Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A village for my couch

Not too long ago, Nova made a novel suggestion on her blog. She had made a delightful pillow in the summer (well, I guess it was actually during her winter, seeing as she's 'down-under') but felt that it really belonged in someone else's home.  Nova posted photos of her creation and asked if anyone would be interested in swapping her for it. Hello?

I have a red couch!
I live in a cute little cottage!
I love hand-stitching!
I adore screen-printed fabrics!
Swapping is in my genes!

I was perfectly qualified for this swap! When Nova informed me a few days later that I was the lucky, randomly chosen swapper, I believe I let out a little whoop.  Look what's living on my couch already!

House Pillow from Nova

Although I've participated in umpteen swaps over the past 2 years, the Pillow Talk Swap is one that never seems to start up at the right time for me and I've missed out several rounds. Now that this little honey is here, I'm not sure a more perfect pillow could ever be made.  The pillow cover is 20", but I only had an 18" on hand. I couldn't wait for a run to the store, so I stuffed a whopping handful of fibrefill into each corner and put the 18" form inside. It's perfect!! Nice and squishy without being overstuffed and straining at the seams. I think this might be my new pillow strategy.

House Pillow from Nova

And that sneaky Nova even included a fun mug rug for me that really made me laugh.  I'm sure it was over a year ago that she posted a couple of flag mug rugs she'd made for swaps and I took the liberty of sending her a Canadian Flag graphic. You know, just in case.  Haha! She remembered and sent this sweetly stitched maple leaf, too.

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There are some super-special Aussie screen prints on the back (but sadly, my photo is blurry. Check out Nova's pic here).  Like their stellar embroidery skills, the Aussie's seem to have an unusually full talent pool in the screen printing department. I definitely know what I'll be after should I ever make it to the land of Koala's and Blundstone's!

House Pillow from Nova

Thank you so much Nova.  I'm just thrilled to have some of your beautiful work in my home. We all just love our new pillow (and much to my relief, the dog has not taken any interest in the pompom trim, which I was rather worried about).

I'll soon complete my side of the swap bargain and show you what's heading down to Nova!

19 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

I pinned that very pillow yesterday! I love it! You are a lucky girl to own such a fabulous cushion/pillow! Enjoy it!

kristastitched said...

Oh it's gorgeous, and that mug rug is adorable too! Lucy you :D

kristastitched said...

Lucky, not Lucy!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Cute cute fab fab fab pillow.

Flying Blind... said...

Lucky ducky x

paulette said...

I was in love with this pillow the moment I saw the stitching but look where the stitching leads to...HOME!! WOW!! I REALLY LOVE this pillow!! Lucky you!!
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Needled Mom said...

It is beautiful and so perfect for you!!! I love it.

Donna~~ said...

Fantastic pillow! Lucky lucky you! :)

Pinkadot Quilts said...

So cute!

Mermaid's Purse said...

The cushion is really lovely!!!

Jo Ann said...

Luck-e Krista! That pillow is so lovely. The fabrics are cool and the workmanship is fantastic. Nice swapping mojo!

Esse-Riekje said...

Great..beautiful colours...

Katy Cameron said...

Oh that was a fab parcel, enjoy!

Dianne said...

This is THE perfect pillow for you! Congrats on being the lucky swapper. The little Canadian flag mug rug couldn't be more perfect. Nice job Nova!!

myredbike said...

What a delightful idea for a swap! The pillow is so perfect. Looking forward to seeing what you're sending to Nova!

Heather D. said...

Lucky you, Krista! I saw on her blog that you had "won", and it sounds like it suits you perfectly.

felicity said...

You do realize that you have now used up every ounce of your luck and you're never winning the 6/49, right? Because damn girl, that pillow be awesome!!!

Leanne said...

I love that pillow and it is so nice that you have it. I wonder what you will make for her, looking forward to seeing it.

Nova said...

I'm so happy it's finally found it's perfect home :) xxx