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and shannon, i’m totally up for a swap at some point – especially if it involves french knots – but right now would be a dreadful time for me to commit to anything. ask me again in about 4 months time, once i have an idea of whether our new arrival is a sleeper or not
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now i’m pretty sure i’m safe posting this as i’m pretty sure my recipient doesn’t read here. anyway, even if she did she won’t know she’s my recipient until too darned late.
as soon as i heard of coloriffic swap-o-rama’s existence i started getting excited. how much fun would it be putting together a colour-coded swap for a crafty chick? it takes a while for new memberships to get processed, so when i finally got in it felt like i’d been granted access to some amazing secret club. and it has been such a pleasure putting together a package in springlike greens and blues (oh and it’s pure co-incidence that it co-ordinates so well with the new look blog, i swear) my only problem being trying to stick to some kind of a budget and not just adding every cool thing that sprung to mind.fantastic tutorial from craftapple. the process was nice and straighforward except for the rayon embroidery thread that just wouldn’t unwind off the spool properly and kept wrapping itself around the spindle pin and fucking up the tension. honestly, i could sew for about 3 or 4 inches before i had to stop and untangle it each time. turning the reel the other way up helped a bit, and for some reason the green thread was much worse than the blue.
i had to unpick one side of the first one as i’d sewn it too tight, but once i found how much slack i needed to leave the other came together seamlessly – so to speak. i really like how these have turned out and i can see myself doing more variations in future.
i’m just a little concerned that my offerings aren’t quite pale enough for the colour theme. pastel figures hardly at all in my stash, i’m a saturated colours girl all the way down the line. so although the blue/green combo suits me down to the ground, i’ve failed to really nail the mint/sky blue thing which is a bit of a shame. still, i had to use some of what i have and this is the best i could do. hope it will do.
lovely lovely buttons these are great cos all the buttons i have are quite “grown up” and these have much more preschooler appeal. M could spend a good half hour or more acting out a story with these.
the number of things your can fit in a matchbox
but if that’s not enough you can also find cunning ways to attach additional items to the outside of the box.
bracelet crocheted in cashmere then felted. super soft.