Thursday, August 30, 2012

Christmas in July Swap & Etsy Adventure

My pals Elyte and Merilyn  and I have an agreement for a swap or two every year.  As you can see from the title, the swap was late and should have been christened Christmas in August! 

It's always a delight conjuring things I want to make for these two very talented people.  This time around the theme was zakka.  So I got my grey cells cracking.  This is what I made for Elyte.

 I stitched a small tea bag pouch for her quilty travels.  One must have their favourite tea for nourishment.  The design is a freebie from The Little Stitcher.  I personalised it by stitching Elyte's initials.  Also included a weaved wallet that I bought at the cultural market.  And a draw string pouch to put it all in.

Love the zippered pouch that Elyte made for me in return.  I've admired it from far on her blog.  And all the accompanying goodies.  Thanks so much!

My similar picks for Merilyn also with her initials.  Merilyn teaches in her quilt group and sometimes bring along her lunch bag, so I figured a tea bag pouch should accompany it.  And a matching draw-string bag to put it all in.

And look at the lovely tote bag and hand towel I received in return.  Quite perfect indeed.  The tote bag was actually folded into the small pocket and opened to reveal a wonderful tote bag.  Genius.   Thanks Merilyn.

Now for my new Etsy adventure, I have opened up a shop to offer my Made to Order blouses.  These blouses will be customized and a custom listing will be created.  If you'd like to take a look and even patronize ;)  please click here and it'll take you to my shop.  I have also added a widget to the right column of my blog to make it easier for you to drop by the next time!


  1. I really enjoyed our swap Barbara. The fine work on the tea bag pouch is to be envied. Thank you so much for everything.

  2. What a lovely swap!! Good luck on the new Etsy shop!!

  3. What a fun swap and it sounds like more are yet to come. Best of luck with your Etsy shop.

    Hugs from Holland ~

  4. Best wishes on the opening of your etsy shop, and they generate good business.

    Maybe you can add small tatting embellishments in some of the orders in the future.

  5. Anonymous3:25 pm

    Lovely zakka. Hope your etsy does very well.

  6. Hi Barb, it's been so long! Just found your blog again - all your recent WIPs and finishes are just beautiful. I haven't been stitching at all lately, but your work is very inspiring. Will come back to visit soon!

    Jean (slowstitcher)

  7. What a pretty exchange, I love the little tea pouches. Good luck with the etsy shop!

  8. It was a great swap Barbara! Those items really were the last time I played seriously in the sewing room, I'm also so way behind on my blog reading too, life just hasn't slowed down enough! Good luck with your etsy work!!!!

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