mail day fun

Kitty cards always win Brownie Points!

Have you ever done a swap with a blogger friend? I’ve been delighted to do a small handful of them in the past, and recently Lauren of Lladybird blog (one of my favorite sewing blogs!) and I decided to do a little swap of sewing goodies! She is not only an immensely talented seamstress (who shares my adoration of vintage patterns) and fellow flea market/thrift store “haunter”. For me, it’s not only exciting to get a package (who doesn’t like mail???), but gathering up things to send to the other person. These swaps are always a fun way to “meet” the bloggers I’ve come to form friendships with–it makes it feel like all the neat, creative types aren’t so far-flung across the globe!

Lauren and I thought it would be fun to do tandiem posts about our swap boxes, so I wanted to show y’all what goodies she sent. I have to admit that I feel rather sheepish because I think my box wasn’t half as amazing as the one she sent me! You spoiled me, Lauren! hehe.

Beautiful trims and fabrics! I just love the colors she chose for me. The wide, white lace is actually antique–I think I must make an Edwardian day dress very soon!

How did Lauren know I needed more flower pins? hehe! I love this one and have already worn it!

Funnily enough, I think I slipped a packet of red buttons in her box… Love the nautical patches and the scarf (!) she sent!

Patterns! I think I screamed a little when I looked through these–all are styles I’ve been hunting for…

I think I’m especially smitten with that 50s trousers pattern! (The red version, please!) I’m itching to get through a few little projects I have on tap for this month and make a muslin of those soon. I think I might actually have some red twill that will work, since I’m easily influenced by pattern cover color schemes. She told me she got most of this at flea markets and thrifts, which makes me want to take a road trip very soon. hehe! Thank you again, Lauren for doing this swap with me (and being so patient–I was a little tardy with sending my package!)! Be sure to click over to her blog to see what I sent her (as well as see what new sewing projects she’s been up to–she’s a busy bee!).

Perhaps this is a tacky place to add this on to, but since I was too busy and away from the internet for part of this week, I wanted to announce the winner of the Colette Patterns giveaway! There were over 450 comments left on that post, and I loved reading them (well, I’m still working through!). It’s always fun to hear what your favorite pattern and dream fabric would be. So without further ado, the winner is…

Almira Ansoa

“I’d like to try the Macaron No. 1001. I saw this exact dress on one of the stars of Jane by Design and I’d really like how it looked. Dream fabric would be Japanese cotton with cute summer print/color. Perfect for a lazy Sunday brunch with my husband.”

Congratulations! I’ll be sending you an email to put you in contact with the team at Colette Patterns to receive your pattern of choice. Stay tuned for another giveaway coming soon–I’ve been collecting up a few goodies of late to host a giveaway!

May 11, 2012 · 12 lovely thoughts
posted in life,thrifting + vintage · tags: ,

Quincy May 11, 2012 at 08:57

Cute things!!! Lauren is a sweetie :)


Lauren May 11, 2012 at 09:08

I’m so happy you liked everything in the box I sent you – I had soo much fun shopping for it & putting it all together :) I went through the same doubts of wondering if I was putting in enough & if it was good enough, so I just kept throwing things in the box ahaha. I do the same thing with Christmas & birthday gifts. Awesome for the recipient, not so awesome for my budget lol.

And yes, you need to Tennessee road trip to experience our wonderful flea market – even if you don’t buy anything (and you should, bc everything is cheap cheap cheap), it’s quite an experience! :)


Kristy L May 11, 2012 at 09:34

Are you kidding? The package you sent Lauren is wonderful!! Love that home sewing book. How cute!! Those pants you want to make will be adorable on you. Must show us when you finish.:)


Jene' May 11, 2012 at 10:17

How fun! And what a great idea! I wish I could do swaps with every blog I follow


Tasha May 11, 2012 at 14:22

What a fun little exchange! I’ve done this with knitters from Ravelry before, but never with bloggers. It seems so fun. What lovely little things she sent you, and I’m off to see what you sent her next. Love the sewing patterns and the embroidery transfer!


Jessica May 11, 2012 at 18:44

What an absolutely stellar array of crafting goodies to receive in the mail. The old lace and nautical buttons are particular favourites of mine.

Have a stellar Friday, dear gal!
♥ Jessica


livebird May 11, 2012 at 20:27

Wow, that mail order pattern dress on the right, #9069, is just about the most swellegant thing I’ve seen. I’d love it if you’d post a pic of the pattern piece diagram! You should definitely make it up, too.


Jill May 12, 2012 at 17:44

such lovely items! I love the nautical appliqués!


Anushka May 13, 2012 at 11:15

What beautiful laces! You lucky girl :)


Liz May 22, 2012 at 23:32

What a fabulous package – I am sure you must feel super spoilt! What fun to be inspired by what someone independent has sent you – what a great idea. How did you organise it?


Victoria / Justice Pirate May 28, 2012 at 18:57

I did one of these exchanges and sent my package off but never received one in return. It was very sad.


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