Yesterday I put the last finishing touch to some of the items that I have sent out in the Autumn swap. These necessary but fiddly touches really defeat me sometimes so it was really good to have a deadline to work towards, things like putting poppers on bags and sewing pin backs to brooches, all the little SEWING details! Anyway it inspired me to get out those bowls of felt beads that I have just waiting to be put to use. In the afternoon Carmen arrived and we spent the time happily sewing beads around the edge of a hand dyed silk scarf (Carmen) and stringing several simple but attractive necklaces (me). Today I actually have a couple of things to do outside the house but intend on spending some time tidying out the studio, or at least starting it in preparation for a marathon day tomorrow. I have organised a neighbouring farmer to help me for a couple of days before next Thursday, he has some fiddly but essential outdoor tasks and I have those essential but horrible indoor tidying tasks to complete before the first of my evening classes starts next week. I am also going to be finalising Mehmet Girgic’s workshop dates today so keep your eye on the blog, they will go up as soon as they are organised.
By now all of out Autumn swaps should be in the post. I have a small confession to make, I missed the post yesterday so appologies to my partners, they are posted now but you will be getting your parcels one day late and I really have no excuse except confusion and distraction! Next time for the swap I may set up a group on Flickr to run everything through. Things were a bit confusing here and I actually am involved in a couple of swaps (really enjoying them!) but operating through my Flickr account would mean that I would have less chance to miss anyone out or have any errors.
My swap package arrived from Anna, thanks SO much Anna for the fantastic painting and the great cards. I actually admired the painting on Anna’s painting blog at the weekend so was absolutely amazed when it arrived in the post yesterday!! I am also looking forward to making the delicious sounding bread, it should tase great made in the Rayburn. Please email me images of your swap packages as they arrive if you want to and I will set up a page on the blog so others can see them as well.