First up, I'd like to thank everyone for their extremely kind comments about my first attempt at a self portrait, you all put a spring in my step! I'm not quite sure how I've managed to go a full week between posting here. Between family birthdays, work, playdates, falling asleep on the couch (hmm) and preparations for Audrey's 2nd birthday (eep!) the week has vanished. You all know the drill. There has been crafting, too, but nothing to show for it yet apart from 6 cats in various states of progress littered all over my desk. Sorry to those who are patiently waiting on me for an ordered cat - these kitties are sloooow to churn out.
Last week was very good though! It felt like Christmas here when I received 3 very lovely swap parcels. This one above from Amanda was such an incredible treat! We swapped a while back for one of my cats, and due to the vagaries of international postage this one took some time to arrive. We thought it was lost! I was so delighted when it arrived - this amazing bag she made (love, love that fabric!), plus a matching pouch, both so beautifully made. And, most generous, Amanda also sent some of her gorgeous fun glass magnets, plus some incredible wool fabric that I can't wait to make cats from. Thankyou so much Amanda, I really don't have the words to say how much I love it all!
Then, as if that wasn't enough, the first two of my pincushion swaps arrived. This beautiful collection from Lessa - trim and button heaven! All put together with so much care. And check out the fabric: vintage Hawaiian heavy weight cotton. I think a cushion must be made from this one very soon, if I can bring myself to cut through its gloriousness. Leesa has just opened up her online shop, so please have a look if you haven't yet... her sweet puppy dolls tug at my heart everytime!
And, last but not least, this cool swap from Abby. Lovely green felt and fabric, a sweet owl pincushion, and some cool trims and buttons, plus a great Yoshitomo Nara postcard, now residing above my desk where I can gaze at it lovingly while I work. Thanks again Abby!
Whew! What a marathon post. Back to work for me now.