Monday, 23 April 2012

The Travelling Stash

Today it was my pleasure to receive the Travelling Stash AKA Sasha.
She arrived safely in a 5kg prepaid bag.  I think she had outgrown her original 3kg bag, both in size and weight.  Truth be told, I thing she had exceeded the 5kg weight of the bag by more than just a little bit....

I didn't dare open her up immediately (although I really wanted to), as I had an awful fear that items from the stash would go missing before I could even get to look at them.  So, I waited until my munchkins had departed for the evening and opened her up.....

The stash contained many fabulous things, I pondered for quite some time as to which items I'd select...  I finally decided upon these items:

From the fabric selection, I took the Eiffel Tower (I'm off to Paris very soon, maybe I will make something useful to take along!!), the Chilli Peppers and the Who's in the Forest.
I also claimed the gorgeous woodland animal ribbon (I loved it!) and the hand made ribbon and labels.  If anyone can tell me where I can get more of those, I'd really appreciate it!
The little mouse pin cushion begged me to let it come and live in my newly arranged sewing space, so how could I say no?  I also kept the Jelly Babies pattern and the Double Wedding Ring templates.  Oh, and last but not least, I kept one of the magazines, after spotting a couple of potential projects to make.
I was very conscious of the weight of the package that had been delivered to me, so bearing that in mind, I selected some items to replace those I had taken....

The items I added to Sasha were: Flower Fairies A-Z fabric, assorted 5" charm squares, 2.5" 3 Sister's Oasis charm squares, 2.5" Riley Blake Traffic Jam charm squares, buttons, zippers, velcro, shirring elastic, invisible thread (that always makes me laugh, especially when customers at work say they can't see the invisible thread, to which my usual reply is, "that's because it's invisible!"), variegated green thread (for machine embroidery), needles, a little coin purse and last but not least a little babushka wrist pin cushion (the last two items were made by yours truly).

And so my chapter in the Adventures of Sasha Stash has concluded.  Who will be her next recipient, I wonder?  I would like to thank CassTheCoolest for organising this and hope that Sasha travels safely on.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

A Happy Surprise!

Hello again!
We are still mid school holidays here and the weather has decided to turn rainy. Here in Perth, that isn't such a bad thing, it certainly isn't as cold as the UK rain....

Now, most of you know that I am still pretty new to blogging. So, I have been following blogs of things and people I like... I have been stalking the lovely Gingermelon Dolls blog and etsy store for a while now. She has some truly lovely little patterns on there. Anyway, I entered a competition on her blog and this morning, I received an email telling me I had WON one of her patterns {cue happy dance!}. I am now the very proud owner of the Mad Hatter pattern - I will post a picture of him when he has been made :-)

Bye for now!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Shopping for fabric!

Hello dear blog friends!

Happy Easter to you all, I hope that you all enjoyed your day. We have been very spoiled with lovely chocolate. Miss 6 won her class raffle at school (1st prize!), so enjoyed some bonus chocolate. Miss 9 organised a special egg hunt for her brother and sister and Master 2.75 got the choo choo train with the mini hollow eggs that he had spotted in the Target catalogue. All 3 children were very happy, as were Mummy and Daddy, who also had some yummy chocolate.

Well, once again I am blogging from my lovely iPad... Where the only downside is that it won't let me add lovely images. The upside is that I can write it anywhere I like! I wanted to share some of the fabulous finds I got from my recent visit to Spotlight... We decided that my first major quilt creation would be for our little boy's Birthday in a few months time. He even helped to pick out the fabric, in that he got very excited and started saying, "Train! Helipopter! Truck!" All transport related and yes, the helipopter was not a typo, he really calls them that :-). I was so excited to show you the fabrics, but will have to wait to share them when I next negotiate using our desktop with the monkey girls ;-)
In addition, I picked up some other fat flats to get creative with, although they will most definately have to wait until after my transport quilt.

When I'm not sewing with my machine, I like to hand sew too... I have been enjoying following blogs and have been very tempted by the lovely gingermelon patterns - if you haven't seen any of her lovely works, she has a blog and etsy shop... Watch this space!

Look forward to blogging again soon,
Missy Bee