Finally managed to get a daylight photo of the gorgeous doll Shez made for me in our one on one swap which we exchange each Mill Rosie meet up......This months theme was anything by designer Anni Downs and as I love dolls and the colour red Shez added these to the list for my swap item!!! Woooo Hooo love, Love, LoVe it Shez!!
Shez also included a large box of maltesers but sad to say they didn't last long enough for the photo shoot LOL.....Although I was good and shared them with my hubby :)
Thanks you Shez and I can't wait for our next swap and meet up at Mill Rose in September :)
and here she is hanging in my bedroom, looks like she was made just for this spot doesn't she???
This is the beautiful bag I received in the blue themed lucky dip swap we have have our Mill Rosie meet ups and I was the lucky girl who drew out Rosalie's gorgeous creation, two of my favourite things....bags and Bronwyn Hayes and to have them combined in such a divine bag was pure bliss for me and to think Rosalie was worried her stitching wasn't good enough! I think it's fantastic and the other girls thought so too I nearly didn't get to take this home as a few of the other girls were whispering they'd love to take it home so I had to hide it till home time :)
Here's a closer look at the front of the bag.....
and the inside with the beautiful stitchery continued on the pockets.....Thank you so much Rosalie I love it and it has already become a firm favourite for stitching outings as it's so roomy and can fit a couple of projects into it without appearing too bulky :)
this is one of the projects I was working on last night for FNWF, adding another row to my snowflake bed runner and crocheting around a few more squares for another row.....I think this may end up about 5 or 6 rows high with 15 squares wide I've already put it across the foot of my bed and I must say it's looking really good and I can't wait to have this finished and residing there real soon.I f I can only manage 5 rows I'm thinking of using the odd squares to make up a cushion front to go on the bed as well, what do you think or would that be too much in one space?
Another project I worked a few rows on was this ripple cushion cover I'm making to go on one of our couches, love the colour combination, I may just need to get a few more balls and work up a couple of more cushions in different patterns for the couches for winter, so nice to cosy up to on a cold winters night :)
Tonight is Friday Night With Friends........ I'm about to head off and start working on some more red and white crocheted snowflake blocks for my night of crafting, what will you be working on???
I also finished this mini baby blanket and it's already been spoken for by one of my pregnant co-workers for her bub due in October, now to start on another one in creams and browns for another co-worker's second bub.... lucky I love to crochet :)
I'll be back over the long weekend to show more of the Mill Rosie get together as well as the lovely one on one swap I have with Shez and what she made for me for this months swap.....one word to describe it is "GORGEOUS!!!" :)
For Cathy's fat 1/4 swap I sent these green fat 1/4's and threads off to Sharon.... Love the leafy green one :)
Sharon in return sent me some yummy red fabrics with pretty buttons and ribbon, but this wasn't all Sharon sent me I received another parcel from her with a belated birthday surprise........
Some yummy fabrics with some hot choc/coffee sachets :) Thanks Sharon I loved receiving both my parcels from you and I'm sorry it's taken me this long to actually blog about them. I hope we can be swap partners again another month :)
I'm also involved in a framed hexagon swap on my craft forum and this is what I'm sending to Vicki, sorry it's a bit late Vicki but things got on top of me the last couple of weeks. I hope you like the Marg Low stitchery I chose :)
I'm also in another birthday club ( Cheryll's ) and this is what I sent to Wendy, I hear that she liked what was sent so that's good :)
Wendy was also in Cathy's fat 1/4 birthday swap so I sent these along as well :)
Some secret swap sewing has been going on and now I can finally reveal one of them,this gorgeous Anni Downs stitchery table mat which I made for Shez and presented to her at our Mill Rosie meet up Yesterday, from the look on her face she liked what I'd made for her PHEW!!! I'm thinking I might just have to make another one for me as I found it really hard to give it away lol :)
I also included these little bits and bobs to go with Shez's table mat, Shez have you found the applique needles in the little tin?? :)
For the Mill Rosie Blue Themed lucky dip swap I made this Rosalie Quinlan heart and added a charm pack with matching DMC threads.....
Finall a picture of a finish for the Christmas basket, may just need to do a coupe more as they were so easy to stitch up and put together :)
I'll be back later in the week with more photo's of our Mill Rosie bloggers meet and some of the antics we the quiet table got up to :)
Friday night found me working on this crocheted blanket, finally finishing it off and sewing in the ends. I must confess I also started a new crochet project as well Friday night LOL I'll show you a pic of my new project once I get a few more rows done :)
These are the beautiful swap items I received from Leanne in the Let's Celebrate "Mother's day" swap. A gorgeous handmade pincushion, pretty fat 1/4's and buttons in my favourite colour-way! Thanks Leanne I loved everything you sent me for this swap and can't wait for the next parcel to be winging it's way between us :)
These are what I sent to Leanne in the swap, I also sent a bag of choccies for Leanne's children so they wouldn't feel left out. Leanne has said she loves everything I sent her as well so now it's just a waiting game for the next parcel instalment to be readied for posting off......I've really loved this swap so far and can't wait to start collecting/making for the next parcel :)
I spent mother's day in my pj's and baked up a storm making a big batch of cranberry and white chocolate biscuits MMMmmmmm of course some have been eaten already, you know you have to have a taste test before you let anyone else have a bite LOL just in case they're horrible :)
I've been working on some secret stitching and this is all I can show you till I give it to my swap partner......MMmmmm I wonder who that could be?
I've also put the border onto this Christmas stitchery, I just need to add the backing and sleeve and it's ready for the Christmas box :)
While keeping busy I've also been working on this baby blanket during my lunch times at work, I'm onto the final ball of wool and just need to decide to leave as is or add a border to finish it off a bit more what do you think?
Here's a close up of the pattern, very pretty and simple repetitive stitch so relaxing to work on :)
On Sunday I got to meet up with Ondrea at Mill Rose in Ballan, we had a great time catching up, shopping and eating yummy food......
Ondrea was on a retreat with her quilting group and when I heard she was stopping off at Mill Rose I couldn't wait to see if we could make a time to catch up as we haven't seen each other for a couple of years except through our blogs and emails..... it was soooo nice to be able to sit and chat and help her spend her money LOL hehehehe, I must admit I came away with a few things as well :)
Hopefully we'll try and make it not so long for our next meet up which may involve a weekend up Ondrea's way for hubby and me, I can't wait!! :)
This is what I sent to Kaye in the colour swap, Kaye had chosen red as her colour and you know me I have LoTs and LoTs of red fabric and bits and pieces....I borrowed the above photo from kaye's blog :)
1. For the smelly parcel I gave Kaye 2 strawberry body shop soaps which I wrapped in Red Brolley ( Bronwyn Hayes ) downloadable paper, so cute!
2. Something for a room in the house I chose the sewing room and sent fat 1/4's, cottage garden & cosmo threads, ribbon as well as a red & white pincushion.
3. The something to eat part I sent a red & white mug filled with red raspberries and Turkish delight tim tam's.
4. For the handmade parcel I made a red crocheted scarf :)
Here is a better picture of the red scarf, it turned out really long perfect to wrap around your neck a couple of times. I've started on another one for my assistant at work as she fell in love with Kaye's one while I worked on it over my lunch breaks so expect another one turning up soon in a new blog post :)
I've also been working on this snowflake blanket and have enough squares to make up another couple of rows, hope to have picture update soon....My goodness my elves have been working overtime lately LOL!
I decided to work on these crocheted squares last nigh for FNWF's.....
Adding a white edge......This picture shows the true colour of the green I used, very pretty :)
And joining together the first row of a baby blanket I've been working on over April.
I received these gorgeous fat 1/4's, threads and buttons from Arlene for my birthday, Arlene's first parcel to me went missing in the post so she very kindly resent another birthday parcel off to me....thanks Arlene I loved everything you sent me :)
This parcel was posted off this morning to my celebrate swap partner Leanne.....I hope she likes what I've parcelled up for her for this months swap :)
I'll do another post tomorrow with the items I sent to my secret swap partner Kaye for the colour swap I participated in now that she's let me know it's reached her :)
These pretty red parcels were sent of to.......... yesterday, so if your colour is red they may be heading your way :)
Remember this crocheted blanket I started it quite a while ago, well it's been finished for a little while now but the weather hasn't been good enough or me well enough to be able to take an outside picture so I had to wait......
Finally I was able to get outside and take a photo of the completed blanket, it's huge and very snuggly to lie under, I really love how this one has turned out :) Now to get back to the red and cream star blanket and the baby blanket and the...... you get the drift no rest for the wicked LOL, catch up with you later after my weekend away in Queenscliff, of course I'll be taking a bit of crochet with me to keep my hands busy on the trip there and back :)