I received a fantastic package from whenindoubtsew today! She was so generous with her crafting and sneaked in some extras that are quite awesome.
First, a just-out-of-the-envelope shot with everything still wrapped:
The cookie got a little crumbly, but I'm surprised after the long trek that it wasn't in worse condition. There are 3 large samples of tea: Daintree Blend (Australian black tea, hibiscus, blackberries, & orange); Japanese Garden (sencha with peach, corn flowers, rose petals, & calendula); and Arctic Fire (black China and Ceylon tea with fruit, mint, and cornflowers). There is also a "Friendship Tea" felt badge with a clip on the back.
Inside the tissue paper were all these goodies:
A whole TWO tea press cozies. I have the urge to buy a second small tea press so I never have to take them off! One is my first Sherlock craft item!! Sherlock and John portraits with "221B" in the middle. The fabric even matches their wallpaper! Then there are wonderfully hand-embroidered teacups and teapot on the second (in my favorite colors). There is also a Union Jack fabric on the back that I forgot to get a photo of. To top it off, she sent a beautiful mug rug with three "whimsical woodland" scenes <3 It has pretty lace and lots of delicate stitches. The extra is a tea strainer set with the classic blue willow design on it
This was my first finished project using a wood burner that I picked up at a thrift store ages ago. It was one of the items in the first package that I sent to deathbeforedishes in the Make-a-Friend Swap. I found the main image I used on dbd's Pinterest (not my design!). I also added the sonic screwdriver and an appropriate quote/reference from the 11th Doctor's first episode. This item represented my love of cooking, with the extra twist of having Doctor Who designs that appeal to both me and dbd.
I don't think I'll be doing much more wood burning with the tool I used. It took a lot longer than I thought it would because the wood was pretty dense and the burner didn't have any sort of temperature control. Now I need something different to do with the extra wood spoons I bought
I received such a beautiful table runner from deathbeforedishes tonight! She said that each snowflake took 15-20 minutes to make, and there are more than 30 of them! She also sent me some acorns and a bigger nest similar to the ones she sent me in package 2.
Thank you so much, dbd! You've been an amazing partner, and it was awesome doing this swap with you!
I made a set of Star Wars themed stitch markers for deathbeforedishes for the first package in the recent Make-a-Friend Swap.
They are made with polymer clay with a few dabs of acrylic paint and glaze and the biggest lobster clips I could find (~3/4"). I accidentally dumped half my polymer clay glaze all over a friend's table trying to make these because I had a difficult time figuring out how to hang them to dry. I wound up putting wire hooks in a box to suspend them all where they could drip without harming anything.
The Princess Leia was inspired by one on dbd's Pinterest, but from there I went crazy...
This was one of the crafts I sent deathbeforedishes for the third package recent Make-a-Friend swap. She had some Cath Kidston bags and things on her Pinterest, so I found some similar floral patterned fabric with pretty roses on blue. I modeled the purse after my own (Lily Bloom) cross-body bag and made my own pattern for it.
The strap is adjustable so it can just go over the shoulder or be a cross-body purse
There is a little pocket on the front flap that closes with a snap. I also installed a snap to keep the front flap closed. The inside has a little zippered pocket, and the backside has a tablet sized pocket. The shell of the purse and the back pocket are lightly padded with fleece.
This is the first time in quite a while that I didn't make my own straps out of matching fabric, but I thought the cotton strap would break up the monotony of the floral fabric on the outside, while keeping the polka dot interior fabric more of a fun secret.
On the top is a patchwork pincushion, and on the sides are roomy pockets for scissors or crochet hooks or some other small tool. I also enjoyed making the quilted back section even though it will be hidden most of the time
I got received my package two from deathbeforedishes tonight! She decided to go with the more supplies and 4 small items categories.
For the 4 more small items from the first round, she sent a Weeping Angel Amigurumi, Cath Kidston bath products, chocolate caramel popcorn (which is already half gone), a bow tie bracelet, a little felt cookie keychain<3, a heart necklace with a pretty flower and heart on the background...
For supplies, she sent the origami paper that she used for the magnets in the first package, some letter stamps, the most adorable woodland themed charms, acorn caps, and keyboard keys...
I started working on something for package 3 tonight, and I can't wait to see how everything turns out.
My package from deathbeforedishes came in on Saturday. She sent so many nice things!
First of all, this is one of the funnest looking boxes I have ever found on my front porch!
It was filled to the brim with goodies, all carefully tagged with button notes!
She made me some lovely, gardening-inspired magnets for the hobby category. I love the papers she used.
One of my crafted goodies was a needle box. This is perfect for traveling, so pins don't go astray (or start stabbing other things).
Another crafted item was a Morsbag (there was also a matching coin purse). This is my first Morsbag! I love the tea cups
And a third crafted item! (Or maybe it's a favorite?) "Home is where the coffee is" hoopla! I love it!
For a sentimental item, she sent me a Jar of Whimsies! Our first swap where we were partners was the JoW R11. There were so many fun goodies in here! (That bee girl is perfect!)
The other items she sent included lots of stationary and cards, the cutest of notepads, bookmarks, stamps, yarn (so soft!), embroidery floss, Independence Day decorations, and vegan honey (dandelion jam, can't wait to make something with it!).
This is one of the shrines that I made for Wulf in the Shrine Swap. I decided to go with an Earth Spirit theme, and I accepted Wulf's challenge to construct a "weatherproof" shrine that he could place outside. My original plan was to make some small shrines out of tins with windows, and I decided I wanted something that could light up for the evenings. So I went to Target looking for some of those $1 garden lights that are solar powered. I also picked up a larger lantern which wound up being the base for my large shrine because I discovered that cannibalizing the solar powered lights required more tools than I was prepared to go buy (soldering iron, etc.). I'm really happy with how things worked out though.
The shrine can be completely inclosed with the glass windows in preparation for all kinds of weather, or the front panel can be taken out for a clearer view of the inside. I sculpted the little earth sprite with a mix of bronze and beige polymer clay, so it is shimmery and fleshy at the same time. His wings are made with maple seeds, and he has twigs for hair. I also sculpted the mushroom with polymer clay. This shrine obviously came out more like a scene then a shrine, but a lot of the things I had planned to use didn't fit inside. The bottom is about 3.5"x3.5"...
The lantern was originally black, but I love copper and patina on copper, so I gave the outside a makeover before starting.
I had a horrible time of trying to get a "lit up" shot (because I was lazy and didn't want to get a tripod out), so here was my best effort from my in-progress shots:
And I forgot to take a picture of the backside when it was done, so here is the back panel when I was taking in-progress shots:
(The stamp is one I made for my wedding stationary last year).
And lastly, here is a shot from before I started:
I had a ton of fun making this, and now I really want to go back and buy another lantern to do another for myself. I need to focus on other things right now though, so it will probably have to wait til next year when they are selling these lanterns again.
I got my fantastic package from Wulf last night with three amazing shrines.
For my Alice in Wonderland theme, I received a small Queen of Hearts shrine:
The little details are so impressive on this. The outer frame is from an actual playing card, there is a checkered pattern painted on the inside, he used pages from an Alice in Wonderland book, and then crowned it with what appears to be the top of a chess piece.
Then there was an awesome steampunk rabbit shrine:
In the background there is a balloon ship being loaded, and is actually textured. The vacuum tube is attached to a coil and bounces about on the top.
And the best for last, a fantastic whimsical woodland shrine:
So many working doors! And the teeniest little gnome and mushrooms hiding in the bottom. This thing is so amazing. I already have it a home hanging with my other favorite crafty things, but I am torn about wanting to keep it open but not seeing those adorable little squirrels sharing their acorn on the front. It is also a real acorn, which amused me because I very nearly covered one of Wulf's shrines with acorn caps.
Thanks, Wulf, for being an awesome partner, and thanks, Lindy, for organizing this amazing swap!