Friday, August 14, 2015

Zombie doll swap!

The votes are in and the PRIMITIVE theme won!  Here is a link to some ideas...

What we are swapping:
*1 HANDMADE prim zombie doll based on your partner's profile.  As always, the doll must be at least 8 inches in length and completely handmade. 
*3  tuck ins.  These tuck ins should be chosen from your partner's profile.  They can be newly purchased, thrifted, re-gifted or handmade.  Use good judgement.

The package needs to be worth/valued at $25.00 before shipping.  As always, my swaps are meant to challenge your creativity, not bust your budget. If you can handcraft everything, I encourage it!  
Shipping has gotten outrageously expensive so this is a USA only swap.  

The join by date is August 29th.  That gives you two weeks to invite some of your artsy pals to join in this year.  If registration stalls, I reserve the right to close registration and start the swap early.
I will email your partner info during the week following registration.  I will send out a confirmation email so please reply to it.

Ship date is September 19th.  This gives it 2 weeks to arrive in time for Halloween display!  

Please wrap your items up nicely and ship on time.  If you are going to be late, contact me so I know what is going on.  
Please use priority mail so you can track your packages.  If your package is lost or stolen, it is your responsibility to send a replacement package.  It is only fair to do so. 

I'll email all participants before the swap for confirmation.  Please reply and confirm to that email.  
 *If you have never swapped with us before, you must have a referral to join us.  If you don't know anyone who can refer you but still want to join, there is a one time fee of $10.00 to join our group.   (This will cover a portion of my expenses if I have to cover  for you.)  I have just started doing this after having 3 people flake in one swap.

To register:

Leave a comment here!
Add the swap badge to your blog or page if you have one.
Register through the wufoo link by clicking here
I will send a confirmation email, please reply to it!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A little help!

Today was the day I planned on posting the zombie doll swap.  But all week long, I've changed the theme!  

This year I have had TOO many themes rolling around in my head.  Usually I know EXACTLY what to do but not this time.

So...I've posted a poll on the side bar.  I am leaving it up for only one week so go vote!  (Have your friends and family members vote too.)  

Monday, August 3, 2015

aaarrrrrrrrrrr uuu ready?

coming sooooooon....

sign ups begin August 8th!  Spread the word!!!!!

August's theme: Altered Art

Before I get started, the winner of JULY'S  drawing is CHRIS!  I'll be send you a little goodie in the mail, thanks for playing along this month!!!

This is the perfect month to STAY INSIDE and create ALTERED ART!

Look at this old watercolor tin!

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here are some other things I found on google...

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It is so hot right now that all I want to do is stay inside and create.  I have to admit that little Osa is keeping my crafting ideas on hold though...she is quite the busy body!

This month I thought it would be fun to make something out of ANYTHING you can get your hands on!  

I love altered can find tons of ideas online or just use your imagination!

Books, bottles, notepads, gift tags, gift bags, spools, boxes......the list is endless.  Don't forget to post your finished work of art here by the end of the month!  I'll do a drawing and send the winner a goodie!

See you on the other side!

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Kerry sent me the BESTEST birthday gift EVER! 
This sweet birthday surprise came in the mail today!  This is hubby....wifey was sent to me in the spring!

Here they are, reunited!  "reunited and it feels so goooood..."  Sing it with me, zombie style!

check the cute notepad she made...even the pen! and the letters are handmade too!

Kerry, you made my day, sweetie and I thank you SO MUCH!

Yay for Independance Crafting!

 Independence or in other words, doing something you've wanted to do, was a great theme for me as I have so many projects I want to do or plan to complete someday. Since it's summer I tried to take advantage of my time off and create this month. There are more details on my regular blog, which has been sitting unused, empty and lonely for the last few months. I'll try to be better about posting both here and there on a more regular basis.

This is a scarf made from neckties, inspired by a scarf that had been created by a Boston based designer. You can see her amazing work here. Creating necktie scarves was harder than I thought it would be so this sat unfinished for two years. I finished/refinished two this month.

I also created a little pillow using scraps and a little stitchery that I had finished a couple of years ago. Another unfinished project done.  :)

I created a new reversible bag using fabric from my stash. I have a bunch more cut and ready to sew.

Lastly, I made a carbage bag to harness all of the trash and wrappers that accumulate in a mom's car. It's been fun crafting, creating and completing unfinished projects!  Yay for the independance theme!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Craft Along: Christmas in July

For July's Independent Craft Along I went with Christmas in July. I don't work during the summer so July is my time to work on Christmas.
  My first project was making our yearly tree topper. I found this wool felt kit on etsy from the Cheswick Company. I changed things up a little bit and was able to make two with some extra felt I had.

  My second project was a quick ornament I made using a tiny candy box and a wooden snowman. When you hang the ornament in front of a christmas light the window with Santa will glow.

 My third project was my yearly Christmas cards.These are not quite done, I can't decide what to use as the border. They are made using old coffee cup lids. It was Ms. L idea to write xmas on the last line, it's quirky but that's the way we roll.

  My last project was finishing my vintage ornament wreath that I've been working on since last summer. I found a couple of good estate sales where I was able to acquire a large amount of bulbs. The burnt finger were worth it. It turned out much better than I anticipated. 

Chris =]