Advent Calender

Another swap-bot swap sent recently – a home made advent calender! It’s something I’ve fancied doing for a while but never had the chance to do. It was also a great opportunity to raid my stash as well as going shopping, I have so many things tucked away now, but the partner I was paired with likes scrapbooking so most of those gifts are new, and the more Christmas themed items.

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Received cards – sitting and admiring the view


A selection of cards from a variety of sources…

The Buddha and Dewas are a Postcrossing card from Hong Kong, it might be another place to add to the travel wishlist! The skinny women waiting for her perfect man is another Postcrossing card, this time from Germany, it did make me laugh but the sender has found her perfect man so it’s not a self-portrait 🙂

The next 2 cards are swaps. Alice in Wonderland came from Taiwan, I think it’s a lovely illustration. And the beautiful mountain lake view is from Pakistan, apparently Kundol lake is a popular tourist destination, and 9900 feet above sea level!

Another Buddha, but this one is in Thailand and sent from Russia as part of the Postcrossing postcard diary swap. Natali tells me it’s now snowing in Siberia. And the final card is from a Swap-bot swap – postcards showing a container with a spout! This is a beautiful picture, sent from USA but the card is from Bahrain.

I haven’t had many letters recently though, I’m missing the balance in my post…

Basic skirt

It’s been a while since I made any clothing but now I have the time and space and a whole stack of books and pattern magazines I’m planning to get back into practice. It might take a lot of practice…

I decided to start with a basic work skirt. I got a couple of metres of a slightly heavier weight suiting fabric for winter wear and made a basic pattern by tracing the shape of one of my other skirts. I don’t know why I didn’t trust the sizing when it came from something I know fits, so I ended up sewing only a narrow seam allowance and made it too big! Fit is definitely something I need to get better at…


I decided to hem the bottom edge with some fun fabric to add some hidden colour, but I think I overstitched the bottom hem, and the skirt doesn’t really sit properly.  I like the idea though, I think I’ll try to keep adding the extra colours to the inside that I wouldn’t wear on the outside. The wobble is possibly also related to me cutting the fabric at an angle to get the check in a ‘V’ shape down the front.


I still wore it to work the other day, it doesn’t look too bad but I think it sticks out a bit at the back… And I didn’t get any decent photos of me wearing it, another thing to practice! Stand by for a different skirt made out of the rest of this material!



Outgoing cards – A British selection


More outgoing Postcrossing cards…this time a card of the White Peak to Germany as local views, the Penny Black to an Indian stamp collector (with matching Penny Black stamp!), and the A initial is off to Netherlands in an envelope.

The letter cards are my current go to option when the recipient doesn’t list favourites or says send anything. I like sending them, I’m not sure what anyone else thinks!

Outgoing post – Moomins, Much Wenlock and the Military


So much post going travelling this week! There’s penfriend letters to Germany, Australia, Dominica and Reunion, as well as a card for my Dad.

The Moomins are off to USA and the Shropshire card is off to Portugal, both as official Postcrossing cards. My current travelling cards are all taking their time going to Russia so I decided to untick the ‘send several cards to the same place’ option and send to a few other places, maybe they’ll move faster. I’m currently 3 up in postcards so I need some of mine to arrive before I can receive more!

The art gallery card is off to Russia too, for a postcard pal. Our cards must be crossing somewhere, her comments are a card out!

And the officers from ‘Pride and Prejudice’ are also off to Russia as part of the postcard diary round robin. My partner this month loves the book so I hope she likes the card 🙂

In conclusion, I’ve run out of stamps!



So I had a birthday and went out for dinner, and here’s my scrapbooking layout to prove that I’m now all grown-up and very mature…

I didn’t use any particular kit, just whatever elements I have that seemed to work.