Kawaii Halloween Swap

Hello!

Since it is Halloween tomorrow I thought I would share with you the items that I sent and received in the Kawaii Halloween Swap! This was a swap organised on Instagram a few months ago and I couldn’t resist signing up! Halloween is my favourite holiday and I cannot resist anything Kawaii so it was the perfect swap for me! Thanks to a drop up shortly after sign ups I manage to steal a last minute spot for the swap and I was thrilled! It was the first Instagram craft swap I had taken part in and it was a great experience – I’d definitely get involved in another one in the future!

Here are the items that I sent to my partner Snow:

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As usual, I had planned to make loads of stuff that I didn’t have time to complete before the shipping deadline! But overall I was pleased with everything that I put together for the package and Snow really seemed to like everything which was great. I’m always anxious my partner will be disappointed with what I send!

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September 2015 Goals

Blimey, where are the weeks going??? Once again, we are in the middle of the month before my goals are going up and it’s been four weeks since my last post again! Time seems to be galloping ahead without me at the moment but I’m desperately trying to rein it in and get posts up more frequently! But for the meantime, here are the outcomes of my August goals, and the goals I have set myself for September.

August Outcomes:

Once Upon a Time Sampler – In August my aim was to get the two remaining frames stitched in as well as the design for the month and I completed this so I was thrilled that it is almost up to date! I even managed to make a tiny start on the banner at the top…can you see it? Also, a sneak peek of the September design there too – this month is Black Beauty!

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Cut Thru’ Caravan – I also managed to finish the page of the Caravan pattern that I was working on! It is coming together nicely but I am starting to realise that meeting my deadline of Christmas doesn’t look likely to happen – especially with all of the other presents I still need to make! Continue reading

August 2015 Goals

So sorry I’ve been MIA for a few weeks now! July turned out to be a really stressful month in the end and unfortunately something had to give to help me maintain my sanity (or what I had left of it anyway!) Blogging just wasn’t a priority for me while I had so many other things demanding my attention but luckily I now seem to be getting myself back on track. As always, while I was on my blogging summer break I have been busy with all sorts of things that I have ready to share with you! But for now, I’ll recap on those goals I set way back at the beginning of June! Plus I have risked setting some goals for the remaining two weeks of August (when did it get to the middle of August???) so we will see how I get on with those this month…

June/July Outcomes:

Once Upon a Time Sampler – This one was a success! I managed to get the frames for June and July filled in with no problems…it stitched up really quickly! I do love working on the little design each month to give me a break from my bigger projects!

Barcelona Sunset – My aim for June was to finish stitching the lizard (achieved!) and to stitch half of the wall (not achieved.) However, although I didn’t get the wall stitched in, I did make a start on the backstitch. I know, I always go on about how much I hate backstitch! But in comparison to stitching the solid grey mass of the wall, backstitch seemed favourable! I have completed three quarters of the backstich for the whole project now which is really spurring me one! So I didn’t completely achieve the goal in June, but I did beat my overall target for the project (to finish by the end of August) by finishing it at the end of July! I never thought I’d see the end of it but I am thrilled with the result!

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Surprise Pay It Forward

I just discovered that Claire Bear has started a surprise pay it forward and I’ve decided to join in.  It means that I get to make something for others, and I get something lovely from someone else too!

This is how it works  (I’ve borrowed Claire Bear’s  explanation, (via Mrs M. Makes) who borrowed it from the Quilting Chemist):

I will send a surprise gift to the first 3 people to comment on this post.  This gift will be made by me and I will send it sometime within the next year.  Exactly when you will receive it will be a surprise.

And here are the rules:

1.  I will make a little something for the first 3 people who comment on this post.  It will be a surprise and may arrive at any time in the next 365 days (yes, a year).

2.  To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too.  Share the giving love on your blog by promising to send a handmade goodie to the first three people who comment on your blog post.

3.  You must have a blog.

4.  After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on your blog to spread the love.  If you haven’t posted in 48 hours then the next commenter will be chosen.

If you want to join in just comment below and if you’re on of the first three I’ll send you something before the end of August next year!

I’m Taking Part in a Craft Swap!

 

A few weeks ago I was browsing through my ‘reader’ section when I stumbled across Claireabellemakes. Enticed by the lovely embroidered camera hanging, I clicked on her post. Her lovely embroidered picture was the result of a craft swap she had taken part in through Craftaholics Anonymous. I had never heard of a craft swap before, so I was really intrigued by what it was. Fortunately, after posting hundreds of comments asking for details, I was fully informed of what they are. For anyone who doesn’t know, a craft swap is when you are paired with a partner, who you receive some information about and you make a hand made gift for each other.

One of the first questions I had was ‘How do I get involved???’ I was so eager to get started, that I couldn’t wait until November for the next Craftaholics Anonymous exchange! Luckily, Claireabellemakes was able to tell me about the Popular Crafts Magazine swap. The magazine runs a swap every couple of months, and I was just in time to get involved in their strawberry themed swap! As soon as I knew the theme I started making plans, even though I only just found out my partner this week! I have been partnered with Louise, who makes items to sell on her website, to make money for her Guide Unit (strangely we even have volunteering for Girl Guiding in common!) After taking a look at her website, I began to feel slightly nervous that my gift might not meet her expectations! Louise is obviously an established crafter, whereas I am still pretty new to crafting! Hopefully she will like her gift!

Because I am taking part in the swap and I don’t want to ruin the surprise, there won’t be any crafty updates for a while unfortunatley!