Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It's Christmas in July pt1

Hi everyone
I have been MIA again, but I have been busy crafting :o)

My Niece Lisa Lee finally convinced me to dust off my sewing
machine, so I have been dabbling a little here and there with
different sewing projects.
I decded to jump into the deep end with it all and joined a
Handmade gift Swap over at Potter and Butler and the theme
of course is Christmas in July.
So the idea of the swap is to make a gift (any type of craft)
for someone who we would be paired up with and also make
another gift for another person in our lives, as a Random act
of kindness and to suprise them with their gift.

I decided to make mine random gift for my niece Lisa as she
was the one who encouraged me to get involved in this swap
and try new crafty things. I have always felt that we have been
pretty close, we always share stories of motherhood, craft, just
about everything and I feel that this swap has brought us even
closer, even though we almost 600km apart!

I ended up making a few bits and pieces, the first was an Elf
doll that I found a pattern for in an old copy of "Handmade

A close up of his face, my first attempt at hand embroiding

I also made some decorations for her christmas tree using
my recent new addiction FELT, I just can't get enough
of this stuff at the moment, who would have evr thought

that something so simple and inexpensive could be so
wonderful!  here we have some little Snowmen, I found
the pattern for these in Better Homes and Gardens magazine
It was the December 2006 issue and the snowfake baubles
can be found in "Fa La La La Felt"....

I found some cute Peg Angels in Better Homes and Gardens
magazine too, I must admit, I wasn't overly happy with the colour
that I had used on these, But, Lisa really like Yellow and she

assured me that she was happy with them :o)

and after seeing these cuties, I just had to have a go at making
some, they were in an old copy of Handmade Magazine...

and finally I made a cute little snowman bag that can be filled
with sweets or small gifts. I found this pattern an Handmade

Magazine too. Everything is hand embroided....

I had such a great time making all of these and sending them to
has made them even more special to me as I know that she will

love them and appreciate them and hopefully they will remind
her of this fantastic moment in time, where she convinced me
that there was more to the world of crafting than just Papercraft!
I will always love and enjoy Papercraft, but it has been fantastic
discovering and trying new things.

Funnily enough, Lisa also chose ME as her Random gift partner
for the swap I was shocked and suprised to see my package
arrive that she had kept secret. I will post pics of that in the next
day or two, as I am sure that this post is long enough LOL!

So Thankyou again Lisa for my wonderful gifts, I hope that you
enjoy yours as much as I enjoyed making them :oD and thankyou
too, to Potter and Butler for hosting this fabulous swap xoxoxox

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!
Peta xoxoxoxox