Hello all, Sharon here. I am a bit late in announcing a new swap today. I have decided that we will be swapping something very useful and something that can be very creative- kitchen towels and hot pads. I was going to put up my own tutorial for this, but after doing some research on the internet I found many so good tutorials that I will instead give you links to great ideas. For those who like to embroider here is Alicia Paulson of Posy gets Cozy great Polish Folk towels:http://aliciapaulson.com/Pleasant_Kitchen_Dishtowels.pdf. Her great site is: http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/. Here is a sweet and very different kitchen towel: http://calamitykim.typepad.com/photos/whip_up_a_darlin_dress_to/index.html . For a fun quilted project I have several links: http://lindamade.wordpress.com/2007/08/28/hot-stuff-patchwork-oven-mitts/ , http://supamb.com/supafine/2007/10/24/how-to-sew-a-patchwork-kitchen-towel/ , http://writemamawrite.typepad.com/blog/2008/09/patchwork-kitchen-towel-tutorial.html , and http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=550. I also found a felted hot pad at : http://www.purlbee.com/stars-stripes-felted-hot-pads/ . For those who want to practice their crochet I found this link which will take you to many many links!http://home.inreach.com/marthac/holder.html
To sign up for the swap please leave me (as a comment) :
1. your name
2. your e-mail (written out to stop those nasty spammers),
3. your country
4. whether you want to swap within your country, or internationally. Remember that if you swap internationally it many cost you a wee bit more in postage, but it is also so much fun!
The deadline for sign up is Thursday, Feb. 19
Rose will be helping me with the organization and the tracking of the swappers, and I have had many ladies who have signed up as my angels-those who will help me make sure that everyone gets a parcel. A great big thank-you and hug to everyone who is helping!
I also wanted to link you to a set of videos on You Tube. They are of Clara, a woman who lived through the Great Depression. She is seen in these videos talking about cooking and giving recipes that her family lived on during those hard years. I found these to be incredibly interesting. Clara is in her 90's now and all I can say is wow! I hope you all enjoy these as much as I did.
Episode 1: http://home.inreach.com/marthac/holder.htm
Episode 2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yREFkmrrYiw&feature=related
Episode 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yREFkmrrYiw&feature=related
Episode 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4IjNV3lZkQ&feature=related
Episode 4 (part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IEWJmm4Tms&feature=related
Episode 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qptfhu9R0WI&feature=related
Episode 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5tXODF4of0&feature=related
Episode 8 (part 2) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhBZrPk2xaY&feature=related
Please keep all those who have lost so much in the bushfires in your prayers. Donations can be made online to the Australian Red Cross at :http://www.redcross.org.au/vic/services_emergencyservices_victorian-bushfires-appeal-2009.htm#Information_about_your_donation