A coworker asked me to make some hats for her sister's baby shower. Since 1. I love making baby stuff (it's so tiny and cute, and it works up so fast that it feels like I accomplished a lot more than I really did) 2. I can't make anything other than really basic stuff for my own baby yet (no idea what it is for at least another month) and 3. She paid me (well...for yarn.), I got right to it! The first pattern came straight from my ravelry and is for a newborn, the second is suitable for an older (6-9 month) baby and was a bit of a play it by ear sort of thing, since she insisted she needed an earflap hap that looked like a strawberry. I'm pretty happy with how cute they turned out, but would rather see them on an actual baby!
Pardon the poor quality photo, the yarn for the hat is a much more pretty violet, I promise!
Wish I'd gotten a better picture of that before giving it away.
Great gallery so far! Love all the fun Christmas goodies!
My santa was Lindyv321 and OH MY GOSH I am so spoiled!!!!
So nicely wrapped! And even a card!
The first thing I noticed were these extra goodies in the box. I have a six year old daughter who shares my frightening level of enthusiasm for the holidays, so these are going to be SO. MUCH. FUN.
The first present was this amazing winter scene. I'm not sure what these are called, but I want eight bazillion of them. So creative, cute, and fun! I love the tiny deer!
My next package:
SQUEEEAL!!!! I've wanted one of these for forever! It keeps yarn from getting all tangled up in my bag when I take projects with me. And it is so cute! I took it to a baby shower today and got so many compliments and questions asking where they could get one. I. LOVE. THIS. BAG.
And it was filled with goodies! I love nutcrackers and my daughter has commandeered the cocoa!
And it came with a super awesome hook roll, complete with hooks! Just what I needed!
She also somehow was clued into my deep, intense, obsessive, love of Doctor Who and sent me a hoop with my favorite doctor!! My husband actually squealed a little when I opened it. It looks great on my hoop wall!
And look at this beautiful holiday garland? Bunting? I'm great with names of things I can't make! It's so cute and looks great on our mantle! I LOVE Christmas decorations so much!
And last but not least....
OH MY GOD IT'S A DROP SPINDLE AND ALPACA ROVING!!!!!!! I've started making clumsy attempts at yarn already and it is so so so sosososososososososo cool!
Seriously, I have never been spoiled to this extent and I love it all so much! Thank you thank you thank you Lindyv321! You completely made my Christmas! I love everything and I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
I was recently in the Vintage Halloween swap. As it turned out though, my partner wanted cute more than vintage. I can certainly handle that!
She's pretty simple and I based it off a somewhat similar witch ami I saw on her pinterest, but made it green because vintage. I wish I had a better shot of her. Her dress and hat are really sparkly and pretty, and I even laced her little boots a little. she's not the most impressive, but she's soft, and cute, and my partner was pretty happy with her.
Guys, I can't even describe how cool my swap package from Yoopidou was. Not only was it early (I received on Saturday but my camera hasn't been super helpful in capturing it), but it was the single coolest thing I've ever gotten in a package--and I have gotten really, really, super duper amazing awesome things!!! It is the coolest decoration I own and my family loves it.
First off, she sent a very fun card with a "find the lonely pumpkin" game on the front!
I then found this:
That little crank? When you turn it, the trick or treater takes off his pumpkin mask and you find:
How freaking cool is that! The cat is so perfectly painted (I love his face!) and it's just so unique and fun! It's all complete witchcraft to me, I have no idea how you make such neat things as this. I really can't believe the level of thought, work, and sheer awesome she put into this for me and I love it! Thanks, Yoopidou! You'll have yours fairly soon!
OH MY GOSH!!! I just received a super duper fantastic package from downtownmonsters! I've been sick in bed since yesterday so the package kind of made my day (also reminded me to wake up and eat something, so that's good). She really, really took excellent care of me and I'm super jealous of her skills!
The package was handled with care, but I see Tobias got a hold of it at some point in transit.
The first thing I saw upon opening the box.
I'm not sure what I expected...
Direct quote from my husband: "Can we keep it in the freezer?"
My OWN frozen banana! I love the little button nuts! So CUTE!!!!
My favorite character's hands!
She exposes my shameful secret!!!!
AND FINALLY, the single coolest thing ever, my very own Loose Seal hoop! I have always, ALWAYS, loved the hoops I see on craftster, but only have one small one. I seriously can not wait to hang this super duper crazy awesome thing on my wall! It is SO COOL. And check out the adorable little bow!!!
THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU downtownmonsters! This is the coolest package and you spoiled the crap out of me. I love everything!!!! You rock!
In reality, they'll just be standing around in a sea of cupcakes, which is how I'd like to think my wedding will go. Just me, my beloved, and a sea of cupcakes--cupcakes as far as the eye can see!
Pardon the terrible mess on my table.
I couldn't find the little peg dolls that people usually use for these, so I got to spend ten embarrassing minutes in the wood section of the craft store trying to fit little pieces together through the plastic bags. They fit together super cute though, and the whole project was ridiculously easy (except for my fiance's stupid little bow tie. I had to redo that a few times). I think they'll look cute on some sort of shelf too, once the whole hullabaloo is over and done with. Hope you like them!
I have been crocheting since I was tiny, about 18 years now. I can make hats, scarves, housewares, toys, and pretty much anything I put my mind to or have a pattern for--in other words, I have a pretty solid concept of the basics. But one thing I've never managed to complete is an afghan. I just get so bored and before I know it, the afghan is under the bed in my "too complete later box" and by the time I find it I can't remember how to finish it, where the pattern for it is, or where I even stopped. This year, however, a combination of ADD medication and a determination to give my Mamaw, who helped teach me to crochet, the best Christmas gift ever, led me to finally start and complete an afghan.
Isn't she beautiful?
As you can see it's not huge, but it's just the right size for her to hang over her chair, which is all she was going to do anyway. I got the pattern from the November/December Crochet Today! issue. I'm pretty happy with it, and she loves it! Now if I could only get around to finishing my five year old's baby blanket...
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! I just got the package and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE everything!!!! I was having just a stupid sort of day and having this waiting for me at home cheered me up right away! It was ridiculous too because I kept pulled out the first thing and went "Oh man this is the best thing ever" until I pulled out the second and third thing and said the same thing!
Here's what Paige sent!
A lovely letter to verify that she is indeed, a real human being and not my imagination.
Monster pillow!!!! It's so cute, my daughter keeps trying to take it! I'm keeping him on my desk!
And you know, in case anyone was ever visiting and wondering just how big a nerd I am: It's my favorite Latin saying, completely in green! It looks like she even painted the hoop! Also, this was immaculately done. Whenever I make something like this there is a "wrong" side which the world should never EVER see, but the back of this looks pretty good. (Jess, there is a wrong side to your big item. Just a warning.
And finally, proof that I am possibly the most spoiled swap recipient ever:
As a crocheter, I can tell that had to have taken much longer than a few hours, unless you work at the speed of light. The stitching is beautiful and the yarn looks like it might be sock weight? That couldn't have been easy! Anyway, it's beautiful and soft and I can't wait to wear it with my dresses during shows and around campus when I want to let people know just how much more fancy I am than all of them.
Oh my god, what is that ugly thing? Ha! I promise, it recently got much cuter and is being made entirely out of my old pants! (After losing 100 lbs, I was kind of wondering what to do with them anyway, and frankly there is just a ton of material to work with)
No worries about colors, plenty of blues and greys, and very neat looking! I'm actually a little sad to part with it, but I'm pretty excited to see how you like it. This has been a little bit like crafting for the holidays, but instead of a "Oh, thanks. Cool." I'm crafting for someone who actually appreciates how much work this stuff takes!