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Swapping and Sewing

Sweet & Sinister Swap

It’s swappin’ time, and there’s nothing like leaving it to the  last minute, eh?  You may recall me mentioning the Sweet & Sinister Swap?  Well, the box is due to be mailed tomorrow.  Want to see what I’m putting in the box to my partner, Ginny?

  • I’ve had the BOO! banner for some time now – bought it from Nikki of WhiMSyLove, who custom-made it for me.
  • The pumpkins I bought at the farmers’ market one recent Thursday, and I painted the stems with black nail polish to make them look a bit creepier.
  • The licorice I’ve had in mind since the beginning (it’s considered “sinister” because there are 13 pieces – yeah, I know it’s a stretch).
  • I made a pin from polymer clay – three white pumpkins with black stems, and each pumpkin has a “patch” from the Grayscale color scheme.  I then antiqued, sanded & buffed it.  It really didn’t come out like I envisioned, but it’s still ok.
  • The card and tags I made in Paint Shop Pro, fiddling around with patterns, textures, fonts & effects. That’s always fun.

Now all that remains is to box it all up and put it in the mail.  I hope my partner likes it.  I’ve never done a swap like this, and frankly the more things I see in the flickr group, the more it drives home the point that my crafting style is very different than many of the people in this swap.

Messed-up pants

Lacking an appropriate segue, I’m going to just jump into showing you my husband‘s pants.  This are very soft, very nicely-worn-in Wranglers that just happen to have a gaping hole in the knee.  Or, at least, they were.  This morning, after mulling over Eren’s skirt at This Vintage Chica, I took a seam ripper and a pair of scissors to Neil’s pants and repurposed them into this:

New skirt

Because everybody knows I need another homemade skirt. icon_smile-flickr-2 It looks crooked, but that’s just the way I am standing.  This is quite possibly the softest skirt I have ever worn.  Neil broke it in for me over several years, and I think tonight after he dozes off, I may sneak into his closet and look for more pants I can steal recycle.  Heh.

You may also have noticed that I got sucked in by the new Old Navy sweater commercial.  Two nights ago, I was sitting on the couch with Neil watching TV and saying, “I like that sweater with the big pom-poms on it.”  One evening later, I’m out renting The Ant Bully for Movie Night, and somehow I end up trying on sweaters and buying my first ever cup of $3.75 coffee (Oh, Decaf Tall Pumpkin Spice Latte. I think I love you.  Call me.)  The newly-crisp Fall air does something weird to me, but in a good, happy kind of way icon_biggrin-flickr-1-3

I’m going to be so busy this week, it isn’t even funny.  A little bird has told me that the long-awaited Millefiori Story is going to be in my hot little hands very very soon.  And that means I am going to be very very busy packing up those suckers and sending them on their way to eager clayheads everywhere.


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14 thoughts on “Swapping and Sewing

  1. That skirt is 10 kinds of awesome – what a great idea, and the sweater looks great! Tell me, I’ve been wondering – they’re calling them “Fair Isle,” are they made in China? I can’t imagine they’re actually Fair Isle knits. I call shenanigans!

    1. Thanks! It’s a little baggy, but yo can’t beat the price 🙂 Oh, and the sweater? Made in China. And those pom-poms are starting to drive me crazy.

  2. Your swap items look great and so does that skirt!!!! I love it!

    1. Thanks! I hope I can snag another pair of beat up pants and make more 🙂

  3. Your swap package looks fantastic–and I think the detail of the 13th piece of licorice is superb. Details like that are the things I love most.

    I did not join the swap either, although I now regret it, because I was intimidated by all the projects I saw emerging. Now that I think about it, I should be ashamed of myself for feeling less than up to the challenge as new ideas and ways of doing things is just as important to a swap as following along with the crowd.

    1. I was pretty intimidated myself, but I’m glad I did it. Next time, though, I am going to try and find a swap that is geared more toward a style that comes more naturally to me 🙂

  4. what a great box of “stuff” for your swap. And i am in awe of your sewing talent – the best I could have done would be to make cut-off shorts! :O)

    1. You know, actually, this was a very simple refashion. Just rip apart the legs, and sew them back together, and sew a hem. It’s essentially three straight lines. I’m looking at all of the pants in this house with new eyes now, LOL!

  5. […] at, and decorating my house with. Handmade things. The aesthetic is so different than that of the box I sent in, that I really hope my partner likes it. I didn’t get to make as many things as I had hoped […]

  6. Acckkk! Your skirt is great!!! I told you it was easy peasy. Perfect! And thanks for the mention.

    1. You were so right! And I really am looking at all of the pants in the house with new eyes now, LOL!

  7. […] loss, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t good news for my wardrobe. I know I just made one of these skirts, but there are differences. This one is a better fit, but the other one is […]

  8. Hello it was an absolute pleasure to come across, and read your blog. You really have some interesting information that I will have to share with my wife. If your ever looking for fabrics Lauren & I would be more than willing to help. Just let us know. Have a great evening.

    Josh & Lauren

    1. Glad you enjoyed it – drop by anytime, and thanks for the link!

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