My face in my space. Day 1: 5 beautiful snowflake ornaments. One for each of my dogs. Quaggy even made one for my dearly departed greyhound, George. Instant water works when I saw that one. 6yrs has not yet begun to ease the pain of his loss. They came in a beautiful little snowman pouch, w/a card, and pretty wrapping. My husband heard me mumbling under my breathe, how I was a bad swap partner, because I neither numbered my packages, nor did I add nice cards w/each package or wrap them as beautifully. I heard my husband say, "Oh Elizabeth". Day 2: 2 adorable gingerbread men made from wooden spools, they came in a gingerbread man tin, a gingerbread man soap dispenser which I put in the guest bathroom because we were out of hand soap in there, another beautiful card w/a rhyme, and some more peppermints. Again, so beautifully wrapped. Day 3: 4 beautiful Christmas tree placemats! I put them on my table right away! So bright and colorful, they make me smile. We bought Christmas place mats years ago, but, they were too big for our table, so, I never used them. These will grace my table every Christmas! Day 4: This box was big and heavy. I had a hard time opening it, because it was taped up so well! quaggy has some mad painting skills. I received this beautiful painted ceramic Santa Claus and cat warming themselves by the stove. It even has a light bulb, to illuminate the stove. This was most certainly a pick me up, as my husband broke a Santa Claus a few days ago, that his aunt had painted for us, and gave to us as a wedding present 16yrs ago. Then, he blamed me for it. Sigh. Then, when I got back home this morning, I realized somebody had stolen our large plastic Santa Claus statue, from up front. It had been in my family for 30yrs. It had no monetary value, and was somewhat faded, but, it had sentimental value to me, as my mother has been gone for 7yrs now. We have always put it out, every year. So, thank you quaggy, your precious gift, has smoothed over some of my hurt feelings today.
I received my 3rd package from Nolansmomster. She knitted/crocheted an adorable cat doll for me, and sent me 3 packages of plastic safety eyes. I can always, always use these. Believe me, they will be put to good use, and will be used up quickly. And, 2 pieces of fleece. I love fleece, and go through a lot of it. Thank you so much Nolansmomster! Good things do come to those who wait!
My partner has received. And, because I'm just so gosh darn proud, I'm going to post a pic of one of the things I made for her. My partner said she liked cats, pumpkins, and candy. So, I painted a watercolor picture for her w/pumpkins and cats. It's based off of a more detailed painting I found. Mine is simpler. I also made her a large stuffed cat neck pillow. I'm trying to find a pic of it. I know I took a pic, but, can't find it. Hopefully my partner will post a pic of it. My partner said she likes black and orange. The cat is made from black and orange fabric, w/vintage Halloween scenes on it. His mouth is a zipper, and I hand stitched large felt eyes, like the vintage images. I also sent her a wicker pumpkin basket, a vintage looking black cat mug, and a small glass candle holder, that has vintage looking images on it.
I painted this picture for my partner in the Vintage Halloween swap. She said she liked cats, and pumpkins. I found a similar painting, and made my own less detailed watercolor painting based off of it. I'm pretty happy w/how it turned out, since it's been a long, long time since I painted w/watercolors. I hope you all enjoy it. I hope my partner did too.
I made this mixed media piece for my bathroom. I was inspired by the shower curtain in our bathroom. I used a canvas I got at a garage sale, that somebody had started something on it. Then I glued down 2 pieces of left over card stock paper I had used on previous projects. The trees I free hand cut from a white cardboard box. The clouds were free hand cut from a tissue box. The sun is a paper heart doily that I cut to look like the sun. The bear is made from left over bits of clay that I rolled together w/a rolling pin. Then I used an exacto knife to cut out the bear. I put the bear in the oven, then spray painted him black after he had cooled off. I used E6000 glue, to glue him down. I painted all sides of the canvas brown. I really like how it turned out. I think I'm going to continue working on mixed media projects. I had a lot of fun "free handing/styling" as I went along, w/no real plan in mind. Just letting inspiration free flow.
So, to satisfy my need to make alligators and crocodiles, I made a pink, girly crocodile. I received the pink minky and the lime green camo under body fabric from Nolansmomster in the, "Make a Friend" swap, 2nd package. I've been busy putting the fabric I received from her to good use. The brown minky she sent me, went into making 2 whales, one being a taggie whale. I LOVE minky! I really love how she turned out. I think this crocodile, and her patchwork alligator brother will be going to a family in need, for Christmas. I have 1 more pattern I want to try. But, I have to enlarge it 1st. So, that means a trip to the copy shop, as the pattern is too long for my tracer machine. Otherwise, I would enlarge it myself, as I usually do. I'll probably use fabric I received from texscrapper, in the, "OWS Round 96" for that crocodile/alligator. He will go to the same family. I'll post a pic of him, when I finish him. Enjoy!
I don't know what has gotten into me lately, but, I've been in the mood to make alligators and crocodiles! I've made this one before. But, I think he turned out even better this time around! Patch work fabric is so expensive in the store. So, I sorted through my scraps bin, and made my own. I added the underbody gusset, to give him more depth. I made this alligator w/a ric rack mouth. The previous alligator, I stitched his mouth. I like the mouth either way. His pupils are an embroidery stitch from my sewing machine. He is completely baby/kid proof. I go out of my way to make the toys I make safe for both babies and kids. He is lovable, and cuddly! I enlarge the pattern quite a bit. I like a huggable size. Don't know who he will be going to. Just made him to fill a desire to make alligators and crocodiles. I have 2 other patterns I'm going to try next. 1 needs enlarging though. I'll post pics of them too, when I finish them. I'm going to use fabric I got from both texscrapper and Nolansmomster on them. Enjoy!
I received from Averia today. She sent me embroidery supplies. I was so happy to receive them! I was in desperate need of more hoops and thread. I really like the vintage towels and rock n' roll embroidery designs. The cross stitch book and book mark will probably go to a friend. I used to cross stitch, but, not any more. I had to quit, because it was such a strain on my eyes. Thank you sooo much Averia!
I received a wonderful package stuffed w/beautiful batiks from texscrapper yesterday! Seriously, I almost drooled on the fabric as I was taking a pic. Thank you so much!!! I plan on making alligators and crocodiles from it. I LOOOOVE batiks!!!!