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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, 8 October 2012

Stopping by to share news!! And ami swap too!!

Hello everyone!

Right.... the mad month that is October is getting in the way of me updating this little blog of mine! I've popped in to share some news that I've had this month and to show off the fabulous ami swap goodies!!!

I'll start with the ami swap because it's fabulous as always :-) For anyone who doesn't know about this swap it's a monthly swap I do with the lovely Steph (do stop by and visit her lovely blog, she has a giveaway on at the moment for a lovely greenman!)

Steph made me this gorgeous monkey, I've called her Pinky for quite obvious reasons!

Isn't she beautiful?? I love her pretty fabric face!

Also some gorgeous acorns and Autumn leaves, so pretty! And look ate these fab purple pearl stars and cookie monster ribbon!! Love cookie monster! Thanks Steph, I love everything :-)

I made Cinderella for Steph,  here she is in her rags......

and from the side.

She's a topsy turvy doll so when you flip her over........

She's ready for the ball!!

With her hair in a posh bun with pearls round it.

It was a fab swap as ever and this months will be a Halloween one, yay! Looking forward to that :-)

So onto the news that has me so busy. I got a phone call last week from Hartlepool Art Gallery and they asked me if I would take part in their Christmas craft exhibition sale that runs from next month until January. They want 12 mushroom cottages by the start of next month!!

So that's on top of three other events in a couple of weeks time! I am at The Biscuit Factory art gallery in Newcastle on the 20th for a book event and exhibition of  felt artist Moy Mackay (Check out her website to see her amazing works.) I also have a Halloween craft fair on the 21st and the usual garden centre craft fair on the 27th to make for!! I'm thinking I may have to give up sleep......I certainly won't be around too much on here until all this is over!

So here's some of my makes for the week while I'm here...

Elf boot Christmas decorations, and here's a couple I had an order for with names stitched on.I think these would look great with candy canes in them :-)

 A whole box of cupcakes as the last lot had almost sold out, Daisy was checking them here, quality control you know! :-)

I had a custom request for five currant buns for a nursery school too for the rhyme, five currant buns in a bakers they're round and fat with a cherry on top!

I had a request for a donation for a Macmillan Cancer Care evening raffle from a friend a week or so ago so I made Macmillan Cottage for such a good cause.

Then we get to the start of the twelve cottages for the art gallery, Rose Cottage......

Daisy Cottage...

and Sunflower Cottage.

So that's three down, nine to go! Wish me luck and I'll be back to catch up with people soon as I have a moment to spare again.

See you soon!


cucki said...

hello deary, lovely exchange from you and from steph :)
and cutest makes of the week..
big hugs xxx

Ali said...

Well done you - now I def. know where Hartlepool Art Gallery is!!! lol - great makes and fab swap how cute is that cookie monster ribbon - love it :-) take care and dont work too hard!!

Inthesky said...

I love your news but appreciate it must be hard rewarding though. I love the Cinderella doll. :) x

catherine said...

Fantastic swaps between you and your friend Lori. My it sounds like you are going to be really busy but it will all be so worth it in the end and a great time to enjoy. Everything looks fantastic as always
x catherine

Crafty in the Med said...

Excuse me Lorraine you sleep at all????
I love love love all these lovelies and the talented Steph's pink monkey too. Cindrella is incredible.

Keep well now

Amanda :-)

Helen said...

WOW!!!! Cinderella is AWESOME!!!! Your felt goodies are all gorgeous too - no wonder you are in demand & so busy!! Have fun making all the new cottages,
Helen xxx

Hindustanka said...

Hello, Happy Witch!:) I love the doll, that's awesome concept for Cinderella story!!! Besides you've been awarded a Liebster blog award
Have a great day!

Chaucer's Aunty said...

Fabulous news, all very exciting!! Love the ami swop goodies as ever and all the new mushroom houses and cakes are fabulous, hope you manage to get some sleep this month!!! Good luck with it all!

Valma said...

Ho my ! Pinky is adorable
I love her face too =)
so so cute, it's a great exchange you're doing with Steph
and your Cinderella is amazing !!
what a job !!
as Crafty in the Med you sleep at al ?? =D
Congrats my sweet friend for all you new creations
big hugs

Kerryp77 said...

That is awesome news Lori, loving the cottages so far. Cinders is so pretty and love pinky too, the fabric face really makes her unique. Cupcakes look as fab as ever too. Xx

Steph said...

Hallo ^_^
Well, you know I love my Cinders ^_^ She is brilliant.
And I've already squeaked about your fab news, but I'll do it again ^_^ So happy for you ^_^ And you know I love the elf boots....I'm just repeating everything here aren't I!?!lol.oo! Hadn't seen all of the new houses. All lovely of course.Sunflower cottage is very sweet.
Sending loads of hugs and best wishes.

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hi Lori..Your swaps are always so lovely both in your own makes and those you receive...I love those little cupcakes too and your cottages are soooooo beautiful...mine is decorating my workroom and it's perfect,
Happy Sunday to you,
Susan x

Chris said...

Love the Topsy Turvy Cinderella she is fab and those cup cakes look good enough to eat to me :D Fab work again Lori xx

Rebecca Stapleton said...

I haven't seen a topsy turvy doll like that in years! It is so beautiful, and takes me back to my childhood.

Preeti said...

The topsy turvy Cindrella is so lovely! :) I would very much want to make it for my daughter:) you have lot of cute and beautiful things on blog to get addicted to :)

hkittypink said...

wow! you have been busy! When do you sleep? xx