Welcome to my blog!

I'm Lori and I love to craft. I cross stitch, knit and crochet and anything else that takes my fancy! I love to make amigurumi and other knitted and crocheted characters.
I live in the north east of England and when I'm not busy with thread or wool I love to read thrillers and watch things on the TV that make me laugh. I have a love of tattoos too and have quite a collection!

Monday, 3 September 2012

It's ami swap time!!!!!

Hello everyone, sorry I've been slacking off with the blog posts but will try to get back on track now, I have a lot of blogs to catch up on so I'll be stopping by soon to visit :-)

So this has been ami swap week, just got my lovely parcel from the fabulous Steph this morning so I can reveal the fabulous pressies I got and the ami I knitted for Steph today. For those who don't know the ami swap has been going for a long time now and is fabulous, at the start of every month we send each other a parcel with a knitted/crocheted amigurumi, simple and it's so lovely to get a present every month :-) So the goodies for this month, Steph sent me the amazing Wenda Barlow!!

The name was on the pattern so we don't know why she's called that but isn't she fabulous!!! I'm so thrilled with her, thanks so much Steph :-) Inside her cute little ice cream cone purse was all these goodies too!

Also a few extra goodies, Steph had gone for a bit of a summer theme so we have a cute sun, fabulous biscornu, a reel of lovely summer days ribbon, fabulous Hello Kitty fabric and a lovely hologram sea shell bookmark.

 AND if that wasn't enough all these fab buttons, charms and embellishments too! The black cat buttons are just adorable and I love those little kokeshi dolls too.

The summer card below was from Steph and the witch card was from the lovely Laura in another parcel of loveliness I've been meaning to show you but forgot!

 More about that below but first the ami I made for Steph. This is Fizz, I loved her and had to parcel her up very quickly so she didn't end up staying with me! Fizz is a bit of a hippy with her flowers on her jeans and multi coloured bracelets. I felt she needed a crochet flower on her hat too to finish her off. She was a lot of fun to make and I'm pleased to say Steph loves her :-) Another fabulous swap then, thanks Steph I'm looking forward to next month already!

So back to the parcel that I was bad and forgot to post pics of....
Laura sent me this gorgeous fabric, which is so pretty I don't want to cut it, lol! Sad but true I have a lot of fabric that I think that way about! The embroidered black ribbon is stunning and a pretty button one too and some gorgeous beads and buttons. Thanks again Laura for a lovely surprise and sorry for being so slow to show it off too  :-)

So for the makes this week, apart from Fizz of course. I decided to add something new to my stall for the fairs, something that I hadn't seen made by anyone else at them as I sometimes end up competing with other crochet and knitted toy sellers. The mushroom cottages fall into this category but I wanted something new too. After the last fair where my stall was right next to a cake stall with the most enormous chocolate fudge cake I've seen in my life (torture I tell you!) I thought I'd have a play with making cakes from felt. This is chocolate and banana dessert, with a kiwi, wafer and little creme caramel on top!

Yum!!! It's quite large this one and ended up taking absolutely ages to make so I thought I'd go for cupcakes and these appeared......

I have a lovely two tier cake stand which I currently use for brooches on my stall but I want to fill it with cupcakes this week as I think it'll look fabulous :-) They could be used for play food or a pincushion or just a calorie free pretty ornament. I'm going to get some pinking shears today as I think they'd look good with the top of the cake cases cut in a zigzag too. Is this what's called playing with my food!

Also it was a lovely friends birthday this week so I stitched this butterfly card,

and made this piggy needlecase as she has two lovely pigs I thought it was fitting :-) 

So that's me for another week. Hope the sun is shining where you all are as it's come back here, hooray! I'll be catching up on blogs soon to find out what everyone is up to and I'll see you next week.


cucki said...

everything is so cute..
enjoy .
hugs cucki x

Ali said...

Oh wow what a lot of gorgeous goodies - the makes are fantastic xxx Hope you are well xxx

Rhona said...

What lovely goodies you received! Fizz is gorgeous, no wonder you were tempted to keep her! :)
I adore your felt makes! I think having a cake stand with those felt cupcakes will really tempt people to buy them...such a cute idea. I think you're right about using your pinking shears on the edges of the cupcakes - that will finish them off perfectly!

thelinencloud said...

What lovely parcels to receive and I love Fizz ... Bee xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Lori,such a lovely idea getting a parcel a month. Love your swaps,so cute.
The card and needlecase is lovely too.have a great week ahead,take care love julieXxx

Hindustanka said...

Gorgeous stuff!!! I LOVE Fizz!!! So cute and so bright:))) I love your felt works as well. Waiting for new creations :)

catherine said...

You have certainly been very busy of late Lori. great swap makes from you and your friend. Love the cakes - looks good enough to eat the fudge one.
x catherine

Steph said...

Wenda looks nice and settled ^_^ I LOVE Fizz (thank you again!)I love that witchy card Laura made you! It's so good. Hehe! I already have the next ami planned! ^_-
Lots of lovely goodies from Laura.Very pretty fabric. You already know I LOVE the cakes! The choc banana one is ace!Love the card and the pig needlecse is so sweet.
HUGS for another lovely ami swap.

Anonymous said...

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♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello Lori,
Lovely makes in your latest swap and it must be great fun to receive a surprise in the post each month!
I do love your stitched cards they are so pretty and I'm just the same about fabric..I have quite a lot of vintage pieces that I can't bear to cut into!
Hope you have a lovely Sunday,
Susan x

Helen said...

WOW! What fabulous makes & goodies! I bet there is a great story behind Wenda's name, shame the designer didn't share it ;-) Fizz is just gorgeous, so are your calorie free cakes! If you hear a squeal in the morning it will be Eilidh when I show her the piggy needlecase lol ;-) Hope you have a lovely week!
Helen xxx

Valma said...

I have been away for two weeks and you profited to make very cute things
your cupcakes are awesome !
and I really love your birthday card with butterfly
it seems to come from Calais or Bruges =)
great job
going to have a look on your FB page....
I'm back now :)
big hugs