Even though it is Fall, we had snow two days ago...I like it for a day or two and today it is back to the beautiful Fall weather. It is my favorite time of year. Time to wear all my favorite flannel pj bottoms, my favorite big soft tshirts and flip flops...and that is what I wear to work! heehee...Cuddling up with a quilt and reading...Of course I do that all year but it just seems so much cozier....To get me in the spirit of Autumn, I actually joined two Fall swaps.
The first one was a Shabby Fall Bag swap...My partner was CJ. I recognized her name right away. We finally realized that we are both in Fiber Art Traders. I swear I have been her partner in something, but I cant remember what. What I do know, Is she needs to get a blog!!!!!!!
We have had so much fun getting to know each other thru emails..She is one of those people you just wish lived closer! We have a lot of things in common. I think we both made the perfect bags for each others taste.
CJ made me this beautiful bag from some drapes that she had. I love the colors and the beautiful pleating the bag has...I immediately put all my things in it and changed bags. She told me she makes a lot of bags for gifts. Especially during Christmas. I could tell, it is made beautifully.
She also made a mixed media heart, (I love hearts) some little charms, fibers, silk fabrics and some monogrammed goodies and little shells. I love getting little bits of things to use in projects....
Here is what I made for Cj...
No pattern of course. I just started by pulling scraps out of my basket in colors that to me, looked like fall..I lined it with some of my hoarded, favorite green silk.
I am hooked on these mug rugs with the pockets. They are fun to put little things in. CJ told me she threw her coaster away and put her coffee mug right on it in her studio.
Here is her fall package...I sent her a bag book that I had and have used to get ideas...Remember, I cant follow a pattern!
I also joined Shawnee's Fall table runner swap. This is the one that took five times of sewing and ripping it apart to make...But I did it, I did it! I made the runner a matching banner and I really tried to match the colors of my partners dining room!
It was really worth the effort because I love how it turned out....
She hasnt gotten it yet, and I cant wait to hear what she thinks!
Well, now I am going to go take advantage of the beautiful weather and take my dogs for a walk...Happy Fall all.....Melinda