For the recent pincushion swap, I decided to make something I have been wanting to try for a long time for my swap partner (and good friend). She likes vintage things and woodland creatures, so I made a miniature forest pincushion with mushrooms, rocks, and trees. I absolutely had to make a cute little fox to sit there. Everything was needle felted wool, and then I plopped it inside a teacup that I have been saving for something special. I have lots more teacups, so I plan to run with this idea and make a bunch more
I've been seeing some very nifty crafted clocks lately, and I love functional crafts, and I have zero clocks in my name. Would anyone else be interested in a crafted clock swap? Any ideas on guidelines for the swap other than the obvious "make a clock"?
I just realized I never posted the rest of the letters that I made for my friend's baby. I posted the first two a couple months ago, so here they are with the rest of them. The baby's room is a beach theme in brown, teal, and coral. I used some of the fabric that I got for her diaper bag and some extras that I bought in case I make her something else later for the room
I had fun with this project and got to learn a lot of new stitches. I wish I had a picture of them all hanging, but I haven't seen the baby's room yet, and had no where to hang them for pictures.
Here's another one of my crafts from the recent Video Game Swap. I wanted to make some (semi-) functional things for my partner, and she told me about her extensive garden, and her efforts to become more energy conscious. I wish I had had more supplies to make more of these for her. I hammered a bunch of blank, unused bottle caps flat, and then I stamped them with herb names. I decided to go back and add the Vault Tec logo from Fallout on an extra bottle cap for each marker to make sure it was very obvious that the bottle caps were a reference to the Fallout currency. (I made the Vault Tec logo stamp, too, but that is for another post ). I also sealed them a few time to make sure the stampings didn't wash off. It was hard to take pictures of these because the caps were so shiny. They say "Chives", "Oregano", "Parsley", and "Rosemary".
I really wanted some action shots, but I didn't want to get her garden markers dirty before shipping them off ;P
For the recent Video Game Swap, my partner mentioned that her favorite landscape/area of World of Warcraft was Orgrimmar. She also put in a request for wall art for her home. I decided to do a needle felted scene (on a wool sweater) of the front gates of Orgrimmar for her. The finished design was much bigger than I meant for it to be. I think the frame was about 18" x 24"... I used scraps of the sweater from the sleeves to make the little flags as separate parts which I tacked back on to the main piece.
It seems like it has been a while since I have posted some of my stamps, so I wanted to share a couple of recent sets I've done. Both of these sets were for photographers who were looking to fancy up their packaging for sending prints and CDs to their clients. I made address stamps for both of them, but for privacy, they are not shown here.
I think the "Please do not bend, photos enclosed" is my favorite stamp because I am getting a lot better at teeny letters
The little circle is a logo... it is supposed to be a sand dollar with the initials "CRG"
And all wrapped up:
And the other set:
(I had to get my husband to cut that little piece of wood before I glued the stamp to its mount... just ignore the little extra bit ;P)
This was my embroidery hoop for a partner in the recent Embroidery Hoop Swap. She asked for something with stumpwork, and the theme was "not just thread", so I combined the stumpwork leaves with needle-felted strawberries, and beaded blackberries. (The strawberries also have teeny little seed beads). The design was based on a very similar one that my partner had on pinterest, but that one was all stumpwork and also had blueberries.
The actual embroidery on the hoop was pretty limited, but it does exist There are little green swirls and dots at the base of the leaves where I attached them all.
For the recent MAQ swap, my partner listed autumn and her two dogs among a few other themes. I've been on a upcycled sweater kick for the past year or so, and I wanted to try out a sweater "quilt" to felt on. So the whole base of the quilt is made of sections from several thrift store sweaters, each with more than 75% wool/animal fiber content. I machine washed/felted some and others I left as they were. Then I hand-stitched it all together. The tree, pile of leaves, and two dachshunds are all needle-felted wool decorations/embellishments. I added a bit of hand-stitching on top to add extra detail as well.
A friend of mine is expecting her first child in March, and so I offered to make a diaper bag for her. The baby's nursery will be "Caribbean Blue" with coral and brown accents. She really loved the Petunia Picklebottom diaper bags, so I found a very similar pattern on Etsy to make for her. I went with an orange and white interior for not good reason (personal preference?) It can be worn like a backpack or a messenger bag or a regular diaper bag. There are 13 pockets total! (I think) And two straps for all the different ways to wear the bag. I hand embroidered the design on the front, but then I forgot to take a zoomed in picture of it....
And because it is hard to take pictures of the inside of a bag, here is the inside before it was flipped around: