Wednesday, July 8

Summer Pincushion Swap!

A couple of months ago, I signed up for a pincushion swap at Sandra's blog Quilt*at*Home . I like making pincushions and other small items because I get them finished in a realistic amount of time. My large quilt projects go on forever but at least I always have something to look forward to because I have so many unfinished projects!!! Anyway, about a week before I developed this back pain thing, I received a large box in the mail from Kaaren of thePaintedQuilt in Canada. I'm thinking, "hmmmmm, this is just a pincushion swap and there must be a lot of good stuff in this box because it is large!" I ripped off the outer wrapping and saw all the wrapped packages and said "Oh, my!!" I wrote it on a piece of paper and included it in the photo because as I unwrapped everything, I kept saying "Oh, my!"

Kaaren inclued a lovely note that described everything she sent from the dressmaker pincushion to the wool socks that she knit!!!

There was a magnet from Canada, notecards, and needles and pins and a scissors fob that she made! And the dressmaker form pincushion was custom made for me. Then there was that cool round notions holder and it is made from lightweight wood that has round wood circles at each end. I can't explain it so I guess I will have to take a better picture. It's Kaaren's own design. She was very generous with her time and talents and I appreciate every item she made and sent to me. And she added one more thing.......this "green" shopping bag from the town she lives in and I'm thinking "I want to visit this little town". I love the architecture on these homes. Thanks so much for all the goodies, Kaaren!

And she added one more thing.......this "green" shopping bag from the town she lives in and I'm thinking "I want to visit this little town". I love the architecture on these homes. Thanks so much for all the goodies, Kaaren!
I waited to post about what I had received until I knew that my partner Emily at EmsScrapbag had received what I sent to her. She was on vacation for a bit so I just waited until she returned to post about what I made and sent to her. And so, here is what I made and sent to Emily.
In the info I received on Emily she said she "really liked red and green, yellow is a purple". Well, I had this vintage piece of cotton fabric that had all her colors in it and so I stitched it up into this little rosey posey pincushion and needlecase (the center part is woolfelt).

I added a little cookbook, a journal (so she can inventory her pincushions and projects!), a little cup of trims and another one of buttons, plus a card of vintage buttons and note cards in her favorite colors, too! She loved what I sent and I loved what I received so we are both very happy pincushion swappers!
Now, back to Kaaren. She is really quite a talented lady and so I am recommending that you click on over to her blog and see the tutorial she has just posted for a really neat fall pumpkin! Just click here and you can read all about it. I will probably make this one when I get back to sewing as it involves a bit of crazy patchwork and I love crazy quilting!

This is my first "real" post in almost two weeks. I am doing much better today and the pain is less and the numbness in the bag of my leg and heel is subsiding (ever so slowly). I discovered that if I set a box on the floor and then put my left foot on the box, I have less pain when I am sitting. No word on the MRI results. I am taking things just one day at a time!
I didn't do my monthly tea post today but will do that next week. I am behind in some things I wanted to post but as I said yesterday................there is always tomorrow!!
Back soon!


Mary Grace McNamara said...

Sandi, such wonderful gift sent and received! So glad to hear you are getting a little relief from the pain. Hopefully you'll be back to your old self very soon!


Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Kaaren is such a talented and gifted lady. So glad that you are feeling a little bit better.

Kaye said...

A very nice swap, its so nice when everyone is happy. I tried to find the halloween tutorial but couldn't find it

Crispy said...

Wow did you ever hit the jackpot!! Kaaren is a very generous lady!!


annemarie said...

What nice swap items - pincushions are a favorite of mine. I am so glad you are feeling a little bit better and hope that you continue on this path! The pumpkin is so cute - I am already seeing Halloween in some stores.

Pat said...

What a GREAT pumpkin pincushion...and great swaps sent and received that you showed us today. I'm glad you are feeling a bit better and hope the MRI can lead to them finding a way to prevent this from ever happening to you again. Do NOT overdo it, though, okay? (That happens sometimes when someone starts to feel better.)

Needled Mom said...

It does look as though you had a wonderful swap. Isn't it fun to meet other bloggers who are so talented?

I hope that you continue to feel better.

Owl Lady said...

Both the gift sent and the gift received look great.

Best of all: We have a message that sounds like the Sandi we know. Oh, yeah!

Just Susan said...

Great swap! Hope you are pain free soon. ~Susan

Sandy said...

What a lovely swap that was. Your items you sent and the ones you got from your partner are wonderful. A box and/or pkg of goodies always makes us feel better. Glad to hear you are on the mend.

Kaaren said...

Sandi, I'm thrilled that you like the wee gifts I sent your way. I think swapping is so much fun and a super way to meet people from all over the world.

Please enjoy everything and know that they were sent in the true spirit of friendship.



Micki said...

I love what you sent and received. Lovely!
You are so talented!

Ida13 said...

Nice to hear you!:)
Can you sew?

CieAngel said...

I'm glad you are feeling better. I hope you get your results soon.

Heather said...

Hi Sandi, Just dropping by after much time away and I'm so sorry to hear you haven't been well. I can certainly relate, as that's what has kept me away for so long. I hope you continue to heal and improve. You'll be in my prayers!

I also wanted you to know that I finally finished my April BOM and just posted a picture of it at my blog. As I said before, I'm loving these blocks! Now I patiently await approval to join your yahoo group, so I can get the remaining patterns that I've missed. Thanks so much for all you do!


Margie said...

Sandi, Have been checking in every day hoping to hear that all is better. You haven't posted in several days and am starting to worry, but am hoping they found the problem and are in the process of fixing it. Just know I'm thinking of you everyday and Take Care!

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