Thursday 21 March 2013

The bright side


Firstly can I say thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post, I can happily say I am feeling much better as the week has gone on. Sometimes these deep dark blue days appear for reasons I guess, and its better to ride with them knowing they too will end.

I wanted to show you a bright, happy thing that happened to me last week. I received a tin box of surprises from a gorgeous bloggy friend Lisa of Bobo Bun in the post. We had arranged in the wings for one of her daughters (Little Bun) to do a little postal swap with Alice and decided that we didn't want to miss out on the action so to speak and threw in a little surprise for each other.

Much to my immense delight I opened up the tin to find so many little treats neatly packed into the vintage Dick Whittington tin. 

I was overwhelmed with all the thoughtful little bits and bobs from a fox notebook to a wee mini hexie patch and a homemade crochet cherry brooch (I love this so much Lisa)

The surprises just kept coming and coming, a sweet pile of vintage sheet fat quarters(definitely for my patchwork duvet cover)and a gorgeous old vintage hexagon patchwork with the most pretty of pretty fabrics.

How incredibly spoilt I felt, thank you so very much Lisa. This is the such a beautiful treat for me and I am overwhelmed at the generosity and kindness that you have shown. No doubt these pretty things will be appearing here and there on my blog.

I sent Lisa a very little homemade with love parcel in the form of some colourful mini bunting made from my Planet Penny cotton stash.

 Happy Days mini bunting

I made this with every colour of the Planet Penny Cotton and ended up with two spare flags so crocheted a couple of roses for between the words "happy days".

You can see it hung up in Lisa's home here. It was really easy and good fun to make and I can't resist a few stitched words on felt.

Making crochet triangles is a good way to practice decreasing. I just made this pattern up, starting with 15 ch + 1 ch and then dc into each of the 15 ch stitches, decreasing every row (by one) at alternate ends till I reached the tip of the triangle. I then crocheted a long single chain and attached the triangles with a slip stitch. Simples :o)

Here's wishing you all happy, bright days
See you soon


  1. My Mum always told me lovely things found their way to lovely people, no more to say really! :) x

  2. Blogging leads to some lovely friendships don't you think? x

  3. Both lucky ladies! Your gifts are gorgeous as were mine that arrived in the 4HT swap last week. Such a fantastic idea. I've lost count of how many times I've worn your (mine actually) fingerless gloves since they arrived and lost track of the admiring comment they receive too!!

  4. Just lovely giving things too you know Penny when it brings such a smile. Your garland to me hangs brightly in the kitchen and cheers me each and everytime I catch sight of it.
    I think each month there should be a surprise gift in the post. Don't think we'd stop grinning then would we. Glad to hear your blue has passed, no knowing when it will come or go for that matter. Fortunately I've not had one for quite a long old time, but then I'm losing my memory at the moment, so maybe I just forgot - ho ho - happy days are mid life ways.
    Have a great weekend.

    Lisa X

  5. So glad you're feeling happier Penny :) What a fabulous swop ... just the tin alone is truly gorgeous! Aren't bloggy friends just the best :D

  6. You are a very clever girl with the hook! The bunting is very cute and I love the bolster cushions you showed last post. Your new presents are delightful.

  7. Glad you have turned the corner, Penny. What a delicious swap!

  8. What truly delightful things in both your swaps! The bunting you made is so pretty, in such happy colours, and your gifts are so thoughtfully chosen. I love blogging swaps, they are such fun.

    Gillian x

  9. Hooray for all the lovely fabric ... AND a brooch ... AND the patches ... AND a fox-y notebook. That wonderful tin was packed full of smiles - so glad to know you're wearing one of them now. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    P.S. Adorable bunting too ... the embroidered letters are so cheery.

  10. I'm so glad that you are feeling better. I was sad to read how down you were in your last post. What a gorgeous package to receive to cheer you up. You are one very lucky lady.