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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)!

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