Thursday, 10 October 2013

Pretty Pouch Swap - Part 2... & Birthdays

Vickie has emailed to say that she received my Pretty Pouch Swap mail.
As I had not 'met' Vickie before, I did a good bit of snoop-reading on her blog, so I hope it helped me to put together a happy swap gift...
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 I'm sure I took pics of the inside of the pouch, but I can't find them, ggrrr... I added a pocket to the interior of the pouch... always handy for something small... the Kanzashi flower can be removed if Vickie wants to do that. I have been terribly slack in using the decorative stitches on The Pfaff, so I added some to the contrast panel.
This Pretty Pouch is based on the Open Wide Zipper Pouch - I love these because they open up so well!
 ♥Thanks for a great Swap, Vickie♥
Vickie has been making quilts recently - for her Grandchildren - & oh my gosh, she is amazing, they are gorgeous... Do pop over & have a look... I say they are very lucky Grandchildren indeed!
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A couple of weeks ago, it was the birthday of my blogging buddy Leanne... I sent her a little gift...
 Yes, it's the same design that can be seen in the blog header pic of Fiona at BubzRugz. It's stitched in a variegated DMC thread - I quite like the very subtle variation in colours - & it was the first time in a few years that I had cross stitched on linen.
Couldn't resist sending the little birdie too - I hope he's happy in Leanne's pretty garden!
Leanne is an amazing talent with her sewing, stitching & quilt-making... & she has recently had designs published in an Australian craft mag called 'Patchwork & Stitching'.... if you've not visited her blog yet, do yourself a favour! Here's the link
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There won't be much or possibly any stitching happening here over the weekend - it's Birthday time for my girls - lots going on - even at 19 the celebrating goes on for days!

20 comments:

sunny said...

I LOVE that pouch! If/when I go visit Vickie, I'll be looking for it to bring home with me. And I have the pattern for that pin cushion, but I haven't made it. Must move it to the top of the To-Do list!

Josie said...

Gorgeous pouch Anthea. Love the fabrics. Now I know who to ask how to make one of those dastardly Kanzashi flowers. Love the trim too.

Kim said...

Love the pouch Anthea. This was such a fun swap!

Lin said...

Your pouch is gorgeous Anthea.

Christine M said...

Both projects are just lovely Anthea.

FloS said...

Your pretty pouch swap was great ! The gifts sent and received are beautiful !!
Florence

Helen said...

Love the pouch I went straight to the site to bookmark it. Love your pouch and the cross stitch . Great work !!!

marina said...

your pouch looks gorgeous!!
love the thread used for your cross stitch, it is such a pretty pattern too. I love doing that one too.

Fiona said...

your pouch and pincushion are both great.... so clever you with all the things you are making... love them..
Hugz

Melody said...

Teo lovely finishes

Susan said...

Lovely gifts Anthea. A girl can never have too many pouches or pincushions! Enjoy the celebrations.

shez said...

love this bag Anthea, i can see why your partner was very happy and love what you sent Leanne,beautiful work Anthea and hope your girl has a wonderful weekend.xx

Kate said...

Love that pouch, Anthea - gorgeous fabric and beautiful finish. Your stitchery is delightful!

Vickie said...

Oh Anthea I do love the pouch and the goodies you sent with it. I have not been successful in making one of those flowers but would like to give it another try. Thanks again for a fun swap!

Marilyn said...

A beautiful pouch for Vickie, and love the flower on it. Hope your girls have a wonderful time celebrating their birthdays.

Cheryl said...

Love your gorgeous zippered pouch Anthea and the pincushion is very cute

Charlie and Wendy said...

The gifts you made are gorgeous, such a lovely cross stitch! hugs Wendy

Noela said...

The pouch and pincushion are beautiful Anthea. hugs......

Tatkis said...

Lovely gifts for your friends!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Jo in TAS said...

Okay where do I go to get that pattern for the pincushion? It's far too cute!

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