I've had such a wonderful day today. After all of the dark days I've experienced this year this was definately one of those 'chicken soup for the soul' days. First up I went for a walk in the park first thing with Mark. If the truth be known I didn't really want to go but he kinda made me and I'm glad I did. Mark took his camera and we spent a happy couple of hours taking in the autumn colours and feeding the ducks. Mark got some great photos and hopefully he will post some on his blog before the weekend is out.
When I got home there was just a whole pile of post waiting to greet me. My patchwork magazine subscription had arrived as had three books that I ordered from Amazon. Felt to Stitch, Stitch, Dissolve, Distort in Machine Embroidery and Mixed Media Explorations. The most amazing packages though came from my partners in a secret sister swap recently held on Fabricards. I decided to sign up for sending 2 packages for this swap and both my return packages come today.
First up here is the wonderful selection of fabric and embellishments that I receieved from Louise. Wow not only did she pick out some great fabrics but there was also a wonderful cat planner, buttons, beads, sequins, crystals, ribbons, ric-rac and funky fibers. I am going to have so much fun with all of these fun embellishments.
And as if that wasn't enough I had a second amazing package from Harriett. The most wonderful reindeer tote bag that she made was packed full of three bundles of fabric. Lots of luscious oranges, my favourite colour of the moment, and some wonderful cat prints to add to my collection. I am totally overwhelmed by Louise and Harriett's generosity and of course will be making them both a little something by way of thank you soon!
Of course surrounded by such wonderful fabrics and embellishments I couldn't help but find myself in creative mood. I was tempted to get stuck in and use some of my new fabrics but they all need to be washed through first to sort out any colour run etc, so instead I got cracking on some more postcards.
I got out some of my rubber stamps (yes this is one of my favourite things to do at the moment as you probably gathered) and made some fairy cards for a myth and magic swap on Fabricards. A pretty simple design but this was quite a big swap and I'm so far behind with it that I couldn't really make it too complicated.
I also made a couple of cards for a Travelling postcard swap on the advanced group, basically a package of fabrics and embellishments have been travelling round and each participant has to chose something in the package with which to make a couple of cards, replace what has been used and send the package on to the next participant. Here is one of the cards I made. I've called it enchanted garden.
What an amazing day, I can hardly wait to see what tomorrow will bring!