O_O Oh. My. Gosh. Averia totally spoiled me. She was such an amazing partner, she really did a great job stalking me. I absolutely adore everything.
(Sorry for the crappy phone pics!)
Everything all together:
An amazing stocking!!!
Ornaments! My phone doesn't do the ones on the left justice, they're made of acorn caps and glittery!
Cthulhu embroidered hand towel, an embroidered beetle mug rug (I'm assuming it's a mug rug), Yankee candle, a little fairy wish door pendant and necklace to put it on.
Close-up of the Cthulhu shirt.
Burts Bees cuticle cream/lip balm, Eos lipbalm, some magnetic nail polish, and OMG LUSH BATH BOMBS!!!! <333
Cthulhu hoop & gnome hoop.
And a little book called the 12 Days of Yule that I've been wanting forever!
There was candy, too, but it got eaten up immediately. Averia, I loved swapping with you! Thank you so, so much for the package (I feel like mine pales in comparison, but alas, I do hope you liked it). Everything was perfect and holy crap, can this lady embroider or what?!
FINALLY posting pictures! AttieNichole, sorry it's taken me so long! I've had all sorts of insanity around here with no internet and just everything basically going nuts. But, luckily I got this great package in the middle of all of that! I love it all!
From AttieNichole I received: A painted wine bottle with a beautiful tree on it, a small crochet rug, some crochet can cozies, a wonderfully comfy green butterfly scarf, a crochet leaf mask, a frame with the silhouettes of birds on a camo background (these match so well with what I made my boyfriend last Yule, it was also bird silhouettes on a leaf background!), a candle, and a small picture frame with a quote.
I looked around for a bit on past swaps and swap ideas and didn't see anything... But I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a board game/card game themed swap? I've been tabletop gaming a lot lately (in fact it's becoming an addiction yet again) and I thought it'd be fun to do a swap themed around it if anyone else were interested. I know some of you have to be as geeky as me...
Some general ideas for items could be: Crafts made out of board/card games (such as the above Monopoly jewelry box, or even game-piece jewelry), crafts referencing or representing favorite games, homemade games from your own ideas, re-envisionings of existing games (there's like a million ways to do variants), thrifted games themselves, or even nice versions of free Print And Play games (I sit on boardgamegeek.com a lot and they have some great ones available--- a printer and maybe some laminate could make for a lovely swap item along with some pretty dice/game pieces).
Swappers could list in a questionnaire their favorite games, their favorite game types (strategy, RPG, wargames, etc.), the kind of in-game items they may need or want (dice, pawns, counters), and things like that.
I think it'd be a pretty easy and fun swap. I also dig open/random swaps that have more open rules regarding size (I like when you and your partner can craft for each other what you agree on, without adhering to point systems. I feel like it helps everyone stay within their means and gives everyone a chance to swap who may not be interested otherwise due to "large" items being mandatory). I'm also a fan of extended crafting times (3+ weeks).
If anyone's interested maybe it can come to fruition! I've personally never organized and I'm currently in the middle of doing my second swap, but if there were enough interest in doing a swap like this, maybe someone experienced with doing so could organize, or once my second swap ends (the end of September) maybe someone would be interested in co-organizing?
It's been a minute since I've had time to post anything or pick up a hook (silly holidays), but today I sat down for awhile and stretched the rusty hands. I've been watching a lot of Fruits Basket, so I whipped up a little rice ball. Not perfect, but a good warm up!
Usually I only end up crocheting things for myself and my friends, so I figured I should finally make something just for my boyfriend (even though I might borrow it ). So, with the lack of any other ideas, I decided to go with a simple scarf, since he doesn't have any and mornings when he's awake here are already COLD. I used Lion Brand Jiffy yarn in brown and gray (I threw away the paper from the skeins, so I don't remember the exact colors) and a size K-6.50MM hook and just started double crocheting. I didn't follow any pattern, I just kind of went with whatever came out. I think it turned out nicely, and he loves it, so I say it's a success. Any C&C is appreciated! Thanks for looking, ya'll!
I'm in the Penpal Swap, and my lovely partner sent me a little "learn-to-embroider" kit, since I shared that I would love to learn. I got the Zombies and Monsters pattern kit from Sublime Stitching and sat down and gave it a try today. I was pretty intimidated and I really didn't expect it to go as well as it did; I haven't sewn/stitched anything other than crochet pieces in... well, I don't wanna think how long. I was very happy with my first try though. I was mostly trying to get some of the stitches down, so while they're kindly crooked and a bit messy, at least I can do some without referring to a chart now. I also played a bit with splitting the floss. I was really impressed with how "free" embroidery feels. I'm definitely gonna stick with this one!
Received from Kittymom13 today! Wonderfully colorful stationery, some extra stickers, a pencil, and (what I think is) a face scrubby (not pictured cause the cat has definite interest in anything made with yarn).
I love it, thanks so much Kittymom13! The little kitten stickers on the paper are great and I love all the colors! Your package should be on its way now, too.
Well, after fighting with his wings and considering throwing all my yarn out the window, I finally finished my Cthulhu. I used the pattern from http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2010/05/cuddly-cthulhu-with-free-pattern.html with a couple tweaks here and there )I changed the wings a bit, for instance, and the gauge on my yarn was somewhat different, so he came out a bit smaller). He's not perfect, but I think he turned out great. He's my third ami and he just makes me want to make more and more! Thanks for looking!
Oh my! I received from Southern Flower today, and not only do I feel completely spoiled, but now I'm almost quaking in fear about my stationery living up to hers!
Here's the whole loot:
And she sent me an amazing kit to learn to embroider with (I've wanted to learn forever) that's really just my taste:
And she sent such lovely paper and some earrings (which actually stay in my ears! I used to have HUGE gauges, so anything that's not dangly or well-connected with itself falls out, but these stay put! )
This was just a great addition to the awesome day off I've been having. Thanks so much Southern Flower, I LOVE it and hope mine isn't too pale in comparison.
Well, I took a HUGE break on crocheting... Like, years. Today I sat back down for a few hours and cranked out a washcloth and my very first amigurumi. It's a little sloppy in areas because it took my hands awhile to get back in the motions, and I was struggling to remember stitches. But, it totally inspired me and made me happy, so hopefully I'll be finding time for more soon. Here's my washcloth:
And here's Banjo. He spends his time haunting me so I finish my projects, and he lives in a graveyard of yarn and paper remnants.
He isn't perfect, but I love him all the same. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to restock the safety eyes I initially wanted to put on him, and had also misplaced my needles... Grr. So, no arms yet or decent facial features (he was supposed to be a ghost, but now I think he looks more like a skeleton that's missing limbs?) But, I improvised. C&C appreciated, and thanks for looking.