Holy cow....what a week. Unfortunately I should add the phrase 'totally and utterly crappy' in there. I don't have the strength right now to write about it nor will I ever because I just want to forget it entirely...typical work/school stuff. But I get to go home again tonight, for a long weekend. And my very good friend whom I've not seen since April is coming over for a visit so hopefully that'll put me in a better mood and make next week bearable!
I will say though that one of the highlights of the week was reading all the comments on Elkie and 'the girls'. I haven't gotten a chance to respond to any of them individually, but I will this weekend. In the meantime, thanks so much for the comments!
So for now, I do have a few FO's that are ready to be posted about. One of the reasons I decided to join the Cocoa Swap was to 'force' myself to take some time to do some handmade things for the recipient (that sounds bad, but I just mean that I had a deadline to get a good package sent off and I knew I wanted to do some craft things for it...that deadline forced me to take the time away from work and be crafty...time I probably wouldn't have taken otherwise). And I got lucky getting a pal with some similar interests that I could very easily work with. She likes dragonflies and ladybugs and so this is where I went with that...
First up, I did a gourd and I do love how it turned out. I tried a new technique (embossing) where you use powder for the color and then melt it...I was hoping for the 'translucent' look of dragonflies by using this technique. I don't know if I got that, but I do like the final results!
Also, I found this cute pattern on Ravelry and decided they would be perfect for my pal. Made with Peaches and Cream cotton on size 7 needles. Finally, I had to make a blah buster buddy. After getting Elkie from Mary, I'm hesitant to show my attempt, but here is the now named 'Dot' in all her glory. Cute little 'bugger' I think.
Pattern: Ladybug by Crafty Alien
Yarn: small amount of Patton's Classic Wool Merino (red and block)
I really did enjoy putting this package together for such a great pal, and Anne's response to it really made my day yesterday...a day that otherwise was really pretty bad. Isn't it funny how cheering up someone else can work to cheer yourself up as well? That's what I love about care packages! I really enjoyed putting this package together.
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Now playing: 'All My Days' by Alexi Murdoch
(Mel, if you don't know this album, probably one you should check out!)