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pincushion swap: what i received

So in exchange for the succulent pincushion I sent my swap partner Ina, she sent me an absolutely ginormus patchwork pincushion (it's about four inches tall and seven inches in diameter!).
The huge pincushion was actually the second one she made for me; the first was the tiny one pictured above, which Ina also included in my package, along with some pins, buttons, and ribbons.
Both of the...
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pincushion swap: what i sent + new giveaway winner

In March, I took part in a pincushion swap organized by Claire over at Claire's Crafty Blog. For my swap partner Ina (who lives in the Netherlands--my first international swap!), I made this succulent pincushion out of felt.
The pattern is taken from this excellent tutorial for an appliqued succulent sachet, created by Laura of Bugs and Fishes (I love Laura's blog and felt projects!). All of the elements are handsewn, and the pincushion is stuffed with leftover quilt batting.
In other news, I never heard from Kristin, the gal who won my giveaway day pinback buttons (sorry, Kristin!), so I've gone ahead and drawn another winner.
Congratulations, Kitten Delicious! I'll be contacting you to get your address so that I can get the buttons out in the mail to you ASAP. Thanks again to everyone who entered!
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embroidered button swap: what i received

So for the embroidered button swap, my partner, Adaiha, sent me this lovely set of buttons, embellished with lots of pretty French knots (my favorite!) in blues and greens.
In the package, among squares of vintage fabric, vintage buttons, and chocolates, I also found an adorable strawberry pincushion...
...a matching needlebook...
...and an adorable blue crocheted octopus pin (love!).
Adaiha and I enjoyed the swap so much that we decided to do another one. Next up: tiny embroidery (framed in mini hoops!). I've already started stitching, and will reveal the results in late April.
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birthday goodies

For my birthday last Wednesday, my fabulous family and friends showered me with lots of fabric and crafty goodies.
I received more super cute fabric from Japan...
...a pack of coordinated fat quarters from CityCraft, my favorite fabric store in Dallas...
...pretty fabric, vintage buttons, and darling straight pins...
...a rotary cutter and mat...
...and a patchwork pin cushion and sewing tool holder to drape over the sofa armrest (made by my mom!).
All in all, it was an excellent birthday. Thank you, everyone, for the thoughtful gifts!
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