Thursday, July 26, 2012

1 Xmas Item A Month

In the last two of months, I have being making some items for Xmas swaps, so thought I would show you a some of these this month.

First up is this stocking I made for Fay17 in Our Craft Forum Xmas In July swap

 Then for the Secret Santa Swap I made this sack for Lisa, which had a couple of goodies inside

As as you would have seen in my last post this mug rug for Lyn B for Our Craft Forum Christmas In July Mug Rug swap

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Xmas In July Mug Rug Swap

Our Craft Forum has had another swap and this time it was a Xmas In July Mug Rug Swap.

For Lyn B in Australia I made this mug rug

I found the tutorial here at The Curious Quilter

And from Lynn M in Canada I received this lovely mug rug

A nice fast swap completed.

Now to get onto my next Xmas In July Mug Rug Swap.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Two weeks ago I was at the Auckland Airport waiting for Kristen and my flight back to Gisborne after she competed in the North Island Trampoline Championships.  Yes, another gold came home for Double-mini trampoline.....again. Now unbeaten in NZ for over a year.

Anyway, we were sitting in the bar with the rest of the team and get informed by one of the younger team members that the All Blacks were there.  Now after my undignified run through the airport after Trampoline Nationals last year to catch a glimpse of this awesome rugby team (made up with a much envied photo of me and Sonny Bill Williams), I stated I was not going to go this time and see them.  Less than one minute later I was again running through the airport to get a glimpse of them and photos on my phone.  I always seem not to have my flash camera with me when needed most.

Israel Dagg, Me and the kids

Zac Guilford and the kids

There were definitely some very excited kids on the flight home that evening.  


Monday, July 2, 2012


Over at Our Craft Forum I have been doing A monthly block from the 2012 Monthly Sampler Block Experience.  Each month Vicki sends out a 3 blocks and we can make either one or all three.  So far I have only made one a month though may do the others one day.

Here they are so far.







Busy Busy Busy

Wow I have not posted any sewing things for a while so I thought I better update what I have been doing.   Mostly it has been swap items, but there are a couple of things I made for me.

As part of QBSA I do have some blocks I just do not get right, so I remake the block.  I did not know what to do with a couple of the completed ones, then thought oneday, what about cushions.  So here a couple, sort of demolished shapewise already thanks to Mr 14yrs using them for wrestling

Talking about QBSA here are a few blocks sent and received.
First up is the June swap.  Jan asked for 2"sqaures surrounded by a plain 2 1/2" border,  so hoping this was ok.

Sent to Jan

She sent me my requested Pinwheel Block

Received from Jan

 and she also sent me this lovely Mug Mat

Mug Mat received from Jan

Being onto it this month I have already made Cathy her block.  She asked for the Churn Dash Block in black and white, with a dash of red.

Sent to Cathy

 I also received Vals April block, again in the Pinwheel.

Received from Val

Then over at Clare's Craftroom on Facebook she held a pincushion swap.  I was lucky enough to receive this lovely mushroom pincusion from Thanyalak in Thailand

Received from Thanyalak 

And I sent her this one.

Sent to Thanyalak

I also received my Kitchen swap item from the recent swap over at Our Craft Forum.  Some tea, a mug wrap, a mug rug and a small calender.

Received Kitchen Swap

Then for the Handmade Gift Exchange I made for my partner these coasters in what are hopefully suitable colours.  Hopefully they arrive in the next couple of weeks.

Well that's all for now.