It’s the next crafty swap!

So.. with the success of my first swap (the pincushion) behind me- it’s time to announce the next!

Brilliantly suggested by Claire (Claire E Poppins on twitter) it is perfect to jumpstart any christmas projects as everyone needs one.

Without further ado…. the next mission will be to create a mini tote bag!

There are some fab tutorials around- my personal fave is using one of my favourite fabric lines.

This gorgeous tutorial can be found over on VeryKerryBerry’s blog along with some other amazing bits and pieces.

Rules…. Sorry but there is a need!

Medium: As long as you make it yourself it can be in any medium either sewn with fabrics, patchwork, knitted, crocheted, crossstitched, felted….

Entrants: UK only! I think it’s best due to posting restrictions/costs

Day to Enrol By: 10th October 2012

Day to Post By: 30th November 2012

Due to it being this time of year- I’m leaving a little extra time for this one 🙂

How to Sign Up: Either leave me a comment here or email me at squintessential@hotmail.co.uk please don’t forget to include your email address.

Once the enrolment day has passed I will pair you up and email you with your partner.

Don’t forget to join the flickr group and update everyone on your process or just to chat.

So… who’s in for this bit of fun?

Hannah.x

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Catch Up… And Finally Some Pin Cushion Lovelies!

Phew where has this week gone? I did managed to have a couple of days off work but filled them with crafty goodness.

Thursday saw me in Delabole at a workshop learning piping, hidden zips and buttonholes… isn’t this lovely?

Karen is a very patient instructor and lovely! If you fancied booking on to one of her workshops or even buying some of her lovely goodies- her website is the place to go! Take a peek at Just Bunting.

Friday I trotted up to Exeter to the Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts event through several weather zones varying from bright sun and blue sky to heavy bouts of mist and rain!  But it was worth it… see what I’ve got!

Question is…. what to create with it all?!

Now… as a treat for reading this far have you seen some of the creations from the Pin Cushion swap?

A lovely strawberry! From Frances Hill of Tilly Jackson.

Isn’t the lovely- teapot and girlie from Jackie or MrsJC.

Some more gorgeousness from Claire. 

From Zoe of Buttoned Up and Pinned Down.

What Sophie of Cannybelle received from Michelle.

 

 

MrsShilts and Bluebirds and Daisies cushions 🙂

Last but not least Sarah’s turtle and my girlie looking owl 🙂

Aren’t they all lovely and amazing? Which one is your favourite?

Now some of you may be waiting to hear this… the next swap will be annouced tomorrow! And you have Claire to thank for the idea…

Head on over to the flickr group to join and keep up to date on any news!

Hannah.x

Summer Swaps

So where has the summer gone? It seems the past couple months have whizzed by. I have been busy (lots of new things coming your way soon…)!

Over the summer I participated in two swaps- a summer swap by Kat of Kat Sighs and the other.. the pincushion swap I organised!

First up this is what I received from Jackie of MrsJC. Isn’t it lovely? As soon as my spare room/sewing room is organised it will be there!

 

I’ve become obsessed with Owl pincushions (seriously there are a few dotted around my house….) so this is one with a twist for Jackie! Summery fabric but with dried lavender mixed in with the wadding for a lovely scent.

Next up is my pin cushion swap! This was so fun to do and overall a success I think!

From Sarah a gorgeous turtle I dare not stick him with pins tho so think he will be the sewing machine guardian.

 

One thing I found out about Sarah was she liked girly things so I hope my owl was pretty enough 🙂 It’s a shame in my huge stash those were the only buttons that complemented the look so I added a bow.

So.. want to see what others have done in the swap? Keep your eye open over the next couple days for some delicious looking photos… and you never know details of the next swap!

Hannah.x