I received my lovely cryptids from our wonderful organizer, Smeddley! She is one talented lady I tell you! I received a crocheted Okapi (which she said grew, and grew, and grew!) a crocheted squid, and a crocheted frog as an extra. I can't believe she said that she wanted to make more, but, didn't because the Okapi kept growing! Like all of this wasn't enough?! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Smeddley!!!!! I LOVE them!!!
My partner was zigg13pra. Extras: Chapstick, magic towel, poinsettia stamp, foam ornament kit. Day 1: a charm bracelet. I put a charm on each day before Christmas. Brilliant! Day 2:Christmas count down chalkboard. Day 3:glitter, reindeer ribbon, reindeer and Christmas tree buttons, and Christmas stickers Day 4:Candy! All mine!!!! Day 5:Ornaments Day 6: 2 book marks Day 7: I spy ornament Day 8: Christmas scratchers Day 9: One of my absolute favorites, batiks! Day 10: 3 hand carved reindeer stamps. Absolutely LOVE these! I'm going to make some ornaments w/them. Day 11: 4 Beautiful bright and colorful yarn floral coasters. I'll use these year round. Day 12: Kit to make reindeer ornaments.
So, I'm in the Cryptid Swap, and was inspired to make a Nessie. I was so happy that my partner Smeddley loves Nessie as much as I do. All that love poured over into the making of this Nessie. She is made from 2 baby blankets. I'm doing my annual Christmas giveaway Sat. and hopefully she will find a new home. Here is the link, if anybody else would like to make one: http://pickledokra.blogspot.com/2013/12/loch-ness-monster-free-pattern.html I got the link courtesy Smeddley's pinterest. She comes together quickly and easily.
I forgot how much I loved making these teddy bears! I randomly remembered this bear the other day. So, I dug out the pattern last night, cut it out, and stitched it together today. Only took me a couple of hours. I think I'll make more to give away at Christmas to like a homeless shelter or something like that. This one is made from fleece, that has flowers on it. It has black plastic safety eyes. I don't think I'll stitch a nose. I think it looks rather cute w/o one. You can get the free pattern here: http://www.funkyfriendsfactory.com/ But, you'll have to sign up for her free newsletter. I don't mind receiving it, because I get notifications of contests, giveaways, and when she has designed a new pattern. You can sew them together on a machine, or hand stitch them. They come together pretty quickly. I think they would be a fun girl scouts project, or some such thing like that. Enjoy!
I received the cutest and sweetest package from cabaute! I got some Crunch bars, Babe Ruth bars, and Butterfingers! They are almost all gone now. I LOVE chocolate! I also received the cutest bat and pumpkin! Aren't they just precious!? And, look at that beautiful little beaded spider!!! I'm thinking about putting a bale on him, so that I can wear him on Halloween. And, such a cute card! I thought about sending a card, but, didn't. Thank you so much cabaute!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything!
I made this wooden boo box for whatthepuck in the, "Mini 13 Days of Halloween" swap. I found the box, and the ghost and cat figures at Goodwill. I think I found the little wooden blocks they are sitting on at a garage sale. I painted the box, then I used a resistance type goop, and painted it again. That's how I got the orange and black look. I decopauged the little wooden blocks w/paper that has little mushrooms on it. I painted the little ghost and cat figures. Then I glued them on top of the little wooden blocks, then glued the little wooden blocks to the box. I don't usually enjoy working w/smalls, but, I had a lot of fun making this box!
I made this for whatthepuck in the, "Mini 13 Days of Halloween" swap. I got the baby figurines out of the free box at a garage sale. I also got their "playpen" out of the free box. The babies were an ugly all white color. I instantly saw this project in my mind. So, I painted the babies to look like zombies, as whatthepuck said she liked zombies, and I painted the fence pen to look old and weathered. I found the ghost figure a few days later at Goodwill. Both whatthepuck and I were shocked it managed to survive shipping! I'm not big on zombies, but, I do have to say these are the cutest little zombies I've ever seen!
I made these Halloween sculptures for whatthepuck in the, "Mini 13 Days of Halloween" swap. Their bases are wooden toy blocks that I paper mached. The base of the heads is a styrofoam ball that I also paper mached. I made a base for the ghoul's body, and paper mached over it too. Then I painted them. The ghoul's arms are chenille stems. I really love doing paper mache. It's messy and that makes it fun!
I painted this cat on a cushion for whatthepuck in the, "Mini 13 Days of Halloween" swap. It was the ugliest white cat, sloppily painted. Because whatthepuck likes black cats and purple, I painted the cat black, the ribbon around it's neck and the cushion purple, the tassels pink, and the ropes to the tassels gold. Another thrift store find/treasure. Now that I've scored a couple of times, I've been on the look out for more ugly finds to turn into beautiful treasures.