We're creeping ever more closely towards Halloweeeeeen, mwuah-ha-ha-ha-haaaa! Are you as excited as I am? I'm hosting a Halloween tea at my house this weekend, so I'm excited! I'll definitely try to get some pictures.
In the meantime I thought I'd share what I made for my partner in the other Halloween swap I participated in this year on Craftster, this was called the Weekend Trick or Treat Swap, and it was a mad dash! We were assigned our partners on a Thursday and had to send out the following Monday - craftapalooza!
My partner was the super fun lady behind I Sew Cute, who's name is June. Here's what I made for her.
June mentioned to me that a treat or something for her two adorable kiddo's would be something she'd enjoy - what a good mommy! So I made a couple of stuffed "poppers".
I gathered up some Halloween goodies, small things like plastic skelly's, stickers, buttons, erasers and zombie finger notepads, along with some suckers. I jammed them into empty TP rolls and stuffed the ends with shredded paper.
I rolled them up in polka dot wrapping paper and hot glued a squishy little pumpkin to the top of each.
Lastly, I used a couple of images from an old Mary Engelbreit day-by-day calendar to add a bit of cuteness and a name tag for each of the kiddo's. These were really easy & fun to put together, I'm thinking of trying to make a couple more of them for the kids attending the Halloween Tea on Sunday.
For June I made a couple of grown up goodies, like this Halloween themed, felt & embroidered broach with a beaded edge.
I learned a new stitch for this one, it's called the Beaded Picot Stitch. My dear pal, Paulette is a master at this stitch and we were chatting about it recently, she sweetly sent me step-by-step instructions and I had to put them to use straight away, thanks P!!!.
This is the pin when I thought it was done, but I was unsatisfied with it, it was missing something... more beads & stitching!!
I added little beaded eyes and a small scattering of "stars". For the moon, I used DMC glow-in-the-dark floss and covered it entireley in big, uneven (on purpose) stem stitches, I wanted it to look almost like brush strokes (think Van Gogh), pretty cute, aye?
Speaking of the moon...
The other thing I made for my partner is this little coffin... it holds a secret!
The moon, the magical moon!
It's a tiny curio!
I'll let the pictures to the talkin'.
A lot of steps involved in this piece special paint techniques, decoupage, various trims, Fimo sculpting, and even a little bit of poetry, all worth it! My partner thought it was magical! Aww, thanks June!
It's funny, I made this little curio so fast and sent it out as soon as it was finished, now looking back a couple of weeks after the fact, I love it, too! I wasn't so sure at the time because I just don't have a lot of experience in this type of craft. Apart from the vintage inspired keepsake box I made for the other Halloween swap I participated in recently, I've never made anything else remotely like this, and didn't really know what I was doing, so I went with the "too much is never enough" theory and just kept adding layers and layers until almost ever surface was covered. *nervous laugh* It all worked out in the end :)
I also sent June a little Barbie. Because really, when was the last time someone gave YOU a Barbie? And she was cute, her dress has candy corn on it!
So here are all the goodies ready to fly away to my partner, lol, Booger candy!!
This was a really neat swap, I liked the quick factor, very like trick or treating!
Next, I'm going to show you what June made for me, it's so great!!
Wishing you a happy, haunty Friday!
p.s. I know there are a lot of details in this post, if you have any q's, hit me in the comments, I'd be happy to answer any you might have