Sunday, 15 June 2008

swaps and general wonderfulness...

sorry I have been absent even longer than usual...putting my back out a couple of weeks ago has wrecked havoc with my normal fairly sedentary, fairly hunched over, happy existence. Apparently (or so the osteopath and physiotherapist tell me) in order to avoid more of the same excruciating indisposition, a body has got to exercise. Which really is not compatible with spending all one's free time crafting or blogging. Is downright inconvenient to be frank. But I'm doing it (through gritted teeth) I may now seriously have to consider giving up the day job (sitting in front of a computer is very bad for me you know) ...there simply isn't enough time in the week to do it all, work, craft and exercise too. Bah!

anyway...there has been much wonderfulness since I reported last...

doll swaps received...(swoon!)


a beautiful bag, containing my doll from from Emily at Ravenhill


Gorgeous isn't she? I have never seen a more charming tea lady in my life. She is currently guarding my precious tea stash and administering to my beverage requirements beautifully.

She was accompanied by a selection of vintage buttons and a doily...which just had to be put in one of my vintage china saucers as that is what you do with vintage buttons in the overmilkwood house (Ms. Reva's latest edict)



so now I can show you what I sent Emily too...most of these pictures are from Emily's blog as she takes a far meaner photo than yours truly. Her little daughter Lilly (isn't she the cutest?) seems to really like Ms Myrtle (yes, Ms M really does spell it like that, no-one knows why) which makes me very happy indeed


What fun I had making this, my first doll. I have plans for many more

The dress was made to be easily put-on-take- offable by a three year old, the cardi was a variation on the kimono cardi I knit a while back, and the books were made by Ms Reva and Ms Bester

In further swap extraordinariness I was the lucky recipient of these pieces of functional felted perfection...

made by Lisa at lilfishstudios who actually made the felt herself...I kid you not...you just wouldn't believe how beautiful, soft and tactile it is in the flesh (so to speak)...these came wrapped in tissue pattern pieces which was a small touch I loved...

finally, this weekend was the Reva Girl's 6th birthday (nope, I have no idea how that happened, seems like only yesterday I was marvelling at her tiny starfish like hands and skinny little jaundiced legs) and here is a taster of the sewing kit I put together for her

which was inspired by her recently developed passion for vintage buttons and the ilk (oh what a proud, proud moment that was for me, when I walked into our craftroom to find her marvelling at old glass buttons and rushing to the kitchen to find a vintage saucer in which to place them to best advantage)...I'll get the other photos of the little kit up during the week I hope...watch this space...

11 comments:

Helen said...

Happy Birthday to your little girl!

Goodness - you do some great swaps, you've received some beautiful things. The dolls are lovely - I do love the name Myrtle and how sweet that your girls helped out by making the books!

Jodie said...

That would be a proud moment - what great mum you must be!

ruby in the dust said...

oh wow, I love your blog!! so crafty, so busy with swops... how do you get into those?

Ravenhill said...

Annie, Thank you so very much for letting me know that you have received her and for the warm welcome you have givern her.

What a delightful post! Your photos of your new tea doll are so beautiful! I love seeing her perched in the lolvely tea cup! And what a sweet idea to make the sewing kit for your daughter! Happy tea drinking!
~Emily xxx

Amy said...

Doll swap, how fun! I have never made a doll, but it does look fun. I love the sweet one you made :)

Katy said...

happy birthday Ms Reva!!!

Your doll is fab, the one Emily sent you is fab, your felty things are fab, oh blimey - it's all so fab!!!


ps exercise is evil...don't do it, stay hunched up and crippled like me

Charlie P said...

Oooh, haven't you been lucky?...with the swaps I mean...not with your back. That's not lucky at all. Hope it starts to feel better soon.
Myrtle is great- I love all her coordinating accessories, you should definitely make more dolls :)
And of course HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY, MISS REVA!

p.s. Vic Godard & Subway Sect = good stuff! If I was going to buy only one album which one would you reccommend?
I can't help feeling slightly bitter that you got to grow up with the likes of The Clash, The Jam, The Buzzcocks etc. whereas I had to endure Blur, Spice Girls and various abysmal Dutch pop acts!

Jo in Tas said...

Happy Birthday Eva! What a wonderful present your Mum has made you, treasure it forever!!
And what wonderful swaps you've received and given Annie. As for your back I can totally sympathise as I'm a regular at the Osteopath, definitely comes from sitting in front of these darn PCs. Let's give up our day jobs and do this craft thing full-time at least the pain will be worth it!!!

CalicoDaisy said...

That's a great stash of swap love. Everyone has done such nice work. I have a Ravenhill doll, too, who hangs near me in my office. The doll you made is darling. I love the sweater.
-- Michele

Anna said...

Oh what wonderful dolls! Both of them! And of course, your functional felt goodies are top notch.

albertapostcards said...

goodness, she really has a creative soul -- in full bloom -- already!