First off my New Year Exchange with Jill.
All Lizzie Kate all the time… Happy New Year on the bourse, J from ABCrazy as the pinkeep and the little over one clock is from Is It Too Late To Be Good.
The backing fabric is a Japanese import I found on Etsy. The Japanese are making some of the cutest novelty fabrics. I could easeily become addicted. This exchange was also my first time making my own twisted cording. It was so easy! I think you’ll be seeing lots more of it on my projects. On the scissor fob I did something a little different. While looking for buttons/charms to put on the corners of the bourse I found the watch face in the beading/jewelery section, I didn’t want to use four of them but I did like it so I bought it with a I’ll figure it out later attitude. I originally wanted to attach it to the back of the fob, for weight and I liked the idea of two clocks back to back. After playing around for a bit, sewing it to the fob wasn’t going to work, you need to be able to get to the back of the watch so the battery can be changed and it wasn’t going to look good sewn down. I ended up beading one end and using a lobster claw clasp to make it removeable and added the tassel on the bottom to coordinate it with the rest of the set. I think it didn’t turn out too badly. I think there is something there I could’ve done better/differently. I’ll have to play around more next time…
All filled up and tied closed. 🙂
And of course Jill sent something cool! And it arrived over two days, so it was like getting two exchanges.
First this arrived:
Dh brought in the mail and had a good look before he handed it over. In his words… “Cool”. Very. I wasn’t expecting a mail art so it was a really good surprise. 😀 And isn’t it great?! I love it.
And the next day the goodie box arrived.
If you’re like me, the box. Squee, plastic craft box. If you’re not like me, it’s like so? But for us container fiends this is great. And it was filled up with fun little “things” ribbons, Kreiniks! (Halloween set – Glow In The Dark!) confetti, stitch marker, buttons!, pen, fabric, corkscrew (it’s New Years) and the letter M or W depending on how you look at it, and well, both work for me.
I also began griding the replacement fabric for my WNRR last night. Have I told you how much I *hate* gridding? It literally drove me to chocolate cake. Well the PMS might have had something to do with that. And the urge to hurl the damn fabric across the room too when I was off by one thread no less than 3 times.
Anyway I’m doing a much simpler layout this time. 70 x 70 squares, 6 of them in one long line on Evening Blue 30ct Murano. I’m also switching up my theme a little, this one is more Little House, Country Cottage, By The Bay in style. I’d like to finish gridding this morning and have my square stitched and in the mail Friday.
Lastly after 3 stops I finally found an open store that had acid free comic book boards (the boards people slip into the sleeves with their valuable comics). I wanted them to use in making the last small of the MiraRR and I’ve seen sewing blogs using them to wrap their fabric around for storage. Kinda like mini-bolts. They look super cute and they keep your fabric neat and you can actually see what you have.