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So I was the recipient of a host of marvellous wonders, but what did I send to Lisa-Marie that she opened this morning  – AFTER doing the washing up. She’s good. You can read her blog about her reaction here.

Meanwhile here are some pics of what I sent over:

A packet of shortbread and some fruity Teapigs tea temples, plus a pincushion in a teacup, and saucer of course! Sourced from our local CHAS shop, I have 5 more sets if anyone is interested!!

It is perhaps a tad over stuffed, but I think it looks pretty good, especially with the wee heart pins which I got from BitsandBats. The fabric has teapots and coffee pots on it too.

A nice fat quarter of a Michael Millar fabric I thought that she would like, with a matching selection of ribbons.

Two of my little glass phials  – one with seed glass beads and one with little heart white buttons, tied with a wooden angel ornament.

I hope she likes – actually I have already read her blog so I know that she does. That was just shameful false modesty there…


My parcel has been ripped apart, and oooohed and aaaahed over. Would you just look????

Not only a finely crafted strawberry pincushion, and a set of pins, but a whole host of other goodies. Chocolate, books, a wee box of quite stunning buttons, and a hand made necklace that is just right.

Thank Lisa-Marie. Next stop Loch Leven’s Larder!

BTW for more pincushions have a look at the flicker group for Claire’s Pincushion Swap.

What to do? No nursery, no childminder, no work.

Throw yourself in wholeheartedly!

We baked, we melted chocolate, we made cards and e cut out paper into egg shapes, coloured them in, sewed them onto a ribbon and hung them up across the mantle peice.


I have been taking part in the Pincushion Swap, set up by Claire Payne.

The deadline was 14th April, but my partner insisted that we wait until I got back from Kelso, so I sent it off yesterday and recieved mine yesterday too. What was amazing timing abotu that was that yesterday was also my birthday. So I have held off opening it until Lisa-Marie gets mine. Then we are going to meet up at Loch Leven Larder for a de-brief! Delish!

I’ll post up what I sent here and how I made it once we have completed the swop, but a wee piccie above as a hint.

Kelso. Me, not you.

I went with a load of family – 11 to be precise. We booked an amazing house on a farm, and it was great – nice walks, visits to a beach, barbeques and at the end of every day – hot-tub, often with a rum and coke.


And no, we weren’t stranded, flights we still operating the 87 miles from Kelso to Kinross …

I made one. One apron. Now I can’t stop. There is something so immediate and satisfying about sewing, cutting the material piecing it together and pressing the pedal et voila!!! Thats were knitting loses out. It takes ages and at the end you realise you’ve ballsed up.Pft.

After having a shot at an apron for Mais ehse had two wee pals birthdays come up. I used the Montessori pattern this time, but added a wee pocket at the front and had a go at putting an initial letter on the pocket.

So what do you think?

Apologies for making you turn your head – wordpress won’t let me rotate these pics.

Maisie helped model! I was very pleased with these and will be making them again. My Mark was chucking out some shirts so I cut all the back panels off the more colourful ones, and used them along with some cotton offcuts I got from Dunelm Mill in Kirkcaldy. The neck straps have elastic through them, and the waist straps have velcro, so the kids can easily put them on and off themselves.

This one uses a more of a tartan fabric as it is for a Dutch friend, thought they might like the Scottish connection. The other apron I don’t think I have a pic of, but it had an A for Albert, and it was more like an applique attempt.

Next up – some simple drawstring bags I think for all my odds and ends. And hooks – lots of hooks, from Ikea.