This post is SO HEAVY on pics that I'm going to save my tutorial for another day. Please feel free at any time to leave me a comment to "hurry up with the tut!"
Okay, first I'm going to show you all the amazing loot we got last night...
Brenda made these lightswitch covers. We each got to choose TWO!
Erin made LOUNGE PANTS ala Amy Butler! How on earth she cranked out EIGHT PAIRS is beyond me! I may not ever take them off again. Seriously. I wore them to the grocery at 7:30 this morning.
Laura made decanter tops. Okay, shot sucks, but they are SO COOL!
Lisa made these great jewelry boards. I SHOULD have shown you the tangled mess of necklaces on my dresser! HA!
Lynette made these jewelry travel cases. The inside is FILLED with tiny pockets. It's BRILLIANT!
Marcia made these stone coasters. Well, she didn't make the stone, but you know what I mean. And look at her tag! It's a paint chip! Is that clever or what!?
Rosalie joined us for her first evah swap. Hmm. She pretty much has the hang of things! She took a base paper (linen?) and wrote on it with china marker, then distressed it with a walnut ink. BEFORE she covered these cute little boxes with it. How cool is that?
Suzanne made these necklaces from a sheet of sterling that she had. First she cut out the pendants, and then she hand-etched the seagrass onto the pendant. Wow.
And then, there was mine...
I saw these cuties over on Angry Chicken, in one of her June posts. Hers came from here. Do you know what it is?
It's the "one to grow on" for a birthday cake! I LOVE them! In fact, it has been a bit sad parting with them, but I know they have all gone on to wonderful new homes. They are shown here on tiny chocolate cakes with maple buttercream frosting. (the cake came with the craft) Maybe I should do a tutorial for that frosting. Mmmm.
And the next one to go to a wonderful new home will be one of these...
That's right. The winner of the give-away gets to choose which one they get!
Yes, I'm home again. And let me tell you, I had to hit the ground running. Even with the ridiculous head cold my children were finally able to inflict upon me. WHEW!
Tonight is our local craft swap, so I'm finishing up the "presentation" part of it. The presentation is really SO MUCH of the fun! I am SO EXCITED about this craft. Photos and tutorial to follow tomorrow. The only hint I can give is that I nicked the idea from something I saw on Angry Chicken a couple of months ago.
There are 9 of us participating in tonight's swap, which means I had to make 8 things. I made 10. For once, I think I'll keep one for myself. Which means I have one left. And guess what! I'm going to give it away. Leave me a comment if you want in on the random draw! I'll be picking a winner on September 9. Why 9/9? Just seemed like a fun date!
Check back tomorrow for photos of all the goods...
First, I have to say WOW! I'm a bit taken aback at all the notecard love I've gotten! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your wonderful words! I thought the cards were rather clever, but I had no idea how many other people would. So I started an Etsy Shop. Wouldn't my husband be shocked if I actually contributed to the house account, rather than only depleting it? HA!
Today is a special day around here. My baby is three, so I guess that means she's not a baby anymore. And she potty trained this week. YIPPEE FOR BIG GIRLS!
I forget just how big she is. The girls and I were walking down the street yesterday, and there was a flat-as-a-pancake-almost-mummified squirrel on the sidewalk. L says "Look! Look! It's a flat squirrel!" Hoping to avoid questions, I try to hurry them along. "Move along girls, nothing to see here." We're almost past, when E says, "Yeah! And it's DEAD!"
We had our local craft swap tonight, and, as usual, it was awesome! It was a small group this time, so we were able to do things that took just a bit more time. Fantastic loot, ladies!
Now that everyone has gotten theirs, I can share what my contribution was. Note cards. With each persons house printed on them. I stealthily staked out each persons house (Erin, Jane totally busted me. I can't believe she didn't tell!), took a picture of it, and then made a sketch from the shot. I reduced the sketch and transferred it to a set of note cards. I think they turned out really well!