Wednesday, 26 March 2008

March Competition

The March competition at Crafty mamas:
"The lovely Lissy Lou has kindly hand crafted and offered up a prize for March's competition! Lissy is giving away a Steiner inspired handmade toy pack, including this beautiful Waldorf style doll and cotton play cloths. "
Lissy's blog
Lissy hand makes these to order, pm her for more details or email

"So, how can you win this great prize....??'Create an heirloom for your child, a toy that will stay with them for a lifetime'Lissylou will be selecting a winner for this competition, and will shortly post a few of the qualities she will be looking for in a winning entry.Good luck!"

As we were seriously moving this month and shuttling between two houses while packing and getting the new house in order, I wondered what I'd do.

Well,I took the drawings again of the girls and decided to make door hangers for them.

I've started with DearDaughter 5yrs drawing
the princesses she draws are all over the house: boxes, little cards, books, used envelopes, etc. and it is typical as she likes to dress up and become a princess when she's a grown-up. This pic she drew last week. I found it on my desk. It is the new house. Her room is top right. I guess she is watching from it and me and her sister are below.

tried and copy her drawing exactly(ball hands and pointy shoes the works!) apart from the embellishments.
  • I've used felt for her body and crown

  • stuffed her head with cotton

  • used cotton thread for crocheting and embroidery

  • her (dread) locks are pure virgin wool

  • hand painted wooden beads

  • metal bell

at the back on her dress:

  • wooden buttons

  • self covered metal buttons with Japanese canvas fabric

She's aprox 15-17cm and will hang in dd room. Something to enjoy forever.

Remember this one?

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Happy Ending

Once upon a time.....

Last year in November I've joined the swap bot an participated for the first time. I'm such a swap addict. Anyway, it works like this. I searched out a cute swap where I as a newby without any past swap history at swap bot, could join. I've found a lovely sheep swap: I heart sheep.
I joined a made an adorable package for my swap partner with sheep stuff. I threw it on the post and couldn't wait for mine. My swap partner received my package and gave me a nice rating for it. Thanx partner. Well and I waited for my package from Sugarsunshine. And waited and waited. I made excuses for it being late: international post, Christmas, new year, etc. Well, no package and then as I went to have another look at my partner's profile (a different person sends to me than the one a sent to) it seemed she had a good rating, then joined a couple of swaps and then turned rotten. She had a lot of open swaps, moi included. Ahhhhh I kept my hopes up high but to no avail. Well, of all my succeeded swaps this was the first turned bad. Always a first time....I guess. Then beginning of this year fluffywelshsheep(her blog), the coordinator of the swap, contacted me with a message:
"hiya monart, if you get flaked on again (which i hope you don't) at all try to contact the person in charge and they get back to you quicker :). I would have got back to you soon if i had had email via swap bot or a comment on my profile etc :)"
well I guess I was too hopeful and next time will mail very soon ;-)
anyway dear fluffywelsheep found me a swap angel. someone who is such a angel as to send the swap package someone (like me) missed because of a bad swapper.
I got a message from an angel Caam(her blog):
"Hi Monart! I will be "angeling" for you for this swap! I will be sending out by the end of the weekend. I am so sorry you were flaked on for this, your very first swap". This sweet hearted angel was so bubbly and yesterday received an over abundantly package which really made this swap worthwhile and unforgettable. Woweeee I was spoiled:

She sent this package with a very nice letter telling me about the contents. The sheep stuff comes from Maryland Sheep and Wool.

  • One cute t-shirt for me
  • one cute t-shirt for baby (I told her I was preggies in my excitement)
  • a sheep and wool mug
  • a sheep and wool key chain
  • a cute woolly black sheep (handcrafted in Vietnam )with the words attached to it: There is one in every family

Then Added was this (I was stunned by the generosity):

This dear angel was a photo organising consultant and sent me some VERY helpfull ideas and tools!

  • 2 black/white photo pencils for writing on the back of photo's without damaging them
  • 4 concertina files to make organising easier (the dark blue "booklets")
  • 2 corner cutters!
  • 2 photo polishing cloths
  • Notes + lots of tags and stuff for christmas memories for scrapbooking
  • notes + lots of tags and stuff with fruit theme for scrapbooking
  • Lot of notes named "croptalk" with great ideas for organising photo's

so much even without the photo organising stuff I would've been overly glad or even if I just got the photo stuff I would've been quite spoiled.

Thank you for making this swap something special!

I'll send you postcards from South AFrica and The NL ;-)

big hug to Caam!

And all live happily ever After

The end

Monday, 10 March 2008

Easter Swap at Craftymamas

I had such a welcome supprise on this grey, cold, rainy and windy Monday!
I've received my Easter Swap at CraftyMamas from 2spunkymonkeys (see her blog here).
Oh how cute:
  1. one adorable soft and green fabric with little chicks
  2. blue ric rac
  3. blue ribbon
  4. pink pom-pom fringe
  5. blue pom-pom fringe
  6. a cute booklet with 1000 Easter stickers
  7. a chocolate/plaster of Paris mold with bunnies
  8. 9 purple heart buttons
  9. multicolored daisy trim
  10. one very soft and lovely baby vest with 3 little ducklings
Oh how lovely,
thank you very much Spunky!
(I hope she receives my package in time for this year's Easter)

Tuesday, 04 March 2008

from the corner of my eye

We were driving past orchards round dusk when from the corner of my eye

I saw movement in a little broken window of a wee little barn It was this little fella

I've finished another order: a textile painted giraffe. Somebody ordered it for the 30th b-day of her friend. I had much fun painting this...needed some colour in my life ;-)