To close out the season in style, Sticker sent me this wonderful gray cloche winter hat with its own accessories!
There's a golden yellow flower, a gray flower, a length of ribbon and a bow which, I notice now, escaped being photographed. Sorry about that. It's very nice! Everything in this picture is! In fact, everything she ever sends is! We've done multiple IYPs in addition to sending Christmas and birthday gifts and Sticker herself is always just as nice as her crafts!
She is fabulous with paper and she sent me some stellar examples! Here is the great variety of gift tags (love that they're tied with that classic brown string!) PLUS gift tags with matching envelopes that came in their own, giant, handy storage envelope box. Sweet!
Did you think we were done with paper crafts? Oh, no, no, no! I LOVE Halloween and she sent me three fantastic cards and envelopes for me to inundate my friends and family with my love of October 31st. How great is that?!
And last but not least...
This beautiful, bright and happy bracelet. It's so refreshing! Every time I look at it I feel a little closer to summer (which, despite my love of Halloween, is my favorite season.) I've worn it twice already and have gotten compliments on it each time. It is well-loved, Sticker! The bag it came in is very cute as well! (See it?)
So many more great projects!!! I will be pinning them all shortly.
Battle/Challenge: February Red Alert Olympics Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: - Project Name: Sochi Games Diamond Backdrop-inspired Macaroon Coin Purse Project Page Link (if available): None, yet. Wifi is being evil. Hope this post goes through! Brief Description: While spending every day after school watching the 2014 Winter Olympics, the colorful, quilty-diamond backdrops caught my crafty eye. I used a wintry color combo to make this commemorative macaroon. Project Picture:
Battle/Challenge: January UFO Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: 10 for ORANGE! Project Name: Orange Macaroon Project Page Link (if available): see above Brief Description: One of my favorite colors is ORANGE! I love it! I also love eating ORANGES! This design had been in my mind a long while and I finally tried it out! Project Picture:
Battle/Challenge: February Superfan Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: - Project Name: Shiny "Shiny" Macaroon Project Page Link (if available): ^ Brief Description: I really like Firefly and it combines several other things I really like (languages, the history of communism, fashion, etc.) so this fits both ways to look at the prompt! It didn't turn out how I imagined it, but I think it's kind of all right. Project Picture:
ETS: Yeah, that's what I get for staying up late crafting. Will be replacing the front for one with the right spelling. At least I spelled it right when typing!
Battle/Challenge: February Free Art Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: - Project Name: Glass-inspired Macaroon Project Page Link (if available): ^ Brief Description: While pondering the diamond one above, I started thinking about how much I like lattice windows and stained glass. Stained glass is public art! Windows are often public from at least one side. Usually the work was done decades ago but old public art is art too! This one's based on broken stained glass and broken lattice windows. Project Picture:
Battle/Challenge: December Glitter Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: - Project Name: Another broken glass macaroon Project Page Link (if available): ^ Brief Description: I decided I might like the one above, so I made another one using playing card/chess/checkers colors. The lines are metallic paint. Project Picture:
Oh my gosh, I seriously have a problem with these things.
Holy guacamole, Ludi! That's felt!?!? You are a wonder!
Battle/Challenge: January theme song Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: - Project Name: Comic Action Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431414.new#axzz2smeSmnlv Brief Description: I've always had a very low threshold for violence, but even as a kid, I could take reruns of the old 60's Batman show. This macaroon coin purse (yeah, another one. And get ready for one more after this) is inspired by the action bubbles that abounded in the show, starting with the opening theme. Nananananana... Project Picture:
I love macaroon coin purses. Have I mentioned that? Here are...(1, 2, 3...) 4 more!
I love vintage travel and one of my favorite places is Pullman, WA. It's a little city on the east side of Washington. I went there several times for sightseeing and- back in high school -FFA competitions (it's home to Washiongton State U, our land grant college.) I have very fond memories of bookstores, farmland, and pizza
I made this macaroon for a swap a while back. Mine is version 2.0. The air mail stripes and writing are done with fabric pen, no embroidery. It, like all the ones below, are coated with sealer.
This one's a comic action bubble! Inside is a US quarter to give you an idea of size. The outside is about 1.5 inches wide. Heehee. I think it's funny that he's little but so forceful!
This cherry pie one I wasn't too happy with, but my friend did so it's okay! Phew! The back is covered in gray, like an aluminum pie plate.
Oh, Magic 8 Ball, *whisper, whisper, whisper*
He's not very definite, but I thought he was kind of cute! The 8 is written in fabric marker on white fabric and the surrounding black is fabric paint. I painted the back too, to keep the shades and texture the same. The writing gave me fits. I had to use this pretty bulky-tipped fabric paint pen to get the white to show up on the dark blue. I think it was worth it, though.
Sheesh, that was a lot of macaroons! C&C always welcome!
My partner got hers today according to tracking and I really hope she likes it.
Yes, she's received! She pm'd me today. I'm sure she'll post photos soon.
Yes! I did get it and I LOVE it, HG! Thanks so much! I wasn't sure who it was from so I just pm'ed our fearless organizer when it came. It couldn't have arrived at a better time either! Yesterday was a truly hectic and crummy day at work. I got home late and there, waiting for me, was...
wait for it...
A pocket watch case necklace! Awesome! You know, before this swap I wasn't too into paper quilled items, but, boy, has my mind been changed. Look at it! All those teeny-tiny pieces and such detail. HeatherG said in her note that she wanted to make several inserts (the back of the case can come off if I ever, for some reason, wished to change the contents.) I can't imagine how much work went into this one
As if that wasn't enough, she sent a beautiful card too and packaged the necklace cleverly.
Love the swirly fish, Smeddley! Beautiful necklace, Tanath! Wow, thanks so much for all your work tracking!
Battle/Challenge: January flash mob Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: - Project Name: Postmark macaroon coin purse 2.0 Project Page Link (if available): none, yet Brief Description: I love macaroon coin purses: making and using! This will definitely come in handy this year. I made a postmark-y one before but this one is for me. It features a wonderful little college town smack in the middle of the Palouse here in Washington and one of my favorite dates. I fell in love with the area as a high schooler. Project Picture:
Battle/Challenge: December UFO Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: 10 (metallic) Project Name: Woven Scarf Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431189.0 Brief Description: Years ago I was in love with a scarf - but I became allergic to it I planned to make a look-alike that I could wear and keep breathing. Over Christmas break I finally did it (it took forever!) and, now, I have pictures to prove it! There is metallic thread running through one of the yarns used. Project Picture:
Long ago I bought yarn with the idea of semi-recreating an awesome scarf I had once but gave up because I'd grown allergic to it This scarf is 100% me-safe!
After abandoning the notion of knitting or crocheting (which I admire greatly but actually doing either frustrates the heck out of me), I dug out an embroidery scroll frame, cut oodles of 3-yard-long black strands for the warp and started weaving.
The scroll frame had 2 split dowels that I slid the warp strands through but no pegs to keep the strands spaced. It was also a 6" frame. I had to keep pulling the finished part up through one dowel and manually untangling and spacing the next portion of warp before passing the weft through.
However, 4 days later = done! And I mean just about 4 entire days. I started on Boxing Day and didn't finish until sometime in the afternoon on Dec. 29. I just plopped in front of the TV and wove!
It's about 7 feet long with 10" fringe on either side. The whole thing is secured by machine sewing in black thread all around the edges.
It's warm and when I went back to work with it I got compliments! Not bad for a vacation project! I think I am quite happy with my new scarf.
BadWolf314, those signs look great! craftADDchick, nice snitch! LovelyMiss, I'd love to taste that bread!
Battle/Challenge: December archeology Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: - Project Name: World map macaroon Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430595 Brief Description: A map and geographical knowledge must be important to an archeologist and I seriously love making macaroon coin purses. This one was made for a friend who's a teacher at a Montessori school. The color-coded continents are Montessori-style. I drew traced the outlines then painted them in with fabric paint. I went for a vintage feeling with the rest, with the neutrals and golds. Project Picture:
Battle/Challenge: December bag of holding Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: - Project Name: TARDIS macaroon Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430595 Brief Description: I told you I seriously love making macaroon coin purses. This one is for a Doctor Who fan. It was done with fabric marker (blue on white side) and fabric paint (white on blue side) sealed with modpodge. I really like the finish it gave. I'll be remembering it. Project Picture:
Battle/Challenge: December festivus Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: - Project Name: Butterfly tea towel Project Page Link (if available): - Brief Description: For a Christmas present! Project Picture:
Battle/Challenge: December marching to your own drum Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: Engineering Project Name: TARDIS huck towel + pattern Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430594.0 Brief Description: Project Picture: As you may have guessed, I like huck embroidery/weaving/whatever you want to call it. Some of the patterns can be a bit old-seeming (not in a good way, at least to my personal tastes.) I did up this TARDIS on a tea towel for Christmas by staring at a bunch of cross stitching patterns.
With a few tweaks, here it is all written out.
There. Much more me! Now I can make one for myself!