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Lynns Hand made bags

Lynns Hand made bags

Prairie Schooler exchange received and quilting news!

My partner Patti in the Prairie Schooler exchange has received the hand made card and pillow I made for her. I am so glad you liked it Patti, I was getting worried as I posted it on Tuesday and it should have arrived for the next day. I wrapped it in lovely pink cellophane and a soft pink ribbon, I thought it looked quite yummy! You know how it can be difficult to part with stitched pieces sometime, (well all of the time for me!) I did not feel too bad about parting with this one because I had just received the same design from Mylene, she made it into a mattress pincushion for our recent personal exchange! Here

This is a no gift exchange group so I decided to make a nice card, I made it using the quilling method, it is amazing how therapeutic it is rolling up bits of paper!LOL.

The inspiration to make the label in this way came from the lovely pinkeep that Andrea made for me in a recent pay it forward gift that you can see here.

My first polymer clay roses

I decided to attempt to make some polymer clay roses using Fimo clay
after inspiration from numerous blogs, I must admit it is quite relaxing.I absolutely loved making models out of clay when I was in primary school, it certainly took me back a few years!

Stitching News

I have also been sorting out my craft boxes and I found a few unfinished work in progress pieces that I started a number of years ago, one of which is my first ever hand made quilt. I am just putting the binding on and then I will post pictures later.

My sister lived in North Carolina for a number of years until 2005, she started quilting whilst she was there and inspired me to start my own project. I have also got another quilt that is a work in progress but I am not yet looking to finish that anytime soon!

Here is a picture of the first quilt my sister ever made, I am astounded that a beginner in quilting could make such a beautiful piece. I observed while she stitched each little triangle together and I knew exactly how much work she put in this, but the best part -
she gifted it to me!

Thankyou Ann-Marie, I shall treasure it always!
Thankyou for stopping by, happy stitching everyone!

Bright red for summer!

The exchange I made for Jill has arrived!

We decided to include goodies, however I do like to make the extra's myself and this is what I made. I made the pillow and needlebook out of felt, the free grid for the little girl can be found at the Swappons blog here , the needlebook is my own design but if anyone would like instructions I can oblige!

The biscornu is another free pattern, this can be found from the Batty Bat site here, just scroll down and you will see the pattern, in fact I have just seen a lovely one for a tortoise that I must do next!

The alphabet for the name can be found at one of my absolute favourite blogsleschroniquesdefrimousse, click here and you will see the pattern at the bottom of the page.There are so many free patterns on this website, I really recommend you take a look, the patterns are fab!
This was my first attempt at making Fimo clay roses, I have made some more since making these and I will be posting pictures later next week.

Reverse side

Jill collects thimbles, I found these in the Lake District and thought they would finish off the exchange nicely!
I really enjoyed this exchange Jill, it was such fun to make, especially as I love ladybirds!

Stitching news

I have wrapped the Prairie Schooler exchange and I will be sending that on Tuesday after the Bank Holiday. I am now working on another exchange for my friend Jennifer and I have made a surprise gift for a friend that I will hopefully be posting next week.

What a lovely week I have had!

My exchange has arrived from Jill!
Jill from Purple Peacock sent me this beautiful needlebook with a Cherub design and included
a gorgeous pink and twinkly fob attached to a large needle.
Jill also included a lovely pink pair of scissors with a crystal fob, my favourite
colours of threads, piecemaker needles which were on my wish list, strawberry napkins and socks.
Thankyou Jill I love it all!
Reverse side of Needlebook
I also received this lovely cushion from Christine in the
Year Long Prairie Schooler Exchange blog.
Thankyou Christine!

I also met a friend for lunch and she bought me these gorgeous flowers,
it was the perfect end to a lovely week!
Pink is my favourite colour and I loved the fact that pink glitter
had been sprnkled on the flowers, it does not show up that good in the photo but
they truly are gorgeous!

Thankyou for your visit and have a lovely weekend!

My exchange has arrived from Mylene!

Look what arrived in the post today from Mylene!
Thankyou so much Mylene for a lovely exchange, everything is beautifully stitched and finished, I am thrilled with both pieces. Mylene stitched the pillow and scissor fob in my favourite colours and also used one of my favourite designers - Prairie Schooler.
The stitching on these two pieces are perfect in every way, in fact Mylene could teach me a thing or two about finishing!I love these exchanges because I think we all learn how to improve our skills just by looking at how they are finished.

Reverse side
Stitching news

I have just started experimenting with polymer clay, I have made some roses and a couple of other little creations, I do think this will become another addiction of mine! I will post some pictures later in the week.

Happy stitching and thankyou for visiting.


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