Just some stuff…

…because I’m a slacker. It’s true. I’m sorry.

I’ve been trying to work on a new theme for this wordpress blog o’mine and it’s driving me up the wall. I’m not patient, and I’m not a coding guru, so all the work I’ve done so far has been, frankly, a waste of time. In the mean time I know I have neglected posting anything over here, and I’m sorry!

So, to make up for that, here are a couple of projects on which I’ve been working…

These are both for a Craftster swap entitled “Easy-Peasy 3-Point Halloween Swap” which is perfect, because it is limited to 3-points total for the entire swap! For those not familiar with the Craftster swaps, they are based on a theme; you complete a short but thorough questionnaire about your interests, likes, and dislikes, then send it to the swap organizer. You’re then paired up with a partner who complements your tastes. Based on the amount of time established for the swap, you craft your little heart out, then mail the package of goodies to your swap partner by the deadline. Every one then posts pictures of the items they’ve received and rejoice for the thrill that is getting goodies in the mail. Then, the organizer leaves feedback based on your participation in the swap, which can help or hurt your chances for participating in another swap at a later date. Sounds like a lot of work, I know, but they’re very fun and rewarding, and a nice way to “meet” new internet friends.

Anyway, these two items have been completed already for the swap. I’ve not decided if I want to make another small item yet, so that may come later. My swap partner indicated she would really like to have some type of fabric wall hanging, and since the swap’s theme was Halloween, I thought this was a nice combination…everything was cut by hand (as opposed to using appliques) and hand-sewn by me, using scrap fabric and a nice black flannel.

Fall Harvest Wallhanging

Fall Harvest Wallhanging

Here is the detail in the “hanging” aspect of the piece…I used plain black 1/8″ ribbon for the actual “hanger” which is also hand-sewn to the piece. Then, I had a couple scraps of decorative ribbons that I added too, and attached with a leaf-shaped button…

Detail on the wallhanging...

Detail on the wallhanging...

And this is a flower brooch that is made from felt and some scrap fabric that I received from last year’s “I Love Fall!” swap and a cool hand-made button, that I got from an Etsy seller named Tessa Ann, sewn in the middle…all hand-sewn, too. The colors aren’t quite this obnoxious in real life, I just took a quickie picture with the point-and-shoot.

Fall Felt Flower Brooch

Fall Felt Flower Brooch

I would like to make one more smaller item, just because it’s so darn fun, but we’ll see how that goes.

In closing, I’d like to leave you with a small list of the things I’m thankful for – and I hope that you can think of a small list of your own, and remember that when things seem too overwhelming…

  • the changing seasons
  • the amazing family and friends that I have who encourage me in everything I do
  • baking
  • pumpkin spice everything
  • making things
  • sunshine and a cool breeze
  • the crunching of fallen leaves under your feet
  • my husband!

I hope you all had a GREAT weekend – make it a great week!

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