You know that I love blogging! You know that I love bloggers! All of you! Today though I want to say a big Thank You to two bloggers in particular.
First of all is and lovely lady and blogger called Jo from Through The Keyhole - she also blogs at The Good Life. Jo recently had a giveaway for a book called Sewing Machine Basics by Jane Bolsover. Jo had bought herself a copy of this book and it was so good that she offered another copy to another blogger.
I was lucky enough to be the recipient of the book. It was very exciting as I would love to sew more, but I don't really know anything about the technical aspects of sewing. Having never made any clothes, put in a zip or done lots of other things this book seemed like a great way to learn more. I can sew straight lines, make an envelope backed cushion cover and even (sort of) make curtains, but anything more is beyond me.
There are also patterns in the back which you can pull out, I think they are for the clothes items that the book shows you how to make. Fortunately there are simpler - oh gosh I hope they are simpler! - projects too like this lovely bag!!
So hopefully this book will be the helping hand I need. It looks fantastic with so much information as well as more advanced things as I (hopefully!) progress.
Thank you Jo for the book. I am very excited about it and just need to find some time now to get down to some sewing, with the book firmly at my side to help me along!
The equally lovely Carrie at Northwoods Scrapbook also held a giveaway this month for some lovely Eastery items and other things. I was lucky enough to also receive a gift from Carrie.
Carrie's giveaway included a variety of lovely things. Some chocolate - which I am saving until next weekend! - and a very cute bunny, a handmade card - Carrie is a papercrafter and makes such pretty things! - a notepad and some other things. The fabric you can see is a tea towel, but I think that I might make it into something else, so it has gone to my crafting box, not to the kitchen!
I have also kept the pretty bumblebee - or honeybee - tissue as that is so pretty!
The main and most lovely thing I received though was this pretty album which Carrie had decorated specially for the giveaway - I told you she was a great papercrafter! There are several pages that are decorated and others left plain for me to decorate.
I love these two pages in the picture below especially. I don't yet know how I will use this, but use it I will, and I will treasure it.
Thank you Carrie for your kindness and generosity and for sharing the things that you have made!
You are of course all wonderful, but special thanks must go today to Jo and Carrie! Thank you both!
I hope that you will go and visit them both because they re lovely ladies and I think that you will enjoy their blogs.