Well it's later

First off my New Year Exchange with Jill.

I sent:

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜€ 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.

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11 Responses to Well it's later

  1. staci says:

    Really fabulous and creatives New Year’s exchanges! Love that comic board idea for your fabrics, so clever!

  2. Jill says:

    Hey Missy,
    I’m glad everything finally arrived safely. It sounds like you are pleased with it all? I couldn’t pass up on the Halloween threads. I know how much you LOVE Halloween. Thanks for the great exchange.

  3. Autumn says:

    You are so clever! I LOVE that watch face on the scissor fob! I love plastic storage boxes too. To the point that my husband thinks I need help LOL

  4. Melissa C. says:

    Love, love, love! Your New Year’s stuff is SO clever. I adore it all! I am also a fan of plastic craft boxes. And the idea of mini bolts of fabric….*swoon*

  5. Abi says:

    Awesome job Missy! I love the floss you used for the cording. What is it? Did you twist by hand or do you have a cording doohickey?

  6. Sara says:

    Very cool exchange, I love what you did with the watch face!

  7. Jenjen says:

    Great exchange pieces – both received and sent. I love the watch idea, that’s one of those cool things I’d probably never think of! πŸ™‚

  8. Michelle says:

    What cute exchanges!! I love the little watch face. I had to laugh when I saw your “All Lizzie Kate all the time” start to your post. I was at my guild a couple of months ago and one of the members was working on a Lizzie Kate piece, when she got elected President, we had a good laugh because our guild is all about repro samplers and fancy work. So, she said she’d give an acceptance speech stating that this was a new regime, and it would be all Lizzie Kate all the time! LOL! I did bring my Red Thread finish in to share at guild and she and I had to laugh about it again. ; )

  9. Darla says:

    Adorable! Absolutely adorable, in *both* directions!! Lucky, lucky recipients!

  10. Melissa says:

    That bourse is to die for! You are a very bad influence I got the pattern for Zelda’s Fancy Hat in the mail today. Not sure when I’ll start it but I’d love to have ready for Halloween this year.

  11. Sonda in OR says:

    Both of those exchanges are really great! You and Jill are fabulous stitchers!

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