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Best Birthday Ever! Thanks to the Best Idea Ever!
Submitted by Pam on Sun, 06/17/2012 - 23:14
I had a really big brain storm a couple weeks before my birthday this year! I emailed Diane and suggested that we purchase birthday gifts to each other from online shops featured in our Supporting Free Series.
After all, we would be buying gifts so why not take the opportunity of our birthdays to support crafty shop owners?
Her reply came back immediately - "I love this -1 million times!"
I sent her a big list so that whatever she selected would be a surprise!
This is hands down the best idea I have had in ages! I had a ball "shopping" for my gifts! And then there was the anticipation of wondering which items Diane would select! Waiting for my "Birthday Dinner" was excruciating!
Gypsy Trade Beads have been on my "I want" list for months. My original intention - to make a punched tin butterfly. But the way Erin had arranged them in the package made me think dragonfly!
It anyone is interested in a tutorial for making the dragonfly at the beginning of this post, let me know in comments!
And Erin even added extras to Diane's order so I would have more to play with! Thank you Erin! Punched Tin butterfly is next!
When I first saw a crochet hook very similar to this one in Diane's hands I was smitten! So one of the first items on my list was this little beauty made by Lisa at Polka Dot Cottage.
And look at those adorable buttons Lisa included with the hook! I love my buttons, Lisa! Thank you!
Whew! I am so glad Diane made the decision to make this one of my gifts because Lisa only makes these when the whim strikes! Currently she is in the process of dismantling Polka Dot Creations - which means she is having a huge sale!
I have had my eye on this gorgeous "Pamela" yarn from Yarnia for almost a whole year! Happily it too was one of Diane's selections!
Lindsay - owner of Yarnia - even tucked in a gift certificate for the shop!! Thank you, Lindsay! I will be shopping again soon - I love Yarnia yarns!
And Avital's pattern for the scarf can be found right here on her blog This & That. What I love about this scarf is that the pattern is interesting but simple - knit, purl and knitting in the back loop - and this scarf will not need to be blocked when finished! You could almost call it a self-blocking pattern!
And FYI right now is a very good time to visit Avital's blog and her flicker- she has begun posting her remarkable collection of images taken with her "pro-gear" in Italy. You will find them marked Italy 2012.
Mary Mayhew's totally adorable knit/felted gnome pattern (above) can also be made as a Santa, leprechaun or witch!
You can find the pattern and many more - equally creative and delightful - in her shop That's Woolly Something.
And don't forget - she has also started a new blog called "Been There. Done That. (My Pinterest Summer Adventure)". Did you know those old mason jars you have sitting around your house can be used on your blender? Check it out! I am loving this blog!
Image taken from ATERGcrochet Shop - Matryoshka
It is no secret that I am learning to crochet using patterns created by Greta at ATERGcrochet! I ordered this adorable Matryoshka - and a couple others I can not share as they are secret gifts!
Learning to crochet ATERGcrochet Christmas Balls has consumed all the "left over" yarn in my stash, so when my sweetie asked me what I wanted for my birthday - I didn't hesitate! I went shopping at Knit Picks for a dozen brilliant yummy colors for my future crochet projects!
And now! I am looking forward to receiving Diane's birthday gift list so I can go shopping for her!
So what do you think? Good idea?