Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall colors, Fall swaps!

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

13 comments:

Patty said...

I like those mug rugs too. Both bags are gorgeous. Happy Fall.

Laurie said...

Wow Melinda, and no pattern!?!?!? All so beautiful!! The table runner turned out awesome, and I love the colors. I know your swap partners are going to be thrilled!!

jillytacy said...

Happy Fall! The bag you made is fabulous! You really are an amazing fiber artist! I hope all is well with you. Enjoy fall!

Barb said...

All of the swaps and bags were just awesome....

Paula said...

Oh Melinda! I just got home and got your wonderful swap package! I'm so in love with the gorgeous table runner,banner, card, tin of buttons! Holy cow~ everything is so beautiful and so much fun. You did such a fantastic job of getting what I love just right!!!! THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU!!!
As soon as I get to be home in the daylight, I'll get some pictures and post on the Flirty Apron Swap. Did I say Thank you???!

Helen in the UK said...

Great swap items and I love your new header photo. But mostly I wanted to say ... "take my dogs for a walk" ... dog*S* ... dog*S* ... is this a typo or do you have more than one dog now?
You have me intrigued now :)

Needled Mom said...

What fun swaps!!!! The results are gorgeous.

Something Special said...

Hi, there Melinda, I have 20 pomegranite bushes on my property.
I was so happy to get your comment and see the fantastic bags you swapped with CJ. You are right, she needs a blog. That banner and runner you made are fabulous too. So pretty is all of it. Thanks for being a participant. I hope I get to see all of the bags that were swapped.

Jenny said...

What a fun swap! I'm glad you found something beautiful to participate in.

GardenofDaisies said...

Wow, all your swaps sound so fun! You have made and received some really beautiful pieces!

Quiltingranny said...

So cooooooooooool! I will help you out here, send all that snow my way, you know how much I love it and I know it isn't your favorite thing. Love you my friend!

Pam said...

Wow! You have been busy lately. We were gone for 5 weeks to visit our vacation home in Kentucky. Didn't do much blogging while there and now I'm trying to catch up on reading my favorite blogs.

You sure did participate in some great swaps recently. I took a break from swaps but hope to get involved again after the first of the year.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for visiting my much neglected blog.

Paula said...

Hey Melinda ~ wanted to pop by and let you know that I finally posted the pictures of my beautiful table runner on the Flirty Apron blog. Sorry it took me so long. I'm a slacker!
My husband was going on and on the other night about how pretty that table runner is! Thought you'd like to know (o: