Well, the US Postal Service didn't do such a great job getting the package to me, but Madmatigan did a FANTASTIC job of putting it together. Thanks so much to my angel!
Here are some photos of my loot from Regina, Saskatchewan:
The overview: hat, t-shirt, DVD of a Canuck comedy, CD of local/regional tunes, woven wheat ornament, brochures, maps, newspaper, CFL team air freshener... so marvelous.
A closer view (hope you can see the brochure in the far right corner for "Peg's Legs" market, featuring sausage and pierogies on the front cover
The Hat: What exactly is a wheat pool, anyway?
The T-Shirt: This cracks me up! Nice work on the design!!
Thanks so much for being a swap angel. It was really cool to get this package and learn about your city--we have to decide now when we want to visit...personally I'm thinking that the "Agribition" sounds like a mighty fine time.
Yes, more finished goods than supplies (although good fabric shop recommendations would be welcome as well). I'll put Coach House on the list. Some of the other shops we've visited in the past include the Made in Scotland gallery in Beauly, Skye Silver, Edinbane Pottery, Borgh Pottery, the Lewis Loom Centre. But it would be interesting to see other shops/collectives/fairs whatever.
We're going to be visiting Scotland in a couple of weeks and I'd love to get any recommendations of crafts shops not to miss. We'll be in Edinburgh, near Inverness, Lewis, Skye, West Coast and Glasgow. I've been to a number of good shops/studios in the past, but it's been several years since we've been over, so I'd appreciate new information/thoughts that anyone cares to share.
Also bear in mind that most of the gauchos now being shown are in a very drapey rayon or microfiber knit, so if your skirt is a different weave, fiber, or weight, it will affect your results. If it is a knit fabric, you'll want to be careful when you're stitching that you don't stretch the fabric (either use a zig zag or a stretch stitch if you're machine has them available).
Other than that, you should be good to go with the excellent pattern alteration suggestions posted by others. FYI, I did do the pants from skirts thing back when, and the results were a little bit MC Hammer http://www.gobaeng.de/images/products/1490.jpg.
yay but -- does anyone want anything from a small town in NY? i know i'd looove stuff from outta town/state/country
Definitely! There are fewer and fewer small towns in the US, it seems like, so take pride in your town. Does your town have a nickname? Or is there some interesting parade/fair/show that takes place every year that might give you inspiration? What's the main economic activity? I'm sure you'll come up with something interesting if you give it some thought--if nothing else, it will be a really excellent creative challenge for you if there's truly nothing special about your town (which seems unlikely!)
Now, don't go spending my two cents in one place...
Just thought I'd mention that Name Maker Labels will make labels in smaller lots than 500. Didn't look at your source for price comparison/options, but just thought I'd mention it. http://www.namemaker.com/
I agree with everyone else in saluting your creativity. The bag is lovely, well-done, and I imagine scored big points with Janet. Keep up the good work!
I'm good with the dates, except that I would need to know my partner right away after sign-ups close, as I will be travelling for most of October (leaving probably October 5). I'll be happy to swap with anybody (it'd be great if I was sending to somebody in the UK because that's where I'll be traveling...) Anybody across the pond interested in receiving from DC??
ooh yes, i hardly even think of the pretzels. i just can't imagine life without them! i remember being in grade school and we'd have pretzel break every day with the most amazing preztels for a quarter. mmmm. i think it'd be hard to send a cheesesteak thru the post! BUT - i could always send a bottle of cheeze whiz...hehe.
of course, the historical stuff! i think we get all that out of the way by the time we're in second grade, and then it loses it's impact on us. i've forgotten how important it really is, and how it really could be interesting.
you know, this swap could be really good for rediscovering a city that i've started taking for granted. ooh, now i'm psyched.
South Street. G Love. Wissahickon. Italian Market. Philadelphia Art Museum. Manayunk. Brotherly love. Ben Franklin. Eagles (well, okay, I wouldn't claim them, either.) That really weird toy shop near Rittenhouse Square.
And I don't even live there!
This is a fun idea--I'd probably be up for sharing the DC love.
I'm so excited to share these photos with you for the lovely and thoughtful items I received from Hanna the Vampire.
Here's my too-cool convertible "I Love..." messenger/backpack bag:
The little "patches" have velcro and can be switched out; they represent the different things I enjoy and love: my Mini Cooper, cooking, my cats, yoga, and um, I can't remember what I else I said I loved--probably crafting!
Here's the lining:
There's a nice big roomy pocket on the inside to keep my stuff where it's supposed to be.
And here's the matching bracelet:
Tiny seed beed stretchy bracelet that says "I <3" in different colors.
How totally cool is that?! Thanks so much Hanna!!!