Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Swap ’Til You Drop



Even though it seems that every time I sign up for a bloggy swap, I sign up for a whole lot of angst (performance anxiety), late night eyebags (procrastination) and squeezing everything but the last seven minutes out of a deadline (Pah! Oodles of time to spare!), I love ’em.

Friday was a be-everywhere-at-once day and I could really have done with a tardis. Then the postie arrived bearing swappy gifts. Instead of using the scheduled minutes to shower swimming pool hair before zipping off to visit Granny, I opened those packages, oohed and aahed and oohed again, then convinced self that the glorious smelling flowering herbs I’d gathered, would distract Granny and her room-mate June, from the chlorine fumes as well as the hospital whiff.

I’m chuffed to bits over my pincushion from Kitty. A Fowlers preserving jar with the lid doing the cushiony bit, courtesy of some French linen alphabet tape (mmm...) and filled with accoutrements (double mmm...).



Kitty, you are a gem – my hearty thanks to you – and my best wishes for the speedy onset of a smooth labour, safe and wondrous delivery and the consequent spontaneous renewed ability to see your feet. Kate, you did a sterling job orchestrating the whole gig – you are one (uber-organised) starlet.

Postie package number two completed the recent tea towel swap shenanigans and my never to be renovated kitchen is undeserving of such linen glory. After twenty-seven kazillion ‘reno’ horror stories, I’ve sighed and subscribed to the 50s ‘retro’ inconveniences, the sticking drawers, the non-shut cupboards, the drafty mini wind tunnels, the etceteras. I have mighty fine tea towelry, dammit.

This, from Sooz, the swapmaster herself...



and from Di...



Kate...



Suzy...



...and Ellen.



Thanks to these five ladies, if I squint and tilt my head 37 degrees and do that photo framing thing with my hands, my kitchen is designery and DEAD POSH.

12 comments:

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

sounds like a case of swap fatigue... rest up and enjoy the teatowels you lucky thing.

Posie Patchwork said...

Swap mania at your place, you scored well, love Posie

Gina said...

Gaspity gaspy gaspy, that pincushion jar rocks. As do the tea towels, and most especially your photography of the tea towels! I'd really like to know how Di got her spotty dobs just so beautifully spaced...

Michelle said...

Lots of lovely swap goodness! And I sm sure Granny was just happy to see you and didn't care a hootbthst you smelt like chlorine.

Kate said...

I can honestly say that this is the first time in my whole life that I have been called organised. I am going to send my Dad the link to this post to prove it (he laughed at my 120 bits of paper sorting out of the partners).
LOVE Kitty's jar and the tea towels and the photos of the tea towels.

Marisol said...

As a new crafter I'm just starting to hear about swaps and would love to be a part of some so I could stretch my wings'...how do you find out about them?

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Who needs a kitchen makeover with all those tea towels ? They're gorgeous .. as was your contribution , no doubt .
Grandmothers always love their grandchildren , even when they rush in trailing chlorine fumes , which is what's so great about the whole relationship !!
And as for your pincushion .... is envy one of the deadly sins ? And did I see a pegdoll to be ?

Jana said...

Luscious!! I've never done a swap before-I think I'm ready :)
Jana

ELK said...

..i think the towels you received are fabulous..will you really use them? or frme them?

great photos !!

Fer said...

If you arrange your tea towels properly then you'll never see much of the kitchen anyway. Besides, what's wrong with retro 50's kitsch? ;)

Karen said...

Love your new pin cushion and the one you sent was ace too.
That skirt refashion is rivalling something Gina would whip up (sorry Gina!), the stitching onit is great.

quirkygranolagirl said...

i just posted my swap towels on my blog, but my pictures aren't as fabulous as yours. i had 10 partners and we still didn't have any overlap. thank you for showing yours off.