GatorWrangler's package was such a nice surprise in my day! The first thing I noticed was this adorable headband, which my best friend immediately pronounced "so you"! Sorry for the crap webcam photos, my digital camera is dead!
Then this adorable set of gauntlets/wristwarmers! I can't show two wrists at once, no timer option, but the happiest surprise was... can you tell my carpal tunnel brace is under this???
These little wrist cuffs are totally cute- I love the corset-like closing! Two in black with pink and red hearts (to go with the headband?) and two that match the wristwarmers- I'm so spoiled!
Last but not least- this adorable pouch (which I already used to take makeup on a weekend trip!) filled with tea!!
The earrings were made with shell pendants from JoAnn's and very easy to make. The barrettes are barrette backings and dollar store false flowers with a glue gun, the buttons the same- I'm quite pleased with them!
I made this using Personal Trainer: Cooking on my Nintendo DS! It came out beauuuuutifully!
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees 2. Melt 2 oz. butter 3.Beat 3 eggs 4. Sift 1 cup flour 5. Whisk the flour and add the eggs until it is mixed and somewhat stiff 6. Add 1/2 cup sugar 7. Add 1 1/4 cup milk (keep mixing) 8. Add butter and mix. 9. Grease with butter a ceramic tart dish around 8 inches across (I ended up using a much deeper glass dish- I would use a wider tart dish than that because it ended up much deeper than I think it's supposed to be) 10. Arrange 15 oz. canned cherries (I didn't have any canned so I took fresh and heated them up a bit with some sugar and water, and chilled them in the fridge for a while beforehand) 11. Pour the batter over the cherries. 12. Bake for 40 minutes (okay, whatever, I had to cook it for an hour before it got brown) until it gets brown about the edges. 13. Dust with powdered sugar. It will fall a bit in the air! 14. ENJOY!
And I had this adorable little green glass goddess and I figured why not try it out! But then I realized it would be more beads than I had to make a traditional necklace style, so I went for a bracelet, which is still too big (but I have very wee wrists)!:
This photo shows the order I mean for it to be in, somewhat like a compass. The goddess is both the beginning and the end, and she is at the top. I did it in four elements, in the North (Earth), East (Wind), South (Fire), West (Water) order. Each element has 7 beads and 1 larger focal bead to indicate the change, in case I want to use it for meditation (its original purpose). I used stones and metals associated with each element for their representation. Earth begins with an agate focal bead, then a sequence including jade, obsidian, and hematite. Air contains a turquoise focal bead, then a fluorite and turquoise sequence. Fire has a red glass focal bead (I didn't have an appropriate sized bead in appropriate stone so I went for color significance) and a pattern of rubellite and gold beads. Water's focal bead is sodalite, with a sequence of aquamarine, pearl, lapis lazuli, and blue quartz.
As I said, it's a bit big and the colors don't exactly match, but I like it for its significance, now if I can just get handle on meditation I'll be all set!
So I love this plaque because recently I've been feeling really drawn to/interested in Hecate, in her aspects as a moon goddess, a guide in the darkness, and patron of witches and midwives:
I have a ton of Sculpey III so I thought why not try to make one myself? This took so much work! It's small, but too big for a pendant so I think I'll hang it over my bed to guide my dreams. I glazed it but I think I might also rub a sort of metallic agent on it to bring out some of the detail. The pictures aren't as clear as I'd like, but without further adieu:
I like to play with clay but this is my first time with a straight up copy, so go gentle on me.
I got the charm and the chain at Michaels, I had the black beads and the dyed pearls, I rather like how it came out, although gluing those little pearls in was an exercise in patience and steady-handedness!:
I love bells. I love the tinkly sound they make when you move and their weight; I also love silver. I also had this cute little elephant charm, so I added them together to get this set! At first they were without color but I thought they needed a bit so I added my favorite color combo- green and pink! I'm quite pleased.
I went a bit crazy making earrings- it's so addictive, instant gratification! Some highlights: the ones in the top row on the left are bells that tinkle when worn, so I love those. The ones next to them contain that blue bead that supposedly wards off the evil eye! And the rest are lovely glass and silver charms from the bead boxes. Hope you like them.
I love this fabric- it is a really gauzy cotton but the print is fabulous. I wanted a simple pattern so I printed out the Anda dress and went to town. It came out kind of large, but I like that it sort of looks more like a peasant top that way. I modified the neckline because I was afraid that with my chest and the high one I'd resemble the prow of a ship more than anything else, and I'm pleased with it, but I may add a button and loop closure to keep it from flopping. It rucks up under my breasts quite often, so I think the belt looks best with it, though my mum disagrees! Pic:
So, I love this pattern. It takes all of my willpower not to make 68368 more skirts from it, because it is so comfy and flattering and EASY. But I figure I need to have skirt diversity, so I limited myself to three. Two are pictured because the other one's in the wash.
This skirt is made from a nice dark denim I got for something ridiculous like 2.50 a yard in a redtag sale. It is kind of stiff at the moment but I hope that will change once I wash it:
This is a gorgeous dupioni bridal silk I got for 5$ a yard in the same redtag sale:
In short, I highly recommend this pattern for its simplicity and reward!