Friday, 10 October 2008

Gorgeous gifts and goodies!

Oh, I love a bit of alliteration!

I finally plucked uo the courage and sent my camper van swap to Clare, Summerfete, on Monday and very excitedely received mine from Clare on Wednesday.

Isn't it wonderful?

Firstly this is what I received from Clare all wrapped up in the beautiful hand embroidered ribbon shown at the top of this post. Now I thought this was machine embroidery it's so neat. Once inside there was a lovely card and this gorgeous canvas, made from wonderful fabrics including a couple of my favourite Cath Kidston prints .

Much to Lily's delight there was also a packet of sweets with her own embroidered name label complete with camper van on the back, it certainly took the pout of her face as she sat there thinking that I had a present and she didn't! She started to jump around shouting it's my present, it's my sweeties. I'm so pleased that Clare was my partner for the swap as not only was it the first blog swap for both of us but she is the sweetest person and has a really delightful blog.

Thanks Clare.

Now this is what I sent, it took me ages to decide what to make I was going to make a canvas but in the end decided on a little cushion. Clare always has lovely photos of flowers on her blog so I used some vintage flowered fabric, some flower trim and also crocheted some. The St. Ives sign post is because that is where she goes in her real life camper van, which also happens to be orange hence the orange camper key ring.

So now I have to concentrate on Indigo Blue's Christmas decoration swap and say Hi to Monique at in the Netherlands, my brain is ticking away! I've also got the shabbychiccafe October swap with a pink theme to do.
Which brings me to two awards given to me this week one from the lovely Andrea from Indigo bluedesigns.

And the other from the lovely Mary from marypoppins.

I will get back to nominating these awards as soon as poss. Thankyou both of you.
So now a few random bits firstly I found another shaving mug with roses on for my bathroom, it is so pretty and the photo really does not do it justice.

I've been making cake this time a carrot cake with an orange frosting, I found this recipe on attic24 and it is truly delicious. Along with a sticky lemon cake, which used lemon curd and very tasty too!

We went and collected some conkers and placed them in a bowl to ward off spiders, after reading about it at So far so good, touching lots of wood here, I don't want to jinx it lol.

My kitchen is finally coming together and I'm starting to unpack some of my bits and pieces but more importantly I have my plate rack up and have threaded some clear fairy lights through it and across the tops of my units.
Here they are without the flash.

And with the flash on.

This is my sneaky way of having fairy lights up all year as my OH says I'm not allowed any more Xmas lights this year but there's always ways around these things lol.
I haven't quite worked out how they're going to stay in place yet at the moment it's taped up but they keep slipping!

I've spent the morning cutting and machine sewing lots of things from the Tilda Crafting Christmas Gifts so I'll be doing the hand sewing this evening and will hopefully have some pics next week.

Have a good weekend everyone and thanks for all the lovely comments on my last post.


Kitty said...

Gosh, so much loveliness going on in one post! You both sent and received fabulous things in the camper van swap - it looked like such fun.


Debbies-English-Treasures said...

You two "chicks" are so T.A.L.E.N.T.E.D!
And you are so lucky to have gived and recived beautiful handmade Treasures!
By the way.. your kitchen, carrot cake and your beautiful vintage treasures are all so W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Debbie Moss

Anonymous said...

I smiled when I saw the bowl with the conkers in it. My Mum used to have a set of them with a large "trifle" bowl.

Incidentally I saw a clear glass small bowl in our charity shop recently £4.50!

angel said...

Oh Blister i was all excited about the Carrot cake, then you spoiled it with the Orange topping.... urk ..... *minging* ....... you have posted about so much that i have forgoten what i was going to say .......... where was i erm ......... oh yeah, lovely swap fings ......... wow too much talent!!!

I will be back cos i gotta go read it all again.....

The Vintage Kitten said...

What lovely bits and bobs. Your kitchen looks so pretty and cosy. I have to admit I have fairy lights in my kitchen and up the staircase, Mr K likes them, but I dont think he would say that in front of his workmates! X

angel said...

Clare is a very good sewer and so are you i love the Patern you did on the cushion, it's WOW.
The hand sewing is gorgeous too.

Well done on the Awards, you deserve them. X x X x X

Love all your China bits.

Whats the thing about conkers and spiders?

Your Kitchen is lovely, well done on the fairylights, they look lovely......... yummy. could you put a couple of hook and eyes on top of the plate rack to keep the lights secured?

Looking forward to seeing all your sewing pieces.
Have a great weekend.
Love and hugs Honey. X x X x X x X

jellybelly*jellybrain said...

I'm just checking in on my camper-van divas!
Hope you enjoyed your first swap!

Sal said...

What fab goodies for an excellent swap!
I discovered Clare's blog when she first started doing it,it is wonderful!
Love your kitchen! ;-)

Pear tree cottage! said...

There is so much talent out there it is enough to be able to see it and to enjoy the pictures but if I have to create it now that could be a big problem to me.....your fairy lights were shining so I had to come and visit!!! (smiles) and am so pleased I did. your vintage pieces are so lovely and I am pleased I got to see them.

from a (young!) nanni in Australia. Lee-ann

funkymonkey said...

Gorgeous cushion - I'd be really poleased to receive it. Love your kitchen too. Mine's due for a refurb so I'm looking for ideas!

carolyn said...

Looks like a great swap! Your kitchen is looking wonderful and as for those cakes...

sharie said...

Great swaps and very nice shaving mug find.
And I really, really really like those lovely fairy lights in the kitchen. They look amazing!

Shropshire Girl said...

Oh gosh - yet another great blog that I am going to have to visit again!!
I also collect conkers, but I place mine behind the loo where I am sure the huuugge spiders come up through the floor. Can't imagine what visitors think when they use the small room though!!

jellybelly*jellybrain said...

Re your comment on my blog - it's not eyeshadow ... they're false eyelashes and they're fab!

Janine said...

I love the camper pillow! that's great. Just found your it!