Friday, February 20, 2009

Swaps and friends

When I started this blog, I intended it to be a place to show off my projects (heaven knows my husband is probably sick of hearing all about them!), a place to get ideas, comments and inspiration from others, and a little something to help keep me motivated to finish things. I guess it's like having a sewing group, without having a sewing group!

I'd watched with envy as you all joined swaps and sent and recieved beautiful handmade presents and gorgeous notions to and from one another - often giving and recieving from people you had never even met. I was astonished at the kindness and generosity of you all. When I saw the call out for the scrap mini swap held by Itching 2 B Stitching, I thought it would be a nice easy swap for me to join in the fun.

Terry was my swap partner - she's from the US. We exchanged a couple of emails before sending off our packages and she seemed lovely. Ter and I are quite different - she's a grandmother while I am still classed a newlywed and have only finished studying in the past 2 years. We live on opposite sides of the world and would never have met or known each other in any other circumstance.

When my package arrived from Ter I was so thrilled, overwhelmed and excited by what she had sent. She was so generous! I love that two like-minded people each put together a pack of goodies to send accross to the other side of the world, just to put a smile on the face of a complete stranger!

I recieved a beautiful email from Ter last night saying that her swap package had arrived. And she sounded equally as happy as I am! Participating in this swap really made me feel like part of the online craft community and I think I have made a wonderful email buddy in Ter.

Since Ter doesn't have a blog, here's a few pics of what I sent her:
I thought I would include some 'Australian' things: a copy of Australian Patchwork and Quilting, a copy of Delicious magazine, and a packet of Tim Tams! The nesting doll was made from Rachel's pattern here

A close-up of the woven ribbon


Chookyblue...... said...

your parcel looks great and I am sure she would love it.....

Kate said...

Thats a fantastic looking bundle of goodies, very Aussie!

Anonymous said...

hello girls
yes the package was awesome and the tim tams well lets say those are in a special place....
i love all the goodies and yes we are kindered spirits i love the cooking magazine and plan to make a few of the recipes soon
it took me a day to actually figure out the ribbon of snow white and the dwarfs way too cute
have a great day
love and stitches

a good yarn said...

Funny how this blog thing takes on a life of its own. What a fantastic parcel you put together - especially the Tim Tams. Much needed with coffee for magazine browsing.

I too am enjoying swaps. I love choosing fabrics and other goodies to send.

Cheers...Ann :)

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Fantastic idea! Sounds like a similar idea to the food Pay it forward but for craft (with of course the obligatory Tim Tam packet :) )