#craftblogclub Secret Santa Swap

Hello!
A few months ago I signed up to the Craft Blog Club’s Secret Santa present swap, and even though it feels like Christmas was months ago, I’m finally getting round to blogging about my gift, and the present I sent. 
I was partnered with Hannah, from the Crafternoon Cabaret Club to send my present to. I already followed her on Instagram so I know she is a very crafty lady, who likes to play around with lots of different bits and pieces. I decided to make a mini craft hamper, with some little bits and bobs to make and create with. 

  
I included some vintage ribbon, a sticker sheet, some little festive buttons, a handmade brooch, festive coasters and I made a crochet picture frame for Hannah to frame a little snapshot in. 
I was very lucky with my present, as a couple of days before Christmas an enormous box arrived, which felt as light as a feather- very intriguing!! It contained a gorgeous Pom Pom wreath, made by Zoe, from Oodles of Crafts. I’ve hung it on my craft room door, to give me lots of creative Pom Pom vibes as I walk in! 

  
  

You can read more about Hannah and what she thought of her gift here and about Zoe, and making my Pom Pom wreath here.
It was a really fun experience, I’d definitely like to join in again next year!

Have a great weekend, 

Teresa xx

#craftblogclub Challenge: ‘Firsts’

Hello!

After a lovely busy half term holiday seeing friends and family a Craft Blog Club challenge is the perfect way to ease myself back into doing some work!

I discovered the Craft Blog Club on Twitter, just by stumbling across a random tweet. I have joined in with a few of the lovely crafty chats now and thought I’d have a go at this challenge. The theme is ‘firsts’ so I thought I’d share my first sewing project ever.

My crazy hedgehog pincushion This is it- the hedgehog pincushion I made when I was about six or seven. My mother helped my sister and I both to make one, and bought us some very jazzy pins too (the plastic headed pins you can see are, I believe, some of the originals!).

I used this pincushion for years but recently retired him when I was given a fancy new pincushion (and matching needle case) for Christmas last year.  He now lives a life of leisure in my sewing box.

I’m still rather pleased with this first sewing project. Wobbly stitches and garish colours aside, he has been a functioning pincushion for over 25 years! And I made a brave attempt at satin stitch…possibly a little over ambitious!  I still like working with felt, and also trying new embroidery stitches, so this little hedgehog was definitely the beginning of a lifelong love of sewing.

Now I’ve posted this blog I’m off to have a look at the other #craftblogclub ‘firsts’ posts!

Teresa X

PS, if you would like to see any of my other felt and embroidery projects, please have a look at my shop!