Has anyone here ever gotten a package that made you say: "Oh my god!" "what?!?!?! You've got to be kidding!" "Oh man NO way!!!" "She didn't!!" about every 305 seconds? Well that's what my package did. First I was surprised, because believe it or no I was surprised who my partner was! Okay obviously I set it up, and I KNEW my partners username, but I don't cheat and always pretend I don't know, and don't keep looking her up lol, and I thought for sure my partner was in Australia! So I get a package from WI, and am like "Well I don't know what it is, the only package that could be this size should be foreign!" So BAM I got surprised too!!
And my partner was.............
And Oh my GOD what a partner! This lady must be the most multi-talented person I've EVER met! Usually you know how you get a package with just 1 or different types of crafts in it?? Oh not me!! I got:
An Awesome terraium. Only slightly shaken up in transit, but I think it'll be fine. Boy it is hard to get a good picture of these things! Especially if you have a new camera you are adjusting to also.
And AWESOME decorated box!
That opens to reveal:
A SET of needle felted houses!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY WELL needle felted too!
Do you think that's all??
I also got:
This very well sewn, and straight off my wist wreath!!!!
But wait! That's STILL not all!!!
A bird pin! And what's that little thing?? That's a glass pendant with copper infusions to form a tree!!!!!!!! I tried and tried but just could NOT manage to get a picture of it. It i amazing.
So she sews, does amazing glasswork, needle felts like a queen, arranges terraiums, does amazing papercrafts, AND
Did you notice the wreath is sitting on something?
I always thought my mom was amazing because she can do anything crafty well, but ollieorange, oh ollieorange is amazingggggggggggg.
I will begin taking bribes for who she will send to in round 3.
For some reason this Christmas is just hard on me. I'm not sure if it's because I've been sick for a month straight (now on antibiotics for upper respitory infection, and antibitotics make me feel crappier then being sick) or if it's because this past december 8th is the 10 year anniversary of when my grandfather killed himself, or because my baby is now a toddler and I want to be pregnant with number two, or because I am just gennerally unhappy.
I especially hate our tree this year. I LOVED the tree I did last year. I try to do a special theme every year (but this is my last year doing that so my son can build traditions, which can't be done with completely new ornaments every year,) and this years theme was supposed to just be fabric, and non traditional things. For example I have bright orange, lime green, bright blue, all fabric balls, 4 patch squares, and fabric garland. The garland is strips of fabric knotted together on the ends (i'm not sure how well it shows in the pictures) After decorating I hated the tree so I added green garland in with bells, and bright colored candy canes. Then I just added tinsel, in a unique pale olive green. The tinsel looked SOOOOOOOOO beautiful at the store, but at home it reminds me of snot! Maybe that is the respitory infection talking? I also have a few various ornaments on there too, some foam store bought ones, some wooden store bought ones, and a very few regular ornaments (two of my sons special yearly Hallmark ones, and a few I made or specially begged family for over the years, like the vintage plastic cones with wirebrush trees inside)
Even my son (who doesn't talk yet, but signs, and nods yes or no) said he thinks the tree is ugly!!
Here's some picture. Any idea what I can do to make it nicer?? There are no lights because of wasteing energy, and the fact that I JUST found lights with white wires two days ago. Anything that goes on it has to be toddler proof (terribles twos too!!) and cat and dog proof. My foamy ornaments already have teeth marks because my son keeps eating them.
And here for kicks, is my tree last year. The theme was "mod" most of the ornaments are open looking spheres from scrapbook paper (just cut strips then attach them top and bottom with a brad, then fan out to form a sphere) and a few select others. Our wrapping paper has blue, green and silver squares, it was supposedly all occasion paper, not just christmas paper. The presents you see in the first photo are gifts from family, not ones for my theme. The second photo shows our tree Christmas Morning.
So last night, even though I had way to many gifts I was supposed to be making I made a ton of felt ornaments, with vintage buttons for fun. Then added those to the tree. The tinsel is a much prettier color in real life, and wasn't as bad before as the pictures made it look, but I modified it again. I did just a few clumps for sparkle, because it really glitters more then you'd expect with no tree lights. Notice though how it is not at the very bottom anywhere.
In response to different ideas everyone shared:
I am usually against the tinsel/garland combo too! But I swear my tree has some kind of vaccuum! Every time I look at it the garland is sucked closer to the center! That's why you can hardly see it.
I may make another fabric garland like the one I have already. It's a matter of time, or lack thereof. Tomorrow I am hosting a church party for about 40+ people, and still have to work on that, PLUS actual gifts (for the party AND for Christmas)
I thought about the wooden block idea, and usually that would be awesome (we have a TON, even some really neat vintage British ones!) but my son has iron issues, and when his iron is low his favorite thing to eat is wood. Right now we're facing the low iron issue, hence the reason even my foam ornaments have a few teeth marks.
I LOVE the toy idea, except like one mom said, he'd just be yanking them off the tree, and possibly the whole tree right on top of himself!
The tree skirt looks a lot better in real life, but I could still change it. There are actually several ornaments with the same yellow in them. It wasn't really captured well in the pictures, but it pulls those ornaments out a bit more.
Right now I'm still not in love with my tree, but I'm slightly happier with it. I was really hoping to avoid making more ornaments. Just for the time issues. I'm still working on a topper. I DID try the santa potato, but he just refused to stand upright!
I still haven't been able to find time for a photo shoot, most of my child-free time is much to dark for photos, but today I was able to take a boring shot of it all layed out.
Anastrophe made me: A dress for Patience (my Sasha) a everyday hat and purse for Gene (for going to the races) A fancy hat for Gene with fancy hatbox a picnic basket made from clay for Gene, and it has handles that move! and a large bag for Patience with a small matching purse for Gene!
Yes that's right she DREW this pen and ink drawing! It's 11x14 framed and is simply amazing. It was hard to get a good picture off, because I apparently hung it exactly where the sun is shining though the window right now!
Thanks llisa! and sorry my package is crummy! I promise to make it up to you!
I love to have fresh flowers as a table centerpiece but have a black thumb (I kill all my plants) and can't afford to buy fresh flowers all the time. So I created this:
I thought, sure I could make polymer clay roses, or paper flowers, or .... but let's have fun with felt! Plus we have two cats and dog and a toddler boy that team up as much as nessecary to destroy EVERYTHING! So at least this wasn't an insane amount of work.
Alrighty, times for pics! klum78 spoiled Blu he got some new clothes, some toys, a great quilt. We were outside when the UPS guy came, and I tore into the box in the courtyard (that's why there are no opening pictures)
She sent a whole set of foam tub toys. The kind that stick to the wall. Blu really loved them, but this boy eats everything. So we've had to put them away until he's a little older. Apparently in a split second he gnawed off a chunk when daddy was giving him his bath. But notice Blu and Daddy looking at their creation. There are actually a lot more then these. Street signs, cars, boats, a bike, it's all there!
He also received the cutest/coolest/handsomest car shirt!
Name letters. These are JUST so funny. Concoidences abounded for me in this swap. first I happened to get a pattern book with cabbage patch kids clothes which klum wanted, then I was in the craft store Saturday looking at letters to make Blu a wall hanging, and BAM here they are!
Then klum and her daughter painted little wooden cars for him to play with,
On his new town mat! It's also a blanket! This thing is superb!!!!!!
He also got a shorts sets. That white lump is a tshirt, I was trying to show the appliques on each shoulder. There is also one on the hip.
The bowling set! Our neighbors enjoyed playing with this in the courtyard. It's spectacular!!! It has 6 pins, 3 of each color, a ball, and a fabric bag to hold it all. Another coincidence because I also made her son a ball in red/orange/yellow!!!
And lastly, a felt board with the alphabet! We happen to have tons of shapes, but no board to use them on! We haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure he will love it!
Alright, sorry this was delayed my computer was acting insane yesterday. Here's photos, be warned there are alot! I have close-ups of the quilt in my gallery too.
Theme- Green/Organic/trees/nature/fairies First the quilt, hubby hasn't been able to take a picture of me using it yet, but oh boy have I! It's the perfect size to cover my legs while I sit in the rocking chair (I spend a lot of time there, Blu has sleep issues)In this picture it's just sprawled on the bed.
I also got the best recycled journal! Lots of great pages, and amazing binding! I've never bound a book and had it look so nice!
It's shown here with several smalls:
Which leads us to the next theme, Kawaii. I told her how I like zakka also, so some of the items may be considered a bit more zakka then kawaii. I like usefull kawaii so technically it's all zakka. In the small stuff pictrue above you can also see my awesome cd wallet!Pins, and the extra she sent, a mix cd.
Here's a close-up of the pins.
Another Kawaii was this great felt pouch. It has a reverse applique, and a heart lining.
Here is the reversible kawaii headband.
Coffee Cup Corset, here modeled by a conviently nearby baby bottle.
And the last Kawaii item has a zine full of sweets recipes. Shown here with the zine from the next theme as well, Sewing/Knitting. She made a small sewing/craft themed zine. This picture shows the inside of them both.
For the sewing she did a medium and three smalls. One small is the zine, and another is this sewing themed pouch. Around each dress form is quilted, and it has a t-shirt material lining, with batting in between.
The last small for sewing/knitting was a pin cushion. Here's two shots, one to show it's front view, and one side view zoomed in to show the ice cream print fabric!!
The medium was a BEAUTIFUL needle roll. I request a short one for my double points, and she followed through! Here it is partially unrolled to show the inside and outside:
My 4th theme was dolls/stuffies, and she did one of each. The large was a raggedy Ann doll, her very first ever, with a matching quilt! athenamat painted her legs striped, and embroidered an A on the yoke of her dress. I prize her greatly, and plan to buy her a nice chair for her to rest in!
She also made me this Gabu from my wists, except he asked me to name him Splorch, and yes he is a he even though he is pink. don't confuse his gender or he gets angry.
My last theme was household stuff. She made me a half apron and some collaged coasters!
I still need an action shot of the apron too. I must say though, if an apron can make you look hot, this one can!