This year will be my first living with my boyfriend, and as we were discussing both finances and how to combine our family christmas traditions over the breakfast table this morning, I started thinking about what I'd make to fill his stocking with. I have two problems: 1. Hiding crafts is hard when we live together and 2. I'm really really broke (I'm doing my teaching practicum this year, which means little to no income on my end...) Time to bust that stash!
So I propose a thread. Crafty stocking stuffers! My ideas so far: - ex libris bookplates (designed by me, printed by the University printers for cheap) - knitted socks - caramel popcorn - big ol' coffee mug (that I will paint)
Hello crafty ladies! Here are some of the latest pages from my sketchbook. I've been doing a lot of doodles lately and having a lot of fun, so here they are. Sorry, the colours are a little washed out because of the flash.
This first one is based on a challenge I threw to my boyfriend. He just graduated with his english degree, but hasn't been writing very much lately, so I told him to write a bedtime story about a little girl who loves adventures but does not want to be a princess. His automatic reaction was "she drives a racecar!"
My mom decided the main character should have a pet of some sort. I decided a chameleon who turns the colours of the racecar when he's scared. So here he is!
This one is based on a brief from my sister after she flipped through my doodles. She asked for a hedgehog
For my sister's Christmas present, I decided to design and print some recipe cards to include in a recipe box that I will paint. I also thought it would be a good idea for our familly members to add some recipes in there, written in their own handwriting, because she lives in another city and we don't get to see her much. I made five different watercolours, scanned them, and had them printed at my university's print shop. I made two personalised card designs for my sister, one for deserts (she loves to bake) and one for everything else. I printed off a ton of each of those, then one of my designs for a recipe card from me and each of my parents.
A friend of mine goes to school in the states and brought a university friend back home with her for a week. Her friend had seen the many trinkets I had made her and requested a penguin. A blue one, to be specific.
I had a couple long car rides this week, and so I made her Doug.
I'm also in custody of the penguin I crocheted for my boyfriend some 3 years ago, because he's on a trip. He was the first crocheted thing I made in a long time. Here they are together.
He's a little squished from years of being slept on, but he's fresh from the laundry and still quite cute, if I may say so myself.
In early February, I was on a bit of an embroidery kick. My boyfriend has a variety of blankets and stuffies I've made him that he cuddles when I'm not around, but he can't take them out in public unless he wants to be laughed at. Since Valentine's day co-incides with midterms at our University, I made him something he can keep in his pocket to calm him down when he's nervous and I'm not there.
I'm an elementary education student, and I've been seeing beautiful doorway puppet theatres on Craftster and on other websites for the past little while. Since I have no nieces or nephews or kid of my own, I didn't have a reason to make one, but I wanted to soooo badly! In one of my classes, we were asked to put together a box of activities to promote early litteracy, all centered on a theme. They were to be funded (and later claimed) by the local parenting center's library, so I didn't get to keep it, but I take solace in the fact that many many kid will get to play with it.
Our theme was Little Red Riding Hood. I didn't get pictures of the other objects, but we made most of them. I might see if the library will let me sneek in to take pictures.
My boyfriend knows my policy on Valentine's day very well: No red roses, no chocolates, no store bought cards. This year, he took the pictures from our trip to Europe to make a custom valentine. Here's the card he spent an entire day making for me this year:
The front is a picture he took of our reflection in a mirror in Versailles.
The inside has some goofy pictures of us in London. I had been teasing him about his standard tourist picture pose, thus the silly look on his face.
The back is the first picture of us together on that trip. One of those "holding the camera at arm's length" shots outside the British Museum