The lack of posts, and also emails, sorry about the emails will catch up tomorrow (I hope) has been due to the Post Card Swap.
Yes once again I joined something which I had never done before. ie made a Postcard.
Well, fun and games, or stress and panic. The group is made up 6 ladies, 2 from Canada, 2 from The States, 1 from UK and myself.
We have been exchanging emails, learning a little about each other and setting down the Ground Rooles.
A swap every two months the first based around the word 'Winter'. Lots of ideas but nothing really appealed until I found this
Great we are on our way. But hand stitching SIX of these does take some time. Then quilted. More of a comfort zone.
Now for the back. I had this terrific idea. OK great, printed out on paper to make sure I had the right size, changed it a couple of times. Checked, double checked, ok printed SIX rinsed ironed and had them ready to be joined. The next day, before sewing sat and admired my work...
spelling mistake, big one, hemisphere spelt with an added e. Oh no.
So back to design again.
This time asked The Scot to check. Eyes rolling said what he thought of me. Not repeatable.
All printed and ready.
I will purchase some stamps portrait orintated with an Australian theme. Hopefully I can con the Nice Lady at the Post Office, well she does see a lot of me, to stamp it. But will send in an envelope.
I knew there was going to be trouble joining them together.
Now I am not a Perfectionist by any way ..... just like to do my best and if I can live with it well that's fine,
but I am now sending to Other People and it just has to be a little bit better than .....' if I can live with it'.
I have having a dickens of a time with this joining. I did one (mine to practice on) and it looked not good at all.
So, change of tactics BIG MISTAKE .............they looked terrible. So short of doing them all again, I thought I would see what I could selvage ...... not too bad but then this meant I HAD TO satin stitch the edges (no possible other way as I had to cut them back).
Now on my old Elna satin stitch was a breeze .... but the motor burnt out... The Scot did fix it ... but in the meantime I acquired a New Pffaf.......... well that was about 25 odd years ago, so not so modern now. But it doesn't DO SATIN STITCH.
Moving on..... I did mine, and well thought it looked ok ... showed The Scot
silence ................ then "You are not sending that to anyone are you"
"How much time have you spent on that" by his tone I knew it didn't look good.
Breathe Breathe Breathe deeply ..................... change the colour of the thread.
Practiced and it didn't look too bad.
So I have now done 4 ...... but I really am not happy with them.
But as it is a swap............... there is a deadline ................. Executive Decision ..... on my part.... must just send them, with apologies and will try harder for the next one.
Reasonable happy with myself ........... then
aren't they just fabulous, I really have to practice a lot.
and also from Isobell a belated Birthday PC
I can see this is going to be a Challenging Year of Improvement. And as I wrote and told them I really feel like the 'Poor Kid on the Block.
The next swap is due mid March and the Theme is Women of Our Country who have made their mark.
I do know what I am doing and hopefully I will be on time with a great postcard.
btw The Scot said when I showed him the finished ones................ ummmmm....... rolled his eyes ..........again.....said ummmm again and you spent a lot of time on those, but are you really sending them to someone.
Oh where is the man's creative urges?