Wednesday, May 16, 2012

handmade joy swap celebration

I'm still here. A few things have been going on. My firstborn "graduated" from primary school and they had a concert/party yesterday. But things have been a bit sad too. One of my uncles is very ill with kidney trouble. They are waiting to transfer him to a kidney specialist at Hammersmith. I miss him. It's horrible to be so far from family at times like this.



But I wanted to drop by and post today as I took part in a swap that Anne set up back in March and it took a while for parcels to get to there destinations and to coordinate a day for everyone to post about their Handmade Joy. I felt that it wouldn't have been fair on my partners and the others that took part, if I hadn't posted today.



Two weeks ago I received a lovely bit of handmade goodness from Judy of Hartfelt Fabric and Paper Creations.



It was beautifully wrapped.



A gorgeous piece of paper cutwork. I was so touched when I read that she had used lillies for her theme as she he had read here, that lillies were my favourite!
Have a look at her blog to see how she created this. I think I will find a window in my new home in sha Allah, for it as it has a lovely stained-glass effect when the sun shines through it!

As we didn't send our handmade packages to the same bloggers we received from (thats cool isn't it?), I got to send mine to the talented Anne herself. Of course it was hard! She crochets, she paints, she takes beautiful photographs! I didn't know what to send her! My first thoughts were to try out something different and send that to her. But I wasn't very happy with the end result. So I sent her something that I liked and hoped she might use.



And something that has become my trademark amongst friends!



And ofcourse I had to add a little crochet love to my Saudi Arabia postcard!



You can check out the other participants work here.

Wishing you all good health and joy this evening. We can never take these for granted.
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10 comments:

Karen L R May 17, 2012 at 12:40 AM  

Such lovely things you made for Anne, and they travelled halfway around the world to find her. It's quite amazing!

Judy does such beautiful work, I am glad you have a bit of her lovely art to enjoy at your house.

It's such fun to see all the different handcrafts that Anne inspired us to create and then share.

I will keep your uncle in my thoughts. xo

Stina G May 17, 2012 at 12:42 AM  

Hello! Took part in the exchange as well. You made such lovely things! Very beautiful, intricate work.
I hope your uncle pulls through <3
Best,
Stina.
www.honeywild.net

Seaweed and Raine May 17, 2012 at 1:47 AM  

What lovely little bits of joy. I think everyone loves to recieve parcels in the mail, but when someone goes to the effort of making something specifically for you - it's just that much more special.!

sharon May 17, 2012 at 2:03 AM  

I am blessed to have gotten to know you through my daughter Anne's blog. Your work is wondrous and speaks to me on many levels. How I wish I could visit and watch you work!
I'm thankful you participated and I know all of us in the exchange agree that it was worth waiting for the international post so we could all celebrate together. Happy exchange!

laubao May 17, 2012 at 3:20 AM  

Hi Ishrat! Salam!
I am Laura, one of the other participants to the exchange!!
I really enjoyed reading your post, and discovering what you made and received!
I like crocheting, too...and I was impressed watching your works! ...today I tried all the the "star stitch" and followed your tutorial!! I had to try it! And it comes out pretty wonderful!! :)

It was such a joy participating at this exchange! ...CHEERS to our Celebration!!
Greetings!
Ila al-liqa! (I studied a bit of Arabic some time ago!)

Laura

Anne May 17, 2012 at 4:19 AM  

Ishrat, thank you so much for joining in with the exchange! I so thoroughly enjoyed receiving a package from way across the world, from you! Your crocheted gifts are lovely!

So wonderful to have met you through the amazing blog world. I love being able to get a glimpse of your world. At times so different and yet so much the same as mine.

And I'm glad you enjoyed Judy's cut paper Joy. So lovely, and yes, the explanation on her blog is even more impressive!

All the best to you. I'm sorry to hear about your sadness. Wishing the best for your uncle as well.

Vixie May 17, 2012 at 10:43 AM  

Your crocheted goodies are beautiful, it was lovely to see how much Anne loves your gift!

I feel honoured to be joining all this talent in this swap!

Love to you and best wishes to your uncle x

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures May 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM  

I know how the postal system is on this side of the world so it is a wonderful thing when you can celebrate the giving and receiving of wonderful handmade gifts across the world. So sorry to hear about your uncle. Take care and have a lovely weekend. Tammy

Judy Hartman May 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM  

Ishrat,

I am so very happy that you liked the paper cut and I think that the treasures you sent to our Anne were beautiful! I am so glad that our paths crossed and I wish you, your family and your uncle who is ill many blessings!

Judy

the teacup incident May 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM  

How lovely to give and receive! The Handmade Joy exchange is such a nice way to meet new friends, all over the planet :) Thank you for visiting my blog and I look forward to reading yours. And may your creative uncle regain his health and live long.

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