We are going to an engagement party this weekend, and I picked up this cool Anniversary Dishtowel from Anthropologie to give as a little gift. It lists all of the traditional anniversary gifts up to the sixtieth anniversary. When I purchased it, the woman at the checkout offered me a gift box, to which I said "Sure!" Now the box she gave me was the right length and width, but way to deep for a dishtowel. But it is an Anthro box, and therefore awesome quality and gorgeous in itself, and a total waste to not use. So I had a dilemma. Deep box, flat little dishtowel. What to do? I had no choice but to make something else to go in the box with the dishtowel.
I love to give ring bowls as engagement or wedding gifts. They are a perfect gift for just about every couple, small, inexpensive, and practical. I'd never made one myself, but I still have a bunch of wool roving that needs to be used up. To make this bowl, I layered the roving around a Styrofoam form, then began jabbing away with my felting needle. Once it was mostly felted, I removed it from the form and moved on to wet felting. This shrunk and firmed it up quite a bit, and I formed it into the shape I wanted. I allowed it to dry, and went back in with my needle and patched up any thin spots. Then I needle felted a heart and embroidered it with some cotton embroidery floss in a scratchy style to matches the towel. Finally, I needle felted the heart into the bottom of the bowl.
I'm really excited to share this t-shirt that my 4-year-old son, Huck, and I made for my husband, Steve. I asked Huck to draw a big picture of Boba Fett (a bounty hunter from Star Wars, for those of you who don't have Star Wars obsessed persons living in your household). Huck made a line drawing, and I used the freezer paper printing technique to put down the colors. Then I used my handy dandy fabric markers and a light box to translate his drawing over the freezer print and we ended up with this spectacular t-shirt! Steve loves it, and it comes on the heels of a botched Boba Fett t-shirt that I tried to make for him last year that he hated ("hate" is a strong word he says, but he never wears it) to replace a very old t-shirt that he screenprinted in high school of Boba Fett that is falling apart but he has a deep sentimental attachment to. This shirt, I think, is far more stylin' that both of the previous Boba Fett t-shirts. Huck, however, thinks his lines are too wobbly. Artists!
I made this for my dad for Christmas. The reindeer are my boy's handprints (ages 2 and 4). I used gold thread to embroider the trees and silver thread for the ground. The birds are ironed-on appliques made with fabric backed with Lite Steam-a-Seam 2. The reindeer themselves have french knot eyes (I added one strand of white to the black embroidery thread to give a little "glint" to the eyes),and embroidered the antlers in golden brown. I also used a black fabric marker to add little noses and hooves. Finally, I brushed on some silvery white fabric paint "snow" on the ground.
This is a Christmas gift for my dad's office. He is a Physician's Assistant (somewhere between a doctor and a nurse-he sees and treats patients similar to the way a General Practitioner does). I thought this would be fun to put on his desk to freak out his patients. I bought this jar at Marshall's for $7 and wrote "LEECHES" on it using black paint pen, then stuffed it with some fat little pieces of black licorice.
I'm not sure if this is the right section for this, but this is for inside your purse, and it's kind of a wallet-like thing. Anyway, I made a bunch of these tissue cozies as stocking stuffers. The outside fabric is muslin and the insides are different cotton scraps I had lying around. To do the text, I printed out my sayings and then traced them in fabric marker over a lightbox. I made a dozen of these in one evening, so very quick to do!
I made these finger puppet notecards for a personal swap with someone who is a big fan of the Universal mosters. The cards are 3.5"x5" and the puppets are made from eco felt and various scraps of material.
I received yesterday from Lellibo! I was so excited to see the package from Royal Mail For me, she made two sets of wrist cuffs-just what I wanted and perfect for Southern California fall & winter weather. It is never cold enough for full gloves or mittens, but I have poor circulation in my hands & feet, so these should be great for keeping me nice and warm while still having use of my fingers. And the color choice was perfect-note my nail polish I had just put on that morning before receiving the package. Obviously, I like the colors she chose
For my boys, she made two very cute robots. They loved them and both slept with them last night. Huck is holding them in the picture (he has been Luigi for the past 3 days-my husband made the hat), because Milo was being moody when I wanted to take pictures, but Milo does love it and he likes to move the arms and legs and say, "Wo-bot, wo-bot, wo-bot" in a mechanical voice.
She also sent me some Smarties from England, which are very different from Smarties in the US. I hadn't tried them before, but it is interesting-I lived in England many years ago when I was a teenager, and as soon as I ate one of the chocolate Smarties, it snapped me back to being 15. I can't describe it, but English chocolate has a taste that is distinctive from American chocolate. Amazing how certain flavors and smells can jog your memory like that!
Anyway, thank you, Lelliebo! I loves the package and had so much fun doing this swap! And thank you pixieval and klum78 for hosting!
Here is a quick tutorial on how I made the tote with the side panels. The front and back panels were about 18" wide by 16" tall, and the side panels were abut 5"x16".
Note that you will lose some height because part of your side panels will become the bottom of the bag, so cut the panels taller than you want the finished bag to be. If you want to calculate it, it depends on how wide your side panels are-your bag will be shorter by half the width of your side panels. Example-if your side panels are 4 inches wide, your bag will be 2 inches shorter than the pieces you cut. (plus seam allowances)
I recently participated in my first Organized Craft Swap. "Yarnies vs. Sewists" My partner's favorite color combo is red and black, and she preferred something non-girly. Styles she likes are rock, goth and steampunk. That was kind of challenge for me, as my style is more vintage-modern and I love light colors! But there is a Goth that lurks deep within my soul (wish I had pics of my Robert Smith worship days). I made a WIP tote for her crochet projects based off of my original Monster Art Totes that I made awhile back (here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=340056.0). I found some great Alexander Henry fabric that fit my theme, and I lined the tote and made the side panels from it.
I also made a crochet hook book to fit inside the inside pocket of the tote. It is fleece and soft to protect the finish of her hooks.