Yes, I’ve been swapping again! I have been a quiet Picky Miss over the summer – on the blogging front, anyway; everywhere else it’s been chaos. But now school’s back, holidays are over, and it’s time to get back to work. Or play. Call it what you will (and I’m very lucky that those two words are interchangeable).

Mmm, yum. Can you tell what it is yet?

So, my first fun of the new academic year has been swapping stuff. I loves craft swaps, they are so much fun. You make something for someone, they make something for someone else, they make for someone else, and so on, until it comes round and someone makes something for you. I’m a member of the Phat Quarter Flickr group, and they run a themed swap every time there’s a fifth Friday in the month. In July, the theme was “food”. My swap giver contacted me and asked if I liked Mexican food, whereas I took the more indirect (and possibly sinister) route of looking through my swap receiver’s Flickr pics to guage what kind of thing she liked. It looked to me like she was a Doctor Who fan (all the best people are), so I set my geek brain to maximum and came up with this cross stitch sampler

And after several scintillating emails about Salvaged Mutiny‘s attempts to find a post office whilst cruise-ship-working her way around the Baltic (‘I went to the post office in Helsinki but it was closed; I’ll try again in Copenhagen’?!), I received this piece of Mexican craziness

I'm Nacho Mama!

I *LOVE* it! I confess I was a bit thick, and didn’t get the joke until my brother said it out loud, but it makes me smile every time I see it 🙂

And because I can’t get enough swappety fun, I signed up for a Facebook-based ‘handmade’ swap at the beginning of the year. I have to make five things, and completed numero dos last week: a Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman) quote worked in cross-stitch. I think it’s a sentiment we can all relate to at some stage 🙂

Phantoms Siren has said she’ll hang it so it’s the last thing people see as they leave her house. Awesome.

Numero uno can be found on Flickr, but it’s a bit naughty, so I won’t display it here. I love the surprise element of swapping – you never know what you’re going to receive in return. I also love the challenge of being given a broad theme and just running with it (I made this for the last Phat Quarter swap – the theme was music

based on a bluegrass tune and my swap partner’s crows-in-flight tattoo). I especially love using the medium of a traditional cross stitch sampler to create something personal and (preferably) geeky 🙂 I do them to order, so get in touch if you’d like to commission a bespoke, unique gift – for someone else, or for yourself! I’m currently working on a C’thulhu quote sampler; I’ll let you all know when it’s done.

In the meantime, it looks like September has a fifth Friday! I’d better keep an eye on my Flickr and see what comes up 🙂

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I’ve been doing some swapping lately.  Very ‘economically inactive’ of me, I know.  I’m sure George Osbourne is very sad.  I can’t tell you about the excitingness that is the Flickr craft swap yet, because my swapee hasn’t received the thingamajig I made her, and neither have I received whatever my designated swapper has made for me.  So it’s all a bit hush-hush, but I’m hoping I can brag about it soon 😉 But I am at liberty to share this, because it really made my day.

I noticed a call-out on Twitter last week, from SnapdragonJane in Scotland, saying she was running short of ‘tiny floral print’ fabrics – if anyone could send her some, she’d send some goodies in return.  Of course I was like, heck yes!  I mean, who couldn’t do with these guys to sort out their day?

The Goodies
I gathered later she meant ‘things she’d made’, which was disappointing, but only for a few milliseconds. I remember seeing some of her stuff at Eco Eco in Hope, and loving it. So I thought yes, lady you have pleased me by the lovely things you make, I’m sure I can have a rummage in my fabric stash for something in return. And if I get a cute button badge out of it, well that’s just a bonus.

So turns out I did have some fabric of that ilk, and got in touch, and sent it off. And did I get a wee button badge? Not even close. I got the most awesome parcel of loveliness ever, and it even came in a bright green envelope! How stunning!

snapdragons garden goodies

Squeee!

I mean, just lookee! A big sheet of giftwrap, a packet of funky stickers (my daughter has already appropriated one sheet), and some amazingly groovy postcards (also with bright green envelopes – I’m so happy). Wow. So, just to get this straight, this blog post is one big plug for the superbly talented and very generous Snapdragon Garden. Go buy her stuff, now, and lots of it. And get me one of those darn tootin tea cosies while you’re about it; ain’t they the cutest?