teatowels received

*cough* quite a while ago…I just haven't had the time to photograph them. So yesterday afternoon I had some time, was running out to the washing line to hang them from it and photograph and then it started pissing with rain. Yep, pissing. Determined, I used the outdoor table instead. This was such a fun swap, thanks Sooz for organising it, totally loved all I received.

Sooz has generously organised another swap, the "put to good use" swap. It's a bloody ripper and I wish I could play this time, but I'm going to have to sit this one out. You have until the 30th May to sign-up, so get on over and play.

Kristen Doran – I love Kristen's work.

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Sooz – LOVE this Sooz.

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Clementine's Shoes – such a clever idea Di! And a gorgeous potholder.

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Really Turning Japanese – So pretty Ellen

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Bespoke Uprising – LOVE that farmhouse Roisin!

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uterus

That's what Katja, whose ute this is calls her car. In exchange for some design work (she's the clever girl to design my apple pincushion pattern book and website for me) I agreed to sew her ute some new seat covers. It was quite an undertaking but we got there in the end. The fit could be a little tighter but overall I think Katja's pretty happy.

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Craft geek

I went to the craft fair. It just wasn’t the same without Jenny from Amitie there. As there was slim pickings in the fabric department I geeked out on quilting supplies.

Yep what you see in the picture is my new quilt pounce and quilting gloves. The pounce is for chalking over quilting templates and the gloves are grippy on the fingertips and help you wrangle your quilt whilst quilting it. I have never used either and will let you know if the quilt and I end up covered in chalk!

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more booky stuff

Thanks for your lovely comments on the last post! I've been AWOL for 2 weeks again. I can't seem to get my blogging/crafting mojo back into a regular rhythm at the moment but rather than getting frustrated by this I'm just trying to go with the flow. I did sew on the weekend, remember I mentioned some car seat covers I was sewing for a ute, well they're about 95% finished. Will show you pictures when they're done. They look pretty good!

I also did some sewing on my nine patch from Amitie, sewing the posts between blocks. Now that it's getting colder, the urge to snuggle under a quilt I have sewn is getting harder to ignore.

Don't forget the Craft and Quilt Fair is on this week, though for the first time in years, I won't be attending :(  Amitie aren't coming to this one but I hear are be coming to Stitches and Craft later in the year and I'll be having a space in the Incubator so I can hand over some dollars to Jenny at Amitie then.

It seems there's an avalanche of blogger craft books that have recently been published or will be published this year. No complaints here! Here's a few I've added to my Wishlist on Amazon. There's also Pip's new book due out in October.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=craftapalooza-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&m=amazon&f=ifr&md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&asins=1584798580 http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=craftapalooza-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&m=amazon&f=ifr&md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&asins=1596682353 http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=craftapalooza-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&m=amazon&f=ifr&md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&asins=0307462358

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=craftapalooza-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&m=amazon&f=ifr&md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&asins=1607050080 http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=craftapalooza-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&m=amazon&f=ifr&md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&asins=1607050072 http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=craftapalooza-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=157120847X&md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

I'll leave you with a link to Rashida's latest tutorial, the lady knows how to create new crafty ideas. I love the custom pocket mirror, perfect for gifts.

Happy Crafting!

on to booky type things…

Hey! Thanks for the awesome comments on the last post, so great to hear about your own experiences with fitness. It's amazing the differences I've noticed in 2 months, I have more energy and am generally feeling mentally much more positive. Tomorrow we're weighing in and retaking our measurements which will be interesting!

Let's get back on track here at craftapalooza. So. A few crafty type books have recently been published which I have been fortunate to be included.

First
up is Kath's book "Whip Up Mini Quilts". I'm so excited about this one.
I submitted my design back in December 2008 and have been waiting for
it to be published and here it is! Kath hosted a month of mini
quilts over at whipup and showcased the designers in the book. Go check it out. I'm really proud of Kath, she has put together a really great mix of designers from all over the globe and the finished book has something for everyone.If you want a peek at my quilt design, Fat Quarterly (you have to check out Fat Quarterly) have a picture and quick, they're giving a copy away!

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Secondly, have you all seen Kari Chapin's book "The Handmade Marketplace"?
It's a gem of a book, full disclosure I was interviewed and am
mentioned. NO, it's not a gem because I am in it, actually, once I
received my copy I was gobsmacked that Kari had included me! It's a gem
because it is full to the brim with terrific ideas and help for anyone
wanting to launch themselves out there and sell handmade goods.

I
was given two copies, one of which I'll giveaway. First comment
published gets it. Quick sticks! I'll post anywhere in the world. Make
sure your email address is with your comment.

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