Shhhhh… That little fellow below flew in from the UK a few days ago. You can see he’s still recuperating from the long trip, suffering from jet-lag and no doubt feeling a little shocked culturally. I’ve dubbed him Chicken.
Yes he’s a him, and no, I don’t care if he’s wearing pink… Yes, he’s an owl. And yes, I know the difference between owls and chickens… Isn’t he the sweetest? He’s a handmade gift from Amy, author of The Happy Daisy. Amy was my swap partner for the Softie Swap organized by The Clip Café. Thank you Amy! Chicken is so lovely. He snoozes happily on the shelf above my sewing machine. I love him.
And the little bundle of fabric below was sent to me by Melissa of Mel’s Own Place. She is my partner for the Stash Manicure‘s Brown Bag Quilt Contest. The challenge of this contest is to create a quilt from someone else’s ugly fabric rejects. Sound like fun?
The contest works like this. You receive 2 yards of ugly fabric from your swap partner. You must then construct a quilt using 90% of this fabric as well as any amount of fabric from your stash. You may only purchase one new fabric to include in the quilt. It’s a stash busting exercise! Once you’ve made your quilt, you can upload photos of it to the corresponding Flickr group and be entered to win prizes! And you get to keep your quilt. So in my case, that bundle above is the UGLY fabric that Melissa sent. Thanks Melissa! Not ugly AT ALL. It’s great! In fact, I’ve already designed the quilt. I just have to make it!
And finally the mailman brought this little gem of a book…
“Denim Revolution” written by Nancy Minsky. I am honoured to say that Ms. Minsky the author, designer (21st Century Dressmakers) and blogger behind Jean Repair, sent me the book as a gift! So I’ve decided that in return for her generosity, I will be doing my version of one of the books many projects here on Michele Made Me, and also doing a book review. Note that I’ve never done a book review before but I figure there’s no time like the present, right?
I love getting mail… Thank you Mr. Mailman for filling my mailbox with goodies! And thank you Amy, Melissa, and Nancy for your sweet gifts!
And YOU! You have yourself a lovely day!