I actually made this haunted house for My "Fall Intrigues basket swap" that I hosted. No it did not fit in the basket, but I sent it along with the basket. I had fun making it, even though I got a lovely hot glue gun burn on my arm.
I used the hot glue gun to make some lovely looking spider webs. They probably did not survive the mailing, but it was fun to get some of it in the picture. This pattern came from the October issue of Victoria magazine and can be downloaded by going to their website.
For the second time I participated in a tag book swap hosted by Karla's Cottage www.karlascottage.typepad.com and now have received it in the mail. Above are the ones I got from other crafter's. The details in them are amazing.
Here is one of Karla's tags. She is a watercolor artist and puts so much detail into her tags, then copies them and puts out approx 80 for the tag book covers. The smaller tag pulls out of the basket. So cute!
I can't stand it, and I get caught up again, so I went to work right away making more tags for my book. The middle one is the the one I kept for myself and is just like my six original sent to Karla. I need to put this one on top as it is so 3 dimensional. Karla sent a old page right out of a Wizard of Oz book, so I took that and made two more tags.
I added a little 'd' to dangle over the whole thing exclaiming "Tag Book for Dorothy" I have this tag book with my other tag books from other swaps.
Over at Linda Smith's A swap for all seasons blog, there is a very unusual swap going on. She is hosting a matchbox exchange. Everyone involved bought those mini matchboxes and decorated 25 and inserted 25 wonderful little gifts tucked inside of each matchbox. Then numbered each one from 1 to 25. I ended up doing the first 13 just alike, but inside of course each gift is different. Then for the rest of the 25 I did each one different, in a more victorian look. I like the way the all turned out.
Below are some examples of some of the inside gifts. It was really some work, but a lot of fun nonetheless. I will be getting 25 matchboxes in return from bloggers all over. Then I will use it as an advent calendar and hang each one on a small tree that I have. Thanks to Linda for hosting this, her blog is: aswapforallseasons.blogspot.com
I am a Mother of 8, grandmother of almost 27 wonderful little people. Married to a wonderful man for 38 years. I am a published scrapbooker, have decorated wedding cakes, made wedding dresses, had a wedding business, taught baton twirling lessons to girls for almost 40 years, and love to decorate my home inexpensively. I have always been a 'make-due' sort of person. I love dishes, teacups, teapots, and have to be creating something everyday. I love to listen to beautiful uplifting music and watch Masterpiece Theatre and Jane Austen movies while I scrap, craft or sew. I have become addicted to quilting, and dream about quilt blocks now. I am still working on getting better at this art form. I believe that Creating things with your hands is a good outlet and keeps your mind alert, and has a way of helping one lose all the cares of the day and world, right in my own little studio. Therefore I will never become a digital scrapbooker. I think that those who do digital turn out some beautiful pieces of art and lovely layouts, but for me I need to cut and paste by hand!