IsikkahJai asked me to post the photos of the stuff I sent as she's having technical difficulties. Onto the show!
First, an apron in the Tweedle style. It's big, but I'd prefer a bigger apron than one that won't cover my clothes, and I thought Isi would feel the same.
Then I found these templates online and loved them so much I printed them out.
Then I realized I needed to put something in them to do them justice:
There are four kinds of tea, with the tags being made from recycled cards from one of the many decks that my three year old has lost cards from.
And if you have tea, you need something to drink tea from:
That little ball is actually a tea flower, which will 'bloom' when hot water is poured over it.
Then there is a tin, with a tea theme.
On the top are magnets from some loose cards:
Inside the tin were these:
A pair of Mary Jane slippers, edged in white as a nod to the new Alice movie because her shoes were the BOMB in that movie. A bracelet, a kanzashi flower hairpin (a first attempt, and I'm not too sure how much I like it - I hope Isi liked it, though). A small container with cinnamon hearts that I relabelled 'comfits' as per the original story - comfits are described by wikipedia as: "confectionery consisting of dried fruits, nuts, seeds or spices coated with sugar candy" and I thought this was close enough. Also tucked into the tin were these, for Isi's future crafting adventures (I loved them so much when I found them I bought a TON because they reminded me so much of the 'drink me' bottles):
And my favorite thing which was a real wrench to let go of:
I see that perhaps I might have gone a teensy bit overboard ... but I really do love Alice in Wonderland, so it was a real joy to craft for this swap and for IsikkahJai. The things I bought cost me less than $20 in total, and I had so much fun with this swap!
I went and got my package from the post office .... as an aside, it's time to get current identification - they weren't going to give it up until I volunteered who it was from and where. Yeah, new ID time.
Under the wrappings and really really well packaged and stuffed innards was this:
And then there was a small bubble wrapped pack with these AWESOME goodies:
the back of the keychain has "DON'T BLINK" on the back. I <3 this, as did my son who tried to steal it.
AND THEN!!!! The lovliest:
sorry about the flash reflections, we have no natural light downstairs because the windows are covered with snow.
BUT WE'RE NOT DONE YET, FOLKS! A small envelope from which was this:
(i know you can't see the etching very well, but it's of Matt Smith <3 <3)
and a letter, which reads:
Dear Myrdda, As part of the liquidation of his estate and settlement with creditors, I'm sending you some artifacts from teh Capricorn collection. First up is a keychain aquired from the Drumlin estate. It works best with at least a littel lgiht (and you probably don't want to be left in the dark with it anyway). Next is a pocket watch aquired from the Latimer collection. It's believed to date back to at least 1913 AD. Alson, included is a drawing recovered from just outside Buckingham Palace, of Max's prized but fateful ship, Titanic. Apparently it fell from the sky as the ship passed, but was later returned to the Capricorn estate. The pride of Max's collection thought, is a little known Van Gogh painting. It's believed to be made of a mix of oils and acrylic, often regarded as a bad idea (though not really teh end of the universe ... ha ha), which suggests it's from a time when Van Gogh was quite mad. Finally, I've included a bonus item, a bookmark I believe. Seems like a charming fellow on it, bowtie and all. I do hope you enjoy the lot.
Darryl Barrington, Attorney Max Capricorn's Estate
And yes, I really do double heart the lot! Thank you so much!
each year I try to make christmas ornaments for my parents, my inlaws, and us. Last year was crocheted bells, which I'd rather not attempt again. This year was cheap wood ornaments from the dollar store, paint, new ribbon (organza), and sparklies. The box was another dollar store find, that I painted with a white background, then painted a stylized Flash symbol on it for the husband.
about eight years ago, my mom made these puzzles, which my daughter (who was about three) proceeded to color with crayon over all the painstaking painting I had done. I was so discouraged, I put them away in a box. This year, our son is three and a half, so I dug them out, repainted and SEALED them with acrylic sealer. It makes all the difference.
I give you Mazzik, my husbands' druid in bear form. Cutified, because they don't get this squee on WoW. I made it from a felt blanket, which was the right color and the WORST thing I have ever sewed with. The felt didn't 'stick' together with any sort of real integrity, which made it disintigrate if you pulled too hard or lightly abused the fabric. The pattern was sent to me from Tanza, which was a relief, because I was going MAD trying to find something that looked 'bear' not 'teddy'. So, a huge thank you to Tanza, you are an angel!!
I made this for my daughter for christmas - it's obviously based on the Ravenclaw and Griffindor hoodies that have been previously featured on craftster ... for some reason, finding plain solid color hoodies is almost impossible in this town. The one shown is actually a plush, which kind of really sucked to paint on. Ironing the freezer paper stencils on it was a nightmare. Still, all's well that ends well!
finally able to post the AWESOME pkg I rec'd from KrisCreates! I was having such a crappy day - and then when I got home, it was like Christmas! so here we go!
awesome gnome fingerless gloves (which I have just finally really got into - and now I have a pair made for me - I really really like them, and they fit perfectly!
then I found this lovely little painted box, and inside was: (dun dun dun!)
the earrings are so cool, and my daughter has run off with the necklace, she liked it so much. And last but certainly not least :
these are in the middle of a large discussion over where they should go - and I've had to keep them away from the boy, as he's three and likes to take them and sit and stare at them and sing songs to them - but they are MOMMY's, darn it! Kris, thank you so much for this lovely swap, you were a great partner and I had such a good time!