First up, the guinea pigs I made for my friend's kids.
Ernestine and Bertram
Get the pattern HERE. Do it, it's totally worth the few bucks (Jodie's patterns are great stuff).
Next up a pair of swaps.
First is an inspiration tree. You had to make a tree shaped pillow stuffie and decorate it using your partners prompt word. My partner had "peace" (as in peace and quiet) as her prompt.
I went with calm and soothing images that you would enjoy during a peaceful/quiet moment. So the trunk is book print fabric. One side of the top is coffee, chocolate, and "shhh".
The other side had cookies (yes, I know you shouldn't use food to soothe yourself but a cookie would probably go nicely with the coffee and treats aren't all bad). Since there wasn't a lot of embellishment on this piece, I added "relax".
I'm worried this tree didn't hit the mark, though I like it. I let the fabric to the work and that feels a bit like cheating but is it? No, not it is not. (hey, even with creative endeavors, work smart not hard!)
Last but not least was a One Tiny Thing (profile based) swap.
My partner likes minions so. . .this happened.
Yes, those are minions on a little banana headed child. It's weird and I love it.
Little banana beads (with leaves) along the edges, too.
The beads are all courtesy of my sister. The minions were on a bracelet (for kids, from the dollar area at Target) and the bananas/leaves were from a beaded handmade plant hanger she scored at The World's Longest Yard Sale (she went over the summer but I couldn't join. . .she got me some great stuff and I'm all about going this summer, already planning it!). I had to give the fruit beads a good scrubbing (they had a nice layer of dust on them) but the minimal effort was totally worth it. Now I have a little dish full of all kinds of different fruits and a mess of leaves (I tossed the generic white plastic filler beads, they were ugly and just needed to go bye-bye).
And the back:
I'm so uptight that I just LOVE when I can keep the theme going on the back fabric. It gives me JOY I tells ya, JOY!
Along with getting these items wrapped up, I started on my charity sewing. That's in the next post.