Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Handmade wedding gifts and published in Handmade!

Now that my life has settled back in to some kind of normality again, (is there such a thing?!!), I have vowed to become more active with my blog – and with my sewing!! And you know what?

I can’t wait!!!

I’ve got so much news to share, but plan to do so gradually over the next few days otherwise this post will be so long I fear you may fall asleep in your cup of tea or coffee!

First of all though, I would like to thank you so very much for the kind, thoughtful and loving words so many of you have left me after the last post I wrote about my wedding.  I savoured each and every one of those messages and if I haven’t yet responded to you personally, forgive me, I still intend on doing so! :-)

In the world of all things “craft”, I’m very excited to be able to share that I have had one of my projects published in the current issue of Handmade magazine.

Handmade mag

Just in time for Mothers Day…

A mothers love mag 1

A mothers love mag 2

If you live overseas and are unable to purchase Handmade, this design and pattern is available for sale in my etsy store, here.  :-)

I have another project due for publication this month, in Australian Homespun magazine.  I’m really looking forward to seeing that project in print as it is very close to my heart!  Hmmm… any guesses as to what it might be?

On to other muses, and the memories of my wedding are still so vibrantly fresh in my mind that I’d like to show you something real special… a ring pillow designed and made especially for me by my dear & darling friend, Jenny.

ring pillow 3ring pillow 2ring pillow 1

Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous?  The pillow itself is made from silk, the ribbon is vintage silk, and there are little pink Swarkovski crystals in each corner. Sublime!  :-)

Here is a special hand-painted trinket, gifted to me by the very thoughtful Anna, of Anna Rosa Designs  

Annas gift

And a keepsake memory book made by two close friends, Narelle and Sarah (no blogs).  When we went out for my hen night, each lady present wrote a little message for me in the pages of this consortina-style book… (and it coordinates with my wedding invitations!)  The first pic shows the lid of the shallow cardboard box it was presented in.

wedding scrapbook 1wedding scrapbook 2

I received a stunningly beautiful gift from my dear and talented friend Narelle… but I will share that with you one day very soon!

In the meantime… here is something for you…

wedding roses

I will be back soon!  My first year blog-aversary fell on the same day as my Wedding!  How special is that?  I’m thinking-up a giveaway prize so stay tuned!! :-)

Stop Press!!!  Two more things before I go! 

First of all I’d like to say how very proud I am of my dear friend and fellow gum-tree-designer, Dawn, who has been raising money for the poor people of Baseco in the Phillipines, through the sales of her bag pattern pictured below. 


If you would like to support this cause, please click here, or on the link on my sidebar.  Not only is the tote bag beautiful, but it is so very reasonably-priced!

And secondly (geesh, do I ever stop talking?!!!) I’d just like to give you the heads-up that the gorgeous Fiona from Mothers Cupboard will be sharing her free delectable design with you tomorrow on Among the Gum Trees.

Until next time – warm and happy wishes!  Vikki x


Simone de Klerk said...

Congratulations, Vikki, being published in Handmade and soon in Homespun! How special is that.
There is so much going on in your life.
And one year of blogging. Gefeliciteerd!
Some lovely gifts for you. Enjoy!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Vikki,
Gosh, you must be feeling famous at the
First the wedding and now two pieces published. Well done honey!

Liz said...

Well done Vikki on your publications, well deserved. Nice to see you back with us. Have a great weekend.

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

Congratulations Vikki! I am so very very happy for you! all your dreams are coming true, you are following your heart and that is great! Love the cushions and the heart, beautiful.

Allie said...

Oh you sweetie, I am so happy for you! I wish you every happiness in your lifetime together.
And you're published, yippee! What a thrill! Of course you know I love the MOther's Love pattern - my mum has her pillow with it front and center in the living room and shows it off to anyone who comes by.

The pillow Jenny made is beyond gorgeous! And your gifts are so precious. Be blessed, dear one!

Cheryl said...

and that's just like you to be giving something back you gorgeous girl! the little glass of roses is delightful!! Your special gifts from special friends are all GORGEOUS too..
Congratulations on having your sweet 'mother's love' published, there will be many more to come :)
hugs Cheryl xxx

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Congratulations on your publications - I will have to watch out for those issues:)
Glad to see you are finding time for some crafty pursuits again.

men's cufflinks said...

Congratulations! Those are lovely handmade wedding gifts. My personal fave is the memory book.

Unknown said...

Hello married lady , you are sounding very cheerful as usual ! Your new stitchery is just lovely . Hope you had a great Easter .xx

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

oooh, you have lots of pretty things here, I'll be following you as well! Cyndi

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