The Bothered Owl

Alex and Sarah's crafty corner of cyberspace

It’s reciprocal October 12, 2009

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In honour of the fact we’ve gotten a thousand hits on the blog (!!!) I’m doing a little giveaway.

I’m excited people seem to be reading and since the blog is about getting to know us and our crafty ways, I would like to get to know a little about you guys. So, here’s what I would like you to do. If you’re reading this, please leave us a comment with a blurb about yourself. If you’re into craft, maybe tell us a little bit about what you like to make. Better yet, if you’ve made anything from any of the tutes we’ve posted thus far (and I haven’t forgotten about the bag tute, it’s brewing away) maybe post us a link to a picture of what you’ve made.

Most importantly, I would like names and some way of contacting you if you win a prize.

On Friday I shall pop any names I’ve got into a bag and draw out three of them. (Yes, I am hoping we’ll get more than three people playing along. I’m an optimist today.) And those three lovely people shall be receiving SupA SeKrit shiniesย  from us.ย  International crowd members are most welcome to play, we’ll post anywhere.

Of course, if none of you post anything I will look like a real twit, so go, write me something. Please?

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20 Responses to “It’s reciprocal”

  1. remarker/fcffollower Says:

    Congratulations! I have no idea what SupASeKritshinies are – want to win just to find out, since everything at your etsy shop is great I know you have good taste ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am a single parent with a teen daughter and we’ve done crafts together pretty much her whole life. When she was 5 she got the idea to paint rocks and sold them outside our house. She hasn’t tried selling anything since then as she later found some rocks that were bought tossed into the ditch, but she continues to craft and search for “treasures” out in Nature, be it Natural or man-made (read trash lol).
    My favorite craft was learning to work with silver when I lived in Sweden – many courses there, none around here.

    • That’s sad that someone threw their rock in the ditch :-< But super cute that she had such a creative idea! I hope she won't let it put her off trying to sell her stuff in the future. It sounds like she is a very creative young lady.
      Working with silver sounds fascinating. Did you learn how to cast?

  2. Bob Says:

    My name is Bob, and I make worlds.

    Not your usual sort of dirt and water worlds, no. Those have been done (pshaw, God); I get all freaky and excitable with my worlds. Lakes of lava? Yes, please! Gravy rain? Oh, more more more! Continents made of miniature marshmallows held together with rubber cement floating in seas of wine? Mmmm, sounds good. I once made a world entirely of wicker. (You can imagine how well that went over! The waiting list is still a mile long!)

    It’s an all-consuming hobby, really. But one has to take pleasure where they can in this life.

  3. Lisa Says:

    Hi! I just found your blog today! ๐Ÿ™‚ I really like your binding tutorial and cloth broach tut. I love to sew & get most of my tutorials online from blogs. I’m also a pillow fanatic…and have sewn a bunch of those, especially patchwork. I guess I’ve been crafting most of my life. I love to make projects, but must admit I’m a bit of a sloppy sewer – thank godness for the seam ripper! I’m super curious about what exactly is a SupASeKritshinies???? Hmmmm I bookmarked you & will be back.

    • SupASekritshinies = Super secret shinies. A trinket, or small gift, handmade by me or Alex.

      I too love the seam ripper, it is an absolute life saver!

      I’m really glad you like the tutes, it’s so much fun writing them.

  4. Sarah Says:

    I’ve been really into embroidery lately. I am trying to learn how to sew but I have a terrible little sewing machine that I can’t figure out. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon this site, but I added it to my Google Reader.

    • Welcome!
      If you’re going to learn to sew you should look into getting a good(ish) machine. It’s totally worth your while. Doesn’t have to be fancy, but having a machine that works and that you understand is realllly handy. It motivates you to sew more and it makes it much much easier.
      I have a Janome but there’s loads of good brands out there. And they’re not insanely expensive either. I bought mine because my old machine died and it would have cost me almost as much to get it repaired as to buy a new one. All you need is something that does straight, zigzag and back stitching. If you’re doing clothes than a button hole and a zip setting is useful too.

      Um, that turned into a bit of an essay! Sorry!

      Welcome again :->

  5. Jana Says:

    Jill of all trades, master of none! ๐Ÿ™‚ I grew up with a very crafty family and let me just say, I never imaged my mom’s felting would become popular again! Quilting, sewing, glitter, empty egg cartons, scrapbooking, these ladies did it all, and I caught the bug. All of these wonderful blogs have now made my craft “ADD” a bit worse because I want to make one of everything. Love reading and recently discovered your blog. Congratulations!
    Jana

  6. Nicole Says:

    HELLO! I AM NICOLE! You know this, of course ๐Ÿ˜€

    When I was a wee girl, I used to collect Jacaranda seed pods and glue eyes on them and draw on lips so they would look like weird little seed face creature things. I think I used to read too much May Gibbs ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now I live too far away from jacaranda trees to do such foolish things!

  7. Catherine Says:

    Hello! Mum made all my clothes when i was little – and although this was not terribly cool at the time now I have my own little one it seems suddenly appealing! Have bought pattern and am psyching myself up to starting! Also, went to soft toy club when i was at primary school and made a plethora of animals … Decided to make a door sign out of fabric for my friend’s daughter’s first birthday and found it therapeutic after a day of marking and teaching so we shall see … not managed to look at too many of the tutes yet but will have a look! xxxx

    • You had a soft toy club at school? That’s awesome!
      Sewing for small children = like pie made out of crack. It’s totally addictive, once you get past the first few inevitable disasters. Don’t use the Good Fabric on your first run.

  8. sillypunk Says:

    hiiiiii! i’m nicole’s evil twin sister, separated by several years, oceans and continents. Liz!

    I knit, mainly straight things and in blocks. Nicole has the proofs! i need a new knitting project and i want to get a sewing machine. You know me as well! YAY!

    • I do indeed :->
      You should definitely buy a sewing machine. Come to the dark side…
      And since you live near me, if you’re serious about the purchase of the machine, check out these guys. They won’t rip you off and they deliver really quickly.
      HI!

  9. basil Says:

    howdy! Nice website – love the prettiness and craftiness too!!!! Looks like lots of work goes into the makings of all your finery. Can’t wait to see some of it myself in a few short weeks … xoxo

  10. Gina Says:

    Hi I don’t want to be greedy but I WANT ALL YOUR STUFF NOW NOW NOW.
    I like the look of the patchwork binding. Might have to give that a go (although I have a very helpful little bias-tape maker to make the ironing and folding process easier! Well, for thinner binding, anyway.)


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