My favorite One Tiny Thing swaps are the Harry Potter ones, so I decided to make a Harry Potter themed entry for this challenge. I made the boys' dormitory of Gryffindor Tower.
This is Harry, Ron, Neville, Seamus, and Dean's room from early in their fourth year. Dean has his new Viktor Krum poster and his West Ham football team poster up next to the door.
Close-up of the posters:
Like all teenage boys everywhere, the Gryffindor crew are not what you would call tidy. Seamus left a robe on the floor, Harry's broomstick is a tripping hazard, and Ron's trunk is open with his Weasley sweater spilling out.
I did my very best to make everything in the room to scale. I used 1 millimeter = 1 foot, because a millimeter is the smallest measurement on my ruler but I don't think in meters, I think in feet. The beds are 8mm high by 7mm long by 6mm wide (approximately) and the trunks are made from slices of matchsticks.
I made a tower for my room to sit in, since Harry's dorm is at the top. The entire tower is less than 4 inches high:
As if that weren't enough, it's also a needle book! Wow.
I really liked this idea for a pincushion/needle book combination, but I'm not really into hats so I decided to do a burger instead. (I'm actually not really into burgers either, being vegetarian, but when I tried to think of an object with a pincushion-like top and needle book-like interior layers, a cheeseburger came immediately to mind.)
My burger has lettuce, cheese, and a tomato slice. (And a hamburger patty, of course.) There's also a line of ketchup:
...which doubles as a handy place to store things!
If I had an adorable pair of tiny scissors, I'd put them in there, but unfortunately I don't. I did try to put my smallest pair of scissors in my burger...
...but it didn't really work out.
I'm usually not a fan of fake food (I much prefer real food), but this is useful so I think I'll keep it around.
I got some stretchy neoprene rings as part of a swap package recently (BertaBerta, you're my favorite) and I've been experimenting like mad with them ever since. I thought I'd try some stretchy bracelets using the 4-leaf clover weave, since it is St. Patrick's Day after all.
The one with the smaller black rings sits better on my wrist, but since it has fewer neoprene rings it's a pretty tight squeeze to get my hand through it. The other one goes on easier but I have to keep fiddling with it to get it to lie reasonably flat. All in all I'm pretty pleased with them, though.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Go eat potatoes and drink green beer (only if you're of age, of course) and try not to get pinched.
Oh what fun! What made you start to draw mazes in the first place? What a neat idea...
Thanks! I decided to draw mazes for the same reason I decide to draw anything - because I just like how they look. The complexity of them really appeals to me. And drawing a maze is just as fun as solving one, but with the extra challenge of figuring out where all the dead-ends will fit.
I really enjoy drawing mazes. At first I just made rectangular ones on regular graph paper, but then I realized they're much more visually interesting (and more fun to draw) if you stick them into recognizable silhouettes.
Since it's St. Patrick's day, we'll start with a shamrock maze:
At the day camp where I used to work lived a potbellied pig named Milo. One of the first shaped mazes I ever drew was the one I made in his honor:
Finally, a dinosaur maze. Because who doesn't love dinosaurs?
All of these are what I consider proper mazes - there's only one path from entrance to exit and there aren't any loops. (Unless I messed up and didn't notice, but I'm pretty sure they're all good.)
First person to solve them all gets a virtual cookie.
My second partner, just_lisa, has been having computer problems, so I'm posting pictures of the matchbox I sent her.
She likes Harry Potter, so I decorated the box with a pop-up Hogwarts.
(I took this picture before I put the Quidditch goal hoops on.)
The back is colored, too:
Here's most of what I put in the box - two charm bracelet charms (she likes birds and painting) and a polymer clay sheep charm like some on her Wist; Harry Potter-inspired chainmail stitch markers; fuzzy stickers and animal-shaped confetti for scrapbooking; googly eyes, just for fun; and miscellaneous pictures on postage-stamp paper (the lick-and-stick kind), also for scrapbooking.
Here's a better picture of the stitch markers, 'cause I'm pretty proud of them.
I made one for each House - red & gold for Gryffindor, yellow & black for Hufflepuff, green & silver for Slytherin, and blue & bronze for Ravenclaw. That didn't seem like enough for a set, so I added a purple & gold one in honor of Dumbledore (for some reason that color combo makes me think of him), and two more, one each for Beauxbatons (light blue and gold) and Durmstrang (red and bronze).
This is what the box looked like with the Quidditch hoops on. To the right of it is the inside, all packed up (next to the rubber band, pliers, and extra matchboxes; sorry my desk is such a mess). I ended up adding more things, like jingle bells, beads, rhinestones, and jewelry findings, since there was still room after I packed the stuff from the other picture.
I had a lot of fun decorating my boxes and stuffing them full of tiny goodies. Thanks for organizing such a great swap, plucky1_08!
I received my matchbox from echo_brook AGES ago (Saturday, to be precise) and I haven't posted pictures yet. But here they are! Sorry about the delay...
Box tied up in a fun sparkly ribbon:
It has a Celtic knot on it! And it's in my very favorite colors, blue and silver. Love!
Everything before unpacking. (This picture also shows the other side of the box.)
Over two yards of great rainbow ribbon (I love rainbows! And how on earth did you get it packed so small?), shiny coin charms, the cutest pewter ladybug, fun beads in some of my favorite colors, adorable puffy owl sticker, and my favorite - a quilled flower and snail!
I've received from madmommymia! Everything is really great, and I love it all.
Calendar, bag, magnet, and note explaining how they're all part of the Michael Scott Kit for Better Health!
Official Michael Scott bag, already full of Ultimate Frisbee gear! (Plus my juggling balls, because I didn't want to leave the other water bottle pocket empty, and they fit so well.) Michael's face in this picture cracks me up.
Motivational refrigerator magnet featuring the man from Monty Python's Meaning of Life who eats so much he explodes. He is not a good guy to be.
Finally, my favorite item, a health plan and calendar! I love this to bits. My partner did some great stalking, because she included pictures from all my favorite movies and TV shows! She also put tasty vegetarian recipes throughout the calendar, and included Fit Tips to help keep me on track. (I love how the Fit Tips relate to the pictures they're with!) I took pictures of every page, but in the interest of not breaking anybody's browser I'll link to all of them except for some of my particular favorites.
I have received! And my mystery swap partner is...BertaBerta!
Now, I know I've mentioned that my partner wins. You may not have believed me before, but you can't doubt this evidence:
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As awesome as this package would have been in any case, it was even MORE fantastic because it arrived like this:
...as a surprise ball! LOVE! Everything was wrapped in this gorgeous, phenomenally soft rainbow-colored yarn. It's the softest yarn ever. I just sat there petting it for a good five minutes before I even started undoing the ball.
The first thing to come out was this lovely crocheted scarf. It's about six feet long and super warm. I love it!
The scarf was wrapped around a long white box, which contained...
DR. HORRIBLE BOOKMARKS! These are so rad! There's Dr. Horrible, Penny, Captain Hammer, Moist, and the Thoroughbred of Sin himself, Bad Horse.
The ball of yarn continues to grow, and my next goodies are an arm warmer (just one! the other's still wrapped up) and a chainmail bracelet! I'm a huge fan of chainmail, and this bracelet is just like one on my Wist but in better colors. Half the rings are neoprene, so it can stretch to fit over my hand.
Next up is a really neat chainmail/scale mail necklace. I've never seen scale mail used like this before, it looks quite cool.
I hope you haven't fainted from the overload of awesome yet, we're not quite finished...
A second arm warmer joins the first, and in the very center of the surprise ball is a bag of neoprene rings! For me! To use in my own chainmail jewelry! I really appreciate this, I've been wanting to try making stretchy chainmail jewelry for ages.
Because I feel like there aren't quite enough photos in this post, here are a few action shots.
Toasty-warm in arm warmers and scarf!
Mad awesome bracelet.
Super spiffy necklace.
Berta, you rock harder than granite. Thank you so, so much for all my great stuff! I adore everything! And thanks to mom2blu for organizing, this was the best swap ever.