Friday, 29 January 2016

Winter Comforts ATC

It's Very Berry Handmade's Artist Trading Card Swap time again. The theme for this swap was 'Winter Comforts'. Despite the fact that Winter is my least favourite time of year, after giving it some thought I discovered that actually there are lots of things that could fit into this theme for me. Perhaps because it's my least favourite time, I need lots of comforts! Or perhaps it's just that time of year when everyone has lots of comforts, and it was an excellent choice of theme all round. Anyway, I had plenty of ideas initially - roaring fires, snuggling under a quilt, hot chocolates, hearty stews and hot puddings, hand sewing, reading a good book, I even thought about doing a miniature picture of my new slippers - they are very comforting at the moment! But in the end I decided upon porridge.

As soon as cooler weather creeps in, the muesli is out the window, I get the porridge urge, and nothing else will do for breakfast. Depicting a bowl of delicious, hot porridge in fabric in a 2.5 by 3.5 inch space did seem a little daunting, but of course the answer was a bear - because everyone knows that bears always have porridge for breakfast!

And I decided that snuggling under a quilt really had to be represented on the back. Some teeny, left over Liberty scraps were perfect for this.

My card winged its way over to Fran, from the lovely PatchyRose, who happily has fond memories of porridge, she also has a Liberty half square triangles quilt on the go which is looking really beautiful, definitely worth a look. And I received this sweet card from my swap partner, Jenny who blogs at The Gingerbread House.

An ATC may be small but it's still a finish in my book, so I'm linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts again!

And what would your 'Winter Comfort' have been?



  1. I think that the bear and porridge are perfectly depicted on your ATC. A steaming cup of tea next to a cozy tea pot... or a hot bath. Both are my go-to winter remedies! :)

  2. Even though I've joined in whenever I see the lovely cards I have to remind myself how small they are and how fiddly they must have been to make! This is really wonderful - love the steaming hot porridge, and your bear's happy expression:-)

  3. A mug of tea would have made my winter comfort, and a fire with a little knitting nearby :)

    Hope you are well my friend. xo

  4. I love your little bear, especially the threadwork. You received a lovely one, as well.

  5. I love the 2 sided card! Great work.

  6. I'm so thrilled with my fabulous ATC, it's in pride of place in my new bedroom at present, as my sewing room has yet to be unpacked... Hoping to get there soon, as no sewing for the last month is tough!

  7. A beautiful little work of art Sally. Your work is just fabulous X

  8. A bear was the perfect addition to the bowl of porridge, Sally. My Winter comfort would be my sheepskin Ugg boots.


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