Our first craft swap of the year was another success!There were seven of us this time around, but a few of us made eight things because we didn't know one of the members moved away. (It's okay, though, her things will be mailed to her.)
Let's see, we have a place to take notes (made from a glass frame), play with chalk on a black canvas (with our initial written in chalk), set a glass on (a hand-sewn coaster), three new bracelets to wear, two plants, a coloring book (which I made), and a diorama.
The succulents are special because one plant came from my sister-in-law's mother's house. She passed away recently, so we'll take extra care to see it grows up strong and full. The other succulents are from the garden of one of the members. She cultivated them for a long time and sprinkled sea shells on the soil. I really love them.
The dioramas, made by my daughter Valerie, were made with wood, which was woodburned, painted and decorated with all sorts of things like sand, twine, and miniature trees and bushes.
I made these coloring books. I started with a pre-made blank book and then stamped each page with images I thought would be fun to color. For the covers, I stamped, cut out Julie Nutting paper dolls I thought matched the personalities of those I made them for, adhered them to the cover and then put their names in the corner. I also included a piece of cardstock to use as a backing for whatever page is being colored so it doesn't bleed through to the next page if they use markers (Dawn's great idea!)
This is my haul. I'm so happy we all got together and shared a meal and few laughs.
Here are links to just a few of the stamps I used throughout the coloring book:
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