November’s crafternoon was spent making surprise balls. I had some small goodies saved from thrifting, and then I bought some items from Tiny Things Are Cute. I made three balls in total but would of made even more if I had not run out of surprise fillings. They are lots of fun to roll up!
Here are some ideas for adding to surprise balls:
-fun balloons (animal shaped etc)
-origami items (like a cute folded paper crane)
-vintage charms or cracker jack toys
-tiny whoopee cushions (I saw packs of these in the party aisle of Target)
-enamel zipper pulls
-re-ment type miniatures
I hope those ideas help should you decide to make some surprise balls of your own. The photo at the bottom is the white elephant gift I gave. I had been doing lots of production sewing for Plush Of The Month Club, so it felt great to take some time to sew something a little different. The bag is a free pattern you can find here.
A few month’s ago I made some Pocket Party Pouches and I think I am going to make some more for Christmas gifts this year. I feel like they would be a cute way to give a gift card, and they worked up really quick. I am actually looking for even more patterns that I can make for gifts this holiday season, so please comment if you have any great ones to recommend!
For the craft I got some Halloween stencils from ebay, and Jessee made some stencils with her silhouette machine. Then we stenciled things! I did a bunch of fabric that I plan to turn into Halloween pillows by adding some quilting around the image. I made a huge pot of broccoli and cheese soup (which isn’t very photogenic but always seems to be a hit as the pot was empty at the end of the night) and my twelve year old son has really been into baking so he picked out and made the baked goods the day before. He made 2 pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, brownies, and peanut butter cookies. I baked a pan of gluten free brownies and chocolate chips cookies from a brand called Our House and they turned out really wonderfully! Amanda brought an apple crisp, and Katie brought spiced pear cake..so there was lots of delicious treats.
I made everyone my annual Halloween mixed cd (which I’ll have up here soon for your playing pleasure) and filled these amazing Beistle skeleton treat boxes with some candy and stickers to take home. I had such a good time that I am sad I have to wait another year for another crafterween!
Back in August I signed up for a modern postcard swap. You sew a little tiny quilt like postcard, and send it through the post with a regular letter stamp! While I have not received any postcards yet, I thought I’d share the postcards I shipped out about a month ago.
I used printable fabric that runs right through an inkjet printer to print the back side with addresses. I added a few of my illustrations since I was printing them out. For the post card fronts I made the little quilts and quilted them as I normally would, but with a thick stabilizer. Then I made a stack with the printed back fabric, another layer of thick stabilizer, and the quilted top layer. I used quilting spray glue to hold them all in place and then did a zigzag stitch around the outer edge to keep it all together. They worked up quickly!
They were so much fun to make that I think I need to make some more for my pen pals. The bee pattern is a free pattern by Badskirt which can be found here.