Friday, December 28, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I had hoped to take a picture of the pretty garland I received from Maria at The Junk Drawer after I had decorated the cupboard where I plan to hang it to give the garland its proper surroundings. However, this weekend was full-up with activity, and Christmas decorating is beginning only now, so before it just goes on too long, here are the little pretties I received last month. A sparkly Noel and a very pretty altered tile. I want to try to make one of those now. It looks like she decorated a piece of vinyl flooring. We'll see if that is what it is if she comments. I'm late for the first time for a swap. It's the postcard swap. I just got too worried over what to do. Now that I have received a couple and have looked at others on the web, I have a better grasp and more reasonable idea, as I need to make eight! That's my project this afternoon.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
It took me a while to decide how to make my garland for the GaGa for Garlands swap this month. My first attempt was to make these pretty poinsettia package decorations from a Martha Stewart project I found at Michael's. I was going to string them along. However, though they came out pretty, I thought the glue seeped through a bit and made the paper dark, and the gel glue didn't seem to really make the mound for the glitter as it should have. You know, my transcription business name is The Perfect Type, so obviously I couldn't send the poinsettias out! I was reading Old School Acres at some point and saw her cute yo-yo banner and posting on 11/12/2007 and got my muse. So, I made a "Merry" garland with fabric yo-yo's and punched paper circles and Christmas-decorated chipboard letters and buttons. I like the twill tape I found to string the garland along. My garland partner is Maria. She sent me a sparkly, glittery NOEL garland. I have yet to take that picture because I want to do that when I have the cupboard in my kitchen set up with decorations. I'll amend this posting then. Her garland is very pretty. My only regret is that I didn't make TWO garlands so that I can keep one for myself. Oh, well, maybe in January....
Monday, November 12, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I have two more swaps to go. One is the Ga Ga for Garland swap and the other is an international Christmas Postcard Swap. I've got my ideas down, so I just need to execute. Did I say a few swaps ago I was done with this for a while? Well, it is like Diet Coke - you can't have just one... Then there is the Holiday Ornament Swap. You still have three days to sign up, so get over there if you are interested. You'll have to make 8-10 ornaments to send both internationally and here in the states, so think about it first. However, how much fun will that be? I saw last year's ornaments here, and I see the ornaments don't have to be crazy crafty, just something fun and easy and affordable to send out.
The Holidays Are Coming: I know I don't have to point this out, but I can feel it! I already have orders for Christmas gifts to make. My friend, Cindy, and her husband own the Old Barn General Store in Lexington, SC, right past the LHS on the left. You Columbia-area gals should really make a trip out there. They have antiques, new country items, gourmet foods and coffees, and sweet conversation. They will also have beautiful Christmas trees. They gave me one last year (pictured above), and it was beautiful with my grandmother's antique glass ornaments all through the boughs. Cindy asked me if I wanted to put some aprons in her store for her holiday shoppers. I was very glad to comply, as you can tell from my flickr site (mishflicks) where I listed my current projects and orders I have received lately. If you want to order any items from me for your gift giving this year, think about it quickly. Since I have to get my transcription work done first each day, I have to keep to a schedule of what I can produce before shipping time.
Until the next time... Please send me a note if you like. If you want to join the swaps but are worried to do so the first time, let me know, and we can do one together -- starting in January 2008!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Here are the buttons I designed for the Embroidered Button Swap sponsored by greetingarts. I wondered, "How much of a design can I get into a 1-inch button and embroider the details?" A lot, I figured out. I carried around a square of paper with a 1-inch hole cut out. I would stop at all the card displays at Hallmark, Publix, Wal-Mart and put the circle up to sweet designs I found on cards. That's how I drew the rubber ducky design (I bought the little gift card). The teapot came to me while sitting in my studio embroidering and looking at some fabric my sister-in-law has picked out for an apron - teapots. So, I traced out my little circle and started drawing teapots. I had to cut out the main part of the design, a beehive like shape for the pot, center that on the fabric within the circle area, and trace around it. Then I added the spout and handle. The boat came from an embroidery book suggested by oldschoolacres, called Embroidered Treasures for Children. That book has the little embroidered baby shoes pattern, too. The butterfly came from a great book I found at the bookstore the other day and bought on Amazon's second market. I think all crafters will like it. It is Sew Pretty Homestyle, by Tone Finnanger. You won't be sorry to purchase it. There are a lot of good ideas in there, and I have one in the making for the -- are you ready? -- Fall Swap that I joined. Okay, okay, I'm going to stop soon -- I think. It's really a lot of fun, AND, if you know what is going on at my house lately, this blogging and these swaps have been a real blessing to me while I care for my grandmother. They keep me busy, entertained, and on my toes. Otherwise, the hours in the day gets lost with caretaking. So, maybe I won't stop just yet! Well, back to the buttons. I am expecting to receive five buttons in return. As soon as those come, I'll update this little piece as well as my flickr with my new prized buttons and you can see what little masterpieces come my way. I'm just wondering what to do with them!
Friday, September 28, 2007
My first swap is complete. Check out the All Things Owl swap items sent and received by Camille and me here: Owl Swap Pictures. Camille took lots of pictures, and I didn't know which ones to pick, so you can see them all!
Camille and I had a great time in our first craft swap. There are so many cute owl ideas out right now on clothing and linens, but when it came to making something for a person I didn't know, choosing what to do was a tough decision. Camille and I each had a partner to swap with. Because Camille is just starting out sewing and crafting, she made a softie and I added a scarf to the set for her partner, Dallas. Dallas has great pictures on her blog of the items, and she sent out a very hip little owl to Camille and a purse with funky fabric that is her interpretation of owl eyes. Very cool! A good job done by a new seamstress.
My partner was Michelle C (the swap organizer thought that was fun: Michelle C to Michele C). Michelle is a paper artist, one of many talents, and she sent me a beautiful handmade journal and flower pen. I've only seen this art in magazines and on HGTV shows, not in person. It is really beautiful and warm, and she put in lovely sentiments. She helped me think of a great way to put this journal to use this season, and I am going to get started on that right away. It's sort of a sweet personal journey to record, and I appreciate her thoughtfulness on the subject. You should check out her site, too, as she seems to be quite informed on what is going on in the crafter's blogging world of activities. I sent her a tote bag and a little pin that I designed based on the little owl doodle drawing Michelle drew on the journal. It is a bit of hers, mine, and ours.
You can check out many of the other owl swapper's projects here: Swapper Photos.
This isn't my last swap, as I'm in another due in October and one in November, and I believe this can get out of hand, so I'll have to hold off on searching for more, but it has been a great introduction into the crafter's blogging world. So many are so talented. It is such a great way to share the excitement and learn unending new things from so many people!