I have seen quite a few bloggers, in the past, post about finding it difficult to find an appropriate title for their post(s). I'm not sure whether it's a good or a bad thing that I have never had that problem. The titles of my posts are merely a reflection of what any readers can expect to read about (and possibly see) in each post. Thus a post entitled 'Large Pink Breasts & A Little Stash Giveaway' will, naturally, be about some large pink breasts, as well as a little stash giveaway.
Shall I start with the breasts or the giveaway? As I mentioned the breasts first, perhaps I should start there?
A couple of weeks ago I was alerted, via an email from a lovely friend about this story on the BBC website. 'NHS Seeks Woolly Breast Knitters' is a fabulous title for a story, and one which intrigued me, the proud owner of knitting needles and the ability to knit small(ish) projects. Basically, it would seem that Health Visitors are using knitted breasts to demonstrate breastfeeding to expectant parents; they are apparently a darned sight cheaper than latex ones, and in this time of the Credit Crunch, we all need to save as much dosh as we can. I'm a big fan of breastfeeding - I used my own breasticles to provide sustenance to both my Wrinklets (No.1 showed an extreme reluctance to give up the habit, insisting on a bedtime 'booby' until she was 2. No.2 fed enthusiastically until he was around 17 months old - all fine until the day I got one out and he just laughed at it and declined the offer. Charming.)
Anyway, I digress ... I visited the website of the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain where I found a pattern, and duly set to work. A short time later, I was the proud owner of this pair of specimens:
Sorry about the lighting - makes them look jaundiced! They're not exactly small and dainty ones ... a picture with a large apple to give some perspective:
No.1 thinks they are absolutely hilarious. No.2, when he saw the first one was absolutely mortified and wanted me to put it away ... at which point I had a strong sense of déja vu that took me right back to the day he decided to stop breastfeeding.
A friend suggested I attach some ribbon and use them in place of furry dice to hang from a car's rear-view mirror. What do you think?:
The life of a crafty blogger is a many and varied one ... I'm glad one of my neighbours didn't come out and comment on what I was doing when I was taking that picture.
The little stash giveaway part of this post is my contribution in Katy's Great International Stash-busting Scrap Giveaway. There are a whole host of bloggers taking part in this giveaway today - head over to Katy's Blog (I'm a Ginger Monkey) to see a full list, then get yourselves over to those blogs to win some fabric.
For my part, I am giving away some 5" charm squares. This is just a start, if I can get myself properly organised, I'm sure I could sort out more stash to give away. As I said, what I have for you today are Charm Squares - over 90 of them:
There are plains:
There are tone on tones:
There are prints:
They are all 100% cotton quality quilting fabric. I used to use a lot of small pieces of fabric in my crafting - largely for card-making and appliqué and these charm squares were useful for that. However, I find myself doing less and less of those crafts, and thought someone, somewhere might find them useful. I read on DC's blog that this is supposed to be a one-day-only giveaway, but I think I'll leave it open for 3 or 4 days. I'll get one of the kids to draw the winner at the weekend. If you have no blog, can you please make sure you leave me an email address so I can let you know if you win. Thank you muchly.
Please say in your comment if you would like to be in the draw for the charm squares - if not, I'll assume you are just commenting on my large pink breasts. ;-)
EDIT: The giveaway is is now closed. I will draw the winner tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who entered.