Monday, 10 August 2009

Seaside Swap

Well it's been longer than I wanted but I am back with a wee post, mainly pics(!) and hey? who doesn't love a piccy? hmmmmmmmm......???

I took part in a 'seaside swap' organised by Rachel on her blog, Contented. This is the first swap I've taken part in and may perhaps be the last!! This is not from having had a bad swap experience, I'm just not sure if I'm a very good swapper as it were. I'm still not organised enough with my time I feel(!)

Ok, so I had a number of other things going on and these took priority as they needed completing sooner, plus the fact that I had been constantly doing the job hunt thing that soooooooo many people have been doing this year (have just done my first week in my new job by the way, so yay!). And my deadline for the swap suddenly loomed at my shoulder during a week when I went away for a few days and then had visitors as well. All valid reasons perhaps for being slightly all over the shop but still no excuse! Must Be More Organised.................!!!

So Apologies to my v lovely swap partner - Trasha - and for being so gracious as you received my parcel of bits a couple of days late - Sorry!! ;0 x I'm pleased the parcel got to you ok and you liked the items inside, and weren't just being polite!??!!

One of the rules to the swap had been that it had to include at least one handmade item too.
I had a complete blank as to what to send and make when it came to the crunch, like getting that blank moment in an exam - what to do, what to do?..................
So people if you see a swap out there and join, be careful to see that I haven't added my name and you get me as your swap partner!!!!! hehehehehehe Oh dear manic laughter....................
Anyhoo, for your peepers here's the bit and bobs I sent to Trasha and then the bootiful items she sent to me (which I probably don't deserve!)

My bits - old school seaside postcards; flags for sandcastles; obligatory stick of rock; fruity shower gel (can't beat a shower on your hols!); emery board (especially for Trasha after our emails!); wee crab keyring; wee lollipop phone charm; handmade skinny leg bird (as it reminds me of long legged birds dibbing in the sand!); handmade shell/pebble/driftwood hanging and handmade beach huts stuffie/pillow.

My items were slightly themed towards green/yellow as they're Trasha's fave colours ;0

wee beach finds hanging; crab keyring

detail of beach huts stuffie/pillow

And so to the lovely items I received! Look at these bootiful items!

some fab notelets; gorgeous beeswax candles, tiny sandcastle badge (hidden)

gorgeous smelling bath salts; beautiful piccy of the sea; some v tasty chocolate tortoises (oops may have already chomped my way through these by the time I took the photos!); lovely cath kidston flannel

And the amazingly gorgeous bag Trasha MADE me!!! from a Cath Kidston teatowel no less, how special is this??!!!!!!

Mine all mine...................*sigh*

While I have your attention?? I'd just like to say a BIG Thanks to all of you who gave new homes to my 'clearout' items a few posts back and the lovely notes, stamps, and gifts you've sent in return, so v lovely of you all, thank you ;0

Back soon, have a good week lovely people ;0 x


Jackie said...

I think you both did well. On the face of it a swap is a great idea but honestly..I think christmas present buying...I think relatives....and I think I won't put myself through it any other time than I really have to.

Kayla coo said...

Lovely items,It's so much fun getting nice post!

Menopausal musing said...

I think you both did fantastically well. I haven't dared "do" one yet. Have only just dared to accept and pass on an award (finally). What I like about all these things is that there is NO pressure and everyone is so giving in everyway. Well done on new job and managing to fit everything in. x

Pomona said...

I thought I commented but I think I might have pressed the wrong button! But I just wanted to say how lovely the seasidey things are - you both did really well!

Pomona x

icandy... said...

oh, my~ soooo much fun!

Rachel said...

Don't put yourself down Kirsty, I think you sent a fab parcel - the little beach hut pillow is gorgeous! Thanks for taking part!
Rachel x

Simply H said...

Hello, the seaside swap looked lots of fun - I think you both did very well! I am having a mad week this week, but I will send you an email re the seaside brocantes - they are good, lots of lovely vintage things!

trashalou said...

I am glad you liked the parcel. There was much excitement and oohing up here on the hill when I opened my parcel.

I took pics straight away and just haven't had the headspace to blog them but I have written a glowing post in my head several times ;-)

emma lamb said...

oooh, lovely Cath Kidston tea-towel/bag... and i love the candles too!

oh and i'm sorry you're not feeling very creative either :(
i definately recommend tea and chocolate while randomly stitching away... just remember the chocolate, it's the most important part of the process... ;)

enjoy your weekend my dear!

mimilove forever said...

You and your works are gorgeous...sharpening my pokey stick!! x;0)


I have been thinking about you today and wondering how your job is going and hope you are ok. I hope you still find time for yourself and are able to create. I love the goodies in your pictures - very wonderful!

Take care,