Gardenging/ Eco Swap

So today I officially finished another swap (as in, both my partner and I have received our packages).  So that means I can finally post what I made and sent!

The “large” item that I made was this set of napkins/ tea towels what ever you really want to call them.  I hand-dyed and stamped them.  I only made two mistakes, which makes me happy.. and as far as I notice, I didn’t make any spelling errors.  I really enjoyed making them, it makes me want to stamp everything in the house.

Polymer clay plant markers with chalkboard paint.

Everything all packed up into a mini burlap sac and hand-made tag.

Another swap done!  Thanks for checking out what I made this time around.

xoxo

the Soldier of the Sky and the Soldier of the Deep-Sea earrings

I recently finished another swap, called an OTT (one tiny thing) swap.  It meant that the craft I sent was not allowed to be more than 5″ in any direction.  This one was an anime themed swap.  My partner loves Haruka and Michiru (Sailor Uranus and Neptune) from Sailor Moon.  She also mentioned that she would like earrings, and so I decided to try a new craft: jewellery making!  It was fun, and I do like the results, but I don’t think it is something I would want to do too often.

Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune themed hand-made earrings

I made the planet symbol charms, and the wand icon charms out of polymer clay and mixed media.  I assembled all the chain and bead pieces. I also decided to make her a small jewellery box to hold the earrings:

Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus hand drawn altered jewellery box.

I picked up the small box (about 3″ long and 1 1/2″ tall) at a second-hand store.  The wood was in nice condition, and the inside was lined in nice blue velvet.  I used two stickers that I had from my childhood (note: that the stickers are definitely not official Sailor Moon merchandise, another sticker from the same pack says “Sailor Moorery” and other silly misspellings).

Currently, I’m working on a garden/ recycling swap.  Send outs are mid this month so I better get working…. Thanks for checking out my latest work!

xoxo

A New Toy {and more coming!}

For my birthday, I got an E-Reader, this was for a variety of reasons: I wanted an easy way to carry reference pictures, I needed a central organization station, and I want to read more old books. So, for the birthday craft swap I am in, I asked for an E-Reader cover. I received it today, and now I am very excited to be able to carry it around with me!

Made by A2K (on Craftster)

I also received some crocheted slippers from another member, which are very comfy. I also used a gift card I received at Christmas for Chapters to order Sailor Moon Vol.3 and Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Vol.1. I am pretty excited to be able to see Sailor Zombie (or would it be Zombie Moon?) in print. ^_^

(I don't know/ think that this is actually in Sailor Moon Vol.3 however...)

xoxo

Staying Productive {craft swaps, forums and the internet}

I am easily distracted.  I frequently think that looking online for three hours is considered “inspiration” or “research”.  I don’t give myself enough time to do the stuff I *actually* need to do (organizing, crafting, diy-ing, cooking… gah). Controlling my internet time and usage is a BIG part of my 2012 goals.  Despite trying to pare down internet time, I still post on Craftster, and I still love to do craft swaps.

Currently, I am doing an on-going Birthday swap (since my birthday was this month).  This type of swap is different, in that you pick people to make gifts for, and people pick you to make gifts for (based on a list you make and your communication).  I have already sent out one gift, which was a cell phone case:

Teal wool felt, with rich brown accents, and bright yellow stitching

It was made based off of these cases, originally designed and made by Etsy seller Hine.  I felt a little weird about making something completely based off of a product someone else makes and sells, so I made sure to create something that still my own.  I used some 100% felted wool for the main casing, and used eco-felt as the liner and for details.  This made it a bit thicker and heavier than the originals.  It is kept closed with Velcro. It has a slot on the bottom for head phones and a small pocket on the back (much like the originals).

Check out the Craftster thread, showing off all of the January birthday gifts here.

I am also signed up for an OTT (one tiny thing) Anime swap, and am already started on that project too.. so expect another swap update in a few weeks!

What I love about craft swaps, and about posting on Craftster is that it really pushes me to create.  With swaps, I get to make something that I otherwise would probably never make.  Being able to post projects is also really great, a lot of people will respond with feedback and criticisms, helpful tips or ideas.  Craftster just released their “best of 2011” list and.. my “IT Came From Beneath the Sea” silk screen actually made it on!  See my fancy new badge on the side there?  This makes me pretty happy, I must say.  This reminds me of the fact that I have about 15 of these prints sitting in my portfolio.. maybe its time to pull them out and sell a couple of them?

Thanks for reading, as always

xoxo

{say hello to Sailor Moon}

I just recently finished my second craft swap, and this time it was a Sailor Moon plushie swap.  I was pretty excited about this one, and I was using that swap to get me through the summer without buying foreign Sailor Moon merchandise. It was a lot of fun, and the package my partner sent me is amazing.  She has a blog here.

This is the package that I sent her:

Sailor Zoisite doll, with mini Kunzite doll

photo taken by my swap partner, Theatreorchid

I sent her two original drawings, and some snacks.

This is the package I received:

Sailor Moon and Luna!

She also sent me three hand-sewn kitty toys, all in Sailor Moon-y themes of course.

Want to see what other Sailor Moon plushies were swapped? Go here and check out the full gallery!

{first craft swap}

So, a few weeks ago (has it really been that long already? gah) I completed my very first craft swap on Crafster.org

I love the idea of craft swapping, mostly I love it because there are awesome swap themes which will allow me to make fan-art without feeling bad.  (There is actually a Sailor Moon plushie craft swap that is open right now… which I plan on entering.. I just… can’t… resist.. ).  But I was kind of nervous about swapping, I didn’t want to screw up, plus I’m still a little new to sending packages and this is a great way for me to practice.  So I entered a “newbie swap” that is designed for people who haven’t swapped before to get used to the process and the rules.

I was paired up with the member Lynnz232.

This is the package that I received from her:

It included:

A really cool Sailor Moon note-book, she made it using crayon transfer (which by the way is pretty cool, and I think I might have to try it sometime seeing as I literally have thousands of crayons in the house).  I’m already putting this note-book to good use, as my personal sales book, I keep a pink crystal pen with it which matches perfectly for writing everything.  So pretty.

A blue fabric bowl, which I haven’t found a permanent location for yet.  The chocolates in the picture also came with the package.  Yum!

A pokemon bracelet, with charms of my favourite two pokemon (bulbasaur and vaporeon of course!).  I might add this all onto a nice chain to make it into a necklace.  ^_^

A hand-painted cup commemorating my first craft swap, and a state map of Michigan (that’s where she is from, and seeing as I live close to Michigan will come in handy in the future).

Thanks so much Lynnz!  You really made items based on what I loved.

This is the package that I sent to her:

Her package included: a hand-woven, and hand-dyed newspaper basket, set of heart perler magnets, flower loom clips, hand-painted clothes pins, a matchbox for her son (it has his name in Galactic Basic Standard script) with a small rebel alliance charm inside, and most importantly: a custom catopus!  I made the catopus based on her own cat, named Kitty.  This was the first time I attempted to make a catopus based on a specific cat, and it was a lot of fun trying to match it up.

I made sure to take a picture of the catopus with the image I received from Lynnz of Kitty.. do you think they look alike?

And just another shot of Kitty.. for good measure.  ^_^