These packages have been so creative. I love the interpretation of all the themes.
Here is the package I sent to AlizarinAntidote, she received last week. Her favorite color combos were purple and black and magenta and black or anything purple so I tried to make everything as purple as possible.
And some close ups of the individual themes, I decided to try and get all 10 categories into 5 items, I was just over with 6.
Something Vintage & tiny: I got these at an amazing tag sale the day after we got partners. How awesome.
Something Green: a tiny fabric covered notebook made of recycled paper based on ones on her wist.
Something Local: Sweethearts Candy, made in Revere, MA the Necco Factory smokestack used to look like a tube of Necco Wafers
Something Lucky & Bumpy: Acorn Pin Cushion with lucky koi fish and pineapple. Knitted bumpy top.
Sender's Choice: Something for that little black dress. It is hard to see in the photo but the black fabric has shiny houndstooth patterned on it. About 2 yds. to make the little black dress on her 50 projects for 2011 list.
And Last but not least:
Something to do with the letter M, Something Cozy and Sharp (a bit of a stretch having scissors on it but I still thought it worked): A Sewing machine cozy with appliqued scissors and spool. I even made thread on the spool with a bit of embroidery.
I hope you liked you package Alizarin, I know i had fun making it.
Hey all, I have been having a great time organizing this swap and watching all the kindness back and forth. Yesterday I received my round 3 surprise from aheartofglass after 8 hours of driving home from WV. It included a beautiful set of stitch markers (did you make those heart beads?) which I have been in need of for sometime...my boyfriend is probably getting sick of accidentally vacuuming all those little tiny loops of scrap yarn lying about the house. Also a lovely set of blue dangle earrings, it's hard to tell in the picture but they are iridescent-y and a nice matching earring and necklace set that is made from upcycled marbles.
So after one long drive and a goodbye to my cat as I dropped him off at his summer retreat, I came home to my round 2 package and boy was it worth the wait! JacquelineD sent me a great pair of earrings, they are absolutely perfect and I am getting my hair cut short next week so they will be shown off quite well.
They are coppery/black textured loops wrapped in wire and some beautiful embroidery floss, with a pearl in the center and a starfish hanging at the top. They remind me of an abstraction of a piping plover nest (an endangered shore bird indigenous to my area)...did I mention they are perfect?
And a gratuitous action shot that I made way more fun:
Thank you so much JacquelineD, these really brightened my day.
First I made a test one with some scraps I had lying around, the lining is a men's dress shirt and the outside is an upholstery sample supplemented with some solid black twill where I didn't quite have enough fabric:
It came out pretty nice, I decided to opt out of the magnetic clasp and I had one pocket inside, which after some use I realized needed a little reinforcement stitching and some more little pockets.
Then I made a final copy for clumsy_momma in the Reading Swap:
I extended the front flap for this one, stenciled it with a portrait of Albert Binet (a noted psychologist who was also interested in handwriting analysis which is also an interest of my partner) and added an extra interior pocket.
After this, I was so familiar with the pattern that I decided to make it into a tote for my "The Office" swap partner. She wanted a bag covered in that's what she said quotes so I used the same pattern but removed the front flap and fashioned two straps about 22" in length and attached them between the lining and the exterior just as you would attach the strap in the original tutorial but obviously on the front and back rather than on the gussets.
I ironed on the quotes using dark iron on transfer paper before I assembled the bag, and of course even more interior pockets for this one. (You can never have too many pockets right? )
Alright, finally finished with schoolwork onto the pictures! Caution Image Obesity!
First some snacks to keep me going while looking at all my goodies (tennisgal86 had the same problem as Karen & Jim and had to go to 8 different stores to find some Herr's salt & vinegar chips:
Some awards for Office Olympics, I guess I only ever make it to second place (probably from eating so many snacks before the competition) but still pretty awesome (especially since I sent my partner an Office Olympics themed item as well):
Next is an item I requested but no way did I think they were going to be as awesome as this...
There are some really great images including the face of rabies, jim as dwight and the full title of the fun run (another of my favorite episodes)
Also some great coasters (they each have a hilarious quote and the office intake picture of the character who said the quote):
And the last "The Office" themed item:
I feel very spoiled and excited for this awesome new game...we don't really have any games besides cards at my house so this will be broken out very soon.
And last but not least, my partner included a bracelet made by her SO which is so perfectly me, and actually fits my tiny wrist!
Look it even matches the ring that I wear everyday! (Weird how deformed my hand looks in this picture...I don't feel like they look like that in real life. It is kinda hard to tell in this picture, but it is a fork that has been reshaped and there is a beautiful blue gem attached somehow.
And just so you know the fun and excitement was not just for me...
My cat loves the box! He has been play in it non stop since I opened it (in fact he was nudging his way in before I could even get the goodies out.
Received from clumsy-momma yesterday, just got a chance to take pics and hop on the internet. Boy was I spoiled, Warning:Picture Heavy
First the books:
a little bit of everything, some historical, some psych, some true crime...it seems we were really well matched bookwise. My boyfriend is really interested in the Vietnam war so he has claimed Dear America, for himself.
And onto the lovely crafts:
A bookworm, which I absolutely love (clumsy-momma I'm glad you went against my wishes and made this awesome little companion)
a lovely bookcase which will hold more than one book which will come in handy because I am always getting stuff lost within the pages of my books when they are in my bag, so now they will be a bit separated...and some beautiful knit bookmarks...you can't really see in the picture but the one in the middle is lovely variegated pinks, blues and white.
a lovely necklace with a little notebook charm, a saturn charm, and some scissors...a great combo of all my loves...science, crafting and reading. It's hard to tell but it is actually double strands of beads that are looped throughout the necklace, sort of like a chain.
and the piece de resistance
A lovely book bag for school in the fall, it has a velvet strap, a lacy pocket on the outside with some 3-d flowers and it is lined with space fabric!
Thank you so much clumsy-momma this package was definitely worth the wait. Everything is so amazing and you did a great job on the bag...a super complex project for someone new to the sewing machine. Thank you so much for all your effort and creativity...I can't wait to start reading.
So I received a few days agao, and much to the disappointment of both my partner and the organizer I chose to wait until the binding was on my own quilt before opening up my new MAQ.
I am so excited to share, that I have finally put the binding on and opened my package, and boy was it worth the wait. It is so cool, and a lot of talent for a first quilt, I love the bold use of color and the nautical theme. Now I jsut need to figure out where to hang it, or maybe I will bring it to Nantucket with me this summer and hang it in the cottage. Enough babbling, onto the pics!
close up of the 3-D elements, some jewelry findings for stars (very creative idea) and some gems)
the backing fabric, which was also used for embellishing the front a bit.
I love the different types of boats, and the lighthouse, reminds me of my summers on Nantucket
Thanks so much PurplePaisley. And as a bonus, a little teaser pic for you:
I thought since there has been so much chatter about Agatha Christie, I would share my secret love of her:
I read Murder on the Orient Express, got hooked, and the books were always so cheap and available at thrift stores, that I just bought whatever ones I didn't have.
In regard to the swapped items, I think the mini sylvia plath quilt is really beautiful, and the Luna Lovegood scarf as well... This has been such a lovely swap, and a great way to find some books to add to my "to read" list.