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Tree Painting

Tree Painting

I made this painting for a friend who’s been asking for a tree painting FOREVER! 🙂 When she was my partner in a swap, I knew I had to paint a tree for her. I’m not a very good painter, but I like mixed media crafts. So I tried my best to paint a tree (acrylic paint on thick, textured scrapbooking paper) and I added embossed leaves and embroidered the trunk to add texture. I decorated the edge of the paper with a zigzag stitch (done with the sewing machine) to tie it all together.

Tree Painting (Trunk)

Tree Painting (Trunk)

Tree Painting (Stitching)

Tree Painting (Stitching)

I also made her an acorn keychain. She loves oaks and I had this cute little acorn lying around. So I just curled a wire around it and added a keychain ring. This craft was  based on a post by nofury on Craftster.

Acorn Keychain

Acorn Keychain

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I made this as part of an angel package for the Go Green and Recycle Swap. I used an old book I found at the thrift shop (with the most appropriate title ever!). I simply glued all the pages together and cut them out with a utility knife. I recommend gluing a couple pages at a time and letting them really dry under heavy dictionaries so that the humidity of the glue doesn’t create waves in the paper.  I covered the inside of the “hole” with leafy fabric, and the outside of the book (which was really nasty) with scrapbooking paper (100 % post-consumption recycled paper, to go with the swap theme) and other decorations. I left the spine of the book bared so that it would look like an ordinary old book when on the shelf (and also because I thought the title was awesome!!).

Book Case (Before)

Book Case (Before)

Book Case (Front)

Book Case (Front)

Book Case (Inside)

Book Case (Inside)

Book Case (Back)

Book Case (Back)

Book Case (Action Shot!)

Book Case (Action Shot!)

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Another Craftster Swap I took part in last summer was the dog swap. I love dogs (they’re my favourite animals in the whole world!) and I also have a dog, but she doesn’t live with me due to my landlord not wanting any dogs on his property, she lives with my parents.

Blanket

Blanket

Bone stuffie

Bone stuffie

Personalized Dog Collar

Personalized Dog Collar

So I made a fleece blanket for my partner’s dog, a bone stuffie, and a personalized collar (see pattern at: http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/sewing/sew_a_cute_dog_collar.php), all in bright blue because, Lykos, the dog, doesn’t see very well. Also, my partner loved Harry Potter, so I made a cute Gryffindor dog scarf (my own pattern) and a poly clay golden snitch charm, for either her or the dog, with real gold incrusted in it!

Gryffindor Dog Scarf

Gryffindor Dog Scarf

Golden snitch Charm

Golden snitch Charm

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Last summer, I was part of the wonderful Mythology Swap on Craftster. I had the chance to have the organizer as partner (she later had computer problems and then flaked on me :,( ) who had very similar tastes to mine.  We decided to combine the myth theme with fairy tales and literature also.

I made her a “Snow white, rose red” rose cuff.  I remember from a long time ago that the story of Snow White starts with her mother pricking her finger and the blood falling on the snow next to the window’s black wooden sill. She then said that if she had a girl she would like her to have skin as white as the snow, hair as dark as the ebony wood and lips as red as blood. To combine these elements, I made a cuff with black fabric that I embroidered with a red rose. I made the rose look like a splatter to represent the fallen blood drop. And I added lace for the snow and for added feminity!

Snow White Wrist Cuff

Snow White Wrist Cuff

My favourite item of the package was this Excalibur letter opener. I made the rock out of aluminum paper (around the letter opener, so that it could fit in), covered with polymer clay of different tints of grey. After baking the clay, I painted some vine on it with regular acrylic paint. For the sword, it took several tries to come up with something decent. I bought a regular letter opener and covered the handle with a strip of black leather. I added glass beads glued to sparkly red scrapbooking paper and blue wire for decoration.

Excalibur Letter Opener

Excalibur Letter Opener

Another poly clay project was the Lady of Shalott mirror. We both loved the poem from Lord Tennyson and she loved John William Waterhouse’s “’I Am Half-Sick of Shadows,’” Said the Lady of Shalott” painting). So I tried to illustrate that quote through my craft: I took a simple oval-ish mirror and added poly clay to create a frame and added poly clay roses and vines. After baking (and hoping the mirror wouldn’t melt!!) I wrote in goth-ish script “I’m half-sick of shadows” with craft paint.

Lady of Shallot Mirror

Lady of Shalott Mirror

My partner also liked pirates so I made her a treasure chest. I simply painted a wooden chest that I got at the dollar store with acrylic paint and hot-glued some sea shells on it. To achieve the “old” chest look, I used a make-up sponge with (very!) diluted black paint and “scrubbed” the edges in the direction of the wood grain.

Pirate's Treasure Chest

Pirate's Treasure Chest

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The Mini-me swap was a swap I participated in on Craftster, last summer, that was meant to get to know our partners  a bit more.  We had to make 2 items for our partner that represented ourselves.

My partner needed to organize her knitting supplies, so I made her a needle roll with fabrics that represented me: dogs (I LOOOVE dogs!), roses (Rose is part of my name), and fairy tale (I met my partner in the fairy tale swap on Craftster). The pattern for the needle roll is available at http://www.tostetoes.com/knittingroll.htm.

Knitting needle roll

Knitting needle roll

Knitting neddle roll (rolled!)

Knitting neddle roll (rolled!)

I also made her a pattern organizer. I took apart a 1-inch binder and covered it with scrapbooking paper and decorated it. I used scraps from my favourite projects (see Rose’s Wrist Warmers) to decorated it. Inside, I made separators for different types of patterns (women’s clothing, children’s clothing, etc.) and added pockets so she could slip her patterns inside (it works for different size patterns).

Pattern organizer

Pattern organizer

Pattern organizer (separator)

Pattern organizer (separator)

My partner was also having a baby at the time so I slipped a couple of bibs in her package. I used pink terry cloth for the backside and cats and dogs fabric on the front. The pattern is available here: http://chickpeastudio.typepad.com/chickpea_sewing_studio/2008/01/chickpea-infant.html.

Bibs

Bibs

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