Monday, 14 February 2011

Valentines Blog Swap!

Thanks to the wonderful Landgirl1980 for alerting me back in January to the 'Spread the Bloggy Love Swap' that was being organized by the lovely Jackie at Sew Special Bears.

I have often wanted to take part in these but have never been brave enough, this time I decided I would take the plunge and take part, and what a tonic to the gray days of winter, it has been, It gave me the much-needed motivation to get doing something rather than moping about, and eating too much chocolate!

So for the swap I was partnered up with Heather, of  The Patchwork Heart and I had a lot of fun reading her fabulous blog to work out what she would like in her valentines parcel, I have to say she made it very easy!! Especially as she had helpfully put a list of all the things she loves on her blog!

What Beautiful wrapping and look Butterfly's on the paper!!!

Now I have had to wait a fair few days gazing longingly at the wonderfully wrapped parcel. I am not the most patient of people so it was really a test of my resolve!! So after tearing the paper of excitedly this morning and squealing like a 5 year old at Christmas, I calmed down enough to take some photos so here is what the wonderful Heather sent to me.....

  • Some delicious Lindor chocolates - must confess not many left!! Yummmm!
  • A gorgeous trinket box filled with the most lovely pink sherbet scented tea lights, which will be perfect for my little glass lanterns!
  • A Packet of Union Jack Napkins, which are so pretty I will find it hard to use them! I might have to frame one!
  • A Beautiful handmade stuffed Heart which is now adorning my draws (Chest of, not my pants!)
  • A gorgeous patchwork hanger which is hanging from my bedroom door as a daily reminder to " Cherish each precious day" Just Beautiful!
Thank you so, Much Heather I feel truly very lucky to have been partnered with someone who is so creative and who has been so generous! I love all of my valentines gifts it has certainly brightened up my February!

So, now that I know that Heather has opened her parcel I will show you all what I sent...
My bloggy swap offerings!
- A Shabby Chic Jewelry Hanger I made one of these for my Mum for Christmas, as she loved the one I had made for myself so much. Because it is so quick to make up I thought it would be great for the swap! A how to post to follow shortly!

Valentines Mug Hugger!
- Mug Warmers - Never have a cold cuppa again, I loved this mug warmer pattern so much that I decided to make a His and Hers version in Red and Pink and Blue and Pink. Download the free pattern here.
- Rose Brooch - I came up with this little flower by accident when I was re-teaching myself to knit: My free Rose knitting pattern!

Inspired by the 1940s Look Book!

- Shabby Chic Eye Mask - Just because there is nothing more lovely than having a long lie in! Made using my Audrey Eye mask pattern.
-A Felt Brooch - I fell in love with the little make-do and mend felt brooch on the front of Mike Brown's 1940s Look Book, so I decided to try to make up one for the swap.

And for the edible element A Big Gooey Box of Turkish Delight!

If you get the chance to take part in a blog swap I wholeheartedly recommend it as,
it is a lot of fun!!

Wendy x

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Blog Award!

A huge thank you to Tallulah May Vintage Socialite awarded me the Stylish Blogger Award! To comply with the rules of this award I need to list seven things about me you don't already know,  as I received this twice I thought I would give you 10 slightly dull facts about yours truly.

So. Some things you didn't know about me....

1. My first Proper job was as a Stable Girl/Groom in Hertfordshire. It was a bit of a shock for a townie like me to move out into the middle of nowhere to a place where it got really dark at night (you had a mile walk to the nearest shop) and bats and owls were common sight!!! I grew to realise that I loved the countryside and now dream of living somewhere like that in the future! Oh and that's Gus (or emperor Augustus to give him his full name) my steed of choice, at the livery stables.
2. I love Marmite on toast!!

3. I grew up in Walthamstow and though it's not the greatest place to live but it still where I feel most at home. Walthamstow is famous for its town hall designed in 1932 and built in 194, the Vestry House Museum where William Morris was born, its 1930s built dog track (now closed) and also for the band East17 (but we will gloss over that one!)But the very best part of Walthamstow is its mile long market, which is famed for its cheap fabric shops and stalls where you are guaranteed a bargain or two!!!. Shopping trip anyone? 

4. I am teeeeeerrrrrified of flying!! I have never even been on a plane, so my fear probably stems from watching too many disaster movies as a child. Not the most rational of logic I know, but fear is seldom a rational emotion. Also, a fear of flying is probably not the best thing to have when your boyfriend is trying to get his private pilot's license!  "I Ain't gettin' in no plane fool!"

5. I have spent the last ten years trying to teach myself to play the guitar so far in vain! Maybe the next ten will fair better!!! 
6. My favourite flower is a sweet pea.
8. I blog on the quiet! It is only my Mum (no idea how to work a computer) and Boyfriend (not really interested) who know I have a blog! I haven't been brave enough to tell my friends, probably because they would think I was silly, or feel obliged to read it.I have to say I am surprised anyone does, so thank you to all my lovely followers, and especially to Miss Meow who was my very first!!! 
7. I would love to go to Egypt. Ever since I was a little girl I have been obsessed with  the history, culture and eyeliner of ancient Egyptians.
9. Love travelling on steam trains, nothing beats the feeling of time travel that you get from the smell of coal smoke and the clickety-clack of the carriages.

10. My day job is as a graphic designer for a model bus company. Essentially I spend my days researching and recreating old adverts which can be fun, also this job has meant that I know far more about buses old and new, than anyone really should.
So on to my nominations, all are blogs I have discovered recently and think are great!

I realise that these awards things are not everybody's cup of tea so feel free to accept or not!

Wendy x