I received from Kimberly Pye! I actually received on Monday, but my computer has been spazzing. She sent me ink-jet shrinky sheets, some pink cotton yarn, and the cutest little ami pear from my wists! I love the pear--and, evidently, so does my cat, as he keeps trying to steal it. And I can't wait to use my shrinky sheets...
I got majorly spoiled by Klum78! She sent 5 spools of thread, four vintage childrens' books (for collage), 5 magnetic snaps, 13 zippers, about a yard of awesome apple fabric and a bunch of those little grocery store stamps stores used to give out! Here's the group:
I received last night from attentionspanofnone! I'm just now posting (boo to neighbors putting a password on their wireless, lol), but I loved everything. Without further ado...
The whole shebang...
I love this shirt! I've called many things "field research," lol, and now I can just point to my shirt.
Cute little tote, good for sewing machine accessories
Beautiful, yummy-smelling flower (in the hearts) soaps
Great little dead worm stuffy...love the x'd out eyes!
And then, my very, very favourite things EVER:
What are those, you ask? Why, they are FACE-EATING TUMOURS!!! From my fave TLC-trainwreck-illness special. Anyway, more specifically, they're barettes. My hair is just a little too short right now, but I am so growing it out. I estimate I'll be able to use my tumours in about a month
Here are the pics--finally! Bad weather here in Chicago delayed the battery-buying.
This is a group shot, although two things are missing--scaramouche sent me this supercute vinyl hanging toiletry case...which is currently enjoying use at my girlfriend's house (I'm there so often...*ahem*). Also she made me a little wooden cat, which has apparently burrowed itself into a clutter pile somewhere. Scaramouche, could you post pics of those? Oh--in the pic are a crochet pattern book, a purse with a crocheted front, two little notebooks, one with a patchwork cover, and one of the three cat toys she sent for my kitties. The other two are similar, and batted somewhere by the kitties.
One funny action shot. Notice the green of the catnip bleeding through from the toy being licked...of course, the cats were being much, much cuter when I first got the package, but now that the camera works, there seems to be a cuteness strike.
I loved everything, and I can't wait to crochet some of those purses! Thanks scaramouche!
This bag took me one evening to complete. There are a few errors which I'm going to hide with embroidery once I have some time. The base and straps are blue/grey wool, the body is a vintage floral print, and the inside fabric is a blue/grey and blue stripe. It is really sturdy--holds my heavy laptop, plus all my work stuff.
I made these in about twenty minutes (each), and I hand-sewed them. I got the idea from the book Super Crafty, which is a wonderful book! I had several old sweaters that I loved but that were either too small or pilling in certain areas...so now I get to wear them as hats! The little appliques are so fun to make, too. It's a great project to do in front of the TV
Here's a written and hopefully understandable tutorial (I don't have pictures of me making the hats!):
1. Lay the sweater on a flat surface, smoothed out
2. At the bottom of the sweater (the nice, hemmed part), measure a half-circle that's 11 inches long and 7 inches high.
3. After you mark the measurements, it helps to draw the semi-circle with tailor's chalk or something before you cut it out.
4. You can either cut through both layers of the sweater, or just cut through one layer, turn the sweater over, and remeasure and cut.
5. Put both pieces right-sides-together, and sew. I hand-sewed using a blanket stitch, but if you plan to throw it in the wash, you should probably machine-sew it. And because you're using the bottom of the sweater, you don't have to hem the bottom of your hat!
6. You can decorate by adding bias tape (like I did on the zebra hat), felt appliques, buttons, ribbon, rick-rack...anything you want!
I hope that's clear. Let me know if you have questions.