You never know, you may be paired with me!

Coming soon – my first ever swap!

I have seen people participate in a variety of swaps since I started reading blogs. They look like a lot of fun to participate in – initially the fun of putting together the item you will send, and then receiving a surprise though the post. I have never signed up to take part in one, until now…

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Hookin’ With Laa Laa has organised an advent swap. The idea of this swap is “that you buy, make, thrift or share 24 little gifts with your partner to open each day of the Advent to Christmas and one larger present for her to open on Christmas morning”. I’m looking forward to putting together 25 different items, but I’m also looking forward to opening lots of surprises myself! My swap partner is Justine of Jazzy’s Place. I have posted a message on her blog (although it is not currently visible) to say hi and make contact. Hopefully she’ll return my contact soon so I can start planning,,,

Many thanks to Laa Laa for organising!