Just before Christmas I was honored to host a PIF handmade exchange (you can read the details here) and asked for volunteers to receive a handmade goody (made by me!) and then continue on this wonderful chain of giving by making things for others. (Forgive the light in these photos - it's been storming again for days and the Oregon light is ....well.....permanently grey.)
This beautiful felted clutch purse went to the mega talented Kathy at Artful Muse. We were chatting about buttons, so of course there had to be cool buttons involved!
And wouldn't a coordinating pin be nice with that clutch? So I whipped up a little felted flower pin (with matching button of course!) from the rest of the wool yarn.That second flower pin in the picture is actually a hand crocheted English rose pin going to my second happy PIFer, Annie. Her pin is the deluxe version of my flower pins and comes with a European style finished back. I've been experimenting with various ways to send pins, and as of this last pin, have finally settled on this presentation. It fits in the standard boxes, uses my new labels .. it's a winner! So....all of my crocheted flower pins will now come on pretty cards like this. All my flower pins are one-a-kind beauties straight from the studio garden. I did make two flower pins for Alison as part of her winning giveaway package, but you know me and how I am horrible at remembering to photograph things before I wrap them, so no photos of those :)
And what's this???? It's the cover of my new Oregon Public Broadcasting magazine!Masterpiece Theatre is running "The Complete Jane Austin" with new presentations of "Persuasion", "Mansfield Park", "Northanger Abbey" and "Sense and Sensibility", plus the acclaimed Kate Beckinsale "Emma" and the Colin Firth "Pride and Prejudice". Oh, yum - a Jane Austin fest! I watched the first one, "Persuasion" last night and am looking forward to the other new presentations!!