It's been a long time between posts. Time and inclination don't always coincide. But I'm a haven't-posted-for-ages blogger and participant in Chookyblue's global Secret Santa Christmas swap and Chooky is cracking the whip, so here goes. No photos, unfortunately, because my photo system thingy isn't working.
This is the third SSCS swap I've taken part in and it's always so enjoyable. Last year I made for a lady in Norway and received from the USA; this year I'm sending to ?? The parcel is wrapped and ready to go tomorrow, along with a few cute gifts for my new great-nephew in Queensland - that's NEW as in just over a week old. How exciting.
Apart from that swap, there's been some Christmas crafting, mainly decorations (a gorgeous one by Marg Low, who is one of my favourite Australian designers, and the cutest little bird, framed in an embroidery hoop and designed by Aneela Hoey). I'm hoping to make more Christmas gifts but am not going to let it stress me if it doesn't happen. I've made myself a handbag and appliqued some T-shirts for my little niece and nephew in NZ. And it's way past time to come to grips with the mess in my sewing room. Isn't it amazing how little space you can craft in when there's stuff all over the place!
And there have been lots of fun times playing with the dogs, enjoying our garden - lots of lovely scented blooms and the veges in the new plot are doing all the right things - and good times with friends. The highlight of the past few months was Emmylou Harris' concert at St Kilda on Saturday night; she was just wonderful in concert and we had to keep pinching ourselves; listening to her was a dream come true.
I love reading, stitching,music, my garden, my dogs and my family.I chose Little Red Hen as my blog name because I'm short, used to have bright red hair and as a wee Scottish girl growing up in New Zealand was frequently called Hen, a Scottish term of endearment.
January: Thread catcher; appliqued shoe bag.
February: Red Home bag.
March: Knitted baby shoes; embroidered pincushion.
April: 4 little drawstring bags; felt scissor ornament; little strawberry scissor ornament; SAL Christmas wall hanging.
July: 3 zakka drawstring bags.
August: Felt flower brooch; Christmas table runner; Red Fawn embroidered hoop ornament; knitted baby shoes; chunky knitted scarf.
September: Baby's socks; baby's knitted hat; 4 little drawstring bags; 2 embroidered ornaments framed in a hoop.
October: Embroidered hoop-framed Xmas ornament; 2 wool pincushions; 2 lavender sachets; 7 knitted washcloths; little drawstring bag; appliqued lavender sachet.
November: Potholder; 2 mini quilts; tote bag.
December: Strawberry handbag; toy bag; hoop-framed Xmas ornament;
JANUARY: Cushion cover; wool pincushion.
FEBRUARY: Girl's knitted hat; appliqued cushion cover; clutch purse.
MARCH: Skinny fabric scarf; cushion cover.
APRIL: Lavender-scented heat pack; mobile phone pouch; skinny fabric scarf; cover for dog mattress; simple lavender sachet; embroidered fabric panel mounted on canvas.
MAY: Triangular log cabin pincushion.
JUNE: 2 knitted hats; knitted scarf; fabric scarf; little purse; framed button tree stitchery.
JULY: Two triangular log cabin pincushions.
AUGUST: Sunbonnet Sue Christmas table mat; patchwork cushion cover; simple table runner;applique on 2 Tshirts; embroidered wall hanging; simple lavender sachet; little notebook cover; little wallet;small drawstring bag.
SEPTEMBER: 2 small drawstring bags; man's hanky sachet; felt flower brooch; Nicole M Designs' lavender handbag.
OCTOBER: 3 different Christmas ornaments; child's applique T-shirt; SSCS main gift and accessory;
NOVEMBER: SSCS Christmas ornament; 2 Cherry Christmas framed ornaments;Phoebe handbag;little drawstring bag.
DECEMBER: 2 little drawstring bags;
OPAM finishes 2011
Fabric flower brooch ; 2 covered coathangers; little fabric origami gift pouch;little Easter treats bag; bag and tissue cover (FIS swap); 2 covered coathangers;2 cushion covers; oval clutch purse; 4 wool pincushions; needlecase; embroidered framed picture; "Vintage" wall hanging; embroidered hanky bag; embroidered brooch; FIS Xmas in July stocking; 2 skinny fabric scarves; 3 kids' knitted beanies; baby's quilt; library bag; 3 framed button tree stitcheries.
two girls' handbags; purse with frame;4 children's knitted coathanger covers; Christmas ornament; thread catcher; pincushion; Bliss wristlet purs; FIS Christmas gifts (covered coathanger, drawstring bag, tissue cover,framed button tree stitchery); 2 large Christmas ornaments; 2 small Christmas ornaments; GGCS swap bag; baby's hat; SSCS gift (table runner)drawstring bag in Aussie fabrics; fabric bonbon; tissue cover; wool pincushion; denim drawstring bag; wool felt pincushion.
OPAM challenge 2010
Bird in a Basket wall hanging; FIS stitchery; 2 little wallets; Larry the Lamb wool pincushion; Leanne Beasley-designed bag for FIS swap; purse with spring clip; scrappy flower needlecase: hexy brooch; 3 pocket tissue covers; 2 clutch purses; embroidered giraffe softie; heat pack; FIS paper bag project; Jodie's one-hour bag; 3 little Santa bags; SSCS gifts - cushion cover, 2 hexy ornaments, hexy coaster; fabric scarf; 2 more hexy ornaments; tissue cover; GGCS bag for Katherine in England; felt and fabric heart; felt strawberry needlecase; bag for Kerry; 2 appliqued teatowels