Ok... Here is my utterly FANTASTIC package from Painted Sparrow - When I opened it, all I could say was, "Wow."
She sent me the sweetest little bird book ever - each set of pages has a quote and an illustration. Don't you just love how the book is shaped like a wing?!
I can't really pick any favorite pages... But these might come close...
And just as fabulous... (I strongly encourage you all to look at the full size images from these thumbnails! I didn't want to take over the thread, but oh my gosh - every page is amazing and worth a look!)
AND!!!! She made me this adorable ATC that incorporates my love of owls, small woodland creatures, and book prints!
I was totally blown away by the awesomeness of this gift - thank you so much, Painted Sparrow!
I received from NH822 on Saturday - It's been a bit crazy around here the past couple days, so I'm later than I intended in posting a picture... But a HUGE thank you, NH822, for such a lovely little hoop! I am going to hang it in my camper, so I shall see it everyday this summer (Ok, so this will make sense: I work at a park in the summer and we live in the camper from May to September). It perfectly matches the decorating I'm doing in it, and it will fit just right on the little wall between the windows.
There isn't much out there for Hagrid inspired crafts, as compared to Luna or Hermione. Anyway, I was doing a personal swap, and the person I was crafting for loves Hagrid. Soo... What to do?
I failed miserably (4 times) at making a stuffed 3 headed dog like Fluffy. =( But my back up plan came out pretty well....
My partner's tie actually has ribbon, instead of the cloth part to go around the neck, since I didn't know how large to make hers. Also, I already wrapped it up to mail and forgot to take pics, so this is the second one I made.
See! Veeeery similar. =D
My son had fun modeling it for some pics.
I used this tutorial, but had to increase it... a lot. I used Heat'n'Bond to put the stripes and polka dots on. I think I need to make it a bit longer, if I do another one. But, it was fun at any rate!
I have now made a few of these little purses - one for my daughter to go with her Harry Potter themed Christmas stuff, one to save as a gift for someone, and whatnot. I have to be honest, I hate making drawstring bags, so I didn't make a replica, but I think it looks enough like it to make me happy.
I had searched for a tutorial for "small evening bag" and found one for a Noriko (?) purse. But when I clicked the link, it said that the tutorial was no longer available. Blah. I really, REALLY liked that bag. So after taking a better look at the picture, it appeared to be made of 4 almost tear drop shaped pieces, with the top cut off. So that's what I did, and this is what I ended up with!
Finished, it sits about 5 1/2 inches tall, and is 4" wide and 4" deep.
I used four different fabrics on each of the four exterior sides, and did some beading. It has an elastic closure. Ok - and I can't believe I just thought of this after half my lifetime of sewing... But I always hated how you can pretty much get elastic in white, or black. Doesn't always match what you're making. Then I had this epiphany... HAIR ELASTICS!!!! w00t! They come in TONS of colors, are small and dainty, and are pretty darn cheap at the dollar store.
And this is the shape I came up with, in case you want to make your own:
You need to cut 4 of your outside fabric, and 4 of lining. I interfaced all 8 pieces with a light-medium weight fusible interfacing. Then, sew 2 outside pieces together, then the other 2 outside pieces together, then sew the two pieces you just made, together. =) (I'm so clear with my instructions, yes?) Repeat for the lining. Clip your curves!!! Place the lining and bag, right sides together and place your elastic for the closure, and cords for the handles, and sew around the top, leaving a good 2" space to turn. I did find that it was best to baste the elastic and cord in place by hand before machine sewing. They liked to slip and shift, and that made me aggravated. Turn, slip stitch the opening closed, and sew on a button opposite your elastic.
Wouldn't they be great little bags for prom or a wedding?
I couldn't find a basic smocking stitch beanie that I liked, so I made this one up as I went along. It was pretty easy... and ribbed the entire way till the last of the decrease, so it's nice and stretchy.
My father-in-law is really good at finding things... And sometimes I am the lucky recipient and end up with treasure! Crafting treasure, that is. On Christmas Eve, he brought me 3 HUGE boxes FULL of fabric samples from some interior design place. Gorgeous designer fabrics, mostly good sized swatches, I am in heaven!
So I was poking around on the internet looking for some small and quick projects and found a tutorial for dumpling purses. SOOOOO cute! And easy. Very, very easy.
My mum gave me a few issues of a magazine called Living Crafts last night. There was one project where they were wet felting ornaments. Well, middle of the night, I can't sleep, and of course I have wool in my craft room.... So there I am at 1:30am playing in the kitchen with wool and water and whatnot. I didn't want to make an ornament, because I was just experimenting and didn't want to waste a huge amount of wool if I failed!
I decided on making some wool beads, instead. Add a headpin and some iridescent glass beads, and I really love the look of these earrings.
Now I'm wishing the stores were open so I can get my hands on more wool, lol. I'm thinking tangerine...
My wings finally arrived! I wish I could find these wings locally, instead of having to order them. I'm just glad they arrived in time for Christmas! The necklace for my girl took... 10 minutes, tops, to put together. The hardest part was keeping the chain from slipping out of the pliers when I needed to hold it steady.
Then, you know, I had more keys, and some extra chain and clasps, so I just kept going...
I've been wanting to give glass etching a try for years. I've even owned a jar of the etching cream for about 5 years... Just never got around to actually doing it!
So I was trying to figure out a last minute gift, and I thought... Oh, I'll make needhams, and package them pretty. So while I was out shopping, I saw these darling apothecary jars and instantly knew it was the perfect container, but I had to make it more special.
So... masking tape, vinyl sticky letters, and the dusty jar of etching cream, and this is what we have:
I think for a first try it came out fair. The etching isn't perfectly even, and I had a horrid time placing the letters even after I placed a paper guide inside the jar.
C & C welcome - as are any tips on how to do a nicer job!