Crafting and Swapping

I don’t have to tell you how much I enjoy crafting and making things. Truth be known, tho, left to my own devices I probably wouldn’t get much done! I can procrastinate and get lazy and then I would feel bad and really be down on myself and really never get anything done! It could be a vicious cycle. That’s why I’m so glad for swap-bot! Although I sometimes do wait for the last minute with some swaps, I try not to. Here are some recent swaps I’ve sent.

For the Halloween Felt Fun swap that I forgot to post before:

For the Wearable Kawaii Cute:
A Bear Brooch from this Felties book (which I adore!)
A Hello Kitty glass pendant

For the Crafting Queens group Profile Surprise (send 1 thing they like and 1 thing they craft) so I sent my partner 2 fat quarters and made 3 awareness pins from felt (breast cancer, kidney cancer and asthma).

I’ve joined a bunch of Holiday Ornament swaps and 2 of them were due in October. It was a little hard to get into the Christmas spirit before Halloween!
The gingerbread pattern is from Elsie Marley and the Santa is from a Japanese craft book I recently got.
The above 2 ornaments were for the same partner. The cow I kinda made myself from an image on the internet and the angel is from a Craft n Things archived issue. My partner likes cows and angels!

The following is for the Wacky Holidays November swap (you pick 4 holidays and send stuff for them)
Party with your Bear day (Nov 16) I crocheted the bear and put a party hat and included invites and confetti.
Recipe cozy for Cook Something Bold day November 8 (with some 2 “bold” recipes and blank recipe cards). It was a bit big for the standard recipe cards and I knew that but decided to follow the pattern anyway. I should have made it smaller or at least use the recipe cards designed for this.deviledeggday.jpg
I made a felt magnet for Deviled Egg day (Nov 2)
The last holiday I picked was Absurdity Day (Nov 20) and sent a silly fortune fish (the kind you put in your palm to “read” your fortune)

This last craft I’m posting was actually for a Winner Take All tag on one of the forums. The winner drinks tea so I made this tea bag cozy for her. I think it came out so cute I might have to make one for myself!
I can’t find the actual pattern I used but here is a similar one. I found the pattern! It’s here.


  1. Jungy
    November 3rd, 2009 | 3:38 pm

    Wow, lots of fun stuff in this post, and it all came out great! I especially like the bear, Santa and the deviled egg (of course). And think the gingerbread man is weird-I get the point but find it more disturbing than funny! Lol.

  2. Carol Menou a.k.a. Grandma
    November 5th, 2009 | 2:55 pm

    How I wish I was gifted as you are. Those items look so professional. You could even sell some for Christmas !!!

  3. November 5th, 2009 | 5:39 pm

    Great swaps! I used to love swap-bot but got carried away and didn’t make too much for myself, so had to stop visiting over there.
    I love the bitten gingerbread man, that’s great!

  4. December 4th, 2009 | 4:47 pm

    I love your swap items. I generally don’t have time to make elaborate swaps but I admire yours. I especially liked the awareness pins–my nephew has cancer and it is on my mind a lot lately–and the tea bag holders. Great stuff!
    I’ve swapped with you on Swap-Bot a couple of times.

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