I love the pics imafundork sent! I love the flowers and plants, and OMG dolphin! The rain pics are cool too! Great pics!
I have received a lovely package from elvissatx! Here is a pic of the whole package:
Frames, a beautiful card, two CDs (photo and video, in the same case), and candy that lights up!
She made two beautiful sparkly amazing vinyl photo frames! I love them so much! The colors, the texture, the sparkle, everything! And they hang on the diagonal (the frame, not the photo). How cool is that? Here's a pic of just the frames:
And here are some thumbnails: Another view of the frames, a close up of the detail on the frames, and the beautiful card:
Elvissatx, thank you so much for the wonderful package. I love it all so much! This swap has been so much fun!
(Oh, and if you're curious, the prints going in the frames are this and this. )
ETA: Here are some thumbnails of the frames in use. I put them above the bed where previously we had a depressing plain wall! (DH's funny comment was that he's glad he's welcome . . . ) And a thumbnail of the pattern on the (store-bought) duvet cover so you can see how well the colors work in this room!
They are so sparkly and shiny that I feel I am not capturing the frames very well, but IRL they look fantastic!
This photo shows its length a bit, and the fringe:
I used the atypically.knit pattern to make this scarf, with some modifications, such as making the fringe a bit longer than the pattern calls for. I also used larger needles and cast on fewer stitches to get the width.
Because it is knit in the round, the scarf is a long tube. Here are some shots of the edge of the scarf (the scarf is folded in half, then rolled up):
Closer detail of the edges:
And here it is with some other little Gryffindor items (little "extras" for the swap), crochet flower brooches made by my DD and a mug cozy made with the scarf's MC yarn:
See how the fringe is about the same length as the large MC stripes? I think a longer fringe like this is a bit more feminine. If I were making this for a guy, I would probably use the shorter fringe length from the atypically.knit pattern, which is more like the fringe in the movie scarves. And don't worry, rosesanplacebos gave me creative license on this item, so she wasn't expecting a movie replica anyway!
Made for: rosesanplacebos Swap:"I Miss Harry Potter Swap" Date: Mid June - Early July, 2008 Pattern:atypically.knit pattern, with modifications: larger needles (size 10), co 72 stitches, made fringe about 6" long (same as length of large MC stripe) Needles: size 10 bamboo 16" circular Yarn: Utopia worsted-weight acrylic, Pomegranate (MC) and Maize (CC) Dimensions: About 8.5 feet long, 8 inches wide
Yay! I am so glad everything suits you, rosesanplacebos! And yes, my son made the coasters, and my daughter, beauootifulsooooup, made the flower brooches, dish cloths and the scrubber! Which she wants you to use! (She's all about the green, too!)
Wow, there are a million items in there! Great haul!
Hahaha, yeah. I switched gears on what I was making for the medium about halfway through the swap ( ), and I think that led to a lot of extras! Also, I wanted to send stuff for her new home, because I'm so excited for her! (Yay for rosesanplacebos!)
And if anyone's wondering how we fit the house wears into HP:
Madam Puttifoot's carries accessories and gifts for the coffee and tea lover! (Right? )
DD colored the labels, and helped concept the whole thing! (The big label says, "Madam Puttifoot's Fine Coffee and Tea".)
That scarf is amazing! Tasket basket is a great crafter! I can't wait to see the rest of the goodies! I read her blog regularly and she hasn't given so much as a clue *lol*
Right, and it's not just because I'm a lazy blogger, either! (And thank you!)
I have pics that I'll post to the blog after rosesanplacebos posts her pics here. And a great pic of the scarf in progress in the S.P.E.W. bag ShardaeDobby made for me in the last HP swap! (I wanted to blog that so much!) It was so cool to have an HP project bag for this scarf -- I love HP swapping!
Here's the trunk rosesanplacebos made in its new home (it took a few days for it to "find" its perfect place, lol):
Okay, I've got photos now! Yes. So many that some will be thumbnails! (The little ones are clickable.)
Rosesanplacebos, I do love everything. You created a wonderful package! I was so exited to open the box, and it was wrapped just beautifully:
Wrapped up inside the shipping box was one big box! I started sqeeing right then! OMG, Hogwarts trunk:
This was something I had asked for, but of course I said that "Hogwarts trunk" should be open to interpretation. Well, rosesanplacebos interpreted it as a trunk! I love it so much!
Look at the sides:
And the clasp:
At this point I was just about done for, and the trunk wasn't even open yet! But remember all those lovely little packages from her teaser pic?
Inside the trunk:
And all the goodies:
A painted Hungarian Horntail dragon tote, a quill pen, a book box, hair sticks (a wand and a broom), two toy wands (one for each of my children), a Luna-inspired bottle cork pendant, and everything was so beautifully tagged with descriptions!
Here are some more pictures, with rosesanplacebos's notes from her labels!
"Hungarian Horntail to defend your groceries!"
And the wings! They go onto the back of the bag! I am not getting over the awesomeness of these wings any time soon!
And a detail (lol, I'm trying to be "reasonable", haha, about the number of pics. But you need to click on this thumbnail and see the beautiful painting!):
This is, in fact, my new library tote! (The groceries are on their own, this bag wants some books!)
"Tail feather from Phoenix, lost in battle -- said to be good luck with writing novels!" and "To hide world domination notes! *Ahem* . . . or for light reading . . . "
I put the tags from the packages inside the box for the photo. The cover reads: "Home Life and Social Habits of British Muggles". Delightful!
"Hair sticks for your pesky bun; fashionably Wizard approved!"
And a thumbnail of the details (so wonderful!):
Wands for the children, along with descriptions of the magical construction:
These are great! Only, now they're armed:
They love them!
"Inspired by Luna for your eclectic jewelry collection."
And my jewelry collection is eclectic! This adorable cork pendant is on a nice long chain:
And everything all together in the trunk:
Thank you so much, rosesanplacebos! I love it all. I am so impressed with your craftiness, and I feel so lucky that you have shared it with me!
Last couple of thumbnails of the labels and the leather tag, click if you are curious:
DD has been in an art program at a local college for these past two weeks. The weekend before the program started, I made her an eco-friendly reusable lunch bag.
The lunch bag:
With front flap open:
Back of bag:
Back of bag with flap open:
We used scraps we have accumulated from our own sewing and from a grab bag of scraps I bought on etsy. DD looked through all the scraps and picked the ones she wanted in her lunch bag. I then made them into strips, cutting them down if needed or placing shorter bits together into longer strips.
To make the pieced fabric for the front and back/flap panels, I laid all the pieces out on a lightweight woven cotton and zig-zag stitched over the edges of the strips of the novelty fabrics. The backing fabric makes it easier to sew the edges of the pieces and also adds stability.
Made for: DD Reason: Save the world Date made: June 15, 2008
Fabrics:Front and back/flap: Scraps of woven cotton novelty fabrics; lightweight woven cotton for backing. Sides and lining: lightweight black denim. Other materials:Strap: green webbing reconned from package wrapping. Loops for strap and button: turquoise grosgrain ribbon. Button: vintage turquoise-color button. Thread: green, pink and turquoise. Elastic: to cinch in the sides. Dimensions: Front panel: 10" x 10". Back/flap panel: 10" x 16". Sides: 5" x 10". Bottom: 10" x 5". Strap: approx. 1 yard. (These are the cut dimensions, before sewing.)
(If you are interested in more detail pictures of the piecework and so on, they are at this post on my blog.)
My swap partner for the recent HP swap had a record purse on her wists, so I had to make one for her! The Weird Sisters are the wizard rock band from the Harry Potter series, and I decided they had to have released some albums (though there aren't any in the books -- we both enjoy a loose interpretation of canon.)
Each side of the purse is Side One of a different album. I printed out the labels on colored heavy weight printer paper, and used double-sided paper adhesive to attach them over the existing labels on the records. ("Do the Hippogriff" is a song from the HP books, but the rest are not. Loose canon, right? And fair warning: this post only gets geekier from here on in.)
Close up of the labels (Conjuring the Rock Produtions, charmed to play in the Divinaphone):
WS's debut album (1978):
Second album (1980):
My two favorite song titles are "From the Owlery" and "Arithmancy of the Soul". Just don't ask me what they mean, because I don't know. But that is some Wizarding rock.
The concept of the purse is that it is "partially transfigured" -- that is, transfigured from records into a purse, but still retaining characteristics of the original item. (See what I mean about even geekier?) So, the circles in the lining fabric are reminiscent of records, and the pockets are lined with sheet music fabric, of course.
Lining, and snap-close pocket (open):
There are two flat pockets on one side and a snap-close pocket on the other side (open in the second photo). The ends of the purse are pinched and stitched so they fold inward when the purse is shut. The outer purse is pink vinyl, and the linings are cotton.
Close up of fabrics:
This was my favorite item to make for this swap, and I am so thankful to my partner for allowing me to subject her to my super HP geekiness!
Swap: "Because We Miss Harry Potter" Swap Swap Partner: ShardaeDobby Date made: March 2008 Pattern: Mod Record Purse, Vinyl Record Purse Fabrics: Pink vinyl, woven cotton novelty fabrics (pink with colored circles, pink sheet music) Other materials: Records, heavy weight paper for labels (pink and green), double-sided adhesive, hemp twine (purple), magnetic snap
If you'd like to read my adventure in acquiring appropriate records for this project, it's at this post on my blog: Hey Mister DJ.
My partner from the "Because We Miss Harry Potter" Swap, ShardaeDobby, was really good at asking fun HP questions to help us get to know each other's HP interests. (This was in addition to the swap questionnaire!) Based on her answers, I thought she would like something from Honeydukes! So I made this:
"Every Flavour" drawstring pouch:
Open it up:
Let's go shopping:
(action shot with DD before sending out)
The pouch has a double drawstring, so it stays shut nicely. The drawstrings are turquoise-color hemp twine with plastic beads. I painted "Every Flavour" and the little stars on the finished pouch with a couple of coats of yellow flexible fabric paint. When that was dry, I painted over and around the letters with gold glitter flexible fabric paint to give it a magical effect.
The shopping tote is made from jelly bean novelty fabric: the Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans inside the pouch! The tote's straps are the same pink fabric as the pouch. The tote has French seams, so it should be sturdy, and a gusset at the bottom, so it's pretty roomy.
After twenty-one times twenty-two rows, one color and then the next, (and enduring well-intentioned compliments like "Oh, I could never do that! I would want to change colors all the time!") I was ready to either pull my hair out, or knit something fun and quick! LOL
I designed the wrist warmer's color fade as a sanity saver while knitting the scarf. They were an add-on to the swap, but I had to make them.
Ravenclaw Color Fade Wrist Warmers:
The wrist warmers were knit flat on circular needles and then seamed up, leaving a hole for the thumb. Using circular needles allowed changing colors each row as needed. (Just slide to the other side and purl or knit as needed: no color-change line on the right side. I read about this technique somewhere . . .)
Ravenclaw House Scarf and Color Fade Wrist Warmers:
I noticed only after sending the swap package that the scarf is backwards in this photo: that's the back of the fringe knots. The top photo shows the front.
DD made the crochet flower brooch in the top photo. It's made of wool yarn and felted. The center is a vintage wood and metal button. She also very kindly modeled the items for photos before I sent out the swap package.