Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String


Blog giveaways - I didn't know these wonderful things existed until a few months ago. But what a discovery they are! Creative people make things and like-minded people admire both their efforts and their blogs, random number generators are involved, and someone is the lucky winner. Last week I won a giveaway from Maggie's blog, mags creative meanderings, a lovely little blog by someone who describes herself as a "crafting beginner" but I beg to differ.

Such wonderful treasures came tumbling out. A beautiful, incredibly neat and carefully sewn pin cushion, some fabric, lots of sweet Beatrix Potter postcards, a little book about quilting, chocolate...



and these adorable buttons. Bella is captivated by them and keeps asking me to get them out so she can look at them.



Thank you Maggie for offering such a generous and delightful giveaway!


More goodies (it was a week of being spoilt!) to show you. I entered into a sort of crafty swap with some good friends who enjoy a bit of crafting. The idea is you give the recipient anything you have made yourself (food included) within a limited time frame. I offered embroidered tea towels and jam. It does not have to be perfect or expensive or time consuming, just something you made yourself. My friend Debora made me a beautiful crochet hook holder.


Isn't it gorgeous? I love the fabric she used. It is so handy for hooks, pens, scissors and other bits and bobs.


And it rolls up into this perfect little tube, so I will no longer be scrabbling around at the bottom of my sewing bag for things.


Thank you Debora!


Today is the first of May and, after one day of warm sunshine, the cold wet weather has returned. I don't really have a to do list for this month, I think I should focus on finishing all the things I had planned to do in April instead. I did make good headway with some crafty projects but the weather put a lot of gardening and outside jobs on hold. I would like to order one month of sunshine please. It can rain (despite a month of rain, we still need more here in the UK) but only at night. Thank you.

18 comments:

  1. Swoon! That giveaway is incredible. And I love the crochet hook roll. Lucky you!

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    1. It was a week of good luck and lovely gifts!

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  2. Wow, wonderful giveaway! I agree about the rain, though last night it was very, very loud... so please can it rain quietly?

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    1. Emma, you are right, anything that interferes with sleep is Not Good.

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  3. what wonderful delights have arrived for you!

    i tried crocheting a caddy a couple of years back, i think i gave it up for other projects.... i could really use one like that.

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    1. It' so useful, and I don't think I would've made one myself. Happy days!

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  4. What a great stash you have scored!

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    1. Not to mention my Amazon parcel which also came last week... :-) xx

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  5. What a wonderful giveaway...enjoy! I won a blog giveaway a few months ago and It was so exciting!! And yes, if it could just only rain at night that would be perfect! Hope the sun returns soon!

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    1. Giveaways are lovely, aren't they? I hope the sun returns soon, i need it! x

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  6. What a gorgeous giveaway prize - lucky you! Xx

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    1. Mags is very talented - if I'd attempted that pin cushion it would not have been half as neat or straight!

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  7. What a generous prize. It all looks lovely. I can see why Bella loves those buttons. Jennifer would too. In fact she'd probably take them to bed and hide them under her pillow, along with the wooden ice creams. xxx

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    1. Ah, bless, she is still taking her ice creams to bed! I find Bella tucked up with all manner of toys, dolls, books...she makes so much space for them I wonder how she stays in bed. xx

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  8. Your blog made my day!!! It was so lovely to read your genuinely lovely comments and has given me confidence to have another giveway in the future. I love the roll, functional and beautiful mmm..... perhaps next month.
    Happy May xxx

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  9. Thank you Maggie for such a wonderful gift! Happy May to you too.

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  10. That's a great prize, congrats! I love blog giveaways - it's so exciting to win something :-)

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  11. What wonderful things. I adore the buttons, but my boys are a little old for that stuff now

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