The quilt is hand quilted, you are right, SilentMynerva. I'm glad you like it! The little bag is from a book called Omiyage, by Kumiko Sudo and she calls it a Chrysanthemum bag.
I like the silk scarf a few packages down. It's so pretty. The bird table mat is great too.
Now, on to the pictures of my lovely package!
Package 3 from SilentMynerva I received the loveliest sweater in a slightly sparkly green color. It will be great for wearing to work, since I can't wear tank tops without something on top of them.
SilentMynerva said it's called a moth wing pattern and it's really pretty. The sparkles didn't show up very well in the picture. It's made from thread instead of yarn, so it took a very long time. I'm very excited to wear it!
I also now have two more fat quarters, which is always a good thing.
I'm going to use the cat one to make a little girl I know a bag and the purple one will go nicely with some other purples that I have.
This was a great swap! Thanks to my partner and also our organizers!
Here are my belated pictures of my Firefly themed second package. I got so excited when I opened it, I think I called almost everyone to brag about it.
First off, a shot of everything:
Then my Jayne Flamingo! And a Jayne hat!
My fiancee just said "Oh dear" when he saw the flamingo. The fact that I almost took it shopping with me might have been the reason why. I don't have either item and I collect flamingos, so it was perfect.
Then the stencil kit:
I've always been a little chicken when it comes to stenciling, but SilentMynerva provided everything for me. And it's funny, I was just thinking I needed an exacto knife too and one came in the mail. The kit included three already cut freezer paper stencils, a bag to put everything in and to practice with, freezer paper, knife, sponge brushes and blue paint. She also made a lovely book explaining the whole process. I don't have a picture of the blue paint or the second sponge brush as I was playing with them over the weekend...
And it turned into this:
Also pictured is the second wrist warmer to match the one from the first package. Now my hands will stay warm this winter while I'm doing homework. And this is my first stenciling project to actually go right. I'm seeing a lot of stenciling in my future.
It was a wonderful package and I'm excited to use my new bag! Thanks, SilentMynerva!
I received both my packages of fabric in the last two days and am excited to post pictures finally.
First up, from Deece:
They're all so pretty it was hard to choose a favorite, but this sewing one really touched me. I'm going to use it for a memorial art quilt for my grandma who taught me how to quilt in the first place.
Here's a closeup:
Here's the package from amalgam:
They were all so bright and colorful. I really like the red/white/grey fabric and think it will become a clasp purse just for me. Had I been more productive, the pink fabrics would have been made into a new purse for my brother's wedding. They match my dress perfectly.
Thanks for a wonderful swap, everyone! This was so much fun.
I'm excited to share my package from SilentMynerva. It was very neatly wrapped and labeled with red and black tissue paper, but I was too excited to take a picture of it. I got my package after a bad day at work, so it was even more special. I also did not take a full group picture, as I wanted to highlight the smaller groups.
Alright, on to the goodies!
Items 1, 2, 3, 4
1: Something to wear: A Texas shirt! I will be taking this along to wear in St. Louis this weekend. The fabric is very soft and I think it will be fun to wear.
2: Something made of paper: Origami stars. I love these stars, but for the life of me, cannot get them to actually work. They always end up as little crumpled bumps. Now I have my very own to play with and none of the frustration.
3: SilentMynerva's favorite flower: a Stargazer lilly, made out of paper. It's blue, which is my favorite color and it will hang out with my ivy on my kitchen shelf. I'm impressed with her paper folding skills. I only do small things.
4: For a kitchen staple, she sent a Texas mug. I was excited to learn that she uses mugs as every day cups too, as my fiancee thinks I'm weird for not having glasses, just mugs.
Items 5 and 8:
Item 5: Something related to Halloween, her favorite holiday: The movie "28 Days Later". I'm not normally a zombie movie person, but one of my friends who came over for our weekly movie night say that I have to watch it. It's been added to the rotation.
8: The same friend loved the next item and only the fact that I'd started reading it already saved it from being immediately stolen away. SilentMynerva always carries a book in her purse, so she sent me one called "The Devil's Diaries" written by Nicholas D. Satan, as transcribed by Professor M.J. Weeks. It looks like it should be lots of fun to read and will be added to my stash to read on the road.
Items 6 and 7:
Item 6: Something edible: Red Hots, and a rootbeer candy stick. I think I will use the Red Hots to try out a cinnamon cookie recipe that I have saved. The candy stick will be a fun treat.
Item 7: Organization! Post it notes! I use these all the time for quilting and making lists, so I am excited to get a supply boost.
Item 9: An armwarmer in her style. It's so soft. There is only one because she only uses them one at a time, but she said she'd make me a second one if I could use them. The yarn is perfect and the colors are really nice too.
Item 10: Other hobby: Reading. She send the most adorable monster bookmarks! I love them and am going to immediately put them to use. It was good timing too, I've got a long car ride and never seem to have any bookmarks with me.
Item 11: Texas Playing cards for her favorite game, Speed. I used to play cards on breaks at my job and am trying to start up a monthly game night at my house, so these will definitely be added in.
I really enjoyed getting to know SilentMynerva a bit more and am excited to start working on the second package.
I finished four of the quilts I had on my list, but only managed to take pictures of three of them before I sent them off to their homes.
The one I didn't take pictures of is just a simple patchwork baby quilt, in 5 inch 30's reproduction fabrics alternating with white squares. It has a purple border and a pink fleece backing. Binding was leftover fabric from the front. It went to my supervising teacher for her little girl.
The ones I managed to take pictures of are for a friend who just had a baby, my former boss and his wife, and my cousin and her husband. They were all very late, but at least they are done.
Backed with more of the brown dots, hand quilting details around most of the animals.
Backed with pink fleece, hand quilted details.
Wedding quilt (Split Nine Patch with a braid border): This is a streak of lightning setting.
Flannel backed, with no batting, as it's going to Florida. Also, turned and sewn, no binding, just a French seam around the edge. It was hard to take a picture of this one, it got a big bigger than I expected.
I have two more in progress, my brother's wedding quilt, and I just need to back and quilt another wedding quilt for a friend.
I finally finished these quilts and managed to take pictures before sending them off. One is for a boy and the other is for a girl. The boy baby quilt is for a friend of mine from college and the girl baby quilt is for a former boss and his wife.
The dress pattern is one that another college friend and I made up to go in a series of fairy tale inspired quilt blocks. The monkey quilt is a panel, but I hand quilted the details.
Here they are: 101 Dresses
Like I said, the details are hand quilted, I quilted different designs in each square. Here's a close up of one square:
The squares alternated between being echo quilted and the detail quilt, depending on the background of the square. Here's a plain, echo quilted one:
I washed both quilts before I sent them, so they would have that wrinkly, comfy look.
Finally, here are pictures of the wonderful stocking Kaz sent me. I unfortunately don't have pics of the things she sent my boyfriend, however, I should be able to get them on Wednesday. Sorry for the delay, I had a very long Thanksgiving trip and my parents' internet proved too slow to upload things.
First off, the beautiful stocking:
I love the colors. It's very elegant and will look great hanging on the stairwell. I also love the buttons. They are so fancy.
Next off, a plastic bag dryer:
I asked for it specifically as I keep having to throw bags away when they don't dry properly. I knew kaz was involved in the frugal swaps and I thought she might have a good idea. It's currently being put to good use in my kitchen.
A collection of three items, earrings, tissues, and a shell angel:
I sent her a pack of Christmas tissues that look almost the same, so these made me giggle. The earrings are beautiful and I wore them when I opened the package. They will look great with my Christmas skirt, which is gold. The shell angel will go straight into my angel host when I start decorating for Christmas. I collect angels, so I was excited to see a new one.
Next, a few store bought goodies: Flamingo soap, cinnamon bath salts, and a journal for my novel endeavors.
I was so excited to see the flamingo soap and it smells so good. I collect flamingos and so I squealed a bit when I saw it. It will be hard to decide whether to use it or just keep it whole. I actually have a tub, my old place didn't have one, just a shower, so I loved getting the bath salts. I shall use them to keep sane during my exams. Also, the journal is the perfect size to go in my purse, so I think I have a new recipe/shopping notebook, which I've been needing.
Also included were this awesome mug, with an etching of a Linnea flower pendant on it, and a bag of hot cocoa mix. I haven't had time to try it yet, but I'm sure it will get used this week to help me relax. The glass is perfect, as I have the pendent on my wist as a way to remember my possible future tattoo design, as well as something pretty to wear.
Eric's glass had a lego head on it and he was thrilled. He's a bit of a dork. He also got a bag of cocoa mix and a computer duster thing that goes over your fingers. He was excited to try it, but managed to get away without me taking pictures. I'll try to get them up on Wednesday when I see him next.
I also received a package of Flamingo pasta. I was floored beyond belief, as it's perfect for me. Sadly, the picture got eaten by my camera, but I shall try to get a new one. I've already taken the pasta to work as lunch and everyone else loved it too. There was a pretty box of shortbread too, however, it's mysteriously disappeared before I could get pictures... Apparently shortbread makes good road food. It was quite delicious though and came in a pretty Chinese takeout box.
I loved my package and everything is so perfect for me! Thanks to kaz and the organizers for yet another great swap!
Finally, here are pictures of my lovely package from angelofmusic.
I don't have a full set shot, so you'll have to bear with me.
First up, a sandwich wrap. She actually sent two, but one of them is in my lunch bag, waiting for tomorrow. I used one today and it's fabulous.
These will be very useful, I use a lot of little ziplock bags for my afternoon snacks.
I had to pull this out of my lunch bag to take a picture. I used it today and it was great to have real silverware instead of plastic.
Extra lunch bag/snack bag fabric:
These are going to be fun to use. I'm planning on using the red roses fabric to make more snack bags and I might make a matching lunch bag for the utensil wrap and such. She also sent extra bias tape made of the blue diamond fabric
Dryer ball and snap baskets:
There is only one dryer ball pictured, but there were originally two. One is currently lost in my laundry. They did help cut my dryer time down. My landlords have an older model dryer and so it's always had to go for two cycles. Last night, it only had one and was dry. The snap baskets fascinated my boyfriend, I think he's plotting to steal them. I might have to find him his own.
I asked for something to help me motivate myself to exercise more, so she made me a bank to put my reward dollars in. I give myself a dollar every day I exercise and now I have a lovely bank to store it all in.
Confetti Bean Soup mix:
She sent enough for two recipes. I'm excited to try it this week.
And the recipe book:
She sent all sorts of vegetarian recipes, which I have been wanting to try and the book is so cute. It's all decorated and she even decorated the blank pages left for my own recipes. I've been writing down recipes on scraps of paper, so it will be nice to have a place to write them all in. There are some cute leaf themed recipe cards too.
We are both quilters, so we agreed to exchange some extra fabric and here's what she sent:
Tweety bird, jungle print, two florals,and some pink and yellow to make into napkins. I've made a shirt out of the jungle print and plan to make one more, as my pattern didn't quite work. The fabric was so fun that I got over my fear of patterns and made it up last night.
I loved everything and I was excited to be able to use it all right away. Thanks to angelofmusic and our organizers for making this a great swap!
I received from crazyda79 yesterday and it was fantastic!
Here's the pictures:
The whole package:
There's a Paradise Falls savings bank, a Russell figure, a squirrel stamp, a grape soda Ellie badge, a clipboard, and a rotating photo box. Also a package of balloons to start my balloon collection.
The bank and the Russell decoration:
I love the bank and I'm going to start using it to save my exercise rewards. I'm sure it will help me get more motivated. The Russell figure is made out of mini flowerpots and is quite adorable. He's currently patrolling my plants for snipes. He may, at some point, hold some chocolate on his head as bait.
The snipe clipboard:
Crazyda said this was to remind me of my camp counselor days and it's the perfect thing to put in my kitchen. It's going to hold my grocery list. I have a bad habit of writing little lists on things and then not remembering where I wrote it down. That's the back of the clipboard, the front says "Here Snipe!" When I was a counselor, we used to take kids on late night snipe hunts for fun, so I laughed a lot when I saw it. You can also see the grape soda Ellie badge. I'm trying to decide which bag I'm going to put it on, my teacher bag, or my purse...
The last thing is a rotating photo box painted all the colors of Ellie and Carl's house:
The quote on top is not from the movie, but it had a really cute story to go with it. My boyfriend saw Up before I did and so when we went to see it together (we lived 9 hours apart for a couple of years), after we came out we were talking about it and he stopped walking, looked at me and said "Will you be my adventure?" Of course, I looked for a ring and although there was not one, it was still very romantic. Now whenever we watch the movie together, I get all excited. He told me recently though, that he can't use that line again, since he already use it, but I keep hoping. That memory is my favorite one about the movie, despite not being directly in it.
So that was my fantastic package. I got it after a horrible day at work, so it was even more special. Thanks for making this a great swap everyone!
So here I am, finally posting pictures of the sweet package pinokeeo sent to me. I got it yesterday and was very excited that I was actually around to get it. I got called off work yesterday, so I got to open a package instead.
Here is the package, in all it's glory!
The stocking itself:
I am fantastically thrilled with it. I love the cording and the contrast of the darker leather with the lighter leather. The bell on the toe is wonderful, it makes me smile a lot. And I love how big it is! I told my boyfriend Eric he would have to fill it for me and he just shook his head at me, sadly I might add.
Some of the littler things:
There are some little angels in the bag. I haven't opened it yet because I'm so disorganized at the moment I might very well lose them, but there's one sitting on a moon that's so cute. It will make a perfect addition to my Christmas Angel host. My family for years has put all our angel's together in one spot and called it an Angel Host, so it's fun to have some more to add to my very own.
There are also some tree branch pencils, one of which is going straight into my car so I will always have something to write with. Pinokeeo said they had come from a buffalo farm down the road from her. She also sent some beautiful cedar wood sachets for my closet or drawers. They are the heart shapes and have pretty little bunches of flowers and ribbons on them. The wood is so smooth, I spent a bunch of time just turning them over and over in my hand. There's also a sweet jigsawed (at least I think so), wooden ornament that I love. It's got cool waves cut out of it and it's also nice and smooth. A cute little soldier was what I found next. He seems to be made out of very mini plant pots and I think he's adorable. A little paper star was next and I must say, it's a very clever thing. It looks to be made all out of triangles of wallpaper and it's got two buttons connecting everything by being sewn on. I'm totally stealing the idea and making them for everyone this Christmas. The buttons are both wood and it's very charming. There was also a little recycled card sconce type thing that I think I shall hang pens in.
I squealed with geeky glee when I saw the next item. It's a floppy disk purse! And a floppy disc notebook! (see? squealing again)
I saw one of these that she had made and posted on the board and I loved it, so I was really hoping I was going to get one. My boyfriend is a huge computer geek and so the first thing he said was "ooo.. that's cool" followed shortly by "you know, I think those disks are all still usable." I will be keeping an eye on my purse and if any go missing, I'll definitely know where to go.
Here are the chocolates, which are fantastic and filled the purse. There was also a little floppy disk box filled with homemade gingerbread men. She also sent a tin of chocolate Legos for my boyfriend, but he got them away from me before I took a picture of them. He was really excited about them. His goal when he retires (many, many years from now), is to build model cities with Legos, so I thought it was a brilliant idea of pinokeeo's. I was running out of chocolate too, so I was very excited to have different kinds to try.
Also inside the purse was this:
A beautiful Walnut covered journal. I'm a writer and I'm actually almost ready for a new journal too, so it was perfect. Again, the wood is so smooth, it's really fun to touch. It will also fit in my purse, which is always a plus.
I also received two beautiful pairs of earrings that I thought deserved their own picture. One of them is blue and white beads along with a tiny little sea shell and the other is a book that says "The Book of Life" on one side and "Chapter 1" on the inside with a pair of reading glasses. The book pair has pearls and a little silver bead with an L on them. I love them both and put on the book ones right away.
I keep running out of zippers, so pinokeeo's partner sent me some new ones, plus some markers to replace my horrid gel pens. They will make card making lots easier.
I think that's about it. There was a package marked to be opened on December 25, so I gave it to my boyfriend for safe keeping. It was definitely a highlight to receive it and I'm sure it will be even more fun to open the present later. Thanks for a wonderful package pinokeeo and to the mods for a great swap!