Sunday, January 31, 2010

Swap with a difference (previously known as PIF with a difference!)

***Please note, sign ups for the swap are now closed***
I had participated in the regular PIF in 2009 for the first time....and whilst I enjoyed it, it was a struggle finding the 3 people you need to sign up....then whilst blog hopping the other day, I found a site that holds PIF's with a twist....and I tell you, I've been tossing up whether to host one or not, and have decided that I will.

I love getting surprises in the post...who doesn't right?

Here's the way the PIF Swap will work:

  • Sign up end on January 31, 2010.
  • To Join simply comment to this post with your email.
  • Grab the button to pop on your blog (sorry it's not jazzier, but hey, I made it myself in with a link to this post.
  • By joining, you agree to make and send a gift for X amount of people (depending on how many sign up for it) some time in the coming year of 2010.....for example if 8 people sign up, I will split them into 2 groups of 4....each person in each of the groups...makes 3 gifts and sends them to the other members....doesn't need to be the same gift either....and in return you will receive 3 handmade gifts.
  • Because of high postage costs....please state whether you only wish to mail within your home country or are happy to mail overseas.....I'll do my best to accomodate everyone's wishes, but can't 100% guarantee that I'll be able to, however, I'll give people the option to change their preference or pull out if I can't accomodate your selection.
  • On Feb 1st 2010, I will email you with the other members in your groups email addresses so that you may contact them for more information about them.
  • To keep this fair, please only send 1 gift to each person....that way, everyone is only receiving one item from each sender.....remember NO ADD ON Gifts please.
  • You may use any fabric or fibres you choose, so long as the gifts you send, is something you'd be happy to receive yourself. At some point or another, we've all been stung in a swap, unless you're one of the very elite few, who haven't, and I want people to enjoy this PIF Swap and have fun participating...and that includes you.
  • Every member should make however many items for the remaining members of your group (after you remove yourself from the amount) and you should also receive the same amount of items.
  • If you sign up, please be faithful to complete your items, we don't want anyone disappointed. If you decide after you've finished five that you would like to do more...then go ahead! Just let me know each time you need a new address.
  • Also, if you're happy to be an Angel - just in case anything happens to any of the participants, and they can't fulfill their part of the PIF Swap, please let me know when you sign up.....but hopefully, we won't need to call on your generous nature.

At this stage, that's all I can think of.....I'll make any amendments as they arise. Don't forget, this Swap with a difference will begin on Feb 1st 2010, but you have almost a year to complete it, so don't delay and sign up today, to avoid missing out.

***Amendment*** I have succumbed to pressure (From Khristina) to change the name on it's now the SWAP WITH A DIFFERENCE.....the difference part comes in because you have 11 months to finalise the swap with all your partners, plus you have more than one partner (oooh sounds kind of wrong when I put it like that hey?) to send to. Dated 18/12/2009


Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Great Valentines Giveaway

Pat over at Quilting can be fun is having a giveaway for the above on her blog. Click on the photo to head on over and enter. Good luck


Woo Hoo, Khristina is getting famous

Khris only did this tutorial yesterday and it's already made it onto a couple of other sites, click here to go see one of them.

Hugs Naomi

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Winterpeach has a new Etsy shop and has a giveaway on her blog

Click on the title for this post, to visit her blog and see if you can still score one of her free promo giveaway patterns. What a generous seller.


Sew Fantastic has a cute tute on her blog

Click on the photo above to be taken to Terri's blog and she has a fantastic padded zippered wallet tutorial for you to make. Please respect Terri's designer rights and don't sell the completed item or the tutorial, as people have been doing that to her lately....and yet she still shares tute's with cool is she? Very I reckon.


Sweet Jeanette has a giveaway AND a tutorial

Regular readers of my blog should already know the drill.....but for any newcomers, please click on the photo above to be whisked away (but don't forget to come back y'all hear) to Aunt Nette's site where she has a tutorial to make the above cutie......and until this saturday she's also giving one away....there's a few ways you can enter.....good luck if you do, but I'd love to win it.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hot off the press! A Flower Brooch

This is my first ever fabric flower....I'd seen a few different tutorials online, and finally plucked up the courage to try one....these are a GREAT stash/scrap buster.....I cut the floral fabric petals out of some squares I've collected.....ok, you got me, they're the corner cut outs of So I'm thinking there will be a few more of these to even going to have a whirl at turning one into a fridge magnet too....I think they'd be pretty on your fridge hey?

This one will more than likely end up on a bag....seens as though I just love making bags! I might have to try different shape petals once I've perfected the art of these ones that is!

Hugs and Happy Australia Day
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Sarah's Prim Treasures giveaway

Click on the above pic to be taken over to Sarah's Prim Treasures so you can see what you have the chance to win......up to 5, yes that's right, 5 prizes if you follow all her prompts! Good luck and make sure you enter by the deadline, which is 31st January 2010.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Alderwood Quilts is having a giveaway

To celebrate having 100 followers (although she's up to 166 when I was just Alderwood Quilts is having a giveaway which will be drawn on Feb 1st. What you stand to win, is a Ricky Tims pattern and 6, yes you read right, 6 Batiq Fat quarters. I can hear you asking, how to enter, so as usual, click on the photo to head on over to Alderwood quilts to enter.

International entries are welcome

Good Luck

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Instant Village Giveaway

Mrs Moen of the Instant Village Runner tutorial fame, is having a great on the photo to be whisked away so you too can enter it....I'm in, so why shouldn't you be! lol

You have until Jan 31st to rush, but don't trip over in your rush to get there...don't want to be blamed for any bumps and bruises or broken

Good luck

Friday, January 15, 2010

I spied a giveaway today over at Robins Blog

Robin (of TwoWackyWomen fame) is hosting a great giveaway.......head on over to enter, but you'll have to hurry, it's drawn on Sunday. Good luck