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.
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?
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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?
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!
Thankyou for sharing your perspective! You’ve made some really excellent points.
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. 🙂
Beautiful gifts Cassie!! I love Mamitadolls’ comments above, so very true. I left mine on your instagram post
Thankyou for sharing your views Fiona. As a card-carrying swapaholic I knew you would have some great points to share 😉
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!