Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Presents From Around The World

Over the past few weeks I have done several little swaps with some lovely friends from around the world.
Firstly there was a chocolate swap with Adrienne, she not only sent us a load of Butterfingers and Herscheys kisses ( sorry no pics of the chocolates - it all
got eaten before I remembered ) but she also sent the boys a little frog each

and a little lavender sachet for me - isn't she lovely.

I always forget to take pics of what I send other people so if you'd like to see what I sent her have a look here.

Next was my swap with Louise, now as we all know Louise is one half of pattern designers Audrey and Maude. They had contributed a gorgeous hippo pattern to Sew Hip but hadn't actually seen the magazine so I sent off two copies , one for her and one for her partner Cathy. In return not only did I recieve this copy of Homespun ( one of the best magazines around in my opinion )

but also this gorgeous fabric. I've lost count of the amount of times I,ve looked at the mushroom fabric and thought about buying it - now I don't have to.

Then came my swap with Erna, this all came about when I asked how much the postage would be for one of the little hedgehogs from her shop.. Erna suggested a little swap instead , how could I refuse . Once again I forgot pics of what I sent but if you click on the link you can see what it was..

In these lovely wrapped little parcels were not only the cutest little hedgehog in it's own little bag

but some lovely fabric too

aren't the kissing couple just adorable? And these daisies and cherries are just the thing to brighten up a cold winters day ( apologies for the blurred pic )

There was also some red binding and some patterned tape which I just couldn't get a decent photo of.

My last little present was from Sarah at Miss Sew n Sew, she had posted some pictures of her Christmas cards and I just fell in love with this one, my dream house. Sarah very kindly sent me one of the cards which I'm going to put in a frame .

I find it really hard to believe that just over a year ago I didn't even know what blogging was . Now it is so much part of my life and I have made some really lovely friends . These presents came from places as far afield as America, Australia, Netherlands and the UK .
Not only do I want to thank my swap partners for some amazing goodies but I would like to thank everyone who reads my blog , everyone who comments to let me know they are there and to everyone who writes a blog too..... from all of you I get so many ideas and inspirations . I would be lost without each and every one of you .


lou said...

Wow, you got some lovely bits, the fabric is gorgeous!
I have been amazed how lovely everyone is, and I have seen some fab ideas and learnt so much since I’ve been blogging!

Love Lou xxx

Farmyard Crafts said...

Lots of beautiful things!! That's excellent!! Homespun is a great magazine! It's the only one I subscribe to. Can you get them locally?

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

oooo lovely lovely things how excitingto get such fab parcels!!! i have that robot fabric my little boy loves it :-) i know need more fabric myself after seeing your new stash!
Lesley x

driftwood said...

wonderful gifts from some lovely friends Lisa.

Kiki said...

I`m a new blogger and I hope it will be as exciting as you described it. The swap thing is fantastic - lucky you!

LizzieJane said...

My word did you get a lot of wonderful things, it must have been like Christmas all over again at your house!

Kitty said...

Coo, what a lot you got!! I love the wristwarmers you made and sent to your partner too. I agree about Homespun too - wish it were more readily available here. x

Vanessa said...

How lucky have you been lately!

Vanessa x

Adrienne said...

Oh man! You really made out ~ such wonderful goodies. I have that robot fabric too - I'm hording it until I can figure out what I want to do with it ;-)I feel the same about blogging ... it's funny how it's become such a part of my life ~ I would miss my 'virtual' friends terribly!

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

What lovely goodies! Lucy xx

Louise said...

It was such a pleasure to swap with you. It is really amazing how kind and lovely craft bloggers are!!

Dancin' Puffin said...

What a lovely happy post. What lovely gifts. That toadstool fabric is fantastic! Can't wait to see what you make with that. I too can't believe that last year I didn't 'do' blogging and now... try and stop me! I love your blog and so glad that you write it. I look forward to plenty of visits back here to Periwinkle this year :) x

lou said...

Hi, you can grow some fab veg in pots, just look for veg that likes to grow in pots because a lot don’t like it, it should tell you on the label or on the packet of seeds.
Try growing some new potatoes in bin bags the boys will love it!
I will do another post of all the garden soon!
Have a lovely weekend…love Lou xxx

sarahmurray said...

Oh what wonderful treasures! Your new fabrics are amazing! I love them all. And that little hedgie has got to be the cutest thing. Blog friends are so great! x

Shirl said...

What lovely, lovely swaps, you lucky thing!

anna said...

that teeny hedgehog is just the cutest!
you probably know that the house card is from 'phoenix trading' and that they've got other designs by the same artist, sally swannell. i agree they do look lovely framed up. if you want i can send you a brochure or email you a link to their website? no pressure though!
enjoy your lovely goodies!