bodacious basteldibix

As I’d been an admirer of the amazingly artistic Johanna of Basteldibix for some time I was absolutely ecstatic when she got in touch to do a swap & knew instantly what to request for the exchange…

a fabulous family portrait and…

an amazing logo for my new thrifty series!

Read on to see the entire quirky contents of the groovtastic package I received & what I created for Johanna in return…

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perfectly personalized

Any idea why I’m grinning like a fool?

…because my ultra fabulous personalized jewellery hand created by Silvia With Love has arrived!

I am completely thrilled with my order & firmly believe everyone should own Silvia created accessories, so head on over to her incredibly reasonably priced shop & get yourself a groovy gift!

*I’m thinking I need a “Refashionista” bracelet & one of her adorable button-bike necklaces…ooh…& maybe a robot brooch too! I just lurv everything she makes!

…and isn’t that bit o’ bamboo the cleverest ring packaging you’ve ever seen??

Dr. Swap

Remember Nadine from NadelBernds Nähkästchen (& the Zaubersäckchen)?

Well, as she was smitten with my Hand Warmer and I was smitten with her Tatortschal we decided a fabtastic swapsie was in order…

I absolutely adore my delightful Dr. Who-esque scarf!

Vielen lieben dank Nadine! Du bist Super Toll!

Head over to Nadine’s blog for loads of groovy projects & charmingly delectable cupcakes!

Check out what Nadine thought of her fancy schmancy Sheri-made gear here.

Wanna swap with me? Here’s how.

Glitter Bombed!

When the lovely Nadine of NadelBernds Nähkästchen invited DIY bloggers in Germany to join her Zaubersäckchen I signed up immediately!

…and just what is a “Zaubersäckchen”?

Why, it’s a little sack filled with crafty bits n’ bobs that travels from blogger to blogger…each marvelous maker selects a few items from the bag & then replaces what they take with odds n’ ends from their own stash before sending the Zaubersäckchen on its merry way.

Clever, eh?

Unfortunately an explosion of glitter greeted me when I opened the sack…aaaargh! Absolutely everything in the package (as well as yours truly) was covered in those pesky sparkles of annoyance…

The culprit? A vial of irksome glitz that had been previously added to the sack but sadly not sealed properly…I cleaned up as many of the crafty bits as possible but unfortunately some of the items were simply unsalvageable (new info I discovered: removing glitter from yarn, feathers & pompoms is frustratingly impossible)

I snagged a few funky scraps of fabric, a stylin’ crochet hook, purty paisley border, 2 mini tassels (perfect for earrings) & a bit of leather cord

I added 4 vintage hankerchiefs, a 1960′s necktie (& links to my groovy tie-tutes), some adorable painted buttons, a selection of  Great Auntie’s handmade lace appliques, ribbons, fabric bows, mini pompoms & a length of pompom yarn.

I repackaged everything up (separating the cleaned yet still somewhat glittery items from the new additions), signed the travel log and sent NadelBernds Zaubersäckchen onto the next lucky DIY Diva!

*I was thinking of hosting an international version of the crafty travelling sack in the new year…anyone care to join in?

*The most important rule? No Glitter Allowed!

Oh! Swap-O UK

When radically cool Keith of Oh! Bento UK (& this fab video collab) and I finally got our acts coordinated enough to swap, I was ultra curious as to just what his Refashionister brain would come up with for yours truly…little did I imagine the freaktastic awesomeness awaiting me in the package:

A cozily cushy blanket shawl that can be worn in so many different ways…

*& it arrived just in time to help me fight through a nasty cold, hence the dopey pj photos…

as a snuggly belted cardigan or boho-esque vest…

an over-sized shrug or purty poncho…

a body heating wrap or warm & fuzzy tunic!

A huge domo arigato to Keith & his clever Refashionister talents! Pure Awesome Sauce!

Be sure to check out Oh! Bento UK for fab (& oh-so-pretty) lunchbox recipes & reviews and don’t forget to give his facebook page some like-y love!

Curious to know what I created for him..?

a dull bowling shirt + a pair of never-worn-blame-it-on-the-hormones-preggy-pants = Keith’s groovy new jacket!

Wanna swap with me? Here’s how.

Chonie’s Refashionista Confession

Welcome to the very first Refashionista Confession in my “Be My Guest” series!

Today I am delighted to introduce the always amazing & absolutely stunning Chonie of Proyek Akhir Minggu (a.k.a: my.weekend.projects)

Wowza! Are ya loving that fabulous dress? (& check out those gorgeous gams!)

Wanna create a Little ‘Back’ Dress perfect for festive frolicking…let Chonie show ya how it’s done:

“Like most women, I love a little black dress. I have a few, but they are all just ordinary dresses for me. I wanted an extraordinary dress, and for me…a dress with fabulous back is an extraordinary dress!”

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Knitastically Linked!

Hooray! It’s finally chilly enough to adorn my head with my superbly swapped Link Hat!

That magnificent piece of noggin gear was created by Yarn-Goddess Rachel of All Night Knits and is snuggly soft, toasty warm & utterly-amazingly-cool!

Drop by her blog & have a giggle at her adventures with the needles, join her groovy knit-a-long, have a browse around her online shop & be sure to show her facebook page some like-y love!

Take a gander at what she thought of the goodies I sent here

Wanna swap with me? Here’s how.

a fab foursome…

Take a gander at these four fabulous posts from four fabulous blogs:

(c) Pillows a La Mode

Ok…how completely adorable are those little gift pouches from clever Katherine of Pillows a la Mode? Those fab little bags are created from leftover sweater cuffs! Brilliant! & perfect for all of those handmade jewellery gifts we’re giving this Christmas…amiright?

(c) Proyek Akhir Minggu

…and speaking of jewellery, isn’t that necklace display from Chonie of Proyek Akhir Minggu absolutely funktastic? I guarantee you can create one for yourself (or as a cool extra to add to that handmade jewellery gift) with bits you already have in your stash!

kleine kleinigkeiten...

Lookee here…it’s my very first German tutorial (written with help from my Berliner Mann) for a Gastbeitrag (guest post) on Kleine Kleinigkeiten…a new upcycling blog created by Blanca…have a scroll through her corner of Blogland and be sure to show her some facebook like-y love.

Another first for me? Making a bento (Japanese boxed lunch).

When ultra cool Keith of Oh! Bento (& this groovy DIY) requested a guest post from lil’ ol’ me I nearly fell off my seat…once I regained my senses, I busted out my trusty rice cooker & created an erm…interesting looking Refashionista Bento complete with an upcycled Bento box! Check it out & let me know what you think…+ give Oh! Bento a lil’ facebook love too!

fabulicious freebies!

Who doesn’t love something awesome for nothin’?

I’ve got not one but two fantastic freebies for you courtesy of a couple of the craftiest gals I’ve had the pleasure of (virtually) meeting!

First up…get your very own copy of The Green Crafts Lifestyle for free this weekend! (August 16 – 18)

Edited by the lovely & talented Mahe Zehra Husain (a.k.a: MZ), the book contains 35 step-by-step how-to’s by upcycling gurus from all over the world  (including 3 from yours truly!).

*Don’t have a Kindle or e-reader device? Me neither…I simply use the oh-so-convenient-&-absolutely-free Kindle App on my computer…

And the next groovy giveaway…

…Rockin’ Rachel of All Night Knits is celebrating her 100th post with an amazing giveaway!

Zip on over to her knitastic blog and see what’s up for grabs…contest closes on Wednesday August 21!

a funktabulous surprise!

Wow!   Wow!   Wow!

I am completely floored by the superb surprise package I received from amazing Anna as a ‘Grazie for the interview‘… packed with oodles of handmade awesome, it’s plastered a ginormous giggly-perma-grin on my kisser…

Let’s have a closer peek at the Anna-crafted grooviness…

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