I didn't realize we had a gallery yet either! This one is mine!
I received a while ago and have been trying to ignore it, but its October now, so its just asking to be opened!
Box is open!
The goodies all laid out! Day 9 seems to be missing though, but there was a little thing of extras, so I'll open that on Day 9 Instead.
Day 1 A tye dyed mini tote bag and my very first Halloween stocking
Day 2 Halloween Scrapbooking Stickers
Sorry I didn't get to post yesterday! So much going on!
Day 3 An awesome tye dyed tshirt! I can't wait to wear it
Day 4 A most awesome mini shadow box that will be making its way to my desk at work on Monday
Day 5 A Frog's Breath jar straight from Sally's kitchen and The Nightmare Before Christmas and my wists!
Day 6 A skully pencil, mini journal and sticky note pad
Day 7 A purple sparkly trick or treat banner kit! I think I'll save this for next year since it'll be our first Halloween in our new house and that deserves some glitter
Sorry I haven't posted! I've been sick the past few days, so I havent done much of anything, I did get caought up with my packages though and even opened tomorrow's a little early since I know I won't be able to post a picture and I don't want to get behind again. So back to the goodies...
Day 8 A Deadly Night Shade jar straight from Sally's kitchen and The Nightmare Before Christmas and the companion to the other jar from my wists!
Day 9 Some awesome earrings! I love the little skully ones so much I'm wearing them to my work Halloween party tomorrow!
Day 10 Candy Day! Some Drooley's Best Blowing Gum from Harry Potter (my Favorite!), gummy rats and a grow your own ghostie
Day 11 Some gorgeous little glass charms and bobby pins from my wists (you guessed it, in my hair for tomorrow's Halloween party)! I havn't decided what I'll do with the charms yet, but it will be good! They are too pretty for keys and I don't knit regualrlly enough to use them as stitch markers, but I know I'll come up with something good. They are just too cool!
Day 12 An awesome hanging plaque! This will have a home in the movie room of our new house
Since its been a long time since I have sewn anything, after making my sister's purse, I felt felt like I was on a roll, so I finally got around to making this wristlet I had a pattern floating around in my head for. I used 2 different batik fat quarters-one for the outside and one for the lining (wound up being enough fabric for 4 wristlets), fusible batting , a 7" zipper, keychain findings (FYI- jewelry section at JoAnns) and some bias tape.
warning: I'm about to go image crazy bc the batiks are so pretty. Forgive me! Both of them together, both sides:
The batting gives it enough structure and padding that I feel ok putting my iPhone in there, but it isn't hugely stuffed, so I'm still careful with it. I gave the second one to my sister. I know she got lucky with 2 things, but we had had a talk about how we both wanted these only a few days previously...
The pretty brown insides:
I have seen commercial wristlets with this kind of design and was surprised to find that there weren't many handmade versions like it. That also made it a little hard to find the keychain pieces. This really was very easy though. The way its set up, if someone were to try and un-zip it while its on my wrist, I would know immediately bc they can't move the zipper without changing the weight of it on me. This is very good for bars and other such crowded places where you wouldn't want a big bag.
So its been a long time since I have sewn anything let alone, posted it up here, so it feels really good to have gotten all this done.
So the story behind this is that my parents went on a cruise to Alaska for their 30th wedding anniversary, and as usual came home with trinkets. My Mom bought this cute little green bag while they were in Sitka, and my sister saw it and decided she was going to swipe it from my Mom. Well, as you can imagine, Mom wasn't having that, so my sister's next plan of attack? Buy fabric and enlist me to re-create it.
Well after some measuring, sketching, visualizing and a little math, I came up with this:
These beads were harder to attach than I had anticipated, but they came out nicely.
Pretty batik lining:
My VERY first time using a magnetic clasp. Pretty easy to install, but really powerful. The fabric used here isn't especially strong, so she has to be careful and grasp the metal inside when she opens it or it will eventually tear right through.
All in all I'm really happy with the results. Worst part though, I forgot to get pictures of the original, so hopefully I'll get those when I'm home next week so you can see how they compare.
I've been knitting for a few years now and restarted crocheting about a year ago. I had a few sets of needles and hooks floating around in my yarn and it wasn't such a big deal.
Then I visited my grandmother.
My mom and aunts were cleaning out some of the basement at my grandparents house and in the process found a bunch of old knitting needles and afghan hooks of my great-grandmothers. After finding out that me, my sister, and 2 of my cousins all knit and crochet, she let us choose what we wanted.
This happened on 2 different visits, 2 different bouts of cleaning, and apparently 2 different stashes of needles etc.
So, now I have a bunch of needles and hooks that need to be rounded up, hence my new needle roll!
Whole thing tied up:
Close up of the tie:
Whole roll open:
Close up of the needles:
Close up of the fabrics:
I used the fat quarter needle roll tute that is here:
OK, so the terrible procrastinator that I am, I have been saying "I'll take the pictures tomorrow night, I'm too tired..." and so on and so forth. Well, after the release of the movie, the release of the book, getting a promotion, and dealing with registering my car (which btw still isn't done... worst part of moving to a new state EV-ER!) I am FINALLY posting pictures of the glorious package that CraftingPassion sent me (sorry it took so long!)
The Whole Lot!:
Yes, those are letters with each item I don't know how she did it, but Crafting Passion got a hold of Hermione, and she told the whole gang that she was sending me a package!
First the cuff from Hermione:
(which I wore to the movie premiere)
A Gryffindor hat from Harry:
(I now have a whole set! Hat scarf, arm warmers and cuff! Could it just be winter already so I can wear all my goodies!!)
A bracelet from Ginny:
(which I also wore to the movie premiere )
Yummy treats from Ron:
(sadly, or happily (hehe) these were eaten at the movie premiere and they were long gone by the time I got around to pictures! I received a Bar of Honeyduke's Best Chocolate (Hershey's Symphony Bar), Fizzing Whizzbees (Nerds) and Licorice Wands (Twizzlers' Pull N Peal). Yum Yum Yum!
And my very own Pygmy Puff from Fred and George:
I am pleased to introduce to everyone...
ESME the Pygmy Puff!
and here is Esme hanging out on my desk with the other Deskers:
THANK-YOU SOOOO MUCH CraftingPassion!!!! Sorry I suck at posting pictures in a timely fashion!
SOOO SOOORRRYYYY! I'm terrible! I received like 2 weeks ago and let life get in the way of showing off my goodies! So onto the very late pictures!
So here is my too-cute letter and box. My first ever square package. I'm talking swap or not! I've never received a square box before... they are always more rectangular... I didn't even know the PO made a box this size. Anywho... didja notice the castle Mllejessy pointed out on the map there? Its not Hogwarts (bc of all the secrecy spells I'm sure) but its a good find nonetheless!
This item puzzled me at first. I actually had to do some sleuthing to figure it out. (Thank Merlin for Mugglenet!) Oppugno, for those of you who may not immediately recognize the spell, is what Hermione used on Ron in HBP to send little birdies attacking him. See the awesome birdie fabric Clever girl that mllejessy! It is also a stuffed cube, so at first I was thinking "World's largest pincushion?" but then it dawned one me... (ok so actually figuring out which spell it was helped ) This is surely meant to be thrown at someone who is being a prat like Ron was! It now resides on my crafty tray in the living room so it is easily accessible.
And Just like my wists!
Now I have some Gryffindor pride to keep me warm! So the cold has subsided this year, but they will be damn useful next year, and you can bet your sweet bum I'll have them on in the theatre! Even Luna thinks they are cool! She gave me 5 when she saw them!
Mllejessy and I agreed, Slytherin has great colors, but we just couldn't go there...
Sadly, If I try to wear this shirt it would not be pretty The worst part is though, that it is the right size I said would fit and everything! Stupid sizing! So annoying! I just don't understand why they vary so much! I thought inches were standardized... maybe their rulers and tape measures are broken... So yeah, its my sister in the pic, who, for the record, usually wears M and sometimes L tanks, and usually finds herself swimming in XL. Luckily she is just as big an HP nerd as I am, and she will be wearing this proudly around town.
Then to round everything out, I now have some houselves to live on my fridge and help me keep it tidy! They came with their very own clothes too, in case I decide to give them their freedom.
Starsview (or anyone who knows) how/where do I learn to make stickers?
I snuck it in while I was at a freelance job one day! hehe But really, its a Xyron sticker maker. They have smaller ones that people use for scrap booking and stuff like that. The kind I just happened to use was a larger scale one with a heavier tack roll. You can also buy injet printable sticker paper in clear and white. They don't stay stuck so well (well, I've never had them work well, but maybe I want too much out of them, I wasn't sticking them to paper) and the clear one's image was easily chipped off with my nail. I'd vote for the xyron sticker maker myself. I want one once I get some extra cash for crafty stuff again.
Here are a few close-ups of a few things I sent to mllejessy. I've been putting off getting pictures off my camera for some reason and decided that I better get off my bum and do it already!
Hafwen, Hedwig's cousin
Hafwen trying to stay away from my puppy Luna. Luna just wants to play, but Hafwen isn't stupid and is steering clear!
And here is Hafwen waiting in my car to take her meds so she could travel in the box to mllejessy (you know how uncomfortable it is for owls to BE the post and not be DELIVERING it )
The library card book cover, up close:
The crests on the two-sided pillow:
The bookmarks and lipbalm cozy:
I had a lot of fun coming up with the ideas for this swap and trying some new things, I'd never made bookmarks before and this was my second amigurumi ever
This is another in a line of gifts for my sister's birthday. I found this wooden mirror for a dollar at Michaels and compulsively bought it. As I was walking back to my car I realized what I had just bought and thought for a sec on why, oh yeah thats right... I've been wanting to make a Mirror of Erised for some time now...
I used gray clay in various ways to get what I wanted since I have no "training" on using clay and no clay tools what-so-ever. I attached it using E-6000 then painted the whole thing with acrylics and varnished it. It made it from DC to FL in one piece which made me happy. I was going to attempt the inscription, but I was being rushed to finish molding it, and by the time I remembered I was on the varnish step. Its ok though, bc I think any attempt at that inscription would have been disastrous for me.
So for my sister's birthday I made her her owl little Hedwig along with a few other things. I just started crocheting and looked all over for a owl that I liked and didn't really find one. I did however find these little birdies, so with a few modifications, I came up with my little Hedwig! I think it the pattern still needs some work, and I didn't really write anything down, but I plan on making a nicer, bigger version so I can try to keep track of that if you like.
Hedwig is made out of sugar and cream cotton, with beak (Weird "v" thing on her face, she really isn't mad! Go look at a pic of a snowy owl! Their beaks look like that!) The details are bits from my stash, yellow wool-acrylic blend, and god knows what the other blend is, with tiny beads for eyes.