With less than two months to go until Christmas, the countdown is on. There is always so much to do, but I quite like to keep it simple. I also think that Christmas is one of those times that people spend way to much money and don't think enough about the gifts they are buying. I am going to be supporting the handmade community and as much as possible choose unique, fabulous, handmade gifts.
The wonderful Australia Etsy Team called DUST has a craft swap every second month. It is such a great way to meet new members and for us to swap our crafts. Recently our team suffered a huge loss when our much loved Team Leader and Craft Swap Organiser Julie-ann was tragically killed in a plane crash with her daughter Jacinda. This is the first swap we have done since loosing her but we wanted to carry it on in her honour.
I was partnered with Kylie from Hippie House Dolls. I have loved her work for a long time and am in awe of the exquisite dolls she creates.
Now this was Kylies first craft swap and I think she spoilt me a lot -
Her gifts were just so special.
Firstly let me introduce you to DUSTY-ANN
I don't think I can begin to describe the detail in this very special doll. She was named in honour of Julie-Ann and has her own little birth certificate.
Strawberry Pink Hair, Emerald Green Eyes, Green Frock with Lace trim, Funky Heart pattern pants, Exquisite felt embroidered Mary-jane shoes and polka dot underpants.
The work in this doll is amazing.
Now as if that wasn't enough, Kylie has made two smaller dolls for my daughters.
They are 100% wool felt, stuffed with wool and have banana fibre hair, which is just so textured and shiny. Their little dresses have embroidered flowers and they even have little underpants too.
My girls just adore them and have named them
Lilly-ann and Sally-ann
Dusty-Ann also has a change of clothes
Kylie's talents are seemingly never ending as when she found out that it was my birthday on the 15th she also made me Birthday Teddy Bear!! How amazing is he.
All these very special items will be treasured forever and thank you very much for your very generous and thoughtful craft swap gifts Kylie.
I was feeling really bad that I hadn't done the "regular" Wednesday Junk Love post. But I just had a look through the list of our other Junk Love bloggers and it seems they have been just as slack.
My "Junk Loving" friends would all know how exciting it is when your suburb has "bulk verge waste collection". It is just amazing the things that people will throw away.
Needless to say , we are in the middle of a bulk waste pick up and on the weekend I stopped to pick up an old suitcase and found some other treasures on the pile too.
Funky Green Everlite huge case that first caught my eye.
An Imperial 200 portable typewriter, in it's case, in fabulous condition and get this....has it's original instruction booklet!!
A Hawkins Quicker Pressure Cooker Pot, in perfect condition for it's age and......also had it's original instruction booklet with recipes and warranty card inside. We cooked up some of our homegrown potatoes to try it out - it works!
It is that time of year. My Birthday Month!! Honestly this year has just whizzed by. There has been a lot happening , good and bad , and my blogging has certainly taken a back seat.
This is our doggy!! Today he went to the vet and is feeling a little bit sore. The girls picked out a nice Purple bandage for his foot. "If dogs could talk".
There have been markets, and thankfully nice weather.
It is now school holidays so the family and I are packing up the camper and getting away for a few days.
Chat to you all when we get back all refreshed ready to tackle the final term and the Silly Season.
Oh, and I may have bought myself an early birthday pressie, or two. If you haven't checked out the awesomeness that is LYPTIS then do it, and tell Fran I sent you...I am pushing for referral points LOL...she knows I am only joking.