Monday, May 12, 2014

S.W.A.K.

Hey there!

In case you haven't realized by now,
I'm addicted to swaps.

Majorly addicted.

I'm really not ready to admit it yet,
but superficially, 
I'm stating this fact.
:)

There's just something to say about happy mail.
It makes me jump up and down when I get happy mail
(please don't try and visualize me jumping up and down)

I'm currently in three swaps, 
but the one I'm sharing today is a year long one,
which involves sending out these cute little paper pieced envelopes
to whomever's month it is.

The blocks are from the book Patchwork Please
by Ayumi Takahashi.
WARNING
If you try this at home,
they are addicting
and I will not be held responsible
for whatever happens.
(just had to put that out there)

I'm sharing some photos of the blocks I've made so far this year
(minus a couple because I've run out of time trying to find them on my camera).

Each block is made according the likes of the person receiving.
Some of the photos are a bit poor in quality,
so I do apologize!  Apparently I didn't double check myself,
and they have long since been shipped to their new owners.







With each block we are to also send a little 'postage stamp'.
You can find the instructions from Nana Company 





And I had to save the best for last.
If I were to make a block for myself,
this would be it.


All blocks were sewn with Aurifil thread.
This is the only thread I use.
Yes, I have become a thread snob.

I hope you all have a fantastic day!
Happy Monday!

xoxo
Cindy



Monday, May 5, 2014

A Cindy Original

Hello!

A friend of mine asked me if 
I would make a bag for her niece,
who will be having a new little one soon.

Absolutely!


As my blogger friend, Melissa, tells me,
"Let the fabric speak to you".
So I looked in my stash and found this little cutie.

As I was 'listening',
the bunting and the hedge hogs were just begging to be brought into the bag.



I fussy cut the hedge hogs and had just enough of this twill left
to create this little addition on to the bag.
The twill came from The Little Red Cottage.
I had to order more since that was my last little bit.
Now isn't that a shame?
:)

I also brought in some extra detail.
I thread painted the flower and actually painted the stem and leaves.


And what is a bag without some pockets and a place to put your keys?
(I think my sister needs this...she is CONSTANTLY misplacing her keys!)


Finally, I made my own little label to mark the bag with.


From what I hear the bag was a success, which makes me incredibly happy.
What projects have you been working on?

xoxo
Cindy