August is over - where HAS the summer gone.............I am not ready for summer and veggies from the garden to be over and done with!!!
For today's tea, I have pulled out my "August" Czech made mug, from the back of the cupboard. Maybe, that means I have too many mugs and teacups- since I forgot to use this mug any time during my birthday month!!!
But, the day before August is truly over, is better late, than NEVER!!
Whilst I sip my Lady Grey tea, I thought I would share with you some photos of recent swaps, gifts and finds.....
First, tho', I must INSIST that you all get up, and do
(Blogger still not recognizing my corrected, rotated, sized and saved version-aaagh!)
Anyway, when you buy something online from Target - they enclose these directions for a happy dance, upon receipt of your package!!LOL I must confess, I did it!!!
Anyway- this was a wonder-full purchase from an artist on discovered on Seth Apter's The Altered Page
I was so taken by her beautiful illustrations- and when I saw this little notebook available in her Etsy shop, I had to buy it!!! I just love the little badger (she has a notebook with a dog also!)
Gillian McMurray, self described artist and craftsperson - creates beautiful things!!!
She has a blog also - please be sure to check her out!
I told her, it's so pretty, I don't even want to use it - but she said to use it, and then just remove the pages and put new blank ones in- good idea!! It was made to be used!!! Has a tiny little pocket in the inside back cover - I slipped her cute little moo card inside.
An online group I belong to, Art4Mail, was hosting a rug mug swap. One of my swap partners was very on the ball, and already mailed one to me!! She said this was her first rug mug ever - can't believe it - it's beautiful!! The theme was autumn, since her country does not have autumn- she guessed- not a bad job - love the little pumpkins, and purple is one of my favorite colors!!!
Thank you , thank you!!
For the uninitiated (and I was one) a mug rug is a 7" x10" quilt, used as a placemat for a mug of whatever and a snack . Still working on mine - good thing they are not due for another month!!!
Judy, from Apron Strings , and I, did a one on one needlecase swap. I posted about mine in an earlier post.
This is the lovely one I received from Judy!!
With a cross stitched insert that she did 20 years ago- in a quilt pattern, no less!!
The little pin cushion pillow was made from a piece of her dad's old sweater :>)
The eyelet pocket was stuffed with a needle threader, and a packet of Tazo tea. The wool needle catcher has a red embroidered darning needle/dragonfly.
I'm already using it- I love it - and will tuck her email describing how it was made into the pocket!!
Thank you, Judy!!!
Last, is a thrift store purchase - why I keep buying quilt blocks, (or anything for that matter,) I'll never know - I am so far behind in quilting stuff!!!
But, these were a must have!!
30 Feed/flour sack hexagons- with a couple of "newer" fabrics mixed in.
Have to decide how to put these together -but I put them out on the floor for the pic.
Not bad for $2.75!!
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