I have a double virtual life - one here and one on Flickr and sometimes I forget to make the two connect!
With the delightful Helen I have been running the In the frame purse swap - my first time as mama and I have to say that if you feel the urge and have an idea of a swap then do go ahead! You do need a bit of organisation at the beginning - I had Helen at the helm to sort most of that out she really is the biz!
The biggest ordeal is getting people to give their information and then matching partners - if you are thinking eek will my partner like what I made? Then we were thinking eek will you like your partner!? There will never be a perfect fit but the information you give is what guides the mama so do put some thought into it. In fact I went mainly by the mosaics - if they had a similar look - especially if they had the same purses they went into a group together and then I tried matching up individuals!
But I only matched up half the group as I wanted a secret partner too! So Helen chose for me and boy did she choose well!
The lovely Katy Cameron was making for me and I apologise for not posting about this sooner - Katy what was I thinking! I blame the puppy! Awww!
Anyway this is one seriously talented lady from my native homeland of Scotland - she does wonderful stitchy quilting and other projects but she also makes the most delightful teddy bears ! I had the pleasure of meeting some in London at the Fat Quarterly Retreat.
They have a weight to them that makes them a delight to hold - I was very tempted to sneak one home in my suitcase but I was good and only came home with one of Katy's Moo cards of one of her teds!
So what did Katy do ??
Look here and drool!
This purse uses the Fortune Cookie pattern and frame available from Lisa Lam's online shop U-handbag. I have been investing heavily in this shop and have several frames to continue my purse obsession! The gorgeous Ellie bookmark is a Zakka project - almost too pretty to use!
Having chosen one of the most gorgeous purse shapes Katy did some delightful piecing in linen and cotton strawberry print but then added some beautiful stitched detail - this gorgeous butterfly.....about to fly off!
And a snail I wouldn't mind in my garden....
There is also a ladybird, a spider - a friendly one like Charlotte - and a bee!
So one of the advantages of being a swap mama is that you can get something exquisite too ....! Must say I am delighted with my swap package and it is extra special to me as I have met the lovely Katy....
Now if she would just send me one of her bears....hehe.....I know too greedy for words but they are very special!