Monday, May 22, 2006

Work is eating my life (in a good way), but I've still managed to get some crafty stuff done. Most notably, a clutch for kittykill on Craftster, for Ongoing Wish Swap 10. As usual, I forgot to take pictures, so here are hers:

It's Amy Butler's 'Velma' pattern. I loved making it so much that I'm doing another one for myself, and yet another for batgirl (also for Ongoing Wish Swap 10). Yay!

I'm also signed up for a DIY Kit Swap: I'm getting a yarn-dyeing kit, and a lip balm kit, and making a stuffed animal kit and a purse kit; and a Friend of Craftster Swap. Expect pictures from the former, but not the latter...It's a long-term secret swap. I can't wait! :-D

In other news, I got my diploma in the mail today, so it's official: I'm graduated. Wow. I think part of me still believes I'll be going back to school, come fall. Wierd.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

life, orchids, and swap booty

I've been bad about posting, but I have about a gazillion good excuses. Not the least of which being my move home and starting my full time job! :) Everything is going well on that front...but I'll save details for a non-crafty blog.

What I will not save you from, however, is pictures of the GORGEOUS flowers that my incredibly thoughtful boy sent me for graduation. They arrived just as I was unpacking my stuff at home on Thursday...I was tired, worn out, and very sad to be leaving Happy Valley for the last time. They were the perfect pick me up. <3

If I look harried here, it's because, well, I was! Two hours of packing, three hours of driving, and another two hours of unpacking had taken their sweaty, exhausting toll on me. Just ignore the gross girl and look at the beautiful orchids.

There were so many, I literally couldn't fit them into one vase. So I now have *two* beautiful arrangements of my absolute favorite flowers gracing my home.

I can't thank you enough for the wonderful welcome home. :-*

Here's an update on swap items I've recieved recently, from Ongoing Wish Swaps 9 & 10 on
Kristen 81 sent me this Domokun cover for my Dell DJ! Kristen hand-sewed this awesome cozy for my MP3 player with nothing but simple dimensions to guide her. It fits perfectly!


Attacking some classy cement bunnies!!

Batgirl sent me some beautiful roving to feed my needle felting habit:

Americandemockracy sent me this great sewing goodies bag, in my favorite color:

It has pockets for all my accessories. And look! She added a bonus matching zip pouch. :)

I think I'm addicted to swaps. :-D

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


At long last, I have completely finished the Ribby Cardi. I like it very, very much. I would love it, except the damn thing is too short. I love the colors, though, and it is quite warm. It was very relaxing to knit. I got the yarn from my mom for Christmas, and had most of it finished by New Year's. I just dragged my feet on the finishing. What do you think?


We only had one (borrowed) gown (why buy another one if we're not going to graduation?), so I had to Photoshop us together onto the Lion Shrine. Can you tell? :) Actually, I just noticed one wierd spot as I'm looking at it now, but I'll fix that ASAP.

So now, I am officially done everything college. I await my grades, and my full time job, which starts on Monday.


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

jabba the hutt wristlet

I've been participating in ongoing swaps on craftster, which have a really cool format. Basically, someone posts a list of what they want, then you claim one of their requests, then you get to post your own list and someone picks you. And on, and on, and on.

I've gotten to make some really neat stuff through this swap, but this is by far my favorite:

Hopefully you can recognize it...if not, it's Jabba the Hutt! [From Star Wars.] It only ended up taking a week to get to England, and that's pretty awesome. I took the first one, and the second is what she posted in the gallery.

I'm really starting to get the hang of this embroidery thing. I think I'm going to try a portrait next. Maybe Ziggy Stardust? We'll see.

I'm also working on Knitty's 'Soleil,' using purple cotton/acrylic blend that I ganked from a thrift store sweater. It is knitting up very nicely. I'll post pictures when it's a bit more formidable.

Here's a swap package I recieved from Batgirl: it's my needle felting kit!

- wicked sharp, barbed felting needles
- a case for said needles
- instructions for a first project (which I's a gift, though, so I covered it up in Photoshop)
- 6 different colors of roving
- great smelling soap for soap felting!

I was waay spoiled. Thanks so much, batgirl!

My other two swap packages are being sent to my home address, so I won't get them until later this week. Campus mail is notoriously unreliable during move-out week. Speaking of which, my last act as a college student will be at 4:40 pm, when I take my last final exam ever. Wish me luck! Then...I'm outta here!