Sunday, 3 January 2010

Looking back to Christmas & a big yay for 100 posts!

Wow, Christmas was a busy time here at Craft Matters Towers! I've been absolutely shattered since Christmas and it's been hard to pick up a crochet hook or plug in the sewing machine. But all the hard work was definitely worthwhile. Pincushion and needlebook Another Christmas project I signed up for was the Crafteroo Secret Santa Craft Swap organised by Vonnie of Blotted Copy Book. I stalked my Secret Santa partner - Helen from Kitty Ballistics Creations - for a little while and managed to work out that she liked the colour teal (which made life easier because it's one of my faves), and she needed a new pin cushion. So, in my ever-literal way, I made her a teal pin cushion! The base of the pin cushion is crochet and the top is foundation pieced patchwork (you see, I have learned something on my patchwork course..). I also made a sort-of-matching needle book and sent some lovely pins in a cute tin, some pieces of wool felt (Kitty Ballistics creates lots of very witty felt creatures like these...), some vintage thread, and some choc & posh tea bags. It was great fun putting it all together, and I think I am going to make more of the pin cushions - they combine two of my favourite crafts, which has got to be good.

A very baroque bauble!From my Secret Santa (Jane at Hooked Yarn) I got some fabulous goodies... She made this wonderful bauble which I absolutely love, as well as a very pretty red crochet angel, a handmade notebook, some choc (yes!), teabags, and a star-shaped cookie cutter. Judging by the great appropriateness of these gifts I know that Jane has been paying very close attention to my various posts and online activities! It was lovely to receive such a beautifully wrapped, thoughtful gift. So thank you Jane, Helen, Vonnie and Crafteroo for all the Christmassy fun and inspiration.

YAY! this is my 100th post. It's taken me a long time, but I got there in the end... It's amazing to think how much my crafting has changed and developed since I started blogging. I would never have believed that I would be writing my own crochet patterns for a start. Post number 101 will be the BIG CELEBRATORY GIVEAWAY! So don't forget to check back very soon.


Izabela said...

congratulations on your 100 posts wishing hundreds more years of happy crafting and happy new year!

Unknown said...

Yay! 100 posts! Well done you.
Lovely SS goodies too btw!

Sam Gillespie said...

Happy 100th blog post! :) look forward to seeing your 200th ... 300th...

Kitty Ballistic said...

Congratulations on 100 posts, and thank you again for my Secret Santa goodies.

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

well done on 100 posts :0)

love the pincushion/needlecase set too.

gtlady said...

Wow, congrats! I love your pincushion too, great piecing, and I'm so glad you liked your secret santa gifts! Have a great new year and I look forward to reading all your future posts!

JuanitaTortilla said...

Those teal items you made for Helen look really wonderful! Great colours :) Now that is an eye treat :)

Hey, thanks so much for taking part in my swap! I so truly appreciate it.

One more thing, I can't wait for your giveaway on your next post! EEeee... :)