22 January 2013

Handmade Exchange

There has been a little exchange made, of the handmade kind, between two bloggy friends on opposite sides of the world.  One arrived in the sweltering heat of Australia's summer, the other in England's snowy Winter.

Isn't it delightful to stumble across someone's blog in which you have an immediate response?  You read over old posts and eagerly anticipate new ones.  You get a teeny sense of who that person is, you celebrate each other and you have a feeling that if you were to meet you may just be friends.

And that's how it happened that this beautiful, quirky brooch landed in my letterbox all the way from snowy England.

Isn't it adorable?  Do you remember how I said that I needed to make time and the only way I could do that is if I found a little piece of old, faded linen, hand stitch some numbers on it and a couple of wonky hands to show my favourite time of day, add some pretty touches Julie Arkell-style, make it into a watch that I can wear around my wrist so that every time I look at it I will have plenty of time left in my day to do whatever I wish!  Now I can.

And my handmade exchange in return.  A linen and cotton cuff, with buttons, frayed edges and a Chinese girl with red lips, pearl earrings and sharply defined eyebrows.

I love being a part of this gorgeously generous blogging community.  It's nice, isn't it?



  1. How sweet! That's a beautiful start to a friendship for you two. :)

  2. Is there an update on the crotchet squares, have you made any more pink ones...

  3. Lovely swap there! Haven't we got a great community here! :) x

  4. they are both lovely, really nice. i couldn't work out which one you made!! Heather x

  5. What a wonderful exchange........I can imagine your excitement opening the parcel.
    That watch is just lovely....I must get busy and make one.
    Love the cuff too.....frayed edges are wonderful.

    Claire x

  6. Such a nice idea, and what a thoughtful gift. Sounds like the person who made it "got" you - I love it when that happens.

    Gillian x

  7. New to your great blog, blog exchanges are so much fun and can lead to such warm freindships.
    Your watch broch is beautifully made and so gorgeous..... Your exchange gift is lovely too, love the buttons.


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