I have taken a break from swaps for a while, but signed up for a few in the last month, trying to get my crafting fix in before the baby comes. One of the swaps I did is one I have done before... the Spell My Name Swap, where you craft an item for each letter of your partner's name. First, let me show you the amazing stuff that I received from my partner stacysews:
She made all kinds of awesome Star Wars and owlie goodies for the coming wee one. And an awesome Miss Piggie eye cold pack for my tired eyes and aching head and some handmade lip gloss in a totally sweet little case for my inevitably chapped lips during labor. Amazing, no!?
So, for Stacy, here is the package I made. It turns out we have similar interests and styles, so I didn't have to do that much shopping. I did buy the yarn for the "hat of frustration" but I literally had all the rest of the supplies in my stash.
Hat of frustration (a.k.a. Letter S: Skully Skullcap):
This hat is the third one I made from the initial pattern. The first one came out baby sized with a weird flared brim. The second one was slightly better, but was toddler sized. I ended up changing the number of stitches I cast on, the length I made it, and even the intarsia pattern, which had weird deformed "X's" between each skull. I had some separation anxiety when I mailed it off after spending so much time working on it.
Letter T: Tattoo inspired brooch
This one is based on an awesome craft I did with my super crafty friends Abbey and Jenni two years ago for Valentine's Day. I made one for myself at the time that says "Pookie" on it, and I wear it the entire month of February every year. Since Stacy likes tattoo art, I thought it only appropriate that she have a crafty badge to show off her crafty and hardcore sides all in one! It's felt, and I used blanket stitch for the edges, a simple whip stitch for the "banner" and back stitch for the lettering.
Letter A: Alice In Wonderland embroidered art
Stacy had Alice in Wonderland stuff all over her Wist and Pinterest, so I knew I had to include something "Alice Inspired." I ended up creating this sort of cameo outline design based on the Disney Alice and I included an "eat me" mushroom for our little heroine. It was basic back stitch, since the pattern was so detailed around Alice herself. I was quite pleased with how it came out.
Letter C is the Cameo Cup Candle you can see in the first picture. I apparently forgot to take a close up. It is done with soy wax and natural vanilla scent so that she can use the mug when the candle is gone. I love making candles... so simple and so satisfying!
Letter Y: Yummy Cupcake Bunting
I had trouble with the letter Y. I was thinking Yeti at first, but couldn't figure out anything yeti to craft. Then I saw the awesome cupcake bunting on Stacy's Pinterest, and KNEW I had to make it for her. Since I already had my letter C, I thought, what are cupcakes if not yummy? Bingo... letter Y. This is a very satisfying pattern and project. Super fast and really great looking when complete.
I love the Spell My Name Swap. It requires a bit of creative thinking, but for the most part, you can really craft things that your partner will love, and that fits their likes and personality.