Overflowing with handmade owl love!

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Last week I shared with you the pincushion and goodies that I sent to Helen, however today I would love to show you the amazingly sweet parcel that I got from Nadine, who stalked me so very well!


So many handmade and personal touches, from the wrapping paper down to the cup cozy! And owls, owls and more owls!! I love them all!

A quilted pot holder, a crochet cozy with owl button, a pair of owl scissors, a beautiful little Tula Pink pouch, an owl pincushion with matching fabric tray, made out of more owl fabric.

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Finally, the ultimate in hand stitched goodness… a little embroidered toadstool house. I saw this being made on Instagram and really hoped that it might be mine. I was so happy when I opened it up! Thankyou Nadine!!

In the interests of full disclosure, there *may* have been a couple of chocolates in this parcel which arrived on a bad day. It might be possible that the chocolates didn’t survive as long as the unwrapping process. But I’m not admitting anything!

So, my last swap for a while was a raging success. I’m sad that it’s over, but happy because it means that I can spend some time focussed on some long overdue sewing projects.

Are you a swap addict? Do you find yourself putting so much effort into your swaps that you don’t have any sewing time left?

Happy Crafting - Cassie.

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7 Responses

  1. Linda Andrews

    What I would like to say is that I don’t think I ‘get’ the idea behind swaps. They are very popular, so everyone else must know something I don’t.
    Can you let me in on the secret?

    • Mamitadolls

      I join swaps because I love making something that is going to be appreciated by another crafter. I have made so many handmade items to non crafty friends and it is not the same feeling. They give a look of “what is this?couldn’t you buy something?” they don’t understand the time, money, effort, tears, frustration, neglect (yes neglect! I have small children that I should be giving my full attention but when you’re in the “crafty zone ” there is going to be cereal for dinner!) that goes into your work, whereas a fellow crafter goes/understands the crafting process. Anyhow that is my version of why I like swaps. Also I check the swap organizers: are they crafty? Have they done this before? Who is commenting? Who is joining? Is the theme interesting? Hope this helps, i didn’t need a lot of convincing to join my first swap. If you have too many doubts, don’t join!

    • Cassandra

      Hopefully Linda some of my lovely readers have put it better than I could. To be honest, I joined swaps for the experience, but now I’ve been in a few, my own sewing has suffered to the point that I have to pull out for now. Just maybe pace yourself and join one or two to start with. šŸ™‚

  2. Fiona

    Beautiful gifts Cassie!! I love Mamitadolls’ comments above, so very true. I left mine on your instagram post

    • Cassandra

      Thankyou for sharing your views Fiona. As a card-carrying swapaholic I knew you would have some great points to share šŸ˜‰

  3. Linda Andrews

    Thank you for giving me the reasons here and on Instagram–when we discover something about which to be enthusiastic, it’s natural to want to tell others about it. I always game to show someone new how to knit!

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