Awwww, thanks everyone!!!
@AudiobookLover Those were my categories that I had jusssssst barely squeaked by with, too.
The Craft Chameleons are rolling in now, boy howdy! CONGRATULATIONS to
@Endymion for crafting all up and around the categories! WOO!
I’m still enjoying making ATCs! (A little less frequent lately, but once I finish a swap, I plan to dive back into making lots more ATCs.)
These two were for @Cindy. She’s doing an alphabet theme. I made the I Spy one first, but wasn’t sure I liked it, so I made the flamingo. The I Spy is made from old paper ephemera (phonics worksheets, greeting cards, etc.)
The next one was also for @Cindy. It’s an Ambigram, a text-based art form where (a) rendered word(s) can be read at l…
I’m still rather new to Artist Trading Cards / ATCs (Just started trading them in January, I think), but I am now a bit obsessed with them!
Just doing a photo dump of all the ones I’ve made since my last ATC photo dump. (Edited to remove ones I’d apparently already posted!)
These two used paint samples.
Couple of Pokemon:
Misheard song lyrics (actually “Secret Agent Man”):
Doodle-ish ones. One of them started out as a Peter Max-inspired card, …
HOME & GARDEN
Made for the Santa’s Sack swap.
I wrapped the wreath with a plush yarn and then attached the other items with hot glue.
Many of the sewing notions came from the local creative-reuse store or my own stash that includes estate sale finds.
The spun-cotton Santa head cupcake pick came through my mother’s-side ancestors, who sold bakery supplies from the 1940s - 1960’s.
This mug rug was made for the Santa’s Sack swap. My partner said she could use a mug rug, and said she liked vintage things as well as colorful things.
One side was made according to this YouTube tutorial:
[Easy Fabric Weave ~ Half Inch Postage Stamp Weave]
You make half-inch strips of fabric and then weave them together before stitching them with a decorative stitch. I learned that decorative stitches take LOTS of thread. And of course, mine turned out way wonki…
Yesterday, I intended to make two mug rugs and a tote bag to give as Christmas gifts. BUT … I never got beyond the first mug rug. Finished today, and it was a learning experience!
This is for my sister. In the morning, she loves to sit with a cup of coffee and a bowl of fruit, watching the many birds that gather at her large bird feeders. At a recent visit, I enjoyed the morning birdwatching also.
This is a picture of the place she usually sits to bird-watch…
FASHION & WEARABLES
I finished this about a year ago, but don’t think I ever posted it (forgive me if I did… my memory isn’t the best.)
It is a copy of something I’d been admiring on Pinterest for years. More info on that (as well as a picture of the aspirational piece) here.
For some reason, I decided the gray parts should have a velvety lining, so I stitched that in place after I was done crocheting. (Not a feature of the original inspiration-photo project.)
Although it looks great and feel…
For the Santa’s Sack swap, I made a crocheted scarf for my partner, who said she liked the look of granny squares.
It had been a while since I made granny squares. (Oh, those many pesky ends to be woven!) But it was still fun, and I was pleased that it turned out as I had envisioned. Hope she enjoys wearing it!
In the Flate-Rate-Box swap, my partner
@MightyMitochondria said she liked boho jewelry. So I made this for her.
I was excited to be able to use the embossed metal ring, which I got earlier during the pandemic when @MistressJennie shared info about a Vintaj giveaway. The metal ring was one of my favorite things I received from that giveaway.
I had the tie-dye-ish silk strips and they seemed perfect for this project. Assembly was super simple; I just put them through the ring, then wra…
FIBER & TEXTILES
For the Flat-Rate-Box swap, I was paired with biology teacher
@MightyMitochondria. I used to teach some neuro/EEG topics to sleep techs, so I figured I’d go with a neuro theme for the box. The main thing I was sure I wanted to make was a model of a neuron, done in crochet.
Here is an in-progress shot.
It shows the purple telephone wire that I used to make the dendrites hold their shape.
This was such a fun project! I hope it’s useful; not sure how much neuroanatomy is actua…
Had a vintage pattern (1950’s I think) for a pot holder, and worked it up using crochet thread.
…and it ended up being the size of a coaster! I may do it over with yarn, but until then, I have a cute coaster. I attached felt to the bottom for better absorbency.
Made these blingy Teesha-Moore-style patches for a personal swap with
We are both trying to get enough patches to create binder covers for ATC binders. As some of you may know, she actually has two binders; one of them is exclusively for her Pokémon ATCs.
I made the word one thinking she could use it for the spine, so I hope that works out, size-wise. And I do have a deep love for sequins, so she might need to squint if she ever looks at her binder in full sunlight!
FOOD & DRINK
In Shop the Swap this year, I offered decorated cookies.
@susieoregon requested classic Universal film monsters: Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula, etc.
They were so much fun to make!
When my (grown) son saw them, he placed his own order for movie monster cookies. But he wanted mostly modern horror movie characters rather than the old classics. So I made a batch for him, too.
I wasn’t familiar with some of these characters… how about you guys? Maybe I should offer a prize t…
I’m participating in Shop the Swap for the first time, and decided to offer made-to-order decorated cookies. They have been my most popular items! I used to make these kind of decorated cookies and other sweets semi-professionally, but stopped doing it years ago. It’s been fun to dabble in it again!
Fall cookies for @kayrun.
Birthday gift cookies for a relative of @gozer (a person who loves cats & tie-dye & the color blue).
Pastel Halloween cookies for @MelissaLe…
At my household, we’ve been playing Animal Crossing quite a bit lately… so my son asked for an Animal Crossing cake for his birthday.
He wanted several specific things, including the character Isabell, fishing.
Here is a breakdown of materials:
Tree: rice krispy treats with fondant leaves and fruit and candy clay trunk.
Fence posts: fondant
Balloon: candy clay
Gift: fondant with candy clay ribbon and fondant bow
Log: candy clay with fondant leaf
PAPER & VINYL CRAFTS
Some cards I’ve made for the Happy Mail Craftalong this year. (Not all are pictured; I always manage to forget to take pictures when I am busy crafting.)
The ones above were sent in February; the ones below in January.
For the January ones, I used some vintage floral illustrations that were designed for classroom education, as well as some vintage encyclopedia pictures and other things random things I had in stash.
Recently jumped into the world of ATC trading. It has been so much fun so far!
First one ever, was made for
@gozer’s “Animals Reading” theme. The rabbit has his paw on a book, so I’m counting it as reading! It was done with watercolor pencils, watercolors, and ink.
I thought it was too boring at first, so I kept working into the background until it was well over-worked! Ha!
Here’s a doodle-y one for @photojenn that was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest.
[image] it is done w…
This weekend, I played with some vintage Valentine designs I’d bought online. Made Valentines out of some of them…
It was fun cutting and stitching and pasting these (although I did ruin one by stitching too much, to the point that the card tore.)
Happy Valentine’s Day!
(Abbie - she/her)
February 10, 2023, 7:19pm
Woohoo!! Way to go
February 10, 2023, 7:42pm
@endymion, that’s fantastic!! So great to see your amazing creative skills!
While we have everyone’s attention, can we also please give some love to
@gozer? She’s been designing the most recent badges and they are just spectacular. Much love and appreciation for her hard work on them.
(Abbie - she/her)
February 10, 2023, 7:55pm
@gozer has been the badge advocate here behind the scenes and rocking it!!
February 10, 2023, 8:03pm
@gozer The new badges are great
@endymion and @TheMistressT for already attaining this new badge!!
I just went through my posts and found I’m short 3. One in the art category and two in food and drink. Should be able to get those covered soon.
February 10, 2023, 8:39pm
Awe, thank you all. That is so sweet. I hope people enjoy them and are inspired to craft more by them.
February 10, 2023, 8:41pm
@endymion! Thank you for sharing so much of your talent with us!
Congratulations on the new badges,
@endymion and @TheMistressT!!!
(Real name: Susan)
February 10, 2023, 10:16pm
@gozer needs a badger badge!
(Linda -2023 is a use the good stuff year! :us:)
February 10, 2023, 10:33pm
The badges are indeed wonderful and inspiring!
Congrats to our first two badge earners! Hope there are many more…I also love how they are being featured so we can see their talent all in one place!
February 10, 2023, 10:33pm
Hahaha! That would be hilarious!
(Tara - she/her)
February 10, 2023, 10:38pm
@gozer is the Master Badge-r!