** It has been a busy couple of days here on the sewing front
- today especially!
** First time in a while, so that may (or may not) explain why I've been feeling in a bit better mood today!
** It's also been a busy day on the mail front... oh how I love mail! That sure helps the mood too :D
** Wanna see my exciting mail?
- Ok, silly question right!
** First up was a lovely surprise package from Fiona in Scotland..
Fiona advertised a pay it forward on her blog a few months ago - very soon after I had her for the Goodie Swap. So I needed no encouragement to sign up to it. She is so talented that who would hesitate to sign up for a gift from her!?
So keeping that in mind it should be said that when I saw her name on this surprise parcel this afternoon I wasted no time ripping it open (in the carpark to the post office!)
And there was no delay in squealing for joy when I saw this cute wee friend...
Hello cute new elephant pin cushion! You match my sewing room PERFECTLY so I can definitely find a home for you straight away :)
Thanks so much Fi!
** I will advertise my pay it forward to continue the chain soon - so keep your eyes open if you want to get a handmade gift from me :)
** Second was another wonderful parcel, although this time not from very far away at all...
My DS Dolls quilts swap. In this swap we each had to make a dolls quilt for our partner out of Denise Schmidt fabric.
I was lucky enough to get another Perth quilter, Robyn, as my partner, so that was super exciting to "meet" another Perth Flickr swapper!! I don't have many quilty friends in Perth or go to any quilting groups so it's always a bit of a buzz to meet another local Flickr swapper!
And these were my wonderful goodies from her:
A fabulously wrapped parcel...
Containing a very funny card & cute iron on patch...
And my new fabulous Dolls Quilt...
And also a lovely (very large) tea towel...
Now just to find my new dolls quilt a new home on my wall!
Thanks so much Robyn! I love it all :)
** Thirdly I received some more bee blocks from my Sew Aussie girls, but I'll show you those in my next WIP Wednesday (and when I figure out who they're actually from) LOL...
** After that exciting mail run I went off to Spotlight to "save" some money at the 30% off storewide sale
** Yeah that's right - I said save people... it IS saving isn't it? Surely...? Even if I had no previous plans to buy and of this stuff urgently before today?....
** Ha - yeah ok I give in... "saving" my butt!... Especially as there were pillow forms that were also purchased which didn't make it to the photo.
And THEN I went back later after Abbie's sleep to buy some more nylon after making the cutest little tutu with that small bit of nylon I bought for a trial run.
** Oh brother, I am not doing very well at my fabric diet! LOL...
** I was also gifted some more "scraps" this week from my kind friend Bec.
** Unreal hey - some of those "scraps" were nearly a fat quarter or 1/2 yard large. I am so lucky!
I try and make it worth her while though in favours back though... cause boy oh boy can these scraps be put to great use!
** Oh and lastly, I officially finished my first garment sewn from a purchased pattern today. As in - not made up as I go along! ;)
I'm so proud that I did it cause it wasn't all that easy and I did utter some rude words at one point as I sat unpicking the same seam over and over again to get it right.
** I'll show you that next week after my friends daughter wears it for her 2nd birthday this weekend.
** I probably should have saved all that mail to open on Thursday, which is the actual day of my birthday since so many of you are asking. I must have been way more subtle than I thought when I did the Nosey Parker in the Neighbourhood question post ;)
** How are you all going with writing your Nosey Parker posts by the way? 2 more days to go till linky time. Fun fun fun!!