Action shot of the first two items out of the box: a tetris-block necklace, and a fab black t-shirt that says "i grok." Heinlein FTW! (I'm not crazy about this picture of me, but I kept interrupting my fiance's reading to show him the next thing I'd pulled out of the box, and then he took this pic for me, so I didn't want to make him take another.)
I asked themuppet if she would make a folder to hold my checkbook, register, and possibly also my little pocket calendar, and she said she'd do her best. And boy, did she! I totally love the old-school Mario theme.
I put the three items in immediately, and they fit beautifully! I had been keeping them in an old paycheck envelope, which was disintegrating inside my purse. This is a BIG step up, haha! The front flap has 1-Up mushrooms over where the velcro is on the inside, and the back has Toad (my tied-with-Luigi-for-favorite character) and the words "Our princess is in another castle". Did I even tell you how often I make jokes with that line? The inside has a fun splotchy pattern, and stars on the other side of the velcro patches.
And last, but CERTAINLY not least:
This little piece of framed artwork has already found a home on my bookshelf/headboard. The picture doesn't do it justice. The colors are so vibrant, and it's speckled all over with silver, and it just looks totally amazing. I am seriously tempted to just carry this around with me, hahaha! I am definitely taking it to my next D&D session, to show it off and make my friends jealous.
So, my partner went MIA, but I know she received, so I'm going to post the pictures I have of what I made. I wish I had taken more.
Space Invaders coasters. These were a lot of fun to make. All the colored beads in the coasters are glow-in-the-dark.
A Zelda Triforce DS Lite case. It's lined with the same yellow satin that I used for the triforce. I was really proud of this - I'd never installed a zipper before, I'd never done a lining before, and I didn't know how big a DS Lite was, hahaha. (I found out before I made it.) The ONLY problem I had with it is that darn triforce is crooked!
I received from Bunnyface! And she is TOO METAL FOR ONE HAND! \... .../
First, the group shot:
Yes, you saw right, those are a pack of Heavy Metal Playing Cards. With Dio on the back, of course. These are totally amazing. Every single card has a picture of a different band on it, and you can tell Bunnyface put some thought into who was on which cards. My favorites: Lemmy is the Ace of Spades, Girlschool is the Queen of Spades, Iron Maiden is the King of Spades. King Diamond is the King of Diamonds. All the Hearts are Hair Metal. And the Jokers are Spinal Tap and Dethkolk! (I'm really happy that she included a chart to list who's who!)
Bunnyface knew that I collected quirky plushies, and that I really wanted a metal singer plush. I didn't know so many other people would want them, too, haha! She made me King Diamond!
Complete with a little book of fun facts! And he's even got his leg bone cross mic handle, which made me incredibly giddy. I've been carrying him around since I got him, haha, and my metalhead fiance and metalhead maid of honor both think he's amazing.
Another thing I collect is quirky underoos. I mentioned this, but figured that making underoos for someone else might be awkward, so I really wasn't expecting FOUR PAIRS OF AMAZING EMBROIDERED PANTIES!
Three of them have the faces of members of Poison on the back, and their names on the front. But, you ask, aren't there four guys in Poison? Included was a note (which cracked me up) which read, "Sorry we didn't come as a band - C.C. is onstage playing a solo. He'll join us as soon as he's done shredding!" Apparently, he wasn't finished in time, so that pair will be along later. I had no idea how Bunnyface would work in my favorite Poison quote, but she, brilliant craftster that she is, made it into the coolest pair of underoos I may ever wear.
I absolutely love that the word "talk" is in bright blue, 'cause when Bret says it, he totally squeaks on that word.
I told my brother about how normally, when we get clothing in swaps, we do action shots, but I didn't think I'd be doing one for these, and he suggested modeling them as headgear. Is it bad that I was tempted?
I tried not to get too pic heavy, but if you ladies (and gents, if we have any) want to see more, I'd be happy to oblige.
Sorry to keep you all in suspense so long! I misplaced my camera.. But I found it! And now I can make you all envious of my crafty swag!
The first thing I unwrapped was this -
A little Anne Hathaway plush pillow! I am amused by Anne Hathaway for reasons I can't really explain, and I'm doubly amused by this little hand-sized plush.
Next, I found this adorable lightswitch plate::
"What light through yonder window breaks?" I'm moving to a new house soon, and the first thing I'm going to do there is install this baby in my new room.
Then, a bookend! I've been really needing bookends, but I didn't expect to get any - especially one like this!
It's made out of a book! Shakespeare's sonnets. And guess what?
You can still open it and read it! I would say this is my favorite item, but it is so so hard to pick!
And in the book, marking two of my favorite sonnets, were these amazing bookmarks.
One has a picture of Romeo and Mercutio, the other has text from Mercutio's death scene. (I love Mercutio so much that when I changed my name, I added his name as a second middle name. I love him primarily for his death scene. I mean, he's still making puns as he's dying, how can I not love him?)
And, totally amazing, my new pillowcase.
My picture doesn't do the color justice. It's tye-died hot pink and baby pink, and the silver glitter on top reads "We are such stuff as *dreams* are made on - Shakespeare"
And as if that wasn't enough, crazyda79 sent me a beautiful extra - an illustrated book of A Midsummer Night's Dream!
She told me in the included note that she'd intended to make another bookend out of it, but it was too beautiful to mar it in any way - and I totally agree!
Thank you so much, crazyda79! I hope you like your swag as much as I like mine.
When I was in elementary school, my absolute favorite item of clothing was my Button Sweater. What the button sweater was was a white sweatshirt, onto the chest of which my mother had sewn all sorts of purple plastic novelty buttons. I loved it to death, and I remember wearing it, staring down at it, and picking which buttons were my favorite. The button that always won was a big stopwatch with a purple rim.
I don't remember when or why the button sweater went away, but I always remembered it, and I had been thinking more and more about making an updated, adult version of the button sweater. And then this challenge was posted. A message from the crafty powers that be, I felt.
And now, to stop teasing you, I present:
The Return of the Button Sweater!
(Yes, I know, it's not really technically a sweater, it's kind of a poncho/capelet thing, but the original wasn't a sweater either. I just like the way it sounds better.)
The process of creating the sweater-that's-not-a-sweater was interesting. It's led me to develop a new philosophy: There is no such thing as mistakes - only Unexpected Design Elements. I started out by using this poncho pattern: http://www.modadea.com/patterns/LM0117.htm And changing the size. And deciding that the ribbing should be at the top and not the bottom (forgetting that stockinette likes to roll...UDE#1). And deciding that I want it to be 9 inches instead of 18. I... don't play well with patterns.
I also discovered, as this was my first time knitting in the round, that if your cast-on row is twisted, when you join it, your piece will be - surprise! Twisted! UDE#2. By the time I realized it was never going to be able to untwist, I had knit 3 inches. Another thing I'm not good at? Frogging and starting over. "Fine," I thought, "I'll work with it."
And off I went to find my buttons. Another gift from the crafty powers that be there. The thrift store and the fabric store are next door to each other, so I decided, might as well stop in there first and see if they've got buttons. They never have before, but who knows? Sure enough, they had FOUR BAGS. Four sandwich bags full of buttons, $1.99 each, two of which had some nice looking purple buttons. No novelty buttons, though, so I knew I still needed to go to the fabric store. I walked in, and at the counter I noticed a little basket: clearance buttons. Never seen a basket of clearance buttons there before! Most of them were - you guessed it - novelty buttons, which had either been discontinued, or had lost one or more of their mates. Perfect! So I scooped up a bunch of those, and a handful of full-price buttons that were just too good to pass up, and paid probably about $10 for the whole lot! (SCORE!)
And before I started adding the buttons, I decided to do some cleaning in my room. Now, this is the same room I've had since age 3. And it shows - I'm a packrat. I keep a lot of stuff for no discernible reason. But I didn't remember until I found it that I had kept...
The stopwatch. This, of course, was the final proof. The crafty powers that be wanted this sweater to happen. And the stopwatch was destined to once again have it's place of honor next to my heart.
I worked out how to deal with the UDEs. The twist was place in the center of my back, and given a few stitches to hold it there, and a button to make it fit in with the front.
I learned via YouTube how to pick up stitches, picked up all the stitches along the front at the cast-on row, and added an inch of ribbing - then added some purple blanket-stitched ribbon to keep it from looking bare. I'm really proud of how it came out - and it's comfy!
Here are some up-close button shots:
The right-most group of buttons. A star, one that's spotted with what looks a bit like silver leaf, a purple plaid lady bug (!), a crystal-like one, an oil-spill-rainbow heart, and two "plain" buttons.
The middle group. A trio of purple hippos, who would have been my favorites, had I not found the stopwatch. (I've got a thing for purple hippos.) Two purple stars covered with gold stars, two clear buttons with light purple flowers and green leaves, a pinkish-purple tiny shiny one, another purple plaid ladybug, an oil-spill-rainbow fish, a purple-and-silver sun, a big pale purple button, and other crystal-like one.
And finally, the left-hand buttons. The famed stopwatch, another spotty one, another sun, and another oil-spill heart,and three "plain" buttons. The one on the bottom is really cool up-close. It looks like purple storm clouds inside the button.
Thanks so much for looking! I'd love to hear your feedback!
(If these pictures are too big, lemme know and I'll resize 'em!)
I received from Kiwimonkey today! It was beautiful timing - I was totally fussy, then saw the package on my couch - instant fuss-be-gone! I got totally awesome stuff!
A purse made ENTIRELY out of zippers, which all work! I love it, and I'm totally amused by it. I saw purses like this when I was in Florida, except they were made from just one looooong zipper, and I thought at the time that a version like this would be better. I don't know how Brooke knew!
And below, two measuring-tape flowers. They're so cute! My whole bedroom has a garden-y theme, with lots of fake flowers here and there, so I think these'll find a home on my craft shelf.
A book-holder pillow cover! It's made to hold your book open to your page for you. I can't wait to get a pillow form for it and start using it - it'll be great for holding open a pattern book (or any other book) while I'm knitting.
This is not the best picture of me, but, oh well. Focus on the apron. I asked for a cooking/crafting apron with a hand towel attached, and here it is! This is the cooking side - I LOVE the fabric! Bright, colorful fish, toucans, multi-colored pineapples, palm trees, flamingos in Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts... Hilarious! And it feels like it's vinyl - very good, since I have a tendency to accidentally lean against wet countertops while I'm cooking. (Oops.)
And the crafting side! Again, wonderful fabric! I love the multi-colored smiley faces.
I'm finally posting pictures of what I got from the lovely raina.storms!
The stickers on the package made me really happy - I haven't thrown it away yet because it's so pretty, but I don't know what I'm going to do with it.
I got the COOLEST notebook ever. Are you ready? I don't think you're ready for this...
IT'S MADE FROM A BOX OF COUNT CHOCULA.
I love the back - my friend Missy has the same "poster" on her bedroom door.
And the inside cover is all done with newspaper comics! (Sorry this picture is so horribly blurry.)
And she made me two crocheted chokers, two sparkly crocheted pins, and lots of cute address labels! I love them! (I blurred out my address, so it looks a little crappy, but they're fantastic. All the little pictures are great, and the labels all have different fonts. Yay!)
An up-close of the pins - a shamrock and a pink and white flower. I wore the flower the other day and it made me really happy, and I'm looking forward to St. Patrick's Day to wear the shamrock.
Dumbledore gave a great sniff as he took a golden watch from his pocket and examined it. It was a very odd watch. It had twelve hands but no numbers; instead, little planets were moving around the edge. It must have made sense to Dumbledore, though, because he put it back in his pocket and said "Hagrid's late." -Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 1
My revamped thrift store clock is (as you may have guessed from the quote above) based on the description of Dumbledore's golden pocket watch.
The outer part of the clock was given a coat of gold paint, glow-in-the-dark stars, moons, and planets were placed over the numbers and outlined in black, and I made and glued down the extra hands. I was originally planning to change the clock face entirely, but I really liked how the numbers looked peeking out from under the heavenly bodies - plus, I wanted it to still be readable.
This is the clock, outer cover and movement/hands removed, with the beginnings of its paint job. The beige color on the inside rim near the face is the original color of the clock.
I'll probably do some more work on it - I'm not totally happy with the paint job, and I'd like to see if I can add something to the top to make it look more like a pocket watch. I'll post more pictures if I get it done by tomorrow.
I received today! HOORAY! kcfirecracker totally spoiled me.
(Almost) everything together: - a wonderful pillow in my favorite color combination (purple on the front, and green on the back) - a packet of cool candles - I've never seen any quite like this before, LOTS of tea (both in teabags and loose tea, so I can use my new infuser) - pretty tins that she decorated - YUMMY chocolate shortbread cookies, and - postcards/stickers of the Mooninites. I think it's fantastic that she sent me the Mooninites postcards, especially since she sent them before the whole fiasco with the ads in Boston, my neighboring city. (If you don't know what that was about, you can read about it here. Personally, I find the whole thing hilarious.) Also, in the bottom of the box was a lid with a cute little cartoon monkey on it. I like it, but I'm slightly confused, since there was nothing for the lid to go to - I'm worried that kcfirecracker's teapot is missing a lid now.
The pillow has a great Alice in Wonderland image on it, stamped (?) in two different places on the pillow. I love the Queen of Hearts!
And here you can see a better shot of the tins, and the BEST shoes ever! I absolutely love cloth shoes like these, and I think the teacups and "hat tag" on these are just incredible. I had to take the shoes off to take the picture - I put them on as soon as I opened the box! They're a little bit looser than most of my shoes, but not loose enough to fall off, so that's actually perfect - this way, I can wear them with thick socks so I can still wear cloth shoes in the winter! (As long as it's not snowy. )
The teas she sent me are Spiced Tea Chai, Mulling spices, Orange Pekoe, Black Vanilla, white rose tea, peppermint rose tea, hibiscus and herbs, and lichee black tea. I don't know which to try first!
I just realized that I don't have pictures of everything, so I'll post what I have now, and then add the other pictures to this post when I get them.
I was really amused when I came downstairs and saw my package, because the box Gomerriffic used to send it all in was a Frosted Mini-Wheats box. What amused me even more was the note on top when I opened it:
If you can't see it, it says "Great box, huh??"
She made me the most AMAZING BAG ever:
It's a black messenger-style bag with a big Golden Snitch on the flap - there's so much detail on the Snitch, it's fantastic. I'll try and see if I can get a good detail shot of it. I got the package while I was packing to go to my boyfriend's house, so I immediately moved everything from my backpack into this bag. Also in this picture, you can see the awesome tigerlily choker that she made me, which I put on immediately. It's fantastic, and I don't know how she knew to make it (I can't find it on my own wists! lol). Tigerlilies are my favorite flowers, ever. And it's on a pin, so I can take it off the choker and wear it as a corsage for the dance!
The inside of the bag is fantastic, too: the lining is an awesome gold-and-black plaid (Hufflepuff colors! Yay!) and she made a fantastic appliqué for it - look familiar, anyone? The badger's scarf is made of a strip of the lining fabric! And she sent me tea! *love!* Organic Mango Green tea, (which I brought to work with me yesterday, and it saved my sanity,) and Black Raspberry. I can't wait to try that one.
She also sent me a matching choker and bracelet set of beaded hemp, (which is just beautiful, and matches one of my favorite shirts perfectly,) a hemp choker that she bought for my boy, Tom, (he loves it!) and, cutest of all, a crocheted hedgehog and a mushroom for him to hide in. They're so well-made, and cute! She said in her note that the hedgehog was in place of Capt. Jack Sparrow, since she couldn't send him to me. So guess what I named my new hedgie? When I saw the hedgehog, I cracked up. I had been on the phone with Tom when the box came in, and he said "Maybe someone sent you a hedgehog!" AND SHE DID!