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Tiny house ornaments STS 2010

I made these ATC-sized (i.e. ~ 2.5" by 3.5") stitched ornaments (36/50) as freebies for the Black Friday thru Cyber Monday sale in the STS swap. It was great fun going through my huge bag of fabric scraps, figuring out fabric combinations for the wee houses, etc. I'm typically quite fussy about my sewing projects and take the time to make sure the seams are straight and what-not. Hence this was definitely outside my comfort zone. But I must say it was quite liberating to let the sewing machine rip!

Back of some of the ornaments:

Set 1:

Set 2:

Set 3:

Set 4:

Little Stash-It-Thingamajigs

Not quite sure what I should call these little cases (35/50). They can be used to hold some credit cards and cash. Or serve as business card cases. Or for storing jewelry. Or double as mini gift/gift card holders. Or even, erm, for hiding a couple of unmentionables.

I adore the STS swaps! What's even better than the STS swaps? Well, a Secret Santa swap with the STSers...of course. This year, I was given the task of doing some non-creepy stalking to find out what I should make for my partner, AS. Here are the crafty bits I came up with:

1. Mine for Life Shrug made with this pattern (27/50)

2. Carryall Bag (28/50)

3. Sewing-themed Noisy Bangle (29/50)

4. Knitting Pendant with Chain (30/50)

5. Dyed Yarns - "You're Making Me Blush!" and "The New Frontier" (31/50)

6. Log Cabin Style Pincushion - based off ones made by AM (32/50)

7. Wee Critter That Crochets (33/50)

8. Fabric Hoop Art (34/50)

Beaded Things...

Are not my forte. In fact, I get super cranky and foul-mouthed when working with beads. Having said that, I was inspired to give beading another shot because my mama was working on beaded goodies for a craft fair.

I saw some pretty ornaments made by KL in the STS swap and I wanted to figure out how they are made. Since I'm not a beader, I'm not sure if I did them right...but they look pretty darn like the ones that KL made! After making a few of these, I quit because, erm, they're tedious...and really, the fun bit was trying to figure out how they were constructed. I guess it's a good thing that I wasn't intending to decorate a Christmas tree with these ornaments (25/50)!

The other beaded project I worked on was a crystal bracelet (26/50). Okay, it's more of a joint project between my mama and myself (i.e. I designed the combination and she did the stringing bit)!

Buttercup Bags

These purses (24/50) were constructed using the Buttercup Bag pattern by Rae Hoekstra. This pattern has been on my to-do list for ages, and I'm glad I finally got around to trying it. The purse doesn't require much fabric, which is a bonus. It's perfect for using some the FQs that I have hoarded over the years. I like the size and shape of this pattern, and I know I will be saving this pattern for future projects!

PJs for Q (23/50)

It's never easy to craft for a boy. You can't make him a cute purse, a set of pretty hairclips or knit him a lace shrug. When I saw this pattern, I knew I had to make Q a pair of jammies for his birthday.

Aliens and astronauts. This was just about the most boyish age-appropriate flannel fabric I could find in my local shops.

I hope it fits Q. The pattern was a bear to follow, and I have no plans to make another one (well, not in 2010, anyhow).

Blankie for W (22/50)

Blankie for baby W, measuring approximately 42" by 42"...made with soft cotton flannel and cotton chenille. The patchwork was pre-made, which helped! Anyhow, this is waaaay overdue! CH's baby was born a couple of weeks earlier. But this is how it rolls in my general schedule these days. LATE *sigh* Better late than never, I suppose!

One Tiny Book (21/50)

Measuring in at ~ 2.25" by 2.25" (with pages at 2" by 2"), this tiny book is full of colour and texture. Per my partner's request, some of the pages are finished, while other pages are left are partially done. I used acrylics, watercolours, inks and various bits of paper and fiber for the collages.

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