Sweet surprises...nanaCompany Swap
Instagram is a new addiction for me, it has been there that a whole new world of handmade wonders and fabric lovers hang out. I have learned of Blog Hops, Swaps, Quilt markets, hashtags, links, DM, and #madebymonday or any other day or month.... and so much more.
When I spied a post about a swap I put my name down and that was how it started.
I have been an admirer of Amy Sinsibaldi style for a long while, her work is lovely, small details done to perfection, the little rabbits and teddies peeping out from the quilt, so so sweet, my favourite, do check out her blog here.
Faith Essenburg from Sarana Ave has organized this Swap, thank you Faith it all takes time and we appreciate the effort to pull it altogether.
Well I was so lucky to be paired up with Alisha Orlando [ what a lovely name] Alisha is from Victoria Australia and as well as being a busy Mum she runs a online Fabric store, you can find her at Ministry of Fabric.
This is what she made for me, this absolutely gorgeous fabric basket.
You can see it's already in use housing all my embroidery bits which are usually spread all over this coffee table.
It's sturdy and just so lovely, I smile every time I look at it.
See all the details so perfectly done, I think it's the star of this post.
What I made
I found on Amy's blog the quote DO SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE So that's what I did.
I embroidered this on to some fine linen, living in a small town I didn't have a lot of colour choices only white so I dyed the fabric with a tea bag to get a better colour, its a soft peach.
While I was doing the embroidery I made a little round padded box, a 'Trinket' box.
I used a wee floral print for the outside of the box and on the inside a little blue and fawn spot....small designs for small projects.
From a little metal ring I fashioned the pull, blanket stitch around very firm so there are no gaps and leave some length of thread to sew it on.
The little box was all made before my embroidery was finished.
This is the base, the lovely Robert Haufman floral is a soft cotton lawn.
When The embroidery was finished I made the lid.
I really enjoyed making this it's not the first one Iv'e made, its an old pattern a dear friend taught me but I have modified it over the years.
I made a little Linen bag to present it in and some simple gift cards.
See the little beads that pad the underside of the lid, small details, its what I love.
I had to change the spacing of my words to leave room for my little handle.
All finished, I'm really pleased with it.
The little Linen bag to finish the gift.
I often make gift cards on my computer a brief 'how too' is here and I have also written a post with the instructions for making the Linen drawstring Bags .
I hope I haven't overdone the photos but its a joyful NanaCompany swap.