So when I went to mail my (regrettably late) package to raeraethejetplane yesterday there was a package waiting for me! And wow, wow, WOW, what a package it was!
From upper left: handmade envelope containing handcrafted notecards and envelopes, amazing sketchbook/journal with Miyazaki images, three kawaii fruit bookmarks and an unbelievably tiny origami lotus, a nice letter, and in the center a felt pouch with a Calcifer button!
Sweet fruits that I won't mind smooshing between book pages...
(How the heck did you fold that tiny blossom?! So pretty!)
My camera refused to take a decent pic of the Calcifer button, but rest assured that he is a perfect replica of his fire-demon self!
And the backside is argyle -my favorite pattern!
These little notecards are so cool! I love sneaking little notes in my husband's lunch and pockets, but I can never find any neat ones that are small, so these are perfect!
I can't believe how well-made this journal is! You have my utmost respect for this kind of binding -it's so lovely! The metal charm is gorgeous, I can't place where it's from, but it's so pretty!
The backside is just as pretty!
And there were three interior image pages, one from Kiki...
One from Laputa...
And one from Nausicaa! It's a serendipitous coincidence that October is a very special month for me.
Thank you SO MUCH, raerae! I love everything you made and will put it all to good and happy use!
Alrighty, I've cleaned myself up from camping and have loaded the pics of the fabulous items Glamis sent me -get your wist buttons ready!
I opened up the small package, and all these wonderful objects were magically tucked inside! There's an incredible belt covered in FIFTEEN fabulously colorful owls, a perfectly amazing CUCKOO CLOCK NECKLACE, two lovely hair clips and a brooch, an "extra" item from my wist -an adorable felt cactus pincusion, plus the extra owl shrinks she didn't use on the belt, a great sequined trim, and some wood crafts that look like feathers (to me )! Can you believe it?!
I think this is my favorite little owl on the belt -his eyebrows are adorable!
(sorry, no pic of the belt in action as taking a pic of my waist/rump is no fun -but I love the fit!) All of the owls are so unique, it's incredible! I can definitely find a way to use them!
My jaw literally dropped when I unwrapped this necklace -how did you know I love cuckoo clocks (especially solid-colored ones)?! I can't even tell you how perfect this is! Good Lord, you must've gone blind and got a hand cramp cutting this out! Is it black shrink plastic (if so, where did you find that), or did you paint it somehow?
Wonderful whimsical brooch and hairclips! They are perfectly light to wear and always make me smile, so lovely! I also saved the stamps because I thought they were neat...
THANK YOU SO MUCH, GLAMIS!! You totally spoiled me with such wonderful items, it was a wonderful swap!
Yay, my fabulous and amazing envelope from Fidget arrived safely! (Though I think the contents must have shifted a bit and made it thicker during transfer, but no worries!)
Let's check out the loot, shall we?
Huzzah! There's an adorable cross-stitch of three colorful chicks, four gorgeous skeins of embroidery floss, a fabulous moss green and berry trim and a dainty tatted cream trim, a package of beautiful beads (with beading needle!), a happy "smile" magnet, and a prefect little needle book stitched by Fidget herself! WOW!
How cute is this!
And the inside is just as wonderful -it has the perfect stiffness and the colors are lovely!
Such fun stuff!
I can't wait to use it all -thank you for such wonderful supplies and items Fidget!! I apologize for taking the full allotted time for the swap, but I hope you'll enjoy what I send your way tomorrow morning!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
(OMG, 85%confusion I totally want to steal those chicken transfers -I've never seen them in color before! Lucky! )
Okay, so I'll probably end up being the oldest person crafting in this swap, but I sent my info in anyway!
Sorry, I'm 42 this year!
Ah well, maybe I just feel old, lol!
Anybody here ever do any cosplay? I did for Fanime yeeeeears ago; once as Asuka from Evangelion (school uniform, not plug suit), and once with my cousins as Ghibli characters. And because I'm sometimes a sucker for self-ridicule (and also a bit proud of my super-tight-budget crafting results) here's a pic from the height of our anime geekdom, circa nineteen ninety something...
"San" had a blast with it, and "Kiki" needed a ton of encouragement to do it -I'm so glad she finally relented because she was so perfect!
So there used to be a really awesome thrift store in my area that closed late last year. It was an awesome place for a junk scrounge like myself; lots of material with potential and usually very reasonably priced -especially when you like to make stuff out of things no-one wants to use anymore!
I amassed several funky old Bundt cake pans so that I could turn them in to hanging pots for herbs. Because really, have you ever made any food in one of those pans? The novelty wears off reallllly quick, trust me. But look how lovely the bottoms are! How else can you get a good look at them unless you hang them? Thus, the herb pots were born!
The raw materials...
8 cups of funky fresh herbs! (Well, 8 cups of dirt, technically, but that's not as appealing )
Because the pans are usually quite small, you'll want to use compact varieties of herbs and keep them out of all-day sun. Mine are hanging from the porch roof and only get about four-five hours of direct sun a day. Be sure to keep an eye on watering too, as the smaller containers will dry out quicker. The herbs seem to like the conditions though, and I actually haven't had any of the fungus problems I frequently get in my non-hanging potted plants. I planted this pot last October and the bushier Thymes have nearly doubled in size -the very flat one is still nicely compact- and they are all doing great!
Here's a simple version of how to make one of these funky pots -if you make one of your own please post a pic, I'd love to see the variety!
[July 2, 2009: added two new pics!]
Here is the second pot I made about two months ago. It is a "tin" pan, so it has rusted, but I like it that way! But how wonderful is that bottom? This pot is hanging high so I can see the pattern when I pass by...
And yes, I haven't been very good about pruning the oregano so it's very leggy instead of bushy. Oh well!
And here is a shot of the assembly. Note that for this particular pan I used two washers -a large one to fit the hole in the pan, and a smaller one to cover the large hole in the large washer. Large washers don't always have the right size inner hole, and sometimes it's more trouble than it's worth to drill it -hence, the double washer approach!
Holy cow, babalina58, you have some impressive cross-stitch skills!!
I recieved my fabulous, incredible, and awesome pillowcases from babalina58 and all I can say is, "WOW!!" Not only did she do an intensive cross-stitch on each pillowcase, but she also MADE the pillowcases themselves -and if that weren't enough, she made a matching pillow!
(the cases are folded to showcase the embroidery, they're actually quite roomy)
I can't even fathom the time and effort all those colors and tiny stitches must have taken!
All I can say is, wow you totally over-spoiled me! But I love them, the print and stitching motifs are wonderful! Thank you SO MUCH!!